Tuesday, April 27, 2010

amitabh bachchan makes you cry...



B L A C K - you won't want to miss this 2005 film!
An excerpt from Wikipedia:
"The story of Black is partly based on the true life story of Hellen Keller. The film begins with Michelle McNally (Rani Mukerji), a blind and deaf woman, visiting her former teacher Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan), who now has Alzheimer's Disease, in a hospital. The film then flashbacks to the past to her childhood."

teaser!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

gadgets!



Got myself an iPhone and an iPod! How cool is that?! hahhahah!
( just making a fool out of myself. heh! for fun only. )

MUnSYI this Saturday...

so byebye for now!

Monday, April 19, 2010

as promised.



adapting despite modernisation.


organised uniformity.



tapestries.



preserving the culture without compromising development. *with the assistance of RayBan.


neglected roots.



no one, no place is perfect.


reliability #2.


hope worth persevering for.


beauty unnoticed.



refuge. and great food.


beauty unnoticed #2.


dense-ity.


perils of OCD.

Nonetheless, it was sheer joy to return to the old days, of rushing through lunch and getting to class on time, just to get the best seats, and the little lovely things we often take for granted.



There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants -- more than anything else -- to become rich. As long as they don't have the money, it'll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are -- and have always been.
- Anita Loos

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

meanwhile...

try starsailor!

bon appetit!

要买,要快哦!11-16march (day 1)



“要买,要快哦!”

This is what people in Taiwan (it's what we heard... coming out from loud speakers. I don't know if it's a fact though.) love to say when they're fishing for customers.


That's right, welcome to Taiwan! Where the people are very, very courteous. Everything here is all too systematic. Terminals for buses and taxis are easily accessible after touch down.

We took a comfortable 国光 bus ride shortly after arriving at TaoYuan International Airport, to Taichung.

In one of the pictures below you can see Proton and Lotus cars with some of their names changed. Jumbuck! How queer is that!! haha.





Dinner at Taichung Station after check-in at a hotel (ours was a last-minute check-in. the first 2 hotels we went in were fully booked!) accessible via an underpass, behind the train station. Mos Burger!! yumm! and not forgetting hot chocolate and thick matcha.

Went shopping around the town centre. Bought 茶叶蛋(herbal egg) in a 7-Eleven store. It's cold, you need something hot to warm your GI tract!! Next, 葱饼(onion pancake). distinctly fragrant! smells really really good especially when you're cold!

Then we bought some 糖水 back. and called it a night! that's after finishing the 木瓜牛乳 which happened to be nice and comforting... hahaha. bonne nuit!

* notice the students' uniform-sweaters! Different schools have got different uniforms! And they come in a set, including school bags/brief cases, jackets, pants, etc. pretty cool huh!















要买,要快哦!(day 2)

First morning in Taichung(台中): woke up early to catch a 6:10a.m. train to Chiayi Station from Taichung Station. The underpass shown here is just outside Taichung Station and leads to the hotel we stayed in.

It's a chilly morning, less than 20 degrees Celsius. So we had hot soy milk and homey sandwiches for breakfast. You can find them in front of the station entrance. They're so, so really good. As a matter of fact I miss them dearly so!

Train arrived ON TIME.

Past all the paddy fields in the morning sun; behind them misty mountains. Took a minibus ride from Chiayi Station to Alishan where we stayed at DengShan Hotel登山别馆) for the night. The 3-hour journey, punctuated with temporary stops due to road works (they were drilling out loose boulders!) made us realise how dangerous the road up was! Since Typhoon Morakot destroyed parts of the road, repairs are needed to be carried out before the peak season (called 花季), starting that weekend (we went up Alishan on Friday, 12Mar) arrives.

Alishan Train Station, after the renovation, is still not in use. Heard from our Alishan tour guide that the government spent millions refurbishing it. Majestic, but too bad we could not go for the train rides.

It's 12.30 in the afternoon. and 9 degrees Celsius. Freezing cold, albeit the town centre looking warm and sunny. 1.30p.m. and the mists settles in.

Went for a walk in the park, past a mosaic tile art along a stretch of wall. They're repairing some slopes in the park,too. Saw cherry blossoms and their many other species, ranging from dark pink to pure white. The weather wasn't good, quite cloudy in fact. We walked back to our hotel when it started to rain.

Had TaiYang cake or 太阳饼 we bought in Taichung. Buttery and sweet. Liquid honey filling. oooh, how it melts in your mouth... Dinner? Cup noodles from convenience stores, one of it is the 7-Eleven in Alishan. Then TV and goodnight. It's freezing! What can we do? Better to snuggle ourselves in heated beds than to brace the wind outside...