Friday, January 30, 2009

Can you feel it?

Sometimes when you're feeling down...
You just gotta jump.



Its that feeling afterwards that matters.

Friday, January 23, 2009

40 things in my room

Hola :) One project.40 items.Thats all it took to make this video.Its hilarious! Well, my first attempt at a home-made video and you get to see it! Sorry about the bad lighting and yes, I noticed the silly expression on my face the whole time.

Hit pause on my music player before watching.Turn up the volume! Enjoy!

video

Man, putting back those stuff were hard.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I stood up, I clapped, I teared...

"This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath."


Those were the words spoken by Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States in his inaugural speech.As many of you know, the inauguration was held yesterday in Washington and we probably all watched it on CNN.To watch Bush bid goodbye to the White House and take off on a chopper, will Barack Obama and his family moved in was just amazing.Sorry kids, if you missed it-you MISSED it all right.Yes, he did stumble a little on his oath(who can blame the guy), but it just goes to show that a great leader goes a long way-and when he speaks, people stop and listen.

All the tears that flowed and cheers that were roared only leads to a bigger picture-the actual job that the new President has to carry out.Good luck :) Im looking forward to see you in USA.
My brother will be going to the United States to complete his medical degree in the Thomas Jefferson Medical University in Philladelphia.Hopefully some good change that we all believe in will kick in while he's there :)


"To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."

Monday, January 19, 2009

Wheeee! this is for you girls :)

I suggest you pause the player in my page before you hit play!



are you an Arch Angel yet?
:)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Buonjorno Italia Baby!

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The long awaited post! YES.Its finally here.Im sorry for not being able to do this earlier.Have been awfully busy since I came back from the trip.My brother has started school! And now, most of the time I find myself slouched in front of the tv.Ok moving on to bigger and better things, my trip to Italy was the most wonderful, exciting out-of-this-world experience.It was such an eye-opener.Yes, I might even move there in the near future! I honestly feel Italy-especially Rome is someplace I belong-(haha! yes but its true).You know that feeling that you get, when you go to a new place and you just love the lifestyle there? - let it be busy or relaxed, nevertheless you feel at home? YES ROMA! I love how the people walk their FULLY-CLOTHED dogs, I love how everyone has something to do,I love how there are no cars around, I just love the atmosphere...
Who knows? When I do get my medical degree, I might just move there.

Ok,let me give you an insight on my trip.Our flight from KL to Dubai was at 2am and took 6 hours! Then it was another 6 hours from Dubai to Rome.(JET LAG!) We flew with Emirates and they were exceptional.Of course, my brothers were preoccupied with the video games and the movies in our seats.I, on the other hand, was more into the food :)























As you can see, we actually flew over the famous 7-star hotel in Dubai.Notice the palm? Thats where the footballers,like David Beckham live- according to my dad.And the last picture is our first view of Italy.Arriving at ROME!


So we got there, and the temperature was pretty low about 7 degrees.Our tour guide, Richard didnt even give us a breather.We immediately got on the tour bus for the sight-seeing.First stop, was the St.Peters Basilica.Its a HUGE church.One of the most spectacular things Ive ever seen.I actually stopped to take it all in.Beautiful.

Then we drove about the city.Richard gave us all an insight on the history of Rome.The streets were beautiful.They dont really have concrete buildings and you dont really see cars around.Everyone walks to get someplace and the cars there are really small.Most buildings are made of bricks and stones.

We then visited the Arch of Constantine.Our Italian guide Leonardo told us a little about the history of the arch and the colloseum.We could still see the chariot wheel marks on the stones in the ground.I know-cool :)

Then, the mighty COLLOSEUM! It was around 4.30, but it was really dark (like how 8 p.m in Malaysia is), so the colloseum was lighted up and all.Beautiful!

Then we went to the Trevi Fountain which was my favourite stop.All of us threw coins into the fountain and made a wish.We also stopped at the Spanish Steps.Apparently movies were often filmed there.One more thing, Italy is packed with beautiful people (guys and girls) -not kidding.


ROMA













The next day, we headed for Pisa! By this time, my fingers were already frost-bitten and
cracked lips! It was about a 2 hour drive, and the scenery along the way was so beautiful! We saw the olive plantation, oranges and grape plantation.When we finally got there, we hoped off the bus and jogged fast because all of us knew the highlight of the tour was coming up!

The Leaning Tower of PISA!
Gosh, it was amazing.You know how in Malaysia, where from a distance you can already see the Twin Towers? This was different.We were all looking out for the tower but no luck.But as you enter the garden, it suddely catches you by surprise.Majestically standing there on the greenest grass I have ever seen.It was so crowded with tourists and people.Honestly, it was an amazing sight.You just had to be there to know what I felt.
Just breath-taking.

There were two other buildings next to it which were churches.Simply spectacular.We werent spending a night in Pisa, so we had lunch there and drove off to Florence.By the way, we had the best pizza for lunch! mmm..Pizza Margerita :)


PISA



























Then another 2 hour drive to Florence.The streets in Florence were MAGNIFICENT.Every moment you turn, you would see a huge church or monument standing.We were sort of in a rush because night comes early during the winter.The highlight was definitely Michelangelo's David, the Florence view and churches.Also in Florence, we saw some sculptures and Richard gave us an insight about the history.We had Italian spaghetti for dinner :)


FLORENCE



















We spent a night in Florence and headed off to Venice the next day.It actually started snowing that morning! We needed to get to the city of Vennice by boat.I did get a little sea-sick but it was worth it when we got there.Everyone walks about in Venice.You hardly see any cars around-more bicycles than cars actually.Venice was packed with stalls selling souvenirs and every street had a canal with gondolas.The symbol of Venice is actually a lion with wings.We saw a tall building with a statue on top.


We even saw the Bridge of Sighs, St.Marks Piazza and The Grand Canal.Venetian masks were being sold everywhere-for the Venetian Festival (usually in February).Richard also took us to see how Venetian glass was blown.It was AMAZING! The demonstrater actually blew a glass horse in a few seconds.Venice is famous for Murano glass.We saw glass shops almost everywhere.

We had pizza for lunch.We actually ordered 3 types, Tomato, Anchovies and Cheese.My favourite was the cheese! After dinner, we took the boat home to the mainland.


VENICE
































Viji and Kris bought coppolas! (super cool hats).We spent a cold night in Venice and headed of for Verona! -the city of Love :)


Verona was one of the best stops.It was a quiet little city.Among the places we went to were Juliet's Balcony and the beautiful streets.The walls leading to Juliet's Balcony was covered in scribbles and writing of people in love!-aww.No kidding, the wall was COVERED!

Richard told us the story of Romeo and Juliet as well.We also managed to shop around a little.Again-beautiful people :)! We had some fun in the snow but only spent half a day in Verona as we headed to Milan right after that.

VERONA



























Then in was off to Milano!- the fashion-capital.The first thing we say entering Milan was a huge church outside the massive indoor shopping mall.The church had a gold statue of a lady right at the peak.It is said that the Gold Lady protects all the buildings from harm, and any building that is built higher than her cannot be protected.Thats why you see all the buildings built are lower than the mighty church.

We went into the church where every glass was tinted with a coloured story.Its amazing how much work is actually put into building monuments like this in Italy.We also saw several other monuments, like the Da VInci statue and his four students.

The indoor shopping mall was massive with a huge dome right in the centre of the ceiling! They had EVERY designer outlet, and at night the whole place was lighted up.Beautiful! Even the floor had interesting pieces.There was a tile on the floor of a bull, and it is said that if you were to uses your heel and turn clockwise on the bull's testicle, you would have been blessed with good luck- believe it! HAHA
It was really getting cold by the time we were in Milan-about 1 to 2 degrees.But, we had to try the gelato ice-cream-so we did! In the cold! Feraro Roche flavour-mmm.And again, we marvelled at dogs, fully-clothed :)

MILANO















































We spent the night in MILANO-i loved it :) .
Well, we were scheduled to spend another night in Milan, but Richard suggested we go to the border of Italy and to SWITZERLAND!So we did! We went to SWITZERLAND.The scenery along the way was just breathtaking.We had a short stop at Lake Como.Here, we saw a monument built for A.Volta, the guy who actually came up with the Volt system for electricity.Ive never seen a lake so perfect.There were ducks (GREEN DUCKS) and swans.We also shopped a little.My dad got calendars at every stop we had.Lake como was so beautiful!

When we reached Switzerland, Richard short us around quickly.We were actually allowed to wonder about alone.We went to a supermarket called CityCoop.CHOCOLATES! Switzerland is famous for chocolates.We bought a huge bunch of chocolates and candy.

Then we went to another lake called Lake Lugano.This was the biggest lake Ive seen.Just PERFECT.You could even see snow-capped mountains from a distance, seagulls, ducks, swans, green- green grass-just a perfect view.

Oh, and we found out that the Switzerland flag is acually square.Yes, square-not rectangle."All men are equal" hehe.As it became dark, the streets were lighted up so beautifully.It was truly a magical sight.You just had to be there, I cant really explain it.We then got on the bus back to Milan where we spent out last night there.

LAKE COMO






















LAKE LUGANO , SWITZERLAND!


















Gotta admit, the next day was pretty emotional.We packed our bags, and headed for Malpensa Airport in Milan.We bid goodbye to our bus-driver, Renzo and checked in.Of course Richard followed us all the way back to KL.We also parted with the other tour members, which we got to know over the week.

Personally, this trip was one of the best I have ever had.Definitely brought my family closer, opened my eyes a lot more about the world and -i just plain loved the whole darn thing.

I'd recommend it to you.Worth a visit.
Ciao Italia :)