Monday, August 08, 2005

The story so far - Part 1

I've haven't been blogging for awhile... many things have happened within the last 3 months. I find that the within this period, I've learned a lot and life will never be the same! Life is changing!

Ok, I'll pick it up from my last proper post (This post was about the steamboat and the my birthday celebration).

16/05/2005 (Monday)

Today is my grandmother's 100th day leaving us. So the whole family gather at the Nilai Memorial Park for prayers. Prayers was short. Gonna miss her.

17/05/2005 (Tuesday) to 21/05/2005 (Saturday) - Dubai Trip

Went over to Dubai to have meetings with agents and in the meantime tour around Dubai. Guys, I tell you, the trip was really worth it, eventhough Dubai is a dessert. The temperature is when we arrived was about 39'C. Ooo... it's hot! Luckily everywhere is air conditioned =D

Dubai just started construction in the last ten years and today I can say that Dubai has overtaken Kuala Lumpur in terms of development! As of today, Dubai is only about 10% finish and they're building 24/7 non stop! Walaueh! Now, they have the Burj Al-Arab (Arab Tower - The world famous 7 star hotel). All the big international companies is already there. It's a place where the East meets the West and a lot of business deals will be made and a lot of International Convention will be held in the future!

What makes Dubai so attractive? Firstly, it is strategically positioned and there are no red tape or bereaucracy. Crime rate is also almost zero - punishment is severe! Also, you can leave your goods at the port for a few days and no one will ever touch it! Isn't it a safe place. Also, they have a great leader with great vision. In the future, they're gonna have the tallest building in the world in Dubai (Dubai Tower), the biggest shopping complex in the world, F1 autodrome, Dubailand (something like Disneyland LA, but bigger 3 times), ice-skating in the dessert, and lots lots more.

Also, in Dubai, I see everyone mix with everyone eventhough you're from different countries, colour or religion. Wow! Therefore, I encourage you guys to go visit Dubai while it's still building. You get a sense that in this world, nothing is impossible. If you can dream it, you can build it! Cun~ The best time to visit Dubai is around December to February (the temperature is about 20'C-25'C).

During our trip to Dubai, we went a few places:

Desert Safari - going through the desert with a four wheeler... camel rides... getting my first henna... belly dancing... cun!
Creek River Cruise - Nice dinner on a boat... got to chat with some Japanese and a really really rich guy... see Dubai in the night... it's so beautiful!
Gold Souk - You'll never see more gold anywhere on the planet! An eye opener!
Spice Souk - Lotsa spice... not my kind of place =P
Electronic Souk - Lots of electronics gadget here... no time to finish visiting it
Jebel Ali Port - This port is huge! Bigger and more advanced than Port Klang alot!
Burj Al-Arab - The world famous 7-Star hotel. We managed just to stop outside to take some photos. If you wanna enter, you must have resevations and pay RM500 for lunch or RM200 for tea. Wanted to go for the tea, but it's already fully booked. You gotta book one week in advanced! Anyways, I struck out this one out from my to do list already. Yeah! =P

Overall, I'm glad I visited Dubai!

21/05/2005 (Saturday night)

Just came back from Dubai in the morning, we had a pot luck party over at Ah Seng's house. We had some nice spaghetti. After that we went to watch Star Wars 3. (Aiyoh, stupe has been telling me he watched this during the official premiere in Malaysia while I was having a meeting in Dubai)

My ratings for Starwars 3: 3.5 / 5 (The story is so-so only. I expected more. It'a a movie just to complete the whole Starwars Saga =P~ Episode 1, 2 and 3 no need to watch lar just watch episode 4, 5 and 6 instead!)

23/05/2005 (Monday) to 24/05/2005 (Tuesday) - NAC2005

This is my 2nd time attending NAC (National Achiever's Congress). It's an event organize by Success Resources. For NAC 2005, they brought in:

Jay Abraham - World's No 1 Marketing Genius
Deborah T. Patel - Expressing YOU, Taking your communication to the next stage
Ken McElroy – Building wealth through Real Estate
Ron White – Magic Memory : How to remember anything instantly
Peter Ho – Cash is King : Mastering Cash flow
Dr Demartini – Inspiring laws for your magnificent life

Day 1:
Jay Abraham was good, but is not us the full value for the ticket. He seems to hold back and is more interested in selling his more expensive seminar. Deborah T. Patel had a great entrance and got everyone doing exercises and giving tips on expressing yourself and how to sing with full enthuism. The song we sang was 'What A Wonderful World'. Ken Mc Elroy was boring. Boring until can sleep =P What he says is nothing new, it's all general stuffs. Ron White gave us some techniques to remember 10 things. It works! Cool! After the event, I bumped into Harjit, a friend I met at last year's NAC.

Day 2:
Peter Ho makes accounting so fun. His teaching method is very good. I can still remember what he say until today. Cash is blood.... Accounting is easy.... =P Later, I bumped into Isabelle, Michael, Mei Han and Phyllis. What a coincidence! After lunch, it was Dr Demartini's turn. Dr Demartini brought down the house! He's the man! What he said is just so inspiring and so true! He's very different from other speakers, he gave us not only his 100% but his 120%! I don't know about the rest, but he really got me thinking hard!

After his speech, we had a photo session with all the speakers! We have a great time! Guess who's coming? The guy from 'Catch Me If You Can'. Not Leonardo Dicaprio lar. The real guy that forged cheques and tricked everyone that he was a pilot. Wah! I've already sign up for next year's NAC. Have you?

28/05/2005 (Saturday) - Four Seasons

Watched the Four Seasons at the Bangsar Actors Studio brought to you by the Tasa Young KL Singers (YKLS) choir. Was there to watch Li Sun perform. The show started with young children singing. They are just great singers for their age (some of them are only 7 years old!).

Great openning by the children but I cannot say the same thing for the adult singers. I know that the Four Seasons production was kinda rushed and they are suppose to sing songs from many different countries of the world. Yup, they sang the songs in their original language. They are suppose to flow smoothly, but there were a few singing mistakes though. Some of them even forgotten the lyrics. Also, they did not sing with all their hearts out. I expected more but... haih... but what can I say.

Luckily they have a killer song for the finale. They sang a hokkien song! (Can't remember the song title though =P~) It's nice and catchy. For this song, they really sang with full enthuism and passion! This is what I came to see. Overall Four Seasons by YKLS has good starting and ending, but the body was so-so only. I know YKLS has brought us a few good production in the pass, hopefully in future, YKLS would bring us better and exciting productions.

My ratings for Four Seasons: 3 / 5

Photos from the Four Seasons

To be continued...

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