J MARTIN’S BLOG

January 27, 2008

Well, here I am again …

Filed under: Miscellaneous — J Martin @ 11:03 pm

I was kind of busy since returning from the last conference … so it was kind of off-blog for a while … Actually I have many issues which I would like to write in here, but I just cannot find free time to do so …

So here I am now sitting in my room, just finished watching Hot Fuzz, doing nothing else … and as a matter of fact, I was totally slumped this week. I was kind of super two weeks ago and this week I turned into something totally the opposite.

But I think that’s what we call human nature, right? We cannot be constantly upwards without going downwards sometimes.

Well … I am kinda not in the mood of telling all the stuffs I’ve had in the past few weeks, but I think it’s just enough for me to say that there’s some of it really got me up to some level which previously I thought I’ll never got into …

Now I got mixed feeling … part of it happy, part of it bored and sad …. But I think that’s what it pay for the choices and decisions I’ve already made.

Will be back soon …

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January 7, 2008

Bits of storyline to last conference in Kuching, Sarawak

Filed under: Photography, Travel — J Martin @ 1:21 am
Crowne Plaza, venue for the conference.

Holiday Inn, just opposite to the Crowne Plaza. I stayed at the Holiday Inn for the days and nights there.

Kuching North City Cats Statue.

Holiday Inn. Look like every corners of Kuching City have cats statue. Well, no surprise … because ‘Kuching’ or kucing in Malay word – means cat.

Little man-made fountain on the left of the hotel entrance.

Holiday Inn entrance. Taken after check-out on my last day there.

Siang Siang Food Court. We ate our lunch there on our way to the airport, Kuching Airport on my last day there. A special lunch, Laksa Sarawak.

Crowds, checking in.

The interior building design’s almost identical to those of Terminal 2 building, Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Yeah, no mistake. I felt as if I was at the Terminal 2, Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Gate 1. Still far, and no moving walkway … This is quite different though …

Our plane, seen from the terminal building.

Queuing up.

Not our plane.

After landing at Penang International Airport. Waiting for our luggage to come.

January 6, 2008

Full storyline to last conference in Kuching, Sarawak

Filed under: Travel — J Martin @ 10:58 pm
Moments after take-off from Penang International Airport.

About two hours later, around 8.00 PM. It’s already dark outside. I can only see the plane’s engine. Almost reach Kuching, Sarawak, I assume.

Everybody’s just woke up. It’s 2 hours flight, so basically everyone’s in deep rest during the flight. It’s just announced that we’ll be landing shortly at Kuching International Airport. I was a bit nervous because I’ve never been to Kuching before.

Just arrived. Holiday Inn, Kuching Sarawak. First impression of my hotel room. Not bad, is it?

Got a little squabble in the hotel reception counter regarding the authorization of the credit card I used to pay the hotel room. They want the proof of me using my boss’s credit card and I didn’t bring it because I thought it would be unnecessary because it’s already full-paid. Luckily they still gave me the room. The next day my boss faxed the copy to the hotel.

Morning on the next day. View from my hotel room. Well, nice view.
Kuching River’s wide open.

Post-conference activity is roaming around Kuching City.
First snap of the day, a Christmas tree. Yay!

Next spot – Kuching South City Council Cat Statue. The big white cat was ‘waving’ tirelessly to everyone passing by.

Another spot – Cat Museum, located in Kuching’s North City Hall.
Scenic view over Kuching City.

Apparently nobody’s around. Or is it closed for the day?

Next – After tired with ‘loneliness’ at the Cat Museum, we went to another place. Malaysia-China Friendship Park near Tabuan Heights.

Monument of a mighty hero – Admiral Cheng Ho. Dedicated to the friendships between Malaysia and The People’s Republic of China.

China? I wish.

The last day (Sunday morning) at the hotel. Christmas-themed decorations at the hotel lobby.

Moment after check-out from the hotel.

Pottery shop, on the way to the airport. I bought some pottery.

On the way to the airport.

Kuching International Airport’s entrance.

Few minutes after take-off from Kuching International Airport.

Hills beneath me.

What’s the dark shadow on the sea?

Oh, it’s the river!

The clouds beneath me.

Blue sky high, but I am higher. And zzzz!!~ …..

View from the sky.

2 hours later, still in-flight. Almost reach Penang.

Just landed at Penang International Airport.

Welcome back!

Bowling tournament

Filed under: Miscellaneous — J Martin @ 10:21 pm
I seldom play bowling but I joined the tournament. Initially I was a bit reluctant but at the end, I felt/thought it’s would be fun, so I joined anyway. But it’s worthy coz my group won a hamper. Not the first place, but we manage to nail a spot …

It’s really an unexpected achievement … hahaha!

It’s me (middle) and my other group members receiving the hamper. All faces are covered with tangerine peels for anonymity (and security) reason. Hehehehe ….

Some of the participants. School of Material Engineering (7 or more groups) vs. School of Chemical Engineering (8 groups).

The prize. I am hugging it, yay!

Various stuffs

Filed under: Food — J Martin @ 10:02 pm
Tangerines.

Kebab.

Mee goreng.

Ayam percik.

Steamed corn.

Fried vermicelli. Long-time favorite.

Forgot the name.

Tangerines and an orange.

January 2, 2008

Tidbits and stuffs from Kuching, Sarawak

Filed under: Food, Tidbits — J Martin @ 11:34 pm
Name tag and keychain.

Potteries and a wooden case.

Tebaloi. Cookies made from sago.


The famed Kek Lapis Sarawak.

I am backk!

Filed under: Daily Life, Food — J Martin @ 10:56 pm
But this is not a good comeback. I was a little bit depressed than ever. Don’t know why …

I got a lot pictures from the conference but I think I just need times to upload it …

Hungarian Soup Goulash.

Sarawak Black Pepper Steak.

French Onion Soup.

Grilled Salmon with Fettuccine & Saffron Butter Sauce.

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