Friday, October 9, 2009

::A journey to a fresh start Prt 3::

Hey there people. Sorry for the long silence. Had been very busy lately. That is why there was no updates. Not only that, my well so nice internet had decided to become a b*tch..lol..Well, enough trash talk because Im'ma finish the post! (LOL)

**21st September 2009 - Monday**

- The big day for the family arrives. We were up there finishing the last touch for the decoration and also the table arrangements. We somehow turned a malay wedding into a nice little garden wedding. (lol) except that for this garden wedding its on a tar road instead. I was basicly conducting the feast. I served food to the main VIP table which is the newly weds and their family. lol. It was a honor. Well that evening, we were back to Malacca thanks to Thomas who took the courtesy to fetch us from Muar to Malacca. Thanks again Thomas. He took us to Arena in Malacca to club. It was not that bad la I think. But very lifeless tho. Unlike clubs in KL city which is always rocking the dance floor in Malacca they just move on their spot. Then it was back to the Malacca house.


**22nd September 2009 - Tuesday**

- Woke up in time for brunch. Went looking around for laundry services after brunch but couldn't find any so decided to handwash our own clothes. I did the washing and he did the drying. cleaned up the house a little before heading out. Had lunch at Jonker street. Was so satisfied I had nonya food. It was so good. Went for a movie at Dataran Pahlawan. Watched G-Force. Had dinner. Met Lucas at the Eleven Bistro for a couple of drinks which turn out that I started a party. LOL. Headed home that night thanks to Lucas who was so kind to send us home.

Thats for now...till next time..

Friday, October 2, 2009

::A journey to a fresh start Prt. 2::

Well, as I've promised you guys. I'm back to continue from the last entry. =D Sorry for the late updates. The internet lines was quite fucked up these two days. Maybe it was because of the earthquake down here in KL. Okay. Before moving on with the vacation post lemme update you guys on what happened on Wednesday evening around 6.20 PM. Below are extractions from thestar news online.

Quake in Sumatra, tremors in Malaysia (Update 8)

PETALING JAYA: A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck off the city of Padang off the coast of southern Sumatra at about 6.17pm on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people, trapping thousands of others and causing tremors as far away as peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.

The earthquake which damaged houses, brought down bridges and buildings and caused fires in Padang, also caused people to evacuate buildings in various towns and cities in Malaysia.

The epicentre of the quake was about 481km southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

At 6.38pm, a temblor measuring 5.5 in magnitude was also recorded 11km north of Padang.

So far, there has been no report of the 300 Malaysian students at Andalas University in Padang being affected by the massive earthquake.

Malaysian Consul-General Fauzi Omar told The Star that he has contacted the Sumatra Barat tourism chief and was told that there is no report of any Malaysians being hurt.

“Well at least the tourism chief’s handset is still working. I have been told the Minangkabau airport in Padang is closed.

“I am trying to leave for Padang tonight. It is a one-hour flight and by road it will take at least one day because of the bad road condition,” Fauzi said.

The Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta is despatching a team to Padang in Sumatra to assist the Consul-General in Medan in checking on the students.

Padang was hardest hit by the earthquake.

“We are sending a team as soon as possible and our Consul-General in Pekan Baru will also be despatched to help,” said Malaysian embassy charge d’affaires Amran Mohamad Zain.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre first issued a tsunami alert for Malaysia (George Town and Port Dickson specifically), Indonesia, India and Thailand, but cancelled it at about 7.31pm.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department monitored the situation from the outset, but did not issue a tsunami warning because no significant waves were generated.

In the JayaOne complex here, reports came in of shaking furniture and swaying fixtures.

In KUALA LUMPUR, Mariam Anis and her colleagues on their 21st-floor office in Plaza Sentral in Jalan Sultan Ismail felt the tremors.

“The tremors were strong and I could feel the building shaking. My colleagues and I did not waste another second and ran towards the emergency stairways to make our way down from the 21st floor.

“It was rather scary,” she said.

Tremors were also felt in the federal administrative capital of PUTRAJAYA. Mohd Kamel Othman, press secretary to Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, was in his office at the Prime Minister’s Department when he felt the tremors.

“I could literally see the building moving from left to right. Even the flowerpots were shaking. I immediately rallied my colleagues to leave the building.

“My minister also came out of his office as he too could feel the tremors,” he said, adding while he had experienced tremors before, the ones which on Wednesday were stronger.

In GEORGE TOWN, people rushed out of several high-rise buildings in Macallum Street, Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Tokong, Gurney Drive and the inner city of George Town.

Student C.Y. Khoo, 18, said she decided to walk out from the cinema in Gurney Plaza with her friends after she felt the tremors.

“I feared for my safety. My friends and I decided to get out from the cinema although we like the movie very much,” she said.

A Golden Screen Cinema spokesman said a tremor was felt at about 6.20pm for about 25 seconds.

“Some moviegoers walked out of the cinema but ... generally, the situation was not that serious,” he said.

Penang police chief Deputy Comm Wira Ayub Yaakob said policemen were deployed to monitor the situation.

“My men were on the look-out and would have moved in to help if the need arose,” he said.

Marine Operations Force Region I commander Asst Comm Zainul Abidin Hasan said all his men, both at the base and on patrol, were put on standby.

State secretary Datuk Zainal Rahim Seman said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was concerned about the initial tsunami alert.

“The state directed all relevant departments such as the police to be on standby,” he said.

A State Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said they received numerous calls from anxious residents enquiring about the tremors.

However, there were no reports of any injuries or of anybody trapped in lifts or buildings.

In JOHOR BARU, many people rushed out of buildings and the new Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex halted operations abruptly and was evacuated for about 40mins.

This caused massive congestion as thousands of motorists were returning from Singapore after office hours.

Fire and Rescue Department personnel were called in to check the building before operations resumed.

The lanes were later reopened and traffic policemen deployed to control traffic at the complex.

Assistant administrative worker Wong Hook Tuck, 52, who was at his office at level six of Menara Plaza Pelangi, described the tremors as bad.

“The tremors started at around 6.15pm and lasted for about five minutes.

“I felt very dizzy and all my colleagues and I started to evacuate the building as the fire alarm had gone off,” he said.

He said he was in shock and had thought that there was an earthquake in Malaysia.

In Taman Ehsan Jaya, administrative executive Surinder Kaur said she was shocked when the people in her apartment building started running downstairs, saying that there was an earthquake.

“I stay on the second floor and I didn’t feel anything, but my neighbours warned me about the tremors and told me to quickly evacuate,” she said.

She said one of her neighbours was having his dinner at the time and the whole table started to shake, spilling the soup he was eating.

“All of the residents quickly assembled at the ground floor; the tremors lasted for about four minutes,” she said.

In SINGAPORE, residents from Toa Payoh, Woodlands, Bukit Timah, Simei and Kembangan in the eastern part, reported tremors shaking their buildings, The Straits Times reported.

A spokesman from National Environment Agency said it received calls from members of the public from Red Hill, Choa Chu Kang, Changi, Toa Payoh, the city area, Punggol, Sengkang, Sembawang and Pasir Ris.

Kee Ya Ting of Woodlands said she thought her flat was going to collapse.

“I was scared. I live on the 12th floor. I was sitting at my desk when the flat shook and I felt myself swaying from left to right. I thought my flat was going to collapse,” she told the paper.

In PADANG itself, the situation looked dire. Indonesian television reported that hundreds of buildings had collapsed and many people were feared trapped under the rubble.

Footage from Padang showed flattened buildings, with at least one person trapped underneath, a foot sticking out from beneath the debris, The Associated Press reported.

“The earthquake was very strong,” said Kasmiati, who lives on the coast near to the epicenter. “People ran to high ground. Houses and buildings were badly damaged.”

“I was outside, so I am safe, but my children at home were injured,” she said before her cellphone went dead.

The quake triggered a landslide that cut off land transport to the provincial town of Padang Pandang, which lies about 70km north of Padang, said a police officer in the town, who identified himself only as Riko. He said three cars were reportedly hit by the landslide.

Padang, a sprawling low-lying city of around 900,000, was badly hit by an 8.4 magnitude quake in September 2007, when dozens of people died and several large buildings collapsed, AP said.

Power in the city was reportedly cut and telecommunications networks were down or overloaded, making it difficult to get accurate information about the extent of the damage.

“Many buildings are badly damaged, including hotels and mosques,” said Wandono, an official at Meteorology and Geophysic Agency in the capital, Jakarta, citing reports from residents.

He said a steep, sloping riverbank collapsed, houses had toppled and a fire had broken out in buildings on the road to Padang.

Wednesday’s quake comes a day after a quake with a magnitude of between 8.0 and 8.3 in the South Pacific hurled a massive tsunami at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and leaving at least 99 dead and dozens missing.

The epicenter of Wednesday’s temblor off Indonesia lies several thousand kilometres to the west, on the other side of Australia.

Danger ahead
Geologists have said Padang, which lies near the colliding Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates, is the most likely in the country to fall victim to the next major quake or tsunami, AFP reported.

“There will be aftershocks but it’s difficult to predict whether there will be a bigger quake,” Geological Disaster Mitigation and Volcanology Centre head Surono told AFP.

“There are three big volcanoes in West Sumatra -- Merapi, Talang and Tandikat. We fear that this quake might cause volcanic eruptions there,” he said.

Experts have said the city is most at risk from a final segment along the zone shifting to unleash a massive amount of energy.

The zone’s other segments have already cracked, including a large portion off Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra, which triggered the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed more than 220,000 people.

Plans for evacuation shelters and improved roads to provide better escape routes from tsunami have mostly not been realised.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

A quake on the main island of Java earlier this month killed 123 people.


So that was basically what happened. Now for my part of my experience. I was in my office while all this happen. 20 minutes before the tremor started, my colleagues and I was cam-whoring on our floor's balcony. After coming in to the building, I realised that I left my phone on my work desk. So with a quick reflex action I ran to my place and and grabbed my phone from the table and was seated properly on my place. My other colleague felt her work desk shaking and she thought it was me doing it. And being so, she turned and looked at me wanting to addressed me when she noticed I was seated properly on my seat. She was suspicious on what was moving the table. Therefore, she asked us if we felt anything. My other colleague said she feels a little dizzy. Just as she said that, A guy from the other side of the building ask if we felt the building shaking. That's when we came into sense and quickly evacuated our department and the whole floor. We took the stairs all the way down from six floor. The whole building was alerted and everyone was at a buzz down at the foot of the building. Some of us were being interviewed by reporters (my office department is separated from the main building, and the building we are in is a Chinese newspaper company known as the Oriental Daily). After like 40 minutes of waiting downstairs, some of us decided it was safe to go up and lock and shut off everything and packed our bags and back home. Anyways, enough of the tremors and lets move on to my post about the holidays. LMAO.


**20th September 2009 - Sunday**

- Woke up at 6 am because he woke up. But I fell back to sleep cause I don't have to wake up that early. He woke up early cause he had to go to the mosque to pray. I woke up again at 11 something AM. He was like so shocked I was still in bed because he came home and came in the room and see me sleeping nicely. He had to wake me up.(gee thanks a lot!). lol. After showering and all, had ketupat for breakfast with chicken kurma, beef curry, chicken curry, peanut sauce and coffee. It was so good. =D We were basicaly around and busy because his uncle's wedding was the second day of raya. So kinda like decorated the cake tables and all. It was pretty. And I was proud of what I did. Well, pics will be up after all this posting. =D I helped in wrapping the egg's into the bag and wrapping the door gifts. I also helped in wiping the plates and cups and yea, basically I was helping in the wedding. lol. It was so fun. Then the karaoke booth was set up and by night a lot of Malay songs was played. It was a nice night experience for me.

Alrighty. That's all for now. Am gonna hit the hay sack! =D nitey nitey!!

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