Monday, May 31, 2010

Cameron Highlands

Here are the photos of our 3 days 3 nights trip to Cameron Highlands, a highland region in Pahang, Malaysia during the recent long weekend. We visited the tea plantation, strawberry farm, vege farm, bee farm and more farms. Overall, it was quite relaxing. There was not much to do in the evenings except shopping at the nearby pasar malam, so we kept ourselves entertained by watching tv. One thing that I couldn't stand is the coach's aircon. The coach is brand new, so it was pretty cold even at the lowest setting. Oh Gosh! Another thing that eventually made me and my incredible sick to our stomach were the foods. Not because they tasted bad. Imagine having at least a 7-course meal like those normally served at wedding dinners twice per day, continuously for 3 days, you will likely feel nauseous by just looking at them!

OK. That's about all.


There are many more interesting and tempting foods offered at the pasar malam. Fresh/dried strawberry, handmade ice-cream, fried mushrooms and veges, barbecued jagung (sweet corn), bubble teas, murtabak ayam, chocolates, burgers, etc etc. This charcoal grilled whole chicken only costs 22 ringgit. If not we will be having dinner very soon, I'd definitely give it a try.






There are a lot of funny shaped cactus at Cactus Valley. Here are only few of the varieties.








Flowers.





Cameron Bharat Tea Plantations.



For city kids who never ever see live chicken and turkey, now you know how they look like.




Found this rustic car near a wet market when we stopover for breadfast in the first morning.





4D, anybody ?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Alvar Aalto Iconic Stools

Came across this fascinating works by 136 NUS first year architecture students at the Asian Civillisation Museum. The students were tasked to reconfigure stools, donated by the Finnish Embassy, into new and inventive structures keeping with Aalto’s original design intents of synthesis and humanism.












Love the works. More photos here.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

More Books

OK. I know, i know. I am short of time for reading and yet I simply couldn't stop my habit of buying more books especially when they are on bargain price. Regardless of hardcover or paperback, buy 1 for $8.00, buy 5 for $35.00. How can one resist such a good offer ?

So, that was it. I bought 5 books for myself, and 2 for my incredible. The five are :

The Hour I First Believed: A Novel (Hardcover)
Author : Willy Lamb
Publisher: Harper; Stated First Edition edition (November 11, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0060393496
(A pretty thick book that I can use to knock someone down.)

The Anthologist: A Novel (Hardcover)
Author : Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (September 8, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1416572442

To Terra...Volume 1,2,3(Paperback)
by Manga Artist, Keiko Takemiya
Publisher: Vertical (2007)



This is my first time buying manga in English language. I know about this manga quite a while ago. Unfortunately, there is no Chinese translation for it. I'm lucky to have found the books. My next target will be her second manga, also in English, Andromeda Stories.

The plot of  To Terra : After seeing how uncontrolled humanity wrecked Earth, survivors form the Superior Domination and decide to move to other planets and improve on nature: henceforth, all children will be computer-designed for rationality, then purged of all memories at puberty so they can be supervised by a "mother" machine. Sometimes, however, testing discovers that the child is a Mu, a hyperemotional and uncontrollable telepath, who are driven underground by the S.D. Having been raised as a normal boy, 14-year-old Jomy desperately resists contact by the Mu, especially the news that he is an exceptionally powerful latent telepath who is destined to lead the Mu back to Terra. Meanwhile, cold-blooded Keith is rising in the ranks of the military forces designed to keep a rejuvenated Earth clean of Mu contamination.  So their journey begins.