Ending The Year 2014 On A Positive Note!

2014 najib golf

(Not everyone can be the PM – very, very hard at “work” overseas in 2014. Some had said that there is nothing wrong for a leader to take a break. Well, that is correct but not when the country is seeing one of the worst floods around. The big mamma still on holiday, its so seems – no one had seen her wading through the high water in downtown Kota Bahru. Image source)

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Highway 101: Encountering Reckless Livina Drivers

livina highway

(All whites Livinas on the highway! At first, we thought it was a new way of delivering new vehicles to their customers – some beautifully modified told us it was not but putting themselves and other road users in great danger)

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Childhood Memories: Part 17 – Excited Taking Train Up North

(The start of our journey on the trains, the old train station – Image source: http://spwise.wordpress.com)

These days when I go back to my in-law’s house in Taiping for a well-deserved rest, we usually take the North South Highway and it takes us about 3 hours to reach. But there was a time in the late 70s and early 80s when we used to travel to Taiping by train during the festivals (very rare Deepavali celebrations in Taiping) or when someone had kicked the bucket or when someone very close was getting married.

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Travelling 101: Pushing Nimble Viva Up North

viva car wife taiping north

We were clearly able to pick up speed to 100 kilometres per hour on the highway but it comes with a problem – stability. Perodua Viva do not come with the Lotus DNA, unlike the other national cars.

It has been in our plans to have at least 2 cars at home which will serve a different purpose and the addition of the small Perodua Viva was just considering the time. And once we have cleared the first 1,000 kilometres service, we decided on a drive up North and we took the Viva instead the usual bigger car.

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Almost Haircut

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We were back in Taiping for the holidays and true to my philosophy “Taiping is a rest area”, I did not venture out from the house for the last 3 days we were there.

It was perfect staying in my in-law’s house – there were good programs on Astro, a comfortable bedroom to take short naps (with no one to question), laptop for games & movies and of course, delicious home cooked food.… [Click to read the rest] “Almost Haircut”

Overheard in Taiping

PPP may be sailing in troubled waters in Taiping, so I overheard when I was in Taiping last week. And this is what was told to me:-

It seems Kayveas was supposed to do talk in an Indian highly populated area and he was late for 2 – 3 hours. His wife was there early but had nothing much to say to the crowd who was waiting for Kayveas to voice out some of their concerns.

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The unexpected traffic and KL drivers

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It is always been a sound idea to go for an outstation trip a week or so after a major holidays. The last thing I want to do on a holiday is to waste time and risk myself in heavy traffic jams on the highway. So, when the long break during Chinese New Year came, we were holed up in our house and only made short distance driving

So when I decided to go to Taiping a week after the long break, I had expected an almost traffic free lanes on the highway and I was right.

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Taiping Trips 101: Black Panther! Courting Danger with One in Taiping!

panthers

(Back in Taiping Zoo, I can be standing next to a big “hungry-looking” panther – so close that I could easily put my fingers in and touch the animal. I did not try my luck. The good thing was the panthers were behind a cage and the cats have just been fed, phew! Image Source: Wikipedia)

I had been planning to take my son to the zoo for some time now.

He is now able to recognise the different types of animals from the TV shows (such as the Big Bird in Sesame Street) and we thought it would be good if he could see the animals in real (as long as he does not ask about Big Bird). The opportunity was there when we travelled back to Taiping for the holidays. We planned to take him to the Taiping Zoo – it will be my 2nd trip to the zoo.

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A very short note on the trip to Taiping

I realize now that it was indeed a smart thing to do when I opted to work during the Deeparaya week and take my leave later. My friends who came back from their hometowns, just after their holidays, were talking about the heavy traffic jam and how tired they were driving through the crawl.
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Time Out!

(Taiping has no beaches but I guess this is how me and my son will be lying down in bed in the house. Cartoon source: www.opensecrets.org )

I am finally taking my Deeparaya leave on Monday till Wednesday, driving up to one and only Taiping. There will not be any blog from me during this time but it gives me a good chance to be away from a computer for once (I am already spending like 8 hours in front of a computer at my work place everyday).
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