Thursday, January 31, 2008
To be honest, I think they are just not good enough. Nevertheless, deep down inside, I'm still a Kop, through and through. Hopefully, one day, they can bring back the glory of the 80's.
Man Utd fans, don't ask me to stop dreaming...'cos dreaming is good...especially day dream. It makes my time pass faster, and without realising...it's already 4.00pm. YOoohooo..... 2 more hours to go....
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Firstly, Mr Cheng, Elpha's dad. We have yet to hear from Elpha, but we sincerely hope she's coping well from this sudden tragedy.
A few days ago, I came to know about Sir Edmund Hillary's death. He had a heart attack. He was 88. I believe most of us know who he was. He was the first known person to have climbed Mount Everest, together with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, in 1953.
Yesterday, I heard of another shocking news. Heath Ledger was found dead, head-down on his bed, in his apartment. Many suspected the cause of death was overdose of sleeping pills. We'll hear more of this, in days to come. Nevertheless, he was a fine actor, who acted in a few good movies including Brokeback Mountain and as the Joker in the new Batman.
For all who have departed, may you rest in peace. You will always have a place in our hearts. Amen.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This is another shocking news this year. It happened so suddenly. Well, I really know how she feel...and I do also know what she has to go through for the next few days. It is indeed a very very sad and painful moment in one's life.
If you say, everyone who come has to go. Yes, I agree. But there are a lot of things which are beyond our thoughts, imagination and control. Everything just happened so fast. It reminded me of my late mother. I'm having goosebumps now.
Anyway, I hope Elpha will be strong enough to go through the next few weeks of her life.
"Uncle, down here, we will pray for you, may the merits gathered will bring you to the higher planes of existence. Amithofo..."
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I have to force myself to post this....or else I will not have any time to do so later. My schedule is so packed, especially when Chinese New Year is just around the corner.
We also visited the Agriculture Museum, Blue House (Korea's White House), Folklore Museum, Kyongbuk Palace (historical palace) and Dongdaemun on our first day. Dongdaemun in Chinese means The Great Eastern Door. This is a place where lots of shopping takes place, similar to Bukit Bintang. My wife and I like this place very much. She, because shopping is women's nature, whereas me, because of the beautiful people around.
This is what we had for our first day dinner, 2nd day lunch, 3rd day lunch and dinner, 4th day.....5th day.....and so on..... I think it's because of the cold weather, that we had steamboat everyday, almost every meal. Luckily, we did have some barbeque pork (bulgogi) and barbeque wild boar for 2 meals.
After Everland, we headed straight to the foot of Soraksan. We stayed at Pine Resort. Guessed what, it was New Year Eve. We were too tired, none of us were willing to sit till 12.00am, so at 10.30, we decided to call it a day. This was how we celebrated our New Year 2008! How pathetic!
Later in the evening, we had our ski lessons, and skied for an hour or so. It's fun, but our buttocks were the victim of excessive abuse.We were later told that this was the coldest place in Korea, it was -13 degrees. Phew... seems like we have gotten used to the weather.
At night, we were brought to Lotte World and Walker Casino. Lotte World is an indoor and outdoor theme park, ranked no. 2 in Korea. Due to the location (in Seoul) and the indoor park, I think there are more people here compared to Everland. Quite a nice place, but too bad, we were only allowed one and a half hours here. Definitely not enough, but we are on a tour, so we've got no choice! Walker Casino is nothing compared to Genting Casino, but it's in our list, so what the heck, we've got no complains.
In the evening, we headed to Jeju Island, another highlight of our tour. Jeju island is located at the south of Korea. It's a small island, smaller than Penang, but the economy here is huge. We were told that Japan agreed to lend money to Korea for construction of stadiums to co-host the 2002 World Cup. However, at the last minute, Japan refuse to fulfill their promise. Korea was left with no choice but to agree new terms with Japan, including supplying seafood to Japan for 50 years. That's why for 7 days here in Korea, the best seafood we had was squid in fried rice!
Day 6 : Our first destination was Yongduam Rock, a rock formation which looks like a dragon head. Is it really so? Hmm....u judge yourself.
Next, we went to Jusanjeoli Cliff. It's a hill, of which we could see the whole of Jeju from the top. The scenery was spectacular! It's quite high tho', we took about 30 mins to climb. In freezing weather, this was the first time we took off our winter jacket.
Then, we went to Seopjikoji. This is a nice place by the sea. It's another Korean movie shooting venue. The movie is 'All In'. Frankly speaking, I have never watched any of these movies. It's too long and draggy....just can't stand the crying and predictable storyline...
Next, we visited Seongeup Folk Village. This village is called the 'Long Aged Village'. There are more than 20 people above 100 years old, and over 40 above 80 years old. We had our BBQ wild boar here, the taste was good....
The next day, which was our final day in Korea, we left Jeju and headed back to Seoul. After having steamboat for most of our meals, we complained and requested for something different. Some requested for Jajangmeon, so we had Jajangmeon for lunch. It's similar to our Hokkien Mee, just that the sauce has got more ingredients in it, eg. onions, minced pork, etc.
We were lucky to see a wedding couple on our last day. This is their wedding costume. Pretty normal huh? By the way, their traditional costume is called the 'Ham-buk'.
Anyway, we did enjoy ourselves. I guess, I'll visit Korea again, maybe in another 10 years. We might just go on ourselves, shopping and skiing as long as we like. Overall, a very nice place to visit, especially end of the year.