March 31, 2006
An entrance ticket to DisneySea costs 5500yen (adult fare) for an all-day Passport. This enables one to ride and see any of the attractions for free at the park. Unfortunately, this ticket does not include meals, and most importantly, the gorgeous souvenirs which could ultimately burn an even bigger hole in the pocket compared to the entrance fare. Yep, trust the one who spent about 8000yen JUST on souvenirs, and they're not even for me!
Mysterious Island was also another part of DisneySea which isn't much to cry about. It captures the writings of Jules Verne in portraying Captain Nemo's secret base. The architecture of the place was superb, but the rides were abysmal. The "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" was absolutely rubbish (incidentally, that was the ride which my Japanese girlfriend and I waited 90 mins for, during my first trip to DisneySea). Unfortunately, once again, I missed the "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" ride.
All in all, I had a great time at DisneySea. Mostly because I was with Dad, who was such a blast. Bet Mum's green with envy after looking at the fab photos. Only spent 3000yen on souvenirs this time. Not too bad, eh? Hey, I gotta save the money, replenish the almost-dry bucket.
March 29, 2006
Car Wars - Up to RM40000 cut in prices for imported cars
Oh sure, cut the prices of cars now AFTER I bought my Waja. That's cruel irony for ya. Anyways, intrigued, I read on.
KUALA LUMPUR: Let the price war begin! Car importers have begun to slash car prices, within a week of the National Automotive Policy being announced by the Government. Consumers are expected to benefit from the move which has seen some high-end car importers bringing prices down between RM20,000 and RM40,000.
My my, that's a lot of money. If you tell me that they're cutting RM20,000 off the current Wajas, I'll go slit my own throat now. But wait a secc. High-end cars? Okay. No hope for Proton then.
Volvo Car Malaysia Sdn Bhd announced price reductions of up to RM20,000, depending on the models. The seven per cent reduction comes into effect immediately.
Volvo?!! How many of us actually owns a Volvo?! (By the way, the Volvo my dad's driving belongs to the company, not him, so shut up)
I nearly laughed my ass off after reading the next few lines.
DaimlerChrysler Malaysia, meanwhile, has announced price reductions of 6.5 per cent to 10 per cent for all its completely knocked-down (CKD) models, with immediate effect. "The CKD Mercedes-Benz C180K model previously retailed at RM255,800 but with the savings on duty, customers can expect to purchase the luxury make for RM233,888," the company said in a statement. The model with the biggest price reduction was the Mercedes-Benz E240K, which now retails at RM388,000, down from RM428,000.
Trophy Wife: Lou kong ah, guess what?
Rich ol' Hubby: Whaaat?
Trophy Wife: Merce-dee now veli cheap. Gah-men say cut price for imported cars woh.
Rich ol' Hubby: Really one or not? Gah-men also last time say AFTA 2005 punya cars sure cheap one, also don't have. Somemore now with the AP problem with that Rafidah, aiya, you sure or not?
Trophy Wife: This time gah-men already confirmed liao. Lou kong ah, the E240K balu RM388K nia, so cheap. Buy for me lah!
Rich ol' Hubby: Okay loh. I also want to buy one. Maybe should buy one for Girl-girl and one for Boy-boy. Their BMWs already kena banged-up quite bad.
What utter rubbish. So typical of the government to insult our intelligence by making the price cut of imported cars such a hype, when it's so difficult to even afford mid-range-priced ones.
Car wars? Not blardy likely.
March 27, 2006
We actually sat very few rides at Disneysea; 1) I've already sat most of 'em during my first visit, and more importantly 2) I didn't allow Dad to ride on any of the rollercoasters or any thrilling rides for fear of his health. It was only AFTER we left Disneysea, he told me that he's just ridden the Space Mountain at the Hong Kong Disneyland two months ago, and why was it that I wouldn't let him ride any of the milder ones at Disneysea?!! Geez, that's gratitude for ya. Tsk tsk tsk. In my defence, he was more interested in taking photos anyway. In 4 hours, he took hundreds! There were so many people at Disneysea that day, thank God for the Fastpass facilities! (with a Fastpass for each ride, you can skip the long-ass queues to the popular rides. Unfortunately, you can only use one Fastpass every 1~2 hours, which sucks when you wanna go for many rides in a short period of time)
Went to Ueno Park on Sunday morning. The sakura has finally bloomed! It's a pity that these flowers only stay bloomed for a week or so. It was a lovely sight, with the cherry blossom trees looming over the paths, and the pink and white flowers shade the walkways. It was a good thing that we went to the park early (well, the shops weren't opened at 9am yet), because in just under an hour, the park became very crowded with people, having picnics at the sides of the roads, just to enjoy the cherry blossoms.
The best part of the weekend? Akihabara. A gadget-freak like me CANNOT go to Akihabara and leave without getting anything. It's virtually impossible (and a crime too)! It's a good thing Dad was with me, or else it's credit-card swiping time. Bought a 60GB external hard disk for 9,800yen, which was quite a good deal for such a small and light one. Also bought a cordless Logitech mouse for 2,800yen. I stared at the Palmone LifeDrive for such a long time, drooling at it, until Dad had to drag my ass out of the shop. Sigh. Dad too had to resist the temptation from buying a hard disk recorder, which was really cheap (about 36,000yen).
All in all, fantastic weekend with Dad. Truly moments to cherish. Photos a-coming in my next post, so stay tuned!
March 24, 2006
Well, on a brighter note, Dad's in Japan just now. Will be meeting with him at Tokyo during the weekend. Since he'll be paying for EVERYTHING, perhaps I can "convince" him to bring me to one of 'em Disney places again. Hmmm ...
March 21, 2006
Donations, anyone? Alms for the poor?
"...[Japanese gibberish] ..."
I looked at him, with my usual bloody-hell-I-have-no-idea-what-you're-saying look.
"...[Japanese gibberish] ..." he muttered, while swinging his arm up and down, imitating someone drinking.
Okay, this person's losing me big time.
"Excuse me, do I know you?", I said, in perfect English, I might add, just to intimidate him (hey, I was getting a little freaked out).
"You and me, let's have coffee together. Now?", he answered, in broken English.
I looked at him blankly.
"Err ... no."
I walked off, leaving him with his mouth a little gaped.
Hey, I'm all for guys hitting on me (*wink*), but it doesn't help if the guy's a middle-aged, hamsap-looking (i.e. perverted) uncle. Especially if he goes around asking perfect strangers out for a drink. He could be just looking for someone to have an English conversation with (it happens a lot here, as the Japs rarely get a chance to practise their English) or not, I'll never know. Although I'd have to say, I never did give him (nor anyone for that matter) the impression that I spoke any English now, did I, since I'm practically mute when I'm on my own? Hmmm ... oh well. No harm, no foul.
Still, if the next one's a cute Japanese fella, I'd be telling you a different story *grin*.
March 19, 2006
March 17, 2006
The weekend's almost here. It's funny how I look forward to weekends at home, but not here. It's all starting to hit me once again, the loneliness. It's frustrating as hell. And the sad thing is that, as much as I try to keep it all in me, it always manages to affect other people. Sometimes I think it's easier to maintain a cheerful facade to the world then to let them know how unhappy and disheartened I am. Especially when it's so difficult for them to accept me the way I am over here. These empty feelings hit me against my will, and it's not like I want to feel this way. Who enjoys feeling shitty? Geez.
The worst thing is that I've reached out to people. It has always been ME initiating things - hey, let's go out, hey, let's do this, hey, let's do that. If I don't, then it's every man for himself. Call me shallow, but when have they ever come to ME? What, if I don't say anything, then that's it? Worst of all, there were times when I'm not even included in their activities. So tell me, why should I even bother? I'd rather reach out to people who would appreciate me for who I am.
And you know what, I'm just flat-tired of doing that. I choose to be happy on my own. A friend once told me, that it's better that I feel good about myself when I'm alone, before I start reaching out to others. And by God, that's what I'll do. Screw the rest of the world for making me think that I need you to survive over here.
Nine more weekends (including this one) to go. I can't be counting down the days over here, because it'd seem neverending. Maybe I should do something drastic, something so over-the-top, something which I can still do whilst I'm still on my own. Well, that's an idea to ponder upon. No more knitting, cross-stitching, beading ... shit like that. What the hell was I thinking? Geez!
- Rant ends -
This weekend will be a long one. Monday's a holiday for us here (actually, Tuesday's a public holiday - March Equinox, but the company's adopting the holiday on Monday instead). Have no idea what I'll be doing then. Will probably head to town for a walk or something. I'll be going ice-skating with my friends tomorrow. Haven't done that in a while. Methinks I'll need to have pillows strapped to my bottom before I even attempt to touch the ice.
You know what the sad thing is? It's that I've *gasp* lost the will to shop. Yes, me, the one who made sure UK's (well, Dundee's anyway) economy stays robust with me buying all sorts of junk everywhere. The one whose credit card bills come short of half of my monthly income. The one who thinks that the creator of Amazon.com's my hero. Argh! I'd normally head to town at least once during the weekdays (oh, being in town during the weekends is a default activity, so that doesn't count), and at least once at Takashimaya. However, this trip ... nadah. I've only been to town last weekend, and I hardly bought anything. It's like, nothing interests me anymore. How sad is that?! All the pukingly-kawaii stuff did nothing for me. On the brighter side, I'm saving more money than usual, which is good. After emptying my "bucket" of money to buy the car, it's time to replenish it. Of course, there'll be days where I believe that I could help with the Japanese economy when I see a certain pair of shoes, or a certain bag.
March 16, 2006
I would like to kick the ass of the person who announced the arrival of spring, because it's still so bloody cold! Zero degrees is NOT spring. Zero degrees is bleak, dreary winter, which is what it is now. No thanks to the cold, my lovely pot of gerberas died last night. Well, I wouldn't exactly blame the cold for this, because the flowers actually wilted indoors. I was contemplating of leaving the potted plant outside, but I was afraid the cold might kill it. Well, lah-di-dah, the heat in my room killed it instead. Grrr.
What, and you were expecting a poetic post?
March 07, 2006
Yep, I'm finally back in Japan. Can't avoid the inevitable. Caught a cold on the flight to Narita. Not such a good start to the trip, huh?
On a graver note, my paternal grandfather passed away last night, just as I reached Japan. The funeral proceedings will be handled by the family. My family left for Seremban early this morning. I am not able to attend the funeral as I am currently in Japan (my parents have agreed that it would be unnecessary for me to return to Malaysia as the funeral will be held tomorrow).
March 03, 2006
Sometimes I realise how easy it is for me to understand and handle other people’s problems than mine. When I’m related to problems which another is facing, it’s so easy for me to think objectively and rationally. And it’s ironic how they tell me that they could so easily tell me of their problems because I think so carefully FOR them, with my head. Yet, for problems of my own, I think with my heart. Emotions get in the way, and I mess everything up instead. And I end up blaming no one but myself for being so foolish.
Such are the lessons in life. I think it's time I take back what's mine. To hell with what everyone think. How many people can I please this lifetime? One hundred? One thousand? How about just one?