Thursday, January 27, 2011

Study all day, play all night

I just finished my exams but I'm still in nerd mode because I have to prepare for my CIMA exams in May. Currently studying online instead of attending classes at a tuition centre. Studying online has it's pros and cons but as long as I have the discipline I think I should be able to do it. Right now, my study timetable is pretty hectic as I have to prepare for 3 papers in May and May isn't very far away. I study in the morning and afternoon from Monday to Saturday.

All work and no play makes me a dull person so I do set aside time to relax. While I study during the day, I don't touch my textbooks or past year questions at night and on Sundays. Here's what I do when I'm not studying
  • watching movies ( I recently watched "21" and "Dark Knight" both good movies)
  • reading (I'm currently reading "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis)
  • playing boardgames with friends
  • attending talks, seminars or Toastmasters meeting.
  • meeting up with friends just to catch up
  • CG meetings, church
This list is not exhaustive so if you have anything interesting going on just hit me up.

Happy Chinese New Year in advance, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day trip: KL

Last Saturday, I went out with some of my course mates to KL. We were in KL from 10am - 10pm and I reached home really late. This is like the longest trip I've ever went out with friends within Klang Valley.

Anyway, KL is accessible by various public transport like the monorail, LRT, buses so there is no worries about not being able to get there. Usually, people don't drive to KL. The traffic jam can drive you mad and the parking rates is crazy. After all, it's cheaper to just take the public transport.

We met at KLCC. Walked around the park and took lots of pictures. After that while walking through KLCC Convention Centre, we noticed a dental exhibition going on so we asked if we can go in to have a look. They said yes and gave us visitor passes. One of my secondary schoolmate was working there. She recognised me. We tried out some new stuff like a new anti-bacterial hand sanitizer. The first of its kind in Malaysia. I like how it's foamy, which means if I use it while in a train, at least it won't spill all over the floor and cause a mess. Another new product that we tried is Listerine's latest product which was just launched that day. It's less spicy than the other products and I like the colour. It's purple in colour. We also watched a new technology where dentists can use that software to explain to customers the procedure involving certain treatments and the results after a few years as well as comparison between different procedures. I think dentists who have more capital to spare could consider investing in this software as it helps patients make more informed decisions. The benefits will also exceed the costs as it won't cost a bomb to upgrade the software.

Time passed really fast, and soon it was lunch time. Since we wanted to have lunch at Lot 10, we all walked from the convention centre to Pavilion and from Pavilion to Lot 10. Not very far, walking distance, provided it doesn't rain. If not we can sprint our way there.

There's this food court in Lot 10 where almost all the famous "makan" places in Klang Valley are there. It's like the branch of those famous places there like Hon Kee porridge, Kayu Nasi Kandar and so. We each ordered one type and tried each other food. It was all very delicious and I felt really full after eating all that food. Now, we don't have to travel all over KL looking for those places, we can just go to Lot 10 and it's there.

Oh, other random things we did before having lunch was taking pictures with people we don't know and since Crocs was giving out balloons, we took those balloons and gave out to kids we saw along the way.

Back to Lot 10. After eating, we went to the top floor just to see what's there. Since I've never been to Lot 10 before. You can't blame me. I live in PJ and everything I want or need is nearby, I don't go down to KL unless there's a good reason to, like a trip with friends. On the top of Lot 10. There's a gym, Actor's studio (where you can watch plays. Yoshida Brothers will be performing there but tickets are sold out), there's a restaurant there too with a nice green lawn. We took more pictures up there.

After that, we went to National Geographic store on the 3rd floor. Took more pictures and admire their pictures and wished we could take pictures like them.

Once we're done with Lot 1o, we went to Pavilion. Received sweets from a guy who dressed up as the God of Prosperity. Beat the drums on display since they allowed us to do so and yeah, took more pictures.

Then we decided to go to Berjaya Times Square which is within walking distance from Pavilion but we had to pass through Sungai Wang where a few of my friends registered as voters. Yay!

Did some shopping at Berjaya Times Square and had dinner at Sweet Chat cafe. Were planning to have either to have karaoke/movie/bowling session together but it was kind of late, by the time we finished dinner, it was already 8.30pm and I felt very full. Not to worry, I still have time to lose 10kg by the end of 2011.

We decided to take the bus instead of taking the monorail back but didn't realise it was raining. Thank God it wasn't raining heavily if not I'm going to see a lot of "I'm sick" status updates on Facebook the next day.

In order to take the bus, we had to walked from Berjaya Times Square to outside McD where we saw a few Metro buses waiting there. We boarded one heading to our destination and that the end of our KL day trip.

This was a fun and memorable trip with my friends and I hope we can go on more trips together in the future which would be harder to plan since we're all graduating and going different directions but we can certainly make time for each other.