Do Not Believe

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

— Buddha

If not now, when?

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It
carries over no balance from day to day and every evening deletes whatever part
of the balance you failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course !

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with
86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have
failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the
day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going
back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”. You must live in the present
on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health,
happiness, and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature
baby.
To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed a plane.
To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realise the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a medal in the
Olympics.

(Got it as a forward from Mom)

The 10 Qualities Of A Girl That I’m Attracted To Most

I’m at a point in my life where I’m searching and determining the things I want. For example, I like house music not techno, dogs not cats, Guinness not Carlsberg, and the list goes on.

Right now, I’m putting up the list of what I look for in a girl not for anyone but for myself. Yeah, it’s actually me getting to know me better. Self improvement kinda thing la.

  1. Understanding
  2. Experience without education may not be enough. I never knew how different the male and female mind work until I read John Gray’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.

    One fine example is the way guys react under stress. A guy usually withdraws himself and delve into the issue until a solution is found. If a solution is yet to be found, he will take ‘time outs’ and and go out with friends or watch the TV or play games, etc to take time to determine a solution. It allows him to distance himself from the problems to focus on something else. It allows him revisit the problem later with a fresh perspective.

    A girl will find it hard to understand this as they were designed to talk about the issue during stress. There were times during my past relationships where I tried to retreat as she tried to get closer to me. As a result, it leads to conflicts.

    There are other points as well, listed and explained nicely in John Gray’s book. Reading it was like viewing the same world in different perspectives. I like it when a girl understands me.

  3. Honesty
  4. Honesty leads to trust. However, there are 2 types of honesty. One, reaction honesty, which is the approval seeking type and two, genuine honesty, where it is heartfelt and sincere. I like girls who are genuinely honest. I understand that sometimes it may be hard or she may be afraid to tell the truth because it may hurt or scare the person away.

    more lies = more problems

    Wouldn’t you rather be told the truth rather than be lied to? I would. I learned that in relationships, boundaries and rules will have to be set up from the start.

    The saying below applies to honesty as well.

    “Say what you do and do what you say”

    Of course it applies to guys as well.

  5. Health Conscious
  6. I like girls who are health conscious. I dare say health conscious girls are more attractive than those who aren’t. After all, a good physique is the FIRST thing that attracts a guy, even before getting to know a girl better. I’m attracted to women who exercise, eat right, sleeps well. I feel that being healthy makes a woman more energetic and confident. Resisting her may become an issue for me :D

  7. Well Mannered
  8. I like girls who carry themselves well. I believe this attribute usually comes with well read and educated women. I find the kind, caring type more attractive than the gossiping, nagging, insulting, teasing and alienating type. I find girls who are modest, reserved but fun more attractive than the type that always tries to be the life and soul of the party.

  9. A Good Sense Of Dressing
  10. I like girls who have a good sense of dressing. 3 reasons why.

    Firstly, dressing well shows respect for others. I can imagine the frustration if I were to go for a date at a fine dining restaurant with a girl who looks like she’s just finished tuition class.

    Second, dressing well promotes respect for herself.

    Third, dressing well is part of being a woman. Just wearing whatever’s most comfortable isn’t really good enough to do well in the real world. For example, offices have dress codes. Clients have expectations. The kind where it requires the girl to put away the jeans and other college type of wears. And not knowing so will simply exhibit ‘immaturity’. If a woman dresses like a woman, she’d most likely be treated as a woman.

  11. Full of Surprises
  12. I like surprises too. A woman who surprises me just when I think I’m getting to know her is very exciting. I find mystery enticing and new at the same time. Keeping bits of information about herself can actually be beneficial. It’s like finding out that she can actually cook my favourite dish a month later or that she can play the piano well or she’s got talent in singing, etc.

  13. Is A Dog Person
  14. Simple. I’m a dog person. I hate cats. This is probably due to the cat infestation back when I was in Multimedia University. The part I hate about cats most is when they walk under the table and unknowingly curl their fur around your legs.

  15. A Good Conversationalist
  16. It’s like talking with each other, rather than at each other. I like a girl who speaks well and have constructive things to say. She doesn’t necessarily have to have something in common for me to take interest in her but if I try to talk to her and she just stands there, I’m going to move on. I like a girl that pays attention to things, who can make me want to listen more.

  17. Be Willing To Participate
  18. Whether it’s talking, eating, hiking, playing sports, games, dancing, swimming, hanging out with my buddies, it’s only polite to join in. If she just sits there and watch she might as well wear a flashy sign that says ‘I’m a boring person who does not like fun!’ Of course it does not mean she should join in drinking or gambling if she’s not into those things.

  19. Makes Me Feel Confident In Her Presence
  20. I like it when a girl makes me feel confident. I think this is something that is pretty unexplainable. I think it’s something that comes with her character. I think it comes with trust-worthyness, reliability, adventureousness and determination.

Bangkok Trip : 20th to 23rd June 2008

Contents :

  1. Trip details. (Updated 4th June)
  2. Top Clubs Suggested By Party Goers. (Updated 4th June)
  3. Top 10 Food Worth Trying This Trip. (Updated 30th May 2008)
  4. The Top 10 Places Worth Visiting This Trip. (Updated 30th May 2008)
  5. Trip Timetable. (Updated 16th June)

Trip Details.

  1. Flight
  2. flight details

    Total = RM 345 per person

  3. Hotel
  4. bangkok city inn

    Bangkok City Inn
    43/5 Rajdamri Road, Prathumwan
    Bangkok 10330
    Tel. 0-22535373

    Check-in : Friday, June 20, 2008
    Check-out : Monday, June 23, 2008

    Number and category of rooms : 3 Standard Room / Twin

    Total = RM 157.21 per person

  5. Personal Necessities
    • Passport.
    • Flight itinerary.
    • Hotel reservation voucher.
    • Bangkok transportation map.

  • Top Clubs Suggested By Party Goers.
    1. Escudo
    2. escudo

      • Accessible by Thonglor Skytrain Station.
      • 4.7 km south east of our hotel.
    3. Route 66
    4. route 66 bangkok

      • Accessible only by car.
      • 3.6 km east of our hotel.

    Top 10 Food Worth Trying This Trip.

    1. Thip Samai
    2. thip samai

      pad thai

      thip samai orange juice

      thip samai frozen coconut

      • Most famous, best, authentic, original pad thai in the whole of Bangkok is found here.
      • Thip Samai started business over 40 years ago.
      • Apparently, the best orange juice and frozen coconut juice in bangkok is also found here.
      • You have 7 types of pad thai to choose from and each pad thai has big ass prawns in it. (There are 7 of us so we can order all pad thais in the menu)
      • All pad thais are in between 25 – 120 baht.
      • Accessible only by car.
      • Operating hours is from 17.30 to 01.30
      • Exact location is 2.8 km West of our hotel.
    3. Shrimp on a Stick
    4. shrimp on a stick

      • An old man (let’s hope he’s still alive and well) with a street cart sells the most delicious and juicy shrimp on a stick, soaked in chili sauce.
      • Less than 50 baht for 6 fat ass juicy shrimps for breakfast.
      • Walkable from Ekkamai Skytrain Station. About 300 meters down Sukhumvit Road at Soi 69
    5. 55
    6. sukhumvit soi 55 hawker

      • Has been selling for more than 40 years.
      • Famous dishes are the stir-fried little flower with glass noodle and salted pork, the irresistible spicy duck with crispy basil leaves, and oyster omelet.
      • Operating hours is from 18:00 – 3:00.
      • After getting down from the Skytrain in Thonglor, exit on the left, walking towards On Nut Skytrain Station. After walking across the intersection of Sukhumvit 55, it can be found on the left in another 20 meters.
    7. 10 Baht Rice Soup
    8. rice soup

      • Rice soup comes in two different kinds; jasmine and brown (two bowls for 5 baht).
      • There are over 50 kinds of side dishes to choose from. (each costs only 10 baht!)
      • The menu is different everyday. Talk about variety!
      • Operating hours is from 17:00 to 22:00
      • About 5.7 km West from our hotel. (located near north side of Grand Palace)
    9. Poj Spa Kar
    10. thai fillet fish

      look rock soup

      3 flavoured rice

      • The restaurant was opened by the chef’s grandfather after his retirement from the royal family kitchen of the King Rama V 82 years ago.
      • The recipes has been passed to the thrid generation and will continue as all the staff are family members.
      • Dishes are reasonably priced.
      • Operating hours is from 10:00 – 21:00.
      • Located at 443 Tanao Rd, perpendicular to Khao San Rd.
      • About 5 km West from our hotel.
      • Must try dishes :
        – Sweet, fried fillets of fish, crispy fragrant kale and tangy lime mayo.
        – Their signature Look Rock Soup.
        – 3 flavoured fried rice, served with some chicken bits in a sweet, gooey sauce.
    11. Chotechitr
    12. chotechitr

      banana flower salad

      tom yam pla

      green curry chicken

      • A small, charming little place in Phraeng Phuton, a little lane off Tanao Road near the Democracy Monument that serves homemade cooked food.
      • Operating Hours is from 11:00 – 21:00 PM (Mon – Sat)
      • About 5 km West from our hotel.
      • Must try dishes :
        – Banana flower salad
        – Tom yam pla
        – Green curry chicken
        – Chotechitr mee krob
    13. Guay Jub
    14. guay jub soup scooper

      guay jub owner

      guay jub

      • Delicious pork noodles. You get to choose internal pork stuff ^.^
      • Less than 50 baht per bowl.
      • Located on Sampeng Lane, Chinatown.
      • Operating hours is day time I guess, judging by the pictures.
      • Accessible only by car. Nearest is Hua Lumphong MRT Station (0.9 km) east of Chinatown.
      • About 3.7 km West from our hotel.
    15. Platinum Fashion Mall Food Court
    16. platinum fashion mall food court

      • Winner of Chris Chee Shopping Complex Food Court Research Competition.
      • Great variety, lots of stuff you won’t find in other food courts.
      • The beef noodles and braised duck noodles taste better than Siam Center.
      • Recommended to try out the tau fu fa in ginger tea. Soothes the tummy before and after eating all the fried nonsense and chili hot ass dishes.
    17. Chatuchak Market
    18. chatuchak stick food

      food for sale

      fruit shakes

      • The food section has a loads of stuff to eat.
    19. Erawan Bakery at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel
    20. bakery

      • Wonderful muffins, croissants, pastries and cakes are made there.
      • EVERYTHING is sold at half-price after 19:30.
      • About 0.6 km South from our hotel.

    The Top 10 Places Worth Visiting This Trip.

    1. Grand Palace & Grand Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew).
    2. wat phra kaew

      • The oldest traditional Thai massage school is also found here. The massage service offered here is cheap, authentic and genuine. Guaranteed no ‘happy endings’.
      • Largest reclining Buddha in Thailand is found here.
      • Accessible only by car.
      • 5.5 km West from our hotel.
    3. Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun).
    4. wat arun

      • The most famous and photographed temple in Bangkok.
      • The temple is made from 1000’s of pieces of broken porcelain.
      • It is a small temple and no more than 30 minutes is needed to see it all.
      • Accessible only by car.
      • 5.9 km West from our hotel.
    5. Bangkok National Museum
    6. bangkok national museum

      • Largest museum in Southeast Asia.
      • To understand the many meanings and symbolism of Thai art, architecture and traditions.
      • Find out about the origins of the Thai people, the marriage of Hinduism and Buddhism, and the role of the Monarchy.
      • Accessible only by car.
      • 5.5 km West from our hotel.
    7. Lumphini Park.
    8. lumphini park

      • To relax. Very peaceful, tranquil.
      • 2.1 km South from our hotel.
      • Accessible through BTS Sala Daeng Skytrain station.
    9. Sky Bar at 64th Floor of the State Tower.
    10. sky bar

      • FANTASTIC view of the city. FANTASTIC!
      • Very, very expensive. Cocktails start from 350 baht, beer 270 baht.
      • Usually very crowded with tourists.
      • Accessible only by car.
      • 4 km South West from our hotel.
    11. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
    12. damnoen saduak

      • The only original, worth-going-to floating market. Others are a waste of time.
      • Accessible only by car.
      • About 70 km from our hotel. (Too far. Even Suvarnabhumi Airport is only 24 km from our hotel)
    13. Chatuchak Weekend Market.
    14. chatuchak weekend market

      • Daytime only. Starts closing at 5pm.
      • About 6.6 km North of our hotel.
      • Accesible through Mo Chit Skytrain Station.
    15. Central World.
    16. central world

      • An upmarket shopping mall, with two large department stores at each end.
      • Walking distance from hotel.
    17. Platinum Fashion Mall.
    18. platinum fashion mall

      • It has more then a 1000 fashion stalls selling apparels mostly for ladies.
      • If you buy 3 items and up, you get 30-40% off per piece in some shops.
      • Walking distance from hotel.
    19. Siam Paragon.
    20. siam paragon

      • Siam Ocean World is located at the basment.
      • There is a never-ending food hall.
      • An indoor lake.
      • Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, all have dealerships inside this mall.
      • Walking distance from hotel.

    Places that didn’t make the cut :

    • Bangkok Shooting Range. (3000 baht. Too expensive.)
    • Jim Thompson House. (silk house and museum.)
    • BaiPai Thai Cooking School. (3 hours of solid fun. Suitable for couples and girls only. I cannot imagine myself in apron learning how to cook with 6 of my guy friends)
    • Suan Lum Night Bazaar. (same wares sold for 20% more than Chatuchak)
    • Patpong Night Market. (same wares sold for 50% more than Chatuchak)

    Trip Timetable

    mcsawadeekap

    Day 1 (Friday, 20th June)

    08.00 am – Wake up. Shower. Eat some fruits.

    08.30 am – Leave for the airport.

    Note :

    • Guys, I will be snapping pictures like an AK-47 until the battery power is drained. (about 300 pictures per charge).
    • I have set my camera from 6MP to 3MP to increase the limit to 1300 pictures.

    09.00 am – All 6 of us check in together.

    09.15 am – Breakfast at Nasi Kandar Bayan Lepas.

    10.00 am – Be back at the airport.

    10.15 am – Be inside and waiting at the boarding gate.

    10.35 am – Sawadeekapppppppppppppppppppppppppppp.

    (Penang – Bangkok timezone difference is minus 1 hour)

    11.15 am – Arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (23km east from our hotel). Ton-kap, please don’t run off by yourself. We walk down the plane together ok?

    11.30 am – Take the ordinary metered taxis available on the 2nd floor. As there are 6 of us we break into 2 cars. Song-kap, Ton-kap and Kon-kap should ride together while Yong-kap and Ting-kap can follow me.

    Note :

    • Follow the “public taxi” signs, queue up and state your destination at the desk, and you’ll get a slip with your destination written in Thai on it. There is a 50-baht surcharge on the meter, meaning that trips to the city will cost 300-400 baht (plus a 25-baht expressway toll) and take 40-60 minutes depending on traffic. (Beware of taxi drivers who claim that the-50 baht surcharge is applied to each passenger as opposed to per taxi.) If there is a huge taxi queue, consider taking a free shuttle bus to the Public Transport Center, which has more taxis. Go straight to the official “Taxi Stand” and wait there.

    01.00 pm – I believe that we should be at the hotel by this time. We’ll check in to our rooms, make sure it’s in order 1st. Change into slippers and shorts. Keep all important things like the passport and extra money in the private safe.

    Note :

    • Our hotel has a money changer, morning call service and complimentary newspapers available in the lobby.
    • Our rooms have towels, a private safe and robes.

    01.30 pm – Walk to Platinum Fashion Mall and have lunch first.

    Note :

    • Winner of Chris Chee Shopping Complex Best Food Court Award.
    • Distance is like from my house to Mandarin Cafe.
    • We have to move fast because we want to cover Siam Paragon and Central World. If anything we can always come back here as it is SO NEAR to our hotel.

    02.00 pm – Walk walk in Platinum Fashion Mall. We should get shampoo, soap, bla bla and tahan lapar stuff like instant noodles and buns. I want to buy a bunch of ripe bananas.

    03.30 pm – Walk over to Siam Paragon and take a look. Shouldn’t buy anything as the stuff here is high class stuff.

    04.30 pm – Satrt going back to the hotel. Board the SkyTrain at Siam BTS and come off at Chit-Lom BTS. Walk back to Bangkok City Inn.

    05.00 pm – Rest.

    06.00 pm – Rommate 1 (slower guy) shower.

    06.15 pm – Rommate 2 shower.

    06.30 pm – Take a metered taxi to Thip Samai for the best pad thai in town.

    07.00 pm – Thip Samai.

    08.00 pm – Take a metered taxi to Route 66.

    08.30 pm – Route 66.

    02.00 am – If can, supper.

    03.00 am – Go back to our hotel. Arrange for morning call at the reception. Roommate 1 (faster guy) Shower.

    03.15 am – Roommate 2 shower.

    03.30 am – Sleep.

    Day 2 (Saturday, 21st June)

    09.30 am – Morning call. Roommate 1 (faster guy) shower.

    09.45 am – Roommate 2 shower.

    10.15 am – Meet at the lobby.

    10.30 am – Take a skytrain from BTS Chit Lom to BTS Siam (1 station) and then to BTS Saphan Thaksin (5 stations).

    11.00 am – From there take a river ferry (18 baht) to Ratchawongse pier which leads you straight to Chinatown.

    11.15 am – A short walk straight up Ratchawong road, and Sampeng Lane is on your right. It’s wholesale accessories, knick knacks, shoes and bags galore. Kinda like a condensed version of Petaling Street.Keep walking and you’ll see a stall selling Guay Jub and Nam Song (orange juice).

    11.30 am – Guay jub.

    12.00 pm – Go back where we came from.

    12.30 pm – Skytrain from BTS Saphan Thaksin to BTS Siam (5 stations) and then to BTS Mo Chit (6 stations).

    01.00 pm – Chatuchakkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

    04.00 pm – Meet back at BTS Mo Chit.

    04.15 pm – Skytrain from BTS Mo Chit to BTS Chit Lom (8 stations).

    04.45 pm – Walk back to our hotel.

    05.00 pm – Rest.

    06.00 pm – Rommate 1 (slower guy) shower.

    06.15 pm – Rommate 2 shower.

    06.30 pm – Take a metered taxi to Chotechitr.

    Note :

    • A small, charming little place in Phraeng Phuton, a little lane off Tanao Road near the Democracy Monument that serves homemade cooked food.

    07.00 pm – Chotechitr.

    08.00 pm – Take a metered taxi to Escudo.

    08.30 pm – Escudo.

    Note :

  • Escudo club is situated in the “OH SO HI-SO” area of Thong Lor (Sukhumvit 55, between Soi 11-13). The club is tucked away at the top of a non descript building.
  • The first floor DJ’s spin mostly mainstream hip-hop, while upstairs is more house-music driven. Very, very busy on weekends.
  • 01.00 am – If can, supper.

    02.00 am – Go back to our hotel. Arrange for morning call at the reception. Roommate 1 (faster guy) Shower.

    02.15 am – Roommate 2 shower.

    02.30 am – Sleep.

    Day 3 (Sunday, 22nd June)

    09.30 am – Morning call. Roommate 1 (faster guy) shower.

    09.45 am – Roommate 2 shower.

    10.15 am – Meet at the lobby.

    10.30 am – Take a taxi to Poj Spa Kar.

    11.00 pm – Poj Spa Kar.

    12.00 pm – Walk to Bangkok National Museum (next to Thammasat University).

    12.15 pm – Bangkok National Museum, the largest in southeast asia.

    12.45 pm – Walk to Grand Palace & Grand Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew).

    01.15 pm – Walk to Wat Pho.

    01.45 pm – Get 1 full hour’s worth of authentic Thai massage from the massage school.

    03.00 pm – Walk to Tha Tien Pier a Chao Phraya river and take an express boat to Wat Arun.

    03.15 pm – Wat Arun.

    03.45 pm – Take a metered taxi to BTS National Stadium.

    04.05 pm – Skytrain from BTS National Stadium to BTS Siam (1 station).

    04.10 pm – Skytrain from BTS Siam to BTS Sala Daeng (2 stations).

    04.15 pm – Walk to Lumphini Park, the biggest park in Bangkok city.

    05.00 pm – Skytrain from BTS Sala Daeng to BTS Siam (2 stations).

    05.05 pm – Skytrain from BTS Siam to BTS Chit Lom (1 station).

    05.10 pm – Walk back to hotel.

    05.30 pm – Rest.

    06.30 pm – Rommate 1 (slower guy) shower.

    06.45 pm – Rommate 2 shower.

    07.00 pm – Skytrain from BTS Chit Lom to BTS On Nut (8 stations).

    Note :

    • After getting down from the Skytrain in Thonglor, exit on the left, walking towards On Nut Skytrain Station. After walking across the intersection of Sukhumvit 55, it can be found on the left in another 20 meters.

    07.30 pm – Dinner at 55.

    08.30 pmTake a metered taxi to Sky Bar at Sirocco, The Dome above the State Tower.

    09.00 pmSky Bar. (canceled. Siam Ong says it costs more than a thousand baht per entry.)

    Siam Ong’s friend suggested Ratchada.

    10.00 pm – Take a metered taxi to Soi Cowboy.

    10.30 pm – Soi Cowboy.

    Note :

    • Do not use the taxis that basically almost block the entrance to Soi Cowboy at Asoke road. They are a gang of thugs, and will certainly ripp you off once you board them!
    • As for the bars, good shows are to be seen at both Long Gun (Lucky Star) and Rawhide.
    • There is a noise problem at both Long Gun and Rawhide though.
    • At Long Gun, it is recommended we go as deep in the bar as possible since the speakers are at the entrance. At Rawhide, go to the right of the bar, the speakers are smaller on that side.
    • Dollhouse bar has the most cheerful people there than in most other places.
    • All three Long Gun, Rawhide and Dollhouse Bar have drinks priced at 120 baht and water is available cheaply.
    • The other bars at Soi Cowboy, while not clearly offering anything out of the ordinary, are more expensive

    Late am – Because it is the last night of our trip, there is no time limit.

    Day 4 (Monday, 23rd June)

    10.30 am – Wake up. Rommate 1 (slower guy) showers.

    10.45 am – Rommate 2 showers.

    11.00 am – Check out of Bangkok City Inn.

    11.15 pm – Take a metered taxi to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

    12.15 pm – All 6 of us check in together.

    12.30 pm – Lunch at either Magic food court or Sky Lounge, depending on the cash we have left.

    Note :

    • The cheapest place to eat is the Magic food court on the 1st floor, while perhaps the most comfortable and relaxing of the airport’s restaurants and cafes is the Sky Lounge on the 6th floor (panaromic views of the runway).

    01.30 pm – Be inside and waiting at the boarding gate.

    01.55 pm – La gon. =(

    (Bangkok – Penang timezone difference is plus 1 hour)

    04.35 pm – Penang International Airport.