3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 3

CALVIN & HOBBES
Famous Quotes

There are only 2 comics that I’m quite a big fan of. One is Asterix, the other is Calvin & Hobbes 😊. Used to spend a lot of time reading and re-reading the comics. I think my favorite was the Spaceman Spiff alter ego. Haha. And I just adored the relationship Calvin have with his stuffed tiger. Talk about surreal.

A little boy with a great imagination and a lot of big words. Here are some of his funny but memorable quotes:

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I’m sure everyone could use a warm fuzzy Hobbes in their lives 😍

Thank you again to Paardje /
https://ofsnailmailbooksandvanities.wordpress.com for nominating me 😄

For this round I nominate https://pregoandtheloon.wordpress.com

Rules of this challenge:

1)Thank the person who invited you to join
2)Post 1 or 3 quotes for 3 consecutive days
3)Choose 3 other bloggers to share the love.

This is the last day of the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Spreading some Calvin & Hobbes undeterrable positivism and cheer to my readers ☺️

This was really a fun challenge.

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3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 2

RUMI
Famous Quotes…

I love reading Rumi whenever I manage to come across one of his collections. Personally I don’t have any of his books. I prefer to just pick it up at a bookstore and flip open a page to see if the random poem that pops up to me surprises me in any way. It often does.. So no I don’t know all of Rumi’s poems. But I like the ones that I’ve read so far.

For those of you who don’t know Rumi, he is a 13th century Persian and muslim poet. A philosopher, his writings are very spiritual and thus have a universal appeal. If you want to do a bit of soul searching, just grab a Rumi and he will give you hints 😊

These are some of his more famous quotes that I love:
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It pulls me…

Thank you again to Paardje /
https://ofsnailmailbooksandvanities.wordpress.com for nominating me 😄

For this round I nominate faidzzainal/ https://lifephotographie.wordpress.com

Rules of this challenge:

1)Thank the person who invited you to join
2)Post 1 or 3 quotes for 3 consecutive days
3)Choose 3 other bloggers to share the love.

Uhoh..I’m running out of ideas for Day 3 😂


3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 1

DAVID BOWIE
Famous Quotes…

Admittedly David Bowie was an artist before my time/ generation. But I wish he wasn’t. I wish he was on top during my time as a teen. By the time I was old enough to know about his existence and music, he was already “slowing down” in the entertainment scene. But I still remembered Jareth the Goblin King from the Labyrinth and some other of his rare appearances on TV. I always found him to be riveting, magnetic and his whole persona astounding.

His death felt like someone shot a bullet in the artsy part of me. A part of me that I put aside because I was so caught up with work and responsibilities. Suddenly I felt a hole and it felt like a wake up call to show how important it is to just be you! So here are some of his best quotes that I hold close and feel should be shared by every individual to celebrate the free spirit that is David Bowie…

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And one from one of my favorite songs. During my time it was The Wallflowers that sang Heroes. Imagine how shocked I was when I found out he was the original singer, only after he passed away. Which only makes the cut feels deeper.

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Anyway, I’m so glad that I was able to do this challenge as a way to also pay tribute to David Bowie.

Thank you to Paardje /
https://ofsnailmailbooksandvanities.wordpress.com for nominating me 😄

In my excitement of wanting to do this challenge, I didn’t realize it was for 3 days and I had to nominate others! 😂

For this round I nominate https://cameramira.wordpress.com/

Rules of this challenge:

1)Thank the person who invited you to join
2)Post 1 or 3 quotes for 3 consecutive days
3)Choose 3 other bloggers to share the love.

Will do Day 2 soon so keep a lookout!


More Travel Articles…

As you all know I periodically write travel articles. I’ve done a number of new ones on these websites. So check it out!

http://gtblog.org/view-blog/

And these are the previous ones that I did. Reposting for easy access and record 🙂

http://www.tlblog.org/asia/

http://www.tlblog.org/middle-east/


SK Saujana Utama Maths Quiz Champion @ MathsTari Carnival

Would like to record my congratulations to the students and teachers of SK Saujana Utama at their recent First Place win at the National Level Math Quiz competition, held at the MathsTari Carnival, SK Jalan Empat, Bangi on the 16th of April 2016.

Being a parent of one of the participants I couldn’t be more proud of their achievements.

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Saya ingin merakamkan ucapan tahniah kepada pelajar dan guru-guru SK Saujana Utama kerana memenangi tempat Juara dalam pertandingan Kuiz Matematik, peringkat kebangsaan yang telah diadakan di Karnival MathsTari, SK Jalan Empat Bangi pada 16hb April 2016.

Sebagai ibubapa kepada salah seorang peserta, saya berasa amatlah bangga dengan pencapaian dan prestasi mereka.

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CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!

(I usually write in English, but I’m writing this in Bahasa as well for maximum SEO 😆)


Things to do in Johor

This is one of the articles I did for the media.Tap-Trip project before the website got shut down. It is not my best article but it’s the only one I have on my computer. We usually write directly on the TapTrip website so unfortunately since the website have shut down I have not been able to gain access to my other articles. Which is terrible because I would love to save it as record. Anyway, here’s one of my articles that I did for Tap-Trip:

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THINGS TO DO IN JOHOR

If you are travelling south, from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, then you should definitely spend a few days in Johor. Johor Bahru is the name of its capital, or JB for short, is the southernmost city in Malaysia and the closest to it’s southern neighbor, Singapore. Separated only by the Johor Straits, Singapore can easily be seen from across the waters. A state steep with history, Johor have always been a choice for travellers. Especially now with the developments in Nusajaya, Johor Bahru itself is a modern day city filled with not-to-be-missed attractions for the whole family!

  1. Legoland

LEGOLAND

Currently the number 1 main attraction in Johor. Located in Nusajaya, Legoland is a must visit for the young and old alike. Stretching over 70 acres of land, Legoland not only have a themepark, it also has a waterpark and it’s own hotel! In short, it has Lego EVERYTHING! From small miniature monuments to kiddy cars and rollercoasters, everything is made of (or decorated with) Lego! For the adults, if you remember playing with Lego as a child, then you cannot miss this place. For the kids- it’s pretty self-explanatory. And if possible, try your best to get a room at the Lego hotel. You will be transported into a world of bricks and blocks.

  1. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

The Sultan Abu Bakar mosque is actually one of the must visit mosque in Malaysia. It is very unique because of its architectural style, which has a combination of Victorian and Moorish elements. You can go anywhere in Malaysia but trust me you will not find another mosque like this. First constructed in 1892 and finished in 1900, the mosque is now more that 100 years old. It is also located on top of a hill, in the center of JB, it commands a breathtaking view of the Straits of Johor across to Singapore. Other historical landmarks that you might not want to miss are the Sultan Ibrahim building and also the Istana Bukit Serene.

  1. Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru

Dataran Bandaraya is the official city square where events or festivals can be held. It features a clock tower in the center of JB and located right opposite the Thistle hotel. I highly recommend that you visit this place at night mainly because of one thing. Located near the square is an open air hawker center and this is where you can find the famous Tauhu Bakar (grilled tofu) of Johor along with many other local cuisines. It is a very well known side dish among the locals. And I still don’t know why you can’t find this “tauhu bakar” anywhere else. Not even in Kuala Lumpur and even if they did the taste will not be the same. So yes, basically if you are ever in JB town, come down to the dataran hawker stalls at night just for the grilled tofu! You won’t regret it.

  1. Endau-Rompin National Park

The Endau-Rompin National Park is situated near the Johor-Pahang border. It is effectively the second largest national park in peninsular Malaysia. From JB town, the trip to Endau-Rompin will take approximately 2 1/2 hours and a further 30 min boat ride to the park itself. Be forewarned, this park is not for the faint hearted. If you are looking for a five star service, then this is not the place for you. This place is all about nature! If you love hiking, beautiful river and waterfalls, trees, and the sound of wildlife in the night, then you are most welcome to camp (and survive!) here.

  1. Gunung Ledang

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Gunung Ledang is one of the most mystical and legendary mountains in Malaysia, that they even made a movie out of it (see Puteri Gunung Ledang). Even until now, you will hear supernatural stories among the locals whenever they share their experience on Gunung Ledang. Legend has it that once a beautiful princess caught the eye of the Sultan of Melaka and he sent an emissary to win her hand. The princess having shared no such feelings ran away to the mountains to escape the Sultan’s wrath. It is said her spirit still dwells in the mountains to this day and she sometimes appears to travellers and tourist alike. An age old legend, but it is enough to enthrall adventurers to come to this legendary mountain which is also rich with natural beauty.

  1. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and The Little Big Club

Also located in Nusajaya, The Hello Kitty Town and the Little Big Club is an indoor theme park and is actually located in the same building. The tickets for both places are sold separately but I highly recommend you take the package for both of the theme parks as there will be more activities for you to do. The kids will really enjoy this place as it has more to offer than you think. Hello Kitty, Thomas the Train, Dora the Explorer to name a few. Here’s a tip, if the weather looks unfavorable and it looks like it might rain, which is a really big problem if you are planning to go to Legoland, I suggest you change your destination to Hello Kitty town as it is actually very near each other. As it is indoor, you will never have to worry about weather conditions. Save Legoland for a sunny day!

  1. Danga Bay

Another new development in the Johor state. Danga Bay is a great place for waterfront fine dining. It is also a recreational area that contains a petting zoo, a funfair and a few shopping malls. Lazio, one of the best steakhouse in JB is also located here. If you want to enjoy the sea breeze on a nice cool evening, you should come and kick back and relax at Danga Bay.

  1. Desaru 

A long stretch of beach on the eastern side of Johor, Desaru is great for beach-loving holidaymakers and it’s only about an hour’s drive away from JB town. But apart from it’s beach, it should also be noted that there are a few other things that you can do while visiting the area! There is a tropical fruit farm, a crocodile farm, an ostrich farm that I’m sure kids will enjoy. You can also try and catch the firefly cruise located at the Terapung Bujang Restaurant. Enough activities to keep you occupied for a whole day!

These are some of the main things that you can do in Johor. Hope you will enjoy your visit to the southern most state in Malaysia!


Star Wars: Shakespeare

I went to the bookstore yesterday and saw this:

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Tell me if that isn’t the most intriguing book cover you’ve ever seen. Especially when you’re a big fan of anything Star Wars related. And with The Force Awakens just around the corner I feel that this is a must read!

The last time I read anything in the Shakespearean tongue was back in high school during our literature class. My favorite was Much Ado About Nothing. The language was complicated but I was enraptured all the same.

So when I saw this, I thought I have to give a shot at reading it. Here’s a sneak peek for you readers of the kind of language you’re getting yourself into:

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Plus, this book comes with complete Shakespearean-ish illustrations that makes it all the more interesting. Here’s a sample:

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So what are you waiting for? Star Wars and Shakespeare don’t mix? Yay or nay, what say you?

Apart from that, if you want some light reading try and check out the Star Wars comic on Webtoon as well. Story is retold from Luke Skywalker point of view and the graphics are really superb. I guarantee you will be addicted. Check it out folks!

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May the Force be with you…