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1. The Enchanted - Rene Denfield
Penang yo!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I just got back from my Penang trip today, and am totally drained.

I spent 3 days 2 nights on the island. My team members took me around Penang just to eat! I think it's more of a fattening camp rather than catching up with them. We had been eating almost after every 30 minutes. However, I managed to suggest places where we get to do exercise too - walking I mean. If not, I won't be able to wolf down my food.

One of the places I revisit is the Penang Hill. Penang looks so magnificent from the peak. The last time I went there was more than 15 years ago. The landscape of Penang has changed so much since then. So is the peak. There were so much changes. I don't recognise it all now.

The first craziest thing I had done during my trip is to seek fortune-telling. It's actually discourage in my religion, but I have sought for fortune-telling mid last year due to an interest of a close friend and recent events. I think I'm addicted to get my readings done. I went to one of the oldest Chinese temples and pray via the fortune-telling sticks. I had to shake it 5 times to get the right reading. Ha. The funniest thing is how fate worked. There was no one to explain about the reading within the temple. I walked out of the temple to meet up with my friends, and somehow one of the shopkeepers saw me walking around with my lost expression. He offered to read for me. I found the reading interesting and consistent with a few fortune teller's reading.

The second craziest thing is my friends took me to clubbing with some other friends until 3.30 am. During our supper, there was a celebrity sitting in front of me. My friend was encouraging me to get his autograph, but I wasn't keen at all. Coz I don't like him. HAHA. Anyways, that night I met some very important people who kept low profiles. They are very friendly and one heck sporting. So why need the celebrity's autograph?

It's a pity Jolenesiah and I could not hang out due to her busy schedule. I only managed to drop by to say hi.

I managed to achieve something in this trip. That is to eat banana fritters ala Chinese style. I have been wanting to eat that for 10 years! No joke! The last time I ate was 16. And the times I went back to Penang, I didn't have the chance to hunt for it. Let just say these operators don't have second generation to take over their business.

Although I lose a lot sleep during the trip, the most important thing is I managed to have fun with friends. That is the mission of my Penang trip.

Here's a picture of us.


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Mini Bali
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
On 24 November 2011 ...

I slept like a baby! Regardless of how exhausted I were I was still on alert mode in waking up to my designated time at 5 am.

In the afternoon, my host parents took us to Taman Mini for a view of the traditional houses of Indonesia. One of my homestay buddies suggested the Bali theme since it's architecture designs are different from the rest.

We met a lot of PYs there with their host family! Happy we were!

Tidbits: Eh? How come I don't look impress? Most probably I was closing my eyes while taking this photo. HAHA.

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Waiting for you
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
On 23 November 2011 ...

We reached home almost midnight. We were truly exhausted, and can't wait to retire for the night...

I on the other hand were wondering what kind of house we are going to stay for the next few days for the address reveals it's located in some kind of village.

A village indeed. The route to the house was sooooo in that I could just lose my way if I were to drive on my own.

And then O.M.G. was all the girls expression... because it looks like we just entered some WONDERLAND!! The house is decorated with lots of butterflies and lighting, thus making us feel like we are in some shopping mall gearing up for Christmas!

We entered the house excitedly. It's an old renovated wooden house with a theme antiquity meets modernisation. I felt like I was in some kind of eco-nature chalet.

When we enter one of the rooms, we saw four teddy bears sitting on the chair awaiting us! There was another round O.M.G from the girls. I could not resist its cuteness so I immediately hug one closely to my chest with a broad smile. It's a gift from our host father!

One of the girls placed her scarf around the teddy, and we all followed suit.

Guess which one is mine.

Spinoff: My host mum later also gave us pyjamas and slippers. I was so thrilled! Thank you god for giving me such wonderful host family!

Yes, we all brought scarf along because it's part of our uniform.

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Information counter
Monday, January 23, 2012
On 16 November 2011 ...

My SG's institutional visit is to the Brunei Times. I had a great time exploring the centre. I can really feel the enthusiasm and the passion of the staff there as they talked through their roles and responsibilities to the PYs.

I found a very interesting picture. That is so ME.

What do you think? It is so ME, right? Hehe. Yes, I am indeed imposing my belief on you!

Later, the Brunei Times interviewed me and my SG team leader. I appeared in the paper! Check it out here.

Spinoff: No idea why I don't have the luck of appearing in local dailies. This is not the first time. It's always!!! ARGHH!!

Yes, renaye can be very vain at times. Please excuse her. At least she is happy that she found her name appearing on news articles (not Facebook and other social network places) when she googles. =)

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My sweet valentine~
Monday, January 23, 2012
On 3 December 2011 ...

YES!!! I finally able to finish crafting a letter for my penfriend from Italy. That is after 2 attempts within one month. I kept on changing the content as I wrote according to the events happened on the ship. But it is still an accomplished mission since she has already been waiting for my reply for almost a year. I was determined to reply her using Japanese stamps because I promised her a surprise on Facebook.

I also thought writing to her on the ship and about the ship will be interesting apart from writing away our daily lives.

I really regret that I didn't capture a picture of myself penning the letter on the deck for her to see. That would be interesting and a moment to remember. Oh yes, I sat on the deck to write to her. The scene is beautiful ... but a little glaring so I was wearing my sunshades while writing. HAHA. I'm sure that would bring smile to Valentine.

The stamp cost me 110 Yen. I didn't bring 10 Yen, but the postmaster was kind enough to pay the balance for me.

I was in a hurry to attend the Vietnamese contingent's cultural performance tonight, so I just use my saliva to paste the stamp, despite of the postmaster's insistence of using water. The only thing I really forget to put on the envelope is Fuji Maru's chop!

Spinoff: My very action of dabbing the stamp on my tongue in front of the postmaster sent the administrator announcing the following morning in the assembly to USE WATER NOT SALIVA for pasting stamps.


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Stomach's call
Monday, January 23, 2012
On 12 November 2011 ...

My host mum took me and buddy shopping for provisions and food. We had lunch at a local's food chain called Jollibee. It is more popular than McDonald!

To be frank, the local cuisine in the Philippines is simply awesome! Luckily I lose weight before the program, so I was able to eat a little more than usual. =)

Tidbits: The truth is renaye had stomach indigestion upon returning to the ship due to overeating during her 3 days 2 nights homestay.

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