Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bandung + The shopping

I will blog about the food next time.

I bought aa on sales tix to KL last yr. But I am bored of KL already, also hand itchy, bought another return tix to bandung. We went with Selina. It was a very short trip, 3d2n, and was not a smooth sailing one. I think there's only one flight in from KL to bandung and bandung to KL everyday.


Exchange 2 million rupiah. I didn't exchange much since we are not going to spend alot of time there.

Our flight was delayed. And when we arrived, the traffic is very jam! In indon, its called macet. The taxi asked are we going anywhere tomorow, we said yes, we planned to visit tangkuban perahu, eat at Kampung Daun and do more shopping tomorrow. He offered to drive us around for 400k rupiah. I thought the price was reasonable so we ask him to come at 9am next morning.

Arrived hotel near 7pm.Stayed at New Sany Rosa hotel. They don't have a site. I called to make my booking under Oink's name. And I called a few days before the intended date to confirm. And guess what? When I arrived, they said they didn't have a booking under Oink's name, and all rooms are full except for the family suite which is $$. Spend precious shopping time there insisting that I DID make a booking and even showed him my phone log. After a while, the guy relented, and let us have a room that was under booking, but the guest didn't turn up (7++pm already). We left our luggages in the room, get ready in 10 mins and waste no time and walked to the nearest Factory Outlet (Rumah Mode).

I thought they are open till 10pm, but its actually 9pm only. We finished dinner around 8.30pm. So after 30 mins of shopping, they announce that they are closing. :(( I didn't get anything on the first day.

Next day, we finished breakfast 15 mins before 9am. We waited and waited for the taxi driver to turn up. We waited until 9.15am. NO sign of him. I am feeling quite pissed , I decided then and there that indons are not to be trusted. First, missing hotel booking and now this. Luckily i printed a list of other car rentals. Made some call from the room. 500k rupiah, more expensive, but don't care already. When we walked out to the lobby, and guess what, we saw the taxi driver, waiting for us at the opposite side of the road. :-O! Oink said we should ignore him since he is not punctual, and hence should be not trustworthy also.We didn't wait for more than 10 mins for the car rental to come. I tink the taxi driver didn't have a good eye sight, he didn't even know we boarded another car. More reasons not to hire him 'x'

Went to tangkuban perahu. Nice view, cool temperature, but bad smelling(sulphur) air.

After that, we went to pluck strawberries. We did that at cameron. Selina was more excited here. Bought cheap strawberries ( I think around rm3 per packet, even cheaper than cameron) and some other berries (looks like raspberries, not very sure) and it was really cheap. But sad to say, 90% of the berries didn't make it until we reach kuching. I blended the remaining berries into milkshake. 'x' Don't waste food mah.

After that, we went to Kampung Daun (gorgeous place) for lunch, which I will further elaborate in the next post.

After lunch, its SHOPPING TIME at Jalan Riau and Jalan Dago !

Now to show you my shopping stash. TEEEHEEEHEE

Please take note,2 of the dresses are not for me. If you count the pink one as NO. 1, then no. 1, 3 and 4 are mine. I really love the pink one, the brand on the label is Tommy Hilfiger but not sure is it authentic. And I already pass my mum the long cardigan I bought her. The white knitted cotton thingy is actually a looped scarf.

There's more. 'x'

Cute PJ. cannot resist. Fringed top + heart prints on the pants. LOVE!LOVE! LOVE! after convert to RM, its about rm20+. Bought the cap at Unusual Accessories(that's the name).

Erm, I'm not done yet 'x'

I think come to bandung must buy warm clothings for winter/ autumn (for future trips). If not mistaken, both are Zara Basic's. The cream coloured one has 2 layers. You can take off the thick furry part of the inner layer out and just wear the outer layer like a trenchcoat. Super value for money. After convert, I think its RM152. Please take note of the green trenchcoat, got story later.

And this is all of Oink's shopping stash *crickets chirping* and the striped shirt is for his brother. :-s I caught Oink looking really helpless when I ask him to shop at the men's section. I took some time to help him choose, but he is a picky man. He ended up choosing on his own, the black versace shirt. Shorts and striped shirt were chosen by me.

After all those shopping and eating and etc. I am only left with





'x'!!! Somemore I didn't have enough money to pay for my last day shopping. Oink topped up for me. And I happily announced that I will stop shopping and instead will help Selina choose what to shop. I spoke too soon. We went next door, and I fell for the green trenchcoat. I was scared that Oink will give me "THE LOOK" so I borrowed money from Selina. ROFL! but was caught red handed later when he saw me pay for it at the counter and he gave me -.- look. 'x'

Anyway, we almost miss our KL-Kch flight. At first, we queue at the wrong counter. It was almost our turn at the domestic counter, but some guy annouce for kuching, alor setar, etc need to go etc etc counter. We saw a malay guy, and thought its open, so we quickly place our luggage on the belt, and I put the boarding passed on the counter, to be told that the counter is not open. So we moved to another line. And I think I left our boarding passed there.We wasted so long at the baggage check in counter that when its our turn, the indian guy refuse to check in our baggage, he said counter close already. When he ask for our boarding pass, we cannot find it anywhere! Imagine the panic! We explained and explained, he reprinted our boarding pass and said he cannot guarantee we can still check in our luggage. He was quite rude. We used the emergency baggage drop lane and luckily the guy still let us check in our luggage. Phew. We then SPRINTED to the LAST GATE at LCCT to board our plane home. I was sweating like a pig, and my legs hurt from all the running. But I am glad we still manage to get home. AHHH..HOME SWEET HOME. I hope my next holiday won't have heart attack inducing events!!

P/S : All photos are taken with my new toy, Samsung Galaxy S2 except the photos of shopping, which are taken with my Nikon d40x (+ sb800 nikon flash)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mango's Language

This is how we communicate with her. Which is a mix of Hokkien , English & baby language.

(1) MAM MAM - which means FOOD. Her most favourite command. Always answer to this command promptly. We sometime use this to con her to come to us if she doesn't respond to command (2) for a few times.

(2) LAI - which means come. This depends on her mood. If she's in a good mood, she will come after calling LAI once. If not, you have to keep calling LAI LAI LAI...., if she still doesn't want to come, pretend to take food (make noise with plastic bag-works like magic) and say MAM MAM.HAHAHA 'x'

(3) SHEE SHEE - Which means go outside to pee (and poo). She obeys this command most of the time. Loves the opportunity to go outside to bark at people while searching for the potential spots to do her bowel business. We sometime use this to con her to do no (4)

(4) POM POM - Bath time. She hates bath time. If you try to con her to go outside with this command, you will see her trying to sneak away by hiding beside the sofa, going under table, trying to run away. So you see, we have to con her with command (3) then once we are outside, fast fast close the door gril. The con doesn't end here. She is not that stupid you see, if you call out POM POM, she will not move an inch, and stay as close as possible to the door, so you have to walk to the water pipe, and use command (2) to con her to come to you. Sometime she is smart, she knows what you are up to, and refuse to budge. So you have to sweet talk to her, and whistle. eg. *whistle*, LAI mango LAI, LAL good girl *whistle*. Usually works. And when she arrives, I will usually go MUAHAHAHA, POM POM! 'x'

(5) KIA- 1 Kia means Let's go(ride in the car)! 2 kia means lets go for a walk nearby. She responds to both eagerly.

(6) ONG ONG - sleep. If she's tired and sleepy, she will willingly walk herself to her bed. If I see that she's already half asleep, I will carry her and put her in her bed. If she's still awake, she will try to sneak away again, refusing to go to sleep.

(7) STAY - she will stay with her body down, all legs on the floor. She will usually do this without your command if she wants the food you are eating 'x'

(8) SIT - when she is still a puppy, she can do the sit pose. But now her SIT is more of a STAY :-s

Some of the communication between us is also visual. Like if I show her her water bowl, she will drink the water. I show her her harness without saying command(5), she will still jump with joy and gets excited. If I pat her bed, she will know I want her to get in.

Ok, I am ending this post with a cute photo of Mango :)