Sila lah jamu mata... Ni lah dia BEN THANH MARKET yang amat tersohor di Ho Chi Minh City tu... Ramai sangat tanya apa ada kat situ.. Nak citer pon tak reti sebab ada lebih seribu kedai & bermacam2 bagai benda yang dijual.. Cuma tak jual orang kot...!! Huwa hahaaa.... Ni lah tempat lepak almost everyday.. One Stop Shopping Market.. Bukan Mall eekkk...
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Yeyy... yeyy.. cuti sekolah lagi. Winter break (though here takde setitis pun ais turun), 18 december 2006 till 7 jan 2007.
Hmm.. actually dah plan nak pi somewhere tapi kena postpone la. Our house that we rented out dah kosong. Prrhhggg... nak kena repair dulu, baru la boleh kasi orang sewa semula. Ni yang hubby suruh balik dulu with the kids. Cari kontraktor berkaliber, can finish the job within 3 weeks. Boleh ke? No major nor minor renovation. Repair sahaja + touch up here & there. Hope they manage to do it on time.
Hhmm... last year managed to spend holiday in New Zealand. Been dreaming to go there ever since I was a little kid. Teruja betul nak pi. Alhamdulillah dapat jugak kami sekeluarga jejak kan kaki ke NZ. Cover North Island je dulu. Hubby tak dapat cuti panjang. Nak berjalan ni memang la kena plan betul2, baru la berbaloi. Kami ni budget traveller je. Buat homework setahun untuk pi sana. Ramai suruh pakai travel agent tapi kami takut tak puas jalan ikut schedule agent tu. Pergi bukan senang2. NZ ni penuh dengan tempat yang cantik2. I heard travel agent tak dapat bawak banyak tempat, selalunya 4-5 main places, tu pun kejap2 sangat. Ya la, kita pi sendiri pun, bukan dapat cover every corner pun, but still you have ample time to explore those places yourself. Takde nak terkocoh2 ikut schedule, kesian kalau orang dok kena tunggu kita pulak, kalau kita lambat.
Actually when they started online services ni (ticketing, hotel booking, car rental booking etc), I have never tried any of those. Tak percaya langsung. Takut kena tipu la. Mana taknya, credit card no semua kena kasi. Nanti habis kena swindle, naya je. After few friends convinced us of the cheaper rates with online booking (depa dah try..), jeng jeng jeng.. we all cuba jugak la book a room via online kat satu pulau ni in 2003. Sampai2 tak dapat duduk resort yang we all book sebab kena taufan. Then they shifted us to another resort, sama star (but higher rate lagi). But they still charge us the same in the internet. Service bagus. Semua bagus. Takde tipu. Credit card statement sampai pun OK. So, from that moment onwards, we all selalu la guna online services via internet ni. Few trips dah, plus this NZ trip.
Actually, we can never plan ahead our holiday. Semua last minute, sebab hubby punya workload daaa... We tried to call travel agent jugak dulu2 tapi semuanya tak nak layan kalau last2 minute tu. Air ticket habis la untuk yang special fare, pastu nak charge air ticket full fare la sebab dah lambat, hotel penuh la.. bla bla bla.. tapi tak salah dia orang pun. Actually NZ trip ni pun rezeki kami. We managed to book air ticket, hotel & car online, 5 days before departure date!!! Pastu dapat murah dari travel agent pulak tu. Dok main2 kat Singapore Airline punya website, pastu "clinnnggg".. ada sweet deal offer. Call hubby, terus dia suruh comfirm. Kematu jari2 ni dok taip passenger details etc... but you have to be really quick. (Kalau lambat nanti offer tu "clinngggg"...HILANG !!!) Dah kena sekali!! Lepas ticket confirmed, haa.. pastu terus la cari hotel & sewa kereta via internet. Semua within budget. A lot cheaper from travel agent punya, plus DIY punya schedule. OK la tu.
Pastu, bab2 tempat nak visit tu, surf la internet. Tengok la map dia. Pastu tengok bila Public Holiday depa. We went there during Christmas + Boxing Day. Kedai banyak tutup. Tapi we all tak pi sana untuk shopping!! So kira OK la sebab tourist spot depa memang bukak. Plan betul2 mana nak pi dulu (north or south OR north & south). Both island in NZ ni, memanjang, so kena la tengok masa nak travel etc! Haa, I tell you, their info dalam internet memang cukup lengkap. Takde tipu2 punya. Senang plan. Sewa kereta pun depa bagi map free lagi. Child car seat ada yang kasi free pinjam! FYI, kalau sewa kereta kat mana2 pun, sila ambik insuran!! Yang paling minimum pun takpe sebab takut depa create benda yang tak patut. My fren kena.
Alhamdulillah, that was the best ever holiday vacation yang kami experience. Well planned, within budget... tapi tak puas sebab tak lama.. NZ is a very beautiful country. The scenery, nature... tak dapat nak diucap dengan kata-kata. Apa2 pun, Malaysia pun banyak tempat yang menarik!!! I'll definitely explore those beautiful places & post in the blog later. Tapi tak de kesempatan lagi...
"..HAPPY HOLIDAY TO ALL.."
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sesape yang datang Ho Chi Minh City, memang tak sah lah kalo tak datang BEN THANH MARKET ni.. A MUST...!! Sebab segala mak nenek ada jual kat sini... Kami yang duduk sini pon dok cuci mata kat sini je almost tiap hari... Sebelum beli ikan, sayur dll, kami ronda2 dulu saja nyibukkan pasar tu.. Dah habis ronda, pekena air2 segala buah yang ada tu... Lepsa tu baru beli barang dapur.. Hehheee... Sila jamu nata ya..!!! Ni baru PART 1 tau... Tunggu next part.. Banyak sangat foto2 tu...
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Got this mail from a friend....
... some food for thoughts ...
"The key to succeeding in marriage is not just finding the right person,
it's learning to love the person you've found."
For sharing. Those who are still single may learn something from here....Those who are already married may take it as a point of reference...
...DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON?...
During a seminar, a woman asked a common question. She said, "How do I know if I married the right person?" I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, "It depends. Is that your husband?" In all seriousness, she answered how do you know?" Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's weighing on your mind. Here's the answer....
EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked their idiosyncrasies. Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called "falling" in love... Because it's happening TO YOU. People in love sometimes say, "I was swept off my feet." Think about the imagery of that __expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.
Falling in love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades. It's the natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.
At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, "Did I marry the right person?" And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when marriages breakdown. People blame their spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. Or all of the above.
And they co-exist in a loveless marriage for Life. But is this entrapment, or a marriage? But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it. I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You could. And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better.
But you'd be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this):
...THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON;
IT'S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND...
SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It'll NEVER just happen to you. You can't "find" LASTING love. You have to "make" it day in and day out. That's why we have the __expression "the labor of love." Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it takes WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work. Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your marriage.
Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. Just as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It's a direct cause and effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable...you can "make" love.
....Love in marriage is a "decision"...
Not a feeling....
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Mula-mula tak balik raya,,
tapi last minute balik juga,
baru dapat boss punya approval,
nasib baik tiket ada....
" will be back after this break.. "
..I'm Mulan reporting for TV 10, VIETNAM...
rest jap yek... penat habis masa atas jalan,
musafir ni kan..