Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Edwin Van Der Sar - In Person

5 July 2011 @ Menara TM

Manchester United (MU) and Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) forged a five-year agreement to link the two brands in marketing campaigns and promotional activities.
Source: The Star

Since the partnership was formed, there were numerous advertising and marketing events done by TM which relates to MU.

MU was having a 12-day Champions Trophy Tour around Asia and Malaysia was one of the countries they visited. As TM is the EPL champion's official integrated telecommunications partner in Malaysia, we have the privilege to meet and autographed by one of the best goalkeepers of the era - Edwin Van Der Sar.

Photo courtesy of EveryoneConnects

The trophy was placed next to the footballer but seems that everyone forgot about it. Even I forgot to snap a photo of the trophy.

My colleague's football

Just few days back, TM released a TV commercial on how a young Malaysian boy overcome all the obstacles to be a world-class footballer. The tagline of the ad is "Turning Possibilities into Reality". [Watch Video]

For sure we're gonna see more of MU's collaboration with TM in the future. Perhaps there will there be more MU fans signing up TM's packages because of that? Billy, out.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Congratulations to Yanie & Raem

18 June 2011 @ Pokok Sena, Kedah

It was my longest drive up north so far. And I was pretty hyped to attend my first Malay friend's wedding. Yanie used to sit next to me and we worked together under the same boss.

From Sungai Petani, it took us another 1 hour plus to reach Yanie's kampung. By the time we reach, swarms of people were there already.

The theme s pink and white, very lovey-dovey colour. And they used a more modern pelamin instead of the traditional 2 chairs.

While we were eating halfway, the bride and groom arrived! We followed them into the house and managed to grab them for a photo.

JooLi, Yanie, Raem, Me

Yanie is now having a baby in her tummy and they're going to be papa and mama in few months time! She's always wanted a baby herself and her dream is coming true! Congratz to them again!

The whole trip KL - Ipoh - Sg Petani - Pokok Sena - KL was really tiring. We drove for 1,000 km in just that 2 days. That's Crazy! Billy, out.

Friday, September 09, 2011

A Day in Sungai Petani

17 June 2011 @ Ipoh

A close friend of mine was getting married in the far north. So decided to take a road trip with JooLi to explore the northern Malaysia!

We had a pit stop at Ipoh for a quick lunch and bought some yummy and fluffy Kaya Puffs from Sin Eng Heong, located on Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri. Just two roads down from the famous Lou Wong Taugeh Chicken Rice shop.

17 June 2011 @ Sungai Petani

Then we headed up north for a couple more hours to reach Aunty Linda's house. Once there, we were immediately greeted with food. Uncle Low bought a few packets of 60sen Nasi Lemak for everyone. Small in size but taste was great.

Sungai Petani is in Kedah and Kedah is also known as the "rice bowl" of Malaysia as rice production is a major economy of the state.

Sad to say this but I've never really been to a real paddy field. So i begged Aunty Linda to bring me to there.

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! I touched paddy in the real paddy field!

I was hoping to see golden paddy fields but I was satisfied with a green one.

Then we went on to town for sight-seeing. I was told that the two most interesting buildings in town are the Clock Tower and the HSBC building.

The clock tower on the main street Jalan Ibrahim was built in 1936 and it was a present from Lim Lean Teng to George V and Queen Mary to commemorate the Silver Jubilee. (Wikipedia, 2011)

Just beside the clock tower, you will see the British colonial style HSBC building, which is still in use.

In the evening, we went to a hawker centre for dinner and Aunty Linda ordered Tua Pan [pic below]. I've never seen or tasted Tua Pan before and it's quite appetizing.

Before we depart the next morning, we were brought to another shop for more food. I had Char Kueh Kak, otak-otak, chive dumplings and yam cake for breakfast. Fuh!

Whole family with their 2 dogs - Miko and Tassie

We wished we could have stayed longer but we've gotta run to the wedding luncheon. We're really grateful to have Uncle Low and Aunty Linda offering their place for us to put a night. Thanks!! Billy, out.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

11 June 2011 @ Kuala Gandah, Pahang

Further east from Genting Highlands, lies the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre. There is no entrance fee but donations are highly appreciated.

We got lost a bit on the way and reached the place a little late. It was past 2pm and the show has already begun! We quickly register ourselves and make our way to the stage.

After the performance, it was feeding time! We were given plenty of fruits to feed the elephants. You can either put the fruit on the elephant's trunk or feed directly into its mouth. I tried feeding through the mouth and.. *NOM* my whole hand was full of its saliva. Kinda disgusting...

Then, the elephants lined up for visitors to ride on them. Only visitors with yellow stickers were allowed to ride on the elephants. So make sure you be there early or make reservations to get the yellow stickers.

Later on, 2 younger elephants were brought to the nearby river for Splash Time! Visitors were allowed to play with the elephants in the water but there were too many people and I decided not to get myself wet.

That's how you splash!

The little elephants were quite playful. They would dive into the water, poop in the water and even tried to reach for banana leaves when the trainer was not looking.

After all the activities, the 2 baby elephants were guided back to the stage again for visitors to take a close up photos with them.

It's quite an interesting place to visit if you're an animal person. You can also visit their website to get more info. Make sure you be there early so you won't miss the show like I did! Billy, out.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Never Knew... Genting Highlands...

10 June 2011 @ Genting Highlands

I think I've blogged about Genting Highland numerous times. That shows that I've went up there quite a number of times too.

This time around, I went up with JooLi's family and visited a couple more places which I never knew existed! First up - Chin Swee Caves Temple.

Chin Swee Caves Temple is a Taoist temple strategically located on a 28-acre plot of rocky forested land donated by the founder of Genting Group - the late Tan Sri Dato' Seri Lim Goh Tong.

The whole construction of the temple took 18 years and was officially opened in 1994. 7 years and I never bother to take a look at what's inside. Hmm..

I never knew the temple was that big, with so many buildings and statues all around it. It's quite comfortable walking around with the gentle cool breeze.

From the temple, you can also see the lush green slopes of virgin forest and a view of the windy road ascending to Genting Highlands.

Devotees can also pray to the big Buddha and Kuan-Yin statues built in the compound of the temple.

Later that night we went back to our rented apartment at Genting View Resort to make our very own steamboat dinner! Yummies!

12 June 2011 @ Genting Highlands

Somewhere in Goh Tong Jaya, lies this Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms. Seriously, I never know there's a strawberry farm in Genting!

The place is rather big, not only a huge strawberry farm. There're also flower farm, organic bean sprout farm, mushroom farm and a cafe that sells all sorts of strawberry stuffs.

strawberry cacat

everyone having strawberry ice cream

Did you notice I blogged about 10 June and 12 June but not 11 June? Haha... We went to Kuala Gandah on 11 June. I'll write more on that in my next post. Till then, here's a preview on my next post.

Billy, out.
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