Sunday, March 17, 2013

It's his usual fall....

Today, marked the 7th day after my father, or I called Baba passed away. He was 62 years old.

Never that I thot that I wud never see him again, after that unfortunate day. It was my usual weekend at my hometown Melaka. I was supposed to be home the week before but a firend of mine suddenly scheduled to have a farewell bbq at his home. I was reluctant at first but my friend insisted that I joined him, saying I cud be home the weekend after. Then I calld Mak informing her I'll be home the next weekend.

My first IF, what IF I still insisted to be home, not attending my friend's bbq, that will result in me not being home during the most critical time of my life. Maybe I shud be thanking my friend for the last minute schedule of bbq?..

I was back to my hometown, the week after the bbq wekend, happy with a new land deed, which I just acquired from Jabatan Tanah & Galian Melaka, a request by Baba to change the land name from him to any of his children. I took that responsibility. It's not because I want the land so badly but it's been discussed within my siblings and they feel that since I'm the oldest, it is my responsibility, and also, since I have the means (transport and money), it will be easier. The changing of name is no easy task. After more than a month of first going to the Jabatan Tanah & Galian, the land deed is finally in my hand. I showed to Baba and Mak. And he was happy. Baba looked sick. Mak told me Baba now has to be in the wheel chair since his legs no longer can support him. Actually, he was in wheel chair before, but he still can walk for a short distance. He cud no longer do that now. I asked him, "Baba Ok?" and I can still rmember him replied "Mana ada Ok". He seemed in pain and Mak told me, the last 2 weeks, he had fallen 4 times. He cud no longer feel his legs. My Baba is a big man, and Mak  told me, she cud no longer ferry baba on his wheel chair, he seemes heavier. Each time, my adik, Mida, needed to help Mak to move Baba in his wheel chair. I was not alarmed. Baba is scheduled for full body scan in 2 weeks. In fact I told my boss not to send me anywhere for job since I need to take leaves to take Baba to the hospital. I'm sure Baba wud be Ok. My other sister, Yani told me that they sent Baba to a clinic last Thursday and the doctor is prescribing him with a medicine. If h's not ok after 4 days, we need to send Baba for check up. Baba shud be fine, that's wat I told myself. He was sick before, but he always came out fine. Then on that Saturday morning, Yani whispered to m, Baba asked to be sent to private clinic since he cud not take the pain anymore. But I told her, isn't Baba is scheduled for chckup on Monday if h's not ok? We are not the doctors, how can we know based on Baba's measure of pain. I'm sure Baba will be ok come Monday. Then, while watching tv, my sister Mida screamed, "Baba jatuh!". I went out seeking Baba. He was on the ground, angry with my sister for not holding tight to him while transferring him from his wheel chair to his sleping spot. My sister is already crying. "Baba pegang Mida kuat sangat, Mida dah pegang Baba tapi Mida tak kuat nak angkat Baba". I knew my sister had tried her best and I cud not blame her. I wanted to help him but my other sister warned me, I am not that strong. All my other sisters are bigger than me. That incident was watched by nighbours. My neighbour is having the engagement knduri for her daughter. So, there were a lot of people nearby. All the men helped lifting Baba. One of them asked how he is and Mak told him that this week, it's been more than 4 times he fell. My neighbour decided to call an ambulance. Mak followed him to the hospital. That's the last time my neighbours saw my Baba alive. The next time he was home is during his mandi jenazah and kebumi. My sisters and I joined Mak one hour later. Mak kpt telling us that she's worried that the doctor will send Baba home again, like what they did the last time he was here. I was already planning to driv back to KL if the doctor found Baba is ok.
We were at the hospital from 130pm. When the clock hits 8pm, I was worried. Wat is going on? Wat took so long? I went into the emergency room. The doctor told m that they are still checking on him. Thy decided to x-ray him. I found myself saying, finally. But I was not worried, yet.
Around 10pm, the doctor asked for a waris to se him. My siblings and Mak decided that I wud be th best person since I might understand wat the doctor is saying. I went in, expecting him to say that we can bring him home. When I mt him, he was already standing near baba's bed. "Boleh kita cakap jauh sikit?" he asked me. I said sure, but my heart is already beating.
"He is in a critical condition. From his upper body x-rar result, it shows that his heart is abnormal in size, his lungs is infected and liver is badly damaged". W.H.A.T.A.R.E.Y.O.U.S.A.Y.I.N.G???
With disbelif look on my face I told him" We have sent him to clinic and hospitals these last 2 weeks and the doctor didn't say anything serious and now you are telling me this?" The doctor looked sorry,"We are so sorry. Thre is nothing I can say now. We are going to scan his kidney but it doesnot seem promising. And the most alarming is his low blood pressure. Our aim is to stabilize him by increasing his blood pressure". I asked him one last qustion" How do I tell Mak and my other siblings outside?". His replied? "That is our daily dilemma here and I hope you can tell all the family members. He will be sent to ICU once his place has been confirmed".

I walked to Mak with heavy legs. How do I tell them? To Mak, who is expecting all of us to be home shortly? When I reached Mak, I was smiling. I am sure Mak and my other siblings thot Baba is fine. But I dropped th bomb. "Baba jap lagi dorang nak tolak masuk ICU. Mak kena kuat, baba dalam keadaan kritikal". My sisters and Mak went from listening intently to crying. None of us expected this. Mak told me to msg my brother. I asked Mak, should I alert other family members? Mak said, not yet. We waited for Baba to enter ICU around 3am. Only 2 persons are allowed in the ICU, that time, it was me and mak. During that time, they found that Baba's kidney is already damaged and the only way for all the toxins in his body to be out is from dialysis. But with his low blood pressure, that is impossible. All they did now is trying to increase his blood pressure. Baba can still talk. He told Mak to go home. We have been in the hospital for a day and everyone is tired. Mak promised to come tomorrow during visiting hours since we are not allowed to take care of him in ICU. I looked at him and say "Baba, takde apa2 nih, nanti Baba ok". And I smiled at him. He just looked at me. I didn;t know that is the last time I saw him when he can still talk. If only i knew, I wud've prolong the conversation with him. In my mind, he will still be ok tomorrow and we can still talk to him.

On the way home, I asked Mak whether we shud alarm Baba's siblings. Mak said ok. I messaged my Uncle in JB and my cousin in Muar. Thru this 2 people, I believe all of Baba's siblings will be informed. But I cud not sleep that night. I cried in my sleep.

The next morning, while having breakfast with Mak, and getting ready to visit Baba, someon from the hospital called asking for family members to come. We were beyond alarmed. What cud be worse?
Once reaching ICU, my brother and me waited for the doctor while Mak and my sisters waited outside. Relatives, nighbours and friends were already gathering outside. I saw Baba and quite surprised he was still asleep. The nurse told me that since Baba is so tired, they decided to put him to sleep. I asked her" Nanti petang Baba bangun ke?" "In Shaa Allah" she told me. We were told by doctor that things were not looking good. Baba blood pressure is not increasing even after maximum dosage. Antibiotics has been injected into him. But it all depends on him now. His heart cud stop beating anytime. I was speechless. I heard the doctor but I did not know what to feel. All I want to ask is "How much time?" but I cud not dare myself to ask that. I told Mak and we all cried. Since the ICU only limit 2 persons to go, we had to let othrs to visit him for the last time. It must be traumatic for Mak since her mum and dad passed away in the hospital. And now her husband.

Around 6pm, my uncle and aunti from Mak's side went to see us. "Nurse tanya kenapa takde orang baca Yassin? Keadaan dah macam nazak" Ya Allah, Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim....my mum is alrady crying. My sister Fiza gave me a Yassin and tell me to go see Baba now. We cried while walking to him. Once in his room, I read him Yassin while crying. My sisiter saw him and then went out. Mak then was next to me and we read him yassin. Not long after that I heard doctor giving permission to all family members to come see him for the last time. I did not even look who is next to me but I was aware that the room is full with people. One of my nenek sedara who is quite close to us, reciting syahada to Baba to his ears. When I heard that I just burst more into tears that I can no longer see what I was reading. After 10pm, only 2 are allowd in th room, that is me and Mak. We recite Yassin and sometimes stop stop to talk to him We were there till 12am. Then the nurse ushered us out. But we told them we wud b outside. We knew he has not much time and we wanted to b near him as long as we can. Around 1am, a nurse rushing towards us "Encik dah nazak". During that time, only me, Mak, my sisters Yani and Fiza and Faiz, Yani's hubby were there. We ran quickly and the monitor showing som critical numbers. We recited Yassin for him and I sumtims stop to recite syahadah on his ears during his last moment. On the very last word of Yassin, Wailahiturjaunnn....his pulse went to zero.

We cried our heart out knowing he is no longer with us. But suddenly there is some figure showing up. A nurse came in and told us, "Tadi masa dah kosong dah meninggal, yg nombor ni mesin"  While crying, we called all family members and relatives informing them that Baba has left us. But few minutes later a nurse came see us saying the doctor wanted to see us. What now? It turned out that the nurse is giving false info. Baba is still alive but barely. But it is nearly his time. We sat and gather around him, reciting Yassin again. 20 minutes later, the doctor pronounced him dead.

I'm telling you all the details while I still remember it. Aftr a week, I can still remember it as it occurs yesterday. I have many regrets. I dun think I am a gud daughter to him.

My second IF. What if my neighbour didn't call the ambulance? Will he still be aliv today? I've asked my Mak and sistr and they told me the same answer. He might be but he will be in more pain. Baba always told me that he didn't like to burden anyone and he hoped to leave peacefully. His wishes is granted, Allahuakbar!
His body is later sent for mandi jnazah and burial at home. I'm sure he woud like that. And I can still rember my promise to him in ICU room, I will take care of Mak and the rest of my siblings for the rest of my life.

Al Fatihah to Baba, Mustaffa bin Mohamad......

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Next is Ho Chi Minh

Hmmm...rasa baru je bercuti di bangkok last January. And now, it's time for middle of the year vacation. Usually, middle of the year vacay ni expenses akan lg besar, i.e, Seoul in 2011, Europe in 2012. And end of the year vacay is mostly within the SEA. But this year, tukar plan sket. Or rather, I'm planning my big one towards end of the year....tunggguuuu.....tapi trip tu tak sure la sebab macam xde geng lg...

So, me n my vacation friends, Izan, Ida and Yati, planned for this Ho Chi Minh trip. Ni pun sebab Yati has just moved here due to work relocation. So, accomodation FREE!! Best, best....as of now, baru ada flight ticket je. and this time we decided to fly with Airasia sebab memg lg murah. And you know what, I haven't flown with Airasia for more than 1 year. Yela, sebab Airasia kan murah, so memg byak trip naik airasia. Let me think, my first trip was in 2006 to Bangkok, followed by Bandung trip (May 2007), Gold Coast (Oct 2008), Kota Kinabalu (July 2009-tahun ni xde international trip sebab nak concentrate panjat gunung Kinabalu), Bali (May 2010), Seoul (May 2011) and Langkawi (Feb 2012). Last year's Europe trip (Heathrow, June 2012) and Bangkok (Dec 2012) naik MAS. terasa diri ini kaya la plak kann...kalau ikutkan, those trip nak naik airasia gak tp Airasia no longer flies to London and Bangkok plak masa tu tgah peak and ticket airasia harga sama je dgn mas, baik amek mas kan! Bila fikir balik, rasa bersyukur sangat dpt travel to all those places.

So, back to HCMC (Ho chi minh city), kitorg akan bertolak on April 27 till May 1. Bila check balik, it's gonna be end of next month. Rasa mcm dah dekat plak. Kitorg plan for shopping je and some sight seeing. And maybe to Vung Tao beach if we have the time. Will blog about it soon!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Herbalife...Day 1 and 2

I'm quite surprised...after only 2 days consuming Herbalife, my weight loss is 2 kg...but maybe because the way I eat and exercise. But it's only been 2 days. My weight could still fluctuate. This is my diary for the 2 days:

Day 1:
Breakfast: Coffee and biscuits
Lunch: Rice, salai meat and ulam
Tea: Hazelnut coffee (Oldtown)
Dinner: Herbalife shake + nestum+soya
Water: 3liter (amazeball!!!)
Activity: not much, just hang around with friend at Oldtwon during the afternoon. Rest of the day, watching tv at home

Day 2:
Breakfast before swimming: coffee and 1 biscuit
Breakfast after swimming: Tosai and plain water
Lunch: Hebalife shake + soya+banana
Dinner: Milo + 3 slices of Hi-fibre bread, cekodok
Water: 1.5liter
Activity: Swimming for 1 hour in the morning. Rest of the day, watching tv at home.

Let's see my progress after today....

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Herbalife...Day 0

This is probably my first attempt to really go on diet...it's not that I am really overweight..It's just that when I look at my recent pictures, I do not look good! I admit, my weight is above my ideal weight but it is not really a concern for me since I eat healthily (well, maybe there are few times not so healthy, I'm a human afterall!), sometimes do exercise with friends like hiking and rafting. I dun do jogging. I just hate it. huhu...yeah, maybe swimming sometimes. But the thing is, the last few years, after reaching my big three-0, my weight increases and then, stagnant at certain figure (not gonna tell the number!). Even tho I did so many things, like watching what I eat, exercising, it just so stubborn to go down. I've read and even listen to few friends' experience on herbalife. It has very good reputation, I can say. Tho I was unwilling to try at first, but since I'm getting nowhere with my weight, I thot, why not give it a lil try. Yes, it's expensive. But my resolution is just to reach till my weight before my big three-0. Not really skinny, or model look, you know. I can never be me if my weight is below 50kg! (Oppsss...)..So, let's see how do I fare with this Herbalife after few weeks or months..My plan is just to get my goal and then stop. But I still gonna watch what I eat and maybe exercise (tho not so much!).  And I will try me best to blog on my diet program from time to time. Today is day 0. Gonna start tomorrow. Wish me Luck!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Menunggu buah tak gugur

Well, that's pretty much what I'm doing now. Project dah habis, waiting for new projects which does not seem to appear anytime soon. So, in the office, fb-ing, bloghopping, boringggg.....what else to do? Suddenly yesterday the boss announced that there might chances for secondment to other worley offices in the world. Singapore, Oman and London....Of course, I and any sane person here would dfntly choose London! But I've been heartbroken before over this secondment thingy that I think it is not wise to think that I will be chosen for the assignment...So much for menunggu buah yang tak gugur...arghhhh...

Saturday, January 19, 2013

White Water Rafting- The daredevil in me….



These sequent of pictures, taken from my water rafting trip in Sedim, Kedah.

I just realized that (well, after not blogging for some time, that’s why!) I have not post anything about my passion of water rafting. I started rafting in 2009. It was when I wanted to conquer Kinabalu. During that time, my friend suggested other adrenaline rush activity-water rafting. Well, to thell you the truth, when I first started hearing about it, I just couldn’t imagine myself doing it. I could barely swim (in the swimming pool only), and the thought of such daredevil activity just scare the hell out of me. Yes, I AM an adrenaline junkie, but water rafting? I dunno! But after much discussions between us, we agreed to go with it. There are 2 rafting spots in KK, namely Kiulu and Padas. I quickly agreed on Kiulu, however one of us wanted to do Padas. Kiulu is level 1-3.  While Padas is level 3-4. Read here, taken from http://www.malaysia-trulyasia.com:

Grades of Whitewater
All whitewater is graded using an international system and can range from safe to life threatening. Whitewater rafting is not a day at the beach. Some of the more common injuries include getting hit by a paddle, dislocating a shoulder, breaking glasses on rocks, breaking a hand and cuts from hitting debris in the water. That is just a list of all the bad things that could go wrong, but mishaps can be avoided if you stay alert and listen to instructions and of course, choosing a lower class river.

Class 1 – no rapids, flat water
Class 2 - mild rapids, suitable for children and anyone seeking an enjoyable experience
Class 3 – larger rapids, requiring a little more skill but with little real danger
Class 4 – powerful rapids, needing more advanced techniques
Class 5 – heart-stopping rapids, for the brave only
Class 6 - Extreme

The reason I wanted to do Kiulu is because it is easier, but my friends insisted on Padas since we did one adventure on climbing Kinabalu, why not continue doing another adventure with Padas? They gave me no choice. Ok, so we agreed on Padas. Since we prepared ourselves for Mount Kinabalu, we also needed to be prepared for Padas. So, the first place we went for’practising’ is Sungai Slim, Perak.

Actually, we signed up for Kuala Kubu Baru in Selangor. It’s a quit a famous rafting spot with 2-5 rating. However, during the last minute, the organizer decided to change spot to Slim River, Perak. This is because, the dam at Kuala Kubu Baru is closed, hence less water flowing thru the river. For white water rafting enthusiastic, this is a less ideal condition. The more water in the river, the faster the raft flows, and increases the adrenaline rushing in you. Slim River has 1 to 4 rating. But when we were there, it’s a definitely a 4! Imagine beginners like us, doing a 4. But it was truly a worth experience.  

Slim River was grade 3 to 4 during our trip since it just rained. The river is narrow, maneuvering the raft was quite a challenge. 
 My adrenaline junkie friends...we always look for new rafting sites...This is what we put on before venturing into the water. Safety helmet and vest.


Put on strapped sandal. If not, be prepared to loose them in the river!

Once we did Slim River, we did Kuala Kubu Baru and Kampar. Kuala Kubu Baru is very famous for its rapid and body rafting activity. For water rafting activity, some sites like in Sedim has water confidence test. This is where you have to jump into the river and not being afraid of the water. This is because, in white water rafting, there are high chances you will be thrown out of the raft, due to the rapid. 


Water confidence test, monitored by the guides.

I've been thrown out of the raft multiple times till I lost count. It was scary the first time but you have to always believe that the vest you put on can really float you above the water. Positive attitude is really important when doing this kinda extreme activities. When the raft is capsized or somebody is out in the water, rescue will be done. 


My friends and I did Slim River, Kuala Kubu Baru, Kampar, Sedim and Padas already. These are grades 1 to 5. The most extreme? Definitely Padas. And we did Padas right after climbing Kinabalu. Our legs were really sore after Kinabalu but luckily, not much leg is used for rafting. It rained when we got there. And from our expereince, rain means more volume of water in the river and flow is faster. However, the guides told us that even with heavy water, once the dam is closed, there is no water flowing to the river. Which means that it's totally grade 1! Arghh...we prayed it was at max speed, Grade 5.And we got it! The river are just unbelievably violent. 



But being an experienced rafters, we maneuver the raft quite well. But we lost the battle at one of the rapids, the Washing Machine rapid.


These pictures show how we try to rescue one of us. All of us were thrown out of the raft bcause the raft capsized. It took nearly half an hour to rescue all of us. Some are drifted far away from the raft because of the violent water. The current keep hitting on you. Luckily, all of us made it.


Padas has murky water, unlike other white water rafting spots and it has waves.  It just happened that when we were there, the rain plus the opening of the dam really made it up to Grade 5. But it is totally worth it!

After Padas, we did Sedim. Sedim is Grade 4. Sedim is great, but for us, nothing tops Padas, as of now. There has been some talks on Singor. Singor is the only rafting spot in Malaysia with Grade 6. But up until now, this has not materialze. With Singor, we need to camp overnight since it is located deep into the jungle. But who knows? One day, I will be able to say, "I've conqured Singor!". Let's pray for that....

 Faces after rafting....we did it!!

Also, dun get so serious here, throwing water at other teams are definitely a must!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bangkok....the second time


http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=98791716
 The pix above is taken from the fireworks display at Central World on new year's eve. It was a huge crowd here.

My first trip to Bangkok was in May 2006 with my close buddy, Zue. And after more than 6 years, Izan, another close buddy of mine decided to celebrate New Year in the city of Bangkok, coz she never been here. Since there are 2 people in the group who has visited Bangkok before, we were appointed the tour managers. We were responsible for the places to go, lodging and transportation. I made flight booking sumwhere in September. We bought MAS for RM550 return each. Cheap, right? Maybe not that cheap but it was during peak time, during New Year celebration. Flying out of the country during year end has become a habit of me and my friends. We were in Singapore for 3 consecutive years! This year, it's Bangkok.

We boarded MH796 on Friday nite and reach BKK at about 11 pm. Custom clearance and picking up luggage, it was near to midnite and we thought of taking the airport train to BKK city and then, take LRT to our hotel. But we were informed that although we cud get on the last train to bkk but we cud not take the lrt since lrt stops at midnite. So, off we go to the hotel with cab. It cost us about 700 baht. Which i think pretty reasonable considering it's past midnite (surcharge of 1.5 from actual price after midnite, just like in KL). We reached Convenient Park Hotel (which is very near Punawithi Lrt station), unpack stuffs and sleep.

The time difference between KL and BKK is one hour. But sunrise is at 630am and maghrib is at 610pm.

The next day, we went to Chatuchak market. There are just soooo many things to buy, especially for all the girls out there. Accessories like necklace, bracelet, earings are abundant (well, Tiffany are here, but it's Bangkok brand). Handbags, shirts, blouses, shoes n sandals, keychains, just everything. And you can definitely bargain to the price you want. But be reasonable ok. The rules is always to get half of the price being offered. The things that I bought here: Deuter convertible hip and bagpack,  North Face bagpack, keychains and fridge magnets. We ate at a halal stall here.

Quite expensive. My tomyam and white rice cost me 340 baht (RM34). But I noticed that halal food is really expensive in BKK. The cheapest I manage to get is in Prabhurat (Indian town), which is really cheap, for about 50 baht. But it's quite a secluded place and we went there from Grand Palace via tuk-tuk for 100 baht. I initially swore never to get on tuk-tuk but once on it, it was fun. The reason I was reluctant at first coz I heard so many stories of tuk-tuk driver cheating on distance and will drive you to places that you dun want to go. But this does not happen in this trip. So, I guess, only the unluncky ones got that bad experience. Tuk-tuk dfntly on my good list now. Just confirm the price before getting on the tuk-tuk.


Me inside tuk-tuk!

After Chatuchak, we went to Paragorn. Have dinner here at the only halal restaurant here (veryyyy pricey). Wanted to watch movie at Imax but no movie currently showing which really attracts our attention. But hanging out at Imax surely a delight. Managed to get pictures here and there since they are having some deco for christmas and new year.


Really cool deco, huh?!

Second day is spent on Floating Market, Dam Noen Saduak. It's quite far from bkk. About 2 hours ride in a car. After my friend's bad experience on this market (she was made to pay 400 baht for taxi ride to and fro the market and that excluded the boat ride which is another 1000 baht, crazy huh?) , I decided the best way to get there is by van (bus is cheapest but stops at many places). We took van from Victory Monument (exit no 2), and managed to get on the first van to the market. We paid only 90 baht each. However, we forgot to tell the driver that we wanted to stop at the entrance of the market. Because of language barrier, we took for granted that the driver would stop us at the entrance. He dropped us at a pier instead. Because each of us wanted to answer to "nature calls", it was too late when we realized that we have been dropped at a boat pier. As expected, there is an agent eager to discuss on the package. We immediately stopped her, saying that we didn't want to go on the boat. We just wanted to get to the entrance. She insisted that there is no way that you can get to the market without getting on the boat (which is typical, as many in tripadvisor, blogs, etc mentioned). She then sent us to the tour manager which tried his best to convince us. But we were adamant. We didn't want to get on the boat. Frustrated, he told us that we can walk to the market but it is very far (3km he told us, but no, it wasn't that far, wat a cheater!) and taxi is not easily available here like bkk (which is true). Since there were many taxis at the pier, we wanted to get on one of them. But none will take us there. However, one of the taxi driver told us that we can just walk there, not that far. Thank you uncle, we luv you!. So, we walked.


There are signboards, so no need to worry!

And along the way, there was an uncle offering to bike us to the market for 20 baht each. It was cheap, but we decided to just walk. Also, you will see many piers with people trying to tell you to get into the boat for cheap price. Just ignore them. Don't stop until you really see the entrance of the market. Once there, we were so happy!


We walked along the market, and when we see the mango sticky rice, we quickly decided to stop and eat near the aunty selling it. It was delicious!!

When we walked further up, an auntie offered us to take a sampan paddle ride for only 100 baht. Why not? It's totally wayyyy cheaper that having to pay 1000 baht at the pier. We definitely enjoy the sampan ride.


And also the coconut ice-cream. A must have!


After the sampan ride, it's time to go back to bkk. We took yellow bus from the market and the driver stopped us sumwhere near a shoplot. We told him bangkok and he just nodded his eyes and waving his fingers saying sumthing, but it surely said "here". Luckily they were few other foreigners with us. I remembered from one of the blogs, it mentioned bus no 78. After few minutes, we saw that bus. This bus has stewardess. The dress is similar to air asia stewardess. At first, when we boarded the bus, I didn't see any stewardess in the bus and my only concern was, either we boarded the wrong bus or the stewardess not working that day. Not only it's the right bus, the bus driver had to fetch the stewardess at some location. So, remember it's bus no 78! The bus station is not reachable by train. The only way to bkk is by taxi. We had to pay 300 baht because the driver refused to go by meter. We wanted to argue more, but we were not sure if there is any other way. We asked the driver to stop us at MBK. We had dinner and pray there. There also prayer room at Paragorn, Central World and Robinson. Halal food is also everywhere. I got a lot of infos on these on this blog: www.zlynn17.blogspot.com

On the third day here, we decided to go to Grand Palace. We went by train to Saphan Taksin and took a boat ride to Tha Chang pier, where we can just walk to Grand Palace. This place is just majestic.

We were there on 31st December, and wat a crowd! Just too many people, especially the foreigners. After snapping pix and enjoying this place, we decided to go to Prabhurat, an indian town. For halal food. We took a tuk-tuk for 100 baht and when we got there, initially we wandered around the place. Then we see a muslim aunty and followed her but we lost her. So, we were just going here and there and saw few shops selling thai silk at cheap price. After buying the thai silks (not me!), the seller showed us on how to get to the only halal food stall there.

The food is definitely the cheapest we have in bangkok. After lunch, we performed our prayer at a nearby mall (shown by the stall owner). Then we took tuk-tuk to get the nearest pier. There are many boats along the Chao Phraya river. If you want to go on the cheapest boat, insist on the orange boat which only cost you 15 baht. Then we headed to MBK for another round of shopping. When we get there, there was a lady passing flyers. Initially I just ignored it but when my friend looked at it, it was flyer on prmotional massage. Thai massage is only 250 baht for an hour! We decided that we'll skip the shopping and go for massage. It was totally worth every baht I paid. After 3 tiring days, it's definitely a great ending for my trip.

The trip ended with fireworks at Central World. There are like thousand of people already when we get there.



We managed to secure a spot and sat there for more than 2 hours just for the FIVE minutes fireworks. Well, that's a letdown. I watched one of the most spectacular fireworks display at Marina Bay Sand which lasted for 15 minutes! Well, I guess I can't have too many good things in a trip, right? Since the train operated till 2 am for new year eve, we got on the train to the hotel. But, pushing and shoving along the way to the train is just unbearble. And there were some crazy prople in the crowd. They are just so scary. It took us 40 minutes to get on the train.

Back to the hotel, we took our luggages and asked for taxi from the receptionist. Because we have checked out earlier that day, our bags were placed in one of the conference room. So nice of them to let us store our bag for free for more that 12 hours! Taxi ride to the airport is another adventure. The taxi was definitely cheaper than the one from the airport since the driver charged us only 400 baht, however, the taxi is not only smaller, it fuels by NGV, hence the boot is largely occupied by the NGV bottle. We have 4 big luggage. Since he wouldn't budge (well, he's not gonna let 400 baht out of his hands), he said he could fit 2 luggage in the boot but 2 more luggage will need to be in the passenger's seat. We need to put the bags on our lap the whole journey to the airport. Luckily it wasn't that far. And we just cudn't care less. We just wanted to leave that place..huhu...on the way to the airport, we were informed that we need to pay for toll ourselves. However, lady luck is surely smiling on us since it's toll free due to new year celebration. That promotion last few hours only and it was really our luck to be within the free promo..hoooraayyyy....

Once getting into the airport, it was another 4 hours before departure. Well, we were tired but it;s impossible to sleep. Days in Bangkok is already over, but we missed bangkok already....till then bangkok!