星期五, 8月 24, 2007

Return .:. 回家

It’s time to leave.
It’s time to back.

Actually I’m happy to pack my stuff, I don’t feel sad of leaving Dallas, but I don’t really feel like going back to Malaysia. Without having any valid reasons, I just wish to proceed to next destination where I haven’t been before.

我想离开,但不代表我想回家。
收拾和清理行李忽然变得很自然的事,
无端就爱上不断飞行的感觉,
回国反而就好像变成很奢侈的事。

不累,暂时还不累。
我一次比一次感觉自己多渺小,
半生几乎已过,
却还踏不上半个世界。

不眷恋,暂时还不眷恋。
哪儿好像没什么让我觉得该眷恋的,
单细胞的阿美巴,
还是习惯单人行,无形无状,继续流浪。

星期四, 8月 23, 2007

一叮

香港有个出名的快熟面叫“出前一叮”,只要微波炉叮一声响后就能享有美味热腾腾的面条。

近日我的指头除了敲打在电脑键盘上,就常常按在微波炉的调控器上。晚间准备明日的午餐时就用微波炉把雪藏的肉类解冻;午间就把煮好的午餐加热。解冻是三分钟,加热就十分钟。

只要三分钟,就把冷藏了几小时的冰解了 。
只要十分钟,就把冷饭冻菜给烘得热腾腾了。

可惜冷却了的心,并不能像饭盒般放入微波炉,调好十分钟加热就行。
那传出来的一叮响,也不能唤起昔日的热情。

更何况,如果那颗心长久处在低温的空间,像喜马拉雅山脉五千米以上的高原,容解的冰也会形成冰川,再热的天气,也只引发雪崩。听见的不是微波炉的一叮,而是轰隆的冰雪倒塌或狂风穿过冰山裂缝呼啸。

星期一, 8月 20, 2007

The Spirits of Cowtown, Cowboys and Cowgirls

Fort Worth Stockyards with the nickname Cowtown is the National Historic District now. I could imagine the olden days in Fort Worth during 18th century where the Texas drovers herding cattles up the trails to Fort Worth, it became a livestock market late 18th century.

I hardly imagine how could I be if I were born the Cowtown and I was one of the Cowgirls? Riding on the horse, chasing to rope the ran-away cattles, or to train the wild horse, or simply just speeding at the Wild West...

Fort Worth Stockyards now became a hot tourist area and you hardly see a true cowboy...


The spirit of Cowboys, is to ride a horse with the rope.

Cowboy boot, you will never miss if you are a cowboy


Herd of longhorns

Cowgirls in the Rodeo

Rodeo Championship riding on a mad horse


How I wish I can be one of the cowgirls in the rodeo show; How I wish I can have more time to find a true cowboy...

一切实在太匆忙,我还来不及了解这里的一切,我就要离开了。
旷野的西部牛仔镇,曾经的沙尘滚滚,牛与马奔驰的沙地,牛仔的灵魂,在我到来以前她已经成为历史。

More photos at here!

星期六, 8月 18, 2007

It's Weekend!

Without having much sweet sleep this whole week, it is end of weekday today. This is our plan for the weekend.

Saturday:
Enjoy sleeping till 9am, have a nice and relax breakfast at hotel.

Depart for visiting the cowbow town, Fort Worth Stockyards , it is about 40miles away from our hotel. We will be walking on the National Historic District, see charming cowbow riding the bull, watch Rodeo, etc...

Wow... can't wait to go there!

Sunday:
Wake up earlier if can back to Dallas not too late on Saturday, then go for a jog to the parks.

It is Tax Free Day from 18-20.08.07! So we will be shopping around at Dallas.

星期五, 8月 17, 2007

Coffeeholic .:2:.

累积了睡意,大概今晚能入睡了。
晚间忽然接到大马同事的紧急电话,脑筋顿时紧迫起来,像SWAT般迎战。盖下电话后,精神又饱满起来。。。

午夜十二点了,要准备明天的午餐,大概要凌晨一点多才能睡吧。。。
晚安。

星期四, 8月 16, 2007

Coffeeholic


已经连续两天,直到凌晨两点也没能入睡。
躺在床上翻来覆去、左拥右抱满床的枕头,对自己催眠,睡意没来过。

早餐后一杯咖啡。
一杯咖啡后再来一杯。
午饭后又是一杯茶。

入夜是累了,来到凌晨又醒了。
一点钟,眼睛还亮着,提了那件单薄保暖衣到外头走走去。
明天一早睡醒后真的觉得好累,累得脑子有点迟钝。走在大厅时就已经嗅到熟悉的咖啡味。告诉自己要好好照顾身体,可是身体的反应表现得好象无所谓,很自然的左手举起了杯子,右手举起了咖啡壶,斟了半杯,就半杯吧。加了半包糖精,少许奶粉,尝一口,这就的是世界上最美味的咖啡啊! 就这样,在没有雨的地方喝半杯浓咖啡。

俸着咖啡杯回办公室,若无其事的继续工作。不是若无其事,而是真的是没事呀!

再来半杯吧,反正只是半杯而已。。。
昨天摄取的咖啡因还留在身体里,明天又在引诱自己再摄取。
继续过度摄取,继续满足诱惑。
明天一早醒来,迷迷糊糊时再来半杯咖啡吧。。。


常常就是这样,爱宠自己。
就这样给宠坏了。
不过,我还是喜欢这样的我自己。

星期三, 8月 15, 2007

A Thank You Note to Himalayan Glacier

Naba from Himalayan Glacier was asking me to write a testimonial for their company, so I think, why not? Just a very formal, wrote it politely and nicely :)

Thank You Note to Himalayan Glacier

The journey to Everest Base Camp is like a journey to purify my soul and opening my eyes and my mind. The peaceful villages, friendly villagers, scenic route left me the best ever memories, nothing is more valuable than these in my whole life. Thanks to Himalayan Glacier Trekking who helped me to organize my trip.

I would highly recommend this trekking agency to all of you, simply because they think our safety and enjoyment the first than the profit! In fact not all profits are going to them, but they do contribute to the society and charity organization. How cheerful are they…

Himalayan Glacier offered a fair, in fact a very good price to me. Nothing comes free in the world, but Himalayan Glacier will ensure you one thing is FREE, which is Worry Free!

I had a trustful and experienced companion for the 15 days journey at Solukhumbu, Hira Lamichhane as my trekking guide. I’m glad that to have him beside especially I was the lone trekker. He would never be too far, whenever I need him, I just called his name, he would be there; When I have no problem, he would also approached me to ensure everything is going fine!

The song “Resham Firiri” ends, trekking ends but friendship never ends. Walk in to Himalayan Glacier, and there will be no regret in your life!

星期一, 8月 13, 2007

Jogging at Addison Circle Park

After few days of eating oversizing and fatening meals, I went for a jog in the Sunday evening 7pm. It is summer now, the weather is sunny and hot, the maximum goes to 100F (37C) at noon time! We enjoy longer day time now, sky only turns dark at 9pm.


Addison Circle Park is just about 1 mile away from my hotel, there is small jogging trail about 400m a loop. The eanvironment is pretty good and well maintained. I just felt peaceful to run there, no hassle, no pollution...



Photo source: www.addisontexas.net

There suppose another park called Quorum Park, a bigger one and it is about 1.6 miles further down from Addison Circle Park, but I yet to discover it, let me go find it out next few days :)

星期日, 8月 12, 2007

Driving, Cooking, Shopping, Sight Seeing

We have got the car rental on Thursday (9.8.07) evening, it took some times to familiarize with the driving skill. 1st, the driver seat is at the left; 2nd, the road direction is totally opposite, going forward at the right lane; 3nd, be aware to stop for the walkers. We have tried few times that driving at the wrong lane (!), and my colleague is even worse, turned to the wrong lane! It is more convenient to get a car, we went for groceries shopping for our food, sight seeing at the weekend, and of course, outlet shopping in the city!

I think we are in safer mode if I be the navigator who look at the GPS and map, and my colleague drives, although she is really scaring me sometimes, but it is better than I drive and reading to the map at the same time :)

We went to Wal Mart, a hypermarket just like Carrefour/Tesco/Giant to get our cooking stuff, I have enough sandwiches, burgers & salads for my meals, so I decided to cook our own meals. Ehmm.. excuse me, yes I'm the chef :P

On the first weekend at Dallas, we went look for outlets, Levi's, Nike, Addidas, Samsonite, Timberland... all in our shopping list. kekekeke....

However... the first outlet that we tried to go was closed down coupled of months ago while we reached to the location. It was so embarrasing when we asked for the direction, hahaha.. the people just think, "What? Why these people so outdated one???"

Okay, fine, though we did manage to go this outlet, we still have many outlets in the list, but we going to try that tomorrow. In the afternoon 3pm (we should have come in the morning), we came to the famous White Rock Lake. Now were BBQ pork walking beside the lake, the weather is damn hot! but we still saw people enjoyed themselves cycling, walking and running under the hot sun. White Rock Lake is a huge lake, how I wish I can have my bike now, or perhaps a Harley Davidson, just to feel the breeze and the speed..




More photos, click ME!

星期三, 8月 08, 2007

笑起来!

上个月的今日,我在东方的尼泊尔Solukhumbu的Gorak Shep。
今日,我在西方的美国Texas的Dallas。

身在异乡吃着不熟悉的食物走在不熟悉的道路,我忽然怀念起尼泊尔的日子。

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旅行,每个人对旅行都有不同的看法与方法。道地人称来旅行的人为游客,游客往往与道地人的待遇有所不同,可好可坏。

我喜欢旅行。
我喜欢的是背包旅行。
我旅行的目的,在于无拘无束,逍遥自在。我不喜欢被称为游客,倒爱称自己为旅人,游客给人一种来去匆匆的感觉,而旅人就给人一种不羁与放荡的印象。

旅途中偶尔还会忧郁地惆怅起来,但令我从心笑出来的、铭记在心的也都还真不少。

前一趟尼泊尔之旅,它不只是一场健行,还包括了文化、宗教和心灵之旅。在尼泊尔的一个月里,没有电话的打扰,我有两个星期在Everest Region的山区上,其余的日子就是在加德满都附近地区四处漂泊。我坐旅行巴士到Pokhara,乘小巴到Bhaktapur和Nagarkot,踏脚车到Patan和Lubhu去,期间在加德满都Thamel Road附近地区走了又走,也不知迷路了多少次,有一次是抵达的第一天,另一次是离开的最后一天,也许我大概还愿意故意迷失在尼泊尔的国度里?

去过的地方,遇过的人与事,全都写在笔记本里,整个旅程中我最珍贵最不能丢掉的是我那本黑黑的笔记本,还有相机里的存储卡。我可以失去身上所有的钱财,唯独不能失去回忆。

健行的日子


在健行的日子里,那长远又辛苦的路途上和Hira相依为命,路过的村落,入住的饭馆,遇过的Porters,看过的雪山。。。一切都过了,但有一些影像,却久久不能从我的记忆里抹去。就如在山间的第一个早晨,我们在Phakding的Namaste Lodge歇息,六点多起身掀开窗帘一推开窗口,就听见翻滚沸腾的河流声,清新无染的空气直透体内洗涤了内心,看见已经起床的Hira,从心发出了微笑,也许这就是我多年来最温柔的微笑。活在这么一个幽静的环境下,一切事物都与世无争,这儿是不折不扣的人间天堂,就犹如陶淵明的”采菊东篱下,悠然见南山”。人们也许还得为三餐劳累,刻薄的地理环境逼使他们生活艰难,但他们的心地依然如此善良,心灵依然如此充实,每天就过着简单纯朴的生活,依靠双手和游客的消费而赚取生活费。



Namche,一个我前后住了四天的地方,仿佛又是另一个天堂。入住在Buddha Lodge,有如住在自己的家一样有归宿感。连日的连绵细雨使我那里都不去,就留在lodge里吃着美味的食物还有把Dan Brown的《骗局》读完。


第七天来到5201m的Gorak Shep,行程里最后及最高的小镇,也就是去Kala Pattar和Everest Base Camp的必经之地。我好怀念馆主煮的抄饭,连续吃了两天,再大盘我也能吃得一粒饭都不剩。哪里有一大片空荡荡的大营地,淡季时空无一人犹如一片沙漠,又犹如一个大舞池,任由我在哪儿翩翩起舞跳起华尔兹。。。

湖水的涟漪
下山后我在Pokhara Lakeside小住了四天,托Himalayan Glacier Trekking Agency的关系以特别优待入住在高尚的Hotel Bedrock,住在Hotel Bedrock有种难得安全感。其中三天里我租借脚车自由上路,踩着踏板往小乡踩去,路过平静的Phewa Lake及水上稻田,中途遇上一群刚放学的小朋友,有些露出天真无邪的微笑合起双掌小小声地对我说Namaste!我开心的笑了起来!有一天我毫无准备的来到Sarangkot路口,犹豫了一阵竟然往那‘之’字型的上山路踩上去,又踩又停的踩了一个小时才上到山顶,多少次想放弃,却又因为‘不甘心’而继续。就这样坚持不懈,怀着满满的满足感来到这个Paragliding的起点。


有一个早晨,来到一家Roof Top餐馆,一整个早上就坐在面向湖和稻田的餐馆里享受美好的早餐,写着那永远写不完的日记。那时那刻我就是世界上最逍遥自在的人。。。湖水的涟漪,又激起了满怀的喜悦。



加德满都的爱与恨
在加德满都的日子里,对Cherry Guest House的服务感到窝心,有几天却因为房满而到其他Guest House去,但很快的我又惦记着Cherry而再次入住。临走前他们还送了我围巾以示敬意与谢意。



我对加德满都这繁忙的的都市又爱又恨,爱她包罗万象、应有尽有,却恨她乌烟瘴气、垃圾满地。有一天我就搭着小巴,去一个叫Bhaktapur和Nagarkot的地方。来Bhaktapur主要目的是参观World Heritage之一的Bhaktapur Durbar Square。Durbar Square既是古时的宫殿,哪儿还保留了完好的古迹,当然,外国游客得付Rs750(约RM42)的参观费呢!另人咋舌的是本地人或邻国人却只收Rs50!



Nagarkot是一个离Bhaktapur有14km的避暑山庄,乘着小巴来到海拔2175m以上的小村庄,以Rs100住在一为名叫Prakesh村民的住家。居住在实实在在的尼泊尔式房子是别有一番滋味,而且还吃到了美味可口的Nepali Dal Bhat,至今还在回味着那可口的晚餐。传统的尼泊尔式房子有两层,底楼是给家畜歇息的、小厅、和厨房,二楼就是睡房。由于天气多云,原本可以看到壮丽山景的都被云雾遮盖了。于是只好静静坐在屋前看老阿妈抽着烟;小孩子一手抱起小羊转过头来又抓起零食往嘴里塞。。。




在尼泊尔逗留了越一个月,对周围环境都有所熟悉,于是拿着地图踩着脚车与行人、汽车、摩托车、巴士睁着一点空间走在车水马龙的道路上。慢慢踩到6km外的另一个World Heritage, Patan Durbar Square,再往前进就沿着两边宽阔稻田的小路来到7公里外的Lubhu镇。

尼泊尔的摩托车都属大型,男人们驾的都是200-250cc的大型摩托。我还真希望自己能驾着如Harley Davidson般的摩托四处游荡!

在尼泊尔过了四个星期,甜的苦的都尝过,但愿我下一次能在尼泊尔度过春、夏、秋、冬四季!

最新相簿

I miss...

I miss chap fan, dal bhat, chicken rice, fried rice, curry chicken rice, tomyam, wantan mee, char siu pao, chee cheong fun with sesame oil and light soya souce, yao char kwai...

Dal Bhat

yao char kwai


chicken rice

星期二, 8月 07, 2007

Jetlag, Sandwich

First day at Dallas which is 11 hours earlier than Malaysia's time, I really having terrible jet-lag, sleepy all day and have to challenge with the sleeping curst at customer's office. We left the office about lunch time then headed back to hotel for sweet dreams.

Food is a nightmare to me! I don't fancy about fastfood or meat, and they serve VERY BIG portion of food. I really wanted to faint when I saw the big plate of ham & chicken sandwich and fries was served at Hooters!

Dinner at Hooters


Hot ladies at Hooters


Fattening Ham & Chicken Sandwich + Fries



星期一, 8月 06, 2007

Arrived in Dallas, Texas

Sitting in an SQ flight for more than 16 hours, I arrived in Los Angeles on 5th August 07 (Sunday) 5.30pm. Looking to the earth from 11887m above the sea level, there is orange mountain range in California.




Waited for 7 hours in LA, finally got the connecting flight to Dallas, Texas at 6th August (Monday) 12.20am, arrived at Dallas 2h35mins later. However, after arriving at Dallas, I have lost 2 hours due to the time different. Now gonna prepare to go to work 9 in the morning without much sleep in the plane.

Staying at Marriot Residence Inn, what a wonderful hotel! but no matter how good the hotel is, the challenging job is ahead of me...

星期三, 8月 01, 2007

何日君再来?

生命中总有太多的离别与分手,
思念与等待,
盼望归来或重来,
都为生命添加了惆怅的郁蓝。

雨点拉着长长的线条从天而降,
打落在屋顶上、路上、河面上,
然后不知去向。
每颗雨点都一样,
但每颗雨点落地后就变得不一样,
曾几何时它们也擦肩而过,
然而何时它们在云里再相聚?

15 Days in Solukhumbu

A contaminated soul came to the paradise of mountain called Solukhumbu. 15 days in the mountain, the water had purified my soul; the scenery had opened up my eyes and mind; the mountain had strengthen my physical and mental fitness; the wind had blew away my worries; the sun had shined into my heart and I returned from the mountain without a single dust, but full of memories.

I followed the classical trek to Everest Base Camp (5310m) and Kala Pattar (5545m) in Solukhumbu district. Walking high but never reach to the top, perhaps never in my life. The Top of The World has been taking making life away when they are climbing up to the summit. Once upon a time, the evalance swept away the village, the rockfall took the life of the villagers, but others life still go on. The people in the mountain, mainly Sherpa, changes their lifestyle as time goes in this Everest Region, a place where brought up by Sir Edmund Hilary.

Throughout the whole journey, what I have missed is not Gokyo and Chola Pass, but to appreciate the contributions that have been brought by Hilary and other followers to improve the living of entire Sherpa; the school, hospital, airport, welfare of the society, etc…


My trustful companion along the journey to the paradise, Hira, a professional trekking guide from Himalayan Glacier Trekking Agency in Nepal, which recommended by my friend, Thong, the founder of My Mountain Goal in Malaysia. No matter how cold the weather was, but I was always warm to have him beside...

Although I don't believe that the last pop of the cigarette is more than a thousand kisses, but I do believe that a picture is more than a thousand words!

View more photos at:
.:. Everest Base Camp .:.
.:. Phokara .:.