29 October 2017

My life so far...

Oh my goodness!

I haven't posted anything since the last 5 months! And when was my second last post? Was it December? Yesssss! December 2016! Freaking December 2016!

Is my life boring? No.

Am I busy? Not to the extent that I can't update a single post each day!

Well, I'm just lazyyyyyy guys. L.A.Z.Y. And everytime I tried to write something here, I'll experience this 'writer's block' phenomenon which is very annoying it made me want to smash my laptop into pieces. Kidding. I love my laptop. I bought it with my first salary, you know. It might not be as fancy as yours do, but, I freaking bought it with my own money, and it's my first laptop everrrr. And it has my name on it, at least that's what my pupils think of the AMD label at the bottom of my lappy. LOL.

But, hey, why are we talking about my laptop?? I am the main character here, like Jon Snow in the Game of Thrones. Urghhh, please stop me from rambling about Game of Thrones.

Anyway, a quick update about myself, I am now a teacher at a school near the Kinabatangan River. Never did I expect to be posted here, but, yeah, here I am, away from everyone, alone and bored.

I love this school though. I have the best colleagues anyone can ask for, small number of pupils, less pressure, friendly parents, and understanding bosses. It's been five months so far, and I can never be more grateful.

But, I always, always have a problem with classroom management. The kids just won't cooperate! Especially the boys! I felt like such a failure most of the time, and my colleague always thought that I am being too hard on myself. I don't know, maybe I am, but you don't want to leave the classroom without achieving anything, aren't you?

To be fair, they are not always naughty. Sometimes, I get dozens of 'I'm sorry Teacher' cards, paintings, and lots of 'I love Teacher' letters,  from them.

But this one, this very card, made me so emotional, coz I don't think I deserve it at all.



It said "Keluargaku happy sebab teacher sudah ajar aku sikit-sikit" which means, my family is very grateful that Teacher has made me better than yesterday.

I haven't done much, but in their eyes, I've done a lot of things and sometimes it makes me feel guilty, because I really haven't done much.

It's only been 5 months, and I know there are still long way to go, but I know that I've touched the hearts of some of my pupils.

I promise to always do my best, for the betterment of my pupils, and maybe, the whole village.





17 April 2017

The Book Depository Review

If you ask me the one thing I never regret spending my money on, it would be books.

So, when my sister told me about Book Depository site and the free postage it offers, I didn't think twice. FREE DELIVERY WORLDWIDE including my country Malaysia! I was intrigued!

I find it very difficult most times to find website that offers shipping to Malaysia, let alone free delivery, so don't judge me for being OVERLY EXCITED about this! :D

Anyway, I spent 2 days browsing the website before I finally had the courage to place my order. Everything sounds too good to be true, and I don't fancy spending my hard earned money on cheating website! 

So, here's the advantages of TBD based on my 2 days of 'browsing session':
1. Free delivery worldwide
2. No minimum purchase - delivery is always FREE regardless of the number of books you buy!
3. Books are not overly priced
4. The collections are HUGE! I could die of excitement lol

I decided to buy When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr as a trial, but after about 2 weeks, I still didn't hear a word from the post office guy that I decided to send them an email.

I asked them the whereabouts of my book only to be informed that they are not able to track it anywhere. So, they sent out a new one for me, no fuss at all!

However, I am still waiting for it to arrive, I'll keep you guys updated later :D

27 December 2016

Mount Trusmadi Expedition via Sinua Trail

2 weeks ago, I embarked on a journey to the top of Mount Trusmadi, the second highest mountain in Malaysia with a few friends from my Mount Kinabalu expedition.

Despite being the second higher, it offers a tougher challenge to its climbers compared to Mount Kinabalu.

Here, I present you our 3 days 2 nights trekking via wayaan Mannan a.k.a Sinua Trail.

Day 1  (Monday, December 11th, 2016)


At around 1.30 pm, my friends and I left Ranau for Keningau and then we proceed to Kampung Sinua, Sook to Tainiskon base camp. I was so excited because I have never set foot in Sook before, overjoyed like a child who's been given a lollipop!

Turned out, Sinua is located so far away from Keningau. About 100 kilometers from Keningau Town, it took us 2 and a half hours to reach there, excluding our special excursion to the border of Keningau and Tenom :p Anyway, thank you Arif kasi tumpang kereta :D

Then, from Kampung Sinua, we drove another 2 kilometers to Tainiskon Base Camp, the camp we were to stay for the night. The road to the base camp was quite challenging, but still accessible by non four-wheel-drives.

The shelter at Tainiskon Base Camp. We slept together openly under the same shelter, but no worries, everybody got their own bed. :D
The toilets + showers at the Base Camp. The view is breathtaking! We were advise to take our shower properly here because water won't be enough for shower at Camp 2.

The 'kitchen'


Bedtime selfie is a must during time like this!  There are spaces for our baggage at the head of our bed.
After dinner,  I immediately hit the sack as I wanted to recharge myself for tomorrow's climb. I was quite worried about my physical ability because I didn't do any training to prepare myself for this. The bed, anyway, with a structure of a stretcher, was amazingly comfortable. 

Day 2 (Tuesday, December 12th, 2016)


The next day, we woke up as early as 5 am to take a shower and to get our breakfast and lunch ready. We took the cheapest package available, so, we couldn't depend on the organizer for food.




The 'cooks' :D


After filling our tummies with cold maggi haha and bread, we immediately left the base camp for Camp 2. We trekked through 8 kilometers of secondary forest to Camp 2; the journey was challenging! 


As I know my own limit, I had some of my things brought by the porter and some on my own. They charged us RM60 one way for every 10 kilogram, it was worth it. But, being physically unfit for mountain climbing, I had my friends bring my backpack for me in the end hahaha. Thanks Bianus, Faldey, Ed and Elsa. You guys are the best ;)

The journey commenced! 





Crossing the fast river

anddddd leeches are everywhereeeee, especially when it's raining
Speaking of leeches, yes, Mount Trusmadi is very infamous with leeches. My family had warned me earlier about the leeches, so, I was quite prepared about it. Haha. I used the dry tobacco leaves as my 'leech-repellent', though smelly, it works wonder.

It was annoying though. Having to watch your every step, making sure you're not feeding any with your blood. They said, it can be under the dead leaves, behind the rocks or on the hanging tree branches (maybe?). One managed to get inside my shoes, luckily, I had already prepared myself mentally to handle it. Still, I cried. HAHAHA Thanks Salman for picking it off for me. I still remember him said "Lap tu air mata kau" HAHA

The trek from Base Camp to Camp 2


I was out of breath but yeah, must smile for the camera
After 8 hours, we finally reach the shelter at Camp 2. 



Kupi-kupi sesh with the group members
The shelter at Camp 2.
Dinner is served!

At 8.00 pm, we all settled down for the night. The temperature was freezingly cold (not Laban Rata cold, but still cold!) I couldn't sleep properly!


Day 3 (Wednesday, December 13th, 2016)


On the third day, we woke up at 2400 hrs (yes, only 4 hours of sleep), had a cup of hot milo and bread, then we started trekking through 4.2 km of mossy forest to the summit. I only managed to reach the 1st summit, because I wanted to and because I didn't want to go through the steep and muddy trail from Peak 1 to Peak 2.

So, I had all the time before sunrise at peak 1. While others were on their route to the final peak, I had my very own 'kupi-kupi' session with our guide; Bianus, waiting for the sun to emerge.

Ready to conquer the 1st summit!

0300 hours, after 2 hours of tree-climbing haha

while waiting for sunrise....

It was breathtakingly beautiful!!! My camera didn't do the view justice.
I actually quite regret my decision to settle at the 1st summit. Haha. But the beautiful sunrise took my regret away :p

After about an hour, we started our descend to Camp 2 to have our lunch and collect our bags. Then at 12.00 pm, we continued our descend back to base camp and directly back to Ranau in the evening.


6 November 2016

Arnab Village Homestay, Ranau, Sabah: How to get there?

Fancy for some fluffy cuddles on the weekend? If yes, then you should really put Arnab Village as your 'next-places-to-visit' list immediately. 

I went there once. Well, as a Ranau-ian with a mountain of ego, I feel that I HAVE to know the place. I HAVE to show the way. That ego actually brought me to the peak of Mount Kinabalu, so, well, it isn't that bad huh?

So, back to the topic, it's actually not that hard to find the place. You can get there successfully only by following the signboards,  but, if you insist on getting the instruction, you're welcome to read the caption in each of my photos :)

Please bear in mind that this is only applicable if you're driving from Kota Kinabalu, not Sandakan. 

Only 10 minutes drive from Pekan Kundasang (approximately 6km before Ranau Town) this is the first sign that tells you're on the right tract. :D


Just on the other side of the road after the first sign, you'll see the junction to Kibbas Mohimboyon Village, drive towards it.


This is how the view and the road look like.



You'll experience some stony journey, but it isn't that bad. Keep driving untillllll.....

.....you see this. Except the Myvi lol. The junction to Purakagis Village, the village where the Arnab sanctuary is actually located. It is on the left side of the road, drive towards it (turn left) and you'll find your way to your destination.

There will be cute signboards along the way, you won't lost :D


This is the hardest part. But it is passable.

And tadaaaaa....after the dangerous bridge, you finally reach your destination! :D

You can stay there starting from RM80 per night, and the facilities are excellent. And since Ranau is very famous for its beautiful intact nature, please don't expect any fancy clubs or big shopping malls here. Hehe :) Enjoy the nature and forget the busyness of your city life :)


Enjoy the rabbits! :)







18 June 2015

I Survived Aki's Wrath (Part 3)

The mountain guides too were getting angry. We were already standing in groups, because we were told that the helicopter was coming. We felt cheated and I know that the guides were too... Not to mention that we had already eaten our last slice of bread; we didn’t know when our next meal would be.

Bekumpul suda kenen kami ingat ada heli :(
Screencaptured from Lilian's video. Sama-sama naik, sama-sama makan.
The guides then confer among themselves and they gave us two options. To die of hypothermia at the summit or die trying to descend. Since there’s no shelter and our clothing were not adequate for a night in the cold, we opted for die trying. It was then 4.00pm. We’ve already been stranded for 9 hours. Daylight will also be gone soon.
Not wanting to spend anymore precious minutes at the top and afraid that thick fog might blanket the peak once again, we finally started our dangerous descend. We were already drained out but the thought of coming down and seeing our family again gave us the courage. The mountain guides had told us beforehand how dangerous the trail might be and we had to be extra careful.

beginilah kami turun.
The journey down was very challenging. We followed the new trails made by the mountain guides, and we were told to walk in line. There were times where we have to wait for more than 30 minutes before we were allowed to pass because the mountain guides were re-tying the broken ropes and checking the loose rocks for us. Standing there waiting was nerve-wrecking because should there be an aftershock I know that the boulders and loose rocks could rain down on us anytime and wipe us out! Not only that, we also had to withstand the sight of dead bodies and severed limbs while waiting for the makeshift trail to be made. It was not far from where I was standing, but the guide had already warned us to stay calm if we saw anything on our way down. It really made me sad. I know it could have been me, but God had let me survive.

At 7.30pm, we reached Gunting Lagadan Hut, the place where we stayed the night before. Thanks be to God, it was not badly damaged and I could still go inside to retrieve my backpack. At around 7.41pm, we started the journey from Laban Rata to Timpohon gate. It was horrible. They were many landslides, and the earth beneath our feet was cracked. The mountains kept on shaking and the sound of the boulders falling down the mountainside really terrified us. We forced ourselves to run, even in pain, because the will to survive was very-very strong. Dakat suda kubuang begku tau. Bikin berat saja. At 12.18am, we safely reached Timpohon Gate (Idil and I was among the last in our group). I cannot express how relieved I was to see all the people who had been waiting since morning. Thank u mountain guides for making it possible for us to survive and for being there with us all the way. And thanks to the firemen at Timpohon Gate as well, who gave me bottled water and who helped me to carry my backpack to the gate.


My family and friends told me that actually we were one of the luckiest. We got to witness the before, during and after of the majestic mountain’s near destruction. I am very thankful and grateful that I made it to the top because even if new trails will be made to enable climbers to scale its summit once again, it will never be the same. Thank God for taking care of me and holding my hands throughout my ordeal and thank u Aki for knowing that I do care and respect you. I might climb and visit you again in future when the new trails to your summit are made. Not all of us who made it to the summit that day were lucky, some perished during the earthquake. My heartfelt condolences to the family of climbers and mountain guides who lost their lives that day.