Monday, December 28, 2009

Gold Coast Family Vacation 2009

Here comes the usual travel update!

Christmas was spent in Gold Coast, the glitz and glamour of the beachy lifestyle, where every corner you see stands smoking hot milfs and dilfs with heavily inked bodies, and somehow, hot or cold - they are shirtless. I swear, it's like the scenes from MTV's The Hills.

We were there for 7 days, stayed at Santana Resort and loved the clean, convenient place. The managers/owners were incredibly friendly and helpful, it's awesome. The room we stayed basically has everything, from kitchen utensils to washing machine to sofa bed.

For my avid readers, you should know that I don't really do travel logs complete with dates and days, and my pictures are more often than not, not in sequence, so please bear with me, 'Cause I'm weird like that or, erm, lazy :)

Reached Gold Coast at about 6PM local time, strangely, not beaten, eventhough I barely slept the night before. Had Mexican that night (super awesome can die, it's damn cheap also) and went to bed early to be able to fully maximize the next day.

Woke up, looked outside, shitty weather. Nevermind. Consulted the manager on what to do on a less sunny day;

Aquaduck! It's like a boat, but no, not really! It's also a land mobile! The concept sounds cool, mum and I had to say yes to it.

Interesting sight seeing, saw tons of massive rich houses complete with their personal boats, with their own helicopter (sei yeh) and own yachts. Stress. Saw happy rich people jet-skiing, which I have sworn to try it out one day as well, and more people fishing. Below is a photo of Gold Coast from far, and you can see they have so many tall buildings. Mostly serviced apartments and hotels, this place is a tourist hive through and through I tell you.

After Aquaduck, we walked around a bit. Introduced mum to Woolworths. Until today, she still calls it, Wools - worth. Gave up correcting her. Had Vietnamese dinner, no no, let me explain; it was the nearest to our place, so it was the most reasonable to have Asian that night.

Next day, we went to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The photo below shows our attempt in feeding the Lorikeet birds which were so pretty I went spazzy for a bit when I saw them. BUT, failed. They never really came to our plates. They were flying around, and then ... stopped at others. Never ours :(

Damn lansi.

First time actually, touching a Kangaroo! I tried to act macho all, but actually I was kind of excitedlah. So long stayed in Aussie but never saw Kangaroos before, so of course I was like weeee! Australia's favourite pest! Look at mum, she's so adorable!

Thankfully, our voucher includes a free photo with the koala! Of course, mum and sis weren't brave enough to touch the koala, so I get to hold it! :) The fella ended up grabbing hold onto my right boob, as you can see it. Terribly cute.
Although we were tired beyond words, I insisted on swimming that night. And of course, energy comes from everywhere when you're having fun. Swam 'till the pool closes :) It was also my first time, actually trying out an outdoor jacuzzi, so it was so much fun. My sister and I were so jakun the entire time, luckily no one was there to see that. The pool all to ourselves!

Next day was the very much anticipated Movie World! See, because I have tried even scarier rides (so I think) before, Jessy and I prioritized mum's preferences; which were to catch the shows. We did, we ended up catching up with most of the shows, took up the whole day, and rode a few rides. When mum took a rest, I ran to the Superman ride (apparently super dangerous), and queued for it. When..... just about a line or two for me about to hop onto it, the announcement goes;

"The train will be closed for an hour or so for maintenance, thank you."

Or something along that line. Wah, damn stressed. It was already 2something, and the place closes at 5, and mum's planning to leave by 4. Wah, lagi stressed. Decided to forgo it, and forget about it.

Shrek shop!!!!! I cannot stress more how happy I was to be in Movie World with tons of Shrek's endorsements everywhere! :) Like when were in the 4D Shrek experience thingy, I swear I could like quote all of the things that they were saying, IN LOVE!

Sorry yar, bad photo. But it's the only photo with me and the Shrek shop.

When it comes to themeparks like these, copyright is very much important. These characters' feature are incredibly vital to these themeparks for public interaction... and Warner Bros personal favourite, BATMAN was also there! Batman had his own show as well, I was most amazed with the batmobile. To just be able to touch itttttt. Fake or not, it still looked pretty good!

Bought a couple of items, but I love this (see below) the most! Jessy and I were having so much fun at the photobooth, we were giggling all the way! :) Noted that it's only 5 bucks, this was super worth it. Must. Have. Mum said my sister looked like a guy, and me a druggie. It's fine, it's kinda what we're going for.

Next day was, Sea World!

Here's the thing, when you know you're about to go parks with animals caged in or out, you must tell yourself, that they're well taken care of, that they're fed nicely, and that they're happy. I was enjoying myself throughout, until I saw this solo polar bear. I kesian him. He's either super lazy or emo, when I saw it, I just wanna play with it, then wanna feed it, like Free Willy or something. Serious.

Polar bear don't emo, I love you okay :)

Mum had her shutting down moment in Sea World as well, so I trapped my sister to go to some rides with me. Well... she went cold feet with this ride. Again. I had to do it, so I lined up alone, and weee! This time, chance didn't failed on me! Happy!

I think dolphins are glamorous animals. For some reason, they looked polished, poised and downright sexy. See photo below! I think they are of celebrity breed, know how to pose infront of people, and fully aware that they have the attention. I don't blame them. They're adorable and genius. Second photo was from the sea lion show. They're terribly cute as well, this big guy in particular did most of the tricky stuffs like clapping and imitating people.

One of my favorite activity when it comes to zoos or animal parks is to actually be able to pet them! It gives me this chance to communicate and bond with that particular animal, it's beautiful and fun. I know this sounds cheesy and pocahontas like, but given the chance to make friends with these awesome creatures is encouraged okay. We're not the only ones living in this world, so it's good to respect them alrighttt :)

Ps. Starfish's body is so rough.

See, I told you dolphins' look damn lansi at times. Even some of their shows and tricks, and skills make them look lansi. Anyway.....

We went to the beach the last day. Didn't plan to jump into the water, and sunbathe didn't even crossed our minds. So came to just walk around abit, snap some photos and leave. It was... scorching hot at 12pm that day, mum was already complaining like a princess like that. Here are whatever photos we could get from the beach, should be alright. Saw a lot of them surfing as well.

I try to take jumping photos whenever I visit a beach, play with the sand or something. Asked mum and sister to join me as well, and of course mum cockstared me at the idea. Well, at least I offered right. Look at the photo carefully, there are two patch of sands on air! :)

Thats it guys! All in all, Gold Coast was awesome!


That's not enough right? Well, knowing me you should know that I rarely think so much about the places I've visited, unless I feel the need to say something about it.

It's the people I'm with that I very much think of. To be able to spend time this Christmas with mum and Jessy, is a gift I hold dear to my heart, something I would like to in some strange ways; try to compensate for those who can't celebrate Christmas with their family. The very least I could do is cook them dinner, and bask in their love on that day.

Put me in a shithole with a million and one things falling apart, I will make do of it, so long as I have the best people around me. I appreciate company, it's from you people I learn what love is :)

Gold Coast, out!

I'm going to pat myself on the shoulder for being able to update posts on time.

Hugs & Kisses,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Greetings from home!

I'm a free woman, so from the wise words of Frank Ferdinand; take me out!

After years of publishing my thoughts online, you know I am inclined to give you grandma stories on my personal issues nowadays. I don't blame you if you ever give up this page. Shitty rantings on my opinions and random worldly inquiries can get pretty repetitive and hard to keep up sometimes. I get that, my mind needs a break. But, oh well. These thoughts need to go somewhere.

Since I will be so free (could be the death of me), I can blog about things that are more inquisitive. Wah, my English damn powderful now. Like;
Mum, if you could label Jacqkie with the Little Ms & Mr, what would it be?
I know, Little Miss Naughty.
No, no. She is so naughty and terrible, she is Little Ms. Horrible.
Wah. I'm that bad meh?
Kidding, substantial conversations aside.

Mum is so adorable she agreed to take funny webcam photos with me. I like her this way. Not too naggy, not dysfunctional either. Like a mum should, just right, just nice.

Met up with half of the battalion today, uncle A, uncle J. I'm surprised they didn't say I'm a lot darker or, as the Westerns say 'tanned', which I obviously pointed out to them first before being brutally attacked, anyhoo - saw my niece Aysha as well. She's so cute, I could die! I love the feeling of feeling belonged, it's been a year since I last hung out with this big joker family of mine.

Dinner was with mum's church friends. These elderlies are terribly sweet, spot on, this place (or home) among other mini things, reminds me where I'm from. A kampung. In the midst of all these, I see their big cars, fine linens, but still these people are so accommodating towards others. I wonder what's their secret after all these years. I also met up with a childhood friend, whom I have not talked to for a good 10 years. Didn't get to really sit down and chat with him properly, but these things only made me realized even more how fast time flies. It felt like just yesterday that we were kids, teasing each other, now that we're estranged adults, striking an upbeat conversation is like, plain strange. Do we talk about the past, present or heck, the future? Tonight was cute. Danced with them, karaoked with them. I was smiling all the way at the sight of two generations mingling together. Joy!

Had a chat with mum the other day during transit. She gave me so many things to think about, so many things to question, so many things to be, frankly, worried of. I don't usually worry about stuffs, I'm usually very relaxed and confident about a lot of things, but being realistic her, putting things into my head is what she does best. Thank you, mum?

I need to brush up my small talks, before I start boring people to death with big words and reflective connotations. I am terrible.

ps. Gold Coast and 2009's last post up next.

Hugs & Kisses,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

3 things I must tell you before I forget them.

1. God willing, I wish to have four kids.

I hope this doesn't scare anyone (especially you Shrek), I never really mind before this, until I realised how even numbered families can be so practical at times. I wouldn't call it 'suffer', but I did have mid-child issues when growing up. As a result, I'm evidently a lot more different from my two siblings. Today in bus, I saw a family with 4 children. They were in 3 pairs, and it was so soothing to see one child is taken care of by another, made me happy can remember till now, I'd like that :)

2. Kids have hangovers too. From themeparks.

I was telling mum today that when adults had a wild night out and don't remember what really happened the next day, well kids have it too. From themeparks. First they get high on coke, candy floss and popcorn. Then, they say yes to all the rides they see moving. Or splashing. Usually end up crying or confused with the ride. Third, they get face paintings and temporary tattoos. Walao, this one serious case edi. Lastly, they crash almost immediately when they reach home.

Next morning, don't know what happened until see pictures. Still unsure. But want more of those days.

3. My sister is pretty.

And she doesn't know it. She beams like the sun, and sparkles like the stars. She's so humble, I wish to have her humility and innocence at times. I do. I'd keep it in my pocket to keep me grounded once in a while :)

I'm still in Gold Coast. Swam under the stars (It's so pretty, I like) and tried jacuzzi, frankly my first time ever, and fell for it. I don't usually enjoy this kind of luxury, so I'm super thankful.

Hugs & Kisses,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009!

Every year we expect the carols, heavy red green decorations and our parents to set us in the festivity mood. Or at least, stimulates us to feeling Christmassy at year end. I won't lie, like you, sometimes I expect to see a lot more along the streets to keep me reminded that Christmas is coming.

Supposedly to be the most commercialised celebration, I couldn't feel as much, until Secret Santa and meeting up with my family came to picture. When you put two and two together, you'll see that for me to able to feel so much love in this air is through... gatherings and reunions.

I am a simple person with simple expectations. Secret santa the other night taught me a thing or two about Christmas, that at the end of every religious celebration isn't just about passing parcels or mutters, but about genuinely knowing what the celebration is about, sincerely being happy with the people around you, genuinely remembering them in your hearts and prayers wherever you go, actually genuinely care what's been up with their lives and hope to be a part of it in any way possible. Wah, so many genuinity, but you get my drift right.

You see, Christmas is a personal thing. Just as liberal you and I have established that fact years ago. I can bring the bible everywhere I go but so long as I am crude and ignorant, my words and I mean absolute nothing to you. I get that.

So every year, I search high and low the meaning of Christmas, and every year it remains the same. When time changes my answers, I will let you know. But as of now, I stick to togetherness. It's not that I'm afraid of loneliness, trust me, I've gone through that, it's the fact that everyone is just.. there. Talking, mingling, laughing and enjoying themselves. If I could paint that view on a canvas, I would. It's like the best view ever. I get all mellow and softened.

Yesterday. First saw mum, I smiled, on guard. Mums always need to say something about how you look. She didn't. I smiled. She's still the prettiest. Saw sister, the other naughty descendent. Summarised 6 months in 15 minutes, sister was still in disbelief about some-things. Paranoid mum seems to be strangely calm about other things, I smiled. How do I express my love with just a hug? Downright impossible. So they'll get a sister, a best friend, a daughter, my love, attention, care, least I could offer.

Crap. Which reminds me, I haven't shopped for their gifts.

My Christmas is; I hug them to sleep, I hear them talk, I laugh with them. The people around me. After that crazy year;

Have a relaxing, much loved and fun Christmas.

You deserve one :)

Hugs & Kisses,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I'm leaving Adelaide...

in 2 days.
Goodbye friends, goodbye experience :(
Hello home, hello plans, hello future.

Hugs & Kisses,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thanks boys!

Hello you :)

Finally able to take a breather from a busy hectic month. Some of the girls are back in Malaysia, and is already slowly settling down. It's not easy to pick up where we left especially with our closest friends and loved ones, things are just not the same. We don't share the same jokes, nor know the same circles anymore, keeping up with new things in each other's life is like starting all over.

But, I guess I'm ready. I have to.

I've gotten fairly close to some of the boys I just met here in Adelaide. Note the word, just. In a way I'm glad we've only gotten to know each other just recently, like I told Jifai and Amai leaving the party when it's just getting started probably has the most impact on you. True enough the girls wailed like babies on their day of departure. Fact is, it's not about just being separated. It's about not knowing when days like these could ever happen again, never knowing. The bond we have with these boys is just so different.

Before Audrey, Cindy and Yuen left for KL, the boys made us the cutest things :) It's supposedly to be a pot of flowers (7 flowers to be exact) with their faces printed on the bodies of the bees (but of course). It's so adorable! Justin told us that, the story behind the idea is that the bees are attracted to flowers. Aiyer, so sweet. We thought the boys were up to something, but we would never thought they could come up with something this creative and random.

I really appreaciate this, Amai, Jifai, Justin and Sam, so cuteeeeelah. Thank you, I love it, I love you guys :)

Today we rode bikes to Henley Beach again :) This time was a lot, I cannot stress this more, A LOT more relaxing. But, my bike was a lot smaller and shorter, I was hunching terribly my way through. But knowing me, I refuse to complain so heeee, still had fun, saw cute horses, pet one, ended up with tons of flies stalking us. The last time we went was not only rushing, we really did not know how long it will take us, hence the cycling like mad. Vajayjay damn pain, we were literally crabbing our way home.

We were also talking about living in Adelaide, or being angmoh for that matter. I mean yeah, this place is good money, better service (human contact per se), I mean which capitalist cpuntry isn't better than Malaysia, but I'd like to pursue something I really want, I'm really sure of even if it means starting of with shit money. Fingers crossed, Cinderella story applies to me.

I want to leave missing all of you, relaxed and calm. I hope the baby me won't take over this Saturday.

Hugs & Kisses,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Victor Harbour 2009

Before I begin, I'd like to credit Yuen for some of the photos uploaded here :)

Last week the gang went to Victor Harbour, which is about two hours (plus minus) drive from the city. We spent 3 days, 2 nights there and oh! the house is real comfy! Some of the boys crashed on the couch, while the others slept on the bed.

I'm not sure what this place is called, but the view is amazing. It's on the way to Victor Harbour. I find absolute peace in looking at this massive blue stretch, it's so relaxing. Jeff did most of the organizing, the other two boys did most of the driving while Amai, did most of the entertaining :)

One random fact about Amai: his nose is soft. Yeah, damn random right. But really it's such a discovery! We've been touching his nose for the past few days.

Here's Sam and Justin :)

On that night we reached, we decided to watch a scary movie; Paranormal Activity. After much convincing and persuading, baby Justin and "brave" Sam finally agreed to watch it. Only... to find out that the movie was not only draggy, but wasn't scary at all. Like, at all. Quote Audrey, the table that kept making weird noises next to Rubee was scarier than anything happened in the movie. There was no climatic tension or build-up, it was really hard for us keep up. But don't take my word for it, because apparently this movie was the older version (which was a flop) so, it might not sync with the one that is playing in the cinemas.

Here's the gang excited, when Mas was still awake, for nothing :(

ps. Jeff was reading Mills & Boons. Habis, kantoi.

Sorry for the scattered pictures, the picture below was taken in Rosemount, one of the vineyard that we visited. The rest seem to really like Rosemount and managed to buy a couple of bottles. I like the visiting the vineyards, the offices because they have really nice paintings. I can just lepak there and look at the paintings, it's so artsy fartsy.

These are the four most disgusting, action, loud, naughty, cheeky, flirty, four boys I've ever met, and the fact that they always come in package makes all the things I've said about them a million times amplified.

But, I love you guys. Thanks for making my last 3 months in Adelaide extra loved.

Here's another picture from the same view as Sam and Justin's just now. But heh, focus on us :) All of us were wearing Converse, and they helped themselves in dirtying my brand new one. Yes, the theory of the dirtier your Converse is the nicer it looks is now applied to mine as well.
The hardest person to tell a story to. Usually interrupts you with some weird funny comment and statement, then people cannot continue ready. The person who took "How ah" to a whole new level, now everyone's doing it to everyone, thanks to you. Our driver Jossstin! I know you're a bad friend, thanks for the heads up, I will look for you don't worry. You're lucky I treasure friendship, if not I wouldn't care less either. *pokes*

Second night, we went Penguin Watching! They were so adorable, I actually told Audrey I felt like strangling them! They're that adorable! Opposite from the penguins we see a lot on Happy Feet or American Discovery channels, these penguins are really really small. Jeff said, Australia probably has the smallest penguins in the world. Okay, that sounded funny. Australian penguins are among the smallest in the world. Yeah, better.

See how puny they are.

Second day was beach day. Omg. Damn awesome. As you all know, I can be so spastic and drama when I'm excited and the waves were amazing. Really. I had tons of fun, I swear if I could stay all day playing with the waves, I friggin' would. I'm not too sure what you call it, but the current (I assume) of the sea water, was pretty strong to the point it was sort of dangerous. I fell so many times, there was a point I struggled to stay afloat. The waves were literally pushing us to the shore. It was crazy fun.

But cannot beat the sun bathing with Rubee. That was a million times more relaxing.

Second night, (again sorry for the scattered pictures) was barbequeeeee! This was before penguin mind you :) The boys did an awesome job putting up the fire, marinating the meat and barbequeing some of them. Carmen, Yuen and Rubee (fail, for not bring license, apa raaah) got some beer for the rest :)

I'm not sure when was this, I think it was after Cranium that we went stars gazing! Eh damn awesome can or not, damn cute see Amai, Cindy and Mas spazzy when saw the shooting stars. Thanks Jeff for taking this pic :)

This was the Cranium game we talked about. The bet was the two losing teams will have to sing Negaraku infront of KFC Victor Harbour. Well, Yuen and I were in Amai's team and we won! Heeeeeeee. Carmen, Audrey, Justin, Sam, Rubee and Jeffrey had to do the singing :) It's okaylah, once a while lah kan. I think the video is on Facebook.

Here's a barbeque picture. Not the best, but you get the picture la k :)
Look at the awesome waves! This was on the third day (day of departure) when Audrey, Mas and I decided to wake up extra early (despite sleeping at 5am that night before) to spend the morning in the sea and it was, as they say, heaps fun! I personally think it was the best waves I've ever experienced in my entire life. If I could I would learn surfboarding, but I've yet tame the sea and waves, so one step at a time lah :)

Victor Harbour was so much fun. I couldn't have asked for a better company, for a better set of people to experience Victor Harbour with. I love every bit of it. The spider scare, the Aaravan moment, Paranormal Activity, the mini swing, everything. You know when parents tell you their university stories and the awesome people they met?

You guys are my uni story.

I love you. Keep in touch okay :)

We part only to meet again.

Hugs & Kisses,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.