Retrospective Entry

Posted in Random, Thoughts, Travel by Alvin on May 12, 2011

I loathed March, April was ironic, May was/is mundane.

and I say, I need doses of enthusiasm and insanity.

I had a good ole’ treat last month. Packed a sack of book, sleeping bag, camera, a few T’s and shorts an hour before departure, I hopped on a night bus, up North and heck, best weekend spent! Logged 5 awesome dives, ample of sleep, ate a lot and chilled to the max.


Nothing beats the tranquility, 18 meters under the South China Sea.

I can’t wait for more, no plans because spontaneity rules.

Almost a year ago since I last backpacked and am still amazed by the experience, perspective and fun I’ve had. Time and opportunity are luxuries I cannot afford. Hence, making these acquaintances illustrious and memorable.

Time marches like a laser beam trajectory and all I could do is a retrospective entry.


Not First Class

Posted in Diary, Thoughts by Alvin on November 25, 2010

Mum called the other day citing an article from the papers, reporting the number of undergraduates whom were awarded the loan-turned-scholarship scheme under PTPTN. And the question of why didn’t I apply for that follows.

I felt rather guilty after that phone call.

Then there is this surge of thoughts and realization that, once not good, twice not good, then I was, am and not going to be good.

I wasn’t positive, at least for that night. In fact, a hodgepodge of guilt and disappointment lingers and it shall stay.


Posted in Thoughts, Youtube by Alvin on October 29, 2010

90’s, whiskies bucket, laser lights, and an united nation crowd in foreign land (June’10)

When thoughts and introspection backdates, realization of how time flies sinks in. no?

Now, be prospective.

Posted in Diary, Thoughts by Alvin on September 25, 2010

I fb-ed about me needing a new hobby last weekend and I did actually gave a serious thought about it. Some of the quirky responses I’ve gotten ranges from fishing to arranging flowers. lol

There’s something good about keeping a blog, to note and log those worth doing so. I spent Saturday afternoon rummaging the old archives, reliving retro thoughts, events and antics. It was amusing to read and realizes how impactful and perception changing these happenings could be. And photographs were the main catalyst to get all the reaction going. So much like the cliché saying how it conveys a thousand words. Mediocre proficiency, but I guess I am still in love with capturing what I feels worthy of that click on the shutter. That bulky machine of mine still sits in the sack after I got back from Bali.


I bet the historical city has a lot to offer.

Work is currently adjective-less. 🙂


Posted in Diary, Thoughts by Alvin on August 21, 2010

I left the airport at 10.50pm, wondering where and when’s the next trip. This departure concludes a sum of 45 days in foreign land, setting foot in 6 different countries.

Every trip and venture meant different sets of exposure. Those pleasant experiences and encounters are definitely memorable. But potholes, crappy hostel, scams, rip off, long tiring bus journey and inhospitable people of yesterday are equally unforgettable.

Holiday as it may seem, these rendezvous are what making all my backpack trip worthwhile.


Source: Meng Fai

and so it ends.

Laos: Randomly, Brief

Posted in Diary, Thoughts, Travel by Alvin on August 1, 2010

Random thoughts and incidents in Laos, which worth to pen and remember.

Crashing a Laotian wedding

Last day in Vientiane, a few of us decided to hit the bar after dinner. I couldn’t remember the name of the bar, but we somehow got hold of a promotional pamphlet which says happy hour: buy 1 free 1. BeerLao for half the price, why not?

As we were making our way to the junction, we heard loud speakers playing Laotian songs,  and one of us suggested that there’s where the real party was. We stood in front of a live band belting out traditional songs, and 2 canopies filled with guests, and a buffet line. We gave out an awkward smile and in split seconds, we were ushered to a table, and the locals started popping bottles and bottles of BeerLao, filling out glass to the brim and dished out plates after plates of food.

‘Welcome to my wedding’. A lady who looked a little tipsy, spoke to us in Laotian accent. The real party starts after that brief introduction. We had unlimited flow of beer, dragged out to try out Laotian dance with the guests and a kid who kept us entertained despite speaking zero English.

Guests left not too long after, and as the band disassembles, and we were asked to join the host and a few of her close friend. ‘Lao style, Lao style’, a man started pouring a glass of beer and it went down at one go. That’s ‘Lao style’, he says. We went a few rounds of yam seng, before he brought out a bottle of Black Label and goes ‘Lao style’, grinning.

That was the night, we first tasted what’s truly Laotian hospitality. And we had our free flow beer, whiskies, got really drunk and a bad hangover the next day.

Hello, my friend

It was raining that night in VangVieng. Rain got heavier near midnight and the whole town blacked out, probably due to storm. The bar counter at Island Bar was fully filled with party peeps sheltering. I bid an early goodbye to the rest, making my way back to the guesthouse, wading through wet road and drizzles. I was soaked wet half way through the journey before I heard a motorcycle from far, slowing down as he approaches me.

‘Crap’, I thought. Having to live in KL for the past few years, dark quiet alley/roads + motorcycle = snatch thieves/robbers. The bike stopped in front of me, with a local guy who looked pretty tipsy and wet.

Biker: Hello, my friend. You ok?

Me: Hi. Yes I am.

Biker: Where you stay?

Me: Just right in front (Randomly points at the nearest building)

Biker: Ok. Take care my friend. Good night.

Me: …….. Oh..err..good night!

I stood there, as the bike made a left turn, and disappears into the dark. I sucked a mouthful of chill cold air and laughed at how I paranoid I was.

Khob Jai Lai Lai

One of the best thing about traveling alone is randomly meeting other travelers. Apart from what Laos had to offer, other backpackers I’ve met made my trip in Laos more enjoyable. Company aside, I’ve learned a lot from random travelers I’ve met and spoke to.

Icing on the cake!

Posted in Diary, Thoughts by Alvin on July 18, 2010

An elaborative facebook status update.

1) Compact digital camera + waterproof/underwater casing – my big chunky dslr’s good but I am missing loads of picture because dslr’s way too huge and fragile to carry. So, no picture while swinging and tubing in VangVieng, Kuangsi waterfall rendezvous in LuangPrabang, trekking in Sapa and other random picture moments on and off trip.

2) One-way flight ticket – train will do as well. Thanks to the drastic transition from being on the go while travelling to not doing anything at home, and I call it withdrawal.

These answered ‘What’s on your mind?’

A Twit Worth Reminiscing

Posted in Diary, Thoughts by Alvin on May 6, 2010

A friend twitted yet another what-if/i-wished kind of thoughts a few days ago, and that ignite a chain of nostalgic memories of mine.

7 years ago, I wrote my first CV and it was for ASEAN scholarship application. It wasn’t a great one but that particular list labeled under co-curricular activities meant something different to me. Neither the pride, nor the glory. It was a realization of how precious the effort was, the belief we’ve had and the bond we’ve built behind every glamorous moments, was then typed in block letters on a CRT monitor. That fiscal period was beautiful.

7 years later, I wrote my second formal CV and it was for my pupilage with the Ministry of Health. It wasn’t a great one either but this particular same label carries a different gist. The list wasn’t too short to begin with and I was indeed fortunate. I’ve had  probably picked up something along the way and grew but it was different, something was lacking.

Team avocation.

and I wished I had.


Posted in Diary, Thoughts by Alvin on March 15, 2010

4 years down the road, I am still under-achieving. High flier? was, am and probably will not be.

On a lighter note,












this is a pretty good song. 🙂

Ah, time flies.

Of School, Booze and Joy

Posted in Diary, Thoughts by Alvin on January 23, 2010

Week 3, work load is picking up its momentum. The usual routine sets in so fast that one does not realize we are three quarter away from the finals final. So much I enjoy the whole process of learning, I shudder at the thought of how the class fumbled pharmacotherapy last semester, the uncertainties and expectations. That aside, life’s been pretty much a breeze at the moment with ample sleep, good food and gatherings.


Speaking about gatherings, we had a rather impromptu ones last Tuesday. I tweet about us being totally random, decided to gather for a round of distilled spirits and cognac. I slept at 5am that day.


We shot some ‘high-on-alcohol’ videos which was really comical. Had a good time laughing at it the next day when we meet up for home-cook pasta Carbonara and curry for lunch. DSC_0005

I managed to watch ‘The Bucket List’ last weekend, 3 years after the official release. Way back of time but it was as good as any of the recent blockbusters. ‘Find the joy in your life, my friend’ was the most memorable quote in the movie by Morgan Freeman is his letter to Jack Nicholson.

Definition to it is individualized but effect once found is generalized, isn’t it?