Sunday, April 30, 2006

New goals.

I have recently been inspired to do the following..

1. Drink less beer.
2. Eat less meat and more vegetables.
3. Climber harder.


Climbed at SAFRA Yishun today and i got this..

My fingers are somehow hurting too and it's sure hard to do normal (guy) stuff when i can't get a grip on stuff with my right hand.

On a happier note, i bought a new harness (Black Diamond Momentum) today. There was a 30% discount at the shop. Eugene and i purchased the same model.

I guess you could say that this is my first purchase using my Progress Package money. Thank you PAP.. you have my vote come election day.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Cousin Rania.

My young cousin really has a 'therapeutic' effect on me..

Mom and Rania. Mom is back in S'pore for a week.

Aerial view of Krabi.

You can see a clearer view of Railay west and Ton Sai by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


My mum is flying in from Hawaii tonight to visit the family. Which includes.. my dad.. whom she has not spoken to.. in 24 years. How weird is that!? After not speaking to each other for 24 years after the divorce, she will be coming to our house to visit him.. plus dad's Batam wife and the kid will be home too!

Talk about weird. I only pray that he doesn't do or say anything stupid tomorrow when she comes. He has always had this half-baked crazy idea that she will come back to him.

I'll be DAMNED if that ever happens!!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sport climbing in Krabi, Thailand.

2 weeks in beautiful Krabi.. the much needed getaway that i was wishing for. I spent the first week climbing with one group of friends and the second week with another. And in between, i had 3 days of 'time alone' to relax.

I got so tanned that i lost count of the number of times tourists AND locals mistook me for a local climbing guide.

View from belay ledge of 'The King & I' 6B (25m), Thaiwand wall. Yes, i am sucking in my gut.

Hanging off the anchors of 'Circus Oz' 6A+ (25m), Thaiwand wall. Felicia, Leonard and myself sat there for an hour to soak in the view and sea breeze.

And this was the view..

Phra Nang beach.

Happy Island, off Phra Nang beach.

When the tide is low, you can walk across to Happy Island to climb the routes there. Ok, i'm doing the gut thing again.

Poda Island.

Nothing like an ice-cold Singha beer after some good climbing and a freesbie session. You can see some people trying to walk across to Happy Island in the background. Ok folks, by default, i suck in my gut for ALL pictures ok?!

Western horizon view from Thaiwand wall.

Longtail boats on Railay West beach. They're called 'longtail' because the propeller shafts are long. You'll notice that most of the boatmen have lean well defined bodies because it takes a lot of strength to handle the humongous engines.

As there are no roads leading into Railay, these boats are the only accessible means of getting there.. either from Ao Nang or Krabi town.

View of Tonsai from Railay west beach.

View from cave anchor point of 'As Far as Siam' 6A+, 15m at Escher World. That's Happy Island by the way.

View from Tup Island beach.

Sunset at Ao Nang.

Sunset at Railay west.

Batch number 1.. me, Leonard, Felicia, KK and Andy.

Hanging out in the cave of 'As Far as Siam' route.

The pious disciples climbed treacherous terrain to seek the climbing buddha to attain climbing nirvana.. (please wise one.. tell us the secret to climb 7A)

Batch number 2.. Priscilla, Dan Wen, Thai local guide, Wei Yang and Jaslyn.

Trying to be arty..

Regrettably, i stayed in Yaya Resort for the first 5 days. I hated it for the following reasons:
1. The floor and walls were paper thin. You could hear people talking and walking about in the 3 story structure which housed about 9 rooms!
2. The bathroom often overflowed.. fucking gross!
3. You'd only get good service from the restaurant staff.. if you were white.
4. The food sucked and the beer expensive.

So DO NOT EVER stay in Yaya ok? They all damn ya ya one.

Now this was a better place.. Rapala Rockwood resort, which is higher up on Railay east beach (just after Viewpoint resort).

The bungalow (not room) was comfy (and cheaper) and quiet, had it's own hammock and the food and service was great! I supposed it was because it was a family-run establishment, so hence, they were more hospitable. When i asked for my dishes to be extra spicy (Phet mak mak), they actually gave me what i wanted.. unlike those yaya bastiches.

How i spent my 3 days of 'time alone'.. before batch number 2 arrived.

It's the ultimate reading experience.. to spend a day with a good book in either a hammock or on the beach. When i got bored of reading, i went bouldering on Phra Nang beach instead.

You'll notice that some of the pictures look 'reddish' and a little 'off'. I think it's because i damaged my camera somehow by pointing it into the sun by accident. Oh well.. that only gives me another reason to buy another (better) one :)

Monday, April 10, 2006

Pulau Tioman.

Hi folks, the following are some of the pictures i took over the weekend at Pulau Tioman. It'll just be pictures for now as it's close to 2am and i have to get up at 4am to catch my 6.45am flight to Krabi! Will update this post with a summary of the trip asap.

Ok ok, after 2 memorable weeks climbing in Krabi, Thailand, i have absolutely no idea what to say about this post! - posted on 23 April 2006

Friday, April 07, 2006

Pulau Tioman, here i come!

The diving location was changed from Pulau Aur to Pulau Tioman. Reason given was that the waters at Pulau Aur (it's further out in the South China Sea) are choppy, so hence they felt it was better to dive at Tioman instead. My guess is that there must be a lot of newbie divers on course and the instructors are worried that they cannot stomach the choppy waters.. WUSSIES!

Anyway, i'll be back home on sunday night and i hope that i would not be too tired to post some pictures of the dive trip. I would have to sleep early too as my flight to Krabi on monday is 6.45am!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I love pussies man!

I was going through my 'My Pictures' folder when i came across some kitten pictures i took when i was working at SAFRA Yishun. Just thought i'd post them here just to keep the blog going..

Monday, April 03, 2006

Fucking idiot.

I do not know which is worse.. watching the old man smoke and drink himself to a heart attack/another stroke.. or watching him smoke in the same room as his one year old daughter!! The poor girl was hospitalised for a lung infection for fuck sake!

And he has the cheek to scold the wife for letting her play in the sun saying that she will fall sick. What an idiot!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sentosa again.

Spent another day at Sentosa playing beach volleyball and throwing around the frisbee. My overseas holiday has not even begun yet and i'm already so tanned. I can't imagine how i'd look like after i return!

Yes, i'm big on asses (female ones).

Martin, Jasper and Me.

Martin, Marcus, Jacqueline (she's cute!), Hui Leng and Jasper. Martin! Alamak, smile abit next time can or not!?

My brokeback buddy (NOT cute).