Monday, 29 November 2010
Went direct from Manila, so went straight home with Amal and Alan.. After days of talking, Amal and I.. Talked all night again! Hahahaha.. You can't shut us up I tell you! ;p Stayed for.. Wow.. I dont know 3 or 4 days I think.. Cant even remember properly now. Haha.. See? This is why you should blog straight away, while all the details are fresh! ...
Anyway, they made sure I saw as many sites as possible.. The 1st day Amal took me to the Singapore Art Theatre, where a Malay festival was going on.. Just the fresh new things a Malaysian wants to see when she gets to a new place! Lol..
Told ya I'm artsy! ;p
Then we walked on down to the Esplanade.. It's amazing, the view, and the events they have on in Singapore.. Guess I'm just starting to discover this whole new world.. =) They had a recycling art campaign thing going on, it was beautiful! Some people are so creative.. *sigh* I also tried the famous Singapore Ais Potong! (Which is totaly different from what Malaysians call Ais Potong.. Haha..) It was good! A bit messy, a bit too much ice cream for me in one go, but raspberry ripple is GOOD!! ;p
The Singapore view...
The casino! (Wonder how they got a ship on top of it.. Hmm..)
Ngaww.. Cute pet!
I felt so naughty! ;p
The recycling art exhibition was great, they had things like this:
They're plastic bears which are lit up with LED lights at night, and they had different things every few metres. Here are a few:
These were on the water...
This was NOT as comfortable as it looks! ;p
But my favourite one was this one:
This is the artist, Khor. The photo above is what the blue thing is made of - windmills made from plastic bottles! =D Neat huh? Then the main structure was lit by LED bulbs.. He was also holding a 'class' on how to make these and other things out of recyclables.. He spent some time telling us what it was for, and it turns out he does it to help autistic charities.. This was one of the autistic guys at the booth, Sean. He's amazing with numbers! Apparently he knows every single bus number in Singapore! =O I can barely remember which bus number goes to my house, omg.. Lol..
Khor even had a banner detailing what they do.. Here it is, with Sean sitting behind.. =)
I think its amazing, the creative things thes artists can do in the name of charity and sustaining our planet.. I applaud their effort, skill and hearts. The world needs more people like you. =)
Well. That's a long post, phew! I guess I'd better leave the rest of my Singapore trip for another entry! =) Stay tuned everyone, more photos coming your way! =D
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
After touching down, we took an hour's coach ride to our hotel in Makati City, Hotel InterContinental. The security in the Philippines is out of this world - guards with bomb detectors goin around the vehicles before allowing them to go up to the lobby, sniffer dogs in front of the main doors, and bag checks + frisking before entering any malls! =O As Amal said, usually the more security the safer you feel, but here it makes you worry even more, because you know they need this much security! Our rooms were awesome though.. Really nice.. I was sharing a room with Natalie..
As with every event, it was straight to work once we reached the hotel, not even checking into our rooms before setting up in the Maniac Centre (basically our workplace and registration hall). By the time we went up it was, I'd say, around 10pm? We had dinner then all got ready for an early rise.
Next day was the welcome, where each team (KFC Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Guam and Hawaii / Pizza Hut Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, and Japan) were welcomed with a fusion traditional/bboy dance in the lobby upon arrival. The Filipino dancers were amazing! All the backflips, somersaults, breakdance moves they did? Everyone loved it! The welcome dinner followed, when the next night was Night of National Pride. Every country dressed up in their national costumes, and enjoyed activities in the foyer before proceeding to a fun-filled night complete with international buffet.
Then, no rest for the weary! Another early morning for everyone as we had the Champs Challenge! This is where every country competes for the Customer Service Awards awarded by Yum.. Staff recognition is a big thing with them! The biggest night of all came on the last night.. The gala dinner! The performances were da bomb, and the energy of everyone was through the roof! I had so much fun, and I was a coordinator! Imagine what the Champs were feeling! =DMoe Alkaff, our celebrity emcee, doing his thang! =D
Clockwise from left: Chay, Natalie, Amal and I!
So that was it, a great experience, and a great success! =) Can't wait for the next YUM event.. We had half a day free before flying back to Singapore (Yep - country no. 3: Just you wait! ;p), so Amal and I went to a place called Greenhills which is like an indoor flea market kind of thing, where they sell all these handicrafts, ornaments, clothes, jewelry, knockoff bags etc..
A friend of Moe's, Chay took us there.. She's so sweet.. =) We had a great time buying stuff (I bought mostly souveniers for everyone, lol!), but I wish we had more time to go and experience the real Manila.. O well! MAybe I'll have the chance to go there again someday! =) Unfortunately there wasnt time to visit my uncle Henry and his family either, they stay in the outskirts of Manila.. =(
Me love stars! =D These made me stare in wonder for a very long time! ;p
Til we go to Singapore - Calista, Adyos Philippines!
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Waiting to catch our plane back to KL - Sok Peng, King & I
I actually feel like ShenZhen is like the less developed parts of KL.. It's not a place I would say I wanted to re-visit, but it was a good experience all-round.. Culture-shock to the max though.. Made me a bit worried as to what was in store for me on my next trip, which I'll blog about next week - Manila!! =D
Monday, 15 November 2010
Our cars are available overseas, and people do buy them.. They may not sell like hot cakes, but there's got to be a reason the foreign market accepts them right? In fact, I remember my boyfriends 1st car, a 2nd hand, green Proton Iswara..
Now, you may say, a Proton? 2nd hand some more? But hey, that car is STILL up and running even now that he has a Mitsubishi Triton, 2 vans and a Proton Juara (which is also a yellow 2nd hand). =) Plus, when it comes to repairs, new tyres, and fuel consumption, boy is there a big difference! They may not have the power to race other cars, but you shouldnt be racing on the streets anyway! *stern look*
Let's be honest - They arent the best cars on the planet, but they aint half as bad as we like to make out! And we have so many choices! So the Perodua Kancil and Kelisa ae too cramped for you? How bout the Viva or MyVi? Prefer sedans? Oh the selection! The new Proton Saga? How about the Persona? If you have the dough, you can even get the Proton Perdana! And that's not all, what about the van-type? The MPVs? Come on, there's something for everyone here! Lol..
Let's support our local brands ey? Bring more money into the country so we can all prosper.. =) There are Perodua and Proton showrooms all over the country, but if you're like me and cant be bothered to move your a** off the chair, you can also search online to survey prices and models! A great webiste I found is this one for Proton cars. In fact if you are into checking the car market online, you most probably have heard of it! =)
Now, let's hope the companies spends more of this revenue into making cushier seats huh? ;p
This is Calista, signing off (while rubbing her sore bum)