Thursday, 18 August 2016

I've not really achieved anything much

​In life, I have never really gone and do great things. As a person, I'm happy and easily contended with what I have rather than pursue greatness. To me, to have come so thus far, is already a blessing.

I started swimming when I was 11 years old. I wanted to swim so badly and more because I had the rare opportunity to go for a few badges in the merit series (if you are a boy scout, you would know I am referring to Life Saving, Swimming, First Aid badges) which included a swim test and life-saving. My parents found me a coach, not just any coach, but one who was coaching the Perak swim team at that time. Ipoh, back then, has the country's best Olympic sized swimming and diving pools. At my disposal were world class facilities and professional coaches and seniors. Fees were not cheap, it was hefty to say the least. They got me in anyway.

I learnt and went on to assist my coach to coach the junior classes. I was given the whistle. But that's about it. I was not fast enough to make the swim team. It never cross my mind to take up competitive swimming. To me, knowing how to swim and learn to coach others was more than enough and met my goals, of course, I obtained the 3 badges I started out attempting for.

I was also trained to dive on the 3m platform. I tried diving from 10m but it was too high for a small sized boy like me. I never gone much further. For more than 2 years I was at the pool every weekend consistently to jump and train. Head first leg first sideways front back you named it I have had it all, I never went into somersaulting though. I never took up competitive diving. I was contended to have the opportunity to dive.

I went for my life-saving certification, both in water and on land, but I never gone ahead for the bronze medallion. At 12, 13 years old, I can swim, I can dive, I can perform life-saving, I can perform CPR. I have advanced CPR certificates.

But that's where I stopped. I stepped away from the pool and focused on studying, and by Form 3, I was ace-ing and scored perfect A's in every subject.

I took up guitar lessons. Grade 1. Passed. Grade 2. Passed. Grade 3. Passed. Then I stopped.
In upper secondary, at the age of computers, I became good at it. Just good. I knew how to fix broken machines. I knew how to write programs. I knew how to hack, security those days are piece of shit. Before long, I found ways into porn sites for unlimited access. But I didn't go further with what I knew.

I went back to the pool. I signed up for 50m and 100m breast stroke. I never got through the knockouts. I went to train for athletics in 100m sprint, furthest I got was to represent my school at the MSSM meet, I bowed out at the heats. Both events I blamed half hearted, inadequate trainings and simply I wasn't fast enough.

A few years ago, I started coaching swimming again at a time when it was relatively difficult to find a swim instructor. For once, I am proud to continue on where I left off. I have successfully impart knowledge to people who don't know how to swim. For once I was achieving something.

I did not finish university. I dropped out at the end of the second year much to my parents' dismay and anger. I unleashed their ugliest side. They did not talk to me for months, stopped my allowance and suddenly I was out alone in KL defending my survival. I did not last long before I realise I could not survive in KL. I packed my bags and decided to leave the country. I went to Singapore.

For the next 3 years, I worked 6,7 days a week 10-12 hours a day. I earned my living. I saved up money. I began to have money. I started travelling. I worked even harder and doing overtime that nobody wanted. I only jumped ship once to earn my actual worth.

When I save enough money in my last year in Singapore, I dumped most of it in to college. I paid in full. Yes I went back to school. I worked during the day, took a bus to school, eat my dinner in school and sometimes in class, couple days a week for the almost the entire 2006. My lecturers knew my struggles. On the days with no class, I went to the library. I studied. And I finished my studies in the projected time and when my studies finished, I moved back to KL.

I done silly things in Singapore that I wasn't proud of. After graduation, I celebrated by drinking myself drunk silly in Happy. broke lots of glasses and jugs and then got thrown out by the bouncers. Then I got thrown out of a cab for throwing up in the cab. I woke up 2 days later with no memory of what happened after that.

3 years living in Singapore alone without speaking to my family much proved too much for me. I wasted 3 years of family time. When I came back, my parents and I were only starting to talk again but for the next few years it was mostly shouting and yelling. It was tough but I got through all those difficult years now.

I was also volunteering my time at an orphanage in PJ giving tuition. It didn't last long before The Star shut ended the programme. By then I have already built rapport with the kids. I wonder how they are doing now.

Looking back at my life - I can sum it up like jack of all trades master of none. I know quite a lot of things, but I am never great at something, or anything.

Perhaps I think I am particularly gifted in one area, being streetsmart and the ability to fuck what other people think of me. I really don't give a shit about that, neither am I bothered by it - I guessed thats why and how I have haters.

That's life for me I guess.




Friday, 22 July 2016

Scenary Galore at Blue Mountains

Located about an hour west of Sydney is Blue Mountains.. but the mountains isn't exactly blue, it's just like any other normal mountain and canyons, what makes it to be called "blue" because from Sydney, they looked blue.They are clad in vast forests of eucalypts (commonly called gum trees), which in the hot sun discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves.. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue at a distance..

As simple as that.. 

But once you get there, it's not blue.. You either see it or you don't (on foggy days, you really don't get to see it!)

As you arrived, if you have the Scenic World Discovery Pass, you will disembark at Skyway Eastern stop to catch the glass-bottom skyway.. If you do not have tickets for this Skyway, don't worry, you didn't miss anything much.. It's not worth spending the money for this (unless if you have bought the Scenic World Discovery Pass which does include all 3 cables transport mode)

They will cram a busload worth of people (like 40 people) into this skyway which moves very, very slowly across the valley in front of the Three Sisters, but you can't see much standing like sardines, you can't even turn around or move about!

The best view of The Three Sisters is actually at Echo Point (which I cover in this blog post), and perhaps also at Scenic World Top Station.. 


Glass-bottom Skyway passing in front of The Three Sisters. Pic courtesy of bluemts.com

How clear is the glass?
I beg to differ

View from inside the Skyway.. very cloudy glass

My first glimpse of The Three Sisters from Skyway

This view is captured from Scenic World Top Station



Behind me is Jameson Valley

Cable Car..
Don't bother with this one as well.. 





After spending some time at the Top Station (there's also a Bottom Station, if you want to know).. Went for the ride that's worth queuing up for - the world's steepest vernacular train aka The Scenic Railway..


The Top Station

This used to be the vernacular train that miners used to go down

Look how steep a gradient you can set your seat to.. Trust me "original" is already steep enough, as the train go down the slope, you will feel you are actually standing, rather than sitting!
I didn't go to try "cliffhanger" though!








The "bottom" station

I have some time to clown around




Scenic Cableway


Jameson Valley, with the Three Sisters on the left





DIY rubbish compactor, solar powered





His job is to drive the cable car.
Once back at the top, it's time to move on to Echo Point, like they say, they save the best view for the last, and it didn't disappoint on that day..

Being fucking bright and sunny, we have a clear view as far as the eyes can see..


You can actually hike there, but let's leave that out for now..
At Echo Point, this is as close as you can get, no zooming..


















Enjoying the autumn beauty

The leaves are redder than my clothes!

Echo Point..
Be warned - PLENTY OF FUCKING PRC!!

There are plenty of fucking PRC and you will definitely need to give a piece of your mind.. I had to scold a group of them when they demanded that I move and give way so that they can take their fucking retarded picture! Like what shit! I pay money to come here to enjoy the view you fucking retards ask me to fuck off?






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