Aug 10, 2015

Miri, Malaysia


07 (Fri) - 10 (Mon) Aug 2015

Lodging: May's house


It's my first time traveling to East Malaysia, stepping onto the land of Borneo, the 3rd largest island in the world. It's always been great when you're traveling with a friend who's a local there - save money on accommodation and time on planning itinerary. :)

The best part is the day trip to Brunei, a visit to a new country!


The Grand Old Lady
We're traveling with a new Japanese friend, his name is Taichi.

As time zone is still GMT+8, you may expect earlier sunrise and sunset due to it's relatively eastward location.


Our flight details
07 Aug 2015 (Fri)
Changi Airport Terminal 1 - Miri Airport
Flight No: AK762
12:25PM ­- 2:30PM

10 Aug 2015 (Mon)
Miri Airport - Changi Airport Terminal 1
Flight No: AK763
10:00AM ­- 11:55AM

Fare: S$362.72


Day 1


Rojak
Miri Airport is a pretty simple one, considering its annual passenger movements of 2.4 million last year. Despite that, what one is looking forward to at the airport is nothing but the reminiscence with family - May was back to her hometown and her dad was at the airport picking us up.

Her dad brought us to Sin Wan Rojak & Delight Cold Drink Centre at Jalan Bintang Jaya 2 for an afternoon snack, before May going for her dental appointment.

The irony, I don't usually eat ais kacang or rojak, or rather, in the past 15 years, I've never ordered rojak myself. But of course when I'm traveling, my appetite is more open to variety of food.

We ordered this so called "Special Ais Kacang" @ RM3.80. It was delicious.

Having scheduled a dental appointment in the afternoon, Taichi and I were left alone at home. :(
That's alright, we needed to unload and unpack our luggage at her house.

The two dogs at her house are always so excited when the gate someone's back home, warm greetings much appreciated, but they really need to learn how to give way to the car. Haha...

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Aug 8, 2015

Brunei



Menara Cendera Kenangan, Kuala Belait
This post is a sequel of Miri, Malaysia.
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Visiting a new country never fails to be the utmost pushing factor for me having travelled.

Ever since young, when I heard the name of the country "Brunei", an image of a castle with all gold plated rooms and accessories flashes through my mind, thus leaving me an impression of a small but wealthy country, surrounded by Sarawak on the north coast.

Kuala Belait

May's dad drove us to this neighboring country. Crossing the boarder brought us to the nearest neighboring town called Kuala Belait along the coast, and there's specifically where my current roommate was born.

That's where we took some time strolling around while waiting for May's dad settling some matters at a bank there.







Despite the size of the country, it took us a while to arrive in Bandar Seri Begawan, it's quite particular to me because that's when I held my pee for very long along the way, totally an unforgettable experience...

We had chicken rice for lunch at a coffee shop which seems to be popular in Kiulap, called Thien Thien Restaurant 天天餐室.


Chicken rice @ $3.20

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Aug 7, 2015

Kit Chan - Home (Cover by Gary Song & Javin Tham)


A recorded a piano cover as a tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, during the period when the nation lost her founding father in March. The song covered was "Home" by Kit Chan, a Singaporean singer.

Ask Singaporeans about the one NDP song they can best recall, "Home" is usually the answer.

Gary and I covered this song for this year's SG50 national day celebration (well I will be overseas during that weekend :P).
There are two language versions (English and Mandarin) sung separately by Kit Chan, and in this cover, we did the 2nd chorus in Mandarin - I love songs with at least a couple of languages in one, there's always surprise at the unexpected change of language sung, apart from drawing attention, things like that is just simply, cool.

Oh, look at our color combination, you're right! It totally looks like nothing but the flag of................. Indonesia.
LOL~~
Not forgetting the SG50 logo on a white background at the end of the video, which looks like the flag of Japan. Haha...

Hope you enjoy our cover and your SG50 holidays.



Whenever I am feeling low
I look around me and I know
There’s a place that will stay within me
Wherever I may choose to go
I will always recall the city
Know every street and shore
Sail down the river which brings us life
Winding through my Singapore

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where that river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won’t be alone
For this is where I know it’s home

When there are troubles to go through
We’ll find a way to start anew.
There is comfort in the knowledge
That homes about its people too
So we’ll build our dreams together
Just like we’ve done before.
Just like the river which brings us life
There'll always be Singapore

我的家 收藏 我的欢喜悲伤
只要点燃希望 梦就会自由飞翔
我的家 给我 一双坚定翅膀
我的梦 不论在何方
一生的爱 唯有家

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where that river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won’t be alone
For this is where I know it’s home
For this is where I know it’s home
For this is where I know I’m home

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist