Sunday, 16 February 2014

Irvine's Diary - Will Power

Sometimes looking back at your life time experiences. From kindergarten.. Heading to school and all the way to university. Embarking to the working society. Caught up in the rat race. Or just doing nothing sitting at home. Taking an easy way out. It is a blessing that one can have memories they happily cherish for a lifetime. Looking back at many things you regretting doing or did not turn out how you expect it to be. It will haunt you for a lifetime. If only you let it be that way. One step at a time, we fight our way to where we want to be or what we want to achieve. Looking back are experiences you may seek to move forward not back. Although many of us may prefer to stay in the past or not getting anywhere.

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Irvine's Diary - My Best CNY 2014 Quote!

The year of the Horse. My dad's year! So my ang pao gonna get bigger and better this year! And yes, i got it in USD. HAHA.
Chinese New Year have always been an important festival for me and of course to all Chinese. Spring Festival, Lunar New Year.

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian (Chinese: ; pinyin: Nián). Nian would come on the first day of New Year to eat livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. One day people saw that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the color red. Time when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again. The Nian was eventually captured by Hongjun Laozu, an ancient Taoist monk. The Nian became Hongjun Laozu's mount. Wiki.

Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year.
My personal wish to everyone is... Gong Hei Fatt Choi. Wishing you happiness, properity and longevity. Fatt Fatt Fatt ! Huat ah!
What did you do for CNY? Family meal and loads got gambling?! Me..away from home again is a sad thing during CNY. No family dinner, no Poker! Argh! But next year gonna make it big! However, still gonna have a good time for CNY. On eve brought my gal to the world largest mall (Dubai Mall) for chinese food at restaurant with outdoor roof seating overlooking the lake with fountain dance show every 30min. Wanted to have TGIF as they have a front view towards the lake but it was packed and we didnt want to wait too long. 

Then during CNY went over to Global Village for some cultural and huge funfair experience. Great time.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Irvine's Diary - Life Moves on so does my Looks!

Ironically life goes on. If some of you have noticed, i have stopped blogging for quite some time actually and only started back quite recently. Well do have some monthly post. Trying to keep up. Of course, to share my life experience as i always love to do. I do admit that in a blink of an eye, here i am, in my late twenties, *age*..nah. I can't believed my Uni Life ended in a flash. The night life in Newcastle. Drinking with cool mates. Have some coffee at the town. Travelling to nowhere. And boom! I am in the Rat Race! Was back in Malaysia working. I have been in the Rat Race for 3 long years already. Of course i have almost gotten myself out of it, it's all part of the plan. I struggled and pump up my basic salary in just a year (promotion), bought some properties, do some investment and have some long term savings plan such as fixed deposits, bonds, insurance invesments, etc etc ETC.

PS: My savings plan is all talk, never works. I spend too much. But at least we do have EPF in Malaysia!

In a nutshell, working in Malaysia for another 3 years does not make me closer to be out of the rat race. I do realize that due to my years of working experience, my salary goes no where in the Construction Industry (Btw, i am a Cost and Contract Consultant). I may start big early but it goes stagnant year 2 and 3. This is not a financial, Media or business company where you can shine by showing results through monetary capabilities, brilliant business plans, creative ideas, etc etc. It is just not like that in the Construction. Just not. It's the type that gets better the longer you work. There are lots of STANDARD Technical Skills to learn. LOL. So it goes with the age!.

So i decided to have some little booast. After 3 years of hardwork in Malaysia, and now more hardwork, I came to the tax free country, UAE, Dubai, to end the Rat Race once and for all. Hopefully, because i do have a habit to spend more once i earn more. Actually it was part of my plan to come to Dubai 3 years ago after i graduated but it was during recession period so i decided to stay in Malaysia first. Closer to family.

And now... Life moves on (above)... so does my Looks! Ha-Ha!

When i was in primary... there are people asking me whether i am a Malay

When i was in secondary... there are people asking me whether i am a Chinese, wtf*

When i went to College! Yea, i am a Chinese. But a Banana (Yellow Inside, White Outside)

When i went to University at Newcastle, UK... people ask am i a Hawaiian or maybe Japanese

When i went back to Malaysia... people know i am a Banana Chinese.

Now i am in Dubai... the cool thing is, people ask am i a KOREAN. was it the good looks?!. I believed is not because of the good looks (stab in the heart) but the small eyes.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Middle East Global Travel - Part of the Plan

I would say it is all part of the plan. That I have envisaged years ago. Deep inside me would define it as fate. Nothing could happen if it is not meant to be. Opportunity came, here I am, idealizing my plan through fate, working global, in the Middle East at Dubai. Let’s go! 
Having dinner at the Hotel next to Dubai Marina Mall looking over Dubai Marina Lake. Awesome. I see no Desert mate!
My work site, Viceroy Hotel Project Dubai. I am a Quantity Surveyor. Bet you don't know what's that! >> (Construction Cost and Contract Consultant). The cool thing is my site is located in the Palm Jumeirah! Where i will be part of the Dubai’s spirit of celebrating New Year hailed by Guinness Book of Records. Largest Fireworks Display.
Well back to business, my work place view straight towards my apartment area, Elite Residence. Never get bored of the view every working day. Beautiful. Nice morning view when i arrive at work and nice sunset view when working hours end.
The place i am staying, Elite Residence. Next to Dubai Marina. Supertall Skyscaper Residential. Adjacent to the tallest apartment in the world, princess tower. And my apartment view towards the Palm Jumeirah. Astonishing.
 Cant skip on the Gym! Life Fitness in my Apartment. Lets go! I will get my abs for sure. That's my new year resolution.
 If you want to know something about Dubai or UAE or Middle East, shout out and I will provide the info
Stay Tuned for More
Middle East Travel!
My main purposed of coming end of December is this! Got it from youtube as my Nokia Lumia 720 failed to do the job.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

A Tourist Guide Day 3 @ Macau

Macau is a famous place for gambling and luxury lifestyles. I love it here. The place is nice, with many huge and grand buildings.

Some beautiful pictures i got from google for Macau introduction. Didn't had time to snap these beatiful pictures. Without these pictures, you will never actually thought Macau have such a modern and established township. Macau is one place that can make you believed that an economy can solely depend on gambling!! + tourism.


This post continues from the...  
1) Trip Intro  
2) Day 1 - Lantau Island - 360
3) Day 2 - Lantau Island - Disneyland

So today is!

DAY 3 @ Macau

0830 Breakfast

1000 Depart to Macau and Check-in

1200 Lunch (Rec: Café Tai Lei Loi Kee - Pork Chop Bun)

1300 Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral (Rec: Portuguese Tart)

1500 Venetian Macau / Shopping

1800 Dinner

1900 Casino Gamble Gamble Gamble!

2200 Sleep

You can hitch a ferry ride from either the Hong Kong Airport, Central or Tsim Sha Tsui, hongkong-china ferry terminal. The fares are about 60 - 150 HKD dependent on which boat you take. 
Time to explore Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral. A 17th-century Portuguese cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. The place is lovely and a must go.
The last thing you want to miss in Macau besides the casino is the Portuguese Tarts! It's never complete without it as these tarts are the so far best tarts i ever tasted in my life.
Time to check out Venetian. A luxury hotel and casino resort in Macau owned by the Las Vegas Sands. From its name you definitely gets its buidling architectural concept?
 I love the place. The architecture. The food. The shopping. THE CASINO.
Wow. I lost. Ha-ha. The bets are crazy here, minimum like 100 HKD. No way!
There you go my time in Macau. Hope i have another day here but tomorrow we will be heading to Zhu Hai. Just above of Macau. As we are planning to go a circle, after Zhu Hai we will be taking a bus ride to Shen Zhen. Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

A Tourist Guide Day 2 @ Disneyland, Hong Kong

Dear Friends. Today is Day 2! Disneyland HONG KONG. Phenomenal.

This post continues from the...
1) Trip Intro
2) Day 1 - Lantau Island

and today will be... DAY 2 @ Lantau Island Hong Kong! Reason why you want to spend your first few days in Lantau Island is because the airport is located there and so as Disneyland!

1000 Disneyland
2000 Dinner
2200 Sleep!

Every Disneyland is worth the visit. Hong Kong Disneyland is located in Penny's Bay of Lantau Island. The park consists of seven themed areas like my personal favourite Main Street, U.S.A. and then Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.
Transport : Take the Train (MTR). To Travel is Easy with The Octopus card (八達通, Bat Dat Toong in Cantonese,). It is just like any top up cards. Dont need me to teach you how to read the MTR map do you? :P

WHAT TO DO. Take pictures with your favourite cartoon characters! That's the whole experience all about in Disneyland. Meet them live!

Disneyland is all about the wonderland stuff. The great cartoon wonderland landscapes, with cartoon characters around. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Buzz lightyear, you name it. Some fun rides for younger childrens but did enjoyed them too. So just chill around. Snap more pictures. It is all about the experience you get here!

Got our tickets? Let's Get Going!
 Around my favourite Main Street, USA.
Great Place. I like the place. The restaurants. The food. The Disney Characters.
 Enjoying the sceneries and shops
 Check it out. It's Toystory!
Guess Who's Castle?
Some fun rides. Dont expect too much of a thrill rides. You don't get them in Disneyland. This place is to gain some memorable Disney experience.
There you go. I love Disn... You.
Time for some buzz lightyear~
Visiting Tarzan~
 Girls personal favourite. Fantasyland.
Guys personal favourite. Adventureland.

The next thing and only thing you won't want to miss is the show/performance experience you get in Disneyland. A must see.
Done? Not Yet! There is still one last thing to do. Always stay up till the park closes for the fireworks display! Don't rush in Disneyland. Always allow a full day. Have Lunch and Dinner in one of the nice disney restaurant. Gain some disney memories!
 The End. Stay tune for day 3 - Heading to Macau!

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