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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Russel Falls




OK, I thought i must show you guys this russel falls..
as u can see, its bertingkat tingkat...and it goes foreveeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
scary looking and amazing at the same time...

The first photo is the Horseshoe fall in the same area....the shape of the falls explains its name..
Not as high as Russels but equally stunning...

salam

Tasmanian Adventure Part 2



The famour WineGlass Bay...the view after berjalan sampai tercabut kepala lutut....You guys tell me if it was worth the effort..
It was a spectacular view from that rock...as u can seee....but a bit dangerous though cause there was nothing below that..
Anyway, tomorrow we are going to the PENGUIN ISLANDS....its 2 hours drive from Melbourne...you have to be at the beach around 10PM at night to see the penguins coming back....its gonna be damn cold but its one of those things which I think I will have to see at least once..
OK, will show u real life pics of penguins ( If I manage to get near them )...
enjoy ur weekend....

Tasmanian Adventure Part 1

Rakan rakan.

Since it's Friday at 6:15pm, Thought of giving you guys a download of my tasmanian trip....few things to note:
1) the island is much bigger than what people say it is
2) driving around the island in 1 one day is not possible
3) book ur accomodation in advance...dont think u can just get a B&B or hotel easily
4) i think half of the island, if not more, is made up of National Parks.....we went to 3 of them...first one is well known for its Russel Waterfalls. The reason why it's unique is that unlike normal 1-tier waterfall, this one was "multi-tiered"...when you see it from the bottom you think it's like one of those bumpy slides..but a huge one though.....very very nice..

Secondly was Lake St Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia....it was high in the mountains so it was pretty cold considering that it is supposed to be summer here in Australia........the area was a bit surreal because there were fogs covering the nearby mountains and it felt a bit like dalam cerita hantu...

the round trip drive from Hobart to these places was like 7 hours...so u can imagine by the time balik Hobart, dah pukul 11.30 malam...finding a place to eat was like finding a jewel in the Tasmanian bush...punyalah susah....last last, aku buat muka kesian dekat one of the Indian Restaurants......thank God they were nice enough to take our orders and let us have some food...

whilst eating, suddenly baru tersedar yang we have not booked any accomodation !!....well, the original idea was that we were to drive around the island and wherever we stopped, we were going to find a B&B...however, since we decided to come back to Hobart, we could not find any vacant places....B&B, hotels, motels, brothels semua full.....by midnight, we thought we had to definitely spend the night in the car !!..boleh ke ??

once again, using whatever muka kesian that I had, I asked the restaurant to find a place for us to crash...he called everywhere but apparently there was something going on in Hobart that weekend sebab tu semua tempat full....last last, we said, OK, let's try one of those BACKPACKERS HOSTEL that we used to frequent in our old student days.....Memang nasib, ada satu backpacker hostel that had 2 beds left for the night !!..so cepat cepat lah kitorang lari ke situ and then baru realize that it was a mixed dorm with 3235454 people from 235445 nationalities....

kena ke ??....not to mention that it's been a long time since aku kena share bathrooms with 3434 strangers...but ANYWAY, the bed and the bathrooms were actually much cleaner that the ones I have encountered when backpacking around US 7 years ago....our "dormmates" were from Hungary, Korea and Japan....but by the time we arrived semua orang dah mengantuk and tak kuasa nak bersocial social....

On Sunday, we had to go to somewhere that is supposedly one of the most beautiful sights in the Southern Hemisphere....The Wineglass bay on the East Coast of the Island...In fact, the east coast of Tasmania is very well known for its scenic route..We spent hours hiking up and down to reach this place called the "Wineglass Bay"....I have to admit that the hiking memanglah memenatkan especially for someone yang gila fit like myself....but once u reach the top and see the bay beneath, then its like "wowwwwww"....

Seriously by the time habis satu hari berjalan, semua urat macam nak tercabut...
I haven't had the chance to download the photos yet and do the now infamous "Fadli slide shows" but I have this 2 pics below:
1) My colleague took this of me standing on the "Friendly Beach" facing the vast Tasman Sea ( which then joins with the Pacific Ocean ). Look at how big the waves are....people were surfing....me was lepakking...

2005 Hari Raya Recap


Hello rakan rakan,
I am sure by this time all of you must have already had a great holiday and spending Raya with families and friends...

So the time has come for me to share with you my first ever Raya WITHOUT ANYONE...Seriously bosan.


As far as I can remember, I have always had friends to celebrate raya with masa kat London / Scotland etc....basically there is always something to do..By the way, before I even start with that, let me inform you all that for some strange reasons, Australia was the only one who decided to have Raya on Friday (unlike the whole wide world who celebrated it on Thursday )..apparently tak nampak anak bulan....helllooo...mananya tidak, that Wed evening was a cloudy day + hujan + gloomy....kalau guna telescope NASA pun sure tak nampak anak bulan...

So terpaksalah aku puasa extra satu hari on Thursday...but having said that, ada jugak orang orang in Australia yang buat mazhab sendiri and raya on Thursday anyway....which says a lot about Islam Unity and consistencies.

So Hari Raya masuk office....9 - 8 pm....but lucky for me, my team and I went to the beach side area, St Kilda, and we came across a Malaysian Restaurant ( Chinta Ria ) and the food was actually quite good....so I had my ikan asam pedas, sayur belacan, karipap....agaklah sedap....it was a pure coincidence as no one actually planned to have Msian meal for the night...
then on Saturday Nov 5th, a muslim GE employee in Melbourne invited me to go to this Annual Eid Festival...It's more like a carvnival to be honest...Family Day type of thing with Rides, Ferrys Wheel, a lot of stall selling food etc...Tapi unlike in the UK where the majority of the muslim community is made up of Pakistani, Indon & malaysians, in Melbourne the whole festival was actually made up of Middle Eastern Communities ( arabic, egyptians, lebanese etc )...

In fact, I was soooo sure of meeting some malaysian people but after 2 hours, I realized that was not going to happen...actually the reason why i went there in the first place was KUT KUT ada makanan melayu....but haraaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... more like Kebabs, Halal Nandos, smoking shiha etc....More than 10,000 people came...apparently its a big annual event here in North Melbourne....

today, Sunday Nov 7th Hari Raya 3, went for Dim Sum then came to the office...its nearly 7pm now...so time for me to leave coz want to go and eat something before the week starts all over again...

ok lorrrrrrrrr...
I bet u guys in KL yang dah cuti berhari hari agaklah keberatan nak start balik kerja tomorrow....
suddenly, teringin nak makan satay pulak....have to think where I can find one...

Raya Plans vs Lost Phone in Melbourne ??

Allo friendsssss...
It is 1AM here ....sitting in front of my laptop...Jerry Springer is on the tele...thought of sending this email before I go to bed...

so here it is....5 days before Raya...the whole flipping malaysia is all over with balik kampung plans, what to eat, where to go and me as usual, will most probably be walking into the office as usual where I guess I'll be the only person in this 1,000 people organization who realizes that Raya has actually arrived...

Puasa hasn't been that different anyway from the dozens I've had in UK in the past....in fact it's a bit less exciting coz no one to share the buka puasa "ritual", semayang terawih sorang sorang dalam apartment and the most saddening part is Buka with Biscuits + Coke...
ANYWAY, to make things more depressing, last friday after semayang Jumaat at the City Mosque downtown, I lost my PHONEEE !!!!

AARRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!..Tension...I was pretty sure I lost it in the cab from the masjid to the GE office...the problem is on that day I took like 5 cabs....zig zagging from 1 GE office in North Melbourne to the other one in South Melbourne....Called the cab company, lodged a police report...U name it, I did ittt !!!...In fact that saturday, the weather in Melbourne was sooo terrible, raining mengalahkan banjir kilat in KL

My whole life ( ok a bit of an exageration ) is in that phone...family phone numbers, friends in UK, Malaysia, GE people...memang sakit jiwaaaaaa...more than 500 entriessss...I have no idea how long it will take me to rebuild the blardy "DATABASE"....So memang mengdepressing kan.....Before you guys ask, YES I did try to ring that number but it was switched offf...which makes it pretty obvious that someone might have found it, took out the sim card, threw it in a bin and just took the phone...

apa nak buat ? dah nasi badan....I am trying to get a new simcard with the same number tomorrow...so PLEASE SEND ME YOUR PHONE NUMBERS..so that I can try and RESTORE you lot into my very important database....as you all can imagine, without a phone and numbers, feel a bit lost..especially in a country without that many friends in the first place !

ANYWAY, I know most of you guys are leaving for kampung today or in the next few days....so let me take this opportunity to wish you all a VERY SELAMAT HARI RAYA.....MAAF ZAHIR BATIN....HALALKAN MAKAN MINUM.... I guess that is the standard speech right ?

Oh before I forget, Nov 1, Tuesday is a public holiday here in Melbourne as it is the Melbourne Cup ( Race Horse )...alangkah baiknya sekiranya that thing were to fall on hari Raya so ada excuse tak masuk office....

Anyway, am having Buka Puasa tomorrow with a friend of my dad who happens to own a restaurant in Melbourne, aptly named SATAY INN...
that is the highlight of the day....in fact of the week !
Salam to alll....
its time to go to beddddd.....