The Great Escapade

Friday, April 24, 2009

Six months ago, life was a deplorable wreck! My girl friend for 3 years left me for another girl. Because of that bombshell, I was forced into a state of great depression. My studies floundered into a state of non redemption and the program adviser Chen Yoke Wong advised me to take a period of time off. Needless to say, I was as good as expelled. Shortly after, my parents were intent on sending me to reform and rehabilitation school somewhere in Chow Kit. Naturally, I refused!

"Don't make me go to rehab" I said. "No, No, No"

Grabbing my necessaries, I shot away in my proton saga determined to escape from my desperate state. With the little money I had, I rented a small studio apartment in the outskirts of Sungai Buluh getting a job at one of the estates in the vicinity. It was a menial salary thus I soon began street racing in one of the back lanes at night to earn extra money. Considering my situation, things were going pretty well. Until the Federal Reserve Unit crashed one of our races, guns ablaze and ready to arrest the group.

Not wanting to go to jail, I grabbed my racing partner Lois Lane, hiked one of the racers speed bikes and fled through a dark alley. We were both wearing helmets so unless one of the racers gave us away, we were safe from identification. That night, I decided I could not take it any longer. I told Lois that I needed to escape, recuperate and re gain what I had lost. She shared with me she had similar problems and said that she needed to escape too. On the brink of a morbid end to our lives involving motorcycle chains, I suddenly remembered something.

"Lois" I exclaimed "Malaysia airlines has just introduced a stimulus package, I read it in the paper yesterday morning. There is this flex 1+1 deal which allows two people to travel at the price of one"

"Really?" said Lois excitedly "Shan, this may be our golden ticket out"

Needless to say, we rode to straight to MAS ticket office and picked up two tickets for the earliest flight to Seattle, Washington. The reason we chose to go with the flex 1+1 was because companionship made travel so much better! As for Seattle, we thought the breathtaking scenery and wonderful weather would give us a new lease of life. We settled to go there until the Federal Unit decides that we were not wanted criminals anymore.

We set off the following morning.

It was a massively long flight but thankfully the cabin service in MAS was exceptional. The crew were friendly and affable, making the 14hour flight an exceptional one for us. Furthermore, the food on board was really good! The movies they had on board also kept us entertained. I must say at this juncture that Malaysian Airlines truly strikes me as one of the best airlines in the world.

As this was a truly spontaneous trip, Lois and I had no plan whatsoever as to what we were going to do during the trip. I checked with one of the stewardesses and she advised me to log on to the Malaysian Airlines website for help. Not knowing what else to do, I did, and boy was I amazed. From there we were able to make all the necessary arrangements from accommodation to transport, sightseeing recommendations and even the ever so important travel insurance we so lacked. All from several clicks on their website! By the end of the flight, our despondent state had turned a corner for the better and the both of us were just ready to take a break from life and experience travel. This was all thanks to MAS.

Fantastic! We had arrived in Seattle and I did not even feel too tired. Thanks to MAS, I was able to rent us a car which we promptly obtained upon arrival with no hassle whatsoever. With that we set off, hoping this escapade would grant us a new lease of life...

We did alot during the trip! It was Autumn when we arrived and the weather was absolutely stunning. The first morning, I had arrange with a local US army major to take us Salmon fishing. He took us to the outskirts of town and showed us the serene beauty of untainted nature. The major shared with us how before his recruitment into the army, he was in destitute. He told us that he was caught moving drugs and life was a black hole until a general from the Air Force picked him up from his cell. Life can be well if we attempt to make our lives fresh again. Lois was moved to tears!

Several nights later, I had gone out to buy dinner and returned to find Lois deep in thought at the corner of the room. I asked her what was wrong and she told me that the Majors story had made her decide she was going to give life a second shot. We agreed to help each other rebuild what we lost. The trip had indeed gave us what we needed, a breather and some hope.

The rest of the trip was relaxed and easy going. Seattle is extraordinarily beautiful and the attractions are plentiful so that one will not get bored. Every morning we wake to witness this beautiful view from our room.

Here are some of the places we visited-
The Seattle Flight Museum

Mount Reneir

We were tremendously entertained by these two baskers out the very first Starbucks.

We even took a train down to Vancouver, booked once again from the Malaysian Airlines website.

One of the highlights of the trip was when we were given the opportunity to watch the Seattle Seahawks in action. We met the ticketing director of the seahawks in a bus and he offered us free tickets to the NFL league game after hearing our story.

Finally, after five wonderful weeks of travel, Lois and I decided that it was time we went back and settled things in our own lives. We booked our tickets via the Malaysian airlines website at very good rates. The next evening, we were on our way home!

"What a great trip that was" Lois exclaimed just as we touched down in KL

"Yeah, and now its its time to return to our difficult lives" I replied

She assured me that we will get through it. Dejected, I managed a smile.

At the airport she excused herself while I collected our luggage. She returned a while later and dropped a package on my lap. The package contained two tickets to Peru two months from now and on the package she had written:

"When life swallows us up, there is the MAS stimulus package to take us away."

I looked up at her and smiled. Suddenly she was the most beautiful person in the world. We got up, held hands and walked toward the exit ready to take life by its horns knowing that when the going gets tough, the tough goes traveling!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CHRISTMAS DOGS, originally uploaded by iamiishan.

Christmas is here! Have a good one everybody!

Woah man

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I almost forgot i had a blog! :p

Frasers is gonna be a blast! I can almost taste the fresh air..

See you all in two days...

I was "eileenaged'

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

1. What is the relationship between you and her?
I think we are friends.. erm... right? I think! Hmm...

2. Your 5 impressions towards her.
(Passionate, outspoken, fun-loving, hug-able and a total cam-whore... hmm...)
Nah.. She is fun, happy, thoughtful, helpful and grounded(to the earth).. :)

3. The most memorable thing she has done for you.
Well I only really got to know her over the past year so it's not that hard to remember.. I suppose she lent me "Marley & Me" by Josh Grogan and shared with me her wonderful American economics text book I pray i don't mutilate.

4. The most memorable things she has said to you?
"I brought Marley & me..."

5. If she becomes your lover, you will...
Erm.. I suppose I'd do my best to make her feel happy...

6. If she becomes your enemy, you will...
Draw all over her economics textbook!!

7. If she becomes your lover, she has to improve on...
Nah.. If she ever did become my lover she'd have to be pretty darn perfect.. :)

8. If she becomes your enemy, the reason is...
I let my dog chew on her textbook...

9. The most desirable thing to do with her is?
talk about Korean dramas and Marley

10. The overall impression of her is...
Very straight and grounded

11. How do you think the people around you will feel about you?
Debonair, chivalrous, suave.... *.* Nah.. they'd think I'm the weirdest person they have ever come across.. I'll just tell them to go meet Crissy.. :)

12. The character of you for yourself is?
Too darn boring to ever describe

13. On contrary, the character you hate of yourself is?
On the contrary.. ?? I'd be too interesting a character to describe..

14. The most ideal person that you wanna be is?


15. For the people who care about and like you, say something about them.
No one likes me....

Tagging.. 10 people ar??

1. Jane Lee
2. Gabriel
3. Chui Yeng
4. Crissy
5. Hannah
6. Liesl
7. Simon
8. Justin
9. Samuel
10. Xia Toong

Who is no. 2 having a relationship with?
His kitchen set

Is no. 3 a male or a female?
Male la I think...

If no. 7 and no. 10 were together, would it be a good thing?
Oh yes.. I think he'd fit right into the family.. :)

How about no. 5 and 8?
Heh.. hmm now that would be interesting.. but i'd say no.. definitely no

What is no. 1 studying?
She is in middle school at er.. Ballaret???

Is no. 4 single?
Absolutely not

Say something about no. 6
Aih... Nuts la that girl...

Kilat Kilat

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Well, it certainly doesn't look like my blog is going to see any serious post for a while.. Here is another nonsense post:

Along the course of expectation as i set out to attain a drivers license, I may have inadvertently picked up some of the residual from my uncles ridiculous and outrageous new found hobby: making cars shine. It really is an outrageous hobby I find, because you spend at least 3 hours working on the detail only to have it covered in a layer of dust the day after(depending on the quality of your polish of course).

My uncle has a peculiar habit of collecting hobbies that most of the time has to do with cars. Not to long ago, he decided to rip out the heart of my grandfathers geriatric 300SE to replace it with a supposedly more powerful 6-cylinder Brabus engine, a small portion of the many many minor things he did around the car like tuning and retuning, lowering the suspension, changing the gear box and steering wheel, and fitting in "sweet", not to mention exorbitant rims.

Shortly after, he was dabbling into the world of high fi, butt bumping, heart pounding, car audios! After replacing the head unit a few times over, fiddling with amplifiers and sub-woofers, and fitting in twitters, he did not stop until he had turned the car into a mini concert hall. I can only imagine my grandfather taking his old-new white tank around the tiny town of Taiping just for kicks so to experience his sound system. It is ostensibly the nicest car around taiping next to the old rollce royce driven by some datuk.

And now, its cleaning cars, a menial and arguably degrading job that, to some, should be left to servants or desperate school kids trying to earn an extra buck. Starting by giving the car a thourough wash down with a high grade shampoo, he proceeds to give the car a good wipe down before lifting off the stubborn spots with the help of a quick detailer and some specialized cleaning clay(yes, clay).
After going through with the motion several times until the is sqeaky clean, the next step is to use a cleaner wax which gives the combined effect of giving the car a last "cleansing" and a pre-wax before finishing off by coating the car with a layer of car wax. It is apparently of great pleasure to see the water just sheath off and bead up as it comes into contact with the car's surface.

And with that, I spent half my Saturday morning scrubbing, sponging and polishing my future car in blatant anticipation of the day i stick those hideous P stickers on it. I did not have the relevant tools for my purpose, certainly not the "meguairs" stuff my uncle uses, but I worked with what I had. In the end, it turned out to be more like a giant favor to my dad with no pay. But it was worth the effort to see the giant rain drops of yesterday night bead into beautiful ovals of perfection. :) Here is the finished work:

Clap la....

Well so much for that nonsense post.. au revoir!

Post script: If you want your car polished, feel free to leave me a message and I'll only charge you a menial sum for my services :) You have to bring your car to me of course


Saturday, October 18, 2008

I recently did a shoot for my Big Cici's wedding. She is the first of our generation to be married, so it was a very important event.. Hopefully, Hopefully.... this will start the ball rolling and we will have marriage after marriage to witness(notice i said witness, not participate).

Aih... Time flies! The 6 of us are now only 5 come the next CNY. :) but only for the first day i guess..

Shuing KoKo, you are next!!

Taiping Lake Gardens

Saturday, October 11, 2008

(Photo above)Credit: Iiern as he has claimed equitable ownership of it :)

Preserve Our Beautiful Greenery!

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