Tuesday, April 29, 2008

MikeMmery's Windows XP Successfully OS X-ed!!!

This is my print screen shot. I played a bit with my desktop and a bit of tweaking and taa daaaahhh... my windows XP got OS X-ed. Few commented that it slowed down the whole system but my experience with it looks smooth *touch wood*, or perhaps my machine is of the latest chipset, that is why it ran well.

With a few widgets from yahoo.com and the OS X wallpaper, my desktop GUI now looked neat and sweet ;)

Happy trying. The step-by-step idiot guide is here.

Change Your Dull Windows XP to Mac OS X

In between my iMacau - iHong Kong posts, I just got my company new iCompaq laptop last week, being so used to iMac OS, I am now revamping my whole windows to iMac OS X Leopard. It is so simple and follow the dummy step-by-step here.

Good luck trying. iMac interface rocks!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

东涌 , Hong Kong

I have somehow miss HK a lot... blardy a lot... Phew... Back home is not so pleasurable really... My work been piling up and for the past few days since my return, I had been working till late, and by the time I finished, my energy level was so low that I am too tired and not inspired to write any shits here.

Work, work and work and my company sent me away for training again on the 24th-25th... off site full-day training and finally my weekend here back in Melaka, I can finally really sit my fat ass in this comfy sofa to BLOG!!!! ahhhhh.... ok here you go,

"Hujan emas di negara orang, hujan batu di negara sendiri"

These are some very true words, always pleasurable to visit some foreign countries and see how well they managed the country, the people, etc. In Malaysia, we talk about who's country this belongs to, we define Malaysian as bumiputra & non-bumiputra, double standard to own a house, many inequalities, etc.

In Hong Kong, as long as you got the dollar & cents, you will be on the go. On my first night in
东涌 (Tung Chung), waited for my sis as she was at work. I was waiting at this Citygate which housed plenty of branded factory outlets here, Esprit, Benetton, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Adidas, to name a few.

By the time she finished her work, we met up and we went for dinner together with another younger brother of mine who happened to be there honeymooning with his gf. We went to this famous Indian restaurant, which a lot of expatriates patronized this place. At the Tung Chung MTR Station, this restaurant has this pick up service to their restaurant.

The restaurant is known as "Curry Corner", and during my journey there by the pick up service, I met and chatted up with 2 gwai lous from Australia who worked as a private jet pilot in Hong Kong. Now you can imagine how many rich & famous in Hong Kong who owned private jets ya :)

This restaurant looked simple but it serves one of the best curry & massala I ever had in my whole life. I would say equivalent to India. The owner was from India anyway.

Without delay, we browsed through the menu and ordered the food as we felt like hungry ghosts. Ordered a few kind of massala & curries - fish, chicken, mutton, beef & potato. Check out the pictures below;

Tempting? I will be going to HK again end of the year.... anyone interested to join me? And I am not very sure whether these few curry & massala dishes we had expensive or not, the bill came at HKD350 (approx RM175) for 4 persons.

After dinner, went back to my sis place, my first time there. You cannot see any bungalows or link houses here in Tung Chung. What you see will be 70 storeys high condominums & apartments.

My sis stayed in one of these condominiums, the Carribean Coast, with the built up of only about 600sq feet and cost about near to a million ringgit. Crazy huh? That's Hong Kong. Though high in density, the security is tight. You will be greeted all day long by professional local staff in monkey suits. My sis stays in 33rd floor, just a short tour around here with a few pictures of the place that I stayed for the 4 nights I had in HK.

Finally a picture of from the house balcony. Warning: few post to come I will still write about my HK travelogy with plenty more pictures.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

I Love Hong Kong

Getting to Hong Kong from Macao is easy. You can either take the First Ferry or the Turbo Jet. I took the First Ferry which will stop over the Tsim Tsa Tsui ferry terminal which pretty near to Central Hong Kong.

The ferry service took about 45-60minutes and it cost only about HKD$140 (appx RM70) for one way. The service & seating are much better than the A320 Air Asia, believe it! People greet you with a broad smile and inside there is a large LCD screen to entertain you. If you are hungry, you can buy snacks at the counter at a very affordable price.

Upon reaching Hong Kong China Terminal in the heart of Kowloon, public transportation here I give 7-stars rating, Malaysia is no where near or would I say KL not even 10% near to the standard here in Hong Kong. Although the frontliners in the service industry here cannot really speak a fluent English, but if you know Cantonese or Mandarin, there would not be any problem. What amazed me was, most of the workers here, whether the service frontliners, ticketing staff, cleaners, waiters, waitress, etc, majority are local not like back in our country. I start to fall in love in Hong Kong d, at least no issue on ketuanan Melayu or ketuanan Cina here. As long as you can contribute to this country, you will be treated equally.

In the bus waiting area, you will see this bus route signage, find the destination you want to go, and follow the bus number stated in that signage pole. For my case, I took the bus 215x to the nearest Kowloon MTR station. My sister was on a working day, so I told her I would be fine all by myself, as long as I know where to meet her up.

Again, at the MTR station, things are pretty at ease. At first impression, you will be confused as there are 4-5 different kind of MTR lines here, but as long as you know where you heading to, just follow the signage to your terminal. In my case, I am heading to Tung Chung in Lantau Island.

Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong hosting the new international airport, the Disneyland & Ngong Ping 360. My sister stays in Tung Chung, a huge metropolitan. Pretty posh area (do not ask me how much she earns :P)

The ride from Kowloon - Tung Chung via MTR is about 20minutes. And upon reaching Tung Chung terminal, you will arrive in another enormous shopping mall called the CityGate. This area housed all the factory outlets, big brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, Polo RL, Esprit, etc got their outlets here.

OK, I will put shopping aside at the moment. Felt blardy hungry at this point as I reached about 2pm here and not been having breakfast & lunch, at this point hungry man is an angry man d. So I head straight to the Food Republic, City Gate. So my first meal in Hong Kong is...

Hainanese Chicken Rice... :) Happy, happy man now. But the cost pretty high HKD$55 (appx RM25) excluding drinks. It came close to HKD$70 with the iced milk tea. No matter where you go in Hong Kong, always order iced milk tea, as nobody in Malaysia can beat them, not the artificial Wong Kok Char Chan Teng or KimGary in Malaysia, they are nothing!

Soon after lunch, it was still early, my sis only can meet me up at about 7-ish, so decided to pimp their local Starbucks. But this Citygate complex unfortunately does not house Starbucks, in substitute to it, it's the Pacific Cafe. They make fantastic latte & chocolate to go! I did not see any Coffee Bean in HK throughout my stay here. Pretty nice place to hang out - why????

Besides the wifi that kept me occupied, do not forget Tung Chung is the metropolitan nearest to the airport, meaning to say, you will see dozens of air stewardess walking around this complex. Now you know why I am not boring ya :P

I will write more the next post ya, it is pretty late now, gotta do my final packing before I am heading back home tomorrow. The post above was on my encounters in HK on the 16/04/08, it had been like my 5th day here already. Be right back on Tuesday with more pictures ya :)


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Finale in Macao - The Town is Red Now!

Short Note: Typhoon Level 3 was declared in Hong Kong. I am experiencing typhoon, what an experience. My day round the city with my sister was cut short. I just witnessed a big dustbin flew across me. Phew!

We were lucky to be given half day city tour after 2-days of boring informative seminar & roadshow. This is more like a photoblog, many photos ahead, expect a bit of loading time. Macao with a population of 500k, but this tiny island is really wealthy.

We first pimped this world's 10th tallest free-standing tower, Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Center.

Up the 58th level, the observation deck, this is a see thru glass panel, I am amazed and at the same time could feel my legs shivered. I never been to the top of KL tower, so I cannot compare who is really better. But one thing I am sure this tower is better than our boleh-land tower is there is bungy jumping available from the 61st floor of this building.

View from the Observation Deck

Then we went to this oldest and most famous temple in Macao. One of the 25 monuments designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We then proceeded for one of the most famous landmark in Macao, the Sao Paulo Cathedral or the ruins of the St. Paul's Cathedral.

Self camwhore, and from this cathedral, we walked towards the Senate Square or Largo do Sonado in Portuguese. This is the most happening place in Macao besides the casino. You see plenty of chio bu hanging around here, many shopping joints and every corner of this area, you will see this....

And many many more of this....

Basically, all these shops are selling the same blardy thing, the portuguese egg tarts and what they so called meat jerky (hope after eating this, won't make us a jerk), they got this pork jerky, beef jerky, sweet jerky, etc... niamah what a jerk!

This is a very very busy square, besides tourists, the locals will hang out around here as well.

You will see famous brand like Giordano, Bossini, EDC and Body Shop here. A very unique feel as the old building were all transformed to carry many big brands. I spotted a fashion boutique using LG air conditioners too :P

You will see a church right in the middle of this square and as you approached the end, you will see the city main hall & a fountain.

It was a very rushing tour ever, and we were then ushered back to Venetian as we had this gala dinner that night, nothing much to shout bout the dinner, I did not take much photos, went back to bed early as it had been a long day for me and my last night in Venetian.

I got to wake up early the next day to check out and continue my journey... just a bit of a teaser...

See you guys tomorrow :)