Happy New Year to all readers! I first played Pac-Man when I was still in Kinder Garden. I remember I used to play it in a Floppy Disc and the computer which supported the game was the predecessor even before 386, first Intel Pentium 1. Anyway, It was my 1st experience that allowed me to explore my gaming leisure in digital computer. I experienced Pac-Man in another level of fun during my New Year Holidays.
What was it?
2 nights before the end of 2009, me and Princess Pipi were traveling in one of the most celebrated street in Rome called Spagna.
The city was decorated with Christmas stuffs and people were preparing to welcome 2010.
We bumped into a Mercedesshow room and saw this sparkling smart car
As we were going to take the picture together with the smart car, a sales guy came to us and say
Do you want to play Pac Man and win a SMART CAR?
Winning a SMART CAR is really tempting!
But I am not a go-go guy, and initiative enough in participate in all these competition. although I used to participate in some stupid game with Yee Chong before:
But Pipi was so excited.
Pac Man in SMART CAR? Strange….
One participant has to drive a smart car in Rome street to get 20,000 points at least to get a smart car
while the other participants need to direct the driver in the Mercedes show room by contacting the driver via handphone and a GPS screen to search for the smart car location
Our team was named… FIREMICE ,
the Italian pronounced it as “FI-RAI-MICE”
GPS screen that locates FireMice in the screen
Pipi was the navigator, she played an important role to direct the smart car, to get as much point as possible, most important of all she had to talk to me in the phone (very very difficult)..
FireMice was the retarded-SMART car driver..
So we started! Pipi was shouting non stop
Go GO go! why you not moving yet!!!!
I was like… ok ok ok
It is not easy to drive in Rome since I am a Malaysian (the other participants from Rome), and I have no-sense-of-direction… the driver seat was located at the left side of the car… all the direction was against what I used to drive with… and I AM RACING IN A COMPETITION!
WOI!!!! Turn right ok!! TURN– TURN !
CANNOT TURN RIGHT OK!!
Drove to a few interesting place that promoted Smart Car to get extra points =)
Faster…. We are near to 20,000 points already
At last, we got back more than 30,000 points
our rank was 2nd among 8 people….
We are proud because we beat most of the others Romans!
but we were disappointed to find out we can only get a mini Smart car
Little did we find out… Smart car actually was promoting their electric car… a Energy Friendly car
We got a mini smart CAR!
2 days ago, when I woke up and saw this outside my window.
It is actually scary as I don’t know how to go out.
-11C was the temperature.
It was like somebody painted the entire town into white during the night. Everywhere is.. white
My office is just opposite of my room.
I decided to go out for fresh air..
I decided to go on-top-of-Belfort… to have a great view…
So i decided to climb the castle
I managed to make a tough climb… it was too windy and dangerous… I’m the only person there
but it was worth to see all the tiny things around Belfort
Poor lion of Belfort, your sculptor didn’t sculpt you winter clothings
went to the river after that
FireMice made a dangerous attempt
I decided to go to the lake near my apartment. This lake is very beautiful during the summer.
I took this previous summer
I noticed some dog’s foot prints on top of the lake..
and I have a crazy idea.
I decided to
walk across the lake… dangerous attempt indeed, no one was there… i think it was worth to give myself a try… and stand in the middle of the lake.
after that, I noticed something..
Everything ends well with a nice sun set view..
Sometime I think my mind doesn’t belong to me at all. I just came back from Paris after meeting a good friend Jackson from UTM. My mind was wandering during the daytime in the office. Yes! It is another unproductive day for me in the office and I don’t know why I keep thinking about Journey to the West 西遊記, one of the greatest Chinese Classical Novels I read during my childhood.
For some reasons this story reminds me about my presence in The West and my own Journey to the West. Why am I here?
Journey to the West story is about a Chinese Buddhist Monk who set out India to retrieve the Buddhist scripture for China in the 1590s. He was aided and protected by his royal and faithful disciples on his Journey. At the end, they all attained enlightenment.
Am I doing that?
Well, I was told by my boss or maybe it is a little mission from my boss to send me to the West to attain some experience that might help our company new direction. Get pieces of details, trivia about their work in the West.. so that at the end of the day I can crap things to them..
Gosh! Journey to the West is a Big wake-up call for me to be serious and pay more attention to work… so I have to gear myself up and be more competent now.
The mood of drawing suddenly hit me at the end of the day.. I guess I can use some Graffiti again to express myself like what I always like to do..
I decided to draw one of the interesting story in Journey to the West. It is about the punishment given by the great Buddha to Monkey King when he tried to escape from Buddha’s palm . The Buddha trapped the Monkey King under the Wu-Zhi Five Finger mountain for 500 years until someone come and save him!
FireMice under the Five-Finger Mountain:
one finger is hidden.
I felt the pressure all the time…. OUCH!
Pics up there is my current staying place in Belfort (France). It is called Thomas Edison Apartment. This is my 4th month now. Why do they named it Thomas Edison? Maybe because the apartment is next to GE factory, apparently Thomas Edison is the founder of GE empire.
Ladies and Gentleman, this post is about to detail another piece of FireMice’s living experience. You are about to witness FireMice’s personal belongings or should I say Properties.
As I was living here alone all the while, I’d invested thoroughly to kill my time and also satisfy the “sins of Gluttony” of mine. In conjunction to that, I’d owned a series of private collections indirectly and I am about to share everything out.
I have plenty of beers bottles, red wine, rums…
that’s not all, I have another series at the other table
it came together with these
and of course, plenty of these…
not only alcohol bottles, I have plenty of other bottles… which makes spaghetti, sandwiches, junk, that makes your dung / shit smelly
Magnum ice cream is relative cheap if compared to Magnum back home…
Hence, I have many boxes in my room
Now when I look it back at my collection, It is so sexy… Magum Golden Hazernut, Magnum classic, Magnum Honey Nougat, Magnum Ecuador Dark, Magnum Coconut, Magnum Columbia coffee (my personal favorite), Magnum Pistachio, Magnum Almond…
and of course, Magnums will end up with..
This is what I call 1Malaysia. What PM Najib used to remind our Malaysians. We are one, see different type ice cream actually will become the same after I ate them. All the sticks look the same…. me, you, us, no different
2 years ago my colleagues and me had a precious opportunity to ascend Jungfrauh aka Top of Europe.
Now, me and my colleagues were always HOT! ( not Pamela Anderson that kind of HOT!), we came from Malaysia and Singapore. So most of the time we suffer from extreme heat. ALPS is way too coool ( temperature and experience) for us.
My + Ex-colleagues
Needless to say, one of my ex-colleagues is also my ex-coursemates..
Well, at that point of time I wish I could bring the people I love to enjoy this extraordinary view and breathe in the super fresh air on top of ALPS + feel the snow around you.. for me, to bring another person especially Pipi to ALPS is a mission impossible.
Now I have the chance!! I will have to put low kei into history and make my wish come true.
It happened that Pipi was in Switzerland last month. There’s hundreds of thoughts running and goes into all sort of directions in my mind. I was so crazy to bring her up there. Finally, I got the chance to materialize it
This time, I didn’t bring her to Jungfrauh. Instead, we went to Mt. Titlis.
We took a bus from Zurich all the way to Lucerne, it was a 3 hours drive. Pipi was sleeping all the way… until she saw this in front of her eye…
It was at the end of winter, at this part of ALPS it was still full with glacier. Pipi was getting more and more excited when we get nearer to the mountains. As we were going up the mountains, snow is everywhere
Everything was nice, and finally….. we ARrived!
We have to use Titlis Rotair to go up there.
As you can see, Pipi need extra jacket to keep her warm + special boots to make her walk on snow.
We need to use 3 different types of cable car to go up to Mt. Titlis.
The #1 cable car is like the one we used to go Genting (my previous company)
and the final one is rotatable… it just made you dizzy.
finally we set foot on top of ALPS!
everywhere…. here here, there there is snow… scenery is great!
with the snow I tried to make myself a touch phone… like the touch-phone-one-hand-tips!
I tried to climb up the hill and roll down….
end up OUCH!
Most importantly…you guys must try this!
also… what i called Ice cave
sadly… there’s always an end…
not to forget… our group of the day…
FIMU 2009 ” Festival International de Musique Universitaire” is a French International musical festival. Musicians all around Europe came to Belfort and perform. I am glad that finally I can kill some time in this looooong weekend. the good thing about this event is, it is going to be held for 3 days 3 nights.
at first, I thought no one else will care about this. But I felt strange about this Saturday. The sky seems brighter than usual and I felt extremely relax walking in the town. The town was so warm. I did notice there are more people in town compared to previous weeks.
this tells something about how my people (including me) play music back in Asia. Kids + youngsters play music is like one of their studying subject. if not, we do it for getting prestigious exam grades, gain recognitions in music competition and performance.
lion GrrRRrrr…. A fierce creature, king of the jungle / king of the zoo, the only animal with sense of fashion (look at its stylish hair , its SEX symbol is so strong because behind one lion there’s hundreds of lionesses.
This Lion commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. The sculpture of a mortally wounded lion mark the most mornful and moving piece of stone in the world. It was quite sad actually.
The event in Malay is called “ Perebutan Lombongan biji timah antara kongsi Gelap Ghee Hin dan kongsi Gelap Hai San” which means Tin mine war between gangster Ghee Hin (contonese) vs ganster Hai San (Hakka).