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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Istana Nurul Iman. Hari Raya at Brunei Darussalam~~!

When is the best time to visit Brunei?

Definitely will be during Hari Raya Aidilfitri~!!!

Why?

The Royal Palace is open to public during this festive season!!!
You'll stand a chance to meet the royals and also gaining an insight of the palace.

What's more?

Free flow of foods and beverages.
++ Free gifts.

 Cool huh~!?

I've made a trip to the palace on the second day of Raya this year.
Despite millions were there, it only took three hours for the whole progress from 
eating, scanning, waiting, greeting and receiving free gifts. *Given that you are a lady. 
For guys, it probably took more than this as the average percentage for male visitor was higher.
The time could have been shorten if i didn't spent that much times on eating. XD
I believe i've spent 1 hour time on foods. Hahahahaha~~~*Hungry ghost


Try to be an early bird if you want to avoid the heat during noon times.
For my case, i reached there at 9am. My cousin drove me there so 
I don't have to spent times searching for carpark. Is a bliss that they have buses
 waiting right beside the main gate area to shift visitors to the entrance. I noticed that
some visitors are already making theirs way back by this time. I wonder what time they got up.


Brunei map logo on the main gate of the royal palace.


Buses were provided for visitors!

Once i got to the entrance, i was stunted!!! Is a whole lot different from the main gate area.
Peoples were rushing, pushing, squeezing not forgetting sweating here.
Now came the part i hated the most, a Bangla man behind me just wouldn't stop pushing
and trying to squeeze pass me although a kid was right beside and
I was right in front while we were standing at the staircase.
 He definitely deserved a stomp on the feet from me. Muahahahahahah~~~ *evil laugh.
Luckily, it didn't took much times before i managed my grand entrance to the palace.
Finally reached the point where male and female were separated out. Fresh air at last~! 

Officers serving the royal waiting to enter the palace.

The crowds at the main entrance!

Before waiting "in line" to get the plate, one must goes through the security check up
 (similar to the airport security check up) and body temperature measurement
 before they declared you 'clear to enter' by sticking this on you.



After that came another looooong wait to get the plate. Due to the fact that i have to secure myself 
from crashing the royal plate, i gave up taking photos of the foods served. 
Anyway, some of the foods served included curry, rice, italian pasta, fish, cocktail sausage,
 chicken, beef rendang, goat and etc.
 It tasted so good especially the cocktail sausage!!! Love it !!! 
After the main dish, you get to roamed around the dinning area for pudding, 
kuih-muih, cookies and also beverages.
 Is all free and you get to refill as much as you want~!!!
I see Head~~~and more Heads

Collected my plate from this beautiful lady here.


The hungry ghost with her pudding and cookies.

After the big feast, is time to be seated and wait for your turn to give 'salam' to Her Majesty the Queen 
and princesses. Also, because i'm considered an early bird it only took a few minutes wait and soon the 
policewoman gestured for us to enter the next waiting hall. The second waiting hall was huge and 
sparkling was the first word that came into my mind. Beautiful architecture~! 

Me, Sis and Mum

The first waiting hall

The second waiting hall. 

A mother with her kids were seated in front of me and the kids were just sooooo cute that i couldn't help it
 and secretly snatched a few photos of them. You probably have noticed that they were wearing the same
 designed. Is a tradition the Bruneians practices, usually the whole family members will wear the same design
during Raya. Lost and found were easier in this case. I'm just kidding. 
This is a practice that i found genuinely beautiful and sweet in Brunei.    

Yes. They posed for my camera.

The cute test!!

It is almost 12pm when i'm waiting at the second hall and the policewoman was gesturing at the watch among
each others. This must be the signal for a break. Luckily, they let my line through before they stopped the
rest. So, this was the last "waiting in line progress" before entering a grand hall to give salam to Her Majesty
the Queen, princesses and royal members. For guys, they'll be greeting the male line of the royal members.
After this, you'll get your free gift which was the small yellow box i'm holding in the photo below.


The last wait

Me and sis with our free gifts. Cookies inside.

Finally, i've reached the end of this post and i'm really lazy now. So, i'll let the pictures do the talking.
^_____^

Hope you'll found my information useful for your trip to the palace next year~! 



Men in black.




We've choosen to walk down instead of taking the bus for the sake of taking photos.

Kena a police halao after taking this photo. 

The police was blowing whistle at me halfway through taking this photo.
 So, lesson learnt here. You are not allow to disturb the guard on duty~!
I'll definitely make another trip there for years to come if given the chance. 

Last but not least.
Choose an appropriate outfit if you are planning to visit the palace.
Personally, i felt that it is very impolite to wear jeans, slippers, sandals, short, pant, mini skirt,
 or t-shirt to the palace although i did saw some visitors wearing jeans, slippers and sandals.
Dress code is important as it show your respect to the culture. 
What more the person you are greeting is Her Royal Highness? 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Selamat Hari Raya

Crashed into my brother and sister badminton spree yesterday
and now i can't move a single muscle. Felt like tofu.

=___=

Dad asked me to go Mukah with him but i decided to go Brunei with mum.
Wuahahahahaha~~!


Is Raya~!!! 
Which means that the Royal Palace of His Majesty will be open for public visit~!
Woohooo~~


I was still a kid when i last visited the palace,
definitely not going to miss out this chance  now.


Anyway, here's my current addict to end this post~!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

In search of a new identity

I have a bad feeling that my laptop is going to kaboom sooner or later.
In order to prevent this from happening,
i hereby declare to shut myself off from the internet world until 
the poor thing have all the rest it needed.


Anyway, it'd been months since i'm released from the big prison in Kampar.
Most of my course mates have got themselves a new identity.
Hoho...congrats to all of you~


and now the million dollar question~


What's bout me?


Well, let's just said that i'm still at the progress of seeking myself a new identity 
and i have a feeling that it's going to take a looooooooonnnnnggg time.

Hmmp....

Nevermind~ 
Currently, i just need lotsa of rest ~
Just like my lappy~

Wuahahahahahaha~~~

Now. Introducing my new recipe~

Mashed potato in butter cheese + milk~!!!
Wuahahahahahahaha~~!!


Who dare to try?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

《享.乐》 与 华乐 及 乐团的灵魂

毕了业的我,第一次以观众的身份坐在观众席上观看这次的演奏会。
说真的,我只有一个感觉


那就是很骄傲~


乐团能走到今天,个中的种种曲折如真要一一道起,
会是个很长很长的故事,就好像乐团的每位团员都有各自的故事一样。
当然我也有我的故事



这次的演奏会,本来我以为是没机会到现场支持了,
毕竟自己也都毕了业,回到了和这里隔了个海的家
但是还是哪一句‘只要有心,万事灵’


音乐会当天,我还真的回来了。
先前没和任何人说起我的行踪,当时心里就想着
大家见了面会是一种怎么样的场景?


很惊讶? 很感触? 很开心?很欢迎?
还是,你是哪一位呀?


踏着忐忑不安,有点紧张的脚步。
我抵达时第一个入耳的声音还是那个在熟悉不过的笛音~
而第一个见到的还是大学这四年以来一直相伴在左右的Spiky!


大喊着‘sensei!!!'
好久都没被人这么称呼了~
回想起当时大家在一起学习的时光
下了课,晚餐都还没吃,就等着练习,到练完了,
大伙儿一起骑脚车去mamak吃着哪已经是夜宵的晚餐
还是我大学里最美丽的乐章。


这三年里,从一位不懂华乐的团员到今天站在台上演奏的Spiky.
我真的感觉很欣慰。
很感谢他对华乐的坚持也好感谢当时他的加入及他的陪伴,
也感谢华乐团让我们的友谊更上一城楼。


走进休息室前,见到了即将要远去中国修炼古筝的敬業。
一位离开了却总是只要乐团需要就义不容词回来参演的团员。
我的出席和他的贡献与精神相比起来就不算什么了~



未踏进门口前,我遇到了陈征~
这位很好欺负的陈征~
第一次见到他就觉得他很害羞很安静很好欺负~
在筹备《旋荥之夜》时,就不知道是什么缘分,
他被安排到了我的旗下,被我半夜叫来涂鸦,贴东贴西。
拼命整他,却还不发火。
我唯一觉得他的最大缺点就是不以自我为中心,慢热~
曾经还很担心他会被人遗忘。


但是,随着乐团的成长,这位害羞,安静,好欺负,
总是扮演着很重要的脚色却依然很谦虚的陈征
也在这一次充分的发挥了他原有的色彩
不论是他站在司仪台上,还是坐在台上拉着二胡。
以一个前辈来说,我觉得很安慰。
埋没了这么久,我期待了这么久,
终于终于你把你埋起来的都展现出来了~!


进了门口,眼睛auto scan 每一个面孔。
见到了龙坤,薇珊,佩欣,礼瑞,加馨,等等
这个时候已经是很感动,眼泪在眼眶里打转了。
来之前从没想过自己会哭,
但是还是在敏慧抱着我时忍不住落泪了。
毕竟我离开时也没机会和大家好好的告别,
突然回归了,也不知是怎么一回事,
就真的是很感触,很感动~


本是已经平复了的心情却因为在旁的Potato说的一句

“我知道”

害我差点变成泪人。


毕竟一起经历过乐团曾经面临的风波,
今天的一切我也明白来的不易

所以,

“我也知道”


再来当然就是哪位重量级人物
让我又讨厌又感激的人物
见到他也只有想砸他还有翻白眼的份
你还真是十年如一日~!
在此也没什么好说的,反正也只有你说的份~
我想很多人也会赞同我的~
哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈~~!


接下来当然就是争取时间聊聊天,拍拍照。
然后就是重头戏啦~
听着你们演奏的‘雪莲花’还有‘竹歌’
想起毕业前,你们在讨论着该奏什么曲子时,
到现场听着,看着你们成功的把当时所决定的曲子给奏出
还真是万分感触~



棋风与易详的中阮二重奏
让我欣慰一笑
一位是已经毕了业,严格来说是我在乐团里的第一位师傅
和一位从第一,第二届的合奏员,到这次的第三届,终于看到了她的重奏表演。
这二位能一起联手表演,还真的有点出乎意料咯~



中场休息后就是诗韵gang的
老虎磨牙啦~
年头听到诗韵说想表演这个时
还以为不可能,毕竟乐团的乐器有限。
所以还是那一句啊~‘有心就能成事’


当他们在台上表演时,我很留心观察观众们的反应。
毕竟打击乐在人们心目中的印象就只能来来去去
那种类似新年时舞龙舞狮,二十四接令鼓啊~
的那一种打法


当下我看到的是好多人都张开嘴
‘哇~~!’ 出来了~


还有些好奇的~
不断问朋友那是什么啊~
能这样打吗~~?
她在做什哦~~~
等等


我想这些也因该达到了诗韵想要传达的吧~


再来就是大众都熟悉的古筝啦~
在此恭喜建缗梦想成真啦~~
你的战台风


终于‘站’在台上刮台风啦~!!


当晚我最惊讶的还是encore曲
"Rolling in the deep"
这才像大学的华乐团吗~~!
我想这首曲子也还真是roll进观众们的memory里啦
而且还是很deep的那一种咯


以前都没机会问观众们的想法~
这次终于知道了~


恭喜你们~
这是观众们的想法~!
但然不好的我就不提啦~你们自己知道~哈哈哈~!


“原来华乐concert是这样的,出乎我意料”
“不错,期待下次的演出”
“古筝演奏很精彩”
“很喜欢encore的rolling in the deep,没有想过华乐也能演奏”
“那位女鼓手,很有气魄!眼神很凶。”
“我坐后面,看不到前面,很可惜。”
“椅子很丑咯~~因该用我们坐着的吗~~!”


演奏会结束后,有些观众还依依不舍的看着舞台正在发生的一切
我想你们这几个月的付出都是值得的。
说真的,新手们,我以前辈的身份,想说
report, assignment,exam, presentation
不是最重要的,大学只有短短几年,眨眼就过了。
或许当下的你会觉得这一切都很重要
但是当你毕了业,回头看时,
你的大学生活,什么也不留,什么印象也没有
就好像这几年的光阴都不知去了哪里


青春,不要浪费。
要在大学里,多认识些人,多交流,多些活动
就算毕业了,也留下痕迹
也还有值得回味的人,事,物。






最后的最后我还要谢谢Jestrine让我有个落脚处
还伟大的牺牲了休息时间好让我能和团员们去聚一聚,
都凌晨四点多了还等我回来。
谢谢你朋友~万分感激!!!
 

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