we declare Your Perfection above and beyond all: we have no knowledge whatsoever except what You have taught us. No doubt it is You, and You alone that is all Knowledgeable and all Wise. (al-Baqarah, 32)

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Me and my betrothed will be getting married, or as some would like to put it, tying the knot on June 13, 09. I know that the date might not be convenient for many, it is for a fact the only date we have left to spare.
Also, marriage preps are ridicilously tedious. There's nothing easy in life anymore is there...
Cheerio folks.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Pulau Tioman : The Official Game of the Experience

5/25 achievements unlocked

1. Through the looking glass – 20g

Took a trip on the Mermaid and viewed the underwater world.

2. The Journey Begins – 10g

Left the hub town

3. N00b Traveler – 20g

Reached either Panuba or Paya Village (on foot).

4. The Road Less Taken – 30g

Make your way (on foot) to Monkey Bay .

5. You’re Winner! – 30g

Make your way (on foot) to the East-most village, Juara.

6. Through the Fire and Flames – 50g

Make your way (on foot) to the South-most village, Mukut.

7. Island Hopper – 30g

Crossed the ocean to another island during low tide.

8. Float ‘n’ Flow – 10g

Master the basic art of swimming; staying afloat, without the aid of a life jacket.

9. The Schwimmer – 20g


10. Phelps In Training – 100g

A master of the art of swimming; Swim your way to Rengis Island.

11. Swimming With The Fishes – 50g

Buy your first snorkeling gears and successfully complete your first snorkeling mission.

12. iFish – 10g

Fish your first fish.

13. Fishing with Feeling – 20g

Fish at least 5 different types of fishes.

14. John the Fisherman – 30g

Catch a total of 100 fish

15. Legendary Fisherman – 50g

Catch a legendary class fish.

16. Return to Dragon Castle – 50g

Catch a turtle and put it where it belongs.

17. The Boyscout – 20g

Helped tourists find their way around the hub town.

18. Beach Runner – 30g

Make your way to the end of Tg. Said beach and back in under 10 minutes.

19. Xtreme Beach Volleyballer – 30g

Play and win a beach volleyball match

20. Lungs of Steel – 30g

Play and win the breath holding minigame.

21. Picture Perfect – 50g

Visit all the main villages on the island, and take at least 1 photo in each village.

22. Brochure Boy – 30g

Convince a friend to visit Tioman

23. Calling All Pals – 50g

Convince a group of at least 10 people to visit Tioman.

24. Master of Ceremonies – --g

This is a hidden achievement. You need to unlock it to view it.

25. GAME OVER – --g

This is a hidden achievement. You need to unlock it to view it.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Still Alive

Despite my apparent inactivity on the cyberspace for some time, I am in fact, still alive! A lot has happened during that time, like a half day walk to other parts of the island, learning to swim, befriended a gentleman from Germany, chat with a couple of Japanese in Japanese, and even walked across the ocean to another island! Yeah, I've probably scored more achievements in those 2 weeks than I did in 2 months of 2008. Okay, now lets talk about work!

Work sucks.

The long short of it, Tioman is a really good place and I'm liking it so far, save for the part where I don't have any video game consoles with me and no personal internet connection to browse gaming stuff. Oh, and work. Come to think of it, those should be enough reasons for me not to not like my stay here, but no. Truly a miracle that is.

If you're interested in visiting the place, just let me know and I'll try to to arrange something. And to all you Cohort 2 dudes and dudettes (especially those around Johore area), I implore you to come!

p/s: written from a PC in the staff room - where lots of stuff are blocked.

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