Mix nuts and bolts, then shake!

I drive a clunker. Literally. Don't get me wrong, I love my car but my 5 year old Perodua Kelisa is bordering on becoming scrap metal one of these days. Each time on the road, I can feel the slightest pebble, stone, bump and hump in which the car, makes these sounds like its nuts and bolts are gonna come loose! 

To make things worse, my boot door and rear bumper got smashed in an accident few years ago - a taxi that was speeding behind me could not stop in time and rear-ended me. As a result, the boot door cannot be tightly closed. 

Sure, it went through repairs and painting and the door closes but it doesn't necessarily lock hard enough for the alarm to consider it 'locked'. Therefore, each time I drive over an uneven road, the boot door will be rattling and since I'm pressing the brake, the alarm will attempt to lock even though the boot door is already closed.

I've tried sending it back to the workshop to get it fixed but all that involved was more money and less effectiveness. In the end, I gave up trying to get it as good as new. So, I have not only to deal with the 'nuts & bolts' noises but also the boot door rattling and the alarm making a 'tsk' sound, as if trying to lock something *sighs* Most times, I turn up the music to drown out those noises and it's been working so far. 

But you can just imagine, the joy I get when I get to drive a car that's a level up from mine. This is currently my must-have vehicle at the moment (mind you, cars are not usually on my must-have list). 

Ford Fiesta 2011 Hatchback
I completely adore this car. It's sleek, curvy in the right places and drives like an absolute dream. Sadly, it's OTR price is from RM82,000, which is WAY over my budget. I guess for now I'm going to stick with the first car I ever owned - the clunker. Not like I have a choice but its economical fuel consumption really does cheer me up :)

Amidst Fascinating Feathered Friends @ KL Bird Park

I took leave yesterday to treat my mum and sister to the KL Bird Park using the voucher I got from Groupsmore. My mum loves visiting parks and since I could use a break anyway, yesterday was well spent walking around KL Bird Park.

For those who are not aware, the KL Bird Park is apparently the world's largest free-flight walk-in aviary. Conveniently located in KL Lake Gardens, the park is divided into 4 zones which can take up to 3-4 hours to cover (not including the bird show). I think the best part about the first three zones is that all birds are free to roam around in this HUGE aviary. 

These colorful birds were in cages (as they're quite rare and expensive I think) and man, are they vain! They would literally hang there with different poses every few seconds - knowing there are tons of people snapping their pics!

NOTE: Click the pics for a larger view!

Imagine walking in and seeing colorful birds fly around you, peacocks casually walking beside you and pelicans flying everywhere. It's a gorgeous scene to just walk in and hear these cute birds squeaking singing. There are also plenty of fish ponds for you to throw fish food in (fish food capsules cost RM1 each). Don't be surprised if you see a fish pond with a pelican perched on the side, looking very still. The first time I saw this, I thought the pelican was just a painted-on rock but then it's head moved!

The flamingo pond was something I was excited about but when we got there I was quite disappointed as it was well, not exactly like how I imagined it. I mean the waterfall looks good and all but I thought there would be a variety of flamingos - as in different colors. In here, we only saw white/black ones and slightly pinky ones :(

Another thing I was looking forward to, was the Photo Booth where you get to take pictures with miscellaneous birds (for a mere RM30) and that was probably the best thing in the park :) Check out our best shots.

On my sister, were a parrot and some other bird planted on her shoulder (not sure what). As for my mum, she got to have the Hornbill and at close-up, that is one gorgeous bird. She also got to have this cute little red parakeet on her head who was busy grooming itself. I on the other hand, got this HEAVY parrot on my wrist. The parrot kept trying to hold on to my wrist coz I'm quite bony and it's claws are much wider. LOL!

All in all, the birds are very tame. At least, none of them moved or made sounds loud enough to startle us. If you look behind us, there's an owl, hawk and some kind of eagle sitting on the branch - all equally real.

After the Photo Booth, we moved on to the Parrot Aviary in which my sister and mum got to feed some of these birds with milk+honey (RM2 each bowl). It was good when 2 or 3 of them drink at a time but when a whole flock of birds come towards you, it can be quite scary overwhelming!

We moved on towards the end of the park where the Waterfall Aviary and the Amphitheater are located. The waterfall was gorgeous and cooling - just what we needed after walking around in the heat. There's an area right behind the waterfall where you can see the water falling in front of you (without getting wet of course!) and from there you can spot peacocks, pelicans, flamingos and ducks flocking about. We even spotted a few pelicans eating at the top of the waterfall.

We didn't feel like waiting for the Bird Show which will be conducted at the Amphitheater, coz we were quite hungry by then, so we made our way out. On the path to the Exit, we passed the Flightless Birds cages and a Nursery. Flightless birds are ostriches and emus who looked content just lazing about. Then again, if I were an ostrich, I can't do much in a confined area and since I can't fly, it's just lazing around I guess!

The Nursery had these baby chicks and ducklings where anyone can just pick them up and steal pet them. It was quite a sight, looking at these chicks and ducklings huddled together. My sister got attached to this one :)

All in all, it was worth going to the KL Bird Park. It's relatively well-maintained (the birds looks well fed) and most importantly, clean. There are plenty of resting areas at every corner which are convenient for elderly people like my mum. Plus, we covered about 90% of the park and that took us about 2 hours (which is good considering the variety of birds to see).

If you're going, go early about 10-10.30am as you'll get to go for various bird feeding and weekdays (non-school holidays) are best, as there's not many people - only the occasional tourists. There's also a Hornbill Restaurant near the entrance of the park, but the food is super-duper expensive so I wouldn't eat there unless I want to spend RM18 for Nasi Goreng!

Amy Winehouse - Gone Too Soon

It's sad to hear yet another troubled, substance-abused artist has passed away at such a young age (my age to be exact). While I've not been that big a fan of Amy Winehouse, I do like some of her songs like Rehab, Back to Black and Valerie, plus Glee did a a couple of impressive covers.

I heard that her last tour showed how wasted/drugged she was while on stage so I'd rather not remember her that way. Here's a video of my favourite - Valerie - from her much better days. Hope she rests in peace.

It's Never Too Old to Roll!

There I was at a traffic light, on my way to work when I looked to my left and saw the most astonishing thing.

It's not the car that's astonishing or the construction worker behind (yellow helmet) that's trying very hard not to look at the car (caught him staring at it a few times). 

Take a good look at the driver in the car.

It's an OLD woman probably in her 70s or 80s! Not sure if you can see that from the pic above but that was the best I could do under the circumstances. I mean, I'm not against old people driving mega-expensive sports cars but this is the first I've seen an old lady driving (with the greatest pleasure, I can imagine) one. 

I guess it's never too old to do anything as long as you're physically able to do them!

The Best Chicken Wings in Sunway Giza @ Kota Damansara

Excuse the blurred image!
Head to Movida Kitchen Bar Club Lounge at Sunway Giza Mall in Kota Damansara to feast on a platter of succulent chicken wings. I can't remember the exact price but it was probably around RM20 or less.

Bon Appetit!

Work/Life Balance

My gosh, it's been so long since I blogged that Blogger actually feels foreign to me! Work has been the pits these last few weeks and any free time I have is spent reading and commenting on other blogs - another way of saying: I'm still here people! 

In fact, I barely have time to Facebook these days. Nowadays, my morning routine goes something like emails-emails-work-lunch-emails-work-work so I guess FB or blogging has to be slotted in somewhere between work and emails - which would be like a 2 minute task. Today seems to be a very calming day which is why this post is up!

The company I work for prides itself on maintaining a healthy work/life balance - it's always talked about during meetings and gatherings plus the variety of after-work activities and game room we have is good enough to keep that balance. I think sometimes I bite more than I chew, what with taking on extra work on the side, maintaining a web site with 6 languages (and more to come) and coming up with new initiatives for my role (which I'm still getting the hang of).

Caramel honey says I should take it easy as times I try to do a lot within a short span of time that leaves very little time to do anything else not work-related *sighs*. There's just not enough hours in a day!

I can't even remember the last movie I watched :( I tried getting tickets for Transformers (despite the horrible reviews) but till now, tickets are still sold out and let's not even think about Harry Potter - I'll have to wait till next month just to get tickets.

On the plus side, last weekend was great as caramel honey and I went to Riblees in Desa Sri Hartamas. Excellent pork ribs and smoked ham quesadillas! The ambiance of the restaurant was so romantic and cozy that we felt like we on our first-date again! 

Having said that, we decided we'd go out, just the two of us, to someplace new, once a month - which I think is an excellent idea. Who can say no to more couple time? :P

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