Sunday, 29 December 2013

Desert Queen..Not

Apart from getting free newspaper, perks of my job include witnessing the launch of new tech products and gadgets that have yet to be introduced into the market. With that I also get to go to places where I would probably have the slimmest chance of setting my foot on.

Such opportunity came way when I was assigned to Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi in October this year. And on top of that, the hotel I was staying in was right smack on the Abu Dhabi F1 tracks on Vaz Island. I was excited to go but I had mixed feelings coz I just had a lower back pain episode and I couldn't possibly sit in a flight for too long comfortably nor carry my luggage for. Lucky for me I was travelling with a bunch of guys, my fellow reporters.

Suffice to say, with the help of the  merry men, I made my way there successfully and was present during the day-long affair to see Nokia launch its first tablet, 6-inch smartphones and subRM500 smartphones with social media apps like Whatsapp and Instagram.


And understanding that all work and no play will make Jack and Jill very dull people, Nokia took us hardworking members of the media for a desert adventure the next day.

Due to my back, I couldn't do the camel rides, sand boarding or dune blasting. But I fed a falcon, enjoyed a sumptious buffet and ha d a nice lepak session under the shade at the desert camp.

We were there from around 10am to 1pm but the heat was truly draining and pretty soon I felt parched and sleepy. But it also reminded me of the story of  Siti Hajar who ran seven times back and forth in the scorching heat between Safa and Marwah looking for water for Prophet Ismail (a.s.). What faith and what courage! Made me feel such a sissy , I tell you.

Anyway, all in all it was a pleasant trip. When I got back only then I realised that the hotel I stayed in was only a few hundred metres from Ferrari World - the one with the fastest roller coaster in the world.

But I had a bad back so the info would have been no use to me, anyway..

Friday, 27 December 2013

Bear With Me...

When I was in Chicago earlier this year for BIO 2013 (courtesy of BiotechCorp Malaysia), I had the chance to jalan-jalan a bit around the Windy City with a cool group of journalists and chaperons I was with. One of the places we went to was Navy Pier which sits on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

There we stumbled on a shop called Build-A-Bear Workshop. Now this is one place that even if you're not into soft toys, you'll be dying to get one. You can get to customise your teddy bear by choosing the outer skin, customise the filling (nak keras ke, lembut ke, sesedap sepemeluk ke..).

After you have your teddy bear all sewn up, you could buy him or her clothes and accessories... so cute. And get this, the teddy bear gets a birth cert too so that there is only one of him or her that belongs to only you..awww...

I didn't get one coz there was no room for one in my luggage. But two of our party got theirs.. for their kids they say.. hmmmm.

Isn't it a lovely idea?? A beary wonderful one, right?

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Wet! Wet! Wet!

November came and went without nary a post from me. Busy as a bee, aren't we all.. So, here in this post I shall share our visit to Legoland in November - a year after our maiden visit.

This time around we wanted to try the Wet Park.. and also do the rides that the no-longer that small primary schooler missed the first time around.

Ta-da! Here's me at the first attraction within the Wet Park. We got in at 10am so no crowd yet.
(For the life of me, I simply can't remember what the attractions are called and the management wasn't really handing them out to visitors on that particular day...pffft.)

This is where you park your shoes or slippers if you plan to get wet.

The kids liked this. They went round two times before I insisted they get out and try the other stuff.

Then we went up the steps and lo and behold! an artificial beach.

As you can tell, it is good that kids be at least 10 years old so that they can carry their own slide stuff and do the activities all by themselves..

While Daddy relaxes..

Part of the Wet Park. Seen below is the more kiddyish feature.
Ample life jackets for kids of all sizes.

Anyway, the kids spent a good 3 hours before they got hungry and wanted out. 
Then it was off to the dry park (of which I talked about last year - not much difference between then and now).