Lundu Children Amusement Fun Fair

lundu funfair road

Lundu is a town about an hour’s driver from
Kuching. I headed there with my friends one night during a drunken
impulse to eat seafood there (Lundu is renowned for its cheap and
delicious seafood) and so we drove down in the middle of the night in
search of food.

lundu funfair town

Well, we didn’t find food coz all the seafood restaurants were
closed, but some coffee shops were still open so we got more beer and
drove around the place. We figured we might as well scout around since
we’re already there.

lundu funfair entrance

It turns out that there was a local Fun Fair going on there – the Lundu Children Amusement Fun Fair so we decided to check it out. The entrance free was RM 2 and it looked so inviting while inebriated so in we went. ;)

lundu funfair carousel

There were carousels with pretty ponies going round and round, with
a glass mirror facade in the middle and the handrails that feels so
familiar from childhood days…

lundu funfair ferris wheel

The obligatory Ferris wheel was slowly spinning around with the
bright neon lights covering the cages producing a swirl of florescent

lundu funfair games of chance

The games of chance that various booths ply to lure in the crowd was
also there in abundance, offering gifts of soft toys if you could just
toss the ring into the steeple, roll the ball down a nail obstacle
course, or dart a space the size of a postage stamp from three feet
away to get the prize instead of just a congratulatory sweet…

lundu funfair tarp

…and then all of a sudden, one booth pulled up the tarp on their
setup. The carousel music that was playing in the background started to
mute. The Ferris wheel lights dimmed and then ground to a halt. OMG!
The fun fair had closed and we haven’t even gotten on a single ride! :(

lundu fun fair bumper cars

However, loud techno music started to reverberate through the fun
fair grounds as the other rides and booths shut down for the night. The
bumper cars! The ride was still open! It seems that everyone was at the
bumper car place getting on the rides so I got a bunch of credits and
started to get into the bumper cars.

lundu funfair bumper cars people

The credits goes for RM 10 for four (4) tokens and each ride on the
bumper cars took two tokens so it’s RM 5 for a one minute ride. I spent
RM 50 on tokens anyway, coz I have fond memories of our local
semi-dilapidated safety regulation hazard fun fairs. :)

lundu funfair bumper cars cheng

It was fun driving the bumper cars around, making it go fast,
watching the contact wires spark on the mesh ceiling like lighting as
you drive around, bumping into other cars. It certainly did bring back
many fond memories.

lundu funfair bumper cars video

Download: Bumper cars scene video []

lundu funfair bumper cars pov video

Download: Bumper cars POV video []

The bumper cars were fun and even though that was the only ride we
got on at the Lundu Children Amusement Fun Fair, we drove the one hour
commute back to Kuching laughing happily (ever after).

The End

Dig your own hole

dig your own hole df118 rx

I’ve been really sick for the past few days due to The Bird Nesting
By My Windows Part III (long time readers will know what I’m talking
about) it’s been giving me sinus problems, diarrhea, pains and aches
over by body, fever and insomnia (despite my healthy regiment of
benzodiazepines). I wake up everyday feeling like shit and the thing
is, I don’t know if it’s avian flu (very low probability) or I’m just
dope sick (opiate withdrawal – symptoms sound familiar to you? ;))

dig your own hole df118 today

It’s a good thing that I managed to get 60 tablets of DF-118
(dihydrocodeine 30 mg tablets) scripted just now. I kinda messed up my
story a little but this doctor knows everything about me, hell, so does
the other, they’ve been seeing me for two years, it would take a fool
to not see that I have a drug problem (the doctor was not fooled when I
accidentally injected methamphetamine into an artery and told him I
snagged my wrist on a rusty nail).

dig your own hole df118

(after scripting me the 60 x DF-118)
Doctor #1: *sigh* Huai Bin, you know you have a problem right?
Me: Yeah…I’m trying to sort things out but work is kinda hectic, you know…
Doctor #1: *sigh* Huai Bin, I really hope you can get off of these. It’s not helping you know.
Me: I know doc (actually I don’t ;)) but thanks for scripting me anyway, yeah? I appreciate it.

(after consuming all of his two new DF-118 500 tablet containers he ordered for me)
Doctor #2: Huai Bin, you come here several times a
week and I’ve been through your medical records and I’m thinking that
you’re not on maintenance anymore but you’re escalating your doses.
(This is the doctor who’s been treating me for years and has given me
an infinite supply of maintenance benzodiazepines – Dormicum, Xanax,
and Rivotril but is starting to get worried about my opiate use)
Me: You know doctor, work has been very stressful, and the opiates really help me get through the day.
(This doctor has scripted me Oxycontin before and also knows about my drug problems)
Me: I mean, the plan for this is for off-label harm
reduction use right? I don’t want to go back to getting alternative
non-pharmaceutical opiates (a euphemism for street heroin)
(We don’t actually talk about the fact that I use drugs intravenously –
we walk around the issue – but he knows I’m safe about it – no sharing,
one needle for each hit etc plus I have an excellent blood work record
at his place, no transmissible diseases)
Doctor #2: You’re a really intelligent person, Huai
Bin…I just don’t understand how someone like you would get yourself
into this. I’ve seen kids coming in trying to get Nospan
(Dextromethorphan – DXM a cheap high for the lower income folks) but
you’re not like them.
Me: I’m just trying to get through the day, to smooth the edges a little…
Doctor #2: Don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think you
have any intention of maintaining the dose – you’re increasing the
dose. I know you’re on other opiates and I don’t want you to get
involved in alternative non-pharmaceutical opiates in the interests of
harm reduction. Don’t go down that road again, Huai Bin. I’ve run out
of DF-118 and I cannot prescribe you any more opiates coz I don’t want
you to dig a larger hole than you’re already in. I know you can get
opiates elsewhere but I want you to think seriously about MRT.
(MRT = Methadone Replacement Therapy, recently initiated and only
available in KL and I would have no problems getting into the program
coz of my drug arrest and a letter of recommendation from my Case
Officer in PDRM Narcotics Department, which I’m still close to)
Me: I can’t get away from work for long periods of time. How long will it take?
Doctor #2: I can write a letter of recommendation for 2 months. I think it would take that long for you to taper off…
Me: I definitely cannot go for rehab (MRT is a
self-check in rehab with no restrictions e.g. you don’t have to stay in
there for a fixed period but you can check yourself out anytime) for
that long. Can you allow me to taper myself off? I’m interested in
fentanyl patches (Duragesic patches) – the lowest dose is .25 ucg and
you wear the patch for the whole day, much like a nicotine patch. Can
you do that for me doctor?
Doctor #2: That is for cancer patients with terminal
pain but I can accept a harm reduction taper program. Give me an honest
answer…how long do you think you will need to be on it?
Me: Two weeks. It comes in a box of 5 patches so probably 3 boxes of Duragesic.
Doctor #2: Alright, I’ll make an Indent Order for
that. But after this, there’s no more opiates alright? Just benzos, I
can accept that due to your anxiety issues but no more opiates ok? This
will be the last taper course.
Me: Okay doctor, I promise.
Doctor #2: Okay, I’ll get them in for you next week. Take care of yourself Huai Bin, I hope you can get off it by this.

Thus, I have some Duragesic patches coming in next week. Fentanyl, baby! =D

(The patches are injectable too if you get out the fentanyl)


Anyway, I’m going on-site for work now. Will reply all the comment later.

Stone Ice review

stone ice

Stone Ice is a popular iced dessert and rojak
specialty outlet that has been operating for years at the top floor of
the commercial portion of Saberkas building. The shop occupies almost
the entire area and the name stems from its initial foray into iced
desserts and the decor.

stone ice seating

Stone Ice has seating arrangements made of solid rock in a part
Roman part prehistoric theme. The tall pillars leading up to the
ordering counter is decorated by the random tall brush and small
decorative areas with creeping vines and stones. It’s like a small Zen
garden in the austere shopping mall.

stone ice bar

Stone Ice is a self-service eating establishment – there are
different sections on the long bar counter for ordering. The two main
flagship products are located in the iced dessert (ABC Special or Ice
Kacang) section and the rojak (fruit salad) section.

stone ice counter

This is the iced dessert and rojak section. Stone Ice pioneered the
open kitchen concept long before the term was coined. There are
selections of fresh fruit, dried nuts, and other items on display here.
The user is given a bowl and chooses the ingredients they want in their
iced dessert or rojak.

stone ice dessert platter

The iced dessert containers have the usual suspects like cendol,
sweet corn, mixed fruits and various colored jellies. You choose the
stuff you want in your iced dessert from this section and put it into
your bowl.

stone ice dessert dried fruits

There is also an additional section for the users who wants to spice
up their iced dessert with unorthodox ingredients – there is a variety
of dried fruits and herbs you can opt for.

stone ice dessert choice 1

This is the stuff I put into my bowl – there are peaches, corn,
black jelly (a jelly made from herbs), and miscellaneous jellies to add
texture to the final product.

stone ice dessert choice 2

I also added some dried fruits to the bowl coz I like eating stuff
with different tastes and textures. The bowl is charged a standard
price and it’s passed to the attendant on duty for processing.

stone ice dessert attendant

The attendant puts shaved ice on top of the ingredients and tops it with a healthy pouring of evaporated milk and sugar syrup.

stone ice dessert

This is what the finished product looks like – the ingredients are
all at the bottom of the bowl just like what a local shaved ice dessert
should look like.

stone ice dessert done

Here’s a closer look at the shaved ice dessert. There are an
infinite number of different variants which you can make due to the
user customization of the ingredients that goes into the shaved ice
dessert. It’s a great concept!

stone ice rojak choice

The rojak here is what Kuching citizens usually go for. Stone Ice is
famous for the same reasons it’s renowned for good iced desserts – the
rojak is customizable from an array of different platters of fruit,
tofu and even lok lok (deep fried seafood).

stone ice rojak mango

The customer is given a container and you fill up that container
from the ingredients that’s on offer. I like my rojak to have plenty of
fresh mangos…

stone ice rojak jambu

…and jambu batu (a water soaked local fruit) as well as pink guava.

stone ice rojak selection

Here’s a closer look at the my container – it’s filled with fruits
and I also added some deep fried crab sticks (at the bottom left) and
some squid (bottom right) coz I like zany ingredients with fruit. Can
you see why Stone Ice is a stoner paradise now? ;)

stone ice rojak weight

The rojak is sold by weight…the container is put on a weighing
scale and the amount charged according to how heavy it is. Fruits like
nectarines are lighter and so is tofu but I really don’t like tofu so I
just add a little of it.

stone ice rojak assembly

The rojak you selected is sent for further processing after the
weighing process. It’s like a mini assembly line. This is where the
rojak is cut and mixed up with rojak sauce and peanuts and chilli (if
you opt for it) for the final product.

stone ice rojak attendant

The attendant will start cutting the selections into bite sized
pieces and mix it in a large bowl (which happens to be a stone bowl,
and could be a possible etymology of the establishment’s name) with
grounded peanuts and rojak sauce (a sweet dark sauce).

stone ice rojak cut

The rojak is done individually and that adds to the appeal of the
rojak over here. The antiseptic cleanliness of the bar doesn’t hurt
either. You can see octopus legs here if you squint at my choices.
Octopus legs with rojak rocks my socks off (no pun intended).

stone ice rojak mix

The mixing of the ingredients is done by dousing the stuff you chose
with rojak sauce. The rojak is made by a wooden spatula slowly
integrating the ingredients in a semi-uniform manner and allowing each
piece to be covered by the sauce.

stone ice rojak

Stone Ice rojak is served on disposable Styrofoam containers with
toothpicks and half a lime, topped with finely grounded peanuts and
pork floss (by request).

stone ice rojak done

It’s great stuff…

Stone Ice is Stoner’s Heaven. :)

Tequila lollipop with real worm review

tequila lollipop wrap

I received a Saran wrapped package from the US with a tequila
lollipop containing a real worm inside and a note which says “If he’s
not in Jail, pass to 6 Seal at 016 8883166”. Thanks for the vote of
confidence, Eddie []. :p

tequila lollipop single

The tequila flavored lollipop with a real worm comes courtesy of Eddie who came back from the US a while ago before heading back for work again. The lollipop is called HotLix and it’s called “Tequila Flavor with Worm” and lists Malitol syrup, Insect Larva, natural and artificial flavoring as the ingredients.

tequila lollipop worm

This is a closer look at the tequila flavored lollipop containing a
genuine tequila worm inside. The tequila worm is listed as “insect
larvae” and it’s technically a caterpillar that lives on the leaves on
the mescal plant and it’s usually called an “agave worm”. There is no
worm in tequila of course, but this marketing perpetuated myth has
produced some interesting products. :)

tequila lollipop open

The tequila flavored lollypop with worm tastes
great – but the syrupy lollypop kept on sticking to my tongue piercing
stud. It’s a very sticky lollypop which smoothes out towards the end
and the are hints of tequila flavor (agave) shines through after the
initial sugary taste. The objective is to suck on it until the tequila
worm comes out. The tequila worm (technically insect larvae) tastes

tequila lollipop worm lick

Oh, hello!

Mmm…tastes like chicken. :)

Scratch that…it actually tastes a little crunchy and has a deep
fried texture to it; so I would say it tastes like deep fried chicken skin. ;)

Nestle Kit Kat Strawberry Limited Edition (Japan)

kit kat strawberry japan

Nestle came out with a limited edition strawberry flavored Kit Kat in Japan. fish fish
[] kindly brought it back for me but I forgot to take it
the first time and only managed to get it when I went out for dinner
with her a couple of days ago. The Japanese Kit Kat box is very well
designed with images of strawberries and a photo of the actual Kit Kat
Strawberry bar printed in front.

kit kat strawberry japan box

Nestle Kit Kat Strawberry Limited Edition is
packaged in the specially designed cardboard box pioneered by Japan
that has evolved into the standard limited edition Kit Kat packaging
now. The distinctive packaging is filled with kanji and hiragana
characters and has a side perforation which opens up to reveal the
individually wrapped twin bars that has become the benchmark for
limited edition Kit Kats around the world.

kit kat strawberry japan bars

The Japanese Nestle Kit Kat Strawberry Limited Edition cardboard box
contains 2 x 2 wafer bars in a nicely designed wrapper which features a
pink color scheme and strawberry outlines in bright aluminum foil
interspaced throughout the wrapper. The back of the individually
wrapped twin bars is inscribed with “Have a break, have a KitKit” and
it’s really nicely designed compared to Malaysian efforts.

kit kat strawberry japan open

Nestle Kit Kat Strawberry Limited Edition (Japan) opens up to reveal
the familiar Kit Kat layout with a distinctive strawberry scent wafting
out as soon as the foil is perforated. It’s amazing…they got the
strawberry fragrance spot on, and I immediately felt like eating it!
The bars are nicely pressed too, with speckles of bright red containing
bits of strawberry pieces in a pink strawberry flavored coating.

kit kat strawberry japan bite

Nestle Japan Kit Kat Strawberry Limited Edition
tastes great! The taste test does not disappoint – it seems that the
wafers in the Japanese edition of Kit Kat is much better than the ones
we get over here…it has an almost melt-in-the-mouth texture and the
middle of the wafers is coated with strawberry paste too, making this
one extremely strawberry-licious Kit Kat! :)

Man selling crabs at the roadside

roadside crabs

I saw a man selling crabs at the roadside while on the way back to
the office just now. I didn’t get any, obviously, since my kitchen
amenities are meager (understatement of the year) but my CTO grabbed
one. One kilogram of live crabs (about 4-5 crabs depending on size)
goes for RM 8 in a nice bunch.

roadside crabs serious

The man has got a serious case of crabs…

Lame jokes aside, I’m putting up my bets for tonight as requested. I’m going for Iran (no concedes) and Argentina (conceding one goal) at a stake of RM 300 each.

I’m pretty much spent from work today so I’m going to turn in early
and catch some sleep before going on-site again tomorrow. Work has been
very hectic as of late (which was why I couldn’t go to Cambodia) so
I’ll reply the comments when I can.

Good luck!

Prozac Nation

prozac nation

I’m back to taking Prozac for depression again…20 mg of fluoxetine
once a day. I’m not sure if it really helps to be honest, but it
doesn’t not-help either. *shrugs*

World Cup 2006 winnings to date: RM 2,350

Switzerland vs. Togo
Asian Handicap Odds: Switzerland conceding 1 (one) goal
Bet: Switzerland (RM 300)
Result: 2-0

I took Switzerland on this match – and they trashed Togo. I wasn’t
actually sure about this match and I took some time pondering whether
to take Togo (actually started typing it in the SMS) before deciding on
Switzerland…just coz they are a liberal country with regards to
drugs. Switzerland pioneered the heroin injection clinics for harm
reduction and MDMA research is being conducted there for PTSD (Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Germany vs. Ecuador
Asian Handicap Odds: Germany conceding 1 1/2 goal
Bet: Germany (RM 300)
Result: 3-0

I went for Germany despite the odds coz Germany happens to be the
host team and I think that counts for a lot…and it turns out to be
the right choice, a sound trashing along the lines of 3 goals without
conceding a single one.

Sweden vs. England
Asian Handicap Odds: England conceding 0X goal
Bet: England (RM 300)
Result: 2-2 (draw)

I didn’t want to bet on England – it was my girlfriend who suggested
it. England, she said. David Beckham, she said. Thus, I humored her and
bet RM 300 on it. It’s a 0X odds (basically if it’s a draw you lose
half if you took England) so I lost RM 150 on this match. I still won
overall last night though due to a full win from the Germany match.
Therefore, I only won RM 150 last night after deducting this loss from
the Germany win.

It seems that my winning streak is over based on the England loss
last night – I suspect it could be due to the fact that I announced it
just before the playoffs which somehow caused the undersea Internet
cables to radiate at that particular time space continuum and following
the chaos theory of physics somehow caused the 90th minute score by
Sweden to clear the goal post. Butterfly effect and all that…. :p

Anyway, I’ll reply the comments later – I’m working on-site right now…

The Empire Strikes Back

empire strikes back

[] is one of my favorite hairstylist establishments in
Kuching. The place has got it all – chicks, chicks, and more chicks. ;)
I went to get a haircut there – the hairstylist I use is always the
same, so I probably should dub her the official
hairstylist. ;)

empire strikes girl flash

She remembers me despite the time lapse since the previous time I
was here – a full two years with Bernice – and she’s a really nice
person. I like her.

empire strikes girl

This is another shot of the hairstylist without flash – I think the
skin tone looks better in this one, though she was a little bit shy in
this shot. This captures her real life persona better, I should post up
a video since she looks much better in real life and videos can capture
that elusive essence of spirit better than a static photo can.

empire strikes both

This would be the obligatory photo of us. She always has subjects to
talk to me about while cutting my hair (which is the mark of a
professional hairstylist, IMHO) and I think I’m infatuated with her. ;)

P/S – Iskalla, if you have any doubts of the
improvement in my drug use practices, just check out the previous link
to Empire – I was practically a carcass then, heading at breakneck
speed (no pun intended) towards the dark depths of heavy
methamphetamine use.

World Cup 2006 winnings to date: RM 1,900

Japan vs. Croatia
Asian Handicap Odds: Croatia conceding one (1) goal
Bet: Japan (RM 300)
Result: 0-0 (draw)

This updates my winnings by RM 300. I think I’m on a winning streak
– I had wanted to bet on Ghana on Saturday night but I was too sick to
make the call so I lost out RM 300 (the amount I bet on smaller matches
– I go up exponentially in the Group of 16, Semis, and Finals) on that
one. I had also wanted to go for Korea (which would have won due to the
goal concede by France) but I was too dope sick to think straight, so I
just went for Japan. Thus, the (projected) RM 2,500 winnings have
shrunk to RM 1,900 but then again, if I had bet, the butterfly effect
just might have made the respective teams lose so I’m glad with the
current winnings. I haven’t lost a single match (but did draw once
during the England vs. Trinidad match) so I probably should put up my
predictions, huh? ;)

…only thing is, my predictions are based on punting on the Asian
handicap betting system and not on the matches itself per se. Thus, I
need to see the odds before I place my predictions.

barZ!ing girl

barzing girl

This is one of the waitresses in barZ!ng at Travillion Mall. The photo is a bit out of focus so there’s another obligatory one with me in it.

barzing girl me

I don’t remember her name but she’s real friendly and accommodating. She looks much better in real life too!

P/S – I know I look fucked up. Opiates, benzodiazepines and alcohol tend to do that to people. ;)

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