The Balcony Incident

balcony club

I lost my Sony Ericsson W580i cell phone AND my Sony T2 digital camera on Saturday night at Balcony, Miri. Balcony is a club that opens till late and is very popular with the Mirians. I arrived in Miri at around 8 pm and met up with Kim and Mark at Shiki – the Japanese restaurant for dinner.

island club

We went to Island Club (a pub) after that for drinks and Darren joined us there. I took a total of 111 photos that Saturday but didn’t have time to upload them to my notebook due to excessive social commitments. I had to meet up with some other friends straight after that at Balcony so I went there after Island Club.

ketamine note

SWIM was given a complimentary RM 1 dollar note, folded in a rather peculiar manner as a gift. I was a little taken aback by the RM 1 folded note offering – it’s not everyday someone gives you an RM 1 dollar note. I took the keta…er, I mean currency and opened it up.


The content inside the folded RM 1 note was rather unusual – it consisted of a white powder, which I assumed was sugar. *cough* This photo was taken the next day – I lost my digital camera that very day so it couldn’t have been from the original batch. The original gift had MUCH MORE powdered sugar than from this batch.

balcony urinal

I went to take photos and videos of the Balcony club and decided that a sugar rush would do me some good since I was pretty tired from the drive. I locked myself inside the toilet and partook in the saccharine particles. Perhaps I was a little bit too drunk and I accidentally insufflated (snorted) the entire contents of the sugar inside the toilet instead of consuming it for the sugar energy.

balcony toilet

This was a mistake since I don’t think the stuff was sugar at all. πŸ˜‰ I immediately felt the characteristics of a certain NMDA antagonist come over me the moment the entire batch was snorted. I looked up into the ceiling and saw several layers of ceilings (?) and felt my entire perspective altered. I was looking at the RM 50 dollar rolled up bill that I used to insufflate the powder and thought…Oh, fuck!

balcony stairs

I wanted to call my friend (who were all looking for me – apparently I was inside for the better part of an hour) but I couldn’t manage to move so I was kinda stuck inside the toilet coz I was so fucked up I didn’t even know where I was. I was told the next day that the staff of Balcony unlocked the toilet door and helped me to my feet (and I couldn’t even walk straight even with two people holding me up).

balcony blur

The two staff members went from table to table to ask which group I was with. I think I sat down with an unknown group of people and talked to them (at least to the extent to which you can talk on that particular NMDA antagonist) before my worried friends found me. They took me home and I realized I lost my cell phone AND my digicam. One of my friends went back to search for it but it wasn’t there anymore – I don’t know where I left it.

kj faye

Much thanks to KJ and Faye for taking care of me that night! I lost RM 700 from my wallet and my Public Bank credit card and Faye canceled my cell phone service and credit card that very night in case someone stole it and used it.


I went to the Sony center at Boulevard to get a new digital camera the very next day since I really needed one for blogging. Faye gave me her spare cell phone and her backup SIM card so I still could use a phone. I was meeting up with Kim the next day for lunch so I really needed to replace all the photos that were taken that day. I was undecided about whether to get a Sony T70 or T300 but settled for the former since I seem to have a penchant for losing things when I’m less than sober.

sony shop

It cost me RM 1178 for the T70 plus a 2 GB MS Pro Duo memory card and a Sony leather case. The T300 would have set me back RM 1599 which is not a lot more considering it has a 3.5 inch LCD (versus 3 inch for the T70) and it’s a 10.1 MP digicam (versus the 8.1 T70) but the decision to go for the T70 (besides me always losing things) is that that the 3.5 inch LCD on the T300 makes it hard to put it inside my pants pocket and I want a compact digicam for me to bring around.

sony t70

The worst thing about The Balcony Incident wasn’t the loss of the money, credit card, cell phone or digital camera. It’s the 111 photos INSIDE the digicam that I took earlier during the road trip and in Miri. That cannot be replaced while the others can. Oh well, at least I’ve learnt a lesson – reduce my sugar intake. I’m switching to Pal Sweet. There’s a lot less calories in the latter to boot. πŸ˜‰

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33 thoughts on “The Balcony Incident”

  1. Huh, lost so many important belongings just because of a RM-1-note wrapped ‘sugar’… See next time still dare to take ‘sugar’ or not.
    Be good.

  2. Honey, that picture you posted was Boulevard but the Sony Center is located at Imperial Mall. And damnit, I’m as upset as you are about losing those pictures.

  3. Are there any x-rated photos inside the lost camera? If so, very soon you will be as famous as me. Welcome to the gang!

  4. Thats a strong shit you got there, whats the content of the sugar actually?Did you check your dick and ass is it still intact since you been black out for the night.(Hope nobobody sodomise you);p

  5. Hey, that is very strange. You can’t tell the difference between the appearance of sugar or a stimulant powder, but just by trying it you can even tell which particular kind of stimulant it is.
    Also I noticed that you snorted the sugar rather than consuming it. Perhaps there is a culture difference between Australia and Malaysia, but usually in Australia we put the sugar some kinds of food or in tea or coffee. If you came to Australia and started snorting sugar at cafes many people would assume you were taking something other than sugar.
    Ah, one question, is ah, free sugar customary in Malaysian night spots? Because, ah, I think I should visit that great country soon. Please give me advice.

  6. HB, sorry to hear about the lost of your camera and phone. Just hope they dont get the information in these gadgets for evil purpose.

  7. U seemed to be doing ok-looking good, sweet chick, got a job with cool boss. Going down that rocky road again or have u never left? Anyway, u’re an adult now so not my bizniz but gosh! They could have done anything to u while u’re out and edison’s right about the photos!

  8. I’ve lost a watch, a handphone and my wallet in similar manner before… That’s why I’m always having my stuffs sealed in zipped pockets. Next time you get such goodies, let me take care of your stuffs for ya, bro πŸ˜€

  9. 111 photos??? OMG!!! I guess in balcony if you are a little too drunk, there’s bouncers to escort you, like what the sign board says “never walked alone” hahaha

  10. Dammit, for this one, you loss. I thought you knew better. Don’t intake shit when you don’t know what it is. Eh that sugar really fucked you up. Glad you are okay.

  11. Kian told be about Balcony before! and the shopping center Boulevard, apparently is just across the road from his place. or something like that.
    dude, do no ‘sugar’ πŸ˜‰ im sorry to hear the loss of your camera and wallet. take care!

  12. nicksuneo: Yeah! I got a new Sony T70 with 2 GB of memory though. Now I need to get a new cell phone. I only use Sony Ericsson exclusively so I’m gonna search tomorrow or tonight for a model that suits me.
    wilson: Someone gave me sugar again on the third night and I accidentally insufflated it again instead of eating it and I was careful on the dosage so I was still pretty alright. The second night was worse…someone spiked my drink with 3 tablets of Ecstasy (I actually knew it, but I kinda wanted it anyway so I pretended not to know ;)) and I was pretty fucked up but not as bad as the first night.
    Borneo Falcon: Thanks buddy. I shall cope with the loss. At least Kim and Darren has some photos from that night so it’s not a total loss…consoling myself here…
    Choonie: I usually don’t. My rational is it’s a vacation so…oh, well. *shrugs*
    Might as well have a bit of fun.
    Kim: Oops! I am seriously unfamiliar with Miri so I don’t know where we went to actually.
    Yeah, it’s a shame about the photos. πŸ™
    Some of the ones we took were really good.
    Oh well, at least we didn’t lose the Titanic photos. πŸ˜‰
    Edison Chan: There’s none in the camera but there are quite a few in the cell phone that I lost. I called up the girl in question and told her about the mishap (it was a one night stand from earlier in the year) and she says what’s done is done and she’s alright with it. I’m alright with it too, since it’s not the first time I’ve posted naked photos of myself.
    Roland: It’s really strong, very pure stuff. The content of the sugar starts with a k, followed by an e, then a t, after that, an a, and it’s MINE. Get the obvious reference? πŸ˜‰
    Yeah, my friends were looking out for me so I was still alright. These are close friends and I trust them.
    goolooloo: Hey, where is you shop in Sibu? Reply here and I’ll go there tomorrow night. I already got the digicam but I want to get a cell phone.
    liquidblackout: I hope so…
    Yeah, that’s the most important thing. I always get visions of death while on k so it’s a good thing I was still alive the next day. πŸ™‚
    Matthew: The powder is not a stimulant. Methamphetamine comes in crystaline form over here. There are only two types of powder here – the first is heroin and the second is ketamine. This is not heroin. πŸ˜‰
    Ketamin loses much of it’s efficacy if you spike a drink with it. I know some people do that here too but it’s better and more efficient to just snort it.
    Sugar is not free in Malaysia (unless you’re talking about real sugar, which I doubt you are). It’s quite expensive actually but I got it for free since I was a guest of a dealer.
    One piece of advice…be careful in Malaysia. We have VERY STRICT drug laws.
    fish fish: Yeah, I’m quite bummed about the 111 photos in the digicam we took…that’s a huge loss of memories.
    suituapui: I’m not using drugs anymore. It was a vacation and I figured…might as well enjoy my holiday. I’m not going to touch it anymore. Honestly.
    Thanks for the concern.
    essentric: I will be more careful next time. If I get too fucked up, I’m going to pass my gadgets to a trusted friend for safekeeping in her handbag.
    fred: I know, it’s a vacation. I don’t usually do it and I’m not going to do it again. πŸ™‚
    al’sera: I will. You shall be the official designated gadget keeper. πŸ˜‰
    Darren: You’ll never walk alone. I love that tagline too. πŸ™‚
    Rufus : I knew what it was. I just didn’t know my tolerance level has dropped SIGNIFICANTLY since I got out so it fucked me up something awful. Thanks for the concern mate.
    willchua: Thanks, I needed that. πŸ˜‰
    cynthia: I promise, Cynthia. I won’t do it again. Kian lives near the central clubbing district of Miri eh?

  13. kian used to be the deejay of balcony, but he lives in senadin, the neighbourhood near brunei border where curtin is.
    anyway heh… sounds really bad, dude, your intake of too much sugar. take care of yourself lah, and remember to be a good boy since you’ve got a new job etc… i’ll see you when you’re here in kuching and bring you out some more.
    anyway how the hell did you know the exact number of photos you lost? -____-“

  14. Some powerful stuff there huh? I mistakenly railed too much last week as it was dark, and blacked out as well!
    Lol, next time you take a ‘vacation’ down to KL, do feel free to look me up, we’ll have a party.
    Wo men yi chi Yao ah yao ah yao ah yao!

  15. Irene: Kian used to be a DJ eh? Interesting.
    Anyway, I’ve learnt my lesson, won’t be touching that stuff anymore. πŸ™‚
    The digital camera has a feature on the LCD screen that shows how many photos you’ve taken and how many (estimated) left you can still store in the memory. 111 is a pretty easy number to remember. πŸ˜‰
    See ya in Kuching soon!
    DJ EZN: Very strong stuff indeed. I straight away went nearly into a k-hole a few moments after insufflating it. Crazy.
    Anyway, will definately hook up with you when I’m in KL. Cheers!

  16. evil feline: Okay, next time you will be the official designated Keeper of Gadgets. πŸ™‚
    goolooloo: Which one in Delta Mall? There’s two at the ground floor. It’s not too late, I haven’t had the time to go get a new one yet.

  17. I know how it feels to lose a camera. πŸ™ When I was in Brazil two guys mugged me and stole mine. We took a lot of pics. πŸ™

  18. goolooloo: Done! πŸ™‚
    Except for the Nokia shop, gonna drop by after work today or tomorrow to get a new cell phone.
    jessy: I’m sorry to hear that! Getting mugged is even worse. Hmm…I wonder if you could say “Wait! You can have the camera but let me just take the memory card out first.” πŸ˜‰
    Sorry to hear about your bad experience Jessy…

  19. “The worst thing about The Balcony Incident wasn’t the loss of the money, credit card, cell phone or digital camera. It’s the 111 photos INSIDE the digicam that I took earlier during the road trip and in Miri. That cannot be replaced while the others can.”
    I understand your loss. The same was stolen from me when I was in Brunei on May 2, 2008. Yes! Brunei of all places!
    Not only were pics stolen, but also videos, music, baby recordings and worst of all, my identity documents.

  20. bre!nda: Brunei! I thought that was like Singapore – a safe place (relatively crime free). I’m sorry to hear about your loss especially your baby recordings and all the photos. The identity documents would be a hassle to replace, luckily the person was kind enough (?) not to take my entire wallet.


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