Saturday, February 07, 2009

This Is A Test Post!

The subject title is right. I just moved my blog to a new server and everything seems to running perfectly fine now. There are some gaps with the dates which I plan to iron out shortly.

It only took several hours for this migration to complete and you might notice some of my sites will be down for a while because I am re-planning what I intend to do with them.

That's all for the moment, will be back shortly with further blog posts for your reading pleasure!

Cheers.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Back Home At Last

The Chinese New Year road trip has officially ended today with my return to USJ. Since I touched down exactly a week ago, I have been on the road visiting relatives in both Penang and Johor which are almost on both North and South end of Peninsular Malaysia.

When I was growing up in Penang, this was the exact routine we did with the exception that we will be heading straight to Johor. I was too young to drive and it was my dad behind the wheel for a journey that can take from 7 to 10 hours depending on the years of the festive season. The worst will be when there are two major holidays on the same week which will result in a surge of traffic on the highway. To be honest, regardless what the festive seasons, Malaysian citizens will always take the opportunity to return to their hometown.

Since I missed the celebrations last year, I took the opportunity to appreciate the festive season this time around. I had a blast during the reunion dinner in Batu Pahat, Johor. My cousins are generally younger in that part of the family tree. I was still impressed about how grown up they all were with three of them awaiting their examination results which signals the graduation from public schools. All this obversations are also a reflection of my aging self.

Back in Penang, I had the chance to meet up with a handful of high school friends. I am proud of each of their achievements and fascinated about how diverse we all have become. We are fairly well spread out geographically which I believe will be very beneficial as our network grows.

Penang itself has it fair amount of change since my last return about almost two years ago. To name a few, The administration of the Island has been taken over by a new political party; Georgetown was awarded Unesco heritage status; A major free wireless effort has started; The bridge is undergoing a widening; the second bridge construction has started and the electronics/semiconductor industry in Penang was not spared from the recession with a handful of jobs made redundant. However, my favourite food still remain the same tucked in a corner shop in Balik Pulau.

It was a very productive commute between two states as I manage to catch up on my reading. I also spend some quiet nights typing away in my room.

Well, it was sort of a summary of what I have been up to the past week. It was hectic yet relaxing.

That's all for now, till my next post, take care and Happy "Niu" Year. (Niu = Ox in Chinese)