Sunday, October 7, 2007

Singapore Sojourn

Ang kulit... namin sa Singapore! We took our distributors to Singapore and JB, Malaysia last June 7-10, 2007 as part of their incentive trip program. There were 56 of us in 2 buses. It's work actually for us, Paolo, Odick, Aissa and Evita. Just the same, aliw to be in another country, getting a new perspective on life and generally, poking fun at another culture's different from your own. Don't we all do? Ta-tagalugin ko na lang ito, baka mabasa ng non-pinoys he he he..
Ba't ganon? Mas matagal tayong naging civilized than singapore. SG is such a young country, independence from Malaysia, 1965. Samantalang tayo, independence from US, when? 1945? Ba't ang ganda.. ang linis at ang unlad nila?
Paglabas pa lang namin ng airport, man, is this still Asia? Paolo keeps reminding me, Singapore is a 1st World country! So unfair din naman to compare Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia, all 3rd world economies. Is Thailand still in the 3rd world list?
Sabi nila, sa SG, you can go anywhere in a matter of 20mins. Well, kasi naman ang liit ng bansa nila, at efficient ang transpo system. Lahat andun na in a few square miles. Shopping is expensive though. Unless you're buying the local brands like Charles & Keith. It's a heaven shopping at the airport. virtually duty-free talaga. They're proud of their airport, it has an internet cafe, jazz bar, spa, and are other things they're planning to put into it.
We didn't really got a chance to really scourge the city for anything. Save for a few hours in Bugis before they closed for the day. Sabi nila, mura daw sa Singapore electronics. But I'm not really interested in anything electronics at that time. I'm so tired! Going around with two full-buses of distributors... it would be a miracle if we had found time for ourselves.
Sabi nila, de-kahon daw mag-isip ang mga Singaporeans. Hmm.. Mukha nga. A friend of mine relates, at a KFC resto, "Can I have a gravy for my chicken? "No, we don't have gravy for chicken," says the Singaporean crew. "But you have mashed potato, and there's gravy on it." says my friend. "Sorry. That gravy is for mashed potato. No gravy for chicken." How's that?

Monday, July 30, 2007

Musings in Malaysia

Ang kulit... namin sa Malaysia! Sobrang aliw traveling together with Odick, Paolo and Evita. We went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend the SouthEast Asia Account Management Workshop. It was a weekender trip, from May5-6,2007.

We took the budget flights from Subic. Flying with Air Asia Airline...Aba, there's another part of the world pala, na qualified pa rin ako maging Stewardess! Am I so mean? ;) Hindi sila kagandahan, just overdose of eyeliners. Aliw, instead of serving you snacks, there's a menu, in front of you, and they literally take your orders, and you pay them for the food. Wawa... Pero, ok naman. Value for your money, considering we only paid 5k per pax ata for the roundtrip to KL. Eh, sa KLM airlines, 20K per pax yung round trip!

Airport of KL is more than 1 hour away from the city proper. Going there, panay palm trees makikita mo sa daan, and the ubiquitous proton cars. Proton is a national brand of Malaysian cars. Papasok sa city, I scanned the skyline for a view of the most famous landmark in KL, Petronas Tower. Taas nya ha. They look like 2 huge hats. It used to be the highest building in Southeast Asia. It's owned by Petronas, the national oil company of Malaysia. Buti pa sila! May oil..
Weird ng oras sa Malaysia. They don't follow the timezones of Southeast Asia. Imagine, it's already 7pm, the sun is still shining like it's 2pm! Sunrise nila halos 7am na! Sobrang weird ang feeling namin ni odick. Parang.. hey, dapat antok na tayo! ba't tirik pa ang araw?

If there's one thing i love malaysia -- it's the food! Ang sarap, not too spicy like Thai and not too sweet like Filipino cuisine. It's just the right! Unforgetable yung Chicken thighs. Marinated for years, grilled to perfection, and glazed with honey. saka sobrang mura. I mean, you can feed seafoods for 6, and you pay less than 2,000 pesos! Katuwa dun kasi there are still single digit pricing in their menus. Like 5RM, 3RM, So Cheap! Masarap din yung breakfast fare nila called Nasi Lemak. It's spicy something that you eat with curried chicken or beef.
Joke of the day ni Odick: Muslims don't eat pork, they eat chicken and beef. Hindu Don't eat beef, they consider cow sacred, hindu eat chicken and pork. Filipinos? They eat chicken, beef, pork, muslims and hindus. Very Funny!
We stayed in PNB Darby, a serviced condotel behind Nu skin WIC. Our apartment unit is really nice. There's a kitchen, a huge sala with a home theater. Two rooms each with TV sets, bathrooms with tubs. We enjoyed lounging around that place!
General Impressions:
-Mas magaganda at pogi ang mga Pinoys kesa Malaysians
-Mas mababango ang mga pinoy kesa Malaysians
-Mas maraming masarap ng malaysian food kesa pinoy
-Mas exciting ang nightlife sa Manila kesa Kuala Lumpur