AirAsia flight status

AirAsia must have an outdated system in this 21st century. To my surprise, I could checked flight status one noontime, but it wasn’t UPDATED ! In fact it actually gives false status  info. Thanks goodness a passenger can update the actual status.

What a shame that they didn’t bother about  correcting such issue even if most flights are domestic flights.  One would think time n info accuracy are money to them.

Watch your connection n info to pick up arrangement when you fly with them.

Fabulous trip on an island resort, off KLIA

My first flight on Garuda, (19-Mar, Saturday) very nice new plane A330-300. Very spacious n very nice blanket, impressive. Nice quiet lounge in TIAT at Haneda that runs the courtesy on Garuda’s behalf. Look forward to the one in Jakarta on our return.

The meal is fabulous, the steak was tender n served at the right cook. Cakes – apple tart n ice cream n chocolate cake were delicious. Must say really impressed. How sad that accident some years ago cause them bad publicity.

It was raining heavily when we reached airport n at departure time.

Made reservation for a Michelin 1star yakitori restaurant in Ginza for June, the evening before our departure. A little earlier than 3 months prior. Expecting guest from NZ who will be boarding a cruise from Yokohama, cruising Pacific Ocean side towards Hokkaido. Something to look forward to hearing about n hopefully my health won’t take a bad turn.

Flight to Jakarta cruised at over 10000m about ground level. Pretty smooth flight n we slept after lunch. Comfortable flight I must say. 

Flight on KLM certainly has triggered much sweet memory of our stay in Holland, at my friend’s place. Definitely makes us feel like wanting to visit again. 

So here we are (21-Mar, Monday), shut out from the world from now on, with only nature n golf to entertain us. At the least this place has some web connection for us to somewhat read a bit of news. Years back, we’ve been to island where web connection, TV, radio were not available. Yet it turned out to be a fabulous stay, we felt so healthy. Nature is simply amazing.

It was nice time catching up with my bro for stay n golf. Then my shoe gave up it’s sole half way. Disturbed our evening of nice dinner after golf simply to look for golf shoe. Felt bad about the whole ordeal.

By the pool side, the decor of a splashing basket upon filling up a fabulous idea. The timed sound of water splash is a soothing sound as I write n read. Aah…… will be reading so again – Melekeh (Queen) a religious suspense fiction. More interesting than thought. At this point, we have the pool side to ourselves – fantastic.

Breakfast was good as with feedback on TA. The eggs – porched n omelette are delicious. Definitely, the egg is GOOD. The chef is good at it n with the good quality of egg is surely, would cost a fortune to have such tasty egg in JP. 

Met up with our guests, who visited us with a stay n play package. Enjoyed bak kut teh dinner at Klang together, then came back to resort for golf the next morning. It was a hot day compared the day before (Tuesday). Too bad for her.  Yet we enjoyed much.

Tried leg spa massage in the late afternoon. Fantastic as I have not got a chance for a long time since we hardly did resort trip the past few years.  Look forward to another spa massage before leaving.

Meals are delicious AR the golfers terrace. We were served buffet breakfast this morning as JKR held their event here. We have more guests n others to join us by pool side today. The past 2 days were only us ! Such valuable quiet relaxing time, which we enjoyed every moment. 

Hopefully others patron will use this facility with care as they would of their house. Notice some spotting on toilet cover, flooring in our room though not extreme. It is a wonderful escapade from city, nature lacking lifestyle.  Luxury can mean  differently to different persons.   

Raining in the morning (25-Mar, Good Friday), God’s way of giving me a chance to listen in to Precept special webcast (12hours difference from USA). We golfed thereafter, supposedly hottest hours here but turned out good as we got to skip the many golfers for the day. It is a discounted green fee day. 

We are becoming like bit of a fame guests here, probably the first longest stay guest – 8 days. Everyone seemed surprised to hear us staying here for the whole week but given the activities list, the stay would be packed easily. I have to give up the mini trips to Morib village, Crab Island. I sure hope to do kayaking tomorrow after ATV ride in the morning. Already have a spa arrangement in mid afternoon.

Tried ATV motorcycles this morning (26-Mar, Saturday), animal island, kayaking. Fantastic activities, all finished off fast though the animal island is very small. Yet for RM$10- pp, it included a nice short boat ride too. We saw paragliding from Bukit Jugra, about 8 of them. Hope to try that next time.  We have too give up on Crab Island visit also. Definitely sticking to no hurry-schedule style. Why so when we will be back to real life after tomorrow.  lolol…… the laundry has piled high already. 

Easter Sunday (27-Mar, Sunday), listened in to sermon, glad to have to such feature in 21st century. What an encouragement.

All staffs are getting used to us by now, the 7th day of our stay. It is becoming homely to us. Must admit, feel like not leaving….lolol……….  Every weekend the course is full of golfers – company tournament, group tournament n even an alumni golf  event (Aston University). What a fantastic idea. 

We’ll be playing afternoon golf today, our last round in this trip. Checking out tomorrow. We’ll have a long transit in Jakarta on way back n surely lounge access will be lovely.

So…..the last morning (28-Mar (Monday) of dream-like resort relaxing has come. Still didn’t cut 90 as I aimed for.   Ugrrhhhhhhh……

Recommended reading for this golf course, though it is more from a few years back. Trees have mature more now.







Child abuse


Wonder what kind of world has become and will become …… Biological parents torturing their own flash n blood – in JP, locking the child of 90cm in a about 50cm rabbit cage !

Either no one found out similar abuse some 30 years ago, or it is simply the world has turned worse, morally. Thieves, cheaters, killer no longer devil nor God anymore. They hardly consider why there is a silent fear when they do BAD. It is because devil and God do exist.

It is quite a gamble to take on because the chance of repenting (if ever wanted to) will no be possible anymore.  Guess, that is not a consideration to those who, in the first place, do not even believe that hell does exist.  Just curious, do they ever wonder why a little child would automatically want to hide his wrong without being taught ?   May be NOT. May God grace be evermore abound.

Nezu Shrine visit

Kind of feeling a lot is missing without some photos, but limit has been overshot ! Yet, not much I could do.

Make it to Nezu Shrine finally, after thinking about this trip for more than a year now, timing just would not permit.

It is not a big shrine. A comfortable visit will end in about 15 minutes or so.  (Nezu Shrine info link). There will be special flower exhibition in its season, early April it seems. A charge will be taken but very beautiful as I hear.

Took a little walk out from the shrine main entrance (which was on the opposite end of parking plot), a few shops of gifts, pottery café and restaurant. I found one the junction corner of main road, on the left side, a tiny restaurant serving JP meals set. Very delicious at very reasonable price, Yen800-. Take the counter seats (all tatami style but with leg-room).  The lady chef-owner is the only person in there, so it table tatami guests will have to get their plates passed on by those at counter or serve themselves from the counter. Definitely worth it. A very homely, gentle lady.


Wonderful time at HK Island area

It was a rare opportunity to get to pay at this short golf course – walking course, Shek O CC. What a pleasant surprise to even a prize at the end announcement time.  It was cheering moments too as everyone from every continent met n get to chat about cultures of course, golf.

Stayed the East Hotel, HK, a nice hotel, at a not over crowded area. There is a direct airport express bus to (A12) to Taikoo Station. (use the underground station as a shortcut to get to the hotel). The bus ride is pleasant n pretty fast, takes about 1 hour in duration, not too bad.

We like this area as it appears less crowded, have beach area n nice seafood restaurants too. It is a little escapade for those in HK who cannot take long vacation but needed a little break to slow down, refresh n relax.

It was about a few weeks after our return from Penang, always a nice getaway where we got to golf much. Too bad though that I could not stay long enough to get a short golf lesson. My last one, some years back by now, have been encouraging.

As  always, we ate as much as our stomachs would take in. We got to eat durian as well, which is off season due to weather chao since summertime, El Nino effect as the pro would put it. Good for us in this sense though it was not Penang durian – the best in town.

Shall be looking forward to next trip. Not to forget, I am looking forward to summer time in JP as well, when festivals are almost everywhere.


Year end money making for bad guys too



WOW…… Broad day light bag snatching, car snatching have come to JP also.  Of course inside these are large cash amount, where collection n bonus payments are of larger amount as well.

Surely the thieves want to celebrate festive weeks too, may be giving presents to their little ones, whom I hope, will grow to have a self respect n for others, to work hard, with good ethics.

How sad, that the thieves fail to understand these victims qok hard to earn their living too, enduring life stresses rather than taking the short cut – STEALING/ROBBING.

Pretty obvious these thieves have no fear of God nor Devil, or may be devil worshipper themselves, for what else to categorise this work but as an evil work. May their end come fast.

Nagasaki Unzen

Unzen Shimabara HanTou 雲仙 島原半島

(late October-November 2015)

About 1.5 hours drive from airport to Unzen Qkamura Resort. About 35 minutes drive along mountain road from resort to Unzen Golf Links.

Unzen Golf Links – second oldest golf club in JP. Such a friendly club house, we thoroughly enjoyed our round with Hamada couple.  I cut my right index finger just before my trip n surely took a toll on my score. Yet, a fortune draw gave me special prize. We finished in good timing as rain set in. Yet, played badly. Thanks goodness I got to revenge on 2nd day play, cutting 100.  

Very nice fairway n green, challenging with an over the hill green, a dog leg fairway. Proper warning light is strategically placed.  9 holes with 2 greens setting. The in course (hole-10 to 18) is longer.

Club house is very well maintained n has a classy environment. Nice locker room n bath area, shoes to be taken off before entering. Bath area is located on upper floor.  Will be great to visit again.  

We managed to visit Unzen Ropeway yesterday. Drove along the coastline of the peninsula after passing by Obama town where hot foot is located. Magnificent view of Sea of Japan to the left.  We took lunch at a natural volcanic steaming restaurant, an array of seafood of choice n a set of special Shimabara fried chicken. Very satisfied with my plate of raw lobster (osashimi).
We rented a car (Mazda Demio) from Orix, picked it up from Nagasaki Airport. A nice, stable car to drive. Too bad it is an automatic mission. I imagine it would be quite a fun car to drive if it were a manual transmission car.  

Hygiene check needed ?


Penang cafe restaurant hygiene – Komatta.  Big dead fly buried inside toufu hot plate at YY corner cafe in Sg. Ara. Lady boss didn’t apologize nor did she show an apologetic attitude. Common to her dishes there ? Poor attitude and hygiene consciousness being the front line cafe restaurateur. Offering low end restaurant meals do not mean guests need to eat buried dead insects n to pay/accept such plate naturally. Probably she n her staffs do so happily, hence the reaction ??

For sure, that’ll be my last. Be sure to watch what you are putting into your mouth. That tofu producing shop should be checked/monitored n hope that the cafe restauranteur did pass on the bad tofu. 

Having just recovered from low days health-wise, enjoying my favourites one at a time. Missed out on several favourites with such schedule but rather be careful than sorry. Had herbal medication that helped a lot too without the side effect.  Got to enjoy my favourite pork soup noodle bowls a few times this trip but passed over laksa to avoid upsetting a nice recovered stomach.

Managed to enjoy swimming n golfing, pacing up stamina so that muscles won’t suffer shock. Hii……… Hii……… Hii……

Grace was with us as bad level of haze hasn’t flown by the island. Saw nice clear skies 80% of our stay.

We visited 3D trick art museum that has nice history display n collection. Enjoyed every aspect of the museum, especially a re-read of history. May human race learns well from history. Finally got to visit an old, old church since colonial days. The caretaker was a soft, yet tough gentleman, took some nice photo shots for my mom n I.

We read some on the spot news of a missing then found murdered top government official who until recently led a probe into the investigation of “disappeared” money from 1MDB account. How embarrassing for the government who still cannot clarify where the money has gone ! Pity the Malays majority who usually benefited a lot from the government fund !

Then there is the puzzling demonstration for the ‘benefit of Malay’, though none of their special benefits are being called to be forfeited by anyone, including the additions made since such right began. How easily can peace be threatened. How easy to fall into trap of pride n greed. May the smarter group wins over those unnecessary demonstrators. What a waste of development made to this day.  

GOLF – Managed to play 4 rounds of golf, having arrived about a week earlier. Tried Harvard GCC, Mountain View GCC, Penang GCC.  Still Penang GCC is the favourite of all, usually ended up playing there the most too.  Sadly though recently, at times, the credit card machine is not working well n cash is being requested. Big ouch indeed when cash is not carried these days, who would. It’s 21st century after all.  

Harvard GCC has great course n green maintenance. The setback would be the changing room, especially with not working locker keys n tiny storage locker. The office managing the locker is not close to the changing room, hence changing/findiy a working locker n key would be quite a nightmare. Same goes for the men’s as well.  Mountain View has much better changing room but not as well maintained course.  

70th Anniversary of WW- II in JP.

On 14 Aug 2015 9:00 pm, S-G wrote:

Finally a JP leader has spelled out the remorse, the regret and the horror done by previous JP army generals. Point by point, the understanding of their unreasonable request, first of all to their very people, the JP people, to suicide in an almost always failed mission. On top of that, they created such a shame to their country and people, by ordering massacre and general misdoings to their captives and then, tried to cover it up and hid the facts, subduing testimonies from being told. How sad.

It definitely takes a whole huge courage to admit by the present JP people, a thing NOT of their doing, nor of their choice. Yet, a fact that history has recorded. BRAVO to PM Abe for spelling it out and acknowledging that no amount of development support rendered to captured nations will TRULY COMPENSATE those wrongs, but it sure is a comfort to know that it comes from the hearts. It is also a good start to acknowledge the fact that many Chinese people had risked their lives to hide lost and orphaned JP children from unruly Chinese mobs in times of chaos and hatred, bestowed upon them by the doings of the horror armies. As said, in every war, there are always some bad generals and troops. It is more like if those were the majority. Just as in every nation, there are good and bad people. It is simply, more good or more bad ! 

Yes, so true that with that experience, democracy and freedom should be reinforced to the JP people so that such wrongs will not be repeated, if ever possible.

PM Abe is trying to be true by noting it is important to pass down the history to a nation that is now more than of 80% post-war years, without which, it will be very hard for them to learn of the wrongs and to prevent from repeating it.

If every leader will be truthful to their heart and nation, every nation has a lot to learn from history – especially of WW-II. China, for one has so, so much to learn, having throw away their thousands years’ of trials-n-errors in social skills. They now admires the beauty of such social skills as kept by JP and many others Chinese settlers around the world. How sad. If JP will take that lesson from China, JP should know well that throwing away history will be like choking oneself in the long term. China learns it the hard way.

 I am not sure about others, but sure hope this expression of remorse and acknowledgment, will be the once n for all seemingly endless call for JP apology.  WAR (to subdue others) IS NEVER WON nor RIGHT IN ANY SENSE. Let this be taken as the true apology from JP.  Repeating an apology or remorse does not in any speak louder than action, if not meant from the heart. 


14-Aug…….. n the world n JP in the 70th year after WW-II

No wonder JP is still bombardment from direct neighbouring countries n far away war veterans. Already 70 years have passed n still the leader of JP is still ignoring HISTORY. So much for a nation who insists that gaijins ‘never admits their wrongs’.  They are so themselves n it is reflected in their thought of others !

The majority of the nations are tired of mentioning n asking, may be expecting the heartfelt apology. Wonder if the JP government is not tired of this lingering evilness of their wrongs ?

In a war, no side is truljy a winner – for the defensive wars Chinese, Koreans, generally Asians had put in, their warriors DIED in thousands too. Just as the common JP who had been forced into armies, in the name of honour – though now, largely known for its wrong purposes. WOE to those generals who had dealt evilly with their subjects at conquered land n BRAVO to those who had dealt with them fairly.  If we were to be honest with ourselves, we learn a lot from history n notes of goods n bads DONE by both sides, though the proportion would be heavy on one side.  Sorry for those who were good among the bads !!  Bless their souls for their courage.

PM Abe will have to show the world n JP people how trueful he is in all the near monopoly of JP parliament, as he tries to push through this UNPOPULAR constituency change.


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