Tuesday, November 6, 2018

My 10th Blogversary

Wow!!!  10 years since October 2008.

It is my blogging anniversary and gosh I had forgotten all about it!

Talk about getting old? 

Or it's a matter of too many excitements going on these days?

Whatever it is ... better late than never. 

A Happy Blogversary to "WENNY YAP.COM"!!

Not been blogging regularly these days but I do hope to make a comeback.  That's if blogging still remains an in-thing.

A warm appreciation to all my blogfrens who are still following my blog and tweets!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bhutan In A Jiffy

Just returned from a wonderful solo journey exploring some of the major attractions.  My simple flexible itinerary kept my trip calm and leisurely.

It helps plenty when I was accompanied by a young and handsome guide, Pema and a jolly driver, Bajek.

Not many people knows about Bhutan, much less where it's located on planet Earth.  My boss asked me each time I reminded him of my impending holiday and he is still no wiser today.

Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys.

Bhutan is located in South Asia, bordered by Tibet in the North, Nepal in the West, Assam in the East with Bangladesh to its south.

Bhutan strives to retain its traditional roots in the past while modernity is knocking right at its doorsteps.  Government policies keep strict controls on foreign influences in order to preserve their unique identity, values and natural environment.  Bhutan is still roughly 60-70% covered by pristine forests.

Bhutan is the only country in the world with a negative carbon footprint. But being surrounded by highly industralised and polluting countries such China and India, how long can it withstand from the onslaught of gobal warming?

After a week moving between cities in Bhutan, was it worthy of my time and money?

I 💖 Bhutan!!

The pluses I see in Bhutan:

1.  Bhutanese are friendly and most speaks English.
2.  Bhutanese are very religious even to the very young.
3.  Young Bhutanese are very respectful of the elderly.
4.  Bhutanese are very loyal subjects to their King.
5.  Pedestrian crossing is fully respected (unlike in Malaysia).
6.  No smoking!! 
7.  The rivers are so clean and no fishing allowed without permits.
8.  Vegetables and meats are organic.
9.  The local food are palatable and filling.  Nothing fancy just meant for sustenance.
10. There is no aggression towards animals.

The not-so-pleasant:

1.  Bhutan is too rooted in the past which may be hurting its young generations.
2.  The city especially Thimphu is congested and dusty due to developments.
3.  Most outer city roads are still dusty and bumpy due under-developments.
4.  Visa is expensive.
5.  Dogs everywhere, even resting in the middle of the roads under the hot sun and they bark noisily at nights.
6.  Cows everywhere on the outskirts, wandering in the middle of the roads.
7.  Have to be careful of dog poo, cow and donkey dungs even in the city.
8.  Limited shopping.


Overall I enjoyed my solo journey to Bhutan.  Scenic, fresh mountain air and friendly faces ... not a combination you get anywhere.  If there is time and opportunity, I'd not think twice to visit again. 

Tashi Delek!!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Solo in Bhutan

Way back in March, Lo Kung announced he is going to ABC i.e. Annapurna Base Camp. 

So I decided I am going to Bhutan during that same period!

Lo Kung's interest is more on the challenging Everest than a leisurely Bhutan though both are highlands on the same Himalayan range.  I might as well go while he is heading to ABC since Bhutan is never going to be on his travel list ever.

Friends I approached can't make the trip with me ... either it clashed with their other trip, not enough annual leaves, haven't saved enough or the trip is simply too expensive.

So the idea was mooted for my solo travels and it starts with Bhutan!  Excited?  Yes!  Fearful?  Yes!  But all the same ... nothing's going to stop me from fulfilling one of my bucket list. 

On 15/09/2018, I flew to Bangkok to catch my flight to Paro, Bhutan.  Inconveniently there's no direct flight from KLIA.  This resulted in a 5-hour wait in Suvarnabhumi Airport before my connecting flight at 5am. 

After a 4-hour flight with a short detour in Guwahati, Assam,  I finally touched down in Bhutan.  Arrival was sharp at 8.35am on Druk Air, the Royal Bhutan Airlines.

Yay!! My solo journey in Bhutan finally begins!

Kuzu Zangpo La!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Past & The Future

Was feeling very much under the weather today.  Tried to destress and I had songs by Aaron Yan shuffling repeatedly over my headphone. 

Ooh I just love his voice.  It has a calming effect.


"We are all, one side cherishing the past; one side, try hard to go towards the future."

An interesting quote by Aaron voiced over one of his song "The Moment" ... aren't we all like that? 
It's so hard to let go of the past and it is so hard to move forward ... indeed!

The reality is that without letting go of the past we can't move forward.  I have long believe that we can't change our past ... regrets won't change anything.  Everything happens for a reason and every person that grazed our life had been for some reasons. 

The Universe has its reasons.

Rather than regret, it's better to count our blessings and embrace challenges with fortitude.

I hope I don't sound depressing ...

"Bring into this life every shiny memory." ~ Aaron Yan

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Next Half 2018!

January came and gone.  February was short then came March, April, May and June.

As quickly as it can be stringed in words, the first half of 2018 was very quick.  Now we've just entered the second half.

I don't know if it is because I am getting old but time certainly seemed to be running much quicker these days.

By right Earth's rotation should be slowing bit by bit with time, due to the tidal effects of the Moon on Earth's rotation.  However I am feeling the opposite, that Earth's spinning quicker by the day!

This post came about due to another insomniac night.  The mind refuses to shutdown ... the night feels long!

I was told insomnia is one of the symptoms of  menopause.  Caused by hormonal changes due to the decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone.

Arghhh ... menopause is such a major change in a woman’s life!

接下来是什么?!
Jiē xiàlái shì shénme? !

What's next?!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Malaysian Manifestation

The Desire & The Fear

1.  The Malaysian population's centered desire to change a corrupt and oppressive government.
2.  A kleptocracy's intensified fear of losing in the recent general election to the opposition.

The Law of Attraction

Like attracts like ... this is the basis of the law of attraction.  It is a belief that focusing on a positive or negative thought can attract the positive or negative experiences into our life. 

Throughout the past year, the positive and negative vibes in Malaysia were resounding!
The Universe as usual works in its mysterious ways ... it orchestrates these vibes to make things happen at the right place and time.

A new Malaysian era just kicked-off on 10th May 2018, after 61 years of administration by a ruling coalition that had long taken the Malaysian people for granted.  A new Malaysian era with a renewed hope that the new administration will be people-centriced ... where every citizen matters ... equally ... irrespective of race and religion.

The Right Timing

Yet, why had this not happened in the previous general election?  Why not in the next general election instead? 

The Universe or the Infinite Being knows best!  The timing had been perfectly arranged.
1.  Had the opposition won in the previous general election, they would have failed miserably as they did not have the right leadership in their coalition.  They did not have a former experienced premier to help them strategize their moves.  They only had a defacto leader who was sitting in jail.  They would have lost the people's confidence and definitely lose the recent general election.

2.  Had the kleptocrat government continued with its reign after the recent general election, there will be no tomorrow for Malaysia as they will continue to plunder the country's coffer.  The people will suffer the consequences.

Trust in the Universe ... trust in the Infinite Being.  Our desires and fears will be heard!

The New Administration

The new administration will be facing an uphill task to bring back our country's glory as the "Asian Tiger".  Even before their 100 days are up ... many hidden skeletons had been uncovered.  The country's actual debt had been on the rise with every hidden truth unraveled bringing it from billions to trillions!

The majority of Malaysians are glued to every available medias on a daily basis as news after news are released by the new administration.

As promised by our new Prime Minister, many heads from the previous administration will roll ...  and we are eagerly waiting for the infamous couple's heads to roll straight into our famous jailhouse!!

让我们看看明天会有什么新消息!
Ràng wǒmen kàn kàn míngtiān huì yǒu shé me xīn xiāoxī!

Let's see what's in the news tomorrow!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Decade Old Bubble!

A Decade Old

This year marks the 10th anniversary of my blog ... exactly 10 years old in October 2018.

It started excitingly with a simplistic blogname "Inside My Bubble Today."  It was subsequently changed to a unassuming "Wenny Yap Dot Com."  Sadly, my blog has been taking many on-and-off breaks ... some short ones and some long ones ... afterwhich it stalled.  It has been sitting comfortably on the back burner for the past one year.

Stalled Engine

It is turning into a tug-of-war trying to get the stalled engine blogging again.  Ideas zoomed past very quickly ... swoosh!  Regretfully my physical self is too slow to respond due to a half-dead zeal for blogging and a distraction by greed.

With the readiness of Facebook in an instant to post my every thoughts and annoyances, even my Twitter has turned into a broken record-player.

What's New

I guess my last post in December was unintentionally a bid to say "Hey I am still alive and kicking!"

Since then, much has happened:-

  1. Out of the blue, I decided to change my 8-year-old Proton Saga to a new Perodua Myvi.  Just collected my new car yesterday.  Finally the end of those breakdown woes!

  2. My son initially claimed that I kicked him out of the house and out of the country.  Well, I believe he should be thanking me now since he is living comfortably in Singapore.  What more, he has managed to move on to a new job that's more in line with his career choice.

  3. Surprisingly despite being an unrepentant workaholic, I managed to adopt a new obsession ... Taiwanese dramas!  Thanks to my Big Sister who fills her days with Chinese dramas and K-dramas ... she sucked me into her world and I am kinda hooked!  Of course, I am still careful enough to be selective so as not to affect my work.  I only watch the works of one particular actor ... not hunky-dory but hunky-pretty ... and more so for his natural acting talent, singing and outspokenness.  Oh ya ... and he swoons me to sleep with his songs!

  4. With a new obsession of anything Taiwan, I have also embarked on brushing up my Mandarin ...  "I am a banana!  Yellow on the outside white on the inside!"

  5. There was a major shift in the political scene of my country.  Malaysia held its 14th General Election on May 9th 2018 which had been dubbed as "the mother of all elections!"  Its people including myself turned out in droves, queuing under the hot sun in schoolyards and waiting patiently to cast our votes.  Voter turnout hit above 80% which saw the country's first change in administration after 61 years.  

  6. It was an historic event for our country and majority rejoiced with a renewed hope.  It was unbelievable and people from all walks of life irrespective of race and religion celebrated together.  This change has brought a renewed sense of patriotism to its people.  We can now proudly declare ourselves as Malaysians again!

  7. We even entered the Guinness World Records for having the oldest Prime Minister aged of 92.  With his 22 years of experience as a former premier of the country, Malaysia is on the path to greatness again!
I have asked before and I am pondering again.  Is blogging still an in-thing?

Is it worth the time to revamp my blog look?

Well, till my next post materializes ... after a stint of tug-of-war that is!

再见 zài jiàn