For the past two days, it was the festive season in the country, also the brief holiday that I have been very much looking forward to. I believe that stepping into the working life, we are giving up a huge chunk of our time, being fully devoted to career, leaving us with restrictive and limited own free time for anything else. Therefore, holidays, of any sort, have become tremendously precious at this point of life onwards.
Sometimes I just fail to understand how a certain group of unconventional people can differ in opinion when it comes to holidays. To them, they would be spared with too much time at hand, with nothing to do at all, and finding it really hard to kill time. Eventually they would get bored and probably commit suicide or go berserk due to boredom. Man, what God-forbidden planet did they come from? To me, holidays (weekends included) are truly God-sent, those are the little time left that you can truly call free time, and whatever items that you could not have done during normal days, can be done on holidays. Being a mid twenties bachelor guy, there could possibly be a thousand and one things that I could do during holidays, and not all of them necessarily involve much cash at all.
There is NO room for Boredom.
So what have I done for the Raya Holidays?
The TEN things that I did during Raya:
1) Had an enormous amount of quality sleep. No alarm clocks. No rushing to catch the LRT in time for work. Just me and my comfy bed.
2) Grabbed lunch with Ivan, an old buddy from high school and spent the entire afternoon catching up with this awesome dude. It is good to hear that his band is doing really well out there, and getting raving response from the crowd everywhere.
Note: Photograph taken by Ivan with my Oly E520, and the Image Stabilization was turned off. Super steady hands he had.
3) Backed up my collection of photos taken over the past several months. I have burned eleven DVDs out from my disc writer which is older than a dinosaur. Hence, imagine the pain in waiting for each DVD in burning. This has been something that I wanted to do since a while back, but never had the time to and now I can rest well without worrying that my hard disk would crash if I leave my PC on overnight for heavy downloads. I could not imagine all my hard work being lost just like that if something should ever happen.
4) Night photography session with a cool photographer: Chong. We went to the Titiwangsa Lake for a night-landscape shot of KL over a distance, and also the KLCC tower upclose the next following night. I have always loved night time landscape shooting, capturing the lights of the city was just somehow unspeakably fulfilling. I shall dedicate an entry for this particular photo-session.
KL VIEW FROM A DISTANCE
5) Played DOTA. Lots, and lots and lots of Dota. I managed to connect to the Australian game server, Bored Aussie and my internet connection was surprisingly stable and fast during the holidays. It was indescribably satisfying being able to
6) Had proper fish for dinner after a long time. The last fish and chips I had was in January, when I was still working in Perth. I seriously miss Cicerellos (click)
FISH FISH FISH
7) Did more than two weeks worth of
8) Reorganized the furniture arrangement in my room, since I was getting tired of the old arrangement.
9) Played tennis. I travelled all the way to MMU Cyberjaya and stroked balls for the entire morning with Chun Chow. I used to play tennis really often when I was in Perth, and one of the ultimate sacrifice being back here in Malaysia would be the lack of tennis.
And of course, how would I have missed this one item out.
After all this while,
There was tennis, lots and lots of Dota, fun photography outings, hanging out with awesome friends, feasting on good food, getting heaps of rest, and at the same time being able to tick off quite a number of items from my to-do lists.
This is what I call, a short holiday well-spent.