Happy Bunny Year

For what had happen in the past years, 2010 has been a good year for me. For starters, this is the year where I’ve entered into a new computing realm; I’ve turned myself from a PC user to a Mac user and occasional using Linux. Switching to a new OS is the best decision I’ve ever made this year. Up until this post, I’m still at awe using a Mac, and it is very reliable to me. I’ve done a lot of my computing work using two OS, which is Mac (primarily) and Linux, using alternative software to Windows version. But I do keep a copy of Windows XP running virtually on my Mac because of certain software only available on that OS, and most people don’t want to use the free alternative to that software. And I was thinking to myself, I thought people like free stuff on the Internet? The change of OS also made me to rediscover a group of people who are very passionate about Open Source software, a group of computer geeks you may say, my kind of people. Tech geek is more appropriate 🙂

One thing led to another, my second Apple product, the iPhone 3Gs. Well actually it’s my fourth, because the first one was iPod Shuffle 1st gen, then iPod Shuffle 3rd gen; which I somehow lost it, then Macbook Pro, then iPhone3G. But it’s the second one this year, and I got myself an iPod Nano I-lost-count gen too last year. It’s a gift from my dad I would say, not the iPod, just the iPhone, diminishing my touch screen scientism. It is unlike any touch screen that I’ve ever used before. And being an Internet junkie, it’s the best gadget ever. With that little gadget I’ve started to rediscover new friends, most of them through twitter. To be honest, I did feel left out from my normal hangout friends, feel like I’m treated as a second choice because of my pass “arrangement” last year, that led me to spend most of my time smiling alone looking at my phone. Going into the Internet checking my twitter is like having your new friends along with you, in your pocket. This particular paragraph of my post I dedicate to all who are on my twitter timeline. Your tweet made me feel that I’m surrounded by friends, even if I’m sitting alone somewhere. To the rest of you who are not on twitter, don’t just blindly follow. Just be you. If you don’t like twitter, stick to Facebook 🙂

2010 is also the year where I manage to get my SCUBA diving license. I would never expect that I would be diving myself. Counting from my diving course until this post, I have logged 10 dives with a total bottom time of 8 hours. More dives to come when I’ll be diving with friends at Mabul & Sipadan. I even bought myself a wet suit and fins. I’m now trying to get a Marine Casing for my Nikon P7000. I want to take photos of myself swimming with the turtles. Tehehehehe! It’s also the year where I finally get to visit Disneyland. Well ultimately I wanted to visit Disney World but for now this will do.

As I mentioned earlier that I’ve spent most of my online time on twitter, with a few acquaintances and a bunch of new total strangers, it’s also the same place a meet my current girlfriend. Yes, after a long while being a lone ranger, I’m now in a relationship with someone, unexpectedly, via Twitter. Just two single birds chirping with the other birds that chirp louder than us and all of a sudden we’re together Seriously this was unexpectedly happen.

Twitter birds from an original painting by Nitrozac

Ever since I’ve started having my blog on and paid server and having my own domain name; which I’m considering to change to borneogeek.com, I’ve only done one sponsored post in 2009 but never get paid yet. I have to quit that site because the script they asked me to attach on my blog messed up my blog; it makes my blog showing blank screen, so I have to shut it down, I’ve never actually done any sponsored post after that. I wanted to but never get around to actually do it. I think I’ve let a few pass by me. But this year I’ve done two. Unlike the first one where it’s not a local company, this year I’m doing it for Nuffnang. Well they called me somewhere in October and asked me if I would like to cover an event scheduled somewhere in November or December. So I say yes. At the time the time they called me, I didn’t know I’d be transferred to Sandakan. Come November I’ve covered Stompin’ Sabah 2010 and December for hitz.fm Kota Kinabalu. Covering the event was a fun new experience for me, and I’m really relieved that everyone liked the video that I’ve attached together in my blog. I hope more events to cover for Nuffnang next year.

But the saddest part for me is being transferred to Sandakan to monitor a project. What suck about this is that I have to temporarily resign from my current company and work with a Sarawak based company. What good about it is that I got a raised and allowance but after the project is completed, I’ll be back with my old company with my old salary. OK it’s a give and take situation. Just hope that I wont be stuck here in Sandakan that long. It’s also sucked big time when I’ve just started to have a relationship for more than a month and I have to go to Sandakan. But you know what? It seems that from my previous “arrangement”, long distance seems to last long. Well it holds true to me. Don’t take my word for it.

So there you go, a lot of good things took place for me for the whole 2010. I still think cycling around KK on New Year’s Eve is still the best thing to do. Can’t do it this year because I’ve no cycling buddies in Sandakan yet, plus at the time this entry is being posted, I am actually driving back to KK. Yeah this is but a scheduled post that I’ve posted before I’m driving back to KK.

For 2011, there are 2 things that I anticipate greatly. Going to dive at Mabul & Sipadan early of May and attending for the first time, Rainforest World Music Festival at Kucing on July. My earlier Seoul and Universal Studio Singapore plan trip have to be cancelled because of me having to work at Sandakan. I’ll have to put it on hold first. This is what I call syok sendiri post. Happy New Year everyone. Hope 2011 brings the best for all of you.

“Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The Geek

A so called geek who resides at North Borneo, in a not so little city anymore, formerly known as Api-Api to the locals, Jesselton to the colonialist. This geek is a Civil Engineer by profession, who have lots of ideas popping up while traveling, who will write whatever popped up in his mind and hopping the reader would not be so judgmental toward his writings. This geek is also a computer & internet junkie who love outdoor, which is pretty much contradicting to each other doesn’t it? This geek is good at almost everything but a master of none (read about this somewhere). People may perceive him as a very quiet, describe as phlegmatic person, yet he is quite a chatterbox to those whom he is really close or comfortable with. This geek thinks anime chicks are way cooler than a real chick hence why he also likes to watch it (not the chicks, but the anime). Not to be mistaken as watching a cartoon, anime to this geek and to most of anime follower are animation that are created and produce by the Japanese.

2 thoughts on “Happy Bunny Year

  • 1st January 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Lots of achievement Paival! I was a bit lost in the Ipod bits cos I don’t really know which is which..hehe..
    Anyway, all the best in 2011. May you have the best of everything 🙂

    • 2nd January 2011 at 4:10 pm

      HAHAHA. there’s a lot of iPods out there. Happy New Year to you and your family 🙂


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