Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chiang Mai, Thailand Trip: Part 2- Elephant Riding @ San Pa Tong

During our second last day in Chiang Mai, we joined one day treks at San Pa Tong which include elephant riding, bamboo rafting, visit to Karen village and trekking to waterfall. Lunch, drinking water, transport & travelling insurance were provided. The whole package is 800 THB per person but we only paid for 750 THB per person as we got offer from Julie Guest House. The scenery along the way to San Pa Tong. People around me were sleeping, I had nothing special to do but playing with my camera. It was around 1 hour (to be accurate, 59 min as claimed by our tour guide- Mr. OH) drive from Julie's, still tolerable, not that far away.
Getting ready for an hour elephant ride, CHEERS. In the photo are Wai Keng & Sze Min. I had troubles getting onto my elephant as this naughty elephant (picture above) kept aiming its trunk towards me (LOL).
The smart elephant walking up & down small hill. Their movements are slow, but quite bumpy.
On the left is Siew Ting, on the right is Victoria- a Tai Pei, Taiwan girl whom we knew from this day trip. She is very brave & likes to try new stuffs.

The trunk is so powerful
The sun was blaring hot, thank god I remembered to apply sun block, if not I'll turn into Godiva dark chocolate. Scenery along the riding path is very cool.

Elephant searching for food along the way, so naughty but cute. We stopped by to buy bananas and feed the elephant. I was frightened when my elephant & sze min's elephant focusing their trunks towards me (again & again). They collected bananas with their trunks in seconds, then asked from us again, less than 1 min. Miss Angeline beside me (holding the bag of bananas) peeled off the banana skin slowly for the hungry elephants; I was surrounded by 2 elephant trunks and looked very helpless because got nothing to feed them. @@ Angeline, please dun be such a perfectionist! I think sze min ill-treated her elephant because she threw all bananas onto the floor, so it asked food from me many times, hahahahaha.
Look at this photo, small elephant (behind) carrying one person, so adorable.
A photo of Angeline & me captured by the person there. We paid 100 THB for this, together with the photo frame. The frame is made from elephant dung. ==

We also get to see baby elephant (4 months old) in this elephant camp, very very cute especially when it slept on the floor. Althought elephant is huge, it's very tame and cutie. :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chiang Mai, Thailand Trip: Part 1 - Julie Guest House

Hello everyone, I just back from a 7-days 6-nights Chiang Mai trip yesterday. The trip was really enjoying and I bought lots of nice & cheap stuffs over there, including clothes, bags, souvenirs etc. Chiang Mai is definitely a shopping paradise especially for ladies!!!

During our stay in Chiang Mai, we settled down at Julie Guest House, a well-known and popular guest house over there. Most of the tourists staying there are caucasian and not asian like us. The service provided at Julie's was good, thumbs up for all the workers there!!! You can get all the travel information required in seconds over the counter. You just have to tell them where you plan to go and what you interested to do, they will arrange local tour for you or give some professional recommendations. These bring convenience to tourists like us who like to travel free & easily.

You can play pool for free, but I dunno how to play :(
Some people just lie down relaxingly on the cushion/bed provided at the cafe and do reading or just have a drink
I shared a room with my sister, it costs us around RM18 per night(which is RM9 per person!). The room equipped with 2 single beds, a table, hooks to hang clothes, attached bathroom with cold shower. (Hot shower RM20 per night). Ceiling fan is available instead of air-con, this's not a prob. for us because I actually woke up in the middle of the night to get the blanket. I could sleep deep and sound in the comfortable room. The room price is very reasonable and helped us save a lot on accomodation.

Because of the cheap price, breakfast is not included but we can order food easily at the Julie's cafe. The food very tasty with a great variety of cuisine. You can opt for thai food or western food, both are good. I tried ham omelette, butter & jam toast, roasties for breakfast which gave me satisfied feeling throughout the days.
Some thai food which I tried at Julie's. Love the glass noodle pad thai and tom yum goong very much!!!
Julie Guest House is highly recommended if you wanna go on a budget trip to Chiang Mai. You will feel at home over there and start to miss the place way before you leave. More information can be obtained from its official site--->

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pharmacist in Pahang

Recently many pharmacists are posted to Pahang, be it provisional registered pharmacist (PRP) or fully registered pharmacist (FRP). I think Pahang must be seriously lacked of pharmacist and that's the reason why many pharmacists being 'imported' from other states. I wonder what's the feeling of those who were trained in KL/Ipoh/Penang/JB but posted to Pahang as FRP. No matter what kind of mixed feelings they have, sooner or later they have to learn to adapt to the new environment too.

Many prps who are trained in HoSHAS choose to stay back and this trend has remained the same for the past few yrs. This yr HoSHAS might get quite a number of new FRP and PRP since we are supposed to start 24hr service soon, by next year. HIS with microsoft Amalga starting soon too, 2010 will be a challenging year! I'll try to prepare my nota serah tugas ASAP and transfer to another unit, maybe being a clinical pharmacist can give me the opportunity to learn more things. Hopefully can meet a handsome doctor, LOL.