Monday, May 31, 2010

15 Interesting Facts bout Dreams

1. You Forget 90% of Your Dreams.
Within 5 minutes of waking half of your dream is forgotten. Within 10, 90% is gone.

2. Blind People also Dream.
People who became blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion.

3. Everybody Dreams.
Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder). If you think you are not dreaming – you just forget your dreams.

4. In Our Dreams We Only See Faces That We already Know.
Our mind is not inventing faces – in our dreams we see real faces of real people that we have seen during our life but may not know or remember. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.

5. Not Everybody Dreams in Color.
A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color. Studies from 1915 through to the 1950s maintained that the majority of dreams were in black and white, but these results began to change in the 1960s. Today only 4.4% of the dreams of under-25 year-olds are in black and white. Recent research has suggested that those changing results may be linked to the switch from black-and-white film and TV to color media.

6. Dreams are Symbolic.
If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that. Dreams speak in a deeply symbolic language. Whatever symbol your dream picks on it is most unlikely to be a symbol for itself.

7. Emotions.
The most common emotion experienced in dreams is anxiety. Negative emotions are more common than positive ones.

8. You can have four to seven dreams in one night.
On average you can dream anywhere from one or two hours every night.

9. Animals Dream Too.
Studies have been done on many different animals, and they all show the same brain waves during dreaming sleep as humans. Watch a dog sleeping sometime. The paws move like they are running and they make yipping sounds as if they are chasing something in a dream.

10. Body Paralysis.
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is a normal stage of sleep characterized by rapid movements of the eyes. REM sleep in adult humans typically occupies 20-25% of total sleep, about 90-120 minutes of a night’s sleep.

During REM sleep the body is paralyzed by a mechanism in the brain in order to prevent the movements which occur in the dream from causing the physical body to move. However, it is possible for this mechanism to be triggered before, during, or after normal sleep while the brain awakens.

11. Dream Incorporation.
Our mind interprets the external stimuli that our senses are bombarded with when we are asleep and make them a part of our dreams. This means that sometimes in our dreams we hear a sound from reality and incorporate it in a way. For example you may be dreaming that you are in a concert while your brother is playing a guitar during your sleep.

12. Men and Women Dream Differently.
Men tend to dream more about other men. Around 70% of the characters in a man’s dream are other men. On the other hand, a woman’s dream contains almost an equal number of men and women. Aside from that, men generally have more aggressive emotions in their dreams than the female lot.

13. Precognitive Dreams.
Results of several surveys across large population sets indicate that between 18% and 38% of people have experienced at least one precognitive dream and 70% have experienced déjà vu. The percentage of persons that believe precognitive dreaming is possible is even higher – ranging from 63% to 98%.

14. If you are snoring, then you cannot be dreaming.
This fact is repeated all over the Internet, but I’m a bit suspicious whether it’s really true as I haven’t found any scientific evidence to support it.

15.You can experience an orgasm in your dream.
You can not only have sex as pleasurable as in your real life while dreaming, but also experience an o r g a s m as strong as a real one without any wet results. The sensations felt while lucid dreaming (touch, pleasure and etc..) can be as pleasurable and strong (or I believe even stronger) as the sensations experienced in the real world.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Tepin is this one area near Belaga here where I am right now and I was there last weekend with a whole bunch of teachers, Bridget and her colleagues of course. It rained heavily the previous night and it was not exactly a very good idea to go there if the rain continues. It drizzled a little early in the morning but the sky cleared up not long after and we were on our way up to the waterfall right after our breakfast. Did I tell you I get to taste lotsa yummy kampua mee here? Teeehhee~~

We went on a sampan to get there and I must say that I was rather excited. I recall going for such boat many years back in Kuching (if I am not mistaken) when I was there for my uncle's engagement. It was a ride to get across the river in the middle of the city in Waterfront. It didn't felt as exciting as this time though I don't know what is the reason. Might be the fact that I was surrounded by concrete buildings in Kuching and yet the river in Belaga here is wider and surrounded by jungles and jungles and jungles. It felt more adventurous in a way, as if the we can just turn upside down and crocodile come out of nowhere and attack us!! HHeeee... I think I watched too many thriller movies huh? :P 

We were stopped at the river bank and walked through the jungle for a couple of minutes before getting to the destination. River and waterfall. Upon arrival, everyone started working together to set up the barbecue pit. Sungguh oink oink kan? Padahal baru saja makan sarapan ni! :) Well, we figured it will take some time to start the fire and indeed it took us long enough but it was all worth it when our stomach were filled with food. Teehheee~~

What else can you do in the jungle once you are full?? Play time of course!! And so, we were all kids again and jumped went into the water and enjoyed the natural cool water. We decided to be more adventurous and get to another higher level of the river. Another waterfall. We went jungle trekking and I must say this is one brand new experience for me as I have never done jungle trekking BARE FOOT. Since the jungle was rather damp due to the rain from the previous night, everyone pretty much didn't like the fact that there might be more of those blood sucker monsters leech (lintah) just anywhere. And so, I had a great time exfoliating my feet through those rather tough path. This is not my first time jungle trekking but the path we took was the road less taken because some trees fell blocking the usual path. The ground was slippery and there the path was  really really narrow. Had to hang on the the roots sticking out of the soil and we pretty much had to kiss and hug cling on to the soil and plants. Did I mention some of the plants had thorns? Nonetheless, we all arrived safely in one piece. When I looked back, I just didn't believe I went through that hill of jungle right in front of my eyes. No doubt, I was rather worried how to get back later. Enjoyed the second waterfall and spent some time there. Half of the group decided to go up to a higher level and another half stayed. I stayed. And camwhore. And relax. 

 While I was enjoying all that, the sky turned dark and it was gloomy again. Raindrops started to fall and we still had to wait for the rest to come back. Waited in the rain. Wait, wait, wait. And yipeee, they came back! We had to get back to where we came from using the same path we came by in the rain. And this is another brand new experience of mine to jungle trek barefoot in the rain. Soaked in the rain. Totally drenched. And the path just for more slippery. Talk about adventure!! Small steps, one at a time. My adrenaline was pumping hard alright. I could suddenly imagine the headlines of the newspaper... "10 Teachers Found Floating in Tepin River". Heeeee~~ Ridiculous, I know. 

Reached the initial spot safe and sound and we started to pack our stuff to get back home only to realise that some stuff were missing. Three slippers and one parang. Some other valuable items left there were untouched. Would you like to agree that whoever stole those things were rather practical? And walked back to the river bank where we were dropped off and waited for the boat to pick us up, in the rain. 

Though things didn't exactly go as planned such as the unexpected rain (it was bright and sunny when we left!!), it was nonetheless an awesome outing! Like I said, brand new experiences.Get to know more people too!! Another great getaway! 

A group picture to wrap up the day :) :) :)

A breathtaking view from the river, on the way heading back home. Picture doesn't do much justice.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Malacca Part 3

And here comes the last part of my Malacca trip. Bear with me as this is a slightly longer post compared to the previous ones as I want to finish this once and for all.
And so, the third day became more awesome with the presence of Eileen whom just came back from Tioman Island and decided to stop by Malacca before heading home. Me and Joyce picked her up and we went to the zoo. It started to drizzle when we were halfway done with the path in the zoo. Since this is the biggest zoo in Malaysia, the path was not exactly that short. You would have to finish the whole path to exit.  And just suddenly, it decided to go heavier and we had to look for shelter and wait. The zoo was rather depressing though, macam tiada orang saja dalam tu... maybe because it was a weekday?? Hhmm... and they didn't have student's price. That suck! Lol, that is me being a cheapo :P teehee~~

Had coconut shake special before picking Eileen up

My second glass of the day :D

Yes, this is the proof I have been to Malacca Zoo :P

Are my eyes sunglasses as big as the owl's eyes? :D

Some other animals which three of us were reminded of some friends. *cough cough*

In the evening, we went for coconut shake again and I had my third glass! :P Slrrpp!! 

Went for Malacca River Cruise at night. The night view was pretty!!!

While waiting for the cruise to start, us three had super retarded camwhoring session. So yes, the excessive retardness relates to the heavy watermark :P

Went to the center of the city again for some picture taking around those red buildings.

Taken by one handsome cute guy that was there with his bunch of friends. *heart melts* :P
Supper - popiah basah and prawn mee

The next day, it was tour around the city again. Breakfast first of course - prawn mee and fishball mee again. I have to say, after few days with Joyce, I have to conclude that she is a fishball noodles fanatic. See how she worships the noodle :P

Joyce brought Eileen to the places she brought me few days ago. So practically, I visit some of those places twice :)

The famous Kota A' Farmosa

A memorable spot in the ruins of St. Paul's Church during the exco planning camp during 2008 ;)

Mee Siam at another baba nyonya eatery for our late lunch

Rojak :)

Cendol to quench thirst on such hot sunny day! I prefer the first one I had though :P
At night, we went for another round of sate celup and shells at the same places. Full satisfaction! :D Weee!!~ There is only one word to sum up this visit:  AWESOME!! Indeed this one was one good getaway that I desperately needed. Took my mind off some things I didn't want to think bout though there were some interrupted moments. Hhehehe... Thanks Joyce! :D You were awesome!!! Come to KK and I will be your tour guide. Anytime!! And again, I am a happy child. Not for anyone else, but for myself cause I know I deserve this happiness. My reward for myself :)

Another version of this trip can be found by another storyteller by Tour Guide Joyce herself, click here :) And again ka ka ka, thank you :)

Stay tuned for more updates! Keep coming back cuz I got more stuff to blog, if the connection here permits me that is. Till then, take care and God bless. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Malacca Part 2

And here, the story of the historical land  continues.... :)

Second day started with a visit to St. Peter's Church which I was told to be the oldest church in Malaysia. Oldest catholic church I assumed. Anyway, I was once told that one gets three wishes whenever he/she visits a new church. This was the third new church I visited in Malacca (second one was the church I went with Joyve and her mother for Sunday mass) and so I had NINE wishes to be granted altogether. Heheee..

Inside the church

Outside the church compound with the faithful car that brought me all around Malacca.

A vehicle that brings you for tour around the city and this goes into the water too which also works as a boat just like the one in Singapore. Quack quack!!

Menara Taming Sari

Nyonya food which I forgot the name of this side dish

Nyonya laksa

Nyonya fried noodle

Old time favourite nyonya cendol

Went to one of the old baba nyonya which was converted to a hotel
Nyonya museum which photos were not allowed inside. This museum was once the house of a wealthy baba nyona family. I curi ambil gambar of the guest house of this place though.
Eye On Malaysia which was once in Titiwangsa

Went to new Jusco Jaya and I got myself the new doughnut flavour of J.Co *ecstatic*

After some shopping in Jusco, we went and pick up Joyce's dad from work and spotted beautiful sunset on the way and went chasing it to get a good photo. 
A super retarded picture of us both while waiting for her dad.
Ended the night with the most awesome thing. This place is something I have never done before, nor have I tried before. The siham, lala, snails seafood or should I say shells were cooked and served to be eaten with some secret-recipe sauce. Not everyone would like this but I loved this. Teeheee~~

The kerang (siham) which was the highlight of the day.

SIPUT SAWAH!! I didn't have enough guts to eat this :P
Super delicious rojak

That wraos up my superb second day in Malacca :) For the rest of the days, stay tuned! By the way, I went to Tepin for a barbeque in the jungle with Bridget and the rest and the friends here in Belaga. Had an awesome time with some brand new experiences. Will blog bout it soon. The connection here doesnt seem to help much for me to blog :P

(",) To be continued... 


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