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Friday, May 31, 2013

Countries I Have Visited

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
The Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo, Republic of the
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Costa Rica
Cote d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor (Timor-Leste)
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
The Gambia
Georgia 
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy 
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, North
Korea, South
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia, Federated States of
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City (Holy See)
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

My Bucket List

• Travels to different countries around the world. Total 32 of 196 countries.
Travel to continent of Asia.
• Travel to continent of Oceania.
Travel to continent of Europe.
• Travel to continent of North America. 
• Travel to continent of South America. 
• Travel to continent of Africa.
• Travels with different airlines.
• Visit Chichen Itza.
• Visit Taj Mahal.
• Visit Christ the Redeemer.
Visit Colosseum.
Visit Great Wall of China.
• Visit Machu Piccu.
• Visit Petra.
• Visit Great Pyramid of Giza.
• Visit Acropolis of Athens.
• Visit Alhambra.
• Visit Angkor Wat.
Visit Eiffel Tower.
• Visit Hagia Sophia.
• Visit Kiyomezu-dera.
• Visit Moai.
• Visit Neuschwanatein.
• Visit Red Square.
• Visit Statue of Liberty.
• Visit Stonehenge.
Visit Sydney Opera House.
• Visit Timbuktu.
• Visit Antarctica.
• Visit Amazon river.
Visit Vatican City.
• Visit African Safari.
• Visit Santorini.
• See Aurora Borealis (Norway).
• See Great Barrier Reef (Australia).
• See Uluru (Australia).
• See Carnival de Rio (Brazil).
• See Niagara Falls (Canada).
• See Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).
• See Grand Canyon (USA).
• See New Orleans's Mardi Gras (USA).
• See Tulips Festival (Netherlands).
Fly in Economy Class.
Fly in Business Class.
• Fly in First Class/Suite.
• Fly in a private jet.
• Fly in a helicopter.
• Fly in a jet fighter.
• Take a cruise.
• Cruise Nile River.
• Swim with Dolphins.
• Swim with Sharks.
• Swim in Dead Sea.
Ride roller coaster.
• Do sky diving.
• Do bungee jumping.
Do white water rafting.
• Do snow skiing.
• Climb a mountain.
• Go to Disney World Resort Florida.
Go to Disneyland California.
• Go to Disneyland Tokyo.
Go to Disneyland Hong Kong.
Go to Disneyland Resort Paris.
• Go to Universal Orlando Resort.
Go to Universal Studios Hollywood.
• Go to Universal Studios Japan.
Go to Universal Studios Singapore.

• Write my will.
• Buy my dream house.
Buy a shop.
Buy a diamond.
• Buy my dream car.
• Buy an airplane.
Own 5 properties.
• Own 10 properties.
• Own 20 properties.
• Own 30 properties.
• Own 40 properties.
• Own 50 properties.
Hold RM100,000 saving cash.
Hold RM250,000 saving cash.
• Hold RM500,000 saving cash.
• Hold RM1,000,000 saving cash.
• Hold RM2,500,000 saving cash.
• Hold RM5,000,000 saving cash.
Start my own business.
• Hire people to work under me.
• Hire Personal Assistance.
Make profit of RM5,000 in a year.
• Make profit of RM10,000 in a year.
• Make profit of RM25,000 in a year.
• Make profit of RM50,000 in a year.
• Make profit of RM100,000 in a year.

• Organize a charity event.
Sponsor a child.
• Donate blood.
• Make a different in someone's life.

• Get a degree.
• Get a Master.
• Get a PhD.
• Get an MBA.
• Learn Mandarin.
• Learn French.
• Learn Japanese.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

KTM Train Accident

I was one of the many unfortunate people who was involved in the train accident on 26th January 2013. It was at approximately 1530hrs and happened near Kempas Baru. The weather was fine. No rain. No storm. Just fine.

This how I recount what happened on that very day.

I knew something was wrong when the train started to shake violently. I told my friend to hold on tight. In my mind the train will soon turned and toppled. Just the matter of when. It was fast. It was really fast. That's how I felt it. The train was moving really fast. The next thing I know my friend fell on top of me.

We just crashed.

He must fell over when the train toppled. For a moment I lost the sense of direction. I was confused temporary. I stood up and looked at my friend and asked if he was alright. That's was in my mind. Even though my head was spinning and I felt of falling again.

My friend panicked. So he told me to grab our stuff and looked for a way out. He just wanted to go out. We climb up the messy cabin and tried looking for the door. There was old couple, children and few couple family in the cabin with us. They seem shocked but alright. The door was stuck. The windows were to hard to break. There was no emergency window breaker in sight.

We then went to the other door and told everyone to follow us. It's the only hope and for the other door to be unblocked. We were lucky.

With the remaining strength I have, I climbed up and from there I saw the damaged. Five coach was derailed and toppled sideway. Everyone is helping one another out. The sight was truly amazing. Nobody cares who they are and who they helping. Just all united to get everyone to safety. I helped to a point of almost fainted due to the heat stroke. The metal was hot adding the heat making me spinning.

I told my friend to call 999 for help. Help did come but two hours later. We were in the middle of the forest with minimum landmarks. We can't blame them for taking so long. I do hope with the current technology in the world, we should by now have an effective system of sending S.O.S. to reduce the time taken to reach the scene.

Few passengers broke their arm. Most of us had bruises on the body. A girl knocked her head to bleed. The most sad sight was the guy who was trapped and broke his spine. I hope everyone would be able to recover fully. The train company should take full responsibility for the event. Until now there was no calls from the company checking if everything is alright with us. I was utterly disappointed with the train company. Honestly.

I actually did hurt my head. I didn't realised it. I was busy helping others to safety. We all are. The pain only started the next day and the bruises and soreness started to kicked along.

It was my first time taking the intercity train in this country. It was an experience alright. A painful and terrible experience but I would be fine.











Saturday, January 12, 2013

I Love You With All My Liver

Unfortunately for me I just destroyed my liver. I think.

I don't think there is a cure for it. I do know I can try to save what's remain of my liver by having to stay alive?

The Smile Factor

My friends always asked me "why I smile all the time?". There is no right explanation for why I always do it. Perhaps I'm just hiding the pain I have. Perhaps I'm just really happy.

It's a habit. Old habit hard to die isn't it? It's a good thing to smile, to laugh. It's tell people I'm ok. Even though sometimes I am not.

Nonetheless, everyone should smile. Look at the bright side. Ignore the gloomy day you might be having. The least you could do is infect your smile to others.

Try speaking with a smile. You'll sound so much better.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Year 2012 [Review]

Travel

01. Travel on five different airlines.
[Fail] Out of five, I did manage to travelled on four airlines last year namely Cathay Pacific, Firefly, Emirates and Japan Airlines.

02. Travel to all six continents.
[Fail] Well this one probably a little bit hard for me to accomplish. So basically I only managed to cover Asia and Europe. To be honest how do I am supposed to cover everything in a year and also I am thinking how do I get to Antarctica. Plus I probably made a mistake as technically there are seven continents. Plus, if work counted as well then I also covered Oceania. This is really a tricky achievement.

03. Travel to at least 10 new cities from around the world.
[Pass] Woohoo! I did managed to achieved this resolution. Since I was on my Europe trip, I covered just with that trip. So the cities involves was Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Munich, Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Venice, Geneva, Paris and also an Asia city Manila. Just for a note, my Europe trip does cover London as well but I've been there before when I was a kid.

04. Travel with someone I love to at least once city from anywhere in this world.
[Pass] This one I didn't get to cover totally. However, I did travelled with my mom. So that do count right?

05. Travel to five cities to watch five different musical theatre.
[Pass] Wow! I actually goes beyond my target for this. So I went to nine musical theatre in five different cities. The musical was awesome. It's a happy thing. I like happy things. So I watched Wicked (Singapore + London), A Chorus Line (Melbourne), Mary Poppins (Perth), London Summer Musical (KL), Empress Wu (KL), Mamma Mia (London), The Phantom of the Opera (London) and A Chorus of Disapproval (London).

06. Bring my mom to three new places for holiday.
[Fail] I managed to bring my mom to Dubai and Brisbane last year. This year I should try to do better.

07. Create a travel blog which will serve as my travel diary.
[Pass] Thus the birth of http://travel.ameerzachery.com.

Money

01. Pay off all my credit cards outstanding.
[Fail] Credit is a b****. It's lesser but still the outstanding still there. Trying hard for 2013.

02. Save at least RM50000 into my investment account.
[Fail] Invested only 36% from the targeted investment. The plan is to continue with the balance this year.

03. Start an online business with a target of RM25000 this year.
[Pass] I started Bitter Lemon as an online business. However due to time limitation I had to diversify my sales by sub-contract it to my friends and family. That way I managed to reach the target faster and less messy. The target reached with 20% profit from the sales. It's something.

04. Invest in three more new houses.
[Neutral] Due to the futile market and some other factors affecting my purchases, I decided to put the plan on hold.

05. Give to charity more.
[Neutral] Nothing is enough for charity. So I am continuing to give when I can.

06. Cut my spending to half from 2011.
[Fail] Terribly failed for this one. Holidays. Shopping. How to save? I am an addict. I need help.

07. Limit my credit card application and maintain to only have four cards at one time.
[Pass] So far so good. No further comment. Hahaha.

Friends

01. Call five different people every month to stay connected.
[Neutral] I don't really keep track on this resolution. I hope I did achieved it but if I didn't then I need to do it better in future. I will try. I can't promise for it.

02. Pamper my best friends a bit less. (You guys are too pampered by me already)
[Fail] So fail. I don't know how to achieved.

03. No birthday present this year for my friends. (Cut cost measure)
[Fail] I did break on this as I did give a friend of mine something for birthday. Hand itchy want to shop.

04. Hang out at least twice a month with my friends. (I know I had been very busy lately)
[Pass] Mission accomplished.

05. Make a lot new friends from around the world.
[Pass] I made 10 new friends from seven different countries. Due to privacy I shall not reveal their names. I think they would know if they read my blog.

Entertainment/Home

01. Reorganize everything at home.
[Neutral] I made my house more messier. The more I throws things out. The more I am bringing things in. So in the end nothing really changed. Reorganize? Maybe surplus unnecessary things. I guess that's why every time my friend came visit me at my house I will ask them to just pick anything (reasonably) home.

02. Go out for movie once a month.
[Fail] I didn't get to go on July and October. So consider this as fail. On the bright side, movies are fun.

03. Change my wardrobe contents to once a year instead of twice.
[Pass] At first I didn't want to shop anything new but again the demon in me forced me to just do it. Also, I felt so much happy when I managed to do a major makeover for my dad. I upgraded everything for him from top to toe. New clothes, new accessories, new shoes, new bags etc. I am happy that he is happy. Even everyone at his office noticed it.

04. Ride on five different roller coaster.
[Pass] A fear will always be a fear unless you deal with it. So riding a roller coaster was one of my fears. I managed to overcome it. It was awesome. Roller coasters are awesome. The coasters involved are Space Mountain (Disneyland HK), Scooby do (MovieWorld AU), Asylum (MovieWorld AU), Green Lantern (MovieWorld AU), Jet Rescue (SeaWorld AU), Indiana Jones and The Temple of Peril (Disneyland PR), Big Thunder Mountain (Disneyland PR),Space Mountain: Mission 2 (Disneyland PR) and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (Walt Disney Studios PR). [HK=Hong Kong, AU=Gold Coast, PR=Paris]

05. Visit three different theme park.
[Pass] Yay! More fun. I went to Disneyland Hong Kong, Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney Studios Paris, MovieWorld Gold Coast and SeaWorld Gold Coast.

06. Revamp www.ameerzachery.com and update it at least three times a month.
[Fail] No time. Sorry. I guess I still like it white.

Health

01. Lose more weight.
[Fail] Yay! I am still fat. Go me. Ok. I need to do better.

02. Eat proper food.
[Fail] Baby steps. Urgh! Why are there so many delicious food.

03. Eat less airlines food. (Too much sodium in it)
[Fail] A boy got to eat.

04. Go to gym at least six times per month.
[Fail] If I could create a graph for this, I would say it started good and peaked on May but all fell down the drain thereafter.

05. Reduce or possible stop the three bad habits I have right now.
[Fail] Old habit hard to die. Haih.

06. Smile and be happy more.
[Pass] :D

Work

01. Work harder.
[Pass] Worked too hard but I enjoyed it. I know. I am a workaholic.

02. Learn two new language. (I need to make time to attend those classes)
[Fail] More planning required.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Less Time Updating

I am no longer able to post as many as I used to be. Time changes everything. It seem that the time needed for me to blog is getting lesser and lesser.

I am getting busy with other work. Thus, I had to change my priority for this blog. I will never abandon it. Perhaps I won't be updating it too regularly. Sometime change is good. So we'll see how it goes.

My secondary blog which is my travel blog will still be updated. Depending on time management I've created, I hope I'm able to post more regularly for the blog.

This is not a goodbye. It's mere an explanation to those who been a good reader to this blog.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Year 2013

Happy New Year everyone! I know a bit late wishing all of you. I had been very busy lately until I fall sick. I need to take care of myself better.

So another year has passed. I guess it still not the end of the world as some people predicted. It has been a good year last year. I shall update you about it on my next post.

This year I shall concentrate more toward travel, money and health. To be honest I don't really know what's my resolution this year. I've achieved most of it last year. However, I still need something to keep my going.

So what are this year targets for me?

Travel
01. Travel with 10 different airlines.
02. Travel to 15 new cities (excluding home country) around the world.
03. Travel and stay at 10 new cities around Malaysia.
04. Travel to North America and South America.
05. Bring my mom to 5 new cities (excluding home country) around the world.
06. Bring my mom to 5 cities around Malaysia.
07. Travel on a cruise ship.
08. Visit Disneyland Los Angeles, Disneyland Orlando and Disneyland Tokyo.

Money
01. Pay off credit card debt.
02. Limit credit card to 4 only at one time.
03. Limit spending on credit card.
04. Limit monthly spending to RM1000.
05. Invest RM25000 to investment.
06. Invest in 2 new properties.
07. Target for business sale of RM25000 with profit of 25%.
08. Donate more to those who needed.
09. Save money to buy car next year.
10. Save money to renovate house by mid year.

Friends
01. Go out at least once a month with friends.

Entertainment/Home
01. Move to a new house.

Health
01. Lose 15kgs.
02. Go to gym at least 5 times per month.
03. Eat fast food only twice or less a month.
04. Eat less sweet food.

Work
01. Work harder.
02. Be more knowledgeable.
03. Learn 1 new language.