My First iTunes Purchase  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

yeap. just paid 1.79 for a copy of Radney Foster - Big Idea.

my first purchase of iTunes.

im not sure if it even deserve a mention,

but im actually feel proud that im supporting the artist that i like.

Godspeed - Radney Foster  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

Music and Lyrics by Radney Foster

Dragon tales and the water is wide
Pirate's sail and lost boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

Godspeed, little man, Sweet dreams little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed, sweet dreams
The rockets racer's all tuckered out
Superman's in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight Moon, we'll find the mouse

Godspeed, little man, Sweet dreams little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed, sweet dreams
God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God hears amen
wherever we are and I love you

Godspeed, little man, Sweet dreams little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed,sweet dreams
Godspeed, Godspeed, sweet dreams

photo shoot with University for #14's brochure.  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong in , , ,

Ive recently participated in the photo shoot session with the university for the cover of my residence's brochure for 2010. this is one of the pictures.

Considering the fact that Nigel aint the 'ean tow' guy, i think i look alright in there. hehe.
plus, i get paid as well. haha.

Asian guys & Country Music - Do they match?  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

For me, it sure match. y not?

look at me, im so natural with the cowbay hat and guitar (haha)

But a lot of people doesnt think so.

- On a road trip with a multinational-team, this asian guy named nigel suddenly played dixie chicks-sin wagon. all he got in the end blank stares from his mates, saying "dude? what the f**K is that?"
- While cooking in his kitchen, Nigel decided to play a bit of Hayseed Dixie, and all he got from his flatmates were "nige, can you play something else?
-when people are browsing my IPod, ill get responses like
"dude, why do you have so many country music?"
"hillbilly music? gee, thats chronic man"
"damn bro, you IPod is so red-neck"

is it because im asian?

im gonna ask them when i have the chance.

Bracing for winter.  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

Its getting colder here at Auckland.
My final cold season before i have to leave Aotearoa New Zealand.

p/s : that temperature is not the lowest it can go.

trip to tonga - pictures (part 1)  

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i was at Tonga during the easter break. its a beautiful place, and it has a less developed tourism industry, compared to the nearby islands of Samoa or Fiji. so you can see the real image of Tonga. the place is quite poor as well - roads are mostly not paved, people farm to feed themselves, and there is still some existence of Barter trade. However, people here are very friendly, and approachable. of course, they are very religious too. Every single village that i visited will have at least 2 churches.

ok cut the crap. heres the pics...

my passport and boarding pass - 4.30 am in the morning.

my first image of tonga - the waterfront.


a visit to the market revealed this - that whole pile of eggs are worth 29 dollars. cheap cheap!

tasting the local brew. Ikale Gold lager. better then those shitty big horn, but not good enough to join beers like export or speights. i missed my Tui a lot when i was there.

was having that beer when this fly suddenly dive bombed into my drink, and never got out. i lost the final 2 gulps of my beer as well. bugger.

off for a tour!

the tour around the town leads me to this building. was told that its a mormon temple! cant believe tonga is actually 17% mormon, well on her way to become the first mormon nation!

typical tongan countryside - how can you not think about Malaysia?

the worlds only branched coconut tree. only at Tonga!

as certified by the ministry of tourism, tonga.

staple diet for Tongans are mainly yams or sweet potatos. in this picture the crop is called something like "casava". a very dry yam.

one of the countless beaches i went to. this one is called "good samaritan beach" have no idea why but thats what they call it.

good samaritan beach from the top. look at how clear the water is. holy guacamole!

next, the blowholes - the northern end of the island. the rocks that i stand on are hardened lava.

on a lower ground. they called this place blowholes because the rocks closest to the water is full of little holes - centuries of pounding by the sea. so when the waves come, the water shoots itself through the hole, creating an aerosol spray effect. heres the video.

me. the hat was a godsend- kept me protected from the hot tongan sun!

thats the biggest hole of the whole blowholes!

found this bro when walking around the bush. big as.

the site of the first european landing - the dude who got here first is Abel Tasman, the same guy who sighted NZ.

the trilithon or the "stonehenge of tonga" - was built back at 1200, by one of the kings from ancient Tonga.

here the explanation - i cant be bothered to read it.


went to a beach the next day.

so this is how the beach looks like. a lot of rocks - cant help it. Tonga is an island made from lava.

there is a rock wall sort of 30 meters away - keeping the rough waves from the sandy beach head. so the water close to the beach are very calm. perfect for a dip + beer.

was approached by 2 local kids and i ended up playing with them. Tongans are very friendly, very approachable kind of people. took a photo with them. the boy is called Sipha/Sifa/Sipa, the girl is called Potesio/Kotesio, not sure.

heres the photo of my flatmate Eugene with the kids. he travelled with me to Tonga.


third day - we took a 10 minute boat ride to a small island called Pangaimotu, and just chill there.
the island is so small that you can circle it in 20 minutes.

boat ride - 20 tongan dollar for a return trip. about 17 kiwi.

one special thing about this beach resort is that they have a shipwreck nearby that you can go check out while snorkeling.

i cant be bothered checking that out, so i just grab a chair, put it under a tree and chill.

so heres my spot. its a very peaceful place. no noise, no people. all you can hear is the breeze, or occcasional barking of dogs. i basically spent 3 hours sitting here, enjoying the peace, listening to my jazz records and reading a book.

went back to the main island, and checked the market out. bought a papaya for 2 tongan dollar, what a steal!

eugene was offered to buy a whole trunk of bananas (maybe 50-60 piece) for 10 dollars. he ended up buying only that much and paid 4. those greenish bananas reminded me of the good ol' banana fritters (pisang goreng).

will be continued. the stupid blogger just wont upload my picture.