Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Please Make Sure All Rear Seat Passenger Wear Their Safety Belfts

Tomorrow onwards 1st January 2009, all rear seat passengers must wear their safety belts.

Will this be another rule where people will eventually not follow because of the lack of enforcement?

Look at the tinting issue, 3rd brake lights, motocyclist not wearing helmets, more than 2 persons on a motobike meant for 2, motobikes without lights (front and brake lights), speeding, beating red lights and the list goes on and on and on....

Rear seat belt offenders face harsher penalty from July
...Road Transport Department (JPJ) and police will start issuing summonses from Jan 1 to all passengers for not wearing their rear seat belts.

... a six-month grace period during which they would only be issued a compound of RM300 for not wearing their rear seat belts.

From July 1, drivers and passengers caught not using their seat belts would have to pay a fine of up to RM2,000, serve up to one year’s jail or both under the Road Transport Act...

All must belt up in MPVs
...All seven or eight passengers in a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) must belt up when the rear seat belt regulation is enforced from Jan 1...

Lunch @ 3 Two Square Restoran Kadir Maju

Had lunch at a new restaurant in 3 Two Square, Restoran Kadir Maju, a 24 hours restaurant. It took over the former restaurant Embun's Cafe which is located just opposite 7-11.

Last week before Christmas I saw that Embun's Cafe was still operating and this week it changed to Kadir Maju.

They don't serve roti during lunch, just mixed rice, fried noodle and fried rice. I had the mixed rice with rendang kambing. Nice and tender. Cheaper too compare to the nearby competition, their rendang mixed rice would cost RM5.50 while at Kadir's it cost RM4.00.

The restaurant is airy and is quite cooling.

So thumbs up, for my first visit here at Restoran Kadir Maju.

My previous blog on Embun's Cafe My Lunch @ Embun's Cafe - 3 Two Square

Was The Government Working During The Recent Long Holidays

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's comment on the recent "long" holiday in Malaysia, from Christmas to Awal Muharam, with everybody taking leave after Christmas and only came back to work on Tuesday after Awal Muharam.

Posted by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at December 29, 2008 10:13 AM

... What about work? Not to worry. During that time the Government and the private companies will be on automatic. Aircraft can fly on auto-pilot safely. We are on the ground. We will not crash.

... It shows that we really don't need a Government. It will just coast along even if no one is steering it. That is how good we have become at governing.

Woke Up Late, Still Early To Office

I woke up late today, just before 7am, my body must be telling me "Hey! Its New Years Eve, take another few minutes of slumber". Few minutes became 1 hour. My usual wake up time is 5:30am or 6:00am during the school holidays. Reason being, to beat the morning rush hour.

Still made it to the office before 8:00am, as traffic was not that heavy this morning. Phew!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Buy One Free One @ Starbucks

Buy one free one at Starbucks.

*Valid from 29 December 2008 t0 2 January 2009

Shared the cost with my colleague. We had the Toffee Nut Latte.

Lunch @ Satay Kajang Haji SAmuri

Yesterday after some shopping at Alamanda, Putrajaya with my family and Cheryl from Melaka, we stopped by in Kajang for satay.

We had satay at Satay Kajang Haji Samuri, located at the satay centre next to the Kajang Stadium.

We usually eat satay at Restaurant Satay Malaysia, located in Kajang town, but yesterday we decided to try the one at the stadium.

Due to the lunch crowd, the service was slow. After ordering the satay, the waiters served us the kuah satay (peanut sauce), cucumber and ketupat. Waited quite long for the satay to arrive. Good too, as we were waiting for Silas and Rachel to arrive.

When the satay arrived it was not hot. Could be due to the "mass cooking" and "mass serving" of the satays to customers.

The chicken satay had chicken skin in between the skewed meat. Well I like my satay to be lean and mean, and not too chewy like the lembu and kambing satay we had yesterday.

Overall, I am disappointed with the satay served here, and the drink too were not that good.

So no, pictures from this satay outlet, as I felt it was not necesary.

More Agree That Climbing Mount Kinabalu Is Expensive

Mount Kinabalu is not a private mountain and it should be made affordable for everyone and not just the rich to visit and climb this wonderful nature of God.

If I can, I would want to climb it again. My one and only climb up Mount Kinabalu was in August 2006 and it was affordable than.

Getting more costly to climb up Mount Kinabalu

I FULLY agree with “Expensive to climb Mount Kinabalu now” (The Star, Dec 20) and “Uphill task to climb Mount Kinabalu now” (The Star, Dec 23).

I have climbed Mount Kinabalu four times, the first in 1985 (when Laban Rata was being built) and the last time in June 2008.

Ever since Sabah Parks privatised the accommodation at Mount Kinabalu to Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, costs have gone up drastically.

Now, every individual climber is forced to pay package prices which include a few basic meals, when before part of the thrill was cooking our own food (Gunting Lagadan) or ordering reasonably-priced food at the canteen (Laban Rata).

In addition to this, it would seem that Sutera Sanctuary Lodges’ guests are given the privilege to climb up the mountain over non-hotel guests because the guests are offered packages which include a climb up Mount Kinabalu.

Budget, but avid, climbers like me have to book six months in advance, and even then bookings are taken up within one hour as only a few seats are allocated for non-hotel climbers.

Preference is given to guests who can afford the pricey Sutera Sanctuary Lodges’ packages which compel one to stay a night at either Kinabalu Park or Mesilau Resort.

I have travelled widely and seen many well-managed sites, yet Mount Kinabalu is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Unfortunately it is getting expensive.

If Sabah Parks is aiming for conservation by limiting the number of people, then they should do just that, but not by allowing a monopoly to increase the lodging rates in the name of conservation. The mountains are for all, not just the paying few.

I do hope that the Tourism Ministry and Sabah Parks will look into this problem.


Earlier letters to The Star
David Says: Expensive to climb Mount Kinabalu now
Someone Agrees With What David Said

Check the cost of accommodation at Sutera Sanctuary Lodges.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Genting Highlands From Sungai Long

I took a shot of Genting Highlands during a clear evening sky. See the reflection of the sun on the buildings.

Magnified the photo for a closer view of Genting.

Christmas Eve @ VVC

Christmas Day Family Lunch @ Subarashi Japanese Restaurant

How did I spend my Christmas day this year? Other than our yearly Christmas family lunch, I spend most of the day sleeping. Was not feeling well since Christmas eve evening. Felt the chills and had body aches.

Well I did wake up to bring the family for lunch :-P

Our yearly Christmas day family lunch this year... in previous years we would go to
Eastin Hotel for buffet lunch, then more recently we switched to Chili's at Bangsar Shopping Centre. This year we decided to try Japanese.

We went to Subarashi Japanese Restaurant. located in Oriental Crystal Hotel in Kajang.

The family...

The food... this round there was no buffet. Buffet is usually on Fridays and Saturdays. We had the Bento set.

My earlier blog on our previous visit to the same restaurant Birthday @ Subarashi Japanese Restaurant, Kajang.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

In Rome Cross The Street In A Group Or WIth A Nun

I was browsing the web regarding Rome and came across this...

Health & safety: Dangers & annoyances
Rome is not a dangerous city but petty crime is rife.

Road safety is also an issue. The highway code is obeyed with discretion so don’t take it for granted that cars and scooters will stop at pedestrian crossings, or even at red lights. The only way to cross the road is to step confidently into the traffic and walk across, ideally in a group, best of all with a nun.

If I am in Rome with my wife I will get her to a nuns habit, so that we can confidently cross Rome's streets.

Merry Christmas Everyone

Wishing all my family, friends, bloggers, blog readers in Malaysia and around the world, a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

e-card from

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Only In Vietnam

Got this pictures (after editing) from a colleague from Thailand.

View my earlier, similar blog Vietnamese Motocyclist, Everything Also Can

Click picture to enlarge.

Warning To All Parents: Don't Run With Objects In Your Hand

Receive a mail from my colleague WWF.

Proof as to why Mothers tell their children not to run with objects in their hands.

Open the first picture and study the marks the boy is pointing to, and then, try to guess what caused it. Then open the second picture.

Scroll down...



















Someone Agrees With What David Said

Follow up letter from another The Star reader on David's letter to The Star regarding the cost of climbing Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.

Uphill task to climb Mt Kinabalu now
Tuesday December 23, 2008

I AGREE fully with “Expensive to climb Mount Kinabalu now” (The Star, Dec 20). I am a student of Universiti Malaysia Sabah, and I climbed Mount Kinabalu in February.

The total cost only came to RM150 for accommodation in Laban Rata for one night and Sabah Park fees. Since then, I’ve encouraged my friends to climb the mountain because it is one of the most beautiful places in the country.

My friends from Kuala Lumpur planned to climb the mountain in August next year.

Unfortunately, the cost of accommodation there has increased by almost 300%. Starting next year, accommodation in Laban Rata will cost about RM450 for two nights. This is not including the RM100 Sabah Park fees.

Now, my friends are not sure if they want to climb Mount Kinabalu because the total cost including flight tickets and accommodation in Kota Kinabalu will be almost RM1,000. This is too much for students to bear.

I hope the Tourism Ministry will look into the matter.

Kuala Lumpur.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Warehouse Sales I Went To Last Week

I've been to 3 warehouse sales last week.

Golla Swiss Travel Loop Bags Warehouse Sales
Date: 17 - 21 Dec 2008
Location: The Atria Shopping Centre (3rd floor), near Big Book Store.

There were laptop bags, computer accessories, MP3 players on sales. Some brands on sale:
. Golla
. Swiss Travel Products
. Loop

Last Thursday, I bought a laptop bag (Swiss Travel Products) @ RM239, a universal adapter (Swiss Travel Products) @ RM49, price if you purchase above RM200 and a 4GB SDHD card (Toshiba) @ RM29.

Montana laptop bag...

World travel adapter..

*Click on pictures to go to the Swiss Travel Products website

Sports Warehousesale
Date: 17 - 21 Dec 2008
Location: Lot No 18A Jalan 19/1, Petaling Jaya (Opposite British American Tobacco (BATM))

Some brands on sale:
. Adidas
. Reebok
. Nike

Last Sunday after Church and lunch, Marilyn and I brought a pair of shoes each. Hers a Reebok walking shoes @ RM 199 and mine a Merrell Continuum walking/casual shoes @ RM 139.

*Click on picture to view feature

It has been long overdue for us to replace our aging sports shoes. Our own Christmas gifts.

Big Bookshop Year End Books Clearance
Date: 6 - 28 Dec 2008
Location: The Atria Shopping Centre

Didn't buy anything, but there are lots of books on sale. Still got some time left to go shopping for books.

Another Free Starbucks Coffee

Yes I got another free Starbucks coffee and a slice of cake, courtesy from HSBC. They gave me a voucher for my birthday this month.

I had the Coffee of the day and an American Baked Cheesecake. Cheers!

DUMC Children's Church Musical

21 Dec 2008. Sunday after church, I brought my family to DUMC Dream Centre at Section 13 for their Children's Church Christmas musical "A King Is Coming To Town". Thanks to Marilyn's tai cherr for the invitation.

Pictures taken with my handphone camera K800i, without flash and without zoom.

Pictures: Top-left to right. Children's Church leading worship with the children's band, funny acts by the clowns, and DUMC TV journalist in the musical play.
Bottom-left to right. Musical play featuring the king of rock and roll.. Elvis, king of the jungle and king (Queen) Yuu Chien speaking in her best Singlish.

DUMC was a good host, with light food before the musical. There was even a party pack for the kids after the show.

We met Pastor Joy and Abraham and their children there.

At the end there was an alter call for children and parents who want to accept Jesus into their hearts. What surprised me was that Ashley put up her hand as well, and she went out with her mei mei to be prayed for.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New DAP Branch In Bandar Mahkota Cheras

On the way back today, I stopped in Bandar Mahkota Cheras to tapau dinner and I saw DAP's Cawangan Bandar Mahkota Cheras and Bandar Sungai Long.

Located on Jalan Temenggung 9/9, Bandar Sungai Long. Now let me find when the Barisan Component parties are in BMC and BSL.

So for DAP fans, here is the MAP to Jalan Temenggung 9/9

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21.12.2008 Sunday Celebration Service

It was 4 days before Christmas, and The Tribe choir and band finally played and sang their hearts out during worship service in VVC.

The Tribe yesterday...

...and today. See any differences? We've all grown a day older.

The Tribe - Season II (Christmas)
. Jared
. Victory
. Stephanie I
. Sheila

. Saundra
. Stephanie II

. Olivia

. Gabriel

Lyrics operator
. Isaac

Tribe II
1. Silent Night
2. O Holy night
3. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
4. O Come All Ye Faithful
5. Joy To the World
6. Eagles Wings
7. I Am Free
8. Hosanna (Hillsong)
9. We are the reason
10. Oh Happy Day

Tribe II (Christmas)
1. O Come All Ye Faithful
2. O little town of Bethlehem
3. We Three Kings
Children Church Presentation
- The First Noel, Mary Mary
- Slam"
4. Silent Night
5. O Holy Night
6. Hark The Herald
7. Away in a Manger
8. Joy to the World
9. Glory Be to God On High
10. The First Noel
11. Mary's Boy Child
12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

David Says: Expensive to climb Mount Kinabalu now

Our very own David Tan, a man who is much traveled, especially when "Everyone Can Fly" airlines AirAsia made it possible for nearly everyone to fly, writing in to The Star to give his "piece of mind"... I mean opinion on the increasing cost to climb Mount Kinabalu, Sabah.

Expensive to climb Mount Kinabalu now
Saturday December 20, 2008

I HAVE climbed Mt Kinabalu four times. It is a World Heritage Site and a beautiful place to visit.

In the past, I used to pay only RM40 per night for a bed in a heated dormitory at the Laban Rata resthouse.

AirAsia makes it affordable to fly to Kota Kinabalu. Sometimes it cost RM250 for a 3D/2N trip which includes expenses on return air tickets, taxi, climb fees, guide, certificate, insurance, etc.

Now it is a different story. If we want to climb the mountain, it will cost us RM208 for a one-night stay at Laban Rata resthouse with meals provided.

Next year, a one-night stay at Laban Rata resthouse will cost RM330 per person.

Air travel is cheap now and if you get a good offer, it costs only about RM60 return on AirAsia. But the cost of climbing Mt Kinabalu has risen too much that it makes sense to travel to other countries for a holiday.

I hope Tourism Malaysia and Sabah can look into this matter.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

20.12.2008 The Tribe Rehearsal

20th Dec 2008. The Tribe Band's final worship rehearsal in VVC before tomorrow's celebration service.

The Tribe...

KT By Election BN Candidate Wan Ahmad Farid

Wan Ahmad Farid BN's Candidate For Kuala Terengganu Parliamentary By-election
KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh has been named as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election.

Who will be the Independent Candidates...

Isma tries to woo Tok Mun
KUALA TERENGGANU: Manoeuvring in the Kuala Terengganu by-election is already heating up even though Nomination Day is only on Jan 6.

On Thursday, wannabe Independent candidate Isma Airfath Hassanuddin, 38, spent 30 minutes trying to persuade great grandmother Maimun Yusuf, 89, to abort her plan to contest.

Govt Will Not Privatise Or Sell IJN

Govt Will Not Privatise Or Sell IJN
KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- The government today assured the people that it will not sell or privatise the National Heart Institute (IJN) so long as there is no alternative which provide similar service to the people, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said.

No Floor Price On Petrol

No Floor Price On Petrol, Tax Will Be Imposed If Below RM1.90 A Litre
PUTRAJAYA, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- The government has decided not to set a floor price on petrol but instead will impose a tax if its market price falls below RM1.90 a litre, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad.
"Under the mechanism, we determined that the ceiling price be set at RM2.70 a litre with 30 sen subsidy still given if the market price is above RM1.90 a litre.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bandar Mahkota Cheras: Telco Tower

News on a telco tower in Bandar Makhota Cheras.

Illegal telco tower to go
THE illegal telecommunications tower in Section 7 of Bandar Mahkota Cheras will be dismantled because it was erected without the approval of the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj).

Bandar Sungai Long: Hill Clearing

News on Bandar Sungai Long hill clearing...

Charming sight marred by hill-clearing
Residents of the Emerald Hill condominium near Bukit Sungai Long, Selangor, used to enjoy a scenic view of an undulating landscape until a month ago when tree-felling and hill-clearing work marred the delightful sight.

The once beautiful green hills have now been turned into ugly terraced slopes, apparently for a development project.

Free Starbucks Tall Sized Freshly Brewed Coffee

I had my free 'Tall sized freshly brewed coffee' from Starbucks today. Free only between 10:00 AM to 12 noon at any Starbucks outlet.

Ad in today's The Sun

*Picture taken with SE K800i.