Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Girl Is Growing Up

Andrea is entering primary 1, taking her placement test.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Google's Christmas logo

Merry Christmas

Christmas Caroling@J1: 17th December 2010

3rd week of caroling at Jaya One.

Carolers in action

Solo dancer

Guest performer




Last group photo at Jaya One


All I want for Christmas is a golden ball

Christmas Caroling@J1: 11th December 2010

2nd week of caroling at Jaya One.

Practice, practice...


Sharon & Richard


Frens...

Carollers group photo

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Caroling@J1: 3rd - 4th December 2010

Christmas caroling at Jaya One, Petaling Jaya on the 3rd and 4th December 2010.

Practice and photo taking before caroling at PP office.

Andrea, Debra and Ashley


The Seah's


David and Joyce


Marilyn, Sharon, Stephanie and Joyce


The Aroks


Andrea


The Arok's including Richard


Debra and Ashley


Debra, Andrea and Ashley

Joy to the world....

Andrew the conductor

After caroling group photo near Cold Storage




... and dinner at Frontera.

North Point's iBand - Christmas

Christmas music using borrowed iPhones and iPads at North Point Community Church.

The Digital Story Of Nativity

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fire Drill @ My Office

Fire drill at my office block yesterday morning.

*Photos via SE K800i

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TheStar: Wind up Proton as it’s a failure, says Bung Mokhtar

Tuesday October 19, 2010

BACKBENCHER’S Club deputy chairman Datuk Bung Moktar Radin has called for Proton to be wound up claiming that the national car maker had embarrassed the nation by trying to pass off a rebadged Mitsubishi Lancer as the Proton Inspira.

Bung Moktar (BN-Kinabatangan) said he could not accept Proton’s excuse that it was too costly to develop its own car to replace the Proton Waja.

“Proton said it would cost RM700mil to produce a new car. If it cannot afford (to design a new model), then just close down.

“Do not embarrass the country. Proton has been doing research and development for years. Don’t tell me that there is no design that can make the people proud,” he said while debating the Budget 2011....

Read more at http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/10/19/parliament/7254133&sec=parliament

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Company Training @ Awana Genting

My company held a customer service training at Awana, Genting in August. It was a 2 day training.

Training session in progress.




It has been a while since I last stayed at Awana, Genting. There is now air-con in the room, there wasn't one the last time I was there. It is getting warmer up in the highlands due to global warming.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Change in times - the weather



Air-con in Awana Genting. The last time I stayed in this hotel there was no air condition.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I had to leave my pocket knife in Bangkok

My pocket knife was confiscated in Bangkok... here is my short story. :-P

I was in Bangkok last week on a short business trip for a project workshop discussion. At Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on my return trip to KL, during security check and baggage x-ray scan, the security officer spotted a pocket knife in my laptop bag.

I forgot (REALLY!) that I left if in the bag. It was in my laptop bag when I departed from KL. So that is how my pocket knife was confiscated.

Thats it......?

Well this is not about losing the pocket knife, but to highlight the security check or lack of it between Suvarnabhumi airport and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

At KLIA, for my flight to Bangkok, I had to go through 2 security checks and baggage x-ray scans. The 1st is after the immigration counters and the the 2nd at the departure gate. At both security checks, the pocket knife was not detected.

In Suvarnabhumi, there is only 1 security check after the immigration counters. Furthermore, we were required to remove our laptop from the bag and belt for the scan, but at KLIA this was not required.

How could KLIA security miss detecting my pocket knife? I shudder to think what would have happened if some hijacker manage to sneak in some weapon onto the plane.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fuel, sugar prices up as subsidy cuts start

As at July 16 2010
  • RON95 - RM1.85 per litre (+5 sen)
  • RON97 - RM2.10 per litre (+5 sen)
  • Diesel - RM1.75 per litre (+5 sen)
  • Natural gas (LPG) - RM1.85per kilogramme (+10 sen)
  • Sugar - RM1.90 per kilogramme (+25 sen)
July 15: The Najib administration will begin cutting subsidies tomorrow by raising the prices of petrol, diesel, natural gas and sugar in a move which could see the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition vulnerable to political challenges and risks.The government announced tonight that RON95 petrol and diesel prices will go up by ...

Read more at http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/fuel-sugar-prices-up-as-subsidy-cuts-start/

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Which came 1st: The Chicken Or The Egg

Scientists crack chicken or egg question
From: TheAustralian

Thu Jul 15 10:41:27 EST 2010

SCIENTISTS in Britain believe they have cracked the answer to the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Researchers have found that a protein called ovocleidin (OC-17) is crucial in the formulation of eggshells, and it is produced in the pregnant hen's ovaries, the Daily Express reports.

Therefore, the answer to the conundrum must be that the chicken came first.

...

Source http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/scientists-crack-age-old-chicken-or-egg-conundrum/story-e6frg6so-1225892076524

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Operafest Children’s Choir

From The Star Online City Watch: Children’s choir

The Operafest Children’s Choir will be performing in the Musical Extravaganza organised by Tourism Selangor on July 17 at 8pm at MBSA, Shah Alam, and July 18 at 8pm at PJ Live Arts, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya. The performance is open to all and admission is free. Children who are interested in joining the choir for its Christmas concert can call Kam at 03-6081 5781 or 012-399 0073.

Malaysia's Low Population Growth

Low population growth a big worry

Malaysia is worried about its declining population growth rate and whether there will be enough young adults after it becomes a developed country.

Statistics show that the population growth rate has dropped to 2.2% in 2008 from 2.6% in 2000. The declining trend has been in evidence since the country’s first census in 1970.

“If we do not take appropriate steps, we will have an aging population in the next 20 to 30 years,” said National Population and Family Development Board director-general Datuk Aminah Abdul Rahman...

Monday, July 5, 2010

POS Malaysia New Postal Tariff Effective 1 July

No more min 30 cents postage. I don't use snail mails nowadays with SMS and emails, it is so much convenient.



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Malaysia forecast to be 'young and poor' by 2030

KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 - Malaysia's relatively high population growth rate will see the country remain comparatively young over the next two decades but economic growth is not expected to keep pace with population expansion, according to a report by Bank of America Merril Lynch. Most developed countries experience lower population growth than ...





















Read more at http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-forecast-to-be-young-and-poor-by-2030/

Thursday, June 24, 2010

1st Australia PM: Julia Gillard

Labor's Julia Gillard is Australia's first female Prime Minister

IN: Julia Gillard

OUT:Kevin Rudd
Picture from news.com.au

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sibu By Election Results: DAP Wins

DAP takes Sibu
May 16, 2010

SIBU, May 16 —The DAP pulled off a surprise win in the Sibu by-election today, defeating Barisan Nasional’s (BN) SUPP by 398 votes in a hard fought race.

DAP’s Wong Ho Leng polled 18,845 votes compared to BN candidate Robert Lau’s 18,447 votes.
..

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dap-takes-sibu/

Thursday, May 6, 2010

TweetBlog: Got my refund from Perodua

I've finally receive my refund from Perodua for the Acoustic Insulator which was not installed during the my last car service.

Related post TweetBlog:Follow up on my refund

Bye bye Rothmans roundabout

Rothmans roundabout to become traffic light junction

Apr 28, 2010

The infamous Rothman's roundabout which is a popular landmark for residents here and known for its notorious peak hour congestion will soon be replaced with a RM5.5 million traffic light junction.

Petaling Jaya Mayor Datuk Mohd Roslan Sakiman said work on phase one of the project is scheduled to start in June and will take eight months to complete.

"Phase two will involve the connection of Jalan Harapan (one of the roads that feed into the roundabout) to the Sprint Highway," he said. 

Roslan said the cost is high as the task involves moving of utility cables and pipes that run under the roundabout.

On another matter, Jalan Barat in Petaling Jaya will be renamed Jalan V. David on May 1, it was revealed at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) full-board meeting today. 

There was, however, some displeasure over this as councillor Cynthia Gabriel pointed out that the MBPJ had proposed Jalan 223 instead of Jalan Barat as Jalan Barat seemed to have some historical significance.

"The state should have informed the council of the decision to rename Jalan Barat. I only found out via the invitation sent to me that it was Jalan Barat that was to be renamed, and not Jalan 223," she said.

She felt there should have been some consultation with the residents at least.
Fellow councillor Latheefa Koya, in agreeing with Cynthia, said residents should have been consulted as the change will involve their address.

The event to commemorate the renaming of the road will be held on Labour Day which falls on May 1. Dr V. David was a union leader and active in upholding workers rights. He was also the former DAP parliamentarian for Puchong. -- theSun

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Do we need a Nuclear Power Plant in Malaysia?

Malaysia to have nuclear power plant by 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 - Malaysia has approved a proposal to set up a nuclear power plant which will start operating from 2021, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Peter Chin announced today.It is the first country in Southeast Asia to announce a nuclear power plant, a sensitive matter in the ASEAN grouping which has always espoused a ...

Read more at http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-to-have-nuclear-power-plant-by-2021/

Related news:
Nuke plant jolts environmentalists
DAP questions need for nuke power

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Desperation Band: Counting On God

Burning Vehicle @ Jalan 12/13

On the way home after work, I saw a car burning on the side of Jalan 12/13, Petaling Jaya. Most vehicles made a u-turn to avoid passing the burning car.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Secured Van With Security Devices

If this van had CCTVs, card access or a burglar alarm, it doesn't need the grills.

New Life Worship: My Savior Lives

Mini Library @ Jusco Mahkota Cheras

I visited the Jusco Mahkota Cheras last Saturday for the first time. It is much smaller than Jusco Cheras Selatan, just the right size for a neighborhood shopping centre, and there is no cinema.

We had brunch at Sushi King and thereafter walked around the shopping centre.

There is a mini library run by the Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia on the 1st floor. Finally a library nearby. Don't expect to see a huge collection of reading materials, this is a mini library.



To borrow books, you need your MyKad and for the children, their MyKid. As of this moment, we still can't borrow the books.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

News: Jalan Universiti Sinkhole Repaired

Sinkhole in Jalan Universiti patched up
Wednesday April 28, 2010

THE large sinkhole caused by a burst pipe along Jalan Universiti has been patched up after contractors worked round the clock on Monday night....

Source http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2010/4/28/central/6143834&sec=central

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

News: Bye Bye Floppy

Sony to stop selling floppy disks from 2011

Sony has signalled what could be the final end of the venerable floppy disk.

The electronics giant has said it will stop selling the 30-year-old storage media in Japan from March 2011...

Source http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8643844.stm

Related report R.I.P. Floppy Disk

News: Sinkhole on Jalan University, PJ

I sometimes use Jalan Universiti to get to the Federal Highway after work. Good thing I decided against using that route yesterday. The sinkhole was near the Jalan Universiti's KFC.

Sinkhole brings traffic to a halt
Tuesday April 27, 2010
A sinkhole so big that it could “swallow” several cars appeared on Jalan Universiti here, bringing traffic to a halt....


Pictures from The Star online


Pictures from The Star online

Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/4/27/nation/6139117&sec=nation

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hulu Selangor By-Election:BN Wins

BN wins Hulu Selangor

(BN) P.Kamalanathan 24,997
(PKR) Datuk Zaid Ibrahim 23,272.

BN won by 1725 votes.

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/61249-bn-wins-hulu-selangor

Friday, April 23, 2010

AsiaSentinel: Malaysia's Submarine Scandal

Malaysia's Submarine Scandal Surfaces in France
Friday, 16 April 2010

A potentially explosive scandal in Malaysia over the billion-dollar purchase of French submarines, a deal engineered by then-Defense Minister Najib Tun Razak, has broken out of the domestic arena with the filing of a request to investigate bribery and kickbacks from the deal in a Paris court....

Read report at http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2406&Itemid=164

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Danger:Federal Highway/Jalan Kerinchi

There is another danger spot at the turn off from Federal Highway to Jalan Kerinchi. A stretch of steel barrier has collapsed due to an accident or due to wear and tear. It has been the case for the last few months.

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I can't remember if this was the result of a bus accident The Star: Bus falls off flyover, more than 20 passengers hurt in July 2009.

What is DBKL going to do about this?