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August 31, 2010

Happy 53rd Merdeka Day Celebration - 1Malaysia, Generates Transformation'

First of all, I would like to wish all Malaysians, Happy 53rd Merdeka Day!


For this year, 2010, the theme is '1 Malaysia, Generates Transformation' or known as '1 Malaysia, Menjana Transformasi' in Bahasa. For the first time, the main Merdeka Parade was held at Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Unlike last year, it was held at Malaysian Houses of Parliament in Kuala Lumpur and it was not crowded due to swine flu, H1N1.

This year, the theme song is the same as last year, which is '1Malaysia'. If you're interested to download the theme song '1Malaysia', feel free to visit www.malaysiamerdeka.gov.my. The following is the lyric of '1Malaysia'.

Lyric/Lirik:

Berdiri teguh di bumi nyata
Untuk Semangat Satu Malaysia
Sepakat Rakyat Didahulukan
Pencapaian Diutamakan

Perpaduan Merapat-rapat
Toleransi kaum amalan bersama
Kejayaan kita bangunkan Satu Malaysia

Dalam capai satu tujuan
Tanggungjawab kita semua
Jadi teras bangsa mulia
Kita bina satu Malaysia

Satu Malaysia jadi pegangan
Rukun Negara teras panduan

Satu Malaysia benteng negara
Rakyat Malaysia taat setia

Satu Malaysia jadi pegangan
Rukun Negara teras panduan

Satu Malaysia benteng negara
Rakyat Malaysia taat setia

Satu malaysia untuk semua

By the way, here's a full article regarding the celebration for this year in entire Malaysia (not only KL), feel free to read it though @ HERE.

[Photos 2 Share] Moon in the morning

These 2 days, if any of you notice, our moon was visible between 8 to 9 in the morning. It may not be special to everyone, but it's something special to me. Well, of course this is not my first time seeing moon in the morning. hehe. Anyhow, I've grabbed my gears and these are the shots I got.

Photo 1: The moon on 30th of August, 8:16am.

Photo 2: Closer view of moon on 30th of August, 8:16am.

Photo 3: The moon on 31st of August, 8:43am.

Photo 4: Closer view of moon on 31st of August, 8:43am.

Uh, after taking these photos, I've realised that I need a telephoto lens more than a wide angle lens. Am I right? Guess the hope of getting a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens is no longer in my list. ;)

Anyway, Happy 53rd Merdeka to all Malaysians!!!

*P.S:
-Click on the images for a larger view.
-Photos above were taken with Nikon D70 and Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G.

August 30, 2010

Temptations @ Ramadan market in Miri, Sarawak

On Sunday, my aunt Shirley and I went to a Ramadan market to fulfill our empty stomach (for dinner), it's right behind Miri Indoor Stadium. Well, the Ramadan market is not really big, but, it'll always be crowded.

Actually, the main purpose we went there was to get 1 of the best nasi lemak in Miri, which is from Selera Rasa Segar. I've blogged about it back few months, feel free to read it @ HERE. Anyway, here are some photos of the foods we bought from Selera Rasa Segar at the Ramadan market.

Photo 1: Nasi lemak biasa @ RM2.30.

Photo 2: Beef rendang @ RM5.

Photo 3: Char kway teow plus deshelled cockles @ RM3.

Once again, the sambal from nasi lamak has "killed" my nose and ears. Anyway, it was my first time trying the beef rendang and char kway teow from Selera Rasa Segar, it's tasty indeed, seriously, and I do mean it. Although the beef rendang is quite pricey (others are selling at RM3), but do remember always, good things can never be cheap. hehe

While looking for other foods, desserts to be exact, I was stunned attracted by a bun looking thing. It's just too cute and I can't resist my eyes for not looking at it and also, I couldn't stop the temptation of trying it. Now, refer to Photo 4 and Photo 5.

Photo 4: The fried bun.

Photo 5: The core of the bun.

I can't remember the name of this bun but it costs RM2 per piece. Basically, the bun itself is a burger bun, it's wrapped with popiah skin and stuffed with carrots, corn, chicken or beef (can choose) and some vegetables. Then, the bun will be deeply fried. In my opinion, the bun is dry and heaty because of the popiah skin. However, it's worth trying because the stuffs inside were not bad, really.

Last but not least, our desserts of the day were...... Erm, I don't remember the name either, kuih something. LOL! Just refer to Photo 6 though.

Image 6: Our desserts.

This kuih is a mixture of pure santan and pandan-flavoured santan with gula Melaka - you can see the colour, obviously. This kuih is steamed for some time and ready to be eaten. It costs RM1 for 3 pieces. And so, 3 pieces for me and 3 pieces for my aunt. Taste? Effing delicious!

Will there be a next round? Perhaps so. Stay tuned ;)

August 29, 2010

Air Asia and MAS Merdeka Sales

These few days, to be precise, these few weeks and months, I've been  hunting for the cheapest air fare for myself to go back to Kuala Lumpur (from Miri) during my long 3 months holiday.

For Malaysia Airline (MAS), the price was inconsistent. After monitoring for the first half year, the price remained RM189 (one way) and in between for few weeks, the price jacked up to RM199, then it felt to RM189 again. Until the price of fuel increased lately, the air fare was also affected. FYI, the prices are excluding tax and insurance.

As for Air Asia, I don't really remember the price for the past few months. However, in conjunction with our Malaysia Independence Day (Merdeka), the cheapest is RM113, excluding RM5 for booking seat, RM5 for luggage and RM9 for charges. I kept asking myself, should I book before the price increases? Yet, I've made the right move for NOT booking Air Asia, again. Reason? Just continue reading. hehe...


Last 2 days (27th of August, 2010), I've received an unexpected e-mail from MAS, it's a promotion - 72 Hours Merdeka Sale! And so, I kept reminding myself to check the price  from Miri to KL. Wahlah, that's it, once again, I'm safe by MAS!!!


So people, mark your lovely calender, as I'm going back to KL on the 10th of December 2010! Interested to know the price? RM169 without insurance...

Now, let me tell you the reasons why I've chosen MAS over Air Asia for this trip, or should I say most of the time!

#1. Price:
Yes, Air Asia is a low cost airline, but for domestic flights, the prices are nothing but quite similar to MAS, after summing up the taxes and charges. So why not MAS?

#2. Luggage:
For Air Asia, we need to pay RM5 RM20 to cargo ONE luggage, and the limit is 15kg. As for MAS, price is included in the ticket I think, yet, the limit is 20kg with unlimited numbers of luggage. Most of time, the receptionists will not bother even if your luggage is overweight by 3kg.

#3. Foods:
MAS is free, or should I say it is included in the air ticket. Moreover, you can ask for unlimited times of drinks! Let it be tea, coffee, milk, orange juice or plain water. Ohya, count in sweets as well. As for Air Asia, we have to pay on board if you wanna eat or drink.

#4. Time:
The only chances to get the cheapest price for Air Asia is to take a night flight. There are 1 morning flight and 2 night flights to KL every single day. You can't get a low price for the day flight. As for both of the night flights, it will be midnight by the time you reach KL. If you don't have your own transport, it's not convenient to travel at midnight. Trust me. You can take bus from LCCT to KL Central, yet, the train LRT will be closed at 12am. Not only that, price of taxi fare is doubled too.

However, there are 2 points that Air Asia can win over MAS. One will be the merchandises, Air Asia always produce creative merchandises and public will always buy for souvenir. Second, it is the size of the aircraft. In general, the domestic aircraft for MAS is Boeing 737-400 whereas Air Asia is the bombastic Airbus. Cool hor?

Well folks, just remember that Ezy is coming home on the 10th of December!!! See you there yo~

August 28, 2010

[Photos 2 Share] Sunset and Moon

One of my cousin's cars must be started and move around every single day, or else, the battery will die. This issue occurred recently. Indirectly, the task is for me, since my cousin is out station for his job. Before my dinner and before the accelerator was stepped, I've brought along my camera with me.

While I was enjoying the ride, alone, I've noticed the day is getting darker. That's not the thing... Wahlah, look at the sunset photo below. I wanna share with everyone because I personally think the sky toning is simply awesome. After all, it has been some time I did not capture sunset.

Image 1: Sunset.

Whaddaya think of the sunset? After spammed some sunset photos, I went back to wait for 12am. Why? I bet many of you have received a circular e-mail or in Facebook perhaps, it was regarding "2 moons on 27th of August".

Anyway, let me quote the message, as below:

27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for.............

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will culminate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles off earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons.

The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.
And so, I've kept reminding myself and some of my close friends about the "2 moons". Due to excitement, I went out at 12am to stare at the moon. As a result, excitement turned out to be full of disappointment. Wasted nearly 45 minutes and I just get... nothing special though......

Image 2: The moon and a bright star.

This is what I can to see, just a moon and stars, but there's a super bright star near to the moon (bottom). Could it be Mars? Hmm...

Image 3: The moon.

Mars oh Mars, I do really hope that I can see you as big as the moon with my sexy naked eyes. One day and some day perhaps. =)

August 27, 2010

CUTEC Basic Skills Workshop (Sem 2, 2010)

A basic skills workshop, which dealing with turning, milling, drilling and CNC Machines, was held on 27th of August by Curtin University of Technology Engineering Club (CUTEC).


The moment I get to know about this workshop, I've dragged Samuel Ng to participate with me without hesitating. Yet, Samuel didn't turn up in the end, because he's going back to Kuching on that evening. Anyway, it's free for members, and yes, we are the CUTEC members.

Not only that, I was attracted by these words - "turning, milling, drilling and CNC Machines", because, they are related with a unit which I'm currently taking, Industrial Technology 233. Furthermore, free certificate will be given, so why not, right?

Now, let the photos below do the talking.

Image 1: Drilling.

Image 2: Cutting.

Image 3: Milling with a lathe.

Participants stand a chance to touch and feel these machines. Now, you might be wondering what are those white colour workpiece, well, they are just some sort of polymer, not wax. Uh, are you waiting for the cool CNC machine? No? Oh well, it was a bad day for us, because the CNC machine was being used by the final year students for their projects.

To be frank, CNC machine is way much cooler than the others. All the while, I'm only able to watch documentaries on how the CNC machine operates, guess I've to wait for my Lab session for Industrial Technology though. If you don't know what and how CNC machine works, feel free to catch it out in Youtube.

Oh well, I just had my Lab session for Industrial Technology yesterday, dealing with the same machines, excluding CNC machine, the machine which I had the most fun was the lathe. I've milled a small metal rod from a diameter of 12mm to 8mm. It was really fun! LOL!

Woohooo~~~ I might be handling with CNC machines for my 3rd Lab session for Industrial Technology 233! Stay tuned yo~

August 24, 2010

Whoaw~ My little Skyscraper in Nuffnang has grown up to the max!

Last month, I've been talked about my little 4 stars Skyscraper @ Woot ~ My little Skyscraper in Nuffnang has grown up!. Guess what now, the hope of obtaining 5 stars was granted. Just look at the screen shot below ;)


From 3 stars to 4 stars, and now 5 stars, which is the maximum already. Weeee~ Can it go any further? hehehe. I'm just too greedy don't I? Oh well, now I only hope that the other 2 ad units which are Large Rectangle and Leaderboard will have some improvement. What should I do? Hmm, let's see...

As for now, I'm really appreciated what I have. Million thanks to Nuffnang though!!!

August 22, 2010

30-Hour Famine DIY Camp 2010 in Miri, Sarawak (DAY TWO)

Continue from Day One @ HERE......


DAY TWO:

I got up at 3:50am, just to go and pee. Once I got back, I've tried to get myself sleep, yet, my legs started to shiver. Goddamnit, it was extremely cold, I swear. First, I did not bring my blanket, then, no sleeping back with me, and worst of all, I was wearing a 3 quarter pants... Smart.

As the minutes went by, participants around me started to wake up as well. Without further delay, I woke Samuel and Goh Wen Hon up, so that we don't have to snatch the wash room with others. My timing was right, it was 4:20am while we were in the wash room, a blink of an eye, the queue has started to get longer.

So and so, 7am was the time where everyone has gathered in our own respective group to perform exercises and aerobics, to get ourselves "warming up". Later, a Singaporean chinese movie was screened - namely "跑吧!孩子", a.k.a "Homerun". According to participants whom participated in the previous 30-Hour Famine, this movie was screened before. Oh well, it was my first time watching that movie though, thumbs up.

After games, again, local artists were invited to cheer us up. Way to go. They were Juwita Suwito, 曾国珲 (Tedd) and 罗忆诗 (Yise).

Image 1: Juwita Suwito (left), 曾国珲 (middle) and 罗忆诗 (right).

And so, the time flew like there's no tomorrow.

Image 2: 1 hour remaining.

And so, the numbers (time) which indicating my birthday also appeared, and I manage to capture it without noticing! LOL!

Image 3: 31 minutes and 1 second remaining.

As the time gonna "end", the top 3 best groups were announced and medals were given. Well, I never know that medals will be given to the top 3 winners. Expect the unexpected. Guess what, my Group, namely Hope (which I think is pretty Hopeless), has won the GOLD medal! WTF?! I got shocked... Guess my last minute "work" by participating this camp is worth after all. hehe.

Image 4: My group - Hope.

Image 5: My gold medal!

As everyone was happy by making new friends, our mission were also accomplished with full of joy. Congrats everyone!

Image 6: Mission accomplished.

Anyway, in my opinion, the most remarkable moment was watching and listening to 罗忆诗 (Yise) live, singing the 30-Hour Famine Theme Song - 明天孩有希望. Woohoo~ A super nice song with super meaningful lyric. Within these 2 days, this song was repeated over and over again, and I'm not annoyed. If you don't know this song, feel free to watch the video I've embed below ;)



Overall, I'm sort of satisfied with this 30-Hour Famine DIY Camp, although I've paid to "torture" my own stomach for the first time. I'll be looking forward for the next 30-Hour Famine Camp, regardless where I'll be at that time.

P.S, feel free to view the entire album of Day Two @ HERE.

August 17, 2010

30-Hour Famine DIY Camp 2010 in Miri, Sarawak (DAY ONE)

30-Hour Famine DIY Camp 2010 in Miri, Sarawak was held in Miri Indoor Stadium on 14th & 15th of August. It was the second largest camp in Malaysia after the 1 in KL - consists of 610 attended participants and 100 plus of volunteers and facilitators.

Initially, I did not plan to participate this 30-Hour Famine, because, why should I pay and starve? Make sense?

As the day of this camp was approaching, for no good reason, voice from my inner heart has told me to participate. 3 days before the camp, I've decided to let my Facebook to make the decision for me. What I did was, I've typed out a status in my Facebook as below:

Hey people, let's vote... Click the LIKE button if you think I SHOULD ATTEND the "30 hours FAMINE" in Miri...... If more than 10 LIKE(s), I'll go then, MUAHAHAHA!!!!
Guess what, not come to 2 hours, about 15 Likes were already there. Guess everyone was supporting me to starve participate this camp! Not only that, my friend, Samuel Ng, has copied my status above and pasted in his Facebook, but he "challenge" me, he set 50 LIKE(s) instead of 10 LIKE(s). Oh well, the 50 LIKE(s) "curse" was broken on the 2nd morning after all, he got no choice but to participate with me! hehe...

Without further delay, Samuel and I have registered through our friend, Ming Jin, whom was a facilitator of the camp. Thanks to him that we were able to register, or else we got no chance to register, as the dateline has over.


DAY ONE:

In the early Saturday morning, Samuel, Goh Wen Hon and I have a Humanga-dunga breakfast in a hawker centre nearby Desa Pujut. After filled our stomach to the maximum, my cousin sent 3 of us to Miri Indoor Stadium. Upon reaching the stadium, 3 of us headed to the registration booth to check-in and change our T-shirt immediately. And soon, around 10am, the "party" has just began.

Before 10am, I had my last meal, which was a Cadbury Zip chocolate bar. Now, I shall let the photos below do the talking.

Photo 1: My chocolate bar.

Image 2: The "party" began.

Image 3: The VIPs.

Image 4: Samuel on the right with 5 beauty queens.

Image 5: The invited artists on Day One - 徐仕豪 on the left and 凌加峻 on the right.

Image 6: My group and the members - Hope.

After played, enjoyed and starved for more than 10 hours, it was finally our bed time - around 11pm.

Image 7: Good night.

On Day One, our schedule was occupied with games, concerts and also performance. The time has just flew like nobody business, even the feeling of hunger was no longer there. Was it fun? Don't ask me.

Anyway, if you like to see the entire album for Day One, do check it out @ HERE.

P.S, do catch out Day Two. ;)

August 07, 2010

At long last, my 1st payment from Nuffnang!

WOOHOOO~~~ You know why I'm cheering, duh, title above has told you everything... No fun... Anyway, at looooong last, I've received my payment (more precisely, cheque) from Nuffnang for the 1st time! Yes, for the first time! Practically, I've cashed it out on the 7th of June, and just now, 7th of August, the cheque has finally arrived at my door step in Miri (not Kuala Lumpur).

Now, I'm sure that you wanna know the amount I've cashed out, right? hehe... Secret, I'm not gonna tell you. Nah, just kidding, enjoy the 2 photos below =D

Photo 1: The entire cheque.

Photo 2: Larger view.

Saw? Saw the amount? Hmm, ain't that great though, just RM267 RM266 only. Well, the amount can be small, but it can help me to cover some stuffs. Let's see, I'm planning to spend it on a 16Gb Compact Flash for my Nikon D70 which costs me RM136 and cartridges and inks for my printer, RM82. So-so, balance RM48 is for postage of the items above and hmmm, treat my buddies a drink - Alvin Chiew and Nicholas Gow (a.k.a General_Nic)? *wink wink*

Anyhow, I hope there will be more benefits that I can leech obtain from Nuffnang (have to participate lah of course), especially Project Alpha. Well, I can't wait for Project Alpha Season 3 though!!! Regarding screenings from Nuffnang (sort of beneficial since it's free), I have not participate any of it before, well, simply because of my current location - Miri, studying. I hope I can try 1 as soon as I get back to KL during my semester break! Ultimately, million thanks to Nuffnang! You're the best among the best!

August 05, 2010

Double the number of Tigers

Last few days, I'd received a phone call from WWF Malaysia, because I'm a member of WWF. Well, I've forgotten when did I sign up as a member. Did I joined? LOL! Anyway, their purpose is to get some of my personal details and perform a survey. Fuh, kinda surprised, an international non-governmental organisation called a normal student like me.

Anyway, that's not my point. I'm here to share the same thing that WWF Malaysia has shared with me, although via a phone call. It's regarding our tiger on our mother Earth, especially Malayan Tiger. We should know that the number of tigers are decreasing rapidly every year and the tigers might extinct one day. If you enter the sign up page @ HERE, you may see this (below).


Can you see the numbers? Click on the image for a larger view. From 3000 to 500 within 50 years?! Means each year 50 tigers will be missing and...... 10 more years they will be gone... OMG!!!!!


Can you name me the species of the tiger in the picture above? I bet many of you can't. If you can, congrats, no presents for you, hehe. Anyway, the name of the tiger in the picture above is 'The Bengal tiger' or 'Indian tiger', scientific name is Panthera tigris tigris. Cute eh that kitty?

To be frank, as a student, I can't do anything much. Yet, that's not my excuse. It doesn't mean I couldn't do anything about the extinction of tigers. I can simply show my support towards WWF Malaysia by signing up @ www.tx2.my. Yes, I'm already an official member of www.tx2.my since 2nd of August 2010.

Can you see that I'm helping WWF Malaysia to spread this as well? Haha, proven that I'm showing my support! C'mon people, sign up now @ HERE to help to double the numbers of tiger. It doesn't costs you a single cent and not even 3 minutes.

Pledge Your Support!

Tigers, kindly have more *ahhem* with your mate to produce more offspring ;D

You Earthlings, please don't hunt these pooooor tigers!!! I shall vanquish you and your entire family if you hunt any of these pooooor tigers.

August 02, 2010

1 Day Sale in e-mart supermarket, Miri, Sarawak

Sunday morning, my Aunt Shirley received a SMS from 63001 and it stated that e-mart (a supermarket in Miri) will be having 1 day crazy sale on 1st of August. Without hesitating, my aunt and I went to e-mart. Before moving out, I've told myself that I'm expecting to see an ocean of people in e-mart supermarket.

Well, I hit the jackpot, every single corner I can see earthling!!! And I was lucky enough to get a parking though. Now, let the photos below do the talking.











Saw all the humans? Hmm, weird, it doesn't looks very crowded in the photos. Anyway, in my opinion, the scenes above stand a chance against the crowds during Jusco Member Sale, which I hate the most... No sweet time for me and myself. But what to do, crazy sale mah.

There were more crazy scenes on that day. Too bad, I did not capture it. You may see 1 trolley with 1 same item but in a large quantity. Get what I mean? You can see 100% of potato in a single trolley. You can also see 100% of rice in a single trolley. One of the craziest scene I saw was feeeew trolleys with cartons and cartons of Coca-cola and 100 Plus. I bet he's a businessman.

By the way, sorry for the low quality photos, I've used the "Sport Mode" with my Nokia N82 to capture the photos above. No time for me to use "Auto Focus" in this situation. ;)