Monday, August 31, 2009

Singapore 2

Memang penat betul berjalan pada waktu puasa.Yang paling mencabar iman ialah semasa berada di VIVOCITY mall , ada satu restoran makanan jepun yang menyajikan hidangan sushi "ALASKAN CRAB".Aku ni memang peminat ketam , bila tengok saiz sepit ketam yang hampir menyamai saiz pergelangan tangan aku , tetiba rasa diri aku berada di awang-awangan sambil menikmati hidangan isi ketam(kurang pahala puasa aku), he he.Rasanya kena pergi lagi sekali sebab di malaysia memang susah nak dapati hidangan istimewa ini . Mengikut perancangan awal , aku bercadang hendak berbuka puasa sambil menikmati juadah istimewa masakan singapura .Tetapi bila melihat iklan "TRIPLE WHOPPER BURGER" Burger King , segala perancangan awal berubah dan akhirnya kami berbuka puasa di Burger King , Changi Airport.
Secara keseluruhan aku cuma berkunjung ke tempat membeli-belah sahaja sebab hampir kesemua tempat2 pelancongan yang terdapat di Singapura telah aku kunjungi pada kunjungan aku yang lepas-lepas.Rasa macam malas plak nak komen lebih2 , "picture below paints a thousand word".


At Changi Airport Terminal 2 duty free area

Burger King Changi Airport

Triple whopper burger for breaking fast

Lucky Mall , Singapore
ION Mall
Posing at VIVOCITY Mall overlooking sentosa island and the upcoming Universal studio

Inside VIVOCITY Mall


At KLIA

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Singapore

Sekarang ni ada kat changi airport tengah tunggu flight balik ke KL pukul 2115.Berjalan kat singapore pada bulan puasa ni memang mencabar betul tapi nasib baik cuaca kat sini mendung jadi takde terasa sangat bahang kepanasan.Kaki dah sakit dan lenguh2 , yang pasti dalam flight mesti tidur.
Will update the pic tomorrow but there is not much picture taken as i had only went to the shopping complex to do some hari raya shopping for my daughter

Friday, August 28, 2009

Daytrip to Singapore

I will be flying to Singapore with my wife this coming sunday for a very short day trip.Our flight will depart KLIA at 12 noon and arriving back at 2200hrs on the same day.My wife had always wanted to break our fast in a foreign land and initially we had chosen to go to either Bangkok,Kuching or Sabah . Since total flying time to all those places will be more than 4 hours we had decided to go to Singapore instead . We had to make our trip as short a possible as we can't leave our baby for too long and this trip is sort of our husband and wife crazy daytrip escapade to a foreign land , he he .
It may sound a bit crazy and wasteful to go to Singapore for a very short trip but i have a list on the things that i want to do before i reach 55 and this is one of it.Another crazy thing that's in my list is breakfast , lunch and dinner in three different country and on the same day.
I believe everybody should have their own bucket list on the things that they want to achieve before they die.If you don't i encourage that you start drafting your own bucket list , believe me it will make your life more interesting.Will update later in my blog.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Makna RM 12

Tersentuh hati aku bila melihat seorang peniaga nasik lemak berdekatan dengan ofis aku.Aku agak umur peniaga itu dalam lingkungan awal 60 an .Apa yang membuat hati aku tersentuh ialah pada setiap hari dia akan membawa lebih kurang 20-30 bungkus nasi lemak untuk di jual pada harga 60 sen sebungkus.Katakanlah harga kos sebungkus nasi lemak ialah sebanyak 20 sen.Maknanya keuntungan maksimum dia dalam sehari ialah sebnyak RM12. Itu pun kalau semua nasik lemak dia terjual.


For some of us RM 12 is nothing but to this man RM 12 is the determining factor on wheter he will live his life in hunger for the next day.It's truly a humbling experience especially in this holy month of Ramadhan.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sunset at Balik Pulau,Penang

Sunset at Balik Pulau , Penang after rain.
I was on my way back from eating Laksa Janggus at Pulau Burung , Balik Pulau when i stumbled upon a rest area halfway back.Coincidently the rains just receeded and the atmosphere was just beautiful.Spend a few more minutes there with my wife before going back to my in-law house.A reminder to bring along your camera wherever you go as you might miss moment like this.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cleaning my fish pond

It had been 5 month since i last do a full cleaning on my fish pond.The water started to turn slightly green due to algae infestation and yesterday i finally manage to do it. I started cleaning my fish pond at 11 in the morning and finish the work 8 hours later.My body still ache from yesterday .It was hard work especially on the scrubbing and due to the fact that when the pond water level had reach half feet from the bottom i had to manually scoop the water out using a pail. During the initial construction of the pond i didn't forsee the need to properly design the fish pond and hence problem arises later on.To redesign the pond at these stage is a bit to late as my koi,red kelah and arowana had grown quite big and the total combine value is worth more than the initial construction value of the pond itself.To relocate all the fish at this stage could be fatal.


But looking at the pond condition now with its crystal clear bluish water and how it relaxes my mind after coming back from work it seems all the hard work was worthwhile.I spent alot of time here with my daughter and she would jump and giggles in excitement when she saw the big fish struggling with each other during feeding time .

Jr was extremely exhausted from helping her father, he he

after cleaning - the water is now bluish in colour due to the addition of water conditioner
cleaning completed,pending water to refill-notice the water is crystal clear
during cleaning-notice the colour of the water
tilapia fish harvested from the fish pond - end up grilled in my oven for buka puasa
A giant catfish from the pond , weigh roughly 3 kilo - end up grilled in my oven
before cleaning

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tech support problem joke

Found this joke on the net , enjoy and have a nice weekend

p.s-to my wife , love you so much

Dear Tech Support:

Last year I upgraded from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0. I soon noticed that the new program began unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources.

In addition, Wife 1.0 installed itself into all other programs and now monitors all other system activity. Applications such as Poker Night 10.3, Football 5.0 , Clubbing and Drinking 7.5 , and Formula-1 3.6.

I can't seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run my favorite applications. I'm thinking about going back to Girlfriend 7.0, but the uninstall doesn't work on Wife 1.0. Please help!

Thanks,
Troubled User…..

REPLY:

Dear Troubled User:

This is a very common problem that men complain about.

Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0, thinking that it is just a Utilities and Entertainment program. Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and is designed by its Creator to run EVERYTHING!!! It is also impossible to delete Wife 1.0 and to return to Girlfriend 7.0. It is impossible to uninstall, or purge the program files from the system once installed.

You cannot go back to Girlfriend 7.0 because Wife 1.0 is designed to not allow this. Look in your Wife 1.0 manual under Warnings-Alimony/Child Support. I recommend that you keep Wife 1.0 and work on improving the situation. I suggest installing the background application "Yes Dear" to alleviate software augmentation.

The best course of action is to enter the command C:APOLOGIZE! Because ultimately you will have to give the APOLOGIZE command before the system will return to normal anyway.

Wife 1.0 is a great program, but it tends to be very high maintenance. Wife 1.0 comes with several support programs, such as Clean and Sweep 3.0, Cook It 1.5 and Do Bills 4.2.

However, be very careful how you use these programs. Improper use will cause the system to launch the program Nag Nag 9.5. Once this happens, the only way to improve the performance of Wife 1.0 is to purchase additional software. I recommend Flowers 2.1 and Diamonds 5.0!

WARNING!!! DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Secretary With Short Skirt 3.3 . This application is not supported by Wife 1.0 and will cause irreversible damage to the operating system!

Best of luck,

Tech Support

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mee Banjir Udang Mak Teh







I had tasted alot of prawn mee in malaysia especially in kedah , perak , selangor and penang.So far the best was in Teluk Kumbar Penang . But the problem was , there is no consistency in the taste.A few months back it was very good but when i tasted it recently , it was not as good as before.
I had heard about MEE BANJIR UDANG MAK TEH quite some time ago , but honestly i could say that the gravy was a bit diluted but the amount of prawn in it was enough to make you a feel a bit drowsy especially if you have hypertension.On average there are 7-8 king size prawn per serving and the price was acceptable.
For those who seek to find a healthy way of eating this may not be your choice of food,but then again fasting month is just around the corner and this could be the best time to add a few pound of fat to act as an energy reserve during the fasting month, ha ha.
overall rating = B

LONDON trip postponed due to H1N1

I supposed to fly to london at 10 am today but i was told to cancel it since 3 of our london staff had been tested positve for H1N1 and currently under quarantine.It was indeed a very close call for me and hopefully my colleague in London will get well very2 soon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Atomic Bomb Survivor - from a malaysian perspective

A Woman's Back Burned By The Strong Heat Rays
Disaster Near The Hypocenter

300-Year-Old Camphor Tree Uprooted By The Blast

Victimes Who Escaped Hell On Earth

The Huge Atomic Cloud / The Mushroom Cloud Blowing Up
picture from http://www.gensuikin.org/english/photo.html

I had never realised that they were 2 malaysian(the term malaysian may not be correct as it was MALAYAN back then) survivor in the atomic bombing of hiroshima , i had copy the below article from http://www.prn2.usm.my/mainsite/abomb/japan16.html .Please read the below article and let us pray and hope that this kind of weapon of mass destruction is not being used for whatever reason for the sake of humanity.According to the report made by the U.N. General Secretary in the autumn of 1980. There are 40,000 to 50,000 nuclear weapons stocked in the world today, a number equivalent to one million Hiroshima-type A-bombs.
It is certain that the nuclear weapons stocked today are enough to kill the whole population of the earth dozens of times. Thus, nuclear weapons have the power to hold sway over the fate of mankind, between survival and eradication.

On August 6, 1945, the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. About 100,000 people were instantly killed and another 90,000 died of radiation years later. But one Malaysian survived the terrible ordeal. Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid tells his story to Steven Gan

It was early in the morning of August 6, 1992. The scorching midsummer sun was beating down mercilessly on the thousands who gathered in front of the Cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. It was begining to sizzle but the crowd remained unfazed.
A one-minute silence was observed at 8:15 - the exact hour and minute of the atomic blast. Soon after, a few short speeches were made. Mayor Takachi Hiraoka reiterated that Hiroshima must continue to be the beacon of world peace.
As the official commemoration of the atomic bombing was about to come to an end, a flock of pigeons were released. The sound of flapping wings filled the silence which shrounded the memorial. And as the pigeons disappeared into the clouds, a single feather drifted down.
Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid was among the "hibakushas" - survivors of the atomic blast - near the front of the Cenotaph. He saw the feather fluttering above him and he slowly opened his palm. The feather daintily landed on it.

Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid in 1945, the sole Malaysian survivor of Hiroshima.
A miracle? Abdul Razak believes so. Indeed, his whole life is a miracle. Abdul Razak, now 70 had survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima virtually unscathed.
In August 1943, when Malaya was under Japanese occupation, Razak along with three others were sent to Tokyo to study Japanese. They were undergoing training to be Japanese language teachers. Two years later, he and two Malayans - Nik Yusuf Nik Ali and Syed Omar Syed Mohammad Alsagoff - continued their studies in Hiroshima University. Abdul Razak was then 20-years-old.
On that fateful day, Razak was up early to attend classes.
"Nik Yusuf and Syed Omar had no lectures that morning. I had a mathematics class," says Razak as he settles down in his house in Gombak. "There were only two of us in the class - myself and Pangeran Yusof who was a student from Brunei. Professor Kiyoshi Toda was our lecturer."
During the class, an air-raid siren was sounded which was a common occurrence. All the students filed out orderly and into the air-raid shelters. There was no panic. Hiroshima was one of the few cities which escaped heavy bombardment from the American forces.
On the contrary, Razak recalls that Tokyo where he was during the early years in Japan had suffered massive bombardment. The worst was no March 10, 1945. B29 bombers first dropped incendiary bombs on the perimeter of the city so that it would be surrounded by a circle of fire. Then, hundreds of bombers followed with more incendiary bombs, dropped on densely populated areas.
The planes flew almost at will, raining bombs. By 1945, the Japanese military was in such a shamble that they couldn't offer much of a resistance. Within two and a half hours, 40% of Tokyo was destroyed. The death toll on that night alone was 100,000. One million lost their homes.
The fire bombing of Tokyo was a diabolical precursor to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima five months later.

Hell on earth

The skies over Hiroshima on that ominous Monday morning were perfectly clear - a beautiful bluish purple, unblemished by even a speck of cloud. It was about 7:30am when Straight Flush, and American reconnaissance plane, was spotted flying past Hiroshima which triggered the air raid siren.
"After 10 or 15 minutes, there was another siren signalling that it was safe for us to return to our classrooms," says Razak. However, unbeknown to Razak and the inhabitants of Hiroshima, Straight Flush had sent an all-clear message to Enola Gay which was heading towards Japan with the atomic bomb, codenamed "Little Boy". Straight Flush had studied the weather conditions in Hiroshima - it was perfect for the dropping of the atomic bomb.
At 8:15am, Enola Gay circled over Hiroshima and released "Little Boy" from its bowels. It exploded 43 seconds later at about 500 metres above the Aioi bridge, located smack in the middle of Hiroshima city. "There was a tremendous flash," recalls Razak. "I could only remember myself shouting `Yusof, kilat! (lightning)'."
"As the brilliant thermal flash engulfed Hiroshima, a tremendous roaring blast reverberated across the city. Hiroshima was instantly levelled to the ground. A huge pillar of flame shot up into a gigantic mushroom cloud.
Everyone within a radius of about 500 metres of "ground zero" where the atomic bomb exploded, were immediately vaporised, leaving behind nothing but their charred remains. They had virtually disappeared from the face of the earth. Only dark shadows on the pavements or stone walls remained to mark their earthly presence.
Those further away were burnt by the thermal flash or injured by fragments of glass and other materials. A number of people were blown away by the 800km per hour wind. The heat rays melted roof tiles and bleached the surface of granite stones milky white. Clothes of those who were outdoors spontaneously combusted. Trees burst into flames while much bigger trees burnt on the inside leaving behind hollow trunks.
A perfect summer morning had turn into instant hell on earth.
Razak was about 1.5km from "ground zero". "After the flash, everything went pitch black. The wooden building had collapsed on me. I didn't know how long it was before I regain consciousness." he says.
"When I came around, I had difficulty breathing. I saw light seeping through the planks of wood on top of me and I slowly climbed my way out. When I was out, I noticed that may shirt was soaked in blood. I discovered that the back of may head was bleeding. However, apart from that I was unhurt."
Razak was the first person to crawl out of the rubble. "I took a look around myself. Everything - as far as my eyes could see - was completely destroyed. I thought to myself that it must have been a very powerful bomb. Then I went to help my professor and Pangeran Yusof. They were also uninjured.
"Professor Toda asked us to go back to the formitory to find our colleagues."
But it was almost impossible for both Razak and Pangeran Yusof to find their way to the Konanryo dormitory. All the landmarks were destroyed. Roads had virtually disappeared. "We were lost a number of times and had to double back. Along the way, we saw a lot of dead bodies."
There were throngs of bloodstained people, naked or half-naked, painfully dragging themselves, trying to find safety. The skin of those who had been burnt by the heat rays was peeling or left hanging in strips. Some were completely dazed, sitting on the ground, pleading for help.
Knowing that their dormitory was located near the winding Motoyasu river, Razak and Pengeran Yusof decided to track the river. "When we thought we had reach the dormitory, we shouted, `Obasan, Obasan' (granny, granny)." They were looking for Takahasyi, the elderly woman who managed the hostel. "We heard a voice and with our bare hands, we removed the debris.
"However, we discovered that she was not `obasan' but Sumida, the clerk of a company which was next to the dormitory. Sumida's glasses were completely shattered and her eyes were gone.
"After helping her, we went to our dormitory. We found the `obasan' alive. However, she was trapped and could not be moved. She requested us to find her daughter who was also in the hostel. And while we were doing that and helping others who were injured, the fire came from across the river."

Sea of fire

The fires in Hiroshima, ignited by the heat of the atomic bomb, quickly grew into a raging firestorm, consuming everything in its path. It was at its height between 10am and 2pm.
"Across the river, there were about 30 Japanese schoolgirls desperately crying for help, trying to escape from the sea of fire. Many of them jumped into the river and were drowned. Those who couldn't run fast enough were burnt to death. We could do nothing but helplessly watch them die."
The Ota river and its seven tributaries which flowed through Hiroshima were rapidly filled with dead bodies and debris.
"The firestorm came to a halt by the river bank. We thought we were safe. Then, to may horror, the fire crossed the Takanobasyi bridge nearby. And in no time, our side started to burn. I began to fear that our fate would follow those who had died earlier in the inferno."
The only escape was the Motoyasu river. "I suddenly was a raft. I didn't know where it came from. I helped get everyone on board along with our books and other belongings which we had recovered. There were around 15 of us.
"But the fire was like a cyclone. It was so hot that it felt like the sun was falling down on us. We knew we would be fried if we remained on top of the raft. So all of us jumped into the river. And to keep ourselves from drowning, we held on the raft. It was our lifeboat."
"A few of us who were injured were unable to hold on to the raft and were swept away by the river. I held on." To escape the sizzling heat, Razak and the others submerged themselves under water, coming up for air every now and then.
"Not long after that, I suddenly saw our books, mattresses and clothing on top of the raft began catching fire. I alerted Pangeran Yusof who bravely jumped onto the raft and kicked off the burning fabric and books thus saving the raft and our lives."
They stayed in the water for about two hours until the fire subsided. The fire came so fast that they were unable to save `Obasan'. Later, when it was getting dark, they cleared an area of dead bodies and carcasses and set up a makeshift camp.
"We found some rice and potatoes from the university. The rice was littered with broken glass. I picked out the bigger pieces but it was impossible to remove all the glass. Nevertheless, we cooked the rice. The potatoes, however, were already cooked.
"While preparing food, we heard voices of a group of people nearby pleading for water. So we gave them water from the river. They drank and then immediately died. We thought the water could be contaminated by dead bodies, so we decided to boil the water instead. But that didn't help either. More died after drinking the boilded water."
According to Razak, the victims were blistering inside their bodies which cracked upon coming into contact with water. "So we told the others not to drink the water. They said, `It's better for us to drink and die, rather than to drink and survive."
At about 11pm, the Red Cross finally arrived from neighbouring towns with bread water and medicine. That night, Razak had difficulty sleeping. "The whole night, I heard voices of mothers calling the names of their children."
On that morning, about 10,000 high school students from nearby towns were mobilised to remove debris from dismantled buildings in Hiroshima. The buildings were demolished to create fire breaks in the event of air-raids.
On hearing about the tragedy, their parents trekked into Hiroshima in search for these children. It was, however, to no avail. Most of the children had either died from the fires or drowned in the rivers. "I felt really sad on hearing the voices of their mothers. There was no reply from the darkness of the night."
Razak camped at the university grounds for about 12 days before a kind Japanese family offered to accomodate some of the foreign students in their house, some 50km from Hiroshima.
"We walked all the way there. It was then that I saw the enormity of the destruction. Close to the city centre, almost everything was flattened. However, the further we moved away from the city, the destruction became less severe. After 10 days with the Japanese family, we were informed that we were to return to Tokyo."
As soon as Razak arrived in Tokyo, he was given a complete medical chek-up. "The doctor told him that I had low white blood cell count. So I was given injections of white blood cells everyday. The treatment lasted for one whole month."
Going homeThree months later, Razak was called for a meeting with the occupying American army. "I was offered the choice of either continuing my studies without sholarship or to go home. It wasn't much of an option as I had no money. So I told them I would go home."
On returning home, Razak attended the Sultan Idris Training College and qualified as a teacher in Bahasa Melayu three years later. However, his love affair with the Japanese language got the better of him. He offered to teach the staff at the Japanese embassy Bahasa Malaysia. That way he was able to continue speaking Japanese. "I was scared that I would forget the language."
Later Razak joined a Japanese school as a lecturer. In 1982, after the announcement of the "Look East" policy, he was appointed the programme head of the Japanese language intensive course in the MARA Institute of Technoloby which help prepare Malaysian students who are training as Japanese language teachers.
He continues in this capacity to this day despite being well over his retirement age. "I had wanted to retire but unfortunately there is no one else who can replace me. I cannot leave as I feel responsible for the project. It is like planting a tree. I have seen the tree grow and flourish. If I don't look after it now, I'm afraid that it will die."
Each year on August 6, the Hiroshima City Council organises a peace memorial to remember those who died in the atomic bombing. Razak has been invited to attend the memorial since 1984. He says that this significance as it is the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing.
For 50 years, Razak has tried to preach the message of peace. "I speak to many students and to anyone who is interested to hear my story. It is terrible that today we have thousands of nuclear weapons which are much more powerful than the atomic bomb in Hiroshima," laments Razak. His task is made easier when one of his students, Othman Puteh, wrote "Debu Hiroshima", a book based on his experience.
In addition, NHK, a Japanese TV station, did a documentary on Razak in 1988. The result was a 45-minutes documentary entitled "Kokoro no Hiroshima" ("Hiroshima in my heart), which was broadcasted in Japan.
Razak sent a copy of the tape to RTM in the hope that it would be translated into Bahasa Malaysia and aired in this country.
The documentary should be compulsory viewing for all Malaysians, not only because it is about a Malaysian who had survived the most terrifying bomb ever devised by humankind, but also because it is about the quest of a Malaysian for peace and a world without nuclear weapons.
But to date, there is no response from RTM.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Negeri Sembilan trip

I had xplore negeri sembilan yesterday starting my journey from seremban to ulu bendul , seri menanti , kuala pilah,kuala kelawai ,ulu serting,jeram tol and back to Seremban.But i was so frustrated as i had forgot to bring my SLR camera battery.I had missed a lot of photography opportunity along the way.I will definitely go back there as the journey was quite interesting .

Along the way in kuala pilah , i had sample daging salai , buah tampoi (a fruit which i had never tasted before) and the locally grown buah mata kuching.I had also stop at one of the duck egg rearing farm and bought 2 dozen of fresh duck egg to be processed into salted egg.According to them to process raw duck egg into salted egg is very easy. Just immersed the egg into salt water , 1 kg of salt for a carton full of egg.After ten days it will ready for consumption.

I love the malay village scenery in Kuala Pilah especially near Seri Menanti , the area was well kept and beautiful .I will not comment much on this trip as i don't have any photo to show.A picture paints a thousand words.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Update on Xplorer JR

I believe i could confirm now that my daughter had definitely inherited my Xplorer genes.Almost on a daily basis she will cried aloud (especially at night) and the only known remedy to cure that, is sightseeing in my car.I had just came back from the normal dose of routine night sightseeing and currently she is asleep.

video

Trip to LONDON again

It had been an extremely busy week for me and the bad news is i had to go to LONDON again next week. With the cases of H1N1 on the rise in Malaysia and in London recently , it may seem not a very good idea to go to London at this moment.I need to practice strict hygiene whilst in London just in case.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

KL Internal Security Act street protest-K.L


I had received an email from fellow bloggers overseas asking me about the situation in KL.They had plan to visit Malaysia next week but now they seems unsure on wheter malaysia is a good place to visit looking at the recent violent street protest in KL.

Oh i wish that i could foward the email to the protest organizer so that they realized that their action had tarnished the image of Malaysia in the eyes of the world.The police had given an early warning not to proceed with the protest and yet they went ahead .When the police took action they blamed the police and the government for being cruel . Grow up!! , you are responsible for your own action and the only person to blame for is yourself.

Millions of ringgit was lost in term of direct and indirect business opportunity and i'm very sure at the very moment thousand of potential tourist to malaysia will re-evaluate on wheter malaysia is really worthwhile to visit.

For those who had participate in the street protest , please think before you act and do not blindly support things which you yourself do not fully understand . Think critically and analytically , do not blindly support any action which you feel are worthless despite coming from an influential people from the BN or PR.

If it's wrong , it's still wrong and i don't care if its from BN or PR and yesterday street protest was definitely wrong!!!!!!.

THINK!!!!!!!!!!!..........

****Malaysia is a very nice and peaceful country to visit , event which happen yesterday does not reflect the overall situation in my country.If you plan to visit malaysia in this short term and unsure on wheter you had made the right decision , you can email me for advice.