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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Phone Salesman Amazes Crowd with his Singing

I believe some of you might have seen this person on the "Britain's Got Talent" show before. It was in 2007. I admit I haven’t seen till today. Today, I was really blown away witnessed his singing.

I came to know this video from a friend. He introduced this video as “Don’t judge the Book from its Cover”. .

A video says thousand words.

References:
http://www.maniacworld.com/Phone-Salesman-Amazes-Crowd-Part.html

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Multi-tasking is NOT good

I believe many people will comment to this topic as “not right”, because, we still feel that multi-tasking is a kind of act to accomplish more than one tasks simultaneously. So, in other words, if one can do many things at a time, things will virtually be completed at the same time, which means shorter total time. More completed tasks in shorter times equates to more efficient.

However, there is hidden cost in the “multi-tasking” act. Scientific studies have revealed that “multi-tasking” equates to “more time lost”. How could that be?

*Quoted from: http://www.apa.org/releases/multitasking.html
Whether people toggle between browsing the Web and using other computer programs, talk on cell phones while driving, pilot jumbo jets or monitor air traffic, they're using their "executive control" processes -- the mental CEO -- found to be associated with the brain's prefrontal cortex and other key neural regions such as the parietal cortex. These interrelated cognitive processes establish priorities among tasks and allocate the mind's resources to them. "For each aspect of human performance -- perceiving, thinking and acting -- people have specific mental resources whose effective use requires supervision through executive mental control," says Meyer.

So, when looking into multi-tasking, it’s not really multi-tasking. It’s actually task-switching. This means, in our brains, it’s deciding on what to be performed at the particular time, while other tasks are in queue (we are actually having side thought about other tasks, but not performing them yet). When we decided to switch to another task, there’s a time-lost and efforts in switching from one concentration to another unrelated task. And it often takes longer time to switch to another more complicated task.

Maybe you want to say you are making a call while driving. They are two tasks at the same time. Well, actually, our brain is working hard in switching tasks in split seconds to perform the two. Virtually, can’t notice the switching, and consider as two tasks simultaneously.
Well, studies have also shown that making phone calls while driving (even on hands-free) will increase traveling time. Don’t you think so? You may want to try (not advisable). Nevertheless, even talking to passengers while driving will increase traveling time.

*Rule activation itself takes significant amounts of time, several tenths of a second -- which can add up when people switch back and forth repeatedly between tasks. Thus, multitasking may seem more efficient on the surface, but may actually take more time in the end.

I personally agree with this finding. I prefer focusing on a subject and get it done first before doing another unrelated thing. Sequence and prioritize the tasks to be exact. I feel that I can concentrate better and absorb the knowledge from the subject better when really just doing it. Therefore, it comes to time management in the end. How do we manage time to cope with different tasks, such as work, to meet their datelines.

Some findings even said that multi-tasking makes people dumb. Well, it’s a bit strong to say that. I would say, it makes people less skilled at the tasks they are doing. This also equates to lower quality for each task completed through multi-tasking act.
This is related to concentration a person put on the subject. One cannot put full concentration and efforts on a subject when doing or thinking of doing other things.

But one thing for sure for human lives these days is…we can never avoid multi-tasking act. It’s just a matter of how conscious are we towards carrying out the multi-tasks and how much can we avoid it from causing us risks which may follow.

Referemces:
http://www.apa.org/releases/multitasking.html
http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2006/03/multitasking_ma.html

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Chocolate

Do you like chocolate? Yes I do, but i'm not talking about the chocolate that we eat.
I'm talking about a new movie.

It's a new Thai Action Movie. Produced by the same group of people produced the Ong-Bak and Tom Yum Goong movies.

This time, the main action performer is a Lady.

Let's watch the trailer..."Chocolate"

Another movie which will become one of my favourites.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Eyelid Monitoring System

How often do you fall asleep while driving?
This is a very dangerous event to talk about. It causes accident if one really falls asleep while driving.

So, Toyota, a Japanese car maker, has developed a new system to monitor whether the driver is falling asleep.

This system is to be called Eye-Monitoring System.

It’s an enhancement system to be equipped in the car added to its Pre-Crash Safety System. What does it do? It monitors driver’s eye-lids.
This eye-monitoring system uses monitoring-camera, places in front of the driver, to capture driver’s eyes in real-time. The image processing computer, connected to the camera, will determine how wide or narrow the eyes are opened, based on the position of the upper and lower eye lids. This information will then be further processed and trigger different required actions or alerts to be performed by the vehicle. In this way, the chances of accident due to sleepiness can be reduced.

This development follows Toyota's existing face-monitoring technology--available on the Lexus LS600h--which tracks the orientation of the driver's face and sounds a warning if it detects a sustained period of inattention.

The eye-monitoring system is an interesting idea. Japan, Toyota, has announced that this system will be launched “in the near future”.

References:
http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9855399-1.html
http://asia.cnet.com/crave/2008/01/23/toyota-develops-eyelid-monitoring-system/

No Petrol Day – 24th January 2008

Do you think the petrol price is expensive? Do you hope for a reduction in petrol price? Will it ever going to be cheaper? If any, how to make the petrol price drop?

I personally feel that there’s no way the petrol price will reduce. It’s been increasing non-stop since long time ago. However, I do hope that the price can be reduced.

Why?

Many reasons to mention. And actually many pros in contrast to cons as well.

Never to forget that the natural resources are in a decline. Therefore, ways to maintain natural resources, are normally highlighted by environmentalist, scientists, etc, those dedicated their lives to natures.

Today, I received a forward email from my colleague. Titled “Don't buy petrol on 24th Jan 2008”. I decided to share this email to everyone since it’s no harm. The email content is as follows:

****

Hi everybody,

Petrol in Pakistan Rs 17 per liter
Malaysia Rs 18 per liter
In India it's 51 per liter

Why this difference in Asia itself? World Market CRUDE Oil is not the reason for this. It's all Gain for private owners. As we are the general public, or Common Man as R.K.Laxman wud have said, we have to raise our voice, let's rise thru Emails.


IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED THAT IF EVERYONE DID NOT PURCHASE A DROP OF PETROL FOR ONE DAY AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME, THE OIL COMPANIES WOULD CHOKE ON THEIR STOCKPILES.

AT THE SAME TIME IT WOULD HIT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY WITH A NET LOSS OVER 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS WHICH AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINES OF THE OIL COMPANIES.

THEREFORE "24th JANUARY" HAS BEEN FORMALLY DECLARED "STICK IT UP THEIR BEHIND "DAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION SHOULD NOT BUY A SINGLE DROP OF PETROL THAT DAY.


THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE IS IF YOU FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN AND AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN TO GET THE WORD OUT. WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND CONTROL THE PRICES IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REDUCTION AND CONTROL IN PRICES THAT THE ARAB NATIONS PROMISED TWO WEEKS AGO?

REMEMBER ONE THING, NOT ONLY IS THE PRICE OF PETROL GOING UP BUT AT THE SAME TIME AIRLINES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES, TRUCKING COMPANIES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES WHICH AFFECTS PRICES ON EVERYTHING THAT IS SHIPPED. THINGS LIKE FOOD, CLOTHING, BUILDING SUPPLIES MEDICAL SUPPLIES ETC. WHO PAYS IN THE END? WE DO!

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.IF THEY DON'T GET THE MESSAGE AFTER ONE DAY, WE WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. SO DO YOUR PART AND SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND MAKE 24 JANUARY A DAY THAT THE CITIZENS SAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH".

We forward so many junk email to many of our friends, now let us do it for some useful cause to cut down the price of the petrol........

REMEMBER: JANUARY 24, 2008.... NO Petrol Day...!


Please "Think Of It ...............

****

So, will you try?

I actually went further searched for more related info through search engine, and found several related articles. So, I guess it’s a big news.

Anyway, I’ll NOT buy petrol on the 24th January 2008.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Fuel Cell Battery for Mobile Phone

Do you know what type of battery is being used in your mobile phone?
In fact, there are few types which are commonly used in mobile phones. The most commonly used nowadays is the Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.

There are few types of rechargeable batteries. They are nickel-cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Lithium ion Polymer, etc. Different types with different characteristics. Most hobbyists, such as those playing remote control cars, will know more about rechargeable batteries as they use batteries heavily.

Recently, Angstrom Power, a Canadian firm, introduced the world’s first mobile phone fuel cell that fits into a normal mobile phones, claiming that the cell lasts twice as long as conventional batteries.

This new battery technology has been integrated and tested in Motorola’s SLVR L7.
Results show that it gives better battery life and require very short recharge time of just 10 minutes.

THE BATTERY TAKES JUST 10 MINUTES TO CHARGE…!!!

Wow…this is really impressive.

This battery is hydrogen fuel cell. It’s a Micro Hydrogen™ technology patented by Angstrom Power. It uses hydrogen as fuel and taking oxygen from the air to create chemical-reaction. The byproduct produced by the Fuel Cell is environmental friendly, which is Water vapour (H2O).

Interesting enough is its physical flexibility which is able to be fitted into the mobile phones without altering the shape or size of the phone (as integrated and tested with the Motorola L7).

It's said that the technology could be ready for commercial use in 2010.


References:
http://www.platinum.matthey.com/media_room/1200499213.html
http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2207190/motorola-debuts-fuel-cell
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2207281/motorola-shows-fuel-cell-phone
http://www.angstrompower.com/

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Rhys Millen's accidental off-road racing truck backflip practice session - Video

Remember my earlier post regarding Rhys Millen's accident during his back flip training with an off-road racing truck?

Well, I found this video posted in Youtube. It's the video recorded showing his attempt which caused him the pain.

So, you may want to know how he actually involved in the incidence. So, let’s watch.



Related post: http://oliver-info-sharing.blogspot.com/2007/12/backflip-off-road-racing-truck.html

Super Light Weight Match

This is one of the nice Thai-Boxing matches you should not miss.

Enjoy...

(the click-to-play button will appear after its ads. Patient)


http://video.mthai.com/player.php?id=8M1200042448M0

Friday, January 11, 2008

World’s Cheapest Car

TATA Motors, a car manufacturer company in India, has unveiled its new model, named ‘NANO’.

It’s a small size car (length = 3.1m, width = 1.5m and height = 1.6m). It is rear-wheel driven, by all-aluminium, two-cylinder, 623cc, 33ps, multi-point fuel injection petrol engine.

Ahem. You might want to read the second paragraph above again. Please. Yes. I would like to highlight here: TWO-CYLINDER. It’s the first time for a car to be pushed to roll by a two-cylinder gasoline engine.

Well, it’s claimed that it has the necessary safety features. And it is having exhaust emission comply with emission standards.

So, how cheap it is?
It’s going to be sold in India at the price of 100,000 rupee, or around US$2600.





Reference:
http://www.tata.com/tata_motors/releases/20080110.htm

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Accord 2008 (South East Asia)

"Everything Beyond…”

That’s the new theme for the New Accord.

Is this a new challenger to the Camry? Maybe.

I wouldn’t comment much, as this is really up to different personal taste. I myself must say it’s another great car from Honda for the year 2008. So, just want to share some nice photos I grabbed from the net to show case it here a bit.

Do I like it? My answer is…YES.













Credit:
http://www.honda.co.th/accord/en/main.html

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Smallest Laser Projector

Small but show big.

Announced by Microvision Inc., it has come up with the world’s smallest laser projector. It’s the size of a PDA. Convenient enough to be carried around in shirt or pants pocket.

No more bulky stationary projector. Sounds great.

The resolution produced is pretty high. It uses three lasers: red, green, and blue colours, to project a WVGA (848 by 480, roughly DVD resolution) image to any surface. More interesting is that it doesn’t have any lens for its projecting focus. It projects images out clearly onto the wall without lens. It can display a two foot diagonal image from a distance of two feet. And 5 foot diagonal image from a distance of 5 feet.

It’s a plug and play device. This laser projector can be connected to any device with video/image output, to have the pictures to be projected at large scale onto the wall or any display screen.

Another interesting point to this new technology is its power source. It can be powered from a built-in rechargeable battery. The battery can even be recharged via USB power lines.

How about the common heating concerns that we always find in the currently available projectors in the market?
Well, this laser projector doesn’t need any cooling fan. It just won’t get heated. What an amazingly cool technology here.

Take a closer look at the projection module housed in the laser projector, it’s small. Smaller than a thumb. Mobile phone industries are now eying at this projector module to be implemented into their mobile phones. It won’t be long for us to see mobile phones with built-in projector. The mobile phone will be able to display images on the wall, at bigger scale than the display screen on the mobile phone itself.

It’s saying that the projector should be available in the market later this year.

Oh...by the way, what's it called?

Microvision calls it "PicoP".

Video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IY9SQXW-E4&eurl=http://microvision.blogspot.com/2007/01/pc-mag-worlds-smallest-projector.html


References:
Blog presented by Ben Averch, the Global Product Manager of Microvision.
http://microvision.blogspot.com/

Related old news:
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/06/15/sony_unveils_worlds_smallest_projector/

http://microvision.blogspot.com/2007/01/pc-mag-worlds-smallest-projector.html

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Mathematical Analog Clock

What do you see when u look at an analog clock?
You will find at least 2 needles, which turn with times. One indicating minute and another indicating hour. There might be the third needle indicating second. We will also see the face of the dial with numerical numbers around the dial. The numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Ok, that’s what you find in a normal analog clock.

So now, let me introduce to you a clock which doesn’t have the normal numbers as mentioned.

Picture says thousand words:

It consists of expressions involving three instances of number 9.

Try to calculate the expressions and see…

Really a creative hour indicator.

References:
http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9840870-1.html
http://streetlessons.com/484-the-perfect-clock-for-nerds.html

Friday, January 4, 2008

A man survived from 47-storey fall

Well, my jaw fell, and mouth opened wide when I heard about this. Speechless...!!!

You can find related news through here:
http://news.google.com.my/news?hl=en&um=1&tab=wn&q=47+storey+fall&btnG=Search+News

This man’s name is Alcides Moreno, a 37-year-old Ecuadorean immigrant. A window cleaner. He had this fall on 7th December 2007, from the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper, New York. He’s now awake, talking to his family and expected to walk again.

According to statistics, anyone falling from 10th storey building should not survive. However, this is a miracle for one to survive after falling from 47th floor.

Doctors at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center have announced that his recovery has been astonishing.

His brother, Edgar Moreno, was together in the fall as well. But he did not survive.
Alcides Moreno, when arrived at the hospital after the fall, received intensive treatment from Doctors, tried to rescue him. He has both legs and his right arm and wrist broken in several places. He had severe injuries to his chest, his abdomen and his spinal column.

His brain was bleeding. It was critical hour.
Incredible enough, his head injuries were relatively minor for a fall victim. He also managed to avoid a paralysing spinal cord injury, even though he suffered a shattered vertebra.

Amazing amazing amazing…!!!

Really hard to believe anything like this can happen.

The victim does regularly saying that “it’s just not his time”.

References:
Victim's photo from:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=4082765

Thursday, January 3, 2008

2008 Events Calendar - Malaysia

For those who are interested to travel in Malaysia, and looking for events to visit, here's the list of events for the year 2008.

JANUARY
Malaysia International Space Adventure
1 January 2008 Until 16 March 2008
Venue: Putrajaya
Phone: +603-40247009
Fax: +603-40247008
Email: MISA@adsuria.com
Website: www.misa.com.my

Gems of the World
1 January 2008 Until 30 September 2008
The world’s largest collection of natural mineral gemstones in their purest uncut forms will be featured at Genting. Witness these priceless gemstones up close! Venue:
Genting Hotel Grand Ballroom, Genting Highlands Resort
Genting Highlands
Pahang
Phone: 603 6101 1118 / 2718 1118
Website: www.genting.com.my

Eye on Malaysia
1 January 2008 Until 31 August 2008
Experience a breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city! This unforgettable ride reaches a height of 60 metres and offers a maginificient view of over 20 km of the city.
Venue: Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 2166 1106
Fax: 603 2691 1272
Website: www.eyeonmalaysia.com.my

International Arts Festival
1 January 2008 Until 31 August 2008
The Arts Festival promises to be a wonderful celebration of both Malaysian and international artists. The festival offers a unique program throughout 2008, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary giving rise to new forms and ideas. Theatrical spectacles will be created specifically for the program with over 120 artists taking part. Venue: Putrajaya
Phone: 603 2693 7111
Fax: 603 2691 1272
Email: info@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2008
5 January 2008 Until 11 January 2008
Catch the excitement on high seas as Southeast Asia’s renowned Regatta features more than 50 yachts competing in the nine highly charged racing classes!
Venue: Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Langkawi
Phone: 604 966 4078
Fax: 604 966 5078
Email: office@langkawiregatta.com
Website: www.langkawiregatta.com

Thaipusam
23 January 2008
Thaipusam, a colourful and spectacular annual Hindu festival, draws huge gathering of both locals and foreigners. Witness the devotees carry Kavadis by piercing shiny steel rods onto their body to honour a vow, overcome bad Karma or as penance. In Selangor, the festival is celebrated at the Batu Caves temple.
Venue: Batu Caves, Selayang, Selangor
Phone: 603 6189 6284
Fax: 603 6187 2404
Email: batu_caves@yahoo.com

FEBUARY

Chinese New Year
7 February 2008 Until 8 February 2008
Chinese New Year is a festival celebrated for 15 days. Family reunion feasts and open houses are being organised to welcome relations and friends. “Ang Pows” or little red money packets are given out to children by the elders. Lion and Dragon dance performances are also featured to commemorate the festival.
Venue: All throughout Malaysia
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

Genting International Show
8 February 2008 Until 31 December 2008
The Genting International Show features a truly world class performances of illusions, acrobats, dances and showcase of exotic animals.
Venue: The Pavilion, First World Hotel, Genting Highlands Resort
Phone: 603 6101 1118/27181 1118
Website: www.genting.com.my

Le Tour de Langkawi 2008
9 February 2008 Until 17 February 2008
World’s finest cyclists will meet at Asia’s Le Tour de Langkawi. An action packed event that promises thrills and spills. The route starts from the idyllic island of Langkawi to Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, involving spectacular and treacherous terrain. Venue: Langkawi
Email: ltdl2008@tdl.com.my
Website: www.tdl.com.my

Langkawi Ironman Triathlon 2008
23 February 2008
Witness more than 300 participants go through the grueling rigours of a 3.8km swim across choppy waters, 180.3km close bike race in midday heat followed by 42.2km marathon throughout the Island. The event is thus certified as among the toughest in the world!
Venue: Eagle Square, Langkawi
Phone: 603 2692 9034/2692 3171
Fax: 603 2698 2863 /2692 9031
Email: srsgroup@tm.net.my
Website: www.ironmanlangkawi.com.my

MARCH

KL Grand Prix City
1 March 2008 Until 24 March 2008
The KL Grand Prix City, held to coincide with the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix promises entertainment, exciting exhibitions and road shows besides fantastic bargains and unbelievable shopping discounts in Kuala Lumpur! Come and join the fun!
Venue: Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 2617 6272
Fax: 603 2698 3819
Email: mtpkl@motour.gov.my
Website: www.kualalumpur.gov.my

KL GP Sale
14 March 2008 Until 23 March 2008
In conjunction with the Petronas Malaysia F1 Grand Prix, the event offers a fantastic mix of great entertainment, automobile shows and amazing bargains as well as discounts. Be part of the action here in Kuala Lumpur!
Venue: Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 2698 1033
Fax: 603 2691 6122
Email: gpsale@saletourism.gov.my
Website: www.tourism.gov.my or www.mymegasale.com/gpsale

Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix 2008
21 March 2008 Until 23 March 2008
Catch the blazing action at one of the most high-tech circuits in the world. With the extreme hot and wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit, the skills of the world’s finest drivers will be tested to the limit! Don’t miss it, be there in Sepang! Venue: Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
Phone: 603 8778 2222
Fax: 603 8778 2227

World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Championship
24 March 2008 Until 27 March 2008
This is the 15th Edition of World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Championship (WAITGC) since its inception in 2004. This event will aid in the promotion of Malaysia as a top golfing destination.
Venue: KGSAAS & Tropicana GCC, Selangor
Phone: 603-5633 2079 / 603-5634 2078
Fax: 603-5632 7879
Email: waitgc@streamyx.com
Website: http://www.waitgc.com/index.html

APRIL

Genting International Jazz Festival
4 April 2008 Until 5 April 2008
Jazz enthusiasts must head to Genting Highlands for this incredible festival which promises an array of international jazz performances. Be there and have a great time! Venue: Genting Highlands Resort
Phone: 603 6101 1118/2718 1118
Website: www.genting.com.my

Langkawi Water Festival 2008 (Malaysia Water Festival 2008)
4 April 2008 Until 6 April 2008
Langkawi Water Fest is a three day event which promises more than 50 exciting water sports and beach games. Top prizes and lucky draws await participants and bystanders for the event.
Venue: Langkawi
Phone: 604 9698 080
Fax: 604 9698 8081
Email: info@tourismlangkawi.gov.my

Port Dickson International Half Marathon 2008
6 April 2008
The true grit and stamina race starts at the Admiral Marina & Leisure Club for a course of 21km to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst Malaysians whilst bringing forth new sporting talents in the state. Join in the run with your friends and have fun!
Venue: Admiral Marina & Leisure Club, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Phone: 606 765 9870/647 0888
Fax: 606 762 8540/647 0889
Email: mtpnns@sukns.gov.my
Website: www.admiralmarina.com.my

11th International Malay Archipelago Drums Festival (Invitational)
10 April 2008 Until 16 April 2008
Drums take centrestage in this fascinating event. Enjoy the rhythm of various types of drums and other traditional musical instruments from around the region. This annual festival is brought to you by 24 cultural troupes that have been specially invited from countries such as China, Indonesia, Portugal and many more.
Venue: Dataran Pahlawan Megamall, Mahkota Parade, Pantai Puteri, Melaka
Phone: 606 232 6411
Fax: 606 231 6084
Email: mderus@mbmb.gov.my
Website: www.mbmb.gov.my

15th Regatta Lepa Semporna – Water Festival
19 April 2008 Until 20 April 2008
A unique festival of the Bajau Seafarers, the 15th Regatta Lepa is a competition of the most beautiful traditional sailboats. The festival also include tele-matches such as tug of war, kayak race and boat racing.
Venue: Semporna, Sabah
Phone: 6089 781 518/6088 232 121
Fax: 6089 781 472/6088 265 540
Email: zachary@sabahtourism.com
Website: www.sabah.tourism.com

Labuan International Sea Challenge (Malaysia Water Festival 2008)
19 April 2008 Until 27 April 2008
Labuan International Sea Challenge welcomes participants from around the world to join in for an amazing week of water sports.

i)Labuan International Extreme Kayak Challenge (20-21 Apr)
ii)Labuan Boat Tug-of-War (21 Apr)
iii)ROLEX IGFA International Game Fishing Tournament (22-27 Apr)
iv)Labuan Intenational Boat Race (26-27 Apr)
v)Round Island Kayak Challenge (27 Apr)
vi)Cross Channel Swimming Challenge (27 Apr)

Venue: Labuan
Phone: 6087 408 744/422 622
Fax: 6087 419 622
Email: mtpl@labuantourism.com.my
Website: www.labuantourism.com.my

MAY

Penang World Music Festival
2 May 2008 Until 4 May 2008
Music lovers get to experience a potpourri of music by well-known international and local musicians, amid the resounding rhythms of nature. Be enchanted by the festival in Penang.
Venue: Quarry Garden, Penang
Phone: 604 262 0202
Fax: 604 263 1020

Sabah Fest 2008
3 May 2008 Until 4 May 2008
The state’s most anticipated event, Sabah Fest 2008 features spectrum of cultures and traditions through dance, music fashion and food. The festival is a prelude to the Harvest Fest celebration happening statewide.
Venue: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Phone: 6088 232 121/212 121
Fax: 6088 265 540/212 075
Email: shahira@sabahtourism.com
Website: www.sabahtourism.com

Miri International Jazz Festival 2008
9 May 2008 Until 10 May 2008
The two day event will showcase great international jazz performances in the intimacy of the Pavilion, set against the backdrop of tropical seaside & distant calls of the mighty rainforest. Be there to experience it.
Venue: The Pavilion, Park City Everly Hotel, Miri, Sarawak
Phone: 6085 434 181
Fax: 6085 434 179
Email: info@mirijazzfestival.com
Website: www.mirijazzfestival.com

Fiesta Candat Sotong Antarabangsa 2008 (International Squid Jigging)
9 May 2008 Until 11 May 2008
Venue: Pulau Redang, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Phone: 609 626 2946/623 1957
Fax: 609 626 1946/622 1957

Wesak
19 May 2008
The Buddhists celebrate the day with religious offerings and rituals which usually occur in Buddhist temples. Grand processions take place during the night in cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Seremban, Melaka and Penang.

• Wesak Day 2008 Celebration
30 April, Melaka.

Venue: All throughout Malaysia
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

Colours of Malaysia 2008
24 May 2008
Get a fascinating glimpse of the Malaysian cultures, to be showcased through colourful parades and traditional performances as well as crafts. Savour the mouth-watering local delicacies and visit spectacular exhibitions happening nationwide during this time. Venue: Putrajaya
Phone: 603 2693 7111
Fax: 603 2694 1272
Email: info@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival
24 May 2008 Until 3 August 2008
Grab the opportunity to enjoy astounding discounts and special offers during Malaysia’s biggest annual sale carnival! There’s value for money for everyone out there at the countless shopping malls and stores nationwide.
Venue: All throughout Malaysia
Phone: 603 2698 1033
Fax: 603 2691 6122
Email: enquiry@mymegasale.com.my
Website: www.tourism.gov.my or www.mymegasale.com

Islanders Music Dance Festival Langkawi 2008
30 May 2008 Until 1 June 2008
Venue: Langkawi
Phone: 604 969 8080
Email: info@tourismlangkawi.gov.my

JUNE

Gawai Dayak Festival
1 June 2008
Gawai Dayak is a harvest festival celebrated by the state’s indigenous people, particularly Dayaks such as the Ibans and Bidayuh. Traditional costumes are worn and ceremonial offerings of various local traditional delicacies and ‘tuak’ (home-made rice wine) are made to the gods of rice and prosperity. This unique festivity is a ‘must-see’ occasion for local and foreign tourists alike.
Venue: throughout Sarawak
Phone: 6082 423 600
Fax: 6082 416 700
Email: stb@sarawaktourism.com
Website: www.sarawaktourism.com

23rd Sabah Dragon Boat Race 2008
15 June 2008
One of the state’s main annual events, the Sabah Dragon Boat Race has drawn international participants from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, China and Brunei.
Venue: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Phone: 6088 232 121/260 431
Fax: 6088 265 540/219 401
Email: zachary@sabahtourism.com
Website: www.sabahtourism.com

Japan GT
17 June 2008 Until 22 June 2008
The high profile and most popular racing series in Japan is brought to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. The Japan GT, an adrenalin rush competition which will draw racing enthusiasts worldwide to Malaysia. Don’t misst out on the event! Venue: Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Selangor
Phone: 603 8778 2222
Fax: 603 8778 2227
Email: ticket@malaysiangp.com.my
Website: www.malaysiangp.com.my

Penang Bridge Marathon 2008
22 June 2008
Take part in one of the best well-known sporting events in the country. The annual marathon will take place over the third longest bridge in the world and along the island’s scenic coastal highway.
Venue: Penang Bridge, Penang
Phone: 604 262 0202
Fax: 604 263 1020

Fiesta San Pedro
23 June 2008 Until 29 June 2008
Fiesta San Pedro or Feast of Saint Peter is a major annual celebration for the Portuguese community in Melaka. It is celebrated with traditional games, cultural performances, food fair and best decorated boat contest.
Venue: Portuguese Settlement, Melaka
Phone: 606 281 560/262 0202/6016 611 1684
Fax: 606 288 2951

JULY

Ipoh Open International Run
6 July 2008
The 21km course is an opportunity for both participants and observers to enjoy the city’s varied landscapes and cultures.
Venue: Dataran Ipoh, Ipoh, Perak
Phone: 605 241 3733
Fax: 605-253 7396

Rainforest World Music Festival
11 July 2008 Until 13 July 2008
Musicians from around the world gather to perform diverse ethnic music in a living museum known as Sarawak Culture Village. The festival is set to bring ardent fans of music from all corners of the world.
Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak
Phone: 6082 423 600
Fax: 6082 416 700
Email: pauline@sarawaktourism.com
Website: www.sarawaktourism.com

Port Dickson International Triathlon 2008
12 July 2008 Until 13 July 2008
The Port Dickson International Triathlon 2008 will feature 1,000 participants from 30 countries to compete in swimming, cycling and marathon.
Venue: Admiral Marina & Leisure Club, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Phone: 606 765 9870 / 647 0888
Fax: 606 762 8540 / 647 0889
Email: mtpnns@sukns.gov.my
Website: www.admiralmarina.com.my

Malaysia Flora Fest 2008
18 July 2008 Until 3 August 2008
Witness splendid display of Flowers as Putrajaya transforms into a veritable paradise of breathtaking, colourful blossoms. Therned as ‘Colours of Harmony’, the event will feature Floral Parade which showcases beautifully decorated floats from nationwide and the neighbouring countries. Bazaars, competitions, exhibitions and workshops are also available.

20 July: Flora Run (Florathon) - Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur
26 July: Flora Fest Parade - Putrajaya Boulevard, Putrajaya
26–28 July: Static Display of Floats - Putrajaya
29 Jun - 21 July: Floral Photography Exhibtion

Venue: Putrajaya & Klang Valley
Phone: 603 2693 7111
Fax: 603 2694 1146
Email: info@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

Genting World Lion Dance Championships
18 July 2008 Until 20 July 2008
The event will be held at the Arena of Stars, venue for the one and only gathering of the world’s best lion dance troupes, competing for the coveted title of “The World Lion King”. Don’t miss the fantastic performances of acrobatics and dance.
Venue: Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands
Phone: 603 6101 1118 / 2718 1118
Website: www.genting.com.my

KL Samrah Festival 2008
18 July 2008 Until 9 August 2008
The event showcases Arabian music and concerts over at Bintang Walk to welcome the arrival of Middle Eastern tourists to Malaysia, happening in four weekends and eight nights. Watch out for these dates!

18-19 July, 25- 26 July, 1-2 August, 8-9 August
Venue: Bintang Walk, Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 603 2617 6272
Fax: 603 2698 3819
Email: mtpkl@motour.gov.my
Website: www.kualalumpur.gov.my

Perak International Skydive
19 July 2008 Until 20 July 2008
The event will feature local participants from Selangor and Kelantan as well as international professional sky divers from Singapore, Australia and US.
Venue: Ipoh , Perak
Phone: 605 312 7359
Fax: 605 312 7359

AUGUST

Sarawak Regatta
1 August 2008 Until 3 August 2008
The state’s expert boatmen take up their paddles to prove their prowess for the event with jet ski and kayak races to add to the fast paced action.
Venue: Kuching Waterfront, Kuching, Sarawak
Phone: 6082 243 301 / 414 405
Fax: 6082 243 304

Malaysia International Fireworks
15 August 2008 Until 30 August 2008
Watch the sky light up with impressive fireworks displays! The competition features various countries vying to create a grand theatre of pyrotechnics. Be part of the this magical, glittering evening!
Venue: Putrajaya
Phone: 603 2693 7111
Fax: 603 2694 1272
Email: info@motour.gov.my
Website: www.motour.gov.my

TM 22nd Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon 2008
23 August 2008 Until 24 August 2008
Known as ‘The World’s Toughest Mountain Race’, TM 22nd Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon 2008 is a 21 km run towards the peak of Mt. Kinabalu and descend in three hours for the Men, Women and Veteran Men categories.
Venue: Kinabalu Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Phone: 6088 232 121
Fax: 6088 265 540
Email: zachary@sabahtourism.com
Website: www.sabahtourism.com

Merdeka Month Celebration
31 August 2008
The date marks a commemoration of Malaysia’s 51st year of Independence, celebrated in a joyous mood by all Malaysians. Highlights include parades, fireworks displays and much more! Join in the merriment!
Venue: All throughout Malaysia
Phone: 603 2615 8188 / 8888 1957
Fax: 603 2693 5884 / 8888 3904
Email: enquiries@tourism.gov.my
Website: www.tourism.gov.my

SEPTEMBER

Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge
8 September 2008 Until 10 September 2008
Venue: Rompin, Pahang
Phone: 609 514 1203/513 7235
Email: tioman@mytioman.com.my

OCTOBER

Hari Raya
1 October 2008 Until 2 October 2008
A day to rejoice after a month long fast, Muslims nationwide celebrate in colourful traditional attire, having open houses offering an array of delicious food fare and cookies. Everyone is welcomed to join in the harmonious celebration and revel in the joyous mood.
Venue: All throughout Malaysia
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

Deepavali
27 October 2008
A festival of lights, Deepavali is celebrated universally by Hindus with prayers and festivities during the day. They also hold open houses where family and friends visit and enjoy delicious traditional cuisines.
Venue: All throughout Malaysia
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

NOVEMBER

Penang International Lantern Festival
1 November 2008 Until 31 December 2008
The Penang International Lantern Festival is celebrated during the full moon featuring intricately designed lanterns with multiple motifs.
Venue: Auto-City Highway, Juru, Penang
Phone: 604 262 0202
Fax: 604 263 1020

Taman Negara Eco-Challenge
8 November 2008 Until 9 November 2008
The world’s top runners competed in this challenging event which requires participants to ascend the 2,187 metre high Gunung Tahan. Attractive prizes await winners as well as recognition for all contestants.
Venue: Gunung Tahan, Pahang
Phone: 609 517 1111 / 517 1112
Fax: 609 514 6900
Email: mtpnphg@streamyx.com
Website: www.pahangtourism.com.my

Powerman Malaysia
9 November 2008
An extreme international multi-sports event, Powerman Malaysia incorporates cycling, running and swimming in a duration of 5 hours during the day. Participants with the fastest time recorded wins.
Venue: Lumut, Perak
Phone: 603 2263 3388
Fax: 603 2263 3399

Paintball World Cup Series Asia 2008
14 November 2008 Until 16 November 2008
The event is a world class paintball championship endorsed by key paintball organizations from the US and Europe, as well as other great teams from Asia.
Venue: Taman Awan Batu Buruk, Kuala Terengganu
Phone: 609 623 1957 / 626 2946
Fax: 609 624 6989 / 626 1946

Moonsoon Cup Terengganu 2008
27 November 2008 Until 1 December 2008
Part of the prestigious Swedish Match Tour, the event will be completed by boat enthusiasts around the world. Various activities are also lined up to promote the state’s rich cultural heritage to commemorate the Monsoon Cup Terengganu 2008.
Venue: Kelab Teluk Warisan, Pulau Duyung, Kuala Terengganu
Phone: 609 623 1957 / 603 2142 2882
Fax: 609 624 6989 / 603 2142 2822

Genting International Magic Festival
28 November 2008 Until 30 November 2008
The event will showcase the largest gathering of the best international magicians and illusionists in Malaysia!
Venue: Genting Highlands Resorts
Phone: 603 6101 1118 / 2718 1118
Website: www.genting.com.my

Genting Premium Dining Event
28 November 2008 Until 30 November 2008
Most recognised and influential Michelin star chefs from Europe will compete in cooking for an unforgettable gastronomic experience!
Venue: The Olive Restaurant, Genting Hotel, Genting Highlands Resort
Phone: 603- 6101 1118
Fax: 603-2718 1118
Website: www.genting.com.my

Malaysia Year End Sale
29 November 2008 Until 4 January 2009
The Malaysia Year End Sale is back with great discounts and bargains on a wide variety of merchandise. Wait no longer, this is the time for the ultimate shopping indulgence. Venue: All throughout Malaysia
Phone: 603 2698 1033
Fax: 603 2691 6122
Email: myes@megasale. com
Website: www.tourism.gov.my, www.mymegasale.com

DECEMBER

Penang Island Jazz Festival
4 December 2008 Until 7 December 2008
The Penang Island Jazz Festival will showcase performances of over 50 local and international jazz artistes.
Venue: The Bayview Beach Resort,Feringghi Beach, Penang
Phone: 603 2093 4725
Fax: 603 2093 4726

Christmas
25 December 2008
The Christmas spirit is very much alive and made merrier with the tropical warmth and hospitality of Malaysians. Visitors will find ample restaurants, bistros, shopping malls and hotels with special events planned for the occasion. Join in the celebration!
Venue: All throughout Malaysia
Phone: 603 2612 7600
Fax: 603 2693 5114
Email: info@heritage.gov.my
Website: www.heritage.gov.my

Quoted from Travel Malaysia Guide:
http://travelmalaysiaguide.com/2008-events-calender/

UPGRADE FROM BOYFRIEND TO HUSBAND (joke)




This is a very nice email communication. A complain from a user to an IT support. It makes me laugh like anything.

Here goes the email:
***
Dear IT Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a slow down in the overall performance, particularly in the flower, gifts and jewellery applications that had operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 un-installed many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, but installed undesirable programs such as Formula One 5.0, NBA 3.0 and World Cup 2.0.

And now Conversation 8.0 no longer runs and House Cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?

Signed,
Desperate Housewife


Reply:
Dear Desperate Housewife,

First keep in mind:
Boyfriend 5.0 is an entertainment package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Try entering the command C:\ I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME and downloadTears 6.2 to install Guilt 3.0.

If all works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewellery 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

But remember, overuse can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Late Night Teh Tarik 6.1.

Late Night 6.1 is a very bad program that will create SnoringLoudly.wav files.

Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-Law 1.0 or reinstall another Boyfriend program. These are not supported applications and will crashHusband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have a limitedmemory and cannot learn new applications quickly.

You might consider additional software to improve memory and performance. I personally recommend Hot Tasty Food 3.0 and Tongkat Ali 6.9.

Good Luck,
IT Support

***
Have a nice day.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

BMW-Mercedes combine

Yes...No...two different expressions.

Yes...this blog entry title is right. There's news saying Mercedes and BMW will be cooperating. They are tying up for something. This might be surprising news to many people. I’m quite surprised myself too.

No…this might not be pleasant news to some people, who are hard core supporters to one of these two car makers. One would not be happy to be merged to another.

Well, let’s see what’s going to happen, and what’s the outcome after they are combined.

Let’s throw our imagination to full load…imagining on how will the look of the vehicle be like when it’s BMW-MERCEDES car…never forget the two great performances…

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

ATM card eaten by the machine

Unlucky or lucky? That’s the question.

I got my ATM card eaten into the cash machine…!!! Haih…!!! I’m so disappointed to have made this happened.

How did it happen?
Well, I visited an ATM station, and deposited some cash into the machine. It’s New Year, so, I thought wanted to have some input into my saving account on New Year day. So, after deposited the cash into that machine, I took the transaction slip, and walked out from the machine, folded the slip, and put it into my wallet. So, what’s wrong with that? Seems nothing wrong, right? But no, I forgot the ATM card. It’s my ATM card.

When I had that thought flashed into my mind, I turned my head to see the machine, and saw my card stuck out from the slot. There was also beeping sound beeping earlier, which I didn’t hear. I quickly ran towards the machine, to try to grab my card out, but I was too late. I saw my card being pulled into the machine just a split second before I reach it. Haih…!!! Gone…!!! I tried to press this press that at the machine, tried to get my card out, but to no sign that it can be taken out. There’s no option available onscreen for the card return. So, the only option for me is to call the bank customer service line. After got through all the long length recorded voice answering machine of the customer service line, got connected to a personnel. Reported my case, and verified my personal details, the instruction I got from the bank personnel was to visit the same brunch of ATM that ate my card again tomorrow or any other day. This is because it’s holiday today, and so no one works. It’s new year. No one can attend to my matter. Great! Luckily there’s someone answered my call and recorded my report. They have temporary blocked my card from any usage, until I attended the brunch myself to collect my card back. So now, I have to take a day off from work, to visit this bank to collect my card.

So, back to my earlier question. Am I unlucky, or lucky? Let me explain.

Unlucky: because I was so forgetful; forget to pull out my card immediately after completed my transaction. Which caused this experience. The result is, I have to waste money on phone call I made to the bank, and also will have to take a day off to attend to the bank to get my card back

Lucky: because I’m relieved that the card is being protected from being used by any unauthorized person. This is because I made the report immediately after the case, and the bank did blocked the card.

This is a very important experience I had.

Lesson learned: Always make your report to the bank immediately after facing anything wrong with your bank transaction. The bank will help to protect your properties.

It’s a very good new year experience I had for the year 2008.

Anyway…HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008 TO ALL READERS.
ALL THE BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL, and, always be alert when performing anything. Don’t be so forgetful like me here. Haha…!!!

Cheers.

New Year Eve Ball





What’s this? It’s not Football. It’s a New Year Eve Ball…!!!

It’s not small. It’s big. Very big. and it emits light. Bright light. Not just simple light, but coloured lights. More then 16 million colours. Wow…!!! Spectacular…!!!

This ball is placed in New York City. It’s placed on top of a tall flag pole, and will be released to slide down the pole slowly when the clock ticked at midnight, or at the dot of 00:00 on the 1st January 2008. The ball takes 60-second to slide down a 23.5-meter (77-feet) flagpole.

2008 New Year Eve Ball is a newly designed ball. It’s an energy saving light ball. The lights are emitted from 9,576 energy-efficient Light Emitting Diotes (LEDs).

This is the 100th anniversary for the Time Square. Therefore, the ball is redesigned with new technology to celebrate the 100th anniversary.

This ball is brighter than the last years (two times brighter), and uses as much energy as 10 toasters.

Here’s one of the video clips showing the ball in action:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=N1zeOeCLk2Y

Brighter years ahead, with less energy required.

Happy New Year…!!!

Reference:
http://www.timessquarenyc.org/nye/nye_ball.html