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  • Diesel contamination of raw water supply at Cheras treatment plant, 45,000 affected

    The Star Online : Nation Feed
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    KUALA LUMPUR: Raw water supply to the treatment plant in Cheras has been contaminated by diesel, resulting in supply disruption for some 45,000 consumers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
  • Instacom buying 35% stake of Neata Aluminium for RM58.8m

    Business News
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    KUALA LUMPUR: Instacom Group Bhd has made an offer to buy a 35% stake of Neata Aluminium (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd for RM58mil in an all-share deal as it diversifies into aluminium design and fabrication.
  • Fuel subsidy reduction a good move to prevent leakage, says Dr M

    The Malaysian Insider : All
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    The fuel subsidy reduction of 20 sen per litre in the price of petrol and diesel has received the thumbs up from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The former prime minister said the move was appropriate in order to avoid financial leakage and misappropriation of the subsidised fuel, Bernama reported today. Speaking to reporters in Kota Baru, he said...
  • Walk for Peace and Freedom 2014 (16 Oct 2014)

    Malaysian Bar Council
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Circular No 220/2014Dated 2 Oct 2014 Dear Members of the Malaysian Bar and pupils in chambers Walk for Peace and Freedom 2014 (16 Oct 2014) The Malaysian Bar convened an Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”) on 19 Sept 2014 to condemn the use and continued use of the Sedition Act 1948.I thank all Members of the Bar and pupils in chambers who attended the EGM.The Malaysian Bar believes it is robust debate, diversity of opinion, and freedom of speech and expression that will ultimately promote, inculcate and maintain true and enduring peace, harmony, unity and mutual respect amongst…
  • Natural History Museum — Greater London, United Kingdom TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Natural History Museum - Greater London, United Kingdom Greater London, United KingdomWe spent a great few hours wandering around the Museum with Chris and Yana this morning. We left our bags at Earls Court and got the tube to South Kensington. There were lots of school groups with very young children there. I was really glad not to have to be on duty!! Yesterday it was middle school students from Germany at Greenwich. Today preps to year 2 students with many of them wearing 'high vis' jackets with the school name printed on them. We checked out quite of a lot of the Museum starting withe…
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  • Fuel subsidy reduction a good move to prevent leakage, says Dr M
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    The fuel subsidy reduction of 20 sen per litre in the price of petrol and diesel has received the thumbs up from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The former prime minister said the move was appropriate in order to avoid financial leakage and misappropriation of the subsidised fuel, Bernama reported today. Speaking to reporters in Kota Baru, he said...
  • Asian shares sink after Wall St losses
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Asian markets plunged today following a heavy sell-off on Wall Street as a mixed bag of data raised concerns about the global economy, while the dollar tumbled a day after breaking 110 yen for the first time in six years. Traders were now awaiting a European Central Bank (ECB) policy meeting later in the day and the release of US jobs figures...
  • Kontinjen negara terima keputusan tarik balik pingat dengan hati terbuka
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Kontinjen negara di Temasya Sukan Asia ke-17 di Incheon tidak mempunyai pilihan lain selain menerima keputusan penarikan balik pingat emas pertama negara yang diperoleh menerusi acara wushu selepas Jawatankuasa Sementara Mahkamah Timbang Tara Sukan (CAS) menolak rayuan yang dibuat sebelum ini. Ketua kontinjen negara, Datuk Daniyal Balagopal...
  • Power of the Federal Constitution and 100 people – Puthan Perumal
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    In a very interesting article by Thomas Fann entitled “Do-or-die time with re-delineation exercise” published by The Malaysian Insider on May 13, 2014, the learned author had this to say: “The Election Commission (EC) will be conducting its sixth re-delineation exercise of electoral boundaries soon and there can be little dispute that this...
  • Hamilton braces for Rosberg fightback
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Lewis Hamilton (pic) said today he will be ready for a fightback from teammate Nico Rosberg at the Japanese Grand Prix after the German lost first place in the Formula One rankings. The British former champion said his Mercedes rival is too good to take his retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix lying down. Hamilton won to take a three point...
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  • Walk for Peace and Freedom 2014 (16 Oct 2014)

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Circular No 220/2014Dated 2 Oct 2014 Dear Members of the Malaysian Bar and pupils in chambers Walk for Peace and Freedom 2014 (16 Oct 2014) The Malaysian Bar convened an Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”) on 19 Sept 2014 to condemn the use and continued use of the Sedition Act 1948.I thank all Members of the Bar and pupils in chambers who attended the EGM.The Malaysian Bar believes it is robust debate, diversity of opinion, and freedom of speech and expression that will ultimately promote, inculcate and maintain true and enduring peace, harmony, unity and mutual respect amongst…
  • Closing Ceremony of the International Malaysia Law Conference 2014 (26 Sept 2014)

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Contributed by Joe Chin, Officer, with photos by Mohd Fazli Rosman, Administrative Assistant, Bar CouncilThe International Malaysia Law Conference (“IMLC”) 2014 came to a memorable conclusion on 26 Sept 2014 at The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, after the highly engaging final plenary session entitled “National Unity and Harmony: Promoting Respect and Strength in Diversity,” which ended at approximately 5:35 pm. Syamsuriatina Ishak, the emcee, announced the commencement of the closing ceremony 10 minutes later. She invited Steven Thiru, the Vice-President of the Malaysian Bar, to deliver…
  • IMLC 2014 | Daily Conference Newspaper

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    A daily conference newspaper was published on each day of the International Malaysia Law Conference ( IMLC ) 2014, held at The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur from 24 to 26 Sept 2014.To view the three issues of the conference newspaper, please click here.
  • Azmi Sharom strikes a first as court allows review of Sedition Act

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    ©The Malaysian Insider (Used by permission)by ANISAH SHUKRY The Sessions Court has allowed an application by law professor Dr Azmi Sharom to challenge the constitutionality of the Sedition Act 1948 at the High Court, and to postpone his own sedition case to November 7.Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court judge Zainol Rashid Hussain‎ agreed that there was a constitutional issue in Section 4 of the Sedition Act, which must be determined by the High Court.‎Azmi's lawyer, Gobind Singh Deo, told reporters outside the courtroom that this was the first‎ time the High Court would look into…
  • SIB's challenge on 'Allah' usage to go to High Court

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    ©The Star (Used by permission)by MAIZATUL NAZLINA PUTRAJAYA: Sidang Injil Borneo has obtained leave for judicial review seeking a declaration that it has the constitutional right to use the word Allah in all religious publications and practices.Justice Datuk Rohana Yusof, who chaired a three-man bench of the Court of Appeal, made the decision on grounds that the SIB had crossed the threshold mark for the merit of its judicial review application to be heard.Justice Rohana instructed the case to be remitted back to the High Court in Kuala Lumpur to be heard on the merits of the application.She…
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  • Natural History Museum — Greater London, United Kingdom

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Natural History Museum - Greater London, United Kingdom Greater London, United KingdomWe spent a great few hours wandering around the Museum with Chris and Yana this morning. We left our bags at Earls Court and got the tube to South Kensington. There were lots of school groups with very young children there. I was really glad not to have to be on duty!! Yesterday it was middle school students from Germany at Greenwich. Today preps to year 2 students with many of them wearing 'high vis' jackets with the school name printed on them. We checked out quite of a lot of the Museum starting withe…
  • Day 2 Renmark South Australia — Renmark, Australia

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Day 2 Renmark South Australia - Renmark, Australia Renmark, Australia Where I stayed BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday ParkUp at 6.30 am. After a poor night sleep in a free camp area 23 ks north of Ouyen . The road noise was loud due to our close proximity to the Calder H'way both Anne and I had only a couple of hours sleep all night .The morning was perfect around 16c at 7.30 with brilliant sunshine . Breakfast of cereal and a cup of coffee for me and tea for the others. We left our free camp at 8.30 to make our way to Renmark which was about 250 ks further north of our camp site. We had to…
  • Lake Titicaca — Cusco, Peru

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Lake Titicaca - Cusco, Peru Cusco, PeruAfter a hasty photo of the 'Inca on the landing' at our hotel and, following the usual early morning minibus transfer, we arrived at Puno Dock and boarded our boat, ready for the trip across Lake Titicaca: I'm not sure about 'looking for the lake'. With an area of 8,372 km² and a maximum depth of 281m, it's a bit blooming big to miss. According to the stats, by volume of water, it is the largest lake in South America. It is also the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,812 metres above sea level and, whilst there are more than 20 bodies of water…
  • Goodbye from Paris — Paris, France

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Goodbye from Paris - Paris, France Paris, FranceToday we leave Paris to fly home. We have seen many wonderful things and had many awesome experiences. Thanks for sharing our trip with us and for your lovely comnents. See you all soon. Xx
  • Last Day of the Trek — Ollantaytambo, Peru

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Last Day of the Trek - Ollantaytambo, Peru Ollantaytambo, PeruWe hiked from Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo which took approximately five hours. We finished the trek at 12 pm and were greeted with a beer before taking the bus to the hotel. the trek was around 14 kilometres and was mainly downhill. on the way we saw some orchids and pineapples.
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  • Oregon State University: Mechanized human hands

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Found this press release interesting. Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body. Personally, I found it to be related to robotics. Nevertheless, according to the Oregon State University's spoke person, it is NOT robotic. The new mechanism developed at OSU is not really robotic since it has no…
  • ICT Happenings Week 4 of Sep 2014

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    News for Week 2 of Sep 2014, most happening news was the launch of iPhone 6. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Oracle Urges Organizations to Accelerate Mobile Adoption PR - Malaysia - Sep 24, 2014 - Bosch’s ‘Innovation around My Campus’ challenge in its second year PR - Arlington, Va. - Sep 24, 2014 - Unmanned Systems Take Flight at the 2015 International CES PR- Sep 22, 2014 - MDeC & Tentspark launches National Big App Challenge PR - Sep 22, 2014 - ’MENARA AIMS’ is the new name for Aik Hua building PR - Sep 19, 2014 -…
  • MOLPay Supports #MYCyberSALE with Innovative Cash Payment

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Last Friday, I asked 'Which e-commerce sites are participating ?' in the biggest online event in Malaysia: #MYCyberSALEMOLPay responded that they are participating as Initiative Partner;MOLPay is offering zero set-up fee for e-tailers who would like to sign up for MOLPay CASH. Not only that, MOLPay is offering FREE credit card application (worth RM900) and two years of maintenance fee (worth RM998) waived for all e-tailers from today till 1st October 2014. Throughout this event, online shoppers will be able to use MOLPay CASH, a feature that gives them the flexibility to pay cash for their…
  • Sophos Boosts Network Security Performance with SG Series Appliance

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Sophos today announced a major market refresh of its network security gateway hardware in Malaysia to capitalize on and further advance, increases in new customer business for Sophos unified threat management (UTM) appliances.Running on 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors, the Sophos SG Series appliances deliver up to four times the speed of the previous UTM generation appliances, bringing flexibility and simplicity to security for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and mid-market organisations. Gerhard Eschelbeck, Sophos, CEO“SMBs in Malaysia increasingly ride on technology trends…
  • VMWare Announced New Enterprise Technologies on VMWorld 2014

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    SAN FRANCISCO- Aug 26, 2014 : Sanjay Mirchandani, SVP and General Manager, VMware APJ proclaimed the forthcoming as tipping point for the next era of IT in Asia. The core of these excitements are based on virtual machine technologies where software-defined approach caters for better costs-saving and scalability towards enterprise solution. The solutions cover everything from hyper-converged infrastructure, software-defined networking, open source cloud and Software Defined Data Center. VMware has over 750 partners and customers from APJ attending VMworld 2014, it is clear that businesses in…
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    WordPress Tag: Malaysia

  • Perak Sultan: Focus holistic approach to combat corruption

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizuddin Shah, called on the authorities today to adopt the holistic approach to combat corruption in the country. He said the holistic approach focused on two aspects, namely strict and non-selective punitive measures as well as preventive measures to strengthen integrity. There were two categories of perpetrators of corruption – the desperate who faced hardship and the greedy, he said in his address at the 47th anniversary celebration of the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA)/Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), in the capital.
  • Perak ruler says Strepsils will not cure graft

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    KUALA LUMPUR: Expressing concern over the New Economic Model (NEM) data report, the Sultan of Perak said the nation can no longer remain in a denial mindset. Sultan Nazrin Muizuddin Shah is worried that the disproportionate distribution of wealth and the widening income gap would fertilise the culture of corruption. Speaking at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) anniversary today, Sultan Nazrin said the nation is facing a major challenge. “This is not a temporary sore throat which can be cured with Strepsils. “It is a serious social illness that requires intensive…
  • ~Red Velvet Cake from Secret Recipe

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
  • Keris Strike 14 Wraps Up in Malaysia

    Dada Babajide Rotimi
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Keris Strike 14 came to an end with an official closing ceremony here, Friday, to commemorate the 18th iteration of the U.S. and Malaysian bilateral …
  • Our Water World in 30 Travel Photographs

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    “You’re going the wrong way” An endangered green turtle rises to the surface for air, while a SCUBA diver descends upon entry into the water The calendar has turned to October, and if the crisp air in New York is any indication, autumn has kicked summer to the curb. I want to say thanks for a very busy September here at The Gentleman Backpacker, where you visited us more than ever before. It’s a nice feeling to see people viewing what we put out. I’d like to encourage you to please leave us comments and ask plenty of questions. I want to help make traveling as…
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    Malaysia Students Blog

  • Guide to Applying to Cambridge University from Malaysia

    WJ C
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Scholarship OpeningsCloses on 3 October 2014: Fulbright Malaysian Scholar Program Year 2015 - 2016Closes on 3 October 2014: Fulbright Malaysian Professional Exchange Program Year 2015 - 2016Write for us!Help us help our junior students in Malaysia. Share with us your application process and interview tips for applying to world's top universities. Send in your personal experience in writing and get published here. Posted by Celine WanThis blog post of mines was written two years ago. Since it has captured the attention of many recently by consistently being one of the most popular post for…
  • 5 Top Tips to Make Your Revision Timetable More Effective

    WJ C
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    36 Scholarships for IPTA Undergraduate Students44 Model Essay Samples for SPM English, O-level, IELTS, TOEFL & MUET Writing5 Top Tips to Make Your Revision Timetable More EffectiveGuest post written by James Timpson (Submit your essay and get read by 26,000+ students like YOU!)Making a revision timetable may be at the bottom of your list of priorities, yet without one you will find it difficult to utilise time efficiently. A good revision plan will help you identify material that needs a bit of extra work, which will reduce your stress and anxiety come exam time. If you don’t know where to…
  • 5 Top Tips to Avoid Procrastination

    WJ C
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    5 Top Tips to Avoid ProcrastinationGuest post written by James Timpson (Share your stories with 26,000+ students like YOU!)Procrastination is the bane of revision and when you’re preparing for exams there’s nothing more boring than trolling through your notes and trying to fill in the blanks. It’s hardly surprising that most people leave it until the last minute. If this sounds familiar, then these five tips may help.1. Start in the morningRevision expert Justin Craig states that most people find the morning to be the most productive time of the day. There’s nothing like waking up,…
  • UM Ranked at 151 in QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 (UKM: 259, UTM: 294, USM: 309, UPM: 376)

    WJ C
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    Source: London-based QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings 2014/2015Rank    University1           Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US2           University of Cambridge,UK2           Imperial College London, UK4           Harvard University, US5           University of Oxford, UK5           University College London (UCL), UK7           Stanford University, US8        …
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  • Scotland mengundi untuk kekal bersama United Kingdom

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Pengundi di Scotland menolak kemerdekaan daripada United Kingdom dengan perbezaan 10 peratus markah, berdasarkan keputusan rasmi yang diumumkan pada hari Jumaat, sekaligus membuat keputusan untuk kekal bersama United Kingdom. Berdasarkan keputusan undian 31 daripada 32 wilayah, 55.42 peratus mengundi untuk menolak kemerdekaan berbanding 44.58 peratus mahukan kemerdekaan daripada England.
  • I will never trade it for another country

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
    If the prin­ci­ples of jus soli were strictly enforced in the coun­try, I wouldn’t even be reg­is­tered as a cit­i­zen of Malaysia. Thirty-one years ago, my father was work­ing for a multi-national cor­po­ra­tion based in the Sil­i­con Val­ley and he brought his young bride along. I sup­pose I was con­ceived dur­ing this time. I was born in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia in the United States.
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    YeinJee's Asian Blog

  • Hong Kong protest seen from above

    Yein Jee
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Thousands of demonstrators, many of them students, have occupied the streets in Hong Kong to protest Beijing’s decision to vet the candidates for the Chief Executive of Hong Kong election in 2017 (which technically means Hong Kong can only choose a pro-Beijing leader, kinda makes the election pointless.) This is a video taken from a drone, originally by Nero Chan on Facebook, on September 29. The crowd has reportedly got even bigger in the past couple of days and will probably continue to grow during this holiday period, as China is celebrating its National Day on October 1. Not sure…
  • Jessica forced out of Girls’ Generation

    Yein Jee
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Didn’t see this coming. Korean pop group Girls’ Generation, one of the biggest K-pop acts, has kicked a member, Jessica, out of the group. There’s no sign that this would happen; the timing couldn’t be weirder as all the members have just renewed their contracts a few weeks ago. The fans must be shocked. Jessica posted a message on her Weibo early this morning (September 30, 5am KST), quote… I was excited about our upcoming fan events only to shockingly be informed by my company and 8 others that as of today, I’m no longer a member. I’m devastated…
  • Park Ji-yeon Modern Design

    Yein Jee
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    Korean pop singer Jiyeon of girl group T-ara modelling for clothing brand Modern Design [Kr] 2014 F/W collection. I guess the company specialises in office wear; most of the pieces look cute but a bit too “uniformed”… it’s like what workers wear at hotels, theme parks and department stores etc. There's more, read the full post » Park Ji-yeon Modern Design from YeinJee's Asian Blog
  • Southern All Stars – Heaven On The Beach

    Yein Jee
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Music video for Heaven On The Beach by long running Japanese pop rock band Southern All Stars. The video features cameo appearances of a host of Japanese celebrities, including Natsumi Abe, Kaori Iida, Yuko Nakazawa, members of AKB48, Tamio Okuda, Guts Ishimatsu, Kaela Kimura, Kazuyoshi Saito, Dreams Come True, Ken Hirai, Gen Hoshino, Keiko Masuda and Kazuya Yoshii. Southern All Stars – Heaven On The Beach from YeinJee's Asian Blog
  • Love Japan by David Parkinson

    Yein Jee
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    A cool video by Australian filmmaker David Parkinson as he travelled through the heart of Japan with his girlfriend. To be frank the contents aren’t anything special, but the cinematography is top notch. Featured places include Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nara, Tokyo, Nagano and Hokkaido. Love Japan by David Parkinson from YeinJee's Asian Blog
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  • Oracle Linux ships MariaDB

    Colin Charles
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I can’t remember why I was installing Oracle Enterprise Linux 7 on Oracle VirtualBox a while back, but I did notice something interesting. It ships, just like CentOS 7, MariaDB Server 5.5. Presumably, this means that MariaDB is now supported by Oracle, too ;-) [jokes aside, It’s likely because OEL7 is meant to be 100% compatible to RHEL7] The only reason I mention this now is Vadim Tkachenko, probably got his most retweeted tweet recently, stating just that. If you want to upgrade to MariaDB 10, don’t forget that the repository download tool provides CentOS 7 binaries, which should…
  • Trip report: LinuxCon North America, CentOS Dojo Paris, WebExpo Prague

    Colin Charles
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I had quite a good time at LinuxCon North America/CloudOpen North America 2014, alongside my colleague Max Mether – between us, we gave a total of five talks. I noticed that this year there was a database heavy track — Morgan Tocker from Oracle’s MySQL Team had a few talks as did Martin MC Brown from Continuent.  The interest in MariaDB stems from the fact that people are starting to just see it appear in CentOS 7, and its just everywhere (you can even get it from the latest Ubuntu LTS). This makes for giving interesting talks, since many are shipping MariaDB 5.5 as the default…
  • T-Mobile USA PAYG gets worse…

    Colin Charles
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Back in August, I wrote about how T-Mobile USA changes their pay-as-you-go plans. It is even worse than it seems. I’m back again this month, and find that if I want to change to the $3/day unlimited calls/text/data plan, I have to wait till the next month (i.e. the next billing cycle). Previously this would just work immediately, as long as I changed it online.  My options to get data now? Pay $10 for a 1-week High Speed Data Pass with up to 1GB of traffic to utilise. There’s also a $5 day pass.  T-Mobile reminds me of my experience with DiGi. Both were underdogs. Once they get more…
  • Time wasted on planes when you can’t use devices

    Colin Charles
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    I tend to travel on planes quite often, and I’ve always been annoyed by the fact that you have to turn off your electronic devices during take-off and landing. I thought life would be better when you could keep your tablets on in flight mode (thus not requiring me to carry physical newspapers on-board or even magazines).  In the USA and in the UK, this is no longer a problem (it hasn’t been at least since the end of last year), I was always hoping that the Asian carriers I tend to fly (Singapore Airlines & Cathay Pacific in particular) would modernise. Sometimes I fly to Singapore…
  • Taxi safe return home service in Seoul

    Colin Charles
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Apparently taxis can be dangerous for ladies at night in Seoul. So there is a program called the Safe Return Home Service now in Seoul. How does it work? The assumption is that many people have NFC enabled phones. They just need to tap their phone on this NFC-enabled pad, and automatically a text message is sent to one’s guardian giving the taxi’s model, current time & location, and probably more. This ensures that you now travel with a better sense of security. Read the press release, which suggests this is a program from SK Planet (I’ve had the pleasure of working…
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  • Fresh Resource for Web Developers – October 2014

    Thoriq Firdaus
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Being a Web Developer is a really exciting thing. Why? Because there are always new shiny tools to try and play with every month. Whether you’re a developer who likes playing around with CSS or someone who prefers tinkering with Java, there’s always something to get a hold of and it’s hard to keep track. Well, you’re in luck as we’ve done the work for you. We have searched every corner of the web and put these resources together. And this time we’ve come up with a bunch of goodies for web developers who always deal and struggle with code on a daily basis.
  • Adorable Comics Featuring Sound Effects From Around The World

    Leanne Tan
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Onomatopoeia are words that suggest or resemble sounds. In simpler terms, they are sound effects. You see them in comic books where things go ‘Wham’, ‘Bam’, and ‘Smash’. Most likely you’ve learned some of them at a young age like how cows go ‘moo’ and cats go ‘meow’. They’re the reason Ylvis’ What Does The Fox Say? was stuck in your head for a while. There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of sound effects. What’s more, they differ from language to language. This is what fascinated and inspired PhD physics…
  • 20 Alternative Web Browsers For Windows You Didn’t Know Of

    Fahad Khan
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    We access the Internet through our web browsers all the time but it doesn’t really get a second thought. Windows OS users are probably more familiar with well-known ones such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera etc. In actuality, there are many other web browsers with plenty of unique features available in the market. There are those catered to gamers and some are more for people who want a more integrated way for socializing. Here we’ve covered 20 web browsers for Windows that you may not know of. They could potentially make your life a whole lot easier.
  • Free Badges PSDs & Vector Sets For Your Future Projects

    Nancy Young
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Badges can be quite handy for a designer as it can be incorporated into various items such as banners, landing pages and other things. It can even be used as your watermark. Instead of spending a lot of time creating your own badges, there are actually plenty of badges already available for your use. In this showcase, I’ve collected over 20 free badges designs in PSD and AI files. All of them are fully customizable to meet your design project needs. Whether you’re looking for something with a more vintage feel or maybe something a bit more simple, browse through and have a look…
  • 5 Hyperlapse Alternatives For Android

    Leanne Tan
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    After Instagram released Hyperlapse, iPhone users are having a ball of a time making creative videos. As for the rest of us with Android phones, we are still waiting for the day when Instagram would make the app available for our phones and for Google to change their API. Sigh. But why continue to wait in frustration when you can join in and create your own timelapse videos with these alternatives? Of course as alternatives, these apps do not have the same technology as Hyperlapse such as its stabilization feature and the option to import older videos. These apps however will let you create…
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    Malaysia Asia

  • PATA Grand and Gold Award Winners 2014

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 PATA Grand and Gold Awards. Proudly supported and sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) for the last 19 years, this year's awards recognize the achievements of 20 separate organisations and individuals. PATA will present 28 Grand and Gold Awards to such organisations as Capilano
  • Jazz Festivals in Malaysia

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Jazz Festivals in Malaysia seem to have grown tremendously over the last ten years or so. No longer a selective or niche music genre, jazz in Malaysia has become more commercialized with the introduction of local and international festivals held throughout the country, over here in the peninsular and also in Sabah and Sarawak Borneo. Apart from that, music schools and universities have also
  • Borneo Bird Race 2014 Video

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    For those who would like to know more about the Borneo Bird Race 2014, here is a special video made by Cede Prudente of the Sandakan Borneo Bird Club (BoBC) from Sandakan, Sabah. The BoBC is also the organizer for the upcoming Borneo Bird Race which covers three regions on the island of Borneo - Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei.  This video gives an overall view of the Borneo Bird Race 2014
  • Pet Shop Boys Live in Malaysia 2014

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    British duo Niel Tennant and Chris Lowe from the Pet Shop Boys will be in Malaysia this September 2014. AMC Live Group is proud to bring you Pet Shop Boys Live in Malaysia 2014 for the very first time and their first ever concert will be held at Stadium Negara Kuala Lumpur on September 24, 2014 at 8.45pm. So, all you 80's and 90's fans, take note of this!  Fans of Pet Shop Boys in
  • Epicurean Market 2014 Review

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    As I have always been a foodie on my travels, I never did really cover food reviews or anything related but hearing about the Epicurean Market and how this gourmet food festival was different, it was a good time to explore this event held at the Sands Expo at Marina Bay Sands. Mind you this is my first ever food festival event that I have attended as usually I attend travel and trade shows
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    Living in Malaysia

  • Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple, Kuala Lumpur

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple is located at 163 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee Kuala Lumpur, in Chinatown. It is Malaysia’s oldest functioning Hindu temple, dating back to 1873. The current structure was built in 1968. Built in the South Indian style, the temple’s 5-tiered gopuram (tower) rises dramatic 23 meters and is decorated with depictions of Hindu gods sculpted by artisans from southern India. Mariamman is popularly worshipped by overseas Indians, especially Tamils because she is looked upon as their protector during their sojourn to foreign lands. Mariamman is a manifestation of the…
  • If You Visit Kuching Eat at Tribal Stove

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Tribal Stove is absolutely wonderful Yes it has great food, which thankfully there is a a great deal of in many place. What makes Tribal Stove someplace not to miss is it is the rare combination of great and generally inaccessible food. I often find great restaurants in tourist destinations. And sometimes it is even local in a sense – but nearly always (not all, but almost) I can get very similar good dishes in any large city across the globe. Tribal Stove had truly distinctive dishes that were also great. They have quite a few dishes, some of my favorite are wild jungle salad and…
  • 11th Annual Johor Bahru Arts Festival 5 September to 4 October

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    The 11th Annual JB Arts Festival is presented by The Johor Society For The Performing Arts. Once again a wide variety of artists will perform, providing many opportunities for fans to enjoy new artists and past favorites. There are also new additions this year including the white box (The Art Gallery will not only features framed art and installations but will also feature artists at work) and black box presentation spaces at Danga City Mall. These spaces include many workshops for attendees. See the full schedule of schedule of events. The embedded webcasts in this post showcase some of the…
  • Siew San Teng (Tau Pek Kong) Temple and Chinese History Museum, Kuching

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:29 pm
    The Siew San Teng (Tau Pek Kong) Temple in Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia has retained this spot since 1770. It is across the street from the Kuching river walk (and the small Chinese history museum). The temple itself has been renovated and rebuilt many times. View of the river from Siew San Teng Temple. The museum is visible on the left of the photo. The temple is an average Chinese temple in my opinion. It is so convenient if you are in Kuching and at all interested in temples you might as well go. Chinese History Museum in Kuching The small Chinese History Museum across the street…
  • Street Art, Large Mural on Jalan Tan Hiok Nee in Johor Bahru

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:24 pm
    September 2013 A large mural has been taking shape on Jalan Tan Hiok Nee for over a year. The first photo shows it near the beginning, September 2013. March 2014 Large paintings have also been added along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee near the mural. It is quite a nice addition of street art to the historical JB walk. A new post with photos of those will be added soon. (Update: In turns out it was a temporary display, the paintings are not there now). Sept 2013 October 2013 Street view, Large mural on Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, February 2014 February 2014 The view wasn’t much different the last time I…
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  • Selangor Tightens Regulations For Foreign Property Ownership

    Iris Lee
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Foreigners looking to invest in the boisterous property market in Selangor would definitely be deeply disappointed with the new stance taken by the state recently. While the past few years saw vociferous foreign investor activity in Malaysia’s real estate market, especially in Selangor, recent changes may turn things around. Under the new guidelines which come into effect for sale and purchase agreements signed after September 1, foreigners, permanent residents (PR) and foreign companies can only buy residential properties priced at least RM2 million in areas categorised as Zone 1 and 2,…
  • The Parenting Worries: Kids, Money And Stress

    Iris Lee
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Parenting can be wonderful and rewarding, but it can also be difficult and worrisome. Being a parent basically means being responsible of your child for the rest of your life, even when the child has grown up and is living his/her own life. One of the biggest parenting worries is the safety and well-being of their children. If given a choice, parents would want to protect their children even after they are gone. In reality, there are no guaranteed methods for ensuring our children will be happy, healthy, and successful in life. However, there are certain protections we can put into place to…
  • What’s Your Partner’s Financial Personality?

    Rebecca Shamasundari
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Finances are the foundation for the life you are about to build with your better half. No one should enter a marriage blindly without assessing whether this foundation is in place. Stash some time away to find out the following financial matters about your future spouse before you walk down the aisle. Financial personality, habits and aspirations often align with bigger issues. Do not be surprised if these conversations end up being more interesting than you think. 1. What is your money personality? The first thing to identify is what your better half’s money personality is. Is he or she a…
  • Is It Worth It To Send Your Child To An International School?

    Rebecca Shamasundari
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    A national school education did not stop our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak from becoming the nation’s leader. A primary Tamil education did not hinder top businessman Ananda Krishnan from becoming the country’s second richest individual. If national school education has previously produced the cream of the crop, then why are Malaysian parents increasingly turning to international schools, even if it means squeezing their finances to afford one? Could it be because Malaysians feel the national education system has declined in the past few generations? Through the years, we can…
  • 3 Ways You Can Save Money On Your Hire Purchase Loan

    Iris Lee
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Everyone’s heard this before: Always try to buy a car in cash. Don’t take up a hire purchase loan and waste your money on interest. Even if you must, choose the shortest tenure you can afford, and pay it off as soon as possible. This may be true if you are looking at the hire purchase loan on its own but there are other ways to look at it. If you are planning to buy the new Perodua Myvi XT EZ1 – 1300cc Automatic at RM45,436.45, here are three ways you can save some money! You have minimum cash You only have 10% down payment (about RM4,500), so getting a loan for your car is your…
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  • Diversification: Why It’s A Stupid Strategy (For Most People)

    Khai Yin
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
      Long time GoodPlace readers will know that I am a big believer in finding good mentors. In fact, I attribute everything (good) that I know today come from a few ‘elders’ in my industry who I really look up to. Getting good mentors is pretty easy (at least for me) because of two things: (1) successful people are successful because they are not selfish dicks, and (2) I try to give back as much as I can. So, all I needed to do is to (1) ask, and (2) give back. If I can do it, anyone can. (And as for those who emailed in to ask who my mentors are exactly - well, I’ve…
  • Garden Heights, Citywoods, Seasons Garden

    Khai Yin
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Image source: Garden Heights, Bandar Tasik Puteri The final (fifth) phase of the Garden Heights project in Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang has been launched by its developer, the Low Yat Group. Valued in total at some RM50 million, this phase comprises of 82 units of double storey terraced homes with prices from RM521,000 onwards. These units have built-up areas from 2,214 sq ft onwards with sizes measuring 20 ft by 75 ft. This phase also marks one of the last few landed properties available in Bandar Tasik Puteri along with the upcoming Seiring and Acacia projects. The…
  • How To Make Buy Or Sell Decisions Using Property Portals

    Khai Yin
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
    Over the past few weeks I have been running a short questionnaire to survey readers on what they really think of the site. You can see the full results here, but here is a summary of the findings:- 97% of respondents indicated that they would be (very or somewhat) disappointed if GoodPlace goes away… … and the rest (3%, or 14 people) couldn’t care less. I was pretty happy with the results (thank you!), and also the quality of the feedback that I received – especially on new additions that will make GoodPlace even better: An index or sitemap with links to…
  • IRDK Residences @Puchong, All Seasons Park, Grand Medini

    Khai Yin
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Image source: IRDK Residences @Puchong is a RM693 million project by IRDK Land in Puchong, occupying a rather central piece of leasehold land in Pusat Bandar Puchong opposite Tesco across the LDP and right beside SetiaWalk. A leasehold project, IRDK Residences sits on more than 5.7 acres of land and will be completed in mid 2018. This project is divided into two phases – the first phase consists of pool villas (28 units) while the second will comprise of sky villas (218 units). The pool villas are priced between RM3.5 million to RM5 million with built-up areas…
  • 14 (Fourteen!) People Told Me That GoodPlace Sucked

    Khai Yin
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    About two weeks ago I ran a survey in which I had asked my readers about what they think of GoodPlace. One (of the two) questions that I used in the survey was:- How would you feel if you could no longer use This question looked pretty harmless to most people, but the answers that you gave me had HUGE implications on what I decide to do next with GoodPlace. You see, it’s a question that startups use to gauge what’s called the “Product-Market Fit“, which is just a fancy way of saying that a product has been well accepted by users. It’s kinda…
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  • A ride back in time - Vespa tours

    Dennelton Mandiau
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    The 3 directors and founders of Borneo Vespa AdventuresThere is a new tour “Borneo Vespa Adventures that is being offered to visitors who like to visit the sights of Sabah on their own. Whooping Gibbon Travel Sdn Bhd, a travel agency and tour operator registered here in Kota Kinabalu operates it.These are specially created tours on self-driven Vespa scooters. It is like a ride back in time as you ride the stylish Vespas around town. An Italian named Enrico Piaggio in Italy first invented the scooter in 1946. But it was redesigned for Piaggio by a Corradino D’Ascanio who thought Motorbikes…
  • Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan offers interesting food tour

    Dennelton Mandiau
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    Sandakan, this east coast town has always been known for their good food, especially for their abundance of fresh seafood and local delicacies. For those looking for a more exciting food adventure, head on down to Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan for an interesting food tour around the world - which ends in September 2014. The Best Brew, located at level 1, brings an all American Backyard BBQ promotion. Guests can choose their preferred items such as burger patties and sausages and Chef will have them prepared in front of guests on a barbeque pit. Traditionally, it is known as a gathering…
  • "Tagal" Sungai Moroli, Kampung Luanti - Fish Massage

    Dennelton Mandiau
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    Location131 kilometers away from Kota Kinabalu is the Tagal Sungai Moroli in Kampung Luanti. If you like something other than your average spa, Kampung Luanti is where you should go. Here, you will have the opportunity to try the fish massage. This fish massage is deemed to have heal or curative effect on those who suffer from psoriasis.OverviewThe word 'tagal' in the local kadazan-dusun dialect means 'no fishing'. The main purpose of 'tagal' is to preserve the environment as well as the ecosystem of the river for the benefit of the next generations. The Malaysian Mahseer or the Pelian fish…
  • Sabah Art Gallery Conservation Centre

    Dennelton Mandiau
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    The Sabah Art Gallery was founded in 1984. It is placed under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah under the administration of the Sabah Cultural Board. The objectives of the Gallery are to collect, store, preserve, interpret and exhibit both local and foreign works of art. And to date, the gallery has acquires over 3,000 pieces of artwork in its permanent collection in the form of paintings, carvings, sculptures, installations and so on, mostly by local artists. For more than two decades the gallery shared facilities with the State Museum and held exhibitions at various…
  • Practice of bound feet in China

    Dennelton Mandiau
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    In 1911 the Chinese government banned the tradition of foot-binding, described as a cruel practice for the sake of beauty by body modifications imposed on young girls since 10th century.Since the ban of the practice, number of women affected by this tradition declined and they are still a few aged of 80 to 90.Looking back in history, this extreme practice also occured in the traditions in a few other countries in the world.In general, this tradition was usually practiced by a number of middle and upper class women in China before the 20th century.At early age of 5 to 8, girls were required to…
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