Wednesday, August 31, 2011


My 145th country visitor comes from Uzbekistan. What a surprise...
Let's learn something about this country:
Uzbekistan is situated in central Asia between the Amu Darya and Syr Darya Rivers, the Aral Sea, and the slopes of the Tien Shan Mountains. It is bounded by Kazakhstan in the north and northwest, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the east and southeast, Turkmenistan in the southwest, and Afghanistan in the south. The republic also includes the Karakalpakstan Autonomous Republic, with its capital, Nukus (1992 est. pop., 182,000). The country is about one-tenth larger in area than the state of California.

Republic; authoritarian presidential rule.

The Uzbekistan land was once part of the ancient Persian Empire and was later conquered by Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. During the 8th century, the nomadic Turkic tribes living there were converted to Islam by invading Arab forces who dominated the area. The Mongols under Ghengis Khan took over the region from the Seljuk Turks in the 13th century, and it later became part of Tamerlane the Great's empire and that of his successors until the 16th century. The Uzbeks invaded the territory in the early 16th century and merged with the other inhabitants in the area. Their empire broke up into separate Uzbek principalities, the khanates of Khiva, Bukhara, and Kokand. These city-states resisted Russian expansion into the area but were conquered by the Russian forces in the mid-19th century.
The territory was made into the Uzbek Republic in 1924 and became the independent Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic in 1925. Under Soviet rule, Uzbekistan concentrated on growing cotton with the help of irrigation, mechanization, and chemical fertilizers and pesticides, causing serious environmental damage.

The capital city of Uzbekistan is Tashkent, 3,457,500 (metro. area), 2,155,400 (city proper). 
Photos of Uzbekistan:
Thank you for visiting my Blog, you from Uzbekistan..
Have a nice day...


It's Malaysia's Independence Day - 31st August.

Have a nice day...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The PINEAPPLE - It's Health Benefits...

Do you know that the pineapple fruit have a lot of benefits? Let's learn something today...
Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is the common name for a tropical plant and its edible fruit, which is actually a multiple fruit, consisting of coalesced berries. It was given the name pineapple due to its resemblance to a pine cone.The plant is indigenous to South America and is said to originate from the area between Southern Brazil and Paraguay.
Southeast Asia dominates world production: in 2001 Thailand produced 1.979 million tons and the Philippines 1.618 million tons, while in the Americas Brazil produced 1.43 million tons. Total world production in 2001 was 14.220 million tons.
Raw pineapple is an excellent source of manganese (45% DV in a 100 g serving) and vitamin C (80% DV per 100 g)

Now, the health benefits:
1. Pineapples contain the enzymes - bromelain, which is a useful anti-inflammatory, effective in reducing swelling and assisting in the treatments of acute sinusitis, sore throats, arthritis and gout.
2. Pineapples are high anti-oxidants. A very good source in vitamin C, pineapples offer a great protection against free radicals that attack healthy cells of the body. Free radicals can cause atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, asthma attacks and cancers such as colon, breast, lung and skin cancer.
3. Pineapples are a good source of manganese, a mineral essential for energy production. It also have a good amount of thiamine (vitamin B+) for energy producing.
4. Pineapples are also good for maintaining good eye health.
5. Pineapples regulate the gland and found to be helpful in cases of goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland).
6. Pineapples prevent nausea, includes morning sickness and motion sickness.
7. Fresh pineapple juice is used in removing intestinal worms.
8. Pineapples are good for catarrh (secretions from mucous membranes).
9. Pineapples are good for high blood pressure patients. It helps to remove fibrin that causes heart disease and stroke.

So... the pineapple is a very good fruit for health purposes...
Have a nice day...


Eid ul Fitr @ Eid Mubarak wishes to all Muslims around the world from me and my family...
SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI to all my friends and relatives all over the world, especially those in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Pakistan, Algeria, United Kingdom, China, Somalia, The United States, Australia, Italy, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Mauritius, Myanmar, India, France,.... did I missed any?
Have a nice day...

Monday, August 29, 2011

The "LEMANG"..

Ever tasted this delicacy - the Lemang ?
It's glutinous rice cooked in bamboo. It's very nice. Come taste it if you have the opportunity...
Five lemangs...
 one being open to get the inside of it..
ready to be eaten...
Have a nice day....

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Netherlands Antilles - 144th Country Visitor.

A visitor from Netherlands Antilles - the 144th country to visit my Blog, just a few minutes ago.
Let's learn geography again:
The name 'Netherlands Antilles' is sometimes used to indicate the Caribbean islands which are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The two island groups of which the Netherlands Antilles consisted are:
The windward islands are all of volcanic origin and hilly, leaving little ground suitable for agriculture. The leeward islands have a mixed volcanic and coral origin. The highest point was Mount Scenery, 877 metres (2,877 ft), on Saba (also the highest point in all the Kingdom of the Netherlands).
The Netherlands Antilles had a tropical climate, with warm weather all year round. The windward islands are subject to hurricanes in the summer months, while the leeward Islands are warmer and drier.

Tourism, petroleum transshipment and oil refinement (on Curaçao), as well as offshore finance were the mainstays of this small economy, which was closely tied to the outside world. The islands enjoyed a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure as compared with other countries in the region.
Almost all consumer and capital goods were imported, with Venezuela, the United States, and Mexico being the major suppliers, as well as the Dutch government which supports the islands with substantial development aid. Poor soils and inadequate water supplies hampered the development of agriculture. The Antillean guilder had a fixed exchange rate with the United States dollar of 1.79:1.

The origins of the population and location of the islands gave the Netherlands Antilles a mixed culture.
Tourism and overwhelming media presence from the United States increased the regional United States influence. On all the islands, the holiday of Carnival had become an important event after its importation from other Caribbean and Latin American countries in the 1960s. Festivities included "jump-up" parades with beautifully colored costumes, floats, and live bands as well as beauty contests and other competitions. Carnival on the islands also included a middle-of-the-night j'ouvert (juvé) parade that ended at sunrise with the burning of a straw King Momo, cleansing the island of sins and bad luck.

Some photos about the Netherlands Antilles:

When will I have a chance to visit this country...
Have a nice day...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Puduraya now known as PUDU SENTRAL..

  the new look "Pudu Sentral" Bus Terminal...
Just like a  modern airport...
The most famous bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur - the PUDURAYA bus terminal - is now called "PUDU SENTRAL".
Lauched officially by Prime Minister, Dato' Najib Razak, the name was mentioned by a Twitter friend of the Prime Minister. It was then discussed by fellow friends of the PM and the name was then pronounced officially by the PM, this morning - PUDU SENTRAL.

Welcome to Pudu Sentral...
Have a nice day..

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Greetings From CONCORDE Inn, KLIA....

Hi there...
At last, the weather was favourable enough for my AirAsia flight to take off from the Alor Star airport. It took off at 12.45pm, after a 4-hour delay...
It took just 1 hour to reach the LCCT/KLIA and I took the shuttle bas to the Concorde Inn hotel. The fare was just RM2.50. My son and me checked in one of the pre-booked deluxe room that cost RM215.
The room is OK, with all the necessary items available - TV, fridge, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, tooth brush plus tooth paste, shaving kit, bedroom slippers and free Wifi in the room....
 the room is quite spacey and comfortable..
the main building..
the "green" surroundings
 the reception counter..
Free shuttle bus service to and fro KLIA.
The shuttle coach..
When are you going to stay here..?
Have a nice day...

Stranded at Alor Setar's Airport...

Sending Daeng Dhamiry to Beijing...
Well, I'm stranded at Alor Setar's Airport now, due to flight delay (weather delay). With my son, Daeng Dhamiry. He's flying back to Beijing tomorrow morning from KLIA.
It's raining heavily in Alor Setar, Kedah. My AirAsia 5251 flight from Kuala Lumpur, which was due to land at 8.10am was diverted to Penang International Airport instead.
There's nothing we can do about it when the weather is concerned. Just have to pray for the best...
Actually, it has been raining continuously since last night in Perlis and Kedah.. It gets heavy at certain times but it never stops, till now... It's already 9.35am. The flight was supposed to take off at 8.35am.
Hmmm...., just have to wait for the weather to be fine...

Have a nice day....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MORE and MORE for PPSMI....

Day by day, we hear woes from the public to have the PPSMI back into our schools. Even more than that, perhaps - is to bring back the English Medium schools...
I guess I have to keep on writing and attaching all these woes and grieves on my posts as long as the Malaysian public love to have the English Medium back into the school system. As long as the Education Ministry still do not want to bring the PPSMI back into the school system....
Let's start with this one from Mr. Toh Boo Huat of Petaling Jaya:


THIRTY years of neglecting English has culminated in the dire situation we are now trying to untangle. Teachers unable to converse in even simple English, whom many now blame for the declining standard of English taught, are the direct result of our education policy that placed too much emphasis on Bahasa Malaysia at the expense of English.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attempted to arrest the decline by introducing PPSMI (Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English) but this policy was discarded before it bore fruit.
Arguments for and against PPSMI have been going on for several years. Unless we have the courage to take immediate steps to stop the rot, the next few decades will not magically transform into a situation that we desire.
Various groups and individuals have made calls to protect and uphold the dignity of Bahasa Malaysia. By always hiding behind, and using, “Bahasa dan Bangsa” that they claim to fight for, they conveniently ignore the fact that the majority of the people (including rural ones whose race they claim to champion) actually want PPSMI, as shown in a recent survey conducted by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia.
Even a survey by the Education Ministry can be said to be in favour of PPSMI. It is baffling why the ministry did not go to town to trumpet the result of it own survey.
Combined, the results of all these surveys actually show up the anti-PPSMI groups and individuals as a minority voice.
They continue to delude themselves, thinking that they are doing their “Bahasa dan Bangsa” justice by strongly objecting to the learning and usage of other languages, unwilling to accept the many downsides associated with not knowing and learning knowledge in the appropriate lingua franca.
It has not helped that Deputy Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi stated that the Education Ministry remained firm in its decision to abolish PPSMI. As a federal minister, he should be looking into the interest of all, not selected groups, or espouse his personal preference.
Parents Action Group for Education and parents who want PPSMI respect the wishes of these minority groups and individuals by only calling for PPSMI to complement, not replace, MBMMBI.
Pupils will then have choices to be taught in the predominant languages of our society – Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, Tamil and English.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should put his foot down and announce the decision that the majority are anxiously waiting for.
Petaling Jaya.

Here's another one from Hayati Nordin of Subang Jaya:
I REMEMBER contributing an opinion piece on the teaching of English in 2009. Two years down the road, we are still debating the same issue.
I am not denying the importance of our national language in any way, but the fact remains that we need to master English, which is a global language. Communication is an important aspect, and in order to do it effectively we must be able to understand and be understood, especially when dealing with business associates and customers from foreign lands who do not know Bahasa Malaysia.
Even in terms of travelling to or visiting other countries, we definitely find it is so much easier if the people in the country we visit can communicate in English.
I come from Remove Class and could not speak or understand even simple words in English when I joined the class. Through reading English story books, mostly loaned to me by my English teacher, and speaking the language with my non-Malay friends, I finally managed to master the language.
It was a great help in my tertiary education, especially when I went abroad to study.
It is really disheartening today to hear that many young graduates struggle to communicate in English. In this modern IT environment, they should be able to pick it up with much more ease.
Proper use of language is seldom practised in social networking sites like facebook. Every word is shortened, so much so that some become unrecognisable.
I did not have teachers from US/UK teaching English in my school in my small kampung. Our very own teacher, Mr Ignatious Ho, was able to motivate, and effectively teach, us. At the same time, our command of the national language did not suffer. We are proficient in both, speaking and writing.
Subang Jaya.

This one just came in - from John Dess of Kangar, Perlis:

Parents must first change their attitudes. We must get rid of our distrust of foreign languages, we must not keep holding on to our pride in our own national or vernacular languages and think that learning English will make our culture and language second best.
Our children must start young, and we as parents must show them that mastering languages and acquiring knowledge is the noble thing to do.
Politicians and policy makers must agree not to make use of the study of languages to achieve their political ends.
Malaysia has suffered too much already. Don’t let our future generation bear the pain of our selfish addiction....
I guess our Prime Minister really needs to make his stand now, before 2012 when the PPSMI will be discontinued...

Have a nice day..


How Singapore is part Cambodian
By Denis D.Gray
Cambodia’s lax enforcement of environmental laws has made a haven for sand miners. And most of it is headed for Singapore, writes DENIS D. GRAY

 A Vietnamese barge hauling sand in the Tatai River, Cambodia. — AP picture
A Vietnamese barge hauling sand in the Tatai River, Cambodia. — AP picture

ROUND a bend in Cambodia's Tatai River and the virtual silence of a tropical idyll turns suddenly into an industrial nightmare.

Lush jungle hills give way to a flotilla of dredgers operating 24 hours a day, scooping up sand and piling it onto ocean-bound barges. The churned-up waters and fuel discharges, villagers say, have decimated the fish vital to their livelihoods. Riverbanks are beginning to collapse, and the din and pollution are killing a promising ecotourism industry.

What is bad news for the poor, remote Tatai community is great tidings for Singapore, the wealthy city-state that is expanding its territory by reclaiming land from the sea. Sand from nearby countries is the prime landfill and also essential building material for Singapore's spectacular skyline.
As more countries ban its export to curb environmental damage -- entire Indonesian islands have been all but wiped off the map -- suppliers to Singapore scour the region for what can still be obtained, legally or not. Cambodia, a poor country where corruption is rife and laws are often flouted, is now the No. 1 source.

Singapore is by no means the only nation taking part in a global harvest of sand from beaches, rivers and seabeds. Officials and environmentalists from China to Morocco have voiced concern and urged curbs. As construction booms in emerging economies and more sources dry up, exploitation of the remaining ones is likely to intensify.

Sand mining began anew in May on southwestern Tatai River. Despite denials by the main owner of sand mining rights in Koh Kong province, two Cambodian officials said the sand was destined for the island nation.

Singapore will not say where its sand comes from: the Construction and Building Authority said it was not public information. The National Development Ministry said the state's infrastructure development company bought it from "a diverse range of approved sources".

The mining visible on the Tatai River violates some of Cambodia's own legal restrictions, not to mention a recent government order to suspend it temporarily.

Vessels of a Vietnamese company were tracked by boat from about 10km upriver to the Gulf of Thailand, where nearly a dozen seagoing barges, tugs hovering around them, took on the sand.

The AZ Kunming Singapore, a 5,255-tonne barge pulled by the AZ Orchid, was seen arriving empty from the open sea, its tug flying a Singaporean flag. Both are registered with the Singapore government.

Ships from several countries, including China, were spotted in sand-mining operations in Koh Kong province, where residents joked about going to Singapore and planting a Cambodian flag there.

The vessels included one from Winton Enterprises, a Hong Kong-registered group that was subcontracted to export sand to Singapore, according to Global Witness, a London-based environmental group that published a detailed account of the trade last year.

The report said miners had penetrated protected mangrove, estuary and sea grass areas, breeding grounds for marine life along a coastline and hinterland harbouring some of the country's last wilderness.

Cambodian cabinet spokesman Siphan Phay, who was investigating the issue in Koh Kong, appeared angry that the temporary halt order was being ignored. He described the activity as illegal mining destined for Singapore, a surprising statement given that ministers had awarded the concession.

Ly Yong Phat, who holds the major concession in Koh Kong, has at times acknowledged the Singapore connection. But in a recent interview, amid tightening restrictions and mounting criticism, he said his company had not shipped sand to Singapore for more than a year because "our sand did not meet their standards".

The dredging, he added, was for local sale and to deepen river channels. However, a Malaysian company, Benalec Holdings, said it was ready to tap up to 530,000 tonnes for a reclamation project in Singapore from several sources in Cambodia, including Ly Yong Phat's LYP Group.

Known as the "King of Koh Kong", Ly Yong Phat is one of Cambodia's biggest tycoons and a senator with close ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen. His holdings include hotels, a casino and agricultural plantations.

United Nations statistics show Singapore imported 14.6 million tonnes last year, ranking it among the world's top customers. Global Witness estimated that nearly 800,000 tonnes a year, worth some US$248 million (RM736 million), were streaming to Singapore from Koh Kong alone.

UN figures show that Cambodia supplied 25 per cent of Singapore's imports last year, followed by Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines. With its secrecy and lax enforcement of environmental regulations, Myanmar could emerge as a major supplier.

The damage caused by sand extraction has spurred clampdowns on exports.

Malaysia imposed a ban in 1997, though the media frequently report on massive smuggling into Singapore. An Indonesian ban came in 2007. Vietnam banned exports late last year.

Global Witness spokesman Oliver Courtney said the trade in Cambodia revealed a "mismatch between Singapore's reliance on questionably sourced sand and its position as a leader for sustainable development". The city-state prides itself on environmentally sound urban planning.

Chea Manith of the Nature Tourism Community of Tatai said 270 families along the river have seen an estimated 85 per cent drop in the catch of fish, crab and lobsters and were being forced to eke out a living from small garden plots. Tourists have all but vanished.

Armed with a petition, village leaders, tourism operators and a wildlife group met with Ly Yong Phat in early July. He substantially reduced the dredging and has promised to stop altogether in October.

A subsequent letter from the Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology ordered the LYP Group to halt operations temporarily on the Tatai, citing a breach of regulations. But the mining has continued on the Tatai, and violations, such as dredging closer than 150m from riverbanks, were evident. -- AP

**Article taken from NSTP, August 24, 2011.

Have a nice day...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Malaysia-Japan Students Exchange Programme.

20 Perlis students are off to Japan.
10 SMK Derma Form 4 students are going to Japan this November. The programme was launched this morning by the royal highness, the Regent of Perlis.
Another 10 students are from the new school, SMK Lailatul Shahreen (SMK Padang Behor).
Only 20 students and 2 teachers are going..
  the "Bersanding Ceremony" on display..
 The Royal Highness, the Regent of Perlis with his family..
 The Regent attending to the "wedding" couple..
 the cultural dance..
After the cultural show
Group photo..
 Our Japanese girl, Tomomi Muira...

Have a nice day....