WELCOME to DESS DAHASRY of MALAYSIA..

Saturday, December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012 - MALAYSIA !!


I would like to wish all my friends, fellow Bloggers, readers and followers of my Blog (both Blogs) - a Happy New Year for the year 2012..
May you all have a good and productive year...

Have a nice day.....

HAPPY NEW YEAR .... 2 0 1 2 - LIVE...


Happy New Year - CHINA, HONG KONG, The PHILIPPINES . 12.00am Malaysia
Happy New Year - JAPAN, KOREA... 11.00pm Malaysia.
Happy New Year Papua New Guinea, Guam.. 10.00pm Malaysia
Happy New Year - Melbourne, Australia.. 9.30pm Malaysia
Happy New Year - AUSTRALIA (Sydney, Tasmania)....  9.00pm Malaysia
Happy New Year -The SOLOMON Islands, NEW CALEDONIA..8.00pm M'sia
Happy New Year - NEW ZEALAND .... , FIJI.... 7.00pm Malaysia

Have a nice day....

Nostalgic Photos...

I found these nostalgic photos while cleaning up the store in my house today....
en route to scoring a try - Rugby game (SMSS vs SJI) in KL - 1975.
 International rugby match - SMSS vs Australian All Schools - Sept. 1975
with my classmates at SMSS - 1975.
 The Eternal Reincarnation - my singing quartet - 31st Dec 1981
 winning the 1st prize on new year's eve - 1981.
my coaching days in SMK Syed Hassan - 1986
 trying to be Kenny G - 1987.

Beautiful memories....
Have a nice day..

Friday, December 30, 2011

Back to the Moon...


Twin NASA spacecraft are on their final approach to begin orbiting the moon to study its surface and core in the space agency's latest moon-observation mission.
The two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) crafts will be placed in orbit New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, and will spend two months reshaping their orbits until they are following each other directly, according to NASA.

The agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is managing the mission, the goal of which is to use details on the moon's surface to map lunar gravity and use that information to understand better the moon's interior and thermal history, according to NASA.  
Together, the spacecraft carry a single instrument that will measure the changes in their relative velocity so scientists can use the information to create a high-resolution map of the moon's gravitational field. 

As they fly over areas of greater and lesser gravity--caused by features on and below the moon's surface--they will move slightly toward and away from each other, which will allow scientists to measure gravity through radio signals transmitted by the instrument, called the Ultra Stable Oscillator, according to NASA. 


The mission's gravity-measuring technique is the same as NASA's Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE), which has been mapping Earth's gravity since 2002.
GRAIL-A is scheduled to go into orbit beginning at 1:21 p.m. PST (4:21 p.m. EST) on Dec. 31, and Grail-B is scheduled to do the same at 2:05 p.m. PST (5:05 p.m. EST) on Jan. 1.
Although it is only about 250,000 miles from the earth to the moon--and NASA's Apollo crews took only three days to travel there--the twin GRAIL spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sept. 10 and have covered more than 2.5 million miles to reach the moon, according to NASA.
The reason for the long-duration trajectory was to give NASA time to gauge the health of the crafts and continuously power a core component of the Ultra Stable Oscillator for several months. The length of time allowed it to reach a stable operating temperature before it begins taking measurements, according to NASA.
 
Starting in March, the mission will map the moon’s lumpy gravity field in detail 100 to 1,000 times better than existing surveys.
That work will last at least 82 days, and will be achieved through precise measurements of tiny changes in the distance between the spacecraft as they chase each other over mountains, craters and interior features with different gravitational pulls that cause them to speed up or slow down slightly.   

Happy New Year from the moon...
Have a nice day...

Local Fruit - Buah BINJAI.


I went to the wet market today, and guess what - I found this fruit.
Locally called "buah binjai", it's scientific name is Mangifera caesia.
Mangifera caesia is a species  in the cashew family, Anacardiaceae. Common names include Malaysian Mango, Binjai (Malay), Wani (Bali), yaa-lam (Thai), and bayuno (Filipino). It belongs to the same genus as the mango and is widely cultivated in areas of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. The tree lives in lowlands or gentle slopes in sandy clay soils. It grows up to 30 m (100 ft) tall with a dense crown of round-shaped leaves. The flowers are purple or pink, 0.7 cm long with five sepals. The fruit is a large, edible, elliptical drupe 10–15 cm (4–6 in) long and 6–8 cm (2–3 in) wide. The skin is thin and brown with darker patches, and the flesh is yellow-white, mushy, and strongly odorous with an acid-sweet or sour taste.
The Binjai is believed to originate from the island of Borneo, but is commonly grown elsewhere for its edible fruit. The tree is one of the most common and valuable Mangifera species in western Malaysia, where it is cultivated extensively in orchards. It is also widely grown in Sumatra and Borneo. The fruit can be eaten dipped in chilli and dark soya sauce (kicap). The wood is used for light construction. Binjai is almost always propagated by seed. The tree requires rainfall that is distributed evenly throughout the year. It is a possible candidate for wider cultivation in the future.

Care to taste this fruit? Come to Malaysia, if possible - to Perlis..

Have a nice day...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Power of Magnesium Oil...


The other day, a friend introduced me Magnesium oil to relief my muscle pain. It was effective.
Let's learn something about medicine today - the magnesium oil.

Called Magnesium Oil, it is a natural substance that can be applied to the skin or poured into ones’ bath like Epsom salts. Magnesium chloride, applied transdermally is the ideal magnesium delivery system with medical benefits unequalled in the entire world of medicine. Yet one does not need a doctor to prescribe or administer it. One can relax in a medicinal bath, without a doctor’s prescription or simply put it on the skin and have someone massage you for sublime effect.

Most doctors and patients think of magnesium chloride as a medicine that can be injected while you are having a heart attack and it does save the day for both heart and stroke patients if used quickly enough.
What was found is that magnesium chloride, applied transdermally, is the ideal magnesium delivery system – with health benefits unequalled in the entire world of medicine. Nothing short of a miracle is to be expected with increases in the cellular levels of magnesium if those levels have been depleted. There is no wonder drug that can claim, in the clear, what magnesium chloride can do. Most people will show dramatic improvements in the state of their health when they replete their magnesium levels in an effective manner.

With magnesium oil, the concentrate can simply be applied to the skin or poured into bath water, and in an instant we have a powerful medical treatment. Intensive transdermal and oral magnesium therapy can be safely applied day in and day out for consistent health benefits.  Magnesium oil is nothing short of a miracle to a person deficient in magnesium. So clear and observable are the effects that there is no mistake, no mysticism, no false claim made.

Transdermal magnesium therapy offers an exciting breakthrough in sports medicine. Coaches can now treat injuries, prevent them, and increase athletic performance all at the same time. Magnesium Oil enhances recovery from athletic activity or injuries. It reduces pain and inflammation while propagating quicker regeneration of tissues. Topical application of magnesium chloride increases flexibility, which helps avoid injury. It also increases strength and endurance. Transdermal Magnesium Therapy is a boon for athletes, coaches and doctors who practice sports medicine.

In general, for a large adult, spraying an ounce or more of magnesium oil a day all over the body is recommended for six months to recover cellular levels, with that dosage adjusted downward for children depending on their age and size. This coupled with oral intake, especially for adults, is necessary to get the maximum effect out of magnesium. When magnesium levels are at extremely low levels intravenous application is an option and is necessary in emergency situations. Very strong therapeutic magnesium baths yield another level of effect. Such baths compete with intravenous applications but they are no substitute for in emergency situations.

Pain relief and muscle relaxation for people with arthritis and muscle cramping is an important and significant benefit of magnesium oil. Magnesium applied directly to the skin alleviates chronic pain, muscle cramps, and in general makes our job of opening up and softening muscles and connective tissue much easier. Magnesium is a potent vasodilator, and smooth muscle relaxant.

**most facts taken from Dr. Mark Sircus's Blog.

Have a nice day..

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Another Day in HATYAI...



I spent another full day in Hatyai today, with my two best friends, Ed and Bob.
We went shopping at two of the well known malls in Hatyai - the Odean Shopping Mall and the one right in front of Lee Garden Hotel.
We had lunch at the town of Sadao, on the way from Padang Besar to Hatyai.
We spent about 3 hours shopping in Hatyai.
We took our Dinner on the way back to Danok, at a town called Khlong Ngae.
Photos:
Custom and Immigration clearance at Padang Besar.
 Sadao town..
 saying our prayers before taking lunch..
 Hatyai city.
 in front of Mc Donald's
 right at the door steps of Lee Garden Hotel..
two tourists asking for help..
 another two passing by..
 countdown for the new year this Saturday..

We headed back home at around 7.00pm local time..
Have a nice day..

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The COACH knows BEST...


Being a successful athlete is not easy as it seems - so to say... To get the best out of one's self needs a lot of sacrifice. The phrase that says "an ordinary person who does extra-ordinary things" best suits a successful athlete.
But the main player in building a successful athlete is the COACH.

The coach is also an ordinary person who does extra-ordinary things. The coach might not be a successful athlete before, not winning titles, not winning gold medals... But, he knows how to win titles, how to win gold medals.
Successful coaches, sometimes, have different ways and styles of coaching - sometimes NOT in the books. These are things that Sports Officials have to note. Unique coaches sometimes never follow the "general rules" in coaching, but - produce champions, day in and day out.. As long as they produce "world champions" - never interfere with their coaching programme.. To say more - if something is already going on well, why interfere? Unless, these officials are up to something "fishy".....
Sports officials with no success records are usually the ones who spoil good programmes. These "stupid" officials are usually going out to gain mileage in their careers and trying to make "names" for themselves, thus making stupid decisions and spoiling the sports itself. It happens in all sports when you have ambitious officials and ambitious coaches with little knowledge in their sports.

With modern technologies and modern techniques, coaches and sport officials should not have difficulties in determining the downfall of a world class athlete. There are sports specialists everywhere these days - Sports Programmer, Sports Analysts, Sports Administrator, Sports Psychologists, Sports Masseurs, .... what else?
Everything is there - how come Lee Chong Wei's form goes down lately?

Let me tell you.
When a coach starts to coach an athlete - there is a "bond" between the two. If things goes well between the two - success will come after the two are being together for some years (not months !!!). Remember, these two are ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things. There is "chemistry" between the two that make things happen. Change coaches and you'll see the downfall of the athlete after some months (not years !!!).
I'm able to state this fact because I've gone through this sort of situation before when I was an active coach.

I've coached a long jumper before. I started coaching her when she was 11 years old. She was tall, 1.68m. She won the gold medal at the national meet when she was 14. She became a national athlete and competed in international meets (age group) after that.. Then, things started to change. She did not want me to coach her anymore, going for another coach who was more flexible to her. It seemed that I was a strict coach to her.

I started coaching another athlete after that. She was 14 also. She was a little shorter in height, 1.55m. She was a sprinter and hurdler before I changed her to the Long Jump event. It only took me a year to develop this new girl (since she had all the basic things to be a horizontal jumper). Both competed in the same event at a state meet and guess who won? The new, shorter girl won - with a new meet record. The old record was the taller girl's record...

Moral of the story - a much better athlete can still be beaten if you have the urge and desire to beat him/her.
Enough said, let's go into the Misbun-Chong Wei situation.

Under Misbun, Lee Chong Wei have beaten Lin Dan. Twice, if I'm not mistaken. So, Lin Dan can be beaten. It is not impossible... Under the present coach, Chong Wei was beaten all the time by Lin Dan. Not just that, Chong Wei was beaten by another Chinese player too - Chen Long. That summarizes it all..
So, the Chinese coaches are doing their job. The Malaysian (BAM) coaches are not doing their job, then.
You say - China have a very big pool of players? That's not an excuse.. Jamaica is smaller than Malaysia and yet they can produce Usain Bolt - the world's 100m and 200m champion. Don't tell me a Malaysian cannot become an Olympic champion....?
A Malaysian cannot become an Olympic champion if there are so many politicking in Sports bodies.. That's the true facts !!! Especially BAM....

I rest my case...
Have a nice day.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Misbun says "NO" to Lee Chong Wei...


Misbun Sidek finally broke the silence - by saying "NO" to the idea of "combining" him back with Lee Chong Wei in the preparation of the badminton star en route to the 2012 Olympics in Manchester.
This was what Misbun said:
"BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) have a lot of capable people to tackle the problem faced by Lee Chong Wei", he said.
"I am a nobody and I am just a small person with little knowledge in badminton", he added.

Lee Chong Wei's form have fallen recently. He lost in the semi-finals in the last 3 tournaments - the Hong Kong Open, the China Open and the Super Series Masters Finals.
Chong Wei did mentioned about getting Misbun's help, a few days ago when interviewed about his chances in next year's Olympics.

Well...., it's all BAM's fault. BAM was responsible for splitting the Misbun-Chong Wei combination. Now, Malaysia have no chance of winning a GOLD medal at the Olympics.., because as I see it - Lee Chong Wei is the best bet for Malaysia to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

Have a nice day...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

WORLD TIME ZONES..

Sometimes, we tend to forget that we have time zones. We tend to wish our friends "Happy Birthday" or "Merry Christmas" when actually they have already celebrated them, or vice versa...
Here's the world Time Zones:

Have a nice day... and Merry Christmas !!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2011...


I would like to wish 'Merry Christmas" and a "Happy New Year" to all my friends all over the world...
May all of you have a bright Christmas day and an enjoyable celebrations with families and friends...
From Japan and New Zealand (the very East) to Alaska (the very West) - thank you for your time and support to my Blog.
Thank you for visiting and re-visiting my blog all this while... and please keep on visiting my Blog..

Have a nice day....

Friday, December 23, 2011

Places to Visit Before They Disappear..

Many of the world's most wondrous and beautiful destinations are in danger of being destroyed by a combination of environmental and social factors - a warming climate, pollution, strained resources, bulging populations, and booming tourist traffic.
Below are some popular locations worth visiting before they disappear.
1. VENICE, Italy. With as many as 40 floods per year between March and September, Venice is slowly sinking at an estimated rate of 2.5 inches every 10 ten years. Venice, a city of beauty and charm, was built as a collection of 118 separate islands, relying entirely on a canal system of about 150 canals, mostly very narrow, crossed by some 400 bridges. A severe flood in December 2008 brought renewed attention to Venice's vulnerable state and imminent fate as an underwater city.
2. GLACIERS, Glacier National Park - US and Canada.
Glacier National Park contains some of the most beautiful, primitive wilderness in the Rocky Mountains. There are more than 200 glacier-fed lakes, high peaks, sheer precipices, large forests, waterfalls, much wildlife, and a great variety of wildflowers. However, temperature fluctuations have caused glacier growth and depletion. Ten thousand years ago, the area of Glacier National Park was covered by ice up to one mile below sea level. The latest warm period has caused the number of glaciers to decrease from 150 in 1850 to 26 today. If current global warming trends continue, there will be no glaciers left in Glacier National Park by 2030.
3. MEXICO CITY, Mexico.
In the past 100 years, Mexico City has sunk more than 30 feet. The original city was built on the site of a former lake—the Aztecs built the city on a series of aquatic platforms, but when the Spanish conquered the city, they drained the lake, causing it to sink. As the city population ballooned and the demand for water increased in the 20th century, the government began pumping much of the city's supply out of the underground aquifer that once fed the lake, causing the city to sink further. No practical plan has been made for the future to provide the 22 million inhabitants of Mexico City with the water they need without destroying the city.

4. THE DEAD SEA, Border between West Bank and Jordan.
Known as one of the saltiest water bodies in the world and the lowest dry point on earth, the Dead Sea is fed by the Jordan River and a number of small streams. Because it is located in a very hot and dry region, the Dead Sea loses much water through evaporation, causing its level to fluctuate during the year. However, inflow to the Dead Sea has been greatly reduced by the increased use of the Jordan River by Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians, who have growing populations and increased agricultural needs, resulting in falling water levels. Currently, the Dead Sea recedes about three feet each year.
5. TAJ MAHAL, India.
A mausoleum in northern India on the Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and the finest example of the late style of Indian Islamic architecture. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ordered it built after the death of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The building, which was completed between 1632 and 1638, is visited by three to four million tourists each year. The crowds and air pollution, however, have caused irreversible damage to the building's fa├žade, prompting tourism officials to consider closing the historic site to the public.
6. PYRAMIDS OF GIZA, Egypt.
One of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza, located outside modern Cairo, consist of three magnificent royal tombs guarded by a Sphinx. The Pyramids have been a heavily trafficked sightseeing area for centuries, but the pollution and magnitude of visitors has taken its toll on the ancient structures, which are not protected by Egyptian officials. Although camel and horseback tours are now banned from the site, the structures are still difficult to see through the crowds and vendors.
7. LITTLE GREEN STREET, London.
Located in the center of London, Little Green Street, is one of only a few surviving streets from Georgian England. Lined with about a dozen 18th century homes, Little Green Street only stretches a city block in length, but has survived the Blitz in World War II and three centuries of construction. As a perfect example of Regency London, it has been featured in poetry, photo shoots, and music videos, but today it is threatened by construction. Although an attempt to acquire the property failed in 2008, developers' appeals continue, and the threat of Little Green Street's destruction looms ahead.

So, if you're a traveler and the sentimental type, go see these places before they get vanished...
Have a nice day....

SM SAINS SELANGOR is the Top 10.

Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor (SMSS), my former school, is the 10th best residential school (SBP) in the country - in terms of the achievement in the PMR exam results released yesterday. Congratulations !!!
The GPK is, or rather, was 1.0263. Not bad.. 103 students out of 119 students obtained straight A's. Keep it up, guys....

The whole rankings:
1 SM SAINS HULU SELANGOR 1.0054
2 SM SAINS TENGKU MUHAMMAD FARIS PETRA 1.0139
3 SM SAINS TELUK INTAN 1.0191
4 KOLEJ TUNKU KURSHIAH 1.0196
5 SM SAINS KUALA SELANGOR 1.02
6 SEKOLAH DATO` ABDUL RAZAK 1.0203
7 SM SAINS JOHOR 1.0233
8 SEKOLAH TUANKU ABDUL RAHMAN 1.0241
9 SEKOLAH TUN FATIMAH 1.0252
10 SM SAINS SELANGOR 1.0263
11 THE MALAY COLLEGE KUALA KANGSAR 1.0264
12 SM SAINS MUZAFFAR SYAH 1.0273
13 SEKOLAH SERI PUTERI 1.0279
14 SM SAINS POKOK SENA 1.0279
15 SM SULTAN ABDUL HALIM 1.0325
16 SM SAINS SULTAN MOHAMMAD JIWA 1.0327
17 SM SAINS TUANKU SYED PUTRA 1.0331
18 SEKOLAH SULTAN ALAM SHAH 1.0334
19 SM SAINS SULTAN MAHMUD 1.0336
20 SM SAINS TENGKU ABDULLAH 1.0373
21 SM SAINS MACHANG 1.0411
22 SM SAINS MIRI 1.0427
23 SBP INTEGRASI GOMBAK 1.0499
24 SM SAINS PASIR PUTEH 1.054
25 SM SAINS TUN SYED SHEH SHAHABUDIN 1.0549
26 SM SAINS BAGAN DATOH 1.0582
27 SM SAINS TUANKU JA`AFAR 1.0627
28 SBP INTEGRASI SABAK BERNAM 1.0678
29 SM SAINS KOTA TINGGI 1.07
30 SBP INTEGRASI SELANDAR 1.0724
31 SM SAINS REMBAU 1.0727
32 SM SAINS KEPALA BATAS 1.0746
33 SM SAINS LAHAD DATU 1.0759
34 SBP INTEGRASI TEMERLOH 1.0761
35 SM AGAMA PERSEKUTUAN LABU 1.0817
36 SM SAINS LABUAN 1.0829
37 SM SAINS SULTAN HJ AHMAD SHAH 1.0893
38 SBP INTEGRASI JEMPOL 1.0939
39 SM SAINS KUBANG PASU 1.096
40 SM SAINS RAJA TUN AZLAN SHAH 1.1007
41 SEKOLAH SAINS SULTAN HAJI AHMAD SHAH 1.1014
42 SBP INTEGRASI RAWANG 1.1084
43 SM AGAMA PERSEKUTUAN KAJANG 1.113
44 SM SAINS KUCHING 1.1258
45 SM SAINS SABAH 1.1282
46 SBP INTEGRASI BATU RAKIT 1.1447
47 SBP INTEGRASI GOPENG 1.1464
48 SBP INTEGRASI KUBANG PASU 1.149
49 SM SAINS SULTAN ISKANDAR 1.1518
50 SBP INTEGRASI TUN ABDUL RAZAK 1.155
51 SBP INTEGRASI KUANTAN 1.1824
52 SM SAINS DUNGUN 1.1952
Have a nice day...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Still want to abolish PPSMI???

 PPSMI - PMR - PPSMI - PMR
Sometimes, I just don't understand what the Education Ministry wants..
The PMR results were out today and it shows that Maths and Science improved tremendously... It fact, it was stated by the Education Ministry that this year's results is the BEST in four years !!! And.... they still want to scrap the PPSMI ?? Makes NO SENSE to me...

The press report:

PUTRAJAYA: A total of 34,271 (7.77%) out of 441,137 students scored straight A's in the 2011 Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examinations, making it the best PMR results in the past four years, said Education director-general Datuk Seri Abd Ghafar Mahmud.
He said the National Average Grade (GPN) for the examinations improved from 2.74 to 2.71 this year (a lower GPN indicates better results).
(In 2010, the percentage of straight A's scorers was 7.02%.)
"This year's GPN indicator is also the highest of the past four years.
"Additionally, all subjects showed an improvement in student achievement, except Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin, Iban language and Islamic Studies," he said when announcing the PMR results here on Thursday.
Abd Ghafar said the number of candidates who obtained Grade E in all subjects also went down to 346 (0.08%) from 386 (0.09%) in 2010.
Meanwhile, candidates who obtained minimum D (not including all A) went up to 272,966 (61.88%) from 265,388 (60.39%) in 2010.
Abd Ghafar said the achievements of rural candidates who garnered Grade A in all subjects also went up to 6,474 (4.28%) compared to 5,825 (3.81%) last year or an increase of 0.46%.
He said the number of urban students who scored Grade A in all subjects rose 0.86%, from 24,084 students (8.86%) in 2010 to 26,189 (9.72%) this year.
"The GPN value of urban candidates dropped 0.04 points compared to rural students, 0.03 points. But overall, the achievement of urban candidates was better than rural candidates," he said.  -BERNAMA.

Have a nice day....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Currency Notes next year...

Malaysia will have new notes and coins next year:

Have a nice day...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

VISITORS From Tessaban1 Sangseongsamakkhee School, Hatyai, Thailand

Surprise visitors today in SMK Derma. 110 teachers from a lower secondary school in Hatyai, Thailand - the Tessaban1 Sandseongsamakkhee School - came in three buses, to visit our school - on a Saturday, during the two months year end holidays.
Nevertheless, we greeted them with pleasure. There were only 3 teachers and 6 students from us, the host.
Photos:
They came in 3 buses
 the 6 Derma students, waiting..
 Pink ladies from Hatyai
 first group photo
 the first batch from the first  bus
Have a nice day....