Monday, January 30, 2012

Dinner at Santai Cafe, Putra Palace..

My whole family had dinner at Santai Cafe, Putra Palace Hotel, tonight.
Not bad, for an exclusive place to dine.
The food was good and the price was very good..
We ordered the Combo meals - 5 sets of seafood tomyam with white rice + bandung ice mixed with soda, 2 sets of patprik rice + apple juice and 2 sets of "Roti John" as side order. All in - at a price of RM59.00. That was considered very, very cheap....
Bravo Santai Cafe !!!!
 just arrived at 8.15pm
the promotional menu..
 Food was ready in 15 minutes
seafood tomyam with white rice
patprik rice and apple juice
 Roti John, as it is called...

We finished dinner after an hour...
Have a nice day....

Sunday, January 29, 2012

AJL 26 - Anugerah Juara Lagu ke-26 (2011) - LIVE..

It's LIVE from Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil - in Kuala Lumpur....
Tonight is the night - 12 songs compete to win the Best Song of the Year (2011) contest.
They are (according to appearance on stage):
1.   WANITA SELURUH DUNIA: Composer - Boy Clifford, Singer - Projek Pistol.
Comment: Lively song, blended well with the orchestra. I'll give a B+.

2.   SEDETIK LEBIH: Composer - Edry Abdul Halim, Singer - Jaclyn Victor.
Comment: Lack of "punch" in this song.. Poor arrangement. Just a "B".

3.   KEKANDA ADINDA: Composer - Loque, Singers - Atilia & Monolque.
Comment: Just a "so-so" song.. Not a real treat. Just a "B".

4.   GADIS SEMASA: Composer - Yuna, Singer - Yuna
Comment: Good composition, catchy number... Good performance too.. In the running for the top positions. I'll give an "A".

5.   KALAU BERPACARAN: Composers/Singers - Sohaimi Mior Hassan/Ana Raffali/Altimet.
Comment: OK, not a bad song. Good blend though... Just a "B+".

6.   CINTA MUKA BUKU: Composers - Najwa Latif/Ika Latif, Singer - Najwa latif.
Comment: Too raw.., too simple (chord flow). Maybe nice to hear, but not in terms of song composition. Just a "B-".

7.   KARMA: Composers - Audi Mok/Faizal Tahir, Singer - Faizal Tahir.
Comment: Good composition, nice performance from the singer, good vocals too... In line for one of the awards. I'll give an "A".

8.   KISAH HATI:  Composer - Manusia Putih, Singer - Alyah.
Comment: One of the best song to contest (in terms of composition), with all the high notes, modulations and wide vocal range. Difficult to sing... I'll give an "A".

9.   SUNGAI LUI:  Composers - Aizat/Anas Amdan, Singer - Aizat.
Comment: Looks simple, but it's a nice composition with good music arrangements in it. Diffficult to predict this song.. I'll give an "A" too.

10. PENAKUT:  Composer - Yuna,  Singer - Yuna
Comment: Unique song, in terms of a Malay composition. Something new to our ears. Need time to absorb this sort of song. I wonder what the judges are thinking now.... I'll give a "B+".

11. AWAN NANO:  Composers - M. Nasir/Budi Hikayat, Singer - Hafiz
Comment: You really have to get into this song to appreciate it... A unique composition by M.Nasir. It's a new trend in composing, that "ta ti ta ti ta ti ta" sound.. Very nice and sounds different from other songs... I'll give an "A+" (if you don't mind)...

12. BERIBU SESALAN:  Composers - Kevin Chin/Tinta,  Singer - 3 Suara.
Comment: Just another ballad, sung by 3 voices. Nothing unique... Just a "B" to me...

Best Vocals: Hafiz (Awan Nano) .... (RM10,000)
Best Performance: Alyah (Kisah Hati) .... (RM10,000)
3rd Place Song:  Karma (Faizal Tahir) / Audi Mok.... (RM12,000)
Runner-up Song: Beribu Sesalan (3 Suara) / Kevin Chin ..... (RM15,000)
CHAMPION (Best Song of the Year): AWAN NANO (Hafiz / M. Nasir ...... (RM35,000).

I told yer....
Try singing along this song... you'll notice the beauty of it...
Have a nice day...


It's LIVERPOOL again !!!
Liverpool beat Man Utd  2-1  in an explosive 4th round FA Cup tie at Anfield last night.
In a span of 4 days - Liverpool have kicked out both Manchester clubs - beating Man City 3-2 on aggregate in the Carling's Cup semi-final last Wednesday, and then beating Man Utd 2-1 in the FA Cup 4th round yesterday.
That's quite an achievement...
Dirk Kuyt scoring the decisive goal in the 88th minute.
Liverpool went 1-up in the 21st minute, when Daniel Agger headed home off a corner kick by Steven Gerrard. United equalised through Park Ji-Sung in the 39th minute, after a scramble in the Liverpool's penalty area. Half time score was 1-1.
Patrice Evra, who caused Liverpool's Luis Suarez an eight-match ban, was booed all the way from start to finish, by the home fans. He was also the one responsible for the winning goal, scored by Dirk Kuyt in the 88th minute. He was there in front of goal, did nothing, but see Kuyt scored his 50th goal for Liverpool - en route to winning the Cup tie, defeating Man Utd 2-1. Luis Suarez, in the grand stand - was the happiest man last night...
I guess, justice was done !!
 Kuyt being mobbed by team mates..
Well, well...
Well done Liverpool...
And here's another one I got from the internet:
Kenny, Wenger, Fergie, Redknapp and Boas sitting in a pub. Wenger goes up and buys the first round of drinks. Boas the second, Redknap the third, Fergie the fourth. Kenny buys the next but Fergie complains "Where's mine?!" Kenny replies "Sorry pal, this is the fifth round and you're not in it".
Have a nice day....

Saturday, January 28, 2012

"Kenduri" in Kangar Garden...

My family attended a wedding feast (kenduri) in Kangar Garden, here in Kangar, this afternoon.
It was a simple one, but what a wonderful atmosphere. As Malaysians, all races were there - Malays, Chinese and Indians get together to enjoy the feast - hosted by my friend, Mr. Idrus Md Daud. His eldest son got married.
a Chinese family enjoying the food..

Have a nice day...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Something Nice...

I was going through my Guest Book of my Blog this afternoon...., and what a pleasant surprise !!
It's nice to receive such comments from readers to this Blog.
Thank you Crireesse of the USA for such beautiful comments.. I really appreciate it.

Have a nice day...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Greetings From PakBara, Thailand...

map of Satun Province.
Hi... I'm in PakBara, Satun, Thailand, today...
We took off from Kangar, this morning - around 10.00am. It took quite a while (more than an hour) to declare our travel documents at the Wang Prachan checkpoint (border) because there were quite a number of travelers/tourist visiting Thailand today. Maybe it's because of the Chinese New Year holidays in Malaysia.
Anyway, after all those stuff - we went straight to PakBara, about 65 km from the border. We went around the small town of PakBara, had lunch and then found this beautiful chalet to stay for the night.
it's 36 km from Chalun to Langu
The highway from Chalun to Langu - no dividers, just yellow lines.
 it's only 11 km from Langu to PakBara
 the coastal road to PakBara
 the landmark at PakBara Pier
 two tourists at the jetty, waiting for the ferry to Koh Lipe
 we had this - Thai Mango with glutinous rice.
 we then headed to this place
 there's a jetty for small boats
 some scenery, eh...
 late lunch...
staying here for the night.. ha ha..
See you tomorrow...
Have a nice day... 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Geomagnetic Storm... TODAY.

The Earth is experiencing a geomagnetic storm today - the strongest in 6 years..
The Northern Hemisphere is the most affected part of the Earth.
What is this Geomagnetic Storm?

A geomagnetic storm is a temporary disturbance of the Earth's magnetosphere caused by a disturbance in the interplanetary medium. A geomagnetic storm is a major component of space weather and provides the input for many other components of space weather. A geomagnetic storm is caused by a solar wind shock wave and/or cloud of magnetic field which interacts with the Earth's magnetic field. The increase in the solar wind pressure initially compresses the magnetosphere and the solar wind magnetic field will interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and transfer an increased amount of energy into the magnetosphere. Both interactions cause an increase in movement of plasma through the magnetosphere (driven by increased electric fields inside the magnetosphere) and an increase in electric current in the magnetosphere and ionosphere. During the main phase of a geomagnetic storm, electric current in the magnetosphere create magnetic force which pushes out the boundary between the magnetosphere and the solar wind. The disturbance in the interplanetary medium which drives the geomagnetic storm may be due to a solar coronal mass ejection (CME) or a high speed stream (co-rotating interaction region or CIR) of the solar wind originating from a region of weak magnetic field on the Sun’s surface. The frequency of geomagnetic storms increases and decreases with the sunspot cycle. CME driven storms are more common during the maximum of the solar cycle and CIR driven storms are more common during the minimum of the solar cycle.
Intense solar flares release very-high-energy particles that can cause radiation poisoning to humans (and mammals in general) in the same way as low-energy radiation from nuclear blasts.
Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere allow adequate protection at ground level, but astronauts in space are subject to potentially lethal doses of radiation. The penetration of high-energy particles into living cells can cause chromosome damage, cancer, and a host of other health problems. Large doses can be fatal immediately.
 a geomagnetic storm in Greenland.
It is wise not to go out in the open air at the moment.. Please stay inside your home.
Have a nice day...

Lawn Bowls - Preparations for SUKMA 2012.

The Perlis' Lawn Bowls Association and the Perlis' Sports Council (MSN) held a meeting with the athletes and their parents today, in their preparations for this year's SUKMA (Sukan Malaysia) to be held in Kuantan, Pahang in June or July. The exact dates (the meet) have yet to be finalised.
The director of Perlis's MSN, Mr. Azhari and his deputy, Mr. Zaidi were present, together with the lawn bowls chief coach - Mr. Kamis. All 12 athletes, except Nurul Auni (in Kuala Lumpur having a national assignment), and their parents attended the meeting.
the meeting
 chaired by the Sports Council's Director
The athletes - Boys (under 21)
 The Perlis' girls..

Good Luck Perlis - in your quest to get medals during the games (SUKMA)...
Have a nice day...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Quiet Monday morning in Kangar...

It's the Chinese New Year today..., and it's so quiet and peaceful in Kangar town today - no jams, in fact, no traffic at all at 9.30am... How wonderful..

I guess everybody's still in bed - we have four days of holiday. Schools are closed for a week. That's Malaysia...
Well... Happy Chinese New Year and happy holiday to all my followers and readers of my Blog.
Have a nice day...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Finland's Education System - The Best in The World.

FINLAND have the Best Education System in the world.
Since it implemented huge education reforms 40 years ago, Finland's school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems.  
So how do they do it?
It's simple — by going against the evaluation-driven, centralized model that much of the Western world uses.
24 amazing facts about Finland's unorthodox education system:

1.   Finnish children don't start school until they are 7 years old.
2.   Finnish children rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens.
3.   The children are not measured at all for their first 6 years of their education.
4.   There is only one mandatory standardized test in Finland, taken when they are 16 years old.
5.   All children, clever or not, are taught in the same classrooms. No segregation. 
6.   They don't wear uniforms to school.
7.   30% of the the children receive extra help during their first 9 years of school.
8.   66% of students go to college.
9.   The difference between the weakest and the strongest students is the smallest in the world.
10.   Science classes are capped at 16 students in a class so that they may perform practical experiments in every class.
11.  93% of Finns graduate from High School.
12.  43% of Finnish high-school students go to vocational schools.
13.  Elementary school students get 75 minutes of recess a day.
14.  Teachers only spend 4 hours a day in the classroom, and take only 2 hours a week for "professional development".
15.  Finland have the same amount of teachers as New York City, but have far fewer students.
16.  The school system is 100% state funded.
17.  All teachers in Finland must have a Masters degree, which is fully subsidized.
18.  The national curriculum is only broad guidelines.
19.  Teachers are selected from the top 10% graduates.
20.  The average starting salary for Finnish teacher is USD29,000 in 2008.
21.  High school teachers with 15 years of experience make 102% of what other college graduates make.
22.  There is no merit pay for teachers.
23.  Teachers are given the same status as doctors and lawyers.
24.  In an international standardized measurement in 2001, Finnish children came tops or very close to the top for science, reading and mathematics. It's consistently tops or very near every year every time since.
...taken from Business Insider, Europe. (Adam Taylor).

And...., where do Malaysia stands? You can guess where....
Have a nice day... 

Happy "YEAR OF THE DRAGON" Chinese New Year.

I would like to wish all my Chinese friends all over the world - "GONG XI FA CAI" .
Have a good time with your family and may you all have a nice productive year...

Have a nice day...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Dinner at Bendang Coffee House, Putra Palace..

My wife had a dinner reception at Kangar's Putra Palace Hotel tonight, and I took the kids to have dinner at the hotel's Bendang coffee house...
The new look Putra Palace Hotel is something to look into.
The new manager is Mrs Azarishah Ahmad, my former student - way back in the 80's. She's small size, but very hardworking. Met her at the hotel lobby, had a chat with her but I could see she was busy... Mr. Kamil, the sales executive, came to greet us...
The new management is presently doing some promotions with a variety of discounts given to customers. The food at the coffee house is presently given a 10% discount until the end of February 2012. There are also special menus at the Santai Cafe outlet with food and drinks as low as RM6.50 per order.
8.15 pm - arrival.
 greeted by Mr Kamil, the hotel's sales executive..
 with two of the hotel staffs
 spaghetti meatball - RM13.50
 beef steak - RM25.00
chicken rice - RM13.00
banana boat (ice cream) - RM7.00
 apple boat (ice cream) - RM7.00
 pineapple boat (ice cream) - RM 7.00

My next visit will be to the Santai Cafe outlet, where the price is so, so, unbelievably cheap.. Maybe, in the next few days to come...
Come see for yourself the new look Putra Palace ...

Have a nice day...