Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tooth Fairy Premier Screening

Went to 1 Utama just now with Joshua. It was last minute to invite him and also got my invitation back to Setapak, Thanks to Jackie. Haha. Imagine using the KTM from Bandar Tasik Selatan to KL Sentral, then wait for bus and sit for 1 hour plus to reach 1 Utama. Not to mention, during that time is rush hour/peak hour, there were traffic jam every where. Haha. Imagine sitting in the bus for 1 and a half hour just to reach the destination. 1 Utama really is a far far place from Cheras, Taman Connaught. I would be really nice if I have a car to use and go where ever I wan to. Haha. But, that will remain as a dream. Haha.

Me and Joshua reach there about 7.30pm and headed straight to the Old Town for our dinner. Due to the Old Town Citizen card, we can enjoy a 50% discount off the second meal we ordered, being noodle or rice type of meal. While eating, I saw the collecting ticket counter already set up and people were started to queue up. So, I just went to the queue and collect my tickets from the nice lady there. Haha. The same lady that I saw during the Astro B.yond launch party. Haha.

Being early, we can observe around. However, we did not recognise much of the blogger who attend the premier screening. Haha. But get to meet some people in person. Good experience. Well, this is my 1st movie screening which I won and attended. Nice experience by attending a movie premier. After watching the movie, all I can say it was funny movie and suitable for family. I really make you realised what you have miss during your childhood. The power of imagination and dream. Most importantly is that do not be a dream killer, that is by destroying all the dream of young and innocent children. Do not poison their mind since they are still a kid and they brain can say is like a piece of blank paper. Haha.

Here is the synopsis of Tooth Fairy:
Dwayne Johnson is “The Tooth Fairy,” also known as Derek Thompson, a hard-charging hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster’s dreams, he’s sentenced to one week’s hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand. At first, Derek “can’t handle the tooth” – bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers’ homes…doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.

Due to the late movie showtime, I am now currently staying over at Joshua place here in Genting Klang, Setapak. Tomorrow need to wake up early as I will be following somebody car from here to Cheras. Thats all for now. Have a nice day and good night.

p/s: All the pictures taken just now by Joshua have not been transfer to the computer, so there will be no picture for today. Haha.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A murderer is on the loose

On 13 of January 2010, me and a couple of my friends got ourselves invitation to the Astro B.yond Blogger Night at Modesto's Sri Hartamas. As the name say it all, it was a launching of its Astro B.yond which was organised by Astro. We were lucky as Astro is the first broadcast company to offer the first High Defination (HD) programmes in Malaysia and also not to mention the first HD television commercial of Astro B.yond which was also the longest in Malaysia history, approximately 2.30 minutes.

Since we are so eager to be there in time and also to expect some traffic on the way, we departed from my house around 6pm and we actually arrived there at about 6.45 pm including some jam on the way there. It was really unexpected as I thought it was very far away from Cheras. I think i will be a new destination for me to look and explore if I by some chance have car to use in KL. hehe.

Anyway, back to the event, since we arrive earlier than the Nuffnang (NN) staffs who had the list of guests, we could not register and enter into the event. The location of the event is at the Rain Club, just beside Modesto's and run by Modesto's itself. So, some pictures were taken to mark our attendance and present on the event itself. The receptionist told us to come back again around 7.30pm. So, we all headed to the opposite mamak stall to have some drink before present ourselves to the counter again.

By 7.30pm, when we reach the counter again, there were a couple of guests already register for the event and already secured the best seats in the place. For me, it was a bad experience as the staff could not find my name at first and say I din not confirm my attendances. I think it was some hearing mistake by them. "Vun" become "voon" then become 'Boon'. Haha. Really sweat at tat time. Not tat i can hear or tell them my spelling, maybe it was the loud music played during that time. Somemore, the receptionist was also a new NN staff. Who is he/she, i will reveal later.

So, each of us have the option to write our new year resolution on the big piece of cardboard. For my new year resolution, I do hope that this year will be a very happening year for me since last year consider not a very happening one. I think I should join more of the NN event and contest if have the opportunity.

The murder scene

So, after writting our new year resolution, we enter the club. Since some of the best seat were already taken, we decided to take the seat at the bar, which was consider the better seat. Being near to the drink really make is happier. Haha. While waiting for the event to start, Chie Chek (CC), Wan Nah and Kwong Fei (KF) walk around the location and keep on taking pictures. For me, I was just observing the environment. Haha. Maybe I not that social yet. Modesto's pizza was served before the event was start. I get to try 3 type of pizza, which were pepperoni pizza, tuna pizza and the last one i cant remember.

The friendly bartender

Around 8pm, the event finally start with the MC giving out some nice speech. And to me, he really look familiar. If not mistaken, I think i saw him before in the TV, in the 'Deal or no deal', english one. Correct me if I'm wrong. After his speech, the COO of Astro gave his speech and announce the start of the event.

The MC

Mr Henry, The COO of Astro

A very happy food for me as 'Dinner was served'. Haha. Hungry people like us sure will rush to the buffet location to grab all the nice food. Luckily for this time, there were 2 buffet location to ease the congestion. As CC and KF queue at one place to grab the dinner, I slowly approach another side of the buffet table to grab my food. There were Vietnam spring roll, Seasoned brinjal as appetizer. For the main meal, we have the option to choose between chilli pasta or seafood macaroni, followed by duck, roasted chicken, mushroom, mash potato and also sausages. For dessert, we have cheese cake and also chocolate cake. Dinner was good.

During dinner time, there was a group of percussion playing some loud sound. Really an eye opener for me to listen all those loud sound. Haha. For me, sorry to say this but I dont understand at all. Maybe for those music lover, they will love it. After their finish their performance, dinner resume.

Percussion performance

Later, Huai Bin come towards the stage and told us that there will be a game session where there will be a lucky person tonight walking away with a brand new 32" LG HDTV, a satellite disc, a decoder, a special remote control and also free subscription until end of this year. We all were waiting for this moment to come. Who ever were interested have to group themselves into 5 person in each group and registered themselves with Robb. Luckily for us, there were five of us and easily, we proceed to the registration place to registered ourselves. After the registration process, each of the group were given a piece of paper, a pen and also a magnifying glass to look for clue. As you have seen earlier, there were a murder scene right beside the stage. So, for us, it was our job as a team of investigator to find out who was the real murder among the NN staffs present on the event itself.

Huai Bin giving explanation of the game

As the surrounding was dark, it was really hard for us to look at the small fine letter on the clues stick around the wall on the clubhouse, except the washroom. Those that guess the wrong answer will be disqualified and those without the 5 clues cannot guess the murderer. So, the murderer was still on the loose. BEWARE. After like 20 to 30 minutes after the start of the event, a group of detective manage to catch the RED murderer from the crowd and got themselves a chance to win themselves the grand prize. For us, we just stand beside and watch them compete against themselves by answering question giving by Robb and the one with the most answer will win the competition. The winner group was Gareth, Horng, KY, Terence and Eric. After a few series of questions, Eric finally emerged as the winner and win himself the grand prize. While the remaining group members get themselves a goodies bag which I do not know what is inside of it.

The participants with their display answered

Since the night is still young, everyone mingled around and take group pictures and also dance with the music. Not to mention that during the event itself, Jojo Struys was around, filming for the Alpha Blogger season 2. Lucky for me, she was standing right besides me when the event was started. But bad luck also since I do not have camera with me. So no picture was taken with her. Haha. Maybe should get myself a nice camera but really need some money to invest in it.

Our group picture

Group picture with Mr Henry Tan

After the event was over, we were invited by Sam to go for a 'mamak' session. However, we declined because I have class on the next day, 8am class. Haha.

Anyway, for those who are interested in winning themselves a set of the Astro B.yond, they can log on to the Astro Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/Astro for details on how to participate in the facebook game, which is Murder in Details. There will be 10 sets of prizes to give away. If not, you can also subscribe to this service by giving additional RM 20 per month for 12 months. Interested people can visit www.astro.com.my/byond or call astro customer hotline at 1300 82 3838. For us blogger who attended the event, we can opt to join the post-event blog contest to win ourselves the astro byond set if we are lucky.

P/s: Mr Henry Tan was really nice person and really outgoing person.
p/s/s: All the pictures where taken by KF and Wan Nah

Friday, January 15, 2010

More affordable way to pursue a medical degree

Taken from The Star Online Newspaper. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/15/nation/20100115204915&sec=nation

PETALING JAYA: There is now a new and affordable avenue for Malaysians to study medicine locally.

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (Utar) new Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will hold its first intake in May, at a cost of about RM50,000 a year, a fraction of what parents would have to pay for medical courses in other local private universities.

The Higher Education Ministry has just approved the faculty’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme and the faculty will accept an initial 50 students this year.

Housed at the varsity’s Sg Long campus in Selangor, the MBBS programme will cost RM50,000 per annum and around RM250,000 for the entire five-year course.

A memorandum of agreement was also signed with the Health Ministry Friday, formalising the placement of Utar medical and health sciences students at government hospitals.

With the MoA, Utar students will undergo their practicum, industrial training or clinical studies at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Ampang Hospital, Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Baru and Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh.

Commending Utar for its initiative, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that his ministry was excited to accept Utar into its pool of collaborating universities.

There are currently 25 universities training doctors in Malaysia. Ten of them are public universities while private universities and university colleges make up the other 15.

“This is a historical event for Utar,” said Liow in a press conference after the MoA signing ceremony.

“Based on Utar’s track record in producing quality graduates and commitment in promoting lifelong learning, I have no doubt that the university will attain the same level of excellence in its new venture.”

Describing the MoA signing as a win-win partnership which ultimately benefited Malaysian citizens, Liow added that his ministry was committed to supporting Utar in training its medical students.

Established on Nov 16, last year, Utar’s faculty of medicine and health sciences also plans to offer three more degree programmes in Nursing, Physiotherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The application process for Utar’s MBBS course is open until the end of March and selected applicants will be interviewed in early April.

For me, I think that it will be a challenge for a university to start such a professional course. whats more it is medicine. With such a low price for Medicine programme, it will sure has an impact towards the education industry. Hopefully it will produce ethical and professional doctors in the future besides earning money.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I’m a Tooth Fairy..

If I'm a Tooth Fairy, I will need several gadgets to accomplish my mission.

Since every knew that children are very naughty, that's why I need to put them to sleep before I approach them. How knows what they will do to catch the Tooth Fairy. In order to do so, I will need to have a lullaby flute with me. Once the flute is being played, it will make all the children fall asleep. However, the lullaby flute only work on children.

Thats why I will need an invisible clock which hide my present from the adults. This will keep me out of sight of anyone who are wide awake.

Seeing in dark will also be an obstacle as i will be walking blindly in the dark. To aid me, I will night vision goggle to see clearly. By doing so, collecting the bad tooth under the pillow will be a piece of cake.

The last obstacle will be the hardest one. some of the naughty will set up booby trap for me, to capture me and show off to the world. So, the quickest way to enter the room will be through the walk. Walk pass through the walk. Haha. Being able to walk through anything, the booby trap will be a piece of cake.

Lastly, after i retrieve the bad tooth, usually will be some rewards left for them one. I would be glad to leave them a RM 10 notes for each tooth. By then, more teeth will be left under the pillow and my achievements will be high. haha.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mt Singai, Matang

On 12 of December, 5 of us when to Mt Singai for trekking or rather say climb up the stair. The duration of travel from Kuching to the base of Mt Singai tool us about 1 and a half hour to reach there since it is quite deep. Some of you might not know it but Mt Singai is famous for it church whereby it is located on a hill or on top of a hill, which become an attraction spot. Upon arrival, you can opt to part at a further location where you dont need to pay anything or park at a close place where you have to pay the parking fee of RM 2/RM 3 per entry. It is consider a common price for private parking area.

The private parking area.

The filled plastic bag with sad/cement/rock.

That's me carrying 2 plastic bags. At 1st was helping Joshua to carried one,
but too heavy already. So gave up 1.

Helen is our tour guide of the day along with Janice as the assistant tour guide. Helen told us that the church area is under renovation and need the help of kind tourist or devotees to bring 1 plastic bag filled with sad/rock/cement. From the base of the hill until the church, we took about 1 hour plus to reach. The journey up to hill was tiring as there are many steps to take, from flat to very steep. It was indeed quite challenging for us who seldom go exercise. Along the way, we keep resting after walking for a while which took us quite some time to reach to the church. Not to mention, we also have our loyal photographer here who constantly took our tired photo as well as the surrounding beauty. Besides, you can always see various fruit trees growing on both sides of the stairs, from Jack fruit to mangosteen to durian and even native fruits. If you do feel like you wanna enjoy the freshness of the fruit, do take the opportunity. But bare in mind not to dirty the place and also make sure the fruit is fully ripe. Haha. From the bottom to the top, you will see various stops which contain statues with some inscription on it, telling about how Jesus is being crucified. So, in total, you will come across with 15 of these statues when u reach to the church as each statues will have the continuation of the stories on the next one.

The group pictures of the participants. From left, Helen, Yu Wee, Janice & me.

Look how steep and slippery the steps were. Some even unbalanced.

This is the statue will you came across, telling the story of how Jesus being crucified.

A group picture of everyone in it.

Among the fresh fruits that you can find.

Besides fruits, you will also see the wonders of nature.

When we reach the the church, it was quite soothing as it was filled with breeze and shade made by the tall trees. We rest at an open area which I think is a prayer place. Correct me if I'm wrong. Here, you can go and lit a candle and place it on the altar or at the candle rack. Light the candle and hope that God/Mother Mary will receive your prayer. Slightly behind the altar, there is a fish pond with many Koi inside. You can even feed the fish if you do feel so.

The church.

The statue of Jesus.

Mother Mary.

The candle rack.

The Fish pond.

While resting, various group pictures and candid photos were taken to signify we have visited this place. It was indeed a memory to be treasured.

Joshua 'Praying'.

Photographer taking picture of the sun.

The time taken for us to go down to the bottom only took us about 30 minutes compare with how much time we took to reach the top. Haha. Since it was already pass noon, we all decided to go down to MJC and had our lunch there.

How to get there?

From Kuching, drive towards Matang, either the Satok way or the Batu Kawa@pass through Tmn Maliha. After you pass the road heading towards Tmn Maliha or SM Sains Matang or Batu Kawa, go straight again further down the road. Turn left on the next junction with the sign 'Jalan Sungai Tengah'. Then you just follow the road, driving deep into the area until u stumble upon this sign board on your right. If not mistaken you will passby 5 bridges.

From the entrance of Jalan Sungai Tengah to this sign board is in between 20 to 30 minutes drive. Have fun.

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