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A blog about my life and my observations of events and people around me
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Bad start to the week: Penampang floods for second time in 3 days
2008-06-10 16:49:00
Oh no, not again! Talk about Monday blues and the the amazing speed at which Penampang gets flooded these days. I was at the office when my son called around 4pm saying water from the river has reached downstairs. Never mind I thought - relatively, it’s usually a mere puddle the 2nd time. How wrong I was. When I finally left the office at 5.20pm after receiving a frantic phonecall from the wife a few minutes earlier saying the flood has returned, it was already raining … you guessed it right … cats and dogs. It was a big mistake leaving the office at that time - I should left the office much earlier - it took me 90 minutes to reach my wife’s office on the other side of the city, where it should’ve taken 30 minutes at most, and during the best of times, less than 10 minutes. Another tip is to switch on the radio to the local channel - they usually give updates on flood situations - I was in front of Sutera Harbour when the police went on the radio sayi...
More About: Time , Start , Week , Days , Floods
7th June 2008: Bad weekend: working, Penampang floods again, skipped: compa
2008-06-07 13:40:00
If I have ever done live blogging when floodwaters downstairs are rising, now would be it. In Penampang, not-so-heavy rain started 4 something pm, but by 6pm the Moyog river was already threateningly swollen. So, it’s 25th April all over again. Thank God, it was not as bad as the last time. The meter-high barrier around the ...
More About: June , Weekend , Working , Floods , Compa
Sabah Medical Centre customers do not understand English?
2008-06-06 03:38:00
Spotted earlier today near the cashier counter on the 5th floor. Instead of the expected pieces of paper / envelopes containing suggestions, you can see other things instead: Perhaps any transparent locked box with a hole on top immediately means donation box to some people?
More About: Medical , Customers , English , Centre , Understand
How to select a web hosting company that is right for you
2008-06-02 09:14:00
With the sheer number of choices when it comes to selecting a webhosting company, it could be a daunting, not to mention tedious task of selecting one that is right for you. Every person has different needs and constraints, be it budget or performance. is a good one to bookmark when you’re gathering information about ...
More About: Hosting , Web Hosting , Company , Select
In Sabah, Stacy AF6 is more popular than the Prime Minister, Untuk Ngadau 2
2008-06-01 04:46:00
By my own standards, I was deeply immersed in Kaamatan celebrations this year: I was at KDCA Hall on both 30th and 31st, even wandered into the KDCA Hall for a few minutes during the height of Unduk Ngadaumania, and also attended the Malaysia Open House : Tadau Kaamatan 2008 event at Padang Merdeka. 31st May ...
More About: Prime Minister , Stacy , Popular , Minister , Prime
Lessons in surviving the local music industry by Kadazandusun?s best ever m
2008-05-28 03:57:00
In my opinion, he’s the best ever Kadazandusun singer. Better than even the legendary John Gaisah. Of all the local artistes, he’s the one of whom I have purchased the most original albums. I first heard him back in 1992 when absolutely everybody was singing his biggest hit, and to me still is the greatest song ...
More About: Music , Industry , Local , Lessons
Bujang Sukau: the murderous crocodile at Tuaran Crocodile Farm
2008-05-26 03:03:00
Of all the supposedly 1,000 crocodiles at Tuaran Crocodile Farm , this one fascinates me the most: According to the label on the wall: Name: Bujang Sukau Age: 70 years Length: 19 feet Weight: 3,000 pounds Profile: Killed a man in Kinabatangan River in 2006 & bit off the leg of a man in February 2007. Here’s another view of that guy: Now I ...
The most expensive handbags in Malaysia can be purchased in Tuaran
2008-05-24 03:50:00
These handbags do not even carry world-famous brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton or the like, yet they carry eye-popping pricetags. And they are located not in KLCC, Mid Valley or even Kota Kinabalu, but rather the small town of Tuaran. All the handbags cost at least RM4,000, including this one which cost a whopping RM30,888: Personally speaking, ...
More About: Malaysia , Handbags , Most Expensive
Take a guess: how long ago was this awning last been cleaned?
2008-05-22 03:45:00
I was up on an errand at a major township in Penampang, when up on the first floor, I saw this: It was easily reachable, yet cleaning was not done. Who’s responsible for cleaning this, the District Council or the shopowner? Perhaps the next question is: how many cigarette butts can you see?
More About: Long , Guess
Don?t you just hate it when, in a hurry to go to work, this happens?
2008-05-20 03:30:00
Car breakdowns and other personal emergencies aside, some things that’s totally beyond your control just spoil your mood. On the morning of 12th May 2008, this sight confronted me on the only way out to work: Later on the same day, I was out purchasing spare parts for my car at the famous Hup Seng Heng car ...
More About: Work , Hate
The Donggongon roundabout sigah controversy: which way should it be facing?
2008-05-18 10:12:00
This is generating some controversy. In Daily Express’ forum on the 18th May 2008, Sylvester Disimon, Chairman of the Penampang Branch of Kadazan Society Sabah (KSS) wrote in essence: Since the Sigah is such an important traditional headgear, with which the Kadazandusun community is identified, not just in Penampang but throughout Sabah, the Sigah monument should not ...
More About: Controversy , Facing
Have you ever had a schoolmate like this?
2008-05-15 03:24:00
I did my A-Levels at Felsted School, a private school in England back in the 80s. And no, I didn’t have a privileged upbringing, I was just an ordinary kampung boy who somehow ended up there (will talk about that in another post). In the same school, a year my senior was a certain Sheila Nicholls. In ...
Newsreports of cases of too much ?aramai ti? [part 2]
2008-05-11 06:27:00
I last blogged about this last year, appropriately towards the end of the year. Now here we are again in the month of May, of which many Sabahans would know the meaning. So I think it’s good to remind ourselves not to overindulge. The following two cases reported in the newspapers happened neither at the end of ...
More About: Part , Cases
Do you think these songs are good enough for Akademi Fantasia 6 (AF6) final
2008-05-08 03:37:00
There was a songwriting competition by MAESTRO which ended recently. Those selected will get the exposure afforded by Akademi Fantasia (AF) 6 finalists. Here are two of our submissions. All vocals, melody, arrangement, lyrics done by the respective composers. By Ezbon a.k.a. Golib: “Kembalikan Senyum” By Mackley a.k.a Bodidi: “Kepalsuan Hidup” Everything recorded and done in a home studio ...
More About: Songs , Akademi Fantasia , Final , Good
Unmissable photo opportunity with YB Khairy Jamaluddin
2008-05-06 03:53:00
On the afternoon of 2nd May, before the Malaysian Press Awards later on the same day, my brother had the rare opportunity to pay a visit to the office of *the* son-in-law, the deputy chief of UMNO Youth, the Member of Parliament for Rembau, and the man prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin called “the most ...
More About: Photo , Opportunity
The best TV journalist in Malaysia is from Kiulu, Sabah!
2008-05-04 08:48:00
History has been made. My brother Elphege and his sidekick, Yazzer have won the nation’s top TV journalism prize in their first attempt, defeating stiff competition from all over the country. In fact, their entry, about the plight of schoolchildren in Pitas, was the only one from Sabah to be shortlisted. The Malaysia n Press Institute (MPI) ...
More About: Journalist
In pictures: Floods in Penampang,25th April 2008
2008-04-26 11:21:00
There are usually two major floods here in a year - by major I mean floodwaters would be at least knee-high downstairs. Floods here are most unpredictable. Where most people would sleep soundly at night when it’s raining heavily, it’s the total opposite here. We’d look out for the 3-step alarm; if it’s the 3rd alarm, ...
More About: Pictures , April , 2008
My Chronology of Events: The Worst Power Failure in the History of Sabah, 2
2008-04-22 17:19:00
Well, at least since the commissioning of the East-West power grid last November, but has there ever been a case of 90% of the state experiencing electrical power failure at the same time? Here’s my experience, all times are approximate. 21 April 2008 1840 - was looking forward to a well-earned restful evening at home in Penampang after ...
More About: Power , Events , History , Failure , Sabah
Live vocal performance masterclass for Malaysia?s top vocalists
2008-04-22 03:39:00
On 13th April 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, some of Malaysia ’s top vocalists were gathered at one place. And they were not there to perform, but rather part of the audience. Amy Search, Malaysia’s top rock vocalist and one of Asia’s best rock vocalist was there: Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, who in many people’s opinion, is Malaysia’s undisputed number one ...
More About: Performance , Live , Vocal
The greatest ever ?version? of Guns N? Roses? ?Sweet Child o? Mine?, period
2008-04-20 04:00:00
This has been around for quite some time, but I stumbled upon it on youtube while looking for a video of that fabled Yehudi Menuhin - Ravi Shankar collaboration: when the greatest violinist of the 20th century played with the leading Indian musician of the modern era. This is undisputably one of hard rock’s greatest ever ...
More About: Guns , Roses , Sweet , Mine , Child
Flashback: Chronology of Events leading to Anwar Ibrahim?s sacking on 2nd S
2008-04-18 03:58:00
On 14th April 2008, around 8.50pm, deafening shouts of reformasi from the 20,000-strong (some say 40,000) crowd welcomed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrival at Kampung Baru, central Kuala Lumpur, the venue for the Black 14 gathering held to welcome the expiry on his five-year ban from contesting in elections. Time really flies. I still remember the ...
More About: Events , Flashback , Leading
Exclusive photos of the Padas River, Tenom train plunge, 9th April 2008
2008-04-16 04:02:00
On Wednesday the 9th of April , 2.50pm, a Sabah Railway train (locomotive and 2 coaches) with 41 passengers and 3 staff, including driver Jividol Thaddeus, 49 left the Tenom station for Beaufort, a 49 km journey. About 15 minutes later, with Tenom 3km behind, the soil holding the track gave way, and the train plunged ...
More About: Exclusive , Photos , River , Train
Blatant display of power wastage on Kota Kinabalu streetlights
2008-04-14 04:00:00
The following pictures were taken on 6th April 2008 (Sunday) about 10.50am. I was driving towards Lido from Inanam on the bypass. I had just passed by City Mall when I noticed that alternate streetlights still had their lights on. I waited until I reached the Bukit Padang-Luyang intersection before taking the following pictures. In case ...
More About: Power , Display , Kinabalu , Kota Kinabalu
How many Ferraris with Sabahan plate numbers are there? (Part 3)
2008-04-12 04:34:00
Back in February I mentioned about a real Ferrari F430 roaming Kota Kinabalu streets. Then one fine day a month later, filling up petrol I saw that Shell was doing what it did the year before: selling models of Ferraris. And true enough, a model of a F430 Challenge was there, as well as the other ...
More About: Numbers , Part , Part 3
Certified Ethical Hacker
2008-04-10 04:09:00
After taking the CEH exam in February, I finally received the certificate on the 26th of March, more than a month later. Having said that, I’d like to reiterate that at a certain stage of one’s life, one can never reach as high level a hacker as one would like anymore, due to other commitments, especially ...
More About: Hacker , Certified
The most unique person name in Sabah (and perhaps the world!)
2008-04-08 04:00:00
Last week I was going through some files in preparation for our upcoming MS ISO9001:2000 audit when, going through the training file, I encountered what must be the most unique name of a Sabah an. It was so unique that even googling that name does not give any indication that any other person in history has ...
More About: World , The World , Unique , Person
Akademi Fantasia 6: Mama Rina brings the house down
2008-04-06 03:00:00
Ever since the end of AF3, the franchise has basically been under my radar, not helped by some forgettable performances by the so-called champions of the top reality show of the nation, one mosquito-slapping throughout the entire performance and the other’s vocal control getting worse and worse as the song went on. But since ...
More About: House , Fantasia , Akademi Fantasia , Mama , The House
Why I like going back to my village
2008-04-04 15:00:00
Being a music fan, perhaps more seriously than most, one of the reasons I like going back to my house in a “kampung” in the district of Tuaran is that high quality, live, loud rock music is occasionally played in the living room. A circle of friends is made up of serious rock musicians. And not ...
More About: Back , Village
We maintained our MS ISO 9001:2000 certification
2008-04-02 16:24:00
Time sure flies so fast. It seemed only a short while ago that we went through our compliance audit. In fact it had been about 13 months. So my time-management skills were stretched to the limit. Having been made the head of the new data centre effective February, there are many things that need urgent attention, but at the same time I also had to play my role as head of the internal audit team which is one of the critical elements of a successful quality program. I would never have been able to do both without the support of great teams in each camp. Thanks, teammates! SIRIM QAS’ 2-day (yearly) surveillance audit of our department ended today. I think after the closing meeting, everybody could heave a collective sigh of relief: we did enough to maintain our MS ISO 9001:2000 certification. Congratulations to all involved. I expected a few minor nonconformances (NCs) and a bundle of opportunities for improvement (OFI) suggestions, and that’s what exactly happened. As is...
More About: Certification
?Superstitious buildings? in Malaysia
2008-03-29 01:52:00
If you are in Malaysia and you are staying at the 28th floor of a hotel, it does not mean that you *really* are at the 28th floor. For example, at Cititel Mid Valley, the lift buttons look like this: There is no 4th floor (disliked by some Chinese), in fact there is no floor that ...
More About: Buildings
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