Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The war of the TABLET!

Yup, the war is on guys! Some people is going the give Steve Jobs a chase for the BIG PIE

Berlin, Germany, September 2nd, 2010 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology, today announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Tab (Model: GT-P1000). Powered by Android Operating System 2.2, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is the first of the company’s tablet devices, representing a new category of mobile products for Samsung.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab brings together all of Samsung's leading innovations to provide users with more capabilities while on the move. Consumers are able to experience PC-like web-browsing and enjoy all forms of multimedia content on the perfectly sized 7-inch display, wherever they go. Moreover, users can continuously communicate via e-mail, voice and video call, SMS/MMS or social network with the optimized user interface.

Samsung GALAXY Tab (GT-P1000) Product Specifications


2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA7.2 Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz


Android 2.2 (Froyo)


7.0 inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600)


Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540


3 MP Camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash
1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony


Android Market™ and Samsung Apps for more applications and contents

Readers Hub, Media Hub* , Music Hub*, Social Hub*
*Availability will be decided by market preference.

Adobe Flash 10.1 player support
Full HD video playback, Thinkfree Office, Swype, Hybrid Widget


30 pin connector / micro SD
WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth 3.0


16GB / 32GB internal memory, upto 32GB external memory slot
RAM: 512MB


190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, 380g


4,000mAh (7 hour movie play)

Semenyih water plant closed due to contamination

The Semenyih water treatment plant has been closed down since 1.40am on Tuesday morning following river contamination from a nearby landfill.

In a statement, Syabas said raw water from Sungai Kembong in Selangor was contaminated due to "leachate" leaking from a breached dyke in the landfill.

"The plant was closed immediately upon detecting high content of ammonia in the water at 6.41mg per litre, which is above the health safety standard of 1.5mg per litre, put into place by the Health Ministry.

"A yellow alert emergency plan has been into place. We are now trying to redistribute water from other treatment plants to the affected areas," it said.

The closure of the plant, which treated some 600mil litres of water daily, is expected to affect supply to 1.2mil residents or 300,000 households in four areas - Petaling, Hulu Langat, Sepang and Kuala Langat.

Leachate = usually refers to the liquid that drains out the bottom of landfills, garbage dumps, or other waste disposal sites. Leachate forms as water percolates through solid waste.

Abstracted from TheStarOnline

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Surgeons must get consent to take photos of intimate parts

Penang High Court ruled today that surgeons must obtain their female patients' consent before taking photos of their intimate parts.

Judicial Commissioner Chew Soo Ho awarded freelance writer Lee Ewe Poh, 50, RM25,000 in damages for invasion of privacy and RM10,000 in costs. Lee, a former journalist, had filed the suit against general and colo-rectal surgeon Dr Lim Teik Mau saying she felt violated after he took photographs of her private parts during a haemorrhoids surgery.

The decision above makes me wonder how about male's privacy? Anyhow it's good that we know now what the court have said about this area. Again, we should know our rights!

Abstracted from TheStarOnline

Old Kajang Stadium for New Kajang Square

Old Stadium making way for....

New Kajang Square

I wasn't aware that the iconic landmark of Kajang town - Kajang Stadium was scheduled to be demolished on 15th August 2010. I saw the news only a day before it was set to be torn down.

The 40-year-old Kajang Stadium will make way for the new Kajang Square project with cost estimated at RM5.5 Mil. The stadium, built in the late 1970s, will be turned into a public square where people could jog or enjoy a stroll. The project would include a multi-million rinngit sports complex with futsal and badminton courts, field for tai chi, yoga and aerobic activities, a children’s playground and kiosks selling various wares.

The first phase, a playground will be built at a cost of RM200,000 which is almost completed. The second phase will include the building of two futsal courts. Part of the walls will be torn down but the field will remain. There will be a bitumen track instead of synthetic rubber, which will incur more cost. The Kajang Square will also have kiosks and a stage. The whole project would take about three years to complete.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pantai Remis, Kuala Selangor

While heading back home after visiting Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor, along the way we stop by Pantai Remis. Just unable to stop the urge to see the seaside when noticed the spot.

The beach wasn't ideal for swimming because of its rocky shore. Anyhow it's still enjoyable to see the horizon of sea water.

Ivan of cause without hesitation gets his hands and foots wet. Reanne on the other hand was a little hesitated.

Trip to Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor

Had a short break away last June at Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor with own family.

It was my first trip there (as far as I can remember). Same goes to Ivan and Reanne. Not so for Soo Pei as she has been there before.

We stop by Kuala Selangor town a while only then we when up the Bukit Melawati by a train ride. Upon reaching the top, immediately we can see the famous light house facing towards the sea view. Greeting us on top are the many Silverleaf Monkey (that's what they were called) eagerly awaiting for hand out foods.

Wonderful breeze sweeping across the hills that day. And beautiful blue sky with curtain of cloud.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mommy conduct art craft for nursery class

Captured a short video on the church sunday nursery craft works conducted by mommy.

It was Soo Pei first time doing such class. Anyhow it was a new programme for the church nursery under sister Sharon Chong's supervision. Mommy have spend quite some time to prepare for the class. Buying the necessary materials, pre-prepare the cut out material for easy stick on. She design and then made a sample.

I would say most if not all the children and parents enjoy the session. Bravo to my missus!

1st Family Movie Outing on 2010

Incredible as it seems but we did make it successfully through the whole Toy Story 3 movie without any unwanted incident. Given that this is the very first movie outing for Reanne and only 2nd for Ivan.

As for me, I have been dying to go for movie after along abstaining mainly due to the kids. Worry they unable to sit through the movie and noisy. Surprisingly Ivan and Reanne both enjoy watching the movie. Most properly because the movie was an animation and it's good one.

I for one was pretty happy able to enter the cinema again. So also my missus. It was a nice break for the parents :)

So what is the next show we are going? Can't wait!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

KTM Electric Train Service (ETS) for Seremban - Ipoh

The Electric Train Services (ETS) started its commercial run on 12th August with 10 trips between Ipoh and Seremban with a six-month promotion rate of RM30 one way. A 40% discount would be given to children under 12, the physically-challenged and senior citizens. It would take only two hours from Ipoh to KL at an average speed of 110kph and up to a maximum of 160 kph.

The each 350-passenger coach would have disabled-friendly features, closed-circuit television cameras for passenger safety, overhead compartments, a food and beverage section and WiFi connections coming soon.

The ETS will stop in Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tanjung Malim, Kuala Lumpur, KL Sentral. Bandar Tasik Selatan and Nilai on its Ipoh-Seremban route. The journey will begin at 4am from Ipoh and 9.59am from Seremban.

Five trains will depart from Ipoh and Seremban daily. This will be increased to eight runs each in November.

RM30 per person per trip actually not that affordable given that it is a public transport. No doubt it's of environmental friendly. I believe the fare should be slightly lower to encourage more public to use it. If you calculate the cost, a family of 4 person have to spend RM120 per trip up to Ipoh. No so cost effective if compared to driving own car.

For more info, click here

Monday, May 31, 2010

Smoking banned in private sector

Such a good news to hear today when the Health Ministry has decided to enforce the smoking ban at work places and offices in the private sector that are installed with central air-conditioning systems.

The inclusion of smoking ban on private sectors offices and work places would raise the total number of places designated as no smoking areas to 21.

Earlier 19 areas, including hospitals/clinics, public lifts and toilets, air-conditioned restaurants, public transport, government premises, educational institutions, petrol stations, Internet cafes and shopping complexes, were designated as no smoking areas.

Those who lit up in non-smoking zones risked being fined up to RM10,000 or two years' imprisonment.

I am of one very glad the Health Ministry has further its enforcement. Bravo!

Meet Ivan's teacher on Parent's Day

So fast Ivan is finishing the first term of his very first year at kindergarten.

And there we were attending his kindy Parent's Day where we meet his class teacher to get to know Ivan's progress during the entire five months. Overall his is doing fine. Class teacher commented that Ivan actively participate in the daily activities. We were very encouraged to hear the feedback because that was what we most concerned about.

The kindy produced a report book recording Ivan's progress in several aspects not only in academic area but also intrapersonal and also interpersonal skill and more.

The report book also provided us an overall idea on where Ivan's need improvement. This coming months we need to plan ways and methods to help Ivan to improve further. Knowing and not doing anything about it will not help our son overall development. Not that we want to push him for performance but rather for self improvement.

Well both of us did enjoy this new experience as part and parcel of being a parents. will be Reanne (didn't you see her face how she enjoyed every moment while at the kindy?)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Project 'Man Tou'

Mommy started a bakery project with the kids last month.

Together with Ivan and Reanne's help, mommy introduce to them on how to make a chinese bun a.k.a Man Toh. I missed the whole process as I was away. Anyway the kids enjoy the process very much. And best of all the buns are all very tasty (tasting what a Man Toh should be la).

May be because the kids made the buns themselves, they enjoy eating it very much.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sarah two years old birthday

This few months since Jan, Feb and March, we have been celebrating a none stop birthday celebration with the latest Sarah's birthday. Ivan, Reanne and Sarah are consider an expert already for singing the birthday song. Yup, she is two years old already. Happy birthday!!!

Astranout Ivan and Reanne venture at Planetarium

This year we plans to bring the kids out more to new places to feed their 'thirst' for new experience and exposure. Their mind is now fill with curiosity. Mainly also is to inculcate the desire to explore, getting them out from the four walls.

Following after our trip to Berjaya Bukit Tinggi Hills Resort during CNY, our recent visit was to KL Planetarium which located at Tasik Perdana.

We have an interesting day there. Both the kids enjoy the trip especially the Planetarium show about the space exploration history shown in the special dome hall. And their learn a new word - Astronaut.

Check out there website here for more info.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Berjaya Bukit Tinggi Hills Resort

During our Chinese New Year break, we went up to Berjaya Hills Resort at Bukit Tinggi which is just after Genting Highland or on the way to Bentong.

First we stop by Colmar Tropicale - French-themed resort and then to the Japanese Village.

Enjoy the photos that we took.

You can find more info about the resort at here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Apply online for Year One Student

Parents in Selangor who want to register their children for Year One must do so online from this year. They have to register their children between March 1 and April 30 and log onto to do so.

A Selangor Education Department official said applications for Year One entry could be done from any computer with Internet access. Parents who do not have Internet access can go to the school they want to enrol their children in and ask the teachers there to help them key in the information. This is the first time the department was registering Year One pupils online.

The online system will enable the registration process to be more efficient. Previously parents had to queue at the school they wanted to register their children in. Once the children were registered, he said the district education office could place them in schools. This could be checked online too by both parents and schools. This would reduce costs incurred for paper, envelopes and stamps. Parents will also be able to appeal online.

Monday, March 22, 2010

29th KL International Book Fair 2010

THE Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair is back and this time, the event is even bigger in terms of the number of booths and space occupied.

The event, themed “Books: Building the World of Tomorrow”, is on from 19th March till 28th March at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC). There are plenty of good bargains on all kinds of books and educational tools both from local and foreign publishers.

Occupying five halls, the book fair features 856 booths, out of which 128 are taken up by foreign publishers

Venue: Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Mondays-Thursdays (10.00am - 8.00pm)
  • Fridays-Sundays (10.00am - 9.00pm)
Click here to find out more of their activities.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

4 and 2

Last Jan and Feb mark two important milestone.

Ivan turned 4 years old and Reanne turned 2 years old. All by God's grace.

Ivan's birthday

Reanne's birthday (coincide with grand aunt's)

Thank you Lord for Your unfailing provision, love, protection, mercy and grace in helping us to raise up Ivan and Reanne thus far. And we continue surrender unto You two of them into Your hand.

Know your handphone radiation levels

Here is something that is of very important information in regards to handphone radiation level.

According to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, specific absorption rate, or SAR, is "a way of measuring the quantity of radio frequency (RF) energy that is absorbed by the body." For a phone to pass FCC certification and be sold in the United States, its maximum SAR level must be less than 1.6 watts per kilogram. In Europe, the level is capped at 2 watts per kilogram while Canada allows a maximum of 1.6 watts per kilogram. The SAR level listed in our charts represents the highest SAR level measured with the phone next to the ear as tested by the FCC. Keep in mind that it is possible for the SAR level to vary between different transmission bands (the same phone can use multiple bands during a call), and that different testing bodies can obtain different results. Also, it's possible for results to vary between different models of the same phone--such as a handset that's offered by multiple carriers. CNET lists the exposure for voice calls only; the SAR for data use can differ.

If you're concerned about limiting your SAR exposure, you can take a few easy steps beyond purchasing a handset with a low SAR. You can text instead placing a voice call, use a wired headset or speakerphone whenever possible, and carry your phone at least one inch from your body. Some researchers also caution against using your phone in areas with poor coverage since phones emit more radiation when searching for a signal. Children, which have smaller and thinner skulls, should limit cell phone use, and all users, children and adults, should not sleep with an active phone next to their bedside or under their pillow.

20 highest-radiation cell phones (United States)

Manufacturer and modelSAR level(digital)
1 Motorola V195s 1.6
2 Motorola Zine ZN5 1.59
2a Motorola Rival 1.59
4 Kyocera Jax S1300 1.55
4a Motorola VU204 1.55
6 RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Sprint) 1.54
6a RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (U.S. Cellular) 1.54
6b RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Verizon Wireless) 1.54
9 Motorola Crush 1.53
9a Nokia E71x 1.53
11 Pantech Matrix 1.52
12 LG Rumor 2 1.51
12a RIM BlackBerry Bold 1.51
14 HTC SMT5800 1.49
14a Motorola Droid 1.49
16 Sony Ericsson W350a 1.48
17 LG Chocolate Touch 1.47
17a Nokia 2320 GoPhone 1.47
17b Palm Pixi Plus (Verizon Wireless) 1.47
17c T-Mobile Dash 3G 1.47

For more information, consult the Food and Drug Administration or the Environmental Working Group.

2nd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon

The Fiesta
Date: 18 - 21 March 2010 Coincide with school holidays to capture the children and parents from all around Malaysia.

Venue: Putrajaya Precinct 2, adjacent to the Monument Alaf Baru.

Time To stretch the event time from 7am to 9pm.
  • Number of Hot Air Balloons: 23
  • Normal shaped : 18
  • 13 hot air balloons for free flying
  • 5 hot air balloons for public tethered rides
  • Special shaped: 5
Participating countries
  • Countries involved were Belgium, USA, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Malaysia and Japan.
Click here to find out more of the itinerary