Archive for October, 2008
Friday, October 17th, 2008 4,084 views
I have received email saying that Sun will rise continuously for 36 hours on 17 October 2008? I was curious and I did a search and found out that it’s actually internet rumor. So let’s see whether it’s true or not on October 17!
Description: Internet rumor
Circulating since: Aug. 2008
Summary: Baseless online rumor claims “the sun will rise continuously for 36 hours” on October 17, 2008, turning three regular days into “two big days” — an event which supposedly only happens once every 2,400 years.
Email example contributed by Swapnil D., Aug. 27, 2008:
FW: Sun will rise continuously for 36hrs (1.5 days)
Coming October 17, 2008 the sun will rise continuously for 36 hrs (1.5 days). During this time the US countries will be dark for 1.5 days. It will convert 3 days into 2 big days. It will happen once in 2400 yrs. We’re very lucky to see this. Forward it to all ur frenz
As posted online, Aug. 17, 2008:
Coming October 17, the sun will rise continuously for 36hours (1.5 Days) In this time the US countries will be dark for 1.5 Days. It will convert 3 Days to 2 Big Days. It will happen once in 2400 years. We are very lucky to see it. Don’t miss it!
Comments: Poppycock. Let’s begin by applying some grade-school science to dispel the ridiculous notion that the sun even could “rise continuously for 36 hours.”
The reason we perceive the sun as “rising” or “setting” every 24 hours is because the earth rotates on its axis while revolving around the sun. It does not — and cannot — stop rotating, nor does its speed appreciably fluctuate (various factors such as climate and seismic events can cause miniscule changes in the earth’s rotation speed, but according to scientists all of these combined add up to a differential of no more than one second per year).
In order for a day to last 36 hours, the earth’s rotation would either have to cease altogether or slow down dramatically — neither of which ever happens, let alone once every 2,400 years. It’s physically impossible.
But you knew that, right? What you’re really wondering is where this strange idea came from.
Obscure origins of an absurd prediction
Based on the available info (of which there is very little, admittedly), my best guess is that it began as a prank, pure and simple; that it originated in India; and that the perpetrator(s) of the hoax put a great deal of effort into disseminating it.
Here’s what I’ve been able to establish:
* During a one-month period from mid-August to mid-September 2008, over 15,000 postings containing the phrase “the sun will rise continuously for 36 hours” appeared on the Internet.
* Nearly all of these postings contained precisely the same wording.
* Nearly all of these postings originated from India.
* As far as I can tell, not a single word about a October 17 being a 36-hour day appeared in any source, online or off, prior to August 2008.
Source : about.com
Thursday, October 16th, 2008 4,788 views
Like a number of other Malaysian bloggers, I was invited to witness and experience the private launch of the new Maybank2u website dubbed Maybank2u 2.0. But I was not able to make it as I was in ShenZhen and Hong Kong, China for my company trip. Too bad I could not join. I was surprised to receive the email too, at 1st I thought it was spam or someone not authorized because that time I did not hear about new Maybank2u.com, Email Subject : Invitation to a sneak peak of the new Maybank2u (M2U 2.0).
The current Maybank2u.com site which has made its presence since year 2001 will soon be replaced with a new web 2.0 version. Watch the M2U Feature Tour video to get an overview of the new features, check out Viewing your Account Summary to learn how to check your accounts and transactions or Bill payments made easy in M2U to find out how to pay bills.
Old Maybank2u.com (Yesterday, 15 October 2008 will be the last day you seeing this old layout which severed for all these years)
New Maybank2u.com M2U 2.0 (New M2U 2.0 starting today, 16 October 2008)
5 things you probably didn’t know about the all-new, all-you Maybank2u
While we were interviewing people about what they thought about M2U, we discovered a lot of interesting facts, some of which surprised us but most of which confirmed that we were on to a good thing. Here are 5 facts about M2U that we thought would be cool to share:
1. M2U is the biggest Malaysian bank on the Internet
M2U is Malaysia’s first and leading internet banking portal, since we first launched in 2000. If you’re really into numbers, you’ll be interested to know that:
* M2U has nearly a million active users.
* There are 600 payee corporations for you to choose from to pay your bills.
* We process about 25 million transactions worth 3 billion ringgit a month.
2. M2U is designed for the user
We set out to remake our website as a true consumer banking portal. To make M2U as user-oriented as possible, we asked 125 people over a period of 3 months what they thought of our website and how we could improve our internet banking service.
We really wanted to know what people liked, what people hated and what we could do to make M2U more about you and the things you care about. So, yes, we did our homework.
3. M2U is meaner and leaner
We literally trimmed the fat. With our new design, we reduced our website’s content by 50%. We threw away all the pages that didn’t make sense, cut out the processes that didn’t work and reorganized M2U to work faster and better than ever before.
4. M2U is easier and smarter
In recreating our new website, M2U along with our web agency AGENDA catalogued all 3,000+ pages on M2U. That’s a lot of pages!
Next, we ran usability tests and reorganised our content into groups to make navigating and using the features of M2U more natural and intuitive. AGENDA designed page templates specifically for the different types of content across the portal, which more effectively highlighted the site content and assisted users in learning about Maybank’s products, finding a product or to make transactions.
Together, these improvements make it easier for people to find information and use M2U.
5. M2U is future-friendly
M2U was made to last. We upgraded our technology using modern code on a next-generation platform; it’s more stable, more scalable and introduces new Web 2.0-style features.
With a new mindset, modern website templates, better content management and streamlined internal processes, M2U now paves the way for richer interactive content, online support and even mobile banking in the future.
Stay tuned for more innovations from M2U!
Maybank Windows Live Agent M
Maybank has a Windows Live Agent called Agent M, to bring up the customer relationship channels to a new level. I added long time ago when I first saw it in TheStar Newspaper. Maybank Windows Live Agent – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re using Windows Live Messenger, you can add the Agent M – email@example.com. Once you added, you can start posting your questions related to Maybank banking to Agent M, and the Agent will give you AI answer. Obviously it’s a robot program.
Just tried out new m2u 2.0 and encountered bad experience. It’s super slow and it has tones of error… Are you ready to M2U ? After a so long beta period it’s still having problem.
Previous Post About Maybank Email Phishing And I did reported to Maybank2u.com too
Maybank2u.com Email Phishing Scam I
Maybank2u.com Email Phishing Scam II
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 2,349 views
Hopefully all the other price will reduce also. Like roti canai, gardenia bread, mamak, kopitiam… etc.
Petrol prices reduced again!
KUALA LUMPUR: Petrol prices will be reduced by a further 10sen to 20sen from Wednesday.
RON 97 petrol is reduced by 15sen to RM2.30; RON 92 petrol is reduced by 10sen to RM2.20; and diesel is reduced by 20sen to RM2.20.
A post on the Prime Minister’s Office website (wwww.pmo.gov.my) said the decision was made following the marked drop in the global oil price of late.
“The lowering of the fuel prices is also made to speed up the reduction of retail prices so that the people will be able to enjoy the benefits sooner,” the post added.
The statement was signed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The previous two reductions were on Aug 23 and Sept 24.
Source : TheStar
Petrol Price Down 15 Sen A Litre Wednesday, Says Abdullah5
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 (Bernama) — The RON97 petrol price has been lowered by 15 sen to RM2.30 a litre, RON92 less 10 sen to RM2.20 and diesel sheds 20 sen to RM2.20 from tomorrow, announced Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The downward revision followed marked drop in world oil prices of late, the prime minister said in a statement Tuesday.
Crude oil prices have dwindled from a record high of US$147 per barrel in July to US$82 currently.
Abdullah said the government decided to expedite reduction of petrol and diesel retail prices to enable the people to enjoy lower fuel prices immediately.
This is the third time the government had lowered petrol and diesel prices, with the earlier adjustment being on Aug 23 and Sept 24.
The government had on June 4 announced petrol price hike by 78 sen, up 41 percent, to RM2.70 from RM1.92 a litre following spiralling world crude oil prices.
Source : Bernama
Fuel price cut will have ‘little impact’
PETALING JAYA: It will provide some relief but will not have much impact — that sums up the sentiments of the public on the fuel price reduction yesterday.
City folk were definitely happy but many doubt that prices of basic necessities would go down in tandem with the reduction.
Bus and lorry operators said it did not really benefit them as prices of other goods had gone up.
Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association president Datuk Ashfar Ali said the reduction in fuel prices would not affect bus operators.
“For us, it’s still the same. We are still paying the subsidised rate of RM1.43 per litre for diesel,” he said.
He added that bus operators had also not felt the benefit of lower fuel prices as the cost of other products were still high.
“When the fuel prices shot up early this year, the price of everything else — batteries, lubricating oil and tyres — went up. Now, even though fuel prices are down, the price of these items are not coming down,” he said.
Pan Malaysian Lorry Owners Association president Er Sui See said that while he was happy with the reduced diesel prices, lorry owners still would not be able to absorb the escalating transport charges.
“Only a quarter of the diesel we use is subsidised, so yes it’s good that diesel prices are down.
“But all the other costs that have gone up are still going up. We can’t absorb the cost,” he said.
He gave the example of tyres, which would cost 15% more from Nov 1.
Tutor Tan Chin Swee, 48, said: “The sudden jump in petrol price a few months ago resulted in a spiral effect which pushed up the price of many daily necessities. I doubt that the reduction can undo the inflationary impact that an ordinary person is now facing.”
“Recession and inflation are inherent in any economy and are things that we have to live with,’’ Tan added.
Manager Gobal Rajee, 46, said he was happy with the reduction but felt that there would be little effect.
“We hope the prices of other goods will go down as well, otherwise it really makes no difference,’’ he said.
Civil servant Karim Jaabar, 37, said it was nothing to rejoice about if the prices of goods remain the same.
Administrative executive Theresa Heng, 49, said it was better than nothing.
Source : TheStar
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 2,452 views
Murni is back to it’s mamak business again! What do you think? Just RM150 fine? I don’t think so, maybe the reported figure is RM150 but got hidden fees? And so fast now Murni reopen again after it was slapped with a summon to be closed for 14 days because of cleanliness issue. Will you still visit Murni mamak? For me I also seldom go there already but the food is really tempting.
Restaurant allowed to reopen after clean-up
A RESTAURANT in Jalan SS2/75, Petaling Jaya, where workers were seen preparing food in an unhygienic manner, was sealed for two weeks and slapped with a fine by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
MBPJ Health Department officers visited the restaurant the day after the story was published in StarMetro on Sept 22. They issued an order for it to be closed for 14 days and a RM150 summons.
“The restaurant owner and the workers were ordered to clean up and upgrade the premises, and not to prepare food in the back lane and drain.
“They were also required to attend a course on food handling at the MBPJ,” said MBPJ public relations officer Zainun Zakaria.
Cleaned up: A view of the restaurant’s back lane after it was sealed for two weeks by the MBPJ for clean-up and upgrade purposes
“Our officers visited the restaurant again today (Oct 6) and found that the owners had had the premises and drain cleaned, grease trap installed, walls repainted, floor retiled and chimney replaced.
“The workers were also given Ty2 shots (inoculation against tetanus and typhoid).”
She added that the restaurant would be allowed to open the following day.
Source : TheStar
Dirty eatery sealed for two weeks but fined only RM150
By SAM CHEONG
THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has closed dirty eateries featured in StarMetro’s Hygiene Campaign.
Kudos to the health officers and enforcement personnel who acted promptly on a case we highlighted on Sept 22.
The council fined the operator and sealed the premises in Jalan SS2/75 for two weeks.
This is a positive move by the local authority to clamp down on food outlets with deplorable hygiene standards.
Fourteen days gave adequate time for the owner of the premises and the workers to clean up their act. But the RM150 fine imposed seemed a mere slap on the wrist for the culprit.
Our photographs on Sept 22 showed workers preparing food on the lid of an ice-box which was placed over the back lane’s drain.
Irresponsible act: Bulk waste discarded along the narrow back lane behind Jalan SS2/75.
In view of the filth and poor food handling being the main issues, RM150 is too little for the damage done. If it matter was not exposed, the eatery would probably be reaping in the profits by compromising hygiene and cleanliness.
Do you think the small fine is enough to deter food outlets from carrying out such an offence? Please e-mail us and tell us you what you think.
On Oct 6, we despatched our photographer to Jalan SS2/75 to conduct a pictorial follow-up on the area.
A section of the back lane which was used for food preparation by the restaurant had been cleaned up. But, that did not deter other premises owners there from dumping their garbage indiscriminately.
It seems that cleanliness has been a perennial problem in Jalan SS2/75. The business owners there are downright dirty and irresponsible.
Our photos showed that other traders in the same area had taken the opportunity to discard their bulk waste along the narrow back lane behind Jalan SS2/75.
We urge the local authority to keep tabs on this situation and readers can do their part by calling the MBPJ at 03-7956 3544 ext 115/117 to voice their complaints. Alternatively, they can e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* You can make a difference. Please email photos of rats, dirty eateries and your tip-off to email@example.com
Source : TheStar
Thursday, October 9th, 2008 2,704 views
After we done with our Sightseeing & Supper we went back to rest and prepared ourself to the Foods and Shopping in Hong Kong.
Early in the morning went down to have buffet breakfast which do not taste good at all and then leave our luggage and just bring a small backpack and on our way to Hong Kong to have 1 night stay.
On the way to Lou Hu ShenZhen Station to Hong Kong, saw this man … like seen in Steven Chow movie. Haha. I still remember the scene.
We took taxi to Lou Hu Station. The traffic of the people is very scary. So many ppl and I think a lot of Hongkies also going to ShenZhen to have entertainment during the weekends. Next time when you are going to Lou Hu Station to get to Hong Kong remember to ask the taxi driver to drop you off before the station, if not it will be a queue all the way to the station and it will waste your time and money.
After we reach Hong Kong where are we heading to?
Thursday, October 9th, 2008 9,602 views
Funny and Confusing Chinese Names
Caller : Hello, can I speak to Annie Wan (anyone)?
Operator : Yes, you can speak to me.
Caller : No, I want to speak to Annie Wan (anyone)!
Operator : You are talking to someone! Who is this?
Caller : I’m Sam Wan (Someone). And I need to talk to Annie Wan (anyone)! It’s urgent.
Operator : I know you are someone and you want to talk to anyone! But what’s this urgent matter about?
Caller : Well… just tell my sister Annie Wan (anyone) that our brother Noel Wan (no one)has involved in an accident. Noel Wan (no one)got injured and now Noel Wan (no one) is being sent to the hospital. Right now, Avery Wan (everyone) is on his way to the hospital.
Operator : Look if no one was injured and no one was sent to the hospital, then the accident isn’t an urgen t matter! You may find this hilarious but I don’t have time for this!
Caller : You are so rude! Who are you?
Operator : I’m Saw Lee (Sorry).
Caller : Yes! You should be sorry. Now give me your name!!!
This is hilarious …
Why Chinese shouldn’t have Christian names:
Anne Chang => Dirty (Mandarin)
Anne Chin => Keep Quiet (Mandarin)
Faye Chen => Dusty (Mandarin)
Carl Cheng => Buttock (Hokkien)
Monica Cheng => Touching your buttocks (Hokkien)
Lucy Leow => You are dead (Hokkien)
Jane Tan => Frying eggs (Mandarin)
Suzie Leow => Lose till death (Hokkien)
Henry Mah => Hate your mum (Mandarin)
Corrine Tai => Poor fellow (Hokkien)
Paul Chan => Bankrupt (Mandarin)
Nelson Tan => Bird laying eggs (Mandarin)
Leslie Tong => Rubbish Bin (Mandarin)
Carmen Teng => Leg hair long (Hokkien)
Connie Mah => Call your mother (Cantonese)
Danny See => Squeeze you to death (Hokkien)
Rosie Teng => Screws and nails (Hokkien)
Pete Tsai => Nose droppings (Hokkien)
Macy Koh => Never die before (Cantonese)
Best of all is still simon kong => saimatkong => sai mat kong 使么讲 or 洗么讲(If you know Cantonese, then you sure know what it means.)
Thursday, October 9th, 2008 1,829 views
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Shop conveniently and spend wisely!
Sunday, October 5th, 2008 6,116 views
Datuk Lee Chong Wei once again fail to get gold medal after the Beijing Olympics defeat to Lin Dan. His first outing as World Number 1 in Japan Open two weeks ago also defeat to Soni Dwi and today yet again he lost to Taufik Hidayat both from Indonesia. Will it affect his world ranking? Could Datuk Lee retain his World Number 1 title? He said “Will definitely try my best!” in his blog but hopefully next time he will get better result.
On the other hand congrats to Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, they are able to retain Champion in Macau Open that they won at 2007. They should make a better pair and prove that they are not deserved to be splited.
Julia Wong lost to Zhou Mi
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) — Top Malaysian doubles pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong successfully defended their Macau Open title but world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei stumbled against Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the men’s singles final Sunday.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, the top seeds in the tournament, crushed Fang Chieh Min/Lee Sheng Mu of Taiwan 21-16, 21-18 in just 31 minutes to end a 11-month drought of silverware.
The 2007 All England champions had last won a major title in October last year by lifting the Denmark Open.
For Chong Wei though, his jinx of failing to win titles when ranked world number one, continued since taking over the top spot from China’s Lin Dan after the Beijing Olympics, where he finished with a silver medal.
Chong Wei, whose first outing as World number one started with the Japan Open two weeks ago, however had ended in a defeat to Soni Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia and today incidentally lost to another Indonesian.
A vintage Taufik was in his element today to emerge with a 21-19, 21-15 win, to clinch his first major trophy in almost two years.
Ever since the demoralising defeat at the hands of Lin Dan in the Beijing Olympics final, Chong Wei’s confidence level seems to have suffered a great deal, especially at crucial moments.
On the other hand, Kien Keat-Boon Heong who had come under heavy criticism for their inept performances of late, displayed glimpses of the form that saw them shoot up to world number one in 2007.
The women’s singles final saw Zhou Mi of Hong Kong end Malaysian Julia Wong Pei Xian’s ‘giant-killing’ feat in the competition, with a 21-13, 21-19 win.
RESULTS: ALL FINALS (Malaysian unless stated):
Taufik Hidayat (INA) bt Lee Chong Wei (MAS) 21-19, 21-15
Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong bt Fang Chieh Min/Lee Sheng Mu (TPE) 21-16, 21-18
Zhou Mi (HKG) bt Julia Wong Pei Xian 21-13, 21-19
Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) bt Ma Jin/Wang Xiaoli (CHN) 21-15, 21-18
Xu Chen/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) bt Yohan Hadikusumo Wairatama/Chau Hoi Wah (HKG) 21-15, 21-16.
Source : Bernama
Saturday, October 4th, 2008 5,155 views
Macau Open Badminton Championships has already been organizing since 2006. This World Grand Prix event is sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which carries a total prize money of US$120,000.
This is a world class event where all the world’s top and finest players augurs well for the development of the sport of badminton in Macau, which is also a milestone in BWF to make badminton the fastest racquet sport in the world.
Hosting such large-scale badminton event not only could bring the local community opportunity to watch top level competitors but also to boost the sports and tourism industry which Macau Government strongly supports.
The vision of Badminton Federation of Macau (BFM) is to continuously make this championship an annually held gala to further promote badminton to be the core sport of the local community and to put Macau’s badminton in the eyes of the world.
Macau Grand Prix Gold 2008 Official Site
MACAU GRAND PRIX GOLD 2008 Semi Finals Results
Taufik HIDAYAT, Indonesia vs Kuan Beng Hong, Malaysia – Taufik won, 21-11 || 21-12
Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia vs Alamsyah YUNUS, Indonesia – Lee Chong Wei won, 21-13 || 21-14
Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong, Malaysia vs Fernando KURNIAWAN & Lingga LIE, Indonesia – Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong won, 21-14 || 25-23
Chieh Min FANG & Sheng Mu LEE, Taipei vs Chan Chong Ming & Chew Choon Eng, Malaysia – Chieh Min FANG & Sheng Mu LEE won, 21-18 || 14-21 || 21-11
Too bad Chan Chong Ming & Chew Choon Eng from Malaysia lost if not we are expecting all Malaysian Final in MACAU GRAND PRIX GOLD 2008!
Julia Wong Pei Xian vs Pui Yin YIP, Hong Kong – Julia won, 17-21 || 23-21 || 21-17
Jin MA & Xiaoli WANG, China vs Ng Hui Lin & Woon Khe Wei, Malaysia – Jin MA & Xiaoli WANG won, 21-12 || 21-12
MACAU GRAND PRIX GOLD 2008 Finals
2.00pm, 4th October 2008
Lee Chong Wei left a message at his own blog, hopefully Datuk Lee can beat Taufik again.
I depart for tournaments again – Japan, China & Macao.
Will definitely try my best!
Regards, Lee Chong Wei
Source : Lee Chong Wei’s Blog
Previous encounter Lee Chong Wei vs Taufik Hidayat
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia (R) shows off his victory plate beside silver medalist Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia (L) after their men’s singles final match in the Japan Open badminton tournament in Tokyo, 16 September 2007. Fourth-seeded Lee beat Hidayat 22-20, 19-21, 21-19
1. Starting at 2:00 PM
Yohan Hadikusumo WIRATAMA & Hoi Wah CHAU [Hong Kong] vs Chen XU & Yunlei ZHAO [China]
Mi ZHOU [Hong Kong] vs Julia Wong Pei Xian [Malaysia]
3. Followed by
Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong [Malaysia] vs Chieh Min FANG & Sheng Mu LEE [Taipei]
4. Followed by
Jin MA & Xiaoli WANG [China] vs Shu CHENG & Yunlei ZHAO [China]
5. Followed by
Lee Chong Wei [Malaysia], vs Taufik HIDAYAT [Indonesia]
Watch it live @ Astro SuperSport Channel 811.
For live streaming of the MACAU GRAND PRIX GOLD 2008 Final, you may try PPLive or PPStream or CCTV5 or Live Score
Saturday, October 4th, 2008 4,892 views
After collecting tickets for Eagle Eye Premiere Screening by Nuffnang @ GSC 1U then rush for a quick dinner as there’s only half an hour left after collecting the tickets initially supposed to have 1 hour so could have dinner @ Fish & Co but ended up @ Vietnam Kitchen.
Special Beef Rice Noodle Soup at RM12.90 (So so only…)
XO Fried Vermicelli at RM11.90 (Very small portion yet so expensive, not really worth.)
Six Treasure Drink 六宝茶 at RM5.90 (Very tasty, recommended by saimatkong.)
Total damage was RM35.30
Vietnam Kitchen @ 1Utama
Lot S312, 2nd Floor Hightstreet, 1Utama Shopping Centre.
Telephone No: 0377241336
After sumptuous dinner @ Vietnam Kitchen then saw this interesting ads by Celcom. Quite funny. Haha.
Undisputed, Fastest, Widest, Clearest, Best, In Celcom Territory.
No Dropped Calls Here.