Monday, December 31, 2007
Trying To "Get It Up"
Well, don't get me wrong but I had a different agenda there which is to take my first ever air balloon ride which to me was great. We were there too early and waited a while before seeing a glimpse of people resembling what we would consider a crew setting up the air balloon opposite the stadium. (And yes... there is a stadium at Titiwangsa)
They started slow with assembling the air balloon together and had to rush to keep up with time. It was a challenge for them to get the balloon up because of the wind. The RM 50.00 per person price tag should be worth if for the amount of effort and sweat they put in. Look at the first try of getting the hot air balloon up.
The first few attempts was nice to watch but it turned out boring when it took them almost an hour later to bring the first bunch up to the sky. Finally it was our turn. To all girls, don't wear any skirt because it makes it harder for you to enter the basket.
All In And Ready To Go
This was put together by Skyevents. A one year old company which I believe have the niche market in Malaysia dominated. They better make best use of it before another competitor comes in. A majority of their crew are from the middle east.
The event although very badly organized was overcome by my excitement of being in an air balloon. Song Yia insisted that I am following the foot steps of my idol, Sir Richard Branson.
Despite the delays, we were quite lucky to be able to go up to the sky as the ride after ours was canceled because of the rain. Full refunds were handed back to participants who missed out.
Happy New Year!!!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I discovered Myheritage.com from stalking a peers blog like where I usually find interesting websites to immortalize my presence on the internet. =P
The Israel based company was started by a team who was passionate about Genealogy. The website has a full service ranging from free web generators to family tree products.
Although it requires registration to use the site, it pays off as there are a few cool face recognition tools to mess around in Myheritage.com which includes a comparison of a celebrity look a like and Morph which slowly transform your face to the celebrity that you apparently look most a alike to.
Here are some collage that I generated from the above mentioned tools.
Celebrity Look A Like
It is a bit of a concern that I look more like a chick. I was expecting Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves and David Beckham to show up but it turned out otherwise. I do not whether this is indicating that I have more feminine look which usually is the characteristics of the now popular Metrosexuals.
I should have used a picture with me wearing a baseball cap to make the morphing effect more convincing. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one.
In a nutshell, this is another cool website and if you have nothing to do on a lazy weekend, head on to the site and have fun. Do let me know you turn out to be like.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I would like to present to you all Pictogame.com. This free to use website requires registration to store your created masterpiece.
The website is very straight forward to use with a step by step wizard like guide. I created the games below in less than 5 minutes and 3 simple steps. There were tons of games to choose from but I produced the ones below as examples.
Once you have created your game, you are given three options:
1) Direct Link to a page on their website where your game is hosted
2) An Embedded Code for your Profile Pages or like the above blog posts. - This is uber cool as you can specify the size you want it to fit your desired content pages
3) A Thumbnail description with link to your game as following:
In a nutshell, this site is another amazing free personalized content creation tool. This are good blog fillers on the days when you have writer's block.
Be creative and use celebrity pictures instead. Browse through the top created games to be inspired.
Well, enjoy the games above and head on down to Pictogame.com to start creating your own personalized games. =)
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I have come across non native speakers of the language and am always embarrass about the fact that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even speak my mother tongue properly. Well, things are about to change with my discovery of Nciku.com! As an added bonus, the site has just recently been revamped with pioneering features in the age of Web 2.0 sites.
Nciku.com is a free online Chinese dictionary with a variety of features as follow:
1. Smart Dictionary Search
It works just like any regular search tool, set your learning language to Chinese and let Nciku do all the hard work of finding the equivalent word. If you type in Ã¢â‚¬Å“AppleÃ¢â‚¬?, all the relevant Chinese words will appear in the result.
2. Hand Writing Recognition
This is a very handy tool with a great accuracy and success rate after my personal testing. It allows users to search for the meaning of the characters that they scribble on screen. The drawing area now looks just like those notebooks for learning Chinese characters we are all used to. Also, putting your mouse over the character suggestions you selected triggers a pop up menu for simple identification.
3. Text To Speech
This is a totally new feature to Nciku.com. You no longer have to worry about pronouncing something wrong, all examples and conversations can be heard in proper pronunciation. Just click on the speaker button, and you can see and hear the pronunciation. Make a conversation and hear it come to life!
4. Keep Notes with Vocab Lists
Study notes were upgraded and renamed to vocab lists. No need to click to save a word now, as all words you view in the dictionary are automatically saved to your nciku page. You can move the words to other lists or edit them however much you want. Also, improve your language skills with memorization tests and more print options so you can study on the go!
5. Useful Conversations
Learn how to do everything, from opening an account at the bank to buying tickets for the movies, with ncikuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s newest main section. Browse conversations by place and topic, or search for words you want to know how to use, then grab any ones you know you will need and they are saved to your personal nciku. Check them out again before you leave home so youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never be at a loss for words again.
6. Tons of Other Cool Features
There are heaps of other cool learning aids to accelerate your learning to achieve mastery like a Q&A page, Theme Words and the handy Nciku mini. What are you waiting for! Start visiting the website now to learn more!
In a nutshell, Nciku.com has redefined online learning with the level of sophistication and tools provided. It is like having a learning companion that is always available.
I would like to take the chance to wish the whole team behind Nciku.com well done on their effort and keep up the excellent work!
I will frequent the site to buck up on my Chinese!!!!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The site requires registration and you are given $5 worth of free credit to spend on paid flash contents. Also they offer premium content, there are selected stuff which are free just like the following. (I like this a lot as I am in the video with Paris Hilton, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cruise and Lindsay Lohan)
Have fun and send me the links to your JibJab creations as I would like to see what you have come up with.
Well, it was 6 in the morning and I was meant to attend a religious celebration at a temple in Puchong whereby it was the anniversary of the temple. I was bored and tired during certain intervals of the ceremony and decided to go snap happy. Here are some of the pictures that I took with my new Sony Ericsson phone.
Early In The MorningÃ‚Â
Willow Tree at The Back of The TempleÃ‚Â
The Pond with Koi Fish
At about noon, we headed home for the next appointment. A Christmas lunch at Rosalind's place whereby the Turkey was damn amazing. I also got a pair of socks as a present.
That's all for today and I am going to continue with my beauty sleep.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Thanks to the bunch in the office, I will be celebrating Christmas Eve. There is nothing wrong about it but I would either be at home surfing the net and designing websites or sleeping if it wasn't for them.
The girls decided on the location of Jarrod & Rawlins whereby their choices of sausages and meat are to die for. The concept is whereby you select your choice of fresh sliced meat and sausages from the cold counter as you enter. You have to estimate the amount you wish to eat based on the weight in grams just like how you order your ham at Cold Storage. Once ordered and you have stated your preferred side dish (Mash Potatoes, Fries or Salad), your food will be delivered to your seat when it is ready. To compliment your dining experience, they have a good collection of wine.
There is something called "Dynamite" sausage that I would recommend.
Variety of Sausages & Fries
Meat Meat Meat
I can swear I tasted something like "Char Siew" and "Siew Yok" from the platter above.
Cleaning Up The Ribs
The total bill came up to about RM 50.00 per head which was reasonable as we had wine and the stuff pictured above. (The portion may look small but it is deceiving!!!)
That's all for now and skip the dessert as it is not worth it.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Soscili.com was originally setup as a free content web page that required no registration to use. It use to provide over 60,000 pages of syndicated content for downloads. It sustains itself from web advertising and I was hoping that the fresh Web 2.0 look and content syndication will reap in more profits to sponsor my other upcoming online ventures.
Here is a quick look at the changes and face lift that has been done to the web page.
I am asking you a favor to drop by the website and have a look at it. Please do give your comments about the site. Do keep in mind that this page is still in soft launch mode. I will launch a full promotion for visitors and hits when it isÃ‚Â fully completed.
If you are looking for a reliable web hosting, do check out Hostonfire.com where this blog and soscili.com is hosted at.
Thanks bunch and it is just a few days to Christmas! Can't wait for that.....
Saturday, December 22, 2007
1st Car | 4th of July | Alaska | Aromatherapy | Asthma | Auto Navigation | Auto Sound | BBQ | Beach Vacation | Bird Watching | Business Networking | Blogging | Branding | Buying A Boat | Camcorders | Camping | Candle | Carpet | Cashmere | Catfishing | Cigars | Closet Organizers | Computer Training | Dieting | Dog Grooming | Domain Names | E-mail | Electric Scooter | Embroidery | Family Travel | Find People | Furniture | Genealogy | Glassware | Golf | Greeting Cards | Hard Drive | Home Safety | Italy Vacations | Job Interviews | Kitchen Remodeling | Koi | Las Vegas | Law Of Attraction | LockSmiths | London | Monograms | Mosquito Repellants | Motorcycles | Myspace | Mystery Shopper | Nascar | Nurse Assistant | Parent | Penny Stocks | People | Personal Loans | PH Diet | Pool Accessories | Playstation 3 | Salmon | San Diego | Satellite | Saw Palmetto | Second Income | Self Confidence | Sell Your House | Six Pack | Skiing | Sky Diving | Speed Dating | Stomach Exercises | Student Loan | Study Tips | Summer Job | Summer Vacation | Sunglasses | Swimming Pools | Tattoos | Tea | Teddy Bear | Television | Termites | Timeshare | Traveling Nurse | Video Streaming | Wedding Favor | Whey | Wii | Xbox 360 | Yoga
A newsletter that was sent to my inbox highlighting their new features made me curious. I was hooked afterwards and looked what I wasted my waking hours on.
This is what Gizmoz term as an animated sticker.
This is an Answering Machine whereby you can record your messages.
I use their pre-recorded voices but you can use your own recording. They also had the option to create your own animated video but I could not get one generated. It could be some issues with my connection but it is definitely worth a try.
Well, look at how cool that is.... Let's hope this will project to the world with the Law of Attraction that I want more MONEY!!!!!
I urge you all to have a go at it!
That's all for now, enjoy your weekend!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Basically, the application will generate its own number between 1 to 100 whereby you will have to guess the number by keying in your estimation. It will then advise accordingly whether it is higher or lower until you hit the mark!
Click Here To Download!
It is another good time waster if you are looking for something. This is to non productivity in the office ; )
I have not distribute it like what I did with other applications and let us see how far this application can travel.
I hope you will enjoy it and take care guys!
Monday, December 17, 2007
It is nothing like the earlier mentioned Simpsonize tool but it is still a good play and worth a blog post. You can't actually load your picture but instead use provided templates to mix and match for a character. There is also a portion to a voice over but I can't find my mic (damn it!), so I resort to using text to speech.
Once again, have fun with it before the studios decided to take it down.
Look at how the movies are manipulating me to promote themselves. I want to work for a marketing team like that (they do all the hard work and I take back the cash!!!!)
Ok, off to bed or else I will moan in the office tomorrow.
The website is clever but it is not smart enough to generate an exact look a like but gives you a chance to refine your look. This where you can put final touches to it. Well, forgive me if it looks nothing like me or even better than the real person but I am doing this while my brain has long fallen asleep. =)
If you want to generate one for yourself, better be quick as I do not know when the marketing campaign from Burger King will end.
Well, that's all for today and till my next post, god bless!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thanks to the wonders of video sharing sites, I discovered a few videos of latest inventions. I don’t have any methods to verify their authenticity but they seem convincing.
The one that I would like to bring your attention is to this clothing material. It is as soft as fiber and yet hard enough to withstand the impact as demonstrated by the reporter. I wish I would have learned the language to understand what the hell he is talking about.
The second video is courtesy of Japanprobe.com about a new toy made from a sticky material. It is in a shape of a pig and once throw on a smooth surface, it will go all flat but can still go back to is regular shape. This is not something new but I believe they have improved the concept and idea of the toy. I am just wondering what would happen if it was thrown on a bed of sand.
The Japs are acting god in this upcoming video and they have managed to remove the fear strand of the mice. The cat in the video must have been domesticated and have no hunting instinct.
Part of the article that I have extracted:Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mice are naturally terrified of cats, and usually panic or flee at the smell of one. But mice with certain nasal cells removed through genetic engineering didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t display any fear,Ã¢â‚¬? said research team leader Ko Kobayakawa.Ã¢â‚¬Å“The mice approached the cat, even snuggled up to it and played with it,Ã¢â‚¬? Kobayakawa said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The discovery that fear is genetically determined and not learned after birth is very interesting, and goes against what was previously thought.Ã¢â‚¬?
That’s all for now and I salute you Japs for the innovation you bring to our everyday lifes!
Friday, December 14, 2007
The dinner was at KL in To Dine For which was just upstairs of Bangkok Jazz. I also discovered that this is run by the same company that owns over 20 different Thai restaurants in Malaysia which includes Absolutely Thai and Actually Thai to name a few. I am just wondering why they did not combine their branding effort unless they want to create a unique dining experience in each location.
Well, that's all folks...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
We arrived at Shangri-La at 6.30p.m. in preparation for the dinner and awards ceremony in the grand ballroom. It was red carpet event whereby we took extra efforts to dress up. We were interviewed and cameras start flashing giving us the celebrity feel. I can life like this everyday. =)
With Some Of The Pretty Ushers
The event started a bit later with a celebrity host. There were performances from the dancer and it is also worth mentioning the Harmonica band that instantly made me an expert of the musical instrument. Harith Iskandar also made a 30 minute appearance to do stand up comedy.
The Whole Gang
Also worth mentioning is that I walked away with an Astro Max decoder worth RM 599. This is thanks to everyone on the table that helped answer the question on who are the previous 3 chair persons of Pikom. No lucky draw prizes though.
The evening became better when BAT GSD walked away with two prestigious awards. Here are part of the press release on Pikom's website on GSD's triumph:
CIO of the Year - This award is presented to the outstanding head of ICT in a user organisation that has been instrumental in the adoption of ICT in the government, private sector or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The person must have demonstrated exceptional leadership through the innovative and effective use of technology in support of the strategic initiatives of his/her organisation.
The winners are:
Tan Kok Meng of British American Tobacco GSD - Tan joined BAT in 1999 overseeing Malaysia, Singapore and Australia operations. Within 2 years, BAT grew into an IT shared services organisation covering the Asia Pacific with 200 staff. The global services expanded to the Middle East and Africa, supporting 70% of the global services out of Malaysia. The company now has 700 staff supporting over 100 countries where BAT operates.
ICT Organisation of the Year - This award is presented to an outstanding organisation that has successfully utilised ICT to run the operations of its organisation effectively. The organisation is evaluated based on the way it adopts its strategy, improves its resources, implements and integrates ICT which contributes to the effectiveness of operations. This award is open to private sector companies and NGOs.
The recipient: British American Tobacco Group Service Delivery (BAT GSD) -GSD was established in 2001 as the global IT shared services arm of BAT. GSDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vision is to deliver value through sustainable shared services supporting end market customers. GSD is primarily focused on the management of on-going IT services with cost under management of Ã‚Â£100 million per annum. It is an organisation of 700 employees in 18 countries, supporting 37,000 customers in all BAT markets. While GSD started as an IT function, it now operates as a business unit with embedded Business Services, HR, and Finance functions.
An Inspiration: Malaysia's CIO of the Year!
Another memorable event for the year!
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I saw some of the videos of their come back tour and thought to myself that it would be nice to be able to watch them in concert.
If you want to watch them as much as I do, the closest you can get is to enter the competition at EMI Malaysia's webpage for a pair of tickets to the show at 02 Arena in London. (Read the terms, they are only giving the tickets and you have to pay for your own hotel and airfare but it should be well worth it for a sold out show)
Click here, answer a couple of questions with aÃ‚Â final slogan before December 14Ã‚Â and good luck!
The website did not have too much details or information of what it is for but I slowly discovered from random clicks that you can direct your own movie. The flash website is smart enough to compute your script and produce relevant video snippets and paste them altogether to create a masterpiece.
I entered my own movie and script under the category "Mind". I have been feeling lucky recently and will be submitting more entries shortly. Please do vote for me if there is a voting scheme anyways. I want to win stuff!
Post your entries to at WhatisMtoU.com!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Remember those days when everyone was carrying a Nokia 3210. Those were my high school time and this software that I compiled is inÃ‚Â the memoryÃ‚Â of those times. The game is called Snake and there was once a craze about it and I intend to bring it back!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Snake is a video game that came out in the mid-to-late 1970s and has maintained popularity since then, becoming somewhat of a classic. The player controls a long, thin creature, resembling a snake, which roams around on a bordered plane, picking up food (or some other item), trying to avoid hitting its own tail or the "walls" that surround the playing area. Each time the snake eats a piece of food, its tail grows longer, making the game increasingly difficult. The user controls the direction of the snake's head (up, down, left, or right), and the snake's body follows. The player cannot stop the snake from moving while the game is in progress."
I had the intention of distributing it exclusively through a subscription pageÃ‚Â with a Joint Venture siteÃ‚Â but felt that it should be open to all like the principles I live with. Good things are meant to be shared.
I hope you will enjoy this and as usual, it fits nicely in your thumb drive. Distribute this file openly and don't ask me about its compatability because I don't test it.
Software listed at
5 Stars Awarded on Best Vista Downloads
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Woke up at 8.30 this morning feeling drained from yesterday's drive. Finally, we had the chance to have a good look of the resort. We were place in a 3 bedroom Cinta Ayu suite whereby the rest are still sound asleep. Must be the amount of drinks they consumed.
After A Morning Stroll
Breakfast was ok and it was nice to see a bunch of fellow staff having breakie together. We soon retire back to our rooms and have a chat before checking out at noon. We took a chance for a kodak moment at the entrance of the suites. The back drop consists of an artwork whereby we place our hand prints and also a puzzle that we assemble.
The Allies Of The Hunt
We headed home straight after the pictures skipping the trip down to Melaka whereby a majority of teams went. I was just to tired to head back there although the desserts such as Cendol and Ais Kacang was tempting.
Reached home close to five but yet still had the energy to wash the car and settle a few household chores.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Today was an early day as we had to gather at Lunchbox, the cafe next to my office at 6.30 for the annual treasure hunt. I missed out on last years as I was not around. It was also by chance that I could participate in this years due to my travel arrangements. We were the last team to participate even after entry has closed and was car No 38.
The day started off with a Sudoku challenge and our team were hardly awake. This delayed our journey by a good 1 hour. The following clue after was for Nilai Rest Area to collect our tulips and maps. The journey started on with us driving towards Port Dickson whereby we reached Eagle Ranch for a physical challenge. I almost puke after eating a cracker with a layer of wasabi on it while going through an obstacle course.
At Eagle Ranch
The journey continued on to Melaka whereby it was like Fear Factor when my teammate Lincoln was to be place in glass coffin with two pythons and king cobras bagged up. The only was to let him out was for me to dip my hands in an aquarium with eels to retrieve pebbles to spell out the world Diversity to get him the keys.
After completion of the challenge of this league, we continued on Jonker Street before heading on to Yong Peng. After solving the final clue, we drove straight to Pulai Springs in JB
It ain't that bad that we manage to finish second place falling short of 2 points from the champs.
Well, it was indeed a great day spent with a great bunch of people.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I have been waiting all month for this concert and thanks to my dearest Song Yia, it became a reality. Braving through the rains and crowded LRT to get to KLCC was all well worth it.
The Queue At The Entrance
Performing artists for the Acoustic line up was our own Malaysian Dayang Nurfaizah, Rick Price (Heaven Knows) and the highlight of the event James Morrison (You Give Me Something, Wonderful World).
A funny incident happen when a sound guy that had almost the same features as James was up on stage setting up the musical instruments and tuning them. I myself was tricked into believing he was James Morrison but it turned out to be otherwise. I believe the crowd was a bit embaressed afterwards when the lights were a bit brighter.
The concert ended at 12.30 and as mentioned earlier, my expectations were satisfied. The concert would have been as successful with James Morrison performing by himself on stage.
That's all for now and lets keep our fingers cross for this to be an annual musical event!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Another cool website that I stumbled upon from watching a video on Youtube. It is called 5min.com. The aim of the website is basically knowledge sharing between people around the world through the beauty of video sharing. There are tons of tutorials awaiting you and if you have any spare time, contribute some as well. Every video only averages 5 minutes on this website which should not take too much of your time.
If you are ever bored, just drop by this website and learn something new!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Funny enough, upon doing my research for the twin towers sky bridge visit, I did not find enough details about the opening times and etc. I have to gather information from blogs and other websites. It is a shame that even the official website had no details on the sky bridge visit. Well, this blog will be my attempt as a service to the world on providing as much details as possible so that your expectations are well managed during a planned visit.
The tickets up to the twin towers sky bridge are free. There are limited tickets being issued throughout the day with the counter opening at 8.30 a.m. for visits happening every 15 minutes starting from 9.00 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. The queues tend to be long and depending on the crowd, it can run out within hours but today, tickets were still available up till noon before the screen shown the sign that tickets have run out.
The Queue Ticket Counter
The counters to collect the tickets are located next to Maybank which is on the Lower Ground Floor of the base of the Twin Towers. There are small escalators on the ground floor of the towers leading you to the ticket office.
With The Precious Tickets
As we managed to get our hands on the 11.45 tickets, we had couple of hours to spare. We headed up to the ground floor of Suria KLCC to have breakfast at Dome overlooking the man made lake. Look at how tired I look after waking up to join the queue to get those tickets. There are a variety of places to have breakfast but it comes at a premium price.
We also shifted our car to a nearby all day fixed rate open air space as the parking at KLCC is fairly expensive at RM 3.00 for the first hour and RM1.00 each following half an hour. The open air parking area is just next to the KL Convention Center and only costs RM 6.00.
Some Other World Sky Scrapers
Next to the ticket counter, there is an exhibition hall with a documentary looping, a nice simulator which tells you how much taller some buildings are than yourself.
The Tower Are Taller Than MeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Duh!
We soon heard the announcement for the 11.45 tour to gather at the entrance. Passes were distributed to us and I was given a yellow lanyard. The group was separated into two as a method of crowd control. We were then escorted to a screening room and given a pair of glasses each.
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t I Look Cool
The glass was to enhance the video presentation about Petronas which is as recorded below. Excuse the poor quality as it was meant to look good with the glasses on.
After the show it was time to up the bridge but we had to go through a security checkpoint and metal detector. Items such as shopping bags, umbrella and food were not permitted up to the skybridge. They had to be stored at the locker area which is just after the security check point. Chewing gum was also not permitted.
When you are in the high speed lift, it goes up to the 41st floor in less than a minute. You can feel the air pressure change in your ears. The double decker link bridge stands 170meters above the ground. The bridge is double decker and the bottom level was for tourists and the upper deck was for staff to commute between buildings. After a brief explanation from our guide, we were left free to explore the sky bridge
With Song Yia
The view was not as clear because of the rain but it was still a lot of fun. There was a viewing area on both sides at the center of the bridge.
The View On A Rainy Day
We were ask to leave after ten minutes whereby we handed back our lanyards and collected our items from the locker. My trip did not end there as we continued on walking to the Pavilion, Sungei Wang Plaza and Berjaya Times Square. The after rain weather permitted us to do so as I believe we would have been roasted otherwise.
I told you that this was going to be a very detailed blog. There goes one check off my to do lists. Bungee Jumping next? We will see about that.