Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Day Trip in Singapore

Just to point out something that I do regularly blog in my companies intranet and sometimes of similar topic like this one. To not re-invent the wheel, here is a modified version of what I have blogged in the site.

Greetings everyone, it has been ages since the last blog. This time around, I am using a different style like what one would pen down in a travel log or diary. I hope you will enjoy reading it and please do share your feedback and comments. Here it goes…


Sometime last week, the Tech Services BTAs organized a visit to Singapore with the intention to drop by the BAT Singapore Factory, Data Center and HP Cooltown. (You must be really curious on what Cooltown is, just hang on there and I promise it will be revealed somewhere in the blog)


Emphasizing on cost savings as a priority we took a five hour coach ride down to Singapore straight after work. This totally reminded me of the schooling days when we used to go on field trips during long weekends or when school is off. Having 8 energetic BTAs in a coach ride, I will leave it to your imagination on how it would be like. All I can say is that you would not have wanted to share a ride if you intend to relax. We reached Singapore pass midnight and took the last MRT from Harbor Front to our accommodation.

BAT Singapore Lobby

The bunch @ BAT Singapore

It was a busy day for us the following morning as we started off our visit with the BAT Singapore factory at Senoko Loop. It was nice to see a familiar face, Sardor greeting us as we walked into the reception area. Our factory visit started shortly when we kicked off with the Primary Manufacturing Department followed by the Secondary Manufacturing Department. We were made to wear ear plugs because of the noise level. We restrained our itchy fingers from touching and even smelling anything unless our trustworthy guide says it’s fine. One of the major things that attracted our eyes was the level of automation used and the speed that the sticks are produced. Although the technology has existed for an average of ten years or more, it was still no doubt intriguing for the BTAs.

BAT Singapore

BAT Singapore

Next on the agenda was the HP Data Centre which reminded me of a scene from the movie The Matrix with countless rows of servers as far as the eye can see. We were indeed impressed with everything there but we collectively would have wished someone would have told us to dress appropriately for the air conditioned room. The additional fans installed over BAT’s brand new EMC2 and Blade Server racks were a contributing chill factor. This reminded me of us saying that DC meant Damn Cool.


Before we knew it, lunch time arrived and we then headed on to the major highlight of our trip, HP Cooltown. Cooltown is a platform where HP can showcase to its customers the latest technology and advancements that they are developing or messing with in their labs. It is HP’s equivalent to Orange’s Innovation Garden if you have been to it. We were bombarded with the coolest ever gadgets and tools.


Hooters, Clark Quay

Hooters @ Clark Quay


Being there was exactly like fast forwarding a couple of years into the future. Some of the technologies demonstrated were applied in the medical, banking and F&B industry. They even previewed their Video conferencing technology that they jointly developed with Pixar. Using our creativity and the right investments, I believe some of this can be adopted into BAT. We left with the endless possibilities that all this can lead to and even how it can be used to improve the lives of mankind.

Ministry of Sound

Ministry of Sound

Before we end this post, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has made this visit possible especially Gareth, Sardor, BAT Singapore and the guys from HP.


Let me end the post with this question, wouldn’t you agree that walking a mile is more educational than reading a mile of scrolls?


Thank you.

Friday, January 19, 2007

From The Sky to The Jungle

Sky Bar

Sky Bar, Traders Hotel


Rum Jungle

Rum Jungle


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I Crashed Big Time

Today after returning from Ritz-Carlton for a long tiring one day workshop cum meeting, it was time for me and the bunch in the office to attend a futsal match at Score Arena in Jalan Kuchai Lama.

As my car was left in the LRT station, Song Yia willingly allowed me to drive her car there whereby on the way, I accidently hit another vechicle.

My lesson is never to drive when you are too tired.  

Apologies to Song Yia for crashing your car and the inconveniences caused.

The picture below was actually edited in photoshop to put a smile on my face. ; P.



Song Yia's Damaged Car


The Damage

 Benny Ong XXX

Monday, January 15, 2007

Visit Malaysia Year 2007

 Since it is VMY 2007 and our colleagues from Amsterdam were down for the week, I decided to be a responsible citizen and show them what we have to offer.  

 I will let the picture do the talking on this post. 

Batu Caves

 Batu Caves: The Tallest Lord Murugan Statue in The World

Eye On Malaysia @ Lake Gardens

The Eye On Malaysia @ Lake Gardens (Tasik Titiwangsa)

JC+Me in Gondola No 22

JC + Me in Gondola No 22 of The Eye On Malaysia

Ingrid + Me @ KLCC Park

Ingrid + Me @ KLCC Park

Aquaria KLCC with Chantal

 Me + Chantal @ Aquaria KLCC

Giant Squid @ Aquaria KLCC

Giant Squid Prop in Aquaria KLCC


Funny thing is that the website for Eye On Malaysia is still under construction at time of this post about a week after it has been officially launched. When will it be ready? In 2008 when the wheel is about to be removed? Check out the official website of the makers at  

That practically sum up my Sunday. Till next time, take care.

Benny Ong XXX

Friday, January 12, 2007 is back and alive

Well, as you may have realize the downtime of the site. You can chose to blame the recent earthquake in Taiwan that practically put Malaysia's internet connection on its knees and as well as other Asian countries but it was partially a technical fault on my side. My MySQL Database exceeded its allocated space but I have made the necessary changes as well.

I also took the opportunity to upgrade my Wordpress version to the latest one. It took longer than I thought because I was using a web based FTP program and everything has to be uploaded one by one.

Glad that is over now, there might be a few glitches here and there but my site should be all running by the end of the month.

Benny Ong

Friday, January 05, 2007

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Minyak Beku, Johor

Cousin Steven + Me

My Little Cousin, Steven + Me

Family Picture

Family Picture

Touching The Lucky Fish

Touching the Lucky Fish

Monday, January 01, 2007