Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Island Hopping

After a whole day of indoor session, it is time to get outdoors. There are different activities planned out for us by the hotel as requested. One is a speed boat race between two teams that involves completing tasks in several islands. The group was equally separated and I ended in team Yellow. We set off to sea 15 minutes ahead of the competing team because we emerged as winners from a deciding game at the shore. The boat ride lasted 30 minutes to the first island and it was a hell of a ride. I am lucky that I don't have a major back problem because we were practically flying on and off our seats throughout the journey. The rough sea was due to a storm approaching and the rain drops felt like pins piercing through your skin when you are cruising on a speed boat going against it. It was also freezing cold because we were all wet from the combination of waves and rain drops. Once we disembarked on the first island, we took our time to take a group picture as recommended by the marshall because we are very far ahead of the competition. Team Yellow  

Team Yellow!

Our first task was to search for 8 turtle eggs replicas which were actually ping pong balls and 1 chicken egg. Once everything was found, we were required to cook the chicken egg with whatever we can salvage in the surroundings of the bbq pit. Luckily we did not have to consume the egg afterwards as whatever method we have used would have never pass any hygiene policy. 

 Cooking Egg

Cooking The Chicken Egg

The adventure continued on with different tasks on another two islands including the Island of the Pregnant Maiden (Pulau Daya Bunting) before we headed back to the hotel. Something worth mentioning is that the weather conditions were so poor until we had to make a delay our boat ride and make a detour to a nearby port before making the remaining journey back by land. After lunch, the day continued with telematch games on the seaside and eventually, team Yellow emerged as champions!

 Telematch

After Exhausting Series of Telematch

Benny "Champ" Ong

Monday, October 29, 2007

Conversations & Discussions

The day started out at a slow pace to achieve the key objective of this trip to Langkawi. Straight after breakfeast, we were all gathered at the meeting room whereby we started to set the mood for the day with a quick ice breaker session among all. Although we do know each other, it was nice to know a little bit more. Before I forget, we were all dressed up in our nicely customized team t-shirts!

 We reviewed through the performance of the year and openly discussed any key areas that was raised. It was a very interactive slot that I found to be very useful. Before we knew it, it was already lunchtime. We were given assignments to present on our projected targets for the following year and was scheduled to present it later the day.

Preparing The Presentation Slides

Preparation of Presentation Slides

Before I knew it, lunch was over and although I was one of the last in the line to present, eventually, my time came. It was a very thought provoking session whereby I have to justify every single word that I have shown. Well, it did went on smoothly and I believe I managed the crowd and questions well.

Group Picture

The Group Picture

We finished right on schedule before taking a group picture as a sign of the day has ended. Well, not really actually, after dinner, we were at Chime which is the hotel's pub and bar for some live music by a Filipino band. We stayed on for a while before I escape quietly to retire to bed .. zzz..... 

Benny Ong

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Teambuilding in Langkawi

After months of discussions and planning, it was finally time for the department's teambuilding event. The location of choice this time around is Langkawi. I am very excited as I have never been to one. Well, the flight there was decent and we arrive close to noon whereby we had lunch at Sri Orchid restaurant. This is when the seafood feast officially begin.

After heading back to the airport to fetch the remaining group, we took the chance for sight seeing. We headed to the cable car and went up to the peak where the scenic suspension brigde was. It was a bit too misty but being up there was an experience.

Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge

After that, we took a drive to Kuah Town whereby we had a pit stop at The Black Sand Beach. To be honest it looked like a poluted strecth of sand. Examining it close up proves it to be fined sand.

Black Sand Beach

At The Black Sand Beach
After a shopping spree at Kuah Town, we headed to Dataran Lang whereby we quickly pose for a team picture at the Legend's Park which was a stone throw away.
Lagenda Park
The Whole Bunch At Lagenda Park
We soon checked into Sheraton Hotel and called it a day. That's all the highlight of the day and stay tune for reports of the next three days and two nights.

Cheers.

Benny Ong

Thursday, October 25, 2007

October Babies

It has been indeed a month long birthday celebration for me :)


October Babies

October Babies

In the office today, it is my turn to join in the on going monthly team birthday celebrations.

Preparing The Cake

Me Preparing The Cake

Yipeee!

Loads of Food

Food... Glorious Food!

 There was abundance of food to eat and the most amazing one was the Jelly Cake which looked like plastic. There was a mix of flourescent colours. The alphabets read "Happy Birthday October Babies" and look like an arrangements of blocks used in nurseries.

The Amazing Jelly Cake 

The Amazing Jelly Cake

I swear the cake will glow in the dark if we switch off the lights. Regardless, it did taste very good. I took a huge slice home to share with my family.  Well, it has been a great week for me so far and I can't wait to be in Langkawi for the early part of next week.

 Stay tune for more updates!

Cheers!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

US GreenCard Lottery

If you ever dreamt about working or living in the states, make it happen by submitting your application for the Diversity Visa Program. This allows minority migrants to apply to get a Green Card that will allow you to stay and live there. The official site is http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. It is free to enter and the submission for 2009 entry are closing on December. Uncle Sam has restrictions on certain nations but Malaysia is cool.

Did you know that there are scam sites that charge for such services? They will compile your submission and charge you a fee to submit it to the above link. Well, might be a business idea for you but why make this type of living when there is so much else to do.

Enter now and good luck!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fun With Mobile Phone Numbers

Just got this in my office mail account and believe it is worth sharing. Wasted two minutes of productivity on it but it is cool. Well, share your results but please note that this will only work in on Malaysian mobile phone numbers:

Guys,

take your handphone and try the following steps:

- key in the 1st 3 digits of your phone number (not the 01X) onto the calculator.
- multiply that by 80
- add 1
- multiply that 250
- Add the last 4 digit of your mobile phone number.
- Again, Add the last 4 digit of your mobile phone number.
- minus by 250
- divide by 2

Look at the results. It should show your phone number...interesting!!

One of the coolest thing ever but I believe it should work with any random 7 digits I guess but haven't tried.

Benny Ong

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Last Legion

It has both been a while since I went to the cinema and reviewed a movie. So, I will start with the flick that I just caught today at the recently refurbished TGV in Sunway Pyramid. (Have you checked out the new wing in Sunway Pyramid? It is recommended)

The movie of choice was the Last Legion because the trailer seems promising and Aishwarya Rai was in the movie as well.

The Last Legion


The Movie Poster


Set in Roman times, it tells the tale of evacuating a young Caesar to Britannia for refuge after the empire was attacked by a strong force of the Barbarian King. All allies of the Roman Empire has turn down their support to the young and they are left to defend themselves against a raging army of barbarian. Aishwarya Rai stars as Mira, a middle east warrior that assigned to help out. Don’t let the story board or spoiler as the movie failed to bring the novel to life.

Aishwarya Rai


 


Aishwarya Rai as Mira


The whole movie seems amateurish and it wasn’t the best acting ever displayed. A quick search on reviews of the movie revealed that my take is consistent with industry critics. The fighting scenes were poorly choreographed and the angles used to film the scenes were bad. I am never too picky about movies which indicate that this is filmed in an intolerable level.

As a summary, it is thumbs and toes down. Give this movie a miss and download it (legally of course :)) instead and keep it for those sleepless nights. You can thank me later for this piece of advise.

The website itself is as disappointing as the movie. Only an image file with a link to the trailer. Check it out for yourself.

Well, let us hope that if there is ever going to be a sequel to the movie (the ending seem to indicate such) for it to improve greatly.

That’s all for now. Bye all.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Baskin & Robbin's Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream CakeIce Cream Cake

I am totally spoiled for this weekend with a non stop celebration of over 4 days for my birthday. I am sure it will all end today though. However, I woke up this morning (check out my messy yet stylish hair) to blow out candles of an ice cream cake that we got off from Baskin & Robbins in 1-Utama. The cake tasted marvelous and was very rich.

Later in the day, I went to Cheras for lunch and was back home to start installing my wireless router that I bought yesterday from the digital mall. I first setup my UPS whereby my cables still needs some tidying.

The wireless router from Net Gear certainly had better installation guides than Aztech. The installation took less than 20 minutes and now my whole house is finally covered with wi-fi. A final end to my struggle of getting the wireless connection up (due to my procrastination as well :)).

Can't believe the long weekend is now over and can't wait for what is in store for the week.

Benny OngÂÂ

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Digital Mall in Petaling Jaya SS14

My modem went dead after the heavy rain and I remain puzzled to what has happened as everything was connected through a power surge protector. I later realized that the source could have been through my phone line instead. It was no harm as I wanted to replace my faulty wireless modem and router from Aztech anyways.

It was already in the pipeline to drop by the Digital Mall in PJ SS14 to get new hard disks and getting some additional gadgets should be no harm.

Digital Mall SS14

The Digital Mall in SS14

The place itself was no different from Low Yat Plaza and the drive there was certainly more pleasant. There were countless of floors with techie goods and my all time favourite IT Hypermart All I.T was situated on the top floor. I am always impress by the amount of stock they keep and it being displayed openly instead of asking someone over the counter like many other computer shops do. This outlet is definately a blessing as I hate driving all the way to Low Yat in the city center where it was the first All I.T I visited.

Just in case you need a map to get there which I extracted from their official website:

Digital Mall Map

The only thing I disagree with the whole mall is the shops that charges consumers an additional 2% for paying with credit cards. I believe the sellers should take on the costs and not the consumers. I know there are certain merchant costs involved but if I were to run a business, I would calculate it in a way whereby I would absorb the costs and not my customers. I agree that there are rooms for arguments here but aren't we moving towards a cashless environment whereby transactions through card should exceed spending cash like many advance countries?

Well, enough said before I get to deep into my views. I can't wait to install my newly acquired purchases.

Benny Ong

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Melaka Day Trip

What would be a better plan than Melaka to kick start the long weekend. I had mixed feelings on how the traffic would be like because of the holidays but braving it turned out to be well worth it because it was smooth sailing all the way. The traffic reports of it being jammed packed in the wee hours might have resulted the roads to be clear on the first day of the Hari Raya celebrations.


The drive to Melaka took about just under two hours whereby I finally saw MMU after hearing so much about it. I picked up Song Yia’s brother and friend before heading to the city center for A Famosa. There were not much additions since I was last here about 4 years ago but the only difference was I am now behind the wheels guided by a local.

St Paul's Hill

On Top of St Paul's Hill

 A Famosa Fort

A Famosa Fort: The Most Photographed Landmark in Melaka

Big Cannon

Check Out My Big Cannon

It is also worth mentioning the newly discovered wall of the old fort which is just a stone throw away. There are plans to reconstruct the whole wall to it’s original setting. Let’s see how long that will take.

 The Old Wall

The Site of The Old Wall


The weather which was perfect for walking did not last long and we had to seek shelter in McDonalds opposite Melaka Zoo. Looking at the rain which did not showed any signs of slowing down, we gave up and headed back to our newly made friend’s house to watch Apocalypto directed by Mel Gibson.

After a short nap and refreshing shower, it was time for dinner. We headed to the Portuguese Settlement for food along the beach front stalls. The food was of decent quality and price. After dinner, we hanged out at Wings Music Café before making our drive home to KL.

All and all, it was another day well spent!

Benny Ong

Friday, October 12, 2007

My 23rd Birthday!

I arrived in the office to be greeted by decorations on my desk with my pictures imposed on different characters. (Thanks to my dearest Song Yia for all the hard work). It was certainly a great start to a very eventful day. Soon before noon, we all gathered at the pantry for the birthday cake. It was a cheese cake which tasted very light which was perfect for the stomach before lunchtime.

Birthday at The Pantry


Birthday Cake @ The Pantry


 With Fellow BTAs


Posing With Fellow BTAs


We headed to our usual place in Kuchai Lama called Big Tree because where the eating place was under. We all feasted on a variety of dishes. It was surely very heart warming to see the whole bunch of amazing friends there and what a privellege it is to be working together with them. I always live by the principle of friends work better which is definately a bonus especially in the organization that I am in. It was back in the office later whereby all my presentations and conference calls went on well.
We soon headed to Daorae in Puchong for Korean BBQ. It is my second time but I am glad that JC came along as she finally made sense on how to dine. My family and I were at the same restaurant but the Taipan outlet and were clueless on what we were doing there. Regardless, the service we received was of unmatchable and the staff genuinely seemed polite and happy.

Daorae Puchong


Korean BBQ for Dinner


Looking back at the day, it is scary that 1 year has passed and I can proudly say that it was a good year spent. No regrets! Just for fun, this post was what it was like a year ago.

Once again, it was all thanks to Song Yia for all the effort put in. :)

Benny Ong

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I just won Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

I heard the door bell and there it was the rider for the parcel company, GDex. He mentioned my name and I nod as acknowledgement.

There it was on his hands, a parcel with my name on it. I instantly knew it was a prize from Astro looking at the address of its origin. I quickly ran in the house to open it up and there it came, Amy Winehouse's album Back To Black (Malaysian Edition) worth RM 29.90 from Universal.

I was trying to recall which competition that I have participated as I haven't been that active in the arena lately. The only ones I know of are from radio sites whereby lead me to discover the following page on Mix.fm website.

MIx.fm Contest Results Page



Although the value of the prize is small, it did cheered up my day. It is like an early birthday gift. It has been ages since I won any contests and I believe this is a start to the many more amazing competitions that I am going to win.

Take care all.

Benny Ong

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What's Your Daemon?

My friends at the office was talking about this over lunch sometime back. I also had the chance to see their blog post on the topic which attracted me.

The website made to promote the upcoming movie The Golden Compass due to be released in Dec is using a smart way to reinforce it's campaign. They are having a some sort of personality test that will apparently generate your daemon that matches to your answers.

Funnily enough, I did it the last time and the results matched the second time although I believe there were varations in my responses. They ask you a string of 20 questions and there are logical calculations behind that will determine your daemon.



Try it for yourself and let me know what are your daemons and honestly, it makes a great blog post I would say :)

- Benny Ong -

Monday, October 08, 2007

Joost.com : 15,000+ TV shows, 250+ Channels

Greetings All,

In my casual browsing over the weekend, I discovered Joost. Joost is a system for distributing TV shows and other forms of video over the Web using peer-to-peer TV technology, created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis (founders of Skype and Kazaa). Apparently the Tycoon Li Ka Shing has a stake in the company as well.


Joostâ„¢ the best of tv and the internet



I installed the application and have been watching some short comedies so far. The streaming quality is quite good despite my streamyx connection with the speedtest.net results as below:


Speed Test Results



The application is ad supported and have a very Web 2.0 feel to it. Navigation takes a while to get used to but once you get a hang on it, everything is simple. I can imagine this application running on all TVs one day.

In the world of Web 2.0, I believe this website is one of the best and as always free is good.

Well, if you do not intend to install anything on your machine, there are tons of video and movie sites out there such as CoolStreaming.us below.



That's all for now!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

I Solved The Problem

My PC has been making a strong and fairly loud noise lately. Well, to be honest for about more than a year since I was living in the apartments in Bukit Jalil. It never use to bother me because the PC was left out in the hall and no one sleeps there.

 Since moving to USJ, the PC has been setup in my room and the noise was becoming a nuisance. Although I tolerated it and was able to sleep, my mum somewhat believed that it did affected me in some ways. It is really uncanny but I think it did affected me to some extent.

Oh well, my room got repainted recently because of some wet spots and everything in my room have to be moved out. Although not favourable as I have to resort bunking in with my sis, it brought to me more benefits than ever. I took it as an opportunity to tidy my room and solve the long due problem of the mysterious noise originating from my PC.

As I open it up to search for the source of the noise, I realize it was from the processor cooling system. The fan that was covering the processor was practically clogged up with dusts and it reminded me of how my snort used to look like after travelling in the London undergound. A quick swab with a damp cotton bud solved the issue. Now, I am typing this blog post without having to tolerate the noisy fan that was overworking itself previously. I also get to enjoy my music freely without having to turn the speaker out loud to mask the noise. ;)

 Ooo well, that's all from me today and goodnite!ÂÂ

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Microsoft Magic

A mail I received which I thought was worth sharing with some easter eggs in Microsoft's application. Try them out and see it for yourself.


MAGIC #1

An Indian discovered that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the

Computer which can be named as "CON". This is something pretty

Cool...and
Unbelievable.... At Microsoft the whole Team, couldn't answer why this

happened!

TRY IT NOW ,IT WILL NOT CREATE " CON " FOLDER

MAGIC #2

For those of you using Windows, do the following:

1.) Open an empty notepad file

2.) Type "Bush hid the facts" (without the quotes)

3.) Save it as whatever you want.

4.) Close it, and re-open it.

is it just a really weird bug? :-??


MAGIC #3

Microsoft crazy facts

This is something pretty cool and neat...and unbelievable...

At
Microsoft the whole Team, including Bill Gates, couldn't answer why this happened!

It was discovered by a Brazilian. Try it out yourself...

Open Microsoft Word and type


=rand (200, 99)

And then press ENTER

Then see the magic...............................

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Get $1 each time you give this away...

Greetings all,

I'll make this a quick post.

Russell Brunson (An internet marketer) has just created a new report
and he's paying his affiliates $1 for every
copy of the report they give away.

And if that wasn't enough you'll also get 50
cents for each copy your referrals give away.

Exciting stuff!

To get the report, go to
http://www.IM-Myth.com/bennyong

Enjoy!

BTW, you will need to have a paypal account to receive your commissions. I am just trying this out and have no guarantees it will work but I look forward to my paypal balance increasing by the end of the month. ;)

Create Your Own Flaming Text

Well, I just got home earlier today after a quick trip back to my sweet hometown, Penang. Driving along the highway, I recall the earlier days when I started getting my hands deep down and dirty in web designing. I was mesmerizing the days when a new html code or dhtml scripts that I just learned would keep me happy for hours. There was also website that I was obsessed with when I first found out about it. It is called flamingtext.com which allows you to generate flaming effects with any text that you specify.

 bennyong.com

Besides the resident flaming effect, there are a whole lot of other fonts available and cool features that you may add to them such as a stained glass effect.

 Stained Glass

There are glowing and shadow effects. I know that you can get this done easily in Photoshop or Fireworks but it is a cool web based generator application powered by CGI. On the plus side, you may access this website from any PC and a logo or fancy text generated for your use anywhere without having to install an application. Although the website has not changed much since I visited it ages ago (I swear it is about more than 5 years since), the good thing is that they are still providing it for free!

Well, that's all for now and I will retire to bed early today in preparation of braving through my inbox after not being at work for the past two days.

C' ya! ÂÂ

Get $1 each time you give this away

Greetings all,

I'll make this quick.Russell Brunson has just created a new reportand he's paying his affiliates $1 for everycopy of the report they give away.And if that wasn't enough you'll also get 50cents for each copy your referrals give away.

Exciting stuff!

To get the report, go to http://www.IM-Myth.com/bennyong

Enjoy!