Sunday, March 30, 2008

How Much Is Your Domain Worth?

Use this website to find out how much your domain name is worth. Apparently bennyong.com is only worth this much but regardless the price, I am never go to give up this domain. (at least this is what I have in mind now)

According to the site, my domain name is worth this much:



Dnscoop.com is something like Alexa's free report but instead, it evaluates the value of your website. This should be a good tool to use when you are thinking about acquiring a domain name from a seller.

DNScoop.com

Besides giving you an overview of your website evaluation, it also suggests ways you can increase the income of your webpage.

Try this tool on your own domain name and find out how much it is worth.

BBC Click

After Tech TV bid farewell to our screens, I was in denial and desperately searching for a show that will replace it. It was not too long later that I found out about Click and have been quite a loyal follower.



To satisfy your thirst for technology, do watch BBC's flagship technology program whereby you can stream the full episode online. It is a weekly program and my fave segment is Webscape whereby they showcase an average of 4 interesting and helpful websites.

It airs on a weekly basis and you can sometimes watch it on the in-flight entertainment system.

Just visit the website to find out more and stream one episode to see if it is your sort of cup of tea.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

UK Based Web Hosting

I just launched a new website a couple of days behind. It is hostonfire.co.uk which is a sister site to hostonfire.com, a web hosting company. This are the same hosting company I use for all my sites which includes this blog.

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Hostonfire.co.uk services uses servers based within the UK which will ensure speedy response to people who maintains a large European based web traffic.

I just wanted to do some marketing around about its existence as I just completed customizing it and creating the header today. I aim for this site to be as successful as Hostonfire.com.

Web hosting and designing was the first business I ever ventured in. The rest is history and I am still a strong believer that anyone can make money online.

Cheers,

Benny Ong

Friday, March 28, 2008

Farewell Party at Mojo

I joined my ex team at Mojo in the evening to bid farewell to a colleague that is moving department. We drove straight away at roughly 7.30 p.m. to be stuck in traffic for almost two hours because the SMART tunnel was in full operation and was closed. If this sounds odd to you, the SMART tunnel is a underground passage that was constructed to ease the traffic flow and also a flooding prevention mechanism. I believe it was featured in some Mega Structures documentary before.

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Me and Arnold

We occupied a corner at Mojo just next to the DJ and drank the night away. When returning home, I experience my first ever road block whereby we were told to pull over. Luckily, Song Yia and me was sober. After a few check and verifications of our identity card, we were allowed to proceed where we head straight home.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Suprise Birthday Party @ Uptown Izzi

I attended a birthday party at Izzi in Uptown upon the extension of Song Yia's invitation from Kimberly Cun. Although the weather was pretty bad, everyone seem to made it on time.

Birthday Party @ Izzi

The Birthday Boy In The Center

The event was attended by about 30 pax (just a very rough estimation) with an abundance of food.

Well, that's all for now. Till my next post!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Yael Naim - New Soul

I am addicted to this song at the moment and it is currently looping on my player! It is used in Apple's MacBook Air commercial whereby Steve Jobs selected the song himself!



A bit of introduction about the singer courtesy of wikipedia:

"Yael Naim was born in Paris in 1978 to Tunisian, Sephardi-Jewish parents. At the age of four, she moved with her family to Ramat HaSharon, Israel, where she spent her childhood and learned how to speak Hebrew. She served in Israel Defence Forces as a soloist in the Israel Air Force Orchestra."

Cheers!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

South Park Season 12 is back!

After months of waiting, the new season of South Park has return. There should be about 2 new episodes by tomorrow which you can stream online. Here is a quick avatar I generated from the official website using the generator in the fans section.

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I will look like this in South Park!

Cheers!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Back From Bangkok!

I just arrived home from KLIA LCCT about two hours ago. The Air Asia flight was delayed about two hours which was tiring. I will reposting the activities for the past week as I had no chance to log on during my week's holiday in Thailand.

Here is the last picture I took from Suvarnabhumi Airport. It is a life size sculpture of one of the many Thai legends which never fail to amaze me.

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I couldn't be bothered to shave for the last three days in Thailand as the picture shows. This is because I am just tired and can't wait to head back home.

I am glad to be back in KL and will be sharing a couple more posts throughout my time home before I return for Southampton.

Cheers!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Royal Palace Bangkok

This is a must visit place if you are in Bangkok. We took a free cab ride here as we promised him to visit two shops en route to the palace. This is a common practice as they get paid to bring tourists to such outlets. It even helped him as we spent money at the first stop which is a tailor and ordered custom made clothes.

Upon arrival at the royal palace, I was mesmerize by its beauty. Let me quickly digress, you must be appropriately dress to visit this place which means no revealing clothings, no sleeveless and etc. Upon getting the tickets, we were given a small leaflet with a map of the place which details what each buildings were. I only remember the Emerald Buddha. Here are a few random pics that I have snapped around.

Royal Palace

Demons

The Galleries

Upon exiting the Royal Palace, we wanted to visit the Reclining Buddha (Wat Po) but I thought we have grab a good deal when a Tuk Tuk driver offered us a deal we could not refuse. Eventually, we were took for a 1 hour ride when promised to visit 3 surrounding temples which I managed to have a picture taken at the first one before deciding to abandon him halfway.

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A Tall Buddha Statue

I must be a record holder of the most vulnerable tourist or my details are kept in a database maintained by all scammers.

Well, at the end of the day, this are life enriching experiences that I do not regret.

We continued on shopping at Pratunam and ending our day at MBK.

That's all for now.

That's all for now.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Shopping in Bangkok

We finally split up from the tour group just before lunch time and headed back to the city center from the airport. After shower, we started our walk to MBK (a shopping center in Bangkok) in our cheap flip flops we bought in Pattaya for the beach. The heat made me drenched in sweat as a result of always being pampered with driving everywhere.

There is a new fancy international food court on the top floor serving Indian, Chinese & Greek to name a few. I decided to go for a Thai cuisine since I am already in Thailand.

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A Fancy Phad Thai Dish

We continued on the day making a loop of the shopping district back to the hotel. Along the way, I almost falled for the Lucky Buddha tourist scam. Thanks to Song Yia who stopped it from happening as she researched it before our trip. Just be extra careful in Bangkok and do a quick searh using the keyword Bangkok Tourist Scam and you will find hours of interesting read.

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The Shopping Stretch in Bangkok

For dinner, we decided to settle for Pizza which is just next door to the hotel.

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A Simple Pizza Meal

We called it a day straight after dinner as our feet were really sore from the amount of walking.

That's all for the moment!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Pattaya and Coral Island Trip

Parasailing

Getting Ready!

After a comfortable night at Grand Sole Hotel, we departed for the Coral Island by speed boat. Before reaching the island, we made a stop at platform for Parasailing. Here is a picture of me high above the sky.

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No More Fear Of Heights!

After waiting for everyone in the group to finish their turn, we soon found ourselves smack in the island with crystal clear water.

Coral Island, Pattaya

Coral Island, Pattaya

We wasted no time to find a good spot to chill. Once our time is up, we headed back to the hotel to freshen up and for lunch. Next on the intenary was a visit of the Noch Noong Village which apparently is home to about 800 Cambodians. It is not exactly a village but kind of a cultural park cum botanical gardens cum elephant sanctuary.

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Cultural Show: War Scene

There, we witness the cultural performances on stage which was fairly grand and also the elephant show.

Riding The Elephant Trunks

Riding the Elephant After The Show

It was soon time to head back for dinner and then our schedule Thai Massage session. I have to admit that I was very nervous as I have never completed a massage session before as I fear the pain. Looking back, I never regret the experience anymore and look forward to the next one.

Taxi in Pattaya

Taxi Back To The Hotel

We soon hitched a taxi back to the hotel before ending the night by walking the streets of Pattaya.

Stay Tune for the following posts on my adventure in Thailand!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

On The Way To Pattaya

Had to wake up early today to join the tour group for a jam packed day of activities. We started off with a bus ride to a pier just opposite Hilton for a boat ride on Chao Phraya river which includes a commentary by the guide. They explain that Bangkok is the fourth capital and one of the previous capitals were just on the other side of the river.

Chao Phraya River

City Tour By Cruise on Chao Phraya River

After cruising down the river, we made a turn back upstream to dock at the Temple of Dawn. We bought tickets and managed to climb up the steep steps to catch a glimpse of view. I picture how amazing it would have looked like at the break of dawn.

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Temple of Dawn

After the cruise, it was braving the Bangkok traffic to the famous Four Faced Buddha shrine. There is a history to it but it is said to have answered a lot of worshippers prayers. The original statue was damaged by a person which went amok but has since been replaced.

Four Face Buddha

Four Face Buddha

It was soon lunchtime whereby we made our way to the Largest Restaurant in The World. It is a Chinese Restaurant and themed of the typical landscapes one would see in ancient China.

World's Largest Restaurant, Thailand

The World's Largest Restaurant (Guiness Book of Records Approved)

The next stop was the tiger Zoo whereby they proved that Tigers, Dogs and Pigs can co-exists. Have a look at the following picture. The tiger never made any attempts to attack either the dog or the pig. This could be a result of placing them together since they were cubs, piglets and puppies.

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One Happy Family!

We arrived at Pattaya in the evening. We purchased tickets to two optional shows which were the Spider Show (also known as 3-in-1) and the Cabaret Show at Alcaraz.

Here is a quick snap of the Spider Show location.

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Spider Show Location

It is clearly ran by the triads and the structure of the building looks temporary which they can run down any minute by a bull dozer if needed to. The show was of sexual acts in nature which was something to experience and something similar to the shows in Amsterdam. There were heaps of Koreans in the audience and the performance featured songs by Kylie Minogue and Elvis.

The cabaret show at Alcaraz was a different affair and was worth every single baht spent. The cast of the shows are transverstites (Ah Qua in hokkien).

Alcaraz

Highly Recommended

After the show, we wonder around Pattaya before calling it a night.

Cheers!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Holiday in Bangkok

It was since last year after my trip to Cambodia that Song Yia manage to book some fairly priced tickets off AirAsia for Bangkok. It was something that I have always been looking forward to ever since and my main purpose for my return to Malaysia.

Here is a quick map to show where Thailand is and it was only about 2 hours flight away from KL.

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Map of Thailand that shows where Bangkok is

Upon arrival at the airport, we were picked up and sent to our hotel, First Hotel. We stayed at the Business Floor Deluxe Room. The hotel is well located centrally in the shopping district close to Platinum Fashion Mall and MBK. This was one of the main reason we selected this hotel.

Platinum Fashion Mall


Platinum Fashion Mall

An extract from Wikipedia on what Platinum Fashion Mall is about.

"The Platinum Fashion Mall is a 5 billion baht (100 million euro) shopping mall in Pratu Nam, Bangkok, Thailand, which specializes in fashion clothes and accessories retail and wholesale. It is a six-storey complex with an 11-storey condominium building above the complex.

The clothes shops operate on the principle that buying 1 piece is a retail sale and warrants retail price, but buying 3 (or sometimes more) pieces is wholesale and you get the wholesale price. An example of pricing structure is 1 men's shirt retail 250 baht, 3 shirts wholesale 500 baht.

The mall is on Phetchaburi Road, next to Pantip Plaza and opposite Pratunam Complex, a 14-storey mall. It is also near Central World Plaza."

After hours of browsing Platinum Fashion Mall, clothes look dull and we eventually did not buy as much as we thought we would. However, things changed when we were backed in the hotel room and the trying it on. (Yup, a majority of retailers do not allow you to try the clothes on and there is no refund or exchange policy). Happy with the bargain we got, we decided to schedule the last few days we had to continue our shopping.

Feeling excited about being in Bangkok, we head to Pat Pong (Bangkok's Red Light District) after dinner using their Sky Train. I did not have the guts to snap pictures of the area because I want to return home in one piece but this is a picture I managed to capture before leaving Pat Pong from the station.

Near Pat Pong

The Station Near Pat Pong

Well, that's all for now. Read my following posts for my other adventures.

Sawa Dee Kap

Benny Ong

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Self Potrait at KL Hilton

I was privilleged to be back in KL to attend the Zone Meeting at KL Hilton. This is the first time I have ever attended the same zone meeting in two different locations organized by GSD. Although I was on leave, it was time well spent to catch up with the crowd from the KL office at this grand affair.

Zone Meeting 2008

Picture Taken With Angie's New Iphone and I copied it from Facebook

My biggest highlight besides catching up with my fellow BTAs were to have a self potrait done. This is something that I have always wanted to do and is a check off my list.

Potrait in Zone Meeting

Me Seated While The Artist Sketches

I will scan the picture and post it here to share with you the results and you can be the judge on how accurate it looks.

Cheers,

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Create Free PDFs Online

I was suppose to blog about this site a year ago since I found it with the intention to create awareness of its existence. It is an amazing free tool that I have been enjoying to use for ages.

The website is called PDFonline.com.

PDFOnline.com

What Does It Do?

This website allows you to convert supported text documents or image files into .PDF format and e-mails it to your mailbox of choice.

Supported Formats:
-MS Word (DOC)
-MS Publisher (PUB)
-MS Word (RTF)
-MS Excel (XLS)
-MS PowerPoint (PPT)
-HTML (MHT)
- Image (JPG, PNG, WMF, EMF, GIF, BMP, TIFF)
-MS PowerPoint (PPS)
-Text (TXT)

How To Use?
Click here to be forwarded to the page and follow the step by step instructions.

Other Features
- It has a wealth of other free PDF manipulation tools such as a Javascript link that one can place on their pages so that users can automatically create their fave pages into PDFs, sending a doc to an e-mail for it to be generated into PDF or create a word document from a PDF file. I am planning to experiment and check out a few one of them shortly.

Pros?
- The pros of using this site is that it is fully ad free web based and you do not require to download or install any application on your desktop.
- It is compatible with a wide variety of formats
- It e-mails the final file to your inbox whereby you can archive it for futur usage

Cons?
- The tool does not always necessarily convert Word documents accurately but it could be an issue of formating as I have experienced previously.
- It might take a while before the file arrives in your inbox at peak times.

That's all from me now and it won't be long until my next review!

Cheers,

Malaysian Election 2008

It is just a topic that is too hot not to blog about. Upon my choice to return and arrive in Malaysia on March 8th, the date of the General election was by coincidence. I missed out on the hype of the previous election as I was studying abroad. I am never ever interested in politics or speak much about it but I stayed awake throughout the night looking at the results for obvious reasons.

Despite the opposition winning on a landslide, something interesting to speak about in this election is a fellow Malaysian blogger that won! He is Jeff Ooi and won a Parliamentary Seat! He has a reputation to blog about politics in Malaysia and is one of the most visited, if not, the most visited blog by fellow Malaysians around the world.

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I will most certainly be keeping my eye on his blog from time to time and hopefully he will maintain his integrity as a blogger without getting engrossed with the world of politics and remain his transparency throughout. Only the future will tell.

Friday, March 07, 2008

The Journey Home

It is exactly three more hours before cab arrives and my huge luggage can be removed from the reception. I will be heading to airport for my journey home this evening. I can't wait to be back home with a proper internet connection and also to visit my Mum and Grand parents.

I am so excited about today that I even woked up early and started cleaning the house. My neighbours must be cursing indeed as the hover was fairly loud.

I emptied the fridge and rubbish to make sure that I do not return to a house full of rodents when I am back.

My trip to Bangkok will also start next week whereby I will share my experience when I am there with all of you.

Well, I better start finishing up some bits and pieces before I everything is too late.

Cheers,

Benny Ong

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Visit to Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

This was my first whole weekend free after the project. I decided to join some fellow Malaysians on a coach ride down to Portsmouth. A majority of them wanted to be there for the shopping as Gunwarf Quay is a place for all the outlet stores. However, I opted for the tourist attraction which is the pride or main landmark in Portsmouth, the Spinnaker Tower. The tickets costs GBP 7.00 per person.


Spinnaker Tower


A bit of info from Wikipedia.


The Spinnaker Tower is a 170 m (558 ft)–high tower situated in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. The tower is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, which was supported by a large National Lottery grant. Its shape was chosen by Portsmouth residents from a selection of concept designs.


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I never regret the decision of making my way up the tower as the view is as far as the Isle of Wight. View Deck 1 have the largest glass floor which gives you the feeling of walking on air where I am seated on in the picture.


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Portsmouth is a nice place and was the second University option for my degree but I am happy that I settled for London South Bank University.


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Cheers,


Benny Ong