Saturday, May 31, 2008

Southampton Common

The weather today is amazing and I decided to explore further to the wide open spaces available in Southampton whereby I ventured to Southampton Common.


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The Map Of Southampton Common



Southampton Common is made up of 326 acres of woodland, wetland and open water. It supports a large variety of wildlife including the largest recorded population of the internationally rare Great Crested Newt. It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest; a government designation for the country's premier natural sites.


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The Entrance of Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre


The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre is situated in the east corner of Southampton Common. The Centre is built on land that had previously been a zoo. The center looked not well maintained but the objective of it was to be kept as close to their natural habitats for the wildlife.



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Inside The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre


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The Ornamental Lake


The water features blend well together with the trees. This place makes a good jogging track.


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One of The Lakes


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Entrance of the Old Cemetery


The Old Cemetery is listed Grade II on English Heritage's Register of Historic Parks and Gardenss. It was landscaped by W H Rogers, a local nurseryman and supervised by the well known landscape designer J C Loudon. Few burials now take place in this cemetery, but a range of soils and a management regime designed to maximise flowering and wildlife habitats means that it is a lovely place to walk and watch wildlife such as birds, reptiles and small mammals.



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An Angel Tombstone That Stands Out



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The Cemetery Looks So Peaceful and Calm


This is something that I will never do in Malaysia. Walking in a cemetery is far too spooky for my liking but I did not feel it here. Maybe it is because there was fairly enough people around.


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A Building Within The Cemetry


That's all from me today! Enjoy the remaining days of your weekend.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Profit From Your Pictures

Share A Pic


Are you like me and love sharing your pictures on your blog or just simply put them online. If you do, you may skip using all your typical photo sharing sites and use shareapic.net. This website allows to profit from the pictures you upload. No joke!


There are two ways to earn from this site. First, they will pay you USD 0.22 for every 1000 views. The other is through text ads with bidvertiser.com that you can embed in your gallery. Click here for my gallery.



They pay their commission when your total amount reaches USD 20.00 which should be no time at all.


This site works like any other free image host and you may post your pictures to any blog or social networking sites through html codes.


There is also no limit on the amount of gallery you can have which means unlimited amount of pictures. :) So, it will be a no brainer to upload as much pictures as you wish online to encourage more views and hence more money!


There is a running refferal program as well which allows you to take a cut of what your downline has earned. I have just started using this tool and am not sure on the payout and etc but I bet it is worth a try. Click here to register now!


I will update as soonest as I received my first payment!


Cheers!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sardinia Italy

I just got back to Southampton today after being out of action for a couple of days. I was in Sardinia, Italy. Here is the map for the island by the coast of Italy.

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I will be using the beauty of wordpress to catch up with a back log of post for my three days two nights experience there. I did not manage to take loads of picture and none of myself. Here are a few snapshots of the Cagliari airport. It reminds me a bit of KL International Airport (maybe I am starting to get homesick... if you see nothing similar)

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Before My Queue To Get My Boarding Pass

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Straight After Immigration Leading Towards The Shops

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The Common Area Before Departure Lounge

Will be going into the London office tomorrow. Till then, goodnite everyone.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More Pics In The Italian Resort

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The Hills As A Back Drop in Sardinia

The above is the only picture I manage to take of myself in Sardinia. In between sessions, I decided to walk around the resort. I wish I was here to enjoy the facilities more rather than being in a conference.

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Oasis Pool

I was pretty much distracted most of the time with calls from work but that is what you get when you are away from the office.

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The Children Restaurant

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The Beach

Some other spots in the resort which boasts 21 main restaurant and numerous small dining places to discover international cuisine.

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The resort is immersed in a marvellous tropical garden.

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The room I was staying at was just next to the conference center which makes it fairly easy for me to attend the sessions.

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During dinner, we split up by regions and I end up with a table of brits. I am just puzzled why they did that as I was looking forward to networking with the others from other counrtries.

Well, that is all for the moment and I better start catching up with my to do lists!

Cheers.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Forte Village Resort Sardinia

Today, I took off on a private hire flight from the Harrods (yes, Harrods has a terminal in Stansted) Terminal in Stansted Airport to Sardinia in Italy.


We took off at 5.00 p.m. and by the time we arrived, it was already well dark. We hop into a coach and was brought to Forte Village Resort. Forte Village consists of 7 hotels and 33 suites. I was placed in Hotel Castello.


We were then brought to our rooms. Although in the dark, the journey reminded me of the resorts in Malaysia.


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The Hotel Room


After checking in, I went to the bar till 1.00 in the morning before calling it a night. I thought I heard the waves pounding the beach before I had my eyes shut but I thought it was just a noise from a distance. When I woke up, I finally had a chance to see the long stretch of beach.


Here are some picture that I manage to snap the day after of the resorts:


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The Picture Of The Entrance Of Hotel Castello


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Wish I could comment more but I hope the pictures can do the talking for me.

Monday, May 26, 2008

bennyong.com Invaders Free Download

The last time I release a game was in February and it is about time for another one. I have compiled a version of Space Invaders. Remember this old skool game that we use to play with our consoles. Well, have fun on this strip down version.


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As always, this game is portable and fits comfortably into your usb thumb drive and requires no installation.


Click here to download the game and have fun! I hope it gives you a good start for the week!


Cheers!


Benny Ong

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Southampton Central Parks

Me At The Rock Garden

I slept in till past noon today and never felt so refresh before. After lunch, I decided to explore the parks and open spaces in Southampton. I figured since Summer is approaching and the sun is up, I should be able to enjoy a walk in the park.

Southampton Central Park Maps

Armed with a map I obtained from the Central Library yesterday, I started my journey from the top of the map. Here are the famous landmarks and a description of them as I stumbled upon them.

West (Watts) Park

'ENCLOSURE' PAUL DE MONCHAUX 2000

Enclosure

'Enclosure' was commissioned under the Heritage Lottery Scheme as part of a £4.5m refurbishment of Southampton's Central Parks. It is a four metre high Portland Roach stone sculpture that marks the far point of the main east-west path through West Park. The sculpture frames four skyline landmarks in and around the park.

ISAAC WATTS MEMORIAL

Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts is one of Southampton's most famous sons. He was famous as an author, educator, philosopher and hymn writer. Born in 1674, he lived at 41 French Street and was educated at the nearby King Edward VI Grammar School. He was one of the leading nonconformists in the town,and is mainly remembered for his hymns which include "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past" which is chimed on the Civic Centre clock at 8am, noon & 4pm.

THE CENOTAPH

The Cenopath

The Cenotaph was unveiled in November 1920, the money having been raised by public subscription. The architect was Sir Edwin Lutyens. The style is typical of many similar civic war memorials and was the basis of the Whitehall Cenotaph. It is built of Portland stone. The names of 2008 of those who fell in the Great War are inscribed.

East (Andrews) Park

TITANIC ENGINEERS MEMORIAL

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Dedicated to the engineer officers, none of whom survived the Titanic disaster. It was designed by Messrs. Whitehead & Son and unveiled in April 1914. It is built of grey granite and bronze, and is 30 feet long and twenty feet high. In the centre a winged angel is flanked by representations of engineer officers.

THE QUEEN'S PEACE FOUNTAIN

The Queens Peace Fountain

Completed in 2001 The Queen's Peace Fountain marks 56 years of peace and the service to the nation by Her Majesty the Queen throughout much of that time. The fountain was sponsored by the City of Southampton Society with funding from the City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

RICHARD ANDREWS MEMORIAL

Richard Andrews Memorial

Richard Andrews(1796-1859) was five times Mayor of Southampton, and the owner of a coach-building business on Above Bar Street. The statue, which was unveiled in 1861, was the work of
Benjamin Brain, a stonemason from Shirley. It was designed by Philip Brannon. The pedestal was removed in 1971 as the Bath stone had weathered badly. The statue was restored and placed on a new plinth in 2000 as part of the £4.5m Heritage Lottery restoration scheme.
The official guide to

Palmerston and Houndwell Park

VISCOUNT PALMERSTON MEMORIAL

Viscount Palmerston Memorial

This statue of the 3rd Viscount Palmerston is seven feet high and made of white marble and granite.
It was erected by public subscription and unveiled by the Earl of Caernarvon on the 2nd June 1869, four years after Palmerston’s death in 1865. The sculptor was Thomas Sharp of London. Palmerston lived at Broadlands, Romsey and was MP for South Hampshire for many years. He was also a burgess of Southampton and is best remembered as a reforming Prime Minster and jingoistic Foreign Secretary.

BANDSTAND

Band Stand

As a result of public demand, a new bandstand was completed in 1999 as part of the £4.5m Heritage Lottery Scheme parks restoration. The original cast iron bandstand was erected in 1885 in a position now marked by a clump of rhododendron. It was removed in 1940 as a result of bomb damage and as salvage for the war effort.

WILLIAM CHAMBERLAYNE GAS COLUMN

Gas Column

The Gas Column is a 50 feet high fluted Doric column, cast in iron at Tickell’s Foundry in Foundry Lane, Millbrook. It was subscribed as a tribute to William Chamberlayne, MP for the town, 1818-1829. The column has been moved several times. It was first erected at the junction of New Road and Above Bar Street. It was removed to Town Quay in 1829 and transferred in 1865 to Houndwell. It was repositioned onto Speakers Corner Roundabout in 1957 during road alterations, and again into Houndwell Park in 2000 as part of the £4.5m Heritage Lottery parks restoration scheme.

That concludes my adventure for today. If you are wondering that I did so much research on the parks, well you should know me better. The text and map are from the brochure itself which you can download from the city council website.

There are some other open spaces in Southampton which are further away which I am interested in exploring on some other free weekends.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Dirty Sanchez & Eurovision

First Day of the bank holiday and the weather is amazing. I shouldn't have believe the forecasts and should have planned a getaway instead. Oh well, I should have known better.

This are a few more DVDs that I just ordered from Amazon. It is the whole collection of MTV Europe's
answer to the MTV's Jack Ass.

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It was once quoted that their stunts make Jack Ass look like Teletubies and I do agree with that. They are still neatly packed and it will make a good viewing when I have nothing to do.

It is also the time of the year for Eurovision Song Contest and this year, Russia (Singer Dima Billan with the song Believe) emerge as the winner. I have seen his posters when I was in Moscow last year and he is like the Justin Timberlake of Russia. This years contest attracted 43 entries and 25 nations were in the finals.

Cheers!

Friday, May 23, 2008

My Vision Board

If you remember watching "The Secret" or if you like words, reading the book; Here I am projecting to the universe what I want via a digital vision board blog post!


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I just saw this on the Star online and decided to modify it to have my name on it. Let us see how fast will I be able to reach that ranking!


As a bonus, It is the bank holiday weekend as well! Nothing could be better!


Cheers.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Free Book and Credits From Entrecard

Entrecard.com

I was skeptic and a bit confused with the Entrecard method when I first joined but I am realizing the benefits now. It is a bit hard to explain on what it is and maybe that's why they have released an ebook which can be download for free via this link. http://entrecard.com/static/entrecard_official_ebook.pdf

The site has also grown in scale ever since. They have a new feature that allows you to add multiple blog accounts. To add an additional blog, log into your dashboard and clicked on Linked Blogs



You will be able to choose whether to link your account with another EXISTING account, or to register a NEW BLOG with Entrecard, and automatically link it to your account.



Quickly add your blog and you stand a chance to win 15,000 credits!

The reason I am blogging about this is because they are offering 2000 free credits to anyone that blog about this new feature and the ebook. I will be able to trade the credits for additional traffic and exposure for my blog.

Sign up now and do a similar post like this for your free credits and add more than one blog to your account for a chance to win more credits.

That's all for now!

Cheers.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Are You On SocialSpark.com?

When I first came across SocialSpark, I can’t help it but to have the impression, Not Again! I thought it is just another plain social networking site aiming to be the next internet phenomenon. Well, my opinion changed the moment I sign up as I somewhat believe that it should be good after seeing what innovation Izea (the folks behind SocialSpark) have offered.


It indeed blew me away as it a very smart idea that I wish I would have thought of it first.



From the makers themselves, this is what the website is about:
“SocialSpark is a Social Marketing Network that connects advertisers and bloggers through an online advertising marketplace. Advertisers are able to target blogs based on conversational topics and make cash sponsorship offers to the bloggers who publish them. Bloggers can make money by either placing display advertisements on their blog or by writing sponsored content. The sponsorships offered through the SocialSpark marketplace allow advertisers to build buzz, generate traffic and maximize social media exposure.�


The description was not a typo of any sort. When you sign up, you will get the opportunity to network with bloggers alike globally and also get exposure to opportunities such as this one on generating review/sponsored blog posts and get rewarded accordingly. A no brainer indeed if you wish to monetize your blog or diversify the means of generating income.


After you sign up (which is a very quick and straight forward process), you will get a personalize page which you can use to create more publicity for your blog. It works like anything you would expect from a typical social networking site with the additions that it shows a profile of yourself, list of your blogs, latest post, screenshot of your blog and your friends. This is what mine looks like right now.



I am excited of what more is there to come as the site is about a little over a month old at time of posting. Just think of the possibilities. One of the key things I believe that will drive the website’s success is its operating model guided by the following principles:


-100% Audit-able In-Post Disclosure
-100% Transparency
-100% Real Opinions
-100% Search Engine Friendly


I could spend countless of posts on explaining what the capabilities are but the best way for you to find out is to get your hands deep, down and dirty with it.


As a conclusion, if you run a blog, SocialSpark is a must for you. Join in this pioneering effort. Sign up for it now and trust me, I am not just saying it for the sake of it being a sponsored blog post!


Sponsored by SocialSpark

Sunday, May 18, 2008

I Am Royalty

For people who know me closely, I love myself far too much. But I am sure it is all for the right reasons. I have took the liberty to design myself a coat of arms featuring myself. (I bet you did not see that coming!)


I am becoming ambitious with the things I want to do with this blog which includes a redesign of it like what I am doing with my other websites which seems to take forever. Maybe a reduction of websites will do me good (Perhaps, Any potential buyers?). Back to this post: Well let me know what you think of my coat of arms! Any constructive feedback will be appreciated.


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Banksy : Wall And Piece

I finally got my hands on this. I bought it off Zavvi in Picaddily Circus for GBP7.20 after a 10% discount. Banksy is a well known graffiti artist which identity is kept secret. This book compiles his work and the messages he potrays. Visit his website at Banksy.co.uk for samples of his work and even videos of him in action. You can even read more about him at wikipedia.com.


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I highly recommend this book for your collection.