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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Air Asia Budget Holiday

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tattoo

Tattoo and body painting is become a trend nowadays. Its not only happen in western countries but become popular all over the world.

Last 20-30 years back, tattoo is symbols of power and rangking among secret society and gansters. However, world is changing. Tattoo become fashion among youngsters. Some tattoo is still remain permanent, but some tattoo is remain for a while. For arts lovers, they also paint their body to show their expressions.

Just enjoy this lovely tattoo which email to be by friend :-







Original Source : Unknown

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hot Deals : Travel Promotion

Top 10: places every traveler should see

What are the must-see destinations for any world traveler? Check out our list of places you have to see to believe!

1. Paris, France
2. Cairo, Egypt
3. Venice, Italy
4. Mayan Ruins, Mexico
5. Stonehenge, United Kingdom
6. Athens, Greece
7. New York City, N.Y.
8. The Great Wall of China, China
9. Grand Canyon, Ariz.
10. Machu Picchu, Peru

Source :
tripadvisor.com (Tripwatch : Week of April 14, 2008)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Health - Important Tips

Answer the phone by LEFT ear.
Do not drink coffee TWICE a day.
Do not take pills with COOL water.
Do not have HUGE meals after 5pm.
Reduce the amount of OILY food you consume.
Drink more WATER in the morning, less at night.
Keep your distance from hand phone CHARGERS.
Do not use headphones/earphone for LONG period of time.
Best sleeping time is from 10pm at night to 6am in the morning.
Do not lie down immediately after taking medicine before sleeping.
When battery is down to the LAST grid/bar, do not answer the phone as the radiation is 1000 times.

Source : Email

Thursday, April 10, 2008

1000 Places to see before you die

I revisit my friend blog deb at http://www.nomadickiwis.blogspot.com. then I found a website that I admire so much.

The website is describing the best places that every travellers should go. Actually I not happy with the title "1000 Places To See Before You Die", but that is their website and what can I say (Ha..ha..ha...).

This is among places which promoted is their website. Do you know the places just based on this photos? I recommend you to surf their website to know the details.








Source :
www.1000beforeyoudie.com

Monday, April 7, 2008

The jungle beckons by Travel NST Online

By PUTRI ZANINA
Stay at Pulau Banding on the man-made Tasik Temengor and enjoy the vastness of the lake and jungle on the main range. Or look for elephants along the picturesque journey through virgin jungle along the East-West Highway. PUTRI ZANINA did all that and can’t wait to go back for more

Picture of this wild herd along the highway was taken by the resort front office manager Ridzuan Lopez while he was on the way to work about 8am


A group of mountain bikers from Singapore on a stop-over at the resort



Tasik Temengor is part of the huge Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex

AFTER dinner, we’ve a full belly but nothing to do. It would have been so easy to succumb to the pleasure of lolling on our warm beds and soaking in the scenery visible through the large glass doors of our room.

Spread before us not too far away were the rolling hills, overlooking a still lake with waters that shimmered like glass against the blanket of darkness.

We felt a world away in such a tranquil setting at the brick and wooden Belum Rainforest Resort. But we wanted something more than just tranquillity that night. We wanted action. We wanted to see something wild, like herds of elephants crossing the highway. Yes, elephants! And yes, highway!

And this is no ordinary highway. It’s the East-West Highway that cuts across the belly of peninsular Malaysia, from two god-forsaken places — Gerik in Perak and Jeli in Kelantan.

We were then somewhere in the middle, looking for action at Pulau Banding in Perak, the gateway to a green jewel, the Belum-Temengor Rainforest.

Earlier in the day, we had seen elephant-crossing signboards and one of them had been near the resort.

Within minutes, we found ourselves cruising on the highway towards Jeli, to check out the elephant crossings.

Our car’s headlights pierced the darkness to reveal tricky curves flanked by wild bushes and big trees.

The headlights of the passing vehicles lent life to the otherwise dark, quiet and nearly empty highway.

While Zaaba, my husband, looked firmly in front as he drove the car along the winding road, I scoured the bushes by the roadside for any signs of movement.

But alas, there was no sight of the wild beasts throughout the half-hour drive. Oh, well, it wasn’t our lucky night. The elephants had probably crossed earlier or at other spots.

We weren’t about to lose sleep thinking about where they might be at that hour. The day’s travelling from Kuala Lumpur to the wild “country” had taken its toll on us. That night, I slept like a log.

Tongkat Ali and Tumbling Bird
We woke up to the cheery sound of chirping birds and the sight of Tasik Temengor looking like a jewel in the sun. Though there was no breeze in the air, we could smell the freshness from the woods.

In the garden below our first floor room veranda were several Tongkat Ali plants that had grown almost to the level of our eyes. These plants were taken from the forest and replanted in the herbal garden that hasn’t yet matured.

Tall trees stand guard over everything, including the concrete building that we stayed in, as if they sensed the intrusion.

During breakfast at the resort’s Hornbill restaurant, our quiet makan was jolted by a loud thud. A bird had flown so fast that it had hit — beak first — the restaurant’s external glass wall!

The bird looked dazed after tumbling to the ground. Zahari Harris, the resort director of sales and marketing, picked it up and we saw blood oozing from the side of its beak. But the poor little feathered one was all right. We asked Zahari to get his people to nurse the bird.

Keeping The Magic
Cruising around the island later with Zahari and the resort general manager, Rostam Mohamed, revealed the more picturesque face of Pulau Banding.

I watched in awe as the rays of the sun cut across the top of the hills towering above Tasik Temengor that surrounds the island. It is the kind of landscape, with miles of rugged terrain, that people would not mind travelling across the peninsula to witness.

It is reassuring to know that this rustic and wild open space will be protected from unscrupulous development.

Rostam said the Emkay Group of Companies, to whom the Perak state has alienated parts of the island for development, had developed the Pulau Banding Charter.

“The charter is a set of rules which are self imposed,” Rostam said, emphasising that any development taken must be in tandem with the ecological preservation of the area.

“We have also set up a research centre to allow researchers to study the area and the rich bio-diversity and also to act as watchdog over the area’s development.

“If the environment is gone, we’d all be screwed up!” he said, as our boat moved past the Gerik Forest Reserve towards the border of the Royal Belum State Park.

Within minutes, I felt the air turning cooler and saw the green getting greener in the vast expanse of the natural sanctuary before me.

But then we had to turn back as exploring Royal Belum was not in our plans during that short one-night stay at Pulau Banding.

Having had only glimpses of this largely unexplored green haven left us hungry to explore its depths. We made a promise to ourselves that we would be back.

Prized Heritage
Pulau Banding is a mountainous island surrounded by Tasik Temengor, with deep green waters fed by numerous rivers. Some of these rivers contribute to the second largest man-made water reservoir in Malaysia, the Temengor Dam (the largest is Tasik Kenyir in Terengganu), built about the same time as the East-West Highway.

The depth of the lake is astounding — its deepest part is about the height of a 75-storey building!

Linked to the mainland by the Tasik Temengor Bridge, Pulau Banding is the entry point to the huge Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex, four times the size of Singapore, encompassing the Royal Belum State Park, Gerik Forest Reserve and Temengor Forest Reserve. The entire ensemble includes water bodies and virgin tropical rainforests dating back some 130 million years ago — making them even older than the forests in the Amazon and Congo!

Belum Rainforest Resort
The spanking new Belum Rainforest Resort now occupies the place previously known as Banding Island Resort. It was taken over by the Emkay Group last August. After massive rebuilding, costing RM35 million, the new resort spots features that include four- to five-star-like room facilities, water fountains, ponds and wooden poles that blend nicely with the surroundings.

It used the same designer who created the posh Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, no less.

When we were there, it wasn’t fully ready yet. Nevertheless, the luxurious setting already in place pleasantly surprised us.

We stayed in the Deluxe Lake View room with twin beds and a day bed by a tall glass window that accords a lovely view of the lake. Sliding glass doors open up to a veranda with wooden poles as barricades.

The room d├ęcor is minimalist with clever use of dark brown wood against stark white walls. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors add to the already spacious feel. It’s not the kind of luxury I’d expected at a resort in this deep interior.

One thing though, it doesn’t have a TV in the rooms, and that’s done on purpose. Who needs one when you’re supposed to enjoy the symphony of Nature?

The resort is now gearing up for its official opening in May.

The resort offers 70 rooms of different types. Fifty more chalets will be built by the water’s edge before the end of this year.

For those who want to experience the Belum Rainforest, the resort organises several tours, the most popular being the Nature Appreciation Walk in the forest and fishing trips to catch the bounty of fish in Tasik Temengor.

For trips to Upper Belum, permits are required from the state’s park, police and army. You’re advised to book at least a week ahead with the resort to get these permits.

For details, call the resort at 05-791 6800 or log on to www.belumresort.com

Highway Memorial
Pulau Banding, in the wilderness of the mighty Titiwangsa Range, opened up when the East-West Highway was built 38 years ago. It took 12 years of toil, from 1970 to 1982, to build this 214km road through the mountainous region crossing Perak and Kelantan.

What we today enjoy as one of the most scenic and hilly routes in the country was built at a heavy price. Many men died building it — from accidents during construction to attacks by communists.

The area was infiltrated with communists during the Emergency period from 1948 to 1960. The insurgency continued even some 20 years later.

The Public Works Department has erected a memorial at a spot where three of its men died and many more were hurt or maimed in communist attacks on Aug 27, 1974.

It was at this same spot, about 25km from Gerik, that 63 bulldozers were bombed by the communists in May the same year.

There were also numerous other attacks during the highway’s construction, resulting not only in the deaths of workers but also security personnel.

Standing by the memorial against the backdrop of thick jungles flanking the highway gave us goose bumps. But making the short stop there was as fulfilling and meaningful as making the journey through the highway.

The Journey
The fun of making the journey starts the moment you exit the Kuala Kangsar (KK) toll plaza on the North-South Expressway.

If you have the time to spare, stop by KK and enjoy its serene setting by Sungai Perak. At a place called Lembah by the river in town, stop and shop for local craft, especially the famous Perak labu sayong (water pitcher), golok and other types of knives.

Savour the local laksa, a less tangy version of Penang assam laksa, at the Medan Selera in Lembah or try the famous hailam mee at a kopitiam near the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

If you don’t detour to town, the R&R near the KK toll plaza is a good alternative to sample local fare, including fresh water fish cooked in tempoyak (fermented durian) gravy.

From the toll plaza exit, follow signs to Gerik. You’ll soon find yourself cruising along a fairly new highway linking KK to Lenggong.

Before reaching Lenggong, you would have crossed the Raja Muda Nazrin Bridge over Tasik Raban, a scenic lake. After the bridge, make a detour to the old road with a short, narrow stretch flanked by the lake on both sides. It feels absolutely surreal to pass through that stretch as the road seems to float precariously above the lake.

You can proceed to Lenggong via that old road or head back to the highway. Make a stop at a new R&R for an overview of the lake or have sumptuous grilled fish at the famous Restoran Ikan Bakar Tasik Raban along the highway.

Drive on to Lenggong, a place with many rivers and waterfalls. Just follow the signage leading to Lata Kekabu, Lata Air Ibol, Lata Papan, Lata Pusing and Lata Air Bahagi.

Cavers may want to explore caves like Dayak, Harimau and the historically significant Gunung Runtuh where the remains of the Perak Man (a Stone Age man aged 10,000 to 11,000 years old) were found.

A replica of the man, believed to be the most complete human skeleton ever found in Southeast Asia, is displayed at the Lenggong Archaeological Museum that sits on Malaysia’s earliest known site of human habitation, Kota Tampan. Find the time to explore this site that has preserved the finds of the Palaeolithic era.

From there, proceed to Gerik, about 55km away. After passing Gerik town, you’ll reach a little roundabout. Take a three o’clock turn to enter route 4 that leads to Pulau Banding. If you miss that turn (the signboard there is small), you’ll end up going to remote Baling in Kedah! Fret not though because you can turn back to the roundabout.

When you’re on route 4, you’ll start seeing the “Hutan Belum” signboards and your sojourn on the East-West Highway has begun.

It’s uphill in the beginning, winding its way through hills and forests on both sides. Enjoy the sight of the vast expanse of greenery against the blue sky dotted with puffs of clouds over mountains that form the backbone of the peninsula — the Titiwangsa Range.

Watch out for elephant-crossing signs. Herds of elephants, some numbering 10 to 12, have often been seen crossing the highway at almost the same spots every time. Trampled grass and earth and, sometimes, blobs of elephant dung often mark these spots. The herds have used the same routes since ancient times.

Chances of sighting them are 80 per cent, almost always at night. They could also be seen in the early morning from 7am to 9am and in the evening from 6pm to 6.30pm.

If you do see them, stop and give way. It’s not as if you come across such a spectacle every day. Don’t honk, unless you want the wild four-legged beasts to come charging at you!

If you’re lucky (or unlucky), you may also spot a tiger crossing the highway! But such sightings are extremely rare.

After travelling for 45 minutes, or about 38km from Gerik, you’ll reach Pulau Banding.

Stop over there for a breathtaking view of Tasik Temengor (it’s also widely spelt as Tasik Temenggor but Perak recognises Temengor as the correct spelling).

If you intend to explore the Belum-Temengor Rainforest and discover both the lower and upper Belum, you need to spend more than one night in Pulau Banding.

If not, after a short break there, proceed on with your drive to Jeli, 75km away. Along the way, you’ll come across the Titiwangsa Rest Area with a lookout point that opens up to the hills and valleys of the mountain range.

If you don’t make long stops, the journey spanning the entire length of the East-West Highway will take about three hours.

Lorries laden with logs may slow you down. The heavy lorries move at 20kph. They slow down traffic on the Pulau Banding-Jeli route and you can see bald patches of forests, stripped bare of trees.

One important tip is to fill up your fuel tank, either at Gerik or Jeli. Though there are a number of rest areas, there are no petrol stations along the way.

The entire journey from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Banding can take five hours (with short stops of a few minutes along the way). Add three more hours to reach Jeli.

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• Pictures by Zaaba Johar


Source (Stories & Photos) : www.nst.com.my

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Fishing Trip to Pulau Pemanggil (Johor, Malaysia)

I received email from hardcore angler on his previous fishing expedition. His name is Khairul Azman, but he prefered to be known as kayrool.

He prefer fishing in the deep sea with his closed friends. Their team experience has published several times in local newspaper. This hobby is still on even most of their team members is getting married.

For this time, he would like to share some photos during his fishing expedition to Pulau Pemanggil (Pemanggil Island) in district of Mersing (Johor, Malaysia).



He can be contacted thru his email kayrool42@yahoo.com

Friday, April 4, 2008

Amcorp Mall Petaling Jaya (Selangor, Malaysia) - Ideal Place for Collectors

Last Sunday (30th March,2008), I bring my family to Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya (Selangor, Malaysia)just to look for new collection. To new readers, I am a serious collector of coins. I also looking for stamps for my friends as agreed for exchange and some for selling. For info, I also selling Malaysian stamps for very very cheap price.


Photo : My son, Luqman Hakim posing with collectible stalls as background



For information, Amcorp Mall is the ideal place to look for your collection. Items such as stamps, antique, coins & bank notes, First Day Cover (FDC), toys, dolls, music instruments, Coca-cola cans, and many more. But please remember, this kind of collection only offer to you on Saturday and Sunday.
Photo : Some of collectible in Amcorp Mall.

If you are new in collecting stamps and wish to come here to buy stamps, just have a look first. Bargain if you dare to. For me its worth to bargain. Usually, I buy in bulk not less that 300 pcs of stamps. But this time, the beautiful and interesting stamps is not much. I just consider this trip as lunch trip with my beautiful wife and my dear son and daughter. I enjoyed this hobby as I can bring my family to participate and select stamps and coins. My son has choose one coins (games token actually) for me and I just happy to buy as the token not yet in my collection.


Photo : Crowd in Amcorp Mall.

Commemorative Coins : Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia

The Issuance of Commemorative Coins In Conjunction with the Installation of His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong XIII


Photo : This coins is taken from my personal collection.

Bank Negara Malaysia is issuing three types of commemorative coins in conjunction with the Installation of His Majesty The Yang di Pertuan Agong Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah. The commemorative coins are launched today by His Majesty the Yang di Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur. The commemorative coins are legal tender and the specifications are as follows:

Gold Commemorative Coins (proof)
This proof coin is made of gold with 999.9 purity and weighs 7.96 grams. It has a face value of RM100 and will be sold at RM1,028 a piece. The mintage quantity is limited to 100 pieces.

Silver Commemorative Coin (proof)
This proof coin, with a face value of RM10 is made of Sterling silver with 92.5 purity and weighs 21.00 grams. It is priced at RM138 a piece. The mintage quantity is limited to 200 pieces.

Nordic Gold Brilliant Uncirculated (B.U) Commemorative Coin
The Nordic Gold (B.U) coin has a face value of RM1 and will be sold at RM8 each. The mintage quantity is 10,000 pieces.

All the coins are also available in a set of 3 and a set of 2. The set of 3 consists of the gold, silver and Nordic gold proof coins. They are sold at RM1,268 per set with only 300 sets available. The set of 2 consists of the silver and Nordic gold proof coins. The set will be sold at RM188 per set with only 300 sets available.

Coin Design
The design descriptions of the Installation of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIII commemorative coins are as follows:

The Obverse Side of the Coin
The obverse side depicts the portrait of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in full regalia. The words "SERI PADUKA BAGINDA YANG DI-PERTUAN AGONG AL-WATHIQU BILLAH TUANKU MIZAN ZAINAL ABIDIN" appear at the circumference of the coin whilst the date of the installation appears below the portrait of the King.

The Reverse Side of the Coin
The reverse of the coin depicts the emblem of the Yang di Pertuan Agong. The words "PERTABALAN SERI PADUKA BAGINDA YANG DI-PERTUAN AGONG" appear on the upper circumference of the coin whilst the words "BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA" appear on the lower circumference of the coin. The denomination of the coin appears above the words "BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA".

Technical Specifications :
Type : Nordic Gold Coin
Composition : Cy89 Zn5 A15 Sn1
Diameter (m) : 30.00
Weight (g) : 8.8
Thickness (mm) : 1.6
Approved Mintage : 10,000 Pieces
Minted By : The Royal Mint of Malaysia

Sales Outlets
These commemorative coins are minted and distributed by The Royal Mint of Malaysia and will be available for sale from 19 July 2007 at the following outlets:

The Royal Mint of Malaysia
Kompleks Kilang Wang
Lot 2, Persiaran Selangor, Seksyen 15
40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Malaysia
Telephone No: 603 - 55191611/2/3
Website : www.royalmint.com.my


Source :
www.royalmint.com.my

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Radical Tourist : The Devil's Swimming Pool

In Zimbabwe , Africa, you will find the magnificent Victoria Falls at a height of 128m. The location is known as "The Devil's Swimming Pool".

During the months of September and December, people can swim as close as possible to the edge of the falls without falling over!

These falls are becoming well known amongst the "radical tourist" industry as more and more people search for the ultimate experience.

Would you dare?






Book Review : History of Malaysian Bank Notes & Coins (1957 - 2007)



Book's Title : Sejarah Matawang Malaysia (History of Malaysian Bank Notes & Coins)1957 - 2007
Publisher : Jabatan Warisan Negara, Kementerian kebudayaan, Kesenian dan Warisan Malaysia (KEKKWA)

Overview :
This book is good effort by Malaysian government thru its related ministry to study, make proper research and published this book on Malaysian Bank Notes & Coins.

This book even quite simple, but have lot of information. They also have other opinion of current market value of Malaysian Bank Notes & Coins.

I recommended this book for Malaysian Bank Notes & Coins collectors as this book can be used as their reference during dealing with their bank notes & coins trades. Even better, this very cute and handy book can easily put into your pocket while looking for better trade. The value offered is not always as written in the book, but you can use the info as guidelines. The value of any bank notes & coins is very subjective, If you satisfied with the condition and price, just grab its. Good opportunities will not always come twice.