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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year Folks!

Hi guys!
Thank you guys for all the supports, comments, visits and clicks on my blog.
I hope my blog will be more fruitful and more inspiring to all my readers towards the year of the Tiger!
So watch out for more updates after my CNY break which starts tomorrow!!!

See you again!


Kung Hei Fatt Choy!


-PEACE-

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I Want that BlackBerry® Storm™ 9520 so badly!!!

It was a quiet & beautiful Friday on the 5th February 2010, I was enjoying my roti canai and sipping my favorite teh tarik while reading the news paper and suddenly I came across this ads!

This is it! First 150 customers get 50% off and only valid on the 5th February at Chinoz, KLCC!!
(yes I did steal this newspaper page from the mamak shop for the sake of this post :p)

I was tempted to go to KLCC to get the new Blackberry Storm 2 but too bad I was working on that day so I might not be the 1st 150 customers to get it until I saw this in Nuffnang site!


Indeed it is the Year of the Tiger which I was born! I am feeling lucky!

So without wasting my time, I read the details of the competition and prepare my gear to shoot some photos at Chinoz...

KLCC here I come...!!!
(fingers crossed, no traffic jam please!)

It was my luck again, smooth traffic! What a beautiful twin tower!
Let's go inside!


Tadaaaa... I found you, Chinoz... so easy... :)


Without wasting much time, I started to ask the promoter around about the price and packages that are currently offered by Celcom. Indeed it was a good deal, just by paying RM888 exclusively with Celcom Exec postpaid plan.... you get the all new Blackberry Storm 2 with such a low price! Good deal right? :D

One of the promoter told me that the queue has started since 1pm that day, and the promotion for the 50% off actually started at 4pm and ended a few hours after that. When I reach there, the promotion has already over... but the good news is, the promoter said to me there's 2 packages that I can sign up if I still want to get the Blackberry Storm 2 with a price lower than the retail price... (more info at the end of the post)

So what are you waiting for???

Let me tell you why Celcom would be the best Storm-tastic place to get a BlackBerry® Storm™ 9520!

Wow! I like this image I copied from Celcom website! Cool huh?

If you have missed the 50% off promotion, you might still get the all new Blackberry Storm 2 with the two packages offered above by Celcom. So the question is Celcom Exec 50 or Celcom Exec 250? You decide!

This is the best part!!!
Currently only Celcom is offering this special package just for Celcom and Blackberry user. Very innovative and $$$ savings for those who want to access the internet through your Blackberry! Yeahhhh....
Well, I know I really look desperate this time... but I'm doing this just to win the Blackberry Storm 2! (fingers and toes crossing... LOL!)

You too can stand a chance to win the BlackBerry® Storm™ 9520 from Celcom by posting it and e-mail your blog post link to:
celcombbstorm2@nuffnang.com


-PEACE-

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Day the Malaysia Civil Defence asked us for a bribe!


Nowadays in our daily life, any cultures are bribe cultures from the bottom to the top. People in those cultures often dislike the practice, but recognize it as a part of life, plain and simple (whether or not they partake). Should a we as a Malaysian citizen ever give a bribe? Learn about the culture and how people see bribes. Some countries give "tips" with no more sense of guilt than we give tips to waitresses. Ask locals about this! Ask the opinions of your dad or mum, or highly respected people around you like a lawyer or CEO of a big company. Learn how people in your culture ask for bribes. For example, in my country they offer you a "coffee" if they want something done. Sometimes the "coffee" is a lot more expensive than Starbucks!

Trust me!

So this was happening on last Sunday, 7th February 2010 in Klang Botanic Garden;

(Dialogue in Bahasa Malaysia with English translation)

Pada suatu pagi yang segar dan ceria, saya dan ahli kumpulan saya sedang menunggu pelanggan kami untuk membuat satu pengambaran video pendek untuk majlis perkahwinan mereka yang akan datang...
On a very refreshing and cheerful morning, my team and I was waiting for a client to do a short video shooting for their coming wedding ceremony....

Tiba-tiba 3 orang Polis Bantuan, 2 orang anggota RELA dan 2 orang Pertahan Awam muncul dengan bermotosikal di hadapan kami.
Suddenly 3 Auxiliary Policemen, 2 members of RELA and 2 members of Civil Defence came approach us with their motorcycles.

Thomas, salah seorang anggota RELA mula menujukan beberapa soalan kepada kami;
Thomas, he was one of the RELA members starts asking us questions;

Thomas: Buat aper kat sini? (Kami masa tu sedang duduk kat kaki lima tepi jalan dekat kereta kami)
Thomas: What are you guys doing here? (We were sitting on the sidewalk at that time near our car)

Dedek: Tengah tunggu client nak buat shooting video kahwin.
Dedek: We are waiting for our client to do a wedding video shooting.

Thomas: Video kahwin?
Thomas: Wedding video?

Dedek: Ya, video kahwin shooting kat taman ni.
Dedek: Yes, wedding video we shooting at this garden.

Thomas: Minta IC...
Thomas: IC please...

Selepas kami memberikan kad pengenalan kami, Thomas bertanya lagi;
After handling them our identification card, Thomas ask more questions;

Thomas: Dari Selayang? Jauhnya ambil video, canggih ke taman ni? Dekat Selayang takder ke taman?
Thomas: From Selayang? So far away just to take video, is this garden so high tech? Is there no garden in Selayang?

Dedek: Kami sebenarnya buat shooting based on client, lagipun client kami tinggal dekat sini, Andalas...
Dedek: We actually do our shooting based on client's demand, plus our client stay nearby, it's in Andalas...

Salah seorang anggota RELA merekodkan butir-butir kad pengenalan kami lalu Thomas pun meminta lesen memandu Dedek.
One of the RELA member record down our IC details while Thomas ask for Dedek's driving license.

Thomas: Ini kereta encik?
Thomas: Sir, is this your car?

Dedek: Ya, nak tengok bonet belakang kereta?
Dedek: Yes, wanna see the back boot?

Dan kami pun membuka bonet belakang untuk diorang ni la yang mana dipenuhi dengan peralatan canggih-manggih video kami... haha... :p
And so we showed them the back boot of the car which was filled with our high tech video equipments... lol :p

Mereka semua mengelilingi kereta kami dan mereka perasan yang roadtax kereta kami telah pun tamat tempoh seminggu yang lalu.
They all surrounded our car and they noticed that our car road-tax has already expired a week ago.

Thomas: Road-tax mati?
Thomas: Expired road-tax?

Dedek: Eh, tak perasan pula. Busy sangat dengan kerja sampai terlupa nak renew road-tax. (Ya, itu memang silap kami)
Dedek: Oh, I didn't notice it. I was too busy with my work until I have forgotten to renew my road-tax. (Yes it was our fault)

Thomas: Ini tak boleh ni, ni nak kena saman ni.
Thomas: Like this cannot, I must summon you for this.

Dedek: Kalau begitu, encik saman jerlah
Dedek: If that is so, just go ahead and summon me.

Thomas: So macam mana? Nak saman ke aper???
Thomas: So how? Do you want to be summon or what???

Dedek: Encik saman jerlah, encik kan menjalankan tugas.
Dedek: Just go ahead and summon us sir, you are doing your job.

Thomas: Kita nak saman ni...
Thomas: We are going to summon you...

Dedek: Sukati encik la nak saman (dengan nada ketawa).
Dedek: Up to you to summon me (with laughing voice tone).

Thomas: Apa gelak-gelak? Kitorang bukan suka nak saman.
Thomas: Why are you laughing? We dislike to summon you people.

Dedek: Aper nak buat, encik kan menjalankan tugas.
Dedek: What can I do, you are doing your job, sir.

Sekarang dia tunjuk muka sebenar dia...
Now he is revealing himself...

Thomas: Kamu nak saman ke 'kantau'??? (kantau = rasuah *suatu sebutan Cina yang digunakan oleh golongan Melayu sebagai rasuah)
Thomas: So do you want a summon or 'kantau'??? (kantau = bribe *a chinese phrase which is used by Malays as bribery)

Dedek: Encik saman jer la... duit dalam dompet ader 15 ringgit je ni...
Dedek: Sir, go ahead summon us... I only left RM15 in my wallet now...

Jadi diorang pun saman kami... agak mengelirukan... takder denda pun, terus nak jumpa majistret.
So they gave us this summon... kinda confusing... not a fine, but need to attend the magistrate.

Pastu diorang pun kembalikan kad pengenalan kami dan ahli kumpulan saya sempat lagi mengetawakan saya sebab muka saya kat dalam kad tu terlalu cerah.... tetiba pula seorang polis bantuan marah kat kami dan mengingatkan kami supaya cepat-cepat membaharui cukai jalan kereta kami. Kami langsung tak takut dengan diorang masa tu... 7 orang nak gertak kami bertiga, kalau orang lain bolehlah... sorry yek tuan-tuan polis... haha...
They return back our identification cards and my teammates laughed at my card because my face was too white on it... and suddenly one of the police angrily reminded us to renew our road-tax as soon as possible. We were so not scared at the situation... 7 guys wanted to bully the three of us, if other people maybe they can... so sorry dear sirs... haha...

Pengajaran pada hari itu, kalau nak pandu kereta mewah ingat-ingatlah untuk membaharui cukai jalan kereta tu, kalau tak nak kes begini terjadi pada diri anda!
The moral of the story, if you want to drive a luxury car, do always remember to renew your road-tax or else this case might happen to you!

Be safe, drive carefully, take care! :D


-PEACE-

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Thaipusam @ Batu Caves 2010

On the January 31st, it was the Thaipusam festival and we as Malaysian especially west Malaysia announce it as a public holiday. Mark, a friend of mine where I get to know from the recent LiveWire media conference gave an idea to do a photography outing for that special event.

My place Bandar Baru Selayang to Batu Caves is just 10 minutes away but because of the hectic traffic jam, my friend took about 1 hour to reach my place, so I can actually imagine the jam near Batu Caves at that point of time. We reach there at about 4am and the place was already packed with devotees, tourists and photographers.

Look at the number of humans that is entering the main entrance of Batu Caves!

For those who don't know what is Thaipusam all about, here are some of the facts I got from wikipedia :)
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). It is also referred to as Thaipooyam or Thaippooyam in the Malayalam language. The word Thai-pusam is derived from the month name Thai and Pusam, which refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates both the birthday of Murugan (also Subramaniam), the youngest son of God Shiva and his wife Parvati, and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (spear) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

This is Batu Caves at 4am on the 31st January 2010


Facts: Standing at 42.7 meter (140.09 ft) high, the world's tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves, near the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The statue, which cost approximately Rupees 24 million, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighboring Thailand.

To me, the scene there was quite an eye opening as this was my first time to witness such an event at Batu Caves, my heart was literally assaulted to look at the faith of the Devotees who carry kavadis ('burdens' in Tamil) - paal kudams (milk pots), portable altars decorated with peacock feathers, small or big kavadis, all the way to the top. Chants of 'Vel! Vel!' ring out with the steps taken and also the pain that they did not felt at that moment, piercing through their whole body and face...

Facts: On the day of the festival, devotees will shave their heads undertake a pilgrimage along a set route while engaging in various acts of devotion, notably carrying various types of kavadi (burdens). At its simplest this may entail carrying a pot of milk, but mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with vel skewers is also common.

A young boy who joined the Kavadi parade puts a smile on his face to show the satisfaction of being part of the biggest Thaipusam festival in the Malaysia and may be in the whole world itself!

After the sunrises, there are more people who came to witness the festival themselves regardless of the big crowd and hectic traffic jam that they were facing!

The river bank where all the chanting, preparation, piercing and possessing started!

This shower is done not only as a welcome to beat the midday heat but it was essential to cleanse before prayer.

A young man is helping to shave another on this auspicious day.

Facts: Devotees participating in Thaipusam, especially if they are carrying kavadi, prepare for the festival anywhere between one month to nine days before the festival. These preparations can include not to cut their hair nor shave and abstain from carnal pleasures.

FYI, the liquid inside his mouth is not blood. It's some kind of mixture which I'm not so sure about.

A man is helping to pierce on the man's chest.

Mark, Natasha and ME! A photo before we wrap up for the day!

The biggest achievement on that day for me is to climb all the way up 272 steps with the devotees. In my heart I really felt the honor to shout out 'I made it!' as loud as I can but that will be pretty odd for me to do so... haha...! :D


-PEACE-

For more photos of the festival, do click here!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Photo Clip: Love Cheras Charity Community

In this post, I wanted to show all of you the production that my team - Team Z has produced on the third day of the conference. They only allow us to shoot and edit for 1 day and we actually finished the whole thing at 1am. This clip is edited by me for the LiveWire! Charge Up! Media Conference and the photos and script were taken and written by teammates.

Do post your comments on my K-Chak~ Comment box ya!




Love Cheras program is a project initiated by several Cheras pastors from different denominations and independent churches. As they came together for prayer and fellowship, they were led to work together for the purpose of bringing spiritual and social transformation into Cheras. To further facilitate this purpose, the pastors decided to incorporate the fellowship in 2002 as Cheras Pastors Fellowship Bhd (593377-X) in order that there would be better accountability and ease in dealing with the governmental authorities or regulations. Clearly spelt out in our incorporation is that Cheras Pastors Fellowship Bhd is a non profit entity whose aim is to serve the community of Cheras and the city of Kuala Lumpur.

For more info, kindly visit: http://lovecheras.blogspot.com/


-PEACE-

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