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Atmosferah

Posted: January 25, 2015 in Fine Dining, Fun facts, Kuching, Lifestyle

Onlookers,

The atmosfera cafe that i used to know in Kuching was a two storey establishment which offers Asian and Western cuisine on the ground floor, and a coffeehouse on the first floor. But years has past and it was taken over by an Indian cuisine restaurant, like the mamak shops that is abundant in KL.

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And… It has a second branch! 😅
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I guess its another option other than Bombay Masala 👍

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No Helmets Allowed

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Blabber, Fun facts

Onlookers,

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I was on my way for a morning stroll when i decided to visit the ATM to withdraw some money to pay the apartment bills. It was 6.30 am. 3 people was in the small room where the ATM was situated.

One of them was a guy in his late 30s with a knapsack and adorning his motorbike helmet. The first image that struck my mind even before entering the premise is that he’s gonna grab a gun from his pocket and force everyone to hand over their money! 😳

I looked around at the glass door, there weren’t any sign to suggest “No helmets allowed”.

Isn’t there an unspoken rule about this? Or is it just my imagination that had ran amok?

Understanding Carbon Footprint

Posted: June 15, 2014 in Fun facts

Onlookers,

These are several examples of daily carbon footprints that emits 1kg of CO2:

  • Daily human exhalation
  • Car driving for every 6 km
  • Bus/Train rides for every 12 km
  • Flights for every 2.2 km
  • Computer usage for every 32 hours
  • Every 18 minutes mobile to mobile chat (I guess that includes social media usage as well)
  • Production of every 5 plastic bags
  • Production of every 2 plastic bottles

Even Facebook in 2010 releases 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year!

So what is Carbon Footprint?

The US Environmental Protection Agency defines Carbon Footprint as the total amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere each year by a person, family, building, organization, or company by using energy. This is usually expressed in equivalent measure of carbon dioxide (CO2).

In a normal CO2 cycle, human and animals emits CO2 by respiration and plants uses it in photosynthesis and store it as energy. As living things die, decomposition takes place to store CO2 as fossils and fuels, but this will take millions of years.

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However, this equilibrium has changed. The earth’s capacity to regulate its own CO2 has been altered by human activities. Deforestations, industries, and oil drillings are to name a few, that exhales CO2 stores to the atmosphere.

Planning to change? What we need are new habits and new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emission. Each and every one has to play a role to reduce their own carbon footprints which will create an impact collectively. As the saying goes, to get big, you have to start small…

So what will I do first? Mmm…

 

Onlookers,

Today after Friday prayers, my one-month old iPhone 5s failed me for the first time. It never fell, and there is not a tiny scratch on it (yet). However, it decided suddenly to go into berserk mode by turning on and off incessantly and stuck at the Apple logo without going to home screen, rendering it unusable.

I was very distressed! and I Googled for help. On http://ipod.about.com/od/iphonetroubleshooting/ i found my answer.

It seemed that this is a common occurrence to iPhones especially after jailbreaking, or updating the iOS. These are the steps that need to be taken to solve he problem.

 

1. Turn iPhone off.

– I was stuck at this stage. Tried to push the home button and start button simultaneously for 10 seconds and it went to hard reset. Subsequently it looped again. I tried pushing it longer this time for about 15-20 seconds, and it went dark.

2. Connect iPhone USB cable to your computer but not to your iPhone.

3. Press the home button and plug in the dock connector to the iPhone.

4. Continue pressing the home button until the iTunes logo appear on the screen (it is now in recovery mode)

5. Click “Restore” button in the iTunes window to begin the restore process.

And my phone is as good as new.

THANK GOD! If not, ill be boycotting Apple… which I don’t want to do currently.

 

Flight to Bali

Posted: January 17, 2014 in Fun facts, Travel

Onlookers,

I arrived in Bali at midnight aboard flight QZ8396. The take off was horrendous! There was loud engine sounds for the first 15 minutes of take off, synonymous to a blender machine grinding ice cubes. And subsequently it became silent and i was imagining the scenes in Final Destination (for those who hadn’t watch the series, DO NOT even think about it if you don’t want to forever have this vivid images running through your head each and every possible event)

The rest of the flight was uneventful.

The flight attendants were from AirAsia Indonesia. There were several words during the flight’s safety briefings that were unique in my ears:

1. “Telfon genggam”- Which means mobile phone. I guess they want to differentiate it from mobil, which in indonesia means car. And, as opposed to telefon bimbit in Malaysia, we dont “bimbit” our phones anymore, do we?

2. “Jika anda nampak asap, merunduklah”. Just sounded funny. My head portrayed images of ripe rice fields.

3. “Pakaikan masker anda terlebih dahulu sebelum membantu yang lain” – i thought masker means the beauty facial mask

4. “Pakaikan sabuk pengaman” – thats your safety belt 😉

Thats why i love travelling 😁👍. My surroundings never fail to amaze me.

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Oh My English : posthumous

Posted: January 16, 2014 in Blabber, Fun facts

Onlookers,

Two officers who perished in the previous Lahad Datu incident received a posthumous award to honour their bravery.

It was my first encounter of the word posthumous.

Post – means after

Humous – or also spelled humus/hummus is a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East

Literally, posthumous means after the mashed chickpea spread, but instead it means an occurrence after ones death.

Nothing whatsoever was mentioned in the definition of humous, related to death. Therefore, does chickpea spread equates death?

English is funny :))

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Onlookers,

My bestie is currently having trouble with his credit card which required verification from an international flight purchase online via a third party cheap flight website. Fraud? perhaps not intentionally… but the procedure is way too long. Of all the credit card that my bestie can have, he used Bank Islam’s card. And when the site was contacted to verify our purchase, we were informed that the concerned Bank is unreachable because it was offline i.e. closed during the weekend.

Thus, it inspired me to look up the Pros and Cons of savings or using a credit card from a Global Bank. In Malaysia, there are several renowned foreign banks, for example:

  • Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation (Malaysia) Berhad
  • Citibank Berhad
  • HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad
  • Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC Bank Malaysia Berhad)
  • Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad (Standard Chartered)

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Pros

  • You can bank in different currencies – advantage for expats who are paid in one currency and have expenses in others.
  • Can avoid the risks of high inflation, currency devaluation or even war. (inspired by World War Z movie)
  • Tax evasion (done by many politicians i suppose). Tax free on interests. Account privacy esp Swiss bank
  • Flexibility in terms of account usage 24 hours via online or ATM or phone plus cost effective – a benefit also for avid travellers
  • One bank account, multi currencies – less effected by currency exchange rate, fee free for international transfers to other account holders of the same bank in other parts of the world

Cons

  • The term ‘offshore’ has become synonymous with illegal and immoral money laundering and tax evasion activity.
  • The rules and regulations abroad differ massively. Account fees and minimum balances usually apply.
  • Not all banks offer the currencies you may wish to have and not all are flexible
  • multi-currency accounts can be more work to manage effectively than a straightforward single currency account – need monitoring of interest rates of different currencies

But most of the cons are for multimillionaires or currency traders. But as for a layperson, it is mainly for flexibility especially for traveling, inter-currency transfers for purchases, and added security for your money in case of war or currency devaluation.

The 5 Largest Banks in the world based on assets owned ( Sept 2013)

  • Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) (HQ Beijing)
  • HSBC Holdings (HQ – London) although the name means HongKong Shanghai Banking Corporation
  • Credit Agricole Group (HQ – Paris)
  • BNP Paribas (HQ – Paris)
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (HQ – Tokyo)

The only one that I’m familiar with and definitely have seen the building and ATM in Malaysia is HSBC… I guess that’s what Im aiming for. 🙂