Archive | February, 2006

Moms Trip – Day 3 – A Trip to Genting Highlands

Well day 3 came and it was a Sunday, so there wasn’t much options on what to do.

So I decided on a trip up to Genting, the weather was decent and it’s pretty nearby, so why not.

Genting Highlands

It was pretty cloudy when we got up there, but cleared up as the day went on, as usual the best rides were closed (the last 3-4 times I’ve been the Solero Cosmic Shot and the Corkscrew have been closed…why are paying RM30 for the 2 best rides to be closed?

I had a go on the crappy little kids roller coasters anyway, and let Mom have a wonder around the place.

Genting Rollercoaster

Then I discovered this monster…but to my disappoinment, I found you had to pay an extra RM10 per person to ride it, er…so what was the point of me paying the entry fee again? Some kind of spiderman-lyingdown-kind of deal.

Flying Coaster Genting

The most enjoyable ride of the day without a doubt was the bumper boats.

Bumper Boats

Followed by the Paddle Boats.

Genting Paddle Boats

Hotel First World, apparently the biggest hotel in Asia or the World? Certainly the ugliest, that’s for sure.

Hotel First World

I didn’t even bother with the Go karts-slows, I can walk on my knees faster the the Genting Go-slows.

Genting Go-Karts

It was enjoyable day out anyway, with the First World Hotel all decked out in Chinese New Year decorations, with it’s weird indoor jungle thing going on.

Hotel First World

Bit of a rip off with half the rides closed tho, and an extra RM10 for the new ‘super ride’..

Probably just stay outside again next time.

Best food there is Mr Tepanyaki btw, especially when they have the half-price salmon!

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Egosurfing, how popular is the online you?

I often check this..

The old method was with https://wholinkstome.com/, but that got kind of dodgy.

The new method is with Technorati, like so https://www.technorati.com/search/www.shaolintiger.com

The other method is to check incoming links across the 3 big engines.

MSN site:www.shaolintiger.com

Yahoo! site:www.shaolintiger.com

Google site:www.shaolintiger.com

Another one I found recently is devoted to egosurfing.

You can check it out at https://w3.egosurf.org/

I got 7876.

Egosearch

You can also check out your Alexa ranking if you dare.

https://www.alexa.com/data/details/related_links?url=www.shaolintiger.com

Your feed distribution on Pubsub:

https://www.pubsub.com/site_stats.php?site=www.shaolintiger.com

And of course, how many RSS subscribers you have 馃檪

ShaolinTiger RSS Feed

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Movie Review – Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace & Gromit

As the annual Giant Vegetable Competition approaches, it’s “veggie-mania” in Wallace & Gromit’s neighborhood. The two enterprising chums have been cashing in with their pest-control outfit, “Anti-Pesto,” which humanely dispatches the rabbits that try to invade the town’s sacred gardens. Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging “beast” begins attacking the town’s sacred vegetable plots at night.

This is a really great film, I meant to catch it on the cinema but was rather tied up when it came out so I didn’t get chance.

I’ve followed Wallace and his canine buddy since the early days when they sprung up in the UK with their short pieces about the crazy inventor and his dog (around 1993 I think).

The previous shorts were really good too:

Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers (1993)
Wallace & Gromit in A Close Shave (1995)
A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit (1989)

This is a full length feature and took an amazing FIVE YEARS to finish. Hand animated with stop-motion techniques and clay models (During the character design phase, the look of Lady Tottington changed as many as 40 times).

It’s an amazing thing to see and shows people can still innovate, the rabbits are cute and the characters show such great expressions to say they are just really lumps of clay.

Gromit and Rabbits

It’s really fun story too, with plenty of things for Adults that will fly over the heads of the kids (Look out for writing, whenever you see a label/some text/something written it’s most likely an adult joke). My favourite was the box with “May contain nuts”.

There is an allstar voice cast, a great storyline, good pace through-out and a lot of laughs.

Definately worth watching, moreso if you like British humour.

You might find the premise of a ‘Were-rabbit’ a little childish, but it’s done very well.

It’s gone straight into the IMDB top 250 at number 250 aswell, that’s quite an acheivement.

I’d give it a very enjoyable 9/10 – Watch it now!

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Moms Trip – Day 2 – Dinner at De Chiengmai Thai Seafood

Well during the day we went shopping at 1-Utama, so not really any interesting pictures or happenings in the day. During the evening though we headed to a great Thai Seafood Restaurant in Sungei Buloh called De Chiengmai.

If you want to go there, go to the end of the LDP just past Bandar Sri Damansara, at the end take a left, as if you were going towards Sungei Buloh/Damansara Damai or the NKVE junction, once on that road keep going straight all the way until you see The Store on your right, then make a U-turn. After the U-turn take an immediate left up a bridge just after the petrol station. After you pass a few nurseries take the left with a long sweeping corner, keep going straight on this road, you’ll pass lots of small Tom Yam restaurants and houses, and De Chiengmai will be on your left.

It started off as a humble shack on a dusty corner in the area of Sungei Buloh that used to be the lepers colony, the area with all the nurseries.

De Chiengmai Menu

Now they have this huge mansion and outside they grow their own vegetables and herbs.

De Chiengmai

The menu is pretty extensive and they have a good selection of food, even though they have moved to this huge place they are not really much more expensive than previously, which is in fact very reasonable! Will set you back around 15-25RM per person depending on what you eat.

This is a vegetable and prawn dish, quite mild with no spices as my Mom was there, needed to order some less spicy dishes.

Prawn and Vegetables

They are a Thai restaurant so of course the Tom Yam is GREAT, although a little spicy for some people.

Thai Tom Yam

Of course they have some normal vegetable dishes too, of which they grow their own veges, cool eh?

Vegetable Dish

This is Thai style otak-otak, which I have to say is REALLY really tasty and goes down perfectly with some steaming hot white rice.

Thai Otak-otak

This is the Pandan Leaf Chicken (which originates from Thailand, generally anything cooked with Pandan leaves originates from Thailand), which is a little spicy but good.

Pandan Leaf Chicken

Then they have a serve yourself dessert kind of thing with all the normal culprits.

DIY Dessert

I recommend trying it, very good place to eat.

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Moms Trip – Day 1 – Visiting the National History Museum – Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Also known as Muzium Sejarah Nasional.

I wonder how many KL-ites know this exists? (Not THAT many I’d guess)

I also wonder how many KL-ites have been there (A handful perhaps)

I discovered this by accident aswell, not really well publicised I’d say, school kids should go there, Malaysia Tourism should promote it, it’s a good guide to the history of the country since prehistoric times. Admission is free!

More info here and here.

National Museum Malaysia

It’s a nice looking place, quite small and packed full of interesting objects and descriptions.

Nasional Muzium Malaysia

It’s spread over 3 floors, with a different part of the history of Malaysia on each floor, the ground floor starting with some really early megolithic data. There are some great maps too from the olden days, you can see the travellers were quite advanced even though it was a few hundred years ago, their maps were pretty accurate.

Hang Tuah

Mr Hang Tuah of course 馃槈 More info here.

The museum itself is VERY clean and nicely laid out, it wasn’t that busy either, probably due to lack of advertisments and lack of awareness.

National History Museum

This is a Bunga Mas or Golden Flowers.

Bunga Mas

This object was sent every 3 years to the Siamese government in Bangkok as a sign of friendship by the Malay rulers of the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia. This was around the 14th century.

Ship Art

There was also information about each of the colonial periods, with items from those periods, a history of the currency in Malaysia with a collection of notes and various other objects showing the complete history of Malaysia.

It’s very much worth a visit if you live in KL or if you have someone visiting from outside.

Do check it out, perhaps if more people go there will be more awareness.

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Google Aquires New Stats Service – Measuremap

Google has been going aquisition crazy lately…this new little toy looks pretty neat though.

It was this feeling that led to the idea of Measure Map. Our goal has been to use the power of web analytics to help bloggers feel that same sense of connection with their audience. Today, as the Measure Map team joins Google, our mission remains the same: to build the best possible user experience so people can understand and appreciate the effect their blogs – their words and ideas – can have.

Source: Google Blog

Measuremap

Measure Map helps you understand what people do at your blog, and what influence you are having on the world.

  • Easily navigate the numbers that matter
  • Track links to see who sends you traffic
  • Find out what people do at your site
  • Setup is a breeze 鈥 it only takes a minute

It’s reported that’s it’s barely of the Alpha stage and it’s still error prone and not so accurate, I’d imagine it would be a nightmare to integrate it with Google Analytics too..perhaps they are just keeping it out of someone elses hands.

There are rumours that their big move into stats is to cut down on Google Adsense/Google Adwords click fraud, which is an issue for both users and companies.

Measure Map seems to be pretty much aimed at bloggers too, seems like a neat service, I’ll probably give it a try when it’s out.

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Moms Trip – Day 1 – A Trip to Dataran Merdeka

So after a hearty lunch of Banana Leaf Rice at Kanna in Bandar Menjalara, we headed off into KL for a little walkabout.

Dataran Merdeka

Dataran Merdeka was formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang, and was originally the cricket green of the Selangor Club (now Royal Selangor Club). It was here, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, with its Moorish architecture and clock-tower, that the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. A parade, in which many Malaysian organizations participate is held every year on Hari Merdeka or Independence Day.

A 100-meter flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks that spot with a flat, round black marble plaque. It is located at the southern end of the square. Beneath the newly returfed Dataran Merdeka is the Plaza Putra, an underground food, leisure and entertainment complex.

They have a nice layout with stone paths, bushes and all kinds of beautifully bright flowers.

Dataran Merdeka

There’s a nice fountain aswell with the main ‘Dataran Merdeka’ Piece.

Dataran Merdeka Fountain

Not sure who that gayish looking guy with the pink t-shirt is though.

There are some stunning flowers, if you are into that kind of thing..

I have absolutely NO idea what they are called though, feel free to educate me.

The Red Flower

Red Flower

The Long Pink Penis Flower

Pink Flower

The Reddish Bushy Flower

Bushy Flower

After walking all the way around, I discovered a huge library at the back and a kids library!

KL Library

We walked a whole circuit of the square, it was a nice cool, slightly overcast afternoon which gave a beautiful lighting effect.

It’s an interesting area for any visitor (or local) for the history of the place and colonial buildings in the proximity.

Dataran Merdeka

There’s not much else to see within walking distance of here though, so after the circuit we headed back to the carpark to check somewhere else out!

More information here:

Dataran Merdeka – Wikipedia

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Moms Trip – Day 1 – Lunch at Kanna in Menjalara

Looks like I might have a little time now to document my journeys around KL and Cambodia recently, so here is number 1 of the series, the first day, Lunch at Kanna in Bandar Menjalara, man I LOVE Kanna.

I always used to trek down to SS2 to eat there, but this one is closer, is just as nice and seems cheaper, I have mentioned Kanna in SS2 before, but didn’t have many pictures.

Kanna Menjalara

It’s on the opposite corner of the famous 31 styles of crab restaurant.

To get there turn in to Bandar Menjalara from the LDP, straight to the roundabout, take 12 o’clock (Straight ahead) until you reach a second roundabout then take 12 o’clock (Straight ahead) again. When you see a right hand turn with a weird building on the corner, take it! Keep going straight past the houses and look out on your left, you should see Kanna there.

Hmm lot’s of lovely food.

Banana Leaf Rice

Tasty curry (not too spicy for my Mom either).

Kanna Curry

The best fried chicken in the world evar.

Kanna Fried Chicken

Make sure you remember to ask them to chop it before they fry it, so it gets permeated with the flavouring.

And of course my favourite thing at Kanna the sotong, or squid.

Kanna Squid

Of course we polished off everything.

Empty Plates

And I have to say it was indeed fantastic.

My Mom of course loved the experience (Eating with your hands) and the wonderful food, a good first lunch for her.

Mom at Kanna

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The Hair Down There

I have recently made a mistake in my life, and I offer my story to you, that you may learn from my error. It all started, as many things do, with me having trouble shitting.

No, I was not constipated; this was not a regularity problem but a matter of technique. It seems my ass-hair had grown to such a length that tiny grogans were constantly getting tied up in the matted jungle between my asscheeks. It led to much frustration, with me KNOWING that I still had something to drop, but unable to shake the tenacious turd loose from its butthair dwelling. Eventually I would have to do two things: either reach down with some paper and try to pinch off the lingering loaf (which required careful precision to avoid smearing the creature all over my rear, especially since I had no way of seeing what I was doing) or just go for broke, start wiping, and hope that I could remove all the leftover fecal matter before the toilet paper reached its Can’t-Be-Flushed threshold.

I was contemplating this problem, when I had what seemed at the time to be a bright idea. “Hey! This is my butt and my butt-hair, right? So why don’t I just eliminate all the hair, and then my grogans will flow out like beer from a keg!” I said to myself. It is a statement that will go down in history with a lot of other regretted statements. “How many Indians could there be?” said by General Custer. “Looks like a good day for a drive!” by JFK. “There! America On-Line now has complete Usenet access!” by some idiot system tech. Such was my anal shaving idea.

I performed the operation that night, with a cheap disposable razor and a towel to sit on. Starting from the bottom, and shaving from the crack to the cheeks, I began the arduous process of ridding my ass of hair. Occassionally, I would have to clean the razor of accumulated hair and miscellaneous slime, which I did by wiping it on the towel. Slowly, my twin mounds and the between-ravine began to resemble the hairless cheeks of a newborn baby. Finally, I wiped the razor one last time, and surveyed my work. The towel was covered with a pile of hair. My ass was smooth as ivory. I smiled, satisfied, thinking my troubles were over.

Little did I know.

I now have a great respect for anal-hair. Like everything in this world God created, it has its mighty purpose in existence. It was only after I had removed it that I started to learn how much I had been taking it for granted. For one, it provides friction. I learned this the next day, when I walked out into the sun heading for class. After climbing two flights of stairs and starting to sweat, I started to notice something unpleasant. The sweat was accumulating in my crack, and was causing the unpleasant sensation of my two asscheeks sliding past each other with every step. I thought about going to the bathroom and wiping it off, but had to get to class. Eventually, I thought, it would dry.

Unfortunately, it did dry, but only after mingling with the microscopic shit- molecules lingering around my brown starfish. When I stood up after class, my cheeks were stuck together with a slimy sticky shit/sweat combination. As I made my way back to my dorm, it started to itch. God-DAMN, did it itch! Felt like a swarm of ants was making its way up and down my crack. Fighting to keep from jamming my hand down there and scratching away, I rushed back to the dorm.

Unfortunately again, this exertion caused me to sweat, and when I finally reached my room, my cheeks were sliding back and forth against each other like a pair of horny cane-toads. I quickly dropped my pants, and attempted to dry my ass off by sticking it in front of a fan and spreading my cheeks. As I pulled the two mounds of flesh apart, a horrible stench burst free and filled the room. Every dog within a 4 block radius started to howl. I had it worst of all, as the ripe aroma of festering shit/sweat went into the fan and blew back into my face. I fought to keep from heaving. And as I sat there, fighting vomit, my ass cheeks spread and dripping, with the concentrated aroma of my body odor mixed with the tangy smell of my own shit blowing right into my face, I had only one thought: “It will be like this until the hair grows back. Weeks.”

Later on, trying to deal as best I could, wiping my ass at every opportunity, I discovered another wonderful use for ass-hair – ventilation. I attempted to launch a fart, only to have it get stuck between my asscheeks. Apparently, with no hair, the two pink twins can get vacuum sealed together, and the result was a frustrating fart that slid up and down between my cheeks like a lost gerbil.

As if that wasn’t enough, I am now enduring further torture. As anyone who has ever shaved anything knows, when hair is first growing in, it comes in as stubble. Imagine your ass having the texture of a brillo pad. Well, that is what I am dealing with now. It is a hellish torture, and there are many times when I just look out the window and contemplate why I shouldn’t just jump out and get it all over with in one fleshy splat, rather than endure this constant agony.

Friends, DON’T SHAVE YOUR ASS-HAIR!

(From various sources online, although I can sympathise with this, once shaving my ass when I was about 16…itchiness straight from hell, I shall never do it again).

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Firefox Adsense Plugin/Extension – New version 0.8

I’ve been using this extension for a long time, since around 0.4, but my Adsense balance was always about $12USD so I didn’t really bother about it much.

My Adsense earnings from February 1st 2005 – August 31st 2005 were a massively pitiful $11.05, yeah 7 months Adsense income.

During September, I started learning more about Adsense and tried my hand at it, I’m doing a little better now, so the Adsense Extension comes in even more useful to track my clicks, page impressions and earnings.

A new version just came out and it’s a lot better than the previous series, it has a lot of options and even displays the total average you are getting per click.

Google Adsense Extension

The latest version added:

Version Notes:

  • Added the ability to track referals.
  • Added 鈥渟ince last payment鈥 view.
  • Added RPC (Revenue per click).
  • Added the ability to configure all mouse clicks.
  • Added 鈥淯pdate Now鈥 option to mouse clicks.
  • Now pull all data from the 鈥渙verview鈥 page, this allows collecting data for
    all three products from one page, but makes it impossible to group by page or
    ad data as well as losing the 鈥渁ll time鈥 view.

You can find the Adsense Extension Here.

I was surprised this time aswell, Google sent my cheque on January 26th, and I received it on February 4th, wow, some efficiency in the Malaysian postal service..Last time it took about 3 weeks to arrive, and as they said, it took 5 weeks to clear, so 4-6 weeks was accurate.

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