Archive | August, 2007

Krabi Thailand Trip Day 2 – Rock Climbing at Railay (Rai la/Ton Sai) Beach

After visting Thale Waek in the morning we hopped back on the boat for a short trip to Railay Beach for rock climbing. Krabi is a WORLD famous rock climbing destination with people coming from all over to climb there, with a lot of varied routes and breathtaking scenery when you get up there – I can see why they like it!

This beach is generally divided into two sections, east and west. West Railay provides visitors with peace and quiet as it is a broad sandy beach with fewer facilities than Ao Nang. East Railay which lies across the peninsula from West Railay is different from other beaches in the area as it could actually be classified as a mud flat, especially during low tide. In addition to remarkable views and mangrove forests to the north of the beach, the main attraction for visitors to Hat Railay is the adrenaline pumping activity of cliff climbing. The limestone cliffs on the huge headland between Hat Rai La East and Tham Phra Nang, as well as other nearby islands provide world-class rock climbing facilities against a stunning backdrop of the sea with approximately 700 sport routes of mid to high difficulty ratings.

There are supposed to be over 300 routes ranging from beginner 5a’s to classic multipitch 6a’s right up to the extremes of 8c (according to the French grading system).

There were people from all over the World climbing there, USA, UK, Italy, Germany and goodness knows where else!

Rock Climbing at Railay

We were supervised by the lovely guys and gals from Nomad Adventure – they are the folks behind Summit Climbing Gym led by Yuen Li (do read her bio).

Yuen Li

Yuen Li is extremely passionate about what she does and very experienced, she’s quite in demand as a public speaker for motivational seminars and other topics.

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Krabi Thailand Trip Day 2 – Island Hopping (Thale Waek, Poda, Chicken and Tup Island), Snorkeling & A Thai Massage!

Day two was up early in the morning at 8.30am, breakfast at the hotel and off out to the boat for some island hopping! We were going to go rock climbing first, but due to the tide we decided to go and see Thale Waek (Separated Sea) which is joined at low tide and see the rest of the islands after rock climbing.

The weather was pretty grey, but we still had fun on the way across.

Boat Trip

It was pretty dramatic – you can see how clear the water is!

Dramatic Isle

The weather got a little better as we reached Thale Waek, the beach was covered in driftwood though.

Driftwood

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Krabi Thailand Trip Day 1 – Flight, Tiger Cave (Wat Tham Sua), The Fruit Market, Fish Farm & Krabi La Playa

As you’ve probably noticed, last week I went to Krabi in Thailand for 4 days. Lucky for me it was sponsored by Air Asia and arranged by Nuffnang.

Krabi is pretty close to Phuket if you are familiar with that place, the difference is it’s a lot less commercialised – which in my opinion makes it a MUCH better place to go to. It’s still pretty quiet, in Krabi center the shops close at 9.30pm and even in the ‘tourist’ area Ao Nang everything is pretty much closed by midnight.

It’s a fairly small city with about 20,000 people and it’s the provincial capital of Krabi Province, the province itself has a population of around 340,000 people.

We left from KLIA LCCT at 10am on Tuesday morning. Air Asia has a new facility at LCCT where if you are traveling light you can check in via the bright red Kiosk Check-In and avoid all the queues which is very useful. It’s only for those with hand luggage though, but you can save some time if you don’t have bags to check in. The Kiosk will scan the barcode from your online ticket print-out and check you in.

Take Off

This was the inaugural flight for KL-Krabi! Flights to Krabi start from RM49.90.

It was full too, it looks like it’s going to be a popular destination.

Full Flight

The plane landed about 6 minutes ahead of schedule! The weather was a bit grey when we arrived, was hoping for blue skies!

Grey Skies

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Tmnut again

Ah so many posts to write, Tmnut is playing silly buggers the last few days.

Most of the time I can’t access Flickr, can’t access any sites hosted on blogspot, sometimes can’t connect to any Google services, can’t connect to MSN..

And when it’s all working it’s so terribly slow, even surfing is a pain.

This is what we get when we pay for broadband eh?

I wish they would stop selling and marketing and start investing back in the infrastructure, let’s upgrade the international links PLEASE.

Let’s get regular trans-atlantic pings of less than 300ms please!

I’ve noticed recently they are super efficient when it comes to cutting your line too, if you don’t pay by the day stated on the bill they really cut you off within a few hours and you have to pay the RM10 reconnection charge.

They are really rather organised when it comes to collecting the money for their half-arsed service.

If only they paid so much attention to the actual service they are supposed to be providing, customer service orientation is not something that is prevalent in Malaysia anyway.

I guess things might change if Streamyx is not the monopoly, if they eventually unbundle the local loop things might change…

Might I say, with great trepidation.

At least it with allow for some smaller guys to come in and run service based companies rather than just sell sell sell, typical of any monopoly.

It was the same in UK when British Telecom held the ADSL power-card, until they unbundled the local loop, the service and pricing was much the same as Streamyx.

Legislation forced them to surrender the monopoly though and now UK is a country with extremely affordable, very high quality ADSL. Most of my friends are using 8mb ADSL, which really gives 8MB internationally…economically they pay around RM120 per month for the service.

And here we are paying RM88 for a 1MB line which only gives 1MB into the Tmnet network, perhaps on a good day getting 300-500kbps internationally.

When is the last time I downloaded something on my Streamyx at over 100k/s? I don’t even remember.

1MB should give downloads of around 115k/s ideally.

I doub’t I’ll get the TMnet CEO coming to my house, but still…

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Back from Krabi

I’m back and still alive…and not intruded upon by too many any lady boys.

Krabi is nice, a rock climbing haven if you are into that kind of thing. Plenty of other things to do and see too, I’ll write about the trip properly soon.

Krabi Thailand

Busy, busy busy!

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Save The Sumatran Rhinos – Honda’s Rhino Rescue Project

I believe in good causes, you may not think I do..but I grew up in an environmentally friendly home where we recycle, use our own compost for growing vegetables and herbs and are careful about the resources we use.

My dear mom is an active member of the WWF (World Wildlife Federation – nothing to do with wrestling) and many other conservation projects.

Closer to home Honda together with WWF-Malaysia has started a new project to save the Sumatran rhinos, they have committed to a 5 year effort. Honda Malaysia themselves has actually pledged a massive 5 million ringgit to WWF-Malaysia to enable WWF-Malaysia take the conservation efforts for the Sumatran Rhino project to the next level. Of course it’s not just about throwing money around, the project also aims to educate and raise awareness.

Honda Rhino Rescue Project

All Photos are from WWF-Malaysia

There are some up-coming events for the rest of the year as follows:

  • August / September 2007 – Honda Malaysia School Programme to 8 Primary Schools in Klang Valley
  • January 2008 – Honda Malaysia School Programme to 4 Primary Schools in Johor Bahru
  • March 2008 – Honda Malaysia School Programme to 4 Primary Schools in Penang

You may ask why the Sumatran Rhino and not something else? Well it’s currently the nation’s most endangered species and it’s a cause close to home which people can really identify with.

Poaching, logging activities and deforestation to make way for large-scale agriculture cultivation are adding to the rapid decline in Sumatran Rhino population. Until now. Honda Malaysia is the first and only corporation dedicated to sponsoring a long term project to save the Sumatran rhino.

Sadly there is estimated to be less than 300 Sumatran rhinos left in the world.

Since the species was categorized as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in 1996, no corporation has stepped forward to commit itself totally to saving the Sumatran rhinos.

Honda has partaken in other similar projects in our neighboring countries such as Thailand�s �Honda Thailand Foundation� and Philippines� �Lamesa dam Watershed Afforestation Project�.

We hope you all can help raise awareness for this project and do some good!

Thanks for reading.

WWF-Malaysia

You can read more about the rhinos here:

Sumatran Rhinoceros or Sumatran Rhino

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Movie Review – Ratatouille – Fantastic Animation!

Ratatouille

Remy is a young rat in the French countryside who arrives in Paris, only to find out that his cooking idol is dead. When he makes an unusual alliance with a restaurant’s new garbage boy, the culinary and personal adventures begin despite Remy’s family’s skepticism and the rat-hating world of humans.

I’ve been hearing quite a lot about this movie, especially from the Nuffnangers who’d seen it early. I’m definitely a fan of Pixar movies, although they haven’t really wowed me since The Incredibles and Monster Inc.

Straight into the top 250 on IMDB at #73! Quite a few top 250 movies this year, after a poor start to the year the great movies have come rolling in!

Ratatouille is a superb movie! From start to end, the animation is fantastic (sometimes it’s that good they lose the style and it just looks plain ‘real), the story line is good, the voice acting is that good you don’t even think they are voice actors, it’s definitely better to use lesser stars…or they voices start to take over (Hello Shrek). The only really recognisable name is Peter O’Toole as Anton Ego, and he has a fairly small part.

The characters are almost real. It’s full of great moments, moving, funny, touching and really truly engaging.

Remy is just great!

Remy - Ratatouille

Definitely one of the best animated movies to date.

I think this movie will shake up the animation world, like Toy Story when it first came out. It really got people talking, it’s destined to be a classic. It’s not flashy nor action packed, but it has a real story and real characters.

It’s not much of a kids movie, but I think the kids will love it too, especially the funny moments.

Oh yah, thanks to Melissa from Priority Communications and Intel for the invite and tickets 🙂

I give it a must watch 9/10.

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Krabi

I’m off to Krabi in the morning to massage some Lady boys, back on Friday…hopefully.

Blog might be a bit quiet for a few days, I have scheduled some random stuff to post tho.

Don’t miss me too much!

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Krystal – Interim

Here was a few shots I got from the background while it was some other guys turn to shoot, these can be considered interim shots..

A warm up for Monday morning 😉

Sassy

Sassy

Trapped

Trapped

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Movie Review – Flash Point (Dao huo xian) – Donnie Yen Pornography

Flash Point

Detective Sergeant of Serious Crimes Unit, Jun (Donnie Yen) detests crime and his lifelong nemeses are a Vietnamese gang of three brothers – Archer, Tony and Tiger. In order to further infiltrate the gang and fight them from within, Jun has planted a mole, Wilson (Louis Koo), who has managed to gain the complete trust of the gang. However, Wilson’s dual role is exposed and resulting battles leave him handicapped for life. The day before Tiger’s trial, Archer turns up at the hospital to wipe out their only witness, Wilson.

After the superb movie that was SPL (Sha Po Lang) and the disaster that was Dragon Tiger Gate (Loong Fu Moon) was wondering what this Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen colloboration would be all about.

Apparently it originally penned a prequel to SPL, but didn’t quite make it. I guess it’s a pseudo sequel with Donnie playing the same character – Inspector Ma.

The movie is basically Donnie Yen pornography to put it in no uncertain terms, if you aren’t a great fan of him (yeah we know he can’t act) it’s definitely worth watching for the action and fight scenes.

It reminds me of the excellent 80’s heydeys of superb action/martial arts movies coming out of hong kong. Bone crunching fights that make you flinch when the blows land, none of this fancy smooth fighting from the modern movies that doesn’t look like it hurts.

We need more of this, more pain, more Tony Jaa.

There’s a thought, Tony Jaa versus Donnie Yen – hell of a movie that would be. Back it up with Wu Jing and Colin Chou and you have a hell of a fight.

Anyway back to the point, there is virtually no plot to this movie, some normal cop stuff, beauracracy and villains love their mothers. Other than that…not much.

Louis Koo plays a pussy AGAIN…then the action starts.

Colin Chou plays one hell of a badass, the first fight scene has some incredible intensity.

Donnie plays his character well enough, he can’t act for shit, but he’s an EXTREMELY convincing fighter on screen..it looks painful.

Inspector Ma - Donnie Yen

The last 30 minutes contain one of the craziest fight scenes ever, apart from the fact Colin Chou just seems to become a rechargeable dummy for Donnie to kick the shit out of (whilst being an incredible tough guy for the rest of the movie) it’s an awe inspiring fight to watch.

The action is superb, it’s non-stop pretty much.

The other characters are nothing much worth mentioning.

If you are looking for something deep and meaningful, don’t bother with this.

If you want to see Donnie Yen strutting round like a model and destroying loads of people in crazy fights…THEN WATCH THIS NOW.

I highly recommend it and completely enjoyed it, one of the most enjoyable movies of the year so far.

I give it a nosebleeding (watch the out-takes) 8.5/10.

PS. If you want to read a damn funny review – read here.

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