Archive | February, 2009

The Eventful Trip To Cameron Highlands!

We set off early in the morning to meet at around 8.30am for breakfast, we took our time and ended up leaving nearer to 10am – off we went on the highway stopping off at Tapah services for some Baskin Robbins.

After that it was time to turn off and start the winding journey up the old road to Cameron Highlands! It’s actually the first time I’ve been there, I’ve been meaning to go for ages but didn’t have chance yet.

Anyway there was 3 cars with Me, Kim, Suan, KY, Mellissa, Fireangel, Rachel, Horny and Carol!

Horny drove quite steadily all the way up the highway, but as soon as we reached the windy road he shot off like Michael Schumacher. We caught him up a while later and carried on up the hill when an unfortunate incident occured. Some mini-van drive cut into our lane on a blind corner (rushing some middle-eastern tourists back down the hill to KL) and Horny banged into the side of the van causing some irrevocable damage to his power steering hose.

The Damage

As we couldn’t get up the hill with all the luggage and all the people we had to have a makeshift picnic at the side of the road whilst we awaited the tow-truck guys (bear in mind it was now about 1pm and we were ready for lunch!). All we were armed with was some mineral water, a Chinese language newspaper and 5 umbrellas!

Roadside Picnic

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Earth Hour Malaysia and Obama Magic in KL!

Just a couple of short mentions of 2 things I think look interesting and are good uses of time.

First up is Earth Hour Malaysia!

Earth Hour Malaysia

At 8.30pm on 28 March 2009, cities and towns across the world will turn off their lights for one hour — Earth Hour — sending a powerful global message that it’s possible to take action on global warming.

In what we hope will be the world’s largest mass participation event, Earth Hour 2009 will be the culmination of one billion people around the globe, in more than 1000 cities from business, government and the community turning off lights, and sending a message to world leaders in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009 that we need a commitment to actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the short and long term
benefit of the planet.

Taking the first step is as easy as turning off a light.

Please help spread the word:

Shutter Asia will be fully supporting Earth Hour!


Second up is Obama Magic in KL!

Obama Magic in KL

Roger Fisk will be speaking along with a panel of other respected business men from Malaysia. Roger Fisk was hired as the National Director of Special Events in what would become a history making Finance Department. Here he managed a nationwide grass-roots fundraising team that revolutionized modern political fundraising, totaling $100 million in 11 months while building the largest donor base in American history.


Venue: Kristal Ballroom, Petaling Jaya Hilton
Date: 2nd March, 2009
Time: 8.30am — 5.00pm
Dress: Formal
Entry: RM850 (HRDF-Claimable via SBL scheme)

There will be some very interesting topics discussed, I’ll be there for sure – Book Now!

Find out more here:

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5 Years in Malaysia – Come and Gone

As of February 11th 2009 I’ve been living in Malaysia for 5 years, that’s quite some time. Although due to my accent people tend to think I’ve been here much longer.

Yes I never had a Hugh Grant accent in the first place, actually only a minority of English people actually have what we call the Home Counties accent known around the world as the Queen’s English or BBC English (the technical term for this is Received Pronunciation or RP).

I always had quite a mixed accent due to moving around England a lot when I was growing up and having to ‘fit in’ lead to my accent naturally changing a lot.

I first visited Malaysia in 1999 with a friend of mine when I was studying during my summer break, he was working in his Uncle’s Chinese Takeaway which was being renovated so we both had about 3 months to spare.

We did the normal SE Asia thing, visiting Thailand and checking out places like Malacca and Penang and the normal KL sites like KL tower, KLCC, Batu Caves, Templars Park and so on.

This was us in Thailand, yes I was a skinny whip then and I had hair on my head!

Thai Boat Ride

My friend Chiu on our rented bikes (yes I have an amusing story about those bikes I may tell another time).

Chiu on the Bike

After the trip I went back to UK and decided I really liked Malaysia, I loved the food, the melting-pot culture, the weather (the grey skies of UK get very depressing after some time), the friendly people, the beautiful beaches and the abudnance of nearby locations to visit (Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam etc.).

In the interim I visited Malaysia 2-3 times more and got to know and love the country even more.

I finished out my studies (in between which I worked in London for about a year), after graduating I worked for about 18 months back in my hometown of Worcester (I had 3 jobs to pay off my credit cards and get everything settled) then I sold off my car and on February 11th 2004 I moved to Malaysia.

One of which was working in a Chinese Takeaway delivering food.

Chinese Takeaway Delivery

Worcester was flooded to hell when I left, a grim reminder of how miserable the weather was in England.

Flooded Worcester - River Severn

I sold off my car and everything I could on Ebay, packed my life into 6 huge boxes, took what I need in a suitcase and off I went – this was my parting shot from Birmingham International Airport.

Leaving BHX

I took up diving almost immediately and went very often, I loved Tioman – the basic accommodation, the beautiful beaches and the exotic diving sites.

Tioman Island

Which reminds me I haven’t actually been diving since 2005, which is very sad – time to revisit the wonderful past-time I think (once I get into better shape, and no ROUND is not a valid shape).

Diving October 2005

I got myself an apartment in October 2004, which was sparse – but I filled it up with some furniture slowly piece by piece and it became home.

Empty Apartment

From there on you can really read what happened in my blog archives, as that was around the time I started blogging.

Life from then on had a lot of work related trips, Brunei, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Manila, Singapore, Dubai, Jakarta, Riyadh.

All in all Malaysia like anywhere else has it’s positives and it’s negatives, I really don’t see what the fascination is with migrating to the west and making your fortune.

You’re far more likely to stand-out here than in Europe or USA, if you’re happy to be average, a Dilbert in a cubicle then yah by all means head over there and pay 25% of your salary in tax to support a bunch of immigrants from Eastern Europe.

But for me? No thanks, I prefer it here.

You can say it’s corrupt, but to me it’s more transparent that way – you know exactly what’s going on.
You can say the currency is weak – but if you earn and spend here you can live much better than you can in the UK with an economically equivalent salary.
You can say the weather sucks, it’s too hot and it rains too hard – try living in a country where it’s grey and drizzling for almost half of the year.
You can say it’s backwards here, but do you really want things to be so developed everything is bound in red tape and shrink-wrapped. It destroys the character and soul of the human essence.
You can say it’s racist or biased here, but that’s just a bullshit excuse – if you want to make things happen you can.

Basically you can say what you want, but I love Malaysia and so should you.

I’ve met a lot of people, some I liked and some I didn’t. Some I’ve kept in touch with, but most I haven’t.

I’m most grateful for my close friends, most I knew before I even got here through the wonder that is IRC – they have been with me through thick and thin and supported me when I needed it. I admit I may have been a bad friend at times, but I realised that and tried to change. I hope it worked.

And of course to that one special person who has made everything worthwhile – thanks 🙂

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Rihanna Concert on February 13th in Kuala Lumpur Postponed

I’m sure most of you know by now, but it seems Rihanna got into some domestic dispute with her significant other Chris Brown and her concert here tomorrow night has been postponed. Here is the official release.

Rihanna Concert Postponed

So far it hasn’t been cancelled, so hold onto your tickets. The organisers will make sure everyone knows when the new date is scheduled (within 2 weeks).

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Cameron Highlands

Just got back, it was a short trip but a nice one. It’s always good to spend time with friends away from the city, away from all the needless distractions.

Even though there was a minor mishap on the way up, it all worked out in the end.

Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation

The above was the view when eating our scones.

Update more soon!

Hope you all enjoyed your long weekend, and bad luck for those that didn’t get one.

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Can You CONCENTRATE? Are We Getting Dumber?

Sometimes I wonder, I wonder where the human race is going. Is it really evolving? Or is it actually devolving?

It makes sense to me that people are getting stupider, society seems to embrace it even promote it. Dumbing down is becoming the norm, reading as a past-time is becoming obsolete (unless it’s trashy self-help books).

In a way, I think it’s because stupid people breed far more than smart people. It’s a fact, poor people fuck a lot without using any kind of protection, without thinking about their possible children education or future, without worrying about the consequence.

How many middle class or rich families do you know with more than 3-4 kids? I bet if you know many working class or poor families you’ll find they commonly have 5,6,7 or even 8+ kids.

You can say this works backwards to how evolution should, survival of the fittest? No, because the dumb ones breed a shit load more – so in the end even in a few win a Darwin Award and manage to kill themselves – they still net more kids than the smart people.

So eventually, those anal retentive middle class people who are so uptight they can’t even manage to get a boner long enough to procreate once are going to die out and the poor masses are going to out populate everyone.

A great example is Singapore, they are so uptight they no longer even want to fuck, they don’t want to marry each other, if they do they import wives from abroad. Even then they don’t have enough kids – their population is dwindling. They have INCENTIVES for having children, the more you have the bigger they get.

I guess living in a HDB unit you wouldn’t want too many though.

If you want to see a good example of this (albeit a little exaggerated) watch Idiocracy – the ironic part? The movie itself has been dumbed down and has some stupid narration to point out the ‘jokes’ because the average idiot wouldn’t understand it.

And what’s up with people and their attention spans?

I’ve been watching a lot of TV series lately, and I’ve started watching a few older ones more recently.

You know what I noticed, old series don’t have those annoying recaps at the start (well annoying for me because I have an attention span longer than a goldfish). I really love Dexter but the fucking recap is WAY too long, jeez I KNOW what happened in the last episode.

Can’t people even remember something they watched a week ago?

I’ve noticed recaps are getting longer and longer with the newer series, I’m pretty sure none of the old series I used to watch had recaps either.

It’s this new MTV generation where everything is packaged into bite sized infobubbles, ADD/ADHD is in the ‘in thing’ to have.

No one seems to be able to concentrate any more, kids rarely play RPG’s – they take too much patience. They like GTA, racing games, shoot em ups, things which don’t take prolonged concentration.

Old series used to end with dignity as well, the season wrapped up and left you feeling at peace – but looking forwards to the next one.

Modern series have to leave you kancheong with a cliff-hanger at the end of the episode and a super cliff-hanger at the end of the season to make all these attention deficit people bother to continue watching.

I think Lost is the worst of all for this, possibly followed by Prison Break.

I guess it’s related back to what I said at the top, reading teaches you patience and concentration. It teaches you imagination too and much more in the way of vocabulary, it helps you to express yourself more accurately with words and generally just improves your brain.

Watching TV, does quite the opposite – especially when you’re staring at a TV hooked up to a satellite or cable box with 100s of channels. There’s a reason why they call it the idiot box.

Anyway, did anyone manage to read all the way to the end of this post without drifting off? Just some thoughts that coagulated in my mind.

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