2nd Malaysian Travel Bloggers Meetup

I received this email from Sedunia Travel about a Travel Bloggers Meetup to be held at Jaya One in Petaling Jaya. The venue:

The Centre for Asian Photographers
100-L1.019 The School, Block J, Jaya One, 
No. 72A, Jalan Universiti, 
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

The date for the Meetup will be Saturday, 7th December 2013. Get your details at Sedunia Travel.

This is the second meetup where the first was held at Palate Palate in Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang. I missed that Meetup though. 

Some of the postings Emilia, Efendi, Jardness, and Travel Chameleon

I have sent in my intention of attending but register with my former ……as I Travel blog and hope will be able to meet other travel bloggers. 

Homebound Overland – ByRoadtoMalaysia

ImageA few days before I write this post, I was alerted by my relative who is working at the Consulate in Kunming about this Malaysian family’s homebound adventure who left Coventry city where they had been living for seven years and heading to Kubang Pasu in Kedah, where they originate.

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Only then I remembered that I had written a post about their challenge to come home overland on my blog HERE. You can visit their Facebook Page to read about their journey written by Sofinee, wife of Jamal Ismail, 44 who drives their campervan. Together on the journey are their four kids.

ImageClick on their Facebook Page to read the diaries of their journey and see beautiful pictures throughout their journey. The family is expected to reach Bukit Kayu Hitam on 14th December 2013. Well wishers can greet them at the border to congratulate the success of their feat to drive home overland on their 1998 Mercedes Sprinter motorhome, that has been their home since 13 July 2013.

Note: All photos on this post was taken from their ByRoadtoMalaysia Facebook Page.

Assam Rate Festival Is A Lie

Map of India showing location of Assam
Map of India showing location of Assam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is topic surely attracts out attention. It starts to get viral on the social media front and I refer this posting from Says – A National Report article was published on 2nd November about “The Assam Rape Festival In India Begins This Week” and went viral, appalling many readers who believed the story. Assam is a state in Northern India.

 

The article says that men in the state are getting ready to celebrate the annual festival. Every non-married girl age 7-16 will have the chance to flee to safety or get raped.

 

Madhuban Ahluwalia who heads up the annual festival told reporters why the event is so important beause its a long time tradition in Assam dating back thousands of years. “We rape the evil demons out of the girls, otherwise they will cheat on us and we will be forced to kill them. 

 

The Assam Festival began in 43 BC when Baalkrishan Tamil Nadu raped everyone in his village of Doomdooma. Baalkrishan Tamil Nadu is remembered every year at this event, in fact the trophy given to the man with the most rapes is called “The Baalkrishan”.

 

– See more at: http://nationalreport.net/assam-rape-festival-india-begins-week/#sthash.vbWTDoR4.dpuf

 

Here’s the truth behind it and why it is wrong on every level.

1. “one of the quotes which the article claims to have been said by one 23-year-old Harikrishna Majumdar: “I’m going to get the most rapes this year. I’ve been practicing raping my sister and her friends every day. I will be rape superstar number one! I will get the Baalkrishan prize this year for sure!”  I think its the same quote that appeared last year maybe, I am not sure and its a recycled statement.

2. The website published a picture that appeared last year too whic is actually from the ‘Kumbh Mela‘, a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river.

The post also spark anger and disgust from those on social media sites. Read MORE HERE.

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YAKEB For Ex National Athletes

Ex National athletes are heroes, some left unsung, and they had committed their time, energy, work and families just to keep the Jalur Gemilang flying high. We praise them when they win and most sent curses if they loose and did not live up to our expectations. Whether they win or not they had already contributed to the country at all levels of competitions and need to be compenstated in whatever way we can and one area is their charity when they retire or forced to retire while still on the playing field.

Those Malaysians who had dedicated their time and energy to the country on the sports arena are not left out when it comes to their charity. There is the Yayasan Kebajikan Atlet (YAKEB) to take care of them after they retired or about to retire from active participation as national athletes.

I post this to help spread out the news that our ex nationals are taken care of, after I receive my daughters membership from YAKEB recently.

BENEFITS 

YAKEB has two scheme to help ex athletes’ charitable needs: Skim Bantuan Yakeb and Skim  Perlindungan Insurans.

Besides monetary support, members are also eligible to discounts at selected outlets.

Registration can be done online HERE.

YAKEB’s office is located at National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur

Yayasan Kebajikan Atlet Kebangsaan
Aras 2, Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil, 
Kompleks Sukan Negara, 
57700, Sri Petaling, 
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03 – 8996 4841 / 4844
Faks : 03 – 8996 4839

YAKEB FACEBOOK  

What I learn From Millionaire Mind Intensive

Thats the question. Wht did I learn?

What is Financial Freedom? All of us want to achieve this Financial Freedom to live a happy and unstressful life. To enjoy life and be your own boss. Go for holidays, Help others and much much more. 

Financial Freedom means when your Passive Income exceeds your expenditure. So why Passive Income? Well, Passive Income are income that comes to you when you do not work for them. Maybe during your sleep, or while you are diving at enjoying the beautiful corals. When your computer are switched off. Its income from your investments either property, shares or even your hard cash. There is also passive income that can be made online when you are offline. So there are many ways actually to earn passive income. However one thing you must remember. Nothing comes easy and totally FREE. You might need to put some small investments first, spend your time, energy and thinking. Then when the system starts working only you slow down your effort.

2. Now one input that I can remember very well was that Rich people know how to manage their money well. We are advise to start investing our money in jars and there are 6 jars divided into different categories. However it takes a lot of determination to keep the jar increasing its value.

3. Millionaire Mind Intensive (MMI) was a session to motivate participants to think like a Millionaire before he or she can become a millionaire.

4. One are that is related closely to the universe is “GIVING”. I also learn from attending Asia Internet Congress (AIC) a few week earlier that to earn more money is to first give out “money”. This principle is in-line with Islamic teaching that when you give something to someone, you are not going to be poorer but Allah will instead reward with a much bigger and better gift. And one of the jar that I mentioned earlier is labelled as “GIVE JAR“. So to be a Millionaire, you must not be stingy but be very generous. 

5. Both the AIC and the MMI do motivate me to earn more money from the internet and in December 2013 I will be attending a 2 day seminar to be conducted by one of Malaysia’s successful Internet Marketeer, Mr Patric Chan. The fee is quite reasonable. There are still seats available at Early Bird rate and you can book your seat HERE

 

Oh My, Our Broadband Service Really Sucks

I am sure how many of us are really satisfied with our Broadband service in Malaysia. I have tried almost all the main service that is avaiable. The three main telcos all sucks when it comes to broadband service in term of speed. What is good abot them is the speed at ripping our pocket with of the subscriptions.

Ever since I own a iPad, I have tried all the services starting with UMobile that boast of the fastest Internet service in the country. Even while running on their high speed broadband seems just better than a dial up at most times. Then I switched to Digi and as usual, I was not stisfied with the speed and did not reload. Then I switched to Buzz Me that use the Umobile infrastructure. Surprising the speed is better than UMobile itself that own the infra. However the service is quite expensive considering RM20 for a 500Mbps.

Now I am on Maxis which I still use because its free, I think, since my 7 day reload at RM15 for 1 Gb expired. Of course speed is slightly better than the fastest tortoise. Loading takes ages and most of the time it return with a Timeout error message. Sometimes the page can’t even load.

I am considering using the Celcom service but when I enquire the outlets and Blue Cube, it seems they are not sure about the broadband service. I mean the prepaid package, cos
i am not going back to postpaid which do not benefit the subsrcibers. FYI, I was using Celcom postpaid since 2005 and many a time I paid for nothing after the service was barred due to late payment. No compensation even after settling the bills. This goes to all postpaid services.

What Is Your Cup Of Coffee?

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So you are a social coffee drinker? Or a coffee addict?

If you are a social coffee drinker what type of coffee to you go for? Just any coffee on the supermarket shelf or choose certain brew?

Arabica Coffee that has been the basis of most coffee in the market, you might have heard of the famous Sumatran Kopi Luwak. The coffee was pounded from coffee beans that has been consumed  and excreted by civets.

Now there is also another type of coffee derived by the same process but instead of Asian Palm Civet, its the elephants. Its called the Black Ivory Coffee.

Coffee is getting competitive. With a growing coffee trend for the unique and offbeat, restaurants are looking for the newest flavors and boldest methods of brewing to keep guests coming. The rarest beans currently bring in $1,100 per kilogram, so what sets them apart from any others? Dung.   

Black Ivory Coffee at $50 a cup has been the most expensive coffee in the market. It beats Kopi Luwak. This coffee was first introduced in Northern Thailand and then Maldives and followed by Abu Dhabi.

To create Black Ivory Coffee, the coffee berries are fed to elephants in their daily feeds. The enzymatic process of digestion, proteins within the coffee cherries are broken down, creating a less bitter, more pleasurable taste. The bananas and sugar cane give the coffee a fruity flavor.

The new product was created by

Canadian entrepreneur, Blake Dinkinten after years of research and a $300,000 investment. The company is located in Chiang Saen, Thailand where mahouts (elephant riders) and their wives feed and collect the coffee cherries.

The following hotels currently serve Black Ivory Coffee in 2013, with more to follow:

​Four Seasons Bangkok (Thailand):http://www.fourseasons.com/bangkok/dining/

Banyan Tree Phuket (Thailand): www.banyantree.com/en/phuket/

Napasai by Orient Express (Thailand): goo.gl/AK5LtZ

Conrad Koh Samui (Thailand): goo.gl/EZN9I1

The Pavilions Resort (Thailand): http://miniurl.com/4Ypc

Paresa Resorts (Thailand): http://www.paresaresorts.com/default-en.html

Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Thailand): http://miniurl.com/4Ypk

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle (Thailand): goo.gl/xRsmJ8

The Siam Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand): www.thesiamhotel.com/​

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok (Thailand): goo.gl/cfVtYm

​The Elephant Story (USA): http://the-elephant-story.com/

Anantara Dhigu Resort and Spa (Maldives): dhigu-maldives.anantara.com/

​​Anantara Kihavah Villas (Maldives): kihavah-maldives.anantara.com/

​Naladhu Maldives: ​naladhu.anantara.com/

​​​​Anantara Golden Triangle (Thailand): goldentriangle.anantara.com/

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So while enjoying your big time drinking coffee are you actually drinking shit product?