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Pasir Gudang Kite Festival is Hot!

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On a bright sun warm sun shiny day, we went to Bukit Layang-layang, Pasir Gudang, Johor Bahru, Malaysia to witness the International Kite Festival 2008 which is held from 19-24 February 2008. It is the last day and the park was still flooded with people and vehicles parking alongside it. Various activities were organized to attract local and international visitors. This is the second time I brought my family to the kite festival.

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A giant Egypt pharaoh kite flew in the air. The contestant is from USA.

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That’s the contestant pulling his pharaoh on the dry yellowish grass. The rain has not hit Pasir Gudang for about 1 month.

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Some of the kites flying in the light beautiful blue sky

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Spiderman kite. My son could not resist to have this one. So, we bought it for him for MYR5/piece (string included).

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Some of the goods sold at the festival. Among them are hats and kid’s stuff.

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Paint ball field is also available. However, when we came, the battle have not yet begin.

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Some small toy cars are up for sale as well. They cost MYR4 each. But you can get 3 for MYR10. I’m not sure about the quality…

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Cheap jeweleries are also sold here. Most of them comes from China.

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Some other kite design up for grab.

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A bunch of fast food restaurant also participated in the kite festival. Among them are Kentucky Friend Chicken, Pizza Hut and Ayamas. Well, they all come from the same mother company!

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The shade prepared for visitors to enjoy the international kite show.

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What is this? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s a type of kite as well…

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Me with that mini umbrella hat. That cost us only MYR 5. It’s cool under that “umbre-hat” ;) .

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Me playing with my kids. There are hundreds of other kite enthusiast playing around huge park.

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I told you there are a lot of kites there…

I don’t know whether a similar international kite festival is held in other places or not? But, it is definitely an annual event in Johor Bahru. If you miss this, you can come here again next year. It’s really fantastic but it’s hot (warm).

Kedai Makan Rahmat, Kampung Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang

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Kelmarin, sebelum lunch break, member sekerja aku telefon dan ajak makan tengahari. Aku tanya, “Apesal tiba-tiba takde puting beliung, takde taufan, tetibe je ajak makan?”. Dia kata, “Alah….ikut je lah…. Ada orang belanja makan, makan aje la…”. Aku yang memang tengah diet time tu, terpaksalah follow he member aku tu.

Tepat jam 1300 Hrs, aku pun jumpa member aku kat tempat scan card dan clock out. Rupanya dia kata ada supplier nak belanja makan. Aku bukannya kenal pun siapa supplier ni? Tapi tak kisahlah, dah ada orang nak belanja makan, belasah je lah ;) . So, aku pun follow member aku ni dan rupa-rupanya kita dibawa makan ke Kedai Makan Rahmat.

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Sign board restoran ni pakai tayar lori yang di ‘recycle’ semula. Tayar lori tu belum botak lagi! Tapi mungkin dah bocor kut… Nak kata sign board ni “unik” atau “budget?” itu pilihan anda. Tapi hakikatnya, taukeh kedai makan Rahmat ni memang loaded. Berkat kemajuan dan kemakmuran kedai makannya, dia ada 3 buah kereta mewah parking dekat rumah sebelah restoran tu. Sign board dia tu memang perlu ditukar atau diperbaiki, sebab ada huruf-huruf yang dah ‘vaporized’ atau lesap. Well, takpe lah, kita makan sajalah.

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Ini bukan kali pertama aku mengunjung kedai makan ni. Kalau tak silap percaturan aku, ini mungkin kali ke-3 aku singgah bersantap kat sini dalam tempoh hampir 3 tahun aku mencari sekeping pizza sesuap nasi di Pasir Gudang. Masuk dalam kedai makan je, Fuhhh!!! Ramainya manusia. Supplier dan member aku yang sudah acapkali makan kat situ cakap, Kedai Makan Rahmat ni buka tengahari dan peak “hour”nya adalah dari pukul 1300 sampai 1400 Hrs. Malam taukeh dia tak berniaga. Cukuplah dengan buka bisnes tengahari je, dah masyuk banyak giller.

Aku pun kekadang terfikir, kenapalah ramai sangat pengunjung kedai makan ini. Adakah sebab makanannya? Atau sebab suasana indah nyaman angin sepoi-sepoi bahasa di tepi laut? Let’s check it out?

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Semua meja memang penuh. Siap ada orang kena berdiri tunggu nak makan. Tapi aku ter”miss” ambil gambar orang berdiri.

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Kedai Makan Rahmat ini sebenarnya menjadi tumpuan pekerja industri, pekerja kontrak dan projek, mereka-mereka yang hendak entertain client, mereka-mereka yang nak sekali-sekala makan special.

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Ikan siakap goreng inilah yang membuatkan warga industri kawasan Pasir Gudang kemaruk santau. Bagi aku, ikan siakap besar ini cara masaknya simple: goreng je. Foto ikan siakap di atas – sudut selatan.

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Foto ikan siakap – sudut utara.

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Sambal kicap untuk dicicah semasa melahap si siakap tu.

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Aneka masakan melayu nusantara menjadi sajian. Lauk-lauk lain pun sederhana macam biasa. Ada ayam masak merah, udang goreng (yang di pasar jual RM18/kg tu), tempeh masak cili, sambal belacan dan beberapa masakan melayu yang aku kurang familiar. Lauk lain add lagi, tapi tak order.

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 Sambal belacan, bukan aku yang nak, tapi member Tionghua aku yang menggemarinya.

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Kalau nak minta fresh orange, minta maaflah… Takde. Tapi Kedai Makan Rahmat menawarkan air limau special. Hidangan asas air lain seperti teh, sirap dan sebagainya tu memang adalah.

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Tatkala bersantap, kekadang nampak bot dan feri yang ulang alik dari Stulang Laut ke Batam. Nun jauh di sana, kelihatan Singapura, belah paya bakau.

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Tengahari masa matahari mengembang terik, ada juga anak muda yang menyejukkan badan dan merapatkan ukhuwah sesama member dalam air laut. Ini pemandangan dari Kedai Makan Rahmat belah tepi, dekat tempat cuci tangan.

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Bukan setakat rumah dan pondok kecil atas laut, tapi tampak di situ kren berkuasa besar berdekatan dermaga pelabuhan Pasir Gudang.

So, kalau korang berminat nak merasakan suasana desiran bayu sambil melahap menu utama ikan siakap size besar, menghalalah ke Johor Bahru > Pasir Gudang > Kampung Pasir Puteh > melalui beberapa rumah kedai dan jalan kampung. Kalau tersesat, tanyalah orang tepi jalan, tapi orang tepi jalan tu mestilah orang di kawasan Kampung Pasir Puteh. Tapi jangan datang malam sebab tak buka.

Harga, kira ok lah. Kalau atas meja ada ikan siakap goreng trade mark Kedai Makan Rahmat tu, standby RM40. Itu kira sekali dengan beberapa side dishes asas dan air limau satu jug (kalau datang 4-5 orang). Selamat mencuba dan menjamu selera.

My Previous Six Days Recap

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Time is moving super fast. Without realizing it is already another new weekend and I’m glad I don’t have to work this Saturday. That means I can spend more quality time with my beloved family. The past few days was not really a typical one for me. It was slightly different one and we need to adjust accordingly.

Christmas Holiday

While almost everybody on earth was enjoying the Christmas holiday, I have to motivate myself to go to work. The oil processing plant that I’m in charged was on a final piece of maintenance work and need to be started immediately. I need to be there to ensure everything was going on smoothly and according to schedule. Fortunately I don’t have to spend the entire day there. The supervisors, operators and technicians were there to continue the work.

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Later the same day, we had sate (satay) for our dinner at our favourite place, Taman Universiti food stall. We loved the sate a lot and recently we eat there once a week. The sate is cheap, only 30 cents per piece (chicken and beef). i prefer this type of sate rather than the one sold at Kajang which is bigger and cost 50 cents. We prefer it smaller and crispier externally.

Boxing day English Premiership Battle

This was another joyous moment for two giant EPL clubs. Manchester United Red Devil demolished Roy Kean’s Wild Cats 4-0 (thanks to the fantastic goals blasted by Rooney, Ronaldo and Saha) while The Reds escaped from a point after skipper Steven Gerard managed to capitalized the mess in the opponents penalty box in dying minutes. Victory for Manchester United and the drawless battle between ArsenalPortsmouth resulted in MUFC moved up to the top spot.

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Rooney scoring the first goal against Sunderland

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Ronaldo netting in the third goal from a brilliant free kick outside the penalty box

 

My wife went to Kuching, Sarawak

I sent her to Senai Airport, Johor Bahru as early as 5.45 AM Thursday morning to ensure she checked in and safely boarded the Air Asia Boeing 737 aircraft to Kuching. She presented a technical paper in the Engineering Conference : Energy and Environment which was held in Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel. Her absence from home was a disaster because it was not easy to take care of our three kids. The first two were relatively easier to handle as they are old enough. However, the third who just recently turned 2 years old always sleeps with her mother. Without the mother beside her, she could not sleep. She cried all night and it was a scary nightmare for me and the maid. We survived that night with very less sleep.

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Fortunately, my wife spent only one night in Kuching. She safely touched down at Senai Airport yesterday night with some flight delay, which made me and my kids spending more than one hour in the airport. Handling three highly energetic physically active kids (with age 5, 3.5 and 2 years old) alone in the airport was not a simple task for an exhausted man like me. They ran and played in and outside the airport. At one point Ikhwan and Marsya wanted to pee. I have to drag all three of them, four including me, into the small toilet, and completed our business inside there! I’ve never experienced being in the toilet with four peoples. I bet my wife haven’t experienced that too…

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Some of the crafts and souvenirs bought in Kuching Main Bazaar

 

Nufflets.com – Asia’s New Online Advertising Network

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After reading about Nufflets.com in a few local blogs, i was tempted to sign up and test it out. Signing up was pretty simple and easy. I opted for the 468 x 60 pixels format and positioned the add on the top right corner of this blog with striking red colour. The display format is almost similar as Google Adsense but differs from the other local advertising network: Advertlets and Nuffnang. I believe the emergence of Nufflets.com is very much welcomed by local and Asian bloggers especially those who blog in their mother tongue language. I would like to congratulate Nabil (Nufflets.com co-founder) and his team members for their brave and brilliant effort in realizing the fourth local advertising network. If you have not yet registered with Nufflets.com, do it now. They are giving $15 upon signing up and after you blog about it.

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Blogging with a new laptop

After purchasing the new HP Compact Presario laptop last week and after my colleague helped installed Vista, I’m blogging with it now. It’s my first time playing around with Vista and I definitely need some time to get use to it. Some people say using a Window Vista require bigger RAM. I’m using 1 Gb RAM, which is the minimum recommended RAM to run Vista and I found the speed is fast. So far, I’m pleased and happy with the performance of this new laptop.

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