Sunday, 29 December 2013

Desert Queen..Not

Apart from getting free newspaper, perks of my job include witnessing the launch of new tech products and gadgets that have yet to be introduced into the market. With that I also get to go to places where I would probably have the slimmest chance of setting my foot on.

Such opportunity came way when I was assigned to Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi in October this year. And on top of that, the hotel I was staying in was right smack on the Abu Dhabi F1 tracks on Vaz Island. I was excited to go but I had mixed feelings coz I just had a lower back pain episode and I couldn't possibly sit in a flight for too long comfortably nor carry my luggage for. Lucky for me I was travelling with a bunch of guys, my fellow reporters.

Suffice to say, with the help of the  merry men, I made my way there successfully and was present during the day-long affair to see Nokia launch its first tablet, 6-inch smartphones and subRM500 smartphones with social media apps like Whatsapp and Instagram.

 

And understanding that all work and no play will make Jack and Jill very dull people, Nokia took us hardworking members of the media for a desert adventure the next day.


Due to my back, I couldn't do the camel rides, sand boarding or dune blasting. But I fed a falcon, enjoyed a sumptious buffet and ha d a nice lepak session under the shade at the desert camp.

We were there from around 10am to 1pm but the heat was truly draining and pretty soon I felt parched and sleepy. But it also reminded me of the story of  Siti Hajar who ran seven times back and forth in the scorching heat between Safa and Marwah looking for water for Prophet Ismail (a.s.). What faith and what courage! Made me feel such a sissy , I tell you.

Anyway, all in all it was a pleasant trip. When I got back only then I realised that the hotel I stayed in was only a few hundred metres from Ferrari World - the one with the fastest roller coaster in the world.

But I had a bad back so the info would have been no use to me, anyway..


Friday, 27 December 2013

Bear With Me...

When I was in Chicago earlier this year for BIO 2013 (courtesy of BiotechCorp Malaysia), I had the chance to jalan-jalan a bit around the Windy City with a cool group of journalists and chaperons I was with. One of the places we went to was Navy Pier which sits on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

There we stumbled on a shop called Build-A-Bear Workshop. Now this is one place that even if you're not into soft toys, you'll be dying to get one. You can get to customise your teddy bear by choosing the outer skin, customise the filling (nak keras ke, lembut ke, sesedap sepemeluk ke..).

After you have your teddy bear all sewn up, you could buy him or her clothes and accessories... so cute. And get this, the teddy bear gets a birth cert too so that there is only one of him or her that belongs to only you..awww...


I didn't get one coz there was no room for one in my luggage. But two of our party got theirs.. for their kids they say.. hmmmm.

Isn't it a lovely idea?? A beary wonderful one, right?

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Wet! Wet! Wet!

November came and went without nary a post from me. Busy as a bee, aren't we all.. So, here in this post I shall share our visit to Legoland in November - a year after our maiden visit.

This time around we wanted to try the Wet Park.. and also do the rides that the no-longer that small primary schooler missed the first time around.


Ta-da! Here's me at the first attraction within the Wet Park. We got in at 10am so no crowd yet.
(For the life of me, I simply can't remember what the attractions are called and the management wasn't really handing them out to visitors on that particular day...pffft.)

This is where you park your shoes or slippers if you plan to get wet.


The kids liked this. They went round two times before I insisted they get out and try the other stuff.

Then we went up the steps and lo and behold! an artificial beach.





As you can tell, it is good that kids be at least 10 years old so that they can carry their own slide stuff and do the activities all by themselves..

While Daddy relaxes..


Part of the Wet Park. Seen below is the more kiddyish feature.
Ample life jackets for kids of all sizes.



Anyway, the kids spent a good 3 hours before they got hungry and wanted out. 
Then it was off to the dry park (of which I talked about last year - not much difference between then and now).




Tuesday, 29 October 2013

When all ghostly things alight..


Courtesy of Trend Micro: What is more scary?
Both are equal I would say, paranormal as well as cyber threats..
Stay safe now!




Monday, 30 September 2013

Self-scan at SAM's Groceria, a premium urban grocer chain in Malaysia




Had the opportunity to go to the first FULLY halal premium supermarket (pork and alcohol-free) SAM's Groceria in Gurney Paragon Mall in Penang recently. SAM's Groceria, is the Mydin retail group's  premium urban grocer chain in Malaysia. Chek suka naaaa....!!

Love the self-scanning tools they have. You scan along the prices of your purchases as you put things in your trolley. If there's an offer it will appear on the barcode scanner. And when you want to check-out, just hand over the scanner and the list will be downloaded into the Point-Of-Sale system for payment. No need to wait for the cashier to scan everything again. He or she only verifies the items purchased and then you can leave for home.

Apparently there will be a KL outlet somewhere near the golden triangle soon. Can't wait!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Join the Green Ride in the Tech City

Do you know how to ride a bike?
Well, if you do, here's the perfect event for you to join: The New Straits Times-Cyberjaya Green Ride 2013. 

I personally do not do two-wheelers, motorised or otherwise (my childhood was relatively normal except for the unable to cycle  part...). But am helping out to get this event off the ground. 

Anyway, do check out the Green Ride which is not just about the ride. There is also a mini-carnival with carboot sale and a lot of exciting activities for the entire family and prizes to be won. Am told Mr Boboiboy will be making an appearance.. huyooo. Also the team from the Life&Times section of the New Straits Times.

Who knows who else will make an appearance. Get the camera ready for the photo opps, uolz.
Just remember to hop over to Cyberjaya on September 14. I'll see you there!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Monday, 22 July 2013

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Biker Boy

Helloooooo!! Long time no write here!
High time I make an appearance and why not with this up-and-coming racer Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah


Moto2 rider Hafizh recently raced his way into the history books as the first Malaysian to claim a podium finish in the intensely competitive CEV Repsol Spanish Championships in the second leg at the Motorland Aragon Circuit in Spain in May. I had the opportunity to meet him at a HP event.

Here's a little brief on Hafizh that was provided at the event. Cayalah. Am very proud of this young man - 19 at the point of the Press briefing in the picture  - who came across decent and quietly driven (what's that..go figure).

Rider Profile: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah
Dubbed the “King of Pocket Bikes”, Hafizh was discovered by team manager Barry Leong purely by chance. The Selangor-born boy had developed an interest in motorcycles from an early age and upon the young lad’s insistence, his father introduced him to pocket bikes at the age of 9.
It was not long before his talent began to show after his racing debut on pocket bikes the following year. Dominating the pocket bike category soon after, he was discovered by Barry at one of the pocket bike tracks.
In 2007 at the age of 13, Hafizh made his debut in the Cub Prix championship in dominating style finishing his first year on the YAMAHA LC135 Cup class second overall.
His form continued the following year as the PETRONAS SPRINTA Raceline team’s then youngest rider finished on the podium taking 3rd overall in the YAMAHA GIVI Cup in 2008, in the process also making waves through his spot entries in the Novice category with impressive results.
The youngster switched to race against his more illustrious and seasoned seniors in the Expert category with podium results. Graduating to take on the expert category in 2010, the switch was seamless as Hafizh literally broke down all the barriers and tore the competition apart. Despite a massive revamp in the technical regulations that led to the renaming of the expert category to become the CP130 category; these changes did little to rattle Hafizh's cage. By the time the season drew to a close in Penang's Padang Kota Lama, the 16-year old had obliterated the competition to emerge as the championship's youngest ever CP130 champion, erasing the record set by Norizman Ismail who was the Expert champion in 2005 at the age of 20.
In 2010 the 16-year old made the step up to the bigger league, the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship aboard a 600cc SuperSport bike. Against a much older and experienced field, the youngster held his own to finish his debut season in a respectable 12th from 39 riders.
As the sole Malaysian representative in the CEV Buckler Spanish National Championship in 2012, Hafizh started the final race of the season from the fourth row after qualifying tenth against a field of 29 top riders from around the world. His debut CEV Buckler Moto2 season ranked sixth on the standings with a total of 55 points, and second overall in the Moto2 Privateers Cup. 



Monday, 22 April 2013

Hellooooooo, April

So, how's April going for you? Busy month, huh?


Guess where I am today? Where Batman and the Transformers lurk..yep, it's Chicago uolz.
This is one of the perks of being a newsman..one day you're sweltering in the heat in KL and then..ta-da..you're here in the Windy City (Chicago laaaaa!).

But it's no free vacation. Am here attending a convention where the home country has a respresentation in an exciting field. Walaupun begitu, merasa jugak lah pi ke perantauan, ye dak? 

It took me some 20+ hours to get here. Well, more if you want to count in the visa saga at the US embassy (it took a lot of lining up and many, many small little details). For the flight, I took the MAS' new A380. Wow, canggih. Spacious seat at the economy..meaning taklah berlaga2 with your neighbour. Inflight entertainment system was fantastic and no one offers good service like our girls and boys inflight.

This I know coz after landing at Heathrow, I took American Airlines to Chicago. Haiyoooo...sangat kasar la, sangat tak berapa cantik, and inflight entertainment was literally me staring at flight info coz nothing else work. 

Nevertheless, the flight was smooth  (both legs) and customs and immigration were not sticky. We'll see how the rest of the week goes. Good nite!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Thursday, 10 January 2013

A Sweet Start

It's now past the second half of Week 2 for year 2013. So, how's your year going so far? Still sticking to your new year resolutions? (BIG clue to what's coming in this post....)

For me, the year began how 2012 ended: no slowing down at work as I had my vacation in early December last year. Therefore, I didn't need that warming up as I was already in full-swing work momentum. But for people I usually interact with at work - the PR people who liase with the likes of me - it is still warm up time and that means they come bearing gifts to remind us of our friendship...

Here are some goodies that came my way this week:


Believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg. And to think I promised to swear off  pisang goreng this year..sheessshhhh! Don't get me wrong, I truly appreciate the rezeki. It's just my self-discipline that I'm worried about hehe..

Anyway, it is certainly a sweet start for the year. I anticipate another fruitful and inspiring flurry of activities. What about you?