Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Love is in the air...Everywhere I look around, Love is in the air...Every sight and every sound,.."

February has long been a month of romance. It is the month associated with Valentine's Day celebrations....the day to celebrate love! Every year, the fourteenth day of the month of February has millions across the world presenting their loved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates and other lovely gifts. It is the day to spread the love and exchange affectionate gifts to one another. It would be a great time to express your love to that someone special too. 

In many countries, restaurants and eateries are seen to be filled with couples who are eager to celebrate their relationship and the joy of their togetherness through delicious cuisines. Valentine's Day is not all about "love". Admiration of another is also included...act as if it's another way to say thanks for being a friend. There hardly seems to be a young man or woman who is not keen to make the most of the day.

There are varying opinions as to the origins of Valentine's Day and how people celebrate it. Majority of men will do the routines...purchasing flowers and chocolate for their sweethearts because that is what everyone else is doing. Some celebrate the day out of obligation rather than celebration (my opinion). The more you spend the more you love them, right? Wrong! Showing someone you care on Valentine's Day does not have to cost a lot of money.

'Cheap and simple' or 'expensive and fancy' whichever you choose...most importantly is the thoughts and words that matters. Simple, heartfelt gestures are the best way to offer the gift of love. It’s usually the small things that make the biggest difference to us. If someone takes the time to really know you and show you they know and appreciate who you are, then happiness and the feeling that we wish for each and every Valentine’s Day can be felt more often than just February 14th.

As for me, spending money on roses and expensive dinner on that day is not really my cup of tea. Roses will be sky rocketed to double the price or even more. Some may feel it is worthwhile no matter how much it cost to their pockets. If you really want to take your significant other out to dinner on the most expensive night of the year and buy them a dozen red roses, go for it...but be prepared to spend a lot of cash! 

WISE spending is still the BEST! Pick some ideas for a much less expensive and memorable way to say "I love you". For your info...I had one of my Valentine's Day roses from my hubby...fresh all the way from Cameron Highlands still wrapped up in newspaper! Super cheap! Not to say he does not love me...but just the idea all the way from Cameron Highlands...means something! (In fact he was on his way back from a company mission there)  :))

It doesn’t take much, but the rewards of doing little things for our loved ones are immeasurable. Don't wait until its too late to tell someone how much you love and how much you care. Use this information to bring happiness to your loved ones on a regular basis, not just on the day when someone tells you to.....

Valentines Note - Myspace Quote Graphics

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Federal Territory Day 2012

Very soon it will be FT Day! Not many Malaysians would realise that come 1st February 2012, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur will be celebrating the 38th anniversary of its founding. Federal Territory Day or Hari Wilayah Persekutuan is a state holiday for Federal Territory in Malaysia. It is celebrated on 1 February every year in Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya. This date marks the anniversary of formation of the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory in 1974.

The Federal Territories in Malaysia comprise of three territories namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital of Malaysia, Putrajaya is the administrative capital, and Labuan is an offshore international financial centre. Both Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are enclaves in the state of Selangor, while Labuan is an island off the coast of Sabah. The official anthem of the territories is "Maju dan Sejahtera", which means "Progress and Prosperity". Each federal territory has its own flag.

Flag of Kuala Lumpur
Flag  of Labuan
Flag of Putrajaya
The Federal Territory encompasses the actual city of Kuala Lumpur, the nation's capital, and its outlying areas known locally as the Klang Valley. An urban centre, the Federal Territory's principal tourist attraction is the nation's capital itself, Kuala Lumpur. The city itself has a long history, dating back to the 18th century when it began as a mining town.

Most tourist attractions are located within the city, such as the historical landmarks that trace Malaysia's development, and the various shopping malls that offer a wide variety of international brands. There are also various handicraft centres, including the historic Central Market where tourists can purchase authentic traditional handicraft and souvenirs.

KL Central Market
Petronas Twin Towers
As the nation's capital, Kuala Lumpur also hosts various international events and exhibitions at modern venues like the Petronas Twin Towers and the Putra World Trade Centre. Although most of the attractions are located within the city limits, there are an amazing selection of great food outlets at the outlying areas of the Klang Valley. Most of these outlets, however, are known mostly to locals and are often hidden in residential areas. Selamat Hari Wilayah!

Friday, January 27, 2012

WOW!... the further you look the better they become!

Hand painting art is the application of make-up or paint on to the hands to look like any object or mostly to depict animals. Hand artists work closely with hand models who displays their hand or hands for the purposes of art, fashion, products or advertising. Don't wash these hands....in fact some of these hands should never be washed. Almost unbelievable! WONDERFUL!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2012

Harbin is the capital and largest city of Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China, as well as the tenth most populated city in the People's Republic of China. Harbin serves as a key political, economic, scientific, cultural and communications hub in Northeast China. Harbin is originally a Manchu word meaning "a place for drying fishing nets." 

It is known for its bitterly cold winters under the direct influence of the cold winter wind from Siberia and is often called the "Ice City". The average temperature in summer is 21.2 degrees Celsius, -16.8 degrees Celsius in winter. It can be as cold as -38.1 degrees Celsius in winter. Lying on the southern bank of the Songhua River, Harbin is well known for its beautiful ice sculptures in winter and its Russian legacy and still plays an important part in Sino-Russian trade today. 

The Harbin local culture is based on Han culture, combined with Manchu culture and Russian culture. In the 1920s, the city was considered China's fashion capital as new designs from Paris and Moscow reached there first before arriving in Shanghai. Due to its early influences, the architecture style of Harbin shows a unique combination of oriental and European architecture styles especially from Russia. 

The annual "Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival" is one of the four largest ice and snow festivals in the world. It has been held since 1963 and had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution until it was resumed in 1985. Officially, the festival starts January 5th and lasts one month or even longer. 

Swing saws are used to carve ice into blocks, taken from the frozen surface of the Songhua River. Chisels, ice picks and various types of saws are then used by ice sculptors to carve out large scaled ice sculptures, many of them intricately designed and worked on all day and night prior to the commencement of the festival. 

Deionised water can also be used, producing ice blocks as transparent as glass to make clear sculptures rather than translucent ones. Multicoloured lights are also used to give colour to ice, creating variations on sculptured spectacles when lit up especially at night. 

Some ice sculptures designs made in previous years includes buildings and monuments of different architectural types and styles, figures including animals people and mythical creatures, slippery dips or ice slides and lanterns. These exquisitely-detailed, mass-produced ice sculptures are the main draw card in attracting tourists around the world to the festival.

There are record-sized snow sculptures longer than two football fields, and some ice buildings, palaces, monuments, or statues about 50 meters tall (160 feet high). These displays are technologically sophisticated, using computer controlled LED and regular lighting to put on stunning displays of changing color and design. For example, there was a replica of the Great Wall of China that people could slide on. Many of the architecture replicas have ice slides. 

Here are some of the beautiful photos taken from the net for your viewing.....

More photos of the Solar Storm!

The images above show a HUGE solar flare as observed by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) at 0327, 0342, and 0412 GMT on January 23 (10:27 p.m., 10:42 p.m. and 11:12 p.m. EST on Jan. 22).
This video still from a NASA space observatory video shows one of many views of a powerful M9-class solar storm that unleashed a coronal mass ejection toward Earth in the early hours of Jan. 23, 2012 (GMT).
This SDO image (AIA 193) shows an M9-class solar flare erupting on the Sun's northeastern hemisphere at 03:49 UT on Jan. 23, 2012... just 4 days after a previous strong CME that sparked aurora around the world on the 22nd. More geomagnetic activity is expected for the 24th.
The Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured the coronal mass ejection (CME) from a huge solar flare on Jan. 23, 2012.
The NOAA-operated GOES-15 spacecraft captured this X-ray image of a massive solar storm on Jan. 23, 2012.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the massive solar flare that erupted on the sun on Jan. 23, 2012 (0359 GMT; 10:59 p.m. EST).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Strongest solar storm since 2005 hitting Earth

The sun is bombarding Earth with radiation from the biggest solar storm in more than six years with more to come from the fast-moving eruption. The solar flare occurred at about 11 pm EST and will hit Earth with three different effects at three different times.

Doug Biesecker, a solar physicist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center, says the storm may reach a level that could render natural light displays visible as far south as Idaho and New York, and even Illinois and Oregon, in the United States.

The biggest issue is radiation. The radiation is mostly a concern for satellite disruptions and astronauts in space. It can cause communication problems for polar-traveling airplanes, said space weather center physicist Doug Biesecker.

Radiation from the flare arrived at Earth an hour later and will likely continue through Jan 25. Levels are considered strong but other storms have been more severe. Still, this storm is the strongest for radiation since May 2005. The radiation in the form of protons came flying out of the sun at 93 million miles per hour. "The whole volume of space between here and Jupiter is just filled with protons and you just don't get rid of them like that," Biesecker said. That's why the effects will stick around for a couple days.

A solar eruption is followed by a one-two-three punch according to physicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Catholic University. First comes electromagnetic radiation, followed by radiation in the form of protons. Then, finally the coronal mass ejection - that's the plasma from the sun itself - hits.

Usually that travels at about two or three million kilometres per hour, but this storm is particularly speedy and is shooting out at six million kilometres per hour. It's the plasma that causes much of the noticeable problems on Earth, such as electrical grid outages. 

In 1989, a solar storm caused a massive blackout in Quebec. It can also pull the northern lights further south. But this coronal mass ejection seems likely to be only moderate, with a chance for becoming strong, Biesecker said. The worst of the storm is likely to go north of Earth.


Friday, January 20, 2012

CNY 2012 Petronas short video ads...

Meaningful short videos to usher in the Chinese New Year 2012....For centuries, mankind have migrated from one place to another, in hopes of finding better opportunities. But no matter where they are, or how far they have come in life, they will always come home. This Chinese New Year, let's celebrate the virtues that bind us all together - the spirit of resilience, determination and adaptability in turning challenges into opportunities and seeing the positive in the negative.

Petronas stays true to its common tradition and values that bind all Malaysians through its television commercial to usher in the Year of the Dragon. The commercial titled “Coming Home”, was shot in Malaysia, England, Belgium, China and India.

The commercial that’s in English and Mandarin illustrates what it takes to make life better through a progressive attitude, opening the mind to new ideas and learn new things, ultimately making one a better human being.

-Petronas n thestar-

"Feng Shui" tips from Master Peter So Man Fung

The term 'feng shui' literally translates as "wind water" in English is a Chinese system of geomancy believed to use the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive life energy or energy flow. In the past, feng shui was widely used to orient building and significant structures. Today, feng shui is not only practiced by the Chinese but also by Westerners. It is an important aspect in interior decorating and even real estate mogul, Donald Trump uses it to analyze the auspiciousness of his Trump Towers! 

Peter So, a popular and famous feng shui Master in Hong Kong has his say for the twelve zodiac animals in this coming year of the dragon. It is all in Cantonese and very sorry to any of my readers who can't understand it....














Counting down to Chinese New Year!

With Chinese New Year...Year of the Dragon (Chinese Year 4710) around the corner, days are getting busier with all the last minute cleaning, decorating, shopping and cooking. Getting time to off to write on my blog only in the wee hours when it is peaceful and quiet. A short drive to Tesco Hypermarket nearby earlier in the evening after dinner was super jam in both directions! Well it seems everyone is rushing in for the last minute thing too. Nothing much can be done with the crowd and queue in there. Gonna leave it for Friday and weekends which I presumed there will be less 'human traffic' when all folks are leaving and rushing back to their hometown. As for myself...considered lucky that I am local.

This year Chinese New Year Eve's dinner will be a simple one. With all the routine cooking daily...we are eating out for a change and also let me have my "kitchen holiday". No shark fin soup in the menu this year! Shark fin soup has been a traditional staple at dinners during the eve. It is a soup or broth made with shark fin and flavoured with chicken or some other stock. The fin itself has very little flavour and used primarily to add texture to the dish. It is seen as a delicacy, often served to guests at important events such as weddings and business banquets. 

Shark fin soup is not cheap and a bowl can cost up to US $100, making the fins easily the most lucrative part of the shark. This fact has helped ensure a steady supply of fins as fishermen and middlemen slaughter sharks wherever they can find them in order to satisfy the market. With the sudden increase in during Chinese New Year, shark fin soup is being consumed in vast quantities, placing a threat on shark populations.

Shark fin can be bought either frozen or dried, with the dried variety being available either shredded or as whole fins. The fins are often treated with hydrogen peroxide in order to make their color more appealing to consumers. The soup is often claimed to have health benefits, such as increasing your appetite, improving your kidneys, lungs and bones. However there is no evidence to support these claims! Let's do our part to help protect the sharks! If your urge tells you to have it...get the imitation or mock ones!

Like many others Chinese family, the popular activities after the reunion dinner is to visit night markets and temples. Many Chinese families like to do their prayers on the eve or just after midnight to give thanks for the past year and to pray for a successfully, happy and peaceful year ahead. Shall make a visit to the temple nearby instead of having to go all the way to join the crowd at the popular and grand Thean Hou Temple

To all MyDiaryMyBlog blog readers who are ushering in the Year of Dragon..."May the Water Dragon brings you lots of luck, wealth in abundance, never ending happiness and plenty of smiles to last forever!" GONG XI FA CAI! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! SELAMAT TAHUN BARU CINA! KONG HEI FATT CHOY! Many thanks to you all! To my dearest mum and her family who is half the world away...have a great and happy Chinese New Year! n May the Dragon brings you a smooth year! Here ending off my countdown post with "The Tiger Chinese New Year Shuffle" video...a rather new approach to the traditional lion dance...enjoy viewing! 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Funny Chinese Translation :))

Was searching over the net for some materials and came across these funny Chinese phrases translated to English...something tells me that I must post it in my blog... :))

It helps if you say each one out loud. (I had to read some of them twice.)

That's not right - Sum Ting Wong
Are you harbouring a fugitive? - Hu Yu Hai Ding?
See me asap - Kum Hia Nao
Stupid man - Dum Gai
Small horse - Tai Ni Po Ni
It's very dark in here - Wai So Dim?
I thought you were on a diet - Wai Yu Mun Ching?
This is a tow-away zone - No Pah King
Our meeting is scheduled for next week - Wai Yu Kum Nao?
He's cleaning his automobile - Wa Shing Ka
Your body odour is offensive - Yu Stin Ki Pu
Did you go to the beach? - Wai Yu So Tan?
I bumped into a coffee table - Ai Bang Mai Ni
I think you need a face lift - Chin Tau Fat
It is a lousy show - Lao Zi Sho
A shy guy - Shai Gai
Please stay a while longer - Wai Go Nao?
You are not very brilliant - Wai So Dum?
I got this for free - Ai No Pei
I am not guilty - Why Hang Me?
Do you know lyrics for Macarena? - Wai Yu Sing Dum Song?

Here's another funny one....a telephone conversation. A Chinese Call Center....
Caller : Hello, can I speak to Annie Wan?
Operator : Yes, you can speak to me...
Caller : No, I want to speak to Annie Wan!
Operator : Yes, I understand you want to speak to anyone. You can speak to me. Who is this?
Caller : I'm Sam Wan...and I need to speak to Annie Wan! It's urgent.
Operator : I know you are someone and you want to talk to anyone...but what's this urgent matter about?
Caller : Well...just tell my sister Annie Wan that our brother Noe Wan was involved in an accident. Noe Wan got injured and now is being sent to the hospital. Right now, Avery Wan is on his way to the hospital.
Operator : Look, if no one was injured and no one was sent to the hospital...why is everyone rushing to the hospital? Then the accident isn't an urgent matter! You may find this hilarious but I don't have time for this!!!
Caller : You are so rude! Who are you?
Operator : I'm Saw Ree.
Caller : Yes! You should be sorry. Now give me your name!!
Operator : That's what I said. I'm Saw Ree.
Caller : Oh...God...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Smallest Dragon Sculpture in the World

An artist in Taiwan announced his latest creation of what appears to be the smallest dragon sculpture in the world to welcome the year of the dragon in 2012. The sculpture in only half an inch in length and has been displayed on top of coin to emphasize its tiny size. 56-year-old miniature artist Chen Forng-shean from Taiwan said that it took him three months to make the dragon. A magnifying glass attached to the sculpture's glass case helps visitors to see the miniature.

He added, 'the hardest part about making this dragon is the sculpting for the limbs and the claws, these are the most delicate parts, and also its open jaw and the whiskers, those whiskers are very thin. After the dragon was completed, I have to pay attention to its body so it looks like the dragon is above the clouds, that's the dragon's spirit.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Flash Mob at KLIA Arrival Hall by MAS

What is a flash mob? A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire and artistic expression. Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media or viral emails.

Yesterday, it was just any other day at KL International Airport, Sepang until a policeman yelled at a man with a guitar, who tried to enter the arrival area without permission. Onlookers thought that a commotion was about to happen but were stunned a few seconds later when they realised that a flash mob was taking place at the arrival hall. The man started strumming his guitar.

Participants performing the flash mob at the arrival hall in KLIA yesterday.
The 10-minute flash mob yesterday, themed Missing You, was choreographed by renowned local dance professional Pat Ibrahim, who has worked on other famous productions like Puteri Gunung Ledang the Musical and P. Ramlee the Musical. It involved 200 participants made up of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) staff, their family and friends and the airlines' partner companies.

The event started with MAS' theme song We Fly followed by Janet Jackson's Miss You Much, sang by a female singer who was interjected by Rahim Maarof's Istana Menanti. This was followed by a dance performance to the Hindi song "Aankhen Khuli" besides a scene where “girlfriends” greet their “boyfriends”. A group of Chinese tourists was also seen performing Ritchie Ren's "Lang Hua Yi Duo Duo" before the entire flash mob came to a conclusion with five MAS cabin crew members jiving their way to the songs "Rindu" and "Balik Kampung".

Saturday, January 14, 2012

These fishes are real or painted?

When you see these goldfish pictures, the first impression might be…yeah, these are some photos of actual goldfishes swimming peacefully in their little water tanks. But how about I tell you these goldfishes aren’t real? They are just realistic 3D “living masterpieces” paintings created by Japanese artist, Riusuke Fukahori via using a complex process of poured resin in large sushi basins to the hollow insides of black bamboo.

The fishes are embedded and painted meticulously layer by layer, in layers of transparent resin. And while the objects he's creating are in fact three-dimensional, he builds them up two-dimensionally, creating successive layers that he seals in resin before adding the next layer on top of the last.