Archive for March, 2009

  Earth Hour @ KLCC

Sunday, March 29th, 2009 | In News & The Events |

Yesterday night, KLCC Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world had turned off its non-essential lights including decorative facade lighting for one hour to support the 60 Earth Hour event. This was the first time that I saw the Twin Towers switched off 90% of its light for one hour.

Even though the light was switched off, the shops at Suria KLCC were opened as usual, only some shops and retailers were switched off their display light and signs but internal mall lights were maintained for safety reason.

According to the news, during the official Earth Hour at Suria KLCC, the first 100 shoppers that purchase any thing in any amount would be rewarded with a cup of freshly brewed coffee courtesy of Suria KLCC. Additionally, 15 lucky shopper who spend a minimum of RM1,000 would be rewarded with two tickets to the upcoming and much anticipated Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix. To gather their rewards, shoppers need to present the shopping receipt to the concierge desk.

During the Earth Hour, I was taking photos and video clip beside the KLCC Petronas Twin Towers. I was arrived there around 8pm, and the place being crowded and people were shouting and count down for the Earth Hour event.

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Before 8.30pm, the lights were brighten and shinning.
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  Earth Hour 2009

Saturday, March 28th, 2009 | In News & The Events |

Tonight Earth Hour will be held in Malaysia at 8.30pm of the local time, the awareness of this global campaign is happening in Malaysia for the first time this year. Earth Hour is an international event that organized by the World Wide Fund (WWF) that held on the last Saturday of March every year, which encourages households and businesses to turn off their non essential light and electrical appliances for one hour as a vote for Earth or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.

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Earth Hour was conceived by WWF Australia in year 2007. So on 21 Match 2007, there were 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated on this Earth Hour event. This massive collective effort have reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% forĀ a hour. This was made the world noticed and inspired, gradually many major global cities from different countries were joining the Earth Hour in year 2008, and this event have slowly turned as symbolic event into a global movement.

This year, Earth hour have been transformed into the world’s first global election between the Earth and global warning. According to the yahoo news, there are about 84 countries have been participated and pledged their support on this global event for this year with estimated and goal for 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote to the Earth.

Carter Robert, chief executive of the WWF.

Earth Hour makes a powerful statement that the world is going to solve this problem. Everyone is realizing the enormous effect that climate change will have on them.

Also there is seven times more cities have signed on this event since last year’s Earth Hour, which had about 400 cities participated after Sydney, Australia held a solo event in 2007. Those supporters are from global corporations, non-profit groups, schools, scientists and celebrities.

Today, KL Petronas Twin Towers will turn off the light for one hour to vote for the Earth.

  Hong Kong Disneyland theme park (part 8)

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 | In Travel & Return To |

Continue from the previous post, there are more photos that I was taken on the Disney on Parade. If you have change to visit Hong Kong Disneyland, it is the time to see the much loved Disney on Parade. Watch the floats and 100 plus of performers with unique dresses, make their way through Fantasyland and into Main Street U.S.A with an array of sight and sounds. A lot of famous cartoon, films characters were joined the Disney on Parade. This could be the great attraction from Hong Kong Disneyland.

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The toy parade at the clock tower every 15 minutes featuring 18 toys dressed in different national consumes.

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Between the interval of the parade, some performers were well dressed and dances in front the audiences.

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Alice in Wonderland, Alice rides aboard a giant psychedelic mushroom with dancing flowers, the Cheshire cat and a pompous Caterpillar towering behind.

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More flowers dancers and performers.

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The Little Mermaid, This float brings a wildly colorful procession led by seahorses, coral dancers, starfish and little octopus.

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Toy Story, Sarge and the Green Army Men lead the radio controlled car with buzz light-year at the controls while Woody and his girlfriend Jessie twirl their lariats atop an old-fashioned, toy record player.

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Continue on more characters on the toy story on the parade.

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Some dancers were performed their unique dance during Disney on parade.

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The finale show on the parade was the Castle Float.

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In this Finale Castle Float, It was starring by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Disney’s own royal family stage a party atop the grandest float of all, a rolling replica of sleeping beauty castle. Nearby are Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.

  More Information about Apple Iphone 3G

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 | In Phones & Mobile Apps |

After the launched of Apple iPhone 3G at Malaysia’s market few days ago, there is another news about AT&T will starts offering unlocked Apple iPhone 3G without any contract obligations starting from 26th March 2009, to enjoy this benefits, user need to be an existing AT&T customer with the 8 or 15 GB version of Apple iPhone. AT&T will also offer their customer to get an unlocked iPhone 3G totally commitment-free with no in-store activation needed, the only limits is one iPhone 3G per active line per customer.

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After some research on the iPhone, I can not deny, iPhone has the great design and development because iPhone is an Internet-connected multimedia smart phone with a flush multi touch screen and minimal hardware/ easy to use interface. This device does not have a physical keyboard, so a keyboard is replaced by the virtual keyboard on the touch screen. The big and high resolution display can be the best among the smart phone on the market; the web browsers are as good as you using the desktop browsers. Recently, A lot of the hot discussions on the device are very common to see at the forums around the Internet after the launched of Apple iPhone 3G at Malaysia market.

Where to buy iPhone at Malaysia? is selling the 16GB version of iPhone at price RM2,999 and the 8GB version at price RM2,899. It is all unlocked iPhone.

Compare to other countries.
NZ Vodafone selling NZD979 (RM2,005) and NZD1,129 (RM2,308) for the 8GB and 16GB version respectively whereas HK Apple Store selling HKD5,400 (RM2,437) and HKD6,200 (RM2,806) for the 8GB and 16GB version respectively.

Also the Optus iPhone costs AUD729 (RM1,820) and AUD849 (RM2,119) for the 8GB and 16GB respectively without unlocking costs if you do it six months after initial activation.

iPhone is late on Malaysia market due to several reasons that the iPhone is not able to satisfy users needs for some of the basic 3G requirements.

1. The built in 2.0 mega pixel camera without optical zoom, flash or auto-focus and it does not support video recording.

2. Wireless earpieces that use bluetooth technology to communicate with the iPhone are sold separately and they do not support stereo audio. Unlike many similar phones, the iPhone requires third party software to support voice recording.

3. In messaging features, it does not yet have the capabilities for delivery reports, multimedia messaging (MMS) or copy/ cut/ paste features. According to the news, the multi-recipient SMS was added in the 1.1.3 software update.

4. The iPhone only support voice dialing through third party applications and video calling is not supported at all. The idea of 3G capable iPhone without the video calling feature seems missed out some great components for the end users.

5. Non user replaceable battery. The Battery is built inside the case of the iPhone. Users can not switch the battery with another and required to send the iPhone to the Apple related store for replacement (if broken). Time (delay) and money (Extra expense) will be needed.

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6. No turn by turn navigation from the iPhone map. Assume on the Global Positioning System (GSP) satellite navigation receiver into the iPhone, Apple has stopped short of offering voiced and turn by turn navigation into the device. You can plot directions from your current position to somewhere else and watch yourself as a little dot on the map but there is not arrow guide, estimated distance to next stop compare to Nokia brand.

Should buy an iPhone 3G and subscribe to Maxis’ plans?
iPhone users at Malaysia need to choose one of the plans offered by Maxis Communication. A 12 months contract will cost between RM100 to RM375. Your commitment ranges will be from RM1,200 to RM4,500 while data is not unlimited, and you are billed for every minute/ data (kb) once exceed the monthly usage. For example, plan of RM100 for 5 hours per month. If you subscribe to 24 months contract, nothing in the plan changes but your commitment level will become RM2,400 to RM9,000 over 2 years.

Advance deposit is required to ensure you are not break the contract in the middle of your subscription period. If you need more data, you have to pay some amount of RM99/ month. I think many people will need more data on surf Internet and because iPhone is not included the MMS feature, so most of the time users need to use the email.

Finally, I do not think Maxis is offering the great value packages/ plans with their questionable 3G data services and their customer service is not as good as Digi. I was customer of Maxis since many year ago before I switch to Digi – mobile phone service provider.

Above is some realistic points that I found at some articles and news about iPhone, Maxis’ plans and through this short survey on the iPhone, I will prefer N82 from Nokia rather than iPhone unless one day Digi is offering some value plan for iPhone users, then I will consider to get one iPhone and experience it.


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