Tuesday, May 12, 2009
How 'nice'...

Hmm... my long abandoned blog has been 'redecorated' by google adsense. I wonder who's the 'nice guy'. Making money out of my personal blog?

Maybe I need to change my URL.

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A Trip To Pangkor

Recently my family and I visited Pangkor. I've never been to Pangkor before and I jump at the chance to go there. Besides, there's a full-fledged naval base there at Pangkor. The same goes when I passed by Butterworth, Kuantan, or Port Dickson - military bases excites me.

We tried to get a cheap chalet for the trip to teach the kids a little bit of vacation humbleness. But they didn't take it. They monitor the Pangkor trip as we plan it. They make sure we got a cozy bus, both when we depart and come back to KL; they make sure they won't be holding the camera so that they'll have abundant of pictures to put on their myspaces; and finally they make sure that we'll get a good place to stay.

Then the compromise was a fairly priced budget hotel - with a swimming pool! The kids would never survived a trip without a swimming pool.



A big breakfast before departing to Pangkor.


At Lumut Jetty. They have a nice jetty complex over there.


On the ferry's outer deck. Sakinah is already hungry.


Another one on the deck.


My first picture with KD Indera Sakti. The pictures of other battleships are on my defence blog.


Teluk Nipah main road. They promoted 'Senyumanku di Pulau Pangkor", but I'm telling you, Pangkor people are not the friendliest kind. Maybe that's why it's 'Senyumanku' not 'Senyumanmu'...


Teluk Nipah @ Nipah Bay.


Went for a treacherous snorkeling at the neighbouring island. Snorkeling + Pangkor = Not the best experience.


Boat riding circling the island.


Arrived back at Teluk Nipah a la amphibious landing. I'm now officially a Marine...


At the entrance of one out of two dried fish and seafood products factory in Pangkor.


Here are the dried seafood. You'll stop eating anchovies if you see how they processed it.


A miniature model of the Great Wall of China.


Inscripted Stone of Pangkor. A legay of the Dutch putting their stamp of claim on the island.


Nice art.


The Dutch Fort. Or what's left of it.


This is not the real cannon. The real one is on display at the Pasir Salak History Complex.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

 

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua yang mengenali diri ini. Maaf zahir dan batin, halalkan segala yang termakan dan terminum. Semoga anda semua berbahagia bersama keluarga dan orang tersayang.


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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Port Dickson (...again)

Well, some of my friends might know that my family an I have had quite a frequent trips to Port Dickson. This year alone we've been there for three times, mainly for vacation. Last week on the 17th I went there again, this time at the Tiara Beach Resort. I applied for annual leave until the Tuesday.

My sister and her family were having family day with her co-workers, so my siblings decided that why don't we bring the extended family members as well. 2 in 1. Mission accomplished.

It's a nice place, claiming to be having the largest man-made beach in Malaysia. Now I believe the Mines Beach Resort have the official title. The pool covers around half of the land mass inside the resort, but unfortunately very shallow. I swam everyday that I start coughing for a week. At the time when I'm writing this, the cough have been cured already.

After two days at the resort, we head for Ayer Keroh to my eldest brother's house in Tasik Utama. We spent the time around Bandar Melaka and play bowl at the Mahkota Parade, which I went last when I studied in Malacca back in 2001.

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Me and the kids at the main waterfall

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Me, Sakinah and Amir

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Me, Syafiq and Siddiq at the Tiara Beach boulevard at night

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My sister, Syafiq and Siddiq at the dinner at the resort's ballroom

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Me and Amir in front of the gym

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Again in front of the gym

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The pool behind us is the deepest in the whole resort, only at 1.2 metres deep...

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After 10 o'clock, there will be so many people that you cannot swim without running into other people

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Tiara Beach Resort main reception

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The Tiara Beach Resort boulevard

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A solo picture of mine

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Hazim looking dull as he cannot play. He cannot even lift a 7 pound ball!

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The family get-together...

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My first actual picture inside Mahkota Parade

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Afiqah Bariza looks very much like her brother Dzakwan. She cry a lot as well nowadays...


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Monday, March 24, 2008
Another Grandstand

Yesterday I went to watch the Formula 1 race at the Sepang F1 Circuit. Together with two of my friends, we went out early, only to arrive exactly when the race started. Reaching for the seat at the grandstand, the race was just starting up to its warm-up lap.

Knowing that the Scuderias are leading the pack and the Silver Arrows are both penalize five grid position each, I knew it will be a good year for me, as a Ferrari supporter of course. The race went out pretty exciting, with Massa suffer a spin and eventually out of the race as he was trapped in the gravel at turn 8. Almost everybody at the hillstand rush to watch eight marshalls pushing the F2008! 

But watching from grandstand, and facing southward, I missed the clash between Rosberg and Timo Glock, and unfortunately, the pit action which will reveal the teams' strategies. Lucky I got to see the playback on ASTRO!

I remember the first time I went for a Grand Prix, it was a hill stand and being new to the sport, I cannot make out the position and strategies. But now, I can even guess the fuel payload and pit stop strategy. And I'm getting very literate with the drivers' numbers and colours, which is important for a high-speed race. The tower which display the current position was helping me a lot. The giant screen is good as well, but I barely can hear sound. So, it is imperative that I can make out the condition and strategy of the race on my own.

Being the number one most technical circuit in the world, Sepang combines the characteristics of wide circuit, short and long corners, and feature two grandstand-length straights, which make a lap's time to be just around 1 minute and 37 seconds.

At this circuit, I believe starting from midfield with free fuel strategy wouldn't help much. That goes the same with pro-cons of longer or shorter wheelbase. It is vital to qualify to the best grid position. Unfortunately, one of my favourite driver Sebastian Vettel didn't finish. But it's totally a different story with Quick Nick, who managed to score the fastest lap on lap 43 while chasing Jarno Trulli and Lewis Hamilton.

Of course, this is not the first grandstand for me. The price is out of question as it ranges from RM800 to RM1500. So, the tickets are free complimentary tickets. If not, Ill be a hillstand frequenter!


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Me and Shamsuri, in front of the BMW-Sauber F1.08 at their booth

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Me and Yap at the grandstand

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Felipe Massa leading the pack. It was the Scarlet Car 1-2 until the middle of the race.

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Me at the grandstand...haha

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My first picture with Datuk Seri Hishammuddin

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Me, Shamsuri, and Yap at the back

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I took this picture of Yap taking Shamsuri's picture

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Me looking verrryyyy nervous (you know why...)

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Being use to cameras during his athletics days, Yap is a natural in this pic

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Even more with Shamsuri...


I'm glad I was able to see a Ferrari win here. Last year, they have a very bad start at Sepang, where the McLaren, headed by the ever-wise Fernando Alonso, took over the lead on the first corner with his teammate although starting from 2nd and 4th respectively.

But even now, with a less competitive car, Alonso can make it to points. I reckon a true genius, a bit at par with the great Michael Schumacher.


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This is from last year. Ironically I took the picture before the race, and eventually the McLaren Mercedes won.

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Me at the grandstand. Last year was very hot, it registered to be the highest temperature for 2007 Formula One Grand Prix.Lucky this year the weather is milder.

Well, hopefully next year I'll be able to go for the Grand Prix again. And I'm praying it's a Grandstand!


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ilyasthegreat
Prenom : Mohd Ilyas Mohd Amin

Lieu de Nassance : Kuala Lumpur General Hospital

Date de Nassance : 21 Febrir 1982

Le Zodiac : Pisces

Hobbies : Formula One, Internet, Star Trek, Reading

Location : Ampang, Selangor


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