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Monday, July 28, 2014

Selamat Hari Raya 2014

Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim friends and readers..

And a few happy tunes for the occasion. These are classic and popular numbers in Malaysia that enjoy a lot of airwave time during this time of the year. Enjoy..

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Frolics - What Fine Herb Are You?

Chives I am..

Selamat Hari Raya to you who are celebrating.
Happy Holidays to the others who will be enjoying the extended weekend nevertheless.

You Are Chives

You are a complex person, and you are more versatile than others expect. You do a lot of things well.

There are two sides to your personality: one is all about art and color, while the other is all business.

You are very resilient. It is hard to keep you down, and you know how to overcome almost any obstacle.

You are balanced and understated. You have a compelling depth, but you don't broadcast it to the world.

Last week's What's Your Decorating Style?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

MH17 - Remembrance

I saw this on CNN yesterday - truly moving. Thousands of people lined the streets and highway. Flowers were thrown as hearses passed by carrying victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to Hilversum, Netherlands.

(Source: CNN)

According to the airline, Malaysia Airlines System, onboard MAS MH17 on July 17, 2013, were:

- 193 passengers from the Netherlands (including one with dual Dutch and US citizenship),
- 43 Malaysians (including 15 crew and two infants),
- 27 Australians,
- 12 Indonesians (including one infant),
- 10 from Britain (including one with dual British and South African citizenship),
- 4 from Germany
- 4 from Belgium,
- 3 from the Philippines,
- 1 from Canada
- 1 from New Zealand.

Source: The Star

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in a press conference, Saturday said Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17's flight path is considered a safe route and that

“MH17 flew at an altitude that was set and deemed safe by local air traffic control, and it never strayed into restricted airspace”.

“MH17’s flight path was a busy major airway, like a highway in the sky. It followed a route which was set out by the international aviation authorities, approved by Eurocontrol, and used by hundreds of other aircraft,”

The Boeing 777 is believed to have been shot down 50km from the Ukraine-Russia border.

(Source: The Star)

(Source: Google)

MH17 - aerial view of crash site
(Source: CNN)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Frolics - What's Your Decorating Style?

This week's personality quiz is about decorating, your decorating style, that is.

What's your decorating style? Does your home reflect your style? Take the quiz to find out.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Your Style is Bohemian

You are a person with eclectic and varied tastes. You have a wide range of interests and passions.

Of all the types, you are the most likely to be well cultured or even well traveled. You don't fit into any particular box.

You like to break all the rules when it comes to decorating... and to life. You simply like to surround yourself with things that you love.

You are talented at bringing very different things together and making them work. You know how to develop good contrast without clashing.

Last Week's: The Ketchup Test

MAS MH17 disaster enroute from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

MAS flight MH17 makes it the second air disaster for the Malaysian national airline, merely four months and a week after flight MH370 mysteriously went missing en route to Beijing. (The latter plane is still missing though the search is still on.) I must add though that MAS does have a very good safety record.

As for MH17, it was reported that:
GRABOVE, UKRAINE: Dozens of severely mutilated corpses could be seen strewn in the wreckage of a Malaysian airliner that crashed Thursday in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Debris was spread out for many kilometres and the tail of a passenger jet lay in a corn field with the Malaysian Airlines insignia on it while insurgent fighters and several fire trucks were seen nearby the crash site. - AFP

MH17 was en route home to Kuala Lumpur from Schiphol, Amsterdam. Onboard were 280 passengers and 15 crew members. My thoughts and prayers go our to their families and friends.

It is believed that the plane had been shot down by a surface-to-air missile (possibly from a BUK missile-launcher). Ukrainian Air Traffic Control (ATC) contacted MAS ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 (GMT) at 30km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.

The Boeing 777 airliner was cruising at 33,000 feet at the time, supposed to be at a safe height over that region. The requirement is to fly above 31,000 feet. The route used is a common airspace where planes fly.

The Star reported an unofficial list of the MH17 flight manifest which states the following:

- 20 Malaysians and two infants were on board
- Netherlands with 143 passengers (highest number of passengers)
- Australia comes in second with 27 passengers
- 11 Indonesian passengers and one infant
- Britain has six passengers
- France and Germany have four each
- Belgium have three
- Canada one
Nationalities of the other 58 passengers were not stated in the list.

Source: The Star