Friday, August 16, 2019

Kuala Lumpur has been voted the 2nd Friendliest City in the World

Here's reason enough to visit Kuala Lumpur.

The Star reported that KL second friendliest city in the world, survey finds

PETALING JAYA: Keep on smiling, Malaysians. Kuala Lumpur emerged as the second friendliest city in the world, according to Big 7 Travel.

The capital of Malaysia is only behind Vancouver, Canada in the list of 50 Friendliest City In The World, according to a survey carried put by the global travel site on some 1.5 million people.

Other cities, which made the Top 10, include Bruges, Belgium (in third place), Taipei, Taiwan (4th), Hamburg, Germany (5th), Dublin, Ireland (6th), and Christchurch, New Zealand (7th).

Neighbouring South-East Asian cities to Kuala Lumpur, which made it to the Top 50 list are Chiang Mai, Thailand (11th), Siem Reap, Cambodia (20th), Singapore (24th), and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (46th).

"KL is a top spot for both tourists and expats, " Big 7 Travel wrote on its website.

The website also noted that these cities across the globe make one feel welcomed based on "how easy the city is to navigate or strangers helping you find your way when that pesky roaming data doesn’t work, to making new best friends in a local bar".

Big 7 Travel noted that Asian cities rated highly overall, with several US and Canada cities also making it into the Top 10.

Earlier this year, the travel website named Malaysia among the top 20 "most Instagrammable countries".

Malaysia emerged among the best travel destinations, including Penang, by CNN Travel for one of the best destinations to visit for the ultimate Asia experience in June this year, as well as topping the 2017 Global Muslim Travel Index as the best Muslim travel destination in the world.

Source: The Star

Friday, August 9, 2019

Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin - Missing
SEREMBAN: Masjid Kariah Pantai will perform a solat hajat (special prayers) after Friday prayers tomorrow for the safe return of Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin, who went missing from a resort near here five days ago.

Mosque imam Kahar Sukin, 73, said the fact that the 15-year-old teenager was non-Muslim was irrelevant as there was no restriction in Islam against that.

“We will perform the prayers in the name of humanity.

“We symphatise with what had happened, especially as she is a teen with special needs,” he added.

Nora Anne Quorin, an Irish teenager has been found missing while on a two-week holiday. Nora has a learning disability. She went missing from The Dusun, a holiday resort in Negeri Sembilan. Nora was reported missing on Aug 4, a day after she arrived at the resort with her parents and two siblings. A glass window in the resort, which can only be opened from the inside, was seen left open.

The Royal Malaysia Police, the Fire & Rescue Department with their K9 unit, and local residents are among the search parties but to-date there has been no sign of the young lady.

The Voice Recording strategy is to be used entering the 5th day of the search.

The words expressed in the recording are: "Nora darling, I love you... mum is here. Mum is here, Nora darling, my love.

He said in the voice recording, Meabh sounds persuasive like how she usually talks to calm down Nora Anne.

We are extremely thankful to The Lucie Blackman Trust for their ongoing support. They are handling all media enquiries for us and everything should be directed to them. Our family cannot face dealing with that at the moment,” the family was quoted.

The family remains hopeful and have asked everyone to keep the teenager in their thoughts, and to continue to support the ongoing search for her.

If you are still following the case below are updates:

Nora’s parents say ‘terima kasih’
Search area for missing teen Nora scaled down
On Shah Alam stage, Westlife pleads for info on Irish teen missing in Negri Sembilan
Fasha Sandha shares plea to find Nora Quoirin
Did searchers miss Nora Quiorin's body?
Parents confirm body is Nora
Trust asks for Quoirin family to be respected in time of need
Nora Quoirin: autopsy yet to determine cause of death, say police
Franco-Irish teen bled to death in Malaysia, no sign of foul play

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Chinese Valentine's Day or Qixi Festival

Today is Chinese Valentine's Day, the Qixi Festival, Also known as the Qiqiao Festival, it is a Chinese festival celebrating the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese mythology. It falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month on the Chinese calendar.

More from Wikipedia..

'The festival originates from the romantic legend of two lovers, ZhiNü and Niulang, who were the weaver girl and the cowherd, respectively. The tale of The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl has been celebrated in the Qixi Festival since the Han dynasty. The earliest-known reference to this famous myth dates back to over 2600 years ago, which was told in a poem from the Classic of Poetry. The Qixi festival inspired the Tanabata festival in Japan and Chilseok festival in Korea.

The festival has variously been called the Double Seventh Festival, the Chinese Valentine's Day, the Night of Sevens, or the Magpie Festival.'

It is also a story of love bridging the universe. Folklore has it that a goddess, named ZhiNu, came to the mortal world met and fell in love with a cowherd, NiuLang. The 7th Day of the 7th Month of the Lunar calendar is the day they set to meet each other every year.

Wikipedia has more details:

'The general tale is a love story between Zhinü (the weaver girl, symbolizing Vega) and Niulang (the cowherd, symbolizing Altair). Their love was not allowed, thus they were banished to opposite sides of the Silver River (symbolizing the Milky Way). Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day.'

In traditional Buddhist/Toaist Chinese families in this part of the world, offerings are still being made on this occasion. Joss-sticks, candles, tea, fruits and other foodstuff make up the offerings which are normally set out on a table facing the sky and this is done at night.

A mural depicting the reunion of Niulang and Zhinü can be found in the Long Corridor of the Summer Palace in Beijing, China. Source

While it may not be as celebrated as Valentine's Day on February 14, the festival could still be reason enough to go out and splurge a little on your significant other or your family. Or hey, you could even dress up in matching or complementary outfits like this celeb couple, David and Victoria Beckham who were enjoying their holiday in southern Italy dressed to complement each other to celebrate this Chinese Valentine's Day.

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Joyful: The couple looked relaxed on their holiday together (@victoriabeckham)

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Matching: The iconic couple showed off their similar taste in style (@davidbeckham)

Happy Chinese Valentine's Day!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Haze is back in Malaysia

Was wondering about the grey skies this morning and the irritation in the throat but didn't think much of the latter until I read about the forest fires in Indonesia and the resultant haze. Yes, the dreaded HAZE is back. It skipped us last year though.

Forest fires are raging not only on Sumatra but on Kalimantan on Borneo Island as well. This means Malaysians on East and West Malaysia are going through this phase of poor quality at the moment. A look at the Air Pollutant Index (API) confirms it.

The 103 reading on the map is for Rompin in Pahang.

In Kuala Lumpur..
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The affected areas so far are the Klang Valley, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, and several areas in Sarawak according to MSN.

Thursday, August 1, 2019


You've got to hear this, people, really!

Cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' sung at the AGT, America's Got Talent by Chris Kläfford from Sweden. I mean like Wow!

Video was published on July 9 and it's garnered 19 million views and counting as we speak.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Petronas Twin Towers.. by Cesar Pelli

If you have been to Kuala Lumpur, chances are you would have visited our iconic Petronas Twin Towers which are conveniently located in the city centre itself.

And if you are planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, these iconic twin towers are certainly not to be missed. A visit to KL (short for Kuala Lumpur) isn't complete without setting foot at KLCC, commonly referred to in place of Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

Lots of shopping for starters and a whole lot of other activities in the vicinity as well besides gawking at the buildings from inside and out. I guarantee it.

You can also go to the viewing levels at 41 and 42, at the Skybridge, for a bird's eye view of the city. And there's the aquarium called Aquaria, a science centre called Petro Sains, there's a concert hall, home to our Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, etc. There is a Convention Centre in the vicinity and for hotels, there is Mandarin Oriental and Traders Hotel, both award winners in their category. The SkyBar at Traders Hotel is popular with tourists and locals alike.

A glimpse of SkyBar at Traders and the view outside it..Source
At KLCC, there's a huge park for a stroll or a jog or even a run as well as a wading pool to enjoy some water frolicking for kids mostly. There's also a fountain out front, a musical fountain with special lighting effects at night. And much more one can see and/or do at KLCC. Come see for yourself.

These iconic Petronas Twin Towers look even better at night. By the way, they remain the tallest twin towers in the world to this day, though for a while they were the tallest buildings in the world.

I'd like to pay tribute here to Cesar Pelli, architect behind Petronas Twin Towers, who had died, aged 92.

His famous works include the World Financial Center in New York, Canary Wharf Tower in London and renovation work on New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Image source:
More images of Petronas Twin Towers.. for your viewing pleasure.

Related article: Dr M saddened by passing of Petronas Twin Towers' architect

Saturday, July 20, 2019

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

50 years ago today, July 20, 1969, man set foot on the Moon. And so this famous quote came into being, 'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' or what is believed to have been said by the first person on the Moon, Neil Armstrong.

Google commemorates this occasion with a Google doodle..

And a video..

Happy Moon Landing Day!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Buying a Bicycle

Ok, let me just take five and share this 'important' message..

Isn't the Internet amazing?! Got this from WhatsApp, so the source is unknown. If you are the owner or know the source please let me know in the 'Comments' and I will give it due credit. Thank you.