Sunday, September 29, 2013

KL Tower is one of Top 10 Landmarks in Malaysia - Tripadvisor

Congratulations to Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) for being recognised by Tripadvisor as one of Top 10 Landmarks in Malaysia. Source: KL Tower Facebook page

KL Tower is currently hosting the 2013 KL Tower International BASE Jump event in which a hundred BASE jumpers have signed up for this extreme sport held annually. This is the only time visitors are allowed onto the deck to experience the thrill of being on top of the world, sort of.

KL Tower is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 metres (1,381 feet).

This year's BASE Jump event started on Friday, Sep 27 and will end tomorrow, Monday, Sep 30 (morning day jumps only). 4 day jumps and 3 night jumps have been slated for this year.

Image source: Menara KL Facebook

Miss Philippines Megan Young is Miss World 2013

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Miss Philippines Megan Young has been crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale last night on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, amid tight security following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.. Miss Young beat five other finalists, including France and Brazil, to win the coveted title in a contest broadcast to more than 180 countries worldwide.

The new Miss World pledged to "just be myself in everything I do, to share what I know and to educate people". She is the first ever Philippines Miss World. She took over the crown from last year's winner, China's Yu Wenxia.

You can read more about it on Yahoo's Miss Philippines crowned Miss World amid Muslim anger. More pictures available as well.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

House of the Virgin Mary in Turkey

History has always fascinated me. Here's a bit of history that could be fascinating to you as well. It's the house that the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, used to live after His crucifixion in Calvary.

WHEN Jesus was on the cross at Calvary, he turned to his youngest Apostle and asked him to look after his mother Mary, the Bible says. But the book remains largely silent about what happened to her after that.

It is believed, however, that John the Evangelist, as the Apostle came to be known, quietly spirited her away to what is modern-day Turkey.

High on a hill slope outside the town of Ephesus he built her a simple stone house where she stayed secretly. Those were dangerous times for Christians. The Romans held Ephesus and they were responsible for crucifying Jesus.

Visitors light candles and place them in glass-shielded stands.

The wishing wall full of wishes on paper

The outdoor area where mass is held every Sunday

Continue reading House of the Virgin Mary in Turkey
.. The Star

All images are borrowed from The Star

Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy 15th Birthday, Google!

15 years ago, what started as a research project for two PhD students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, has turned out to be currently the world's most visited website, making its founders multi-billionaires.

Google celebrates its 15th birthday with an interactive doodle on its homepage allowing the user to break a star-shaped birthday pinata.

To view what Google page looked like when it was first launched in September 1998, visit Google in 1998 as created by Google. 

2013 KL Tower International BASE Jump

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If you are in Kuala Lumpur this weekend starting today and visiting the KL Tower is on your itinerary, you would be in for a bonus! You would be able to catch this year's KL Tower International BASE Jump that will be taking place the next four days, starting today.

Last year's event saw 91 BASE jumpers from 17 countries completed over 2200 BASE jumps during the event. This year's event will see 100 jumpers over 4 days and 3 nights launching their jumps from the 421m KL Tower located at Bukit Nanas, downtown Kuala Lumpur.

The KL Tower International BASE Jump is the only time of the year when visitors are allowed up the tower where the jumpers take off from. A good chance for visitors to get the adrenaline rush of standing on top of the world. -

BASE jumping, also sometimes written as B.A.S.E. jumping, is an activity where participants jump from fixed objects and use a parachute to break their fall. "BASE" is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (cliffs).

Jumping Days:
Friday 27th September to Monday 30th September - 4 Days

Night Jumps:
Friday 27th September to Sunday 29th September - 3 Nights

KL Tower,
2 Jalan Punchak off Jalan P Ramlee,
Kuala Lumpur
From: Sep 27, 2013 To: Oct 1, 2013

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Friday Frolics - What Banned Book Are You?

If you were a banned book, which book do you think you are? This is for you to find out in this week's Friday Frolics quiz. Take the quiz below to find out.

Happy Friday, everyone!

You Are The Hunger Games

You have a wild imagination, one that is not easily satisfied by run of the mill stories and novels.

You like to be transported to a completely different world. You like to be immersed in a life that is nothing like your own.

You don't mind an outlandish story - in fact, you require it. You prefer a book that's not just about ordinary, every day things.

There's nothing you like better than being lost in a book - especially one with a strong plot and protagonist to root for.

Last Week's Quiz: The Candy Bar Test

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Samsung pays Apple $1 Billion in 5-cent coins

Sometime ago, I read about an upset bank customer banking in a large sum of money but in a small denomination, enough to create a hassle for the bank counting the entire amount. Today, someone or rather another party has beat that feat.

Samsung paid Apple $1 billion in 5-cent coins for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company. 30 trucks arrived at Apple headquarters with the cash.

This happened two days ago (Sep 23).

Initially, the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.

The funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send the creators of the iPhone their billion dollars in the way they deem best.

You can read about it here: Samsung pays Apple $1 Billion sending 30 trucks full of 5 cent coins

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Turning photographs into murals and decorative works of art

Rather than just committing it to memory, photography has taken making memories to a higher level. With digital cameras being an important part of our life, taking pictures of our friends and loved ones, of the places we have been to or even the food we have cooked up is commonplace in this day and age. We can now easily have these documented for looking back over the years.
Photography or rather digital photography has taken us even a step further. We can now make canvas prints from digital photographs we take. Photo4canvas is one high quality Canvas Printing company that has been helping people turn photos into large quality canvasses for many years. Getting it done with them is a simple process. You just take a photo, upload it and then email it to them. Alternatively, you can bring it into their office. They will then email you a proof for your review and approval - all at no charge. You can have your photos in a style you like including montage, basic style or even hand-drawn style. Photo4canvas can make your memories live on and in a big way too!

Photography and what we do with our photos are not the only things that have evolved. Living quarters and spaces have taken new forms. The other day, I talked about the first Container Hotel in Kuala Lumpur and recently, someone was talking about setting up a container in his backyard to increase storage space. I am sure he would be interested in a Shipping Containers Price list to make comparisons to secure a good buy.

The majority of containers at Sea Containers come with wooden floors though they are able to provide steel floored containers through basic modification. They sell brand new containers as well as pre-used units that have been professionally refurbished. Sea Containers have containers in all sizes - 8ft containers, 10ft containers, 20ft containers and 40ft containers available in both general and high cube/top options.

If you are in the market for Sheet Metal Fabricators, Amediate Engineering Ltd may be who you are looking for. Celebrating 20+ years in the business, they are a specialist fabrication engineering company founded in 1992. Their extensive projects include for boilers, breweries and bar pourers, telecommunications, civil and ground works, mounts and ladders, walkways and platforms, signs and many more.

Additionally, if you are looking for a CV joints or related products, you have come to the right place for a CV specialist. CV joints, CV boots, inner CVs and more are all available here.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Man City 4 - Man United 1

Last night's Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium was a difficult game to watch.  It ended with a scoreline of 4-1 in favour of Manchester City. Ouch!  A win has propelled Man City to third position while Man United slips to No. 8 on the table.  The only consolation is that it is still very early in the season - only five matches being played.

Manchester United is last season's winner of Barclay's Premier League and FA Community Shield winner at the start of current season.

Below is the current standing after five games.  After a 2-0 win over Stoke City, Arsenal is in the lead.  Tottenham Hotspurs is in the second spot. 

Image source: Google

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Adding good fengshui to your home

Water features are popular in Chinese homes mainly for that good fengshui effect. Some people have a fishpond of koi fishes, others prefer a fountain in a strategic location.

Soothing Walls has something quite different.  They have a range of wall fountains which could also double as art pieces. Having one installed not only enhances the aesthetics of a home, it also makes the home a lot cooler with the constant flow of water.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Frolics - The Candy Bar Test

Do you think even your choice of a candy bar can tell about you? You bet!

You Are Unconventional

You can dress up and blend in with the crowd, but on the inside you're still totally wild.

You have a ton of energy, and you're the type of person who likes to tackle everything at once.

You are very spontaneous, and you've learned it's best not to try to predict the future.

You're up for anything, especially if it's new or unusual. You're all about racking up unique life experiences.

Last Week's Quiz: What Household Appliance Are You?

Church converted to mosque

Putting together jigsaw puzzles.  Not really my inclination but every time I go to a bookshop, I'd make it a point to drop by at the jigsaw puzzles corner. The attraction lies on the boxes with pictures such as the one below.  I like the colours and the 'matchstick' figures engaging in different activities reflecting vibrancy.  Animals such as dogs sometimes make an appearance.  Nice.

The piece below is by L S Lowry (Laurence Stephen Lowry), an English artist born in Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for over 40 years, and Salford and its surrounding areas.  (Wikipedia has an interesting article on Lowry.)

This Lowry painting depicts a town scene with the Mount Zion chapel in the Lancashire market town which can be seen on the right in this 1954 painting A Street in Clitheroe.

Fastforward to the actual in current times..  The chapel is still a part of the township landscape.

A closeup of the chapel..

An article in the Daily Mail caught my attention the other day. The article says the disused chapel in Clitheroe is being converted into the town's first mosque. Though the plan to use the Mount Zion Methodist Church as a Muslim place of worship initially sparked fierce opposition, the work is now drawing support from all sides.

Seven years on, the first phase of conversion is complete, and the community is now trying to raise £250,000 to install heating and lighting, internal decoration, doors and windows. You can read about it on the Daily Mail.

This article brought me back to late last month when a mosque in Tanjung Sutera Resort, a private resort in Johore, a state in the south neighbour to Singapore, had to be demolished after the resort owner allowed a group of Singaporean Buddhist tourists to conduct meditation sessions. There was much debate all around and in the end the authorities decided that the mosque had to go. The Singaporean resort owner who is a Muslim had his Malaysian PR status revoked. But I digress.

Back to L S Lowry and his art..

During his life Lowry made about 1,000 paintings and over 8,000 drawings. In later years, Lowry spent holidays at the Seaburn Hotel in Sunderland, County Durham, painting scenes of the beach and nearby ports and coal mines. When he had no sketchbook, Lowry drew scenes in pencil or charcoal on the back of envelopes, serviettes and cloakroom tickets and presented them to young people sitting with their families. Such serendipitous pieces are now worth thousands of pounds; a serviette sketch can be seen at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel (formerly the Seaburn Hotel).

Lowry's work is held in many public and private collections. The largest collection is held by Salford City Council and displayed at The Lowry. Its collection has about 400 works.

214 of Laurence Stephen Lowry paintings can be viewed on if you are interested.

Among them is this one of Piccadilly Gardens.
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Piccadilly Gardens today.
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In case you are interested to view Lowry's art, on 26 June 2013 a retrospective of Lowry's art opened at the Tate Britain in London, his first there, scheduled to run until 20 October.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy Mid-autumn Festival 2013

Google doodle
Today is Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the major festivals celebrated by the Chinese community in the year. Here in Malaysia, this festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the Eighth Lunar month is commonly-known as Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival as mooncakes and lanterns are the main items associated with this festival. More about the origin of Mid-Autumn Festival can be found on Wikipedia.

Mooncakes are synonymous with this Mid-Autumn Festival and they are getting more and more varied and packaging more attractive from year-to-year.

Mooncakes, the traditional pastry eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival is normally filled with salted duck egg yolk and lotus seed paste. The egg yolk inside symbolizes the moon and each piece can contain up to 1,000 calories.

Take a look at some luxury mooncakes available this year in China and Hongkong as featured on

Chocolate mooncakes from Four Seasons Beijing

Mooncakes from HK KLN Shangrila Chaozhou

Mooncakes from HK Kowloon Shangrila

Mooncakes from BJ Sofitel

Molds, usually wooden, are used to make the mooncakes. You can see the different types of molds at a folk culture museum in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui province.

Presenting mooncakes to relatives and business associates is an integral part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, but a new law in China this year has put a dampener on the spirit of mooncake giving -- at least among government officials. The Chinese government has announced that officials will no longer be able to use public money to send mooncakes as gifts during the festival. (CNN)

As for lanterns, children will be happiest to be playing with the latest designs this year. Lanterns in the shape of minions of Despicable Me 2 fame are popular choices this year.  Last year, lanterns in the shape of Angry Birds were hot favourites.

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If you are in Kuala Lumpur, you may want to visit the Central Market to view the giant lanterns on display in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival. Daily activities lined up include lantern-making workshops from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, mini-lantern parades from 8.30pm to 9.30pm and cultural performances at 9pm. Today is the last day for these activities. However, the display of giant lanterns outside Central Market is until Sept 25.

For details, you can call 1-300 228 688 or 03-2031 0399, or visit

Mooncake Festival was celebrated on September 30 last year.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2012

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

TESCO delivers right to your doorstep

I spotted a TESCO delivery truck in the neighbourhood last Saturday morning.  Surprised to see it first time, I stopped to find out more about the delivery service.  The TESCO man was making his rounds and I saw him sorting out orders that were separated in blue shopping baskets.  Home delivery comes with a ten ringgit charge according to the gentleman.  I've added this service to my KIV list.  Check out their website if you need more information.

I talked about buying lingerie online the other day. In this day and age, almost everything can be bought online, even prescription eyeglasses which you can buy at a fraction of the cost of a regular pair at an optician's. Prices online are quite often better than those at a brick-and-mortar shop. You can even buy kids glasses for as low as $10! Now that's a real bargain! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

1 million free seats from Air Asia for travel 2014

Due for a vacation but not too keen on paying regular airfares? Try AirAsia! They are at it again giving away 1 million free seats for travel between 7 January 2014 to 5 August 2014.

The window for booking starts today, 17 September and will extend to 22 September - six long days!

40 destinations available at unbelievable rates from as low as an all-in fare of RM26 from KL to Langkawi; RM84 to Bangkok; RM149 to Hong Kong and RM224 to Bangalore, India. For more destinations, see schedule below courtesy of Air Asia Promotion.

Fly from RM26 all-in-fare: Langkawi, Kuala Terengganu, Alor Setar, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Bahru
Fly from RM48 all-in-fare: Bintulu, Sibu, Kuching, Sandakan, Miri, Kota Kinabalu
Fly from RM49 all-in-fare: Singapore
Fly from RM52 all-in-fare: Hat Yai
Fly from RM62 all-in-fare: Brunei
Fly from RM64 all-in-fare: Bandung, Jakarta, Surabaya
Fly from RM78 all-in-fare: Tawau, Labuan
Fly from RM84 all-in-fare: Bangkok-Don Mueang
Fly from RM104 all-in-fare: Phuket, Phnom Penh, Banda Aceh
Fly from RM114 all-in-fare: Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Solo
Fly from RM149 all-in-fare: Guilin, Hong Kong, Bali, Macau, Hanoi
Fly from RM179 all-in-fare: Kunming, Nanning, Kolkata, Tiruchirappalli
Fly from RM194 all-in-fare: Guangzhou, Shenzhen
Fly from RM214 all-in-fare: Kochi
Fly from RM224 all-in-fare: Bangalore

Happy shopping for your next holiday! And of course you can pick your own favourite seat.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Princess Diana - bright light shone into driver's eyes 'killed' her

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It was Malaysia's Independence Day when it happened. The year was 1997 on August 31 when I first learned about Princess Diana's death from the auto accident in a Paris tunnel. I remember dropping what I was doing then and glued myself to the telly in disbelief watching the news unfold with shots of the mangled Mercedes Benz in the Paris tunnel. It was surreal.

A couple of months ago, I read about Scotland Yard reopening the case and yesterday it was all over that the princess's death was an alleged plot to have her killed by an elite British Army unit and that they had been monitoring Diana, 36, and boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 42, and chose to carry out the assassination in a tunnel.

But an inquiry heard the romance was not opposed by either the British royal family or any other branch of government. A post-mortem also found that Diana was not pregnant.

The ex-wife of a former SAS soldier told detectives that her husband had claimed that the "hit" had been carried out on the orders of individuals within the royal inner circle because they didn’t approve of Diana’s ­relationship with Dodi Al Fayed.

Soldier N as he has been referred to confessed to his wife that Princess Diana was assassinated and that a bright light was shone into the Paris car she was being driven in.

Soldier N decided to confide in his wife after taking Prince William on an SAS advanced driving course that same year but swore her to secrecy but she told her mother the extraordinary story after their divorce.

He told his wife that a former colleague, who had since left the SAS, was involved in the plot and that a motorbike and white car were used.

"We were talking about it and I was saying how lovely it was that Princes William and Harry were doing so well and that it was sad that their mum wasn't here to see it," the wife reportedly told Scotland Yard detectives last month, Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper reports.

"Then he said one of the guys was responsible for the accident, for the death of Diana. I was shocked. I believed what he said."

"He also said that it very nearly didn’t happen. When I asked how anyone could do something like that he said, ‘It’s an order, a job’s a job’. He said that it had to happen in the tunnel to ­guarantee death. He said that it looked bad so they left," the wife said.

The allegations first surfaced two months ago during the court martial of another SAS veteran who was convicted of illegal possession of a weapon and ammunition. Detectives have since interviewed Soldier N's ex-wife and former mother-in-law.

The army unit reportedly is able to kill by shining high density beams into the eyes of targets to either cause road accidents or disorientate victims so they could be killed in another way.

Diana turns her head away as bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones (left) and driver Henri Paul are caught in the spotlight not long before the crash - Source:

Diana, Fayed and their driver Henri Paul were killed in a Paris underpass in 1997 after Paul crashed their Mercedes into a wall.

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In 2008, a British jury ruled that Diana and Fayed were unlawfully killed due to reckless speed and drinking by their driver, and by the reckless pursuit of paparazzi chasing them.

At a 2007 inquest, Francois Levistre claimed that a motorcycle pulled up to the car and directed a light into the vehicle before the Mercedes ploughed into a wall, but his evidence was disregarded at the time because he was not considered a reliable witness and no other witness reported seeing a flash.

At Harrods in London, one of its windows is dedicated to Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, whose father owned the luxury department store. Harrods was sold in 2010 for £1.5 billion; half of the sale used to pay bank debts of £625 million. (Wikipedia)

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It was reported that on August 19, 2013, French police detained several paparazzi following the shock death of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed in a Paris road accident.

- Princess Diana 'killed by bright light shone by SAS into car she was in' -
- Claims 'white flash' caused Diana crash -
- Princess Diana assassination plot claim soldier spoke to wife of 'hit' after SAS gave Prince William driving lessons -

View Princess Diana's life in pictures -

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thousands flee as Mt Sinabung in Sumatra erupts

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The Jakarta Post reported that thousands of residents living in 11 villages in Karo regency, North Sumatra, fled to traditional meeting halls or jambur and houses of worship after Mount Sinabung erupted early on Sunday.

As of 1 p.m. local time, waves of people continued to flock to several jambur and houses of worship. Some were evacuated by local authorities in military and police trucks, while the remainder fled on their own initiative.

Residents have been asked to stay alert as there is a possibility of more eruptions. Residents who live within a radius of 3 km from the volcano are not allowed to go home.

Mt. Sinabung last erupted in August 2010, its first in 410 years. Thousands of residents fled, while several people died from smoke inhalation.

Mount Sinabung spews hot gas and ash during an eruption as seen from Gundaling village, Indonesia, 15 September 2013. - EPA/The Star

Indonesia has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the "Ring of Fire" between the Pacific and Indian oceans. Last month five people were killed and hundreds evacuated when a volcano on a tiny island in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted.

The country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions in 2010. - AFP/The Star.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

What 4 Things You'll Feel Before a Heart Attack

It has been reported that more people in the US die due to a heart attack than from cancer, including breast cancer. This could be the case in many developed or developing countries including Malaysia.

I came across this special video presentation from Newsmax Health titled 4 Things You'll Feel Before a Heart Attack by renowned cardiologist Dr. Chauncey Crandall. He said that we can easily train ourselves to listen to our own body's signals when it comes to the state of our heart health.

Watch the video to see four major ways your body tries to warn you — before it’s too late to intervene and survive the damage.. Watch until the end. It has useful information about the kind of food to avoid or reduce and what to eat more, how a heart attack is caused, the kind of test to ask for, other options besides an open-heart surgery and more. Here's the video..

The video also discusses simple strategies to prevent and reverse general heart disease and high cholesterol.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Frolics - What Household Appliance Are You?

This Friday's personality quiz is about household appliances.

If you were a household appliance, what do you think it would be? Take the quiz to find out.

Happy Friday, everyone!

You Are a Washing Machine

You'll gladly work on a task until it is done. Completing tasks makes you feel good.

You enjoy having a sense of accomplishment. You like chores more than most people.

You take care of the things you own and the people you love. You like to make sure everything is in order.

Mellow and wise, you like to be with others but also to be alone. You seek a balance.

Last Week's Quiz: The Halftone Test

Friday, September 6, 2013

Google doodle for Brazilian Leonidas da Silva

In the sports of football (soccer), Brazil has produced many great talents. Google today honours one of Brazil's greats with a Google doodle.

Today marks the 100th birthday of Leonidas da Silva.

According to Wikipedia..

Leônidas da Silva was an association footballer and commentator. He is regarded to be one of the most important players of the first half of the 20th century. He played for Brazil in two World Cups, and was the top scorer of the 1938 World Cup.

Born: September 6, 1913, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: January 24, 2004, Cotia, São Paulo, Brazil

He was known to have perfected the "Bicycle Kick" and used it in a number of games. Most famous of all, he used it on 13 November 1948, in the massive 8–0 victory over Juventus. The play (and the goal) was captured in an image (below) and is regarded to be the most famous picture of the player. In the 1938 World Cup, he also used the bicycle kick, which delighted the watching spectators. When he did it, the referee was so shocked by the volley that he was unsure whether it was within the rules or not. - Wikipedia


Friday Frolics - The Halftone Test

Just like karma, the Cause and Effect factor, there is also the Yin and Yang of life, the omnipresent force of the balancing two sides that exist concurrently whether we like it or not.

There are two sides to our personality as well.  This week's Friday Frolics personality quiz is a very easy quiz to find out the two sides that make up You.  Brace yourself.  It might surprise you as to how close the result is to your personality, as it did me.  Go on, take the quiz to find out..

You Are Skeptical

You're the type of person who questions the world around you. You don't take anything as given.

You are a big believer in doing what's right. You may be a nonconformist, but you take ethics seriously.

The light side of you is faithful, committed, and compassionate. You are a great friend, family member, and partner.

You stand up for what you believe is right, no matter how popular or unpopular your opinion happens to be.

The dark side of you is a bit anxious and neurotic. It's hard for you to let go of the day's worries and concerns.

You also sometimes tend to push yourself too hard, leading to exhaustion. Remember, you don't have to do it all!

Last Week's Quiz: What's Your Soul's Urge?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

RON97 petrol price increased to RM2.85

Queue at petrol station in Georgetown, Penang - The Star
On Tuesday, the price of RON95 and diesel went up by 20 sen each bringing the new rates to RM2.10 for RON95 and RM2.00 for diesel. The last price increase for RON95 was in 2010.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the decision, saying that it would save the Government RM1.1bil from September to December this year and RM3.3bil annually. Before the price hike, the Government subsidy was 83 sen for each litre of RON95 petrol and RM1 for a litre of diesel.

Today the price of RON97 has also been increased - by 15 sen. The new rate is now RM2.85 a litre. The price of RON97 peaked at RM3 per litre in September last year.

The retail price of RON97 petrol is determined by a 'managed float' in which the price fluctuates according to market forces.

Prices of goods and services are expected to increase though eateries are allowed to increase food prices by only 0.1%. However, expect bus fares to go up by between 5% and 30% ‘in the near future’.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Manchester United 0, Liverpool FC 1

Shucks! Manchester United lost to Liverpool FC last night, 0-1. This win for Liverpool puts them at the top of the table with three straight wins at the start of the new season.

Man United on the other hand won a game (over Swansea City), drew one (with Chelsea) and lost one (to Liverpool).

Below is the Barclays Premier League (courtesy of Google) current standing after three games. Man United is at No. 7. Nevermind, the season is still young. MU's next game will be on Sep 14 playing against Crystal Palace.

Related articles:
- Manchester United wins 2013 FA Community Shield
- Manchester United Champions 2013 Trophy Presentation - May 12 2013 - Old Trafford