31 March, 2011

Zidane The Greatest Player Ever

Sumandak in the house :)

Orait barait, I have lots of work to be done but I cannot help myself to share the video. Actually I am looking for a catalogue when I saw this (hahahaha) and I don't know why but it help me to smile...

Zidane The Greatest Player Ever Destroying A Goalkeeper

On March 29, YouTube is buzzing with images of French football player Zidane showcasing his skills; the video has attracted an average of more than one million views per day over the last five days.

The video, titled "Zidane The Greatest Player Ever Destroying A Goalkeeper," was added on March 23 and, as of 11am (GMT+1) March 29, had attracted 5,567,280 views, causing it to rise to second place on YouTube's "most watched" chart.
In the video, retired French footballer and World Cup winner Zidane, who currently advises Real Madrid, shows off his skills in a training session. After being passed the ball in the penalty areaZidane, takes it past the diving goalkeeper, twice, before chipping the ball over the hapless player's head into the goal.
YouTube statistics show that the video is one of this week's most discussed globally and one of the most viewed throughout Europe, parts of Asia and areas of the Middle East(source : yahoo news)

Naaah, he is on the spotlight! I am quite disappointed when he retired after the 'ugly' incident years ago. That 'headbutt' thing, the red card at the very crucial moment is so devastating. BUT if I am in his shoes, I think I will do the same thing...Whatever, Zidane is one of the greatest players on planet earth. For me, he is the one and only but then all the greatest players are great in the class of their own... 

Now you know I am Zidane's fan, don't ever try to mention the 'headbutt' thing to me or else (hahahaha). Just kidding...orait lah, got to go. See you all later :)

PS : Keep smiling...


30 March, 2011

Wordless Wednesday : 3 Years Ago...

Wordless Wednesday : 3 Years Ago...

28 March, 2011

Stand Up To Your Friends...

Monday Morning Motivation

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, 
but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.
(by Dumbledore from the movie Harry Potter)

How about you, are you willing to stand for your friends no matter what or you just ran away and hide when your friends need help or willing to stab your friend's back for the sake of yourself?

25 March, 2011

Green Corner : Earth Hour

Green Corner : Top Ten Things To Do For Earth Hour

At 8.30pm on Saturday March 26th, 2011 millions of people around the world will turn out the lights for Earth Hour. This awareness movement is intended to get people talking about the importance of reducing human impact on the Earth.

Below you will find lists of activities that you can do to save energy, reduce your impact on the environment, and help spread awareness about Earth issues such as climate change.

You don't have to wait for Earth Hour to try out some of these energy saving techniques. They are a great way to practice conservation monthly, weekly or even every day! Even planning ways to conserve is a great way to reassess our dependencies, and our impact on the Earth.

Top Ten Things to Do to Save Energy

Here are some things that you can do to prepare for Earth Hour.

Remember that saving energy is about more than just turning down the lights. Challenge yourself to do some or all of these energy saving things for Earth Hour - and every day - to save energy and help the planet.

#10 Fill Up Your Freezer
Did you know that an empty freezer uses up more energy than a full one?

If you have empty space in your freezer or deep-freeze, you can conserve energy - and reduce your electric bill - by freezing used pop bottles or milk jugs of water. Fill empty containers about 2/3rds full and place them in your freezer. The ice will help maintain the temperature inside the freezer, allowing it to use less energy.

#9 Invite Your Friends Over
You can help spread Earth Hour awareness by inviting your friends, family or neighbors to join you for Earth Hour activities. A few friendly faces can help make the time go faster, too!

#8 Fix Drafts
Drafty doors and windows cause your heating and cooling bills to go up. Try to repair or cover any drafts around your home before Earth Hour. The money you save will help throughout the year as well!

You can also keep heating and cooling costs down with thermal window coverings. But if you're pinching pennies, simple dark curtains can keep a room warm in winter, and white curtains keep it cool in summer.

#7 Turn Down the Heat
If you're living in a cool climate and have the heat on in March, try turning your heat down slightly for Earth Hour.

To minimize the amount of energy that you use for heating, make sure that heating units are well ventilated and not obscured by furniture. There should be at least a few inches of space between heaters and other objects for them to work efficiently.

Close off any rooms that are not used regularly, and only heat rooms that you need to. If you keep your thermostats at a moderate temperature throughout the day, you will use less energy than you do by turning it up and down at different times.

#6 Unplug Appliances
At 8:25 on March 28th, it's time to start powering down for Earth Hour.

You can start by unplugging your small appliances such as the microwave and coffee maker. Hopefully, your toaster is already unplugged when not in use!

#5 Unplug Chargers
For one hour, unplug your cell phone charger, battery re-charger and any other adaptors you have around your home. If you leave these items unplugged when not in use, you can save a few dollars in energy costs every month.

If you have a cordless phone you will need to leave it plugged in, unless you have a standard telephone in the house as well.

#4 Unplug Clocks and Electronics
It won't take long to reset your digital alarm clock after Earth Hour is finished. Unplug as many of the clocks around your home as possible. If you have a digital watch or wall clock, you can unplug them all!

Turn off and unplug your television and other devices like DVD players and video game consoles. If you have all of your electronics plugged into a power bar or surge bar, you can switch them all off at the end of the day, everyday. This can help you save money every month.

#3 Shut Off Your Computer
Even an idle computer uses energy. You can cut down on computer energy costs by powering down all of the devices at your desk for one hour. You can simply switch off the power bar or surge bar.

If there are items plugged in with your computer that must stay on, such as a cordless phone, you can unplug items individually, or turn off the power manually. Most computers have a power switch at the back of the tower that shuts them down completely.

#2 Unplug Lamps and Nightlights
Just like other electrical items, lamps should be unplugged when not in use. Unplug all of the floor and desk lamps in your home for Earth Hour. Only plug them back in as you need to use them.

#1 Turn Off the Lights
Last but not least, turn down all of the lights in your home. It's a little strange sitting around in the dark, but it's only for one hour. Just think of what it must have been like before the invention of the light bulb!

PS : Will you turning out the lights?

Today Is Friday

Today is Friday
I am wearing my green Baju Kurung
and Green Corner is coming up next....

24 March, 2011

A Nuclear Landed On My Blog!

Sumandak in the house :)

Hello you all doing, is it raining in your place? Gloomy in the morning and surely it will rain in the afternoon. Mother nature power, what can we do? For those who live at the flood prone area, please be careful and prepare yourself in case something happen. 

Alright, that is not the main point of my entry today. Seriously, someone dropped a nuclear question in my entry Save Energy days ago (hahaha). I was like OMG! I mean I don't have any skills, let alone experience about the question....hahahaha (laugh again). I am crazy about books but when it comes to nuclear thing...I don't think so (~~) Anyway, I am going to give my opinion the best I can (this one can cost me jumping here and there...hahaha)

To gedek! thanks for the question (@@) I always enjoy his blog! The entries are very simple but speak thousand of words! He is delivering the messages via his unique pictures. At first, I don't understand WHY (hahahaha), but after a while I finally got the meaning. Go check his blog, you will know what I mean...

Alright, alright...I will not elaborate what is nuclear, how it can be produce, where it comes from or whatsoever because like I said before, this is not my skill. After all, you simply can Google it (hehehe). So, can nuclear save energy? Actually, I am a little bit 'kabur-kabur' about this question but I will give my opinion from my point of view...       

Fissile atoms contain vast amounts of energy
Nuclear fission, the splitting of a heavy atom’s nucleus, releases great amounts of energy. For example the energy it releases is 10 million times greater than is released by the burning of an atom of fossil fuel. Besides it would take many hectares of land covered with solar collectors, wind farms or hydro-electric dams to equal this power. (source : Alternate Energy Sources)

The growing human population and improvement in lifestyle leads to greater energy needs. Energy demands are growing fast and put a strains on the government to meet the demand. Fossil fuels are not cheap any longer, oil is running out, alternative energy sources are expensive and industrial CO2 emission charges will bite. Right now, the electricity generated by hydro power. What if one day rivers stop flowing, making the hydro stop as well? Do we have alternative power ready in case something happen?

Sounds like nuclear energy is the only answer to the problems because it has awesome power. By using a small amount of fuel, a huge amount of energy can be produce. Besides, it does not produce smoke or carbon dioxide so we can save our planet from the greenhouse effect compare to renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind, solar and biomass. Nuclear is also reliable and produces small amount of waste.

Back to the question, from what I read on the internet (been doing some researh...well, thanks to you again), here goes...If you ask me if nuclear can save energy, my opinion is NO. We can use nuclear energy for electricity, but during my research on the internet I did not see any fact mention or support that nuclear can save energy. My conclusion, it doesn't matter if you are using electricity generated by hydro-electric dams, nuclear, wind, solar or biomass since the only way to save the energy is by reduce the usage of it.

What say you about this? And one more thing, do we really need to build nuclear power plants in Malaysia? Perhaps after this we should debate the good and bad side of nuclear (hahahaha). Anyway, check out Dr. M's blog and read his say on this issue. I don't want to say YES or NO but I must say that he have a good points. My colleagues said, if we don't have this nuclear thing, our country are going to be leave far behind in terms of development and the outsider will think our country technologies is still undeveloped.

PS : gedek! You really make my day (hahaha)...

Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Hollywood Legend Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose violet eyes, tumultuous love life and passion for diamonds became a byword for Hollywood glamour, died on Wednesday at age 79.
The star of "Cleopatra" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children after a long battle with congestive heart failure, her spokeswoman said. She had been hospitalized six weeks ago. (read more here)
Source : The Star Online

PS : Rest in peace Elizabeth...

23 March, 2011

WW : Today Is The Day

PS : SPM result is out today. Wishing all the best for all SPM candidates... 

21 March, 2011

The Struggles

Monday Motivation for today...

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours
as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn't go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,
Neither happened!
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.

(author : unknown)

PS : Lets continue pray for Japan

18 March, 2011

Green Corner : Save Energy

Save Energy, Reduce Your Electricity Bill

Hello everyone, it’s Friday again and its Green Corner section. Today we will talk about saving the energy. The more you save or reduce your electric usage, the more money you can save. Not only reducing the bill but, we also can help the world save power for its future generations. Let’s check it out...

How to Reduce Your Electricity Bill :

If you have been bogged by the enormous electricity bills you have been getting, it is time to take some concrete steps. You can reduce your electricity bills by following very simple steps. 

This article will list some simple, easy-to-do things to reduce your electricity bill.

Limited use 

Start with the room you are sitting in. If you were to take a call in another room or join your family at the dining table, would you just step out of your room without any concern for the electrical appliances in the room? If you would, stop right there, and look around. Switch off all the appliances even if you would be back in five minutes. Yes, even that will help. Every drop of water constitutes to the ocean. 

Another thing to take care of here is what you perceive as an electronic appliance. Would you switch off the television set, turn off the fan, but not the light bulb? Yes, you need light, but not now when you are leaving the room. Taking care of these small things will go a long way in reducing the dreaded huge electricity bills.

Smart investments

Make some smart power investments by replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. These bulbs are a great power-saving investment.

Buy the Power Save gadget. The gadget helps monitor the power supply to your house and uses the minimum that is needed.

Home appliance usage 

Most of us complain that the electricity bill touches the sky because of the number of electrical appliances they have at home. However, the electricity bill is not directly proportional to the number of gadgets you use but the way you use them. Let’s see how you can avoid the typical power-wasters. 

• Use the washing machine only when there is a full load of clothes. 

• Keep the geyser on for the minimal amount of time.

• Keep the air-conditioner at the minimum low or high temperature, just enough to keep you off the heat or the cold outside.

• Switch off the computer monitor even when you take a one-minute break. It takes just a second to switch on the monitor again!

(credit to going green ideas and Google)

16 March, 2011

Wordless Wednesday : Tanak Kampung

Wordless Wednesday : Tanak Kampung

PS : This entry has nothing to do with the currently popular song Tanak Kampung (hehe)

15 March, 2011

My Best Friend's Wedding

Hello everyone, Sumandak in the house with a good spirit although I know its already in the middle of the night...hihihi

Yay, last Sunday me and Mr. M went to Kota Marudu. Last year, we went to the same journey for Hari Raya open house but this time it was because of my best friend’s wedding. We were supposed to go with my two siblings but they cancelled at the very last minute.

We started the journey at 3.00 pm from Kota Kinabalu. Can you believe that?! We are super late! Actually Mr. M promise to leave from Kota Kinabalu around 12.30 pm but the plan did not go as we planned. Well, I am a little bit annoyed also disappointed but I cannot blame Mr. M on the delays. He had been good enough to take time off so we can go to the wedding together.

The weather was not so good especially when we reached Kota Belud. The night before, Zezebel is texting me said she is worried because the rain won’t stop and I understand why she felt like that. Houses along the way at Kota Belud were hit by flood especially the ones build at the lower area. The road is not flooded yet but Mr. M was quite worried, what if it rains heavily later? I assured him, there is nothing to be worried. Just pray everything will be fine…

So, it was nearly 5pm when we finally arrived at Zezebel’s house. I feel guilty for coming late but like Mr. M said, better came late rather than don’t coming at all and I guess he was right (haha). I still cannot believe Zezebel is now a wife (sob sob), I just hope our friendship will stay the way it is. And actually deep inside my heart, I am super-happy because finally she found her true Mr. Right. As long she is happy, then I will happy too...

I only managed to snap two pictures during her wedding due to our late arrival (haha). And of course, I publish these pictures with her permission especially from her husband (~~). I wish both of them all the best in the future. It won't be easy, there will be challenges but I am sure they are ready physically and mentally. When two peoples decided to get married, that means they are willing to accept the good and bad of themselves. Both of you, don't worry about me. I won't get stressed about this wedding thing...hahaha 

It’s a pity we cannot linger more, the weather is getting worse and its getting late. With a heavy heart, I said goodbye to Puan Zezebel (hohoho) and headed home...

14 March, 2011

Awesome Winning!

PETALING JAYA: For the first time, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei truly felt on top of the world.
Yesterday, Chong Wei showed who was the real boss on the court when he defeated his nemesis, Lin Dan of China, 21-17, 21-17 in a highly-charged 52-minute final to retain the All-England title.
It was a priceless win and an ecstatic Chong Wei slumped to his knees in sheer delight before rising to the thunderous applause of the fans at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
It was the first time that Chong Wei had beaten Lin Dan to win a major title and the record between the two archrivals now stands at 7-18. (read more here)

credit to The Star Online

So, Monday Motivation for today would be...

I doesn't matter if you've failed, if you've been beaten. All that really matters is if you get back up and try again. Because winning is fun, but winning when nobody thought you would, is just awesome. 

Congratulation to Datuk Lee Chong Wei for becoming the winner of All England Single Men. The winning is just awesome! 

12 March, 2011

When Disaster Struck...

Yesterday, the world is paralyzed by the shocking disaster...Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan!

Japan's most powerful earthquake in centuries struck yesterday, triggering fires, deadly 10m (33ft) waves and tsunami alerts across at least 20 countries.
By last night, the death toll was estimated at more than 1,000, most of them drowned – a toll which looks sure to rise significantly in the coming hours and days with many thousands reported missing. And fears about potential nuclear disaster were raised when emergencies were declared at two plants. One was planning to release radioactive vapour to ease pressure on the reactor. (read more here)

I watch the news last night and I was so speechless when the Tsunami sweeping away houses, cities, cars or whatever in its path without mercy! I only can imagine the aftermath, when peoples frantically searching for their loves ones, screaming for help, weeping over the disaster...What is happening to our world? 

My father said, maybe this is the end of the world (sigh). I cannot help myself thinking is it really a sign for all of us? Coverage, pictures and videos flows on the internet right now about the disaster and I am sure more will comes in a few days. But frankly speaking I don't have a heart to watch it, let alone search the news for now...because it is overwhelming and it is hard for me to accept what is happening. You can say whatever you want, but thats how I feel right now. 

Since the disaster is not happening in our place, it may be a relief except for those who have relatives in Japan. But don't forget, it may affect us as well economically. Just look at the Egyptian crisis. Whether we realized it or not, the crisis have contributed in pushing the price of crude oil. So, back to the Japan's tragedy...when disaster struck, what we can do about it? If only I am a millionaire, I will send materials and money to help the victims. Anyway, here is a few things what we can do...

1. Be grateful we live in Malaysia, so don't take it for granted.

2. Live life to the fullest and don't forget to give thanks everyday in your life because we might not know when will God decide that it is the end of days to our world...

3. Pray for the Japanese, support them with your pray. Their loses is unthinkable but I hope they can recover from the tragedy...

PS : Sorry, no book to share today... 

11 March, 2011

Green Corner : Buy Used Books

Buy a book from a second-hand bookshop

Green tips today is about buying second hand books. You know how I love books very vey much. hahaha...Before this, I used to buy second hand books but not anymore due to this reason. I must say that most of my collection came from second-hand bookshop. Why buy used books?

Reuse or recycle. Don't waste papers, papers are made from trees. If you recycle, you can help save the trees. The more we can save trees, the better quality of air we breathe. Basic knowledge, trees produce oxygen that we breathe.

Save Money - Tips for students. The bottom line for used and second hand books is save money off retail prices that keep getting more and more expensive. Especially for the university student. Buying books is very stressful time of the year. Sale of textbooks seems to be the perfect monopoly and apparently every student must have it. The only way to save yourself is buy used books or if you are lucky, you can buy the textbook from the senior :)

Benefit from buying used books (in my own experience)

1. Save more and more money of course.

2. Buried treasure...hahaha. Ya, it's true. Sometimes you might surprise what you can find inside the second-hand bookshop. Maybe a novel you loves when you were at the tender age but had forgotten, or out-print book you have been craved for years or perhaps a rare collection of books? Some of my collection are books I read when I was in college. Love the books very much but cannot afford to buy it at that time, so stumbled upon it on the second-hand bookshop is like OMG to me (hahaha)

3. Something wonderful. I don't know about you but used books is like something wonderful to me. Whenever I buy used books, it was fun to peek inside. Sometimes, the previous owner like to write something inside the books. Names, year they bought the books, place, signature...something like that. It was like you are holding a piece of history in your hand (haha). I have one book, where the previous owner wrote she/he bought the book at the Hong Kong's airport. My guess, the previous owner was bored and want to kill the time...hehe

Orait lah everyone, that's all for today. If anyone of you out there want to sell your books, sent me an email. If the price is OK, business is ON. hehehe...

PS : For Sumandak Kota Marudu...2 more days :)

10 March, 2011

Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa

Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa or The Kedah Annals is an ancient Malay literature that chronicles the bloodline of Merong Mahawangsa and the foundation of the Kedah, a state in Malaysia. Though there are historical accuracies, there are many incredible assertions. The era covered by the text ranged from the opening of Kedah by Merong Mahawangsa, allegedly a descendant of Alexander the Great of Macedonia till the acceptance of Islam

Merong Mahawangsa was a Hindu and there were nine Hindu rulers before Phra Ong Mahawangsa converted to Islam in 1136 and took the name Sultan Mudzafar Shah. The annal also describes Chola's attack on Kedah.The descendants of Phra Ong Mahawangsa is still ruling Kedah able to trace their lineage from Merong Mahawangsa. (source : wikipedia)

KRU Studios has completed the production of its feature film entitled "Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa", which is also internationally known as "The Malay Chronicles : Bloodlines". This epic action adventure is directed by Yusry A. Halim.

Movie : Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa / The Malay Chronicles : Bloodline
Genre : Action / Epic
Director : Yusry Abdul Halim
Language : Malay / English

Cast : Stephen Rahman-Hughes, Jing Lu, Gavin Stenhouse, Craig Robert Fong, Eric Karl Henrik Norman, Keith Chong, Keith Chong, W. Hanafi Su, Dato' Rahim Razali, Khir Rahman, Ummi Nazeera, Nell Ng, Jehan Miskin, Umi Aida, Kuswadinata, Mano Maniam, Ravi Sunderlingam

Synopsis : Based loosely on the 16th century historical document entitled ‘The Malay Annals’, ’The Chronicles of Merong Mahawangsa’ is an action-packed epic feature film, with mythical characters, magical moments and dazzling visual-effects sequences. Merong Mahawangsa was a descendant of Alexander the Great, a renowned naval captain and traveler who came to Asia several hundred years ago. (read more here)

credit to

Naaah, finally the movie hit the cinema today. Personally I am very looking forward and thrilled to watch the movie. But I am going to wait till next week because I am sure (really sure) that the cinema will jam-packed!! I am nervous but cannot wait what the papers will say tomorrow about the movie (hahaha). The trailer alone can make my jaw dropped, so I hope the movie can make everyone said WOW! 

Frankly speaking, I am so proud of this big budget movie made by the KRU's because it proves Malaysia Boleh! I read on the internet that the movie doesn't  aired yet but already 'balik modal'. RM8 million is not a small amount! How can you argue the fact, 72 countries already booked and agreed to aired the movie. Speaking about quality combines with international marketing strategy, that's how they managed to get the capital although the movie had not aired yet.

Orait, if you still clueless what I am talking the trailer below for yourself. Who knows, maybe you will run to the nearest cinema after this (hahaha). Support our local film industry. Do not buy the pirate CDs (@ @)

Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa (Trailer)

The Malay Chronicles : Bloodlines (Trailer)

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