Thursday, December 30, 2010

Malaysia's Christmas Celebration at Portuguese Settlement..

Portuguese, the race that brought Christianity Malaysia as they settled at Malacca. Because of that reason, their turf was selected for the National event.

The Prime minister was suppose to come, but showed absence due to some reasons. However, Dato' Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim and Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob were there to make the event much more happening.




The occasion began about 8.30 pm. About tens and thousands of people all over the world came, which includes 50 Miss Tourism from most countries.



It was full of performances and displays. There were a few booths promoting culture and tradition, with some cookies and teh tarik!







The organisers did a good job in the event. There were 2 records made, 1 is the largest live and spontaneous Joget and having the largest number of Miss Tourism attendees among all events in Malaysia. It was recorded and signed into the Malaysia book of records.

For more photos, do check here.http://andrian-tam-photography.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-at-portuguese-settlement.html

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Monday, December 27, 2010

The Mobility of YES 4G Network

So it's already a month since the next big thing happened. The 4G network by YES was promised to give mobility in fast internet communication. So to put it to the test, I brought my 4G dongle with me down south. The thing is, as I left Subang Jaya, the connection became very unstable. And from then on, I switched to another internet network.

Its a bit of a disappointment when 'this very fast internet connection' cant be used along the North South highway. The 3G networks seem to have more mobility, but of course they did not have 100% coverage either.

We then checked into a hotel beside the sea near Klebang yesterday. After settling down, I tried the 4G network again. it seems that there is not connection there. Even the 3G networks there were unstable. So maybe its an area problem.

Im now in Pagoh and there is still no 4G network. However, I'm fine with it. Everyone has a start. The first time 3G was launched, it wasn't as mobile as it was said. So with luck, in a few more weeks and months, hopefully politics dont interfere, we can have the whole Malaysia 4Geed.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Laptops for free!

It was when the church bells were ringing. The mass has ended and we were on our way to the car a block down the road. Merry Christmas! An ex-colleague of my dad greeted us. However, their Christmas was not so merry.

About half an hour ago...

Mass was going on and the alarm of a car was ringing, and it was ringing for quite awhile too. As usual, we thought it could be a false alarm. No one reacted or took action to the call. It somehow beats the purpose of a car alarm. So much for security.



So we met them on the way to our car. We thought it’s Christmas and everything was fine, not till her 3 year old son mumbled, “Laptop no more” or something along those lines. He pointed to their Perodua Kelisa. Our old friend said that someone smashed the car window and stole the laptop from the booth.

Into detail, the rear glass window on the right side of the car was smashed. They did not smash the large window, the one that could be wind down. Instead, they went for the smaller corner of the window, unlocked the back door and took the laptop away via rear seat. The car boot is accessible through the rear seats.

The thing is, the laptop can’t be seen in the boot. A Kelisa has a rear dashboard which covers its contents. However, it is said around the internet that laptop sensors are invented. These devices have the ability to detect laptops in car boots, no matter if the laptop is turned on or off.

I have no details about the device, but I’m emphasising more about ourselves. We should take care of our own belongings.

I always remind my friends who carry laptops or valuables, to not leave them in the car even if it is in the car boot. It is seen in car parks too, signboards that tell you to not leave your belongings in the car.

So it always comes back to us. If we lose something, who is to be blamed? It is our self due to our carelessness in taking care of our belongings. So, always bring your gold with you. When its gone, its gone with the wind. 



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Christmas totally relates to the New Year.


Many know, Christmas is a celebration celebrated by Christians, acknowledging and rejoicing the coming of Jesus. But through the 18 years of my life, there is a hierarchy of meanings to the 25th of December.

The core meaning of Christmas is to be thankful that He, the son of God was born, saving many and fixing whats right from wrong. However, Im not just talking about religious factors only.

Another meaning of Christmas is to get people together, especially families. I recently read Niki Cheong's blog post titled, "A Christmas wish from the Bangsar Boy". He said,






My family celebrates Christmas although we are not Christians. My dad never really told us but I have always suspected that he and mum came up with these traditions for the family to keep us together … to make sure that no matter where we are, and what we are doing, we’ll always come back.


It's so true. Throughout the year, many are busy studying or working far from their homes. The digital media is used for communication. Though there is communication, we still lose the satisfaction of really being there, together. The public holiday has made most people off from work, allowing time for them to get into their reunion suits and give cheers with a cup of wine.

Niki also reminded me that Christmas is also a sign that the year is about to end, reflect, and make a better year after. To him, 2009 was a year of discovery, 2010, a year of action and 2011 will be the year of learning.

To me, 2011 will be year of change. In 2010, there were a lot of things that I have learn and realised. For example, the Game of Death organised by The Star Publications, R.AGE, was an event where I pushed myself more than limits I ever knew. My mom always used to say, don't force yourself if you can't, or don't make yourself faint. The thing is, I think I haven't fainted in my whole life. I have never walked or do something that leads to me falling flat to the ground. I totally did not know what my limits were, and at which point could I faint. But thanks to the deathly games, I discovered my true self. During that event, I have never pushed myself that far before. I went across the limit that I thought I had, and now, I'm still breathing after breaking my limit gauge. It gave me a thought that I can just do anything. And with that, it will be a time of change, the year 2011.


Besides getting ready for the new year, Christmas is also the time to take give.The tradition of exchanging gifts has been going on for years and is another sign of celebration. It is an act of love, like when God sent his only Son to Earth, it was like giving a gift.

There are many more meanings to Christmas because each person in this world are made different with different mindsets.

What is yours? What does Christmas mean to you? Do drop a comment.

Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. =)

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

My trip to Nuffnang..

Usually among bloggers, the topic about advertisement and money making can be a hot topic. Advertisers like Nuffnang pay you by the number of advertisements clicked, of course with honesty. But its not just money they give you, they broaden possibilities.

Nuffnang has been giving out premier passes for movies, smart phones and such through contests. Its a really good job they have been doing, and though i dont earn a lot from them, I am still happy to be a part of them.

Recently, they started a birthday surprise project, or campaign, where 250 random Glitterati members, having their birthday on that month, will get 4 complimentary movie passes to watch any* movie at Tanjung Golden Village cinemas. I was one of the random, or lucky ones.

I was informed about it via email. I was to pick up the passes from Nuffnang's office in KL, somewhere around Jalan Yap Ah Shak. Well, where on earth is that?  Thanks to Google Earth, I found my way there. It is said that I can reach that area via monorail, by going down at the Medan Tuanku station.


My adventure began by taking the bus from home. I headed off to KL Sentral so I can take the monorail. Thank goodness for Subang Jaya to have public transportation that goes all the way to KL Sentral, a hub for most railway lines in Malaysia. It has made my travelling much easier, especially when I have no car to drive.



When I reached Medan Tuanku station, I walked towards Sheraton Hotel. Beside it was Jalan Doraisamy, which I had to walk through it to get to Jalan Yap Ah Shak. What was interesting was that, Jalan Doraisamy were full of bars and pubs. I tweeted, tagging them and saying that,



How ironic? xD well anyways, Nuffnang's office is in the Heritage House, which definitely wasn't a house. It was a skyscraper! I was all along looking for a house or maybe a shop lot. xD


That is a very big house.. xD


So yeah, I got in the building and took the lift up to the err, 12Bth floor? Yeah it had 11, 12, then 12A, 12 B and then 15 floors.. I slowly drifted through the hallway, taking my time looking around till I reached the door saying, "Nuffnang, Creative Young Minds Working Inside." Hmm, well Im creative too! xD (you can see my photography on my Creative Wall. =D)



Beep! I pressed the door bell. Yeah, It wasn't Ding Dong.. xD Soon, a Nuffnang employee opened the door. With a soft and pleasant greet, she asked me why I am here. So with a simple answer, I said to collect the birthday surprise complimentary passes. Have a seat was politely responded. In a few minutes, i signed my name and left the headquarters.


The office was just computers and a meeting room. It looked like Facebook's headquarters when it was starting. Hopefully Nuffnang will have a bigger office and go worldwide. =)




After the escapade, I went off to Petaling Street for my tuition. Yes, I stay in Subang Jaya and go all the way to KL for tuition. xD

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Inventing My Own iPad Application for Maxis

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Schools have been using tons of paper every month.  But it is time to look ahead and drop the pen!  The age of pen and paper is now behind us.  Today, technology will save tomorrow.

It is internet well-known fact that hundreds and thousands of trees are chopped down yearly to make paper related materials.  In schools, tons of wood have been used for paper, books, notebooks, posters, notices, school tables and chairs and many more.  Many say it is for educational purposes but that is no excuse to be environmentally-ignorant.  They say we can recycle but unfortunately is not anywhere near effective enough compared to the exorbitant logging rate.





Now, we shall march into a new era.  No more frustrations from flipping pages, no more heavy school bags and no more complaining of dried-up pens.







Today, iStudy, or i will study, is the mother of all education!  Used on an iPad, education is made easy!

Paper, pen and books are history.  It’s time for a change.  John F. Kennedy said, "Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."






So how does iStudy work?  Just like any typical application, it has a button to go to its app(lication)s. When it opens, it will list down each and every level of education from Standard 1 to Form 6 (Grade 1 to High School and Pre-University), maybe even college.  After selecting a level, the subjects can be selected.






Top left icon (paper and pen): Notepad
Top left icon (Number 9): Homework and quantity. 
iSearch: to search for keywords
iMap: for location maps, including educational details
iCalendar: list all the activities to come
iRanking: your position in class, #1, or 2 etc.. 
weStudy: wireless hub for group study
iTools: for other tools
iLost: a link to clearer explanation of subject



It has a memory function which remembers where you left off, saving time flipping through pages over and over again.  The application even has a search bar that allows you to easily search terms and keywords of subjects.

Homework can be assigned to students through the school own system application.  This application can also be linked to Twitter allowing teachers to tweet the homework to students. 

There are also quiz and exercise sections for students to do from anywhere they are.  Past year questions for the UPSR (Primary School Assessment), PMR (Lower Secondary assessment), SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) and STPM (Malaysian Higher School Certificate) are also available. With this function, students can have never ending practice and exercise in order to excel in their studies.

It also has a notepad to type down notes or practical reports.  Homework scores or the homework itself can be submitted to the teacher via wi-fi, email or 3G.  The teacher will have an application of his or her own to do reviews on students and have the ability to double check if the answers marked by the iStudy are correct or wrong.  If the answer is wrong, an email will be sent to the developers of the application to rectify it.






The iStudy also has essential tools such as a scientific and graphic calculator.






If students don’t understand a lesson, all they have to do is hit the iLost button. The iLost button is an option that offers students more in-depth explanations on a specific material, using a more graphic-based instead of text-based interface.








iPads  can also be linked with other iPads to have quiz challenges among students.  A mini-competition of "who can answer 20 questions the fastest" can be done via wi-fi.  It could be played tournament style among classes.

For arts students, iStudy also has an interface to do 3D designing and ordinary sketching.  It has most of the tools available in an arts laboratory and even creates graphical sculptures with it.






iStudy also has weStudy.  It’s an option where a group of students can collaborate on a particular subject in the library or anywhere else via wi-fi.  In the library, they can communicate through their iPads and because of its touch screen, there is no tapping sound of the keyboard that will disturb others.

iStudy is not just for academic purposes.  It can also be used in co-curricular activities.  For example, during a track relay competition, time can be taken and recorded with the iPad.  It will include names of the participants and the time taken by each participant.  While jungle trekking, it has a map which informs which type of tree is around you and what species they are from. 



iStudy is not just an application, and the iPad is not just a device, it has become a system, a tradition, a utility!








In schools, there is wi-fi access, but how to let the flow of education continue outside school? Well for Malaysia, maxis have awesome mobile internet plans.




You may think RM 70 a month is expensive! But have you calculated properly? Tuition fees a month for 1 subject is an average of RM 90, and you dont send your child for only 1 tuition, there are more. Lets say an average kid goes to 5 tuitions, you have to pay a total of RM 450 a month for education.


Yes, you may say teachers are experienced. However, the teachers setting up the syllabus for iStudy are a group of experienced teachers where you send your children for tutoring. So, you actually save alot by using iStudy! And from the RM 90, you can also use it for surfing the net for more information or socializing. Well, kill 3 birds with 1 stone. You get education, information and connection (in social networks) for 1 price.




iPads are so easy to get from Maxis stores in Malaysia. Why is iStudy amazing? It will reduce the usage of paper and other school paraphernalia; it will eliminate the problem of heavy books and make education easier and more interesting at the tip of one’s fingers.  It will transform education into a communication that will expand the networking among students and just about everyone will benefit from it.  Let’s make an iPad generation and start connecting to learn more!



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Monday, December 20, 2010

My Video Footage on Comic Fiesta 2010



Recorded and edited by me, the purpose of this video is to give the feel of comic fiesta. I hope the footages are good and you do get the 'feel' xD

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Comic Fiesta 2010


Well when they always say about comic fiesta, its mostly about taking photos, wearing costumes and selling manga products.

It was my first time yesterday, going to an event where people spend months preparing for, and cash that doesn't fall from the sky. The atmosphere at Comic Fiesta 2010 was totally amazing.


The costumes were mostly made by themselves, which was very surprising. This is because the detail of their clothing and weapons were sharp and real. It was literally animation characters walking out of the television screen.


However, that is not only what I saw about Comic Fiesta. From the angle of the back stage, mind those who work to make such event successful. It was said that the people behind the scenes were purely volunteers, creating an avenue where local talents can come together.


Besides the committee, the spirit of helping each other was clear. Take note that no matter what background each character has, they are always one. Each and every cosplayer helped each other putting on costumes, applying make up and commenting each other to look at their best. Some dont even know each other, but have met through forums to work on cosplay projects.




All in all, it was an awesome day. I would definitely love to attend the next comic fiesta, hoping to bring more details to you guys and learn more. =)

Check out the photos at http://andrian-tam-photography.blogspot.com/2010/12/comic-fiesta-2010.html

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Budget Travel Bag for Compact Cameraman



I combined my Discovery Channel bag with a pouch and 2 camera pouches and a clip to hang my tripod. Will it all hold, I do not know and will find out tomorrow.. xD


It can keep 2 compact cameras, as many batteries and memory cards you want, A4 papers, pencil box, water bottle, medications (if you want to) and anything.. xD

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