Rock Climbing @ Batu Caves

After weeks of planning, Celyn, Mikey, Guy, Eugene, Ping, WK, Florence, Cris and I went outdoor climbing.

We reached the place about 1030AM. We had to climb early cause if we don’t, we would be baked under the sun.

Batu Caves is divided into few climbing spots. There are Nyamuk, Damai, Volleyball and so on. One has to drive through narrow village roads to get to the climbing spots. We had to be very careful, if we bang into a child or a chicken, we would have to speed to the nearest police station as villages would be chasing us with pitch forks and knifes. There were many cases where villagers burn motorist’s vehicle or beat up motorist after they killed a child or a chicken.

Our first destination was Damai, a nice limestone climbing spot. It’s easily accessible as it just few steps away from the car park.

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Yes Minister!

When there was a blackout in the South of W.Malaysia. I shouted ” Fuck! Why the account never pay the Electricity!” The account girl shouted “Shaddap lar, it’s TNB lar. Blame the minister!” So we did and this is what the minister have to say:-
“Everybody is calling me. Even my wife called me when the lights in the house went off.
“I asked her why she was complaining. I said I was with the Prime Minister in Malacca and even he was tolerating the problem.
“I said: ‘So, what’s wrong with you? Just because you are the minister’s wife, Datin, you think you are special. Power failure has nothing to do with me. I have no power to stop the power failure’,” he told reporters at Tenaga Nasional’s head office here yesterday.
He said: “Looklah! There are millions of people in darkness and my wife is calling me to complain.
“I told her even Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and I had lunch in the candlelight.”
And the news reporter actually thinks that he is funny:-
they wrote:-
“Lim’s usual good-humoured banter was a welcome relief during the tense situation at the TNB headquarters where everyone was frantically waiting for power to be restored.”
Relief? Hello, i am certainly not very happy with that remark. Please say something more responsible like “I am terribly sorry. I will hand in my resignation letter. I have let the Rakyat (People) down.”
Then of cos that is not enough. When a reporter tried to get some more detail from the horse’s mouth by saying :-
“YB, in Malacca, you did not have the facts, but here you have just attended a briefing by the engineers and so you are better informed to inform us.”
“That’s right. You are a smart fella, huh!,” The minister said.
Note: This story was published in The Star

Park Shuffle @ BU Park

Since the organizers were afraid that too many people will turn up which would lead to the place being shut down by the police, the organizers decided to move it to a day earlier. Secretly of course. However, despite the secrecy, the turnout was huge!
The place was powered with a hi-fi, 2 speakers, AMP, Ipod and also a CD player! It got loads of people on the dance floor!
Since the venue was an open space park, we were pretty worried that the cops might raid the place. Whenever the music stops, usually when someone wants to change the track, everyone would think that the place has been raided.
The qualities of Malaysian shufflers were good. According to Hayden, it’s as good as those back in Melbourne!
The event ended about 12AM, loads of people headed for 2nd round. I on the other hand headed home to sleep. Working life is sucking all my energy…
Overall the event was awesome. Good crowd, good music, free drinks (due to potluck) and open air!! Hope another would come soon!

If anyone has any videos to share, I’ll be glad to host it!
Not very good videos but just to show everyone how Park Shuffle was like.
Update: Credits to electronicfly and Mike-Shuffler

Fengtau updates

The long awaited Park Shuffle has been postponed till further notice. This was due to the fact that many people may turn up. Since the Malaysian government has low tolerance towards unlicensed gatherings, this would be a huge risk for everyone. The organizers tried to make it into a closed event but the news of the event spread like wildfire. Even Cris’s 16 years old brother heard about it!!
Further, there seems to be a confusion between Park Shuffle and another rave which would be held in another park. The other event is a free Garden Rave Party at Jalan Desa Maju, Tamam Desa. At that Garden rave, free food and shutter service will be provided. Well, in Park Shuffle, invitees would have to bring food and drinks to be shared among everyone.
Oh well. Anyway, this Friday!! TECHNO!!
Red Bull Presents Adam Beyer
14 January, 11pm
Young Adam Beyer will take to the helm at Zouk with his skills and sounds breaking away from the norm and attracting worldwide attention. Join him, one of the top ranking techno DJs for an unforgettable night.
RM40 (guys, inclusive of 1 drink, after 11pm), RM35 (ladies, inclusive of 1 drink, after 11pm), RM30 (inclusive of 1 drink, before 11pm)
113 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-2171 1997
Train: Bukit Nanas (Monorail)/Dang Wangi (Putra)
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Lastly, here are some shuffling videos from paulo. Great stuff dude!

So u wanna be boy scout…

Anyone of you who had been a boy scout, Boy’s Brigade or whatever uniform organisation might remember being told about the taboo while you were camping in the forest. The rules that i remember are:
1. Don’t talk loudly in the forest
2. Don’t simply pee around the forest.
3. Don’t shine your torch light at the banana tree at night
4. Don’t talk bad about the forest
5. Don’t…..ummm, i forgot…
Anyway if you don’t obey those rule, the forest Godness will be on your ass. For instance Puteri Gunung Ledang (The Princess of Ledang Mountain) will be out hunting you down and make you her sex slave.
You might be saying “Oh no! Does that mean i will never be able see my mummy again?”
mmmm…yeah, that is true but will you have second thought if she looks like this?

You might now say “Ma Ma Mi Ah…*slurps* slurps*”

Build Your Own Stamp Sweat Box


Sometimes soaking isn’t the solution. Sometimes it’s best to let humidity work on the glue before you try to remove a hinge remnant or separate a mint stamp stuck to another stamp or an album page. The same trick works for getting stamps off envelopes whose inks you know will discolor the stamp when placed in water.

If you live in a hot, humid area you could experiment with exposing your stamps to the elements, but for most of us the answer is a sweat box. It’s simply an airtight container with a couple of sponges and a cradle to keep the stamps from coming into direct contact with the sponges.

The basic idea is to raise the humidity in the sweat box so that it dampens the stamp’s gum just enough to loosen the stamp from whatever it’s stuck on without saturating the stamp or the paper, or diluting the gum.

The basic parts of the sweat box are

1. A small air tight container. (picture #1) A small, clear plastic disposable air-tight food container works well. The smaller the container, the quicker the humidy rises. If it’s clear you can check on the stamp’s progress without opening the container, which would then also drop the humidity.
2. A clean, never-used sponge or two to hold the water moisture. (picture #5) Two clean kitchen sponges are fine. You can try this out with what you have in the kitchen, but if you want to keep your sweat box working, you’ll want to replace them with never-used sponges.

3. A screen on which the stamp on piece rests. I used a plastic basket that stores sell strawberries in. (picture #1) I then trimmed the sides down low enough to fit between the two sponges.
4. Spacers (picture #4) These raise the screen above the bottom sponge and must be non-porous, plastic, metal or cork. I used two bottle caps, but now use two pieces from a backgammon set.

To put together a your own homemade sweat box read the following and refer to the pictures.

1. Soak the bottom sponge in water. Wring it out so that it is still heavy and wet with water but not dripping and place it on the bottom of your box.
2. Affix the top sponge to the center of your box’s top lid with two push pins as shown in picture #2.
3. Soak the top sponge in water and wring it out so that it is still heavy and wet with water but not dripping.
4. Now trim your screen so that it will fit between the upper and lower sponge. See picture #3.
5. Place your two spacers on top of the bottom sponge and rest your screen on top of it. See picture #4
6. When finished and set up, it looks something like this. See picture #5. In a while, depending on the sponge water, the size of the box, ambient temperature, humidity and sunlight on the box, water droplets will form on the sides of the box.

7. I cut a wine cork into ½” thicknesses and used them to cover the sharp ends of the push pins holding the top sponge in place on the cover.

The object of the sweat box is to have the humidity in the box seep through the paper and loosen the stamp’s gum, but remember paper and gum interact in different ways depending on the age of the paper, the age and condition of the gum and the humidity.

Self-adhesive stamps can be sweated off, but what happens with a SA stamp is that the binder layer dissolves separating the top paper layer from the bottom adhesive layer so that you can’t save the stamp with its adhesive.

And if you think stronger measures are necessary, just give the sweat box more time to work. Remember “STEAM is EXTREME.”

With a little experience and patience most glues finally break down under the humidity. Expect a gummed stamp to take 30 minutes to loosen from paper, and gummed mint stamps a bit longer to release from each other.

Ringgit peg

The twists and turns of ringgit policyAll agree that when change happens on the exchange rate front, it will be unexpected
Published December 13, 2004
On the whole, a cheap, and pegged, ringgit…keeps the system stable
and gives Malaysian exporters an enhanced competitiveness that’s been
translated into eight straight years of balance of payment surpluses.
HOW things change.
Way back in the late 1980s then finance minister, Daim Zainuddin once
commented acidly on Malaysia’s management of its foreign reserves in
the early 1980s. Then, apparently, the central bank, prodded by finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, spent billions of ringgit to keep Malaysia’s currency on par with the Singapore dollar for, presumably, reasons of machismo.
Now the ringgit is at 2.3 odd units to its Singaporean counterpart and 3.80 to the greenback – from 2.50 for the longest time – and nobody, least of all the central bank or the finance minister, seems to think it’s demeaning or that it’s been debased.
Actually, it has. Just ask all the tens of thousands of parents with
children studying overseas: the Malaysians who travel abroad; the
importers who have to buy stuff from other countries. But the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and, on the whole, a cheap, and pegged, ringgit suits the central bank just fine. It keeps the system stable and gives Malaysian exporters an enhanced competitiveness that’s been translated into eight straight years of balance of payment surpluses.
Those surpluses, according to strict economic theory,indicate that the
ringgit’s value is prima facie misaligned, that it is somehow undervalued against the currencies of its major trading partners. But economic theory,as Henry Ford might have said, is mostly bunk.
Don’t expect any sort of realignment of the ringgit any time soon.
First, never mind all those economists saying that the ringgit may be
20-30 per cent undervalued against the major currencies. On the contrary, sneer at them. On a real effective exchange rate basis, the central bank estimates that it’s only about 3 per cent out of kilter. JP Morgan thinks it’s about 7 per cent undervalued but that’s hardly 20 per cent.
Second, the central bank doesn’t break a sweat sterilising all the
foreign exchange inflows from foreign traders and fund managers long on the ringgit.
Sterilisation occurs when the central bank reborrows ringgit from the
banks – which sell the foreign exchange it gets from said traders and
fund managers back to Bank Negara – to prevent disruptions to Malaysia’s money supply.
Now that can be a costly business. Not for Bank Negara. It pays 2.7 per cent on the ringgit it borrows from the banking system but can earn as much as 4 per cent on its US$61 billion in reserves if it invests in long-dated US Treasuries.
Private economists estimate that the central bank sterilised more than RM130 billion (S$56.7 billion) as at end-November but that’s no big deal for any central bank having reserves of more than RM220 billion.
Third, inflation isn’t an immediate threat despite high commodity price pressures. That isn’t really because of careful planning, it’s more like a fortuitous consequence stemming from a contraction in fiscal spending. That deflationary shock to demand helps even out imported inflation and puts no pressure on Bank Negara to begin thinking about things like exchange rate revaluation.
Finally, Malaysia’s electronics exports have been sliding. It’s
reflected in statistics that show that the country’s share of Asia’s electronics exports is expected to fall to 13 per cent this year compared to almost 20 per cent in 1999.
From a central bank perspective, that’s a compelling reason to keep
hanging on to the US dollar’s secular decline, to stay extra-competitive.
The peg will go someday but it will be later rather than sooner. It’s
not all good either. It detracts from bestowing the benefits of greater policy flexibility to government and it could be hurting investment.
The data isn’t clear on this but some private economists contend that
investors could be delaying plant and machinery upgrades because of its increased costs stemming from the appreciation of the Euro and the yen. What is clear is that gross fixed investment is down nearly 30 per cent from its peak in 1997.
The only thing everyone is sure of is that when change happens on the
exchange rate front, it will be unexpected. This was epitomised in
August 1998 when the government issued its National Economic Recovery Plan. There it dismissed any notions of fixed exchange rates.
A month later, Dr Mahathir Mohamad changed the rules.