Phranang Peninsula, Krabi 2008 – Misc

To end my entry on my trip to Phranang Peninsula, I’ve decided to post some of my favourite photos taken from Anna-Rina (check out her new blog!), Cris and Edmund’s photo albums. Due to this trip, we’ve decided to focus on outdoor climbing a little bit more and we’re planning to buy a 70metres rope soon!

Kit Kat in Japan – Part II

A was in Japan recently and she brought home numerous boxes of Kit Kat of different flavours. This brings an additional entry on Kit Kat in this blog. Nestle in Japan comes out with new flavours and packaging from time to time. Some of you may recall the entries here, here, here and here .

Top Left – Right: Green Tea, Red Bean
Middle Left – Right: Donno what is this, Double Berry, Raspberry and Blueberry!
Bottom: Strawberry

Bottom: Kit Kat White Little Balls

Sakura Balls! Woah!
While doing my research, I found an Ebay stores that sells all sorts of Kit Kat variety. Check it out at
napaJapan Candy and Bento Store!

Phranang Peninsula, Krabi 2008 – Food

Food is probably one of the other best things of Krabi. My personal favourites would be the roasted chicken, banana pancake, fresh mango and pineapple.

I had roasted chicken for 3 days consecutively until I fell sick on the 4th day. I had sore throat and fever. I think I ate too much roasted chicken.

Coconut milkshake – drink in moderation otherwise you’ll get diarrhea

2 of my friends had food poisoning from the food they ate. I was fortunate to escape that but when I came back to Kuala Lumpur, I had food poisoning after consuming local Wat Tan Hor. Tunasing!!

We had seafood almost every night. In every restaurant in Tonsai, they have a section for customers to choose seafood of their choice to be barbequed. Red snapper is not bad.

After a long day of climbing, we would consume couple of bottles of Chang beer at 50 Bath per bottle.

Pineapple fried rice is one of our favourite dishes as well. It comes in a real pineapple!

The prices are relatively cheap – depending on the location. Food in Tonsai was very cheap but food in East and West Railey was pretty expensive – almost equivalent to prices of food in shopping centres in the Klang Valley.

Pad Thai – West Railey serves good Pad Thai

Western food is quite common here
Further, food is abundant in the Phranang Penisula. You’ll never go hungry cause there are plenty of places to eat. One of our favourites would be a shop located nearby the beach. They sell fresh mango, mango sticky rice, roasted chicken and so on.

My favourite stall comes with a Doraemon baloon

Stall at Phranang @ Phranang Beach

Boat selling food @ Phranang Beach

The stuff on the right was sweet and spicy!

Drinks stall @ Tonsai – They even sell hard liquor. No ID required!

Mango sticky rice

One of the ladies selling Mango sticky rice tried to pick up one of my friends.
Lady: Are you single??
Friend: Er..
Lady: if you are, come meet me at Chill Out Bar tonight!

On that night, my friend avoided Chill Out Bar at all cost.

Phranang Peninsula, Krabi 2008 – Climbing – Part II

Other than Dum’s Kitchen, we climbed the following walls too.

Tyrolean Wall

This was one of the walls I climbed when I was sick. Nothing to shout about save for a great view of Tonsai Beach from the top!

Sun block overdose…

Thaiwand Wall
To reach Thaiwand Wall, we had to take a 15 minutes hike up a hill which is located at the end of West Railey beach.

The climbs were quite enjoyable and the view was spectacular. Anna climbed up one of the routes and anchored herself up with her camera. She took loads of great shots from up there!

I was told that some acquaintances saw the waves striking West Railey during the Tsunami tragedy from Thaiwand Wall. They were fortunate to be up there during that time.
But the drawback of Thaiwand Wall is that it was too sandy and dusty. Our gears were literally covered with sand when we left.

Muay Thai Wall

Muay Thai Wall is located at East Railey. I kinda dislike East Railey cause of the flies. We had breakfast around that area before our climb and we had flies everywhere!! The flies were trying to invade our food!

And while climbing at the beachside, we had flies perching on us! NIAMAH!!

We moved into the forest to escape the flies. Fortunately, there were no flies in the forest. They have 2 easy 6A and 6B routes. The 6B route was a little bit tricky as some of us swung out from the rocks. Steve and I both hit a tree. Thank god I didn’t fracture my tailbone.

There is another 6 grade route. However, when Ping tried climbing the route, he had to come down cause he realised it didn’t have an anchor!

Got place to meditate too!

Defile Wall

Defile Wall is located at Phranang Beach. The area has couple of nice rock formation.

One of the surfaces of the walls
Defile Wall houses a nice 25 meter 6A+ route called Mai Pen Rai. The first three bolts are pretty tough and handholds are mostly sharp crimps.

The rest of the route consists of jugs. By the time I reach the last few bolts, my mind kept thinking… “What if my harness breaks now? What if I slip and fall all the way down?? What if whattt ifff wtfff!!!”.

Here we climbed with one Canadian by the name Dan. He is one of those many travellers who come to Krabi alone and find their climbing mates here.

It was getting dark and Dan was eager to climb thee Mai Pen Rai route before leaving. He grabbed his headgear light and scaled up the wall. It was almost completely dark. All we could see was a dot of light up on the wall!

Minimising the risks in blogging

My article was featured in the Star today! w00t!

BLOGGING has become the new way of life of Malaysians. It is without doubt a new form of media where a large number of the public refer to these days in addition to the mainstream media.

With this comes responsibility. It is settled that bloggers are liable for what they say and for what other people post on their blogs. The following laws are applicable to bloggers:

> Civil and criminal defamation;
> Sedition;
> Communication and Multimedia Act 1998; and,
> Copyright infringement.

The above list is not exhaustive and it is hoped that the following will serve as a short guide to minimise the risks of blogging.

One of the most common actions brought against website owners (which include a blogger) is a defamation suit. The definition of defamation is not a static concept.

It has been defined that a statement may be defamatory when it tends “to lower a person in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally” or “to cut him off from society” or “to expose him to hatred, contempt or ridicule”.

Defamatory statements may not only arise from written postings but also from videos (embedded in the blog), pictures/drawings/graphics, sound and even hyperlinks. Recently, a Malaysian High Court held that a website owner is liable for a hyperlink posted by a commentor that links to a website containing a defamatory statement.

The consequence of being liable for defamation is grave. It can drain you financially and make you a bankrupt. It can even put you in jail if it falls under criminal defamation. Even a food review blogger can be subject to a defamation suit. Thus to avoid such problems, the following steps are recommended:

> Avoid potentially defamatory statements;
> Moderate comments;
> Identification of commentor’s details;
> Warning to commentors;
> Disclaimer;
> Disable Cache; and,
> Anonymity.

The most obvious, and the most important, step to take from being slapped with defamation action is to avoid defamatory statements.
Always ensure that what you write is true. If you are unable to verify the truth of a statement on your blog, junk it. Avoid criticising other people on your blog, as sometimes the criticism can be taken as defamatory.

Another type of entry you should avoid is rumour-based entries. It is advisable not to repeat a rumour made by others, unless you can prove it.

As mentioned earlier, what got many website owners into trouble is what their readers posted. And website owners are liable for comments made by other parties published on their website.
In this regard, website owners can be subject to an application to the court compelling them to reveal the identity of the commentor. It should not be much of a problem to website owners to reveal the identity, but sometimes the order goes a bit further than that.
For example, there were cases where website owners were compelled to reveal Malaysian identity card numbers of their commentors, and also slapped with costs payable to the complainant.

Thus, it is useful to set up a system to filter comments and require commentors to register themselves before they can submit comments. Alternatively, the website owner may have in place a stringent approval system where comments will only be posted upon approval.
Further, you may also reveal the details of the commentors such as their Internet Protocol (IP) address, time of posting and e-mail address on the website upon the posting of the comment.
By revealing such details, the commentors can be traced through their Internet service provider, etc. This may restrain commentors from posting malicious comments.

It would also be useful to place a warning stating that commentors are liable for what they say or that you will reveal their details to the authorities upon request. The warning can be fortified with a disclaimer, which could be useful to discourage defamatory statements.

The disclaimer can go along these lines: “The comments contained on this blog reflect the views of the author and do not in any way represent that of the owner of this blog.” This serves as notice that the views of the commentors are not shared by the blogger.
Many consider websites such as WayBack Machine and Google Cache as God‘s gifts to computer geeks. These websites keep a record of your website and are quite useful when you lose the contents of your website. You can retrieve some of your lost documents from there.

But this also means that anyone can retrieve anything deleted from your website, including defamatory statements that had been removed. But not to fear, for there is also a special option where you can stop these websites from keeping a record of your website.
If all the above fail to avoid a letter of demand or you just wish to have a carefree blog, then try blogging anonymously. This would include setting up a blog using a pseudonym with no trace of the person’s identity on the blog. Some do it for their own protection, and some do it so that they cannot be found.

Although distasteful, this allows bloggers to avoid being discovered and to post entries without any restriction. But if caught, they will suffer grave repercussion. In a recent Canadian court decision, anonymous electronic postings of defamatory material were not only actionable but would also warrant a high damages award.
With the upcoming High Speed Broadband (HSBB) rollout, we can expect more content-rich blogs. With this, the dissemination of information may expand to methods which are unknown to us now. There will therefore be new laws and challenges ahead.

Putik Lada, or pepper buds in Malay, captures the spirit and intention of this column – a platform for young lawyers to articulate their views and aspirations about the law, justice and a civil society. For more information about the young lawyers, please visit


Phranang Peninsula, Krabi 2008 – Climbing – Part I

5 days of climbing took a severe beating on our physical health. We suffered hundred of bruises, cuts, rope burns and aching muscles. Not to mention, flu, fever, cough, sore throat and food poisoning – although might not be caused by climbing.

Steve’s fingers

Ping’s fingers

Ping’s knee

My thigh – rope burn

Anna-Rina‘s siew kai bei.

The popular walls were mostly crowded. We had, from time to time, people coming up to us asking us to bugger off so that they can climb the route. But this time round, we managed to climb some routes that we climbed on the last time and also new walls. We also had to line up until sunset to wait for certain route. It was like waiting in line for a Disneyland ride. NIAMAH!!

Notwithstanding the torturous bits, it strengthened me mentally. It strengthens my belief that everything is possible with commitment, confidence and determination. Leading up a 25 metres route made me believe that we can achieve anything with such principles.

Immediately after we dropped our bags at our hotel, we had lunch and headed straight to Dum’s Kitchen to climb. Dum’s Kitchen is one of the most popular walls. It houses a 6A, 6B, 6C and a 6C+ wall.

Ping praying to God of Climber before climbing

Some of the routes were climbed so frequently until some of its handholds have turned smooth. Kena molested 9 9.

Dum’s Kitchen is also a great spot to take pictures of sunset as it faces the sea.

Around Dum’s Kitchen. Water rises in the afternoon.

To be continued..

Phranang Peninsula, Krabi 2008 – Overview

The Phranang Peninsula is a well known rock climbing spot in Thailand. It consists of, among others, Tonsai, East and West Railey, Phranang Beach. Due to its geographical location, Phranang Peninsula is only accessible by boat. In 2004, I was here and it left me great memories. I didn’t think twice of coming back to climb again.

Unfortunately, the Phranang Peninsula in 2004 is not the same with the Phranang Peninsula now. It has become crowded and more commercialised. You even have to line up to set up routes to climb.

The sea water doesn’t look clean and flies were everywhere. Speaking about flies, flies and sand flies were the biggest turnoff in this trip. I came back scratching my sandfly bites crazy for few days.

After 6 days of continuous climbing and eating, we (consisting of 11 people divided into Team Malaysia and Team Australia) came home with hundreds of bruises, rope burns, food poisoning, fever and flu. Team Australia consists of friends who work in Australia but came back to Malaysia to join Team Malaysia to Krabi.

My trip was marred on the 4th day when I fell sick. My sore throat was so bad that I couldn’t swallow my saliva. I stayed in bed until afternoon after taking some medication.

In the evening, I followed the rest to Tyrone Wall to climb. After climbing one route, I went back to the hotel with a fever. Fortunately, after a few Panadols and loads of burpees, I was fine the next day.

The journey to Krabi was quite a breeze. We took a 1 hour 20 minutes flight from LCCT to Krabi International Airport, 30 minutes van ride to Ao Nang and 10 minutes boat ride to Tonsai. Krabi International Airport is a small but modern airport. Once we stepped out from the departure hall, we had transport operators swarming at us as if we were shit and they were flies. We settled for a van to fit 11 of us to Ao Nang.

One part that caught my attention in Krabi International Airport is their reserved signage. At the departure hall, they have a reserved sign for women and kids which is just right after a reserved sign for monks. Monks get higher priority than women and kids. Wow.

The van that took us to Ao Nang a.k.a the Venga Van had dance music blaring out from its sub woofers and flashing lights to compliment the music. It looked normal from outside but it’s a mini disco inside!

We stayed at Mountain View Resort at Tonsai. It was way better than the one we stayed last time. I shared a fan room with Ping and Edmund. Toilet was quite nice and complete. The toilet of the last hotel I stayed only had a toilet bowl and a pipe.

Tiew Khao Lei!!

Our routine for 5 days was quite simple. We woke up around 7am (electricity gets cut off at 7am every day until evening), climb until afternoon, have lunch, climb again (except for one day where we went kayaking) and then have dinner. Massage wasn’t my top activity for this trip. Probably because my leg hurts big time from rope burn.

We celebrated the New Year along Tonsai beach with a thousand or more guai lous. Wei Chen and Mindy left dinner early to check out the Cobra show but they were disappointed to arrive early as all they could see is a fat guy sweeping the mat couple of times. The cobra came eventually but a few minutes before the fireworks. Once the fireworks shot up, everyone ignored the Cobra.

We also bought some Kung Ming lanterns to play with. We could see hundreds of Kung Ming lanterns floating in the sky. I was told that Kung Ming lanterns are very popular in the Thai culture.

I left for my room early cause I wasn’t feeling well. Further, we had to wake up early to catch our flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

The journey back home was a breeze as well. Within a few hours, I was back at home – shoving in 6 days worth of dirty laundry into the washing machine.

Ping ala Titanic Style

More details up soon!


Lately, there had been a flu epidemic going on around the world. I had sore throat, fever and flu while I was in Krabi. A few of my friends caught the flu while overseas as well.
2 of my friends had food poisoning while we were in Krabi. I was fortunate to escape that sickness while in Krabi although I had been feasting on road side food and also at flies infested places.
Last Friday, I went back to the office to work and had lunch at one of our usual lunch places. I had a Wat Tan Hor (Cantonese Fried Noodles). It tasted a little funny hence I didn’t finish it.
A few hours later, I was vomiting my Wat Tan Hor in the toilet. I had to rush some work on that evening and couldn’t head home early. I was vomiting in my room – into my waste paper basket – and then continued my work.
I vomited at the car park while getting my car. I vomited while driving home.

After all those roadside food and flies infested places, I can’t believe my stomach fell to a plate of Wat Tan Hor which came from a coffee shop which was graded A for cleanliness!! Tunasing!!!

Upcoming Events – January 2009


Venue: JB Discovery
Date: 9th January 2009
Time: 9pm till late
Dark By Design
A DJ from UK more known by his stage name, Dark by Design – Gaz West only plays the hardest trance beats. He has won a number of awards; making him one of the best DJs out there in the world. He has played his sounds at hot happening events the world over. And now he is bringing it to you. If you do not know his music, you’d be hard pressed to keep up. But if you do, you’ll be rewarded with the ultimate trip.
Dr. Willis
Dr. Willis is no stranger to many clubbers. The good doctor has played at many big name clubs around Australia. Now, he flies all over the world and spinning massive mixes at massive events. With a number of popular albums under his belt, his music is always ever changing. Every time you hear him play, it’s gonna be different.
Elite Battle: World VS Local
LCK is the storm maker because when he spins, it’s huge. Not a bad thing for you especially if you want something that is different and unique. And when you combine his talent with his experience, you get someone that will definitely make you dance.
Bass Agents
Starting low to get you high, these guys will hit you hard with the craziest of bass. They are not known to go easy so when they go, it’s going to be hard all the way. Step up the deck if you think you can, because they will blow you away with the craziest sounds!
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Red Sessions presents Armin Van Buuren

The world’s #1 DJ at Zouk KL, a club he regards as one of the best in the world, tearing it up exclusively for 4 hours behind the decks in what is set the be the biggest night of KL’s clubbing calender.
Date: 10 January 2009
Venue: Zouk KL
RM100 Ladies / RM120 Men (inc 2 drinks)
RM425++ / 6 pax (Advance Booking with min. 2 btls commitment)
Please call 03-2171 2075 (12pm – 6pm) or 0163323191 (after 6pm)or email Normal Door Bottle Entry priced at RM529 / 3 pax *applicable to 21 yrs old and above
Complimentary Entry before 11pm

Happy New Year from

Well, I’m back from the Phranang Penisula, Krabi. It was a tiring but great trip. I’ll talk about this in my later entries.
Anyway, please be reminded that the law on vehicle rear seat belts starts today. Vehicle owners and passengers will be given a six-month grace period up to 30 June 2009 when they will only be issued a compound fine of RM300 for not wearing rear seat belts.
From 1 July 2009, drivers and passengers caught not using their seat belts would have to pay a fine of up to RM2,000, serve up to one year’s jail or both.
Have a good break!