31 May, 2010

Swimming Pool is Closed.

Public swimming pool in Sri Aman is currently closed due to cleaning is in progress. The cleaning routine is commendable since the swimming pool is used by the public and the swimming pool can get dirty easily. As discussed in my previous post, the swimming pool can get very dirty and hazardous to your health.

However, I am just wondering about the timing of the cleaning session since the school holiday season is just around the corner and I am sure that most kids cannot wait long enough to jump into the swimming pool. Hopefully, they will finish cleaning the pool soon and fill in the water into the pool so that the pool is open to the public during this upcoming school holiday.




28 May, 2010

How Safe is Your Hand phone?

All walks of life nowadays is so dependent on mobile phone. There is an ongoing debate whether your mobile phone can be so deadly.

The results of a UN sponsored study with a grant of US24 million (RM82 million) spanning a decade and covering 13 nations was released recently suggesting that frequent cellphone use may increase the chances of developing rare but deadly form of brain cancer.

However, according to the report, there is no conclusive evidence yet to tell how big the risk is, if there is one and experts were nearly unanimous in saying the results of the study are inconclusive.

According to the report, cellphones send out radioactive energy in a form that's similar to the one used in microwave ovens, but at very low levels. There is no accepted theory to explain how or if these weak radio waves can affect the body, beyond heating it to a very small degree.

Most of current mobile phone models have a limited amount of energy being released in accordance to the energy emission limit as enforced by the US and European regulators.

24 May, 2010

Which Phone Should I Used?

Excited to know that Yahoo and Nokia will soon be a partner which enable users to use the same login to access both applications.

Hopefully most of Yahoo applications will be made available for mobile usage via Nokia. Also, most of Nokia application will be integrated with Yahoo. If the applications that they provide will be exciting than I will not switch to Iphone or Blackberry.

23 May, 2010

Traffic Bottleneck


Business along this road is booming and during a typical day, most commuters will stop by and buy something to bring home. However, there is hardly any space for parking along the road and vehicle are parked alongside both of the roads causing severe congestion during peak hours.

It is time for the authority to find a suitable place nearby for them to sell their products and for users to park their vehicles. Within several years, I can foresee that the congestion along the road, if nothing is being done, will get out of control and tremendous amount of time will be lost due to congestion.

22 May, 2010

Bike to Work Day

May 21st was the bike to work day which marked the end of bike week. By using bike, you can save money and also increase your fitness level.

However, in Malaysia, biking to work seems to be an arduous tasks because of the hot and humid weather. By the time you arrive at your office, you will be soaked up with your own sweat and will feel uncomfortable for the rest of the day. Not only that, when it is raining, biking seemed to be the last mode of transport to use to go to work.

However, bicycling can be a good exercise during the weekend or during after office hours. 

Beware of Swimming Pool

According to this news report, most swimming pools are in violation of health and safety codes. The serious health violations are in term of improper disinfectant and PH level which can contribute to the spread of bacteria.

There need to be proper swimming pools monitoring by the relevant parties in order to ensure the cleanliness of the pools and to avoid users from contracting potential illness due to bacteria in public pools.

21 May, 2010

Bicycle Accidents

What ever mode of transport that people are using, accidents do happen. For bicyclists, an awareness campaign were carried out as remembrance to those who were involved in fatal accident involving bicycle and other vehicles.

16 May, 2010

Argument Over Taxi Fare

There was an incident involving a taxi driver and a passenger arguing about the amount of fares that the driver charged and the amount of fare that the passenger think she should pay. After reading about the incident, I pity both parties because such an incident shouldn't have occurred in the first place if both of them understand the situation. This is another reason why most taxi driver just doesn't want to pick up passengers during peak hours.

In the above incident, the taxi driver charged the passenger based on metered amount whereas the passenger insisted to pay her normal fee for traversing the same route. After the women insisted to pay the lower than expected fee, then the nasty incident happened where the taxi driver assaulted the passenger. 

On the perspective of the taxi driver, in order for him to avoid the congested route, he had made some detour and ended up with extra fee being charged due to the additional distance traversed. Given that the driver insisting to use the normal route that the passenger always use, the total travel time might be much longer due to traffic jam and the cost to both the driver and the passenger will be much higher.

I had experienced this scenario last week where during off peak period, the fare being charged using metered taxi is around RM 7 from the location to Kuala Lumpur Sentral and the travel time is only a few minutes. However, last week, I had to get into a taxi during peak hours and traffic jam is too bad where traffic is hardly moving. It took around an hour for the taxi to travel the same distance. Due to the longer travel time, the metered fee is around RM20. As I understood quite clearly that the driver is honest in using his metered fee and also the travel time is very long, I had no problem to pay him that amount because based on my previous experienced most taxi drivers just don't want to pick up passengers during traffic jam because they know that passengers will not agree to pay the higher fee amount. Also, based on my previous experience, taxi drivers even demanded not to use metered taxi but to charge exorbitant fee which is around RM70 to traverse the same distance. So, for the last trip that I made using the metered taxi, I really admired the taxi driver for honestly using the metered fee and at the same time both of us (me and the taxi driver) had to endure the gruelling traffic jam.

Relating to the above incident, I think the taxi driver had honestly use the metered charges to transport the passenger to the destination and I think the passenger should pay him the exact amount as mentioned on the taxi meter. But, unluckily, the taxi driver felt he was being cheated by the passenger for paying him less than the amount indicated on the meter and the regretful event happened. The passenger insisted not to pay the metered fee because she thought that the taxi driver wanted to rip her off. If both parties respect each other and there are no suspicions between them, the incident will not ever happen.

15 May, 2010

My New 7D Canon


This is an image from my new Canon 7D. Recently just acquired the new camera after reading about almost all of the positive comments about the 7D from the web.