25 March, 2011

Engineers Week 2011

Do you know that even engineers have their own week to celebrate which is called Engineers Week. The Engineers' Week is the third full week of February and this year the celebration started from 20-26 Feb 2011. The celebration was started by the National Society of Professional Engineers in the U.S. in 1951.  The objective of National Engineers' Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.

Engineers Week is also organised to introduce and promote the engineering profession to the general public and the contribution of Engineers in Scientific and Technology Development. Several events are carried out by organisations, IEM members, and universities. The events are meant to enlighten the society about the versatility of the engineering profession in providing them with a high quality of living.

The Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS also actively participated in organizing the Engineering Week. The week long activities comprises several events such as Mekar Wawasan, Green Race, Radio Controlled Aircraft Exhibition, etc.

Engineering Week 2011 held in Unimas
Engineering Week 2011

Participants of Mekar Wawasan Programme from SMK Muara Tuang.
Mekar Wawasan

Radio Controlled Helicopter Show

Radio Controlled Airplane Show
Radio Controlled Plane

Participants of the Green Race
Green Race

Part of the Activities during the Engineers Week 2011

20 March, 2011

The Newly Open Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Melor Inn located in Parit Buntar is a New four storeys Hotel which is just operating for more than a month. Based on the owner of the Hotel, initially the building was meant for a new shopping complex which was later changed to accommodate a hotel. Thus, the layout of the hotel rooms is quite unique due to the last minute changes. Most of the superior rooms are windowless whereas the Deluxe rooms are equipped with windows.

Due to the new nature of the hotel, all of the amenities of the hotel are in good condition. The room rates range (Correct as Published subjected to change) from RM108.00 Nett-RM118 Nett (Superior), RM128Nett -RM138 Nett (Deluxe), RM 158 Nett (Family Deluxe), RM168 Nett (junior Suite), and RM288 Nett (Executive Suite). The best thing is that the Hotel provides free usage of wireless broadband. Next time you plan to stay at the hotel, don't forget to bring along your notebook to fully utilize the free broadband facility.

The Hotel also has facilities for meeting and banqueting.

Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Check-in counter of the Hotel.
Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Entrance and lifts of the hotel.
Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Corridor of the hotel leading to the respective rooms.
Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Layout of the Deluxe room
Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Melor Inn Parit Buntar

Melor Inn Parit Buntar

The directional map for those who are interested to stay at the hotel.
Melor Inn Parit Buntar

What Do You Think about the New Credit Cards Rulings?

Under the new credit cards requirements, gone will be the days where one can see credit card promoters at major shopping centers or airports enticing their potential clients to fill in forms for new credit cards. If they still wanted to carry out such activities, they will not get enough clients that are eligible to own extra credit cards. Also, our wallets will be more manageable since the number of credit cards allowed will be limited.

As an effort to ensure the usage of credit card is at a manageable level, the requirements for credit card eligibility and credit limits has been raised. The minimum annual income requirement has been raised from RM24,000 per annum (RM2,000 per month) versus previously RM18,000 per annum (RM1,500 per month).

Those earning RM3,000 per month (RM36,000 per annum) and less will have to adhere to the following conditions:
1) They can only hold two credit cards from a maximum of two issuing bank.
2) For each issuing bank, the maximum credit limit is double the monthly income of the card holder. Therefore, for two issuing banks, the maximum combined credit limit is four times the monthly income.

Credit card issuers are also required to ad-opt fair, transparent and responsible practices under the guidelines.

Issuers are not allowed to increase card holders’ credit limit without consent nor are they allowed to offer credit advance in the form of cheques unless requested. I totally agree with this measure because before this we are being bombarded with all sorts of unwelcoming offers from the banks and most of the offers are advantageous only to the banks.

Effective January 1 next year, transaction alerts via SMS to card holders will be implemented after transactions are performed followed by personal identification number (PIN) verification for all card transactions from Jan 1, 2015. (Hope measures to prevent fishing or scam will be implemented if such measures are being taken into consideration).
Read further HERE.

19 March, 2011

Tomorrow's Leaders Summit Gala Dinner

Thank You to the management of the Sarawak Bloggers for the invitation to the Gala Dinner and to the Tomorrow's Leaders Summit (TLC) 2011. The summit will be held on the 19-20th March 2011. The Gala Dinner was held on the 18th March 2011 at the Borneo Convention Center Kuching (BCCK).

Following were among the Sarawak Bloggers attending the Gala Dinner. One of them is Cyril Dason, founder of the Sarawak Blogger. Also fellow Sarawak Bloggers, Willie, is in the picture.

With Willie and Abg Faisal Barawi.

Norman Goh, a Sarawak Blogger, is the MC for the Gala Dinner.

Organizing Chairman of the Summit

VVIPs of the Gala Dinner

Puan Sri Ragad Waleed Alkurdi

The BCCK's Ballroom where the dinner was held.

The Dinner was Served
Welcoming Dinner Tomorrow's Leaders Summit


17 March, 2011

Turkish Dance

Turkish Dance
Several International Students from Turkey performed their home country dance. They were joined later by several member from the audience. I am not really sure the actual name of the dance which I just identified as Turkish Dance. If any of the readers happen to know the exact name of the dance please don't hesitate to jot down in the comments below.

Turkish Dance

Turkish Dance

16 March, 2011

Expressions about Current Situation in Japan

Hope the situation in Japan will be under control soon. Japanese Ambassador Masahiko Horie addressed about the current situation that is happening in Japan.

They had to endure the aftermath of the 9.0 Richter Scale earthquake and the devastation by tsunami. Also, the Japanese government is fighting very hard to contain further radioactive leakage and incidents related to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Read further news HERE

Wan Hashim

15 March, 2011

Satay for Dinner

Yesterday night ordered this beef and chicken satay at the newly open Satay restaurant in Parit Buntar. The restaurant is located just the opposite of the newly open Hotel Melor at the Parit Buntar's new town center.

The satay is delicious and the price is also reasonable.

12 March, 2011

Engineering Marvel of Japan's Highrise Building

Earthquake resistance building design will sway without collapsing in the advent of a powerful earthquake. This video shows the marvel of such design due to the 8.9 Richter scale earthquake in Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011. The earthquake resistance buildings had saved thousands live during an arthquake.

Eyewitness Video of Japan Friday's Earthquake

Tsunami Pictures: Epic Waves, Earthquake Shock Japan

Tossed like toys, airplanes and automobiles litter debris piles at the airport in Sendai, Japan, after three-story waves struck the city on Friday, March 11, 2011.

Picture of a three-story (10 meters or 33 feet) tsunami obscures all but treetops as it roars into Natori, Japan.

Visit Tsunami Pictures: Epic Waves, Earthquake Shock Japan

10 March, 2011

Bonfire at Damai Santubong Resort


At a first glance, I thought that the hotel had purposely arrange the wood in such a way as part of their beach front cleaning effort.


Later in the night, the wood is set on fire.


The fire is set as the starting point for the commencement of the Hawaiian Dance performed by the Damai Resort's staff.


07 March, 2011

The Science Behind Traffic Jams

This infographic will highlight the root causes of traffic jam. So next time you encounter traffic jam, at least you already know some of the possible causes of traffic jam. Your car might be one of the reason for the traffic jam building up behind you.

Visit HERE for the infographic.

Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sarawak

Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sarawak viewed from the 4th Floor of the Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching.

01 March, 2011

I Think The New Terminal is Ready

Ticket Counters

Today the (Integrated Transportation Terminal-Bandar Tasik Selatan (ITT-BTS) terminal supposed to be fully operational. All of the ticketing counters are ready to serve their customers.

Arrival Hall
Arrival waiting area is very spacious.

Escalators To Passengers Arrival Hall
Escalators for arriving passengers to the air-conditioned arrival hall.