Thursday, February 24, 2011

The National Library

I can't remember the last time I was at the National Library; it must've been during my PPP/ITM days so that's about 16 years ago.

I somehow mixed up my appointment time, leaving me with 2.5 hours to spare. With the exhorbitant parking rates in KLCC area, I decided to find either find 1) a free place where I can park my car and use my laptop or 2) a place where parking for two hours won't cost me more than my lunch. I decided to drive over to the National Library and with its ample free parking, decided that this would be a really nice place to spend two hours and catch up on my work. I registered myself here and maybe the next time I am in KL for a meeting, I could always drop by here and read.

p/s To the anonymous MCOB who commented on my earlier posting on my English, I would really appreciate it you could contact me at I would certainly like to improve on the quality of my posting and I am sure you could help me with that.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

MCOBA Jalan Jalan Cari Makan #4

Sdr Salim '75, MCOBA JPM for Networking started a very interesting activity to promote MCOB-owned eateries via the Jalan Jalan Cari Makan (JJCM) series. Each time, one MCOB-owned is chosen and everyone would eat their heart out and go dutch on the final bill. I missed the first three but managed to join the fourth installment at Al Andalus Restaurant, Jalan Delima, KL.
Pictures courtesy of Sdr Zahid Serpent '78

Thursday, January 06, 2011

16th December 2010

On this magical date, my second son, Amir Zharif came into the world at 8.57am, tipping the scale at 4.93kg.

Zharif outweighed his elder brother Amir Haris by more than 300g and also outgrowned him by 1cm.

However, we were put through a very anxious two weeks as Amir Zharif was detained at the hospoital; one day in the NICU and the rest in the 3rd floor nursery.

Cause : Fast respiration from birth.

All sorts of test was done on him, but Alhamdulillah, the doctors gave him a clean bill of health.

Welcome the world, Son.. and welcome to the family.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Changing Times

In 14 years, a lot of things have changed.

In '96, when I first registered at UW-Madison, the business undergraduate programme was ranked #13 in the US.

Money Magazine named Madison as the #1 city to live in.

In 2010, UW-Madison's ranking is #40
Money Magazine ranked Madison at #95.


Good Marketing

Get this.. China Press reported that Macau's Gambling King, Stanley Ho sent his personal jet to pick up 88 durians from Singapore. Talk about love for the King of Fruits.

Now, get this. The durians are from the Musang King variety, FROM MALAYSIA...

... why must he buy Malaysian durian in Singapore ?

.. it's all in the marketing... (the Singapore Lychee thing comes to mind, heheh)

Joint Bid For World Cup ?

It was reported in the news that Malaysia would consider a joint bid with Indonesia to host the World Cup.

Huh..? World Cup of what ?

Our team is languising in the 100s ranking. Before we can even consider such ambitious undertakings, please get the team's ranking to at least the top 99 ranked.

Friday, July 09, 2010

World Cup

I am not a die hard soccer fan. I do not go ga-ga over EPL matches at mamak stall and sometimes I think our local newspaper are going overboard when reporting 3/4 of the sports section with EPL or other European league news whereas our own league is lucky enough to get 1/4 page of report.

Anyway, befoe the World Cup started I made my mind to support Argentina. Except for Messi, I don't even know who is on the team but hey, with everyone talking about "their" team, I must have one too. Argentina did rather well, until of course, the famous drubbing by the German team.

OK, lets support a better team (i.e the team that beat Argentina) but hey, even Paul the octopus is not putting his tantacles on that.

Germany lost too..

... Viva La Roja ??

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Sometime last week, Honey Dearest and I decided to take elevated Kelana Jaya-Subang Jaya elevated route to go back home. It was around 5.15pm and we thought that traffic wouldn't be bad (sometimes you can see cars basically motionless on the entire stretch of the elevated portion). Our plan is to take the exit right after SJMC and head to Sunway Pyramid for a quick bite.

OK, so the traffic is heavy and with the exit being an a very sharp angle and only a single lane, traffic starts to build up. The lady in the Myvi infront of us seemed to be utilising her time well, by putting up make up, at at times, I believe, removing some body hair (that was how it looked like from our car).

The jam, we can take. However, the entire road was wobbly beneath of us. We really felt it as we we stationary most of the time. So, my question is... is the whole stretch safe ? I am no engineer, but I am sure when they plan for it, they must have calculated the loading etc. However, when they did the calculation, did they consider the weight of stationary cars on the entire stretch of the elevated portion ?

Honey Dearest never wants to be on that road during peak hours, ever again.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Alternative Products

It is always nice to have an alternative to the products you use or consume.

We have in-store brand by hypermarkets of almost anythings, from laundry detergents to sausages.

It is also nice to know that we have an alternative to Kentucky Fried Chicken.

I have heard about Radix Fried Chicken for quite some time but since the outlets are only available in the north, I never had the chance to try it. However, a visit to Mydin Mall in Ayer Keroh, Melaka gave me the chance to try out the product.

The taste is good and the price is reasonable.

I will definitely come back for more.

.. oh, do open one in Shah Alam or Subang Jaya, ye ?