Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Tangkak is a town situated in the district of Muar in the state of Johor, Malaysia. It lies in close proximity to the neighbouring state of Melaka, especially to Jasin town and district of the state and about half an hour drive from Melaka city centre.

The town is popularly known amongst locals as Fabric Town or Syurga Kain. When one enters Tangkak, one can't help but notice the numerous cloth shops situated around the town.

It is also well-known as Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir), which is the highest mountain in Johor, is just 17km away from the town centre of Tangkak. The mountain is clearly visible from any part of Tangkak and adds to the beauty of the town landscape.

To visit Tangkak, just follow the North-South highway and exit at the Tangkak Tol and turn right. It is about 2 hours travel time from Kuala Lumpur and about half an hour drive from Melaka city centre.


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Monday, February 22, 2010

Nasi Dagang Kak Pah, Kuala Terengganu

Nasi Dagang is a plain and slightly glutinous rise dish usually taken as breakfast. Named 'Dagang' (stranger/loner) after a single tuna curry accompanying the rice',

Nasi dagang is available in stalls and hotel's coffee house. Because of difficult cooking process, most hotels took their supply from the stalls too, so taste is rather 'standardised' with the price four times higher.

The good one is available at Kak Pah in Medan Selera Batu Buruk.


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Keropok Losong, Kuala Terengganu

The easiest way to describe Keropok Lekor is to call it fish sausage. The sausages are thrown into boiling water for a few minutes until they are cooked and ready to be sold. It is the specialty from Terengganu, a state at the east coast and omnipresent in the streets and villages and very much a part of the live of the people there.

Keropok lekor has been placed as important product by the Terengganu State Government. Visitors can easily find the keropok lekor factory or stall at Losong (one of the most popular place to purchase keropok lekor in Kuala Terengganu) by following the roadsign.


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Kuala Kemaman Satar and Otak-Otak

What is Satar? It is made out of fish, grated coconut, santan and a bit of sago. It comes wrapped in coconut leaves, after being stuck on long spits and smoked on hot embers.

Otak otak had a small slice of fish, thickly coated with spices, mince shallots, onions, ginger, chillies and wrapped in banana leaves..

To get to Kuala Kemaman, if you are coming from Kuantan/Cherating, drive towards Kuala Terengganu/Chukai. You will see Kuala Kemaman's sign board (approximately 10 mins after driving pass Club Med) on your right (there's a bus station at the corner). Turn in, you will see the satar stall on your left (first stall, opens frm 2 pm onwards). If you drive further down, at T junction, turn left. Drive for about 5 mins, you'll see the shop (the picture i took, opens from 2 pm onwards) on your right, that serves satar, otak otak, pais, keropok lekor etc.


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Mee Banjir Udang (Special Prawn Noodle) – Kuala Sepetang, Taiping

Probably they name it mee banjir because of the overflowing soup of the bowl of noodles. The noodle comes in three sizes, i.e. RM8, RM10 and RM12. The differences are in the sizes of the prawns.

Kuala Sepetang is the river mouth which is also a fishing village. That’s why the prawns are all so fresh and cheap.


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Nasi Kandar Line Clear

Line Clear is a legendary nasi kandar restaurant/stall in the heart of George Town, Penang. The recipes date back generations, and people from across Penang swear by Line Clear's rich and spicy dishes (http://www.malaysia.com).

Line Clear Nasi Kandar, stall is locates at a lane in Jalan Penang, between Lebuh Chulia and Kampung Malabar

How to get there:

Driving directions to Line Clear
24.6 km – about 22 mins
Penang Bridge
1.Head east on Jambatan Pulau Pinang
5.3 km
2.Exit onto Jalan Perusahaan
0.6 km
3.Take the ramp onto Jambatan Pulau Pinang
10.7 km
4.Continue onto Lebuhraya Jelutong
1.7 km
5.Continue straight to stay on Lebuhraya Jelutong
3.1 km
6.Continue onto Pengkalan Weld
2.0 km
7.Turn left at Lebuh Chulia
1.2 km
8.Slight left at Jalan Penang
Destination will be on the left
30 m
Line Clear
Jalan Penang
Georgetown, Pulau Pinang


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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Malaysian with 5 Figures Income

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KUALA LUMPUR: Fed up with day jobs and measly pay, a small but rising number of people have become full-time Internet entrepreneurs, some raking in five-figure salaries, often in the comfort of their living rooms.
A popular Internet income generator is through the sale of advertisement space in websites and blogs. Others sell anything from e-books to software, either authored themselves, or through an affiliate programme.
There are no statistics on the number of Malaysians who have gone full-time into online money-making ventures, although anecdotal evidence suggests more are doing so.
However, before Malaysians start jumping on the Internet income bandwagon, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has a word of caution: Beware of online scams.
“Surfers should not fall for get-rich-quick scams that are aplenty online. MCMC continuously monitors and acts on them,” said a spokesman from the regulatory body from the communications and multimedia industry.
But for those who have struck gold online, the returns are generous, not only in terms of pay.
Most work from home, which means they do not have bosses breathing down their necks, don’t have to get stuck in traffic jams and can spend more time with their families.
Liew Cheon Fong, who runs a technology blog (www.liewcf.com), claimed he was the first Malaysian to go into blogging full-time in 2005 in what started out as a hobby to share computing tips with friends.

The Kluang-based 27-year-old computer science degree-holder posts a few entries in his blog daily. He needs to keep his entries interesting to attract web traffic, failing which his income could dip.

One of his sources of income is Google Adsense, an online advertisement programme run by Internet giant Google. Liew gets paid whenever visitors click on advertisements placed on his blog.

Website operators who sign up with Google Adsense display advertisements related to their websites. For example, a blog on pets may feature ads on dog shampoo or pet grooming services.
Often, revenue generated online is in US dollars and credited into e-commerce facilities like PayPal. While Malaysians cannot withdraw money from PayPal accounts, many use them to make online purchases instead.

Unless you earn a monthly five-figure salary like Samsul Zamzuri Abu Bakar, 32, a Sungai Buloh-based Netpreneur (see accompanying story). He has opened an account with a United States bank which allows him to withdraw earnings credited into PayPal.
Then using his ATM card, he withdraws his money here.
But Samsul, who co-runs several blogs on gadgets like handphones and digital cameras, said many people have the misconception that entrepreneurs making money over the Internet involve “just working a few hours a day and spending the rest of the time watching their money roll in”.
Samsul spends up to 12 hours in front of a computer, either liaising with his co-bloggers, marketing his blogs or simply surfing the Internet for ideas or to keep abreast with the latest developments in technology.

There are also drawbacks when your sole income is derived from such unconventional means. A common complaint is erratic income.

In Samsul’s case, revenue peaks during the Christmas and the US summer seasons when sales of technology items go up, while for the rest of the year, earnings can be slow.

Last June, Liew’s income was badly hit when Google dropped his blog’s ranking, resulting in a drastic reduction in the number of visitors to the site. Liew has since recovered after Google upgraded his ranking. Now, almost a quarter of a million visitors go to his blog per month.
Gobala Krishnan, 27, who sells e-books and software online, said it was more important to plan ahead and follow it through. Otherwise, his earnings would be affected in the long-run. He claimed to be making RM20,000 to RM30,000 per month.
How does one identify online cheats, especially since some of the operators are based overseas?
Krishnan offered his rule-of-thumb: “If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. Just like any business, Internet business takes capital, time and dedication.”
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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Malaysians lack financial planning, survey shows


Johnson. Photo by Chu Juck Seng

KUALA LUMPUR: A survey on Malaysians’ money-management skills revealed scores of respondents who do not posess adequate financial literacy to steward their personal funds towards a solid retirement plan.

The Citi Financial Quotient survey of 400 people aged above 18 has unearthed Malaysians’ personal savings and investment habits, leading to possible conclusions that many are not prepared for rainy days should they stop working.

According to the online survey in October 2007, some 63% of respondents do not consciously save a portion of their salaries, while 70% felt they had average to poor understanding on how to manage and invest their money.

Meanwhile, about 80% of those polled said they did not have a formal retirement plan, crafted with the help of a trained financial planner, while half were uncertain about their retirement funds.

“On average, Malaysians say that their current savings would last 10 weeks if they were to lose their jobs, but still had to pay all their regular day-to-day expenses.

“Six out of 10 Malaysians are not very confident, or not confident at all that their retirement savings will lead to a comfortable life in retirement,” said Citibank Bhd vice president for marketing, and head of segment for global consumer group, Timothy Johnson yesterday.

The poll could, essentially, suggest that while many Malaysians would like to save, less than a third actually stick to monthly budgets. Many are also believed to be unsure of how much money they should have upon retirement.

Against the survey’s financial quotient gauge of 100 points, Malaysian respondents scored an average of 49 points with 58% hitting below the 50-point mark, a trend indicating room for improvement in local consumers’ financial habits.

Meanwhile, Johnson said Citibank may include will-writing into its portfolio of services in Malaysia to capture a slice of the untapped market segment where rival financial services providers had already made their presence.

“That could be... (but) at this point in time, we have no plans for that,” he said in response to the survey’s findings that only about a tenth of the 400 respondents had written their wills as part of their estate planning.

Applying the findings against Malaysia’s estimated 27.5 million population could mean an estimated 2.8 million people here could have written their wills, traditionally done by law firms.

However, the local will-writing landscape has seen the emergence of professional firms like Rockwills, besides other financial entities such as OSK Trustees Bhd and HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd offering the service.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

First Malaysian Astronaut In Space

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha blasted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan today in a Soyuz spacecraft to become the first Malaysian to go into space in a launch seen as a milestone in propelling Malaysia into a new and exciting chapter in its history.

The 35-year-old "angkasawan" (astronaut in Malay), an orthopaedic surgeon from Seremban who has American Peggy Whitson and Russian Yuri Malenchenko for company, lifted off at 7.21 pm (9.21 pm Malaysian time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in a Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft bearing the flags of Malaysia, Russia and the United States


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Malaysian Cosmonaut

The Angkasawan Programme is the Malaysian national programme to send the first Malaysian to space. The Malaysian will join two other cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz space craft that will rendezvous with the International Space Station, which is in orbit around the Earth at an altitude of approximately 360 km.The Malaysian astronaut is officially called the Angkasawan, which means astronaut in the Malaysian language.


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Monday, October 08, 2007

Deep Sea Fishing Malaysia

Deep sea fishing with Pak Itam at Besut Terengganu, Malaysia

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Kuala Terengganu
Pulau Perhentian Kecil
Teluk Aur


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Langkawi, Malaysia (Feb/Mar07), With Amazing Sunset

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Genting Highland - City Of Entertainment,, Malaysia

2,000 meters above sea level, Genting Highlands, a magnificent city on the hilltop, is but a mere 50km from Kuala Lumpur. It offers a cool respite from the hustle and bustle of the city capital. Crisp invigorating mountain air complemented by majestic scenery spreads out before your eyes. Lush green tropical rainforest shrouded in a veil of perpetual mist makes it hard to believe that you are just minutes away from the sweltering equatorial heat and the ever dusty city. Here, consistent temperatures between 16 and 23 degrees provide natural air conditioning

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Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur Slideshow

Photo slideshow of Kuala Lumpur area.

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Kuala Lumpur downtown and twin towers (Malaysia)

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, it's a clean city with friendly people. The twin tower now was named the 2nd higherst building in the world.

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Travel Documentary - Travel to Taman Negara Malaysia

A bunch of friends from Singapore, Switzerland and India; travelling to Taman Negara Malaysia. The oldest rainforest in the world

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Tourism Malaysia Promotion 2007

With Malaysia celebrating 50 years of nationhood in 2007. Ministry of Tourism of Malaysia has came up with a great promotional video to promote Malaysia to the world. Come Visit Malaysia 2007 and enjoy wonderful culture and history in Asia.

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