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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Let Her Go - Passenger

"Let Her Go"

Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missin' home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

Staring at the bottom of your glass
Hoping one day you'll make a dream last
But dreams come slow and they go so fast

You see her when you close your eyes
Maybe one day you'll understand why
Everything you touch surely dies

But you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missin' home
Only know you love her when you let her go

Staring at the ceiling in the dark
Same old empty feeling in your heart
'Cause love comes slow and it goes so fast

Well you see her when you fall asleep
But never to touch and never to keep
'Cause you loved her too much
And you dived too deep

Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missin' home
Only know you love her when you let her go

And you let her go (oh, oh, ooh, oh no)
And you let her go (oh, oh, ooh, oh no)
Will you let her go?

'Cause you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missin' home
Only know you love her when you let her go

'Cause you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missin' home
Only know you love her when you let her go

And you let her go


Source: azlyrics

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]



I can't wait!

Showing in cinemas 13 December 2013!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sesaat Untukku (Amira) - Akademi Fantasi 2013


Even though I am not a fan of Amira from Akademi Fantasi 2013, I can't admit that I like her new song. It really suits her well.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hentian Terakhir (Azhael) - Akademi Fantasia 2013



Azhael, both of them are one of the best male singers among the male contestants. Their singing style reminds me of Il Divo. One of my top contestants.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Percayalah (Indah) - Akademi Fantasia 2013


I am a fan of Indah from Akademi Fantasi 2013. I admire her vocal techniques. The best female singer among all of the female contestants in AF 2013. Go Indah!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sepasang Sayap (Faizul) - Akademi Fantasi 2013


FAIZUL another winner from Tawau, Sabah in Akademi Fantasia 2013! One of my favourite contestant. A very consistent singer and one of the best male singer among all the male contestants. Sabah buli bah! Best bah lagu dia.

My Top 3 contestants were Faizul, Azhael and Indah. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Business as usual at Pom Pom Island



KOTA KINABALU: Tours operators have not received official notice warning tourists not to visit Pom Pom Island following shootout that killed a Taiwanese tourist.

 It is learnt that only two resorts are operating on Pom Pom Island which are Celebes Beach Resort and Pom Pom Island Resort, where the incident took place.

  The resort spokesman said they were investigating the matter and assured that security was at the highest level.

  "We are still taking in tourists if they wish to come here. They can place their booking with our office in Kota Kinabalu.

  "At the moment, we are not preventing tourists to visit here and there are security forces safeguarding the island," he told New Straits Times.

  Meanwhile, a Celebes Beach Resort and Tour spokesman said tourists could still place their booking if they wished to come to the island.

  "What I can assure is that the incident did not happen in our resort and we are taking precautionary measures.

  "At the moment, tourists can come and stay at our resort and there is no warning notice issued to us. Business is as usual," she said.

  Diverse Borneo Tours and Travel reservation officer Alban Samuel said they have yet to receive official email or travel warning from Sabah Tourism and relevant authorities. 

  "Tourists can book for reservation but we will also contact the resort. If they say no problem, then we will proceed with the booking."

  Borneo Tours and Travel too did not receive a call or notice to warn operators from booking a reservation to Pom Pom Island.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Highland Tower Tragedy

Hello readers. I know. It's been a while. I have neglected this blog since July...... 4 MONTHS?! Oh dear.

So, how are you guys doing? Keep calm and stay awesome!




This post is going to be about Highland Tower. To tell you the truth, I actually had no idea what is the story behind Highland Tower. I really didn't know anything about it. The other day, when I saw it's 'behind the scene' showing in the TV, I asked myself, "What about Highland Tower? How come I never heard anything about this place?". I quickly searched for it in Google and after knowing it's story, I felt so sad. It is a very sad tragedy. I can't recall anything about this tragedy because during that time I was 5 years old.

Now, I would like to share this article with you.

Source: The Star

The documentary is a painful reminder of one of the nation’s worst ecological calamities.

TEENAGER Sasha Basheer hurried out of her apartment for her morning dance class. Suddenly, she paused, turning round to glance at her home.

“I don’t know why, I just had this strange feeling I wasn’t going to see it like this again,” she recalls.


Sasha Bashir
Sasha’s premonition came to pass. At 1.35pm, the entire block of apartments where her home was collapsed like a deck of concrete cards, taking with it 48 lives. It was Dec 11, 1993 – a date that would forever be marked by the tragedy of the Highland Towers in Ulu Kelang, Selangor, in the memories of survivors and families who had lost loved ones and homes.

Seventeen years later, for the first time ever, the shocking and heartbreaking story is chronicled in a full feature on television. Commissioned by AETN All Asia Networks, the one-hour documentary airs over Astro tomorrow on History, the channel owned and operated by AETN.

You can watch the documentary here.

The Highland Towers Disaster includes never-before-seen footage filmed by the Malaysian Fire And Rescue Department and the French rescue team. Interviews were conducted with eyewitnesses who barely escaped out of the building, rescuers, and families.








Documentary filmmakers Harun Rahman and Lara Ariffin of Novista were engaged to produce the feature. The husband-and-wife team heads the production company, established in 1991, that is noted for some of the prominent TV documentaries on the country in recent times, including The Malayan Emergency, The Smart Tunnel and Among The Great Apes With Michelle Yeoh.

Now, why commission a film on this disaster 17 years later?

A need to remember – “this is an important story to tell”, says Harun in an interview in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. “This tragedy should not have happened. But as the years go by, it has become a faded memory.”



AETN All Asia Networks programming and production vice-president Michele Scholfield explains: “The Highland Towers Disaster is a story that deserves to be told – not only for the victims, their families, and the people who went to great lengths to try to save them; it’s also done in the hope that this kind of tragedy will not recur.”

A critical nod to this film came from the survivors and family members left behind who had agreed to be interviewed.

“I saw it coming down in slow motion and then the whole building fell. After that, there was complete silence,” recalls Dr Hooi Chan Ping in the film. The former resident who had stopped by a friend’s unit on the ground floor of Block 1, where, upon hearing strange “grinding” sounds, they both decided to run out of the building, moments before it collapsed.



Dr Hooi’s narrative opens this visual presentation that seamlessly blends dramatic archival footage with gripping eyewitness accounts and graphics to present a clear and concise picture of the disaster. In this documentary, the voices of the eyewitnesses are what propel the story forward to its bitter end.

Life at Highland Towers before the tragedy is described by former residents as a friendly vertical village. The three blocks of the upscale condominium were built between 1975 and 1979 next to a hillside supported by rubble retaining walls.

Tension is deftly built up in the film, as torrential rains arrive with the annual monsoon, to the imminent destruction of Block 1’s physical structure – and life as the residents knew it.

On Dec 11, which was a Saturday, some residents were at work while others were home enjoying the weekend. The unthinkable happened. The building began groaning and swaying.

Bruce Mitchell, an American Marine pilot staying at Block 3, was on his balcony when he saw a river of mud gushing from the retaining walls. He grabbed a camera and promptly snapped eight photos that were to become the only visual record of the disaster as it unfolded.

To Mitchell’s horror, the slowly shifting flow of mud that broke through the lowest retaining wall soon brought the entire Block 1 down in a cloud of dust.

“The building was gliding and then came a low snapping noise and it just collapsed,” he recalls in newspaper reports (Mitchell has since relocated and could not be contacted for the documentary).

The residents who got out were stunned.

“It was like in the movies. This doesn’t happen in Malaysia,” Iain Gray remembers with a sad smile.

But it did. Amidst the “shrill symphony of car alarms”, the shock slowly settled over the people. Some were clutching one another for support, others remained shell-shocked, and some like Zhariff Afandi, a Block 1 resident who was playing at Block 2, was desperately seeking his siblings. Archival footage retrieved from Filem Negara, RTM and the Malaysian Fire And Rescue Department shows the then little boy running around in fear and confusion.

Zhariff’s story ended happily; his siblings escaped with their maid. But not for the families of 48 victims.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam’s son Carlos Rashid and his wife Rosina Abu Bakar were trapped inside their apartment. When the building began swaying, Rosina had instinctively pushed their baby girl into the maid’s arms and instructed her to get out. Rosina then ran to get her husband who was in the shower. Both never made it.

The Fire And Rescue Department (then known as Bomba Malaysia) arrived on the scene, only to be confronted with a disaster they were glaringly ill-equipped for nor experienced to handle.

The once horizontal concrete exterior walls wrapping Block 1 resembled upturned “fish bones” that were emblematic of the disaster in photos. They also formed a formidable vertical barrier for the rescue teams to access the unstable mountain of concrete and twisted steel before them.

“In my 30 years of operation I have never seen such a collapse of a building,” recounts Soh Chye Hock, Fire And Rescue Department deputy director.

Soh ordered his men into action, even with mere ropes and ladders. They soon heard cries amidst the rubble. It was Shizue Nakajima, 50, who was rescued with a stretcher and a crane.

Then they saw a stick pushed through the rubble which led them to recover what became a poignant image of the tragedy – an 18-month-old Norhidah Najib who was miraculously unharmed. Her mother Umirah Rashidah Khoruman was also rescued. However, both could not be located for the film.

Nissa Bano, whose sister Anna, her English husband Robin and baby boy Adam were trapped under the wreckage, held onto a fragile hope. “I just kept asking, could there be a miracle they are still alive?” she recalls.

Lives lost

Then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrived on the scene where he immediately called for assistance from rescue specialists in Singapore, Japan and France.

The 50-strong French team sent in two tracker dogs and used sophisticated listening devices to detect movements or sounds.

“What was heartbreaking is that they did hear a series of taps from deep beneath the rubble,” Lara notes quietly.

“When word got out, hope rose among the waiting relatives. There was someone alive down there. But the team could not locate the source. The sounds faded till there were none.”

Spirits were also dampened by the news that Nakajima, rescued the day before, had succumbed to her injuries.

After seven days, the search for survivors was called off and replaced with the grim task of recovering corpses.

Bulldozers moved in to break apart and remove the wreckage. Most of the bodies were discovered in the stairwell from where they had desperately tried to flee.

Acceptance of death for the families became inevitable.

“We just hoped then to get back the bodies to give them a proper burial,” says Nissa.

Personal belongings were unearthed – the sad memories of lives abruptly ended; photographs in broken frames, wedding rings, racks of clothing. The odour of death pervaded as body after body was recovered. There were corpses of mothers clutching their babies to their bosom, in a vain attempt to protect the little ones.

Rosina’s brother Datuk Dr Ridzwan Bakar says sombrely: “I remember watching as workers brought out the bodies and they were all in various states of decomposition. I saw a lady clutching the holy Quran ... and a woman holding a child with both arms.

“They found my sister and her husband on the staircase, somewhere between the third and second floors, locked in an embrace.”

Harun and Lara have chosen to omit the grisly scenes of the badly mangled bodies recovered.

“We are thankful to be able to locate eyewitnesses and family members who were willing to share their story with us. So much pain and raw emotion was conveyed to us. We were listening to people’s worst nightmares. It is their tragedy. We don’t want to sensationalise it. We want to honour their memory and yet not dilute the horror of it. Maintaining this balance was the challenge,” says Lara.

Cry for justice

In the days to follow came the painful process of identifying the bodies through dental records, fingerprints where possible, and personal effects.

As anguish turned to acceptance, anger took hold.

“I want an answer. How can this have happened?” asks Nissa.

“If you had some structural default in a building, you would expect it to collapse vertically rather than toppling forward. There must be an external force that came into play,” says Public Works Department engineer Dr Asbi Othman.

The answers soon emerged. With the use of computer graphics the filmmakers explain how a small stream in the hills behind Highland Towers was diverted through a series of drains and pipes. A new development on Bukit Antarabangsa on the other side of the ridge led to land clearing. The water runoff combined with the stream and channelled into the already overstressed drainage.

Two weeks of relentless rain soaked the hillside. On Dec 11, the poorly constructed retaining walls could no longer contain the force of some 150,000 cubic metres of mud that had built up.

What Bruce Mitchell photographed was only the tip of the iceberg as a subterranean mudflow with the weight of 200 Boeing-747 airplanes pushed its way out. Moments later, Block 1’s structural foundations gave way, leading to its catastrophic collapse.

“You try to play with nature and it will bite back,” says Mike Rickard, a rescue volunteer and safety engineer who lived in Block 2.

“You’ve taken away the ability to absorb the water up on the hillside ... but water has still got to go somewhere ... and it went into the earth ... and the earth said I can only take so much water and after which I have to move. And so it moved and it took Highland Towers with it.”

In 1994, 73 Highland Towers owners and occupants filed a negligence suit against 10 parties including the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) and the developer, Highland Properties Sdn Bhd. Experts were hired to help pass the buck from one defendant to the other.

(Revelations surfaced – Highland Towers drains were not constructed according to plan, the masterplan was not adhered to, and the rubble walls supporting the hill slope terrace were improperly designed, a weakness that became a fundamental cause of the landslide.

After eight years of lengthy, painful proceedings, on Aug 12, 2000, the court found seven out of the 10 defendants guilty of contributing to the landslide and awarded the residents RM52mil, which was settled in 2004.

However, MPAJ successfully appealed against the ruling in a Federal Court judgment on Feb 17, 2006, that shocked the residents, as it absolved the local council of any responsibility.

The judgment stated that local councils are shielded from lawsuits for certain damages as their priority is providing services to the public, which “has priority over compensation for pure economic loss of some individuals who are clearly better off than the majority of residents in the local area,” said judge Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamad, according to newspaper reports.)

“We hope for this film to be a platform for discussion and dialogue, there is so much to be learnt from this tragedy,” says Harun.

“But have we really learnt? I believe the biggest tragedy of the Highland Towers disaster is that we haven’t truly learnt from it. Has anything changed fundamentally? The local council got away and the law will continue to protect them as long as it is not reviewed.

“And we are still messing with nature. Every time there is a disaster politicians quickly call for a freeze of hillside developments. As the issue dies down, so does the resolve and interest. The cycle begins all over again ... until the next disaster.”

There have been few changes. A search and rescue team was formed, property developers hold a larger responsibility for their projects, and slope watch committees are set up. But can any compensation replace the lives of loved ones who had perished in the tragedy?

“I miss my sister a lot,” says Nissa. “I don’t have a sister. She was the only one ... and she had a baby and so did I, the same year, there was only a two-month difference between our two boys. I just miss what could have been.”

Monday, July 22, 2013

The 7K Run Is On!

Mari bah join!

This year they decided to make it sort of a fun run. Where you can wear anything you want with the compulsory 7K T-shirt. The person with most creative 7K Run Fancy Outfit will receive a prize!


Thanks to Ms. Cornelia from Sutera Harbour, I have the registration forms with me. You may print out the forms and return completed forms to Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club. Don't forget to pay the entrance fees: RM28.00 (adult) or RM18.00 (children/student). They will give the 7K T-shirt upon receiving payment.

Single registration, please click here.
For group registration, you are required to fill in another form here.

To know more about the charity run (e.g: map route and etc.), please click here.

For more information, please contact Ms. Cornelia at 088-303 473. You may also email her at cornelia.esther@suteraharbour.com.my

See you on 21st September 2013!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Goodbye Nina




Thursday, May 2, 2013

Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan State Level Year 2013

Norikot nodi bulan lima.....


And YES!! Kaamatan is around the corner. The launching of Tadau Kaamatan was held at Kota Belud this year on 1 May 2013. 

Straight to the updates about the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan contestants from each districts shall we? (This post will be updated from time to time. Don't worry : )


Imelda Lim
KOTA BELUD

Source: David Aramaitii

Alvira Teresa Peter
MEMBAKUT

Source: Jeffie Jeff

Ledesma S. Ampilah
KLANG VALLEY

Source: Tay Kenneth


Elviralynn Ukon
W.P. LABUAN

Source: John Johnson


Arwen Evonne
MENUMBOK

Source:  Sebastian Tze

Leslie Lily
KUALA PENYU

Source:  Sebastian Tze


Marvena Jitol
KUDAT

Source: Marlleynney Fane

Natalie Christine Chong
BEAUFORT

Source: Jeffie Jeff

Racheal Andreas
RANAU


Immaculate Lojuki
KOTA KINABALU

Source: David Aramaitii

Last updated on 24 May 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

BREAKING NEWS! Borneo International Marathon 2013 POSTPONED!


01.05.2013

BIM2013 POSTPONED

My Dear Friends,

It is with great regret and sadness that I write this letter.

We received a letter from the Police (copy below) advising us to postpone the Borneo International Marathon.

We will advise you on the next date of the Borneo International Marathon which will be held in 2013. All entries will be deferred till then.

The Committee understands your disappointment and we feel exactly the same way too. The stress, the hard work, and the time we have had to put in has resulted in tears and heart wrenching reflections of our volunteers, supporters and Committee. We have tried our best against all odds.

Finally, I would like to thank all our supporters, sponsors, the Police, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Ministry of Tourism and Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu for all their help and encouragement.

Meantime, participants who have registered may still collect their race pack at 6th floor, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall on 2nd to 4th May between 10am to 6pm. For more updates, please check our Facebook page and the website at www.borneomarathon.com

Thank you.
Race Director




Monday, April 22, 2013

PRU-13 for Penampang, Sabah


P174 PENAMPANG
1.       BERNARD GILUK DOMPOK-BN
2.       MELANIA @ MELANIE ANNOL-STAR
3.       IGNATIUS DORELL LEIKING-PKR

N19 KEPAYAN
1.       KHOO KEOK HAI-BN
2.       PHILLIP AMONG @ DANIEL DELL FIDELIS-STAR
3.       EDWIN @ JACK BOSI-DAP
4.       CHONG PIT FAH-SAPP

N20 MOYOG
1.       BERNARD LAWRENCE SOLIBUN - STAR
2.       DANIM @ ALOYSIUS SIAP - SAPP
3.       TERENCE SIAMBUM - PKR
4.       PHILIP BENEDICT LASIMBANG-BN


Dear fellow Sabahan people, let us vote for the person who are true to the Lord and help their own people by not condemning them but by helping them to stand up.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Priceless.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Darryl & Steffy: Wedding Video



Videographer: MazeLensaStudio Kuala Lumpur

Our wedding day was on 6th April 2013 and this pre-wedding/wedding video was shot a day before. Last minute, I know right! It was tiring but is was fun!! I felt like an actress for a day. Hahahaha.

MazeLensaStudio is based in Kuala Lumpur. Yazin is Darryl's colleague and he has his own photographers & cinematographers team for photography or cinematography projects. Do visit their Facebook if you are interested.

As you can see, we went to Tg. Aru Beach for the video shooting. It took us almost 3 hours. At first, Darryl and I couldn't act naturally but lama-lama ok juga la. What I like was when they ask us to do this and that, we didn't even realize that they are actually recording us. Hahahahaha.

The night before our wedding, Darryl and his groomsmen stayed at Marina Court Resort Condominium.

While, my MOH and some of my bridesmaids stayed at my house.

I wanted to blog more about my wedding day but I guess I had to wait for the photos from our photographers so I can write more and show you our lovely pictures.

Will try my best to let you know who became our caterers, church decorator, reception hall decorator, sound system & lighting and etc. Maybe I should include budgets as well so those of you who are getting married can get some rough ideas how much Sabahan spend money for wedding especially if you are from Penampang. Hehehehe.


Regards.

SJJ


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Cockroach Theory for Self-development


I don't own the article. I just saw it on my feed, I find it interesting to read. It won't take much of your time.

*At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. She started screaming out of fear. With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.

Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky.

The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but ...it landed on another lady in the group.

Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.

The waiter rushed forward to their rescue.
In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter.

The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt.
When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior?
If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?
He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.

It is not the cockroach, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach that disturbed the ladies.

I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me.

It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.

More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.

Lessons learnt from the story:
I understood, I should not react in life.
I should always respond.
The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.

Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of, just and right to save a situation from going out of hands, to avoid cracks in relationship, to avoid taking decisions in anger, anxiety, stress or hurry.

*Credits to the owner*

Jhai

Source: Did You Know?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Universal Studios Singapore


USS baby!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Yesterday's Workout


Just keep swimming. Keep swimming.

- Finding Nemo -

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mount Kinabalu 31.01.2013 - 01.02.2013

Hi guys. Recently I climbed Mount Kinabalu with workmates.

Sadly, we didn't managed to reach the summit as it was raining heavily at 2.30 am that day. However, I accepted it as a sign that God wants me to visit Mount Kinabalu again another day.

Carson Fall


It was fun and superb! I felt amazing. Along the way, there were times I wanted to quit but with perseverance, positive mind-set and also encouragement from friends, I made it!


Right: Timpohon Gate - Laban Rata
Left: Laban Rata - Timpohon Gate

The 3 of us, Karen, Jennifer and I, reached Laban Rata in 4 hours 45 minutes. 1 hour 15 minutes faster than average. We were surprised but anyhow it is a good accomplishment. Not bad for first timers. Some of our friends, reached Laban Rata in only 4 hours or less. Crazy right?

Next time Mount Kinabalu!

P/S: Right now, I am on a plane going somewhere. To where? Will write about it in my next post. Hopefully. Hehehe. God bless!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Today's Workout


Application: Endomondo
Place: Kompleks Sukan Penampang

Malaysian English : The Most Colourful English in the World



 Source: Only In Malaysia

Monday, February 25, 2013

Short Updates

1. 40 more days until my big day.
2. Exercising regularly to maintain my fitness level and health.
3. 3 more days until freedom.
4. Busy at the office due to Red Tide issue.
5. 5th May - Borneo International Marathon.
6. This year is going to be a hectic year and I am up for it!
7. Climbed the majestic Mount Kinabalu the other day.

God bless!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chinese Zodiac



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy New Year 2013?

Oh no. I have not posted anything yet in 2013?

We survived 2012! Yay!


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