Tuesday, December 29, 2009

At KLIA en route to Labuan

8.22am: At airport waiting for flight to Labuan for a meeting.

Pic above shows the aircraft which will take me there.

The craft had just arrived from somewhere and luggage are being emptied from it.

Be back home tomorrow insyaAllah.

Friday, December 25, 2009

At Pantai Cahaya Bulan

I am updating this blog direct - ''live'' if you like - from PCB, Kota Bharu.

My family and I arrived in KB from Ipoh this afternoon having picked up Emak from Kampong Kepayang.

We are now having dinner at PCB. Off to Kuala Terengganu tommorrow, insyaAllah.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Gone Fishing

Our first catch of the day, a lampam sungai

One happy fisherman with the one that didn't get away

Novice fishing family in action

Our whole catch for the day (after 3 hour's work)

The end of year school term break is almost coming to its end. Yet - apart from the trip back to kampong - my family and I have not gone anywhere for a holiday.

I have not been able to take a leave for the boss has gone to Makkah for his hajj. And yours truly has had to cover up for him whilst he's in the holy land.

Consumed with a sense of guilt, I had to think of something to make up for it and found myself having to resort to something a bit more creative, albeit quite out of the ordinary somewhat.

Just last week we took the KL Hop On Hop Off bus ride around KL.

Yup, you heard me right. We became like foreign tourists in our own country. But it was a joy nevertheless. Got to go to a few places that we'd never been to before.

For me especially, it was a much welcomed change because for once I did not have to concentrate on my driving. I just sat back and relaxed and had the full opportunity to view and enjoy KL streets, buildings and its people.

Today was a totally different experience altogether.

We went fishing in Putrajaya.

The Putrajaya Lake is teeming with fishes. This includes much sought after species like the baung, tenggala and even the odd kelah. More common species are the lampam sungai and predators like toman.

But one cannot just fish anywhere in Putrajaya. The lake and its flora and fauna are strictly regulated and managed by Perbadanan Putrajaya so that they are not plundered by overzealous fishermen.

To do fishing one can always head to the Lake Recreation Centre in Precinct 13. Here, upon paying a small fee, everyone can fish to their heart's content from 9.00am to 7.00pm.

For a novice fishing family, we did not do that bad today. For a three-hour's work, we managed to catch four lampam sungai.

One tenggala was donated to us by a kind angler by the name of Hassan who took pity on us upon seeing our meagre catch by his standard. Hassan managed to catch eight lampam and two tenggala in just two-and-a half hour!

We had the fish for dinner. They were just delicious.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Boeing 787

Boeing's new B787 passenger aircraft successfully completed its first test flight in Seattle, US two days ago.

Dubbed as the Dreamliner, it promises to be one of the world's most fuel-efficient planes due to its very lightweight design using carbon and titanium construction materials.

In this day and age of rising fuel costs, it is no wonder that the Dreamliner has attracted some 840 orders from all over with Japan's All Nippon Airlines scheduled to take the first delivery by end 2010.

The 787-8 Dreamliner will carry between 200 to 300 passengers on routes ranging from 5,650 to 15,750 kilometers depending on different versions of the aircraft.

The aircraft looks so sleek and beautiful that aviation enthusiasts would find it hard not to fall in love with it at first sight.

I wonder if MAS is one of those putting an order for one of this aircraft. It would look great in MAS’s colourscheme.


Friday, December 04, 2009

In Melaka

Views out from the hotel

I am now in Melaka - with the family in tow - for a leadership training course.

I've been to so many training programs before. But this one is rather different. It is a leadership training course with emphasis on mind development.

But this is no ordinary mind development course either. For it is based on the Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) methods. It is quite a heady stuff which includes talks on self-awareness, the meta-physics and spirituality.

As far as I'm concerned, the jury is still out on this approach to leadership training. Nevertheless it's quite intriguing.