Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Google China Development

Dr Kai-Fu Lee talked about Google's operation in China for the past 1.5 years.

There are some interesting developments there including google maps in Chinese: 谷歌地图
This is the location of Ramada Hotel I stayed in when I went to Shanghai in December. Cool!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Looking for Year 10 Maths and English tutor

A friend of mine is looking for someone who can tutor her daughter in year 10 Maths and English. Her son in year 6 is also after some tutoring in Maths and English. They live in Murdoch area.

Subjects: Maths, English
Year: 10 & 6
Location: Murdoch area
Rates: negotiable

The mother feels that the school (Como) level is not good enough, but the daughter chooses to be at the school for her golf training. The girl is a young star golfer. I have met them, nice kids.

If you can help, please let me know. Thanks!

Free Hugs

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.
Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.
In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.
~Free Hugs Campaign

Saw this Free Hugs video from zpingw's blog. Inspired by this story, he has his own project as well, called the smiley face project - to collect 500 notes of "Who is the last person that made you smiled?" and put them into a huge smiley face. Very inspiring too.

The Free Hugs campaign is such a touching deed. Why can't we human just love each other? We have all the same fundamental needs and problems, just different version. Why do we let our survival mechanism get wild for what we need? Where is the spirit of sharing with love, without fear of another human being? I want more love in the world.

And a guys with the same name as my brother took it to Taiwan! Haha! So, Ko, are you going to take it to Malaysia?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Photo pop up for UWA

Jayjay (our school manager at CSSE) sparked the idea of making nice 3D walkthrough for the entire UWA campus. And he asked me to create this photo pop up of UWA after he saw this in my presentation to highschool students at the Siemen Science Experience at UWA.

So here's the page:
Photo pop up for UWA

Note: Most of the tests turned out to be totally rubbish. It really requires nice clean ground, nice clean sky and rigid walls (at least that's my limited experience of using it). UWA has many trees, the algorithm doesn't seem to like that.

Photos from my phone

I loaded some photos from my phone again.

Vegetarian PadThai at Subiaco Station Street Market. Very nice. Where else can you get $6 Padthai in Perth? I will come back again.

Cherry is in season, well almost over... I bought some top grade cherry last week. It is good. I think it's the same type that I brought back from Tasmania to Malaysia some 5 years ago. Heart shape, dark red. Yummy.

I tried and succeeded in tying a cherry stem knot in my mouth.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Drought appeal - Shop at woolworth today

Woolworth is donating its entire day's profits today to Australian farming families in need.

Support for Drought Relief at Woolworth

Movies are meant to be watched

Found this "March of the Emperor (Penguin)" on Phil's blog. Thanks. Hilarious!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for the poor

I stumbled upon this very interesting and noble deed of Grameen Bank for the poor. The founder Prof Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Shop at woolworth on 23 Jan to donate for drought

Woolworth is donating its entire day's profits on 23 Jan 2007 to Australian farming families in need.

Support for Drought Relief at Woolworth

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Apple "reinvents the phone," unveils iPhone

MacNN | Apple "reinvents the phone," unveils iPhone
The descriptions sound sweet!

There's a iPhone demo on Apple website. That's so so cool!! Thanks Jim for the pointer.

Monday, January 08, 2007

The father of instant noodle

Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin and inventor of world's first instant noodle passed away on 5/1/07. PhD Comics has a comic strip in memory of him. Well, the Ramen is arguably one of the main character in the comic too.

I don't take much instant noodle, probably less than 10 meals a year. They taste great though. Hmm... Thinking twice about it, it's more accurate to say I don't take much instant noodle with the flavour pack. I quite like those 10 biscuit of noodle in a pack Ayam Brand instant noodle. They are convenient and taste great. :P I usually make my own soup.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A quote from Albert Einstein

A friend sent this to me, I think it's worth posting. From Albert Einstein:

“A human being is a part of the whole called the “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of ……consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons near to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in all its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievements is in itself part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Have we set our food priorities right?

A very good article on Malaysiakini on 29/12 last year by Nick Josh K Karean.

Think about this. They are 20 billion ‘slaughter animals’ on our planet. What do they eat? Forty percent of the world’s grain harvesting lands is for the factory farms of industrial nations. Thus, in order to ‘produce’ one kilo of beef, you need nine kilos of grain.

If the massive quantities of grain, soybeans, corn, peanuts etc. that are now fed to farm animals like cows, chickens, pigs and so on were freed up, there would be plenty of food for the entire world’s starving people.

The production of one kilo of beef generates approximately 15 kilos of liquid manure. The nitrate contained in it pollutes the groundwater. The ammonia fumes from manure and slurry is a major contributor to the development of acid rain and dying forests.

Fifty percent of the entire consumption of drinking water is accounted for by factory farming. For the production of one kilo of meat, 100 times more water is used on the average than for the production of one kilo of grain or vegetables.

My question now is, have we really set our food priorities right? Or do we rather take the easy way out by selfishly blinding ourselves from the truth?

Read the full article here.

That's why I choose a vegetarian diet, apart from health concern.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Photo with my prime minister

Abdullah Badawi was in Perth again last Saturday. Fiza from the Malaysia consulate called me on Thursday to invite me to the Hari Raya Haji celebration with Abdullah Badawi as the guest of honour. I was delighted.

The event was at Puteri Nasi Kandar at Victoria Park, just couple of shops away from Makan2. That street will be a great gathering place for Malaysians, if it hasn't already been. I got there at 12pm, sat down with a table of other AMWA committee. Badawi arrived at about 1pm+, I took some good photos. He gave a short speech wishing all Malaysians to do well here in Perth. Then the lunch started.

I got to know several young Malaysians there during lunch, including an English editor of a new newspaper ASIA TIMES. The Malaysian food is not bad too.

And I caught this photo with Badawi when he was walking out.

Delighted and honoured as I am to see my PM, I'm not quite so satisfied with the team and the state of governance in Malaysia. This accusation that "many ministers (esp. of Johor) are on holiday overseas while some 80000 flood victims of Johor state hit by the worst flood in 37 years are needing help" was chewing the back of my mind. How many politicians really care more about the people and the integrity of the country than their career? Also, it's funny that the Australians newspaper has a full page interview with Tun Mahathir on that day.

There are more photos on AMWA photo gallery.