Here’s the PLAN 2010

14 Mar

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The start of a new year always fills me with nervous energy. A few questions I asked myself on a yearly basis:
What have I achieved in a year? What will the next 12 months bring? Am I making the most of my life and the experiences that come my way?

My life instructions

I abide to these few rules

So, my 2009 New Year was kind of realistic which consist of 3 goals. They were: learn Chinese, start simple exercise and live healthily.

I started learning Chinese characters. I can’t read the Chinese newspaper yet but I could definitely sing out loud my favourite Cantonese songs (mostly by Sammi Cheng).

kyanmay favourite singer

Anyone wanna sponsor me to Sammi's concert? =P

The exercise routine was religious but it lasted only 6 months. I do go for a fast walk on the treadmill twice a week and alternately I go for Yoga classes. There was a crazy 3 months when I actually went to yoga or Pilates EVERY day.

I manage to keep a routine life without late night sleep by forgoing clubbing. It really does help reduce my eye bag. Occasionally I do visit the dance floor just to have some fun.

kyanmay party

Those were the days...goodbye party!

Well, this year I figured entering the New Year with a list of what I need to change is a real downer. Instead, I’m the stock of what I love and upgrade them (or actually pursue them).

I always love my friends, so I am going to keep in touch with friends not living in front of my face. So, do expect to see “Hi, just thought of you” in your inbox (hopefully soon – my lost phonebook is real turndown).

Other than that, I will learn to swim, cycle and pick up a dance. However, I do enjoy people’s reaction when they find out I can’t swim or cycle after living for 25 years. Be prepared with a lot of self-development.

kyanmay running into the sea

I wanna learn "how to swim"

kyanmay on tandem

I need a tandem because I can't cycle.

The plan is to be busy…busy…busy~!

Weekend Getaway – Skytrex Adventure

8 Mar

Weekend 1: Wag your dog

Weekend 2: Clean your closet,

Weekend 3: Get a jump on your reading list

Weekend 4: What else to do?

I’ve an idea, I’ll show you the ropes challenge.

Located at the serene Botanical Garden in Shah Alam, Julien, the French monkey..ehem, Park Ranger build this high rope course together with a few helping hands.

Monkey see, monkey do, (and swing along the trees). There are 5 monkeys (including me) and 1 videographer in the clip.

Produced by 8TV Quickie

On average, the Big Thrill will take about 1 hour to complete but if often the whole activity will take about 3 hours because people get jammed in the midst of completing the task for example Mini Tarzan swing causes main blockage because it requires more strength and the correct skill. Most of the time you’ll find yourself admiring the green forest while waiting for the task.

If possible, book the earliest schedule to if you value time.

There are lockers and recycle gloves provided. So, make sure you wear sports shoes and proper trekking attire. If you prefer new gloves, it is available for sale at RM5. You can also rent bottle strap to carry your drink while trekking up high in the sky.

All other gears are provided (harness, pulley, karabiner) and strictly no outside gears are allowed.

All Skytrekers has to go through simple elaborated training at 3-4 meters high on how to use ropes course gears before proceeding to the Big Thrill or Extreme Challenge. No worries, even I did it twice. It shouldn’t be a problem for anyone else except those who are physically challenged/ medically unfit.

What? Skytrex Adventure – Monkey see, monkey do, (and swing along the trees). A rope course in the sky makes you swing along the tree and lots of flying fox.

Where? Botanical Garden, Shah Alam

When? You’re ready to get out of the shopping mall. Open only on weekends (booking required). Available on weekdays if you have minimum 25 pax.

How much?

  • Kid’s Challenge RM 30,
  • Big Thrill (Adults/ Beginner) RM 40,
  • Extreme Challenger (More sweat + pumping adrenaline) RM 45

Why? Book a trip of 10 pax for 10 percent off.

What are you waiting for? For more information, log on to Skytrex Adventure website.

Others who enjoyed it too,

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All the single gentlemen…

13 Feb

Recently, while out to have drinks with my friend, Violet. I turned away all the “Happy Valentine’s” dinner set menu laid on the table.

“Think I am spending it alone as all my close friends are coupled up,” I explained. I expected her to nod, sympathetically and shunt those lovely cupids to the furthest corner of our table. Instead? She proposed to hook me up.

 

Violet, the founder of Lunch Actually, the largest dating agency in Asia offered all single men out there in KL to have a date with me!

 

Right then, in that moment, with the scent of roses in the air, my dear friend has solved my holiday’s plan.

 

Tadaaa~!

 KyanMay Lunch Actually Dream Date

Come to think of it, meeting new friends with a stringent consultation by the dating experts is great after all!

 

For more information, log on to www.dreamdate.my

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All the single gentlemen…

13 Feb

Recently, while out to have drinks with my friend, Violet. I turned away all the “Happy Valentine’s” dinner set menu laid on the table.

“Think I am spending it alone as all my close friends are coupled up,” I explained. I expected her to nod, sympathetically and shunt those lovely cupids to the furthest corner of our table. Instead? She proposed to hook me up.

Violet, the founder of Lunch Actually, the largest dating agency in Asia offered all single men out there in KL to have a date with me!

Right then, in that moment, with the scent of roses in the air, my dear friend has solved my holiday’s plan.

 KyanMay

Tadaaa~!

 KyanMay Lunch Actually Dream Date

Come to think of it, meeting new friends with a stringent consultation by the dating experts is great after all!

For more information, log on to www.dreamdate.my

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Behind Closed Door – Carcosa Seri Negara

7 Feb

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Known for its elegant chandelier, vintage grandfather clock and green lawn, the GHM runned hotel thrills the soon-to-be husband and wife as a wedding hotspot.

Carcosa Seri Negara

Carcosa Seri Negara

Carcosa – stylization of the Italian car cosa or ‘dear place’,

Seri Negara – means ‘beautiful country’

Carcosa Building

Carcosa Driveway

Carcosa Entrance

Carcosa WalkwayCarcosa

This 111 year old hotel was once home to the Malaya former British and Japanese rulers.

Carcosa HallCarcosa Hall

Carcosa Hall

These 13 sophisticated yet rather faded suites cost about RM 1100 – RM 3500 per night per suite. *,* OUCH

Carcosa Suite

Carcosa Suite

Carcosa Suite - BathroomCarsosa Suite - Bathroom

However, this historical building is closed down for redevelopment on the last day of 2009. No concrete plan confirm at the time being but hopefully it won’t be demolished.

Carcosa - Window view

Other posting on the Carcosa Seri Negara:
Grand past but uncertain future for Malaysia’s Carcosa

Melbourne Cup 2009 at Carcosa Seri Negara

BFM 89.9 Business Radio Station Visit

9 Oct

Arriving at BU 8, Bandar Utama, I was wondering how does a radio station fit in this building. Clueless, I looked around for the satellite dishes but none were seen.

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Before I lead you into the office, BFM 89.9 stands for Business FM, not a conventional radio station, being the one and only independent business oriented radio broadcast in Malaysia.  BFM was launched last September by Malek Ali for the working force aged between 25 – 40 years old.  More about the background on About BFM.

Looking at the target audience, the music played is along the line of Eric Clapton and The Beatles, adult-oriented rock genre, which is not covered by conventional radio station. After midnight, it will be playing mostly Malay songs with no announcer.

Currently, it is only broadcasted within Klang Valley and furthest to Malacca on FM 89.9. Reasoning, 42 % of the GDP is in Klang Valley. Aww, don’t be upset, you can access to the content via their podcast if you’re not within the area or missed the program. I love this podcast idea, you can listen to it anytime, anywhere with internet connection. No more missing out!

Pictures of interviewees on the wall who has been grilled on the Breakfast Grille IMG_5765

Well, together with Hanna and Nahda, and of course, our lovely lecturer, Miss Anita, we were welcomed by the Account Manager, Christopher as Annie, the producer has not arrive yet.

The people around were looking busy but still the hold up a smile when we pass by. The warm greeting were accompanied with a casual chat while waiting for Annie’s arrival at the pantry loaded with kuih raya . Christopher told us his story of life before getting into BFM as a steward in MAS Airline and joined from flying on air to working on behind the scene broadcasting on air for FLY.fm and eventually landed in BFM. Ironically, MAS is one of their client now.

The working area is divided but yet semi transparent, a lot of interaction going on, no point blocking them. IMG_5767

Soon, Annie walked in and quickly she took out a slide folder and explain to us about BFM, how they come about, people behind it, and what do they want to achieve.

Working in BFM isn’t a walk in the park for Annie, everyone here has to wear a few different hats due to limited man power. In other words, you learn a lot along the way as you can be the producer in the morning, switched to announcer after lunch and by evening, you’re editing – noise and volume level, the podcast to be uploaded online.

As an announcer, you need to know your interviewee and the background of the topic before the program starts. Usually, the ideal situation would be a month before and questions will be forwarded to the interviewee a week in advance. But, I believe that spontaneity is the best because the public want to know the real truth, not PR scripted answers. 

This is the grilling pan studioIMG_5769

The flagship program is The Breakfast Grille (6am to 10am). I’m thinking of chicken grilled with creamy mushroom sauce. Opps, not that kind of grilling but metaphorically put the interviewee (usually top officials, CEO in a company) on a pan and grill the truth out.

Something like Hard Talk on BBC but this is done on locally, much easier for us to relate to. To name some of the notable international corporate personalities that have been interviewed by BFM includes Sir Martin Sorrell and management authors such as Jack Trout, Al Ries and Robert Kiyosaki. Local corporate personalities interviewed include Tony Fernandes (CEO of AirAsia), Idris Jala (former CEO of Malaysia Airlines) and Johan Dennelind (CEO of Digi Telecommunications).

Annie strongly believe that any interview should be out to the public as it is, “We don’t edit the content.”

Check out this Haier to Rule? – Philip S. Carmichael, Haier Group podcast, I think he stomped out of the station after being grilled.

10 am – 2 pm Designed for sales executives heading out on the road or anyone who wants to be on SMEs. The Enterprise covers

  • How to retain customers and get referrals.
  • How to start up business/ franchises and what are the complications.

    2pm – 5pm Listeners are out on business pedals, The Big Picture talks on easy going topics on lifestyle, health, parenting, relationships, going green and wind down topics.

5pm till evening At the end of the day, The Late Late Business Show takes you home with

  • recap on the market updates of the day and discussion on the issues
  • Career Docs – Listeners can write in to ask about their career and job seekers. BFM will research and give business perspective advice on it.
  • Personal Finance – a 4 minute segment that suggest where you should save your money or how to get out of credit card debts.
  • 5 STAR lifestyles – Recommendation on where to eat, or hang out, the glamorous way.

Yes, it has been a long day for him editing the sound, erasing noise and dealing with any sound related problem.

The soundman yawning/ stretching. IMG_5770

The ever empty sales department, which means, they’re out and about generating revenues for the station. Good!  IMG_5771    

As for advertisers, BFM sells sponsorship. They match air time with a campaign but the advertisers NEVER dictate the editorial. They keep a very strict policy as “WE represent the listeners, they can’t stop us from asking questionable matters,” Annie enforced.

But there was once in history, a content was removed due to the company pleaded. It was an interview about the company treated the staff badly. Over 600 comments were received on the podcast, deprived employees and raging listeners complained and give their opinions on it over the website.

BFM’s point is, the lesson is learned, make the best of it and work on a better future.

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It was an interesting trip to the warm filled independent one and only business radio station. I’d love to join them for internship as being a host has always been my dream and I do enjoy grilling interviewing people. But my 0% knowledge on business is my set back. For you guys who are interested, they’re looking for radio presenter.

 

More about BFM 89.9

Or just google BFM+89.9, all sorts of interesting podcast searches pops up.

Origin of A(H1N1)

17 Sep

The Spanish flu, a viral infectious disease that killed some 50 million to 100 million people worldwide over about a year in 1918 and 1919. It is thought to be one of the most deadly pandemics in human history caused by the H1N1 type of influenza virus. A Kansas State University researcher has found that the virus causing the pandemic was able to infect and replicate in pigs, but did not kill them. H1N1 is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza among the animals and can be transmitted to humans. Today, the swine flu has spread across the globe affecting Mexico, US, Australia, UK and growing.  On June 11, 2009, the WHO declared an H1N1 pandemic, moving the alert level to phase 6, marking the first global pandemic since the 1968 Hong Kong flu.

Scary, it doesn’t kill a pig but it kills millions of people.

How does H1N1 comes about?

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