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IMSHA 2015

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the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (Imsha).

Read More : http://dev.nst.com.my/node/36209 the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (Imsha).

Read More : http://dev.nst.com.my/node/36209 the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (Imsha).

Read More : http://dev.nst.com.my/node/36209 the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (Imsha).

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Sunday Ramblings

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The breathtaking view of the verdant golf course in Ponderosa Golf and Country Resort in Taman Ponderosa, Johor Bahru, made me realise how much I love my job.  Like all jobs, it has its stressful moments, but covering assignments at a place so heavenly as this, in the early hours of the day, was something to be thankful for.


And this is my sexy Peugeot 208 whom I have named Brichelle. I love her so even though she is a high maintenance companion.
I went to see a dealer yesterday to enquire about Brichelle's market value. Out of curiosity.  I had bought Brichelle at the tail end of 2013 at RM85,000.  I was told her market value today is between RM35,000 and RM38,000.  That's even lower than the price of a new Perodua Myvi.
Speaking of Perodua, I want to praise the Perodua sales and service centre.  The one that I used to go to was at Plentong.  The team there really know how to make customers feel at home.  I can't say the same for the Peugeot service centre that I now send Br…

For Men Only

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This is touted as a medical breakthrough from the United States.
Called BetterBlue, the machine is the answer to restoring spontaneous erection using the advanced erectile dysfunction shock wave therapy. It is said to be non-invasive and painless, and those who have tried it claims that it works.
The therapy uses acoustics technology to stimulate new blood vessels to grow naturally, thereby increasing blood supply to the penis.
In Malaysia, this penis regeneration treatment is currently available in Penang, KL and JB.  
Dato Dr Siow Kuang Ling, 72, a former surgeon to the Johor royal family, who offers the treatment at his clinic at 38, Jalan Ros Merah 3/2 in Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Baru (get directions), said more than 10 patients underwent the treatment and are happy with the result.
"A patient will undergo treatment for 3 weeks and then he has to rest for 3 weeks before opting whether to go for another session," said Dr Siow.
"That is the maximum number of sessions a patie…

Walking

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I walked to this hotel from Menara Ansar after the press conference and did the story here. Earlier I was at the Johor Baru Courthouse. From there I took a shortcut across Menara TJB to Menara Ansar.  I met a few people and asked them for directions as I wasn't very sure about the shortcut.
They were only too glad to help.  I think people who are mean are generally unhappy people.  Happy people would jump at the chance to serve and assist. Being able to assist and serve also makes one happy.
I'm going to bring up the red-billed quelea again as Vesak Day is celebrated on June 1 in some countries. It is a Buddhist practice to release caged birds.  I just hope these devotees can recognise a red-billed quelea, and are aware of the harm that a flock of these birds can do.

Buddhist devotees may unknowingly unleash something detrimental to the environment when the intent is to do good.  However, the act of liberating birds on Vesak Day is not so widely practiced now as devotees real…

Beware of the Red-billed Quelea

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It's in the New Straits Times today.  This is part of the report.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor branch of the Malaysian Nature Society is calling for an import ban on the red-billed quelea.

The bird has been described as an environmentally and economically destructive species that feeds on ripening grain in padi fields.

Chairman Vincent Chow said the authorities should come up with preventive measures before the livelihood of farmers was affected.

He told the New Straits Times that the species had been spotted in Singapore earlier this year.  He said it was non-migratory and had been introduced through the caged bird trade and the practice of releasing birds on Wesak Day.

The MNS has done its part. Now it is up to the relevant authorities to do theirs.

Breakfast At The Beach

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So lovey-dovey this pair of stone swans. Just like stoned humans who are enraptured in, by, with LOVE..







Breakfast at the beach with birds chirping around me was a beautiful way to start the day.  It would have been perfect if not for the sounds of hammer and power drills in the background.  What to do?  A sign of greater things to come for Iskandar Malaysia ...

Impose An Import Ban

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a padi field in Sekinchan, Selangor.                      Pic by Serena Loh
I wrote about thishttp://roamwithbee.blogspot.com/2015/05/nature-speaks-listen.htmla few days ago.
Today I did more research on the quelea which is dubbed "feathered locusts." A native bird from Africa, the quelea was spotted in Singapore recently.
Johor Malaysian Nature Society wants farmers here to be alert of this bird species.  Click the links below to get a clearer picture of the potential threat the little quelea poses to agriculture.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108788/Flock-awe-Even-elephants-scared-jumbo-cloud-tiny-red-billed-birds.html
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Bw_RYF381R0

A check with the Malaysia Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) revealed that the department does not have a ban list for any bird species.

It only prohibits birds from H5N1 (avian flu) affected countries.




A pest animal risk assessment report carried out by the Queensland Govern…

Lord Mayor of London Visits JARO

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I was contemplating whether to buy this beautifully bound book where the cover was made from recycled wallpaper when someone came up to me. She noticed my hesitancy and said "it's for charity, why the hesitation?"
Well, she is right. There shouldn't be any hesitation when it comes to doing charity. But there were things running through my mind at the time. I was thinking about the recently rescued dogs from a dog pound which are now in a shelter and are waiting for people to donate food.  The dogs are going to be there until they are re-homed.
I also have lots of such books at home, albeit not as beautiful as the one pictured above, but such books are given as door gifts to guests and media members all the time.  
Cash flow also, although it's still considered smooth flowing, was not like how it used to be ... probably due to the rising cost of living and my overspending. So, not everyone can afford to spend money without thinking twice.
And there were so many books …

Taman Tasek Tun Jeanne and Abdullah

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The nine-hectare townpark in Bandar Seri Alam, Pasir Gudang, is now known asTaman Tasek Tun Jeanne and Abdullah.

It was initially named Taman Tasik Tun Jeanne but Landskap Malaysia chairman Tun Jeanne Abdullah, wanted to include her hubby's name, Abdullah. (Me thinking aloud: How sweet)

   Jeanne is married to former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is the adviser of Landskap Malaysia.



A tree-planting exercise, organised in conjunction with World Biodiversity Day, was held at the townpark here today in spite of the rain.  Many of the participants donned rain ponchos.  



Among the trees which will be planted in the park built by Seri Alam Properties Sdn Bhd were the syzygium polyantha (pokok salam), melaleuca leucadendron (pokok gelam), eugenia grata (pokok kelat paya), ficus carica (pokok ara) and syzygium jambos (pokok jambu mawar).



  Townparks are ideal for recreation and acitivities like running, dancing, brisk walking, garden weddings, picnics, etc. etc.  Residents can …

National Junior Wushu Training Camp 2015: Now Open For Registration

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Martial arts fans and enthusiasts, do not miss this.

  The National Junior Wushu Training Camp 2015, will be held on Friday (July 10) at the SJK(C) Kuo Kuang 2 and on Saturday (July 11) at the Sutera Mall in Johor Bahru.

  The event, will feature a talk on the virtues and morals of  practising wushu.  There will also be recreationalactivities, competitions and  a street parade performance titled 8venue Heroes Extravaganza which will showcase the talents of some 400 young wushu artists from various martial arts groups.

  The two main highlights will be the Johor Inter-school Wushu Tournament at 1.30pm and the Johor Wushu Championship at 7pm, both on Saturday.

  The inter-school tournament will have 18 wushu groups, each representing their respective schools, and they will be competing for the "most outstanding team" title.  The wushu championship will feature 100 young wushu elites vying to be the champ.

  The event is organised by the Lee Wushu Arts Theatre & Lee Wus…

Nature Speaks, Listen

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Watch out for the Red-billed Quelea 



If action is not taken to nip a problem at its source, the livelihood of padi farmers in Malaysia may be affected. Farmers may have to spend all their time, energy and money trying to control a huge flock of this bird species if the matter does get out of hand.
It has happened in Australia, Africa and India where the quelea numbers is said to have become unstoppable.
Now the bird, which originated from Africa, is not a migratory bird. But they have been spotted in Singapore.
Read https://singaporebirdgroup.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/worlds-most-destructive-bird-species-now-in-singapore/ if you want to know the threat posed by the quelea if their numbers grow.
The Johor Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) is also calling for an import ban on the bird touted as an "environmentally and economically destructive" species. Johor MNS chairman Vincent Chow urges the relevant authorities to come up with preventive measures to protect the rice crops in Johor be…

Stranded

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Is this a preview of River City?

Appreciation And Devastation

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I want to praise Affin Bank today.  I couldn't check my loan account online, so I sent them an email. Within minutes, I got a call from the bank. It seems the Mozilla Firefox setting had been changed, making it impossible to access the page via the browser.

The lady told me I could try Internet Explorer version 6.0 if I encounter difficulties.  However, she guided me on how to change the Firefox setting. I was able to go to the page after that.

I also received a follow-up email explaining the situation, complemented with an apology for the inconvenience.

Affin Bank clearly deserves a double thumbs up for their prompt and courteous service.


This picture of people in Nepal feeding street dogs is heartwarming. We are all placed on this earth for a reason.  Canines have as much right to be here as all of us do.

This picture of strays in Karachi is heartbreaking. I don't know what happened exactly, whether it was mass culling. Whatever it was, it's heart wrenching.

But the mur…

Shelter Dogs, and Sungai Johor Oil Spill

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Dog lovers in Johor Bahru are rescuing strays from the streets.  Hats off to them.  But some dog shelters are getting overcrowded.
A shelter is only a temporary home.  The strays need to be re-homed.  
If you can provide a solution to this problem (positive solutions, please), do share your views here.
If you would like to adopt a stray --- give the canines a loving home --- please get a dog from a shelter.

Okay, remember the oil spill issue which caused the disruption of water supply to thousands of residents in several parts of Johor last month?
The factory responsible for it has had its operating licence revoked.  
Factory's Licence Revoked Over Sungai Johor Oil Spill
by Chuah Bee Kim

NUSAJAYA:The state government has revoked the operating license of a factory that was responsible for the oil spill along Sungai Johor last month. On April 1, the oil spill had forced the Sungai Semangar and Sungai Johor water treatment plants to close.  The closure caused water supply disruption and…

Nobody Cares

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The Johor Baru City Council and the public are pointing the finger at each other over the rubbish that have piled up in the city.

"People walk past this area everyday but nobody cares. Not even the local council workers," says one passer-by.



Johor Baru MCA complaints bureau chairman Ir. John Cheah, who had received several complaints concerning the rubbish also visited the site and was appalled by the rubbish that greeted him.

John, a public health engineer with the Ministry of Health in 1970 before becoming a consulting engineer, called for immediate action to be taken to clear the rubbish.

He is also the secretary of the Rotarian Action Group (RAG) formed to fight Dengue, and is working together with the state government to fight the deadly disease.

"This is a potential breeding ground for the Aedes mosquitoes.  All it takes is more than one centimeter of water in a tin can or a mineral water bottle for the Aedes larvae to grow into a mosquito over a span of seven days,&qu…

A Bit Of This And That

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I wrote this  Gem Of The City: Rubbish 
last month.

Today I walked past the same spot and the same striking eyesore beckoned.

Hello!!! Public health is at risk here, so is the image of the city.  And what about being a role model for the people  ---  Separate Household Wastes (or face a fine)?




However, not everything is gloom and doom.  There is cause for joy as the people of  Johor are now exempted from paying GST for services offered by the 16 local councils state-wide, thanks to the Sultan of Johor who made the call on May 7 for the state government to seek an exemption for this from the federal level.

Meanwhile, as today is Mother's Day, here is Hayley Westenra's version of  Mother Of  Mine.


Happy Mother's Day to all Moms

Reel Life and Real Life Superheroes

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"Holy Shit!" was what Kimberly Lee Tan thought when he first found out that pictures of him clad in a Captain America costume riding his Ducati Monster motorcycle in Johor Baru had gone viral on Facebook. See http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/04/27/captain-america-patrolling-johor-baru-goes-viral/

Today, the 46-year-old fitness instructor snared the crowd's attention and adoration again when he and other real-life, ordinary "superheroes" took 50 orphans and unprivileged youths to watch the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" movie at the cineplex of the Aeon Tebrau City shopping mall, in conjunction with Mother's Day celebration. 

"Tomorrow is Mother's Day. These orphans have no mothers to celebrate the occasion with. So we decided to bring them out for lunch and a movie, like how a family would celebrate the occasion," Kimberly said.
The children and youths were from Persatuan Kebajikan Berkat Johor Bahru, Bethel Children Care and D…

Star Wars Day at Legoland

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Updated

 Original Post
May the Force be with you.

Erman Abdul Razak and Norazah Sulaiman, both 40, with their children Iqkwan, 11, Nurnisa, 10, and Nurlisa Ellyana, two-and-a-half, at Legoland Malaysia a Resort here today to celebrate Star Wars Day.


Khalil Muri and Eliena Gaman, both 40, with their children Zac, 6, and their three-year-old twins.

(from left) Legoland Malaysia Resort director of operations Casper Bonavent and model shop manager Stefan Bentivoglio with 501st Legion Malaysia Outpost member Daniel Wong, who was all suited up in a stormtrooper costume that cost about RM4,000.
Daniel said the 501st Legion has raised close to RM100,000 for various charities from 98 public appearances since 2006.
Meanwhile, Casper said Legoland may just make every May 4 a gathering for fans of the Star War movie series in the future.
Until December where "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is released in the theatres, may the 4th be with you.