Showing posts from May, 2016

Blue Over Red

Today I took the blue taxi, which is the executive taxi.  It costs RM15 for a ride from the Aeon Bukit Indah shopping mall to somewhere that is also in Bukit Indah.

I took the executive cab because the budget taxi (red one) asked for RM25.  As I was walking away, the driver of the red cab reduced it to RM20, and eventually to RM15.

Well, if I can get an executive ride for the same price, why not go for blue?

For those who seldom take taxis, the flag down fare of a budget taxi is RM3 while an executive cab charges RM6.

Being carless is actually giving me the opportunity to experience all this, which I would've missed if I were driving my car, which is currently still at the workshop.

“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.”
Vivian Greene

Earlier I had arrived at the Aeon shopping mall using Uber.  The fare was RM3.97.  See the difference?  Uber is not legit, you say?  Charging RM15 for a ride that should…

Carless Week

Yesterday --- which was a Sunday --- I went to the JB Sentral to wait for Bus No. 221.  Left the office at around 7pm.  Got a bus fairly fast to JB Sentral.  Waited for Bus 221 until 8.12pm, and finally got onto another bus to take me back to the office.  Reason for this merry-go-round?

Bus 221 never came, and I heard none was coming.  The day before someone already told me that it would be hard to get a bus on a Sunday, but I had faith in our public transportation system.  So, I decided to try.

While I was waiting for 221 yesterday, some people were saying that there's not going to be a bus coming, but I didn't quite believe them.

It turned out to be true.

When I got back to my office, I took a cab home.

The taxi driver told me it's going to be tougher for cab drivers in days to come because of the competition and also the fact that many foreign workers have gone back to Indonesia.

He said he was not surprised 221 didn't come because some stage buses nowadays are also…

Ramadan, Just Around The Corner

The Islamic holy month of dawn-to-sunset fasting known as Ramadan is just around the corner.

Where to go for the breaking of fast? If you're planning a gathering for corporate clients, friends and family, check out the "Bufet Ala Bazar" Buffet Dinner.

Date:  June 6 to July 4, 2016
Venue: Gleneagles Terrace Restaurant, Pulai Springs Resort
Price: RM 105 (adult) and RM 52.50 (child)
Enquiries/Reservations: call 07-521 2121 / visit or e-mail us at

*Early birds (patrons who want to dine between June 6 and June 13), the price is RM90 (adult).

*For every 9 full paying adults (not valid with other discount schemes and programmes), one person gets to dine for free.  

*Guests can also pre purchase vouchers at the resort from May 5 to June 5 and save RM 20 per person. Pre purchased vouchers are priced at only RM 85 per adult and RM 42.50

"Bufet Ala Bazar" buffet dinner features more than 100 buka puasa favourites and delights s…


I don't think I need to write much. The pictures already tell the story.

The bus stop is on the left side of the inner road, but some stage buses stop at the outer road because the drivers don't want to do a U-turn to get to the bus stop.

This puts members of the public at risk, especially at night, when some were seen dashing across the road to get to a bus.  There are speeding cars on the inner road, too.  As for the outer road, it is also dangerous for other motorists when a bus were to stop for commuters to alight and get on board.

Happy Vesak Day

I thought of not writing this, but if the ignorance is not brought to light, one cannot overcome the darkness.

And since Vesak Day is celebrated by most Buddhists in Malaysia tomorrow (May 21) , I think I shall share this story.

I was at a Buddhist centre today.  My car (pictured) was damaged after an accident, and there was no covered carpark at the premises.

But the management found me a spot, which wasn't a parking area, but they gave me permission to park my car there so that it could get some shelter if there were rain.

One nun, however, insisted that I couldn't park there simply because it was not a parking bay.  She complained but I didn't move the car because everyone else said I could park there.

And then when my photographer arrived to snap pictures for my Vesak Day story, he said: "Muslims are not supposed to take pictures of Buddha replicas." (Sigh).

I remembered a former photographer who is a good friend of mine.  He's also a religious Muslim. B…

Doing It The Heart Way

The ending of  "Captain America: Civil War" was heart-cheering and inspiring!

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) did not leave his comrades to rot in prison.  He went back for them. 

The Avengers is a league of extraordinary people, each having their own set of beliefs.  They banded together as they shared a common goal to protect humanity.

But sometimes good intention can unintentionally turn bad, and the superheroes are blamed for causing more destruction than salvation which prompted the higher-ups to want to control the team.

However, not everyone in the team agreed that signing the document which allowed them to be controlled was a good idea. Some signed, some rebelled, some opted out of the game.

The conflict drove the superheroes into two camps which led to a battle among them. 

Captain America, in his heart, knows that he has to stand by his friend, Winter Soldier, even though the latter had done some very bad things (actually the Winter Soldier was programmed to do so) so …

Do You Love Your Work?

Do you skip to work every day?  Or try every which way you can to skip going to work? Work-related stress may not be a serious issue in Johor yet, but an awareness needs to be created now. 
People are suffering in silence and they may not even know the cause of their problems, says  Johor  State Human Resources and Unity Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan. adding that stress at the workplace also affects productivity. Vidyananthan calls on employers to play their role in taking care of their employees --- local or foreigner.
Recently, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Dosh) launched a probe on two complaints they received --- one concerned a woman who was subjected to discrimination and bullying in the workplace.
Another worker --- a man --- suffered from schizophrenia due to the pressure he faced when he could not fulfil his work responsibilities.
Both victims work in the manufacturing industry.
"Europe's economy suffered a loss of  Euro 272 billion (RM1,20…

Discovering Life Through The Lens Of His Camera

FOR software developer Wilson Teo, capturing life through the lens of his camera has been an enriching discovery of new people and cultures.

For the 50-year-old from Batu Pahat, Johor, his passion for photography has taken him far and wide, and given him the opportunity to see how the people he meets live.

“My favourite shot was that of a girl in Vietnam who was about 5 or 6 years old. She was rushing home to do her homework.

“I followed her into the house that she lived in and saw that the interior was very dark.

“She relied on the setting sun coming through holes in the wall to do her homework.

“I titled the shot Borrowed Light. “The photograph, which attracted recognition from the Photographic Society of America (PSA), touched me deeply.

“At that time, I could not wait to get home to share her story with my children to let them know how fortunate they are,” says Teo in an interview with the New Sunday Times.

Teo grew up in Kampung Parit Ahmad, Batu Pahat, before furthering his stud…