Friday, December 29, 2006

MAS....just when it start to breath..

I wander how come this was not reported in Malaysia?
This news is an extracted from a Swedish news paper.

On 3rd Nov @1355 Fredrik Granberg took a picture of MAS flight MH091 to KL with 279 passengers that took off with smoke on a engine. There was also something fell of the engine with a bang just before take of and was rerouted back to Arlanda airport (Stockholm, Sweden) 1 hour after take off. And he got 71,717 Kr (RM38,000.00) for the picture he took.

The actual press report:

Fredrik Granberg, 31, hade kameran redo, dokumenterade flyghaveriet och skickade de unika bilderna till Expressen. Han belönas nu med 71 717 kronor.

Han får 71 717 kr för årets bildFörst sa det pang. Sen sa det klick.Årets läsarbild på flyghaveriet i Arlanda gör Fredrik Granberg 71 717 kronor rikare.- Det är en väldig ära att vinna, säger han.

Bara sekunder efter starten på Arlanda, klockan 13.55 3 november i år, havererade vänstra motorn på den Boeing 777 som skulle flyga 279 passagerare på Malaysia Airlines flight MH 091 till Kuala Lumpur.På marken fanns Expressenläsaren Fredrik Granberg, 31, beredd med sin kamera."Jag hörde en smäll"- Jag hörde en dov smäll och såg delar från motorn falla ner på landningsbanan. Men eftersom planet fortsatte att lyfta hann jag inte reagera så mycket på det utan kunde ta en bildserie på hela förloppet, berättar han.En knapp timme efter starten nödlandade flygplanet utan komplikationer på Arlanda. Fredrik Granberg fotade nödlandningen också och skickade alla bilder till Expressen.Det var ett smart drag. En av bilderna har av Expressens bildchef Per Kagrell utsetts till årets läsarbild.Grattis, Fredrik!- Tack. Det känns väldigt roligt att vinna.Fredrik berättar att han hade stora förhoppningar om att just hans bild skulle bli utsedd till årets läsarbild.Varför då?- Den är väldigt bra rent bildtekniskt, den har bra skärpa och ljus. Och de flesta kan relatera till flygplan på något sätt. Antingen är man flygrädd eller så är man fascinerad av flygplan, säger Fredrik.Förutom äran får den lycklige vinnaren 71 717 kronor.Ska köpa ny kameraVad ska du göra med pengarna?- Jag kommer nog att köpa ett nytt kamerahus. Och så ska jag bjuda min fru på en resa till New York.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Along the Hills, Pakistan

Pure beauty....

Abbottabad, our direction from Islamabad

All lorries and trucks in Pakistan are decorated like this

A decorated bus stop I guess. The next day the hills and this road was covered by 2 feet snow!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Are we Serious About Our Emergency Medical Service?

(Pic taken with my camera phone)

I was driving back from Melaka when I saw long traffic congestion and after some time I reached the spot that caused the long queue (A few KM after Alor Gajah exit towards Seremban maybe KM 292.0) . It was an accident! Not to be surprised with Malaysian who love to watch and comment and the note of the car number for gambling, I saw "POLIS BANTUAN" was there with the PLUS (highway Operator), that was a good sign. With them at the location I can assume the accident must have occurred at least 30 Min's ago.
I pulled over and went to the location and there was a lady and a man assisting the lady who was injured in the accident. The man introduced himself as a doctor who was passing by, I felt relieved. Then I asked the PLUS guy if they have called for an ambulance. They said they called some time back but have not arrived. He also said this is common that they have to wait very long. The lady had head and leg injury and impact on arm and back.
I called 112 (mobile emergency number) and requested for Tampin Hospital as the PLUS guys said that is the nearest hospital. The person that answered the call at the hospital scolded me "enough of calls for this case, we are sending an ambulance". Uh! this shows Malaysians are concerned people and calling for medical assistance. But after that long wait and now he was saying "I am sending" ...... he had no sense of urgency to dispatch the ambulance soonest to safe a life! Taking own sweet time (as I see it) and getting upset when start getting many calls!
The doctor made sure there were no external bleeding and she is safe and left.
She was cold and wet. I guess the water that was filled in the plastic barriers splashed on her.
Asking the PLUS if that had first aid kit, no they did not have any. We had to cover her with a sunshade from her car. I think the PLUS ronda personals must be trained on first aid and safety procedures and handling of injured people They should also carry first aid kit. Which I guess here in Malaysia we cannot expect it.
After about another 30 mins the ambulance arrived, thank GOD! They placed a stretcher then I asked where is the neck brace? As there are possibilities of neck injury looking at her condition and the condition of the car. The man went back to the ambulance and did not find any. So he has to transport the lady on to the stretcher and to the ambulance without the neck brace.
What is a neck brace? It supports and hold tight the head and protects the neck. Neck is a fragile part of the spinal cord. It is key to use the neck brace in any accidental injuries (specially road accidents) as the visible injury my not be the only injury and the victims are not in control of the body which can possibly cause internal injuries to the parts like neck.
After that the ambulance left. I washed my hands and left the location. I saw the ambulance right in front. One of the beacon was faulty, and going slow. Yes, she was conscious but looking at the condition of the car and the cut she had on her head and the glass on the body, it may have entered her mouth, she has to be checked by a doctor soonest. Why so slow?
Where are we? We say we have the cheapest toll rates, cheapest petrol. Does that includes cheapest and low quality emergency medical service?
Well, this can be a one off case .... but can be a good mile stone.
Lets ask our self.....are we?
You can see her at lower left of the picture covered with windscreen cover and head injury covered with pampers.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Adam's Bridge ??

Taken from a forwarded mail
The recently discovered bridge currently named as Adam's Bridge made of chain of shoals, c.18 mi (30 km) long, in the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka, reveals a mystery behind it. The bridge's unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is man made. The legends as well as Archeological studies reveal that the first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the a primitive age, about 17,50,000 years ago and the bridge's age is also almost equivalent. This information is a crucial aspect for an insight into the mysterious legend called Ramayana, which was supposed to have taken place in tretha yuga (more than 17,00,000 years ago). In this epic, there is a mentioning about a bridge, which was built between Rameshwaram ( India ) and Srilankan coast under the supervision of a dynamic and invincible figure ! called Rama who is supposed to be the incarnation of the supreme. This information may not be of much importance ! to the archeologist s who are interested in exploring the origins of man, but it is sure to open the spiritual gates of the people of the world to have come to know an ancient history linked to the Indian mythology .

Will they ever accept if we change the name of the " London Bridge" as "Laxman Jhoola"? !!!?
Courtesy : NASA Digital Image Collection

Santa Lucia in Malaysia

Arrival of the Lucia Queen wearing a red sash and a crown of lingonberry twigs and blazing candles (now days it is electrical)

..... and the girls in white

and the saffron buns...

Don't be surprised...Teh Tarik is not a Swedish is Malaysian. Santa Lucia in Malaysia provides Teh Tarik as she visits local villages
Read more about this day at :

Presiden India ada laman web sendiri

Presiden India ada laman web sendiri
NEW DELHI 20 Dis. – Jarang sekali seorang presiden negara memberitahu hadirin atau media jangan menulis nota semasa beliau berucap tetapi ini sebenarnya apa yang dilakukan oleh Presiden India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
Beliau berkata, ucapan itu boleh diperoleh dalam laman web beliau dengan hanya menaip dan dalam masa 15 minit segalanya boleh dibincangkan.
Jika anda ada sebarang soalan e-mel kepada saya dan anda boleh mendapatkan jawapannya dalam masa 24 jam’’, katanya memberitahu kira-kira 300 orang pada persidangan antarabangsa, sambil beliau membetulkan komputer ribanya yang diletakkan di atas tapak tangan kiri beliau di rostrum yang sudah bersedia untuk membuat penyampaian melalui power-point.
Ucapan Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, 75, terpapar pada laman web peribadinya hanya beberapa minit selepas beliau berucap melancarkan Persidangan Menteri Perumahan dan Penempatan Manusia Asia-Pasifik di sini minggu lepas.
Beliau sangat mengambil berat mengenai laman webnya dan dalam masa 10 minit, ucapan Kalam sudah ada dalam laman web, kata Setiausaha Akhbar presiden itu S.M. Khan memberitahu Bernama.
Presiden Kalam, seorang saintis peluru berpandu yang kini menjadi presiden menerima kira-kira 300 e-mel setiap hari daripada semua lapisan masyarakat dan beliau sedaya upaya mencuba menjawab e-mel itu sendiri terutamanya jika ia melibatkan penyelidikan saintifik, akademik atau isu politik.

Commenting on above, I was surprised that this media did not even verify the details that they publish. I can say the web address is wrong just by looking at it as any web URL will never have a "@" as part of it. And Utusan Published it.... I wander how many more details that they publish in this manner!

The correct address is : (A great man that I know)

You can see more pics of Rashtrapati Bhavan at my blog as below.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The young and young

The young at age ......

And the young at heart and mind.......age did not stop them!

We must learn to get blessings from the elders and HIM

The Nature of Beauty

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Water Fountain Show, Sentosa Island

This is the water curtain that was used as a screen for the laser animation show

The characters of the "drama"

Managed to capture the images with a low shutter speed...

Monday, December 18, 2006

AirCraft Landed At Cheras

Hmmm what is this fellow doing here? The fighter just landed here or retired here .... hmmmm!

Imagine, if we can find out who was the pilot and if he is still alive. What will he feel when he see the aircraft is still around and with all his memories.

I am not sure how much he is spending for the maintenance, but I can see she is well taken care.

Actually it retired here. I am not sure of the make and the model of the aircraft (will be glad if anyone can advice here). I did not ask the house owner of the history of the aircraft being there. But I am sure who ever installed it here is a lover of fighter aircraft.

Hmm one day I hope to do the same at my house with a MiG or a F18 Hornet hahahahaha, dream on!

Testing New Lens

Bought a 50mm F1.8 lens and tested. Taken with 1/30, 1/25 shutter with f1.8. I will surely enjoy my night photography.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006