Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bye Bye Nike + Welcome RunKeeper

I got a replacement for the expensive Nike + device which track your exercise while you are running. It is called the RunKeeper which is application for iphone . I like this application because of its GPS function, total journey , speed of your exercise along with the time spent and how it compares with previous runs, all on a Google Map. Not only that you don't need a separate device for tracking and recording your exercise. Nevertheless, it can guide you throughout the whole exercise by giving you real-time voice prompt . You can program them before you set out, and the audio cues will coach you through your workout.

Every time you complete a run you can see how far you went (to the best of the phone's tracking capabilities), along with the time spent and how it compares with previous runs, all on a Google Map.

I tried it during my morning exercise in Botanical Gardens ,Penang. It really works. I like it very much .

While running I set it with my favorite iPod playlist to start up automatically when i start tracking a new RunKeeper activity.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Phew... What a relief

As I was about to pack my stuffs going back Penang for my Raya holiday , I get a green light to try for the last flight to Penang which is MH 1149 . I was doubt about the chances of getting a flight to Penang . As far as I know , the frequency of flight to Penang is very high compared to Kuching . My friends had told me that he had to sleep in the airport for 1 night before he can go back Kuching because of flight overbooked and also no empty seat available. I never try my luck in KLIA to secure a seat near to Hari Raya. Last 2 years , I remember took off from my studies for a few days before coming back for holiday .

Once arrived at KLIA , I straight away went to the ticketing office at the Arrival Hall to print my e ticket . There were about 8 people in before me so I decided to put my name on the stand-by list at the Departure Hall first . After knowing that there were 4 people before me on the stand-by list ,I knew that what am I supposed to do.Plus, the MH 1149 was over-booked , the booking was around 148 people but the flight accomodate up to 144 passengers.

After I took my ticket , I went to the Flight Operation Office which is on the next building . I went across using a link bridge but I was not permitted to enter because I don't have the staff card to swipe . I pressed for the security and I was ushered by a security personnel from the entrance to the Flight Operation Office .

Once I was there , the place was like in the TVB Drama Triumph in the Skies . The pilots were there to attend the briefing before departure ,big LCD monitors showing the flight operation data. I was told to went into the office to ask for a Jump seat .
A jump seat (or jumpseat), officially known as an auxiliary crew station, is a seat in an aircraft cockpit for individuals not operating the aircraft. These might include training pilots, off-duty crew in transition to another airport (see deadheading), government officials (such as Federal Aviation Administration staff), or other airline staff.

My identity was verified by the Flight Op staff . I saw some of the staffs were busying checking the flight schedules and also the local weather of a place etc. Finally after 20 minutes of waiting , I was given a Jump seat by the captain of the flight MH1149 .

I went to the ticket counter in Departure Hall to get my boarding pass . After that , I went straight to Gate A4 . I was waiting for my turn to get on the plane, but my name was called over the P.A. system . The operation staff told me that the Captain had cancelled my Jump seat . And I asked him for the reason and he told me reason which was not acceptable (from my point of view) . How can this be happened to me?

I supposed to get on the last flight of the day to go back Penang and then I was stuck. Without any option available , I expected the worst which is 'sleep in the airport'.
After some confusion over at the desk which is next to the gate entrance , the staffs were sorting out the no-show passengers and calculate the total amount of passengers inside the aircraft .

No-show: A no-show is a passenger who fails to board the plane either because he/she has not fulfiled check-in procedures within designated time limit,or because he/she does not holdpropertravel documents.A no-show passenger may request a change of the flight or a refund of the ticket.If the no-show passenger wants to fly a Carrier's subsequent flight,the Carrier shall change the flight in accordance with its relevant regulations. If the no-show passenger requests a change of the Carrier or a refund of the ticket,50%of the ticket fare will be assessed as a no-show charge.

I over-heard that there were two Uganda nationality were stopped by the immigration who were supposed to be on the flight. Therefore , their seats were empty and I was given a seat 17 C which is an aisle seat . Phew.....What a relief.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Valuables Looted from car

There are lots of criminals cases involving car break-in, I read and heard from news and also emails. But that day was a really unlucky for me to be one of the victims.
That day was Wednesday , 26th of August , I, with other 3 schoolmates were on our way to have our dinner when the mishap happened. We were not sure whether the thieves were observing us for sometime before the day it happened or they just acted spontaneously .
I parked my car near to the Ramadhan bazaar at a parking lot in front of a row of shoplots . 2 of my friends placed their bags into the car boot after they came down from the car .
(That was a crucial point where I think the thieves saw it)

After half an hour , we were backed into my car and I drove back home. I didn’t realize a thing until I opened the boot and they noticed the bags were missing . I asked them whether they put their bags at the passengers’ seat (That moment I didn’t know the final location of the their bags ) . The feeling was like thunder has striked my mind. My hands were trembling and heart was racing . I was stunt by the reality which happened just now. I still can’t believe my eyes of what I was seeing . We watched at each other with an empty look.

After that , we decided to go to the place of incident and do some investigation work. My friend drove his car and we reached the place after buka puasa time. We frantically searched the place around and looked at everyone who passed by us. We were showered with rain while everyone was trying to get out of the place as quick as possible . Everyone looked suspicious to us . I walked into the back lane of rows of shops and looking into the drain for anything resembled the bags which belongs to my friends. At the end ,I found nothing.

One of my friends, who noticed two dark skin colour guys who were holding the bags which resembled theirs on the shoulder but he was not sure the look of the suspects. I was unsure about this because I was walking to my car using an umbrella but they walked under the roof along the corridor of the shops.

They (my friends) asked the shop person who talked to the suspects but the shopkeeper didn’t want to reply anything related to the incident . A few shops away , the shop assistants also notice the suspects .

(We made the mistake for not calling the police if we called after realizing the thief maybe they will be caught )

Next time remember to bring down any of your belonging from your car before left car unattended.