Stopped just in time? Flight AA-331

28 12 2009

On the 22nd of December a Boeing 737-800 belonging to American Airlines overshot the runway while landing in heavy rain on the island of Jamaica (land of Bob Marley and Marijuana).The aircraft broke into 3 pieces and right hand engine was torn from the wing but  thankfully there were no fatalities but there were some 40  casualties with 4 of them reported as serious.

I guess if you overran a runway it would mean you did not STOP in time. In fact you can see for yourself that the aircraft actually went through the airport perimeter fence and CROSSED a road before coming to a rest. But in this case I would hazard to say that “the plane DID stop just in time”.  Just take a look at the bigger picture.

Damn was the crew lucky. A few more metres and everybody would have had to swim! The aircraft landed at 10.22 p.m local time in heavy rain and poor visibility so the pilots might not have seen how close they came to a much worse situation. I’ll bet they would have said a prayer or two when they saw aircraft the next morning. Here are more pictures. By the way I was NOT in Jamaica and I did not take these photos. A friend of mine sent me these photographs.

Look Marthe they are taking us directly to our aeroplane! Did we take the express check in? hahaha! Well, as I said it is the place where one can get marijuana easily.





The Koi Pond

24 12 2009

Koi or Japanese Carps are very popular fishes bred for thier beauty. Koi’s come in many different colours ranging from white, black to bright  yellow and orange. Breeding Koi in a pond and the very design of the pond themselves have become artform which was started by the Japanese. A beautifully designed Koi pond can bring many hours of joy to the owner.  I have seen many  have seen some beautiful Koi ponds especially in restaurants and hotels. Some of my friends have even incorporated one in thier houses.

ON a recent trip to Penang I stayed in a hotel which had a rather large Koi pond which was simple but beautiful in design. But this is not the Koi pond I wish to talk about.

Later during the trip my friend and I went to a restaurant which had a rather unique Koi pond of it’s own. Above is a picture of the pond. What is unique about the pond? Well, it’s not the fish nor the size of the pond but it’s design and location. Sashi, an ex colleague and a friend pointe dout to Ruben and I that we should use the men’s toilet at this restaurant. he almost insisted we do so. Curious? Before you scroll down to the next picture take another look at the picture on top and see if you can guess where the pond is located and it;s exact design.

I must say I was rather taken aback when I first saw it. So were a few of the restaurant guest which had to use the men’s after I did. here is the picture of the pond from further back.

Did you manage to guess it correctly? The Koi “pond” is actually a fully functional men’s URINAL! At first glance I thought I had to pee into the Koi Pond itself but on closer  (but not too close) inspection I noticed that the fish were swimming in a pond that had a glass cover. The urinal itself has a saperate drain. The Koi “pond” itself extends past the rear wall of the toilet into a small open air pond where the fish are fed.

If you are ever in Penang island and wish to see this rather unique Koi Pond, the name of the restaurant is Hai Boey and is located just outside a fishing village called Gertak Sanggul in the south part of the island.