A Rally to Restore Sanity

31 10 2010

A few days ago I saw Jon Stewart, a talk show host and a comedian himself, being interviewed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. on television. It was quite interesting. Stewart was being interviewed because of his then efforts to hold a rally in Washington D.C called “A Rally to Restore Sanity” At first I wondered what it was all about and but after a little while I understood what he was getting at.

I keenly watched out for news of the rally on the internet and today I got to watch some parts of it on you tube. It’s worth the waiting. Although there are many videos of this rather long rally, I will show you the ending first because in his closing speech the Comedian gets serious and delivers the message behind the whole rally. Here is Jon Stewart giving the closing speech at the rally he organized.

I think he has a very pertinent message to deliver. I like the words he used when he said “If we amplify everything, we will not be able to hear anything”. How true. These days all we ever hear is noise. Here he makes that point with the help of two very famous entertainers.

There are more such video clips of the rally if you are interested to watch.


Ipoh Flea Market

31 10 2010

Last night Tzy Wen invited me to go to the flea market in Ipoh. On an impulse I said Ok. So at about 8.15 this morning we found ourselves on the North South Expressway driving towards Ipoh.

We made Ipoh in less than 2 hours even with a stop at Rawang for a quick breakfast. Admittedly the driver was pushing it a little bit. I swear I thought we were about to reach warp speed. We found the flea market easily with the use of the onboard GPS that Tzy Wen had installed. Quite cool actually.

I have been to Ipoh many times before but never knew there was a flea market in town every Sunday morning. I did not take many pictures as I was quite amazed at some of the stuff found there. The Flea Market is spread over 2 streets which intersect each other in a T junction. One street holds lots of household and clothing items much like a “Pasar malam” anywhere in the Klang Valley. This gentleman above was seen on this part of the market selling models of traditional Malay houses. He can be seen working on onel whilst displaying the others for sale. i never really enquired how much they were going for. Personally I thought he should have made them a little smaller.

The other street is where things got a little interesting. This is where tzy Wen found what he was here for. This particular street held a lot of 2nd hand electronics and “antiques”> I use the word antique very loosely here as these items are more often than not more like junk which people throw out or discard. Some items here, like car radios and shoes for example have a reputation of being stolen goods. So beware.

There are things here that boggles my mind. Not due to their novelty or uniqueness but take the stack of horseshoes above. Now who would buy a horseshoe?  Even if you owned a horse I am quite sure you would not be so cruel as to shod it with a set from this collection of rusty horseshoes.

There were just too much to take in in the few hours we had allocated ourselves. Just look at the strange collection of goods this vendor had on display. There are even 2 handlebars from a couple of old Vespas. Of course there were more usable and down to earth items like old phonographs, turntables, vinyl records, brass ware and even small furniture. Some vendors were seen asking for exorbitant prices for their wares.

I ended up purchasing a few items myself. One of them was a rather unique looking letter opener. I also managed to find a few old vinyl records that brought back memories of yesteryear. I left those with Tzy Wen who had recently bought himself a turntable!You can see it at his blog by clicking on the links provided on this page.

Was it worth the drive up? Well, with nothing else planned for the Sunday, I would say it was a worthwhile journey. Only the next time I will probably put a little forward planning and take my time driving up to Ipoh and back. Speeds in excess of 160 km/h should be reserved for the race track or much larger vehicles. hahahaha!

Medan Team Building Trip

24 10 2010

I just got back in from my first trip to Indonesia. After months of planning, my colleagues and I went off on a “Team Building” holiday to Medan last Friday. With the exception of Jerome, the rest of us were supposed to board the earliest flight.

But unfortunately even before our flight departed our team “lost” it’s leader . . . .  temporarily. He was still in the queue at the gate when our aircraft pushed back from the terminal. One of our team members desperately called him saying “Where the %$&* are you? Our aircraft is pushing back!”. To which our super cool team leader nonchalantly answered “No… no… I am still in the queue at the gate, everyone is still here” Well, needless to say he was in the WRONG queue which he found out a little later. It was really hilarious. You see our Senior General Manager also happened to be onboard the same flight!  I don’t think he’ll ever live this one down.

Here are some pictures taken after we landed and checked in to the hotel.

With the help of a local contact, Jerome our “treasurer” and his “body guard” Aaron got all our cash converted to Indonesian Rupiahs. There were a few million Rupiahs on that table but in actual fact no more than a three or four thousand Malaysian Ringgit. That’s because you’ll get Rupiah 2870 for every Malaysian Ringgit.

Some of us thought we were instantly rich . . .

Hardeep the millionaire

Hardeep “Look Kavil, I am rich”. Well, we allowed Hardeep his visions of grandeur while we distributed the rest of the money before telling him the horrible truth hahaha!  Just joking.

A good clean up

21 10 2010

Woon Hwan and I came back from flying (?) my Radio Controlled aircraft to find Tzy Wen busy cleaning up the front porch and garden of their rented house. Believe me, I never thought it would be possible to actually clean up that house except to burn it down to the ground! hahahaha!

After we stored my stricken (again) aircraft Woon Hwan and I pitched in to help. Tzy Wen had paid RM25 to someone to cut the grass in the garden before he started with the cleanup. We took about an hour to complete the job but it was really worth it. It was long overdue. Too bad I did not have the “before” pictures. But anyone familiar with the condition of N0 43 would be able to tell from the”after”  picture above that it is a major improvement. There’s even a chance that some of their friends might miss the house altogether the next time they some to visit!

Good job guys. Just nice for a good BBQ.


18 10 2010

Malaysia Airlines last changed it’s livery on the 15th of October 1987. We went from an an almost all red on white colours to the more recognizable Red, Blue, Gray and White colours that we have now. One of the first few aircraft that carried this new livery was our brand new Boeing 747-400’s. Her eis one pictured in Kai Tak Airport courtesy of Airliners.net.

Now, almost exactly 23 years later, we are again changing our livery. This time around the first aircraft to don the new colours will be our new fleet of Boeing 737-800’s, the first of which will bear the registration number 9M-MXA. Here is one of the first pictures leaked onto the internet, again courtesy of Airliners.net.

What do I think of the new livery? Well, honestly speaking, I liked the old one but this new one is rather refreshing. maybe over time I will grow to like it too. One thing for sure, our painters will breath a sigh of relief. It should be much easier to repaint the aircraft colours in the future. Just a few streaks of Blue and Red on a canvas of pure white.

Here is the same aircraft performing a “touch and go” procedure as part of it’s post production flight tests.

I can’t wait to see the same livery on our new Airbus A330’s.