Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009

No matter good or bad, year 2009 is over and we have gone through 10 years in the new millennium. Sure everyone is looking forward for a better future, but we must remember the future is on our hand. It depends on how we shape it. I wish we will make some changes, even simple one, to return a cleaner & safer world to live.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Keep It Clean

I was waiting in front a traffic light of Cockman Street (Jalan Dato' Onn Jaafar) and glanced at the back alley of shop houses. It is not as bad as my expectation, but quite clean. At least no accumulated rubbish like other streets. It is best if the same condition can be maintained throughout the city & hopefully to gain back the title of "cleanest city in Malaysia" that was once honored to Ipoh in 1970's.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Looking for Room

There are many Ipoh youngsters choose to work away from hometown once completed study from college or university because there is little job opportunities in this city. The industrial & infrastructure development are behind other major cities in the country, such as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru, Penang, Melaka, Shah Alam & Seremban. Therefore, it is very common for a Ipoh boy or girl to look for renting a room at their first job in the stranger city. By a chance I find a website, Cari Bilik (means “find a room” in Malay), which is very helpful for those boys & girls, of course not only from Ipoh but from allover the country, even overseas, to look for a suitable & affordable room to stay. To my surprise the website contains as many as 20,000 posts of room for rent, covering all states and major cities in Malaysia, in which the posts concentrated at fast growing areas like Kuala Lumpur, Selangor & Penang. For each post, it has typically information of rent rate, facilities, preference of tenant & contact. Some are attached with photo. To search in this website is quite simple & straight forward as its room location is categorized by state & subsequently by town. The website is not only providing a platform for someone to search for room, but also to advert the room to let. A user, either an advertiser or a seeker, is required to complete a free registration for login to upload posting or retrieve contact. I find this is a good feature to protect the privacy of advertiser. Anyway, there are some owners already included the contact numbers in the post. Let’s try this website if one is looking for room for rent in Malaysia.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Burning Sky

The sky looked like burning in the morning. I was stopping at road side when on the way to work to capture this beautiful scene.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Free Advertisement Board

We used to see people putting up the wedding event direction signs on the road sign boards or lamp posts. I would consider this is an improper practice but I cannot deny this is an effective & cheap way of showing the guest of event to the desired destination.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Church in Lights

The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes at Silibin Road is beautifully decorated with light bulbs during Christmas & New Year. The church was so crowded on Christmas Eve and had made the surrounding a joyful environment.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009!!

Merry Christmas! As usual the shopping complex is nicely decorated during this greeting season. The main court of Kinta City Shopping Center stood a big Christmas tree & a performing stage. Time is passing so fast where we are now at the year end. Everyone is welcoming the upcoming year of 2010 to be a better, healthier & greener year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Decorations of Christmas

There are more decorations of Christmas in this year. I believe the worst time of the economy crisis is over & business is picking up again. Many start to gain much in wealth & prosperity. Anyway, we shall not forget the unfortunates around us as well as at the other corner of the world and to lend our hands whenever it is needed.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Malaysia Property Website

Working in my current job, I have chance to chat with visitors from overseas whom could be my customer or vendor. When out for meal or shopping, we usually talk about Malaysia properties because they are curious about how’s the value of houses over here. I got most of them find the properties in Malaysia are good, quite affordable & worthwhile. Recently I found this website, PropWall, which is a good interface for the local citizens as well as foreigners to seek their dream house in Malaysia. The website promotes high quality properties from landed houses to luxury condominiums, and also offices, shops & factories. It contains quite a large number of choices that located mostly in Kuala Lumpur, Klang Valley and Penang. Besides, clear and large photos are available for viewing, make it a fast & convenient way to assess the property. Furthermore, there are details about a particular community or development project such as the developer background, nearby communities, transportation, population, facilities and much more useful information. The feature I like most is the analysis column in which comments are posted about the property that gives a wider coverage of information. In case anyone is interested, I believe to find a right contact person is not a problem because a list of agents is available. I do hope there will be more properties in other cities throughout Malaysia, such as Johor Baru, Ipoh, Kuching, Melaka, etc. included in this website. To explore more about Malaysia Property, this is the right website of viewing.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Beginning of A Day

After a 3-day off since last Friday, today is the first day back to work & I should drive to Kuala Lumpur to handle some issues. The sun rise of this day is beautiful. Hoping that this would be a good day.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Away from City

It's too bore to stay in the city with big crowd everywhere because of the long weekend (Friday was a public holiday). In this cloudy day, why not escape from the congestion & go for fresh air. Driving along the countryside is so relax & refreshing.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Wooden & Bamboo Sphinx

I was attending the campfire of my secondary school Boy Scout, the 72nd Kinta Troop. This is an event to celebrate its 41st Anniversary. It is a tradition for the boy & girl Scout to create some special gadjets during the anniversaries. This time a Sphinx that made from wood and bamboo has became the background of the main stage. Awesome!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sky in Silver & Blue

The sky looked like a silver screen during the sunset. It was taken when on the way home & stuck in a traffic jam. Well, sometimes slowing down isn't a bad idea. We may see unexpected nice view.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Shining on Cloud

In the morning, I was driving to work on Kuala Kangsar Road. Before the sunshine hitting the ground, it shines on the cloud. We can always find bright clouds even in the west when sun rising in the east.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Traditional Convenient Store

There used to be many of this kind of convenient store everywhere in the city, especially in residential areas. It was very popular at the years of 1970's to 1980's. Later, when supermarket, hypermarket start landed here, and the popularity of personal transport, going farther to the modern shopping malls become very common. These stores are now getting lesser. I miss the time I used to find cheap stuff here when I was a child.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Working Under the Sun

There are two workers putting on the bricks for a pedestrian walkway in front of the Methodist Girl School, one of the well-known secondary school in Ipoh. It's a hot and burning atmosphere under the afternoon sun. In order to earn for living, many have to suffer physical stress like this.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Time to Take a Rest

After a day of hard work, it's time to take a rest. The birds are lining up on a electric cable in front of the factory. Just like us, it's time to put down the work pressure and go home for a relaxing evening.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hot Afternoon, Rainy Evening

A scene at part of Chamberlain Street (Jalan C.M. Yusuf). It seems that weather will start changing. It was continuous rainy days for weeks where downpour begins in the afternoon. However, the rain comes late in the past few days. The afternoon become hot & skin-burning, while it only rains in the evening.
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