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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Langkawi First Day - Kereta Kabel Langkawi

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Pandangan menuju ke Stesen yang pertama
Peta Pulau Langkawi
Berbekalkan peta dan kereta sewa kami melangkahkan kaki ke Oriental Village sekitar 2 petang dari lokasi motel kami di Pantai Chenang. Macam biasalah, dengan kepakaran membaca peta, kami makan buah langsat. Habis lokasi dan ceruk rantau kami jelajah. Sebelum naik Kereta Kabel, kami ronda-ronda dulu di sekitar Oriental Village, saja nak menengok apa yang best sangat. Huh!! Tak berkenan langsung, sebab apa yang menarik pun cuma kedai-kedai menjual cendera hati  dan kereta dua fungsi yang mahal, sesuai untuk pelancong luar negara (darat dan air). Tapi sempat jugak beli cendera hati untuk kenangan, yang penting fish magnet. Menambahkan koleksi di rumah.

Pinjam dari Oriental Village website

Lokasi ke stesen kereta kabel taklah jauh sangat, boleh merayap kalau nak. Jalan kaki 5 minit je dah sampai. Di sebelah kiri dari kedudukan Oriental Village, itulah tempatnya. Dengan orang yang tak ramai, maka tak payah berebut dan beratur (tip: jangan datang time cuti sekolah). Berikut adalah nilai tiket untuk naik kereta kabel.

Return Trip from Base Station to Top Station

Ticket TypePrice
AdultRM30.00
ChildRM20.00
(i) MALAYSIAN with MyKad will enjoy special rate for the cable car ride. Please produce your MyKad before purchasing the ticket. Terms & conditions apply
Please take note that there is no refund, exchange or credit on cable car ticket.

Duration

The journey to the top of the mountain and vice versa will usually take about 15 minutes (excluding queuing time).

Sedikit Info Mengenai Kereta Kabel Langkawi
Kereta Kabel Langkawi terletak di Gunung Mat Chinchang, barat laut pulau Langkawi,Kedah, Malaysia. Kereta kabel ini mula dibuka kepada umum pada 27 Februari 2005 untuk memudahkan pelancong tiba ke puncak gunung yang tingginya 713 meter. Panorama gunung batu kapur zaman geologi Cambrian 500 juta tahun ini memang menarik. Panjangnya 2.2 km dan terpanjang di dunia, mengalahkan kareta kabel di Switzerland.
Asalnya sistem pengurusan kereta kabel ini dikendalikan oleh Langkawi Cable Car. Namun kini, ia diselenggara dan diuruskan oleh Panorama Langkawi Sdn. Bhd. (PLSB), iaitu anak syarikat milik penuh Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad. Sistem pengangkutan kereta kabel ini dibina dari April 2001 hingga Ogos 2004. Panjang keseluruhan kabel ialah 919.5 meter dan telah mencipta rekod Malaysian Book of Records.


Kereta Kabel Langkawi memang lebih tinggi dari Kereta Kabel Genting. Mungkin dua kali ganda. Sampai di tengah-tengah, angin pulak kuat.
Aku memang gayat dengan ketinggian. Aku duduk menghadap ke belakang gunung.
Habis pelusuk Langkawi dia tengok.. aku pulak dah pucat lesi
Pusing ke kanan dia pulak. Janganlah bergerak. Banyak sangat bergerak ni, sampai kereta kabel ni bergoyang
Pandang atas pulak...
Pandang bawah pulak...tekak aku dah mual. Jangan tengok bawah
Tengok atas pulak. Point pertama dah nak sampai
Pandangan dari point pertama. Belakang tu dah Airport Langkawi.. aku rasalah

Mengkagumi keindahan alam dengan angin sepoi-sepoi bahasa
Sebelah sanalah motel kita tu. Luasnya Pulau Langkawi
Tahan nafas. Hehehee!! Bapa aku jadi jurugambar. Tapi kena buat tutorial dulu  mcm  mana nak guna kamera
Atas gunung tu memang sejuk. Tapi taklah sesejuk atas Genting
Yang atas tulah, point yang tertinggi dan terakhir
Heheehe... kite sama2 orang bujang. Yang belakang tu lawa kan?

Bersiap untuk naik kereta kabel ke lokasi terakhir
Pemandangan point pertama. Orang memang tak ramai.
700 meter dari paras laut. Ni dah di point kedua
My dad siap buat laporan ke kakak aku. "Saya sedang bercakap dari  atas gunung ni."  Kakak aku cuma upaya cakap jeleslah...
Pemandangan point pertama daripada point kedua. Jauh jugaklah
Makin kecik jadinya rumah-rumah di bawah tu
Point kedua lebih besar dan luas
Sebelum naik, kita pose dululah...
Kita berkesempatan tengok laut dari paras ni. Memang lawa
Cuaca mula nak hujan
Kabus
My dad kat atas. Walaupun dia sudah 72 tahun, dia tetap gagah dari aku..
Sayang bridge ni kita tak dapat pergi sebab under maintenance. Nilah tempat yang paling best sebenarnya

Dari aras tertinggi ni, point pertama makin kecik pulak. Cadangan nak buat rumah sebuah kat sini
Dah balk point pertama, sambil memperhatikan pergerakkan kereta kabel dan menikmati udara yang  bersih
Janji dia puas, aku pun puas
Pengalaman ke Gunung Mat Chinchang mengguna kereta kabel Langkawi memang best! Rasa nak buat rumah atas tu.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

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My student from Borneo Students Society (BSS) conducted an event, "Majlis Penutupan Pesta Gawai & Kaamatan" last Friday, 20th July 2012 at Annexe Hall, UMTECH. 

As club's advisor, it is my duty to ensure the programme meet the objectives of the BSS existence. Thought this event was simple, plus with limited sources and man power, they manage to pull crowd. I am proud of them and will take the responsible for any shortcoming that occurred during the event.

I received good responses from crowd as they enjoy the event and especially the food.
Me during my opening speech
Familiar faces amongst the corwd



As symbol of opening ceremony

Received token of appreciation from BSS President, Mr Domoninc Tunchat.
Rajang Be'uh performed by BSS AJKs

Mr Brian Cheong President of  USCA on my right

My speech

SALAM SEJAHTERA, SALAM PERSAHABATAN DAN SALAM 1 BORNEO

AHLI-AHLI JAWATAN KUASA BORNEO STUDENT SOCIETY (BSS)

AHLI-HALI JAWATAN KUASA EDUCATORS CLUB

TUAN-TUAN DAN PUAN-PUAN SEKALIAN

1.  TERLEBIH DAHULU, SAYA INGIN MENGALU-ALUKAN KEHADIRAN SAUDARA DAN SAUDARI YANG DATANG DARI NEGERI SARAWAK BUMI KENYALANG DAN NEGERI SABAH DI BAWAH BAYU SERTA RAKAN-RAKAN KITA YANG DATANG DARI SELURUH SEMENANJUNG MALAYSIA, BAIK PELAJAR MAHUPUN BUKAN PELAJAR DI UNIRAZAK ATAUPUN UMTECH. KAMI SANGAT BERBESAR HATI KERANA ANDA SUDI KE MAJLIS PENUTUPAN PESTA GAWAI & KAAMATAN 2012 YANG SERBA SEDERHANA DAN RINGKAS INI.


SAUDARA DAN SAUDARI SEKALIAN

2.   NEGARA MALAYSIA, KHUSUSNYA NEGERI SARAWAK DAN SABAH SANGAT DI KENALI DENGAN KEPELBAGAIAN KAUM, BUDAYA DAN ADAT RESAM. PERPADUAN YANG TERJALIN DI ANTARA WARGA BERBILANG KAUM ADALAH RESEPI UTAMA KEPADA KEJAYAAN MALAYSIA MEMPERTAHANKAN KEMERDEKAANNYA. PERPADUAN ADALAH PERKARA PENTING SETIAP NEGARA-BANGSA YANG BEBAS DAN BERDAULAT. IA BUKAN SEKADAR SUATU PERLEMBANGAAN, TETAPI BERUPAYA MENCETUSKAN KEHARMONIAN SOSIAL, KESTABILAN POLITIK DAN PERTUMBUHAN EKONOMI.


3.  DI NEGERI SARAWAK SAHAJA TERDAPAT LEBIH KURANG 28 KUMPULAN ETNIK PERIBUMI. YANG TERDIRI DARIPADA TIGA ETNIK UTAMA, SUKU KAUM IBAN, ORANG ULU DAN BIDAYUH. DAN SAYA SENDIRI MEWAKILI SUKU TERBESAR SARAWAK, IAITU SUKU IBAN. MANAKALA NEGERI SABAH PULA MEMPUNYAI 32 SUKU KAUM PERIBUMI. KAUM ETNIK YANG TERBESAR ADALAH KADAZANDUSUN, BAJAU DAN MURUT. KADAZANDUSUN ADALAH KUMPULAN ETNIK TERBESAR DI SABAH.

4.   BUAT PENGETAHUAN SAUDARA DAN SAUDARI, HARI GAWAI DI SARAWAK DISAMBUT PADA 1 JUN, MANAKALA PERAYAAN TADAU KAAMATAN DI RAYAKAN PADA 31 MEI DI SABAH. KEDUA-DUA ACARA INI DISAMBUT BAGI MENANDAKAN BERAKHIRNYA MUSIM PENUAIAN PADI HUMA MAHUPUN PADI BUKIT. PELBAGAI ACARA TRADISIONAL DIADAKAN BAGI MEMERIAHKAN PERAYAAN TERSEBUT. ACARA NGILING BIDAI ATAU PENUTUPAN PESTA GAWAI KAAMATAN INI ADALAH ACARA PENUTUPAN YANG BERAKHIR PADA 30 JUN LALU. DAN MENJADI SIMBOLIK KEPADA PERMULAANYA, CYCLE PENANAMAN PADI YANG BARU.

5. MARI KITA JADIKAN ACARA INI SEBAGAI FLATFORM, BUKAN SAHAJA SEBAGAI ACARA MENGENALI BUDAYA KAUM-KAUM YANG LAIN, TETAPI JADIKANLAH KESEMPATAN YANG TERBAIK UNTUK KITA MENGERATKAN LAGI SEMANGAT PERPADUAN, PERSAUDARAAN DAN KEHARMONIAN DALAM KALANGAN RAKYAT PELBAGAI KAUM DAN ETNIK, MENERUSI KEUNIKAN ADAT DAN BUDAYA TEMPATAN.

6. SEKIRANYA BERLAKU PERBEZAAN PENDAPAT, IA AKAN DISELESAIKAN SECARA AMAN MELALUI SIKAP BERTOLAK ANSUR DAN HORMAT-MENGHORMATI ANTARA KAUM. INILAH YANG MENJADIKAN MALAYSIA SEBAGAI SEBUAH NEGARA YANG UNIK DAN BERBEZA DARIPADA NEGARA-NEGARA LAIN DI DUNIA.

7  OLEH ITU, MARILAH KITA MENCARI TITIK PERSAMAAN YANG ADA DIANTARA BUDAYA-BUDAYA MASYARAKAT BERBILANG KAUM DI MALAYSIA. SEBAGAI CONTOH, BUDAYA MENGHORMATI ORANG TUA SERTA KAUM LAIN, KUNJUNG-MENGUNJUNGI RUMAH RAKAN TAULAN DAN BANYAK LAGI. INILAH YANG MENJADI TUNJANG KEPADA BUDAYA MALAYSIA YANG HARMONI DAN BERTOLENRANSI. MARI KITA MEMPERTAHANKAN BUDAYA BANGSA KITA UNTUK GENERASI MALAYSIA YANG BARU.

SEBELUM SAYA MENGAKHIRI UCAPAPAN, IZIN SAYA MENYAMPAIKAN BEBERAPA RANGKAP PANTUN,

DARI SARAWAK INGIN KE SABAH
JENGUK-JENGUK SUMANDAK DUSUN
GAWAI KAAMATAN BERAKHIR SUDAH
SEPULUH JARI RAPAT DISUSUN

JENGUK-JENGUK SUMANDAK DUSUN
TANAKWAGU HENSEM JELES SEMUA
SEPULUH JARI RAPAT DISUSUN
SAHABAT MUSLIMIN, ESOK PUASA!

TANAKWAGU HEMSEM JELES SEMUA
GADIS IBAN MENAWAN JIWA
SAHABAT MUSLIMIN, ESOK PUASA!
NANTI RAYA JEMPUT KAMI YA.

SEKIAN. THANK YOU. ROMBA NANDRI. SIE-SIE DAN TERIMA KASIH.
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The Bible and the Ballot - Book Review

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This book is relevance with the current political scenario in our country. I believes many of us would rather avoid being politically involve than take the courage to understand the objective of political matter. It is a war of establishing agenda and not gutter politic. Ignorance is a bliss. Some of my friends would say, as a Christian we should never be involved political matter, it is DIRTY. The dire motive made by politician causing us stray from politic's world. Lets us not be fooled with such tactical works, but I encourage all of us to look at political with positive stand of view, because towards the end, the outcome of the election will determine the policies maker  and that will affect us, either you like politic or not, we need to pay for the consequences. What is morally wrong cannot be condone. Strive for injustice and lets us used our right to choose the politician who serve the nation with righteousness. Lets us change our country political landscape and transformed this land as GOD FEARING nation. 

I personally challenge each and everyone of us to practice our right as citizenship. Restore this nation to the right place.

Let us learn from the book of Micah - Micah 4:5.

The name Micah is a shortened form of Micaiah which means "Who is like unto the Lord?" The longer form of this name appears (In the Hebrew text) in Jeremiah 26:18. In Micah 7:18 a word play is made on his name. "Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?"Micah was a man of the country.

A great deal of Micah's message may well fall within the time of King Ahaz. "The corrupt and idolatrous conditions reflected throughout the book may be related to the low ebb of morality and religious interest during the days of Ahaz" (Schultz, The Old Testament Speaks). "Socially and morally Judah presented a dark picture" at this time (Hailey). The wealthy coveted the land of the people around them (Micah 2:1-2). They robbed the poor (Micah 2:8f). Corrupt business ethics were practiced (Micah 6:11). There were numerous false prophets (Micah 2:11) who prophesied for reward (Micah 3:11). The priests also taught for a price (Micah 3:11). Rulers and judges could be bribed (Micah 7:3).

The book of Micah contains a three fold message of sin, judgment and hope. The lower class people of Samaria and Jerusalem are the main recipients of this prophecy. However, Micah preaches to the rich when opportunity permits. Micah addresses issues that deal with the common people of Israel during the time of Hosea (the prophet to the Northern Kingdom) and Isaiah (the great prophet to the Southern kingdom) to princes and kings.   All three prophesied during the reign of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (1:1). Micah did not deal with world politics as Isaiah did, but dealt with the moral, civil, and economic conditions of the country. The message fundamentally was the same sin, destruction, restoration, and the Messianic age.

In this book, we will encountered with various point that against dishonest trade practices and the illegal acquisition of land by wealthy (likely foreign) landowners, who forced eviction of local farmers, and the judges and priests who allow and endorse it. He foretells the divine punishment of Samaria for the influence their practices have on Judah, which, in his view, had resulted in the corruption of their political and judicial systems.

Book Review

CHRISTIAN thought on the believer's involvement in politics can be a minefield of explosive opinions. Some say politics is dirty and Christians should not get involved but instead live peaceful and quiet lives. Others feel it is enough just to pray for our nation but act no further, for we are to submit to the governing authorities.

Yet others believe it is necessary for the Church to speak up on political issues that concern justice and public welfare, but that the pulpit should never be partisan in the sense of endorsing any party. Individual Christians, however, are free to choose their affiliations.

Into this spectrum enters The Bible and the Ballot, a joint publication by Graceworks and Friends in Conversation (FIC). One of the book's essays propose that in certain situations, it is alright for a preacher on the pulpit to advocate support for a particular party or condemn another. This is if one party "far better 'fits' the image of justice and forgiveness than another". It is argued that a preacher making such a recommendation is not necessarily being partisan.

Such views are bound to ignite debate. NECF, for one, subscribes to the theological position of American theologian Carl FH Henry that the Bible has no mandate for the institutional Church to use the name of Christ in endorsing election candidates, laws or policies. Of course the Church must speak against injustice, but when she does, her mandate is to state the biblical criteria by which all people, including human agencies like government, are to abide. And God does lay down the standards expected of governments. The prophetic books of the Old Testament are replete with such injunctions to the evil kings of Israel.

Henry once said, "The church must do a more effective job of enunciating theological and moral principles that bear upon public life". In the course of doing that, however, the Church may be misunderstood as being politically partisan, even if that is not her intention. In the general course of things, though, the church should not get into endorsing specific political solutions, unless perhaps, there are clear instances where the government acts against the very fundamentals of human existence. It is for further debate to define the criteria of such instances where the Church has to make specific endorsements, such as the times Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived in under Nazi Germany.

Whatever your view, The Bible and the Ballot is a thought-provoking read. It is worth some scrutiny for any Christian eager to take the discussion on engaging the public sphere further.

Public sphere engagement is a topic rarely addressed from the pulpit but is clearly something the writers in this book have wrestled with. Alwyn Lau argues for naming names from the pulpit, citing specific episodes in Scripture where evil doers were called to account. Christopher Chong writes about the public's role in strengthening democracy. Joshua Woo looks at how and what to pray for in politically complex situations. Rev Tan Soo Inn outlines the reasons why he would vote for a change of government, citing "mismanagement and corruption" as a top reason. Rama Ramanathan reflects on his participation in illegal assemblies as the power of physical witness. Rev Sivin Kit in the book's "Afterword" ties all views together in a conclusion on how Christians can be a blessing to Malaysia. The book carries a Foreword by Rev Datuk Ng Moon Hing, the Anglican Bishop of West Malaysia.

The writers, a few of whom are in academia or seminary, are members of FIC, an online forum of Christian discussion on integrating faith, spirituality, community and society.

The book retails for RM15 per copy and is available at Canaanland bookstores.


An Interview with Joshua Woo, Co-editor of "The Bible and the Ballot"


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Friday, July 20, 2012

U.N.I.T.E

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U.nited – United in Christ. (Philippians 2:1-3- 2:1 Christ encourages you, and his love comforts you. God's Spirit unites you, and you are concerned for others. 2:2 Now make me completely happy! Live in harmony by showing love for each other. Be united in what you think, as if you were only one person. 2:3 Don't be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.)

ce.N.ter – Jesus be the center of our life (Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.)

I.ntimacyLove one another unconditionally (1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love)

T.ranscend- God's goodness and love exceed human goodness and love (Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.)

E.levate - Elevate exists to Grow in Faith (2 Timothy 2:15 - Do your best to win God's approval as a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed and who teaches only the true message)

Lets us stand UNITED in Christ as He is the CENTER of our life. Encourage one another to have INTIMACY relationship with God as His loves TRANSCEND all human understanding. Do our best and do not be ashamed to ELEVATE His name, Jesus.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Birthday Bash @ Office - 33th Birthday

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Birthday bash @ my office last Thursday, on July 17. Belated pun belated lah, janji En. bos yang sponsor makan KFC, kek Secret Recipe.

Thanks buat Ziera and the gang yang rajin bebenor menjadikan acara tahunan ini. 

Thanks buat En. bos yang murah hati, baik hati dan murah rezeki!!








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