Monthly Archives: November 2009

Michael Learns To Rock, live in Kota Kinabalu, 12th December 2009

UPDATE 13th December 2009

With the one on the Korg a few feet away belting out songs I’ve sung countless times on the karaoke for 16 years, I was completely mesmerised and the pain of the one that got away 12 years ago completely obliterated.

Back then I was even more of a fan, and would not have hesitated to default on all my college student loans just to ensure I get a front seat.

Add to that mix a barrier-less stage (save for polite RELA members) and a fantastic, perfectly balanced sound system, the only result could be pure, unadulterated music heaven.

This, their last concert for the year started 8pm sharp, there were no supporting acts.

There were about 1,000 in the crowd.

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Children’s barbecue group

A few nights ago I joined in a family get-together. I was rather late, and the party was already in full swing. As I looked around, I saw a group of kids sitting around a barbecue pit and expertly handling the job.

Perhaps the only thing missing are outdoor cushions, to make sitting down on those hard plastic chairs more bearable.

Taken 21st November 2009 around 7.30pm, Telibong, Tamparuli

Village life is not for the faint-hearted (part 2)

Back in May 2009 I wrote about some creepy crawlies that can be found around and INSIDE the house in my village.

Now back on 7th November we had a family event and I resolved to take note of any encounters and wherever possible, take photos.

I was not disappointed. There were enough incidents which would cause overweight city slickers to make sudden defensive movements so frequently they supplant the need to consume weight loss product.

Around 1pm, right outside the main door, resting on a stone was this beauty:

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Most interesting Malaysian car plate numbers

Some of the most unbelieveable car registration numbers in Malaysia should include, but not restricted to the following, all apparently in actual active use. Photos where available.

BBB8888, apparently right here in Kota Kinabalu. There have been many variations on this, but the ultimate must be seven eights in a row!
PUK1 [but some people say never seen one before]

As you can see, some of them are sufficiently obscene that perhaps could trigger sensitivities, resulting in personal injury inflicted by angry mobs; this possiblity might be enough reason to go for something equivalent to a social security disability insurance in the US.

And if you still haven’t had enough, there are at least 4 threads in discussing this.

Any additions?

Outstanding Sabahan: Kevin Ng

Role model for other young Sabahans.

Dr Kevin Ng, 34 is a Sabahan who graduated from local university Universiti Malaysia Sabah in 1999.

He obtained his PhD in Forest Genetics from Universiti Malaya aged 30 in 2005.

Since graduation, he’s been attached to the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Biotechnology Division Genetics Laboratory in Selangor.

Recently he won the Japan International Award 2009 for Young Agricultural Researchers at University of Tokyo, Japan for “exemplary performance and innovative research achievements in the field of spatial structure and impact on logging on genetic diversity of selected tropical tree species.”

People like him should be treated like the state’s diamonds. Congratulations Dr Ng!

Daily Express, 5th Nov 2009
FRIM website