Enjoy The 25 Per Cent Discount, Express Bus Passengers Urged

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Enjoy the 25 per cent discount: senior citizens above the age of 60, the disabled and children below 12 years (http://transitmy.org)

Enjoy the 25 per cent discount: senior citizens above the age of 60, the disabled and children below 12 years (http://transitmy.org)

PUTRAJAYA, March 23 (Bernama) — Express bus passengers eligible for the 25 per cent discount on ticket purchases offered by the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) should take advantage, said its director, Datin Naimah Ramli.

She said most passengers were unaware of the discount that senior citizens above the age of 60, the disabled and children below 12 years were entitled to.

“We are not sure whether they are unaware of the discount or are simply uninterested.

“We have issued the Pekeliling LPKP Bilangan 8/2009 on the 25 per cent on express bus fares for those eligible on July 20, and the circular was distributed to all express bus licence holders,” she said after opening the Basic Implementation of Safety, Health and Environment Practices Workshop here on Tuesday.

Naimah suggested that passengers inform express bus ticket counters regarding the discount, prior to purchasing, adding that action would be taken against operators who failed to grant the discount.

She said the board could impose a compound of up to RM300 on express bus operators for charging extra.

Naimah said the public could report any case by contacting 1-800-88-9600 or sending a short message service by typing LPKP (Your Complaint) and send to 15888.

— BERNAMA
[source: http://web10.bernama.com/kpdnhep/news.php?id=484792]

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Ah-Kun’s house at Jonker Street then to Kampung Ketek

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Ah-Kun in his house

Ah-Kun in his house

Two days ago, Dylan and I went to Ah-Kun’s house at the Jonker Street of Melaka. It is a part of the old Chinatown of Melaka and the street is close to traffic for night market during the evenings of every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Hawkers on pushcarts will gather on these days to sell all kinds of delicious street food and local merchandise. A permanent stage was there at the end of the street for performances such as dancing and singing during weekend. As to date, however, the old stage has been demolished and a new design of stage is under construction.  

Back to the shooting at Ah-Kun’s house. The interior architecture of the house is not so much different from the typical Baba and Nyonya houses which I’ve visited before. It really amazed me when Ah-Kun showed me the wood-fire stove which his family is still using, a balcony garden which planted with orchids and other flowers, and some Japanese souvenirs which his aunt brought back from Japan decades ago. Being at Ah-Kun’s house, it made us felt like being in the 50s-60s of Melaka.  

We managed to shoot the rooftops of the houses in Jonker Street which was the purpose of our shooting. After that, we went for a second half of the shooting with the company of Ah-Kun. We headed towards Kampung Ketek nearby Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese temple. We took a few shots over there of the Malay houses. After we went for a rojak noodle and cendol at an Indian stall, we called it a day.

These are some of the shots I took to share:

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2nd of April 2010 the World Autism Awareness Day

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World Autism Awareness Day Logo

World Autism Awareness Day Logo

Tomorrow is the 2nd of April and it is also the World Autism Awareness Day. World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) will shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities will help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and will impact information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD will celebrate the unique talents and skills of persons with autism an will be a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.

Did you know…

  • Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the world
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention improve outcomes
自闭症 (autism) - image from www.hebei.com.cn

自闭症 (autism) - image from www.hebei.com.cn

An overview on autism

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a persons lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

It occurs in all racial, ethnic, ad social groups and is four time more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a persons ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines.

Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. All Of these disorders are characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, and also by repetitive behaviors.

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WVC TRiO + 1 performed Tong Hua [童话]

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Jazz up! WVC Trio + 1 and Jason

Jazz up! WVC Trio + 1 and Jason

A jazz group named WVC TRiO + 1 performed Tong Hua [童话]. Tong Hua is a song made famous by Guang Liang [光良]. WVC TRiO + 1 made the trip all the way to Melaka and didn’t disappoint their fans with their music skills. They had their performance at the ever famous Geographer Cafe.

Some photos taken on that day and share:

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庚寅年春暖人间、家家贴春联挥春比赛

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汤小妹妹才学了一堂的书法课,就踊跃参赛了

汤小妹妹才学了一堂的书法课,就踊跃参赛了

这个三月初,我受了戴桂珠女士的邀请,为庚寅年春暖人间、家家贴春联的挥春比赛摄影。这个活动是在马六甲的皇冠百利广场举行、也是由马来西亚国际现代书画联盟马六甲联委会主办,孔教会、逸品轩、普耳茶艺文化馆与马六甲皇冠百利广场协办。

当天、我见识到来自马六甲与外坡的书法家,还有很多大大小小的参赛者。当比赛开始时,个个参赛者都全神贯注的写字,丝毫也不松懈。更无法想象的是,小小年纪的参赛者们,都写了不同的字体如魏碑、楷书、行书、草书等等,参赛的作品可与大人的字媲美,真是后生可畏。

在参赛者们交上作品后,人人都有机会见识到我国有名的书法家现场挥毫。这些挥毫作品也作现场义卖,筹到的款项会捐给圣约翰洗肾中心,帮助患有肾脏病的患者提供廉价的洗肾服务。

以下是现场所拍摄的照片:

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弓起身子的鳝鱼

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烹鳝 (by 丰子恺)

烹鳝 (by 丰子恺)

在中国古代,有一位读书人名叫周豫。他最爱吃的是鳝鱼,并且很善于做清炖鳝鱼汤。他做汤的方法是先将鱼放入锅中,里面放进去足够的水。这样鱼还会在里面游着。然后就在锅底下用小火缓缓加热,水温慢慢升高,鳝鱼在水中不会感觉到水温的变化,这样不久之后就被煮熟了。这也是周豫过人的厨艺所在。据说用这种方式煮熟的鳝鱼,味道非常鲜美,因为鳝鱼不知道将被杀掉,也不会挣扎,所以它的肉质也就不会紧绷,相对地口感自然好上很多。

有一天,朋友给他送来了几条鳝鱼。刚巧这一天周豫也没什么要紧事做,于是亲自动手,试试自己久未展露的手艺,煮上一锅鱼汤来尝尝。

一锅汤慢慢煮沸了,周豫将锅盖掀起来一看,却发现了一个奇怪的现象锅中有一条鳝鱼的身子竟然向上弓起,只留头部跟尾巴在煮沸的汤水之中。这条身体弓起的鳝鱼,整个腹部都向上弯了起来,露在沸汤之外,直到死了,身体依然保持弯起的形状而不倒下。周豫感到十分好奇,便将这条形状奇特的鳝鱼捞出汤中,将鳝鱼弯起的腹部剖开,想要弄明白它为什么要将腹部弯起。在剖开的鳝鱼腹中,周豫惊奇地发现,那里竟藏着数不清的满满的鱼卵。

原来这条鳝鱼为了保护肚子里的鱼卵,情愿将自己的头尾浸入沸汤之中,直至死亡,却把肚子弯起,那样就可以保护自己的孩子,好让它们避免滚热的汤水。周豫看到这一幕,泪水禁不住流了下来,他呆呆地站了很久:鳝鱼犹舍命护子,自己对母亲,却于孝道有愧。从此以后,周豫终身不吃鳝鱼,并对母亲加倍地孝顺。

[source: http://blog.luohuedu.net/blog/View.aspx?essayID=92784&BlogID=11106]
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