Friday, July 13, 2012

How to drive to Cameron Highlands?

How to drive to Cameron Highlands using the Simpang Pulai way?

I hope this post would be a helpful guide to those intend to drive up to Cameron Highlands using the Simpang Pulai new road.

Assuming you are driving from the north along the PLUS highway, you have to turn in to the Simpang Pulai interchange (Exit 137) just after Ipoh. In fact, the signboard is clear enough.

After turning in, you will drive through a toll booth. Immediately after the toll booth, you will come to a T-junction with traffic lights as shown above. Turn right at this T-junction. There is a sign board just at the background.

After the turning right, just drive straight for about a minute and you will reach a cross junction with traffic lights. Turn right at this cross junction.

After turning right and as you drive along, you will come across a signboard indicating Cameron Highlands is up ahead. This is to assure you that you are on the right route. Just keep driving straight all the way....

On the way up, you will drive along some beautiful scenery. Some parts of the road are wide enough (with two lanes) for you to overtake some lorries, buses, and annoying road hogs.

You will also pass through the Perak-Pahang border with a huge sign on the slope (as shown above) welcoming you to Cameron Highlands.

After driving about one hour, you will reach a T-junction. Turn right to go to Cameron Highlands. Driving straight would lead you to the Blue Valley Tea Plantation and if you keep on driving, it would lead you to Gua Musang in Kelantan. So, remember to turn right at this junction.

After turning right, just drive straight and you will reach a small town, Kampung Raja for another 3 more kilometres. In fact, by now you have already reached Cameron Highlands.

Soon, you will reach Kampung Raja. You will hit another T-junction up ahead just below the yellow building (with a coffee shop at the ground floor) as shown above. Turn left at this T-junction to continue your journey up to the peak of Cameron Highlands. There is a signboard after the junction and look up for the towns Brinchang and Tanah Rata instead of Cameron Highlands (because you are already at Cameron Highlands). Just keep on driving and you will pass through another two more small towns (Kuala Terla and Tringkap) before reaching the peak of Cameron Highlands.

Keep on driving and you will see a significant landmark at the peak of Cameron Highlands. That landmark is Equatorial Hotel. By now, you will know that you are at the peak of Cameron Highlands.

The entire journey should take you about one hour and a half from Simpang Pulai to the peak of Cameron Highlands.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Learning OER

I just attended a workshop on OER (Open Educational Resource).

What is OER? OER is some sort of free online education made available to any Tom, Dick, and Harry around the world. Wikipedia does a good job in explaining what is OER. Click here.

You may want to watch a video on OER below.

Below is the presentation slides of the presenter, Zaid Alsagoff.
The OER 101 Workshop
View more presentations from Zaid Alsagoff

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Research paper accepted for conference

I received an email this morning stating that my paper has been accepted for presentation at the International Conference of Education and Information Management (ICEIM) which is to be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

I co-wrote the research paper with my supervisor and we sent the paper to be peer-reviewed to the organiser just a few days ago. The paper was acccepted with minor revision required.

Who wants to fund me to Turkey?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Places to eat in Ipoh

Here are some of the so-called famous food outlets to visit when you are in Ipoh.
Kong Heng Coffee Shop in Jalan Bandar Timah in the 'old town' of Ipoh. I tried the meatball noodle soup and it was the best meatball noodle soup I have ever tasted. There are also other food in there like the pork satay, wan tan mee, popiah and many many other food.
Woolley Food City is a foodcourt located in Lengkok Canning. This foodcourt is open during lunchtime and also dinnertime.
Kam Wan Food Court is located just next to Woolley Food City. Between the two, Kam Wan has more variety. There are more stalls in here. Kam Wan opens only at night. I tried the popiah in Kam Wan and it is one of the best popiah I have ever tasted. It is quite different from the popiah we have in Penang.
Golden Point Food Court is located in Persiaran Bercham Selatan 20. It is located on the other side of the PLUS highway. This is the foodcourt with the Langkap Pau. If you have not tried the Langkap Pau, you should try it. The char siew pau is quite different from the one we have in Penang. They also have all sorts of flavours. Chocolate Pau, Strawberry name it.
This is the over-rated taugeh chicken rice restaurant. Lou Wong is located in Jalan Yau Tet Shin in the 'new town' of Ipoh. It is always extremely crowded to the extent of seeing customers sitting on tables along the road. Come early if you want to have seats. Anyway, nothing is impressive about the chicken rice. I felt the chickren rice just taste normal. Even the taugeh chicken rice in my neighbourhood in Penang taste better.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

World TB Day 24 March

Today is World TB Day.

Our Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai just announced today that the total number of TB (Tuberculosis) cases in Malaysia in 2011 is 20,666 cases, which was a 7% increase from the previous year.

This is not a good news.

In conjunction with World TB Day, we as individuals can help to stop the spread of TB by raising the awareness of TB.

Stay away from people who don't cover their mouth when they cough/sneeze. And if you cough/sneeze, please practise cough/sneeze etiquette. Also, seek immediate treatment if your cough persists over more than 2 weeks. That's the most important rule - two weeks!

The only cure for TB is by taking antibiotics. It won't go away by itself. Chinese herbs won't cure it either. Be a responsible citizen by going to a medical doctor and not chinese sinseh.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lost World of Tambun - Water Theme Park

The facade of the Lost World of Tambun is similar to those typical ancient building you will see in 'Indiana Jones' movies. In fact, the Lost World of Tambun is akin to a fort complete with a moat surrounding the entire theme park. The fort looks centuries-old. Yea, even the water in the moat looks nasty and dirty.
But thankfully, the water theme park is clean and pristine, unlike the moat.
Welcome to Lost World of Tambun.
Adult = RM45 per entrance
Children = RM35 per entrance (if I'm not mistaken)
Fortunately, I bought the ticket from Groupon at only RM34 for the adult ticket.
The ticket entitles you to gain entry to every single area in the Lost World of Tambun. There are no other tickets for you to buy.
Dirty moat
The building looks ancient
Entrance to the wave pool

Gathering area
This is the slow river. Look at the pristine water.

This is the Lost World Hot Springs and Spa. The temperature at this pool is about 40 degrees Celcius. I dipped my leg into this pool and I can tell you it is really hot.
The Lost World Hot Springs and Spa is also opened at night everyday. The only difference is that there are fancy lights at the surrounding pools.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lost World Hotel

About two weeks ago, I saw something interesting from Groupon. There was a Groupon voucher for a night stay at Lost World Hotel for just RM120. Immediately, I decided to buy the voucher.
So, I went to Lost World of Tambun on 1 March 2012 and I stayed at Lost World Hotel. I paid RM120 per night instead of RM200. It also came with 2 free passes to the Lost World of Tambun Hot Springs & Spa by Night and buffet breakfast.
The voucher is for the Exotic room. The view I got is overlooking some housing estate. If you want to have the theme park view, you will have to go for the Classic room. For the classic room, you have to fork out additional RM20.
What I like about this hotel:
- Everything is new inside the hotel because it just opened last April 2011.
- The room and toilet is new and clean.
- The staff are friendly.
- Lots of parking spaces available.
What I don't like about this hotel:
- The sound barrier is bad. You can hear people talking and walking in the corridor and it is rather loud. I believe it is because the room and the corridor are not carpeted.
- You have to slam your door to lock your door if you are leaving your room. After we left the room, we tried closing our door but it couldn't lock by itself. Later, we figured that we have to slam our door hard to ensure that it is locked.
- Since the sound barrier is already bad, imagine hearing everyone slamming their doors. Yes, I could hear that clearly the entire night from the room.
- No covered car park is available.

Nice bed. Notice that the floor is not carpeted.
There is an additional bed by the side of the window.

The toilet is new and clean.
The view overlooking a housing estate.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Registering as a PhD student in USM

I have finally registered myself as a PhD student in USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia). My area of research is in organisational behaviour. I have already developed the theoretical framework and all I need to do now is to strengthen that framework.

USM being an APEX university, is a no-nonsense university when it comes to research. My work will be highly scrutinised by the examiners. Now I have to make sure that my proposal is extremely robust in order to be accepted by the examiners.

I will be facing three oral examinations as a PhD student in USM.

1. Proposal Defence
2. Proposal Findings
3. Viva Voce

Once you have passed through all the three stages and after having making corrections as required by the examiners, you will be conferred a PhD.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ready for PhD

I checked my application status at the USM Institute of Postgraduate Studies website and it shows that my PhD student application has been accepted.

Great! So, it's about time for me to go over to USM to register myself as a PhD student in Organisational Behaviour.

Also, I have read through a few dozen journals and I have come up with a new theoretical framework which is different from the one I sent in together with my application earlier. I hope my supervisor will agree on this framework or else, I have to come up with a new framework again. That's a usual thing. The framework will keep changing until it is robust.

Ok, it is time to sift more journals.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Constantly taunted stray dogs will turn aggressive

Yay, it was published!

In my previous post, I mentioned that I sent an article to The Star. Hence, it was published today.

You can read it here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Stray dogs menace or human menace?

I wrote in to The Star again and let's see if they would publish it in a few days time. The last time I wrote in to The Star was last year March. You can read it here.

This time I am writing about stray dogs. Yes, stray dogs again.


Referring to a few numbers of recent write-ups about the stray dogs menace in Batu Ferringhi, I am compelled to voice out the other side of the story.

If you had a chance to visit Penang, please take a stroll along the Batu Ferringhi beach and chances are that you might encounter mischievous children and even adults taunting or even pelting the stray dogs unprovoked. Yes, there are even adults who behaved childishly by provoking those dogs.

So, it seems that all these stray dog abuse incidents are never reported in the press and it gave the impression that those stray dogs have to take full blame for their aggression. No, I am not saying that the victims are the one provoking the stray dogs. What I meant is that all these abuses have been ongoing for years unreported and common sense tells me that when a stray dog has been abused continuously, it has the tendency to turn aggressive and might attack unprovoked.

Thanks to us, human beings ourselves, we had moulded those stray dogs into a killer pack by continually taunting, pelting or even walloping them.

I agree that the population of stray dogs should be controlled, at least in an ethical manner but at the same time, everyone should be educated to respect animals. I just don’t’ understand why some people have to taunt the stray dogs even if those dogs are just lying down quietly. Let sleeping dogs lie, shall we?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Singapore: Increase in new TB cases

Thinking of moving to Singapore? Think again...

According to Reuters, Singapore is the 2nd most crowded country in the world. That explained the headline above.

Yes, new TB cases in Singapore are rising. You can read the news at The Star.

Some of the highlights are:

The Health Ministry was alerted to 2,791 new cases last year, a figure 10.9% higher than the 2,517 in 2009.

Last year, TB affected 39.2 individuals for every 100,000 residents here; the year before, it was 38.6 for every 100,000.

As I have blogged before, TB is different from H1N1 or the common cold. The mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes TB can linger in the air for up to four hours after an infected individual coughs, sneezes, laughs, sings, or talks. This is unlike H1N1 (or any influenza/common cold virus) where the virus dropped to the ground after an infected individual coughs or sneezes.

H1N1 (or any influenza/common cold virus) is spread via respiratory droplets while TB is spread airborne. Both are highly contagious and one should not be infected.

Being infected with TB is not nice at all. You have to undergo an antibiotic therapy for 9 months (or even more) just to cure it. You have to eat antibiotics every single day for 9 months. You must not missed a day or you will be in serious trouble (meaning you can't be cured). And these antibiotics are not the ordinary antibiotics you see in the clinic. The side effects are awful.

And again, no Chinese sinseh is able to cure a person from TB. Probably, that's why TB cases are rising. Some infected people keep going to the Chinese sinseh hoping to find a cure but instead they spread their infection to others because they keep coughing and they can't be cured by the sinseh!

So, stop the spread, go to a proper medical clinic, and observe cough/sneeze etiquette!