Lego Death Star 10188

The Lego Death Star 10188 was released back in the year 2008 with about 3803 pieces. This set of Lego costs about 400USD. For both the Lego and Star Wars lovers, this is a definitely, must buy set of Lego. Bear in mind that it will not going to be an easy task in order to put more than 3000 pieces of bricks together.

The Lego Death Star 10188 set comes in the original brown shipping box which is truly customized and the content are organized neatly. Inside the big box, you will find the 3800 pieces of bricks separated into four different boxes. You will also find a manual of more than 200 pages for your reference to ease your sorting and building process. Do take note that there are many sub-steps in between the 190 steps.   

In order to start with the building of your Death Star, it is highly advisable and recommended that you sort the bricks appropriately. This is a very crucial and important step if you want the entire building process to go smoothly. If you invest more time in sorting, eventually it will lessen the time in the building process. In addition, it will saves you from a lot of frustration in looking for the right bricks when you are in the middle of building your Lego. Different people tend to have different ways in sorting and organizing the bricks. It would be easier if you keep all the smaller bricks in their original packing first while you sort the bigger bricks according to colors and shapes. You may need some extra storage boxes or small transparent plastic bags to help you in sorting. Besides, you may need some time off during the sorting process as it will not be an overnight task to get it done.  

After the sorting process, here comes the building process. The Lego Death Star is built using the traditional bottom-up approach. What does it mean? It starts from the base and build upwards, finishing all the furnishing and details in each compartment. Once done, you move to the next higher level. In this level, not many difficult techniques are needed but tying knots on those tiny and thin strings can be quite a pain in the neck for those who have larger hands or fingers. Even though it has a spherical shape, you won’t come across to any repeated building steps, indicating how unique each compartment can be.    

Proceeding to level 2, the junkyard is consider as the most interesting playroom here. This is the only room that spans across 2 levels. Thus, it has the highest headroom amongst all the other rooms. Due to this reason, a loose guard rail is designed to replace the usual floor board, making the Lego Death Star more solid. However, the guard rail has a tendency to drop off if there are movements of the models from one place to another. On the next level, there will be more playable features. There’s an exclusive throne room for the Emperor Palpatine and also a room that includes a cell housing those unfortunate captors. There will be a long corridor as well, which was designed to provide more spaces for Luke and Leia to take refuge when battling the troopers. Lastly on the level 3, there is a room to hold the beacon of hope for the Death Star, The Death Ray which can be rotated as there is a rotating mechanism attached to it with two knobs responsible for the movement.    

On the level 4 is where the penthouse is stationed with smaller floor area, consisting of rooms such as discussion room and a Darth Vader transformation room. With a pair of twin cannons on this level, it portrays that the Death Star is housing some fearsome and fearless armory. These twin cannons are able to swing 90 degree to the top horizontally. Once you have a hand on all the levels, you may proceed to the minifigs. There are a total of 24 minifigs that can fit into the Lego set very well.

In summary, it will definitely requires a lot of hard work and effort to completely set up the Death Star. But it is totally worth every bits of your energy and effort. It is said that the Death Star is one of the top three set in the entire Star Wars range.       


MBSB Personal Loan

Malaysia Building Society Personal Financing

Current information on Personal Financing-I is basing on the Islamic Banking concept, MSBS provides Islamic personal financing solutions through our host of attractive packages that best suit customer’s needs.MBSB provides financing based on Variable Rate and Fixed Rate to suit client’s needs.

MBSB also provides many repayment options for customers to ease their loan repayment by linking with monthly instalment via Biro Angkasa (Biro) or Attorney General (AG) or Employer Salary Deduction or Over-the-counter. Each financing approved will be within the terms and conditions agreed by MBSB and customer.

Why choose MBSB?

  • Competitive profit rates
  • Up to 4 hours disbursement
  • Payment period up to 10 years
  • No guarantor required
  • No hidden charges
  • Available in Fixed Rate and Variable Rate packages
  • Open to Government and Non-Government employees

How to apply for MSBS financing?

  • Photocopy of MyKad
  • Latest 3 month’s salary slip
  • Confirmation Letter from Employer
  • Bank Account Statement
  • Any other latest supporting documents if required

Financing packages by MBSB differs based Government /Selected Companies and Private Sector Companies.

Government and selected companies that have tie-up with MBSB

  • Financing amount up to RM400,000
  • Profit rate as low as 3.15%
  • Takaful Coverage
  • Open to all Malaysian citizen aged 19 years old and not exceeding 60 years upon expiry of facility or opted retirement age, whichever comes first
  • Monthly Installment via Biro or AG or Employer Salary Deduction

Private Sector Companies

Open for employees of Public Listed Companies, GLC, State GLC, Multi-National Corporation, Education Sector Companies and its subsidiaries.

Malaysian citizen aged of 21 years and not exceeding 60 years upon expiry of facility or opted retirement age, whichever comes first Executive level and above with minimum income of RM3,500.

  • Financing amount up to RM300,000
  • Profit rate as low as 4.88% fixed rate equivalent depending on tenure
  • Takaful Coverage
  • Monthly Installment via payment over-the-counter

Just a short background of MBSB

Malaysia Building Society Bhd MBSB is a company incorporated under the companies ACT 1965 and is a scheduled institution as defined under the Banking and Financial Institution Act 1989 (BAFIA).

MBSB is aggressively scouting for talents to beef up its corporate business as part of its growth strategy, a move analysts views as a step closer to becoming a full-fledged bank.

Most development projects we will come across MBSB as one of the commercial property financing providers. MBSB provides other services other than home loans such as Home financing, Personal Loan, Auto Financing and Banc assurance.

Debt consolidation

Debt consolidation often means taking up a loan to pay off another loan that has a much higher interest rates. So how does debt consolidation works in Malaysia ? Typically, you will be charged a 1.5% monthly interest rates if you have trouble repaying the minimum amount for a credit card. This would accumulate to a hefty 18% p.a interest rates.  When you hit this situation, you may want to consider converting this high interest debt into lower interest debt with fixed repayment.  This may be achievable by consolidating your credit card debt into a personal loan debt.

Pros of Debt Consolidation

As a rule of thumb, a personal loan interest rates may sit somewhere (EIR) between 13% to to 15% p.a.  Converting your credit card debt which has a maximum of 18% will save you on interest.  You will also be able to tremendously improve your financial situation as your large sum of outstanding debt is converted into a monthly fixed repayment.  A debtor will be able to free himself from outstanding minimum amount.

Some debt consolidation program or balance transfer program also offers very low interest rates for some period of time. This will also results in savings.  A debtor will often be able to merge a few of his different debts into a single debt after consolidation. This allows easier debt management

Cons of Debt Consolidation

Be very sure to check in details of the debt consolidation loans that you are taking up. Most of the time, a bank will publish a flat interest rates instead of effective interest rates.  This could mean the interest rate is much higher than actually advertise. Always read the product disclosure sheet for Effective Interest Rates (EIR) and the terms and conditions of the loan.

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Bank Islam Personal loan

Regardless of what your reasons may be for taking a personal loan, there are certain benefits which you can actually gain let it be if it is going to be used to solve a short term problem or even for a business purpose whereby it brings you a lot of returns based on your investments. However, choosing a personal loan can be quite challenging as you might not know exactly what you need and how to go about obtaining it.

Worry no more as Bank Islam is ever ready to help you out when you are in need of cash and this you won’t have to worry about paying your loan back in a hurry as they give you a time period of up to 10 years. If you are reading this and if you are smiling already, then the Bank Islam Personal Financing-I Package is just what you are probably looking for. This personal loan here however is more suited for all those who are government servants, employees of selected private, public listed and its subsidiaries.

What Can You Get?

Just like everyone else around, the first you would ask yourself and the bank if how much money can you borrow and in most cases, the more they are willing to borrow, the happier the clients become. You will be more than happy to know that Bank Islam provides two options when it comes to their personal loan packages and that is you are able to borrow up to five times your fixed monthly gross salary or RM 200,000 with a maximum loan tenure of 10 years.

How Do You Start?

To apply for a loan at Bank Islam, you must be a Malaysian citizen. You should also be someone who is at least 18 years of minimum age in order to qualify. Bank Islam will also calculate all their applicants retirement age to see if they would exceed the loan tenure period by then. When applying for this loan, be sure that you are someone who already has a job. It doesn’t matter if you are self-employed or a full-time employee of a government sector, a selected public listed company or even any other prominent private limited companies which have been categorized under the package of companies that fall under Bank Islam’s list. Takaful protection is something which is compulsory under Bank Islam too.

There will be an amount of RM 50 which will be deducted upfront as your stamp duty fee which is compulsory for all based on the Stamp Act 1949 and this payment also includes an agency fee as well. You need not worry about paying anything else after this as there will not be any other hidden charges to be paid after this.

The benefit of taking a loan from Bank Islam is the fact that it gives you many options to choose how you would want your loan to be. You are given a choice to choose between a fixed interest rate and also a floating interest rate. The rates are as mentioned below.

Bank Islam’s Flat rate:

If you decide on a loan tenure of 1 year to 3 years with Bank Islam will-writing, Banca Takaful products subscription, or Bank Islam Card-I, then you will fixed interest rate of 3.25% per annum (0.27% per month) throughout the entire loan tenure.

If you decide on a loan tenure of 1 year to 3 years with Bank Islam on its own without the will-writing, Banca Takaful products subscription, or Bank Islam Card-I : Fixed interest rate of 3.50% per annum (0.29% per month) throughout the entire loan tenure.

If you decide on a loan tenure of 4 year to 10 years with Bank Islam on its own without the will-writing, Banca Takaful products subscription, or Bank Islam Card-I: Fixed interest rate of 4.99% per annum (0.42% per month) throughout the entire loan tenure.

Bank Islam’s Floating Rate:

The current Base Financing Rate (BFR) determined by Bank Negara Malaysia is 6.85% per annum as of 2nd January 2015.

If you decide for a loan tenure of 1 year to 3 years then you will have a floating interest rate of 6.85% (BFR) – 1.65% per annum (0.43% per month)

If you decide for a loan tenure of 4 year to 10 years then you will have a floating interest rate of 6.85% (BFR) – 0.35% per annum (0.54% per month)


Unlike some of the banks which we have in Malaysia, Bank Islam does actually take late payments by their clients seriously. Al those who are considered to be late paymasters will be charged an additional 1% on outstanding loan amount. While this might seem like an insignificant amount, this will actually increase the debt that you have as a whole towards Bank Islam. You will not have any early settlement penalties so if you think you are able to pay off this loan way earlier than what was initially agreed upon, then you can go right ahead and do so.

Getting Started

You will need to bring a long certain documents when you are applying for your loan at Bank Islam. The list below tells you exactly what you will need and it is in fact divided into 2 categories which is for those who are salaried staff and those who are self-employed.

For Salaried Applicants:

IC Copy Both Front & Back
3 Months Of Your Current Salary Slips
Confirmation Letter By Your Current Employer
3 Months Of Your Current Salary Slips
Most Current B/BE/EA/EC Form With Tax Payment Receipts
3 Months Of Your Current Bank Statements
Most Current EPF Statement
For Self-Employed Applicants:

IC Copy Both Front & Back
Business Registration Certificate
6 Months Of Your Current Bank Statements
2 Years Of Your Current Financial Statements
Most Current B/BE/EA/EC Form With Tax Payment Receipts

Pay Off All Outstanding Debts

Here is a tip that will help you get your loan approved by Bank Islam. You must not have any bad credit ratings as this will affect your chances of getting the loan. Never look at this as a light matter as this can in fact ruin your chances of getting any loan approval from any bank for that matter. It is always better to be a good paymaster and having good financial habits are always a huge plus point.

Planet of the Apes


I rarely make much post about movies unless it has a real impact on me. The first time I watch Planet of the Apes was when I was too young too remember anything. I think I’m possibly less than 5. I can still vaguely remember the part where the crazy earthlings were bald religious fanantics, the shattered statue of Liberty, and in the end the earth was blown up.

I do not know why these  images from the past memories will come back once a while. Those days, the science fiction were a litte errie and somehow you can remember it for the rest of your live. And movies from the 70s is really good.

Last week I decided to watch the latest released version of the Movie “Rise of the planet of the apes”  and I thought that it was awesome. Imho much better than the 2011 version.

The story started on how experiment by humans on Apes has turned them smart. Things got out of hand when some of these greedy humans wanted to exploit the experiment for profit and things got out of hands.

This movie reminds me on how greedy ignorance and greedy human can be. Risking things for profit. Which is happening today.  In the old version of Planet of the apes earth was completely detroyed by nuclear war.

Anyway, do not know or have not seen the old sequel version of the Planet of the Apes. Here are the list that you can find time to watch.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Mt Bromo and Cemoro Lawang


Mt Bromo is actually a location to take photos of live volcano in East Java. When I saw the iconic images of Mt Bromo, I thought I must make a trip there some day which I did several times. Mt bromo is actually one of the 5 volcanoes at Bromo Tengger Semeru national park.

At Penanjakan, I can remember waiting from 4.30 am for that sunrise. Mt Bromo reveal itself when the golden lights of the sun brakes the cold moving fogs.  I thought that was one of the most beautiful scenery ever.


To get there

To get there you can book a flight to Surabaya, from there I took public bus to the town of Probolinggo and it’s a few hours drive uphill to Cemoro Lawang. Weather can be quite cold at Cemoro Lawang, so it is advisable to bring warm cloth along


Cemoro Lawang

This area is pretty touristed. It’s one of places where everyone stays before ascending to Penanjakan for the sunrise. It’s a good place to walk around to take photos. There are plenty of onion farms




The view of Cemoro Lawang from Penanjakan. It is pretty cold with that kind of fog around

Namtso Lake



This is one of most beautiful lake I’ver ever visited, putting the famed Kashmir’s Dal lake or the Hangzhou Xihu aside . The trip takes around several hours by bus (260kms away) from Lhasa. At near 5000 meters above sea level, it may not suit those with ill health. You can book a tour with those chinese travel agent at Lhasa  As of 2008 Tibet riot , all tours inside Tibet have to made at China or before entering Tibet from China.

When I was at namtso, it winter was just ending and summer is starting. Part of the lake can been seen frozen. This lake is so damn huge that Tibetans call it sea.


The best thing about Namtso it is still naturally preserved. I guess due to it’s altitue it’s not suitable for major chinese tourist. It’s very very tiring to walk to the lake from the base camp. I think I walk a few steps and breathe heaviy but gradually getting used to it so I’m able to travel further around the lake.

The water is crystal clear! yes crystal and I’ve never seen anything so clear. You can see the depth of the lake till the end of the snow mountains range on the other side of the lake.


The sunset at Namtso was beautiful. Huge,  the reminds us how tiny we are. The night gets terrible cold (under 0 again) and we are sleeping in a tent. But yet the Himalayan sky is awesomely beautiful as always.

I wish I can return to Tibet however, it’s never the same again, forever.

  Sabah Snake Grass

What is Sabah Snake Grass ?

Sabah Snake Grass in the garden

Sabah Snake Grass (SSG) is a shrub herb plant that can be found quite commonly in Malaysia. Sabah Snake Grass (SSG) is known locally as Daun Belalai Gajah with a scientific name of Clinacanthus.

Little has been known of this herb plant until it created hype when a man’s cancer was cured by this herb news was published at early 2011. This has resulted a great shortage of the grass around Malaysia.

History of Sabah Snake Grass

lthough the SSG is only a recent hype in Malaysian alternative herb. The Sabah Snake Grass has been used for a long time and well known in variety of indigenous tribes across of island of Borneo.

The Dusun people of Keningau, Borneo are known to have included Sabah Snake Grass as parts of their traditional herbs. Around 90% of the Dusun Keningau knows the effectiveness of using SSG as herbs. The SSG is also used in Thailand to traditionally cure insects and any venomous bites.

Sabah Snake Grass Farm

How does Sabah Snake Grass Looks like ?

Sabah Snake Grass

Medicinal Value

SSG is believed to contains a high amount of chlorophyll, anti-oxidants and vitamins. The Sabah Snake Grass is believe to be able to help diseases such as but not limited to



Prostate Cancer

Uterus Cancer

Breast Cancer

Lung Cancer

Dialysis Patients

High Blood Pressure

High Uric Acid

Cure for Cancer ?

In most cases, cancer patients will be seeking for alternative cure when it is already too late for any form of cure from western medicine practitioners.

Although Sabah Snake Grass did not work for some poeple, there are cases people known to have their tumours missing after drinking the blended version of the SSG leaves.

This woman had breast cancer. She found her lump missing after consuming Sabah Snake Grass leaves. She’s now fully recovered

This man’s son in law had a stage 4 kidney cancer which doctor informed his that is too late for any chance of cure. Having lost all hope, they searched around for any hope. His son in law lost all his tumours after 1 month heavy consumption of Sabah Snake grass

Uterus Cancer Patient taking 50 leaves per day. Now she’s fully recovered.


There are many forms of SSG consumption. The leaves is the most important part of plant. It can be directly applied to wounds, blended and drink. There are also dried leaves which are inserted into capsules to be eaten. You can even find people drying up the leaves and making Sabah Snake Grass Tea leaves.


Most Cancer patients consume the grass by blending it with a little bit of water. These leaves are mixed with ingredients such as lime juice and apple. During the blending process, it is recommended to mix a little ice to prevent blending heat from destroying the nutrient of the Sabah Snake Grass


To prevent doxidation, the blended juice must be consumed immediately after the blending process. It is best to to drink the juice early in the morning as the body will absorb nutrient better after a long sleep.


It is also utterly important to avoid poisonous foods from Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective such as sea foods,chicken and ducks. Chinese traditional herbs are to be avoided at all cost during the process of consuming Sabah Snake Grass.

Number of leaves daily

The number of leaves to be consumed for Cancer patient varies according to stages of the disease. It is recommended to have minimum of fifty leaves for Stage one cancer patient and maximum two hundred pieces of leaves for Stage 4 patients. The leaves consumption should be gradually reduced for any sign of recovery


You should stop or reduce the amount of leaves consumed if you noticed any sign of overdosing.

Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR review


The Nikon 70-200 VR I , is an awesome lens. It feels damn good the moment I tried in on my good old D70s. However this gem may not be perfect. This is still an aging obsolete product compared to the new 70-200 VR II.


This lens really has some awesome bokeh. At 200mm F2.8 , this is a killer wildlife or portrait photo lens.


Vibration reduction or VR is a Nikon’s technology. This help to reduce camera shake and thus produces much sharper photos. I can go as low as 1/60 with VR turn at 70mm on this lens.


There are some known issue of the lens


Believe it or not, every copy of this lens that I’ve tested performed differently. I managed to get hold a copy that is super sharp even at F2.8. Some you may need to stop down to F5.6.


Like it or not, this lens is old. This means that the spare part to fix this lens are much harder to find and it’s way way too expansive. Take note that the AF-S motor drive can cost up to 500USD at the time of writing.


Agra , Taj Mahal and India

gra is definitely the most traveled place in India.  Famed for Taj mahal. Roughly around 5 hours travel from New Delhi , provided there are no delays on the train. I remember traveling this place a few years back and how bad was it.  I was tricked by a tuk-tuk guy as I did not have any travel guidebook and I didn’t do enough homework before traveling this place.

Anyway do expect to be hounded by a lot of touts and conmen when arriving at the train station. The best way is to ignore them and get a tuk-tuk to a hotel that you want. Except near double charges of tuk-tuk if arriving this place at night.  The best place to stay at agra is probably hotel at Taj Ganj as it’s walking distance away from Taj Mahal itself. This food at this place is quite tasteless and monotonous  so I missed malaysian foods very much when I’m at this place.

Despite the negativity,  this place offers one of the best photography location in the world so there are no reasons to avoid this place.

It was quite foggy and dull when we arrived at Agra. We waited for 3 days for the fog to clear and sun to come out before entering Taj Mahal. The entrance ticket cost 500rp and only valid for single entry. No Foods are  allowed inside Taj Mahal. Being cheapskate traveler and photographer ,I only had 1 or 2 biscouts  from sunrise to sunset as we need to stay inside the compound to both take sunrise and sunset photo. Expect many thousands of tourist inside the compound.