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.

 

Jaisalmer, Jaipur ,Thar desert and Rajastan

Rajasthan has always been a place that I wanted to visit for a long time after some photos I saw on the Internet. The seemingly  Arabic alike desert and architecture has always been captivating and somewhat mysterious. I was really happy that I’m going to visit this place.

However this place turned out completely different from what I anticipated. It could have been a fantastic place if it was not touristic. The streets are filled with never ending humans, feces and other annoyance.  Beggars and touts here follow you around longer than most of anywhere in India. I think it should be what I thought it would be 50 years ago.  Everyone is probably going after your Rupees.  I realized that the photos I saw on magazines and internet was taken years and years ago. It is probably impossible to recreate those photos anymore.

Seremban 2 swimming pool sports complex schedule

This would be the Seremban 2 sport complex swimming pool schedule. The water of this pool is not so clean, do bring some Dettol to clean yourself after swimming for a long time.

This swimming pool can be quite crowded during weekends and may not suitable for lap swimming. People are no mindful and it will be hard to reach the other end of a pool. Always swim with your eyes on the front to prevent being kicked. I would probably avoid this pool during weekends or public holidays.

Daily

9 am to 12 pm

2pm to 5pm

6pm to 9pm

Closed on Public holiday

Price

Adult Rm 3.50

Soup Kitchen Sentul

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A man dashing across the heavy rain for the last pack for rice being served.

It’s been some time now since I went to soup kitchen at Tamil Methodist Church, Sentul. I had one of my assignment cancelled last minutes so  I decided to go again. The morning was quite tiring for me as I had issue sleeping last night. I arrived a little late due to the bad jam and we got lost somewhere at Sentul

The usual senior team guided us on the preparation for the kitchen. The food were mostly prepared by the veterans while a guy who knows how to cook maggi only like me helped in parts.  In total we made around 70 + packs of foods to be distributed to the poor & needy.

 It rained heavily all of a sudden, however that did not deter the volunteers from distributing the foods.

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Suresh brought quite a number of volunteers this time so everything kind of finish up faster.

Looking to do some charity or volunteering ?

This soup kitchen is organized every Saturday morning around 9am at Tamil Methodist Church, Sentul.

Line of Credit. How does it works ?

downloadLine of credit may be a new term in Australia but it has been a popular products in developed countries for a long time. So how does line of credit works.

Line of credit takes in many form of finance product and is rather different from the traditional personal loans. The most similar financing products as line of credit would be credit card, overdraft and on demand loans. Except that the credit is directly available as cash for line of credit.

Line of credit may be unsecured or secured. A secured line of credit may requires collateral or guarantor. The collateral or guarantor may be an existing investment or assets with the financial institution. An unsecured loan do not requires collateral however the interest may be much higher with more stringent approval process.

For a start, a borrower will have to apply for a line of credit account with a financial institution. Personal line of credit application criteria may be as stringent as unsecured personal loans. A good credit score and stable income will help. After the approval process, a borrower will have to start a line of credit account with the financial institutions.

To withdraw funds, a line of credit account usually comes with an ATM card or a chequebook. A person will only have withdraw from these options to start using his or hers line of credit. Typically there is a limit assigned to each line of credit account.

Interest Rates

Line of credit interest rates is calculated on usage basis. Normally, interest will only be charge on what is used by a borrower. If a borrower repays all the line of credit debt, there will be no interest rates charged. However there are usually periodic cost of maintaining a line of credit account. Some banks may charge a monthly flat fee for keep line of credit account active.

 Repayment

Line of credit repayment may be rather flexible compared to traditional personal loans. A borrower can pay the amount that he or she can afford but there is usually a minimum payment needed. Obviously, late payment will incur extra charges and penalties.

Some banks do offer converting flexible payment to fixed amount of payment. This may however incur extra cost but let a debtor manage their cash flow.

 

 

Epson 1390 price Malaysia and review

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Just got myself an Epson 1390 and I thought this is an amazing printer. This printer is capable of printing A3 to 4R photos. Photos quality is good with vibrant colors, but somehow my unit prints black color to what is seems like very dark blue. Perhaps I will consider investing on printer calibration software if I have the budget.

My unit has been hacked. I’m using custom ink where printing is much cheaper compared to Epson ink

Some specifications of this printer

  • Cost-efficient INKdividual™ cartridges
  • Optimise ink usage and reduce expenses
  • Replace single cartridges when any colour ink runs out
  • Eliminates wastage of throwing away an integrated cartridge with remaining ink in other colours

Lease Price

RM 1500

You may find much cheaper price at shops in Malaysia

Rubbish and India

Rubbish and India are two entities that cannot be separated. Both have mutually coexisted maybe since the beginning of time. Basically Indians throw rubbish to anywhere except their home, inside a train and rubbish bin. In Indian streets it’s very normal to find piles of mountainous rubbish. Cows feed on rubbish and people feed on cow’s milk.

Below is a photo taken at supposedly Calcutta international airport, the rubbish bin is barely a few hundred meters away , if an international airport is this dirty , what else can I say about slum streets in India.

rubbish-an-indiaHere are some of the lame excuses I’ve heard during my travels.

  • The only difference between we and you is that we don’t hide our rubbish
  • Oh , Indians bath two times a day , they are very clean.

However it may not be such a bad thing , rubbish has provided foods for cow, pigs and jobs for thousands of sweepers India !

Towards the Himalayas

New delhi has been quite a hell. i guess the best plan is hit oof asap. So booked a train
ride to hill station shimla. the first gateway to the himalayas. shima is a very touristic
place filled with indian tourist probaly to escape the indian heat. anyway the weather is kind
of nice but there seems to be nothing so special about this place. so booked a bus to manali.
it takes like 9 hours ride to manali from shimla and the ride is pretty awful , the idian lady
in front of me keep vomiting and it hits me. over the journey
we can see snow capped mountains the first sign of himalayas ,cool. manali seems much better place
than shimla so its a good start to find places and people for photography

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Serial Acid Splaher Malaysia

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“The woman was driving with her window down, when a man on a motorcycle splashed her,” he told reporters after a shooting competition between city police and the media at the Police Training Academy (Pulapol) here.

 

Update : 28 March, 2012 , Woman and girl in Rawang are latest acid victims. A woman and a girl become the latest victims of an acid attack while waiting for a bus at the 16th mile, Rawang yesterday evening.

Update : 27 February , 2012  KAJANG: A woman suffered severe burns on her face and body after she was splashed with corrosive liquid in what could be the possible return of the serial splasher.

Update: 24 May, 2011 The splasher has splashed another woman again at Sunway. This time the guy knocked one a woman’s car window. The woman unwind her window and got splashed.

Update: The bastard is riding a motorcycle with plate HONDA EX-5. No WPV 4963

 

Today another victim has been splashed by an insane guy on a motorcycle.  This victim was splashed at Wangsa Maju. These few months this insane guy has been riding motorcycle splashing female even babies with acid. There has been more than 21 victims so far. Hopefully police will get this sick bastard for good and jail him for life.

 

 

Here is a warning email from the internet

 

GIRLS AND LADIES< IGNORE AND BE ALERT WITH PEOPLE ON BIKE> IF YOU”RE DRIVING< IGNORE THE BASTARDS WHO KNOCKED ON YOUR WINDOW.

Last week another 5 innocent victims have been hurt by the acid thrown at them. So far 20 victims have been injured. All are women and girls except a male school teacher in 8 different incidents over the past 2 months!All of us should work together to track down this animal before more innocent people are being harmed!

 

1. March 2 – Eight Year 4 and Year 6 pupils and a teacher of SK Bukit Bandaraya in Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar were splashed with a liquid by a motorcyclist clad in black.

2. March 24 – Two marketing executives were splashed with acid as they were walking along Jalan Tun Sambanthan at 5.30pm.

3. March 25 – A 25-year-old history teacher, on the way to school, was attacked near the back gate of a school in Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad at 7am.

4. March 26 – A Frenchman and his female companion became the 13th and 14th victims of a corrosive liquid-splashing attack by a motorcycle duo in Jalan Conlay about 3pm.

5. April 2 – In Jalan Mantin, Negri Sembilan, a 27-year-old woman and her 18-year-old niece were attacked by two men on a motorcycle 9pm.

6. May 6 – Two women were splashed with acid when a motorcyclist attacked them from behind in Jalan Pudu Lama at 9pm.

7. May 6 – Thirty minutes later, a lawyer in her 30s, was attacked near a parking lot in front of The Mall shopping centre in Jalan Putra.

8. May 7 – A woman and her one-year-old baby were standing in her house compound in Persiaran Titiwangsa when the splasher rode by and threw the liquid at them at 3pm.

9. August 8 – A man was splashed with Acid at public toilet near Jalan Raja Laut

10. August 15 – August 15 : Singer’s nephew splashed with acid. Only this time, the victim was not a woman.

 

 

What you can do to protect yourself.

This serial acid splasher is of dark complexion and he rides either a Honda EX5 or Yamaha bike with a basket in front.

Be more careful when you see these 2 types of bike approaching you.

 

If you are a woman, a girl….or well just about anyone who is staying in KL-you might want to follow the following guidelines here:

 

Always walk facing against the traffic: So that the serial acid splasher will not attack you from the back. Besides that by walking against the traffic you will have a better chance of avoiding anyone who looks suspicious to you.

 

Avoid walking by the side of the road: If possible don’t walk at the side of the road at all if it is unnecessary. You will be exposed and make yourself easy target for this serial acid splasher. Walk near the building where there are crowded people.

 

Always bring along an umbrella: This might sound crazy…but I suggest that you bring along a huge umbrella with you. So whenever you see someone suspicious approaching you, immediately open that umbrella to shield yourself from any possible attack. Yes! Just open it even though it is not raining. Best of all use the umbrella all the time. Moreover your umbrella can be a potent weapon for you to defend yourself in dangerous situations.

 

Inform the police of any suspicious motorcyclist. So the moment you see anyone riding a bike with dark complexion and looks suspicious…immediately take down the number plate and inform the police to come over as soon as possible.

 

Put on more clothes: I know the weather is scorching hot right now. But putting on an extra jacket or vest might buy you some time to escape the devastating acid if *touch wood* you are being splashed!

 

Don’t go out at all: No matter where you go, try not to walk…at all. If possible don’t even go out if you don’t have any transport, preferably car. It doesn’t matter if the sundry shop is only 50 metres away from your home…you don’t want to risk being splashed with acid right? So ask your parents, husband or other family members to ferry you around if you can.

 

Use as much water as possible: Water is the best remedy to counter the corrosive acid. The moment someone is being splashed with acid (either it is you or other victims), pour as much water as possible onto the affected body parts especially the eyes. Keep on pouring a large amount of water to dilute the acid. Keep on doing this until the acid has been diluted and washed away. So I suggest all of us to bring a water bottle all the time.

 

Adapted from a forwarded email.Pls pass to as many people