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useful websites for kids

December 4th, 2013
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The following slides are the ones displayed during the Vizuthugal interview session last week. Reproduced here for reference since it has many urls and was displayed briefly only.

Hope it helps parents to set some activities for their kids during school holidays.

There are many more websites for educational purposes, so do explore.

Still working on getting a copy of the interview session. Hope can put it on youtube soon.


Website for Kids - Slide1

Website for Kids – Slide1


Website for Kids - Slide2

Website for Kids – Slide2


Website for Kids - Slide3

Website for Kids – Slide3


Website for Kids - Slide4

Website for Kids – Slide4



Nostalgia Klang

December 10th, 2012
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The video below were taken by a group of Taylor University students for their project.  I had assisted them in a way, providing some limited insight into Jalan Tengku Kelana (or Little India area). The video brought back memories and I can recall some of the people they had interviewed.


Drugs, Creativity and Performance

September 7th, 2011
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I was thinking about this after hearing a singer died recently (Amy Winehouse). Never heard of her until her death.  It seems she was quite popular with own brand of music and song writing.

Anyway, that made me think about recent deaths involving those in entertainment industry, sports, fashion, arts, etc. Those industries that involve “creativity” and performance/stamina. We read of sportsmen (and women) taking performance-enhancing substances (be it steroid or grandma’s secret potion) and getting banned from competitive sports. We read of fashionistas, actors, performers checking into rehab centers or making a nuisance of themselves. Well, if not for their fame, they will be just like any other drug addict/user.

Even in ancient times, it seems that some of the mystics took certain substances that allow them to focus/meditate/connect with “higher’ level of intelligence. Not sure how true this is.

Which makes me wonder, does those drugs make a person more creative or perform better? Thus if there’s no drugs or performance-enhancing substances, the “creativity” would have been lower? They would have been just another regular Joe?

Can creativity or trying to perform better justify the use of drugs (note: not related to any higher education institution in particular)? Or is it just a lifestyle or ‘occupational hazard” for those in these industries? Similarly, can we accept students taking drugs for this reason? Can these drugs be legalised? Or should humans rely on their natural capability without any enhancing products?

For your reading, a list of drug related deaths:

Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 3

September 2nd, 2011
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Photo Slideshow:

Had breakfast at the hotel at 6.30am, followed by a boat trip to Coral Island which is about 15 minutes from Pattaya beach.

Along the way, we stopped at one of the floating piers for those interested to do parasailing. Then went up for a round.

Video of parasailing:

Reached the island by 9am, and it was very hot. I didn’t feel like entering the sea as the weather was too hot, and the crowd was a lot. Just lazed and enjoyed watching the crowd.

Left the island at 11am, after Then did some shopping (yeah, they have a long row of stalls selling clothes, trinkets, food etc. along the whole beach).

We headed back to hotel to freshen up and then took lunch at the place below:

This was followed by visit to a gem factory and a honey factory. Then bought some honey here. The sales guy was a Malay speaking Indonesian-Thai guy.

Next destination was the Pattaya Floating Market (artificial) which was also packed with visitors.

Its a interconnected pathway on water (small lake) which houses many stalls. This place is quite big, and if you plan to spend time to buy stuff, then should allocate 2 to 3 hours here. There’s many stalls selling trinkets, handicraft, food, and so on.  Unfortunately, I started to feel sick at this point, so didn’t venture out much.

Our next destination was dinner, at Alangkarn at 5.30pm.

The reason for the early dinner is because of the Alangkarn Extravaganza Show at 6pm. This is a sound/light based stage show which highlights the legends and history of Thailand. It ran for about 1.5 hours and really worth it. This is the first time I’ve seen 6 elephants on stage at the same time, and two elephants involved in a mock fight! After the show ended, we were given opportunity to take pictures with the performers (for a fee of course).

Unfortunately, the audience are not allowed to take photos or videos during the show, so I didn’t bring in the DSLR. Took sneak shots using Samsung normal digicam, hence the poor quality.

Final itinerary for the day was a traditional Thai massage. It was a two hour massage at Massage Pavillion. No photos here, sorry 🙂

Read about Day 2 here.


Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 2 Part 3

September 2nd, 2011
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Continuing from part 2, we reached our hotel at Pattaya at about 7pm, after dinner. Rested for a while before heading out for the cabaret show called Alcazar. It was a 1.5 hour dance show featuring transvestites.

From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 2 Part 3

The hall was packed, I guess easily with about 2000 people. Quite an entertaining performance by the singers and dancers. There was even a dance to Siti Nurhaliza song (Cindai). Also featured was a dance for Hindi movie song. Below are photo slideshow and video clips taken at the show (13 parts):


Video Part 1 (26 sec):

Part 2 (16 sec):

Part 3 (58 sec):

Part 4 (2 min 26 sec) – the one with Siti Nurhaliza song:

Part 5 (8 min 3 sec):

Part 6 (3 min 5 sec):

Part 7 (6 min 51 sec):

Part 8 (5 min 22 sec):

Part 9 (2 min 30 sec):

Part 10 (1 min 43 sec):

Part 11 (10 sec) – one performer, two dress:

From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 2 Part 3

Part 12 (1 min 21 sec):

Part 13 (27 sec) – continue from earlier segment:

As you may know, Pattaya is famous for the night life, and its not so suitable for families, especially at night. Pattaya was a quiet town up to 1960s, when the US soldiers came down to camp. From then, entertainment spots sprouted, and after 50 years, Pattaya is as it is now, more seedy than serene. In a way, the area become developed, but I think at a high cost.

Day 3 coming up next.