Thursday, July 26, 2007

Low cost carriers take off from KLIA

Come September, you will be able to fly to Australia for less than RM10.00 thanks to Air Asia X, the country’s first long-haul budget airline, which is expected to start its first flight between here and an Australian east-coast city on Sept 8. Flights take off from KLIA.

Another budget carrier taking off from KLIA is Jetstar, the low-cost subsidiary of Qantas, which will start its operations from here to Sydney.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sarawak homestay

Sarawak is popular with tourists because of its natural surroundings and attractions. Sarawak's homestay programme looks set to attract more visitors following the launch of its website and directory.

Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh said, "Visitors can now make online bookings and plan their journey to reach the homestay of their choice," he said when launching the website and directory at the Sarawak Tourism Complex.

There are currently 118 registered homestay operators in 12 villages in the state, with 15 more applications being processed by the ministry.

The homestay website is at

Source; The Star

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Playing Poker Online

Visitors to Malaysia would not miss a trip to our Genting Highlands, City of Entertainment, where the main attraction for adults is the Genting Casino. Like any world-class casino, Genting Casino has all the games available. Poker is a popular game.

These days, one doesn't need to physically go to a casino to enjoy a game or two. Online Poker is easily accessible. Mac Online Poker is a site specially designed for Macintosh OS which features a guide to Mac online poker sites and available Mac compatible poker downloads.

Mac Online Poker provides a review of the poker rooms available. Find one that works for you by visiting each room. You can also learn how the poker rooms are being rated. The site also provides a list of the Top Poker Sites as well as Top Casino Sites. The site has and index of casino bonuses to the best internet casinos including an online casino bonus code for popular online casinos such as Vegas Red and Casino Tropez

For those who are new to the game, you can find Basic Poker Rules. For the experts, these rules may serve as a reference. Need additional strategy tips, you can find them here too in addition to online poker deals and codes as well as poker supply store. If it's just news and information you are interested in, you can find poker articles here too.

Join a Poker Party. There are lots of parties onsite or join a Poker Tournament. No more waiting, just download the software and you are good to go. Or if you want tips and tricks about Mac Poker, sign up and get the free Mac Poker newsletter. Join the Poker Forum to exchange and share information about your favourite game.

Mac Poker Online, playing poker will not be the same again.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Cheap Hotels in London

London has got to be one of the cities one should visit in a lifetime. It is summer now and summer is a great time to visit London, I was told. There are lots to see and do in London and hotels in London can be cheap if you know where to look. You heard right, cheap London hotels in one of the most popular cities in the world! offers cheap hotels in London with FREE extras!! Prices can be as low as GBP10 for a 1-Star hotel and as low as GBP49 for a 4-Star hotel. There are so many London hotels available that you can even make last minute bookings though it is wise to secure your booking in advance.

However, if you are planning a conference in London, a business conference centre like the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre would be a great choice. The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre is London’s premier conference centre, superbly located in the heart of Westminster. Whether you are coming by road, rail, tube, bus or air, there are various ways to get to The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. That's how convenient the venue is.

Why should you choose The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre? Being a prime purpose-built venue uniquely situated in the shadow of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the British Airways London Eye, the Centre is easily accessible from any London hotel giving delegates the chance to mix business with pleasure.

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre has been designed with the finest facilities to create the perfect environment for a successful and productive event. The state-of the-art Centre is a suitable conference venue for small groups of 40 to larger groups of 1000 delegates. It is fully air-conditioned and is one of the most IT-intelligent buildings in the UK with WiFi capabilities and other up-to-date facilities like webcasting and online conferencing.

Indeed, the QEII Conference Centre offers the very best of everything, location, facilities, service and a wide choice of London hotels nearby. It is truly a Conference Centre of Choice.

And oh! one more important point. If your company is based outside of the UK, you may be entitled to a 17.5% tax reclaim from your event expenses. Check it out!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

More airline check-in counters at KL Sentral

Good news for air-travellers. All airlines operating from KLIA can now offer their passengers check-in and baggage handling services at KL Sentral, following the installation of 10 additional check-in counters at the Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KL CAT).

Currently, only Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Royal Brunei Airlines offer city check-in services at KL Sentral.

Second Bridge linking Penang to Mainland Peninsula

Malaysia and China inked a RM2.7bil (US$800mil) loan agreement, paving the way for the construction of the second Penang Bridge.

Source: The Star

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Ipoh airport to be upgraded

The under-utilised Sultan Azlan Shah Airport’s terminal building will be upgraded and the runway lengthened so that the airport can service low-cost carriers. Last year, low-cost carrier, AirAsia, stopped flights from here to Senai, citing the short runway as the reason.

Due to the short runway, the airport cannot take in larger planes such as A320 Airbus which is a popular aircraft among low-cost carriers. The upgrade would include extending the runway, upgrading the terminal building and control tower so that bigger planes could use the airport.

The airport now serves only weekly flights from here to Medan.

Approval has been given to low-cost carrier, Firefly, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, to fly from Subang to Ipoh and Senai to Ipoh. Firefly would be using turbo propeller planes from Italy for the sector and is expected to take delivery of the new planes by the third-quarter of next year.

Are you looking for reading tutors?

Like all mothers, my girlfriend Joyce, wants to give her little girl, Mary, a headstart on her academic education, so she started teaching Mary how to read even before she was three-years-old. Mary is now five.

Like Joyce, I would also be concerned and place emphasis on my child's ability to read. So, I looked up on reading tutors and found a Learning Center with very competent and professional teachers. They take in children from 4 right up to 14. The tutors at SCORE! take an active, hands-on approach to tutoring and their system is designed to help children succeed, at the same time making sure that the children enjoy the learning. This is the type of learning center I would send my child to, for sure, to get a headstart on reading.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Pangkor Laut Resort

Malaysia is a great holiday destination with beautiful island resorts. Among them, the islands of Pangkor have for many years been popular destinations for holiday-makers, both from overseas and local. One of the islands is Pangkor Laut.

Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the west coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca. You will find no other resorts – just secluded bays curled around pristine beaches, evening skies woven with colour, and a deep sense of serenity reserved exclusively for our guests.

For more information and reservation, check out the site below:


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New broadband service in Malaysia

The Star reported that a local company iZZinet Sdn Bhd has just introduced its mobile wireless broadband service.

Using iBurst technology from Kyocera, the service offers 1-megabit per second access speed for RM88 a month.

Users have to sign up for a one-year contract and get a free modem. The service covers Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Cheras and Ampang.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Visit New Zealand

Malaysia is experiencing extremely hot weather currently. If not for the rain, the weather is quite unbearable. A holiday to a cooler climate is not a bad idea at all. At this time of the year, a country in the Southern Hemisphere would be ideal. and New Zealand comes to mind. New Zealand is actually a great holiday destination and cheap hotels in Auckland are aplenty.

Auckland has lots to see and do and there is no shortage of nice and cheap hotels. There are activities all year round for the visitor including visits to the museums, eco-friendly tours to parks and places of interest, trips to the beautiful islands of Great Barrier Island or the Waiheke Island.

For garden lovers, Auckland is a city of beautiful gardens. The Auckland Botanic Gardens, Auckland's largest outdoor garden features more than 10,000 different plant types. Ayrlies is one of New Zealand's best known gardens, characterised by sweeping lawns, native plantings, ponds and waterways. Other gardens not to be missed are Eden Garden, an award-winning garden with magnificent views over the city and Hauraki Gulf at the garden's highest point. Eden Garden is reputed to have one of the largest collections of camellias in the Southern Hemisphere. Parnell Rose Gardens, popular in spring and summer, feature over 4,500 roses.

A holiday in Auckland offers you the chance to enjoy and relax with a sailing experience or discover the thrill of watching Dolphins and Whales in Hauraki Gulf.

Indulge in shopping at the Aotea Square Markets, Botany Town Centre, Auckland's newest and largest shopping centre, Chancery, the up-market fashion shops, gift shops and cafes, Chocolate Boutique Café, famous New Zealand Chocolaterie specialising in delicious handmade chocolates and confectionery.

Auckland's nightlife and cuisine are certainly not to be missed too. Whatever your interests, you'll never be short of things to do in the City of Sails. The Auckland Harbor is one place a visitor should not miss. See the harbour highlights including historic Devonport, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse, and the Devonport Naval Base.

A Harbour Cruise is an ideal way to experience Auckland taking in views of three major Auckland Icons – the Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island, and the Sky Tower.

After an adventurous long day, there is nowhere more relaxing than in one's hotel room. A holiday in Auckland or even New Zealand for that matter need not be expensive as there are many nice and cheap hotels. The best part is, you will be sure of a room even at the last minute, so advance booking is not necessary.

Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand is not to be missed while on a visit to New Zealand. Hotels in Wellington can be cheap and can be as low as NZ71.

Most visitors will not miss Christchurch too. It's another must-visit beautiful city with her lovely black swans and awesome cathedral. You can find cheap Christchurch hotels for as low as NZ56.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Paying with one-sen coins is okay – up to RM2

In Malaysia, all coins are legal tender and you can use one sen, five sen, 10 sen and 20 sen coins to pay for a transaction of up to RM2, according to Section 24 of the Central Bank of Malaysia Act.

The Act also allows a buyer to pay for a product or service worth up to RM10 in 50 sen coins.

Source: The Star

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Loving Math (finally)

I was happy to hear from a girlfriend who last year with her family emigrated to the US. I have not heard from her in months and I was beginning to get concerned. She attributed the lack of communication to the stress she and her husband went through with their children's education. Her two school-going children had been doing badly in school, especially in math.

She was happy that that was in the past as they are now coping well with the subject ever since they joined SCORE! Learning Center near their home. My girlfriend is all sold on the programmes offered by SCORE! seeing the progress her children has made. Their math tutors are professional and dedicated and easily transformed their children's abilities thus instilling confidence in them. They are beginning to love math. What a change!

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