Thursday, January 31, 2008

Malaysia's New Design RM50 Banknote

Text is from Bank Negara Malaysia
dated 21 December 2007

Bank Negara Malaysia Issues New Design for RM50 Banknote to Commemorate Malaysia's 50th Anniversary of IndependenceBank Negara Malaysia today announces the issuance of a new design for the RM50 banknote to commemorate Malaysia's 50th Anniversary of Independence. This new design of RM50 banknote is the first denomination of the Fourth Series of Malaysian currency notes which will be replacing the existing series in stages.

The new design RM50 banknote retains the predominant colour of green-blue. The main theme of the design is the National Mission 2020 where the first thrust is "to move the economy up the value chain" which reflects Malaysia's economic transformation to the higher value-added activities in the agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors of the economy.

The dominant intaglio portrait of the first Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Tuanku Muhammad, is retained on the right and the national flower hibiscus is in the centre on the front of the new RM50 banknote. Design patterns from songket weaving, which are in the background and edges of the banknote, are featured to reflect the traditional Malaysian textile handicraft and embroidery.

The first 50 million pieces of the new RM50 banknote features Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj at the historic declaration of Malaya's independence and the logo of the 50th Anniversary of Independence on the reverse side.

Security Features The security features incorporated in the Fourth Series of RM50 banknotes are as follows :

The Watermark Portrait can be recognised by tints that are lighter or darker than the surrounding paper. This watermark portrait which has a three-dimensional effect appears without sharp outlines. At the base of the watermark, the numeral 50 is clearly visible.

The Security Thread is embedded in the paper and appears on the reverse side of the note as a silver coloured dotted line. When the note is held against the light, it is seen as a continuous dark coloured line and the repeated text BNM RM50 can be read. When viewed under ultra-violet light, the thread is seen in various changing colours known as the "rainbow effect".

Micro-Letterings of "BNM RM50" which can be viewed under a magnifying glass.
Invisible Fluorescent Elements can be seen through various elements of the background on the obverse and reverse side of the banknote and will fluoresce in different colours when viewed under ultra-violet light.

Perfect See-Through Register feature where the graphic songket design on the obverse side of the note will register perfectly with the same graphic songket design on the reverse side when it is held against the light.

Multicolour Latent Image of the denomination 50 can be seen when the banknote is tilted slightly and the colour changes when it is rotated.

Holographic Stripe features the denomination 50 and the hibiscus flower, with a multi-coloured pumping and matt-structure effect.

Hidden image with moiré effect where certain areas of the design appearance will change when the banknote is copied.

Members of the public are advised to take note of the security features and design of the new RM50 notes outlined above. The existing series of the RM50 banknotes will continue to be legal tender.

Sale of RM50 banknote with Special Packaging The new RM50 banknote with a special packaging will be available for sale to members of the public. It will be priced at RM60 per set. Twenty thousand (20,000) sets will be available for sale from Wednesday, 26 December 2007 at Bank Negara Malaysia's Head Office, and at Bank Negara Malaysia's branches in Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. The availability of these banknotes will be on a first come first served basis and will be limited to one set per person.

The new RM50 banknotes without special packaging will be available through commercial banks on 30 January 2008 onwards.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Online Degrees from Capella University

If you are looking to going back to school but is working fulltime, online degrees can be obtained from Capella University's online programs. Capella is the only fully online university that has state-approved programs in leadership and reading and literacy.

Capella University, founded in 1993, is an accredited, online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, health, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, health, and public safety.

Currently, close to twenty thousand students from all 50 states and 56 countires are being served. Capella University is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth as evidenced by a PhD student, Teresa Chaulk, who has been named superintendent of Lincoln County School District Number One in Wyoming. Working fulltime, the online program offered by Capella University enabled Ms Chaulk the opportunity to pursue a PhD.

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Thaipusam at Batu Caves

Today is Thaipusam, Hindu festival. Join Kirsten Cunningham as she explored the festival of Thaipusam at Batu Caves in 2006

Cheap London Hotels

A colleague and his family went to London and Paris for a holiday last summer. The spent more time in London because as he put it, there were lots more to see and do, plus he managed to get good rates at a hotel in London. They visited quite a number of art galleries and museums, entertainment spots, parks and of course, they shopped.

Staying at one of the Knighsbridge hotels, Harrods was one place they went to. They spent almost an entire day at Harrods. Each of them came away happy having bought something for him/herself. Other places they shopped at included Marks and Spencer, Miss Selfridge and the Kensington Market where they picked out nice accessories.

If one is in London, there is no shortage of accommodations, some are even cheaper than hotels. For instance, hotels at Kensington area can be as low as GBP14.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Last Minute Accommodations in Australia

Australia is a popular holiday destination for people here in this part of the world, South-East Asia. And as much as some of us would like to, but due to work commitments, we are not able to make holiday plans way ahead. What do we do? We make last-minute plans and hope to be able to get some decent accommodations. You know what? There is no worry anymore as there are lots of great accommodations at

Many overseas visitors to Malaysia also include Australia in their holiday plan because Australia is just a few hours away. has recently introduced a directory section which makes it very much easier to drill down to search for accommodations with great discounts in Australia.

The Gold Coast is where most travellers head to for the sunshine, the beaches and the sea. Burleigh Heads Hotels offer great discounts, as much as 70% when you book online and all bookings are confirmed instantly. Unbelievable but true.

You can't go to Australia and not visit Sydney. Here too you'd be able to book online for Manly Hotels with discounts as much as 70% too. If you are travelling in a group or with your family, apartments may be what you are looking for. Whether it's Manly Hotels or Manly apartments, you'll be able to find them all online at

It's not only hotels in Burleigh Heads and Manly that you get great discounts, you'd be able to get the same great discounts for Coolangatta Hotels and Byron Bay Hotels too.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Prescription Eyeglasses from Zennioptical

Here is a Great Discovery: for complete prescription eyeglasses + quality hard eyeglass case from as low as $8! offers the best value prescription eyeglasses online. They are the global price and volume leader in very affordable yet high quality and stylish prescription eyeglasses.

Their huge selection include frames with single vision lens, sunsensor (potochromic) lens, tinted suglasses lens, bifocal lens and progressive lens. Zennioptical sells their own manufactured frames direct to the customer, no middlemen involved neither the need for advertising, thus their Low Prices. Ultimately the customer benefits.

If you are looking to buy prescription eyeglasses, is the place to go.

Chinese new Year plants

PLANTS are symbols of life and growth. For the Chinese, it is a must to have plants decorating their houses and gardens during the Chinese New Year celebration. And Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Feb 7 is the start of the lunar new year.

Bamboo shoots are some of the popular plants to have this time of the year. Other popular plants include lime trees, cherry blossoms and plum blossoms.

Apart from decorative purposes, each of these carries a special connotation that is synonymous with good health, longevity, good fortune, abundance of wealth, business growth and career successes.

Source: The Star

Friday, January 11, 2008

The LAP-BAND Way to Maintain Your Weight

Have you heard of lap band surgery?

For anyone who has been trying all sorts of methods but still is not able to contain that weight problem, this safest and proven weight-loss surgery is for him or her. LAP-BAND surgery is the only weight-loss surgery that is completely reversible and adjustable – for life.

LAP-BAND is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure which is performed laparoscopically by JourneyLite specialists on an outpatient basis. You can have surgery in the morning and should be discharged to go home a few hours later.

With LAP-BAND, you will never have to worry about your weight again. Ever.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

AirAsia giving away 30K free tickets

Want a free ride to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur between Feb 1 to Oct 28?

AirAsia is giving away 30,000 free tickets from KL to Singapore. You can book your free seats online at from Thursday, (that's today) up till Jan 13, this Sunday. Travel period is from Feb 1 to Oct 28.

If you do not manage to grab the free seats, you can also purchase tickets at RM29.99 for a one-way ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.

Invest in Gold to Preserve Your Wealth

What with inflation, currency fluctuations, and unstable economies, how would one protect and preserve one's wealth, assets and perhaps even sanity? Investing in gold is no doubt a wise move. Gold's proven ability to diversify investments, protect wealth and preserve one's purchasing power are what make this precious metal much sort after.

Gold can be purchased either in gold coin or gold ingot form from an investment perspective. If you buy gold (or other precious metals) from Monex Deposit Company (MDC), your purchases can personally be delivered to you or arrangement can be made for its convenient and safe storage at an independent bank or depository. With Monex, you can be sure that you are having the best prices and the best and committed professionals serving you.
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