Friday, October 21, 2016

Budget Day - October 21

Today is Budget Day - where Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presents the Government's Budget 2017.

What can Malaysians expect from the new budget..

Let's see what The Star has to say:

Below are some items that could feature in the coming year's budget, according to analysts' research notes and local media reports.

RHB Bank foresees a RM100 ringgit hike in cash handouts for low-income households, bumping up the allocation to about RM6.6 billion next year in a bid to stimulate consumer spending. For 2016, it was increased by RM50 to RM1,000 per household.

The Government will likely maintain the goods and services tax introduced in April 2015, at 6% to avoid any disruption to household expenses and cost of doing business, says asset management firm Affin Hwang.

Affin Hwang thinks a one percentage point cut to corporate tax, effective 2018, will be announced. The rate was cut by one percentage point this year to 24%.

There will likely be no cut to personal income tax rates, though there may be more provisions for tax relief next year, according to Maybank Investment Bank. More..

We'll know for sure this evening or out in black-and-white tomorrow. Que sera sera. This 'Starbucks' uncle says it well..

This image has gone viral. It shows an elderly man in Hong Kong, reading his newspaper nonchalantly in a flooded Hong Kong Starbucks cafe. The Chinese has a saying that even if the sky falls, you can use it as a blanket. No big deal at all.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kuala Lumpur - Public can sign book of condolence on King Bhumibol's death at Thai embassy

Yahoo! News:

KUALA LUMPUR: The public can visit the Royal Thai embassy here to sign a book of condolence on the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Condolers must make their way to the Thai ambassador's residence at the embassy, at No 206, Jalan Ampang, a statement by the embassy said.

The book can be signed from 10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm until Oct 20.

King Bhumibol, who was the world's longest reigning monarch, died at 88 years old on Thursday in Bangkok.

© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint in Paris apartment

“Life of Pablo” rapper Kanye West canceled his concert (mid-song) at the Meadows Festival in New York Sunday night citing a family emergency and didn’t give further details. Concertgoers were upset naturally not knowing West’s wife, Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint in her Paris apartment in a robbery.

© Photo: Getty Images Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint in Paris. She is pictured at Hotel Ritz in Paris, France, Sept. 30, 2016 - MSN.

According to MSN..
The 35-year-old reality star went through a horrific ordeal on Monday (03.10.16) when five thieves dressed as policemen robbed her at gunpoint in her apartment in Paris, during which they tied her hands with plastic handcuffs, duct taped her, and stole more than $10 million worth of jewels, and Pascal Duvier (her bodyguard) - who was out with her sisters Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian - is adamant the culprits will be found.

Police sources have revealed Kim was tailed by two men in the days before the robbery, with the suspects - described as Caucasian and North African and having French accents - posing as a plain-clothes detective and a photographer to gain 'close surveillance' information ahead of the terrifying incident.

And one had even tried to gain access to the 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star's apartment within the exclusive Hotel Pourtales.

A source said: "Kim Kardashian was tailed for at least three days before the robbery.

Kim Kardashian West's bodyguard speaks out

© Provided by Mirror - MSN

If you are still interested, a few more related stories ahead:
Kim Kardashian calls terrifying robbery ordeal the 'worst moment of her life'

Kim Kardashian 'feared rape' as masked robber grabbed her by the ankles and ordered her out of bed

Kim Kardashian reportedly feared she was going to be raped during Sunday night's terrifying robbery.

The 35-year-old mum was bound, gagged and locked in a bathroom during the nighttime raid on her Paris apartment.

According to US reports, the reality star was laying in bed with her robe on when she heard loud footsteps making their way up the stairs of the two-storey home.

Kim Kardashian back after being held at gunpoint in $10 million Paris robbery

Some excepts:

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian returned to New York "badly shaken" on Monday after being robbed at gunpoint in her Paris residence by masked men who stole some $10 million worth of jewelry from her.

Kardashian, who has two young children with husband-rapper Kanye West, was not beaten but the robbers put a handgun against her temple before tying her up, the source said.

The robbers stole a box containing jewels worth 5 million to 6 million euros ($5.6 million to $6.7 million) and a ring worth about 4 million euros ($4.5 million), the Paris police source said. As news of the robbery spread, West abruptly ended a performance in New York less than an hour into his set on Sunday night.

The Paris apartment block is a discreet building behind the city's Madeleine church, with several secret entrances, often frequented by movie and music stars who pay up to 15,000 euros ($16,800) a night. The source said the attackers fled on bicycles.

The robbery set social media alight, with some users making fun of the latest headline-grabbing event in the life of a TV star who documents her life continually on screen and on social media.

James Corden, the host of U.S. talk show "The Late Late Show," said on Twitter, "People making jokes about @KimKardashian tonight would do well to remember that she's a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend. Be nice or shut up."

What happened to Kim Kardashian? All the conspiracy theories, from 'Pink Panther gang' to 'publicity stunt' claims

Was it a plot to access her personal info?

Kim's two smartphones were reportedly stolen during the terrifying gunpoint robbery - sparking fears she could be targeted in a blackmail plot.

BFM TV report Kim's purse, 1,000 Euros and her two smartphones were taken.

Kim's two mobiles no doubt contain a wealth of personal information.

French authorities suspect Kim Kardashian armed robbery was 'inside job'

What Happened To Kim Kardashian's Security?

Kim Kardashian’s bodyguard Pascal Duvier vows to track down robbers: ‘You messed with the wrong one'

Kim Kardashian’s bodyguard Pascal Duvier has vowed to track down the men who attacked the star in her Paris apartment.

Police in the French capital have described the incident as "extremely rare" and said the robbers were focused on "possessions that had been seen and noticed via social media".

© Provided by Mirror - MSN

Designers love Kim Kardashian..

By the way, the center image shows Kim K in a satin and tulle pearl Givenchy bustier during the Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on Oct. 2, 2016 in Paris. (That's a day before the robbery.)

Check out all 50 designs.

All images are courtesy of

Designer Karl Lagerfeld tells Kim Kardashian, 'you cannot display your wealth'
Kim Kardashian's robbers targeted star after 'seeing jewels on social media'
Kim Kardashian 'blames herself' for Paris robbery and 'doesn't want Kanye West to replace stolen ring'
Kim Kardashian West has 'flashbacks' about her robbery

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Hoax - `Cosmic rays` text message

Did you get this text message as well? The one that says..

“Tonight 12:30am - 3:30am be sure to turn off the phone: Singapore TV has announced the news. Please read about it and take care of yourself. Tell your dear relatives and friends: This evening from 12:30am - 3:30 am, dangerous, high radiation, cosmic rays will pass close to the Earth. So please turn off your cell phone. Do not let your cell phone be close to your body, it may cause damage. Please check the Google NASA and BBC News. Forward this message to all you care for.”

You didn't believe it, did you? Why? Because that's a hoax message. In fact, this 'untruth' has made its rounds numerous times over the years.

A quick google yield amongst others back in 2015, even the authorities in Brunei had a message out that goes as follows:

The Authority confirms that no such information has been released by either NASA or BBC concerning cosmic rays passing the earth causing harmful radiation through cell phones.

In this regard, the public is advised not to panic or pay heed to this. The Authority also advises against spreading such false information to others'.

Another source..

IB Times of Australia said this hoax surfaced as early as 2008 and then in 2012 again and that the Earth’s atmosphere likewise has protection against most cosmic rays. The rays would only affect phones would be if it impacts satellite communications, but not on the device itself or the gadget’s batteries'.

According to NASA: The sun's magnetic field is our first line of defense against these highly-charged, energetic particles. The entire solar system from Mercury to Pluto and beyond is surrounded by a bubble of solar magnetism called "the heliosphere." It springs from the sun's inner magnetic dynamo and is inflated to gargantuan proportions by the solar wind. When a cosmic ray tries to enter the solar system, it must fight through the heliosphere's outer layers; and if it makes it inside, there is a thicket of magnetic fields waiting to scatter and deflect the intruder.

An artist's concept of the heliosphere, a magnetic bubble that partially protects the solar system from cosmic rays. Credit: Walt Feimer/NASA GSFC's Conceptual Image Lab


Earth is in no great peril from the extra cosmic rays. The planet's atmosphere and magnetic field combine to form a formidable shield against space radiation, protecting humans on the surface. Indeed, we've weathered storms much worse than this. Hundreds of years ago, cosmic ray fluxes were at least 200% higher than they are now. Researchers know this because when cosmic rays hit the atmosphere, they produce an isotope of beryllium, 10Be, which is preserved in polar ice. By examining ice cores, it is possible to estimate cosmic ray fluxes more than a thousand years into the past. Even with the recent surge, cosmic rays today are much weaker than they have been at times in the past millennium'.

There you go. Now you know. Spread the word!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Still blogging today

A girlfriend once marveled at how I could still keep up with blogging after all these years. I told her 'nothing to it, you just keep on finding something to write, anything'.. tongue in cheek.

But I must admit that I've not been updating this space regularly enough - those of you who have been regular readers would have noticed that. Ooops!

And I've told myself (not once) I shall do better, and I will. I will post more regularly from now on, maybe not daily like the Blog Challenge I did last April, but certainly more frequently from now on.

For starters, here's something wow-worthy, 'The most awesome Omurice in Kichi2, Kyoto, Japan'. Enjoy!