Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bandwidth hogger

Don't you just hate it when people that you share the internet bandwidth with are inconsiderate and keep hogging the bandwidth?

This is not the first time i've encountered with this type of people. Sometimes i just don't get it, it's 10Mbps and one person can still hogged it for the whole night!

i don't care what are you doing on the internet, but a sense of courtesy must be there, at least leaving a bit of bandwidth for other people to go online. Come on, every people are paying the same price and i don't see why  we have to even argue for the right to just get a bit of bandwidth just to surf the web.

So my advice to people who are thinking of sharing internet bandwidth, be sure to either invest in a router that support QoS, or just get yourself a dedicated line. Mutual agreement seems to be difficult to work in my case. Ha!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It’s £99 or RM499 one-way to fly from Kuala Lumpur to London on AirAsia X. Latest Updates 26-11-08

So it is finally here! It's been confirmed! Air Asia X will finally fly to UK starting from March 2009! Price being released too as RM499 on single flight, which is a real deal! Booking is available through www.airasia.com website now!

Check out the news from The Star below for more info...


Wednesday November 26, 2008

It’s RM499 to fly to London on AirAsia X


LONDON: It’s £99 or RM499 one-way – that’s the much-awaited opening fare of AirAsia X’s latest London Stansted – Kuala Lumpur route.

And AirAsia Group CEO Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes has pledged to knock down the price to as low as £49 (RM271) once they increase the flight frequencies.

Affordable flights: Fernandes (top, left) and Azran posing with the AirAsia X crew in London yesterday. — Bernama

Saying it would be “cool” to take a £50 note and buy a seat to Kuala Lumpur, he said there was no reason why they could not do it.

“Volume is the key. If we can find the plane and get two or three flights a day, I guarantee you £49 will be a reality,” he told Malaysian journalists after the sales launch of the latest route at London’s County Hall yesterday.

Even with the £99 fare, it’s still cheaper to fly from London to Kuala Lumpur than to take a Black Cab from the city to Stansted Airport, which costs about £110 (RM610) one way!

Malaysians flying to London will also pay RM499 for the return flight while travellers from London going to KLIA will pay £99 (RM541) for the return ticket.

Online bookings opened at 8pm Tuesday (Malaysian time) for the five-times-a-week direct flights which will be for the travel period between March 11 and Oct 24.

Fares start from as low as £99 (RM499) for economy seats and £549 (RM1,999) for XL seats – inclusive of airport taxes and charges.

The latest flights will use Airbus A340 planes which will have 286 economy and 30 premium seats.

Fernandes said his next step would be to increase the five times weekly flights to daily and even two or three times a day.

“The London-Kuala Lumpur route is the realisation of a long-held ambition to open up affordable access between Malaysia and Europe for both the Asean and European communities,” he said.

AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman Rani described the London route as a significant achievement, allowing those who had always wanted to travel between Europe and Asean to achieve their dream at an affordable price.

Stansted Airport’s commercial and development director Nick Barton, who finalised discussions with AirAsia X, hailed the launch as a major milestone for low-cost, long-haul air travel around the world.

The latest route is the first step for AirAsia to realise its European aspirations and boost Kuala Lumpur as the regional aviation hub and gateway into Asean, China and Australia.

Stansted is Britain’s third busiest airport, with 22.8 million passengers passing through and many leading low-cost airlines making it their base.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bonjour Paris Day 4 Part I--- The one in Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre

A visit to Paris is not complete without a visit to Montmartre, the birthplace of the Can Can Dance, and some might disregard this place as the red light district of Paris...

Nevertheless, those are not the main reason I was there, my main intention is--- Sacre-Coeur (pronounced as  sa-ku-ra  ku)

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This unique building is in fact, a church! As the main material for this building is calcite, it explains why after several hundred years, it still looks pearly white.

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IMG_9233  Me in Sacre-Coeur

IMG_9226 The view of Paris from the Sacre-Coeur

As this place was a popular hunt for the artists alike, it's no wonder that many of the streets scene have been portrayed by artists, just like this photo below.

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Err, i mean potrayed the scenary without me in it. Haha…

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Of course a visit to the abysses is a must as it is the classic architecture style in Paris. Only 2 survives these days.

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Guess where is this place?

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(stock photo from http://www.parislogue.com)

it's Galeries Lafayette, the most posh department in Paris. Amazing dome! Try to buy myself a souvenir as there are sales going on! Gave up quickly once I checked out the price. Shirt €70 after 70% discount!

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We went pass some posh places in Paris, and went ahead to Madeleine. It is a very special cathedral, with a Greek ethos style building, and you'll be surprised that there's no windows in it, well at least none that I can see.

The inside of the church (photo courtesy of Wikipedia).

 

(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Of course we reluctantly move to the last place in Paris-- Place de la Concorde before boarding the  Eurostar back to England.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bonjour Paris Day 3 Part II – The one with the night cruise, the illuminated Eiffel Tower.

The cruise by night is simply marvellous and you can actually see the different mood of Paris has set in  with those romantic light lit up and occasional slow numbers being played by the riverside. OK, less talk but more photos this time ok? Ha!

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Classical Parisian apartments

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One of the famous bridges across the Seine river

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IMG_9144  conciergerie

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We ended up the day by a quiet observant of the Eiffel Tower. It's once again, impressive!

IMG_9205  Eiffel Tower with its Euro theme

IMG_9208 Illumination like a christmas tree.

It was such a magical moment that I wished that the time will stop for a short moment so that I can appreciate it longer.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Remembrance Day—11-11-2008

Dear all, please join me and millions of other citizens to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war.

There will be a 2 minutes of silence at 1100am GMT and hope everyone can join in to honour the fallen warriors.

I have personally known neighbours and friends who themselves or families members that fought the WWI and WWII. You just couldn’t imagine how horrible the war is and they fought the war to defend their country, their dignity, their freedom, democracy and undivided patriotism.

Information about the 2 minute silence:

http://www.poppy.org.uk/index.php/silence-in-the-square.html

Info about Remembrance Day:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Day

As you might have noticed, I have put up a banner to support the Poppy appeal on the prominent place on the right, and the favicon on the URL have changed into poppy flower. All these is to show my support and honour the fallen soldiers bravery and for the name of the country and peace.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Bonjour Paris Day 3 Part I – The one in the Versailles

Today I'm going to conquer the largest palace in the world---Versailles!

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Built by King Louis XV and completed by King Louis XVI, it contained rooms, all of them are lavishly decorated by ceiling drawings, and each of every rooms drawings and furniture never look the same and have different theme!

chapel The Royal’s private chapel

 IMG_8938 Such a lavishly decorated room!

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On top of that, it has the world largest mirrored covered ball room! OMG! It is magnificent!

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IMG_9078The mirror room viewed from the garden.


A visit to the palace without stepping into the French Garden will be such a shame, as the scenery is once again amazing!

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We visited the summer house for the royal family, private mansion for Marie Antonette

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Of course we walked to the village created for Marie Antonette gave us chance to take a look at the rural France lives. Trust me, the long walk is worth it!

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You will be greeted by this beautiful lake with the fake tower.

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IMG_9044 White grapes!!!

IMG_0158 So happy! Haven’t seen the real one b4?

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Met up with friends eventually! Ha! One for the memories.

After those amazing trips, we returned to Paris by train, and went for a cafe to people watch before going for a river cruise. No photos were taken because we are too busy watching people and let people watched us. Ha!

Next up, River cruise and the tower that illuminates!

Preview for you…

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The oh-so-romantic Seine River cruise…

p/s: Wa, So coincidently Kenny Sia is writing his Paris travel too. Hehe… He described it in a more funny albeit brief way. Worth a read!

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