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About drizad

A self employed General Practitioner who lives with his lovely family in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He dedicates his spare time serving people with precious information on climbing the Majestic Mountain of the Borneo, Mt Kinabalu. Reachable at drizad(at)gmail.com

Air ambulance for emergency evacuation on Kinabalu?

Most of Mount Kinabalu climbers know that there are at least 2 helipads on Mount Kinabalu. One at Laban Rata, just before you enter the Rest House, where some of the guides and Sutera Sanctuary Lodges staffs played badminton and sepak takraw and the other one is on your way at the Summit Trail, just before Layang-Layang Hut (where the RTM station is). Do you know that it is almost impossible for an air ambulance to be called when there is an emergency situation happened on the mountain?

I’ve always been emailed and asked whether the climbers could be carried out from the mountain by helicopter. The answer is yes, but with certain condition;

  1. The weather.
  2. The availability of the ambulance.
  3. The availability of the rescue person.
  4. Whether you have a connection with some big shots of the state.

Yes, there are some big issues on evacuating victims from the mountain. Until now, there has been no written guidelines by the authorities on this matter. It’s either they do not know or they just do not want to know.

I knew this because I have been a medical personnel stand-by for 2 climbing expedition, and when I enquire about helicopter, none of the local authorities take it seriously. They will usually said that most of the time, the victims will be hoisted manually – by the porters. It has been done for so many years, and helicopter does not seems to be a preferred method of transportation because:

  1. It is difficult to get a helicopter as an evacuation services here on Mount Kinabalu.
  2. There has been NO official medical team that comes with the helicopter.
  3. It will take ages for the helicopter to arrive on the scene (although during good weather). No specific protocol for the “who-to-call” and “what-is-their-number” available for the procedure.
  4. No helipad available at the receiving Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu (the state capital hospital). Maybe the available place for the helicopter to land is at Sabah Medical Center (a private hospital).

However, the solution for the evacuation procedure that they have followed seems to be reliable at the moment – by manual hoist – and I have seen it been done quite efficiently. The ONLY time that the helicopter is available (at least on standby) for the mountain is during;

  1. Annual Climbathon.
  2. If some bigshots of the country climb the mountain.

Sound scary huh? Bottom line is, helicopter services as an evacuation transportation from Mount Kinabalu is still way too advance for the local people to adapt, with all those mentioned reasons.

However, we surely wants and will try to upgrade our services here, up to a certain international standard where it should be level with the status of being an international tourist and travelers destination.

In my opinion, it would be best for our state government to take this matter into consideration. By having a website like Air Ambulance Service, which provides a comprehensive information about running an air ambulance service in the US, will surely opens up our eyes about the possibility of the services to be adapted here. Although they generally do not provide helicopter services, the website still provides a very good information about:

  1. How to cooperate with other agencies to function as a team of rescuer.
  2. What are “flight medicine” medicine means.
  3. What will the trip be like.
  4. How to function professionally as a team of rescuer.

This is a sponsored post.

ReviewMe crap…

I received and email from ReviewMe yesterday, informing me about my rejected post. The reason: The advertiser canceled the campaign. Crap!!!

See it for yourself:

ReviewMe crap!

Agloco Viewbar is on!

At last… The long waited Agloco Viewbar is now available for download. There were mixed review about Agloco, some of it were negative, and some positive. The reviews were mostly based on previous performance of so-called the “original” Agloco, few years back, which were not so positive.

However, I downloaded and installed it anyway. I will run it for a certain period of time, and test it. Hopefully this rebranded and reformed new “Paid to Surf” program will do better and have learned from their mistakes in the past.

For those who do not know what is Agloco: In my opinion, Agloco is a way of earning money while you do your daily surfing activities on the net. You just have to register yourself and download a viewbar and install it. The viewbar contains advertisement, which will be the one who give you the money. You can also earn money by referring your friends to Agloco. It contains NO spyware and NO adware (I have checked with Spybot and SpywareBlaster), so none of your browsing habit is monitored…

So, what are you waiting for? Click HERE to register with Agloco and start earn money instantly!

Borneo people are remote and primitive?

TarzanI still remember when I was packing my way up to Sabah, Borneo. One of my friend ask me, “Hey, I heard Sabah is still very primitive and people there still wears pieces of cloth. Is it true?”. It did cross my mind also, but after living here for the past 6 years, it is actually not true.

See what an Englishman have to say about Borneo.

Reduced airport tax for Malaysian LCCT

Maybe a slightly good news for travelers to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah who use AirAsia as their carrier. Malaysian government have started to reduce the airport tax for low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) from 1st of June.

The not so good news is that AirAsia have abolished priority boarding to their aircraft since the last month. It means that women with children and elderly have to queue with other passengers to board their plane. But, if you still want to have the priority boarding, you have to pay RM20 per person.

My two cent: AirAsia is inhumane and ridiculous… That is what happened when they are the only sole provider of the service. People have no other choices. Same like ASTRO and TmNut Streamyx.

TheNewsRoom – Where you get updated content AND money

Okay, okay. It is not a secret anymore. You can earn money from blogging. There are a lot of ways to ‘monetize’ your blog, so that apart from your usual rants and ramblings, you will get paid for it. I just would like to share another way of expanding your options to make money from your blog – with a slight twist.

Normal advertising method that we used in our blogs is usually advertisement. We have to depends on our head to squeeze out content to write the post. However, The News Room have made the process even more easier. Fresh content WITH advertising! How’s that? So, you don’t have to think about content to write a good post in your blog. Just cut and paste a script from them, your post will automatically filled with updated content or news and ads!

Apart from providing us with news update and ads, TheNewsRoom also have these benefits:

  1. You can actually choose a relevant and timely news that suits your blog theme, so that your visitors will not run away because of irrelevant ads and content.
  2. It’s easy and free – they claimed that almost all blogging platform is compatible with their embedding scripts.
  3. Apart from fresh and updated news, they also have a lot of video clips and content choices for your blog. Just choose the one that you like.
  4. You could earn prizes – from electronics to vacations – if you participate in their ongoing offers.

How much can we earn?
We could earn up to $4 per thousand impressions (CPM). We will also earn money when someone mashes content from our site and it is viewed on theirs.

How do they do it?
They call it “MASH FOR CASH”
When we use the mash button to embed a news story or a news feed (with advertising) onto our website or blog we will begin earning revenue. This is a win win for bloggers who value high quality content to enhance or support their opinion and who blog for profit.

BERJAYA SAMPAI LOW’S PEAK 2nd TIME … SYUKUR

I received another email (in Malay) from Cikgu Ismail, a teacher from SMK Indahpura, Kulai, yesterday, saying that they successfully summit Kinabalu Peak on the 30th May 2007. Congratulations for his team!!!

Saya baru sahaja tiba di JBahru. Wowww … dahsyat dan sangat mencabar. Low’s Peak sangat cantik & panoramic. Nostalgia mendaki GKinabalu 2002 telah berulang.

Sekarang kaki rasa kejang-kejang. Paha, betis, pinggang sengal-sengal. 2002 tak macam ni perit. Mungkin dah tak fit ???

OK … saya gembira dapat berjumpa Dr. hari Selasa. Tapi terkilan tak dapat jumpa masa I turun KK semalam / Jumaat. I ada singgah Klinik, malam … saja-saja nak ambil gambar depan Klinik + nak cari no telefon u, nak call ajak makan malam + sembang2 … tak ada no hp ???

Bersama ini disertakan 3 gambar mendaki. Kebetulan masa di Low’s Peak bateri kamera habis. So pic atas puncak tak dapat attach kat u. Tapi gambar di LPeak ada pada member lain.

Tak ada ucapan lain selain : Seronok ………………… bangga ……… syukur ………….. XPDC sangat berbaloi.

Cikgu Ismail on Kinabalu

Cikgu Ismail & me in front of Sabah Tourism Building

Cikgu Ismail in front of my clinic

Terima kasih, cikgu!!!

More YouTube clips from Digi Fu-Yoh! Street Blast, Kota Kinabalu

Because of the request from Josh Lim (Advertlets) for more YouTube clips from Digi Fu-Yoh! Street Blast at Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on 2nd June 2007, I hereby present to you few more clips from the event.
I must tell you that the audio of the clip is not so good, because:

  1. I record the event with my new Canon Powershot A460, an entry level digital camera which gives so-so quality of videos and audios.
  2. I stand really close to the sub-woofer (as I got backstage pass from Eric), and there is no other better place nearer to the stage. Anywhere nearer, I might be chased away by the RELA guy.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the clip!

Joe Fizzlow – Alhamdulillah…

Lo – Line is Dead!!! You rock bro!!!

DJ Uno with Stylustiks.

Their dancers!!!