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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

Birthday Ticker for your child

Oh, I found a really cute website that gives you a free birthday ticker for your child. I just think that it would be nice for parents (like me) to have one in their website or blogs. Apart from it being nice, it will also remind you how old your little angle is!

The one below is for my daughter. You can change the design of the ticker from a lot of templates that they offer.

Lilypie 1st Birthday Ticker

Syahzanani Izzati

Pulau Tiga (Tiga Island – Survivor Island)

Do you know that Pulau Tiga (The Survivor Island) is in Sabah?

Survivor BorneoPulau Tiga is the largest of the three islands that make up Pulau Tiga Park, with Pulau Kalampunian Besar and Pulau Kalampunian Damit. Its beautiful landscape and pristine natural environment has attracted CBS TV Network of the USA to use this island as the main location of the popular ‘Survivor’ Programme, dubbing it the ‘Survivor Island’.

This island was formed through the eruption of several mud volcanoes. The last explosion happened in 1941 and since then the volcanoes have remained relatively passive although several small mud volcanoes spewing cool, mineral rich mud can still be found near the summit of the island. The notion that this mineral rich mud is good for your skin makes mud bathing a must-do activity in this island.

The islandÂ’s lush green forest serves as a soothing backdrop while the fine sand of its white beaches and the clear unpolluted water is a wonder for nature lovers. The coral reefs encircling the island invite many species of fish and other marine life to make it their home. Among the activities that can be done here include diving, non-motorised water sports, trekking, bird watching and mud bathing.

Pulau Tiga Travel Adventure Package

The Park Headquarters is situated on the southern side of the island, not far from Pulau Tiga Resort, the only resort facility available on the island.

Touring the GIMP from TUX – free downloadable PDF

This article by Michael J. Hammel originally appeared in Issue 1 of TUX Magazine

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (the GIMP) has been called “Photoshop for Linux”. While the GIMP is not just for Linux and is not an Adobe Photoshop clone, it is a very powerful image manipulation program. It is clearly on the other end of the spectrum from TuxPaint as far as capabilities.

In this first article, Micheal offers a tour of the cabilities. If you are like me, the GIMP seemed intimidating because it has so many capabilities. This article will help you get more comfortable with all the possible things you can do without getting buried in details. In subsequent articles we will explore some specific capabilities.

You can download the attached PDF from TUX website. Yes, it’s free.

MyeMoney – Change your Paypal money to Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

It’s known that if you have money in Paypal account, and you are Malaysian, its difficult (almost impossible) for you to cash your money out. I have been using Paypal for the past 1 year, and I have to buy something in the net so that I get some benefit from the so called ‘frozen money’. It was not until I found a website owner which kind of ‘trade’ our Paypal money. His name is James, and he run the website http://www.myemoney.biz/

I just would like to share with you my good experience while trading with James. His reply was prompt and professional. I got my Paypal money cash out in less than an hour!

I will show you the evidence of his reliability:

This is the receipt that I received after I fill in the form in his website, requesting for exchange my Paypal money to Ringgit Malaysia (RM or internationally known as MYR).

MyeMoney

After few minutes, I received an email, requesting me to transfer my Paypal money to his account.

Request for money (Paypal email)

After few automated email from Paypal stating that I send and he received the money, I received an email from James saying that he transferred the amount of money I requested in my Maybank2u.com account. All of the above process took me less than an hour.

Maybank receipt

So, if you have some ‘loose’ money inside Paypal, and do not know how to go about it, why not ask James for a favour. Although it’s not free, I don’t mind paying him 5% paying charges for the service that he give.

Verdict: I will give 5/5!

Moneygram and Moneybookers services for m-k-b.com

We received a lot of quotation request since the beginning of 2007 (maybe due to the promotion of Visit Malaysia Year). Currently we are handling more that 20 emails from all over the world, requesting me and Aiden for various tailor-made travel package to Mount Kinabalu and Sabah.

As we are not an established tour company, by right, it is illegal for us to accept full money for a tour package. It is kind of an obstacles to us, as Sutera Sanctuary Lodges need travelers to pay their booking fees to secure a place in Laban Rata.

MoneygramAfter so much discussion and consideration, we decided that we still need to be able to accept small amount of payment to deal with ONLY the accommodations on Laban Rata area. Otherwise, you will not be able to get any place confirmation in Laban Rata for climbing Mount Kinabalu.

MoneybookersTemporarily at the moment, we will use these services from Moneygram and Moneybookers to transfer money to our account, so that you can make sure that you get a place to sleep on the way to the summit of Kinabalu. They are the only feasible methods of transferring money among hundreds of other payment methods in the net.

Having said that, I still need to remind you that WE ARE NOT A TOUR COMPANY. What we do is just to simplify the process for you to climb Mount Kinabalu. The methods above will be use temporarily, until we have enough funds to set up a company that can deal with your bookings without any difficulties.

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges recovered…

Sutera Sanctuary LodgesI went to Sutera Sanctuary Lodges main office in Kota Kinabalu today to complain about the difficulty of travelers to contact them for the past few weeks. I spoke to their customer services and administration, and they admit that there was a shortage of front desk staff to deal with customer services.

Usually they have more than 5 staffs, but last few weeks, they have been functioning with skeletal staffs only (2-3 per day). That is why they could not cope with the calls and emails. It seems that the shortage of staff is because some of the staff was temporarily sent to Kinabalu Park to do some upgrade works.

However, from today, they are back with full force staff in the main office to cope with enormous number of Mount Kinabalu travelers.

Oh, they even give me their 2 hunting lines: +6088 243629 and +6088 244634

Open Office 2.1 – Download your free copy now!

Open OfficeI have been using Open Office 2.0.2 for the past one year, and today, when I visited back OpenOffice.org, I found out that they have a new stable version, Open Office 2.1.

So, if you have been using an illegal copy/pirated version of MS Office (that you purchased for RM5 in Petaling Street), it’s time to change. You will be amazed on how Open Office can do MS Office job, considering that its FREE!

An email from Dan Mazur – An Everest expedition leader

I would like to share with you an email that I received from Dan Mazur, an Everest expedition leader and administrator for www.SummitClimb.com. It sounded like this:

Hello Mountain Friends.

Dan Mazur I hope you are well. What have you been up to? This is Dan Mazur writing to you. Perhaps you heard that, in May 0f 2006, I was part of the SummitClimb team that helped rescue a fallen Australian climber named Lincoln Hall. Fortunately we got him down from just below the summit of Everest and he was allright. We were all surprised when the story reached the national media. I have attached a photo of Lincoln Hall at 28,000 feet, 8700 metres on Everest after we revived him with Oxygen, warm tea and food. Thankfully he lived.

I’m also an Everest expedition leader, have reached the summit of 7 of the world’s highest mountains, including Everest and K2, and have led and organized expeditions to more than 60 Himalayan, African, and South American peaks. Here is an attached photo that my friend Duane took on Ama Dablam.

Lincoln HallI am writing to tell you whats been going on with our non-profit endeavors and to let you know its time to join our climbs and treks for 2007.

Have you received all of the colourful mountain postcards we sent you in the mail? If not, perhaps we don’t have your postal address and you would like to email that to us so we could post you a mountain card? Thanks!

You can see all of our upcoming goings-on at www.SummitClimb.com , now in our 16th year. THANKS FOR TELLING ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO.

We dedicated our fun and rewarding October trek to Mera peak to dearly departed Crocodile Hunter Steven Irwin and to Sue Fear, first Australian woman on Everest. You could see more at: http://heroesforhumanity.blogspot.com/ . If you visit that interesting site, be sure to scroll down to see all of the photos.

We have had the pleasure to meet many of you at recent dvd-slideshows and presentations. In case you know of anyone who would like to host a dvd-slideshow, please let us know. We are doing these to raise money for the non-profit www.MountEverestFoundation.org , helping local low-income families who live near Everest in Nepal and Tibet, but far from any trail a tourist would walk, to help themselves by building schools and hospitals and environmental projects so these farm families can stay on the land, rather than moving to the cities and joining the ranks of the unemployed.

The Everest Foundation is engaged in current projects replacing the roof on the Deboche Nunnery, and now training a new advanced-level health assistant and two new teachers for the health clinic and school in Okhladunga. By the way, the Foundation continues to support women, men, and children equally.

On a recent health visit in June as part of our twice annual service trek, Dr. Phillip Heinegg and his family, along with SummitClimb staff Arnold Coster and Maya Sherpa visited the rural health clinic and treated more than 100 patients in a day. From what we know, these were the only foreigners to visit the entire valley in 2006. You can try watching a video about the Everest Foundation and the service trek here.

NOW IS THE TIME TO SIGN UP FOR OUR 2007 TREKS AN CLIMBS. PLEASE SEND YOUR APPLICATION FORMS AND COMPLETE YOUR PAYMENT NOW. THANK YOU.

By the way, you may know of someone who would like to join our leader in training program or participate in it yourself. Please check out our website: http://summitclimb.com/leaders_in_training.htm , and let us know you are interested so we could send you further information. We are proud to train new leaders for the outdoor industry each year, and we started doing that in 1993.

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Congratulations you made it to the bottom of this email.

I hope you will join me and tell all of your friends about what we are trying to do.

Please keep the questions coming. I always enjoy speaking about our favourite topic: MOUNTAINS.

Thank you very much. I await your reply, wish you all of the best, and look forward to making your trip a success.

Yours, Sincerely, Dan Ps. I encourage you to ring me in the UK on ++44 (0) 7810 375400 (evenings are best). Thank you.

Ps.

Our postal address is:

Himalaya Expeditions
184 Bishop Road
Bristol BS7 8NB

If we don’t have it, would you please be so kind as to email your postal address, so that we could mail you colour post cards and other information, including photos, maps, etcetera? Thank you very much FOR TELLING ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!

Mount Kinabalu climbing – quotation request and reservation form

I have to remind you again that I am not represent any tour company, and I don’t have any.

January was a hectic month, as I received a lot of email requesting me to advice for a trip, quote a climbing package, book a place to stay in Laban Rata, suggest a good tour operator, asking why Sutera Sanctuary Lodges did not reply them, etc…

Half of the email, which includes quotation request will be forwarded to my partner, Aiden, a freelance tour guide, who will help on quoting and organizing the trip. While doing that, he noticed that the number of request was increasing, and it becomes more difficult to deal with. I did not intend to be a tour company, but it seems that I have to do something for those who are asking for my help.

Aiden came up with an idea of creating a system for our quotation request, as it will simplify our task. As my “upline” said before, “When you work with a system, the results will be more predictable. He created a form to be filled by visitors like you, who would like us to help them on planning their trip to Mount Kinabalu. It took me few hours only to came up with a standard webpage form. After some minor adjustment and 2 trials with the form, it is up and running.

So, if you want us to help you quote a Mount Kinabalu climbing package, just answer few questions and send me this form. Your email is confidential, and I will not forward your request to any tour operator without my permission. Aiden will be corresponding to your request.

This is where the form is: http://mount-kinabalu-borneo.com/form/form.php