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Try Sudoku

Try to solve the Sudoku puzzle below. There is only one rule: Every row, column and box of 3×3 cells must contain the numbers 1 through 9 exactly once.

Happy trying! 😉

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Visit www.dailysudoku.com for more puzzles, solutions, hints, books and other resources.

I know, there is nothing to do with Mount Kinabalu. It’s just a good way to kill your time when you got nothing to do.

Visit Malaysia Year 2007

Visit Malaysia Year 2007Do you know that 2007 is the Visit Malaysia year? Basically, this is the year where a lot of tourist/travelers from around the world come and spend some time (and some money) by coming and experience what they say as “Malaysia Truly Asia”.

So if you decided to come and spend some time in Sabah, and maybe climb Mount Kinabalu, you better book the place early. I would suggest 3-6 months in advance. Otherwise, the accommodation will be packed up.

Check out the official website by the Government of Malaysia.

The History of New Year’s Resolution

New Year's resolutionFor the upcoming 2007, I just remembered that we might need our own New Year’s resolution. Although I don’t really have new year’s resolution (since my childhood), I think I want to have one this year.

Oh, I also search for some Wiki about New Year’s resolution. Look what did I found for you. The History of New Year’s resolution. It has nothing to do with Mount Kinabalu climb, but I think it is good to know.

“The tradition of the New Year’s Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 BC. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar.

With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

The New Year has not always begun on January 1, and it doesn’t begin on that date everywhere today. It begins on that date only for cultures that use a 365-day solar calendar. January 1 became the beginning of the New Year in 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar developed a calendar that would more accurately reflect the seasons than previous calendars had.

The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. He was always depicted with two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back. Thus he could look backward and forward at the same time. At midnight on December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new. The Romans began a tradition of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Eve by giving one another branches from sacred trees for good fortune. Later, nuts or coins imprinted with the god Janus became more common New Year’s gifts.

In the Middle Ages, Christians changed New Year’s Day to December 25, the birth of Jesus. Then they changed it to March 25, a holiday called the Annunciation. In the sixteenth century, Pope Gregory XIII revised the Julian calendar, and the celebration of the New Year was returned to January 1.

The Julian and Gregorian calendars are solar calendars. Some cultures have lunar calendars, however. A year in a lunar calendar is less than 365 days because the months are based on the phases of the moon. The Chinese use a lunar calendar. Their new year begins at the time of the first full moon (over the Far East) after the sun enters Aquarius- sometime between January 19 and February 21.

Although the date for New Year’s Day is not the same in every culture, it is always a time for celebration and for customs to ensure good luck in the coming year.”

Resources : Wikipedia

Maybe you can have “climbing Mount Kinabalu” is one of your new year’s resolution… 😉

Safe and enjoyable journeys with infants and young children

My son with his Barney during our trip back to our hometown, Muar, Johor. This photo was taken at Senai Airport, JB.There is one simple secret to traveling with infants – planning. Parents quickly learn that even the simplest trip to the shops requires planning, when an infant is involved. With traveling on a holiday, the planning is simply on a larger scale. Parents have to pack and carry a range of infant goods and supplies, most of which are predictable. But they also have to be prepared for the delays and discomfort that, unfortunately, are often part of travel.

The goal is to make the travel environment comfortable and restful, so that the infant eats and sleep well. For many infants, the regular motion of a train or a car, encourages sleep. With planes, there is no regular motion. Indeed infants ca find plane travel discomforting, in particular taking off and landing, where there is a change of air pressure in the cabin. For parents, there is often the added concern that the infant will become restless and disrupt the sleeping plans of the other passengers. Fortunately, planning can help minimize this risk.

Before the journey

  • Check out the different airlines’ infant facilities before booking. Usually larger planes offer the best facilities (such as bassinets and change tables) for parents and infants.
  • On most airlines, babies aged between two weeks to two years fly free. Usually the child is expected to sit on parent’s lap.
  • Check out seating arrangements first. If traveling by train or coach, seats that offer some privacy are recommended. It is always advisable to reserve seats.
  • Packing should be planned beforehand. Everything needed for the journey should be put in the hand luggage.
  • Parents should work out their respective responsibilities before setting off.

Airports and Stations

  • Allow plenty of check-in time and fill out immigration forms in advance.
  • Most large airports have bathroom facilities with changing rooms for infants.
  • It’s common for airlines to board passengers with infants first – which is useful as it allows mothers to get organized before the plane fills.
  • At the end of the journey, it’s advisable for passengers with infants to avoid the rush and leave the plane last.

Traveling Essentials

  • A bag where things are easily accessible and have separate compartments for the various items.
  • Pack of wipes.
  • Nappy change bag, with nappies, wipes, cream etc.
  • At least one change of clothes for the infant and a change of clothes for the mother.
  • A baby sleeping bag is useful.
  • Cotton sheet – this can be used to wrap the infant or as a light shield over a bassinet.
  • Baby food, bowl and utensils for an infant who is eating solids (Even if the airline has baby food available, it may not be to the infant’s liking).
  • Bottles of prepared formula and pre-boiled water to make extra feeds.

Air Travel Tips

  • The change in cabin pressure at take-off and landing can be painful for infants. So, it’s a good idea if the infant is sucking on the breast or bottle at this time.
  • Airline food can be very hot and should never be given to an infant without testing.

Traveling with more than one child

  • For young children, travel can be restricting and tedious. So entertainment is important.
  • Fortunately, most airlines offer video channels and games.
  • Young children should be encouraged to pack their own bag, and include some of their favorite toys and games (avoiding toys with small pieces that can get lost).
  • It can be a good idea to have some new toys, wrapped up as gifts, for the journey.
  • Young children may have a special blanket or soft toy that is associated with sleeping and this can help them sleep while traveling.
  • It’s a good idea to pack food treats and drinks for young children, but it’s advisable to avoid sticky foods and to have drinks in bottles or packs that cannot spill.

Long journeys by car

  • Before setting off, plan the route ahead, and work out the stops along the way.

Relax

After careful planning and packing, parents should feel confident and relaxed about their journey. A relaxed attitude is important – it can help prevent minor mishaps from turning into major catastrophes. And if parents are relaxed, they’ll sleep better, even if only for short naps that are grabbed whenever possible. With parents and infant relaxed and well rested, traveling can be an enjoyable experience for all.

Recommended Holiday Gift

Do you know that as a Malaysian, you cannot cash out your money from Paypal? That was what happened to me few weeks back. I got some money from some friends around the globe in my Paypal account. As I notice that I could not cash out the money, I use it to buy a book from Barnes & Noble. Luckily, B&N accept Paypal. I have another account from Amazon, but they did not accept Paypal as one of the payment processor.

I bought a book called “The Digital Photography Book” by Scott Kelby. It’s a book for beginner photographer who would like to improve their photography technique. The book is very brilliant, as it is written specifically for people like me who want to know the good technique of photography.

With nearly 200 of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade”, this book gets you shooting dramatically better looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.

Each page covers a single concept that makes your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you are tired of taking shots that look “okay”, and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, “Why don’t my shots look like that?” then this is the book for you.

Good news for Malaysian. B&N ships to Malaysia, but it took about 6 weeks to arrive at your doorsteps. And, it’s about RM106 (including the shipment).

Digital Photography Book

My verdict: 5/5…

Really good book for amateur photographer. Idiot proof. No alien technical photography jargon.

If you want to get one, get it from Barnes & Noble below.

The Digital Photography Book
The Digital Photography Book

A postcard from MAKNA

A postcard from MAKNAI received a postcard from MAKNA, a short form for Majlis Kanser Nasional or National Cancer Council, a non-profit organization. The postcard showed a girl with acute myeloid leukemia, Christina Stanley, 3 years old.

I received the postcard because I have committed myself to donate some of mount-kinabalu-borneo.com tip jar to them, so that they can continue to serve the people who have cancer.

If you would like to do the same, go to the website:

http://www.makna.org.my

No more Guestbook…

Because of the enormous amount of spam that I get from having a guestbook, I have to remove it from the server and this website. Most of the spams comes from Russia, as I notice the IP addresses were traced to Russia.

So, if you want to contact me, you can always use the contact form either from this blog or the website. It will always comes to me.

Happy Fasting!

Today is the first day of Ramadhan, the fasting month for Muslims around the world. As I am one, Ramadhan is the month that I have been waiting for.

Happy fasting for all Muslim. May God bless you.

More climbing and outdoor articles for you

Do you still remember RSS (Real Simple Syndication)? Nowadays, a lot of good websites with good articles are using RSS to syndicate their content. That means, by having this technology, readers like you do not have to go to their website to get the latest information and news. Just by subscribing to their RSS feeds, the information and news will come to you. If you would like to know how to use RSS for your daily browsing activities, I have made a very simple help page for you here.

By implementing the RSS technology into this website, I manage to syndicate few selected good website for their articles. As you can see from the top navigation bar, I syndicated random articles from Travelers Toolkit category of Bootsnall.com, 10 selected articles from climbing category of About.com and 10 selected articles from outdoor category from Ezinearticles.com. All of the articles that I syndicated for you is written by people like you, travelers and climbers alike. They just would like to share with you their experiences during their journey in writings. By doing that, we, as a reader will gain more knowledge and make us more prepared – if we were to make the same decision and the same journey.

You notice that I syndicated only the relevant articles and content from their website to compliment this website which has a very similar theme. By doing that I am now giving you more reason to stay in this website a little longer – with more content to read and gain knowledge from the people who wrote the articles.

I know, a lot of us have a lot of things to say after a journey. Some of us will write in a blog diaries, but some of you don’t. Some of you may have submitted your story to ‘articles directories’ website to get yourself some credit, but I know it is tough to get your story through. Most of the so called ‘article directories’ have a strict guidelines for you to follow when submitting your story. They may also want you to write in a good English grammar, otherwise your article will get rejected.

If you are like them, no worries. I am willing to publish your article or story about your journey to Kinabalu and Sabah in this website. I do not have any guideline for you to follow. And, do not be so worry about your English grammar. Just email me your story. I may (or may not) edit your story, and it will be published directly in this website in no time. By doing that, you are contributing to this website existance and maybe one day, somebody will be syndicating your articles and stories!