Pendrive: A Trustworthy Data Storage Solution

As a writer, blogger and tourism activist, I rely alot on gadgets like smartphones, DSLR camera and laptop to get all my work done on the go. I don’t have the convenience of sitting in an office 9-5 daily as more often than not, I’m always outdoor somewhere. Believe it or not, this article was produced on the go by using a WordPress apps that’s installed in my smartphone. I do my work anytime, anywhere while I’m on the go as I see fit. That is how important these gadgets are to me. They help me to get my work done at my own convenience.

As important and convenient they are in helping me deliver my work, these working tools does have a few annoying limitations. I’m quite a hardcore user and rhe batteries of these gadgets are always depleted and to make things worst, I always find myself in akward situations where the memories are not enough. As a result to that, I often missed out on writing inspiring things that came to mind or missed capturing beautiful moments in pictures. Call me a hogger but deleting old files and pictures in these devices is not an option as they have their own values, be it monetary or sentimental.

While asking for a nuclear powered smartphones or cameras with infinite memory storage is still a farfetch thing at the moment, the technology right now still allows extensive memory storage through certain devices. Pendrive for example is offering a trustworthy data storage solution for various kinds of gadgets.

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I managed to get my hands on a couple of them and thought that they are such a lifesaver. Here’s sharing some of the Pendrive gadgets that I’ve been using;

PenDrive On-The-Go (OTG)

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PenDrive On The Go is a genius creation by Pendrive. This device allows you to instantly extend your smartphone storage space by just plugging in. Yes. It is a plug and play kinda device. All you need to do is just plug them into your phone Micro B Connector and it will instantly functioned as an extra storage for your phone. One of PenDrive On-The-Go (OTG) feature is USB 3.0 with 120.9 MB/sec reading speed.

PenDrive On-The-Go (OTG) is available in 4 different colours with different capacities:

8GB (Black)- RM 25
16GB (Silver)- RM 31
32 GB (Gold) -RM 48
64GB (Rose Gold)- RM 85

PenDrive On-The-Go (OTG) is compatible with Android phones but those who are using iPhones; you’ll need to get a connector to change from the Micro B connector to lighting connector.

PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB (USB 3.0)

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Elegantly presented, PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB packs quite a punch. The PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB (USB 3.0) offers you 128 GB space fast data transfer speed. PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB is also a plug and play device, so using them is pretty much a straight forward affair.

PenDrive RocketX PRO UHS-3

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PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB is actually an SD Card and it is an absolute lifesaver, especially for photography enthusiasts. It boasts a memory storage of 128GB. Owing to the the huge capacity the PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB is a necessity especially when you are traveling and wants fuss free photography experience. Pairing this with your cameras will allow loads of pictures and HD Video recording without interruption or the need to transfer the data away.

PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB comes in 3 chocies of capacity:

128GB (RM 255)
64GB ( RM 125)
32GB (RM 72) 

PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD)

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PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD) is actually an external hardisk. My first impression is that it would be big in size but I was certainly wrong. It’s pretty cute and chic with its compactly small size of 1.8″. This is great individials that wants mobility from their external storage devices. This is definitately packable in any handbags or backpacks. PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD) offers you high speed transfer up to 380 MB/s.

PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD) are available in different sizes of capacity:

128GB (RM 215)
256 GB (RM 375)
512GB (RM 695)
1 T (RM 1395) 

My professional life improves after using these Pendrive devices. Pre-Pendrive, I often get frustrated on data storage limitations but post-Pendrive, I never have to worry about missing out on anything and I no longer have to miss out on capturing beautiful moments just because I ran out of storage space on my devices.

Overall, Pendrive is indeed a smart and trustworthy data storage solution for me.

For more information on products by Pendrive, click HERE.

Pendrive: Solusi Penyimpanan Data Yang Boleh Dipercayai

Hampir semua pekerjaan masa kini melibatkan penggunaan gadget, dan saya juga tidak terkecuali dari menggunakan gadget dalam menyempurnakan tugasan-tugasan saya. Sebagai seorang pengemar aktiviti pelancongan dan penulis yang moden, saya mengamalkan konsep paper-less dimana kertas tidak digunakan dalam  kerja penulisan saya. Semua hasil kerja penulisan saya adalah berversi digital dan diterbitkan di ruangan digital.

Antara gadget ‘Mesti Ada’ bagi saya  adalah smartphone, kamera DSLR dan juga laptop. Gadget-gadget ini mempermudahkan tugasan harian di mana-mana sahaja saya berada. Namun begitu, gadget-gadget ini mempunyai batasan yang tersendiri. Contohnya,  kuasa bateri telefon bimbit pintar (smartphone) kamera dan juga laptop tidak boleh bertahan lama walaupun gadget-gadget ini telah dicaskan sehingga mencapai tahap maksima. Begitu juga dengan kapasiti simpanan data yang sentiasa berkurangan dengan penggunaan yang kerap.

Kapasiti simpanan data yang semakin-lama semakin kurang selepas setiap kali penggunaan gadget, tidak kiralah samada ia adalah smartphone, laptop ataupun kamera DSLR adalah masalah yang amat besar bagi saya yang sentiasa mengembara dan berada di luar. Bayangkan perasaan saya satu ketika dahulu dimana smartphone dan DSLR saya memberi amaran bahawa memory dan ruang simpanan data di dalam phone dan kamera tidak mencukupi dan saya tidak dapat terus membuat rakaman video dan menangkap gambar yang menarik pada masa itu.

Memadamkan fail atau gambar-gambar lama yang tersimpan di dalam gadget-gadget saya bukanlah satu pilihan yang baik kerana setiap hasil kerja saya, samada penulisan atau gambar yang diambil mempunyai nilai yang tersendiri. Oleh sebab itu, saya membuat keputusan untuk memaksimakan penggunaan gadget dengan gadget simpanan memori tambahan.

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Baru-baru ini, saya telah disyorkan untuk menggunakan produk-produk Pendrive untuk membantu meningkatkan ruang simpanan data untuk gadget-gadget yang saya gunakan untuk bekerja. Jenama Pendrive terkenal dengan keluaran produk simpanan data, contohnya thumbdrive dan memori card bekelajuan tinggi.

Berikut adalah produk dari Pendrive yang sedang saya gunakan:

PenDrive On-The-Go (OTG)

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PenDrive OTG ini kecil sahaja. Ia amat mobile dan mesra ruang. Ia boleh di gunakan di mana sahaja. Cara penggunaanya amat mudah sekali kerana ia berkonsepkan ‘plug and play’ di mana anda boleh terus memasukkan Pendrive ini ke dalam penyambung Micro B smartphone anda dan ia terus berfungsi sebagai ruang simpanan tambahan untuk telefon anda. Dengan ciri ciri USB 3.0; anda dijamin mendapat kelajuan membaca data maksima iaitu 120.9 MB/. Pendrive OTG bervariasi dengan 4 warna dengan kapasiti storage yang berbeza.

8GB (Hitam)- RM 25
16GB (Perak)- RM 3
32 GB (Gold) -RM 48
64GB (Rose Gold)- RM 85

Pendrive OTG ini serasi dengan telefon pintar  Android dan  iPhone.

PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB (USB 3.0)

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PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB (USB 3.0) ini merupakan salah satu pendrive kegemaran saya. Bentuk rekaannya bukan sahaja elegen dan menarik malah ia mempunyai kapasiti simpanan data yang besar. PenDrive Lightning-X 128GB (USB 3.0) mempunyai ruang 128 GB serta menawarkan kelajuan pemindahan data yang pantas. Sama seperti Pendrive OTG, ia juga mudah digunakan. Anda hanya perlu ‘plug and play’ sahaja.

PenDrive RocketX PRO UHS-3

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Penulis blog dan kamera DSLR berpisah tiada. Untuk menghasilkan artikel yang berkualiti, gambar yang dipaparkan mestilah berkualiti juga. Seperti yang anda maklum, semua kamera menggunakan memory card dan memory card yang berkapisiti tinggi amatlah penting bagi memastikan tugasan-tugasan fotografi tidak tergendala. PenDrive RocketX PRO UHS-3 menawarkan kapasiti simpanan data sebanyak 128G dan dengan kapasiti Class 10, dimana ia memberi kelajuan pemindahan data sebanyak  10MB/saat. Dengan kelajuan pemindahan data ini, ia memudahkan anda melakukan rakaman video HD, still image dan continuos shot yang cantik tanpa perlu mengganti memory card semasa sesi fotografi dijalankan.

PenDrive RocketX PRO UHS-3 didatangkan dengan 3 variasi kapisiti yang berbeza iaitu:

128GB (RM 255)
64GB (RM 125)
32GB (RM 72)

PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD)

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PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD) sebnarnya adalah sebuah external harddisk. Tanggapan pertama saya terhadap PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD) ini adalah bentuk rekaannya semestilah besar seperti external harddisk yang biasa saya gunakan. Tapi tanggapan saya salah sama sekali kerana PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD) ini kecil dan comel sekali. Bersaiz poket, PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD) dicipta untuk kemudahan individu yang selalu travel.

PenDrive Nano∞ Infinite (SSD) didatangkan dalam kapasiti yang berbeza, iaitu:

128GB (RM 215)
256 GB (RM 375)
512GB (RM 695)
1 T (RM 1395)

Apa yang menarik bagi semua produk Pendrive yang diatas adalah semuanya dikatakan kalis air, kalis hentakan, kalis suhu dan juga kalis X-ray.

Secara keseluruhan, Pendrive menawarkan penyelesaian yang amat baik bagi saya. Produk-produk Pendrive yang saya gunakan amat membantu dalam menyempurnakan tugasan-tugasan saya dan saya amat mengesyorkan produk berjenama Pendrive sebagai solusi penyimpanan data yang boleh dipercayai.

Nota kaki: Penulisan dan simpanan backup bagi article ini diperkasakan oleh pelbagai gadget Pendrive. Untuk mengetahui dengan lebih lanjut tentang produk-produk keluaran Pendrive, klik pautan ini: http://www.pendrive.com.my/

The Nepenthes Heroes on a Rescue Mission in Resorts World Genting

At the end of 1989, an estimated 18.5 million hectares or 56.3 percent of the Earth were covered with rainforest. More than 8000 species of plants were recorded in Peninsular Malaysia alone and 2500 of them were tree species. Malaysia was a home to 200 species of mammals, 115 species of snakes, 80 species of frogs and 80 species of lizards back then but these days, the number declines drastically. The cause of the steady declines is mainly because of deforestation due to illegal logging activities, open forest burning, illegal hunting and many more.

There’s not much things we can do as individual to stop the developments. We are fighting giant companies and powerful people with great influence, after all, but small efforts goes a long way and not all giant companies and land owners are an absolute evil.

Resorts World Genting, for an example is one of the companies that takes forest conservation efforts seriously. They have done a lot to spread awareness on forest conservation. For example, they have the annual Genting Back to Nature Eco Retreat program where children from underprivileged school and homes are invited to experience their untouched rainforest and they also host eco-related programs so that the younger generation can understand how important it is to conserve nature for a better future.

The most recent effort is their collaboration with Treks Enterprise, a third party company that provides eco-related packages for Resorts World Genting guests to aggressively rescue pitcher plants that’s being destroyed by private land owners in Genting Highlands due to land clearing.

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This is Pat and Eddie. They’re the backbone of Treks Enterprise. Hand in hand with Resorts World Genting, their current endeavour is to rescue pitcher plants from the land that’s being cleared and relocate them to designated conservatories in various locations in Resorts World Genting.

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Eddie on a rescue mission with one of the Resorts World Genting guest.

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Eddie posing with pitchers plants that he spotted.

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Pat and a guest have their hands full with lovely pitcher plants.

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Huge pitcher plants spotted in the wild and will be re-homed accordingly in designated areas in Resorts World Genting.

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Eddie, explaining to guests about the pitcher plants and showing them how to replant them.

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Eddie replanting the pitcher plants that he found.

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Rescued pitcher plants nicely potted

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A closer look at the pitcher plants. These are just so beautiful. It is a shame if these are destroyed just like that.

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English Garden, the public garden that is located in front of the Theme Park Hotel is one of the places where you can see the relocated pitcher plants in Resorts World Genting.

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This is the Nepenthes’ Wall where various kinds of pitcher plants are relocated and flourish in a natural environment, making them a beautiful addition to the garden’s population.The Nepenthes’ Wall in the English Garden is a part of Treks Enterprise’s effort to educate people about the beautiful plants and conserve the pitcher plants that they found.

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Eddie showing us how to differentiate a male and female pitcher plants.

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A closer look at a pair of pitcher plant. The pitcher plants in the English Garden grows in riot over the wall and besides taking pictures here, visitors are also allowed to ‘adopt’ one of the wild pitcher plants grown here and decorate the wall of the English Garden to their liking.

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Here’s me, adopting a pitcher plant and tying it to the wall as per instruction by Eddie.

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Taking pictures to immortalize the pitcher plants.

All About Pitcher Plants

Watch this video of Eddie, explaining to us all about pitcher plants in Treks outlet in Awana Hotel, Resorts World Genting. If you wish to read about pitcher plants, however, do click the link HERE. I’ve written in details about pitcher plants during my visit to Treks Nepenthes Conservatory.

Pitcher plants, or the common scientific name for it, Nepenthes, is indeed beautiful and is a part of our green lungs. They are protected under CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Animals and Flora) and AKTA 313 (Pindaan 1993) AKTA PERHUTANAN NEGARA 1984, but many are not aware of that and it has come to my attention that apart from the usual activities that we know of, the culinary world started to be unkind to nature too. Exotic animals and plants are sought after to be made into meals and pitcher plants is one of the victimized species. I’ve spotted pitcher plants being made into exotic glutinous rice dish countless times and was guilty of enjoying some of them too, but now that I know how endangered they are and how close they are to extinction, I think it is important for all of us to play a part and help conserve them. If you can’t help to rescue them, at least stop eating them. That will at least contribute to their survival.

We may or may not realize it, but the forest played an important part in a well balanced ecosystem. Small lives like the pitcher plants matters. It is part of our green lungs and if we don’t do something to conserve what’s left them, they will be completely eradicated and extinct and slowly, the rest of the inhabitants in the forest would too and we would all ended up living on a desert planet.

Wanna be a volunteer? Wanna be a Nepenthes heroes? Or just wanna learn more about pitcher plants? Just hop over to Treks’s website and Facebook page or please call 03-27181118 or logon to www.rwgenting.com for more information.

Related posts you might be interested in:

1. http://cleffairy.com/family-friendly-eco-adventure-with-treks-in-resorts-world-genting/

2. http://cleffairy.com/family-friendly-eco-adventure-with-treks-in-resorts-world-genting-nepenthes-conservatory/

3. http://cleffairy.com/family-friendly-eco-adventure-with-treks-in-resorts-world-genting-the-english-garden/

4. http://cleffairy.com/family-friendly-eco-adventure-with-treks-in-resorts-world-genting-fashion-forest/

5. http://cleffairy.com/family-friendly-eco-adventure-with-treks-in-resorts-world-genting-cable-car-ride/

6. http://cleffairy.com/family-friendly-eco-adventure-with-treks-in-resorts-world-genting-birdwatching-at-iba-awana-genting/

7. http://cleffairy.com/family-friendly-eco-adventure-with-treks-in-resorts-world-genting-jungle-trekking/

8. http://cleffairy.com/family-friendly-eco-adventure-with-treks-in-resorts-world-genting-herping/

Experiencing the Starbucks Coffee Culture at Starbucks R&R Rawang

Coffee and tea is a very important part of my life. More often than not, they help to keep me energized and inspired through their high caffeine contents. But these caffeinated beverage is much more than just concoction that keeps you alert and awake. It is part of a food culture and it is especially true in one of the biggest coffee franchise in Malaysia, Starbucks. One of the culture and tradition in Starbucks that’s not really known to public is their Coffee Tasting Session. It is held usually to welcome their new partners, Coffee Masters or just or to just share their passion and knowledge with customers and I was privileged enough to join the partners and Coffee Masters in their private coffee tasting session in Starbucks R&R Rawang last weekend.

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The coffee that we tried during the Coffee Tasting Session was ‘Espresso Roast’.

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This one is famous for being the heart of Starbuck’s Handcrafted Beverages. Here’s waiting for the coffee to be done.

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In the coffee tasting sessions, I was told that there are 4 main steps to follow to fully enjoy the real taste of coffee:

Smell- To know the AROMA of the coffee.

Slurp- to SPRAY coffee on the entire palate of our tongue.

Locate- To know the WEIGHT of the coffee

Describe- to know more details regarding the coffee itself based on the 4 aspects which are the Body, Aroma, Flavour & Acidity.

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One of the Starbucks R&R Rawang partner pouring a cuppa for us.

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Enjoying our coffee. The Espresso Roast was a dark roast beverage and it feature full body, medium acidity and the flavours are more rich and caramelly. Basically this Espresso Roast is more on the sweet note, definitely for those who enjoy bold taste.

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One of the Starbucks’ mission is “To inspire & nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup, one neighbourhood”, and I’m really glad to be a part of it.

Nikmat Kopi Sebenar di Sesi Menikmati Kopi di Starbucks R&R Rawang

Kopi dan teh adalah benda yang penting dalam hidup saya. Ia membantu saya terus bertenaga  melalui kandungan kafeinnya yang tinggi. Namun begitu ramai yang tidak tahu bahawa  minuman berkafein adalah lebih dari sekadar minuman semata-mata. Ia adalah sebahagian daripada budaya makanan atau ‘food culture’ dan ia adalah satu komponen yang amat penting kepada francais kopi terbesar di Malaysia, iaitu Starbucks. Ramai yang melanggani Starbucks untuk menikmati kopinya yang lazat, tapi tidak ramai yang tahu budaya dan tradisi di Starbucks yang melibatkat kopi; Coffee Tasting Session. Sesi merasai dan menikmati kopi biasanya di adakan untuk mengalu-alukan rakan-rakan mereka yang baru, atau hanya berkongsi minat dan pengetahuan dengan pelanggan mereka yang berminat untuk belajar mengenali kopi. Saya telah diberi peluang untuk menyertai rakan kongsi dan Coffee Masters Starbucks di sesi Coffee Tasting mereka di Starbucks R & R Rawang hujung minggu lalu.

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Kopi yang kami cuba semasa sesi Coffee Tasting adalah ‘Espresso Roast’.

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Minuman berkafein ini terkenal kerana ia seringkali digunakan untuk menghasilkan minuman ‘Handcrafted Starbucks Beverages yang dijual di Starbucks . Gambar menunjukkan kami sedang menunggu kopi disediakan.

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Semasa sesi tersebut,  saya diberitahu bahawa terdapat 4 langkah utama yang mesti diikuti sekiranya kita ingin menikmati rasa sebenar kopi sepenuhnya:

Hidu- Untuk mengetahui dan mengenalpasti aroma kopi.

Hirup- untuk menyebarkan rasa kopi di seluruh lelangit lidah

Cari- Untuk mengetahui kepekatan rasa kopi yang dibawa oleh biji kopi.

Gambarkan- menggambarkan dengan lebih terperinci mengenai kopi itu sendiri berdasarkan kepada 4 aspek yang merupakan kepekatan, aroma, rasa& keasidan kopi.

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Salah seorang rakan Starbucks sedang menyediakan secangkir kopi untuk dinikmati.

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Menikmati kopi kami. Kopi Espresso Roast ini adalah minuman kopi panggang gelap dan ia mempunyai rasa kepekatan yang ‘penuh’, keasidan sederhana dan mempunyai rasa karamel. Kesimpulannya, kopi Espresso Roast adalah lebih kepada rasa manis, dan semestinya ia sesuai bagi penggemar kopi yang ingin menikmati rasa berani dalam minuman mereka.

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Salah satu misi Starbucks ‘adalah “Untuk memberi inspirasi & memupuk semangat manusia, satu orang, satu cawan, satu kejiranan”, dan saya benar-benar gembira diberi peluang untuk menjadi sebahagian daripadanya.

Nota kaki: Penulisan dan simpanan backup bagi article ini diperkasakan oleh pelbagai gadget Pendrive. Untuk mengetahui dengan lebih lanjut tentang produk Pendrive, klik pautan ini: http://www.pendrive.com.my/

Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Carnival

Like I mentioned in my previous post on Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper Challenge 2016, I’m not much of an athlete. But I do enjoy things that’s related to sports. I’m quite a sucker for positive energy and I’ll have you know that during the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper Challenge 2016 event recently in Resorts World Genting, there’s nothing but positive energy over there. The highly positive aura being emitted were not only by the challengers, but supporters who came to lend their support as well. It was more than enough to keep me feeling good for a week.

Apart from the positive energy, I also enjoyed funky music and delicious carnival food as well during the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper Challenge 2016 event.

Wait a minute, did I say delicious carnival food and funky music? Well, I certainly did. 15 challenging obstacles were not the only highlight during Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper Challenge 2016, but the carnival that came alongside were an attraction on its own too, especially for foodies.

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Food trucks selling all sorts of delicacies. Most of the food sold here were high calories, to help the challengers refuel and sustain themselves.

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One of the food truck that’s spotted with perpetual queue is none other than this one; the one selling all sort or cold pressed juice.

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One of the star attraction during the carnival is this; Roasted Chicken on Rack. The method of cooking is similar to the famous Ayam Golek, I must say. The only difference is that the chicken were hung up on the rack during roasting.

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Plump chicken being roasted to perfection.

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Absolutely famished and being a certified glutton, I was a tad disappointed when I was told that they did not sell a whole chicken for our gastronomic pleasure, but hey, look at this; the chicken were nicely chopped up and were served with a side of adeptly fried French fries and freshly made coleslaw. It was simply a divine meal. For just RM15, the roasted chicken was definitely a steal.

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Other carnival food that was constantly hunted by ravenous challengers from the food trucks were these; Cheesy Nachos with Pulled Lamb and Churros. The Nachos was absolutely delicious but I didn’t manage to have a bite of the Churros as it was gone within seconds upon serving and I can’t really be bothered getting it again as I was already feeling full by then. I guess the Churros was really good too, considering how if went poof-ed.

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Happy faces with happy tummies. These are a sight for the sore eyes, don’t you think? People cheering for one another, helping one another as to not leave anyone behind; those things are like drugging oxytocin and make me feel so hyped up and happy. Or maybe, it was the food that made me so happy? 😉 Whatever it is, I surely want to be a part  of all these again next year. Well, at least the carnival part of it, that is. 😛

Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain by Viper 2016

I’m not much of an athlete. In fact, I don’t do sports very well despite the fact that I love outdoors activities like camping, rock-climbing and jungle trekking. I’m never good at sports that has time cap to it where I have to keep up the pace with others. If you’re to ask me, the only sport that I enjoy is probably just horseback riding and some leisurely swimming, as I don’t need to keep up with others or really sweat it and use much of my energy and it gives me somewhat a relaxing effect afterwards, but I do enjoy the massively positive energy that emits from athletes during competitions and whatnot. It’s not only motivating but uplifting as well. Watching them alone gives me Adrenaline boost that could hype me up for days.

Anyway, I was given the privilege to be at the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016 last weekend alongside with some media friends. It was held in various Resorts World Genting’s properties where participants will need to go through 10km and 15 crazily tough obstacles challenges that was set up in order to be crowned the King of The Mountain. Some 10,000 participants has signed up for the challenge and I thought the figure alone was pretty much overwhelming in my opinion. I could scarcely believe that people would actually want to go for such tough challenge, but I guess there are loads of competitive people out there that will never turn down the opportunity to test their endurance.

Challengers were flagged off by wave. If I’m not mistaken, they were flagged off by 1,000 for each wave and the earliest wave were flagged off at 8am.

Any kind of sports is a no no without proper warming up. Here’s some of the challengers doing their warming up routine.

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Challengers doing sit ups

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Challengers doing push ups.

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Not sure what this is called, but this warming up routine sure looks fun.

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Here’s the emcee of the day, beckoning challengers towards him for flagging off sessions. He’s in charge of hyping up the challengers throughout the day. I don’t know how he does it, but his words were like enchantments itself. Even a bystanders would feel all hyped up after listening to his pep talk.

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Flagging off at the starting line at The Ranch in Genting Highlands.

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Challengers posing for us during the flagging off.

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The face of pure excitements. Can you see how pumped up they are? That’s plain energy you are looking at.

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Challengers running off towards the obstacles with anticipations and excitements.

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Spotted this sweet young couple participating in the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016 together. Now that’s a relationship goal everyone should aim for. Going through obstacles and challenges together, hand in hand, literally and figuratively. Now, isn’t that romantic? I don’t know what you think of it, but in my humble opinion, this is a romance worth writing about. This is the real til death do you apart kinda thing.

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One of the first few obstacles; The Bloated Belly. This is located at the Awana Driving Range. All you need to do is climbed onto the huge inflated balloon to pass the obstacle. Looks easy, no? Well don’t let the picture deceive you. It’s tougher than it looks.

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The walk of grime up ahead at Awana Teambuilding Pond. The Water Net Crawl is slippery, muddy and definitely not something you would want to go through alone.

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This obstacle course calls for teamwork and helping each other out in order to lift the net and pass through it.

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Participants might be strangers and were not properly introduced to each other prior to the challenge. But here during Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016, they are all comrades.

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Holding true to the tagline of Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016: Leave no one behind, everyone helps each other out during each obstacles that they encountered.

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One important thing that I learned during the Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016 is that regardless of your achievements, you should give yourselves a pat on the back. Every little success calls for a celebration. That’s what life is all about, a celebration of little achievements.

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The Monkey Bar Split may look like something you can see in children’s playground, but this is certainly not a child’s play.

Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge 2016: Monkey Bar Split

The Monkey Bar Split takes alot of swinging and hanging efforts. No pun intended, though.

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Slightly similar to The Bloated Belly obstacle, this is the Cargo Net Climb.

Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain 2016: Cargo Net Climb

This obstacle course were located at Awana Longhouse.

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A closer look at the Cargo Net Climb challenge.

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It is definitely not for the fainthearted.

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On the far right of the picture is Austin, an expatriate from the US. He’s a special need individual as he is verbally challenged. But despite of being socially impaired, it does not stop him from pushing himself further. Now, that’s one thing each and every one of us should learn from Austin; never limit yourselves just because people tell you that you can’t do it. You are capable of anything that you want to achieve, as long as you put your mind to it.

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It was a very hot day. The Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain by Viper 2016 challengers were in luck though. Under Armour’s obstacle treats them to all the Air Sirap Bandung they could ever dreamed of drinking.

Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain 2016: Obstacale 10

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Challengers were supposed to swing along without dunking themselves into the water, of course.

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This obstacle course looks easier than it looks and many ended up falling into the water and swam instead.

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Challenger swimming to the shore.

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10km and 15 obstacles is definitely not an easy feat, but as far as the Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain by Viper 2016 challenge goes, nobody were left behind.

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With teamwork, sportsmanship, empathy and compassion, each and every one of the challengers had a taste of the finishing line and the glory of being crowned the King of The Mountain.

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Here’s a picture of patriotism

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A picture of joy despite being completely drained.

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A picture of cheekiness, telling us to take it easy and not to take life too seriously.

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A picture of teamwork and great effort

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A gentle reminder that moments in life should be immortalized and no cameras is too big for a wefie.

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A picture of sexy and beautiful bodies. I refuse to elaborate more on the grounds that I fear that I’d describe it too explicitly, so use your imagination, ladies and gentlemen.

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And last but not least, a picture of us, the Team Media.

The Great Eastern Genting King of The Mountain Challenge by Viper 2016 taught me alot of important lessons in life, but the most important one of all got to be the the one that tells me that life is full of obstacles and challenges, but you are capable of anything that you set your mind to achieve. It’s no small lesson indeed and I am grateful to be apart of it.

How Travelling Changes Your Personality For The Better

Travelling is one of the best things one can do to improve your quality of life. It has got tons of benefits you are able to reap, with it being able to boost both your physical and mental health. Who doesn’t want to explore and take risks when it comes to visiting new places and meeting new people? Travelling changes your personality but it does not help you boost your health. Studies have now shown that travelling can help improve your personality for the better, or at least change it to a whole new perspective.

Long-Term Travelling Boosts Personality?

This study was created Dr. Julia Zimmermann and Researcher Franz Neyer. They went out to prove the alternation of personalities in their published paper found in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
These two researchers found their data through studying two groups of German students, with one group travelling abroad for a few semesters, while the other group studied in one area. This was to study how the period of travelling depends on changing your personality, as well as how the new “perspective” or change of social network makes the groups of people change after the trip. The groups start off with a test regarding the five main personality traits: openness to experience, agreeability, outgoingness, emotional stability, and efficiency/organization. The group who came back from their trip will be doing the test again to compare their personality before and after their study abroad.
There were mixed results, but they were expected, as those who went abroad scored higher in social aspects of the test such as outgoing-ness. Those who stayed put scored higher in emotional stability, agreeability, and openness to experiences.

Travelling Changes Your Personality in Six Ways

But how exactly does travelling change your personality? Here are 6 ways how:

1. You get to meet new people and experience new things, thus opening your eyes to a whole new perspective. You start to become more understanding and see things from other points of view rather than sticking to your own opinion. You also get to appreciate the little things in life, such as simply washing your face or taking the bus going to work.
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2. You start to become spontaneous, and it’s fine. Many people are scared of spontaneity, often preferring to stay in their usual routine. But once they start travelling, it’s a completely different thing and they start to love the spontaneity or at least be okay with the idea of going somewhere out of their comfort zones, even if it’s something as simple as taking a different route to work.

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3. As you travel more, you start to have a zest for life, where you feel like you are out of your comfort zone and free from whatever was restraining you before. For example, visiting Japan where you are a native English speaker. Hearing a foreign language can be a daunting experience, but it sure does help you become more tolerant.

4. Because you are experiencing new things and meeting new people, you feel more open and outgoing, having a better time making new friends and being the one initiating conversations. You’re no longer afraid or feeling the social anxiety many people seem to suffer from. Also, you start to get the difference between real and fake friends, most especially the difference between the friends you have on social media and those who are actually someone you trust and can talk with. Because you will be travelling more, you will begin to feel detached and out of reach from friends, but you see those who are truly there for you when you com e back, something social media can never detect.

5. You start to become creative. After all, new perspectives, new sights, new everything This will inspire you to think better and with more imagination.

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6. You start not to sweat about the little things, and you are more creative in finding solutions to the small things that can break you down. Less stress, more positivity equals a better time at work or in any aspect of life.

In onclusion, it’s interesting as to how travelling can change the way you look at life and how you act. It may actually be a lot better for many, as they do not only reap more physical health benefits but more positivity and spice for life as well.

World Tourism Conference, Penang 2016

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Penang, ranked 4th in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities list for Best in Travel 2016, will be the fourth state in Malaysia to host the World Tourism Conference 2016 (WTC 2016) from 17 to 19 October 2016 after Melaka (2013), Kota Kinabalu (2010) and Kuala Lumpur (2007). Listed as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2008, George Town in Penang was aptly chosen as the venue for WTC 2016. This capital city of Penang pulsates with life and receives many visitors from all over the world who wish to experience its unique architectural and cultural townscape, which is without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. It also offers everything for a successful meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition. There is no shortage of quality hotels and holiday resorts in Penang either, allowing participants the convenience of staying in the same location as the conference. Penang as a whole is a compact island, just under 300 kilometers square, which makes the island such an attractive destination as it is easy to get from one place to another. Year-round sunshine makes Penang a favourite location to combine social events or outdoor activities with a conference or business meeting. This diverse island offers something for everyone, be it cultural heritage, natural environment or man-made entertainments.

Among the latest attractions in Penang include: 

The Skyway on Penang Hill, a newly-built observation deck that enhances the hilltop forest experience.

Entopia (formerly known as the Penang Butterfly Farm), which will become the world’s first butterfly, dragonfly and firefly sanctuary park when it is fully completed in 2018. Its phase one which consists of the butterfly and dragonfly sanctuary as well as an indoor invertebrates discovery centre has been open to public since May 2016.

The Habitat in Penang Hill, which provides a wide range attractions to explore like the Nature Trail, Canopy Walk, Tree Top Walk, Red Garden, Butterfly Bank, Yellow Garden etc.

Visitors can move around in Penang easily by using its Hop On Hop Off bus, which is equipped with Wi-Fi on board, sky view and open deck, disabled-friendly facilities and routes that cover 50 major attractions, where passengers are welcome to explore with a choice of 24-hour and 48hour tickets, or they can hop on Rapid Penang CAT, which is a free shuttle bus service that ply the streets of George Town. WTC 2016 is expected to bring together world leaders in tourism, high-level policy makers, specialists and experts from the public and private sectors, academicians and media representatives to exchange ideas and knowledge as well as share experiences to enhance tourism development further. The conference is exclusively organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Registration fee is not required for those who are interested to participate in the conference.

For further information and registration, please visit the conference’s official website at http://www.wtc2016malaysia.com. Any enquiries can be addressed to the Secretariat via email at [email protected]

Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings Live in Resorts World Genting

Photographer: Adam Lau

I was born in the 80s and were raised in the 90s. While that era might not be as interesting, superbly fast paced or terribly hi-tech like the era we are living now, it was certainly the most interesting time to grow up in. Back then, it was safe to play outside without strict parental supervisions and not to mention that era also produced a lot of talented artists whose talents are considered legendary by their fans. I could still remember during my growing up years where I had crushes on singers and boy bands and would listen to their songs on radios on walkman over and over again without feeling bored.

One of my addiction during my growing up years were the Four Heavenly Kings; the notable “gifts” from the renaissance of Hong Kong entertainment industry, i.e. the 1980s and 1990s, were the four biggest Chinese male superstars constantly graced their fans with memorable songs and superb unforgettable performances. They were Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai. Apart from singing and performing on stage, these talented artists are also revered for their appearance on the silver screen to this very day as well.

While Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai have been taking somewhat a backseat in the entertainment industry these days in favour of a more quiet personal life,Wah D, Ken, Andy Wah and Leon Li — entertainers who have won acclaim for impersonating the four personalities are more than happy to brings us down the memory lane and help fans relive the heydays of the Four Heavenly Kings.

I’ve had the privileged to watch them perform with my family during my most recent visit to Resorts World Genting and thought that these four young men aren’t just the Four Heavenly Kings impersonators. They are talented entertainers in their own rights too. The four have won awards at the MCOMEI 2014 Fashion Festival and other competitions featuring impersonators. Beyond Hong Kong and Macau, the quartet has performed at Harrah’s Reno in the US and currently will be mesmerizing audiences in Resorts World Genting, Malaysia throughout August and September 2016. So, if you are a fan of the Four Heavenly Kings and missed their presence, it would be a good idea to pay them a visit uphill in Resorts World Genting and watch them perform in Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings performance.

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Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings in Genting International Showroom

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The Four Heavenly Kings look-alikes —Leon Li as Leon Lai, Ken as Aaron Kwok, Andy Wah as Andy Lau and Wah D as Jacky Cheung— at Resorts World Genting during The Tribute to The Four Heavenly Kings performance. All four were dressed in pilot uniforms exactly like the real Heavenly Kings complete with authentic singing, dance moves and mannerisms. Some songs that were performed were classic songs like Andy Lau’s ‘Yat Hei Zau Go Dek Yat Ji‘, Aaron Kwok’s Dui Ni Ai Bu Wan, Leon Lai’s Jin Ye Ni Hui Bu Hui Lai, and Jacky Cheung’s Er Lang Chuan Shuo.

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Wah D performing. Wah D is a Hakka Chinese pop music pioneer and has won a number of awards for his work in impersonating Jacky Cheung.

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In 2000, he was the champion in the Beijing TV Jacky Cheung impersonating competition, and in 2004, he won a similar competition for Hong Kong’s TVB.

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Ken has also won several awards. In 2008, he was invited by HBS to perform at a Christmas concert and in 2011, he won yet another competition for being the “strongest vocal imitator.”

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He delivered an energetic and sensational performance during Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings that night and got the fangirls screaming for more.

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Andy Wah on the other hand has performed alongside with Andy Lau, in the superstar’s World Tour concert a number of times.

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Fans can easily imagine him as the real thing; something he has done successfully over the years in various places including Indonesia, Macau, Shenzhen, Fuzhou and Hong Kong.

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Last but not least, Leon Li. He has also won several awards for his impersonating efforts and has since 2007 performed with Wah D, Ken and Andy Wah in various concerts.

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He was Leon Lai’s substitute in the movie, One Night Surprise.

Watching them perform that night really brought us down the memory lane and it felt as if the real Four Kings were performaning that night. It was simply fantastic and if you are looking for something worth watching this mid-autumn festival, this is it.

Tribute To 4 Heavenly Kings will be ongoing from Aug 20 to Sept 9 (except Aug 23 & 30 and Sept 6) at 9pm at Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands, Pahang. Tickets are priced at RM129 and RM99. For more information on Tribute to 4 Heavenly Kings, please call 03-2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com