May 30, 2008

Mr. Bean in my blogger

I'm use modify a simple JavaScript to add Mr. Bean sneaking figure (as you can see at top right corner of my blog). Sprisingly he also appeared in my blogger setup , look down here.



It’s quite a few times I’m using scripting but this time kind of funny. Most of my script in blog more onto statistic, plug-in tools, enable or disable elements or any technical web constructions. If you're good in JavaScript you can do almost anything to your web appearence.

Instead of JavaScript there is alots of scripting, coding , programming, tools that help you in developing blog or web page. Currently I'm trying to do some programming and others elements that might help me to make my blog or web looks cool (or cool wannabe). Right now (to me) the followings is essential, CSS (Cascading style sheet), JavaScript, maybe PHP and MySql for dynamic content of web or manage/hosting blog, site or forum, html indeed, XML, flash. If listed here it doesnt mean I know how to use it, am hardly trying to use all of this things.

This is a good site for web development W3Schools

How to Make Money with Your Blog Site

How to Make Money with Your Blog Site



Which are the best and most effective ways to make a profit on your blog or independent news site?

1) Google AdSense


AdSense is by far the best, most rewarding monetization resource for blogs, news sites and small, content-rich information sites. Google offers AdSense, a service that lets independent publishers, bloggers and news site owners to publish text-based, context-relevant ads next to the content on their sites. This is done automatically without you, the publisher, having to worry about anything else except putting small-sized code inside each of your Web pages.


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For every click on Google AdSense contextual ads, the publishing sites receives credit for a small amount of money, while Google keeps an undisclosed amount of the total advertising share. Though many lament lack of relevance for the ads and little return for the increased info clutter on their pages — many silent publishers — probably the ones who consciously make less noise about this, are making serious money with this program.



What few understand, is that to make AdSense work for you ($$),it involves strategic work. Just placing the code on your pages isn't enough. The focus of your site, the way the content is organized, the way web pages are coded, the titles you use and the color and position you select for placing your AdSense ads on your Web pages all make a difference to the results you get. Significant.


What is important is that different rules apply to different types of pages and content. So no set of rules equally apply to all sites. The key is for the publisher to keep questioning the integration of contextual, text-based ads by doing systematic, ongoing testing, experimentation and optimization. For a focused blogger, this can mean from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month. For a dedicated publisher covering high-paying information areas, it is possible to get into the 5-digit range without any major investments and with a relatively short time-to-market. I am not talking about a blogger in the traditional sense, but rather to focused and very professional independent information resources like SearchEngineWatch.com or Paidcontent.org.



AdSense offers also the opportunity to monetize site searches while providing a powerful, lightning-fast search engine for your own site at no extra cost. By providing search-relevant ads on your site's search results pages. Google AdSense adds another great opportunity to monetize premium service and access with relevant text-based information about products and services.



Too bad Google AdSense doesn't let you select your contextual advertisers from its inventory.


Here some great examples of AdSense at work.


Alternative solutions to AdSense: Chitika, Kanoodle, Yahoo! Search Marketing and Yahoo! Publisher Network (in beta).



2) Blogads


Blogads is an effective solution for taking control of your advertisers and comparing your profit share with your online ad agency. As the name clearly implies, Blogads is an advertising service for blogs. When the service first came out, As I mentioned that Blogads offers a great opportunity for small, independent publishers, blogs and news sites to sell their ad space in a direct and useful way. Blogads keeps 20 percent of your net revenue and sends you the rest by Paypal or check as soon as you reach a predetermined amount.


For your advertisers Blogads provides a great bonus in terms of speed and simplicity: "Ordering an ad takes just two or three minutes. Submit your image and/or text ad. Define its duration. Pay with Paypal's secure forms. You are done. After the blogger approves the ad, return to tweak and optimize clickthroughs, renew or order on new blogs."



In the case of Blogads the publisher has control over which ads to accept and which ones to reject.


Alternative services:


Crispads is an advertising network focused on blogs. Crispads allows publishers to place ads in blog entries so that they're included in their RSS/ATOM feeds to generate revenues for syndicated content.


grokAds - an advertising clearinghouse for both buyers and sellers which works with any type of site. Offers quick and easy advertising to a specific market.


Tagword - Much like Blogads, Tagword also lets you to select which kinds of ads you want to sell to your site visitors as well as setting the prices you want to charge. Add the code provided to your selected web pages and you are selling text ads on your site! Users can create their text ads directly and submit them in minutes. Purchased ads appear on your site as soon as you're ready.



or


Create your own Text-based Ads service


TextAds is an open source text ad management system for web sites using PHP. It's been deployed with content management systems like PostNuke and should work with any PHP-based website.


The Idya AdSystem is a text ad management solution for web sites. It supports keyword-driven text-ads and PayPal payments. Installing takes a few minutes. Simply upload it to your site, use the installer to install it, and your site is ready to show text ads. You can check the entire list of its features. The AdSystem uses PHP 4 and MySQL, though it port to other DBMSs. The AdSystem has been undergoing re-engineering for version 2, however, it looks like the site is at a standstill and hasn't been updated since 2003.







3) Amazon Associates


The Amazon Associates program lets independent online publishers with the opportunity to promote any product in Amazon's inventory as affiliate agents. All it takes is adding a small, identifying code to the links that take your site's visitors to a specific Amazon product page (books, DVDs, electronics, etc.). If the visitors who clicked on your link buy an item even if it's not the item you point to — you earn a small commission.


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Though the amount of return with the Amazon Associates program is small, nonetheless, it is another way to get income without adding clutter or not-relevant disruptive information to your valuable content. References to relevant books add to the user experience as it helps those who want to search for more information on a topic to see immediate and hand-picked recommendations.


As a matter of fact, it is possible to earn as much as 10 percent per sale as an Amazon Associate.








4) Text Links


Text links are controversial for some purists, but for those seeking a way to monetize content without adding clutter and intrusive ads — it is an interesting opportunity to explore further. Text links are an emerging advertising market that brokers small, text-only links, which often don't need prominent placement (the payback is not on the clicks) on your site pages.


What the advertisers want is a link presence on your site to gain extra "authority" (like the Google PageRank indicator) in an artificial way. This is why you may have noticed many of these text links being placed at the bottom of content pages or in other non-premium positions. The goal is to increase a site's value in search engines. The good thing is that as this market grows, the independent publisher has more and more options from which to select. Also, the publisher can approve and accept text links that are complementary and relevant to the site's content.


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Though many text links point to second-rate services and products (online casinos, poker, Viagra, etc.) — this marketplace is growing and becoming more visible, therefore more advertisers of mainstream products and tools are popping up in numbers. Since you are the one accepting such advertising contracts, the selection of what you display is up to you.



To play this game, it is helpful to have a Google PageRank of 4 or more. (Here is an article where you can find out how to measure Google PageRank). For those having a PR value of 6, 7 or more, there is great opportunity for serious monetization. As an indicator, five or six text ads can easily bring in a few hundred dollars every month on a PR 6 site/blog.


A Google generated list of companies brokering text link ads: http://tinyurl.com/66pc4



The example above: FaganFinder

(check the bottom of the home page to see what I mean)


Other online text link agencies: LinkAdage Auctions - Offers blog owners the chance to sell text links on their site at market value through a private online auction.


Text Link Brokerage


Paid Text Links


See also: Will Plain-Text Ads Continue to Rule? (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)








5) Premium Content Sponsorships


Selling sponsored space is another option for the independent publisher. While this was associated with prominent flashy banner ads, this is changing and expanding in many ways. In my view, the successful strategy is to use selected and relevant sponsors to introduce, give access or extend the value offered by premium content.


A relevant product or service can sponsor a news channel or RSS feed. Sponsors can also sponsor a rich section of additional related content to a standard article. Having a resourceful bibliography or annotated resources section in your next ebook or mini-guide is also fertile ground to effectively showcase relevant sponsors.


X-events, podcasts, live and recorded web conferences, online interviews are great unobtrusive and relevant sponsorship opportunities.



See also: New Online Advertising Strategies: No More Interruptive Ads







6) Related Reports


Another opportunity should see more in the near future is affiliate marketing of related research reports. For sites that cover specific industry or niche topics, this is an opportunity to play an effective marketing role for research clearinghouses and large publishers of intelligence reports, analyst insider briefings, white papers and research findings.



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These types of reports usually carry a higher price tag than normal ebooks and physical publications. The reason for the high price tag is because their content is focused on specific industries and topics, and it has information that's hard to find elsewhere.


The technology that makes this possible is available from 21Publish (the blog hosting provider) in partnership with Market Research.








7) Affiliate Sales


A good monetization channel for select products and services is affiliate sales. This approach involves signing up to become an affiliate reseller of specific products.


As long as the affiliate products do not affect the publisher's credibility and provide pointers to useful, high-value products that the publisher fully endorses, affiliate sales are a rewarding monetization channel.


The commissions received for these sales vary depending on the product and the original vendor sales and marketing strategy. LinkShare and Commission Junction are two of the largest affiliate program brokers. Check out their catalogs to get a good idea of what products and commissions are available.



If you write and publish your own e-books and other premium content publications, you may want to consider using an affiliate sales program to give your products greater reach and exposure.


My preferred provider for this is Share-It!, which offers full payment and an ecommerce infrastructure to online publishers while integrating a customizable affiliate program. You can set the commission and the products that you want your affiliates to manage. Share-It! automatically takes care of payments and accountability of the transactions; it sends updates and timely sales reports both to you and to your registered resellers. The system even automatically creates content pages that the reseller can link to from her own site.







8) Online Guides and E-Books


Self-published books, e-books, mini-guides, tutorials and other types of premium content generate a respectable source of income for those with relevant and useful content to share. Focused guides and reference publications in niche areas are a growing demand from qualified customers, especially when these products can be easily pre-evaluated in some form.



For bloggers, news sites and small independent publishers' ebooks and online guides should make a natural monetization channel. Much of the content written for a site is easy to re-edit and re-purpose for commercial use. Reviewing editors, topic-specific bloggers can use their writing talent to put together the best content they have on a specific topic.


Selling ebooks requires good online marketing skills, lots of exposure, visibility and honest testimonials from satisfied buyers. A little army of affiliate resellers can go a long way in helping your ebook get extra exposure and visibility. Plus partnering/bundling your product with those who are already the best in your class helps get more copies out the door.







9) Bookstore Distribution and POD Publishing


You can also increase profitability and exposure of your e-books by using a company like Lightning Source, which can distribute your digital content on Amazon bookshelves while allowing you to offer printed versions of your masterpieces using POD technology (print on-demand).



See also: Turn your weblog into a book


Self-publishing with Lulu.com


Trafford Publishing







10) Merchandising


Selling your branded t-shirt or baseball cap makes sense when your publishing project has a strong brand, a powerful message or an issue that it stands behind.


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Why would people shell out USD $20 or more to buy a branded t-shirt promoting a web site? If a bold tagline spells out a strong message or slogan about something of which many are passionate, readers want to support the cause by wearing them.



I think this works effectively where a) the personal brand is good enough to create a desire in readers to "stand" for it (few bloggers or news sites have this kind of charisma, but I people like Joi Ito or Howard Rheingold most likely can command some of this), or b) the author or blog / site stands for something clearly identifiable. It may be an overarching mission or a number of changing issues that make effective marketing themes for such products.


CafePress offers an extensive catalog of shorts, caps, calendars, mugs with over 80 customizable merchandise products waiting for your logo and tagline to be printed on them. CafePress provides the raw merchandise that you can customize by uploading your artwork and interactively adjusting it on through its online command center.


While CafePress charges a base cost for the material (e.g.: USD $13.99 base price for T-shirts), you can price your branded merchandise however you like and CafePress dutifully manages the transaction, payment, shipment and your monthly payments for your hard-earned commissions. In the process CafePress, also creates a full web-based shopping center that can be customized to match your Web site's design.








11) Collections, Anthologies, Compilations and Curated Content on CD-ROM


Thanks to CafePress and similar services, independent online publishers also have the opportunity to deliver vast amounts of content such as aggregated anthologies of articles, reports, audio and video files, or research collections on CD-ROM. All with complete infrastructure support for the mastering, duplication, labeling and shipping of these.


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Again, the publisher pays a wholesale cost for the production of each CD-ROM ordered and the profit comes from the markup that the publisher decides on for each item sold. CafePress clears payments from customers, prints the CD, packages it and ships it to your customer. It sets aside your profit margin and cuts a check for you at the end of the month.


The publisher base price is USD $4.99 per CD (excluding shipping). You can mark up the price as much as you want and CafePress collects payments and sends your profit margin to you.



More info: CafePress Data CD







12) Paid Assignment


While many find this very controversial, more companies are using bloggers and independent sites to talk about, promote or cover specific products and issues. The Marqui program, in which I've participated, is a good example. But there are other ways to go about it. A person can go to a company and become its official online blogger. A person can take specific assignments for prominent sites and work for them, with or without credit, covering specific issues.


The important thing here is to be clear and upfront about it. People are inflexible about this because they're afraid that the people they trusted and read without question before may now write articles because they are paid for it.



From my point of view, I say the following:


a) question your sources, no matter how good they are and how fanatical you are about them.


b) take that ham away from your eyes: there is no objectivity, outside of the transparency of the reporter, blogger or news reporter. Everyone is influenced in one way or another. You don't need to take money from a customer to be influenced. What about all those journalists and bloggers who routinely receive free evaluations of gadgets and software that everyone else has to pay for? Doesn't that influence them? Invitations to press dinners? Product launches? Come on.


What counts, and what I think readers value the most, is being upfront, transparent and credible. Assuming you have been, like everyone else, "exposed" to cover certain issues rather than others — what matters is how "transparent" you are about revealing your driving motives, interests and goals while writing on that topic. Can you be influenced while remaining true to your opinions? I believe you can.


Taking money per se is not a disreputable act, neither is getting paid to write about a certain topic: isn't this what newspapers command their editors to do?



What the critics of paid assignments have underestimated is the large demand out there for this. If the paid writers are transparent, accountable and professional with their assignment, then this is as legitimate as any other activity.


I guess you only need to decide if you are in it for the art or the part.


Marqui paid USD $800 to the bloggers who did the assignment. Each one was required to write four articles a month that at least mentions and links to Marqui.




13) Donations



If you support a cause that goes beyond the mere reporting of news in your areas of interest, why not consider asking your readers for support?




People like to take a stand for the people whom they think can make a difference, so why not use this strategy to finance some of your effective communication campaigns? PayPal Donations, Amazon's Honor System and BitPass all offer a simple way to add a snippet of code to your site to make it easy for people to donate.



Depending on the system adopted, you may opt to receive money in euros, U.S. dollars, Japanese yen, pounds sterling and other currencies.


If all of the above fails:





a) Join a publishing network

If you are just starting up with your blog or small news site — and need either more traffic, exposure or experience before you feel you can do any of the above on your own — then joining a group blog may work for you.


Metafilter, Chris Pirillo's Lockergnome Channels, Blogcritics, WikiNews, Blogit or any of these group blogs, if not at my own MasterNewMedia, MasterViews and Kolabora.com, where I am always looking for additional contributors.



Working in a group blog can ease the pressure of having to post on a daily basis, gives you greater exposure in less time and exposes you and your ideas to an existing community of interested readers and other writers.


In some cases, like at Weblogs Inc., Creative Weblogging, Squidoo and elsewhere, contributing bloggers are also paid a share of the advertising revenue their blog generates.


Another great alternative is to look into the creation of local news sites and Get Local News has a smart idea ready to be picked up.



b) Blog your best without worrying about making money in any direct way. Money comes as a consequence of your extra exposure and visibility. Blogging creates extra income by allowing you to enter in close contact with relevant people in your areas of interest, and by facilitating exchange and contact with prospective customers through your online presence.


Simply blogging with no strings attached increases your credibility and authority in the field and earns you extra income when you are called to give advice. Having a blog to showcase your ability to review, explore or analyze issues and products is the best way to market yourself and to provide a living showcase of your talents and abilities.





Listen:

Making Money - session from Bloggercon III


Doc Searls leads the Making Money session at Bloggercon III. Audio from IT Conversations. [runtime: 01:24:31, 38.7Mb, recorded 2004-11-06]


True Voice: The Business of Blogging

Session hosted by Stowe Boyd at the Blog Business Summit in Seattle on January 24, 2005, with Robert Scoble and Get Real contributor Greg Narian.


Read:

Make Money off Your Blog

The Washington Post - January 30, 2005



The Blogs' Long Tail: Blogs And RSS Profit Potential





All of the above are non-exclusive strategies that can be used in parallel with other activities to create multiple income streams for bloggers, news sites and other content-focused online resources.


A few guiding principles have stood out from my own experience in the search for creating multiple income streams for an independent online publisher, blogger or small news site:



  • Relevance, Value

    People want to see relevant information. Related to the main subject. If they like what they find, what better opportunity to give them more of what they want? Make your readers kings and queens at your site! The products and services a publisher selects should fit the editorial line of the blog/site as much as possible; this ensures a true continuum between articles and promotional messages.


  • Complementary

    The additional ad or sponsorship information has to bring in value to the overall content. Selling prestigious and prominent content space for money without considering the relevance of the sponsoring firm to the sponsored content is a wasted opportunity for both sides. Given that no one enjoys being distracted by brand x or product z when trying to find something unrelated — why not leverage this natural and reasonable defense mechanism and match sponsors to relevant events and content spaces? Why not allow sponsors to provide extra value to the content/event offered by providing access/integration to premium-quality complementary resources?

  • Visual unobtrusiveness - Non-interruptiveness

    Sponsorships, text-based ads, promotional messages don't have to scream for visual attention. If they complement and enrich what is already out there, they only need to be properly and intelligently juxtaposed, formatted and legible, scannable and printable, just like any other content on their hosting page. A site's web developer should have full control over the layout and positioning of these items by using CSS.

  • Publisher Control

    The publisher must be king (or queen)

    This is what I think. It is the publisher and not the advertising agency or some obscure algorithm that should control which ads show up on my web pages. It should be the publisher who takes the role of information director in full; not just in respect to what is written, but also about what is promoted. Separation of editorial and marketing offices is not an advantage in the type of new-media universe I envision.

    Services like Blogads and the text-link clearinghouses facilitate this by allowing publishers to maintain full control of who are going to be their advertisers.



    Google AdSense provides some control of which ads are displayed by letting publishers filter out up to 200 advertisers that may not complement their content. Ideally, as I have advocated, a publisher should be able to select from a large inventory of relevant and complementary advertisers in the ads he wants to carry.


  • Endorsement

    A publisher should also in some way endorse the products she advertises as a way to provide value to her readers with such "recommendations." I have repeatedly refused to be a well-paid affiliate reseller or advertiser for products that I didn't believe in, while many times I have offered my space for free to companies and products which I thought deserved my readers' attention (proof is available, if needed). A sense of personal ethics and editorial coherence is all it takes.





Which monetization strategy to use?


Diversify income streams

Don't bet all your money on one horse and think like a coffee shop where money is made with many small transactions across a good variety of (generally low-cost) related offerings.


What I am learning is that you can make money by creating and cultivating multiple, small, income streams. Relying on one big source of income is always dangerous. If that resource disappears, so does your ability to survive.


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Photo credit: Elliott Scott





Source: masternewmedia.org

May 29, 2008

UiTM wants to offer course in blog writing

UiTM wants to offer course in blog writing



The Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) logoImage via WikipediaSHAH ALAM, MON:


Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) is willing to offer a course in blog writing in an effort to produce more professional and ethical blog writers, its Vice Chancellor Datuk Seri Profesor Ibrahim Abu Shah said.




He said the move would also be in keeping with current developments, where a majority of the society were being drawn to the alternative media.


“Currently, we do have blogging studies in our curriculum and this will be enhanced further by introducing a course on blog writing.



“I feel that the Communication and Media Studies Faculty is ready to conduct the course and I fully support this move (to introduce blog writing course) as it is time for us to help produce bloggers who are not only professionals, but with ethics,” he told a media conference after opening a seminar on Media and the 2008 General Election, here today.



Ibrahim said although academic qualifications were not an asset for those wanting to become blog writers, there were certain ethics which they should adhere to in expressing their views to avoid them from writing on matters which were negative and seditious.

“Everybody can be a blogger but we cannot simply write as we like because there are certain rules to be observed, like whether the words used are ethical and the subject matter is true or otherwise” he added.

Earlier in his speech, Ibrahim said the new media had become the focus for the young generation due to its anti-establishment tendency.


He said the society looked upon the new media as a space for them to express their thoughts and whose development could also be seen as a process to enhance the government’s accountability as well as a “watchdog” for the people.


Referring to the result of the recent general election, Ibrahim said the people had activated the cyber revolution by displaying information that had caused the fall of several states to the opposition.


“Isn’t there any other media which can provide a balance to the situation.



Do we have to be trapped and allow ourselves to become victims of the cyber media without any check and balance on ourselves, family and the society.


“It’s here that I think the cyber colony can be regulated. If the blog is used, then it is also through the blog that we can merge the traditional and new media,” he added.


The one-day seminar is attended by more than 200 participants, comprising academicians, media practitioners, politicians, representatives from government and non-governmental organisations as well as bloggers where they discussed the role of the media during elections.


Source by NST Online

May 28, 2008

Mengapa Perlu Sangka Buruk ?

Dipetik copy dari Blog zaharuddin.net

Mengapa Perlu Sangka Buruk ?




Sangka buruk jenis haram dan berdosa ini biasanya didasari oleh perasaan cemburu, hasad, dengki dan berniat ingin menjatuhkan individu yang dijadikan sasarannya.

Sangka buruk jenis ini juga hakikatnya lahir dari jiwa dan minda seseorang yang kotor. Ia adalah refleski dirinya yang kerap bergelumang dengan kejahatan dan dosa. Atau dari jiwa yang tiada ikhlas dalam membuat sesuatu perkara. Justeru, dalam mindanya kerap tergambar mustahil ada seseorang boleh berbuat atau bercakap baik kecuali mesti ada helah, agenda kepentingan diri dan muslihat di sebalik. Ia berfikiran demikian kerana demikianlah dirinya. Ia melihat orang lain sepertinya.

"Mengapa baru sekarang ustaz sibuk-sibuk, mengapa tak beritahu awal-awal dulu, ni kami dah join lama dan untung ribu-ribu baru nak sibuk kata haram, jangan dengki la ustaz. Mesti sebab ustasz ni ada join skim lain dan sekarang dah rugi kot" Katanya.

Tiba-tiba mucul seorang former yang berkata :"puas aku fikir dan cari di web zaharuddin ini, apakah niat sebenar si zaharuddin ini sibuk-sibuk menulis isu ini dan menyusahkan kitorang, apa yang dia hendak sebenarnya?"

"eleh ustaz-ustaz TV ni, hanya layak mendapat gelaran ‘pelawak' dari penceramah, asyik buat lawak aja. Depa ni sebenarnya sedang jual agamanya untuk popular di televisyen"

Seorang isteri dinasihatkan oleh seorang penulis artikel bahawa : "jika suami anda tiba-tiba baik, spoting, romantik, ketahuilah sebenarnya ia ada benda jahat yang sedang disorokkan"

Pengusaha bas mahu naik tambang 100 peratus

Berita ni aku quote dari carigold.com , biar betul, 100% beb,


28/05/2008 12:23pm


KUALA LUMPUR 28 Mei – Persatuan Pengusaha-Pengusaha Bas Pan Malaysia mahu menaikkan tambang bas ekspres, bas henti-henti dan bas mini sebanyak 100 peratus.

Presidennya, Datuk Mohamad Ashfar Ali berkata, pihaknya terpaksa berbuat demikian kerana kos operasi yang semakin meningkat terutama perbelanjaan untuk membeli diesel dan penyelenggaraan kenderaan.

Katanya, jika cadangan itu tidak dipersetujui kerajaan, berkemungkinan banyak syarikat bas yang akan gulung tikar.



Kesian kpd mereka2 yang munggunakan bas ni, dah le takde kereta atau motor nak, naik plak harga tiket bas, ni yang parah ni...

Seperti biasa ulasan aku... "GAJI AKU JE TAK NAIK2 yang lain semuanya naik" ...aku pernah dekat 3 tahun tak naik gaji...pastu naik gaji RM70 je , tolak KWSP RM50 je .

Makin bermasalah Malaysia Kita ni, Pulau Batu Putih dah burn dgn Singapore, politik hancusss, ekonomi so and so, kes jenayah, pengangguran, juvana, masalah budak hilang, menteri tido dan sebagainya.

Ni aku quote ulasan pro-aktif sikit

Di Mstar disiarkan berita Tambang bas dan teksi mungkin dinaikkan. Ulasan mudah Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan & Koperasi:



“Saya telah memberitahu Kabinet hari ini mengenai perlunya kajian seperti itu bagi mengenal pasti sama ada struktur tambang sekarang terlalu murah sehingga menyebabkan pengusaha bas ekspres dan teksi tidak dapat meningkatkan mutu perkhidmatan dan ciri keselamatan kenderaan mereka.


“Kita juga perlu tahu sama ada struktur tambang sekarang sesuai dengan kos operasi mereka. Umum mengetahui bahawa tambang bas dan teksi di negara ini adalah antara yang termurah di dunia..



Itulah alasan yang popular diguna pakai oleh pemerintah Malaysia untuk menaikkan apa juga harga barang atau perkhidmatan. Harga petrol dinaikkan, alasan yang sama, sebab petrol di Malaysia paling murah di dunia. Harga gula dinaikkan, kerana paling murah di dunia. Dan kini pengangkutan awam di Malaysia pula bakal menerima habuan hanya kerana kadar tambang di Malaysia paling murah di dunia!



bas Mahal pun satu masalah, murah pun satu masalah. Yang tetap terbeban adalah pengguna dan rakyat. Menteri takkan naik bas dan teksi untuk ke pejabat megah di Putrajaya, di saat rakyat terpaksa bangkit seawal 5 pagi untuk bersiap dan berkejar dan bertukar bas ke sana ke sini untuk memastikan mereka sampai ke pejabat tepat pada waktunya.




Isunya di sini adalah, apakah mereka sudah hilang nilai untuk menaikkan apa juga harga dan kadar tanpa memikirkan rakyat berterusan menanggung susah?



Alasan bahawa dengan peningkatan kadar, maka akan memberi ruang kepada pengusaha teksi dan bas untuk meningkatkan ciri-ciri keselamatan, adalah satu alasan yang cukup tidak cerdik. Dalam apa keadaan, ciri keselamatan adalah perkara paling penting apabila ia membabitkan penumpang awam, itu paling mustahak.



Dalam konteks bas ekspres, ada pengusaha bas yang menggunakan bas usang untuk perjalanan jarak jauh, tetapi tambangnya tidak jauh beza dengan bas yang berkondisi selesa dan agak mewah. Usah sebut soal ciri keselamatan seperti GPS, kotak hitam (dulu bukan main sibuk diwajibkan, sekarang senyap sunyi!), malahan penghawa dingin pun kadang-kadang hidup, kadang-kadang mati!



Sama juga halnya dengan bas untuk lingkaran bandar seperti Metrobus, RapidKL, munasabahkah tambang dinaikkan dalam keadaan gaya pemanduan pemandu yang biadap dan samseng, di samping boleh dibilang dengan jari kekerapan bas-bas tersebut untuk sampai ke checkpoint mengikut masa yang ditetapkan? Bukan saja lewat 10 minit, malah sejam dua itu perkara biasa. Tanya saja golongan pekerja yang menaiki bas saban hari di Plaza Kota Raya mahupun Perhentian Bas Klang berhampiran Pasar Seni, saya pasti jawapannya sahih tepat.



Dalam keadaan sebegini, masih lagi ada usaha hendak menaikkan tambang bas?



Saya harap rakyat jangan lupa, bahawa lantaran kenaikan harga minyak pada tahun 2006, kerajaan menjanjikan penjimatan subsidi RM 4.4 billion akan disalurkan semua kepada rakyat melalui Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pengangkutan Awam (KWAPA). Dana ini, antara lain disebut akan digunakan bagi tiga tujuan :

o Meningkatkan mutu perkhidmatan bas terutama dari aspek liputan dan kekerapan perkhidmatan.

o Menambah baik sistem integrasi pengangkutan awam antara bas, LRT, monorel dan komuter;

o Memperluaskan jaringan sistem monorel atau LRT.




Disebut di dalam makalah penjelasan EPU mengenai kenaikkan harga minyak:



Tujuan utama program ini ialah untuk melaksanakan sistem pengangkutan awam yang bersepadu. Ia juga melibatkan sistem pengangkutan awam di bandar-bandar lain selain bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. Kerajaan yakin usaha menambah baik sistem pengangkutan awam akan meningkatkan mutu

perkhidmatan sekali gus memberi lebih keselesaan kepada pengguna. Usaha ini secara langsung akan menggalakkan penggunaan pengangkutan awam.



Jujur..saya melihat mereka mula hilang nilai mesra rakyat. Yang difikirkan hanya golongan kapitalis, tetapi rakyat akan terus terhimpit dengan asakan kos hidup yang membeban.

- *^(*&.wordpress.com




Walaubagaimanapun aku tetap besyukur

May 24, 2008

Langkawi Part I

Setelah aku pospond pergi Langkawi last year atas sebab2 kewangan (gatal pi tukar kereta sampai 2 kali), so pada tahun ini aku telah berjaya membooking flight MAS untuk ke langkawi.

Seronok betul la MAS & AirAsia ni perang harga, harga boleh layan la, cuma fuel surcharge & tax je mahal. Dulu aku pergi naik AirAsia kali ni naik MAS plak. Sure ada beza dari segi services yg penting kitorang selamat

Masa aku tulis ni semua dah settle: flight, hotel & kereta sewa, cuma kereta sewa tak bayar habih lagi baru deposit RM100.

Kali ni book flight online, tak mcm dulu2 pakai telepon, online takde lagi tak silap aku book online ni dah di buat MAS dari 1997 tapi through travel agent, sekarang ni click kat sini MAS Booking FLIGHT dah boleh book + bayar terus + dapat ticket terus. MAS dah pakai e-ticket which is very convinience for passenger (maybe ada org susah nak terima e-ticket ni sbb boarding pass tu tak dapat) some more, passengers only needed to bring identity card and booking reference number to board an aircraft - kan senang tu.

Dulu nak kena pergi travel agent pastu collect ticket, kalau tak pun pos atau pergi MAS offices ambik ticket.

Ni perang harga AirAsia vs. MAS



*jgn salah pandang AirAsia tu stated "from..." itu catching je tu.

Ni ada lagi satu, kalau nak naik flight yg ada kipas boleh layan ni



Ada gak pakej menarik tapi aku tak try lagi...







Aku akan travel berlima, mula2 tu aku bertiga je (Wife + Qistina) , pastu mak aku dan adik mertua ipar nak joint sekali, nasib baik dapat lagi book flight yg sama. Walhal diorang ni nak pi Jakarta bulan 8 ni (kalau ada $$$$ boleh joint plak turn aku plak joint diorang)

for accommodation, dapat booked through firefly (another rival fo airasia), Awana Porto Malai Langkawi Resort . Dapat fair rate sbb masa aku travel ni School holiday so semua kena le tambah surcharge 20-30% drp actual rate, dari flight, hotel, even kete sewa pun kena bayar lebih.

Awana Porto Malai


Aku takde le nak shoping, nak mandi laut je , pastu cruising around. yang nak shoping ni biasalah mywife and mama dia. Qistina punya request nak buat sand castle + tgk ikan2 kat aquarium .

ok bila aku dah balik nanti sambung Langkawi Part II .

May 23, 2008

Pulau Batu Putih

Hari ni aku tak dapat tgk live telecast di RTM1 pasal Pulau Batu Putih kepunyaan sapa. Last-last dapat kat Singapore jugak.



The Star:
S'pore takes Pulau Batu Puteh, M'sia gets Middle Rocks


THE HAGUE: The International Court of Justice has ruled that Singapore has sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh while Malaysia owns Middle Rocks.

As for the South Ledge, the ICJ ruled that it belongs to the state in whose territorial waters it is located.

ICJ vice-president, Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh read out the judgment, which was carried live over RTM1 Friday.

Pulau Batu Putih, which Singapore calls Pedra Branca, an isle no larger than half a football field, is about 14.3km from Tanjung Penyusop in Johor and 46.3km from Singapore.

Middle Rocks is about half a nautical mile from Pulau Batu Putih and 1.7 nautical miles from South Ledge.

The 17-member bench heard oral arguments from Malaysia and Singapore between Nov 16 and 23 last year.

The judgment ends the 28-year old territorial dispute between Malaysia and Singapore and both countries had earlier pledged to abide by the decision of the ICJ that is final and not subject to appeal.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim described the judgment as a "win-win" situation. He said the status quo remained although Singapore has sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh and Malaysia over Middle Rocks.

ICJ putuskan Pulau Batu Puteh milik Singapura

Fri | May 23, 08 | 7:00:17 pm MYT

THE HAGUE, 23 Mei - Mahkamah Keadilan Antarabangsa (ICJ) hari ini menetapkan bahawa Singapura mempunyai hak kedaulatan terhadap Pulau Batu Puteh manakala Malaysia mempunyai hak kedaulatan terhadap Terumbu Karang Tengah.

Mahkamah itu juga, menurut laporan Bernama, menetapkan bahawa Terumbu Karang Selatin adalah milik negara di mana terletaknya perairan wilayah.

Penghakiman itu menamatkan pertikaian selama 28 tahun antara Malaysia dan Singapura berhubung pulau itu, yang dikenali di Singapura sebagai Pedra Blanca, dan juga dua terumbu karang itu.

Pulau Batu Puteh terletak 7.7 batu nautika dari pantai Tanjung Penyusuh di Johor.

Kedua-dua negara telah memberi jaminan akan akur dengan keputusan ICJ, badan kehakiman utama Pertubuhan Bangsa Bersatu.

Keputusan mahkamah itu adalah muktamad dan tidak boleh dirayu.

Malaysia dan Singapura juga berulang kali menyatakan bahawa apa sahaja keputusan tidak akan menjejaskan hubungan dua hala.

Penghakiman itu dibacakan oleh Naib Presiden ICJ Shawkat Al-Khasawneh, yang bersama dengan 15 hakim lain, telah mendengar penghujahan dari kedua-dua negara pada perbicaraan kes itu dari 6 hingga 23 Nov tahun lepas.

Keputusan itu disiarkan secara langsung oleh RTM1 mulai 10 pagi di sini (4 petang di Malaysia).

Menteri Luar Dato' Seri Dr Rais Yatim yang mengetuai rombongan Malaysia mendengar penghakiman itu di sini menyifatkan keputusan itu sebagai "menang-menang".

Bersama Damia

Adik aku dapat kerja di Arab Saudi , sebelum ni kerja dengan Petronas tiba2 dapat offer kerja kat Arab terus le dia sambar.


Photo2 ni masa kitorang pergi hantar dia di Senai Airport, lama gak tak pergi Senai ni, sbb kalau naik flight ni kitorang selalu layan KLIA, LCCT.



Ni lah Damia , anak sedara aku yg kena tinggal dek bapak dia, maybe diorang akan ke Arab Saudi bulan Ogos 08 ni , dokumen dah siap cuma tinggal tunggu masa je nak ke sana. Yang rambut botak sikit tu la adik aku. Aku sampai sekrang tak paham kerja dia camna, kalau dia cerita ada kaitan dgn chemical, polymer etc etc. Perrghh satu sen pun aku tak paham maklum lah ilmu kimia aku setakat CHEM101 (intro je). Sedih gak aku tgk anak dia ni, tu yg aku pesan kalau dah settle bawak je family bukan mcm dulu2 masa bujang happy go lucky. Wokeyh

Qistina 2006
















May 22, 2008

Tun Dr. Mahathir keluar Umno



Berita Harian
ALOR STAR: Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang juga ahli Umno seumur hidup, semalam mengumumkan keluar daripada parti itu, berkuat kuasa serta-merta.

Dr Mahathir menegaskan, tindakan itu diambil kerana beliau hilang kepercayaan terhadap kepemimpinan Umno sekarang, terutama Presiden parti, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang didakwanya gagal memperjuangkan nasib bangsa Melayu.

"Saya dengan ini mengumumkan keluar parti hari ini sehingga Presiden Umno yang juga Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah meletakkan jawatan.

"Saya juga meminta ahli Umno yang sayangkan parti, mengambil tindakan yang berani ini untuk keluar parti dan kita menyertai semula Umno apabila Datuk Seri Abdullah melepaskan jawatan," katanya di hadapan lebih 1,500 hadirin, kebanyakannya ahli Umno Kedah pada majlis dialog 'Nasib Kedudukan Bangsa Melayu' di sebuah hotel di sini semalam.

Dr Mahathir membuat pengumuman itu sebagai menyahut cabaran seorang hadirin pada majlis berkenaan yang meminta beliau terlebih dulu mengumumkan keluar parti. Sebelum itu, dalam ucapan kira-kira sejam, beliau mencadangkan ahli Umno supaya keluar parti secara sementara bagi memaksa Abdullah meletakkan jawatan dalam parti dan kerajaan.

'Kaji kenapa Tun keluar UMNO'

KUALA LUMPUR 20 Mei - Bekas Menteri Besar Kedah, Tan Sri Sanusi Junid berkata, beliau tidak terkejut dengan keputusan Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad mengumumkan keluar daripada UMNO berkuat kuasa serta merta.

Beliau berkata, bekas Perdana Menteri itu bertindak demikian kerana tidak dapat menerima prestasi terburuk UMNO dan komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12, 8 Mac lalu.

''Barangkali ada yang seronok apabila Dr. Mahathir keluar dari UMNO seperti kata Tun Musa Hitam mengenai tindakan Dr. Mahathir meninggalkan parti bagaikan 'duri dalam daging sudah terkeluar'.

''Ada pula seorang lagi menteri melahirkan rasa lega dengan tindakan Dr. Mahathir, memang jelas banyak reaksi yang diterima daripada pelbagai pihak.

''Apa pun bagi saya, kita kena kaji dengan mendalam kenapa beliau mengambil keputusan keluar daripada UMNO,'' katanya di sini hari ini.

Beliau ditemui pemberita selepas menyampaikan Ijazah Kedoktoran Kehormat kepada bekas Rektor Kedua Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (IIUM), Datuk Dr. Abdulhamid Ahmad Abusulayman di sini hari ini.

Beliau mengulas mengenai keputusan bekas Presiden UMNO itu yang mengambil keputusan keluar parti berkuat kuasa serta merta semalam.

Bekas presiden UMNO selama 22 tahun antara 1981 dan 2003 itu dan merupakan antara ahli terawal parti itu sejak penubuhannya pada 1946 berkata, beliau bertindak demikian kerana hilang keyakinan terhadap kepimpinan Presiden UMNO sekarang, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Sanusi berkata, jika ahli UMNO masih tidak sedar dan mengambil iktibar daripada kekalahan teruk pada pilihan raya umum yang lalu, bahayanya dalam masa lima tahun lagi ada kemungkinan BN akan hilang semua negeri kepada pembangkang.


Respond dari blog Tun Mahathir
Siapa sebenarnya "duri dalam daging"?
Dr Mahathir Mohamad
Thu | May 22, 08 | 7:53:42 am MYT

Saya telah ikuti laporan berkenaan keputusan saya keluar dari Umno yang disiarkan RTM 1, 8 malam, 19 Mei. Komen oleh dua pemimpin Umno amat menggelikan hati saya.

Tun Musa Hitam dakwa saya adalah 'duri dalam daging yang sekarang sudah dikeluarkan.'

Tun, apakah Tun lupa Tun jadi duri dalam daging Umno tahun 1986 - 87 dahulu? Semasa Tun jadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri [di lantik oleh saya]. Tun telah letak jawatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Presiden Umno kerana hendak saya berhenti daripada jadi Perdana Menteri dan diganti oleh Tun. Atas rayuan ahli Majlis Tertinggi, Tun kembali sebagai Timbalan Presiden Umno. Rupa-rupanya Tun masih punyai niat untuk jatuhkan saya.

Oleh itu Tun menghasut Tengku Razaleigh yang menjadi musuh ketat Tun supaya lawan saya. Demikianlah bencinya Tun kepada saya sehingga sanggup terima musuh ketat Tun bertanding Presiden, dan Tun jadi Timbalannya; Tun sebelum itu rayu supaya saya sokong Tun untuk rebut jawatan Timbalan Presiden dalam pertandingan lawan Tengku Razaleigh.

Akhirnya pecahlah Umno dan muncullah parti serpihan Semangat 46. Tetapi dengan bijaknya Tun tidak menyertainya. Tun selamat dan dilantik oleh saya sebagai perutusan bertaraf Menteri ke Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu. Tengku Razaleigh terkeluar daripada Umno Baru dan menjadi mangsa perancangan Tun. Syabas Tun. Saya tak tahu sekarang Tun ahli Umno atau tidak.

Satu lagi pemimpin Umno ialah Shahrir Samad yang lupa bagaimana dia keluar Umno, jadi calon bebas dan lawan dengan Umno, dalam Pilihan raya Kecil dengan simbol kunci.

Siapakah kamu yang nak kritik tindakan saya? Jika tidak kerana kakak Tun Musa sebagai Ketua Wanita Johor Bahru datang pagi-pagi ke rumah saya untuk merayu supaya Dato' dibenar kembali ke pangkuan Umno, Dato' akan jadi duri dalam daging Umno lebih lama. Walaupun Dato maki hamun saya semasa pilihan raya kecil saya bersetuju Dato' masuk balik Umno.

Saya ucap tahniah kerana Dato' dapat sekali lagi jadi Menteri. Jagalah harga barang baik-baik. Tak usahlah komen tentang diri saya.

Tepuk dulang paku serpih,
Katakan orang awak yang lebih. - chedet.com


Ulasan:
Banyak2 cerita politik yang aku ikut, ni le paling kronik isu yg tgh melanda tanahair, khususnya UMNO. Semakin hari semakin aku tak paham Malaysia ni....

Manchester United wins European 2008 Cup



Please dont cry


Utusan Malaysia

Kelab England, Manchester United membuktikan mereka pasukan yang terbaik musim ini apabila merangkul kejuaraan kelab Eropah buat kali ketiga dalam sejarah 52 tahun kejohanan itu, kelmarin.

Kejayaan menewaskan Chelsea mengulangi pencapaian United yang pernah muncul juara kelab Eropah pada 1968 (Piala Eropah ketika itu) dan 1999.


Aku ni nak kata fanatic fan of MU tak le sangat, tapi kalau lawan Chealse eja pun tak betul aku terpaksa sokong MU. 2 org aku tak suka kat Chelsea coach dia Grant + Drogba....

tapi aku nak korang pikir comment ni :
Over the whole game neither team deserved to win or lose. A replay was needed after the 120minutes rather than penalities.

The X-Files 2 : I Want To Believe

The X-Files 2 : I Want To Believe







Aku punya browsing youtube ni tadi, layan la trailer-trailer cerita yang coming soon ni. Kemudian ada satu trailer ni, cerita nampak macam sedap. Sekali keluar bunyi (&*%^$#%#%^%&&&(*#@@#$... Pergh!!.Itu jam meremang bulu roma. Memang klasik nasional punya itu sound. Nak kata level2 national anthom tak le tapi kalau rakan seangkatan aku sure tau punya.



Julai nanti akan release X-Files 2 : I Want To Believe. Aku memang fobia obsesss cerita ni sejak dari zaman study dulu lagi, namun setelah Fox Moulder hilang mana tah , tu yang macam tak best pastu ganti plak dgn Mamat Terminator 2 lagi potoi. Yang best nya adalah X-Files 2 kali ini menampilkan comeback David Duchovny dan Gillian Anderson! Perrggh....korang tunggu je lah

Review:
It's here...

The cast and crew of the upcoming movie X-Files 2 gave the audience at Wondercon 2008 an added bonus of the first look at the film in the form of a theatrical teaser. The sequel to the sci-fi classic is due out in theaters July 25th, 2008


Leaked X-Files 2 Trailer


Actor David Duchovny, actress Gillian Anderson, Writer/Director Chris Carter, Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz talk about the upcoming X-Files sequel at Wondercon 2008 in San Francisco.


X-Files 2 Panel at Wondercon 2008

Qistina Pooh Collection

May 21, 2008

Majlis Maulud Nabi 1429H Tadika Perpaduan

Majlis maulud nabi anjuran Tadika Perpaduan Batu Pahat telah diadakan di Dewan Sek Men. Tun Ismail Pt. Raja Batu Pahat.


Antara eventnya ialah:
-Pertandingan Nasyid (standard)
-Pertandingan Hafazan
-Pertandingan Perarakan Maulud Nabi + Marhaban
-Pertandingan Mewarna.

Sebagai bapa yang perihatin (hihihih) aku dan isteri pi le hantar anak aku ni , sebagai supporter pertandingan, semua event dia masuk, dan setiap event tu dia dapat hadiah, terer tuuuu....tapi semua hadiah sagu hati ....hahahahha....but it's a good start for 5 years old infant to build up her self-confidence.


Pertandingan Hafazan (Surah Al-Fatihah)



Nasyid





Berposing sebelum pergi bertanding...


Apa lagi , kitorang pun ikut gak berposing sekeluarga sebelum pergi...




Bersama best friend dia "Lela"








Inilah hasil teknik pewarnaan Qistina + mama dia ....


Zoo Melaka









Ini kali kedua kami sekeluarga pergi ke Zoo Melaka, masa first time dulu Qistina baru setahun setengah, baru pandai berjalan. Sekarang ni dah pandai bermarathon , tapi malas le plak nak berjalan kat dlm zoo tu.

Aku pergi sini bukan nak melawat kawan-kawan, nak tengok spesis yang berlainan dari manusia. Ada macam-macam bentuk mahluk kat sini. Dari tapir sampaile ke buaya dan tak lupa juga rimau sekali.


Masa ni Qistina kecik lagi-yg first time kitorang pergi




So this is our 2nd visit, awal May08 hari tu.










Qistina ni biasla .. kalau tak mandi kolam tak sah, ni sebenarnya objective utama dia kalau nak pergi berjalan-jalan. Masa ni kitorang stay kat Seri Malaysia Melaka, d-3 km je dari zoo, rate dia fantastic

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