Friday, February 6, 2015

Very Normal Activity: Strange Creature in Sibu Freaks Plantation Workers + Follow Up


Alright most of you must have watched or at least heard about the news of a strange creature which freaked out plantation workers in Sibu, Sarawak in late January. Well, in case you missed it, below is the video.




The story was that a team of Indonesian workers at an oil palm plantation came face to face with this strange animal. One of the workers claimed that it charged at them and so he hit it until it was knocked out and posed for the camera (pictured left). Fortunately, the creature regained consciousness and was forced to go back into the jungle.

As much as I object hitting a helpless animal let alone a potentially new cryptid in Borneo, the workers may had the rights to knock it out seeing how potentially dangerous the beast was. I mean look at it! Look at those claws! If I were the plantation worker I'd whack it too when I see this malnourished Smeagol with manicure issues come charging at me.

But as it turned out I've seen this creature and its picture floating in the internet (sic 9gag) and the Sarawak Forestry Corporation confirmed my speculation. That strange creature was a Helarctos malayanus or also known as a sun bear. 

"Woi it's 6am why you switched on the lights I wanna sleep cannot ah?!" 
Picture from a-z animals

Well instead of being corrupted by the One Ring. the bear found at the plantation was most likely suffering from a skin condition due to recent floods in Sarawak. And this bear disease which causes it to lose its fur happens to bears in other countries. So imagine the cute furry bear up there turning to look like its cousin in Leipzig zoo as shown below:

"Well, at least I still have my side burns and good personality"
Picture from dailymail.co.uk

But unlike the American counterpart where we capture shaky videos of strange animals and build a cult or TV shows around it, the Sarawak Forestry Corporation viewed the video as a distress call from the bear. Almost immediately the SFC launched the SWAT team to find the creature. 

Nope, unlike the American fully-armed black-clad law enforcement counterpart, the SWAT here refers to Swift Wildlife Action Team which is conducting a search and rescue (SAR) operation to locate and help the sick bear. Kudos to them for taking such prompt initiative to conserve Sarawakian wildlife. 

The SAR is still ongoing at the time of writing this post, but we can only hope and pray the ailing bear will be found alive and in time to be healed.


BONUS FAST FACTS - The sun bear is native to the tropical rainforest of Southeast Asia. They are also called as the "Honey Bear" due to their voracious appetite for honeycombs and honey. It is a protected species in Malaysia but little enforcement occurs. Luckily, there is a special rehabilitation and conservation centre for Bornean sun bears in Sandakan, Sabah managed by wildlife biologist Wong Siew Te. In addition, due to its diet the sun bear has a tongue measuring from 7.9 to 9.8 inch. Whoa! Imagine the things you can do with that!
Picture from thesun.co.uk




Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sago Worms Haram


Photo from lyick81.blogspot.com

The sago worms or ulat mulong or in Melanau si'et have been declared as haram for consumption by the Sarawak Mufti's Office today.

The reasons given are them being unclean and that they live in dual world or environment. 

Haram means 'forbidden' and is a concept in Islam which is not only limited to food but also prohibits a Muslim from doing something harmful to themselves or to others in terms of health or social standing (e.g. theft, gambling, gossiping, adultery, drinking, smoking). 


Now, this morning's news caught me by surprise. I myself have been consuming this grub for years along with other Melanau and non-Melanau Muslims. For one, they consume the sago tree trunk voraciously until they can undergo metamorphosis into the sago palm weevil or Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (pictured left), not unhygienic carcasses which would be understandable. 

As for the 'dual worlds' or dua alam, this refers to animals living in two different environment like amphibious animals such as frogs, crocodiles (obviously) and the Swamp Creature. In what way is the sago grub considered a 'dual world' creature needs further explanation. Is it because it goes through metamorphosis? One stage living inside a trunk while at the latter stage flying around? If that's so then some species of birds which starts off inside a tree trunk or a hole in the ground before learning to fly are haram.



I may sound like criticising the professionals but then again the Quran has told Muslims to think critically (not follow blindly and chant death to the infidels/insert race like what many keyboard warriors are doing). Not that I'm doubting the research done to prove that they're haram, but I do wish to to receive more explanation on it either in tomorrow's news or in the Mufti's website. This is a sudden kill-switch to the hundred-years of Melanau tradition and culture, just like how telling vegetarians that vegetarian chicken is not okay one day.


P/S: Although haram, Muslims are permitted to consume haram things during the time of emergency e.g. war, famine, natural disaster, where all source of halal food is lost. And if you're wondering, the sago worm is high in protein and suitable if you're lost in the jungle with no food. The sago worm contains:

Protein 25.8g
Fat 38.5g
Ash 2.1g
Carbohydrates 33.2g
Energy (kcal) 583

Amino Acids (g/100g dry weight)

Aspartic acid 2.29g
Threonine* 1.15g
Serine 1.33g
Glycine 1.04g
Alanine 1.37g
Valine* 0.81g
Methionine* 0.27g
Isoleucine* 0.75g
Leucine* 1.62g
Tyrosine* 0.97g
Phenulalanine* 0.73g
Histidine* 1.02g
Lysine* 1.72g
Arginine 1.62g
Tryptophan* 0.23g

*Essential amino acid

Monday, May 26, 2014

Drive Energy Drink

Finally got the first batch of Drive Energy Drink from suppliers and tried one myself. How does it fare?

Well it tastes almost like Red Bull, but milder. This Made-in-Malaysia drink contains 60kcal of energy as compared to Red Bull's 45kcal (all based on 100ml servings).

If you're nearby or hitting the gym near Civic Centre, come to my kiosk and try it out for just RM2.60.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How to Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon

I woke up today and saw this icon on my Windows 8 desktop.

I don't remember downloading or installing anything last night. I can't delete it with the Delete button or right-click. So let's get to the point on how to remove this unwanted Homegroup icon from your desktop.

Step 1: Press Windows + R
Step 2: In the search box, type regedit then click OK

Step 3: A Registry Editor will appear and you'll see a lot of folders. Follow this path;


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\

Step 4: Find the folder {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}. Delete this folder.
Step 5: Go back to desktop and press F5 to refresh.
Step 6: Win.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Skin Tight Jeans


Seriously how can people wear this thing? I was shopping for new jeans and to my frustration most of them are not as loose or well-ventilated as the ones I have. I remember what kinda cut I like (even stated on my current jeans) but no matter what size the jeans are, they seem to warp and hug the very soul out of your legs.
I'm a size 200 and I look fabulous with these skinny jeans.

I can feel my children in my scrotum suffocating and that's only in the fitting room. And this problem seems to linger every time I go shopping (during festive season and or when goblins made holes in my jeans). It's just luck I'll find the most comfortable jeans that allows me to NOT look like a hipster.

A typical hipster. Source: Wordpress

Sunday, May 5, 2013

I Voted

Finally the long-awaited Malaysia's 13th General Election is here! And the best part is I finally exercise my voting rights. 

Although a small town, Sibu is not spared from being marred with unwanted political-related incidents e.g. cars being smashed for bearing political stickers, youths purposely ride through the opposition crowd and unsurprisingly gets beaten, and opposition supporter stall being burnt to name a few.

Anyways the big day is here, the 5th of May 2013 where Malaysians will decide. As a first time voter, I went to my polling station not far from my house.

First I get this ticket showing which station I'm supposed to go to drop my ballot. It also contains voter number.

Then here comes the queue. I found out the counters are designated for specific age group. In this care counter 7 is for those about my age. Look at them first timers.

Of course here comes the poster telling you what not to do. I find those cat eyes... disturbing...

Although being informed that there is no way your vote can be traced, I guess most of you voters noticed your ballot had a serial number. Seeing how your name and voter number from the ticket earlier was being read out loud, I do wonder if the ballot officer jotted down that number to the ballot for record. I didn't see it because I was distracted by another officer painting my finger with indelible ink which is a new addition to the general election. But I was informed the serial number was just to keep track which ballot book the ballot came from. 


Anyways the ballot has been cast into the ballot box and we'll see the results tonight. It's a very close fight and it's anybody's guess who'll win both Sibu and Lanang.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Russian Meteor

Yup, by now you've probably heard it or saw the video about how a meteor came crashing into Russian causing over 900 people injured due to the impact shock wave. But in case you haven't seen it, here's the video:


Like something out of an apocalyptic Hollywood movie, the meteor travelled 13-19KM per second (whoa!) before crashing into a lake(?) that shook buildings nearby, causing windows and glasses to break which led to the majority of the reported injuries.

With tonnes of telescopes watching the skies why no one saw it coming? Well the reason was because everyone's tracking a near-Earth asteroid passing by at the same time and the Russian meteor came from the direction of the sun.

Dad, I'm looking through the telescope I can't see what you are pointing at.

Those reasons seem legit. So it's none of those Russian shot down a UFO, Mayans, weapons test or even aliens. Either way the meteor crashed and unlike the movie Armageddon there is no way to stop a burning space rock, for now. We should be thankful it was not a catastrophic event.

Putin is just awesome.

Well overall it makes sense as it could be another Tunguska where a mysterious blast crater remains until today. I guess we can sleep easier thanks to some scientists who did all the maths for us and told us that the meteor came from somewhere from the asteroid belt beyond Mars and it was already on the way to our planet before most of us were born.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Wow is it 2013 already? Dang I haven't updated in ages! Talk about being busy in the rat race. Anyways, happy new year 2013 A.D.! If you're reading this that means you've survived the 21 December 2012 doomsday! Give yourself a pat in the back.


"SUCKAAASSSSS!!!!!"

The whole 2012 thing could've been the longest-planned prank by a trolling Mayan. Anyway, let's celebrate the end of the Long Count calendar and welcome the new 13th baktun cycle!


So in Sibu we welcomed the new year with a major blackout from Civic Centre to Premier area that lasted for hours. Other parts in Sibu were unaffected. Apparently a snake caused the blackout that trips the transformers or something like that. Ironically, 2013 is going to be the Year of the Snake.

Meanwhile, a decisive battle between serpents and ninjas were brewing in the dark.

With the advent of technology life is undeniably getting faster and faster. They help us to do more things at greater speed. And you and I are going to agree that 2013 will zoom *snaps finger* just like that. So see you at the end of the year for the year's review!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

iOS 6 Review (On an iPhone 3GS)

Updating. And you can have both Apple and Samsung products together...

As expected with every new iPhone Apple will release new iOS to improve their product. Well for me and most owners of the aging ancient iPhone 3GS, we are delighted with the iOS 6.0 update as it let us experience some goodies that come along the new iPhone 5.

For starters it took roughly 3 hours to download (what a whooping update!). Then the updating takes roughly another 20-30 minutes. But after doing so you'll be treated with some improvements as shown below:

Typical update menu.

Do Not Disturb - Finally I can simply turn on this mode to still get selected updates without relying to total communication shutdown in airplane mode. Apparently you can set which contact are able to contact you while silencing the rest. Apart from that you can set "Quiet Hours" to make your iPhone leave you in peace even when there are calls and SMS coming in. It'll just sit there quietly waiting for your command. 

New Music Player Interface - Black and orange themed player, looks good. But changes are just visual.


New VIP in E-Mail - So we can get quick access mail from important people. Okay, a new category then.

Passbook - An all in one app where you can digitally get your scan-and-go boarding pass, tickets etc. But knowing Sibu, this neat function is quite impractical for now. Oh you still need to go to App Store to get those passes.

New Keypad - Okay, we have a new white and brighter keypads for us to tap in numbers. This is cool. Again changes are just visual.

New Camera & Photo Interface - Well, not new per se but the interface is now black in colour instead of white like earlier iOS versions. Changes are visual and no new improvements. In Photos, your images can be easily shared with the new icons form the 'More' options.



Apple Maps - Apple replaces Google Maps  with their own app and well... the satellite/hybrid map is horrible (for Sibu anyways)! It's like the comedic Restoration of Jesus! I could see my house in the previous app but now all I see is Pixel Land. At least the streets and roads are adequately named this time.


New Call Response Options - Besides the standard Decline or Answer key, you can now slide the menu up to reveal "Reply with Message" or "Remind Me Later" to your caller. For "Reply with Message" you can instantly reply with present messages to explain to the caller why you can't talk e.g. "I'll call you later" or "I'm on my way".  As for "Remind Me Later" your iPhone will remind you later to call the person. Cool. 

Voice Control - ...still cannot catch Manglish. I was asking "What time is it?"

Overall the iOS 6 didn't come with much features for iPhone 3GS but it's understandable as it was focused on iPhone 5. Some features are gone like YouTube and the good old high-resolution Google Maps. However the introduction of Do Not Disturb mode is very much welcomed. The iPhone do feel to run a bit faster too. I hope we can get the ability to blacklist some numbers too in the next update. And perhaps a map of Sibu with better resolution? Anyways I'll summed up the review:


iOS 6 for iPhone 3GS
by Apple Inc.


Some good upgrades like the Do Not Disturb mode (although some already used in other smartphones e.g. Android's Reply with Message), we appreciate the new updates. We just got a beef with the map quality and there are rooms for improvement. (Ability to blacklist please)

iPhone App Review: Dead Trigger


Dead Trigger
by MADFINGER Games



FINALLY! Some high-quality NVIDIA-graphics-powered zombie blasting game for the iPhone! And it works on older generation like my 3GS smoothly (most of the times).




I haven't gone on an undead killing spree since Left 4 Dead 2 two years ago with my mates. Now seeing everyone's busy with work and lack time to get together to LAN or Steam, we went our own separate ways and our tradition of defending humanity from imaginary murderous zombies died down.

Until my girlfriend kept telling me to download this:

 Hey remember us?! We're the zombies from the mall that you didn't kill in L4D2!

Weeeeee I'm a plane~!

Yup she kills zombies too. And my urge to blast the undead was rekindled. You play as a dude trying to survive the zombie apocalypse along with the remnants of humanity who defend themselves from the undead horde. In this game, it's you against the zombie horde.

It's the standard move, aim, shoot, reload and repeat. The money earned from missions are used for weapons and other goodies. The controls are quite easy but cumbersome at times. You progress in a story-based missions which include blasting zombies, go from point A to B, retrieve something and blasting more zombies. There are also side mini games which are represented as icons in the game map.

The highlight here is the mind-blowing graphics and ragdoll physics. I mean, this is the second game with proper physics after Angry Birds (if suicidal birds on slingshot were physically feasible to start with). Zombies will be pushed back with each shot, climb obstacles, stumble when you shot them in the legs and crawl towards you afterwards because you forgot the rule to double-tap and give them headshots. 

The only cons are the control which may somewhat be difficult when the zombie horde is upon you and you start to panic and start to tap the small iPhone screen in horror (should be good on iPad, not sure). 

Apart from that, this game is gold and a must have in your device!

If only Apple Map on iOS6 look like this... please Apple hear our pleas!

"Whoa!" says the stunned zombie at the stunning graphics

The storyline is pretty easy to follow and the characters will tell you to do things which you know will end up with you killing more zombies.

Alright, let's go kill some zombies baby!