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Rear belts and Anti-smoking campaigns…

Posted by Naro on June 4th, 2008

THERE are two ongoing campaigns – anti-smoking and rear seat-belts – which the public seems to be ignoring. Both are for the good of the people, but just look at the response.

antismoking.jpgThe anti-smoking campaign has been running for years, but it appears that more people are picking up the habit. The Health Ministry and other agencies must have spent millions, if not billions of ringgit on advertisements and other efforts to educate the public, especially the young on the dangers of smoking.

Pictures showing how a damaged lung looks as a result of nicotine blockages and other horrible pictures simply no longer have any effect. Similarly, banning smoking in certain confined areas have not achieved the desired result. What is more disturbing to non-smokers is that even those who are supposed to enforce the law on smoking are themselves happily puffing away in restricted areas.

The same with enforcement of the use of rear seat belts. There have been many complaints about this new law. Forget about its advantages and the safety aspects. Most of the complaints I have read are of how much it is going to cost to install rear seat belts, and show no appreciation that the government is doing something positive for motorists. It seems the lives of loved ones must be calculated in ringgit and sen.

Perhaps the only way to shock the peo-ple would be to let smoking-related deaths soar. Only then will the public wake up.

The same applies to rear seat belts. Stop the campaign, fatalities of rear passengers will rise and maybe then car owners will come to their senses and install the belts.

So if people do not wish to heed warn-ings on the dangers of smoking and not using rear seat belts, so be it. Let’s channel the money to some other worthwhile cause like helping the poor.

Transform our river…

Posted by Naro on November 18th, 2007

Look at the picture, and we know that is Klang River, in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. For the past few years, many programs and projects had been taken to re-construct the river, but it seems that nothing much can be changed at this moment. Luckily, there’s no more spot for illegal drug addict to park under the bridge along the river.

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But, some day, can it turned to be something like this …

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or something like this too…

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How to have a sustainable home

Posted by Naro on November 18th, 2007

Everybody want to have their own home, whether small or big. But when you live in this metropolitan like Kuala Lumpur, and you are just another tiny little person who earn less than 100k per annum, buying a house is more appropriate terms to use rather than building it. Only those who earns millions can afford to buy a land and build their own designed bungalow as planned inside the city area. For me, build a house at my hometown is rather a better solution. Here, I just bought whatever unit that I can afford.

Whether you are building, buying or renovating, here are ten tips to consider with creating a more sustainable home.

1. Water conservation

Use water efficient appliances and fittings, such as 3-star (or AAA-rated) showerheads and water pressure-limiting devices, and include a rainwater tanks to supply water for use with gardens, toilets and laundry.

2. Natural heating and cooling (passive solar design)

Good passive solar design allows your home to respond to its local climate through natural heating in winter and cooling in summer e.g. good orientation and room zoning, capturing breezes for cross-ventilation, appropriate insulation, shading (e.g. sufficient eaves), building materials (lightweight construction/thermal mass), and fixtures and finishes (e.g. skylights and window treatment). Incorporation of passive design reduces the need to rely on air conditioners/heaters. It can also indirectly promote natural daylighting and improve indoor air quality with circulating breezes providing fresh air inside the home.

3. Energy and green house efficient water heating

Install a solar, natural gas or electric heat pump hot water system to lower energy bills and reduce the single largest source of greenhouse emissions in the household.

4. Future-proof

The living area and at least one bedroom and toilet on the entry level should be readily accessible from the front boundary or car space to accommodate your changing housing needs as you get older.

5. Safe floors

Design floors and showers to be step-free (hobless). Use floor surfaces that are slip resistant to guard against injuries.

6. Address the street

An easy to read house number at the front of your property makes it easy to find. Good external lighting and separated driveway and pedestrian entries also makes it safer.

7. Casual surveillance

Design your home to have easy surveillance to play areas and the street from the main living area and kitchen for better security.

8. Long-term maintenance

Reduce the repair and ongoing maintenance costs of your home by using low maintenance materials.

9. Indoor air quality

Avoid materials that contain volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), such as paints/finishes and adhesives, which can cause irritation and allergies, and impact poorly on your health.

10. Outdoor living

Include permanently covered outdoor play and entertainment areas with a good relationship to indoor spaces to maximise your home’s access to Queensland’s favorable lifestyle and climate.

Remember to check with your local council for any specific design requirement regulations, such as set backs and plumbing standards for rainwater tanks. Do not override their rules!

The cloudy’s day – from the window

Posted by Naro on November 12th, 2007

Most of the day last week poured by the heavy rain when it comes to a late evening. During those times, I’d manage to captured the glowing clouds around KLCC from my living hall. Surprisingly, I also have a clear picture of KLCC during the sunset, making a gold and an orange colour reflection to the buildings and surrounding.

Using the basic digital camera, I just snap both of the view from my window. This camera does not have the capabilities of extra zooming, so that’s the best scene I can get. After a while, I do realize that we are just a small tiny person in this world where the God has created long before the human existence. This world keep on changing.. so does the people.

Traffic Surveillance in KL

Posted by Naro on October 31st, 2007

Kuala Lumpur is such a beautiful cities and it is where Malaysia’s capital stand. Like other mega cities in the world, massicve traffic jams is a normal problems occured at the place like this. There are time when the traffic jams can be predicted, but often it is out of control. Eventhough the government try to persuade us using the public transports, not many of us prefer that way. Lack of network, poor services and conflict management contributes to the low respond from the public. In the end, people are more comfortable to travel by their own vehicles.

But, wait, if you choose to travel by your own, then please check out traffic surveillance around KL first before you start your journey. Kudos to DBKL for offering such services inside their web. Now people can have a better plan before they start their engine. I’m the regular web surfers who used to check the traffic status before going back after work. You can have a live traffic images at:

Live image traffic at Bulatan Kampung Pandan, KLBoth of the web provide CCTV view at different places and angles. (Pictures on the right side shows live image at Bulatan Kampung Pandan, KL – if the pictures doesn’t appear, then the server goes offline again..) However, I’m quite dissappointed with their servers infrastructure where it always offline during the peak hours. It looks like they didn’t pay much attention on their IT infrastructure. There’s no point you spend millions of ringgit to place the cameras and traffic systems, but in the end failed to deliver to public what you should have delivered. I can say that 2 or 3 times the server will go offline from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in a weekdays. Maybe they can give a reason saying that ther server is overload by public accessing the info, but in the real manner, they should prepare for it and have a solution to overcome it.

What can I say? Typical local IT vendor is always like that…

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