I Never Thought Jungle Trekking Was Hard, Until I Tried SkyTrex

I am big fan of outdoor activity, jungle trekking is nothing more than a stroll in park for me. #SkyTrex hit me, how hard can it be? It turns out, it was really hard.

Few months back I PM-ed Azlan, the marketing manager for SkyTrex and asked him to accommodate bloggers. In return we will blog about SkyTrex. So he agreed to give SalamMedia (my marketing startup) some free passes to the Extreme challenge, the most difficult route. I did call in last minute to downgrade to Big Thrill, but Azlan insist we have ‘fun’. His definition of fun is definitely messed up.

Here’s some pictures of the awesome activity.

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Safety first! The harness does hold up the sack really well.

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I went first. Flying fox looked easy, yeah because this is the practice version.

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There’s a limit to number of people per platform. 1 monkey per tree.

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This is about 20m from the ground and we had to climb that!

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Flying into nothingness. I did imagine what if I stopped half way. That’s my fault for having a fat lazy bum. Thankfully it was one of the most memorable flying fox I have ever done in life.

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or what if I missed the platform, slipped and fell?  I can feel the movement in my bladder when I saw this picture taken by Abdus

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One of my favorite route, I call this the hammock. Reminds me of Sara’s baby hammock.

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Monkey bar, only for the weak. I took the easier route, glide on the ropes. Haha

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This V shaped string requires a lot of balancing. I did mess this up while trying to do too much in a single leap. I ended up almost loosing my head when the rope strangled my neck. Thankfully a hero doesn’t give up easily. I pulled myself up and retraced the step. For the moment, it did feel like defusing a timed bomb.

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Ammar decided to sleep, programmers sleeps at dawn. Can’t blame him for being sleepy all the time, their sleeping habits is all over the place!

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This was the easiest, if you know your way around the ropes. Noticed one glove? Yeah, I dropped one while trying to fart.

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The pulley is made in France, land of Peugeot and Zidane, it’s very sturdy for flying fox. The carabiner is also solid.

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Some camwhoring with ‘le wife.

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Every time I took a challenge, I enjoyed the scenery. It was breathtaking and downright beautiful. The guys at SkyTrex really planned the route well.

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Aisyah nearing the finishing line. I was a bit sad to see end. I really wanted another hour.

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The monkey swing was the last challenge and it almost broke my back!

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They even provided a hashtag for SkyTrex.

If there’s one complain from me is the plastic pipes which are being used extensively in the challenge. I guess because it’s cheap and strong hence the extensive iterations of it. Those pipes are slippery and sometimes too big to hold. It does require and additional effort just to grip it properly. Despite that, I am still giving SkyTrex a 5 star.

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Conclusion

Overall, SkyTrex nothing but awesome. I could feel my adrenaline rushing up and down my veins while writing this blog post though it happened sometime last March. The greenery was perfect, the staff were really helpful and playful, which was good. They gave moral support and never wanted us to quit half way (but some participant did, age is really a factor).

My best recollection of #SkyTrex was the flying fox. It was the only avenue for me to be lazy, to enjoy the scene and for the first time, it felt like I kicked my acrophobia in the nuts that day (fear of height). I walked out a taller person, knowing that I’ve conquered my fear. If there was a stress meter, I’m sure it was down to zero.

Who is this for? Young executive, students, family, couples, Ranjits, Kumars, Chins, Alis or whoever wants quick escape, nerve wrecking, eyes squirming, lose bladder control or scream your lungs out, this my friend is for you. My advise, do wear long pants to avoid blister, bring your own gloves for better grip, and seriously, take your time doing the challenge, enjoy the scenery and don’t focus on completing it soonest.

If you want more information, check out the official site.

Baby List: IR Thermometer CHECK!

Guess what? We’re having a baby girl!

So as my way of showing support to my wife, we attended an antenatal class last weekend at DEMC. I learned a lot of things, epidural, pain meter, baby health, c-section, jaundice, breast milk *raise eye brow* basically the whole she-bang about laboring a baby. One day class is definitely not enough to cover the whole thing.

As a trained engineer, safety comes first. That includes my baby. So I went on Lazada and find something that might be helpful for our baby. Since Aisyah’s temperature usually spikes up (every now and then), I needed something more than my sweaty palm to measure the temp. I looked up thermometer, I figured it’ll be really helpful to measure the baby’s as well.

There were quite a number of thermometer, but this one caught my eye (because of the discount! Hahaha) Bremed BD 1160A. A thermometer is a thermometer, don’t expect it to auto reply an email or do stock trading for you, choosing one is rather simple. I got this on a bargain.

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I placed an order late night on 26 August 2013. It arrived on 28 August 2013. Considering the time to process the order and ship them, that’s a pretty impressive time line! Bravo!

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First thing I did, throw the manual away (except when a self assembly is required) and start measuring myself, my camera, my laptop. It’s ONE button operation, kinda like iPhone. My only complain is the beeping sound is a tad too loud for a bed-ridden baby. I wish it could be discreet and not wake the up while measuring. Remember, a happy baby is a happy parents, an angry baby, well, you go figure that out!

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If you’re a working adult, doing two-three shifts, shuffling between part-time and full time job, I’m telling you, Lazada is the place to go. You can’t really spend a quality time on the mall when your 7-months-pregnant wife is having a hard time catching up.

ps: Shopping for new baby cloth is cumbersome. I don’t exactly know what to buy 😛

Belajar dari Terbaik: DenaiHati Network

This post is brought to you by Denaihati Network.

So what is this Denaihati Network (DHN)? I asked myself the same thing when I first came across this. The tagline, “Hidupkan Untuk Memberi” left deeper curiosity. DenaiHati.com is a blog, meanwhile Denaihati Network is all the social medias, blog buddies, friends, facebook groups, Keek followers and instagram followers that is connected to DenaiHati blog.

DHN is best known for winning Social Media Week Award in 2011 and 2012 also being generous to other bloggers.

Blog Review

I was tasked by brother Ilham to post a review about Denaihati Blog.

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His blog was messier when I visited years ago (I’m on Google Pages so I don’t visit the original blog as often). The new theme looks decent. However there are areas that can be further improved.

1. Sticky post – There’s a repetition of content from sticky post to new post. New post will always be on top, therefore need not be a sticky post. Instead, DH should use sticky post to reignite old posts or ones he wants people to focus.

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2. Images on other post – While it is important to keep the blog lightweight, image or photography helps to boost and expand reader’s curiosity. I find that other than sticky post, other post does not have image to represent the content (on front page). This will be a show stopper for some.

3. Real estate – Today’s most common resolution is 1366px x 768px. With this information, coupled with our reading behavior of scanning the entire screen, DH has loads to lose. Upon loading only 2 posts are visible and 4 ads. It can be optimized to 6-7 posts with maybe more than 4 ads. Some of the best examples are Amanz.my, Azmanishak.com, negaraku.my and oren.my

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4. Colors – As I scroll down, I can’t help but feel washed away. It was colorful with green, black and white as it’s main theme (much like Green Lantern) but died by time I reach the bottom of the page. This can be fixed by adding pictures and colorize the footer.

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DenaiHati Activities

1. Sepetang Bersama Bloggers – I have personally been invited to this event before. We all had our chance to share our opinion and mingle around. It was fun meeting people who shares the same interest.

2. Blogging Class – Learn to make money by DenaiHati Network. Definitely the one best ways to generate passive income. This class is a crash course, can be too fast for non IT literate. However reaping the benefit isn’t hard, just as long as you keep your eyes on the prize. Me? I blog for fun, money comes as bonus.

3. Active Facebook Groups – Best place to share your content, learn from experience bloggers and mingle around. Denaihati Facebook Group.

Seminar Buat Duit Dengan Blog

There are a number of bloggers out there are doing this full time. To name a few, beautifulnara, tianchad, broframestone, kak Jie and more. So what’s stopping you from making money from blogging?

Denaihati will host a seminar on 19th of May 2013 at Singgahsana Hotel PJ.

  • RM 50 for registration before 5th of May (early bird discount)
  • RM 100 for registration after 5th of May

Why should you attend?

1. Curious about blogging and how to generate money from blogging

2. It’s only RM50 for a knowledge that was acquire through thick and thin for years of blogging. Mind you, not just one person experience, its a collective.

3. Potential networking. This could also be a chance for you to share your business with others.

4. Meet experience bloggers. Most (or perhaps all) are friendly bunch. Best place to mingle with like minded people.

You can register through this link. This activity usually happens once a year. It’ll be a waste if you decide to do it next year. Some piece of advise, don’t do today’s work tomorrow, do tomorrow’s work today!

ps: My May activity is kinda packed during that weekend (19th of May) I have wedding to attend to up north. Will have to miss this seminar 🙁

 

SP: Explore Malaysia Like Never Before!

All-action activities you may not have thought of doing

There are endless opportunities for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies in Malaysia. Indulge in your adventurous side at various spots around the country and discover a different side to Malaysia, as well as be treating yourself to some of the most stunning views, scenic spots, and sensational activities on offer in this great country.

1. Jungle Trekking in Taman Negara

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Taman Negara is the country’s largest national park, and as such is simply brimming with wildlife, natural beauty and potential adventures. This luscious, verdant, and vividly fertile rainforest can best be explored by the canopy tours on offer throughout the park, which allow you a bird’s eye view of the rainforest.

Personal Note: I had the chance to hike a few kilometers deep into National Park. It was one of the best and most educational hiking trip for me. We did both day and night walk. During the night, we could see wild life such as boars, deers, cats, insects and many more. It’s like live Discovery Channel!

2. Hike to “The Pinnacles”

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From Mulu, which stakes its reputation on being the ‘adventure capital’ of Malaysia, you can climb Mount Api, from which about half way up you are treated to the finest view of the infamous ‘Pinnacles‘. These are a series of razor sharp limestone pinnacles which jut out of Mount Api in an alarming yet mystical and mysterious fashion. A sight not to be missed, the only way to witness the Pinnacles first-hand is the 2.4km hike up the steep side of Mount Api.

3. Paintball in Penang

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Penang is the place to head to if you’re in need of the kind of adrenaline rush only paint-balling can provide. There are a variety of options available for the keen paint-baller in Penang, all of which will provide you with the opportunity to run around with a supply of paintballs in your hands and a moving target in your sights. Paint-balling can be enjoyed by beginners and aficionados alike, so get down to Penang to get in on the action.

Personal Note: I occasionally play paintball with my peers and customer. It’s one of the best ways to burn calories while pumping constant adrenaline. The take away from this activity is the pain being hit by the marker, painful but thrilling!

4. White-water Rafting along the Sungai Kampar River

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White-water rafting is great for a shot of adrenaline, but it’s also a novel and inspired way to get in touch with nature and experience the lush jungle and beauty that surrounds you. When rafting along the Sungai Kampar River you can expect to encounter fourteen separate and equally exciting rapids, as well as more calming hot springs (you might need help calming down after all that excitement!). You will also come across original cave systems and beautiful temples as you rush down the river.

Personal Note: Malaysia is rich with these natural resources. Kuala Kubu Baru in Selangor and Kiulu River in Sabah.

5. Wreck Diving

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Malaysia is famous for its diving opportunities. Enthusiasts travel from all over the world just to experience the crystal clear water and exquisite marine life which exists just beneath the surface of our oceans. But wreck diving is a little different, and can be a great way to once again inject a little adventure and excitement into your passion for diving. Amidst the lovely Labuan Islands lie four fascinating ship wrecks just waiting to be explored.

Whatever way you choose to explore, the many adventurous opportunities on hand in Malaysia mean you’re sure not to be disappointed. With all the options detailed above, and so much more available, there’s a new adventure waiting around every corner.

ps: This post is brought to you by Groupon Malaysia. Thank you!

Less Charging, More Shaving!

This is the final episode of review from me for the Aqua Touch AT940. The battery usage is awesome, the shave is close and it’s very sturdy. However, the price of the unit is not so enticing.

I have been using for my 4 weeks of stay in Melbourne and I intentional left the charger at home. My occurrence of usage is about 2-3 days per shave. Therefore, I’d say it’s promise to deliver 60 minutes of shaving is about right. Though I did not time the usage to its exact minute, but I figured it’s a fair estimation.

So far the unit has been kind to me. Gives me a great shave but sometimes too close to my skin. It does leave me with the same burning sensation a normal shaver would give, but it wears out about 30 minutes or so. I have to blame myself as I’m not too familiar with ‘lift and cut’ approach.

I got to say, this is the most sturdiest shaver I’ve ever tried. It fell a lot of times and did not disintegrate itself like a mobile phone. In my quick adventure, in and out of the forest, travel through public transport, it took quite the beating as it sits at the bottom of the bag. It still works find.

In conclusion, if budget isn’t your constraint, I’d definitely recommend the Philips Aqua Touch AT 940. Best shave an electric shaver can ever give you. If you’re still in the market for it, get the lower models. Personally I’ve never bothered with shaver above RM 150, throughout my 5 weeks review, this has totally changed my perception of shaving experience.