Photos and Travels, Random Facts September 3rd, 2012
Introducing my official academic profile page, hosted at Universiti Teknologi MARA – UiTM (Perlis) site. The site supposed to list out my official profile as well as my contact information.
Visit: http://www.perlis.uitm.edu.my/hafiz for more information
1. Photo Albums Collection
I’m not talking about Flickr, Picasa or Fotopages (de facto Malaysian online photo album site), but I’m talking about the classic Photo Album books. Once, every household must have Photo Albums, whether it is about Weddings, Family Vacation, New Born Baby, or just some random photos. Back in those days photo album housed 3R sized photos that was taken by cameras that used 35mm photographic film (some of them needs to be rewound manually!).
In Malaysia (at least in Malay culture, more than 15 years ago), photo albums is a common item in every house and are usually stored in the Living Room, where it served as a sort of entertainment to the guests. Makcik/Pakcik/Acquaintance of the family would be invited to browse through photo albums while the host prepare refreshment, this is the usual practice especially when the guest just stop by the house because the want to visit (read: ziarah) the host who are just back from a long vacation (ie: umrah, etc) or recently wed, or just having a newborn baby.
I think most of you would agree that photo albums have become less significant nowadays. How many are you that still keep these photo albums? I think the only photo album still common in every household is the wedding photo album, and I bet that was stashed in parts unknown, somewhere under the bed or closet instead of the living room.
p/s: Photo Albums becomes so rare that I even had difficulties in getting its sample image.
2. Public Phone (Booth)
Remember public phone ? It was very common to have phone booth around back then, 15 years ago. The older generation phone booth accepts coins, and the newer one accepts prepaid phone card which you can buy from convenience store. Now since almost everybody afford to own a mobile phone, phone booth is less common now.
Phone booth was previously a required fixture in public university and colleges and shopping complexes, now its almost nowhere to be seen
p/s: I fondly recalled my friends used to get free calls from public phones using a technique call “short mengeshort” which involves the use of paperclip around late 1990s.
3. TM-Issued Phone Directory Book
Previously Phone Directory Book is a must-have for every household that have fixed-line phone. Divided into three main parts (Peach Pages, White Pages and Yellow Pages), the Peach Page list the phone numbers of government agencies as well as their addresses. White Page on the other hand list the fixed-line phone numbers of common folks, together with their addresses arranged in alphabetical order. Yellow pages was once a must-have addition to the phone directory because it lists the phone number of the nearest exterminators, furniture store and workshop service.
When did the last time you’ve even refer the TM-issued Phone Directory Book?
4. Rabbit Ear Antenna
Back 10-15 years ago, almost every home relies on the venerable Rabbit Ear Antenna for TV Reception, couple with Booster (most popular in Perlis, Malaysia), you will get excellent reception of the government-run RTM station ( TV1, TV2) with a slight drawback as boostered Rabbit Ear antenna is very sensitive to kereta kontrol (RC Car).
Now most people would either subscribed to Astro, or in my case – The Torrent TV station, which requires neither Rabbit Ear Antenna nor Booster.
Here is the photo of a rabbit ear antenna:
5. Cassette and Sony Walkman Portable Player
Once considered a cool gadget that Johnny Depp used to strap around his waist on “Nightmare on Elm Street” :
The cassette and Sony Walkman was considered one of the common item for teenagers. It runs on TWO (2) AA batteries with the most advance type display digital readouts and can even ‘flip’ the cassette automatically. Sony Walkman even has AMS feature (Automatic Music Sensor) where it can detect the start of a song automatically when using fast-forward/reverse (just like switching CD track).
Cassette and Walkman (portable cassette player) are now has been displaced by MP3 players, iPods or plain Feature Phone.
Current Issues, malaysia, Photos and Travels June 5th, 2011
Phew, it’s only the first week of June, and yet I felt the heat is already unbearable in Alor Setar (map)
I’ve checked popular weather forecast websites, and most of it gave a readout of 27 °C (80° Fahrenheit), but with the humidity level around 80% (tropical weather) makes it feel like its actually 40 °C (100° Fahrenheit) out there…
I don’t have air-conditioning unit, nor I’m planning to get one, but I do hope the heat doesn’t last very long…
Oh dear, I missed September….
Funny, Photos and Travels, Videos September 20th, 2009
Here are the photos taken during Art Takahashi APRS Seminar in UniMAP last March. The photo’s are made available to the internet courtesy of 9W2AZV and 9W2ZEM.
Click on the photo for the slideshow. Congratulations to 9W2AZV, 9M2PZ and the rest of the MARTS Perlis team for organizing a successful seminar on APRS
Photos and Travels, Rants February 1st, 2009
I don’t know if any of the readers have gone to the Main Post Office in Alor Setar (Malaysia), but during the last few months, I’ve noticed the parking space in the place has exceeded its designated capacity.
This prompted post office customers to double park, park in a non-designated spot or even recklessly driving into the already crowded lane in order to spot an empty parking space. Not only this would be time consuming, but it would also poses danger to the passengers as well as the passer-by. I doubt I’ll be seeing any improvement pretty soon, the Post Office was built without any consideration for future expansion, especially with the kind of traffic it attracts.
However come to think about it, the worst Post Office in this category probably should go to Kangar Main Post Office, which offer virtually no parking spot, even for motorcycle, and people has to deal with almost an hour long of vehicle queue to conduct their businesses (pay bills, send package) through its ‘convenient’ drive-thru counter. Heck, the Main Post office doesn’t even handle Pos-Laju and Pos Express on their own, due to the location restriction.
Welp, guess any new govt building now should consider the parking space factor, they should build an undegroung parking lot as well as multi-storey ones.
Here are photos taken during the recent RAE class inSek Men Dato’ Syed Omar Alor Setar, Kedah. The class was being conducted by 9w2aze (SOP, Introduction), 9w2dot (technical, electronics) and 9w2crm (propagation, radiowave calculation).
More photos are available from the “Photo Gallery” section of ASHAMRADIO.com
The feedback from the class was extremely positive. The last class was held on 16 May 2008, saw 36 RAE candidates joining the class.
Thanks to 9W2CDR for the photographs