Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tank Storage Erection: Summary Part 1.

The project took place in Pulau Indah for chemical plant expansion. The duration for the completion is around one year, starting with the piling and closed with a final inspection from BOMBA and the client. I only focused most on mechanical works above than other works.

So here it is.

Sorry I have to skip the civil works for tank foundation, since I don't have the pictures; it is all kept in the memory card which I sent to the main office. I told them to post it, but they didn't.

The civil works for tank foundation was mostly piling, and then followed with reinforcement bar, and finally the concreting. So, from here, let's move to the first picture.

Laying Bitumen to the tank foundation

Laying Bitumen to the tank foundation

Laying Bottom Plate

Shell Manhole opening

Shell Manhole opening

Pipe rack footing construction

Pipe rack footing construction - concreting

Shell plate installation in progress

Far view of works on site

Installation of pre-fabricated pipe support

Tank roof truss stacked together

Laying off 4" piping to the pipe support

General progress

Construction of pump shed footing

Pre-fabricated shell manhole

Construction of pump shed in progress

General works in progress

Hacking pavement for future underground electrical cable installation

Hacking pavement for installation of underground electrical cables.

Existing piping and cables underground

Bad weather should be recorded because it is intefering the work progress.

Pipe supports installed

Reinforcement plate ready for the shell manhole.

Site General View

Shell plate welding in progress for vertical and horizontal seams.

Tank storage

Concreting work in progress

Pump Shed floor slab concreting in progress.

Installation of roof truss in progress.

Excavation works for pipe footing installatin between tanks.

Installation of roof truss in progress.

Pre-fabrication of intertank walkway.

More progress for pump shed footing and plinth.

General view of the roof truss

General view of the roof truss.

Installation on spiral stairs.

Installation of gate valves at tank nozzles.

Installation of gate valves for tank nozzles.

General View.

General view of piping at the exchange hose area.

Installed spiral stairs.

Different view at the exchange hose area.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas! (Wish super lambat)

Selamat Hari Natal buat semua.

Semoga hari yang berbahagia ini menjadi satu titik tolak buat anda sebagai penanda aras pencapaian tahun ini, berbanding pencapaian anda tahun-tahun lepas.

Semoga Tuhan memberkati semua!

Friday, December 24, 2010

How Cool are my Villagers

It's the least expected thing I want to see happening around my kampung. While I was playing the guitar, my bigger brother suddenly stopped me.

"Wait for it..." he said while pointing his finger outside the window.

I laughed very hard as I see the vehicle passed drove by an auntie on the bumpy gravel road outside near my house.

"You'll see more of those in next the kampung", he added.

"How...", I want to be more specific.

"The vehicles were broken, and resorts from where this people works released it to anyone interested. Some mechanic from their kampung repaired it. And that's how it done!", he said.


I always fantasized things like this all the time, I mean, driving an electric golf car around kampung. Showing it to people around. Paint it to some extravagant colors, black orange perhaps. Turn this baby into solar-powered vehicle. and more and more and more! Kihooii!! 

I just like it, it has a kinky feeling.

Get it? It's a guy thing!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

PMR Result


 Today, the PMR result was announced. And sorry to say that my brother did not hit the Straight A's magic for his PMR. It's kinda cool though that he missed by only one A, that was for his Bahasa Melayu. Too much of Dusun language perhaps.

I always love when it is time for exam result announcement. Because it is the time for everyone to ask the golden question," What is your result?".

It is so funny if you can divide this two significant type of questions, first, people asks, " Did you pass?". The second one is, "How many A's did you get?".

Sometime not long ago, while I was still studying in a rural school, the students will exchange the ' did you pass' question. It's weird that the most of the student from rural background still struggling 'to pass' exams, and for them, to pass is good enough, well at least to please their non-educated parents.

In the other hand, students from the city or from an educated family will exchange questions like " how many A's" and compare among themselves. In the end, the culture of performing best in academic became so normal and encouraging.

Well, it's all about psychology to encourage mentality of the young. So, every time we ask people around us, let's use the "how many A's" question shall we?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sabah Sarawak crave for Gardenia's product!

Believe it!

I saw this with my own eye. When I was waiting at the departure hall in LCCT, I saw  people were buying loads of buns, muffins, breads from the Gardenia's product. They filled their baskets, and paid to the counter. Their plastic bags expanded to its max capacity. Then I started to think, why would people want to eat lots of buns? And it was specifically Gardenia's. Suprisingly, these people are heading to Kuching, Bintulu, Miri and Kota Kinabalu.

So, I started asking my friends. One of them said, " It's a normal thing that Sabah Sarawak people do." the more assuring answer is, " Sabah Sarawak Gardenia's product is expensive." I can relate myself buying tonnes of chocolate from Labuan in the old days, because they were cheaper back then.

I just don't get it.

Why would people want to eat lots of bun? Why don't they just stick to the old Cap Kuda Laut's bun.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Great Day to start with...

..witnessing a pigeon's death moment.

This morning, when I was walking entering my working site, I saw a bird terribly flipping up and down on the floor slab. I saw the crows too were making noises around while hovering near the damned pigeon. It took me another five steps approaching the pigeon, when the flipping suddenly stops.

Taking a closer look, pushed the body a little bit, and it was verified. It's dead.

The body shrunk after several hours

The other pigeon wathcing from above.
I spotted another pigeon was hovering and landed on the roof. I remembered that this few weeks, a pair of pigeon was actually here tearing the roof insulation, which likely making their nest there. It's gone now. I suspected that the crows are the villain, attacking this lovely bird to its death.

Around 30 seconds after the final great leap.

Just now, I came back from Econsave Supermarket Pandamaran, and happened to see a veteran Malaysian actor, AR Badul. He was pushing a trolley loaded with food stuff while I smiled and waved at him. He  just gave a big smile and nodded his head. A sign of appreciation.

Actually, I heard he is operating a canteen in Selat Melaka nearby a new shipyard in Pulau Indah, Selangor. So, seeing him buying groceries inside wet market or supermarket will not be so weird at all.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Endangered Language


you think that your language or race are preserved? Think.

I am a Dusun Lotud but barely speaks my native language. It is so much like, I only understand them, but cannot speak it out. So, in that case, it is equally same as I understand Iban, English, little Mandarin, Melayu Sarawak, little Melayu Kelantan and Penang, and little Cantonese too. Understanding (only understand) Dusun doesn't make me Dusun in this case.

Language extinction is real.

Aboriginal Australia speaks some of the world's most endangered languages. Many languages in the south and east have been lost already; more will soon follow. Aboriginal groups are small and scattered because of a history of conflict with white settlers. A number of groups did not survive this contact, while others barely survived and struggle to maintain their own languages and cultures.

The Northwest Pacific Coast and Western Plateau is one of the most endangered language hotspots. No children and few to no young adults speak the indigenous languages in the American portion of the region. Languages farther north and west have more speakers, but near British Columbia's urban centers, many are abandoning their native languages for English.

After years of forced and necessary migration, the Yagnobi people of the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan are faced with a dwindling knowledge of the Yagnobi language among its younger generations.

Eastern Siberia contains few languages compared to other hotspots. However, it holds ten "genetic units" (e.g. one genetic unit being Romance languages), with very few living languages in most of the genetic units. It is notable, therefore, for its genetic diversity, and for its extreme endangerment. Many Siberian languages have been lost in the last few generations due to government policies that force speakers of minority languages to use the national language, and many living languages in the area have only a few elderly speakers.

The Central South American hotspot—spanning the Andes Mountains and some of the Amazon Basin—may be the world's most endangered, with high language diversity, little documentation of remaining indigenous languages, and immediate threats to their continued use. Here, Spanish, Portuguese (in Brazil), and more dominant indigenous languages are replacing smaller ones.

The Central Siberia Language Hotspot boasts few indigenous languages compared with most. However, it holds six language families, two of which have only one remaining language, and almost all of the languages here are endangered. Russian-only government policies have extinguished a number of Siberian languages over the last few generations, and many living languages here have only a few elderly speakers.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Petaling Street

Chapter 1.

Two days ago, me an my friends went to Petaling Street to have a visit as a new comer to this place. Well, I have been here not long ago, but my other friend were definitely excited to come to this place. He has been asking directions and all, and that night, his wish came true.

If people ask me, all I can say is, this place is definitely a 'pasar' or market, where people can buy things at a lower than normal price. This place offers the same experience as when you walk into any 'pasar malam' or market, BUT the biggest difference one would see is, the main language used here is English. This place also the only place I met so many foreign visitors compared to other places around Malaysia. Ironically, the heart of Malaysia's is here.
The goods prices relatively cheaper than those sold in shops. Even the prices are cheaper, the foreigners would not stop themselves from bargain activities. Most of the time, customers won. It's naturally done.

Taxi drivers would line up outside the entrance to pick up customers.

Roof structures specially built to contain this place from harsh weather.
 Chapter 2.


As a student in UMP, we never let holidays to be wasted  just around Pahang. So, we formed a group of 7 and have a pleasant journey down to Kuala Lumpur. So,as a new comer to this land, we decided to explore the heart of Malaysia and opted to stay in any hotel around this city. We chose a cheap hotel exactly in the heart of Petaling Street, as it would be easier for us to walk around and about.

I remembered that we visit places like Menara Kuala Lumpur, Times Square, Lot10, Sg. Wang, Low Yat, Dataran Merdeka and so on.

One little incident did happened though. When we woke up in the morning next day, my friends realize that their wallets and hand phones gone missing. The night before, they left them on the room's table, along with a laptop. The mystery was, the laptop remained untouched, while the wallet and hand phone disappeared. So, we assumed that, the thief would be the 'makcik cleaner' or someone who does not know about a laptop value.

What to do? The missing Identity Card needs to be reported to Police Station. We walked about and found a Police Station.

Petaling Street : Light switched off
Petaling Street: Light Switched Off

Chapter 3.

The atmosphere inside the station was less than welcoming, as we could see so many people waited their turn quite long. It was interesting though, seeing a woman and other woman eagerly approaching the police officers to  report an abuse case. All I can understand from what I have seen was, the woman was a good Samaritan alongside the other woman, an abused Indonesian maid, trying to report a police case against the abusive manner of her employer.

" Ini kawan saya sudah kena dera dengan majikan dia, tapi polis nampaknya tidak mahu ambil kes ini. Ini la jadi kalau asyik makan rasuah." I heard she said this to someone inside the waiting room.

" Itu perempuan mau buat repot polis, pasal pembantu rumah kena dera oleh majikan. Kamu kenal Dato' / Datuk @@@? Itu la majikan dia. Macam mana mau ambil repot ni." I overheard the police talking to themselves behind the counter.

All I can say is, we are weak thus put our life in their hands, but they protect the stronger parties. Justice fails. In the end of the day, they would sum up the total case for the day, and wrote them as another statistic for the month.