Bla bla bla  

It has been quite sometime that I wrote anything in the blog. Not that I don't have time, I just don't feel to write anything out a a blue like before. I guess when you are getting older, you tend to just want to seat back and read instead of putting it out here.


Anyhow just want to put this picture of a big yellow Cattleya that is blooming since last week.



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Maher Zain - Insya Allah Versi Melayu dengan Lirik  



Andainya.. terasa tak berupaya..
Hidup sendirian tiada pembela..
Segalanya suram.. bagai malam yang kelam..
Tiada bantuan.. tiada tujuan..
Janganlah berputus asa..
Kerana Allah bersamamu..

Insya Allah.. 3x
Ada jalannya..
Insya Allah.. 3x
Ada jalannya..

Andainya.. dosamu berulang lagi..
Bagai tiada ruang untuk kembali..
Tika keliru.. atas kesilapan lalu..
Membelenggu hati dan fikiranmu..
Janganlah berputus asa..
Kerana Allah bersamamu..

Insya Allah.. 3x
Ada jalannya..
Insya Allah.. 3x
Ada jalannya..

Kembalilah…
Kepada Yang Esa,
Yakin pada Nya
panjatkanlah doa..

Ohhh.. Ya Allah…
Hindarkan daku dari tersasar..
Tunjukkan daku ke jalan yang benar..
Jalan yang benar.. 3x

Insya Allah.. 3x
Ada jalannya..
Insya Allah.. 3x
Ada jalannya..
Insya Allah.. 3x
Ada jalannya..
Insya Allah.. 3x
Ada jalannya..
Insya Allah.. 3x
Ada jalannya..

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Running Notepad as As Administrator  



Sometimes one need to edit file like the hosts file in Windows 7 64bit. The Hosts file is normally located at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc in which you can use the Notepad to edit and save it once you are done with it. But in Windows 7 64bit, you won't be able to save it if the Notepad is not run with Administrator privilege. In win 32 environment you can easily bypass this using the Edit.com program but there's no edit program in the 64 environment.

So just go the start and type Notepad in the Search field and right click the Notepad program and click "Run as Administrator" like shown on the picture above.

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How to Grow Stevia  

From A Discussion On : How to grow Stevia?

As Posted by daisyduckworth on Thu, May 17, 07 at 19:35

The plant originated in Paraguay, which gives it its other name Sweet Herb of Paraguay. The botanical name for it is Stevia rebaudiana, and it has no known relatives.

The ban by the FDA was politics gone crazy and it makes interesting reading on just how stupid the bureaucrats can be!

The link below takes you to lots of previous threads about Stevia, but here's some info on it:

Tender perennial in warmer climates, treat as an annual in cold areas. Grows to 80cm tall and 60cm wide. Leaves can be from 2-8cm long and 5-30mm across, with gentle serrated edges. The leaves form in whorls on the upright stems. Small white flowers, with a similar appearance to heather, come in clusters on the tips of the stems in summer and autumn.

Propagate by seeds or by tip cuttings taken in summer, or root division in spring. Seeds are notoriously infertile and slow to germinate. Flowering usually occurs 54-104 days after transplanting. The plant is climatically suited to climates from temperate to sub-tropical where temperatures range between 21-43°C, with an average of 24°C, but it will also grow in the tropics, where it prefers shade and will also grow in cold climates with winter protection. Plants in the ground have been noted to take minimal frosts. It is a somewhat temperamental plant and may be slow to grow at first. Even in ideal conditions, it is not uncommon for plants to die suddenly or to lose their leaves. As long as the roots are alive, the plant may regrow. Poor, loose, well drained soil is recommended. The plants need to be well-mulched so that surface feeder roots do not dry out. For gardeners in cold climates, it is recommended that plants be started in large pots so that the pot can be moved to a warm verandah in winter. In cold climates, the plant may go dormant to the ground. As stevia does not over-winter outdoors in freezing conditions, the roots are lifted in autumn and stored indoors in perlite or sand and then set outside again in spring. Stevia requires regular watering in dry periods but has poor tolerance to long waterlogging or to saline water or soils. In its natural habitat, the plant occurs naturally on acid soils of 4-5 pH but will grow well on soils up to 9 pH. Leaf yields can be increased with a moderate application of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilisers. Plants also respond well to liquid seaweed as a foliage spray applied fortnightly. As soon as the plant flowers, the leaf production slows down, so it is an advantage to nip off flower buds, to encourage further leaf development. If the plant is left to flower, the tip leaves take on a slightly bitter overtone. Because of its gangly growth, plant several together for support. Plant will die if left go to flower, so it should be cut back repeatedly to prevent flowering.

Harvesting: Collect leaves as required, preferably in autumn. They can be dried and powdered.

Culinary Uses: Use dried, powdered leaves as a substitute for sugar. One tablespoon of stevia or less is equivalent to about 1 cup sugar. Some people notice a slight after-taste, while others do not. A liquid sweetener is made by pouring 1 litre boiling water over 1 tablespoon dried leaves and leaving to infuse. Refrigerate and use within a few days or freeze for later. To make a syrup, place 4 teaspoons dried powdered leaves in a saucepan with 2 cups water, simmer slowly for 10-15 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. A teaspoon of Vitamin C powder may be added to act as a preservative. An infusion of fresh or dried leaves can be drunk as a beverage, hot or cold, or added to other herbs as a sweetener. If using fresh leaves to replace dried quantities listed above, multiply the amount 5 times. Approximately 6 large leaves chopped finely is a substitute for 1/2 cup of sugar for baking or in cooked recipes. 1 teaspoon of ground stevia is equal to 1 cup of sugar; 2 drops of liquid essence is equal to 1 teaspoon sugar. An extract can be made by combining 1 cup vodka with 3/4 cup fresh stevia leaves in a jar. Shake every day for 2 weeks, then filter through a coffee filter. Add a drop to beverages.

From my own experience of growing Stevia, I've learned to remove the flowers as they appear - otherwise the plant will die down to nothing. I've also found that it's a cantankerous plant which can often die down to nothing for no apparent reason, even in ideal conditions. But you never give up on it! You can have an empty space or pot for up to a year, and then suddenly the plant will resurrect! Amazing.

Sweetness can vary from 10-600 times sweeter than sugar, dependent on a range of factors from soil, climate, time of harvest and many others.

It is NOT a true substitute for sugar in all recipes. It does not dissolve, it does not make a syrup. Consider it as a flavouring, much as you would vanilla.

To be honest, I don't like the taste of it, or rather, the earthy after-taste it has. Some people don't mind it, though.

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Rojak Song  



Haha just a fun rojak song..

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Kingston 128GB Data Traveler 200  

It used to be a GB pendrive would stuck an AWWW... but nowadays 128GB struck nothing.. just another piece of thing in your pocket.. :D and just for a slightly more than RM 1 per GB.

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Personas : New Firefox 3.6 Download now!  

Work <span>for</span> Mozilla
Watch the videos of the new firefox 3.6 :

Have fun!.

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The Night Sky's Happy Face  


Smiley Sky
Originally uploaded by alwizbme
This was taken in front of my house night of Dec 2nd about 8.50 p.m Malaysia time. I was a little bit late to capture this and the moon is just about to hide behind the cloud. If I were earlier I would be able to capture a more pronounce mouth shape.

It is said that the left eye is Jupiter and the right eye (the brighter one) is Venus if the face is facing earth.. an occurrence once in every 44 years...

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PhotoMalaysia.com 2nd Annual Photo Exhibition 2009  

If you are Malaysian who has photos of Malaysia's Vanishing Heritage please read on...

or head on to the original post at http://photomalaysia.com

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Calling for submissions for PhotoMalaysia.com 2nd Annual Photo Exhibition 2009.

OUR VANISHING HERITAGE

The theme for PhotoMalaysia 2009 Exhibition is Our Vanishing Heritage. This is a catch all theme that could include many aspects of our heritage that is rapidly vanishing as Malaysia progresses and prospers. It can include Vanishing Trades, Vanishing Landmarks, Vanishing cultural practices, Vanishing Traditional Dresses, Vanishing Tribes, Vanishing Landscapes, Vanishing Animals, and in fact it can encompass anything a photographer feel should be recognized, remembered, resurrected and even rejuvenated. It will be PhotoMalaysia Members photographic statement of those aspects of our culture that needs to be recorded, preserved, documented or remembered.

If it so happens that you have images of people/places/things thats already _not_ around (i.e. vanished), you're MOST welcome to contribute your work as well.

That being said, the theme is on subject matter located in Malaysia only. That bit is final.

In a nutshell, people will think of the obvious, namely:

1. People : remember the Mayban ad featuring a turbaned Sikh security guard fellow? How about barbers under trees or the one in sidelanes? Your 'Roti'man on a bicycle? The guy who roasted coffee on the back of a bicycle in the kampungs?

2. Places : The Bok house has been torn down, The old Bukit Bintang Girl School has been demolished and in it's current place now stand IMHO an ugly shopping mall, old cinemas has been replaced by cineplexes in malls etc

3. Things : the tiffin of old has been replaced by the obiquitious styrofoam. The marbles children used to play has been relaced by PSP, PS and other electronic devices and such.

But why let the title of the exhibition stifle your imagination? Let it roams free. As such, I'm going to introduce a category (for lack of better word) to get your grey matter going.

4. Conceptual : make your own interpretation of what is 'heritage' meant to you.

You're allowed to stage your photo. You can recreate a scene. You can recreate a photo and added some twist (I'm leaving it to your imagination)

You can send in a series of images (diptych or triptych).

You can send in submission as big as A3 size, or as small as 5R sized.

You can submit your work in colour.

You can submit it in B&W be it in analogue or digital format.

Heck, you can even send in a video installation (replete with projections if the tv set and VCR, ooops, who uses VCR anymore rite? Hey! That falls under the 'Thing' category isn't it *wink*?) if you have the means to do it.

A panel of curators (not members of PhotoMalaysia.com for impartiality) will evaluate the submissions. As such, regarding submission mechanics, please send in your work in soft copy format to lightingdewd@gmail.com . Please use '2nd PhotoMalaysia Annual Exhibition submission' as your title header.

Your submission, in whatever size (5"x7", 8"x10", 11"x14") can be in jpeg format @ 300 dpi and save it @ 'Image Quality' set as '8'. Why such large size?

So we can print it big to asses it's quality. If it's good we even framed it up for you at cost.

You MUST put a caption for your work(s).

You can write a short write up of your work in one paragraph. We may or may not use it.

For hardcopy submissions in the Klang Valley area only, give me a tinkle @ 012 231 5654 to arrange pick-ups and such.

Just in case you're wondering, when you submit your high resolution work, you still retained your rights to the work. In plain language, it's your photo(s) we exhibit it for you..

A section of the exhibition space is being reserved for Crossing Bridges V participants. More details on this later.

Submission of your work will end on the 7th December 2008.

In regards to exhibition space, the venue will still be the same as last year, which is the Annexe Gallery, Central Market. For this exhibition, we are RENTING it RM3,000.00 (RM1,500.00/week for 2 weeks) starting from 12th of January 2009 until the 24th of January 2009. I understand the Chinese Lunar New Year falls on the 25th and 26th of January so some of you will be busy with the celebrations preparing and such.

Have no worry, we're going to have volunteers helping preparing the exhibit and when it ends, dismantling it as well.

We already secured RM1,500.00 for the rental from Shashinki.com and from a PMer who wished to remain anonymous. We still short of RM1,500.00 of which we planned to raised from the members whose work is being selected for the exhibition.

For presentation purpose, selected submissions shall follow a standard Black framing and cream coloured mounting board style. Sample will be posted up soon.

For those who wished to volunteer their time and gaining experience organising and running a photo exhibition, pm me for details.

We planned to launch the exhibition on the 15th of January 2009.

Don't worry about your work 'not being exhibition standards'. Just send in your submissions to the above e-mail address. If you don't try, you definitely will never know

Ted Adnan

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Hive  


Hive
Originally uploaded by alwizbme
An unknown orchid already blooming for more than 2 weeks. I suppose a Phal of sort.. My wife bought when it was really a small plant without even knowing what kind of orchid, of what colour or how it would turn out to be..

It looks like a hive of sort with a figure of somekind inside the petals..

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