Blog Infozone…

17 03 2005

Question 1: What is the difference between the rackl blog and the rackl website?
Question 2: What is a blog ah? Can u tell me??

Okay after answering endless times already those two questions, am posting it in black & white for ya to read.

A blog is…

According to Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius on Nickelodeon, “A blog is an online community where you can post information and share it with other people.”

According to, “Short for weB LOG. A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is blogging and someone who keeps a blog is a blogger. Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in cronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominantly.”

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Inspiring community feeling among the young

15 03 2005

This appeared on NST (13/03/2005 – Sunday)

Inspiring community feeling among the young

LIKE in many a family, I live with a brother who suffers from an incurable condition – an almost religious commitment to an organisation, and in his case, it is called Rotaract.

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On a ginger adventure we shall go :)

14 03 2005

Originally uploaded by Kavangel.

Janda Baik ver 1.0 from kavs

Bright and early Sunday morning (two phrases which should never be put together!), racing past the KL Marathon runners – perfect beginning to an “adventure” innit?

Well, thanks to the runners, most of us were late and thus the dear ol rotarians ditched us. Nasib baik managed to catch up with em sumwhere at the petrol station (which acc to ganesh serves the best nasi lemak on the highway). And after the winding and rewinding (U-turn la cos wrong road), we reached the Rotary health camp where we were immediately put to work registering & translating.

not much i can say about registering, same ol writing of weirdly pronounced names… oh, but havta mention this funny one – li sun asking the pakcik if he is a “binti or anak lelaki” and us trying la to do calculations and figure out the people’s ages.

Think I also built some muscles by lifting all those heavy prize boxes, and yeah, there was the awesome orang asli dance they did that we joined in (how low can you go? apparently not as low as the makcik and pakciks!!) and guest lavinia entertained the kids with some “city” dance of erm, macarena.

all in all was a fun trip, though was really tired by time we left (packed with ginger and ubi kayu). Not bad for an adventure that started bright and early one Sunday morning 😉

Janda Baik ver 2 from Celes

I thought the Janda Baik trip was fun … especially since I wasn’t one of the drivers for the day : P

Got to enjoy the scenery. The journey there was great because the scenery AND greenery was a sight for sore KL city eyes! Janda Baik is situated on higher ground and can be quite cool in the early mornings.

Upon getting out of the car, we immediately felt a change in the temperature, it was cooler. Helping out with the doctors’ check up was an easy peasy job … all I had to do was usher and speak some Malay : )

I was pleasantly surprised to hear a few orang asli girls speaking fluent English! After all the check ups and dispensing of medicine were done, there was time for some fun when we joined the orang asli in dancing to the beat of their traditional “instruments”. First Lady Juanita was also there shaking her bon bons.

I had a good time at Janda Baik with the Rotaractors, our new found friends and guests, the Rotarians and their Anns. And oh, I bought 1 kg of very good quality ginger from the orang asli, at ONLY RM7 (the Janda Baik ginger are exported overseas for its medicinal value). Beats any ginger you get in town, those are imported from places like China, so I was told ; )

Janda Baik ver 3 from Sham
…apparently the tapioca was a good choice too and at RM4 for 2 kgs, although slightly on the expensive side, it was of the right texture, right colour and definitely the right taste…if there was a book called “Root Plants for Dummies’ I would be first in queue…

Anyway, I would agree the drive up to this Orang Asli settlement was not so much of a dream come true, but just the very best, next to nothing, sort of thing, anyone could get away to from the hazy KL! The fog-capped mountains and the morning dew from the green tropical trees was just a breath taking sight. Irregardless of the nauseating, giddy, sick-in-the-stomach winding narrow road drive up the mountains, it was a trip worth our deprived beauty sleep hours that Sunday morning.

The Mini Health Drive organized by the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur was another of their Health Drive campaigns which saw medical practitioners from the Club and the Rotary Club of Raffles City, Singapore patiently listening to the woes and cries of the residence of Janda Baik. They lent their ears, time and effort as well as expertise and attention – from checking of blood pressure to counseling on malnutrition, from advising on oral hygiene to treating burnt victims, from checking eye sight to general cleanliness – these doctors heartily kept the residence smiling and happy, while they themselves were entertained by the quick remarks and endless banter of the residence. The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospial brought their mobile Eye Hospital and did eye tests for all as well.

We rotaractors had our time of fun too. Li Sun with her Malay translation, Ganesh as the Guard of Honour, Kavita and Crystal the strict queue mistresses and paper weights (the wind was so strong that most of the time was spent picking the registration forms from the ground!!!) and the rest as translators for the doctors.

Li Sun and I tried to contain our laughter and looks of amazement when the 10th or 11th kid came and claimed to be Encik Yap’s child! And wow…Encil Atut was not going to let competition get to him…and so children of Atut came in rows…

Some took the opportunity to venture further from the Camp and into the settlement and learnt that the houses do not have running water and electricity, and most of houses have just one open space with mats laid out and no rooms.

It was yet again another meaningful and successful project completed and apart from us having a wonderful time, we took the opportunity to mingle with the locals, participate in the local thigh-endurance-testing dance and buy lots of ginger and tapioca only. Sorry mum…we were told there would be fish…

Nutrition & Diet in the 21st century…

1 03 2005

26 feb nutritiondiet talk Rotary Ann Rekha Naidu
Originally uploaded by Kavangel.

Date: 26 February 2005, Venue: Level 6, Holiday Villa (got kicked out of Ambassador Room temporarily cos sumwan’s 21st bday)

Righto… energy in the room was definitely brimming as there was an encouraging number of beautiful & handsome faces of the new guests. Guess the topic of the day, nutrition & diet in the 21st century is a crowd puller. Everyone searching for the elixir of eternal slim bodies/ good health 😉

Ice breaking for the day (altho rather confusing) was interesting. Matching fruits and the nutrition together to form a team. Can you say Po-ta-ssi-um? Also on the agenda were presentations from the 2 currently warring tribes (erm, promo committees) of Windows To Your Soul & District Superstar Hunt. While Steven & Ganesh decided to shake some booty and get into some provocative poses (all in good fun of course!), Kavita & Catherine decided to go for the more heartstring pulling pitch. So guys & girls, you better head on down to the nearest WTYS or DSH (sigh, i do so have to be fair :P) ticket person and get it!!! Show ur support…

Speaker Rotary Ann Rekha Naidu, enlightened us on many things regarding nutrition & diet. Did you know…

* there are only 200 dieticians in Malaysia
* the reason Msian have weight problems cos we get access to food 24 hours a day. (the bane of Mamak stalls, milo ais & maggi goreng… sigh)

Also, which kind of eater are you?
* Hedonistic – food for pleasure (ring a bell anyone? be honest)
* Moderation – eat but dont indulge
* Worry – everything you enjoy eating is “bad” for you
* Passive – as long as the food is on the table, anything goes.

How can you count your BMI?
Your weight in KG divided by Your height in meter squared.
Ideal BMI is 18.5 to 22.9 for Asians (Now I’m officially worried…)
Your waistline (get those measuring tapes out ASAP) should be less than 90 cm for the guys and gals it should be 80 cm and below.

But at the end of the day its all about MODERATION.

See, told you it was enlightening. Nothing I (guiltily) didn’t already know about but still… Weird though how Q&A saw the guys becoming very interested in (drumroll) breastfeeding. Now that’s what I call the 21st century man!! 🙂

The power of the talk was great enough that the plans for fast food fellowship got detoured BUT… … … not enough to detour us as we made our way to the yummylicious chocolate birthday cake of our February babies – Shirley & Anand!!

As for after meeting fellowship… I heard from one group that it was bowling, another group that it was the movies. Hmm… can only conclude that they were erm… bowling in the movies??? Haha… till then, toodles guys.