Dec 29, 2008

Thank you note!!!!!!!!!

Finally...... I just so happened to be online at that time (around 9.30). Suddenly, my boss (frits) from NL, buzzed me through instant messenger asking me about Severity 2 ticket. I really didn't know because:
1. I was not on ROTA for Severity 1 and 2.
2. It was Christmas.

So, he forwarded to me the ticket no for my further investigation. Not much detail been provided. and i talked to richard another person from UK. He gave me an overview what was going on. hmmm.. I looked at was not even my speciality area. I called my team mate whom i believed would be more knowledgeable in that area. No body answered my call (because holiday and almost midnite). Hah! i happened to be at wrong place and wrong time. And nobody from brazil, US and EU can assist. Leave me with Richard. I had no choice except to investigate. at last, i know what was causing the system to be disrupted. and voila!

-----Original Message-----
From: Verbaarschot, Frits FGL SDSI-DFI/163
Sent: 29 December 2008 19:15
To: Klavers, Richard SDSI-DFI/1641; Mout, Robert D SDSI-DFI/156; Zulkifli, Zayed MALAYTR-DFI/1631; Bersuch, Willi SDO-DFI/1643; Van Kessel, Joost J SDSI-DFI/1643; Ratakonda, Prasadarao SHLOFF-IBM; Uthirimani, Stalin SIPC-DFI; A-Kadir, Mohammad-Azam MALAYTR-DFI/163; Gilje, Nils DANSK-DPG/341; Mononen, Tuomas HELSINK-DSE/4651; Rajamanickam, Velu SHLOFF-IBM; Boskamp, Romul PH SDSI-DFI/1633; Paige, Janice P SIPC-DFS/922
Cc: Den Dulk, Willem W SDSI-DFI/1641; Mueller, Beki K SLUBE-DFI/1641; Nadema, Doutie DM SDSI-DFI/164; Preston, Carla H SDIUS-DFI/156; Smith, Mary MJ SDIUS-DFI/163; Abraham, Neuby SHLOFF-IBM; Iyer, Ganesh R SHLOFF-IBM
Subject: THANK YOU for fixing GIM04433945 - XX - No LVP values received

Dear Richard, Zayed, Robert, Romul, Willi, Joost, Prasad, Stalin, Azam, Nils, Tuomas, Velu, Janice and anyone I might have forgotten to mention,

Thank you and my compliments for your dedication and for restoring functionality over the past Christmas days.

A special thank you to Richard and Zayed for coordinating the activities across parties involved. I know you’ve been doing work on this throughout Christmas on social and unsocial hours.

This incident shouldn’t have happened, but on the good side, what you’ve done is a shining example of dedication and teamwork across players in the business and in IT.

Calendars will be verified to prevent similar incidents over the coming festive days.

May I wish you all very joyful days, without incidents, and a Happy New Year,

Frits Verbaarschot


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Dec 20, 2008

The East FM

It is a must as a collector know the story behind its FM. otherwise, don't call yourself as a collector. People visit to your house and ask you about the collection u have,what it is all about; and you should be able to answer it. Don't blindly become a collector and upgrade your knowledge. As you guys know, the Fridge magnet from any countries represent the countries, the country signage, historical building, culture etc.

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Burmese: ; MLCTS: kyuik hti: yu:; also known as Golden Rock) is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Burma. A small pagoda (5.5 m (18 ft)) sits on top of a golden rock, a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. The rock itself is precariously perched and seems to defy gravity as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo, It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda.

According to the legend associated with the pagoda, the Buddha, on one of his many visits to earth, gave a strand of his hair to Taik Tha, a hermit. The hermit, in turn, gave the strand to his adopted son King Tissa, an 11th Century Burmese king, with the dying wish that the hair be enshrined in a boulder shaped like the hermit's head. Tissa, with the help of the Thagymin, the king of the Nats found the perfect place for the pagoda at Kyaiktiyo where the strand was enshrined. It is this strand of hair that, according to the legend, prevents the rock from tumbling down the hill.

The village of Kinpun (16 km (10 mi)) at the base of Mt. Kyaiktiyo is the closest village to the pagoda. There are numerous other granite boulders on the mountain, some rocking and some not.

Kyaiktiyo has become a popular tourist attraction place of Pagodas in Burma.

The Golden Rock Of Myanmar as compared to Real View:

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda (IPA: [ʃwèdəgòun]; Burmese: ; MLCTS: hrwe ti. gum. bhu. ra, officially titled Shwedagon Zedi Daw, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a 98-metre (approx. 321.5 feet) gilded stupa located in Yangon, Burma. The pagoda lies to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill, thus dominating the skyline of the city. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight hairs of Gautama, the historical Buddha.

Real photo as compared to Fridge magnet:

Thailand - Land of Elephant

Thailand: The origin of Muay Thai

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali, Indonesia

Real Picture of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Located in Bedugul highlands,built in 1633 by the King of Mengwi,dedicated to Dewi Danu,the Goddess of the waters,the main building of the Temple lies on a small island of the Lake Bratan.As the lake is one of the major lakes which supplies water for the ricefields all over Bali,ceremonies and pilgrimages are held here to ensure that farmers in Bali have enough water and bountiful crops.

The Temple consists of several shrines on the grounds,along the shore but the most beautiful is the conventional Hindu thatched meru which seems floatting in the middle of the lake. On the mainland,Pura Teratai Bang(black lotus), featuring a seven thatched-roofed meru is dedicated to the God Brahma.

There are also a three roofed meru dedicated to Siwa and an eleven roofed one to Wisnu. Walking past the entrance are a large banyan,lovely gardens and a Buddhist shrine. Also on the site is a Mosque, opposite the Hindu Temple.

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century. The Jiajing Emperor also built three other prominent temples in Beijing, the Temple of Sun in the east (日坛), the Temple of Earth in the north (地坛), and the Temple of Moon in the west (月坛). The Temple of Heaven was renovated in the 18th century under the Qianlong Emperor.

In 1914, Yuan Shih-kai, then President of the Republic of China, performed a Ming prayer ceremony at the temple, as part of an effort to have himself declared Emperor of China.

The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and was described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations..." as the "symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries."[1]

According to Xinhua, in early 2005, the Temple of Heaven underwent a 47 million yuan (5.9 million USD) restoration in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the restoration was completed on May 1st, 2006.

The Temple of Heaven is a very popular park for exercising, and particularly for practicing taiji bailong ball, which is a paddleball variation of Tai Chi.

Various FM: Behind The Scene

Behind the scene:

Forum Roman, Rome Italy

The Roman Forum, (Latin: Forum Romanum) sometimes known by its original Latin title, is located between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill of the city of Rome. It is the central area around which the ancient Roman civilization developed. Citizens referred to the location as the "Forum Magnum" or just the "Forum".

The oldest and most important structures of the ancient city are located in the forum, including its ancient former royal residency the Regia and the surrounding complex of the Vestal virgins. The Old Republic had its formal Comitium there where the senate, as well as Republican government began. The forum served as a city square and central hub where the people of Rome gathered for justice, and faith. The forum was also the economic hub of the city and considered to be the center of the Republic and Empire

Lombard Street, San Fransisco, USA.

Lombard Street begins at Presidio Boulevard inside The Presidio and runs east through the Cow Hollow neighborhood. For 12 blocks between Broderick Street and Van Ness Avenue, it is a principal arterial road that is co-signed as U.S. Route 101. Lombard Street then continues through the Russian Hill and Telegraph Hill neighborhoods, breaks off at a point becoming Telegraph Hill Boulevard. That leads to Pioneer Park and Coit Tower. Lombard Street starts again at Montgomery Street and finally terminates at The Embarcadero as a collector road

The original photo of St Lombard.

Ramesses II Temple at Abu Simbel, Egypt

Abu Simbel (Arabic: أبو سنبل‎ or أبو سمبل) is an archaeological site comprising two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser about 290 km southwest of Aswan. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments",[1] which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).

The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in the 1960s, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan dam reservoir.

The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan dam on the Nile River. Abu Simbel remains one of Egypt's top tourist attractions.

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin Germany

The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) is a former city gate and one of the main symbols of Berlin and Germany. It is located west of the city center at the intersection of Unter den Linden and Ebertstrasse, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which one formerly entered Berlin. One block to its north lies the Reichstag. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. It was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built by Carl Gotthard Langhans from 1788 to 1791. The Brandenburg Gate was restored from 2000 to 2002 by the Stiftung Denkmalschutz Berlin (Berlin Monument Conservation Foundation). Today, it is considered one of Europe's most famous landmarks.

MannekinPis, Brussel Belgium

Manneken Pis (Dutch for little pee man), also known in French as the petit Julien, is a very famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin.

On many occasions, the statue is dressed in a costume. His wardrobe now consists of several hundred different costumes. The costumes are changed according to a schedule managed by the non-profit association The Friends of Manneken-Pis, in ceremonies that are often accompanied by brass band music.

On occasion, the statue is hooked up to a keg of beer. Cups will be filled up with the beer flowing from the statue and given out to people passing by.

For this categories; price of each of FM is RM19.50.

Postage for first 5 FM = 6.50 (please add additional RM1.00 for one additional item after 5)

Fridge Magnet: Cambodia

If you happened to visit cambodia, below is the must visit places in Cambodia. Below is for you to see and the story behind its architecture.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat), is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation—first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Apsaras, Cambodia

What is Apsaras?

Apsaras, divine nymphs or celestial dancing girls, are characters from Indian mythology. Their origin is explained in the story of the churning of the Ocean of Milk, or samudra manthan, found in the great epic Mahabharata. Other stories in the Mahabharata detail the exploits of individual apsaras, who were often used by the gods as agents to persuade or seduce mythological demons, heroes and ascetics. The widespread use of apsaras as a motif for decorating the walls and pillars of temples and other religious buildings, however, was a Khmer innovation. In modern descriptions of Angkorian temples, the term "apsara" is sometimes used to refer not only to dancers but also to other minor female deities, though minor female deities who are depicted standing about rather than dancing are more commonly called "devatas."

Bayon, Cambodia

The Bayon (Khmer: Prasat bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th century or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.

For those who are interested to buy the fridge magnet,

price: RM18
Shipment and handling: RM6.50

Let me know you have further interest via email (as stated in this blog).

Dec 15, 2008

Paris Fridge Magnet

Hi folks!

New FM from paris.

FR104 Notre Dame Building, Paris

If you watched disney cartoon, Hunch Back of Notre Dam, this is the building.

FR103 Sacre Coeur Building, Paris.

for this one, try and google it, you should be able to find it. One of the historical place in France:

FR102 Eiffel Tower, Paris

This one, i guess u knew already. SOLD OUT (update as at 21 December 2008)

FR101 Arc de Triomphe Building, Paris

another one. you can see real image here.

Price: RM18.00 each

Postal cost: RM6.50 for peninsular/RM8.50 for sabah sarawak

Payment can be made via maybank2u: 158248021000 - zayed zulkifli

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