LAUNCHING OF MEASAT 3A

 

While the world is struggling with the highly dangerous swine flu H1N1, I was in Russia and Baikonur, Kazakhstan for 6 days to witness the launching of our fourth communication satellite, MEASAT 3A.

Those are some historic moment and places I visited.

 

M3A
M3A

 

Before blast off...
Before blast off...

 

Mon and me in action
Mon and me in action

 

 

 

Earlier, we went to visit our M3A at the launching pad… 

 

 

ASTRO Team at the launch pad in Baikonur Cosmodrome
ASTRO Team at the launch pad in Baikonur Cosmodrome

We visited some other places as well in Baikonur.  

 

Launching pad for Vostok in 1961 for First Man on Space Yuri Gagarin
Launching pad for Vostok in 1961 for First Man on Space Yuri Gagarin

In this completely deserted (no wonder got  a lot of camels) windy area, we’re staying at Sputnik Hotel…

Arrived at Sputnik Hotel
Arrived at Sputnik Hotel

Back in Moscow..We visit Red Square, Starcity Space center.

 

Starcity
Starcity

 

Astro Guerilla Movement
Astro Guerilla Movement

 

During briefing at Starcity....centre, COO MEASAT, Paul Brown Kenyon
During briefing at Starcity....centre, COO MEASAT, Paul Brown Kenyon

 

Kremlin
Kremlin

 

With Mon and Christina from The Star
With Mon and Christina from The Star

 

Astro Team in Red Square, Centre: Salina
Astro Team in Red Square, Centre: Salina

 

 

Red Square

 

Red Square

 

Restaurant at Red Square...Pectopah, actually Russian spelling of restaurant
Restaurant at Red Square...Pectopah, actually Russian spelling of restaurant

folkdance

 

 

Inside the restaurant, makan time ..with salina Berita Harian and Puru

 

Inside the restaurant, makan time ..with salina Berita Harian and Puru

 Russian hat

Press Team during Welcome Dinner at Marriot Aurora
Press Team during Welcome Dinner at Marriot Aurora

Last but not least, Thanks to Adrian, Puru and Mon, Pleasure working with you guys! Best of the best , creme de’ la creme production…

b-Astro guerilla

Logging In Belum: Stairways To Catastrophe

IT was what I would refer to as “a heaven on earth”. Six adolescent years later, it has morphed into another cloudy and turbid river.

 I’m referring to Sungai Chiong, once considered by many as one of the best fishing spot located at the National Park Belum Rainforest, Grik in Perak.

My recent visit to the virgin forest for a fishing trip with Papachik and Pak Ngah Min was an eye-opener experience. I was shocked by the current situation in Sg. Chiong. The site which I literally grew up in, thanks to my late Tok Papak who would take me on his numerous fishing excursions, has lost its magic. It was as if Mother Nature had forgotten to work on her magical wand to make the place as beautiful as it used to be.

Gone are the sights of a world-class rainforest which had provided me valuable and unforgettable memories. This is due to the greed and narrow millennium-minded responsible in “killing” our mother nature through logging activities which had taken the place by storm. 

If this massacre activities persist without any actions taken by the authorities, I bet another river will face the same problem. 

My plea, save the National Belom Rainforest before it’s too late. I’m worried, that it will inevitably lead to another destruction akin THE state political crisis.

We’ll just wait and see…

Pulau Tujuh

From Sungai Chiong, we advanced to Pulau Tujuh and continued our fishing trip along the ravine. 

We had a great  deal of enjoyment during the 2 day-1- night back-to-nature retreat. 13 Sebarau says it all.  Deep in our hearts, we knew that it was important to keep the spirit of Tok Papak alive.

The three of us unanimously agreed that Pulau Tujuh still has its uniqueness or simply said, “hutan masih dara”. Thank goodness…

As I’m posting this edition, the loggers are doing what they do best …  cutting down “the balaks” at the good ole’ Pulau Tujuh…