Hari Raya Wishes From Me and PROTON Design

Hari Raya Wishes From Me and PROTON Design

We’re now at the last weekend of Ramadhan, about 4 days away from the biggest celebration in the Muslim calendar. Indeed the festive spirit is being felt and the usual signs evident all around. This year I’m opting out from the journey balik kampung and staying in the city to celebrate low key in a classic metropolitan style. Every year on the first afternoon of Raya I would usually pay a visit to one of the malls nearby. I would be in full Raya garb so you can imagine the looks I get from the crowd. They must be very confused. Why is this Chinese bloke wearing full baju Melayu gear on the first day of Aidilfitri?! Hehe.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all readers of this blog, friends, family and business associates a great Eid Mubaraq. Enjoy your long weekend with visits to open houses, rekindling relationships, enjoying the food and for the kids, your duit raya!

I will leave you with a short video done by PROTON Design, a yearly thing we do to welcome Syawal. Take care, be safe and be happy!

azlano 2.0 > 2010 In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 39 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 320 posts. There were 33 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 2nd with 533 views. The most popular post that day was Less Than 12 Hours To Go.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were funtastickodesign.wordpress.com, en.wikipedia.org, twitter.com, saluran07.blogspot.com, and adlankhalidi.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for azlano, problem solving, raya wishes, selamat hari raya wishes, and proton saga.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Less Than 12 Hours To Go March 2010


The Proton Saga RED Show Car January 2008


Hari Raya Wishes September 2008


Proton Exora Prestige and Prime April 2009


The Problem Solving Flowchart February 2010

Gloomy Days In Japan

It’s still winter here in Japan and the surrounding environment is grey and dull. From Kansai to Nagoya the temperature is moderately cold; about 6 degrees all round. It actually snowed in Tokyo! I don’t know about others but the cold doesn’t really bother me much. It’s the drab exterior which brings me down, keeps me confined and doesn’t do much to my enthusiasm. Ever heard of ‘winter depression’?
So, without sounding depressing I offer you some images from my surroundings yesterday…
Today is a much, much better day! It’s clear & bright, albeit still chilly. Boarding the train again soon…

In Response To Tokmoh!

I’m writing this in response to a question posted by one of my blog readers, tokmoh (I’m  very sure he’s reading this now with a big grin on his face).

He asked ‘Don’t mind sharing what happened in ur twitter status: “Stuck in a Boeing 747 on the KLIA tarmac. 2 hours already! I’m gonna miss all my connecting flights… demmit.” Long haul… KLIA… Boeing 747… Malaysia Airlines, nope?’.

Well, that flight really was one of the worst I’ve ever had. Everything about it was poor and unsatisfactory, right down to the food (not that airline food is ever fantastic). Anyhoo, it started with me not getting an aisle seat. And anyone who travels over 10 hours is bound to want an aisle seat! For obvious reasons…

As we were about to leave, the aircraft stopped and returned to the gate. Apparently there was a minor failure to one of the motors which controlled the landing gear and this resulted in the aircraft not being able to turn. Hohum, I thought. But this is a Lufthansa flight! Aren’t the Germans always one step ahead in making sure technical faults are identified before hand? And isn’t Lufthansa one of the more reliable airlines? This particular glitch took 2 hours to fix… and we were not allowed to leave the aircraft!

Then, after we were assure everything was fine and dandy, and that we are cleared for take off something else happened. As we taxied to the main runway, the pilot powered the engines and readied everyone for take off. At maximum rev the engines roared, the planed slowly picked up speed and… and… he killed the engines! Literally powered it down until the plane stopped abruptly on the runway.

As we taxied back to the gate (again) the Captain said there was a MAJOR alarm in the cockpit which does not allow aircraft take off. It seems the earlier problem triggered another problem in which the landing gears won’t retract after take off. WTH?! And so we were at the mercy of the engineers as they tried to fix the fault. And they finally did, 2.5 hours later! It’s worth noting that again we were not allowed to leave the cabin.

So there you have it, my longest ordeal aboard an airplane doing nothing but wait, wait and wait (but I did manage to FB and Tweet). Obviously I missed all my connecting flights, had to reschedule all my meetings and was terribly exhausted upon reaching my destination 20 hours later.