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2009 Earth Hour at UNIMAS

March 29, 2009

Earth Hour

28 March, 8pm worldwide is Earth Hour. This one hour voluntary blackout is an event to show the world leaders that we citizens really respond in stopping global warming.

At UNIMAS, there are several hostels organizing activities. In Malaysia, all lights are switched off at 8.30-9.30pm (Malaysia time is late by half an hour), with hostel members encouraged to switch off their lights.. Let’s enjoy the pictures!

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Sarikei Pineapple Festival 2008 Coverage

December 4, 2008

Sarikei is also known as pineapple town because of its abundance of pineapples in market in old days. As a government’s efforts to promote Sarikei and agriculture industry, a Pineapple Festival is held annually.

This year, the festival spans a week from 1 December-7 December, longer than previous years because this year it is held in conjunction with Sarikei Regatta (Water Sports like boat racing and fishing competition). Visitors came from nearby town and other district such as Kuching.

What we would not miss is the stalls near the Nyelong River Esplanade. What’s in store? Let’s check it out:

*Beware: TONS of images!*

3rd December:

This is what you will see then you arrive.

Festival

pic 01: Baloons at the entrance

I entered the festival using the rear entrance. I just know that this is the rear since the inflatable balloon for the main entrance has just been erected on Thursday, 4th Dec.

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Blackout in Sarawak

August 10, 2008

Blackout occured in UNIMAS on 9th August. It was a peaceful, ordinary morning when the electric went out at 6.30pm. I was at the café that time, didn’t mind the electric outage as it has happened few times back when i stay at the hostel here.

However, as darkness eats away the sky, the electric hasn’t come back yet. So as of 7.45pm…

Dark!

Very dark here. Picture brightened 1000x times! What would you expect? It's very dark!

There’s very little light, sourced by the half moon above the sky, torchlights, spotlights, highlights, daylights or whatever kind of light source the students can find. I personally use the handy and portable torchlight, the Nokia 1200!

Dark!

Nice phone! Even N96, N95, N93, N82, N81,..... can't help you much in this situation!

The electric went back on about 8.30pm, i also learned that whole Sarawak is affected by the blackout, ranging from Kuching here, to Sarikei, Sibu till Miri. Hostel folks cheered happily when the power came back, but it was not long before it went blackout again…. only to have it back on around 11pm…

Into the news…

Two million Sarawakians affected by blackout

MIRI: A nearly six-hour blackout gripped Sarawak yesterday, affecting more than two million people over a distance of 1,000km from Kuching to Miri.

Cities and towns were plunged into total darkness, causing massive chaos, with people caught by surprise at about 6.30pm.

Thousands were caught in massive traffic jams and those in commercial complexes were reportedly evacuated safely.

The power failure started in Kuching and rapidly spread northward to Sibu, hitting Miri at 7.30pm.

As of 8.45pm, power was restored to certain parts of the state and by midnight, the situation returned to normal statewide.

A Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation official said after an emergency meeting last night that the cause had been narrowed down to a fault along the main power grid between Sibu and Bintulu, spanning 200km.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam, when contacted, said the main power grid had been affected.

“The state government wants to find out the source of the massive blackout. We need to know exactly,” he added.

Dr Chan, who is the State Industrial Development Minister, said the corporation did its best to reconnect supply. It was said to be the most serious blackout in Sarawak in recent time.

The blackout actually is interesting because, you’ll get to see your whole surroundings covered in darkness.. In the sky, the constellation Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn can be seen…

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séeput is surrounded by darkness?

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