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Hundreds missing whilst 283 killed from Typhoon in the Philippines


A strong typhoon hit the Philippines recently, which resulted to blocked roads and severed communications. Hundreds went missing whilst 283 were killed by the strongest typhoon of the year. Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), battered beach resorts and dive spots on Palawan island yesterday, but then weakened as soon as it moved west.

The catastrophic event also hit the southern island of Mindanao, and caused landfall on Tuesday. About 300 were missing. While rescue teams are on a mission to search the missing victims, thousands were placed in shelters. Domestic flights were also suspended on Wednesday. Apart from that, schools, town halls, and clinic were also closed; they became shelters for surviving victims.


Fly away with Garuda Indonesia this Ramadhan!


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As for those flying to Australia, they can get 50% discount for every purchase of LocalSIMKad™ Australia.

The promotion starts from 1st of July to 15th of August 2012.

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Work in Dubai

Want to work abroad? Yes, you can! There are many places that you can go to and it also depends to your interest as well; work in a place that you think you can be comfortable in. Well, if you have no experience staying abroad, perhaps experience it yourself! Dubai is one of the great places to work in although there are of course, the black and white sides about it. Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of working in Dubai, shall we?

Some of the things that you should put into consideration:

1.      Financial

In Dubai, you will get to enjoy an income tax free salary! This way, you can always save up more money in your bank account. Having more money in the bank is essential as you may need those extra cash for the rainy days. Why pay so much when you can save more?

2.      Culture

Dubai is a place of culture, both local and international. You will get to see a lot of foreigners around the country; people from all over the world come here to work as Dubai is a country that requires professionals from other countries. Due to the multi-cultural population, you will get to learn about other cultures, language, and religion. However, there are people who prefer to work with people from their own kind; they’re not racist, but some people just have their own preference in certain things.

3.      Travel experience

Working in Dubai enables you to learn and know people from different cultures and backgrounds. Well, if you think getting to know people around Dubai is not enough, you are most welcomed to visit its neighbouring countries! Try visiting Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and many more. You will get to learn more because although each country may practise different lifestyle and holds different political and religious views, they are very kind and welcoming people. This is also the best time to learn Arabic or perhaps, belly dancing!

4.      Free trip home

Being far from your friends and family back home can be stressful sometimes as many people actually suffered from home-sickness when they stay abroad for a very long time. But, don’t worry, if you’re lucky, you might get your company to pay for your trip back to your home country. Most companies in Dubai would do that, so cross your fingers!

5.      Freedom

Working in Dubai is an experience no one should miss! This emirate city has the largest population and second largest land territory among all the emirates, after Abu Dhabi. It is also one of the most well-known Arab countries for having more freedom compared to the other Middle-east countries. Night clubs are available, so you and your friends can always come over for a beer. Yes, there are more freedom here but remember to always behave too.

6.      Climate

Dubai has a very hot arid climate and if you can’t stand the heat, be prepared for this if you are going to stay there for a very long time. Summer in Dubai is even hotter; it is also windy and humid (108 °F in average). Most people find it to be uncomfortable, but to those who are used to hot weather, they tend to adapt faster.

7.      Habits

Likewise, there are so many people of different nationalities in Dubai. Can you imagine how many types of people that you’ll be dealing with? There are good and bad people; you have to learn to tolerate with others, especially when driving on the road. The road is definitely a place that challenges one’s patience.

8.      Learn to respect

You probably have your own views on certain things and the values practised are also different than the others, especially those from different cultures and backgrounds. If you are not careful with your words, this may lead you to some unwanted actions. Learn to be a good listener and bear in mind that some things are just for you to know; you don’t want to touch on sensitive issues that may put yourself into troubles. Always respect the locals and learn to be patient. If you have to learn to be or behave like the locals, try to do so; but, NEVER compare and downgrade their culture. You don’t want them to tell you to get out from the country, don’t you? So, learn to respect and love each other.


Get your number in advance with


Wouldn’t it be great if you could get your LocalSIMKad™ number in advance? This enables travellers to inform their number prior to their travel dates. For example, if you are planning to visit the Philippines on the 5th of July, you can inform your LocalSIMKad™ mobile number in advance to your friends and family; that way, they can call you once you land at the destination airport. offers a “Get your number in advance” service for all travellers.

For those of you who may not be familiar with  this product, LocalSIMKad™ of your destination is a travel SIM for global travellers, which allows them to make and receive calls when travelling abroad, without incurring any roaming charges. It helps travellers get connected immediately and avoid the hassle of looking around for a local SIM card. Travellers can collect their destination’s local SIM card once they have arrived at the destination. The product was introduced by in 2010. is an international booking channel that provides a local SIM card of the country that it offers. partners with one of the local TELCOs in the country offered.


Dine in with your dog at the Chew Chew restaurant in Sydney


In Australia, there is a restaurant for all dog lovers out there! ‘Chew Chew’, is a restaurant in Sydney that provides delicious meals for your dogs, from beef steak to fish soup. The restaurant has caught lots of attention and people from all over the country have been taking their dogs for a visit to this unique place to dine. Dogs are behaving more like humans these days; dogs normally drink water but here, you can serve your dogs with coffee or tea for a change! If you live far from this place, don’t worry; you can purchase Chew Chew’s products online.

The restaurant’s owner, Naoko Okamoto, told The Sydney Morning Herald that a lot of dog owners have long for a restaurant like this; this is how they express their appreciation and love for their pets. She said “I started with organic dog biscuits and supplements and selling them at the markets and spent three years finding out the customers’ needs”.


Like them on Facebook today! p/s they also have parties for your pets=p


Camels in the desert


When you think of camels, you would think of the desert. These animals have lived in a humid climate for ages and they have also been used as a mode of transportations by the Arabs in the Arab deserts. Camels could bear the hot weather with the help of their big hump, which is used to store fat and water. Camels are indeed amazing survivors and they are able to avoid predators and others that crave for resources. Camels can travel long distances that allow them to take advantage of the maximum number of resources. These omnivores can rehydrate themselves quickly and they can eat just about anything, including vegetation, meat, and bones. Camels are loving animals if you take good care of them but they can be stubborn and angry if they are ill-treated.

Camel racing


Camel racing is a traditional sport, which is practised in the middle-east and this sport is extremely popular in the Emirates. It was formally an informal event that took place in an informal setting, weddings and special events; but, now it has becoming a popular sport, attracting thousands of spectators from all over the world. The race is normally held from October to April (winter months) and a camel race festival at Al Wathba is held every year.

Camel slaughter


Although camels are able to avoid predators, they are still vulnerable to humans. In the middle-east, camels are slaughtered for their meat. Many people find this event as very disturbing; I find it disturbing too.

Camels as pets



Most Arabs tend to be attached to their camels. I am not surprised at all because camels are loving animals after all. However, some believe that camels can be dangerous as pets. There was a case of an unnamed woman from Mitchell, Queensland, Australia whom had died after her pet camel knocked her down to the ground, stomped on her, and then laid on top of her! The police suspects that the camel tried to mate with the 60 years old lady, whom was given the camel as her 60th birthday present. Looks like her birthday gift eventually took off her life. The camel was 10 months old and weighed 152 kg (336 lbs).


For full story, click on this link


For full story, click on this link

Another tragic death of a camel attack is a story of an African shepherd that was killed after the camel went berserk and chased him for several hours before it managed to get him. The 53 years old man was found dead at a farm and he had several bites and kicks. Police said the man died after suffering from serious injuries and bleeding. However, no one knew what actually happened to the angry camel.


Legend Cinema, Cambodia


Did you know that the Legend Cinema is the first Cambodian cinema that shows Hollywood movies? Go check it out! Simple yet unique in its own way 🙂

The cinema is now having a promotion

For more info, feel free to visit

Do LIKE them on Facebook too 🙂


Australia, the movie


Have u watched the movie Australia? It is a 2008 epic historical romance film directed by Baz Luhrman, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. It is the 2nd highest grossing Australian film of all time after Crocodile Dundee. The film is a character story, set between 1939 and 1942 against a dramatised backdrop of events across northern Australia at the time, such as the bombing of Darwin during World War II & its production took place in Sydney, Darwin Kununurra & Bowen. The movie was released in both Australia and the United States on 26th November 2008.


Korea’s War Memorial in Seoul


The War Memorial of Korea is located in Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It opened in 1994 on the former site of the army headquarters to exhibit and memorialize the Military history of Korea. The memorial building has six indoor exhibition rooms and an outdoor exhibition centre displaying over 13,000 war memorabilia and military equipment


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