US Congress Rejects Bailout Plan, Dow Drops!

The House rejects, the Dow plunges

The House rejects, the Dow plunges

As of 07:10 PM GMT the Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged 578.11 points.

However, CNN reports that politicians are trying to convince representatives who voted no to change their minds.

For the latest developments on this issue please visit CNN, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and/or Bloomberg.

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NZ Immigration Related News Round-up

NZ Herald: Integrate or stay away, migrants told
Sep 29, 2008
By Lincoln Tan

New Zealand First says it will not welcome immigrants if they come from societies with a “class system” or where women are treated as subservient to men.

Deputy leader Peter Brown, an immigrant from England, told a crowd of mainly refugees and immigrants at a political debate in Mt Albert yesterday that New Zealand was an “egalitarian society” and those who could not integrate were not welcome. More.

NZ Herald: Parties send debaters to win over immigrants
Sep 26, 2008
By Lincoln Tan

National will be pitching for votes in Labour heartland this weekend as the parties face off for another political debate to woo ethnic voters before the election. More.

NZ Herald: Migration loss to Aussie highest in nearly 20 years
Sep 19, 2008

The annual loss of people from this country to Australia hit a 19-1/2-year high in August, new figures from Statistics New Zealand show.

The net outflow to Australia on a permanent or long term (PLT) basis was 33,000 in the August year, compared to 25,900 in the August 2007 year. More.

NZ Herald: Asians fear being political football
Jul 07, 2008
By Lincoln Tan

Auckland’s Asian migrants are bracing themselves for a backlash against claims of an “Asian invasion” as this year’s election draws closer.

Their numbers are tipped to rise further in a report due out tomorrow – but many Asians say the label is meaningless anyway. More.

Filipino now available on Google Translate!

Thanks to Google and its Filipino language experts Google Translate can now translate to and from Filipino. Other languages that are now available include Bahasa Indonesia/Indonesian and Catalan, a regional language spoken Spain.

Filipino now Available on Google Translate

Filipino now Available on Google Translate

Some Pictures of and around Kuala Lumpur

For me, Kuala Lumpur is a clean and organized Asian city. The public transportation feels adequate coming from Metro Manila but it can be better. My only gripe are the erring taxi drivers who prefer to charge a fixed amount than use their meters. I just hope that the government of Malaysia can solve this.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport satellite terminal

Kuala Lumpur International Airport satellite terminal

KTMB (Malaysia Railways) head office

KTMB (Malaysia Railways) head office

KTMB Main Office

KTMB Main Office

LRT and KL Tower

LRT and KL Tower

Kuala Lumpur LRT

Kuala Lumpur LRT

Petaling Street

Petaling Street

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Cable Car to Genting Highlands

Cable Car to Genting Highlands

Cable Car to Genting Highlands

Cable Car to Genting Highlands

Riding Air Asia to Macao

I recently took a trip to Kuala Lumpur. When I left Malaysia I did not head back to the Philippines immediately. I went to Macao first!

The photos below are some photos of the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) and inside the Air Asia cabin.

The LCCT did not surprise me at all. It was similar to the international airport at Clark Freeport but bigger.  The terminal is very bare and basic, no fancy flooring, no fancy ceilings and lighting just the basics.  The are no air bridges as well, instead passengers go their respective planes by BMW (by means of walking).

It was a good thing that I bought express boarding so I was one of the first passengers who walked to the plane and was able to seat on the first row.

If you want to eat on board you can only do so by purchasing meals from the flight crew.  Prices can be sky high.  The prices are quoted in Malaysian Ringgit (RM) which is about thirteen (13) pesos per RM.  However, during internet booking passengers can pre-order meals online which costs from 60 to 95 pesos.

The fligh was around three hours long.  Without anything to entertain you the flight can be very boring.  Make sure you have a book to read or an ipod/mp3 player to listen to.

Opon arrival at Macao International Aiport, the plane parked on the tarmac.  Passengers disembarked again by BMW and rode a bus to the main terminal.

I shall post more photos when I have the luxury of time.

Inside the LCCT international passengers waiting area

Inside the LCCT international passengers waiting area

Inside the LCCT international passengers waiting area

Inside the LCCT international passengers waiting area

I waited in gate T8 for my flight to Macao

I waited in gate T8 for my flight to Macao

inside the air asia cabin, most passengers were obviously Malaysian or Chinese

inside the air asia cabin, most passengers were obviously Malaysian or Chinese

some air asia goodies for sale

some air asia goodies for sale

other air asia merchandise for sale

other air asia merchandise for sale

waiting for other passengers to disembark from the plane and board the bus to the main terminal building

waiting for other passengers to disembark from the plane and board the bus to the main terminal building

Venetian Macao food court

Venetian Macao food court

Venetian Macao canals

Venetian Macao canal

 a replica of a Venetian building at the Venetian Macao

a replica of a Venetian building at the Venetian Macao