Monday, July 28, 2008

LTMC Taekwando Centre

Looi Martial Arts Taekwan-Do Centre (LMTC)

Welcome to the world of Taekwando. Taekwando is one of the famous martial arts originating from Asia.

From Wikipedia "Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. It is also regarded as the world's most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners.[1] Kyeorugi, or sparring, is an official Olympic sporting event. In Korean, tae 태 跆 means "foot"; kwon 권 拳 means "fist"; and do 도 道 means "way"; so taekwondo is loosely translated as "the way of the fist and foot"."

Taekwando, besides the benefits of learning self defense, also has the benefits of disclipining one self to exercise and keep fit.

The LTMC offers GTF (Global Taekwando Federation) Teakwando Martial Arts training.

The instructors, 4th Degree Black Belt Ms Andre Looi and Ms May Li are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

Among the classes are those held every Sunday from 2-5pm at the Kompleks MasyarakatPenyayang / Caring Society Complex field, which is located next to the Governor's Residence. Classes are also conducted in schools.

Below is a training class conducted at the Caring Society Complex field.

Yellow belt grading.
Getting Ready (Charyeot)

The Chopping Kick

2nd part of the grading is to do their respective patterns.
A Block

Between stances

A Red Belt training on his slapping kick. Nothing beats having a target to kick at.

A green belt launching his slapping kick.

Interested? Want to learn some self defense? Want to keep fit? Contact
Chief Instructor Andre Looi at 016-4725255
Instructor MayLi at 016-4788968
Office : 04-2260944
LMTC Website :
Or just come go over to the LMTC Dojang, Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang Field, Jalan Utama, Penang during the classes (2-5pm) to enquire.
(Click here to see a map of the location)

This entry answers this questions:
1. How do I keep fit?
2. Where do I learn self defense or Taekwando
3. Learning Martial Arts in Penang.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pantai Kerachut

Scenic Kerachut Beach

There are many secrets of Penang. Unlike the famed beaches of Batu Feringghi & Teluk Bahang, which have been pretty commercialized, there are many virgin beaches around.

Pantai Kerachut would be one of them. You will have to trek your way there or take a boat.

Get started at Taman Negara at Teluk Bahang. From this entrance point, you can trek towards a couple of places, including Monkey Beach and Pantai Kerachut.

You'll have to trek thru a footway made thru the forest. Trekking takes around 1 hour 30mins on a medium to slow pace. Difficulty level would be nice for beginners to intermediate. Unless you're fit, just take a leisurely walk rather then to run all the way. Well it IS a scenic walk, and you're going there for the nature.

We nearly missed the final left turning into Pantai Kerachut. Arriving at the beach, there is a small bridge to walk over the Merimetic Lake, was dried out. Interestingly this lake comes to 'life' when there is high tide.

Greeted by a fabulous viewA nice safe area seems to have naturally developed for children to play in, if you look closely in the above picture.
If you climb up the 'cliff' on the right side, a pretty nice viewing and photo spot.

The beach is serene, white un-polluted sand. The sound of the waves goes on uninterrupted.
Nice feel of the white pure sand.

Some shade to enjoy the view and not get burned.

Mini durians? :p

A 360' view of from the beach.

Beware; swimming in the sea water is not encouraged here due to possible jelly fish sting.

Contact info (for more info, for activities, camping request etc)
Penang National Park
Jalan Hassan Abbas
11050 Teluk Bahang
Pulau Pinang
Tel : +604-8813530 / 8813500
Fax : +604-8812016

Summary : This answers the question where would I go for a nice scenic jungle walk/trek and then enjoy a beautiful sandy beach.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Best Call Rates to India from Malaysia - Haja Call

Best Call Rates to India from Malaysia - Haja Call

I recently shared the benefits of using iTALK and mentioned there a specific calling cards which give better deals to call certain countries.

Also noticed that in my Google Analytics, people were looking for cheaper calling cards to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh.

So to answer all this questions
1. What's the cheapest calling card to use to call India, Pakistan or Bangladesh? 2. What's the best Call Rates to India from Malaysia 3. Calling card to India from Malaysia? 4. Best way to call Bangladesh, India or Pakistan from Malaysia?

Here's my sharing.

Haja Call.

Yup that's the name of the calling card. Now here comes the surprise, based on the latest call did, noticed that for a RM20 valued card, it gave 70 minutes (yes seventy mins) of call time to a fixed line / house phone in India.

This I believe based on my experience, beats iTALK, Digi, Jaring and the whole lot, hands down.

Haja Call Calling Card is available in 2 types, first for making calls from fixed lines and the other one I believe for making calls with your mobile using the Call Me Back function.

The sad part is this card is not available at most centres selling prepaid or calling cards, probably as it caters to a niche market.

ps-If you need help buying this card, leave me a comment with your contact or just fill up the Zaminib Order form on the left column. I'll be glad to help purchase Haja Call for you, and won't publish your comment as it would contain your contact info.

If you are planning to travel to India, here's some helpful information and tips Visiting India
and Traveling to India.

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