Saturday, June 26, 2010

Spend the Weekend at Tanjung Pasir

Spending the weekend with friends is really exciting, especially after a full week of routine work which sometimes makes you tired.
This weekend, me and my friends decided to visit Tanjung Pasir in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia. Because we haven't visited this place for a while.
Although Tanjung Pasir is not a beautiful beach, but you can enjoy the sea breeze with a coconut ice drink, it's really an incomparable pleasure ... :)

On the way, when we approached the village of Tanjung Pasir, we saw a place for recreation which still quite new named Tanjung Pasir Resort.
So we decided to visit this place for the first time.
To get into this beautiful place is free. This tourism area is very extensive, approximately 30 hectares, and has a lot of pond fishing.
For fishing in this place is also free, you are only charged for the fish you've caught. Cost per Kilogram starts from Rp. 60 000 to Rp. 100 000 (rate : $1 = Rp. 9000), depending on the type of fish you get. They also provide some fishing tools for rent for visitors who didn't bring their fishing equipment.

Although this place is still new, but the scenery in this tourist area it is very beautiful, clean and neat. Moreover during our visit, the wind was blowing pretty strong, so it made a cool and comfortable atmosphere. It really made us feel at home here. Not forgetting my colleagues, they took a lot of photos in this area, and the result was incredible good, because there's a reliable photographer here ... :)
I also asked the officer here about more information from this place, We were advised to visit Pulau Anggrek (Orchid Island ) if we want to held an event in more personal, because this island has an exclusive area and beautiful scenery.

We rushed to Pulau Anggrek, which located on the fishing pond of approximately 3 hectares. At the entrance to this island there are some ornaments which remind you of Bali island, which definitely will keep you enthralled. Here, I met the officer who gave me details information about this place. He said that there's no charge for using this place, you are only charged for the cost of the buffet which start from Rp. 100000-250000 / pax. Pulau Anggrek is also able to accommodate about 300 people. We were also invited to visit private area on the second floor. From here you can see to all over direction, including the sea behind the hotel.

After spent some time in this place, we continued our journey to Tanjung Pasir. Approximately 15 minutes later we're arrived at this beach.
Costs imposed on us is Rp. 30,000 for 8 persons + car parking, not too expensive in my opinion.
We rushed to the beach to feel the fresh sea breeze. Unfortunately, this day the wave is pretty strong, so not many visitors who crossed to the other islands nearby. We headed for the nearest shop to enjoy fresh coconut ice drink. The price of a coconut ice drink only Rp. 6000, plus a fresh breeze, and cozy atmosphere, made me feel relaxed and refreshed. It is an inexpensive way to release stress.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

5 Places to Retire On Social Security Alone

For you who desire to retire... hope this would help... :)

One of the most compelling reasons to consider retiring to another country is the opportunity to reduce your cost of living, maybe dramatically.

As one American I know who retired to Boquete, Panama put it recently, "Back in Tucson, Arizona, where I'm from, my monthly Social Security check might cover the cost of my utilities. Here in Boquete, my income from Social Security is enough to buy me a very comfortable new life."

The average Social Security check is about $1,200. You can receive that payment while living anywhere in the world. In some countries, you can even have your Social Security check direct-deposited into your local bank account. Here are five places where you could retire on your Social Security income alone.

Boquete, Panama. Panama offers super user-friendly options for foreign residency. Resident retirees receive a long list of benefits including discounts on everything from prescription medicines and in-country air travel to closing costs on the purchase of real estate.

Granada, Nicaragua. Granada is a charming Spanish-colonial city built around a beautiful and lively central square. It's also home to a welcoming community of expat retirees enjoying new lives in this land of lakes and volcanoes. You could live well in Granada on about $900 per month.

Hangzou, China. About $1,000 a month could buy you a comfortable and super-exotic new life in Hangzou.

Morelia, Mexico. You could retire on a budget of about $1,100 per month in this colonial city full of charm and history. A friend calls Morelia the "coolest Mexican city you've never heard of."

Cuenca, Ecuador. The average monthly Social Security check ($1,200) could also buy you a pleasant new life in Cuenca. The city has an established community of expats who will welcome you and help with your transition. The other big plus for Cuenca is its climate. Ecuador is a land of eternal springtime, never too hot and never too cold.

info Yahoo

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Meet Byron Kelleher

A few days ago, the world famous Rugby player, Byron Kelleher visited Indonesia for charity activities.
During the time of his visit, he came to stop by to my office.
This thing could happen, because the player who get an exclusive contract from adidas wanted to know how to manufacture the shoes that he wore,
at a time to meet some of his fans here.
Of course this makes us busy, but delighted to welcome the world's top player.

Byron who has 175 cm height, and weight 95 kg does look big and scary, but behind it all he was a friendly and nice person.
We also gave him a pair of shoes which specially designed for him and asked him to wore it.
He also signed a few posters of himself when he was joined in the All Black team, and also not forget
to signed the flag banner of New Zeland as a support to the land of his birth in the World Cup.

We conducted him to a little tour in our factory to showed him some facilities here.
When he came to my work area, he was immediately greeted with great fanfare by my teammates.
We're doing some pictures together, and also have a small chit-chat talking about the world cup.
He also gave his signature to all team members.

Although it's just a brief visit, but this was very meaningful for us specially for his biggest fans.
Even though Rugby is still less popular here, but did not dampen his intention to do charity activity here.
Hopefully we gave him a good impression during his visit, so that one day in the future he can visit us again.
Truly a rare experience, and I am lucky to have experienced it... :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

McDonald's pulls 12M cadmium-tainted Shrek glasses

Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the burger giant to recall 12 million of the cheap U.S.-made collectibles while dramatically expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the voluntary recall early Friday, warned consumers to immediately stop using the glasses; McDonald's said it would post instructions on its website next week regarding refunds.

The 16-ounce glasses, being sold for about $2 each as part of a promotional campaign for the movie "Shrek Forever After," were available in four designs depicting the characters Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots and Donkey.

In the animated comedy, which debuted May 21 as the latest installment of the successful DreamWorks Animation franchise, the voice of Shrek is performed by Mike Myers of "Austin Powers" fame, Cameron Diaz performs as Princess Fiona, Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots and Eddie Murphy voices Donkey. The movie has been No. 1 at the box office since its release.

The CPSC noted in its recall notice that "long-term exposure to cadmium can cause adverse health effects." Cadmium is a known carcinogen that research shows also can cause bone softening and severe kidney problems.

In the case of the Shrek-themed glassware, the potential danger would be long-term exposure to low levels of cadmium, which could leach from the paint onto a child's hand, then enter the body if the child puts that unwashed hand to his or her mouth.

Cadmium can be used to create reds and yellows in paint. McDonald's USA spokesman Bill Whitman said a pigment in paint on the glasses contained cadmium.

"A very small amount of cadmium can come to the surface of the glass, and in order to be as protective as possible of children, CPSC and McDonald's worked together on this recall," said CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson. He would not specify the amounts of cadmium that leached from the paint in tests, but said the amounts were "slightly above the protective level currently being developed by the agency."

Wolfson said the glasses have "far less cadmium than the children's metal jewelry that CPSC has previously recalled."

Concerns about cadmium exposure emerged in January, when The Associated Press reported that some items of children's jewelry sold at major national chains contained up to 91 percent of the metal. Federal regulators worry that kids could ingest cadmium by biting, sucking or even swallowing contaminated pendants and bracelets.

The consumer protection agency has issued three recalls this spring for jewelry highlighted in the AP stories, including products sold at Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer; at Claire's, a major jewelry and accessories chain in North America and Europe; and at discount and dollar stores.

Those recalls all involved children's metal jewelry -- and all of that jewelry was made in China.

Manufactured by ARC International of Millville, N.J., the glasses were to be sold from May 21 into June. Roughly seven million of the glasses had been sold; another approximately five million are in stores or have not yet been shipped, said Whitman.

Associated Press reporters tried unsuccessfully to buy the glasses late Thursday at McDonald's in New York, Los Angeles and northern New Jersey but were alternately told the merchandise was sold out, no longer available or "there'll be more tomorrow."

E-mails sent after business hours to two spokesmen for ARC International seeking comment were not immediately returned.

McDonald's said it was asking customers to stop using the glasses "out of an abundance of caution."

"We believe the Shrek glassware is safe for consumer use," Whitman said. "However, again to ensure that our customers receive safe products from us, we made the decision to stop selling them and voluntarily recall these products effective immediately."

Whitman said that as the CPSC develops new protocols and standards for cadmium in consumer products, "we adjust as necessary to ensure that our customers can continue to trust what they receive from McDonald's."

Sooo..... Be careful.......
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