Saturday, May 22, 2010

KIWI South Island I

Dear Readers and followers,

I am listing places of interest.
Have not covered no. 13 ...yet.


dari Wllington kitorang naik feri ke Picton

1. Picton: pekan feri. countryside
2. Kaikoura : ada seal, sealion colony tepi laut along the roadside, ada whale kalu nasib baik
3. Christchurch: bandar mcm kat England (building n landscape)
4. Arthurs Pass, only second to Brenner Pass kat Switzerland, tunnel belah batu..
5. Glacier : Franz Josef (sebut franzhozef) and Fox glaciers, no need snow forever if 've been here (it is all snow)
6. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki: the fifth most beautiful sights I have seen
7. Wanaka and Arrowtown: on d way to Queenstown
8. Queenstown : lord of d ring
9. Lake Te Anau, Lake Gunn: cari Mirror Lake, ada pearl hitam and kerang cantik kat pekan
10. On d way to Milford Sound: the third most beautiful sights I have seen, hilltops in the clouds
11. Milford Sound
12. Invercargill: port to Stewart Island
13. Stewart Island (dpt certificate lowest point in NZ) tp ktrg xsmpai
14. Dunedin : ada cadbury factory and huge castle on the hilltop
15. Oamaru: ada penguin colony, (ada malaysian kat sini, bg no hp yaya dh hilangkan plks)

Enjoy, will be posting on KIWI Northern Island later.



Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Just Listing II


B. Portugal

35. Lisboa
36. Algarve
37. Faro
38. Setubal

C. Spain

39. Barcelona
40. Madrid
41. Seville
42. Cordoba
43. Huelva

D. France

44. Calais
45. France

E. Belgium

46. Brugge

F. Netherlands

47. Almere
48. Amsterdam
49. Rotterdam
50. The Hague
51. Hoek van Holland

G. Germany

52. Stuttgart
53. Munchen
54. Fussen/Neuwschwanstein
55. Heidelberg
56. Frankfurt am Main

H. Swiszerland

57. Interlaken
58. Lauterbrunnen

I. Austria

59. Innsbruck
60. Salzburg
61. Vienna

J. Italy

62. Venice
63. Verona
64. Florence
65. Pisa

K. Greece

66. Athens

L. Sweden

67. Stockholm

M. Denmark

68. Copenhagen

N. Czech Republic

69. Prague

O. Slovakia

70. Bratislava

P. Hungary

71. Budapest

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Just Listing I (no offence intended)

Europe (list is inexhaustive)

A. the UK

1. Cardiff
2. Manchester
3. Birmingham
4. Edinburgh
5. London
6. Glasgow
7. St. Andrew's
8. Swansea
9. Chester
10. Reading
11. Oxford
12. Cambridge
13. Stafford upon Avon
14. Nottingham
15. Milford Haven
16. Bangor
17. Aberyswyth
18. Pontypridd
19. Merthyr Tydfil
20. Bristol
21. Newport
22. Felixstow
23. Dover
24. Haverford West
25. Caernafon
26. Llandudno
27. Carlisle
28. Wolverhampton
29. Dundee
30. Hereford
31. Stoke-on-Trent
32. Stratford
33. Blackpool
34. Angelsea

Journey Planner I (2-3 years before embarking)

And now, as suggested by one or two friends.

10 Things to do:

1. Get all the cik kiyahs (traveller posse) to agree consensusly on the next destination(s).- normally I would be more dependent upon them than vice versa

2.Browse conference location(s)
-preferably ones that agreeable with all cik kiyahs choices

3. Browse new routes introduced by low-cost carriers/airlines-hopefully we'll get good/competitive rates, hopefully ones that agreeable with cik kiyahs' (I can't emphasise on the roles of cik kiyahs more here)

4. Prepare abstracts and preferably a full paper (a personal note to self)
- this should lead to solving some financial issues

5. Get a very good credit card, preferably one that is issued by Uncle Sam's banks
- based on experiences Malaysian cards never solved any financial problems but rather created them; especially if we are going to mainland China.

6. Start reading how the hierarchy works for Shafie, Hambali, Maliki and Hanafi and in what particular order: Al-Quran, Al-Ahadith, Tabie', Tabie' At-tabieein, Ijma', Qias etc..
- we should always be prepared to temporarily switch our mazhab during our travels. For non Muslim please google denomination of Muslim clerics/imams.

7. Start saving RM200-300 per month
- by the end of the 24/36 months, we'll generate sufficient funds to sustain all 10 days and nights of "fun activities relating to celebrating our total freedom". you know what i mean ;)

8. Start networking with friends/family members who reside in the destination(s) if any
-never too early to plan for cheap/free accommodation and reliable tour guides.

9. Start downloading lonely planets' and islamic finders' directions and guides about our destination(s)

10. Tell and gossip with other prospective cik kiyahs about the so-called planned trip in hope to gather more travel mates
- hard and long prayers for realisation of this dream are of essence at this point.

So what are cik kiyahs tentative destinations for the next 2-3 years:

1. South Africa (2012)
2. Brazil (2013)
3. still open to discussion

More to come: Journey Planner II, III, IV and so on...
Next: CARDIFF and MANCHESTER: an introduction

(p/s: I may need help from Najmi and Ninizainal on these destinations)


Friday, May 7, 2010

Academic Papers II

Salam and greetings to all,

Here are another set of papers mostly published in proceedings.
The original versions are readily available, please pm me.
Please share your knowledge and expertise.
Please do kindly cite the papers should you need to include them as references.

9. Bachok, S., Jaafar, S. and Ibrahim, M. (2004) Integrating ICT knowledge and skills in the curricula contents: The case of courses offered by the Faculty of Architecture & Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia, 3rd International Workshop on
Construction Information Technology in Education (ITC@EDU), 7 September, 2004, Istanbul.

10. Bachok, S. (2004) International Islamic University, “High Speed Air-Rail Service: The Study of Multimodal Travellers Information System of KLIA Ekspres services, Malaysia” Air Transport Air Transport Research Society World Conference, 1 - 3 July, 2004, Istanbul.

11. Bachok S., Anuar, S. and Harun, N.Z. (2004) Light-rail transit stations and pedestrianisation: Case studies of travel patterns and behaviours at Tunku Abdul Rahman Street and the Central Market, Kuala Lumpur , Walk21-V Cities for People, The Fifth International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century, 9 - 11 June, 2004, Copenhagen.

12. Harun, N.Z., Mohamed Osman, M. and Bachok, S, (2004), Post-Modernism and Challenges to Cultural Heritage: A Study of Problems Faced in the Conservation of Historic Settlements in Malaysia in the era of Post-modernist Architecture, Postmodernism: The Global Moment - 1st Annual Kogakuin University/University of Limerick International Conference of Science and Humanities 9 – 11 March, 2004. Tokyo.

13. Bachok, S., Syed Khuzzan Al-Habshi, S.M., Jaafar, S. and Baharudin, H. (2004) Construction Supply Chain Management and Coordinated Design Drawings: An outlook of the construction industry and sustainable urban planning, The 9th International Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies in Urban and Spatial Planning and Impacts of ICT on Physical Space, 25 - 27 February, 2004, Vienna.

14. Bachok, S. and Ibrahim M., Towards the interchanges of the 21st Century: The case study of multimodal travellers information system in Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station, Malaysia (Poster Presentation), International Society for City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) 39th International Planning Congress, 17 - 22 October, 2003, Cairo.

Academic Papers I

Salam and greetings to all,

Some of these papers could be easily googled.
The original versions are readily available, please pm me.
Please share your knowledge and expertise.
Please do kindly cite the papers should you need to include them as references.

1. Bachok, S. (2006) Behavioural impacts of integrated public transportation information system: A research framework, Proceeding of the 28th Conference of Australian Institutes of Transport Research (CAITR), 6 - 8 December, 2006, Sydney.

2. Bachok, S., Yue, W.L. and Zito, R. (2007) Modelling mode choices during rail incident detection, Proceeding of the 7th International Conference of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, 24 - 27 September, 2007, Dalian.

3. Bachok, S. (2007) What do passengers need out of public transport information systems?, Proceeding of the 29th Conference of Australian Institutes of Transport Research (CAITR), 5 - 7 December, 2007, Adelaide.

4. Bachok, S., Yue, W.L. and Zito, R. (2008) Information variations and feeder mode choices, Proceeding of the 10th International Conference on Application of Advanced Technologies in Transportation, 28‐30 May 2008, Athens.

5. Bachok, S., Yue, W.L. and Zito, R. (2008) Delay durations and mode choice behaviours, Proceeding of the 10th International Conference on Application of Advanced Technologies in Transportation, 28‐30 May 2008, Athens

6. Bachok, S., Yue, W.L. and Zito, R. (2008) Real-time information provisions towards more integrated rail-bus systems in Malaysia, Proceeding of the 31st Australasian Transport Research Forum ATRF: ‘Transport’s role in delivering economic prosperity, liveability and sustainability’, 30 September – 3 October 2008, Gold Coast.

7. Bachok, S. (2008) Estimating, calibrating and validating demand for feeder services during incident detections, Proceeding of the 30th Conference of Australian Institutes of Transport Research (CAITR), 10 - 12 December, 2008, Perth.

8. Bachok, S., Yue, W.L. and Zito, R. (2009) Integrating multimodal travel information at major transport interchanges: the prospective of intelligent public transport information systems, Proceeding of the 13th Conference of the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA): ‘Future Road - Safer, Greener & Smarter' 23~26 September, 2009, Incheon.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The principles of free market I

Salam and greetings to all,

My first economic subjects were during those days of secondary school and A-Level studies.
I flunk an economic paper once, but came back with the highest marks for its resit paper.

Things that I can remember learning were:

1. Demand and supply determine the prices

2. Transportation costs should be internalised in your prices setting.

3. Pricing decisions can be influenced greatly by marginal costs.

Things that can I can apply these thoughts on:

1. Purchasing Airasia ticket online:

i. buy one ticket per transaction, because the second (tag-along) person might reduce your chance of getting the lower rates/prices. In essence, the lowest priced ticket is available only for one seat. the tricks these airlines played on you...very misleading.

ii. buy ticket preferably when the airline launches the new route, because it does not know the market capacity and depends on your reaction to identify its viability.

iii. buy ticket around two weeks prior to departure, because airlines would be panicky by this time if they do not have the sufficient demand for departure, hence reducing their rates/prices.

p/s: I am not sure about all these theories but I have made majority of my bookings on-line based on these assumptions. Never have been a booking via agents or airline centres resulted in a cheaper flight ticket.

2. Two largest costs of travelling are flight tickets and accommodations

i. buy flight ticket as soon as possible, tickets/fares have not been cheaper with time, especially not in these days

ii. buy tickets carefully especially on-line, because one single mistake will cost sometimes more than your ticket prices (i.e. if you booked a-zero-dollar seat).

iii. have friends/family members in all countries, all continents who can provide free/cheap accommodation or direct you to one

iv. if you have a nice house/home, join the exchange holiday accomodation club where you can exchange places with many members in other countries during holidays.

v. join the youth hostel association YHA to get better rates for YH. However, at my age you cannot pass as a youngster anymore. So I'd normally settled for those frequented by back-packers.

Of course, these ideas are limited to budget-travellers. I am by no means referring to those having unlimited budgets or being fully sponsored.

All feedbacks are welcome.

my first day

Salam and greetings to all,

Welcome to my blog. My name is Syahriah. My interests are travelling and research.