Gorgeous Birthstone Ring

Hi Bloggie,
This week lek lek came home for a visit, bringing with her a gorgeous September birthstone ring designed & made/produced by Hans. A gift from my Mum.

September’s birthstone is the Sapphire, a gorgeous deep blue colour gem stone. A gift of Sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness.

September Birthstone Poem – the Sapphire

“A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.”

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Named after the Greek word “sapphirus”, meaning blue. Ancient Persians called sapphire the “Celestial Stone.” It was the gem of Apollo, Greek God of Prophesy and was worn by worshippers visiting his shrine in Delphi to seek his help. It was used by ancient Etruscans as far back as the 7th century B.C.

In the Middle Ages, the gem was believed to protect those close to you from harm and also represented loyalty and trust. Medieval priests and kings wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings.

Sapphires have long been a favorite among priests and kings, who considered them symbolic of wisdom and purity. One of the most famous sapphires rests on the Imperial State Crown, worn by Queen Victoria in 1838. It resides in the British Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. This gem is called the St. Edward’s Sapphire because it once belonged to Edward the Confessor, who wore the stone on a ring during his coronation in 1042.

The healing properties of the September birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to lowering fevers and inflammation, hearing problems, cancer and burns. The Sapphire is also used to enhance the influences of Venus and banish evil thoughts.

When worn as a ring , they speak of dignity, loyalty, serenity, faith, purity and wisdom. The gorgeous ring is definetly not for everyday wear, only for special occassions and functions….Hahahaha! Given how chor-lor I can be. :blehpig:

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My Digital Estate Recovery & Extension

:clap: Finally, I have recovered my piece of digital estate – it’s a Powered by WordPress website, including the emojis. I have not kept track of the plugins I have used before, so that took a while to search and for me to re-install, activate and configure. I have also created an account on wordpress.org and marked those plugins I liked and used as “My Favourites”. By doing so, it should help cut-down the recovery time, should I…*touch wood* corrupt my WordPress’ed website again. Whilst performing this recovery, I have also extended my piece of digital estate. In addition to this site, I have another piece? parcel? Errr…bytes? which records my scuba diving hobby.

Since CLOUD is the next techie buzz-word, which I feel is just The Internet re-branded. I have “cloud-enabled ” Is  there such a term – cloud-enabled? Hahaha! Who cares! my dive log book! I have also started to use web fonts made available by Google called Google Fonts. These web fonts are open, readable and accessible for our connected world, as everyone seems to be carrying either a smartphone or tablet or both these days. They are no longer tied to the desktop. Everyone is mobile with information at their fingertips, literally. :blehpig:

Talking about connected world…Facebook & Twitter are now the most popular social network out there, taking over the traditional blog, like what I am doing right now. :doh: I feel old, perhaps ancient. Never fear! I have also linked this blog to Facebook. I hope the plugin works – it should post to Facebook after I click publish. If anyone gave a FB Like or made a FB Comment on the Facebook platform, this plugin should pull those into this post and display below, showing my post some :love:

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Updated to latest WordPress version

Additional Website…

I have managed to find a plugin called Scuba Logger, to enable me to log my dives online. With this plugin, I have created another website to “host” all my dive logs – my electronic dive log book :clap:

WHY I DID DO THAT? Partly thanks to the lack of support from my web host customer support, who refuse to give me the privileges to the SQL DB; and also my technical inquisitive geekness mode was on at that time. 😆 Since I have export privileges,  to fix my broken main blog site, I had to export and import the tables of my previous WordPress installation to the new SQL database which I have created to hold my new WordPress website. Thank goodness I am tech-savvy enough to perform the tasks. Yay!  :blehpig:

Latest WordPress Version… 

I have updated both websites to WordPress latest release – version 4.1. With this major release, I had to update my child theme to follow the latest release codex for Child Theme development. They have done away with using the @import to inherit the parent stylesheet. They now recommend to use wp_enqueue_script() in the child theme’s functions.php file instead. The new website, well, I didn’t use a child theme, instead I found a free WordPress theme called Adventurous to give it a different look to my main blog/rant site. :blehpig:

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Geram-nya!

:grr: I hate dealing with network solutions customer support! I have raised 2 tickets on Jan 06 and Jan 09…AND I had to post to their FB page requesting them to look into the tickets!!! If I did not post to their FB page, they would not have even looked at the tickets, let alone aid me. :doh: Damn It! There’s no customer service at all!

My New Year happiness of fixing my WordPress was short-lived. After my Jan 01 post, when I tried to login to perform some maintenance on my website, I was greeted with the following damn cryptic ACCESS DENIED message:

INSERT,UPDATE command denied to user ‘1_002b9b8_3’@’10.30.72.4’ for table ‘wp_options’]

From the error message, you can see that the problem I am facing is actually quite simple – I do not have sufficient privileges to do anything except CHECK my WordPress databases. All of a sudden, my privileges to UPDATE, INSERT, ANALYZE, REPAIR, etc. were revoked! It is a simple matter to resolve, right? Nope! Not them! Their customer service personnel responded to my cries for help with a SELL Sell SeLL mindset – THEY tried to sell me their MyTime Support package to get the support I need – on both times!

:badmood: This is so ridiculous!

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2015 Happy New Year Bloggie!

Happy New Year Bloggie! :love: I am so happy I have managed to fix you over the last day of 2014. You were broken after I tried to update you to the latest version of WordPress = 4.1 and installed the re/Captcha plugin over the X’mas break….Sigh! My bad for not reading more before taking the plunge and thus, breaking re/captcha plugin and with that, it brought you down as well.

Boy! It took me sometime to get you back to your own self. The web-interface backup restoration tool from our web-host also took so damn long! Anyways, the plugin re/Captcha is still not playing nice with you. I had to remove it until I figure out how to make it play nice with you, Bloggie.

2014 has been a trying year for everyone, especially the aviation space in this region…if not the WORLD. Hopefully we will come out stronger to ride through 2015 and beyond. I pray 2015 will be a better, if not the best or bestest year for us….Now, let me go do more reading on the new features of 4.1, plugins, and theme-ing before I break you further in the new year! OH…I must remember to renew your leased home later this month too…if I don’t, I will loose you forever….my little Internet web estate.

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New Home in 2016

Hi Bloggie,
Yesterday, on the way back from my Sunday cycling route, I decided to check on the progress of my new home in 2016. The land has been cleared! Check out the panorama view below:

Location: Desiran Tanjung, Tanjung Tokong, Pulau Pinang.
Panorama View of Marinox land clearing

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.4
  • Taken: 30 June, 2013
  • ISO: 50
  • Shutter speed: 1/4608s
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2013 Dive Anilao

Hi Bloggie,

Sorry for neglecting you for so long. Anyways, this year I have managed to get some vacation time to dive Anilao, Philippines (click for the dive log!) The trip was within my budget and available time-lah. I went with the Long Family and Patrick, who's the organizer for this trip. This trip was planned since last year, 2012! During the trip, met two new diver friends. All…errm…most of the divers are underwater photographers with god-sis, WW the only one shooting underwater video. The trip was an eye-opener, and I don't agree with some of the tactics deployed to please the underwater photographers…Sighhh! The activity put me off from taking lots of photos. During this trip, I got to know my camera a lot more! So that's a bonus. Diving Anilao is definetly a place to return to in the future for more diving. One good thing is that it doesn't place a lot of strain on the budget 🙂

Photos from the Trip <<<click here>>>

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Cycling Progress towards CFAL4

My cycling performance progress after restoring my heavy vintage old school road bike in May 2012. The bicycles these days are built so light and the gears – better,faster and efficient. My latest ride being the practice ride for CFAL 4th Edition, cycle round Penang island clock-wise. We started not at the official starting point but at Straits Quay. Whew! I managed to make it this time around with no bad leg cramps. With more training/practice rides, I should be able to qualify for the 5-hours finisher completion time with no problem. 🙂

Cycling Performance Progress Chart

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Dryzone Rover

After much research for a waterproof camera backpack, I have settled on buying the Lowepro Dryzone Rover which arrived TODAY!

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Why this Backpack?
I find that this backpack is just the right size as a carry-on in an airplane. It has quite a roomy top compartment, which allow me to pack my underwater housing or strobe and also some of my clothes in my portable dry-bag so that they too don't get wet when I am between boat transfers from land to island or island to boat during my dive trips.

Waterproof Base Compartment

This backpack has a waterproof compartment at the base of the bag with ample space for my camera, strobe, macro lens, extra battery, SD cards, battery chargers and other accessories which don't play well with water, especially sea water. Most importantly, the zipper! It's waterproof – TIZIP water seal zipper, which, I must say is not easy to open and close. Need to put my muscles to work when unzipping and also when trying to zip shut! The manufacturer is quite thoughtful in this matter, they have provided strategically placed D-rings for leverage.

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Canon FA-DC58C

The adapter has finally arrived. Hmmm…it has a very light plastic feel to it. I wonder whether it can support the weight of the macro lens. Yay! I will be field testing this adapter and the lens bought earlier during a road trip to Gunung Jerai next week.
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