World’s Tallest Outdoor Elevator: Bailong Elevator China

PC/Monday 23 September 2013

Bailong Elevator China

Screen shot 2013-07-31 at 11.19.54 PMZhangjiajie National Park

. . . What an outdoor elevator or lift, call it whatever you like, so tall that it looks like reaching the sky!

The Bailong Elevator/Lift rises 326 meters/1,069 feet up the side of a cliff to the top of a plateau. We couldn’t believe our eyes. The Bailong Elevator/Lift is claimed to be the biggest, and most exposed elevator in the world.

If you are frightful of heights, this is to be avoided, lest your knees give way!

Access to Zhangjiajie National Park is venturesome enough with its twisting & steep climbing roads, and now this to make your heart jump out of your mouth!

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So here we go . . .

Nothing venture . . . nothing gain!

ENJOY yourself!

Have your heart out!!

Beware of Plumbers . . . especially so-called Master Plumbers!

 Be very careful when dealing with self-proclaimed master plumbers, electricians or master tilers who glorify themselves with advertisements such as this:

IMG_4453  Best advertisement is still by word of mouth!

If you are dissatisfied with their performance or disservice, you have absolutely no recourse to pursue your claims & complaints. From my own personal experiences, I found their professional associations most protective of their own, the consumer affairs department would want you to first negotiate with them and settle the dispute among yourselves and further telling you straight that they are not in a position to compel them to abide by any decision reached. So where does the poor consumer stand? He stands to being fully exploited, slaughtered left & right. If you are a senior or pensioner, you are even more fair game. It’s cheaper to consult a doctor or lawyer!

I was most unfairly & unjustly charged for a Rinnai B20 continuous flow hot water system – a hefty frightful total of $3,282.50 . . . all well within the warranty period of one year (10 September 2012 till 4 April 2013). The cost of Rinnai B20 is just $949.00 the rest go towards enriching the plumber!

The Scales of Injustice
The Scales of Injustice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once money is in hand, expect no further courtesy from them. Emails and phone calls get no response. It’s all your own fault! They well ignore you  most unprofessionally & against all business conduct & code of ethics shift the responsibilities to their fellow rivalries. 

Goodwill & reputation are built up over time, but for a misguided CEO all it takes is a bit of dirt to wipe clean the slate of time.

One-time slaughter is not the game to be, Goodwill & customer care will forever be.

For your perusal, all correspondences & photographic evidences are available & will be inserted later.

You be the judge & jury.

Spread the word & protect yourself against all forms of exploitation & injustice.

World’s Tallest Outdoor Elevator: Bailong Elevator China

Bailong Elevator China Zhangjiajie National Park

Remember “Avatar” the famous Hollywood blockbuster featuring magnificently those misty mountains? This is the venue where the film was shot from. Below:

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. . . What an outdoor elevator or lift, call it whatever you like, so tall that it looks like reaching the sky!

The Bailong Elevator/Lift rises 326 meters/1,069 feet up the side of a cliff to the top of a plateau. We couldn’t believe our eyes. The Bailong Elevator/Lift is claimed to be the biggest, and most exposed elevator in the world.

If you are frightened of heights, this is to be avoided, lest your knees should give way!

Access to Zhangjiajie National Park is venturesome enough with its twisting & steep climbing roads, and now this to make your heart jump out of your mouth!

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So here we go . . .

Nothing venture . . . nothing gain!

Our Lawn Is Forever Lush & Green

Our lawn is forever lush & green

Come spring, summer, winter or fall

It fills our eyes & beckons us with its call

Beholding it as though it’s always spring!

The green is lush, fresh & beautiful to behold . . . changing not with the seasons. It’s tolerant of heat & rain without pain of due care & attention. It’s virtually free of maintenance, saving you both energy & water, fertilisers or mowing. No need to worry about winter weeds or fighting against its vigorous summer growth. In fact, it remains perpetually young & beautiful . . . could be that longevity & perpetual youth are not impossible after all!

Let’s hear directly from the horse’s mouth:

Unlike the well-known variety of Winter Green, Santa Ana, Kikuyu or Matilda Buffalo which take years to establish with lots of care & attention, you can install & establish me virtually over night. Like your faithful mate, I will stay that way for years to come giving you much joy & pleasure. No betrayal, no let down, just how reliable can I be.

Shade or sun I remain consistent giving you fun. Apart from its tolerance of heat & shade, water or drought, I feature less so even with wear & tear.

Just don’t be unduly upset when the team of workmen comes to establish me on your ground. They come with the machinery & equipment, bobcat & compactor, loads of cracker dust with me in two rolled up format in the trailer. They dIg up the ground, level it, remove all unwanted rocks or stones, fill the ground up with cracker dust, level it & compact the ground upon which I shall lay for years to come.  Your heart might ache when your rose plants have to be relocated. It’s like blowing up a dust storm before calm sets in.

Slowly & surely I make my appearance & with a twinkle I am established with landscaping & lots of black mulch for the roses & plants to further enhance my good looks.

When you think of the years ahead that you’ll be enjoying the pleasure of such a mate, the cost of establishing me as your front lawn or backyard, or as putting green becomes a very affordable project. My young neighbour looked over the fence & said, “I’m beginning to get sick cutting the lawn.”

When thinking of going my way in installing your everlasting green front lawn, go for Westregent Pty Ltd & rest assured of qualitative & quantitative service. Before engaging them, I rang up 4 or 5 other companies for quotes. All promised to come to my place to measure up the requirements & to give me their prices. Only one showed up, took the measurement & promised to call back with the quote the very next day. He never did. I rang up the manager who told me that his man was unwell & would personally look into the matter. I waited for a service that never materialised. A satisfied customer is your best advertisement!.

They came highly recommended by my friend Max.

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But “I” am not superficial

In every way “I” am genuine & special

Fulfilling your both leisure & pleasure.

Google Headquarters: A Wonder of a Workplace!

   

A workplace generally for some can be a pressure house & in another extreme you’ll find employees relaxing by drinking coffee or having unnecessary breaks.

To find a work environment that is stimulating, creative,innovative, fun & conducive that will ensure & encourage maximum productive work

from the employees will be hard to come by . . . but NOT with Google Headquarters!

A workplace that is “feng sui” fabulous . . . a high tech company that is virtually a desired home or city . . .

Ever think sometimes you work in the wrong place???!!!

Knowledge is limiting but creativeness & imagination are unlimited.

 

Moving around: A slide allows quick access from different floors …

There are also poles available … they are similar to the ones used in fire stations.

Food. Employees can eat all they want from a vast choice of food and drink.

 

Work Station: Each employee has at least two large screens. There are 4-6 ‘Zooglers’ per office.

 

INNOVATION: Large boards are available just about everywhere because ‘ideas don’t always come when seated in the office’ says one of Googles managers.

 

LEISURE. Pool tables, video games etc. are available in many areas.

 

Communication… On each floor, there are private cabin areas where employees can attend to personal affairs.

 

Technical Support: Problem with your computer ? No problem …Bring it to this area where drinks are available while it is being fixed …

 

Health: Professional masseurs (eusses) available.

 

REST … This room provides massage chairs that you control … while you view relaxing aquariums … !!!

 

Ambiance … There are many books in this library … even some about programming!!

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My question….When do they work …?

How much do they pay employees to work there ..?

But most Importantly ……..

Do they have any vacancies?

Won’t you fight & die for a workplace such as this?

Australian Road-Trains


The Australian Road-Trains are the

longest trucks in the world.

They have 3 or more trailers and are 53

metres long,

(174 feet) hauling 115 metric tons (253,531 pounds).

Keep an eye open for the super

Road-Train it has 7 trailers and hauls 190 metric tonnes.

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The drivers are tough & great drinkers, as traditional are.

 The Amhem Highway traffic is expected to greatly increase with road trains . . .

This is a recent account regarding the cattle trains at Helen Springs Station.

Photos are of the trucks loading cattle.

Road-trains loading cattle at Helen Springs Station, north of Tennant Creek NT.

There are interesting statistics:

· There are 17 trucks with 3 trailers and 2 decks per trailer;

· Therefore there are 102 decks of cattle and there would be approximately

   28 cattle per deck;

· This totals 2,856 head of cattle

· The cattle will weigh approximately 500kg

· The sale price for cattle at Longreach is approx. 165c/kg

· Each animal will therefore be sold at $825.

· Total revenue from this analysis is $2,356,200

Other interesting facts:

* Each trailer has 24 tyres plus a dolly with 8 tyres

* Each vehicle therefore has 62 tyres (not including spares)

* For the 72 trucks there are 4,464 tyres on the road.

Do you love a sunburnt country?

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Value versus Valuable

By P Chong                                                                        21 November 2011

1984 & 1997 Lincoln Cent Double Ear

2004-D Wisconsin State Quarter with Extra Leaf

Here below is a laughable illustration on the question of “Value Vs Valuable”. With old things in Australia, we have a market for “Trash & Treasure” – what’s trash to you maybe treasure to others.

An elderly lady was standing at the railing

of the cruise ship holding her hat tight so that

it would not blow away in the wind.

A gentleman approached her and said,

“Pardon me, madam.. I do not intend to be

forward but did you know that your dress

is blowing up in this high wind?”

“Yes, I know,” said the lady. “I need both

my hands to hold onto this hat.”

“But madam, you must know that you are not

wearing any panties and your privates are

exposed!” said the gentleman in earnest.

The woman looked down, then back up at the

man and replied,

Sir, anything you see down there is 75 years old.

I just bought this hat yesterday!”

There is a thing or two about the collection of old vintage, antique or classic. Amateurs will not be able to value such items – only the experts & antique appraisers are called upon for such valuation.

However in an auction where collectors assemble, bids can go higher than the estimated value. It all depends on “What is it that you really want? And what’s the price you are willing to pay for it?”. When it meets with the heart’s desire, it becomes priceless!

In another light, to me the question of sentiment is held topmost in my mind & heart. When I was in college those days in England, I did woodwork as an option subject. For it I chose to do a needlecraft work-table out of teak, all crafted with joints only. Though not an exceptional skilful handyman, I laboured with all my heart and was credited in giving it to the girl of my heart, who became my wife. Now . . . how would you appraise such a priceless piece of art?

This needlecraft work-table will always remain in my heart

and never to part!

Photos: Wikipedia

Starbucks Coffee

By P Chong                                                                   Friday, 8 April 2011

That irresistible aroma of the famed Starbucks Coffee . . . with the absolute guarantee that every cup of their coffee tastes exactly the same, whether you’re drinking it in New York, London or Beijing. Its growth has been phenomenal and its franchised set-up surged ahead of time. It is a trendy thing to be meeting friends over a cup of coffee especially among the young.

So anyone for a “Frappuccino” ?

1971 to 2011

The distinguishing mark is the logo of the company which over the years has seen some changes with much the same colour scheme.

Let’s just be wary about the genuine from the ingenious fake . . . going by their logo sign. You might be caught with the coffee choked on its way to your gourmet stomach!

At first glance, you hardly can tell the difference. To the non-discerning coffee drinkers, they may be drawn to the”drummed-up” premise by the price attraction.

These three ladies are happy to be drinking “Starbucks” coffee for only one dollar! Look! The logo is the same or similar! But upon closer look, the colour scheme of the logo may betray – but it’s certainly says “One Dollar Coffee”.

 

Well, coffee is coffee. After a day’s outing & shopping, they are glad to be drinking coffee & resting their weary legs. We found this “One Dollar ‘Starbucks’ Coffee” in one of the big shopping malls in Guangzhou.

They say it can only happen in China when it comes to fake goods and imitation stuffs. The reflected glory renders tremendous flattery to the genuine one.

Now, how about this? Is this flattery or insult?

As Perth resident, I’ve searched high & low for the presence of a Starbucks Coffee outlet, until I received in the mail yesterday:

Please be advised that there I have checked the WA business names register and I can confirm that there are no ‘Starbucks’ businesses registered. This is consistent with the information provided on the business’s website http://www.starbucks.com.au/ which shows the business has stores in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria only.”

So, are there any enthusiast to venture into “Starbucks” new creations?

 

Acres of Diamonds

Russell Herman Conwell Title: Leaders of men; ...
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By P Chong     3 March 2011

Life insurance agents & sales executives would have heard the story of “Acres of Diamonds” many a time. Personally, I must have repeated it hundreds of times to my team of sales force when sales volume needed boosting. It’s a powerful motivational story, simple to relate . . . mind to stir . . . hearts to fill & desire to arouse!

“Acres of Diamonds”, an American rhetoric, originated as a speech which Russell Conwell delivered over 6,000 times around the world. It was first published in 1890 by the John Y. Huber Company of Philadelphia.

The crux of the matter is that one need not look elsewhere for opportunity, achievement, or fortune – the resources to achieve all good things are present in one’s own backyard or community. Yonder field is not necessarily greener.

This theme is developed by an introductory anecdote, told to Russell Conwell by an Arab guide, about a man who wanted to find diamonds so badly that he sold his property and went off in futile search for them; the new owner of his home discovered that a rich diamond mine was located right there on the property.

The theme could be motivationally told through examples of success, genius, service, or other virtues involving ordinary folks in the audience: “dig in your own back-yard!”

This story alone helped Russell Conwell to establish Temple University & his other civic projects . . . with income derived largely from his “Acres of Diamonds”speech. It could do the same for you . . . help you sell more life insurance policies, sell more real estate, keep on building up your clientele & never run out of prospects!

Let us remember there is not a poor person who was not made poor by his own shortcomings . . .

 

My Gmail Account Has Been Hacked!

By P Chong                                            Saturday, 18 September 2010

My Two iMac Computers

Nothing is safe from the computer hackers these days. Just when you think you have a magic formula, absolutely secure & sound, it hits you & left you wondering how it all happened!

Thought I didn’t have to worry about being hacked with the “Rolls Royce” of computers, certainly the most user-friendly Apple-system, generally free from viruses & all unwanted problems. I was using gmail for my emailing which I used in combination with the Apple Mailing System making it a system I thought would never fail. Gmail is generally free from spam & junk mails.

It was too good to be true. My romance with Apple & Gmail ended on the morning of 7 September 2010 at precisely 4.42 am. That day proved to be a day of very mixed feelings . . . annoyance, frustration, panic & distraught and even unbelievable laughter.

My son-in-law Darren was the first to ring me up just checking that I didn’t out of the blue landed myself in London, lost my wallet, broke & stranded needing money to settle my bills before getting home. It was laughable for he has just seen me & there was no mention of my going to London. Even then, I could not have been there that magically fast. The email which he received, purportedly from me, asked for help of 2,200 Pounds.

Several other friends in my email loop also called up to check whether I was in Perth and was really in London. One lawyer friend played along with the hackler’s request, requesting for address or bank account to which he could forward the money, same amount of 2,200 Pounds. Below as attached was what transpired between my friend Julian & the computer hackler (who was impersonating as myself):

Begin forwarded message:

From: Paul Chong <paul21chnog@gmail.com>

Date: 7 September 2010 12:16:33 PM AWST

To: Julian Chan <julian.yh@gmail.com>

Subject: Re: Hello

Hello Julian,

Thank you for your concern and help. Please kindly help me to send the money through Western Union with my details below. Here are the details:

Name: Paul Chong

Address : 12 Cromwell Road

Zip code: SW5 OSW

State: London

Country : England

 

kindly help me to make the transfer as soon as you receive this email and once you have it sent, send me the money transfer control number with details used in sending it.

 

Thanks so much

Your reply will be greatly appreciated.

 

On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 9:30 PM, Julian Chan <julian.yh@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Paul.

How should I remit the money to you? The fastest is by TT, have you got a bank account I can remit the money to you?

Julian.

 

Nothing further developed from there. But would any recipient of the fraud email be stupid enough to send the money? Just reaping 5% or 10% of the recipients would mean quite a substantial haul!

Up to this point in time, Gmail Administration just would not release my gmail correspondences back to me. As far as they are concerned, I am a suspect – a “suspect” whose privacy has been intruded upon and suffering from fear just how far will the perpetrator go! You fear about a host of other things . . . someone out there could be impersonating you all the time. What of your internet banking, internet share trading . . . what kind of security can you expect? Your bank deposits . . . credit card transactions . . . what sort of protection can you have?

Please just be warned about the way you use your computer. Time & time again, people have been advised about their forwarding of mails by deleting the sender’s name & address or using bcc (blind carbon copy) in order to protect people’s privacy & to prevent unwanted harvesting of email addresses.

Perhaps we have not been vigilant. I have been advised to turn off the computer when you are no longer using it. Imagine some smart alex waiting in his parked car outside your house waiting to bounce upon you. When in doubt & plagued with your computer problems, best to call in the experts.

Please don’t send any further emails to this dead address:

paul21chong@gmail.com