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Handphone Help Motorola

18 Apr


1. What is Pin code and what is the default number?
Pin Code is to prevent unauthorised access to the Sim Card. Network Operator will provide the Pin number (the default Pin number for M1 and Singtel is 1234). Your SIM card will be blocked if 3 unsuccessful attempts to enter this number are made.

2. What is the Pin2 Code and what is the default number?
Pin2 Code is to prevent unauthorised access to certain advanced features. The network operator should supply the Pin2 Code (default Pin2 code for SingTel is 1234, the Pin2 code is currently not available for M1).

3. What is Unlock Code and what is the default number?
The Phone Unlock Code is to prevent the phone from the unauthorised user. The default code is 1234.

4. What is Unblock Code and what is the default number?
If the PIN number is entered incorrectly three times in row, your SIM card will automatically lock-up and the BLOCK message will be displayed. If you receive the BLOCK message you will need to enter the Unblock code and key sequence (please refer to user manual) to unblock it. The Unblock code is supplied by the network operator.

5. What is the security code and what is the default number?
Security code is to prevent unauthorised access or changes to the security features. The default number is 000000.


1. Why am I encountering Check Card issue?
During conversation, my phone suddenly shows “Check Card” and the line is cut off. There are a few possibilities. First, the SIM card could be dirty. You can either clean it or have it replaced with a new one. Secondly, the back housing of the phone might be loose or SIM card holder is not fitted correctly. Hence, the SIM card and the card reader might have lost contact, therefore resulting in “Check Card” or “Insert Card”. Finally, it could be due to a faulty card reader. You may send the phone to our authorised service centre for repair.

2. Can the StarTACTM 70/80/90 battery be used for the StarTACTM X phone?
Yes. You can use the StarTACTM 70/80/90 battery for StarTACTM X but there will be some compatibility problems. The StarTACTM 70/80/90 battery is NOT optimized for use with the StarTACTM X. If a StarTACTM 70/80/90 battery use on the StarTACTM X, the battery meter will display an inaccurate measurement of charge. However, the actual standby and talk time performance of the StarTACTM 70/80/90 battery is still within the specification.

3. I faced some battery drain issue, what could it be due to?
Battery performance can be affected by a few factors:

(i) Network coverage – The battery performance is greatly affected by network coverage. At the good coverage area, the phone needs less power to transmit to the mobile base station, hence it drains less battery power. Whereas, at poor coverage area, the phone requires more power to transmit to the base station, hence more battery power would be drained.

(ii) “Battery Saving Mode” and “Frequency of Search” feature – The ‘Battery Saving Mode’ is also known as DTX (Discontinuous Transmission), this feature will cause your phone to operate at reduced power when you are not talking. “Frequency of Search” option is used to determine how long your phone waits before attempting to re-register after a registration attempt has failed. It has the following setting: Slow Search, Medium Search, Fast Search or Continuous Search. Fast and Continuous Search may use up a significant amount of battery power.

(iii) Charging and Discharging of battery – To ensure maximum battery performance, a new battery should be charged for at least 14 hours before use (please refer to the user manual for the normal charging time). It will require several full charge/discharge cycles in order to achieve its optimum performance. A new battery, or a battery that has not been used for several months, may cause a premature fully charged indication. Ignore this indication and let the battery charge for several more hours, remove and re-insert the battery into the charger, and charge for an additional 14 hours. To ensure that you enjoy maximum battery life and use your battery to its fullest capacity, the battery should be at or near room temperature when charging.

(Note: Please charge or discharge your battery as indicated in the user manual. However, if you find that your battery is not performing to its fullest capacity, please bring your battery together with your phone to Motorola Support Centre for further investigation.)

4. How long is the standby hours and talktime hours for batteries?
An extra capacity LiIon battery will have up to 4 hours of talktime or 3 days of standby time. A slim LiIon battery will have up to 100 minutes of talktime or 30 hours of standby time. All time quoted are approximate and will depend on network configuration and status, functions selectel and signal strength.

5. What is the difference between a travel charger and desktop charger?
The desktop charger allows you to charge a phone with a battery attached and a spare battery at the same time. The travel adaptor can charge a battery when connected directly to the phone.

6. My phone is bought from overseas. Does international warranty apply and where should I send it for repair?
An international warranty certificate should be produced together with the phone when you send it for repair. An administrative charge will be incurred. Those without the warranty certificate will be charged accordingly. Customers can bring their phones to Service One or any of our service centres for service.

7. When I tried to call out, why does my phone always show redial?
This could sometimes be due to congestion in the network or no signal coverage at your calling location. However if you do see this problem regardless of the location, please bring your phone to our distributor service centers or Motorola Support Centre.

8. How do I enable the call charge meter (show call charges) on my phone?
In Malaysia, the network does not support this feature.

9. How long is a battery life span?
A normal battery life span is about 300 to 500 cycles or 1 year depending largely on the temperature, environment and usage of the battery.

10. Can I charge the StarTAC 90 battery with StarTAC 70 charger or vice versa?

11. Will switching the phone to battery-saving mode affect the reception/bar indicator of the phone?

12. Why does the message “Busy, try later” appear when I try to add / retrieve a number from the phone / SIM memory just after I switched on the phone?
When the phone is being powered on, it is loading data or information from the network to the phone. Therefore, it takes a few seconds before you can access the memory, depending on the size of data being loaded.

13. After the earpiece modification, my StarTACTM 70/80/90 cannot automatically power on when I insert it to the Carkit. Why ?
After the modification, the phone cannot be activated by external supply due to the usage of one of the pins for earpiece modification. Therefore, the phone needs to be turn on manually.

14. How do I set the phone to automatic answer in the carkit/headset?
You can activate the automatic answer in the Accessory Setup. This option is available only when phone is fitted onto the carkit/headset (headset function only available on Motorola original headset for StarTACTM X and cd928 onward).

15. How do I access to “Accessory Setup” menu?
This option is available only when phone is fitted onto the carkit/headset (headset function only available on Motorola original headset for StarTACTM X and cd928 onward).

16. Can I off the phone during charging?
Your phone can be either on or off during charging.

17. I have accidentally turn on the “Fixed Dialling” feature, how to disable it?
(i) Go to “MENU” then “PHONE BOOK”.
(iii) Enter PIN2 CODE and then select “OFF”.

18. Can the charger of StarTAC 90 be used on StarTAC X?
Yes. StarTAC 90 and StarTAC X use the same travel charger. For desktop charger, we might need to purchase a “Insert” (Part number: SYN6900A) to close the gap between StarTAC 90 desktop charger and the phone (optional).

19. I accidentally selected a language which I cannot understand under the language selection feature. What can I do?
Power on the phone and enter the following key sequence: “MENU” “2” “6” “OK”, using “#” to scroll to your language and press “OK”.

20. Can I use my phone while charging the battery?
Yes, you can.

21. How do I get the “+” sign to appear on the screen?
Press the “0” and hold for 1 to 2 seconds.

22. What is ‘Switch Memory’?
Switches one-touch dialing between the phone and SIM memories depending on the current setting.

23. I have been told by the dealer to charge the new battery for 14 hours, but the battery indicator shows the battery is fully charged after 2 to 3 hours. Why?
The new batteries are normally supplied in a totally uncharged state. To ensure maximum battery performance, a new battery (or battery that has not been used for several months) should be charged for at least 14 hours before use. A new battery, or a battery that has not been used for several months, may cause a premature fully charged indication. Ignore this indication and let the battery charge for several more hours, remove and re-insert the battery into the charger, and charge for an additional 14 hours.

24. How can I redial the last number call?
When in standby mode, press “OK” “OK”. Alternatively, you can retrieve the last number dialled using the ‘Last Ten Calls’ feature in the Phone Book menu.

25. Can StarTACTM 90’s Carkit use on StarTACTM X? Any additional gadgets need to be purchased? Any compatibility problems?
Yes. You may use your StarTACTM 90’s Carkit on the StarTACTM X. The ‘Insert'(Part number: SYN6900A) is available for purchase (optional), its function is to fill up the gap between the phone and the Carkit holder. Please note that the StarTACTM X was designed in such a way that when auxiliary handset is in used, the phone display will be disabled.

Telephone Wiring

17 Mar

Maintained by: Jonathan Johnson
Archived at:
Edition: 1.1 (16 May 1998)


Section 0: Definitions

0.00: What is the purpose of this FAQ?
0.01: What is a telephone?
0.02: What is pulse/tone?
Section 1: Equipment
1.01: What jack types are available?
1.02: What is meant by RJ11/RJ14/RJ45 in jack types?
Section 2: Wires and color codes
2.01: What is the proper type of wire to use?
2.02: What does twisting have to do with anything?
2.03: What are the color codes for line 1/2/3/4/etc.?
2.04: What special considerations should I have for modem use?
Section 3: Voltages
3.01: What is ring/tip/sleeve?
3.02: What voltages are expected on the line
Section 4: Theory and Operation
4.01: How does a telephone dial?
4.02: Who invented the pulse-dial system?
4.03: My stereo has 3,658.9 wires. How does the telephone get by withonly two?
4.04: Why do telephones sound so cruddy (no bass/no highs)?
Section 5: Cordless telephones
5.01: Why is this section here?
Section 6: Further Information
6.01: Where can I get more information?
Section 7: Maintaining this FAQ
7.01: You really screwed up. How do I flame you?



0.00: What is the purpose of this FAQ?
A: To educate and inform. This FAQ deals with standard analog telephonewiring only. It does not pretend to deal with any other telephone system,such as ISDN. Entertainment included at no extra charge to you (unlessyou’re on CompuSteal, America OnLose, or Progeny and are paying mucho-bucksper hour and I am wasting your time).

0.01: What is a telephone?
A: A telephone is a device which allows people to communicate by voiceover great distances at relatively inexpensive cost (compared to a planeticket). If Alexander Graham Bell had invented it today, it would be calleda “Vocal communications network access terminal (VC-NAT).”

0.02: What is pulse/tone?
A: “Pulse” and “tone” are two very different dialing protocols. Mosttelephone networks are capable of handling either protocol; use tone ifpossible. For a more detailed explanation, see section 4.01, “How doesa telephone dial?”


SECTION 1: Equipment
1.01: What jack types are available?
A: There are several types, the most common being the “modular” style.Also is hard-wire, and four-prong.

1.02: What is meant by RJ11/RJ14/RJ45 in jack types?
A: These are types of modular jacks. RJ11 is a small, 4-position modularjack (like on the handset). RJ14 is a 6-position jack (usu. with 2 or 4wires) such as the line cord. RJ45 is an 8-position jack, not often usedfor standard telephones, but is used for some “system” telephones and forEthernet (computer) wiring.

SECTION 2: Wires and color codes
2.01: What is the proper type of wire to use?
A: Telephone wire must have the letters “CM” in its type rating. Telephonewire size is referred to in “pairs”– such as 2-pair (4-wire), 3-pair (6-wire),and so on. Wire smaller than 24 AWG should never be used.
Although it is available, 1- and 2-pair wire is not recommended, asit is usually not twisted, and should it fail, there are no extra pairsto fall back on.
6- or 8- pair is recommended. The wire should be CAT-2 or better. I highly recommend using CAT-5, as the price difference is minimal if youshop around for it.

2.02: What does twisting have to do with anything?
A: Twisting each _pair_ (not the whole cable) helps reduce signal lossand rejects interference. Also helps prevent “crosstalk” (where a signalbleeds from one pair to another). The tighter the twist, the clearer theline.
CAT-1 is not twisted at all, and CAT-2 is barely so. I recommend goingwith at least CAT-3 4-pair wire, especially if you plan to use a modem.
If you’re really fanatical, you could do your telephone wiring withbalanced microphone cable (2 conductors plus shield). Just be sure youground the shield at the phone co. interface box ONLY (don’t connect itto the line wires).

2.03: What are the color codes for lines 1/2/3/4/etc.?
A: Note that a standard RJ14 jack has six positions and may have two,four, or six pins. There are two color codes, described below:

Pair: Ring (-): Tip (+)
1 Red Green
2 Yellow Black
3 Blue White
1 Blue/WH White/BU
2 Orange/WH White/OR
3 Green/WH White/GN
4 Brown/WH White/BN

There are additional colors for cables with more than 4 pairs, but Idon’t know what they are right now. When I find out I’ll include the listin an appendix.

As you look at the _jack_ from the “front”, with the tab slot down,the pins are arranged as so:
4R-3T-2T-1R-1T-2R-3R-4T (eight pos.-eightpins RJ45)
3T-2T-1R-1T-2R-3R (six positions-six pins RJ14)
xx-2T-1R-1T-2R-xx (six positions-four pins RJ14)

The “white” may or may not have a color band corresponding to its partnercolor.

2.04: What special considerations should I have for modem use?
A: See also question 2.01. When using a modem, highest data transferrates can be achieved when external noise is reduced as much as possible.To reduce unwanted noise, consider the following:

Make cable runs as short as possible. Seriously consider using CAT-5 communicationscable (10BaseT ethernet cable).
Route cables as far away from other wiring (house wiring, doorbell, cableTV, etc) as practical. If the telephone wire must cross another wiringsystem, cross at a 90 degree angle. A telephone wire running parallel andnear to another wiring system can receive inductive interference (“crosstalk”)from that other wiring system, which will degrade modem performance.
Make sure you have plenty of Doritos and Coke available when you have yourcomputer guru (a 13-year-old kid, in most circumstances) pay you a visit.
Many of these same principles apply to ISDN (a high-speed, multiplexingtelephone line), which itself is beyond the scope of this FAQ.


SECTION 3: Voltages

3.01: What is ring/tip/sleeve?
A: Look at the plug on the end of your stereo headphones (my apologiesif you are listening to your favorite CD). You will see something likethis:
| |______________
========| TAIWAN |_________|_|__>
|____________| ^ ^ ^

This is known as a “Phone plug.” The telephone companies used these(1/4″ in diameter) in the patch bays that the operators used to usewhenconnecting you to “CHicago 17” or something like that. You will noticeit has a tip (T), a ring

Selecting and Evaluating Key phrases

17 Mar

Selecting and Evaluating Key phrases for Search Engine Marketing

By Scott Buresh

Many businesses recognize that search engines can bring volumes of highly targeted prospects to their website, typically at a fraction of the cost of traditional marketing.
Unfortunately, these same companies often overlook the most important part of their search engine marketing campaigns, which is keyphrase selection and evaluation. Keyphrases (those phrases that potential customers are using to find products or services on search engines) are the building block of any search engine marketing strategy. It is essential that they are chosen carefully, or else the remainder of the campaign, no matter how effective the implementation, will
likely be in vain. What follows is a three-step process that goes over the process of compiling, selecting, and evaluating the ongoing performance of keyphrases for search engines.

1. Compiling a keyphrase list:
Usually, companies are sure that they already know their ideal keyphrases. Often, they are wrong. This is typically because it is very hard to separate oneself from a business and look at it from the perspective of a potential customer (rather than an insider). Compiling a keyphrase list should not be, despite common practice, a strictly internal process. Rather, it is best to ask everyone outside of your company for their input, especially your customers. People are often very surprised at the keyphrase suggestions they get- and sometimes dismayed to realize that an average customer doesn’t speak the same language that they do. Only after you have put together a list of likely phrases from external sources do you add your own. As a last step, try to add variations, plurals, and erivatives of the phrases on your list.

2. Evaluating keyphrases:
Once you have compiled a master keyphrase list, it is time to evaluate each phrase to hone your list down to those most likely to bring you the highest amount of quality traffic. Although many individuals will base their assessment of keyphrase value based only on popularity figures, there are really three vitally important aspects of each phrase to consider.

By far the easiest of the three to judge is popularity, since it is not subjective. Software like WordTracker gives popularity figures of search phrases based upon actual search engine activity (it also gives additional keyphrase suggestions and variations). Such software allows you to assign a concrete popularity number to each phrase to use when comparing them. Obviously, the higher the number, the more traffic that can be expected (assuming you are able to obtain good search engine positions). However, this number alone is not good enough reason to pursue any particular keyphrase, although too often keyphrase analysis stops here.

This is more abstract than the sheer popularity number, but equally important. For example, let’s assume that you were able to obtain great rankings for the keyphrase “insurance companies” (a daunting prospect). Let’s also assume that you only deal with auto insurance. Although “insurance companies” might have a much higher popularity figure than “auto insurance companies”, the first keyphrase would also be comprised of people looking for life insurance, health insurance, and home insurance. It is very likely that someone searching for a particular type of insurance will refine their search after seeing the disparate results returned from the phrase “insurance companies”. In the second, longer keyphrase, you can be reasonably sure that a much higher percentage of visitors will be looking for what you offer- and the addition of the word “auto” will make it much easier to attain higher rankings, since the longer term will be less competitive.

Motivation of User
This factor, even more abstract than specificity, calls for an attempt to understand the motivation of a search engine user by simply analyzing his or her search phrase. Assume, for example, that you were a real estate agent in Atlanta. Two of the keyphrases you are evaluating are “Atlanta real estate listings” and “Atlanta real estate agents”. Both phrases have very similar popularity numbers. They are also each fairly specific, and your services are very relevant to each. So which phrase is better? If you look into the likely motivation of the user, you will probably conclude that the second is superior. While both phrases target people looking for real estate in Atlanta, you can infer from the second phrase that the searcher has moved beyond the point where they are browsing local homes or checking out prices in their neighborhood- they are looking for an agent, which implies that they are ready to act. Often, subtle distinctions between terms can make a large difference on the quality of the traffic they attract.

3. Evaluating Keyphrase Performance:
Until recently, judging the performance of individual keyphrases was a dicey proposition. Although it is possible to tell from your log traffic analysis how many visitors are getting to your site from each keyphrase (valuable information, but unfortunately not enough to do much with), it was very hard to decipher which phrases were bringing you the most quality traffic. Recently, however, some sophisticated but affordable tools have been developed that allow you to judge the performance of each individual keyphrase based upon visitor behavior. This new software makes it possible to periodically analyze which keyphrases are bringing your site the most valuable visitors- those who buy your products, fill out your contact form, download your demo, etc. This type of data, rather than the sheer number of visitors from each search phrase alone, is invaluable when you are refining your search engine marketing campaigns, since you can discard and replace non-performing keyphrases and put increased effort toward the phrases that are delivering visitors that become customers. This kind of ongoing analysis is the final piece of the keyphrase puzzle, and allows you to continually target the most important phrases for your industry, even if they change over time.

Keyphrase compilation, evaluation, and performance are all vitally important to any search engine marketing campaign. While high rankings in search engines are an admirable goal, high rankings for poor keyphrases will consistently deliver poor results. Integration of this keyphrase process into your overall search engine marketing strategy can dramatically improve your website performance (and thus your bottom line).

About the author:

Scott Buresh is Co-founder and Principal of Medium BlueInternet Marketing . For monthly tips on how to get the most out of your internet presence, sign up for our Internet Marketing Newsletter

Why Isn’t My Website In The Search Engine?

27 Feb

If your site isn’t found in the search engines, it is probably because the robots couldn’t deal with it. It could be something as simple as not being able to find the site, or it may be more complicated issues involving the robot’s not being able to crawl the site or figure out what your pages are all about.

Submitting your site to the major search engines: that will help with the “can’t find it” problem. Even having links pointing back to your site can be enough to attract the search engine robots. Google, for example, suggests that you may not have to submit your pages; they will find your site if you have a link pointing back to it from at least one other site on the web.

If the robots can find your site but can’t make sense of it, then you may need to look at the content and technology used on your pages. Frames, Flash, dynamically generated pages, and invalid HTML source code can cause problems when the search engine robot tries to access your web pages. While some search engines are beginning to be able to index dynamically generated pages and Flash (e.g. Google and AllTheWeb), use of some of these technologies can hinder your ability to be indexed by the search engine robots.

Text in images cannot be read by the search engine robots. Using ALT image text is an important way to help the robots “read” your images. Websites with extensive images rely heavily on ALT text to present their content.

How Do I Get The Most Out Of Indexing?

If you know what to “feed” the spidering robots you will help yourself with search engine ranking.

Having a website full of good content is the major factor. Search engines exist to serve their visitors, not to rank your website. You need to be sure to present yourself in your site in the way that will be most useful to the search engine visitor. Each search engine has its own idea of what is important in a page, but they all value text highly. Making sure that the text on your pages includes your most important keyword phrases will help the search engine evaluate the content of those pages.

Making sure that you have good title and meta tags will further assist the search engines in understanding what your page is about. If the text on the page is about widgets, the title is about widgets, and the meta tags are about widgets, the search engine will have a pretty good idea that you are all about widgets. When their visitors search for widgets, the search engines know to list your site in the results.

A sitemap page is a very good way of giving the search engine robot every opportunity to reach your website pages. Since robots click through the links of your web pages, make sure that at least your most important pages are included in the sitemap; you may even want to include all your pages there, depending on the size of your site. Be sure to add a link to the sitemap page from each page on your site.

Another important consideration is that of keeping all of your pages within a small number of “clicks” from your top page. Many robots will not follow links more than two or three levels deep, so if your “widgets” page can only be reached from your home page by following multiple links (e.g. home page >> about us page >> products page >> widgets page), the robot may not crawl deep enough to get to the widgets page.

Testing Your Website For Search Engine Robot Accessibility

To get an idea just what the search engine robot “sees” on your page, you can look at the Sim Spider tool. You may be surprised at how different your site looks to the robot. You can find this tool at

You will see text and ALT image text show up in the results. If your entire website is built in Flash, you will see nothing at all because robots don’t understand Flash movies.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to search engine robots, think simply. Lots of good content and text, hyperlinks the robots can follow, optimization of your pages, topical links pointing back to your site and a sitemap will help insure the best results when the robots come visiting.

SpiderSpotting – Search Engine Watch
List of robots and protocols for setting up a robots.txt file.

Tutorials, forums and articles about Search Engine spiders and Search Engine Marketing.
Articles and resources about tracking Search Engine spiders.

Sim Spider Search Engine Robot Simulator
Search Engine World has a spider that simulates what the Search Engine robots read from your website.


About the Author:
Daria Goetsch is the founder and Search Engine Marketing Consultant for Search Innovation Marketing (, a Search Engine Promotion company serving small businesses. She has specialized in search engine optimization since 1998, including three years as the Search Engine Specialist for O’Reilly & Associates, a technical book publishing company.

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Sentosa, Singapore Southern Islands

26 Feb

Fun island … themed entertainment … tropical resort … nature park … Singapore’s Island Resort.

A former fishing village turned British military base, Sentosa was transformed into an idyllic island resort in 1972 for the enjoyment and recreation of everyone. To describe Sentosa as merely one thing or another would do no justice to the multiple facets of this island jewel half a kilometre south of Singapore. Afterall, it is the variety and versatility that make Sentosa (meaning peace and tranquillity) different and special for millions of visitors from all around the world. And unlike any other vacation destination, you are right on the fringe of the city’s buzz, which is just minutes away by cable car, ferry or via a 710-metre road link.

Once you step afoot the island, you can find your own slice of paradise among the many exciting attractions – history and culture come alive, entertainment by day and night, lush green surroundings to explore, manicured gardens, dancing fountains and two challenging international 18-hole golf courses with scenic undulating views.

Today, Sentosa is a 390-hectare recreational haven boasting a kaleidoscopic range of attractions and activities which cater to a wide audience.

Best Beaches in Singapore right on Sentosa

Beach lovers can enjoy exciting games and sea sports along the 3.2-km long sandy beaches stretching across Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong. You can indulge in a host of leisure activities such as cycling, in-line skating, canoeing, horse riding or simply unwind at the beach pubs. On weekends, the beach pubs will spring into action as beach volleyball fans flock to Siloso Beach for their favourite game. In recent years, Sentosa had also gained international fame for holding some of Singapore’s most exciting themed events like the Sentosa Sandsation (an international sandsculpting event), Black Moon Foam Parties, Zouk Out Dance Festival and Sentosa’s yearly Countdown Parties right here!

Nature 101

Nature beckons everywhere on Sentosa, do look out for our friendly peacocks, monkeys and squirrels along the way. Take a walk at the Nature Walk/Dragon Trail which meanders through a secondary rainforest and discover the many species of trees, plants, birds and insects found along this dragon-themed trail for that added dosage of legend and myth. Stop by the vantage point on the summit of Mount Imbiah for a scenic view of the neighbouring islands.

For an up close encounter with Mother Nature’s other creations, head down Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon to see unique pink dolphins and other exciting ocean life such as the mermaid-lookalike dugong, sea dragons and many more. Or, admire over 2,500 butterflies from over 50 species and unusual insects like the man-face bugs, stick insects, giant millipedes, scorpions and rhino-beatles at the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom.

Uncover Singapore’s colourful history

For a touch of history, don’t miss the Fort Siloso. Built in the 1880s, the fort served as the last bastion of the British forces during the Japanese invasion of Singapore. Explore the other historical enclave ontop Mt Imbiah where the remains of a former battery lie.

Learn about Singapore’s war years, its colourful culture and vibrant heritage all under one roof at the 3-part Images of Singapore, re-told through life-size figures, animatronics and special effects.

Fun Paradise

Standing 37 metres tall is The Merlion (Singapore’s tourism icon in the shape of a lion’s head and the body of a fish) which offers a vantage viewing point of Sentosa, Singapore’s city skyline and the surrounding islands. You can soak in the breathtaking sights from two viewing decks – on the 9th level at its mouth and on 12th and topmost level at its crown for a spectacular 360 degree view.

Brace yourself for unexpected thrills at Cinemania, an interactive simulation theatre, and prepare to scream your lungs out! More fun is in store at Sijori WonderGolf, a family-oriented outdoor miniature golf park which makes putting more exciting with obstacles, slopes, tunnels and traps. Embark on a subterranean journey within a 20 metre high “active” volcano down to the earth’s core at Volcanoland, a multi-sensory attraction.

Or Simply Soak in the Magical Ambience

Take an evening stroll through the enchanting Fountain Gardens, bathed in fairy lights. Or gaze into the night and the glittering skyline from the crown of The Merlion or Dragon Court. Uncover the legend of The Merlion when you tread upon the Merlion Walk, a 120-metre long walkway lined with colourful mosiac water jets.

At night, the ever popular Musical Fountain – Dance of Fire and Water Show offers a spectacular light and sound experience to visitors. Using the latest laser technology, a dazzling multi-sensory light and sound show combining motion pictures with 3-D animated images are choreographed to a ballet of dancing water fountains, music and lights.

Events, events, events…

Experience Sentosa’s kaleidoscopic blend of activities and entertainment all year round including giant sand sculptures, beach parties, dance festivals, cultural & pop concerts, international sports events, colourful country festivals, beach carnivals and Sentosa’s annual countdown parties.

Staying on the island

With accommodation options ranging from five-star resort hotels (The Beaufort Singapore, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Sijori Resort) to affordable chalets (Sentosa Holiday Chalets and NTUC Sentosa Beach Resort) & budget campsites, Sentosa offers restful sleep to prepare you for your next exciting day. Moreover, a wide selection of food & beverage facilities is readily available on the island while Sentosa’s monorail, buses and trams provide easy islandwide access.

Sentosa, Singapore’s Island Resort …. where a lazy holiday of sun, sand and sea awaits one and all.

Open: Daily

Island admission is SGD 2 per person

Contact: Sentosa Development Corporation, 33 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa Singapore 099981.

Tel: (65) 6275 0388 or 1800-7368672 (toll-free in Singapore only)

Fax: (65) 6275 0161

Getting There:
Cable Car:
The Singapore Cable Car opens from 8:30am – 9pm (daily)
Normal cabin: SGD 8.50, SGD 3.90 child
Glass cabin: SGD 15 adult, SGD 8 child
Prices are inclusive of GST but do not include admission to Sentosa.
For more information on cable car ticket prices, click here.

Sentosa Bus Services: SGD 3 per person inclusive of admission to Sentosa, two-way bus transfer from World Trade Centre bus terminal or Tiong Bahru MRT Station (EW17) and all internal transportation. Click here to view MRT route map.

Drive to Sentosa and pay SGD 2 for individual entry and SGD 2 for parking

Visitors can walk into Sentosa Via the Causeway Bridge (7am – 12mn). Island admission charge applies.

How to get there for the physically disabled: The following information is obtained from Access Singapore.

Prior arrangements can be made with the Sentosa Customer Service Department (tel:(65)6279 1720) for people with disabilities to be driven in.

For those with mobility difficulties, travel by ferry is recommended as it is the most accessible and convenient way to Sentosa. Attendant service is available for those who need h
elp.However,wheeling on the platform after landing at Sentosa can be difficult as there are grids on the rubber surface of the platform where there is a slight slope.

Ambulant-disabled may try the bus if overcoming the bus steps does not prove difficult.

Access is difficult from the cable car tower to the entrance of Sentosa as there are many steps.Prior arrangement with the cable car company is recommended so that assistance can be rendered.

The monorail offers a comfortable ride to most attractions. However, wheelchair users will find it difficult to gain access to the train as it is operated on an upper level accessible by a flight of stairs. Escalator and a wheelchair lift can be found at the main station at the ferry terminal but there are no lifts at any other stations. Prior arrangements should be made with the staff for assistance.

The buses are not accessible to wheelchair users as there are steps at the door. The Beach Train is also not accessible to wheelchair users.

Another way to get around is by walking or wheeling to destinations within Sentosa. As Sentosa is a relatively large attraction. It is therefore wise to plan your route. An alternative is to travel by the coastal track where the pavement is even and easier to wheel or walk. However, the coastal track provides access to only some attractions within Sentosa and the journey is longer.…176,844,00.html

Give Your Website A Chance

10 Feb

I often wonder how serious people are when it comes to their websites. I thought that most everyone knew that the phrase “Build it and they will come” no longer applies on the internet but I’m not sure how many people really believe it.

I look at sites everyday as part of my sales strategy and I can’t tell you how many of them violate the obvious elements of good website design and submission.

What even amazes me more is that they can’t figure out why they don’t get sales or visitors. Do yourself a favor and attempt to apply the following tactics to your site. They won’t cost you a thing except a little time and effort to apply them.

About Page

Always include an about page on your site.
Don’t be afraid to tell your story and let people know who you are and how you arrived where you are.

Opening yourself up and letting people know who you are adds an element of trust. It exposes your personality, capabilities and knowledge. All factors that let your readers know you are genuine.

Include all your contact information

Let your visitors know that you are available.
Encourage questions, email and phone calls. Include your name, address and phone number.
If you can, it’s also helpful to place a photo on your site. Familiarity is key and it can add one more link in the ladder of trust.


Create compelling headlines. Peak the interest of your readers. This is your chance to grab their attention and incite them to read on.

Don’t be flashy or obnoxious. Simply tell it like it is. Capture their attention with descriptive, informative words. Get your readers involved in your information. Ask questions. Make them think.

You might be surprised to learn that just one compelling headline can bring instant sales almost overnight.

Create your meta tags

This is the first place I look when people tell me they aren’t getting visitors. I often see sites that have no title or description tag or the tags don’t follow the suggested guidelines for proper setup.

Here’s an example of how the tags might look for a site that sells hummingbird feeders:

Hummingbird Feeders: Shop For Hummingbird Feeders Online

You will need to do this for each page of your site. Each page needs to have it’s own set of tags. I also recommend focusing on one keyword per page, two at the very most. Too many keywords can confuse what your page is about.

Always make sure that your keywords are scattered throughout your text as well, however don’t sacrifice
good content for nonsense. Your text should be easy to read and should not sound redundant. Make your pages at least 250 words.


Solicit feedback from buyers you’ve had. Ask them to write a small testimonial that you can place on your site. This goes a long way to help convince your visitor that your products and services are sound.


Reciprocal linking is a common and effective tactic for obtaining search engine status and page rank but it’s also the most time consuming. It requires making contacts, following up with contacts and updating your website.

While reciprocal linking is an excellent way of establishing page rank it’s not the only way. Page rank can also be established by submitting your site to directories, writing articles and setting up blogs.

Don’t underestimate the power of website links. Take the extra few hours a day and get your site noticed.

Review the page you are exchanging links with. Be sure it is a site that you find easy to navigate and informative. I also recommend that the site’s index page have a Google PR rating of at least one. This ensures that the site is not being penalized by Google. If it is a penalized site then you could be penalized as well for linking to it.
Include a ‘tell a friend’ and ‘bookmark’ script on your site. This gives viewers an easy way to bookmark you and most of all return to your site.

Include a Site Map

Site Maps let visitors know what information you have, how it’s organized, where it is located with respect to other information, and how to get to that information with the least amount of clicks possible.

Site maps also provide spider food for search engine robots. This can increase your chances of becoming indexed because a site map allows the search engines to easily visit every page of your site.

A site map works best if you include a link to your site map in the navigation of every page on your site.

Finally, don’t let your site become stale. I have found that my search engine rankings improve when I periodically add new pages to my site and keep the content new and fresh. Follow these tips and 2005 may be your year for traffic.


About the Author:
Elizabeth McGee has spent 20 years in the service and support industry.
She has moved her expertise to the world wide web helping businesses
find trusted tools, enhance customer service, build confidence and
increase sales. You can contact Elizabeth at: or visit her website at:

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Car Monthly expenses

27 Dec

Monthly Installment = X
RoadTax = R/12 = T
Carpark = C
Petrol = P
Insurance I/12 = S

KL Trip

4 Aug

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, covers an area of 243.6 sq. km and has a population of 1.5 million.


Where to stay?

What to do in KL eh?

1. Petronas Twin Towers – The 41st and 42nd floor skybridge link is open to a fixed number of visitors every day. The only way for tourists to enter is to queue in the lobby for a free ticket for either the morning or afternoon session.

2. KL Lake Gardens is a pleasant area generously spread over a hundred hectares. Located within these grounds is the National Monument dedicated to Malaysia's military heroes. Around the Lake Gardens are the Orchid Gardens and the Deer Park. Not far away are the Butterfly Park and Bird Park. All are pleasant enough and may be of particular interest to naturalists.

3. The National Mosque is the largest in the country and is set in peaceful, well-kept grounds. Modern and a little lego-like it doesn't really warrant a visit, in contrast to the enchanting Masjid Jamek, the oldest and most beautiful mosque in KL.

4. Sultan Abdul Samad Building – The famous Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in the late 19th century to house the British administration and is now home to the Supreme and High Courts. This flamboyant and intricate example of Moorish architecture faces Dataran Medaka (Medaka Square) – the centre for National Day celebrations, and for those who are interested, here flies the highest flagpole in Asia.

5. KL Tower – Menara Kuala Lumpur ranks fourth among the tallest telecommunications towers in the world and was constructed over a period of four years and completed in May 1996.


Where to shop?

1. Central Market

2. Chinatown – Chinatown stretches along the entire length of Jalan Petaling. Shops are open throughout the day; after 6pm, the Pasar Malam (night market) takes over, the road is closed to traffic and the street comes alive with stalls, restaurants and crowds. Here you can buy anything from imitation handbags to souvenirs, clothes, herbal remedies and local trinkets.

3. Chow Kit Market – Chow Kit Market only opens on Saturday nights and offers a wide selection of produce along with the opportunity to sample some local foods while meandering through the stalls.

4. Suria KLCC – Heralded as Malaysia's leading mall, the Suria KLCC is a vast complex with a broad choice of over 250 speciality shops and numerous cafes and restaurants.

5. City Square and Ampang Plaza – near Ampang Park LRT Station.

6. Sungei Wang – Catering to the lower to middle range budget is Sungei Wang situated close to similar malls near the junction of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang.

7. Berjaya Times Square

8. Low Yatt Plaza

Place of Interests?

1. Batu Caves – These limestone caves sit at the top of a 272-step climb and feature colourful Hindu shrines and temples. Attracting sizeable crowds of visitors and worshippers daily, monkeys often congregate and harass for food. The busiest and liveliest time to visit is during the Thaipusam festival early in the year, when thousands of pilgrims converge to pay homage.

2. Genting Highlands – One hour north, The Genting Highlands is a big favourite with people from all over Asia and features an extensive amusement and entertainment complex. This bright and noisy labyrinth offers something for all the family from arcade games and magic shows to Malaysia's only casino – definitely not for those trying to get away from it all! ~ Getting There

3. Sunway Lagoon ~ Cheaper Tickets

Get a MAC-over

15 Feb

No, it’s not the Apple Mac OS X. It’s the Windows interface that’s gone through a cosmetic overhaul.

Tired of the boring Windows interface on your PC? Make it snazzy like those on the Macintosh without spending a bomb, writes AARON TAN

Let’s face it, Windows does not sport the sleekest interface. Not convinced? Just take a hard look at your Windows desktop and compare it to a Mac OSX one. Be honest, now!

If you are one of those Windows users who swoons over the pretty designer icons, buttons and trans-parent panels of the Apple Mac OS X, good news! You can do something about it without having to buy a Macintosh.

That’s because you can bring the Mac OS X look to your Windows box through third-party software programs for the OS X Dock, Apple program icons, transparent windows and others.

But be warned that performance could take dip as you load these programs that work in the background to give your PC a cosmetic overhaul. So make sure you have as much memory – one gigabyte if possible – as your money can buy if you do not want your programs to run at snail’s pace.

Dress it like a Mac

First, download a visual style customisation program called WindowsBlinds ( products/windowblinds). An alternative is StyleXP ( prod_sxp.php) but it only supports Windows XP, so users of earlier versions of Windows will be left out.

On a Windows 2000 system, I installed WindowsBlinds and downloaded a skin called Mac OS X Brushed ( Other skins are available from a variety of websites like www. and http://www.devian

Usually, skins come in a zip file that the visual style program has to extract before you can select the theme. What gets transformed by the visual style skins will be Window buttons, textures and icons.

The Apple bar

To replicate the bar at the top of the Mac OS X desktop, you can download an object bar program from Use it to create custom Start bars, finders, pop-up menus and program launchers. Like visual styles you also need a Mac OS X skin for the object bar to achieve a uniform look. Look for it at, and www.

Dock it

The Mac OS X Dock is perhaps the most eye-catching element of an Apple computer, especially its magnification feature. ObjectDock ( can do the same thing on a PC. Once it’s installed, just drag any program shortcut to the dock. You can also change the look of the icons by downloading icon sets, and extracting them into the ObjectDock program folder.

Mac-like applications

Having a Mac look-alike dock and a Mac OS X interface already throws the Windows look out of the window. So why not do a complete overhaul with these Mac-like applications.

Trillian, the Windows iChat: Get this instant messaging (IM) all-in-one program that supports multiple IM networks such as ICQ and MSN, even if you weren’t intending to perform cosmetic surgery on your PC. While you can make do with the free version, the Professional version costs US$25 (S$41), and has the OS X Aqua skin. Visit http://www.trillian. com for more information.

Konfabulator: If you like widgets, or little programs, that do things like getting the latest quotes from the stock exchange, or running photo slideshows from your image collection, there’s a Windows version of the Konfabulator ( Previously, only the Mac version was available, and PC desktop modders had to turn to another program called Samurize. You can also download other widgets such as system utilities, news feeds and games. The Konfabulator is distributed as shareware, or US$24.95 will buy you a registered version.

iTunes: The Mac OS will never be complete without iTunes (, the Apple music player and management software. Previously, the brushed metallic texture of the PC version of iTunes seemed out of place with the rest of the Windows interface. But now, it should look blend beautifully after the makeover.

Safari for the PC: Yes, there is an Internet browser that looks exactly like the Safari browser for the Mac ( for the PC. However, the PC version is built on Microsoft Internet Explorer’s browser engine, rather than Apple’s Safari browser. Although it is still unpolished, like the lack of tabbed browsing and a couple of bugs, it’s a good way to fool your friends into believing that you have OS X installed in your PC.

Jan 19, 2005
Digital Life, Straits Time

Interviews with home-business gurus Jack Gibson

18 Dec

Jack Gibson

Age: 25

Highest Education: Bachelor’s of marketing from Hillsdale College

Year Started Business: 1997

Type Of Business: Network marketing; health and wellness products

Market: Anyone who wants to be healthier, lose weight, gain weight, or have more energy. Also, serious, motivated individuals who are committed to improving their financial future and helping others do the same.

Number Of Employees: None

Best Month (Gross Revenues): $13,000

Hours Worked Per Week During Start Up: 15 to 20 hours the first three years. I was a full time student!

Hours Worked Per Week Now: “It varies. I travel quite extensively. When I’m home for a full week, I work 40 to 50 hours.”

Favorite Business Books Or Authors: Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill — “This is an all-time classic and my first inspirational book. It changed the course of my life!”; The Science of Success, by James Ray –“A mind-expanding wonder of a book.”; Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki –great for teaching financial literacy.

Relaxes By: Playing basketball, golfing, or playing poker; also, spending time with his girlfriend

Keeps In Shape By: Lifting weights at least three times a week, taking several supplements daily, and playing sports.

Favorite Part Of The Job: I love working with focused, committed people who know how to have fun and enjoy the process of building a business.

Least Favorite Part Of The Job: The flip side of the coin is working with half-committed people, watching people give up at the first sign of adversity, and bookkeeping!

Companies He Admires: Walmart, Amway, and Herbalife

Favorite Quote: Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. –Napoleon Hill

The Person Who Most Influenced His Life: His mother –“In every single way someone could have a positive effect on a person, she did.”

Heroes: Michael Dell, for starting from his dorm room and building a billion-dollar business, and Mark Hughes, for starting with nothing and changing the health of the world.

Special Accomplishments: “I became a member of the million-dollar team by my 24th month in business, working part time from my dorm room. That’s not bad. I look back at all the challenges I faced and find inspiration for the future from that achievement.”

Months Before Achieving A Profit: “I made a profit by my second month, but instead of spending it on beer as my college friends suggested, I constantly reinvested back into my business; I attribute that to the fast growth.”

Contact Jack At: (269) 556-0847 or


I’m starting a home business next month. I have a maximum of $3,000 in start-up capital. Where should I invest it?
JG: A lot depends on the business you’re in. If you’re in network marketing, you will probably need to purchase products to sell. I would invest in self-training and education, no matter what business I’m in. I would start advertising, carefully. I would focus on investing to build a customer base for daily cash flow. Then you will be able to constantly reinvest back into your business, and if you make mistakes, as we all do, you will be able to recover quickly.


How do you market on the Internet?
JB: I use a lot of search engine marketing. When the traffic reaches my Website, prospects enter their name and e-mail addresses to be followed up with the autoresponder. At any time they can opt themselves out of mailings. Beyond that, I purchase leads from lead brokers who really know what they’re doing!

Approximately what percentage of your sales originate from marketing in the print media?
JB: 20% of sales have come in through print advertising. It’s what happens after the initial sale that’s most important. It’s amazing how much business is generated by a satisfied customer. I’ve had customers send over 15 referrals, and then those satisfied customers send referrals. That’s when the business is really exciting.


What are the advantages of earning a lot of money. What are some disadvantages?
JB: Having a lot of money, for me, allows me the time and flexibility to do the things I enjoy and pay someone else to do the things I hate. I certainly work hard, and some days I work all day nonstop. If I want to take off for a weekend trip on a Thursday, I don’t have to ask my boss for the day off, and I don’t have to worry about making enough money to take the trip. I can pay someone else to clean my house, take care of my lawn, cook –things that I don’t particularly enjoy. Last week I went to Utah for the week to ski and hike and enjoy the mountains, and I can do that whenever I want and still have money coming in. What a lifestyle! Some of the disadvantages are you can easily become careless with your money and buy things that aren’t really all that beneficial. Also, your friends and family can become jealous (without ever admitting it) and sometimes make jokes or comments to make themselves feel better or try to borrow money from you and not pay you back!


What do you lead with –your company’s products or the business opportunity?
JB: When I’m advertising, I lead with the business opportunity. It’s simple –more people will call on an ad to make money than spend money. Of course, they have to use the products to be successful in the business, so we sell a new person products, and that is basically retail sales for cash flow. If I’m talking to someone face-to-face or someone I know, often I lead with the products, have them try them first and evaluate them, then backdoor the business opportunity. A lot depends on the person as to the route I take.

You’ve just recruited a promising new distributor –how do you help him/her get off to a good start…or do you consider that the new distributor’s responsibility?
JB: If you don’t help the new distributor, chances are very good he or she will be gone in less than a week. If you mentor your distributors, their chances of success rises dramatically. I start a new person with the fundamentals, get a personal product result, plug into the training system, help them talk to new prospects on three-way calls, and help them put together a plan of action. The more work they do, the more I help them. I work with people at their pace.


What was the motivating factor that drove you to start your own business?
JB: I always had a desire to own a business and be in control of my financial future. What was the biggest obstacle you had to face when you were launching your own business? What’s your biggest obstacle now?

What was the biggest obstacle you had to face when you were launching your own business? What’s your biggest obstacle now?
JB: My biggest obstacle was lack of capital. I was 19 years old and a full-time college student who never had a job before, so I didn’t have much savings. I had to scrape by in the beginning.

What’s your success philosophy?
JB: If you want to be successful, care more about others success than you do your own.