Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sweaty Malaysia

As the plan flew over Johor Baru from Singapore, I was delighted to see the brightly lit city of Johor and the lights of the smaller towns surrounding it. Makes me think this is a beautiful country indeed.

Couldn't see much of Kuala Lumpur as we landed because of the cloud cover but its a bristling city nevertheless.

It's good to be home.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Time for some Spicy, Malaysian Food.

It's time to make my bi-annual pilgrimage home to visit the loved and not so loved ones.
I just hope I can fit into the plan seat.

Monday, December 12, 2011

100 Year Wave

In subsea pipeline analysis, engineers design pipeline and subsea and topside structures to withstand extreme wave conditions the ocean throws at it.

For short durations, engineers analyse what is called a 10-year wave. For longer durations, we typically analyze 100 year wave and in cyclonic regions, there's the 10,000 year wave analysis.

This is a platform in the middle of the ocean being hit, last week, with a 100-year wave. Remember that this platform is perched around 10 meters from the ocean surface. And if you look closely, you can see several cabins below the water line.

Unlike the water we use at home, in the ocean, when large groups of water move, they have Inertia. And these inertia's are enough to destroy structures like the one seen in the picture if these structures aren't heavily reinforced.

Never take lightly the forces of Mother Nature.

This is how it feels like to be on the platform in the middle of the ocean when Mother Nature unleashes her fury.


And this is how a huge ocean liner gets rocked about and nearly tips over when confronted with these huge



Why do People Still Swim in Australia if there's Shark Attacks?


I asked my colleagues on why Australians still swim deep in the ocean when their numerous reports on shark attacks.

Their reply - It wont bite me.

Australians think that the chances of them being bitten by a shark is the same as their chance of being killed in an airplane.

This is a country that has acoustic chark bracelets for swimmers to ward off sharks. But because of their high price, not many people bother to wear one. So most swimmers swim with no defense at all against these giant predators.

I was also told of the following:

- Dont be the first to go into the water.
- Keep away from the water during sunrise and sunset - this is when the chances of you resembling a seal entering into the water is the highest.
- Shark looks for groups of seal swimming together. So never swim with a school of seals of fish, you risk being mistake for one of them

There ladies and gentlement, tips to help avoid being eaten by sharks in Australia.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

The Earth Moves...

I came across this website when I was searching for GPS coordinates. I didnt realise that the Earth's crust movement was so significant.