Singapore's Universal Studios attractions revealed!

Universal Studios Singapore is a new theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It was a key component of Genting's bid for the right to build Singapore's second integrated resort. It was announced on 8 December 2006 by the Singapore government that the consortium had won the bid and construction of the theme park and the rest of the resort then started on 16 April 2007 and will be opening in early 2010. It will be the second Universal Studios to open in Asia and the first in Southeast Asia.

There will be a total of 24 attractions, of which 18 will be original or specially adapted for the park. It consists of seven uniquely themed zones which will encircle a lagoon, each location will feature an iconic location based on blockbuster movies or television shows. Each zone will feature their unique attractions, character appearances, dining and shopping areas. These include the world's tallest Dueling roller coaster based on the hit television show Battlestar Galactica™, a castle from the world of Shrek, live shows by the infamous Universal Monsters as well as celebrity Look-alikes.

The park will be the home to the world’s biggest single collection of DreamWorks Animation theme park attractions, occupying 2 of the 7 themed zones, namely based on "Far Far Away" from Shrek and the island of "Madagascar" from the computer-animated movie Madagascar. A total of 20 attractions will be opened on the Opening Day of the park, along with multiple shopping and dining outlets. Universal Parks & Resorts is marketing the park as a "one-of-its-kind theme park in Asia" as they promised that the park will be the only of its kind in Southeast Asia for the next 30 years.

6 Facebook Hack Codes & Tips To Show Off Your Geeky Skills

The very first thing I should mention is that when it comes to Facebook, there’s really no such thing as “hack codes.” The title of this article is partially tongue-in-cheek, because with Facebook, the rules change so often that one “Facebook hack” code that works today will likely not work tomorrow. Facebook designers change links and features at whim – and you’re left trying to guess what’s coming next and why your link or plug-in no longer works.

I’ve previously written a couple of articles here about Facebook, such as the controversial method on how to view private Facebook profiles, or how to email mobile photos to your Facebook account. However, in addition to those tips, there are other codes and features that aren’t immediately obvious to most users – so I wanted to provide a list of the top 6 of my favorite Facebook “hack” codes and tips to other Facebook enthusiasts out there.

#1 – The Konami Code Lens Flare Hack

This is a rather silly hack, but if you’re visiting friends who may not be very computer savvy – this is a very easy way to impress them with your hacking skills. Borrow their computer (or bring your laptop), log into your Facebook account, and then on the computer keyboard just type the following key sequence of arrows and letters exactly: UP-UP-DOWN-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT-B-A-
Then, click around on your Facebook page, or scroll up and down the page (this seems to work best), and you’ll discover a pretty cool display of lens flare effects.

Oddly, the effect isn’t horribly annoying because it disappears pretty quickly when you really need it to. It isn’t the most impressive hack though, because it’s probably the most common one mentioned across the net – but it’s still kind of cool and fun to play around with.

#2 – Aye, Make Yer Profile a Pirate’s Page You Landlubber!

The second profile hack is also one of the easiest to implement. Facebook offers users the ability to transform their Facebook pages into any language that they like. If you scroll down to the lower left corner of your profile page, you’ll see your current language setting. Click on this, and you’ll have a list of all languages available to you. Notice the English Pirate option?

Ahoy matey – yer now a Cap’n! Now as you go through your profile page you’ll notice some pretty hilarious pirate variations.

Now, the wall is the Plank, your profile is the Cap’n’s Log, and you can now either click a post as pleasin’ to me eye (like) or blabber t’yer mates (comment). It certainly removes the “boring” factor from your old standard Facebook pages.

#3 – Upside Down Status Updates

If you’ve been on Facebook long enough, you’ve probably noticed a few people posting upside down status updates. They sure do think they’re clever don’t they?! Yes, you too can be the envy of all of your friends and family by posting your updates so that people have to look silly by tilting their heads upside down so they can read it.
Most of the people you’ve seen doing this have likely installed a Facebook app just to do so. However, I dislike installing apps because you always have to provide permissions to those applications to access your profile. A better approach is to use the free online application at FlipText to generate your upside down status update.

Simply copy the upside down text from the lower text box, paste it into your Facebook status box and post!

#4 – Download Complete Photo Collections From Your Friends’ Profiles

If you have a lot of friends on Facebook, you may not have the time to keep up with all of the new family photos they’ve posted – but you are very interested in them and would love to have them stored in your own private photo collection to review later. Well, thanks to a very cool FireFox plug-in called FacePAD, you can do just that. The add-on is awesome, and I would recommend that anyone with the resources to do so should send in a contribution to Arthur Sabintsev for his efforts.
After you install the FacePad plug-in, make sure you select Tools->Add-Ons, and configure the options for FacePad so it has your correct Facebook language. Then, all you have to do is go to your friend’s photo albums, right-click on the title and select “Download Album With FacePAD.” That’s right, you’re not downloading a single picture – but an entire album.

Once you do, FacePad downloads every single image within that album into the download folder you’ve configured in FireFox. Don’t forget to organize all of those photos using JetPhoto, as recommended earlier by Jeffry.

#5 – Schedule Facebook Status Updates With Sendible

Do you like to keep your Facebook profile active, but you’re coming down with a cold and may be offline for a few days? Maybe you’re taking a trip and won’t be anywhere near a computer for a week. Or maybe you’ll be playing hooky from work and traveling, but you want your colleagues and boss to think you’re stuck at home sick. Accomplish any of these wishes by using Sendible to schedule your Facebook status updates. This is an application Daniel covered earlier, so check out his article for more details.
But for Facebook specifically, once you sign up with Sendible, just click on Facebook and provide your Facebook login details. Sendible connects directly with your Facebook account. The, under “New Messages” click on “Status Updates“.

On the next page you can schedule out as many updates as you’d like! This service is awesome – and you can distribute scheduled updates to a number of social networks including MySpace, Blogger, Twitter and more.

#6 – Hide Your Online Status From Certain People

Look, don’t feel bad about it. When I first joined Facebook I left my online status wide open. After a couple of weeks of getting inundated with nonstop chat requests, I simply turned off my online status completely. Problem solved. Except, there really were certain people I wouldn’t mind hearing from – is it really fair for a few chatterbox buddies to ruin your chances for communicating with everyone? Well, there is a way for you to selectively block your online status from certain people.
All you have to do is open up your chat icon in the lower right corner of your Facebook display, click on Friend Lists, and create a new list called “BlockList.” Make sure after you create it that it’s configured under “Display these lists in Chat.”

Now, all you have to do is either click “edit” and add the friends you want to block, or if they’re already online, just click their name and drag them under this new list. Once you’ve got everyone there who you want to block from see your online status, hover your mouse over the green dot to the right and click on “Go Offline.” Now, you appear offline to only those certain friends.
Facebook, unlike MySpace, is not really easy to tweak – which is actually a good thing. Gone are the days of those horrid eye-bleeding pages with pink flashing backgrounds and instant music that you can’t turn off. However, the tweaks and plug-ins in the list above offer at least a few ways to customize your Facebook account and usage to suit your life and your personality.
How do you use Facebook? Are there any hacks or add-ons not offered here that you especially like to use? Share them in the comments section below!

US Criticism Of Brunei 'Too Harsh'

State Department's International Religious Freedom Report

Bandar Seri Begawan - The latest United States report on religious freedom in Brunei has raised some eyebrows here.

On October 26, 2009, the US Department of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor published its newest International Religious Freedom Report 2009.

The report, which contains some 2,500 words, states, "The (Brunei) Government was responsible for deterioration of religious freedom during the reporting period by further restricting religious freedoms for non-Muslims."

Some in society including from the minority religious groups said it is too harsh to describe the unique tolerance that is being observed in Brunei. They also feel that the statement is inaccurate and misleading and can also be counterproductive.

The US Embassy in Brunei defended the report and said that the United States and the US Embassy greatly respect Brunei and a measure of that respect is their willingness to discuss the areas of concern.

The Bulletin had approached the US Embassy for some insight into the report.

The embassy appreciated the opportunity to respond regarding the US State Department's International Religious Freedom (IRE) report.

While the report stands on its own, the US Ambassador said the US Embassy should respect the role the press plays in open discussions. "We believe that quiet diplomacy along with open discussion improve and enhance cordial relations between nations, such as Brunei and the United States of America."

He said, President Obama noted in his widely praised speech in Cairo, Egypt that "Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we can protect it".

The recently released US State Department's International Religious Freedom (IRF) report, which highlights religious freedom issues throughout the world, should not be viewed as an attempt to impose "US values".

As Secretary Clinton noted, Ambassador Todd said, the value of religious freedom is internationally recognised and found in the constitutions and laws of many nations, including Brunei.

The Constitution of Brunei, in part, states that "The official religion of Brunei Darussalam shall be the Islamic Religion: Provided that all other religions may be practised in peace and harmony by the persons professing them".

"Unfortunately, there was deterioration in religious freedom and this is a noticeable change from Brunei's long and rich tradition of religious tolerance. The most notable example of this involves private Christian School officials who were sent a letter and threatened with fines and imprisonment for offering to teach Christian subject matter to Christian students during school hours," said the ambassador.

The US Embassy, Ambassador Todd, and senior US officials were assured that this was not the policy of the Government of Brunei and that it would be corrected. To date, nothing has changed and the school remains under the same prohibitions, said the statement from the ambassador.

"The International Religious Freedom report does not represent an 'agenda' on the part of the US. All nations that are part of the international community undergo evaluations and reporting from the UN, regional organisations, bilateral partners, and NGOs. The IRF is a means to promote discussion between nations. Brunei has a positive future and is winning praise regionally and globally for new initiatives such as the Heart of Borneo, why risk tarnishing this forward progress and Brunei's reputation? It is perplexing given Brunei's rich traditions of tolerance and pride in the founding Malay Islamic principles. These principles are not in opposition nor should they be threatened by religious freedom.

"The United States and the US Embassy greatly respect Brunei and a measure of that respect is our willingness to discuss areas of concern. Brunei is a nation we share our concerns and our praise with. We are friends, and as friends sometimes we may not agree, but at a minimum as friends we owe it to each other to be candid about issues that concern us. We remain confident that issues raised in the International Religious Freedom Report can be addressed in a fair and equitable manner," added the statement from the ambassador of the US Embassy in Brunei.

Prominent leaders in Brunei expressed much different views.

Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin, a member of the Legislative Council, said the report is a miscalculation because Brunei Government does respect the culture and the right of worship of other minority groups.

"What deterioration?" he asked. "Chinese New Year and Christmas celebrations have been held over the years. The government even allows Chinese to carry out hungry ghost festival and burn incense outside their houses and business premises." According to him there is no problem unless "you create one".

The late Sultan's father, Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifudien III, donated large amount of cash for the construction of the Chinese temple in the city centre. That kind of respect, said Pehin Goh, stands until today. Islam is a religion based on tolerance, and the government and the people, according to him, have been showing that.

Pehin Goh recalled a time when he wanted to import religious material into the country, it was stopped at the entry point and he had to write a letter to the relevant authority. He finally was allowed to bring it in. He said we all must follow the rules and regulations.

Prominent businessmen and a respected Chinese elder, Pehin Kapitan Cina Kornia Di-Raja Dato Paduka Lau Ah Kok urged other minority groups to show respect that Brunei is and forever an Islamic country, and they must all be proud of that tradition.

He said Bruneians of all races and religions live in peace and harmony. Although it is a Malay state, and has been for thousands of years, other minority groups enjoy peace and tranquility that no other place on earth can match. Minority groups are treated the same and given the same perks.

"As a minority group," he said, "if we want to be equally respected, we must first respect Islam and the Malays, and the Country that carries Malay Islamic Monarchy as its tenet, and with mutual respect we all shall prosper together in relative harmony."

He assured that if we want to do something, such as building a temple or religious school, we must ask permission and carry it according to the law of the land, and this applies to not only the minority groups but the majority Malays as well.

Officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, however, declined to comment.

Source: Azaraimy HH, US Criticism of Brunei 'Too Harsh', 17 November 2009

7 Bruneian Musclemen Among World's Top 10

Seven Brunei bodybuilders landed in the top 10 of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF) 1st World Amateur Men's Body Building Championships in Dubai.

The Brunei contingent returned yesterday to a heroes' welcome after performing above expectations in the competition which featured 69 out of 77 member countries.

The seven musclemen from the National Weightlifting, Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (BWBA/PERANGKE) who achieved world rankings in the top 10 of their respective categories include: Mohamad Azli bin Jumat, who placed 5th in the 60kg category and took home US$1,000 and a trophy.

Six other Bruneians in the top 10 are: Sumardi bin Jumat, 6th in the 65kg category; Abdul Aziz bin Hj Tuah, 7th in 70kg; Yusri bin Zailani, 8th in 75kg; Eddy Norisham bin Hj Awg Damit, 10th in 80 kg; Tomas bin Kaling, 9th in 85kg; and Razali bin Hj Mahmud, 7th in the 100 kg category.

"I am very happy, and very proud of this achievement. I did not expect this at all. I would like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors, especially the Youth and Sports Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for giving us this opportunity," Azli said.

"This is our first time ever taking part in world competition, and I've managed to come away with US$1,000. In preparation for the competition I did two months of intensive training, in the morning and afternoon.

"I want to increase my efforts even more and help develop the sport of bodybuilding," he said.
The next World Body Building Championships will be held next year in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Other championships to be held by the Asian Body Building Federation and other member federation countries have been scheduled in 2010.

The BWBA thanked the Youth & Sports Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports and their sponsors for ensuring the success of its participation in the 1st World Body Building Championships, according to a press release.

Source: Danial Norjidi, 7 musclemen among world's top 10, Borneo Bulletin, 11th November 2009.

How To Invite All Your Friends On Facebook To Your Event In One Go

The newly redesigned Facebook has led inviting members to an event/group/page to an even more complex process. Why can’t they just make a “select all” button? Initially I got tired of clicking several hundred times on all the pictures to invite people to my event, so I came up with this small piece of Javascript:

javascript:elms=document.getElementById('friends').getElementsByTagName('li');for(var fid in elms){if(typeof elms[fid] === 'object'){[fid]);}}

Go to your event/group/page, click invite people and then paste this snippet in the URL field of your browser.

Left-click the mouse in the URL field and hit Enter. Your invitations will not be sent yet, but all your friends will be selected. Click the “Invite” or “Send” button on the Facebook page to finally send the invites.

Voila! You have saved untold minutes! =)

Kevin Brueck's Take on Brunei

So. Not. Cool. Please fastforward to the 1:36 mark

No Kevin Brueck, you're an ass. First of all, it is within his rights to spend his money as he see fit. Justifying the stereotype that most Americans (not all, as I know some cool ones) are idiots, not only you have failed to locate Brunei on the world map (it's on Borneo island in the Southeast Asian region, not the Middle East dumbass) but you also have imposed and abused your freedom of speech by ridiculing a state leader.

Please don't make it a personal affair the next time you have the need to criticise others for how they are living their lives... and we hate unprofessionalism by the way. Asshole.

Update! Well, well, out of possible 50-100+ replies of outrage on the video, Kevin took a lil bit of his time and hit me back personally,

"@aribbaandalay Actually freedom of speech means you CAN say whatever you want about a state leader. That's arguably the best thing about it. I have the freedom to say Barak Obama is an idiot and not have to worry about police or FBI coming to my house to take me away. And I know that Brunei is in Southeast Asia, thanks for the geography lesson poindexter."

Haha, I'm honoured. And no, I won't bother engaging myself in a verbal war. Why anyway? I've said what I needed to say. Oh and aribbaandalay is my Youtube username... Yes, I'm a Speedy Gonzalez catchphrase on the Internet.

Get Edward Cullen Into Your Pants

This may be the most disturbing thing I have ever posted about on my blog — Edward Cullen underwear! The first few images that came to my mind when I saw them could have potentially landed me in jail. However, the thoughts of 16-year-old girls running around in Cullen panties were quickly cut short by the thoughts of Twilight fans stretching poor Edward’s mouth over their ...! OK, I actually puked in my mouth a little.
I don’t know where you can buy a pair of these underwear, because I’m honestly too physically ill to do any research.

The Lion of Shuwaikh, Kuwait

Technicians at a car repair shop in Shuwaikh, Kuwait were having a normal day at work when suddenly a nervous looking LION came out of nowhere, seemingly hungry because of how skinny his body looks...

Workers freaked out; they were jumping over each other, some locking themselves up in cars, some in the offices, and some just ran away. But one brave guy took the picture of this lion without making a sound... and there was the SHOCK when the lion turned around...

Viewer discretion is advised!

Turns out it's their Indian co-worker's dog. He shaved the dog in such a way to look like a lion =)