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Monday, August 29, 2011

A Double Celebration and My 3rd Google Adsense Money

1 - A typical kampung house with bamboo fence, terracota pots and attap roofs
Today the streets of Kuala Lumpur will soon be deserted with the mass exodus of people out of the city. We call this 'balik kampung' where we go back to our villages and hometowns where we were born and grew up in. It is time to visit our old folks, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, maybe childhood friends and sweethearts, to join in the holiday fun. In many places in the rural areas, family members patiently and longingly await the arrival of their loved ones for a happy reunion. 

In Malaysia, we have a double celebration:
  1. Independence Day or Hari Merdaka as we call it falls on 31 Aug 2011
  2. Eid ul-Fitr - In Malaysia we call it "Hari Raya Aidil Fitri", a grand celebration for muslims which may fall on 30 or 31 Aug.
For the rest of us who are not muslims, we shall be enjoying a few days to a week break. Our muslim friends will hold 'open house' parties to invite other races to join in the festivities in the spirit of camaraderie.

Google Adsense sent my 3rd payment on 24th Aug via Western Union Bank, so I went to the bank to collect USD 111.51 cash.

“A Double Celebration and My 3rd Google Adsense Money”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on August 29th, 2011.

The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Brilliant Red' is the National Flower of Malaysia. In Malay, our local language, we call it "Bunga Raya".

"Bunga" means flower while "raya" means big/grand or celebration.

"Hari Raya" is a day for celebrating the dawn of the month of Syawal, after a period of fasting in the holy month of Ramadhan.

Today is also the 1st day of the 8th lunar month in the Chinese calendar.

Tonight, we shall wait for the announcement of the sighting of the new moon. The sightings will be observed at 30 different locations. An announcement will be made by The Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. If the new moon is sighted, Hari Raya celebration starts tomorrow, 30th August, otherwise, muslims in Malaysia will celebrate Hari Raya on our Independence (aka Merdeka Day or National Day) on 31 August 2011.

To my readers, please take note that our weatherman has reported that there will be occassional predawn showers and thunderstorms during the festive season. With thunderstorms, there is likelihood of lightning.

Malaysia is known as Asia's Lightning Capital. We are the no. 2 ranking in the highest number of lightning strikes in the world.

Hence, do remember to stay safe by taking the following precautions:
  1. Remember, no place outside is safe when there is a thunderstorm, so stay indoors.
  2. During a storm, stay away from windows, doors and stay off porches
  3. If you need to go out, try to avoid high places (hills, mountains, ridges or peaks), open fields, isolated trees, rain or picnic shelters, communications towers, flag-poles and lamp posts.
Below is a 30 min educational video:

Malaysia is a tropical country with an annual rainfall of between 2,000mm - 2,500mm. Global warming has probably increased the severity and frequency of thunderstorms in Malaysia.

The cities of Subang, Bayan Lepas and Kluang are lightning-prone areas with about 180-200 thunderstorm days a year.

Source: New Straits Times

Before I sign off, I would like to wish all my Malaysian friends and readers,
Happy Merdeka and Happy Holidays!

To my muslims friends and readers around the world, 
Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri and Happy Eid ul-Fitr!

To those travelling,
May you have a safe and smooth journey home!


  1. Happy Merdeka and Selamat Hari Raya!

    I've also taken some photos of the hibiscus pollens but none are like yours. We can all look at the same thing but capture different things.

  2. Hope you have an enjoyable time with your love ones during this festive season.

  3. I just received news that Hari Raya has been declared on Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011.

  4. Enjoy your Holiday and Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures.

  5. Hi Autumn Belle,

    1st of all, congrats!Rewards for Google Adsense Money.

    Thanks also for the thunderstorm tips, maybe tomorrow we will celebrate Hari Raya in rainy day ;(

    Thanks for your wishes ;)

    Hope your have a great holiday with your family;)

  6. You have more patience with Adsense than I did. Enjoy your holiday in the country!

  7. Enjoy the holidays. And congratulations on your adsense payment. It is a day to celebrate indeed.

    Your 'flower' developed into 'fruit' after crossing the sea. 'Bunga' in Filipino means 'fruit'.

    By the way, I posted the procedure to the 2-in-1 trick also in my "Two in one" post. Just scroll down to the bottom and read on. Thanks...

  8. Bądź szczęśliwa w tym dniu. Hibiskus piękny. Pozdrawiam

  9. Didn't know about the lightning capital thingy... thanks for the info...

    about Adsense, I cannot seem to be able to get this going... not to say that I'd be earning millions...

  10. Hi frens, thank you very much for dropping by and for the cheerful comments.

    My Google Adsense money is little since I started in Aug 2009 to Aug 2011, it is 2 years, my total received earnings amounts to RM 1,000, i.e. RM 900 from Google Ads and RM 100 from Nuffnang. The money will be donated to charity. Not a lot, but imagine this - if I didn't install Google Ads, it is ZERO!

    Lrong, you need to sign up for an account with Google Adsense in Blogger, then wait for their approval. Once your account has been approved, you can set up the widgets in your blogger template.

  11. I may be slow in comment and blog visiting as I shall be away for a few days.

  12. I have yet to receive any money from google adsense.
    I love these Hibiscus, so gigantic and colorful!

  13. How nice that you're donating your money to charity. Your flower pictures are beautiful, and the information was interesting.

  14. Hibiscus is always so lovely, how good if the flowering period is longer. Happy holiday to you and your family!

  15. Happy happy holidays! And such pretty flowers :)

  16. I hope you enjoyed your holidays! Congratulations on your Google AdSense payments.

  17. ha ha! Congrats on the adsense money! I really like the tradition of a pilgrimage home...

  18. What a nice return to one's roots! And congrats on making some cash!

  19. I like the idea of returning to your roots. Have a wonderful holiday. Lovely hibiscus photos. All my hibiscus are doing poorly because of the excessive, prolonged heat and no rain. We usually have 8 inches of rain per year, but this year we've had less than 2 inches.

  20. Happy Merdeka Day and enjoy your holidays, A. Belle! Congrats on your adsense earnings. May God continue to pour abundant blessings on you and your family as you bless the poor with your generosity!

  21. Happy RayaDeka and Happy Holidays and Happy Fatt Tatt from Adsense. Your 3rd cheque wow mine as slow as a snail..Nice bunga raya to go well with the Raya Aidilfitri & Merdeka.

  22. Enjoy the holiday, and thanks for all the information and beautiful shots!

  23. I am also back from a 6-day out of town trip, and it was also like some sort of celebration as we were so happy to be far from the city. I hope you are wonderfully happy too with your reunion with family, and congratulations for the Adsense money! I took some photos of a hibiscus with 2 flowers (beige and red) in one plant, and been thinking of you when taking the shots.

  24. Hope you had wonderful break with your family!
    Nice capture of hibiscus!

  25. °º✿
    º° ✿✿♥ ° ·.
    Fotos fantásticas... os hibiscos ficaram ainda mais lindos!!!
    Bom fim de semana!
    º° ✿✿♥ ° ·.

  26. Love your hibiscus pictures. Hope you had a good break during this festive season. Congrats on the Google $$$ - mine is doing sweet nothing!!

  27. Congrats! Your caption has been selected and is posted today with a link to your blog! Oops! But you didn't send in any captions, did you?

  28. love the hibiscus and love your site. thanks for sharing! congratulations on your adsense money :)

  29. Congratulations on all the great things that you are celebrating! I enjoyed reading your post!

  30. Congratulations! And your photos are so appropriate for your celebration of the holiday. Enjoy!

  31. Enjoy your holidays and 'balik kampung' is a holiday I wish was celebrated here. There is so much lost when relatives move so far away. Especially when the elders are forgotten, which seems to happen much more than when I was a kid.


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