Sonny D.

Freelance PHP & web UI developer

March 9, 2014
by Sonny

Taxi ripoffs

A queue of taxi in Malaysia

There’s an adventurous inside me; actually I don’t really like to take a taxi and prefer to walk or cycle a short route if I had time, let’s say up to 10km. But when it comes to rain or hot-n-humid environment, obviously there’s no choice to take a bus/cab (sometimes I go crazy and actually walk under heavy rain!). Another situation is when I go shopping and my backpack is more than full or totally not worth it to sweat with heavy stuff in my hands.

So I should take a taxi; but there are problems with public transportation in Malaysia, especially when taxi drivers spot a foreigner. Sadly, Malaysian people themselves also know that this country has one of the worst taxi drivers in the world. There are few problems that I’d like to share with you. 

The most common trick is to turn on the taximeter when we shake our hands. It is not legal, because we didn’t talk to the driver for our destination (yeah, it should be agreed first, not sure if this one’s legal or not), and they pretend not hearing you, so they ask where? and you repeat your destination, they scratch their head and slowly confirm and you get it in while the meter was counting all this time.

Well it doesn’t stop here! some of the drivers in capital’s city centre will go mouse-n-cheese maze around the city, while the destination was way shorter than that.

You’re in a bad luck if you don’t have small change in your pocket; many of them pretend to not have the change for what you paid them. For example you pay them 10 Malaysian Ringgits and the meter is showing MYR7.80, then you’re actually forced to give up the rest of the money.

Let’s hope for a better Malaysia 

July 31, 2013
by Sonny

Find the interest in your life

When I was a child, they told me that God had existed before creating the world and will exist after its collapse. At first, it looked unrealistic and they told me to not think about it, it’ll drive me crazy; but within an hour I got my first idea: “we’re trapped in time!” and it means God’s existence is out of time’s boundary (although I’m an atheist now) and science has proven that we’re living in warp of space and time . My point is to analyse and thinking critically, find what are you interested in, then go for it!

Everyone’s interest will change through years. I wasn’t quite sure what I’m going to be, but had some interests in physics and biology, now I’m blogging and developing websites but looking more for topics like Black Hole, Multiverse, Quantum Physics, DNA, Water, Energies, etc. Yeah, what we make money of might be different with what we’re interested in, but at least try not to hate your course/carrier.

I want to be a researcher in science and nature, probably a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker.

How about you? Have you decided yet?


July 28, 2013
by Sonny

Sanctioned to the bone

There are couple of stories that different companies and organisations are following America’s sanctions towards Iran’s government and they stop selling products or providing services. But how does it really feel like to be citizen of Iran? Well I received an email just an hour ago and it says they are no longer supporting my account on their website and all my data were gone after I logged in once again using facebook login. Apparently I’m affected too :p

By the way here’s the original content of the email:

Jonathan Y, Jul 27 12:38 (PDT):
Hi Darvish,

Thank you for completing the requested verification. Unfortunately, upon review of the submitted information, we are no longer able to support your account on Airbnb and can no longer assist you with bookings through our platform.

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

Best regards,

Jonathan Y

Update: I received another email from Jonathan on August 24th that had a good news for me (and other Iranians as well) that this particular sanction has resolved.

June 18, 2013
by Sonny

APU Japanese Club – Cultural Activities

Finally we got a cultural Japanese club in our university, I never had enough confident and time to start it by my own. Our first meeting was last week and we’re preparing for Bon Odori Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Here’s my final work, I hope you like it and join the festival. If by any chance you’re a student of Asia Pacific University, you can become a member and/or join us for this biggest Japanese festival in Malaysia 

The 37th Bon Odori Festival

June 13, 2013
by Sonny

Rich old man’s nasty words

What do you think about such comment?

The old man's dirty wordsI’m not sure if this scandal is true and I really don’t care since I don’t know her. The point is an old man actually is offering triple price!

May 15, 2013
by Sonny

For me, the most ironic token of [the first human moon landing] is the plaque signed by President Richard M. Nixon that Apollo 11 took to the moon. It reads, ‘We came in peace for all Mankind.’ As the United States was dropping seven and a half megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in Southeast Asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity. We would harm no one on a lifeless rock. That plaque is there still, attached to the base of the Apollo 11 lunar module on the airless desolation of the Sea of Tranquility. If no one disturbs it, it will still be readable a million years from now. — Carl Sagan

May 4, 2013
by Sonny

Issue: Racism

Malay's pride

Screenshot is taken by myself on 4th May, 2013.


Malay's tweet

No source, taken from facebook pages during Malaysia’s election, 6th May, 2013.

Chinese racism

No source, screenshot is taken by me on 26th May, 2013.

Bumi discount

I personally took this photo in Taman Sri Endah. Bumi are those people who were living here for a long time, the rest are those who immigrated to Malaysia from centuries ago until today, mainly Chinese and Indians.

May 3, 2013
by Sonny

Is Malaysia safe?

I clearly remember when my brother arrived in Kuala Lumpur. In very first days, we took a taxi and right after getting into the car, he reminded me to lock my door and I was surprised! Why? and he explained that how unsafe (downtown of) Manila is, then I said nah, KL is safe, we never hear something like that. But time has changed.

Now we are in 2013 and election will be held in less than 3 days. It’s been a while that crime rates keep rising and unfortunately I was a victim too on April 11th. My case wasn’t that bad, it’s included at the end of this post. After sharing the story with my friends, they told me that it happened to them too, about 4 years ago; but apparently it’s happening again. Few days later, on 16th April, my classmate was nervous and he explained what happened to him in the morning, again! Same place, different timing, different person. So what we can say is that particular passageway-like sidewalk is a hunting spot. Lots of facebook groups and pages are created recently to alert and inform people about incidents, how to prevent and discuss about possible solutions. The one I found few days later was “Malaysian Crime Awareness Campaign” and as you can see, this page is created in July 2012.

There are couple of reasons as answer, but I’m not going to get my hands dirty of judging the government and society that are not belong to me; but I’d like to have an another post about races and racism in Malaysia as my observations.

And here’s my story − the last bus from school to train station is at 19:15. There is a walking distance from train station to my house, so I was walking back home in business suit (as university rules − shirt and tie were light purple), that 4 Malay teenager passed beside me and I could feel their edgy behaviour, but I decided to continue my way and not paying attention to them, probably that increased their motivation to make a fight or rob me; so they changed their route and followed me for awhile, I noticed that a minute earlier before they reach me, one of them yelled once, the one taller than me came in front of me walking same route, but suddenly stopped and grabbed my tie, the other was right behind me, I could tell how young they were. All I had in my hands was an umbrella and my bag (incl. mobile phone, wallet, etc.). I found myself being beaten in the face and my bag is being pulled by one of them, then I started to stab the taller champ with my umbrella so he would let me go, I also was shouting loud as I could. “HELP!” but unfortunately people were watching only. I tried to drag the fight till somewhere that everyone could see us. The umbrella was smashed to pieces that they gave up and continued their way like nothing happened. Luckily my bag (worthed more than 300 USD including everything) was with me; but I was so stressed, nervous and angry. I went to police station to make a report which has its own story, but they said they couldn’t do much.

The question is why don’t they have policemen walking in streets? It’s a shame to say this, but so far, their patrols are very good to stop bikes and cars to make some money, yeah bribery.

The entire incident was a shock to me, police and university’s reactions were another shock. After explaining in details that what happened to me and my friend, the university personnel told us to “be more careful”, “they only wanted 40 to 50 ringgits (~$15) to buy drugs for themselves”, or “buy a pepper spray to defend yourself”. They even didn’t accept my absence letter even with police report as evidence.

I’ve a lot to say about living in Malaysia, any country has its own ups and downs; but let’s not forget the fact that this country is very nice to plan for holidays, socialising and trying variety of foods. Afterall I enjoy living in here :)