Month: Dec 2012
2012 in review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 190,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 3 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!
The Mystery of the Missing Door (Chapter 2: A Mystery Begins!) – A Story By Ahmad Ali Karim
Please click here for: The Mystery of the Missing Door (Chapter 1: Back Together)
Mic rushed inside, running to the dinning room. “Reen, Safora!” he shouted. “Pete’s calling for you. Come on!” He ran outside followed by Reen and Safora.
“What happened, Pete?” asked Reen as Pete looked at some footprints on the dirt of the pathway.
“Reen, Safora can you see anything wrong around you?” asked Pete as soon as the two children reached the spot where the front door used to be.
Safora looked around her and suddenly she shouted, “Oh, no! The door is missing”. She looked at Miss Nyla and asked her, “Miss Nyla, what had happened to your front door?”
Miss Nyla was too stunned and upset to talk. Pete and Safora took Miss Nyla to their house. Their mother made a cup of hot strawberry tea for Miss Nyla to calm her down. And while Miss Nyla drank her tea, Pete’s mother called the police.
While waiting for the police, the four children tried to inspect the area where the incident happened. Pete gave Safora his camera saying, “Safora, Reen please snap some photos of the footprints and try to investigate them further while Mic and I look for more clues.”
They were very careful not to touch anything around the area as they do not want to disturb any clue or evidence left by the suspect. Then Safora checked all the other doors to make sure that they are not missing.
When the policemen came, they asked the children what had happened and they took some photos of the foot prints that the children had inspected earlier. Later the policemen went to Pete’s house to interview Miss Nyla about her missing front door. After the policemen left, Safora helped Miss Nyla to locked all the other doors at her house while her father called a carpenter to get Miss Nyla a new front door.
Ten minutes later, Pete brought a piece of wood inside a zipper storage bag to the small table out side Mic’s house where the others were already waiting for him. “I only found this clue,” he said. “I think this piece of wood came from the missing door. And there is a fingerprint on it. I found it on the pebbles in front of Miss Nyla’s house after the policemen left the house. But it is very hard for us to find out whose fingerprint is on this wood. Mic, can you please take this clue to the police station and ask the Constable if he knows whose fingerprint it is? And don’t forget to tell him that you’re from the PeforaMeen Solvers. I’ll go home and call our friend, the police chief to tell him about our new mystery. May be he can gave us some advice on what we should do.”
“Right, Pete.” said Mic. “I’ll go with Safora just in case anything happens. Reen, you better go inside and drink some water. I can that see your lips look too dry.” So, the four children left the table and separated into different directions to do their own jobs.
To be continued …
The Mystery of the Missing Door (Chapter 1: Back Together) (ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com)
The Mystery of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 4: Trip To Russia) (ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com)
The Mystery of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 6: The Actions) (ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com)
The Mystery Of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 7: Mystery Solved) (ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com)
The Mystery of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 5: Interviews) (ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com)
Photos: Landslide In Setiawangsa
There was a landslide in Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur on Friday night at about 10pm.
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Most part of the 43 meters concrete barrier in the area collapsed and buried the only access road from Taman Puncak Setiawangsa.
KL Pos reported that 88 families were advised to evacuate their houses and shop lots.
This is the first landslide in Setiawangsa since the 1987.
This is a disaster.
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Yummy Apple Cake
Yesterday, my big sister, Kaman baked an apple cake.
I really love the cake.
The cake was so moist and so tasty.
That was Kaman’s third cake, her first cake was a sponge cake and her second cake was a pound cake.
The apple cake recipe was from Fabio Viviani and Fabio named the cake, Fabio’s Apple Cake.
My mother says that this cake is very special because it uses olive oil instead of butter and lots of sweet red apples.
I guess Fabio uses olive oil because Fabio came to America from Italy and there are lots of olive trees in the Mediterranean countries.
Anyway the apple cake was very, very tasty and it is surely a healthy cake because olive oil is good for our health.
I enjoyed the cake more than I enjoyed any other cakes.
The Mystery of the Missing Door (Chapter 1: Back Together) – A Story By Ahmad Ali Karim
It was a windy day when a boy named Pete went out for a walk. Another boy ran after him followed by a younger boy. The older boy called out, “Pete! Come and have tea at my house!”
It was Pete’s friend, Mic with his little brother, Reen. And so Pete followed them to their house for tea. Pete’s younger sister, Safora was already there. They all sat down at their favourite place in Mic’s garden and started to eat the tasty cookies and cake freshly baked by Mic’s mother.
“It’s been a long time since we last see you, Pete,” said Mic. “So long that I’ve forgotten how tall you are. We’ve been in Germany for two months and now you seems to be much taller than how I remembered you.”
Pete was the tallest and oldest among the four of them. Pete was fourteen years old while Mic and Safora were a year younger than Pete. “How old are you now, Reen? You are five, right?” teased Pete. “No, I am already seven,” said Reen. And so they all talked to each other together while enjoying the tasty cookies and cake. They talked excitedly about the mystery that they had solved last summer.
The next day, after studying Pete went out to see his friends, Mic and Reen. As he passed his neighbour’s house, he saw his neighbour, Mrs. Frank was moving out from the house. Pete also saw Mrs Frank talking to another woman and gave her some keys before she left. Mic guessed that the other woman must be his new neighbour. Pete shared the news with Mic and Reen.
The next evening, the four children saw the woman in her garden. They stopped to say hello and the woman invited them in. She was a very nice woman named Miss Nyla. She was very tall, thin and very friendly. Miss Nyla invited the children to her dinning room for some cookies and tea. As they were enjoying tea, she told the children the reason why she moved to Woodsland. She said, “I moved here because there were lots of burglaries around the area where I used to live. And I have never heard of any robbery cases around this nice town.”
Suddenly, a loud scratching noise came from the front door. Pete and Mic ran to the front door from the dining room and before they reached there, they heard a loud bang. And when the two children arrived there, they were stunned to see that the front door was gone! Miss Nyla was right behind them. Surprised, she asked, “What happened? Who took my door and why?”
“Mic, please tell Reen and Safora to come out here at once,” whispered Pete to Mic. “We need to inspect the area and look for clues to find out who took Miss Nyla’s door. This looks like a new mystery.”
To be continued …
Please click here for: The Mystery of the Missing Door (Chapter 2: A Mystery Begins)
- The Mystery of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 4: Trip To Russia) (ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com)
- The Mystery Of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 7: Mystery Solved) (ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com)
- The Mystery of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 6: The Actions) (ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com)
- The Mystery of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 5: Interviews) (ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com)
World’s Longest Bullet Train Line Opens In China
On Wednesday, China opened the world’s longest high-speed rail line.
The opening of the 2,298 kilometer (1,428 mile)-line was commemorated by the 9 a.m. departure of a train from Beijing for Guangzhou.
Another train left Guangzhou for Beijing an hour later.
Now it takes only half of the time to travel from Beijing to Guangzhou.
Beautiful Photos Of Winter
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Gunman Killed 3 People In Pennsylvania
In the United States of America, mass shooting is no longer a surprise because this year there had been too many mass shootings; and at least three in December alone.
And about a week after the Connecticut’s mass shooting, there was another shooting in a different state which killed at least 4 people including the gunman.
A woman was shot at Juniata Valley Gospel Church, one man was shot at a residence, and the other man was shot at a crash site where the gunman used his truck and crashed the victim’s vehicle.
Three policemen were injured when they were shot by a gunman before he was killed during an exchange of gunfire near Canoe Creek State Park in Pennsylvania.
Authorities did not release the names of the victims or the shooter, though they did say the man lived in Blair County.
The shooting began in Frankstown Township, in central Pennsylvania, at about 9 a.m., and investigators were processing five crime scenes within about a 1.5-mile radius, authorities said at a news briefing Friday afternoon as reported by AP.
Police identified the five crime scenes as the church; a home and ground around the home; a crash site where another victim was killed; the point in the road where the gunman opened fire on the troopers; and where the final encounter occurred after the truck collided with the police cruiser.
This is a ‘man made disaster’!
Something that is not right and the American government must do something to solve this problem now.
May be it is because in the United States people can own guns freely.
People are fighting for human rights and there is too much freedom that some people may think that it is their rights to not obey the laws.
It is a good thing that the gunman did not attack a school like what happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14.
Twenty children and six teachers were killed before the gunman shot himself at the school.
He killed his mother at their house earlier in the morning.
I am very sad and sorry for all the victims, their families and friends.
The Mystery Of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 7: Mystery Solved)
(Please click here for, ‘The Mystery Of Deforested Woods (Chapter 6: The Actions)
Mic and Safora ran towards Pete and Reen, followed by some policemen. The police chief of the district came along and Pete told the chief about what he saw in the woods. The chief looked at the photos carefully and explained a plan of how to arrest the three suspects to his men. Then they carefully went into the woods with Pete leading the way.
The policemen surrounded the area and caught the three suspects while they were busy cutting down another big tree. The three men were too surprised to run away. The police took the suspects to the police station and they will be taken to court the next day. The police chief was so proud of Pete, Mic, Safora and Reen. “Well done, children, especially you, Pete. All of you have done a great job. I am very proud of you. You have saved the valuable trees in the woods,” said the police chief, “And thank you for helping the police.”
Pete looked at the police chief and said, “But sir, please look at this hand prints.” Pete showed him the photo of the hand prints that he had snapped in the woods. “I snapped these photos around the area where the tree were cut down; but none of the suspects has pointy thumb as in these hand prints.” The police chief looked at the photos and told Pete to take them to the place where the photos were snapped. When they reached the location, a policeman asked Pete when did he snapped the photos and some other questions regarding the matter.
Suddenly the policeman laughed softly, “Excuse me, sir. But I think I can solve this mystery. A day before Pete and his friends came over here looking for clues, John and I came here to inspect the woods. John tripped over and fell down to the ground. Actually that week he was too busy that he forgot to cut his finger nails and the nails were pointy and that made the pointy thumb hand print.” They looked at each other and everybody started to laughed.
Then the police chief said, “It’s getting late now. Come on children, I’ll send you home.” On the way they excitedly talked about the mystery and the police chief suggested that they look for nice name to call their team. Pete though hard and at last he came with an idea to mix their names together into PeforaMeen Solvers.
The chief gave everybody a present, a special note book together with a pen with the police department logo on them. The kids thanked him and they were so proud of their presents. The police chief told their parents about what had happened and their parents were really proud of them.
Pete was proud of his team for being able to solve the mystery and saved the trees in the woods. Pete love the nature, the trees, the plants and the animals and he understood that it is very important to take care of the environment. That night the children talked about the mystery with their proud parents.
The next day, after breakfast, Pete saw a newspaper on the dinning table. He was about to pick it up when he saw a headline on the front page, ‘Peter Alfonso and his friends saved the Woodsland’s woods.’ Pete rushed to his sister’s room to show her the article, but half way to Safora’s room the phone rang. Pete rushed to answer the phone.
It was the police chief. He called to tell Pete about the article in the newspaper and to invite Pete, Safora, Mic and Reen to a special ceremony to thank them for helping the police at the police station on the next day. He also said that he would like to officiate the PeforaMeen Solvers at the event.
After he put down the phone, Pete rushed to tell the good news to his sisters and the other team members. That night they were too excited that they could hardly sleep!
The next morning, Pete saw a police car with the chief, Mic and his little brother Reen coming towards his house. Pete called out for Safora and they said goodbye to their mother. The chief was taking them to the police station for the special ceremony and their parents will be there later. Rupert was there too. He thanked them for saving the trees and asked for their parents’ permissions to take the children to the woods to teach them about the wonderful plants.
Reen asked Pete, “Pete, since this mystery is solved, will there be any more mystery for us to solve?”
“I hope so,” said Pete. “I hope that there will be more mysteries for us to solve in the future.”
~~~ The End ~~~