The tart, the low cost carrier and chilli cow brains

How did someone like him

Anthony Bianco having a bad hair day

Get someone like him

Air Asia Boss Tony Fernandez

to get his airline

to fly him all over here

to eat cow’s brains and write postings like this:

Tart

just to get to

find out here and here.

In the meantime, welcome back to Indonesia Anthony and we hope you’ll have many great stories to tell us when you finally arrive at Pesta Blogger on October 24 in Jakarta after travelling through Sumatra and Jawa.

Malaysia’s top blogger and his take on Jakarta

Unspun‘s heard of Kenny Sia before as Malaysia’s top blogger, but for some reason — probably because Unspun was focused on the more political blogs of Malaysia – never visited his site.

Last Saturday, during the ASEAN Day celebrations, Unspun got to meet Kenny and found him engaging (see how, in this photo ripped from Kenny’s blog, he charms those stewardesses to take photos with him?), intelligent and generally a great fellow to be with.

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The Sabahan.com, in its survey of Malaysian blogs ranks Kenny’s blog as most influential with 4,828 links from 2,406 blogs. That’s a lot of links and a lot of influence.

Yet in our conversation, Kenny said he felt that his readership was somewhat limited in growth as it was mainly confined to Malaysia and Singapore. Partly because of language and culture, Malaysians and Singaporeans tend to read each others blogs but outside these two countries there are few readers.

We talked about exchanging links as he’d love to see more Indonesians visiting his blog. Unspun invited him and other Malaysian bloggers to Pesta Blogger and he said that he has another engagement but he could rustle his fellow social bloggers from Malaysia to come over. That would be great and the Pesta Blogger Committee is now trying to work out a deal with a regional airline to try to get them to fly bloggers from neighboring countries in for Pesta Blogger on October 24.

If you do have time do visit Kenny’s blog. It’s very humorous in Kenny’s own style, usually interspersed with photos and has a quirky perspective on things. Though Kenny claims to be a social blogger, he sometimes can’t help himself from venturing into political commentary such as this comparison between Thailand’s handsome and young Prime Minister and Malaysia’s well, not so handsome and young counterpart:

1. Abhisit sounds like Absinthe. Najib sounds like Nazi.
2. Abhisit has no gray hair. Najib has totally no hair.
3. Abhisit led angry people to protest and overthrow his previous government. Najib overthrew Perak and made people so angry they protested.

It is for this and other reasons that Kenny’s blog is probably the most popular in Malaysia. Aspiring bloggers may want to go to his site to pick up tips on how to pick up links.

Here’s Kenny’s take on a facet of life in Jakarta that most of us take for granted:

clipped from www.kennysia.com

Question: What is one thing Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Jakarta have in common?

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Answer: They are all big, noisy, smoky and the traffic is a real bitch.

However, I did notice one thing special about Jakarta that other places don’t. It is perhaps the only place I know of in this part of the world, where people take advantage of the ridiculous traffic jams on the road, and turn it into a profit-making opportunity.

Everyone’s heard of in-flight shopping.

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In Jakarta, you can do in-car shopping.

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Air Asia lagi

Just checked in at Soekarno-Hatta and got into the Purah Indah Business Lounge. Receptionist asks which flight. I say Air Asiam

Oh, she says. You have to look out for yourselves when the plane boards as they don’t provide calls for Air Asia flights.

Why, I ask.

Receptionist tells me that Air Asia refuses to inform the lounge of boarding calls, delays etc. “Even when we ask them, they do not want to cooperate.”

Must be another cost cutting move by Air Asia for the benefit of passengers

Stephanie Choo the sock puppet for Tony Fernandez?

Unspun‘s been getting a slew of spam comments from Stephanie Choo, a gmail address, with the message:

Nice commentaries in your blog.

I’ve noticed that everyone is blogging about <a href=”http://themalaysianlife.blogspot.com/2008/09/tony-fernandes-blog.html&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>Tony Fernandes Blog</a>.  Good way for him to obtain feedback.

Unspun‘s  received five spam posts so fart his morning and wonder who else has been getting them. Stephanies must be a real die hard fan of Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandez or she’s a sock puppet, probably hired by some low end PR firm to boost Tony’s blog ratings. Or not. You can never tell on the Net.

Now that Tony’s plunged into the blogosphere (and Unspun putting a trackback for him to notice this posting), perhaps he’d be so good as to grace this blog with an answer whether he knows of Stephanie at all and her attempts to popularize him.