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Issue 6 – The UAE Web weaves faster

Posted by advaitin on June 17, 2006

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The Internet Magazine on what’s happening in the local UAE Internet community.
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An ORB-UAE Creative Group Publication (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/orb-uae)
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Issue 6

CONTENTS
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1. THE UAE WEB WEAVES FASTER

2. UAE WEB COMMUNITIES (June 1-15 2006)

Creative Majlis organises a Unique Meet in Dubai
ORB-UAE Creative Group Offliner: Dhow Cruise
Writers meet in Dubai at the Caferati Read Meet
UAECommunity Bloggers Forum updates and reorganises its UAE Blogs list
Expat Football Club for football lovers in Dubai
Dubai Arts & Crafts Web Group – Artisans of the Emirates (ARTE) Fairs
Dubai Expats Yahoogroup meetup planned
UAE Meetup Groups: Meets
DubaiEnquirer.com – New Issue out

3. NEWS ABOUT THE UAE WEB (June 1-15 2006)

WEBSITES
‘Mega Stadium’ for football fans soon
DED, Tejari connect Dubai’s business community through ‘mylinkDubai.com’
Middle East’s first online community for university students
Dubai Summer Surprises internet site goes online
Middle East business information platformAustralia issues online visas to Gulf nationals

BUSINESS
DAEX – World’s first hotel inventory system launched
Mashreqbank offers eGate card facilities
Brokerages set to drive retail trading online

GOVERNMENT
Dubai Land Department adopts ePay System
Electronic database of patients in offing
New E-Gate card can be used at all UAE airports
Dubai eGovernment launches DirectDebit
UAE e-link to Jordan ministry
Customs takes service online

GENERAL
Download Etisalat Modem Protector for FREE and enjoy safe surfing!
UAE Internet bandwidth crosses 7.5 Gbps with capacity of 49 STM1 links
Dotcom companies log on strongly after bust
Study shows how people learn about UAE online

4. REGULARS – CUB & BUG Awards
Cool UAE Blog AwardThe Desert Mirage
Best UAe-Group Award J-AMFM Abu Dhabi (Japanese Anime Lovers Group)

5. INTERVIEW – Zekuu, founder of J-AMFM community

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THE UAE WEB WEAVES FASTER

The previous fortnight (June 1st to June 15th) has seen a lot of news about the UAE web being published in the mainstream media. More and more of government and business services are going online. This is only the beginning. Analysts are already stating that the Internet is replacing TV as a major infotainment and advertising medium. Microsoft is trying to come to terms with the fact that PC applications are becoming more and more web-centred and going the route that Google is forging.

With this bevy of news, I have tried to reorganise the UAE Web of Life ezine, in an attempt to present content in an easier to read manner. The objective of this ezine has always been to serve as an update or record of what is happening in the UAE Internet community.

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WEB COMMUNITIES NEWS *
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5th June 2006
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1) Creative Majlis organises a Unique Meet in Dubai
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Creative Majlis, the Communication professionals network for social work and advertising, organised a very unique meet and Open Space session.

Event: Creative Majlis meeting and open space session
Date & Location: 5 June 2006, Dubai, The Grind, Bur Dubai
Read about it here:
http://www.ryze.com/posttopic.php?confid=2370&topicid=697259

Creative Majlis : http://creativemajlis-network.ryze.com/

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9th June 2006
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1) ORB-UAE Creative Group Offliner: Dhow Cruise
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Members of the ORB-UAE Creative group and their friends had their regular offliners as a Dhow cruise on the Dubai creek. Read about it here:
http://orbmeets.blogspot.com

ORB-UAE Creative Group: http://orb-network.ryze.com

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24th May 2006
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1) Writers meet in Dubai at the Caferati Read Meet
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Though reporting this a bit late, Farrukh Naeem, award-winning copywriter and the co-moderator of Creative Majlis, has taken the initiative to start the Dubai chapter of the international writer’s forum – Caferati. They had their first meet…details here:

http://whowrotethat.blogspot.com/

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14th June 2006
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1) DubaiEnquirer.com – New Issue out
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http://www.DubaiEnquirer.com

DubaiEnquirer.com spins more witty Dubai yarns.

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Other
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1) UAECommunity Bloggers Forum updates and reorganises its UAE Blogs list
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http://UaeCommunity.blogspot.com

The UAECommunity bloggers forum has reorganised its blog lists. Blogs have now been segregated into more categories – Community, UAE, General, Specialist etc. UAECommunity also conducts a regular spring cleaning, weeding out blogs that have not been updated in months.

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2) Expat Football Club for football lovers in Dubai
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http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/safafc/

Safa FC is a Football club based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“…We are a non-profit, amateur, expat football club run by a team of
volunteers. We compete in the various Leagues in and around Dubai and
train regularly – atleast three times a week. We are proud of our
diversity, our current squad contains players from India, Germany, UK,
France, Lebanon, Romania, Somalia, Singapore, Jordan, Turkey, and
Greece. In-fact we welcome all players regardless of age, ability and
nationality. All are welcome, If you’d like to join, contact us and
we’ll guide you to our next training session where you can meet some
of the guys...”

(Source: Posted in Dubai Expats Yahoo Group – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dubai_expats)

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3) Dubai Arts & Crafts Web Group – Artisans of the Emirates (ARTE) Fair
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The dates for the next ARTE Art & Craft Soukh in the Holiday centre are:
8 June, 13 July,10 August,14 September, 12 October, 9 November and 12 December 2006.
Registration Fee Dhs 150* per event.
Download registration form here:
http://groups.msn.com/DubaiArtsCrafts

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4) Dubai Expats Yahoogroup meetup planned
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Dubai Expats yahoogroup members are in the process of planning their next offliner.

Catch the discussions at : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dubai_expats

5) UAE Meetup Groups: Meets
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i) J-AMFM (Japanese Anime Lovers) Group of Abu Dhabi – http://anime.meetup.com/401/
Next Meetup: Wed, Jun 14, 7:30 PM

ii) Dubai Writers Meetup Group: http://writers.meetup.com/293/
Next Meetup: Wed, Jun 28, 8:30 PM

iii) Emirates Weblog Group: http://blog.meetup.com/344/
Next Meetup: Thu, Jun 29, 8:30 PM

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NEWS ABOUT THE UAE WEB *
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[ WEBSITES ]

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6th June 2006
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1) DED, Tejari connect Dubai’s business community through ‘mylinkDubai.com’
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http://www.MyLinkDubai.com

“…mylinkDubai will enable companies to go online and network with a wider business community in Dubai and within the region. Under the new system, each company will receive a webpage to promote its products and services, setup an online showroom, conduct e-exhibitions, generate and respond to trade leads, attract new vendors and negotiate business deals online…..”. More: http://www.strategiy.com/itnew.asp?id=20060606105614

(Source: Strategiy.com)

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12th June 2006
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1) ‘Mega Stadium’ for football fans soon
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http://www.MegaStadium.com

The Mega Stadium, from Dubai’s Mideast Solutions and British media firm Direct Media Network, will offer a free forum to fans of the game to chat, forecast results and rub shoulders with other fans around the globe.

(Source: EmiratesTodayOnline.com)

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2) Middle East’s first Online Community for University Students
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http://www.jam3etna.com/eng/default.asp

(Source: Banner Ad in MSN Messenger)

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3) Australia issues online visas to Gulf nationals
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http://www.immi.gov.au

Now nationals from the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait no longer need a visa label stuck in their passports. Instead they can apply online for electronic visas and no longer need to mail their passports to the consulate, which deals with all Gulf visa applications.

(Source: EmiratesTodayOnline.com)

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14th June 2006
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1) Middle East business information platform
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http://www.Zawya.com

Business and Financial news, company information, stock market coverage, sector research, project information, macro-economic reports.

(Source: Advertisement in Gulf News)

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[ BUSINESS ]

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10th June 2006
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1) DAEX – World’s first hotel inventory system launched
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“…Daex is a free web service that interfaces a hotel’s property management system (PMS) to an internet booking engine or tour operating system enabling automated booking of hotel and apartment accommodation based on availability. DaeX’s business model works on fixed fee based transactions…” More:
http://www.strategiy.com/itnew.asp?id=20060606100903

(Source: Strategiy.com)

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13th June 2006
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1) Mashreqbank offers eGate card facilities
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Mashreqbank launched the first payment card and electronic immigration identifier in the region yesterday. The new Mashreqbank UAE Gate Prepaid MasterCard with eGate functions will allow the convenience of a prepaid card and also get you quickly through UAE airports, officials said.

(Source: EmiratesTodayOnline.com)

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14th June 2006
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1) Brokerages set to drive retail trading online
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With online trading currently making up around 15-20 per cent of retail activity in the UAE, the continued rise in the volume of brokerage activities will drive retail investors to migrate fully online in due time, according to an EFGHermes report. Online activity is still relatively small in the UAE. In Saudi Arabia, 50 per cent of retail brokerage takes place online, whereas in the US and other developed markets, over 80 per cent of retail operates online.
More:
http://213.132.44.184/emiratestoday/ArticleText.aspx?article=14_06_2006_014_004

(Source: EmiratesTodayOnline.com)

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[ GOVERNMENT ]

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11th June 2006
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1) Dubai Land Department adopts ePay System
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http://www.DubaiLand.gov.ae

Dubai Land Department has adopted Dubai eGovernment’s ePay System to allow users of its portal, to make online payments. ePay is a centralised payment gateway integrated with the payment systems of government departments, thereby enabling payment either through credit cards or eDirham.

More:
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/business/2006/June/business_June318.xml&section=business&col=

(Source: KhaleejTImes.com)

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12th June 2006
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1) Electronic database of patients in offing
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An electronic database of Ministry of Health patients will soon be available and accessible at all public medical facilities in the country.
More:
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2006/June/theuae_June356.xml&section=theuae&col=

(Source: KhaleejTImes.com)

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2) New E-Gate card can be used at all UAE airports
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The fees for registration and renewal of the UAE E- Gate card issued by the Ministry Of Interior Naturalisation and Residency Departments had been increased from Dh150 to Dh200 from the beginning of this month. The new UAE gate cards issued from June 1 will enable their holders to use them not only at the Dubai International Airport, but also at Abu Dhabi and Sharjah International Airports, Al Ain International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport,
and Fujairah International Airport, according to a top official at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD).
More:
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2006/June/theuae_June364.xml&section=theuae&col=

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13th June 2006
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1) Dubai eGovernment launches DirectDebit
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http://www.Dubai.ae

Dubai eGovernment yesterday launched the e-payments facility – Direct Debit – for all government transactions, in partnership with Dubai Municipality, Etisalat and Commercial Bank of Dubai. While only Commercial Bank of Dubai account-holders will be able to avail of this direct debit solution, other banks are expected to follow suit.
This is how the service will work: payments can be initiated by the customer online through the service provider’s website and the final authentication will be carried out by the bank online. And the customers’ records would be immediately updated.

(Source: EmiratesTodayOnline.com)

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14th June 2006
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1) UAE e-link to Jordan ministry
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ABU DHABI: The UAE Ministry of Labour has signed an agreement with its Jordanian counterpart to link the two ministries electronically. It will mean employment contracts available at the Jordanian Ministry of Labour will be attested electronically, eliminating the possibility of forgery.

(Source: EmiratesTodayOnline.com)

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2) Customs takes service online
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UAE: Dubai eGovernment has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Customs, to jointly develop a new service that allows processing of online shipping permits for restricted goods. Under the joint initiative, Dubai eGovernment will co-ordinate with other government departments and ministries and obtain all required permits electronically, which will then be forwarded to Dubai Customs.

(Source: EmiratesTodayOnline.com)

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[ GENERAL ]

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6th June 2006
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1) Download Etisalat Modem Protector for FREE and enjoy safe surfing!
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Dial-up Internet users around the world are being hit by malicious software known as Internet Dialers. These Dialers use your modem stealthily to dial International numbers which may result in a phone bill for thousands of Dirhams.

http://www.etisalat.ae

(Source: Email)

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10th June 2006
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1) UAE Internet bandwidth crosses 7.5 Gbps with capacity of 49 STM1 links
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http://www.Etisalat.ae

Etisalat has announced a significant increase in Internet bandwidth in the UAE with another 12 STM1 links being provisioned to meet user needs taking the total number of links to 49. The increased capacity of 7.5 Gbps (Gigabits per second) is the highest bandwidth capacity available with any single provider in the region. The expansion in capacity has been done with a view to accommodate the growth in Internet usage in the UAE and help in maintaining redundancy of operations.
More: http://www.strategiy.com/itnew.asp?id=20060610104710

(Source: Strategiy.com)

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14th June 2006
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1) Dotcom companies log on strongly after bust
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“…The Internet is also starting to eat away at TV’s lead in the UAE. A PARC’s TGI survey last year shows that Arab expats’ media consumption in the early evening features the internet, with TV a close second…”
More:
http://213.132.44.184/emiratestoday/Default.aspx?selpg=279

(Source: EmiratesTodayOnline.com)

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2) Study shows how people learn about UAE online
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A study has been conducted to show how people from around the world use the internet to learn about the UAE. UAE Interact, the official website of the former UAE Ministry of Information and Culture, recorded a big increase in the number of visits, hits and page visits in the month of May.
More:
http://www.uaeinteract.com/#21195

(Source: EmiratesTodayOnline.com)

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1. Cool UAE Blog (CUB)
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Constant, Creative Cyber Communicator
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The Desert Mirage (previously known as BlogElEmarat)

http://thedesertmirage.blogspot.com

Blogged by Ahmed, The Desert Mirage is an Emarati’s view of the UAE. A very interesting read!

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2. Best UAe-Group (BUG)
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J-AMFM Group of Abu Dhabi http://anime.meetup.com/401/

A Meetup group of Japanese anime lovers in Abu Dhabi.

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Zekuu, Organizer of J-AMFM (Japanese Anime Lovers) in Abu Dhabi & JLS (Japanese Language Society) of Abu Dhabi

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> 1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself, your educational and work background?
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I grew up watching Japanese imported Anime (English dubbed versions) in the USA, but didn’t really develop an interest in Japanese culture until my college years when I became friends with a lovely girl from Japan. After that, I started watching Anime in Japanese with subtitles (the storylines can differ significantly since there are often subtle references which are
only understood when one is familiar with Japanese pop culture and/or customs) and also branched out into Japanese rock / pop music and later Japanese films. I moved to the UAE not long after graduating with my Bachelors degree and have been in Abu Dhabi for nearly 10 years now.

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> 2) What inspired you to start J-AMFM?
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It is both a passion and a dedication. I have a longstanding interest in Japanese culture and it’s a wonderful feeling being able to share this intriguing and fascinating world with others.
It was a little over a year ago that J-AMFM came into being, mostly by chance. I had attended a Japanese language course offered by the Japanese Embassy in Abu Dhabi and a few of us wanted to keep practicing after the course ended, so we formed another group (Japanese Language Speakers or JLS of Abu Dhabi) to enable us to keep in touch. In fact, J-AMFM was originally started as a companion group to JLS as a large number of people who had attended the Japanese language course did so because of their interest in Japanese Anime. I never expected that it would eventually have a greater response than the JLS group –
lol.

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> 3) How has the response to your forum been so far?
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Believe it or not, neither group did much in their first year of existence and we struggled to get people to attend the meetings. At one point, I was so frustrated with the poor attendance, I even considered closing both groups! Then, almost miraculously, toward the end of last year, there was a surge of people suddenly wanting to join J-AMFM and the group was ‘re-born’ in 2006. We are now going strong and have had meetings nearly every week for the past two months when before we were lucky to have a meeting once a month! All I can say is many, many thanks to the members who have really shown their support and whom I’m really delighted to call my friends ^_^

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> 4) Any interesting tid-bits and happenings that you can share from the forum?
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I think that the greatest thing about this group is that age is no boundary when people come together to share their common interest. Our members range in age from early teens to mid-thirties; yet, everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the meetings and the younger members often bring fresh perspectives that really enliven the discussions. I even got hooked on a really great series thanks to the suggestion of one of those younger members – lol.

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> 5) What are your other interests and hobbies?
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Reading the above, you might think that my life revolves around Japanese media (and in a way, that’s not far from the truth – lol), but I also like to read the occasional novel and I’m very keen on working with computers. So, I guess you could call those my ‘other interests and hobbies’.

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> 6) What are your favourite books, music, movies, celebrities and inspiring personalities?
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Favorite Book: hmm, tough call (I’ve read tons), but two which immediately come to mind are 100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Contact by Carl Sagan, ironically, both were given to me as gifts!

Favorite Music: Alternative / Melodic / Progressive Rock – bands like L’Arc~en~Ciel, MUCC and Asian Kung-Fu Generation (all Japanese) or RUSH (Canadian)

Movies: Shawshank Redemption, Daremo Shiranai (Nobody Knows), Spirited Away (Miyazaki Hayao’s masterpiece!)

Celebrities: Hyde (L’Arc~en~Ciel), Sakurai Sho & Matsumoto Jun (ARASHI), Kamenashi Kazuya (KAT-TUN) & Nakamura Yukie (a brilliant & beautiful actress)

Inspiring Personalities: Dali Lama, Mother Theresa & my parents ^_^

Personal Motto / Philosophy of Life: “I want to make at least one person smile every day.”

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> 7) What is your motto or philosophy of life that you would like to share with our readers?
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Favorite quote by which I live my life: “If you were to choose between two trees, an oak and a willow, which one would you rather be. The oak which stands tall amidst the raging storm or the willow which bends beneath the force of the gale. You might think the oak is best; yet, once the wind ceases, the willow will also stand tall again while the oak may have a few broken limbs.” No clue who said it first and I’ve heard loads of variations on the same theme, but its simple philosophy remains the same each time.

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