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Baby born on AirAsia flight

25 October, 2009 | Written by Patchay at 12:07 AM in ,

A baby boy arrived unexpectedly on board an AirAsia flight

Gave birth above 2,000 feet

Flight AK5606 was on its way to Kuching but had to be re-routed to the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang, 30 minutes after the aircraft left Bayan Lepas Airport in Penang.

Liew Siaw Hsia, a 31-year-old waitress from Taiping, took the flight last night when she was just 27 weeks pregnant, a week shy of the recommended travel ban for pregnant mothers.

When she boarded the flight, she said that there was already some discomfort. But 20 minutes into the journey, she started feeling contractions.

Edd Razhe, the personal assistant to the AirAsia chairman, said when the pilot was informed of the emergency, he contacted the control tower requesting a diversion to the LCCT.

"When I started feeling a lot of pain, I was still too nervous to ask for assistance. It was when I couldn't take it anymore that I asked the passenger beside me for help," said Liew.

She said that the flight attendants tried to calm her down and to hold on from giving birth, but the pain was too unbearable.

"They immediately asked the other passengers sitting around me to move elsewhere, and asked for a doctor on the PA system," she said.

On the flight was Dr Ronald Tang, another passenger, who quickly volunteered his services to the nervous mother while the cabin crew held her hand throughout the entire ordeal.

The healthy baby was safely delivered in mid-air. He became the first born in an AirAsia aircraft.

As soon as the aircraft landed, a waiting ambulance and paramedics whisked the baby and mother to the Putrajaya Hospital.

Edd said although it was an emergency, situation in the aircraft was normal and under control.

AirAsia director of operations Moses Devanayagam visited the mother and child yesterday to congratulate them.

"I would like to congratulate Liew and wish her all the best of luck.

"Delivering a baby at 2,000 feet is indeed a very rare experience, and certainly she will cherish the moment forever," he said.

AirAsia chief Datuk Tony Fernandes, who is in Bangkok flown back to Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the arrival of the baby at the hospital.

AirAsia has announced that it will provide a lifetime of free flights to both Liew and her son to all (AirAsia) destinations.

--News reporting by NST, Bernama and Reuters

Ris Low's Facebook?

15 October, 2009 | Written by Patchay at 2:31 PM in ,

Every youth has a Facebook account nowadays, that includes Ris Low, former Miss World Singapore 2009 who resigned recently.

I guess Ms Ris Low likes DORAEMON too,

besides wearing RED, LOUD and something that "Boomzzz" when she's feeling naughty.

Debenhams returns to KL

09 October, 2009 | Written by Patchay at 1:54 PM in ,

Britain's favourite departmental store Debenhams is set to open a 20,000 sq ft store in Kuala Lumpur next year

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By mid-April 2010, Debenhams will occupy 3 levels in Lot 10, a major upmarket mall in shopping district Bukit Bintang.

The new store at Lot 10 will bring in a number of first-in-Malaysia ranges such as the highly anticipated Principles by Ben de Lisi; Butterfly by Matthew Williamson for women; and labels carried by London Fashion Week designer Henry Holland.

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Other brands made availabe are Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Ted Baker, John Rocha, Julien MacDonald, Jasper Conran, Red Herring, St George by Duffer, Thomas Nash, Jeff Banks, Maine New England, Sonneti and Mantaray.

Debenhams opened a 100,000 sq ft store in Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur for a brief stint between 2003 and 2006. Debenhams returned to Malaysia with a suburban store at The Curve Mutiara Damansara last year.

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