Monday, May 28, 2007

Best Denki

I had the impression that Best Denki, an electronic retail giant from Japan, is a state of the art store, a store that would surely beat local wannabes like SenQ or HSL. Recently, they had a sale and I bought a 500 liter Panasonic fridge and 13kg Panasonic washer from them. From the moment I bought the appliances, I knew something was wrong. The clerk took almost 20 minutes processing my purchase – everything was manual. From writing manual sales memo and issuing handwritten Delivery Order to writing down the delivery schedule on a piece of paper backed by a hard board. All of these were done with pen and papers!

My nightmare begins when I changed my mind about the washer. I bought the appliances on Monday with the shipping date on the following Saturday 5pm. I went back to the store on Tuesday to change the washer from 13kg to 9kg. It is not a problem, the clerk said because they have not shipped it but he took almost 40 minutes to hunt for my D.O and sales memo. He looked into files after files after files.

The 9kg washer is rm300 cheaper and they could not refund me so I decided to buy a 21” TV. I saw this TV that I liked and told them that I’d like to order this. They looked into their books, went into the storeroom/warehouse to look for the TV and then called all their branches and finally told me that they have the TV in Summit. I was exasperated. Haven’t anyone heard of a computer system? Computerized inventory? Even HSL and SenQ is fully automated.

The sales clerk issued me a new DO to exchange my 13kg washer to 9kg washer and TV. I told her that perhaps she should also write down the fridge in this new DO in case someone thinks that this DO supersedes the old DO. She said don’t worry, she will staple them together. I said are you sure? She said yes. I was doubtful because it’s all so manual here.

Saturday came and sure enough.. they only shipped me the 9kg washer and TV. No fridge in sight! I called customer service and was passed from one person to the other! Finally I spoke to Mr Tan. Mr Tan took 30 minutes to check the “warehouse” and I guess, hunt for the paper DO and finally told me that they have no stock and will ship the fridge to me Tuesday. I have lost confidence in them and decided to talk to the people in the store directly.

Today, I went in.. after spending 30 minutes hunting for my DO and looking into the warehouse, I was told there is no such person as a Mr Tan. And that they have no records of any fridge coming on Tuesday. WTF!

Can you imagine? Best Denki!

Niamah!

Anyway, I told the sales clerk I will see their manager tomorrow! I’d like to give him a piece of my mind.

Argghh!

But you know what? They do have a very good price, albeit all these inconveniences. Just make sure you don’t exchange your stuff!

Bluetooth and GPRS

I don't have an internet connection in BU. I heard from colleagues that they could surf the 'net using their GPRS mobile phone as a modem to the internet. Today I managed to set it up:

Notebook <---*1---> Nokia 6021 <---*2--->INTERNET

*1 - Notebook connects to the Nokia mobile phone via Bluetooth
*2 - Nokia connects to the Internet via GPRS

The best thing is, I don't need a state of the art mobile phone to do this. My old phone can achieve this wonder. It is slow.. but it is better than not having Internet connectivity! woo hoo! See you guys tonight!

A week

Wow.. I survived a week of living all by myself!

And whilst you may think it no big deal, know that I survived without TV nor Internet nor Anne's company (she was away for business in Singapore last week).

Wish I had a camera to show you my partially furnished house. LOL!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

York

You know, I bought York a/c .. I like the fact that I can register the warranty card online vs snail mail them and have since received a warranty certificate by email once they processed it. Damn cool!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

MOVED!

I moved to BU12 on Sunday. Been busy with cleaning up and running around getting those little things that I missed out. Parents and sister helped me to move, then they went back to Kepong in the afternoon. They would be back to stay the night in the new house. Seems that mom said that we should stay a night as a family in a new place.

On Sunday evening, I had to do dinner by myself. I was thinking of asking friends out but when I think about all my kakis, all of them are in Kepong, right after the LDP toll! I don't have any friends in PJ! This is so sad. I ended up eating by myself. And that was where I first tasted the loneliness of being independant.

I have never stayed by myself, away from home. During college times, I studied in Setapak and took 2 hours bus from home to college to home. I was never away from home. The longest I was away was during my business trip to Dallas. Back then, I felt the same loneliness but that is expected because I was travelling. And travelling is temporary, right? This "action" of moving and staying by my own, away from home, is going to be for long term! Granted, home is just 12km away but still, the very thought of not having anyone to talk to, not feeling the presence of my parents or sister nearby, is a very new experience.

No, I am not having homesick, nor am I whining - it's just a different experience. I am sure I will get used to this and adjust to this new life but it is a new experience. I am not sad nor do I feel exhilirated (perhaps I was expecting this) over my new found freedom. Or perhaps I am not at that young age when living away from home is a cool thing to do.
And not having Internet connection is not fun at all. It makes me wonder how I survived without Internet, 15 years ago. I guess it was still school days at that time and the evenings are spent on homework.

Upon further analysis, I think being in Dallas is worse simply because it is a strange and new place. There are no friends you can call. And of course no Anne :) In PJ, friends and mamak are just a phone call away... Heh heh..

So, I bet I will live.

I am starting work today. It will be back to my hectic life, minus the house reno thingy.

I really need to get started on the wedding stuff now.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dr Cinta

Dr Cinta has a new name and it is Kiasu-Ching...
I enjoyed Kiasu Ching blog because it has a lot of practical tips to be kiasu - something all of us can relate. I hope he is able to keep his blog alive with more tips.. perhaps localized it more to Malaysia tips instead of international - not many people is a high flyer, you know?

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Konfabulator 4

Konfabulator 4 is out. It has this nice little dock that shows all your widget at a glance. Really cool. GET IT! (Of course you can configure where you want the dock to be - left, right, up, bottom of the screen).

The widgets I have running, which also display a minimized version in the dock, are:

1. analog clock
2. calendar
3. iTunes companion
4. memory gauge
5. picture frame
6. Yahoo! stick ticker
7. Yahoo! weather

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Bedroom set

Anne and I was hunting for furniture and we saw this bedroom set.. Full solid rubber wood. Full solid, as in, even the interior is made of rubber wood, not half solid like some other furnitures (of course, this is what the salesman claimed). The set is made up of a queen size bed, 4 door with 2 drawers wardrobe, 2 side tables, 1 dressing table with a stool and 1 so-called TV cabinet. If we have no use of a TV cabinet, it can be pushed into the dressing table so the dressing table will have extra drawers. Anyway, every piece of furniture is made of rubber wood. Really nice.. Really solid.. the type that you know will last your for years and years and the type of furniture your children will wish they owned.

How much does it cost? RM3,300.

AIIIIII.. should we get it?

Eye On Malaysia

So, today I took a visitor to Eye On Malaysia, EoM for short.

This is a ferris wheel build beside Tasik Titiwangsa and supposedly will give you a beautiful view of the city. My expectation was that this would be something like London Eye, a similar concept by British Airways built along River Thames, to give visitor a view of London.

The view of London was breathtaking from the Eye, mostly due to the fact that the London Eye is a huge, huge structure. Eye on Malaysia, by comparison, was smaller and puny... really, it felt like going atop the fun fair ferris wheel. It's a good try, Malaysia, but it's embarassing nonetheless.

By the way, there was no Mat Sallehs in Titiwangsa. I am not sure if our Visit Malaysia 2007 is successful or not. My visitor joked that this must be for Malaysians to Visit Malaysia :)

Now that I think about this, who says Visit Malaysia 2007 is for foreigners? It could very well be for the people from Perak, Penang, Kelantan to visit Malaysia.. right? er.. or perhaps that should be Visit KL.. heh heh

The two pictures of EoM were taken from their website. I didn't bring my camera.. too dark for my camera to take good pictures anyway. I wanted to say, that in the EoM website, they don't have any pictures of the city taken from inside the gondola. You know why? Coz there's nothing to take.. hahahahaha...



A "gondola" in London Eye can accomodate 20 - 30 people (see picture). You can walk around the gondola and take photos. A gondola in EoM can sit only 4 people. You can't move around! Notice how high above the city we were in London Eye.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Summer Movies

There are so many movies coming this summer. Can't wait to see them all! My movie kakis, please get ready!

Spiderman 3
Die Hard 4
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Ocean's Thirteen
Shrek The Third
Indiana Jones 4

Hmm, all of them sequels..

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

WikiMapia

I am having so much fun with this wiki, which shows a Google Earth map of KL and in which you can edit any location that you think was spelt wrongly by other users.

See if you can find your own house..

Wikimapia.org

BU

A year ago, I decided to get my own house.
A year later, here are some pictures of my newly renovated house:

Click on individual to Enlarge (though the file size/resolution is kinda big)

This picture is taken from the entrance of the front door. One of the things I like about this house is that it is designed in a square with no pillars, walls and crooked corners, giving the living hall a big expanse feeling.

You see two ceiling fan in this picture but actually I have 3 ceiling fans! This will give you a perspective of the size of the hall, though some of my friends commented that 3 fans are an overkill and it made the place looks like a coffee shop :P I plan to partitioned the hall either with a cabinet or a "pin foong", a kind of olden Chinese partitions which people used to change clothes.

The down side is that if you are sitting on the living room, you can see people eating at the dining or cooking in the kitchen.

The kitchen is beyond the 2 windows. It is separated by a glass door so that when Anne cooks (I hope she does.. LOL), we can close the glass door to prevent the smoke from seeping out. The door on the right is actually the storeroom underneath the stairs (not shown in the picture). There's also a room, which you could barely see, on the right. This is one of the biggest lower floor room I have seen in a house.

This picture, a bit dark due to poor lighting, is taken at the glass door that separates the dining and the kitchen. I like the big windows in my living hall, as it gives a lot of light. I'm thinking of maybe putting up a cabinet under the window to make some sort of reading area/couch, if you know what I mean. I also have a huge door in which a baby grand piano could pass through, not that I can afford or play one. Nice! There are 3 ceiling fans. Do you think it is an overkill?

This picture of the kitchen was taken from the corner where the washing machine will be. Do you like the tiles we choose? Both of us really like the "divider tiles". It has a nice flower design and it look really sweet. How do you like my stove/cooking area?

This picture was taken when I took the stairs to the upper floor. This is the so called 2nd living room. It has a darker shade of pink as a feature wall with this Vietnamese inspired lamp. We like this lamp very much. I wish that it was installed a few inch higher but alas.. I wasn't there to supervise the installation. Nevermind, there is no absence of beauty, just lack of discovery.

This is the master bedroom painted in purple - the name of the colour is Queenstown. Notice the pink floor ceramic tiles? Not exactly my choice of tiles - it came with the house. The wall colour complements the tiles, don't you think?

The master bathroom. This came with the house. The only thing that I change was the toilet bowl and to install an Ikea mirror. I like the basin. Huge big basin with lots of space to put things. The tap has hot and cold water, just like in a hotel. I think I will like brushing teeth in warm water :)

On the left of the bowl (not in the picture) is the shower area with a shower screen.

I didn't expect my contractor to give me such a nice toilet bowl in the master bath. This contractor is honest.. I guess. We used him before in my mother's house. He is relatively expensive from other contractors but he does not cheat you.
For instance, he gave me this bowl without my request. He also gave me Clipsal branded electric plugs and switch - this is a branded plug point with "Sirim" certification. I get to choose Whitehorse homogenous tiles for my kitchen and living room, ICI Supreme paint and ICI Weathershield as well as a nice pergola style roof for my porch - see picture below.

Turtle

Anne shared with me a conversation she had with her senior in faith. The senior shared a recent experience with a fellow member. This member, a girl, is someone who always wallow in self pity, feeling sorry for herself and thinking that the world is against her and that she's powerless against it. The senior in faith likened the member to a turtle with a huge rock (aka daily problems in life) in front of its path. Here's what the senior said:

"everyday u stick out ur head and hope that the STONE in front of u would dissappear. So when u wake up & still see that it's still there, u stick back ur head in to ur back (shell) again... hoping tomr it will be gone.

"then u do the same thing again everyday till now. cos i said u know why? becos u did NOTHING to change it, u neither turn ur back, move left or right or even ask help from ppl to help u overcome that stone.

"which methaphormically means no seniors in faith to refer, no family or sisters to ask, no Sensei guidance reading just sit there and ponder with a blank head. hahahah..."

So true to many of us, eh? Let's resolve NOT to be a turtle!

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