Monday, October 26, 2009

10 years grudge

I was just told by a friend on how I offended him 10 years ago with what I have said to him. 10 years!!! Poor thing... he had to carry that grudge for so long!!!

What happened was that 10 years ago we were working in the same company. He was being made fun of by all the other guys in the company for being effeminate. They also made many unkind stories about him.

As he's my friend and I hated how they made him into a joke, I told him about this and asked him not to flirt around with them. I guess perhaps the way I said it to him was harsh and I didn't know that affected him so badly. :-(

Anyhow, he said he's going to forgive and forget about this. I have apologised profusely when he told me just now. I felt so bad that whatever I have said had affected him for 10 years. 10 years!!!!

I am so glad he can now put that behind him and move on.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

To netbook or not to netbook

Last Friday during lunch with my colleagues, our conversation came to the topic about laptops. A colleague said that he's thinking of getting a laptop as there will be tax relief for the purchase of computers.

That got me thinking. I already have a laptop which is more than 3 years old but still in working condition. So I don't think I want to get another one.

Then I thought, hmm... perhaps I should get a netbook instead. A netbook is like a scaled down version of a laptop, with smaller screens, keyboards and processing power. Well, the price is very much scaled down too! That thought actually got me feeling very excited as I am this semi-gadget crazy kind of person. I kept telling myself that on top of getting a new toy, I will get tax relief too!

So for dinner, I made plans to meet a friend around Ikano Power Station so that I could do some survey at the Harvey Norman store there. The average price of these netbooks are less than RM1.5K... and they are really cute and mobile. There is a 0% installment plan at Harvey Norman as well!

Based on my survey so far from Harvey Norman and websites, I have my eyes set on these 2 models:

1) HP Mini 1000 - ~RM1.3K from Harvey Norman

2) Dell Mini 10v - ~RM1.4K from Dell Store

Both these models have very similar specs except that in Dell, it's a 6 cell battery (last about 6 hours) whereas in HP, it's a 3 cell battery (last about 3 hours).

So will I get one of them? I really do not know. I have this emotional side which kept telling how much I want it (new toy mah!) and at the same time, the rational side kept saying that I do not need it.

Time will tell...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Poochie Poochie Pet Centre

Finding a good boarding place for Axel has always been a headache for me. At times I know I can depend on Gan's family to help take care of him whenever I need to go overseas, but I also get "pai seh" to disrupt their daily routine whenever Axel is there.

Disrupt their daily routine here means that they will be vacuuming much more when the fur shedder is there, and waking up much earlier than usual with the 5am automatic alarm a.k.a Axel the pug.

I have tried a few boarding places and researched a few, but none which enticed me to be a regular customer... until recently. I guess as all pet lovers would know, your pets are as precious to you as an offspring to a parent. So you will want to be sure that when you place your precious at a boarding place, they are being well taken care of.

I found that in this shop called "Poochie Poochie Pet Centre". I have to admit the name is a bit funny but it's from the word "Pooch", okay?

This shop is rather new and simple, very much a shoplot with some rooms, product shelves and enclosures. They do grooming, provide boarding and sell various pet products and home bred puppies.

I guess most petshops are alike in terms of the things that they sell. What distinct them apart is the level of service and the relationship fostered with the customers. I have to say that these are the things that Poochie Poochie Pet Centre is able to provide me. When you talk to the couple (Anne & Keith) who owns the place, you will know straight away that they are genuine pet lovers.

I have been boarding Axel there for a few times now. He was very much let to roam free within the shop. I think he may have made some friends there as well. The icing on top of the cake is that the boarding fee is very reasonable and does not cause you to bleed.

If you would like to check them out, here's the information:
Poochie Poochie Pet Centre
No.39, Ground Floor,
Jalan Puteri 2/3,
Bandar Puteri Puchong,
47100 Puchong, Selangor.
Tel: 03-80635061

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Being careful when being nice

When I was checking-in at the AirAsia counter in LCCT to go to Singapore yesterday, the counter guy there asked me whether I mind assisting this old Indian lady who's travelling in the same flight as me.

Well, I thought that's not a problem and so I said yes. This Indian lady was with her daughter waiting beside the counter, and she has this hand carry luggage bag with her. Her daughter thanked me and told me that her mother couldn't read, so she needed someone to show her where the terminals were, where to get on and off. I also found out that there would be someone waiting at the arrival hall to get her and that she couldn't converse in english.

So I accompanied this old lady to the immigration, boarding area and into the plane. Throughout this time whenever I spoke to her in Malay, she would just smile and nod. I really had no idea whether she could understand me. Anyway I managed to get her on and off board the plane, and finally getting her to the arms of her son who was waiting at Changi airport, so I must have done a good job. :-)

However during the whole process, I left her with carrying her bag. I helped in situations like carrying it for her up the stairs to the plane, putting it into the storage compartment, taking it out when we arrived and carrying it down from the flight to the terminal.

When we got down from the plane, she just walked ahead of me assuming I would take care of her bag for her. I was thinking she would stop at one juncture to take it back, but she just kept walking following the crowd. I chased after her and told her to take it back, while walking beside her.

Not very "gentleman" I know, but this is a stranger and I had no idea what's in the bag. With all the news about various ways of drug trafficking, I decided better be safe than sorry.

Well turned out she wasn't a drug trafficker as she passed by the custom and got to her son. Anyhow, I still think that although we want to be nice, we have to be careful as well.