Monday, November 30, 2009

A wonderful time at Pasta Zanmai

A few weeks ago, a friend and I was asked by another friend to be the witnesses for her will. So we made plans to meet at Sunway Pyramid. She wanted to "belanja" us and chose Pasta Zanmai.

The place was really cosy and the food was very good. It's like a fusion of italian and japanese. After the whole will witnessing thingy, we had a very good time chit chatting and of course, gossipping as well.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Through My Window

This is my favourite version of that "hot" song.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I had insomnia last night and when I finally fell asleep, I had this dream where I was lost walking around this small town. Although I have asked for directions from the people there, they were just pointing me to the wrong places. Funny how I didn't think of using my Garmin GPS on my phone though.

When I woke up, I quickly checked the internet for my dream's interpretation. The interpretation...

one word...


How true!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Credit Card Cancellation

With the coming government's implementation of RM50 service charge for every credit card next year, I made the necessary steps to cut down from my 4 personal credit cards to 2 today.

First up is my Citibank Visa Clear card. As I have had this card for ages, I managed to accumulate up to 50,000 points. Not wanting to have these points wasted by cancelling the card straightaway, I redeemed it first for a nice looking laptop bag by calling the Customer Service just now. This will just be perfect for my new Dell laptop which I am praying hard that it will reach me soon.

The bag will take around 3 weeks and I will still get enough time to cancel the card by then.

Then there is my Public Bank Master Card which I have applied solely to get the 0% installment plan (Public Bank called it ZIIP) for my first ever PDA phone, the O2 Mini, also many years ago.

That was the one and only time that I have used that card. During that time, the card came with a 8 years annual fees waiver.

I called up Public Bank's customer service to ask how can I go about canceling the card and after what felt like incubating an egg, someone finally answered my call and told me that I can do so by just emailing them at That's convenient!

I immediately emailed them and I am pretty sure I will be receiving a call from them soon to ask why I want to cancel my card bla bla bla. I would probably tell them to go ask the government.

So what about you? Keeping all the cards?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bukit Koman's "Char Koh"

I went back to my hometown last week to attend a cousin's wedding. As my parents have already migrated to Klang Valley, I do not have many reasons to go back except to throw in my votes during the election period. Come to think of it, I seldom went back even when my parents were still living there, hehehehe.

Anyway.... I went back to Raub with my mom, sis and niece last week. The wedding dinner was at 5pm and we reached around 3pm. So we took our sweet time to do some shopping. Raub is a small town with no shopping complex, so what is there to shop for?... Food lah!

There is this very famous "char koh" (dunno what's the right term in english - "dessert"??) place in Bukit Koman and you need to get there early when they open their shop, else there will be nothing much left... which we did.

So many varieties of "char koh" and they tasted very nice... unlike most of the ones you would get in KL.

We bought so many as if we were stocking for winter, and they were really really delicious. I am starting to salivate just by thinking about it.

Although this may be one reason why I should go back to my hometown again, but unfortunately I am not really a foodie. So it didn't work on me. :-)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday, Axel

Axel turned 4 years old (human years) 3 days ago. I was too swarmed with work to do a post on that day.. and I forgot to get him special treats. :-( Baaaaaad daddy!

Anyway, I gave him a bigger portion of his usual morning and evening meals.

Happy Belated Birthday, Axel!


Saturday, November 7, 2009

What is happening to Dell?

My current laptop, Dell Inspiron 6400 is already more than 3 years old. I bought it via Dell online and I remember the order processing was done very promptly and I got it within a week. I felt that this was very impressive and so, I always have this confidence with Dell's services ... until now.

You see, to make use of the tax relief for computer's purchase (every 3 years), I decided to get a new laptop. Initially wanted to go for a netbook but after getting feedbacks from some people who use them, I deduced that a netbook may not be suitable for me. So I was thinking of smaller screen laptops (13.3 inch). After searching for a while, I decided to go with Dell again based on the pleasant experience I had with them. My eyes were on the Inspiron 13z.

I placed my order online on the 29-Oct and was really excited anticipating for my new toy. Unfortunately that was as far as the excitement go.

After 3 days, I checked my online order status and it was "Order Received". I was supposed to know the delivery date by then, but that wasn't available.
The next day I checked again, and the same screen greeted me. Then again and again.

As you see, there are quite a few processes to go before it's finally delivered to me... and I am not a very patient guy when it comes to my toys. Doesn't help when the status is still stuck at the first process!

What the hell is going on? I am thinking if there is any glitches with my payment of something, they would have called or emailed me, right? So far no news from them and my status is still the same!

I tried calling the Customer Service one working day at 4pm and was told their office hours were closed. I specifically saw this information before:

If you wish to speak to a Customer Care representative for any non-technical matters, please find our contact details and hours of business below.

Singapore : 1800-394-7423 Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Malaysia : 1800-88-0990 Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Australia: 1 333 55 Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm EST
New Zealand: 0800 775 771 Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm EST

Is Dell running like our government offices nowadays???

What is happening to Dell? I thought they have the reputation of providing good services before and after the sale. Apparently that has been going downhill.

This is really disappointing. All this frustration in waiting is really killing my excitement.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Avoderm Natural

Axel the pug used to have some problems with his skin some time ago. After trying various brands of dog food, I came across this brand called Avoderm Natural. Actually this brand was introduced to Gan's mom and sister by a petshop when they were dogsitting Axel during that time. The petshop recommended Avoderm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food to help with Axel's skin.

I was rather uncomfortable with feeding my dog (a carnivore) vegetarian. You see, I am very much a "carnivorous" person and couldn't imagine going on fulltime vegetarian.

When I got Axel back, I still would like to try this brand to see whether it makes a difference to his skin condition. However as I did not want Axel to be fully on a vegetarian diet, I mixed it with Avoderm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Food.

I will buy a 2kg pack of each and mix them together. 2 packs will usually lasts about 3 weeks - 1 month. So these have been Axel's food since then.

I have to say that Axel's skin condition improved tremendously since switching to this product. In fact when I brought him out for all these pug meetings, many have complimented his nice coat. So I am really thankful to Avoderm. (FYI, I am not paid in anyway by this brand. Am just sharing the experience).

Recently when I went outstation, I boarded him at this nice petshop that we always go to. The boarding place fed him some other brands - mixture of NutriEdge and ANF. When I took him back, Axel refused to take his Avoderm. I guessed it must be that after having full meat diet at the boarding place, he didn't like the taste of semi-vegetarian anymore.

Anyhow, he adjusted himself and started to eat them again. Well a pug will always be a pug.. they can't be choosy about food for long.

Anyway I am now thinking to switch him back to full meat products, but definitely staying with Avoderm. Probably fully lamb and rice or maybe we will try the trout variety. Lets see how much the trout variety costs. Lamb or trout, I am sure Axel will still prefer them than the vegetarian one.