Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Finger Lickin’ in Cyberjaya!

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Yeah, I normally don’t take photos when I’m in KFC, but I just couldn’t help myself when KFC opened a branch right here in Cyberjaya where I work!

I think I tried it out on the second or third day since its opening, but the crowd was still quite crazy. It was as if the people of Cyberjaya has been deprived of good fried chicken for years. There was a rather bearable queue when we got there but not long after, it had expanded to the doorway of the eatery. Incredible!

With Pizza hut opening next door pretty soon, it looks like the fast food chains are finally streaming in here! Woo Hoo!

Introducing…..Sniff Sniff!

Over my years of blogging, I’ve come to the conclusion that some of the easiest forms of blog content are…

1. Making a LIST (kinda like this one..:-p)

2. Posting a photoblog – just one photo and comment about it..

3. Posting/sharing a video blog…copy a video from youtube and comment about it.

4. Comment about some piece of news that just happened

5. Writing a review on just about anything…

During my time on Multiply, I have also written some reviews on stuff I have eaten, seen, used, etc. So, when I was doing my migration over to my own domain, I was in a dilema on whether I should just dump them all there. I finally decided to archive them in a separate subdomain, which I will call Sniff Sniff.

To be honest, I had more or less finished with the migration of all my past reviews to my new sub-domain site a couple of months back but I just completely forgot about it! Must be the football fever bug. Heh.

Anyway, I just ‘discovered’ it a some weeks back thus decided to quickly make it go live before my reviews become stale (again!).:-p So 1 June 2010 shall be the officially go-live date of Sniff Sniff!

Hope you all will enjoy my personal review site at Sniff Sniff! Cheers! 😀

Impressive Gomen Services

Recently, I was particularly impressed with two of our existing Government services (I kid you not.)

First was our MyEG Roadtax and Insurance renewal service. All it took was a simple phone call (too bad their online system couldn’t process my insurance renewal the day I tried). Within minutes, the quotation was sent to my email, complete with a PAY now link. Doing it online with MyEG also came with some discount on the roadtax price. A quick comparison with the quotation from an existing insurance company shows the prize quoted by MyEG as the middle person is actually cheaper! Cool! A click here and there later, my transaction went through.

Within 2 working days, the dispatch came a-calling with my road tax. Super efficient. Two thumbs up there. I remembered the first time I did it with MyEG, I was a bit skeptical and so I did it like 1.5 months before my roadtax expired. To my surprise it took them only like 2 weeks to bring the disc to my doorstep. In the following years, their turnaround time improved to one week to 5 days, etc…so I was pleasantly surprised to see they have imrpoved well this year to just 2 working days.:-D

Secondly, I was also impressed with our LHDN boys. About a week after I submitted my e-Filing last month, I received notification (via snail mail) that my documents has been received and they were all in order. About a week after, I received another snail mail from LHDN stating that they have confirmed I have overpaid and they now owe me X amount of ringgit. Another few days followed with another letter telling me my cheque was being processed and I should eb receiving it within the next 5 working days. I think it was 2-3 days later, my cheque from LHDN arrived. Impressive. Of course, I thought they could further improve by just sending text messages or emails to notify us of the updates. Too many snail mails still do kill trees. :-p Anyhow, my hats off to LHDN…you’ve certainly made the income tax period more pleasant and bearable.

Any other Govt services that has brought a smile to your face lately? 😀

Krusell: A Case in Point Worth Carrying Away

When I decided on getting the Omnia 2, the next thing on my list would be to find it a suitable shirt, ie. casing. My internet research showed me the numerous and typically default leather cases like Viva ( quite old-faashioned in my eye) and Capdcase (plastic sides may scratch the phone). There were also a few others with the belt holster that needs to be worn with the belt, and provided no flexibilty of removing the phone only. I was also quite shocked at the variety of cases and casings that has been designed for the iPhone. Sigh.

Anyway, as fate would have it, I was browsing through a shopping mall in Singapore for micro SD cards when I chanced upon this strange unheard of brand for leather cases called Krusell. (I later found out they are one of the leading manufacturers for leather cases in the world..) Intrique, I called for the salesperson to take it out for me to have a look and also to test to see how my phone looks and feels inside of it.

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Whoa. This Swedish company had obviously produced one lovely case – almost completely smooth genuine leather, stitched to perfection along the sides (no scratching there!), with the button holes correctly positioned. And more, the hole at teh back where the speaker was also came with a mini-net to filter out dust ( I suppose..haha, nice touch). But best of all, the top part of the leather case completely blanks out the phone brand, which tends to remind me of Chelsea..

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The model in my hands also came with this unique featured called the Orbitflex, which enables me to ‘tear’ apart the portion of the case with the strap, so that the phone can be used more freely, especially for games and texting. Ingenious. The portion with the strap also comes with convenient slots for small pieces of papers, receipts, etc, and two pockets to hold and SD card and a microSD card. Kinda reminds me of those cup holders in cars. haha.

Apart from all those things, what sets Krusell cases apart from its competition is that it come with an international lifetime warranty! Cool. It just didn’t strike me back then when I snapped up the Krusell case was that logically speaking, who actually needs a leather case for a mobile phone that would last a LIFETIME?! Heck, I won’t be using my Omnia 2 forever, would I? Anyway, I thought it was a fantastic assurance of Krusell’s quality that helped me make up my mind easier.

Latter did I know, I got to put their lifetime warranty claim to the test about a month later… You see, after using the case for just over a month, i somehow managed to tear apart not only the case portions holding only the phone, but also the plastic device Orbitflex that held both the case portions together. Bummer.

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At first I thought I needed to locate some Krusell distributor store in Malaysia, and make my claim there, but as I browsed their website, I realised all I needed to do was to file my claim online, together with a picture of the defect, receipt of purchase and my request would be duly processed.

After my submission, I promptly received a notification that my case (pun intended) has been received and is being processed. A day or two after, another notification came to say my claim has been approved and I should be receiving the replacement unit within 5-10 working days. And as if by clockwork, my parcel arrived within their client charter with my brand new Krusell unit…all the way from Sweden. I had only expected them to send me the bottom portion of the case but was really impressed of their speed and graciousness in sending me a brand new unit. 😀

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Thanks Krusell, for giving me such a wonderful customer experience. This is one brand I would definitely highly recommend to all other mobile and PDA users.

Win 7 First Impressions

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Recently, my office laptop’s three year term came up and I gleefully accepted a brand new Dell that came with Win 7 Pro…woo hoo! Of course, the adage ‘with great new Microsoft versions come great Microsoft bugs’ can yet come true, so I shall not be overly excited about this.

My immediate likes about Win 7:

1. Cool Desktop gadgets…yeah they had this in Vista too, but I never had Vista so I thought this was pretty cool.

2. Much smoother and faster interface…with lots of mini tutorials about the various functions too.

3. Nice and simple apps like a much better looking calculator, snipping tool, sticky notes, etc. thrown in

4. Much more business like and sophisticated Office 2007…for example, I can PDF the doc and send it out. Previously, I had to convert the doc via a third party freeware.

5. Bypassed Vista! kekekeke…

Immediate Don’t Likes:

1. Windows Mobile Device Center replacing Active Sync…My phone immediately had problems syncing with it…heck, I can’t even get WMDC to launch!!! ()*Y&*^$%@^%&%*&(

2. CLicking on the MS orb will bring you to the list of Programs, which really look rather congested.

3. Standard gadgets that came with the set was pretty lame. Imagine an RSS feed reader that cannot be customised?!

When the bat was signaled…

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Typical animals and creepy crawlies that visit our homes include moths, butterflies, cockroaches, lizards, frogs, etc.

So, it iwas a pretty refreshing the other night when a little bat came visiting to my house. Not sure how it got there but it seemed injured lying on the ground when I found it. Also caused my dogs to howl and bark like crazy.

What strange animals have visited your house before? :-p

When Two Becomes One!

CNY 2010 has come and gone…

As I look back at the different angpow designs this year, I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed. Usually one would expect to see a couple of nice looking ones but this year, finding interestingly designed angpows were as rare as witnessing our navy sub take a dive…

Perhaps the best and professional looking angpow from the banks has to be the one from Standard Chartered – textured like material in corporate red. Personally, I was quite surprised Maybank didn’t come up with something more extravagant considering it is the Year of the Tiger after all. Hmmm.

But my personal favourite of 2010 has to be from this company called Creative Thumbprint. They definitely produced something out of the ordinary. Notice the front has a cute cartoon tiger design, which smartly connects to the back where you get to see the tiger’s tail as well.

So, if you were to put two of these angpows together, with one of it reversed, you would get to see the full picture of the tiger! Cool! 😀

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New Year’s Resolution: Reloaded

I guess this could be some sort of a new year’s resolution for me.

Starting off the new year with a a FIRST posting from a new blog (sort of), getting my own domain, consolidating my children’s blog (Our Playful Pups), setting up a photoblog (Our Kennel Photo Gallery) and a videoblog (Our Kennel Video Vault). Whew.

Complications from blogging via Multiply has sort of hampered my personal blogging activities for the past few years already. In addition to new members of the family in the form of Collin (and recently Caitlynn), my time has also been re-prioritized significantly. Only Collin’s blog has been active on a daily basis since his birth whilst my Multiply has been only active gathering dust, moss and other stuff.

All that changed when Caitlynn was due to be delivered in November 2009.  I thought and thought and thought (yes, even on weekends..) and finally decided to consolidate all our blogs under our family domain that would surely make our blog management more efficient and neater.

Hopefully, I would be able to blog on a more regular basis too (compared to those active blogging kids of mine) from this year forth. In the near future, I plan to merge my remaining blog reviews from Multiply to form a review site under this domain as well – then the migration shall be complete. :-)

Thanks again for stopping by. Happy New Year 2010 and happy reading!

Job, Anyone?

MOHE is organising perhaps the biggest national career carnival ever happenin’ at PWTC from this Friday thru Sunday (15 – 17 May). More than 600 companies will be offering lotsa jobs so come on over!

What retrenchment issues? Malaysia still got plenty of jobs to offer what…:-p

(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)

Held (Natalie Grant)

Held – Natalie Grant

Held (Natalie Grant)

Two months is too little
They let him go
They had no sudden healing
To think that providence would
Take a child from his mother while she prays
Is appalling

Who told us we’d be rescued?
What has changed and why should we be saved from nightmares?
We’re asking why this happens
To us who have died to live?
It’s unfair

Chorus:
This is what it means to be held
How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved
And to know that the promise was
When everything fell we’d be held

This hand is bitterness
We want to taste it, let the hatred NUMB our sorrow
The wise hands opens slowly to lilies of the valley and tomorrow

(Chorus) …
This is what it means to be held
How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved
And to know that the promise was
When everything fell we’d be held

Bridge:
If hope is born of suffering
If this is only the beginning
Can we not wait for one hour watching for our Savior?

(Chorus)
This is what it means to be held
How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved
And to know that the promise was
When everything fell we’d be held

(originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)