Sunday, 25 June 2017

Week 25, 2017

Have a good Raya if you're celebrating; if you don't, enjoy the long weekend... just don't go on a roadtrip. Or a mall. 
  • Gahmen announced a list of items subjected to GST next month... which they then cancelled/postponed. A lot of people are saying "... until after the election". 
  • Whoda thought that Daniel-Day Lewis would retire from acting? 
  • Apparently Milo Energy cubes are now available locally in supermarkets without paying through the nose for the African ones?
  • Bookfest on the first day of Raya sucks balls. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

SSR Curry House, ANZGAM Clubhouse

Had no idea until recently that there was a change in management of the banana leaf rice lunch (now run by SSR Curry House) at ANZGAM Clubhouse near Astaka until someone tipped me off (you know who you are). Since was in the area, we had a damn early lunch there (like, 11.30 a.m. early). 

Nice spread
Day's veg dishes
Yup, got banana also.

Total bill was RM26, and that comprised of the basic veg meal for two (yup, parboiled/Indian rice also available), chicken 65, Bru coffee (hot and cold), and one portion of yogurt. Kinda wished we got a detailed receipt so we know how much was what. 

Didn't get any papadam or rasam despite being there so early, but I suppose there's always next time...? 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Week 24, 2017 - Father's Day edition

Short work week, but felt like the usual five. Some evening rain this week, but otherwise still hot as balls. 
  • Candy Crush is going to be an actual TV game show.
  • GPO opened this week, but I would hold off on going just yet. 
  • Went to GPO on Sunday cos my dad wanted to go, so that was Father's Day erm, settled. 
  • Finally found two of three locally available elusive Taiwanese bottled tea and coffee. 
  • I found out this week that chokeberry is an actual fruit. 
  • Bought more warehouse sale condiments on Saturday. 

First Impressions: Genting Highland Premium Outlets (GPO)

It only took a few months since I was last in the area, but this week was the soft opening of the Genting Highlands Premium Outlets (GPO). The old bean wanted to go, and I didn't mind going as long as it wasn't by myself. So the three of us left PJ around 10 something and there wasn't much traffic on the way up. You can't really miss it, it's a little after the Awana hotel, past Gohtong Jaya. It's also at the base of the Awana Skyway/cable car station. 

Parking: RM5 per day. If you have Genting membership, you can get it waived at the autopay machine on your way out. Yes, membership is free. I had to change my old Genting card to the new Genting Rewards one at the on-site membership office. 

Thankfully, despite being not that high up on the hill, there's still a cool breeze there so you won't be sweating your 'nads off like you would at JPO. You can bring a light jacket/windbreaker, but if you're like me, you might not even need that. 

About 70% of the stores are open but only like 30% of the eateries are open, so I might hold off on going depending on what stores you want to check out. There's more low to mid range brands here than there are at JPO - at least there's a Burberry in Johor. Didn't feel like dealing with the lines happening outside some of the stores *coughCOACHcough*

I can't remember if the Godiva outlets in KLCC and Pavilion have seating or sell desserts; so you might want to go check out the Godiva up there. I think both the Chocolixir and soft serve are a few RM more up there, so I would recommend the other drinks and desserts if you have space for it. 

Came away empty handed. 

Had lunch at the nyonya place, walked around some more and decided I had enough and wanted to leave. When we left around 2 something, there was a crawl on the other side of the road, presumably en route to GPO. 

Besides that, it's a bit underwhelming for me. 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Week 23, 2017

As much as I enjoy a three day weekend as the next person, but starting the work week on a Tuesday is gonna be annoying AF. Weather this past week still hot AF, which is great if you just washed your car, but it's also dusty that point is kind of moot.
  • If you know anyone who is a BR1M receipient, have them check to see if they qualify for a free basic MYTV decoder here. If you're still watching free TV, they're disabling analogue broadcast by 2018, so unless you have a pay TV subscription, you may want to look into getting a decoder or a new compatible TV...? 
  • Didn't know 5IVE reunited... 
  • Bought my first First Day Cover in AEONS: the Raya kuih edition.
  • RIP, Adam West.
  • First trip to the dentist this past weekend in a few years. It's not that I'm scared of dentists; it's the cost that I'm afraid of. Bad news is one of the molars is rotting and an extraction would have to be done at some point. Ish. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Goodbye Celcom, Hello U Mobile?

After at least 15 years (?!), I ported out of Celcom and into U Mobile. I gave up a really old prepaid plan (which they don't even offer any more and I don't know how many people still have that plan in 2017) while I don't hate the long validity (RM30/50 for one/two years), but everything else was of its time (33 cents a call, chargeable data, etc; free 10 second calls, 10 minutes internet, etc). It wasn't doing it for me any more.

The only telco that still offers a one year validity for prepaid that I know of is Tune Talk.  

Anyhow, it took me awhile to slowly drain the credit I had before porting in, which I finally did last Friday (self-declared three-day weekend). 

Waited way too long on a working Friday afternoon at the Pyramid store. 

When it was my turn, the guy attending to me was just back from a cigarette break and seemed more tired than the people who were actually fasting.

Long story short...
  • There was a form to fill out.
  • I had to pay RM10.60 because I needed a nano SIM card. I was told if it would be free if it was the other sizes... 😒
  • First bill would be two months' worth + RM10 stamp duty. 😬😨
  • Got the text message to switch the SIM card out about 24 hours after the port-in request, but I also wasted RM5 on an ill-timed reload. 😤
But on the plus side: Unlimited calls, apps (FB, Instagram, Twitter, Waze), music streaming.

Con: Separate charges for sent text messages, which is gonna be annoying for any SMS contest that I want to join... 😒

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

New phablet + trip to the Leagoo Service Centre

My old Samsung phablet finally died a few months ago after three years. Apparently, the combination of very drained battery + neglect in charging = cannot switch on AT ALL = bye, bye phablet. All things considered, it had a good run.  

After some searching, pondering, hem-ming and haw-ing, I settled on a Leagoo Leapad 7S (because it was running the latest Android software that a lot of other phablets weren't) from Shoppu, but only because of their RM30 coupon code when you subscribe to the newsletter (it's now RM25 just recently, so I lucked out when I DM-ed them on Facebook about the lack of coupon code) and it was available there. Waiting for that to arrive took a few days cos it was getting verified and shipped from Kota Bharu, of all places. It finally arrived on a Tuesday, because I wasn't at work on that day. 

Once I got my paws on it, I fucked up by trying to stuff the small SIM card into the tray when it only takes regular SIM cards and... I couldn't get it out, try as I may. Cis. So I had to go to the service centre, which is in some industrial part of Shah Alam that I've not been to before because I might void the warranty if I did it myself, so better them than me. 

While it didn't take long for them to (presumably) unscrew the back to get it out (which was covered by those stickers are say if you break them, your warranty will be voided, so...), luckily I had brought the new, correct sized SIM card along and inserted it before leaving... only to have it not detected by the phablet. So it went on another trip upstairs for them to get that sorted. It was a good thing we hadn't left yet. But they got it to work properly again and we were on our merry way. 

So far, so good. 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Upgrading to Tune Talk's 4G SIM card

When I got the new phablet a few days ago, I realised too late that it only takes regular sized SIM cards when I got the older, (DIY) smaller SIM card stuck in the thing (getting it out was another matter altogether and for another post). 

Since I had not upgraded to the 4G SIM card, I figured it was time to get another one. After poking around the website, there's a couple of ways to go about it:
  1. Order a new one online, but need to pay at least RM30 in reload form and wait a few days for it to arrive by courier. 
  2. Just buy another SIM card from a Tune Talk dealer and follow up with the customer service afterwards. 
Figured it might be faster to do #2. Paid RM10 for the SIM card (the kind that you can break off whichever size you want) from the booth that's in Paradigm Mall, but I still had to email my details (IC front and back, existing TT phone number, and the new SIM card's serial number) to customer service for them to transfer my number to the SIM card I got (doesn't matter what number it was, as long as it's a Tune Talk one). 

It only took a few hours before I got an email back saying that I can now use the current number on the new SIM. 

Stay tuned for the other story...