Happy New Year 2011 !!

As we countdown the last remaining hours of year 2010, let us spend some time to reflect on the happenings of the past year.  Did we achieve what we set out to accomplish? Were there more failures than successes? How did the year turn out?

Time doesn't just fly, time flies with supersonic speeds. To me time is like a supersonic fast jet, and we are her passengers, all sitting inside zooming off towards the Never Neverland.

So how are you going to spend the new year? With family, friends and loved ones? That is usually the case for everyone. The usual celebration spots to watch fireworks would be at KLCC as well as Bukit Bintang area. Some will spend it doing BBQ at their homes with friends. As for me, I will be spending it with my loved one. If I were back at my hometown Penang, I would be counting down with my family.

On a side note, was at Leisure Mall Cheras this afternoon, and realize it's 31st today and saw there were so many people queuing up to buy Baskin Robbins icecreams. As usual every 31st of the month, Baskin Robbins have a 31% discount on selected icecream packs. Have you gotten yours yet?

Anyway, here's a very warm and true from the heart shout out to everybody out there.

Happy New Year Guys And Gals !!

Government Declared Public Holiday On 31st December 2010

It was all over the news, radio, facebook, twitter, foursquare, and all social networking sites. Malaysia won the AFF (Asian Football Federation) Suzuki Cup 2010 Finals !

The euphoria began 2 nights ago on the 26th December when Malaysia played host to Indonesia in the Finals Leg 1 held at Bukit Jalil Stadium Kuala Lumpur. Thousands of fans were there, and with the home ground support, Malaysia won with a convincing scoreline of 3-0. Fast forward 2 days, and last night at the 2nd leg of AFF Suzuki Cup Finals, with every Malaysian cheering their national team, Malaysia took the cup for the first time ever. Even though Indonesian won the 2nd leg with a score of 2-1, but it was not enough to overcome the final combined score of 4-2 in favor of Malaysia.

News photo of the Malaysia national team winning the title -Source affsuzukicup.com-
To read up more on this I've attached the match reports for both legs of the final below.

1st Leg - Malaysia 3 Indonesia 0
2nd Leg - Malaysia 1 Indonesia 2

Last night, following the win and to celebrate Malaysia's first ever victory in the AFF Suzuki Cup Championship, our Prime Minister declared Friday 31st December 2010 as a public holiday. This news was something expected and hoped for, but there was no confirmation until today.

Sourced from thestar.com.my:
Najib Declares Friday A Holiday

The office was abuzz with this news and everyone was wondering when the company will send out the official memo to declare tomorrow a holiday. Well, at around after lunch time today, the memo was out, and I embraced the news happily. Tomorrow will be a holiday for the company, meaning I will get to have a good rest at home before the countdown to the new year!

Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) Repayment

Most students taking up degree courses in Malaysia would most likely take up this government loan. Yours truly is no different from "most students". With this loan, I didn't have to burden my parents to pay for my university educational fees.

Back in 1999, when I first entered pre-university in Multimedia University (MMU), PTPTN offered me this loan. The terms were RM66000 for the whole duration of my course, with repayment of rm396 for 25 years after course completion at an interest rate of 4% per annum. In 1999, 4% interest charged was a very good deal as bank's fixed deposits were giving 9 - 10% interests rates. Current 2010 bank's fixed deposit rates are at 3-4%, and PTPTN came up with a new interest rate of 1%, which is good in my opinion.

My tale of despair which prompted me post about this today is also partially due to my lack of urgency to re-pay back this loan. PTPTN started charging me interests since year 2004, my graduation year. It was roughly an interest of RM160/month. Guess what, it's 2010 now ! 6 years of accumulated interests and you can guess how screwed I am. Yes, I did pay sporadically, every 4 to 5 months I would bank in around rm400. But that isn't really enough to cover the interest charged.

After a quick check at the PTPTN website, http://ptptn.gov.my , I now owe the government RM 75479.74! I only borrowed RM 66000 for my course.

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My latest PTPTN statement, retrieved from http://epay.ptptn.gov.my

How many of you have gone through this? I'm feeling rather depressed now, and the worse part is, I know it was due to my own doing. If only I had been doing regular payments over the years, I wouldn't end up in this situation. Let's just pray I hit the lottery in the near future! In the meantime, I'll just have to play the part of a good citizen and pay up promptly every month.

Marriage Forms Approval Process At Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara

The Monday after Christmas, 27th Dec to be exact, I was still on leave. The reason being I planned to settle the first phase towards getting that marriage certificate.

Phase 1: Getting the documents ready and submitting it. The plan was to get the ROM (registration of marriage) done at Thean Hou Temple in KL. To do that quite a lot of documents had to be prepared and photocopied eg; my IC, parents' IC,  my birth certificate, her IC, her parents' IC, her birth certificate.

Anyway, before I can submit all these paperwork to Thean Hou Temple, I had to get the most basic requirement fulfilled first. Statutory declaration, that's the term the government use. In layman's term, it's the procedure to confirm both of us are single and never married before in the eyes of the law. That's where the role of Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (National Registration Department) come in. I didn't want to waste time getting the the checks done in KL, so I decided to get it over and done with in Penang. It was done in Jawi district to be exact.

Again, more procedures had to be completed, I had to get a lawyer to verify my records are true before I could submit the form to the National Registration Department. To keep it simple, we got it done at this Commissioner for Oath office nearby my girlfriend's house. It was fairly cheap, rm5 per name, meaning rm10 to get his company chop and signature. I heard the fee can go up to rm40 if done in Kuala Lumpur.

Immediately after getting the lawyer's signature, we then immediately rushed to the JPN (Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara). It was already 4.25pm, and it closes at 5pm. Took a number and waited with the rest of the crowd, who were mostly there to renew/replace their identity cards.

Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara
Daerah Seberang Perai Selatan
Kerajaan Jawi
14200 Sungai Jawi, Pulau Pinang
Tel: 04-5822951
Fax: 04-5828279
Our queue number, 4D anyone? 
Our turn came up fairly quick, and with a few clicks of the keyboard, the officer looked at my future wife and smiled. "It's all good, your husband had never married before!" he said to her. I was the one who looked confused that time. The officer then proceeded to explain that if my status were to turn up "married" on his computer screen, then there will be a very tedious process to change it back to single before I was allowed to marry, again. Well, lucky for me it showed up "single" then, not that I was married before anyway.

A few chops here and there, plus signature signed, and I was happy to say that one more step has been completed in this long journey to getting married. A small step, but a significant first step nevertheless.

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One small step for mankind, one big step for Isaac
Next step would be to submit this form to Thean Hou Temple in KL and get the ROM date finalized. Stay tuned.

Won 2 Tickets To The Premier Screening Of Season Of The Witch

I'm feeling rather happy at the moment. The reason? I'm a winner! 2 free tickets to watch the premier screening of Season Of The Witch at The Curve next Wednesday.

A quick background on how and why I won these tickets? Well, Nuffnang Malaysia held a blog contest at its website. The prize?  2 free tickets to this cool movie. 60 lucky bloggers were chosen from a pool of 250+ blogs submission. I did a writeup for the contest on Christmas morning immediately after I saw this contest. Free movies, who wouldn't want it right?

Link to my blog post for this contest - The Season Of The Witch Is Here!

Well, I was pleasantly surprised when my iPhone vibrated at 5.10pm today indicating I had received a new email. It was from Nuffnang Malaysia, informing me to confirm my attendance for this movie next week. The rest was history, and here I am blogging about it.

The email I received today.

1st Avenue Mall Penang

There's a new mall in town! I haven't been back to Penang for the past two months, and they spring this surprise on me. It's a nice surprise though, yet another hangout place to use up our precious money and time away. It's all good!.

1st Avenue Mall Penang
Outside view photo taken off the net.
From the news, I've got to know 1st Avenue just opened last month on 25th November 2010. The mall is bounded by Magazine Road, Carnarvon Street, Tek Soon Street and Cross Street.

On Christmas day, my family and I decided drop by this spanking new mall. The carpark of 1st avenue is similar to it's neighbor mall Prangin Mall, as in it's located 5, 6, and 7th floor of the complex. To reach it, I had to go through spiral driveways up.

Everything smells and feels new, from the car park freshly painted walls and floors, to the lifts and escalators.The lift is unique in a sense that the lift doors are made out of transparent glass. If you have phobia of heights, I strongly discourage looking down the doors.

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1st Avenue Mall Penang
Capsule lifts with an outside view of the city
Since it was Christmas, there was a small musical band playing at the centre court. Sweet melodies of Christmas songs filled the mall. It was quite soothing actually, and added an extra touch of class to the mall. Not that 1st Avenue needed any extra touch, the shops here were touted to be middle class to high end shops. I heard Coach is opening up a branch here soon.

1st Avenue Mall Penang
Aptly named the first Christmas, this was 1st Avenue Mall's first ever Christmas
1st Avenue Mall Penang
Blue lightings
View from the first floor
Pardon the poor quality of my pictures, the camera for iPhone 3GS really doesn't do the pictures any justice. The mall is much more beautiful than what was being shot above.

One of the most exciting features of 1st Avenue Mall is the open-air viewpoint on the eighth floor. It allows patrons to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. I couldn't take any pictures last night because it was already too dark, but below is a shot I found off the net. It really was a cool place to be.

1st Avenue Mall Penang
The 8th Floor Open Air Viewpoint taken off the net. 

Weld Quay Tree Shade Seafood Restaurant

I just realized that I have two blog posts on food back to back, and this is not even a food blog. Just felt like sharing what filled my stomach during christmas this year. Bare with me.

Yesterday I joined my girlfriend's family for christmas eve seafood dinner. Naturally, today for my christmas dinner I had it with my family. Coincidentally, it's at a seafood restaurant as well. This round, our choice of location was not some far away state, but rather in our very own Penang Island.

Weld Quay
Billboard promoting the restaurant
Weld Quay Tree Shade Seafood Restaurant. The main reason there's a "Tree Shade" in the restaurant name is because directly at the front doorstep of the restaurant there's a huge tree. It must be good fengshui that's why the owner never took it down even though it was actually blocking the entrance walkway.

Weld Quay
(Tree Shade)
We had to order our dishes at the front counter as there is nobody to ask for your orders at the table. It's rather different from the conventional way where the waitress will ask your choice of dishes at your table. Here you have to order it yourself. Well, it's okay for me as I'm more interested in the quality of the food.

While waiting for the food to arrive, we were served the usual fare of finger snacks, this time it was some crackers. What kind of surprised me was, our dishes were served within 15 minutes. And this included one steamed fish! Normally steamed fish would take a longer time to be served due to the obvious reason; the need to steam it. It's true what my friends told me about this restaurant, the waiting time for food to be served is short. It's a good point, since we were already quite hungry when we arrived, and the food came just in time.

Below are the photos of the dishes I managed to capture.

Weld Quay
Steamed Fish

Weld Quay
Stir fried kai lan with oyster sauce

Weld Quay
"Pai Kut Ong"

Weld Quay
"He Kor Bak"
Overall the food was good, but a bit on the salty side. If they had been less liberal on the salt and soy sauce, it'll taste much better. Now 3 out of 4 of my dishes were too salty. The price was acceptable. It is not dirt cheap, not expensive either, just acceptable. Rm69 for four persons today.

Related Penang Food Posts

Ng Han Kee Fresh Water Seafood Restaurant

It was Christmas eve. My location? Sungai Bakap. I was with my girlfriend's family, and we decided to go for a nice seafood dinner. The location of this place wasn't very near, in fact it was quite far over at Bagan Semak, located somewhere along the borders of Penang, and Kedah. Well, after roughly 30 mins drive from Sungai Bakap, across winding kampung roads, we finally reached out destination around 8.30pm.

The name of this quaint kampung restaurant is Ng Han Kee Fresh Water Seafood Restaurant. When they mention Fresh Water seafood, they're not pulling your leg, as the seafood is really fresh, as in still alive in small man made ponds. Their prawns are fresh and alive in these ponds as well.

Fresh Water Seafood Restaurant
Live fishes swimming around.

We took a medium size fish, and around 1kilogramme of prawns. That's quite a lot considering there weren't many of us. The queue to wait for our food to be ready took quite long though, maybe this was due to 3 or 4 tables were previously reserved by other diners. They reserved via phone calls, so when they arrive their food was already ready and served. The cooks were probably busy preparing their food.

Ng Han Kee Fresh Water Food
Kampung Baru Bagan Semak
+60-5-716-3717, +60-17-435-7767
Category: Food and Drink
Subcategory: Chinese

Fresh Water Seafood Restaurant
Catching our live prawns
Fresh Water Seafood Restaurant
The kampung like setting of the restaurant

Well, after waiting for like 20 minutes, our food was finally served. Smells good, looks great, and tastes fantastic! Have a look below for a sampling of our dishes that night.

Fresh Water Seafood Restaurant
500gm Prawn With Curry
Fresh Water Seafood Restaurant
500gm prawn with wine sauce
Fresh Water Seafood Restaurant
Steamed Fish

It was a very filling meal for all of us, and our stomachs were contented for the day. The price is also rather reasonable, RM106 for seven of us.

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The Season Of The Witch Is Here

Come this year 2011, a new movie blockbuster is going to hit our cinema shores! Upon seeing the official movie poster, I was ecstatic because it starred one of my favourite actor, Nicolas Cage!

"Season Of The Witch", that's the title of this upcoming blockbuster. Now what's the first thing that hits your mind upon seeing this title? Well for me, the keywords that hit me first would be "Season" and "Witches". It is actually kind of cool immediately after the season of giving (Christmas), we're getting a season of witches!

Official Movie Poster for Season Of The Witch
The second keyword that hit me is "Witch". A random image search on Mr Google for scary witches brings up a bank of 300000+ images of witches that will scare the socks of any of us. Have a look below at the search results if you do not believe me.

Random Google Search On Witches
Now what exactly makes this women scary? I mean on top of the grotesque looks, these witches are unnaturally gifted in cooking up all types of evil spells. You wouldn't want to mess with them, or end up being 3 feet shorter, warts all over your body, or just plain vanished from sight. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Imagery of hot cauldrons of potions in the midst of being concocted, with the witch's favourite black cat sitting nearby with it's green eyes are enough to give you the chills. What more the smell that permeates the air, from what I heard, the ingredients that are used to brew their potions aren't very pleasant. (Think human fingers, old lady's nails). Witches are scary, and evil to the bone I tell you.

Coming back to this upcoming movie, which I'm definately going to catch when it hits our Malaysian cinemas. In a nutshell, it tells of our hero, Nicolas Cage as a 14th century Crusader who returns with his comrade to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A mislead church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending it all. 

I will leave you with some images captured from the official website.

Merry Christmas 2010 !

Today's post shall be a shoutout to everybody out there, everywhere. Christmas marks the day Christ was born, but is also celebrated worldwide because it's a holiday where people can spend time with their families and their loved ones.

To me, it is similar to the new year, where I take time to reflect back on the past one year events. So what have you achieved over the past year? Was it a good year, a profitable one, one where we came out being better persons? Christmas also means we're already on the threshold to a new year, year 2011 is only days away.

Merry Christmas 2010 ! image source: ft.com

Have a merry merry christmas guys and gals!

Till then..

Char Kuey Teow At Tiam Fatt Restaurant - Taman Melawati

Where's your favourite haunt for lunch time food? Well, for me and my lunch colleagues, we have this few lunch spots we patronize daily on a regular basis. Today, I'm going to do a short write up on this particular lunch spot in Taman Melawati.

Tiam Fatt Restaurant is located in Taman Melawati which is around roughly 15mins drive away from my company. It's a rather cozy little place, with air conditioning and your regular tables and seats. The food here ranges from curry chicken rice, to Hokkien mee, Wat Tan Hor, Ngau Yok Hor and ala carte vegetable, meat and seafood dishes. Just outside the restaurant, they sell chao zhou yee mee and the pan mee. The other 2 stalls outside the restaurant sells the best yam cake and char kuay teow in town.

Anyway, the dish I ordered yesterday lunch break was this Char Kuey Teow. The owner was from Penang, so the dish he serves up is as close to the real thing in Penang, except for afew differences here and there. For example the kuey teow is slightly wetter than Penang fried kuey teow. It tastes great though! I would recommend anybody dining there to try this sinful dish. But be warned it is rather oily. 

Tiam Fatt Restaurant
A Dish Of Delicious Char Kuey Teow
For those who are into Foursquare, you can check into Tiam Fatt Restaurant when you're here as well.
Tiam Fatt Restaurant
Foursquare Application

Death Of A Car Battery

Something interesting happened today at around 5pm. Well, let me begin from the top. Around 5pm (plus minus 10 mins), one of my colleague CK invited me for tea break. We were on our merry way when we met up with this colleague named Siew Wei. Well, Siew Wei's car happens to be the topic of discussion today, or to be more specific, her car's battery is the star of the day. 

Anyway, she mentioned that her car couldn't start, and some of the guys would be helping her to jumpstart the car. She did kind of hinted us to help out as well, and off she went rushing to her car. CK looked at me, both of us were contemplating. "Should we go down and help her? Or just go direct to the cafeteria to have our tea?" It was a rather funny moment. We could actually see her car from our office window from the 3rd storey. In the end, being the good souls that we were, both of us ended up beside her car offering our kind help.

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Car Battery
The Star Of The Day

There were already 3 other hunky guys down there with us, namely Chan, Spencer, and "Low (I'm not sure of his name, need to confirm when I see him). The car was sandwiched in between 2 cars, so we had to push it out to the middle of the road. This was to enable "Low" to bring over his car head to head with this cute Kelisa, and jumpstart via cable.

Car Battery
The Dead "Dry" Battery
So there we were, all huddled over the 2 cars, fiddling with the cables. Initial jumpstart didn't work, and the battery stayed dead and motionless. Everyone was puzzled, wasn't there enough power? Was there something else wrong with the car, and not just the battery? Suddenly, CK suddenly thought of this bright idea, which I later found out was suppose to be common knowledge on jumpstarting a car. "Why don't you rev the car that is supplying the battery power?" Voila! That did the trick, while "Low" was revving his car, the power from his car battery surged into Siew Wei's car, and it cranked into life! "Great! Drinks are on me!" Siew Wei shouted.

Car Battery
Helpful Kind Souls Trying To Revive A Dead Battery

We then all adjourned to a rather small car workshop located at Petronas just opposite the company to get a new battery. Siew Wei's car battery was already too weak to last any longer, it has just enough juice in it to last the journey to the workshop. The damage was RM185, for a dry cell battery. While waiting for the mechanic to change the battery, all 6 of us went for coffee, milo and tea at a stall nearby. And just because it's a treat from Siew Wei, I added in one plate of maggi goreng for good measure.

Car Battery
The Car Being Transplanted With A New Battery

After that is was back to work for us. Well, it was an interesting break today though.

Gold Investment - Maybank Gold Savings Account

What do you think about investing your hard earned cash in gold? For many, gold is not a good investment. When we talk about investment, we think about property, shares, bonds, etc. People always see gold as jewellery rather than an investment vehicle.

To me, I would like to think otherwise. In my opinion gold investment may be one of the easiest and stable investment vehicle.

A few reasons I can think of that places gold as one of the safest inflation hedge.

1. No matter how severe the crisis is going to be, Gold will retain its purchasing power.
2. Gold is found to be the safest cash ready reserve. It will give you that cash cushion at all times.
3. Most importantly, you can never run into a default case while investing in Gold.

As compared to real estate, gold is comparatively easier to buy and involves smaller capital investment. Numerous investment gurus recommend adding a portfolio in gold investment.

Which brings us back to the topic of today, our local Maybank and its gold savings account. Maybank Gold Savings Passbbok Account allows you to invest in gold without dealing with physical gold. You can buy and sell gold by opening this account. The minimum amount of gold that you have to purchase is 5g, which is quite inexpensive if compared to competing banks which requires you to fork out much more for the initial amount.

Maybank Gold Savings Account Passbook
The daily gold rates can be checked anytime via Maybank2u website at any time of the day or night. Currently the 2 leading banks offering similar gold savings account would be Public Bank, and Maybank. I chose Maybank instead of a similar Account offered by Public Bank because Public Bank requires me to start with a minimum of 20g of gold. Also, Public Bank charges an annual fee and Maybank does not. Instead, Maybank only charges RM10 of stamp duty when you first open the account.

Anyway I've been monitoring the ups and downs from the Maybank2u website since 11th November 2010. The rates have been on an uptrend since then. I'm still waiting for the correct timing to buy at least 5g more.

Trendchart Of Maybank Gold Account Since 11Nov
Till then..

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Listerine Antiseptic Mouth Wash

The other day, last Sunday to be exact, got myself a small bottle of Listerine antiseptic mouth wash from Watson Setapak. There are many reasons why people go for Listerine, ranging from getting rid of bad breath, getting their gums healthier, prevent tooth decay, killing bacterias, to better personal hygiene.

Check this link below out,
"Listerine not just a mouthwash"

Some folks actually recommend using it as a mosquito deterrent. For me, I got it because I wanted to prevent tooth decay, or at least postponing the effects. 

Tartar Control Listerine bought from Watsons Wangsa Maju
So how exactly do we use this liquid called Listerine? If you haven't tried it out yet, it's pretty strong, you can actually feel the bite of the liquid on your tongue and in your mouth.

The best and suggested way as recommended by the doctors as well as google would be to put some water first in your mouth and then put equal amount of Listerine and then gargle for few minutes and then spit it. I don't actually practise that. For me, I just put in a capful of  Listerine in my mouth and swirl it around until the pain makes my eyes tear. Our mouth's natural defense mechanism actually helps, as in the mouth will produce an equal amount of saliva to dilute the painful liquid.

Seeing how this liquid can bring tears to your eyes, below I'll list down some of the precautions to be practised. Again, these are as advised by doctors and my good old pal Mr Google.

#1. Never intake Listerine - If while gargling you accidentally take Listerine, immediately consult a physician. It contains very high amount of alcohol which can harm your internal body.

#2. Never give Listerine to small kids - Listerine should never be given to small kids as its not meant for them. Infact it should only used by adults like you and me.

#3. If you have cuts or mouth ulcer in your mouth, don't you use Listerine. It can hurt really bad.

#4. Listerine is not meant to be a replacement for floss and brush as being a liquid it can not take out solid food particles which can be easily removed with brush.

#5. After using Listerine, always clean your mouth with water thoroughly as it contains alcohol which breaks into sugar. So if the traces of it remains in your mouth, it may start dissolving your teeth. Scary ain't it?

But it's all good. Listerine is still good for you boys and girls. So use it with care and may all the teeth in our mouths last us forever!

Till then..

Another Fatal Express Bus Accident

Fresh from the previous horrors of past bus accidents that occur on our highways, yesterday occured what is claimed to be the worst road accident in Malaysian history.

"27 passengers killed, 10 injured in bus crash on Cameron Highlands-Simpang Pulai Road" These were the headlines that screamed at me from the newspapers today.

Sourced from The Star Newspaper

Needless to say, I was shocked. A double decker express bus going up and down Cameron highlands? In my opinion, that's not a very wise or safe thing to do.

AFX 2266, the bus belonged to Syarikat SK Murni Tours & Travel. It was booked by San Express Holiday for the tour package. All the deceased were of Thai nationality, except for 3 Malaysians (the driver, assistant driver, and the tour guide). Early indication of the crash showed that the bus hit the divider before going into the opposite lane and overturned into a ditch. The impact of the crash must have been very high judging from the number of lives lost.

I shall not dwell much longer on this tragic event. It's really saddening to think of all the lives of those tourists. May God bless all the souls of those that lost their lives. And strengthen the spirits of the families they left behind. Also, my hope is that a proper investigation is done by the authorities to find the root cause of the accident.

Till then..

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A Short Visit To Thean Hou Temple

Blue Monday. Very aptly named as I'm currently having the flu. Sneezing and coughing the whole day. But I already planned to have a visit to Thean Hou Temple today, so by hook or by crook I'll get there. I don't like not getting my plans done.

It was drizzling with short burst of rain after work, I knew there would be a hell of a jam going to Midvalley area, but my determination to stick to my plan was strong. And so it began, picked up my gf from Jelatek LRT, and from then forth was stuck in the traffic jam for 1 and a half hour all the way to my destination.

Finally! That's the thought that burst through my mind when we reached the temple. Oh, I didn't tell the reason I'm coming here yet, did I? Well, the aim is to check out the temple that my wife to be and I will be registering our marriage (ROM for short). It was dark already that time so just check out the temple's photo I managed to pull off the net.

Thean Hou Temple
65 Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra. 50460 Kuala Lumpur.

It is a very beautiful place with cool Chinese temple design arches and all. Couples here, after registering their marriages here will proceed for a photography session around the temple's scenic landscape. That's my plan too I guess, if we finally end up doing our ROM here.

That's that. Achieved my aim of visiting the temple tonight, even though I have to brave the jam under the heavy rain, and the sniffles of my flu. It was another 1 hour drive back home where I dropped by Jaya Jusco Wangsa Maju to have dinner and stock up on my OATS! Yep, you heard me right, the 8 packets of oats I bought less than a week ago, I've diligently taken it daily for the sake of my well rounded tummy and health.

My dinner for the night wasn't that healthy though. We ate at the food court. Oh well, after my hard work driving, I get to indulge a bit don't I. Pics as below.

Pattaya Fried Rice

Black Pepper Chicken Fried Rice

Got to go rest now. Hopefully by the time I'm awake tomorrow, my flu will be gone.

Till then..

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Watsons VIP Membership Card

Today I so happen to drop by my friendly neighborhood shop Watsons Setapak. Don't get me wrong, it's not by any means my favourite hang out spot, but today I'm having a very bad sore throat and I figured a packet of Strepsils would definately help sooth my pain.

Since I was at Watsons, I took the chance to stock up on my toiletries as well, namely Colgate toothpaste, Nivea for men facial wash, and a Listerine mouth wash. There I was going up to the cashier to pay up when the cashier pointed out this Watsons VIP card promotion to me. Membership was at rm12, and it's membership for life, at least that's what the pamphlet states.

The thing that got me interested was they have this cute little cutout coupons (roughly 30pcs) of various discounts for items bought at Watsons. I saw they have an RM3 discount coupon for my Nivea facial wash, so technically if I were to get this card, I am paying only RM9 for it. After browsing through the other coupons, I realize there are a number of other items which I commonly use, and I can get discounts for it in the future. Weighing the pros and cons, I took up this membership. Have a look below.

Watsons VIP Card
Came home promptly after that to register online, it seems my new card will be credited with 200 points immediately if  I registered with them. Their website is at www.watsons.com.my , have a look if you're interested.

Watsons Card Registration Website

Till then..

Sore Throat Day

This morning, I woke up feeling sick, with a runny nose and a lump in my throat. The moment I try to swallow, I realize, I have a sore throat. Damn, I really do not like this, as normally this condition indicates an onset of flu and fever. So I went "googling", in search of the cause of my sore throat, and how to cure it fast. Found this picture below which kind of looks like my throat now I guess.

Diagram Of Throat Infection
Did you know the medical term for sore throats is pharyngitis? I didn't know that till I googled about it. Now you know why Google should be everyone's best friend.

A few causes of sore throat that I found from various websites and will share in my dear blog would be as below: 

1. Common viruses (that should be common knowledge ain't it), the viruses that causes the flu can cause sore throat.
2. Breathing through the mouth can also produce throat dryness and soreness. (Maybe I was dreaming of food and opening my mouth the whole time I was asleep last night? Hmm)
3. Bacterias, the two most common bacteria to cause a sore throat are Streptococcus and Arcanobacterium haemolyticum.

I think for my case it would most probably be the flu virus. Not too sure though since I'm not a doctor. Next up will be to try to find a quick fix for my sore throat. Did you know on the internet there are 1001 remedies for sore throat? From gargling with salt to swallowing red hot chillies. Below are some remedies which I plan to practise soon, namely the salt.

1. Salt water gargle, sprays and lozenges can provide temporary pain relief.
2. A humidifier may be helpful in relieving symptoms, especially in sore throats caused by mouth breathing and dry air.
3. Panadol.
4. If the nose is plugged, nasal sprays such as Afrin may be used for two to three days to prevent mouth breathing. (This is something new to me, wonder if they sell these sprays in my neighborhood pharmacy eg: Guardian Setapak)

Well, that's that for now, need to rush off for my movie date (Tron) at 11.20am TGV Wangsa Walk.

Till then..

Tron Legacy In Cinemas Today

What do you think of the movie? I haven't gone to the cinemas to watch it yet, however I feel it should be a good watch from the hype i read on the news. The original Tron movie was a hit in 1982, and made with a budget of USD17 Million, grossing well over USD33 Million.

This latest offering of Tron Legacy was made with a budget of USD200 Million and was released worldwide yesterday 17 December 2010. My guess is it will be a feast for the eyes with all the dazzling visual effects and graphics.

My plan was to watch it today, but work got in the way. Should I plan for a movie day tomorrow? Maybe I will. Watch out for my post after I've watched the movie.

In the meantime let me share some cool images of Tron Legacy.

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