Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Customer "Service"

Read from a famous blogger regarding her blood boiling experience with horrible customer service. All of us have experienced it. Most of the time we just brush it off. Well, it doesn't make any difference whether we rage over it or complain to the manager. It never changes and nothing will be done to improve it. Just want to jot down some experiences that I have....for....research purposes (Pfffttt...).

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So the internet suddenly stop functioning one day, not so long ago. Okay. It was last month to be exact. I called the service provider because well, no one wants to do it so I was forced to. I seriously hate calling all these customer service hotlines. Firstly, calling those stupid customer service number itself is already a pain in the neck. Don't get what I mean? Let me elaborate.

Ring tone......
Voice recording : Welcome to XXXXXX. For English press 1. For Bahasa press 2. For Chinese press 3. Pause. For Enquiries press 1. For Bills & Whatever Not press 2. For complaints press 3. To talk to our customer service personnel press #*!!!%&*.

You get the drift.

So anyway, back to my story. I called the service provider hotline and after slaying dragons and fighting world war 999 I got through.

TM: Good afternoon. I'm (whispering voice).

Me: Hello. My internet isn't working since last night.

TM: May I have your name....What?....G...no...E...no...ok....IC....phone number.......What is your relationship with this person?

Me: (Baffled by that dumb question) I'm the relative.


Seriously, does it matter what my relationship with the person is? Is it  important? Is there like a ranking for service provided based on  relationship status?
 Like for instance :

Dato/Datin -respond time - immediate
Spouse - respond time 2-3 days,
 Mistress - respond time 5-6 days.
2nd mistress - respond time 7-8 days

I was tempted to say mistress but held back my sarcasm. I know they are just doing their job of asking dumb and totally redundant questions set by the not very bright superiors. They are just filling up the ticket of our complaints and there isn't much that they can do. But seriously! Questions like what is your relationship status with this person? What a smart and informative question. Like knowing the relationship status immediately resolves the problem on hand. The person that set this question must really have a complicated childhood or a messed up relationship (namely cheating partners) or a really fucked up family.

Continuation from the conversation.

TM: Ok miss. have you tried switching off and on the router?

Me: Yes. Multiple times.

TM: Have you tried removing the line from the splitter?

Me: Yes. Still not working.



After some donkey years of Q & As.



TM: Ok miss. We will send our service people over. If they come and check and find that the equipment is damaged by your side the cost will be borne by you. If they come and find that the fault is ours then there will be no charge.

ME: ok.

TM: Ok miss. After this call you will receive a sms which you will rate your experice with this call with 7 and above as good.

Me: ok



It was actually really smart of him to say 7 and above. Cause if he were to say 5 and above callers would have rank them starting from 5 and they would receive a low ranking of customer satisfaction.


Well, after that call, nothing happened. No one showed up. Neither did they come the following day. Internet still not working. So had no choice but to call the dreaded hotline again.

Anyway, the day after the call, I saw a van from TM parked outside the neighbour's house. So I asked the person if they are from TM (asking a question which I already have the answer to... deliberately). The guy said yes. So I told him I called their hotline and they said they would dispatch their men but no action was taken. No one showed up to "check". So that guy came in to have a "look". Literally that's all that he did. He quickly said "Oh, ini Streamyx. Saya tak tahu. Kalau Unifi saya boleh tolong. Tukarlah ke Unifi" (Translation: Oh, this is Streamyx. I don't know about it. If it is Unify, then I can help. Change to Unifi).

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Super Moon


The news reported that there would be a super moon last night (14 November) at around 9.50 pm. Hence, I went moon hunting last night as it was said to only take place every god knows how many years or decades. Sadly, there was no moon in sight. All I saw was black sky. 
Expectation

 Reality



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Extreme Ear Pain

I had extreme ear pain on my recent flight. Never experienced such terrible pain in the ear before. My ears felt like they were being cut by knives on the inside. Accidental swallowing of saliva was pure hell. It was so painful that even chewing gum couldn't relief it. I pressed hard while covering my ears but to no avail. The pain is unexplainable. I wished the plane would land sooner but nope, didn't happen. I had to bear with the pain, an hour prior to landing. I pressed my ears shut and remain in that position for close to an hour till my hands cramped. Even after landing I couldn't hear a thing. The ear pain later developed into a headache. Bending down and sitting also cause migraine like headache. Usually my ears would be blocked for a short while and I will be fine after setting foot on ground. This time though was the first time I have such terrible pain in the ears. On top of that, I couldn't hear a thing after landing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 19

Happy Birthday Joong Ki 

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Tall

I was at the supermarket picking up some groceries. I was grabbing some items from a higher deck of the shelf when a voice said something to me. There were three vertically challenged "I" ladies in that aisle. One of them just call out to me like I'm the labourer of that supermarket. She was like " hey, ambil itu ( meaning " hey, take that"). It wasn't such a big deal helping her take that item from the higher shelf but it was the way that she asked that irked me. She could have said it in a polite manner like, " excuse me, could you please help me get that bottle from the higher shelf?" Anyway, I just helped her because I'm nice. Not because I'm obligated or compelled to. There was another lady in that same aisle at that time and happened to hear her command. She looked at the "I" lady because she thought it was a confrontation as it sounded very rude. The "I" lady just justified her actions by saying " dia tinggi" ( meaning "she's tall"). Implying that I'm tall. Well short, obnoxious dwarves, just because someone is tall doesn't imply that they are compelled to heed your command. She didn't even thank me after I helped her get that item. Where are your manners? Did you leave them in your homeland? Or are they yet to be discovered by scientists? 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Major announcement. After over a month of pain and suffering, I'm glad to announce that I got rid of the rascal. Hip hip hooray! I've been suffering from severe pain on my face and skull because of the rascal that grew in the wrong direction. The root was so long that it was very near the nerve and was possible touching the nerve (as per the dentist's explanation), which is why I felt pain. So after over a month of taking painkillers and antibiotics, the swelling sort of subsided. Due to my fear of the surgery and the effects that follow, I decided after massive research and oceans of advice, to get it done at the hospital.

Finding a good dentist was the next problem. I wonder how people in this forsaken land deal with teething (dental) issues? Or do they not have any? So I asked around and did a lot of lookup online and found some reviews that said that the doctor at Adventist Hospital is good. So I muster up my courage to go to the dentist for the surgery the minute the swelling subsided. I admit I'm a wuss when it comes to dentist. I am scared of the whirring sound that the equipment make. I'm scared of being lowered backwards on the chair (don't ask me why. I'm just scared. I'm scared of rocking chairs too). I'm scared of the pain that follows the drilling and whatever procedure that they do to the teeth. I suppose my teeth are just extremely sensitive and it hurts like crazy when the dentist are rough and unprofessional. It could also be a phobia that was developed since small due to horrible experience with lousy dentists.

I made an appointment and headed to the hospital. The hospital is seriously messy. Not to mention parking is horrendous. I circled the area four times and finally found a spot outside the hospital grounds and had to walk quite a distance to get to the hospital. The receptionist at the dental department were seriously inefficient. They took donkey years just to register. Like how hard is it to type as per the form that patients were make to fill up? It's not like they have to come up with programming language to key in names. That took over half an hour.

When it was my turn, I walked into the dentist's room. The dentist was still talking to the nurse about some other patient's file when I walked in. He briefly greeted me and carried on with his conversation. The room was tiny and there wasn't much room to move about. There was a big door that is quite a nuisance cause when I was standing there waiting for the dentist to entertain me, a woman presumably a nurse from the hospital from an earlier case dashed in. She didn't knock on the door or anything but just pushed open the door. As I was standing there I had no choice but to move further towards the end of the room because she decided to just barge in. After seeing me standing like a lost child in a crowd in front of him, he turned his conversation to me. He asked me some questions. I told him about my severe chest pain as a result of taking the medication prescribed by another dentist. He asked to see the medicine and was rather perplexed as to why I had such symptoms after taking them.

After some talking, he asked me to get on the the dentist chair. Gulp. He took a look at my tooth and then the nurses started bringing out a box wrapped in green paper, and placed it on the chair rest (table? whatever that thing is called). The part where the dental tools are. He asked me " So do you want to get it done today? Before I could answer, he added, "Since you are here, might as well get it done. I don't want to do halfway. I want to go all the way". I just sat on the chair and obeyed and let them do whatever they have to. The nurses started to drape my chest with a piece of tissue. The dentist told me to open my mouth and he took up a small bottle and sprayed into my mouth. He explained that it will sting a little. Immediately, I felt my gums and tongue sting and it got really bitter. that was only on one side. He propped the chair upright and started talking about the earlier case to the nurse. After a while he asked if I felt numb. I said yes. He asked something which I can't remember but I asked if I can rinse. He said after the jab. He then lowered the chair again, he picked up a metal syringe and injected my gum. He explain that it might hurt a little while injecting. I felt a little sting on the first jab but not the subsequent ones. After that he propped the chair up again and said I could gargle. After a few minutes he asked if I felt numb. I told him just a little bit. He touched my lip and ask do I feel it. I told him yes. He touched the other side of the lip which wasn't injected and then touched the side that was injected and ask whether i can tell the difference. I said I can still feel and it is not numb. He told the nurse to get another dose of anesthetic. He lowered the chair again and injected the gum again.

After about five minutes or so, he started the surgery. Panic. He opened the green wrapper and took out the tools from the metal case. The clanging sound of the equipment make me panic but I tried to remain calm. Kept telling myself not to be a wuss. Just close your eyes. He the placed this rectangular piece of plastic on the other side of my mouth and told me to bite on it. I did and told but i find it hard to breathe so I told him I can't breathe. To which he replied, "Your nose so big you can't breathe? This is just psychology". He removed the plastic piece from my mouth and proceeded with the extraction. I could feel him tugging hard a few times with some metal tool. Then I heard whirring sound. He said he is going to cut my tooth. Panic. I heard whirring and sound of cutting. I felt the pressure but didn't dare move a cell. I clench my eyes shut. Then I heard suction sound, whirring, tugging and some fluid got into my throat so I said to him "water in my throat". He told me to spit it out and gargle. When I did as told I saw some blood. The nurse quickly told me to wipe with the tissue. She saw some blood on my face and wiped it for me. Luckily there was no mirror around. Otherwise I would have had a panic attack. When I lie back down, the nurse console me by saying "Just relax". Then the dentist said " Just swallow". He seemed a little annoyed. He continued tugging and digging. All the while I heard was the tugging, digging, sawing and suction. I dare not open my eyes. At some point, I did feel something. I was possibly pain but I couldn't quite tell. I was mentally telling myself that it will be over soon, just bear with it and don't be a coward.

After a while I felt something brushing against the side of my lip. I brushed several times. Then I felt and heard something hit my upper tooth. The dentist continued whatever he was doing, which I wouldn't know and would never know since I closed my eyes the entire time. The he stuffed something into the now "vacant" area and told me to bite hard. I finally felt some pain. He then propped the chair up. And it was out. He didn't show me the extracted tooth. I saw him throw stuff into the dustbin. I presume it was my tooth or should I say fragments of my tooth since it was sawed into pieces in order to be extracted. I never got to see the rascal that was nestled in my gum for so long. We didn't get to say hello nor goodbye. A part of me was just thrown into the dustbin. All that was done in under 30 minutes. He then told me that he would prescribe me some painkillers and antibiotics to prevent infection. I asked him what time should I start taking the the medicine. He said not so soon since I have extra jab of numbness. He said after about two hours and another before I go to bed. With that I thanked him and head to the payment counter.

The whole extraction took less than 30 minutes. The wait for the payment and medicine though took almost an hour. By the time I got home, it was time to take the medicine. So I took the medicine, Shortly after, I felt pain on my gum. The pain got serious. Screw those who say that I doesn't hurt a bit. It hurt like hell. I had to keep using Ice pack and kept spitting out pools of blood. It was torture. I couldn't swallow as the motion of swallowing affect the wound. I went to the dentist with a half empty stomach because I couldn't eat. I ended up not eating anything after the extraction because it was so painful. I even teared. The remainder of the evening was spent spitting out pools of blood and sticky saliva and changing gauze. I even swallowed medicine while biting onto the gauze. It's fortunate I didn't choke. I could hardly sleep the entire night due to the pain as well as the drool. Each time I lie down, I would drool pools of bloody saliva. I used up all the face towels to soak up the bloodied drool and had to resort to using bath towels, as there weren't any face towels left.  The following day was the same cycle.

After four days, I still couldn't chew properly and am still in pain. I took my medication and did everything diligently but don't know why it still hurts like a bitch.I haven't been able to eat before the extraction due to the extreme toothache. Yet after the the extraction, I still couldn't eat. I have not had a solid meal for over a month. How much longer must I suffer? Not only am I suffering from the pain and being unable to eat, I'm also a thousand  $$$ poorer because of this tooth extraction.

At times like this, insurance is of absolutely no help as dental is not covered. Wonder why we bother getting insurance?



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fright Night

16 August. It was a long and frightening night. I couldn't sleep a wink. I thought i was going to die. My heartbeat was irregular the whole night. When I tried to sleep, I couldn't breathe. My body was vibrating beyond my control. I was shivering . The entire night was spent getting up because I couldn't breathe as the heart was beating at an irregular rhythm , standing on front of the toilet bowl trying to vomit, and purging. The whole cycle was repeated throughout the night. Each time I lie down I would experience difficulty breathing . Then my mouth would become extremely dry and I will drink some water. Then after I feel the urge to vomit or poop. And the whole thing repeats. Seriously cursed. I don't know for sure what is wrong but I guess it's  because of the stupid toothache that I have been taking antibiotics and pain killers for about a month. Asshole toothache. It could also be due to the prescription that the dentist gave me for the toothache. After taking the dentist's prescription , my chest hurts so badly that I have difficulty swallowing. Each time I swallow, it feels like rocks are forcing their way through the skin. Even swallowing water is unbearable. I contacted the dental clinic when I started having chest pain but they didn't reply till two days later. Which things have already aggravated as I was told to finish the prescription. Then since their reply yesterday , they have been pestering me when I'm going for my dental procedure. So I ask can the dentist extract the tooth while I'm in pain. The reply was no. Yet they want me to go in for other procedures like scaling. How do they expect me to keep my mouth wide open when I can't breathe and am in pain? Only care about making money. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Teething Woes

I hate to admit this but I have a phobia towards dentist. This has been a built on problem since small. It all happened during primary school. I attended the government school just like any child. Unlike students these days that have the privilege of attending fancy international or private schools. There was a room in my primary school that was used as a dental clinic for practicing dentists and nurses. There was also a room that was used for dialysis for outsiders which was situated next to the dental clinic. The students in my school were like guinea pigs to the dentists that came. These dentists and nurses would come to our classrooms with those green dental cards and call out our names. Once your name is called, you would have to go to the dental room to have dental procedures performed on, namely drilling and filling, extraction. I remember clearly my mother stated specifically on the consent form that I shall not receive any form of dental procedures from the practicing dentists. But I still get picked on. When I was in standard one, and didn't know better I just sat still on the dentist chair and let them practice on. I dare not even cry over the pain. So as I got on to higher level, and was more aware of things, I noticed something amiss on my so called dental card. There was a column that was the parental consent and my card was obviously tampered. By tempered meaning, initially it was underlined not allowed but that "not allowed" part of the consent was cancelled out by pen and underlined allowed. My parents never allowed that. Come to think of it, the consent was probably tampered by a teacher, since there was a sensitive nationality lady teacher that hates me for no apparent reason. All because of a lie that was told by her favourite student when we were in standard3. She has not stop picking on me ever since that incident. Psychopathic bitch. So when I was called to the dentist, I told the nurse that my parents did not give their consent for any dental procedures to be performed on me during school. The nurse then scolded me badly. She even threatened me to bring my a formal letter from my parents to state that I shall not be touched as they are doing a good deed by giving free dental procedures. Free your ass. You destroyed my perfectly fine teeth by drilling holes on it to practise so that you can pass your clinical hours. So I told her fine. I will bring it. She added, you go fix your teeth and come back and show me or I will call you out again and fix it. So stupidly I did as her threat. Thinking back, that was really stupid. Should have just complained to the government. Sigh the time when computer was not widely used in our land. I returned to her with a letter from my parents stating that I refuse any form of dental procedures from them and handed it to her. Thinking that this is the end. How stupid. It is not. The letter was probably discarded and I was victimised throughout my primary school life. Each time I go to the dental room, I will repeat the my parents do not consent phrase. How brazen of me. Once I was called in to the dental room and there was this fat lady nurse/dentist wannabe on duty. So I went on the chair for the routine. She was rude and rough. She disregarded my no dental procedure phrase and forced herself on me. She was so bad at her drilling that it hurt like hell. I was crying and pleading for her to stop. She got angry and shouted at me "buka" telling me to keep my mouth opened so that she could drill. The other nurse, and older Chinese lady tried to calm me down and started to intercept from afar telling me that it will be over soon. The fat sensitive nationality, unqualified nurse/dentist wannabe kept drilling and I was struggling in pain. I think she hit the nerves or gums or something and I bled. Only then she stopped and told me to gargle. I can't remember if she was the one who continued with the filling or the other nurse. From then on, I have a phobia of going to the dentist. I fear hearing the sound of the drilling equipment. Simply just fear the term dental. Recently, I have a very bad toothache. It got from bad to worse and became unbearable. I had to take medication to help suppress the pain but to no avail. It hurts till my face, ears and skull hurts. I called up the dental clinic to schedule an appointment and the nurse said that nothing can be done unless the pain subsides and told me to continue taking medication till the swelling subsides. So when the swelling lessen after over two weeks, I immediately went to the dentist. The first thing the dentist said to me when she saw me was " has your face always been lopsided (meaning bigger on one side). I was stunned. My auto response was "I don't know". To which the dentist replied " how can you not know? You look at yourself everyday". Well I don't self admire daily at the mirror, so I don't know. Or perhaps I'm used to seeing my face that I don't notice that it is lopsided. The nurse handed her a big mirror and she held the mirror to my face and ask me to see whether I look like that daily. I asked her " is my face swollen?" The dentist replied "it looks swollen to me" . She proceeded to sit on her chair and told me to lie down to be examined. She then told me to go for an X-ray. All the nurses were chuckling at me. I must have been really amusing to them. The dentist then asked " are you pregnant?"  I told her "no, I'm not married" . She found it funny and said " it's a standard question I ask everyone, including children. Then I was ushered into the X-ray room. The nurses from the dentist room came with me to the X-ray room. They were still chuckling at me. One of the nurse then asked if I'm wearing earrings and if I am to kindly remove them. So I removed my earrings and place them in my bag. Then she held out a black vest to be worn and said that it's a little heavy and strapped it on me. It was indeed heavy. She told me to stand in front of the X-ray machine and proceeded to place a small zip lock bag on a small plastic stick on the machine. She instructed me to place my face on the chin rest and proceeded to adjust the height. She then told me to bite on that piece of plastic that she "wrapped" earlier and align my face with the red laser lines in front of me. I bit on the plastic and began to feel pain on my aching side. Because of the terrible toothache, I couldn't even close my mouth hard or slightly harder because it will hurt badly. The other nurse start the machine and the side headrests stated clamming in to hold my face in position. The machine started giving out instructions : close your eyes, the X-ray will take place now. After a while the machine instructed me to open my eyes and that was done. I was ushered back to the dentist room an my X-ray image was already displayed on the monitor in there. The dentist was already looking at it and she explained to me my situation. I saw my once upon a time gloriously beautiful teeth on the monitor. My teeth has always been the envy of others in school since the were always perfectly straight and I never had braces. Which come to think of I should have had braces to safe me this agony now. There I saw the pain in the jaw. The prick. Lying perfectly flat on my jaw, the stupid don't know how to grow wisdom tooth. It should be call anal tooth since it is stupid good for nothing and only cause pain and agony. The dentist said that my wisdom tooth root is touching the nerve, which is why I feel pain. She can't be for certain whether it is touching or very near the nerve because the X-ray does not show. So definitely surgery is required to remove this tooth. She said she will give general anesthesia to remove the tooth and then will assess whether the tooth have cause further problems to the tooth in front. Hearing the word surgery made my phobia resurface. I have never had any surgery in my life. And to have surgery when I'm fully aware of it drove my phobia to a higher level. I might end up with a panic attack during the surgery and cause problem for the ongoing procedure. The dentist my have noticed my face colour changed and suggested that I think it over and prepare myself and come when I'm ready. Because the pain had been unbearable, I wanted for it to be done there and then but my gums was still swollen so the dentist was adamant to perform the surgery for fear that the surgery will cause further inflammation and complication and extreme pain. So she suggest that I go back no take her prescribed medication until my swelling subside and reschedule the procedure to another day. The bill came to close to 200 for just the X-ray and medication. I don't know how much the procedure will be and the dentist say that there will be possible crowning if the front tooth is badly damaged. And that was just for one wisdoms tooth. I have three. One still hidden in the gum. Fml. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Nationality

I was in a shop browsing when this person said something out loud. I looked up to see if that voice was talking to me. Indeed it was. A middle aged uncle started repeating what was spoken earlier. I thought that I couldn't understand because I wasn't paying attention as I wasn't aware that he was talking to me. I listened carefully to what he was saying. But I couldn't understand a word that he was saying. He looked at me and repeated what he said earlier again. For the third time. I stared cluelessly at him. He finally realised I don't understand what he was saying, and quickly walked away. Right after he passed to my other side, he spoke to me again. This time in English. He asked, " You are local?". I replied, "yes". He immediately added, " You are not from Indonesia?". I said, "No". And walked away. I was browsing another spot when he started talking to me again. I just smiled and walked off. I do get asked a lot about my nationality. Usually when they find out about my name. I do get asked a lot whether I'm Japanese or korean or from china (gasp). This is the first time I'm asked if I'm Indonesian. I wasn't even wearing makeup. Did I look heavily makeup-ed or look so terrible that he thought I was a maid? 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Apple Phising

I almost fall into a Phising trap. I received an email of an invoice from "Apple". When I saw the amount on that email, my eyes almost pop out. The email showed that a purchased of some song by some unknown artist on apple store was made on the 20 July 2016 by my account. The amount was quite a big sum and it was in pounds. Holy cow. How on earth did that happen? I have not used my iTunes account in years. No way on earth could that purchase have taken place. Moreover on an unknown artist. Total bullshit. No way am I paying for that. I looked up my devices and couldn't find any trace of such nonsense purchase. To make things worse, I forgot my username and password for iTunes. I started contacting my banks to block that stupid transaction. I couldn't remember which credit card was used to register the iTunes account. Fml. So I had to call up all the banks that I deal with. Major fml. The beloved tiger bank as always is the pain in the rear. Called a million times but can't even get through the precious hotline. Not even once. Called the other bank and immediately got through. However I was told by the person on the line they can't block the transaction. Seriously puke blood. What can a bank do then? Sit and wait for disaster to strike? Never mind. Continue calling the anal bank hotline but to no avail. At the same time I started looking up apple support . I managed to chat with one apple support staff. She told me it is not her jurisdiction and told me to call the hotline. And left the chat. So much for being support staff. I tried contacting the apple hotline. Again can't get through. Seriously, what's the point of hving hotlines that customers can't get through? I contacted the chat room again . This time a guy called Russell replied. I relayed my woe to him and ask for help to stop the transaction. He asked for the said email and I sent it to him. He said that it is some Phishing scam and I was to ignore that email. Thank god for support staff like Russell. Save me the trouble of contacting the anal bank. 

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Inexplainable

Last night, (ok maybe should be this morning), during the wee hours, I got up to answer nature's call. I turned on the lights, something caught my eye. In front of me about half a meter away, I saw something. I peered closer to see what that thing was. It was a strand of hair floating vertically in midair. IT seems to be swaying from left to right. In an air conditioned room. Well nothing to be startled about. It was just one strand of hair. But why just one strand? If hair can float in midair, then shouldn't all the fallen hair on the floor be floating as well?


I was a little taken aback. It was the wee hours, so it's natural to feel a bit eerie. The thing is I wasn't thinking of anything. A strand of floating hair isn't exactly something that is easily visible to the naked eye anyway. Fortunately it was just one strand. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to relate this. I was told that, in the event that we come across supernatural events, it is best to pretend not to notice, act normal and proceed with what we are doing. Hence, I turned off the lights and went back to sleep.


A part of me is dying to lunge forward and grab that floating strand of hair so that I can have a peace of mind. On the other hand, it is best to not care, especially during the wee hours. I do not want any drama.


So today, somewhere in the evening, I recalled that floating strand of hair and told someone about it. I looked at the same spot to see whether it's still there. True enough it is. Still floating in midair. I reached for it and pull it into my hands. There doesn't seem to be cobwebs. So I am still baffled at how that particular strand of hair is floating in midair. I was asked, whose hair is that? I do not have the answer to that. I do hope that it is actually a strand of hair attached to some dangling cobwebs that is not visible to the naked eye. I do not want to be entwined in any supernatural nonsense. Amen.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

SJK Military Discharge First Anniversary




26 May 2016 marks the first anniversary of Big Boss' military discharge. Happy First Anniversary. - throws confetti-

His fans are truly amazing. They remember the date of his discharge. Wow. Even a year after, they remember. WOW.


Throwback to the day he was discharge, exactly a year ago.


26 May 2015, uri Big Boss was a free man again. The moment he stepped out from the Army Base, he had an interview that took place directly outside the gates of the Army Base. FHL. He must have been thinking "When can I take off this uniform? Ish. Let's get this over and done with so I can go home and sleep and burn this outfit". (Those are just my words. Not his)




Squeals. Looking so buff in his military gear.





Million dollar megawatt smile.


His 'freedom' was short lived as he had to continue wearing the army uniform for the filming of 
Descendants Of The Sun. 


Enlistment Day


Goodness, who cut his hair? Looks so dumb. Poor guy.



His signature look. With a hairstyle like that, I would hide under a cap too.



Final interview before enlistment (shut out from the world).





Army Days 







Happy as always. 


Representing the army for some event.


Still cute even with disastrous hairstyle.




The students at the International school went crazy when they saw him on stage. They were ecstatic and he had to gesture them to remain quiet and calm.


Wonder whether that person that cut his hair is jealous of his hair. Goodness, such an uneven haircut. Oppa, did they cut your hair while you were asleep?


Representing the army to Beijing. Man he really lives up to his nickname "Active Joong Ki".


He sure loves kids.

(Perhaps a fan of his ran into him at the airport and didn't have any gift for him, hence handed a kid to him? Or is this...)


When he first join the army. Still thin.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

27 & Bike In Sydney

Randomly came across this program. It is called Star Velo : 27 & Bike In Sydney featuring .....drumroll....... Soong Joong Ki. In this travelogue, he cycles around Sydney and introduces some things that could be done while in Sydney. He is quite good in cycling. Oh did I mention, he looks really young in this travelogue. Like a teenager. Some young Aussie girls he met, must have mistaken him for being around their age, pre-teen to teen category. But he was 27 at that time (hence the title - this was according to some comment/description by some fans). He really looked like he was 16 -17. Perks of having a baby face. Unfortunately, the show does not have english subtitles. I  haven't a faintest clue what he said. But, who cares? We get to see our flower boy, and listen to his deep voice. That's all that matters. Delulu mode.





Driving on the beach.



Chatting with some Kids at Centennial Park. He told them that he can't speak fluent English and they replied that it's ok. They seem to be attracted to him. Attracting girls everywhere he goes. They have the same thought, who cares what he's saying. Just feast your eyes on him.



At Sydney University, which he said resembled Hogwarts in Harry Potter (I'm guessing that is what he meant).



Part 1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx62bzKDGsM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUjJNw9eo2Q


Part 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQEOZewIg1c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQqRrcbjiDw

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Post Descendants Of The Sun

Since Descendants Of The Sun ended, there isn't much to spazz about. Miss seeing our cute Captain in action. It would be a while till we see him again on screen since he hasn't been in many dramas, and those that he were part of were really minor and insignificant roles. No show is appealing since Descendants Of The Sun ended.

Even though the show ended about half a month ago, Song Joong Ki is still as popular as ever. It is as though the show has not ended. This guy has a tremendous fan base. His fans are not solely teenage girls, they range from children to senior citizens. Girls claiming themselves as Mrs Song and parents wanting him as son-in-law. He even has a new title, given by the fans in china : Nation's Husband (guo ming lao gong). My father who has never been fond of Korean Dramas, praised him for his swift and agile moves throughout the show. When he saw shows from Taiwan and China re-enact scenes from DOTS, he exclaimed "Lousy. Totally different from the Korean show. The phone flew backwards when he hit it, whereas this -the re-enact version- the phone flies forward". This coming from him is big. He has never praised any actor.




 Baby faced beauty. Never get tired of looking at this face.



 

This is where we thought our favourite boy gets killed. Heartbreaking moment.




Our darling reappearing after a year. Clean shaven, without wounds or any hand slings or bandages whatsoever, even though he was shot and badly beaten up and locked up by enemies for close to a year. Well, he is Big Boss after all. An extremely skilled soldier. Not dying is one of his skill. He looks like he is doing a photo shoot for a magazine. With the scarf draped around his neck. But he actually walked a thousand miles to a desert to meet his love. How does he even do that? Is he a satellite? And the amazing thing his phone still works after a year. That is some awesome phone. 

The reason for the sarcasm is because I'm a little disappointed with the ending. The writer should have made the ending more realistic, since the whole show is a bit on the serious side. But the ending was more of a high school fantasy whereby everybody lives happily ever after. I have to clarify that this is not the actors' fault. The actors did tremendously well in bringing the story to life. 


While watching the finale, the following conversation took place. 

Mum: What is he doing here. why is he at the desert and not back in Korea ? .

Me: He doesn't have his passport so he can't go back to Korea. 




(Images from Google)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Descendants Of The Sun





Jumping on the bandwagon before the craze stops. This is by far, one of the most touching dramas that has been aired of late. It has all the element rolled into one: action, romance, comedy, drama. Not to mention good looking cast. There is no doubt that every drama that Song Hye Kyo stars in will become a hit, and all the male leads that star along with her shoots to instant fame. Just to mention a few, Rain, Hyun Bin, Jo In Sung, Lee Byung Hun, Song Seung Hun. This seems to be evident for her co star male lead for Descendants Of The Sun, Song Joong Ki.


No offense to our dearest Song Joong Ki and his massive fan base (oppa saranghae), but this is the first time I heard of his name. It is through Descendants Of The Sun that I come to know of this actor. Why have I not notice him previously? I don't know, since I did not watch the dramas that he starred in previously (which are mostly period dramas and I don't fancy period dramas).


After coming across repetitive promotional ads for this show and a tsunami of fan ravings about Descendants Of The Sun, it piqued my curiosity of this much raved about actor that is recently discharged from National Service. Somehow, it is as though all the stars aligned, KBS World was about to air that show. Lucky me. I didn't have to turn on the mole mode and search tirelessly on the internet for kind souls that share videos of the show. After some homework on google and several entertainment news videos on Song Joong Ki, I finally got my answer to why I have not noticed him before. This is partly due to the fact that he is mostly the extra in most shows that he has acted in previously (based on entertainment news briefing on his past). It is also partly because of his baby face which was a disadvantage to him (most male leads have strong, manly features, thus making them more memorable). Looking at his previous shows prior to his enlistment into the army, he really looked like a kid. Very teenage. Military service has certainly done him good, as we can now see that his appearance has certainly taken several notches up, and he is looking manlier.


 His portrayal of a flirty soldier in this show, with the abilities of James Bond, Superman, Batman, Ironman (all superheros rolled into one), who is at the same time macho, romantic, loyal and capable of everything, in Descendants Of The Sun, it isn't surprising that he has become a global phenomenon, and every woman's dream man. His charisma has wooed the viewers around the world and sent the show's rating sky rocketing.


This drama deserves immense amount of credit. Each genre of the drama is nicely executed. Just the correct dose of everything with tongue in cheek humour.


Synopsis

Descendants Of the Sun tells the story of a group of medical staff that has been dispatched to a war torn country, Uruk on the pretext that they are there to set up the hospital's new project, which is a medical facility for that country/area. The truth was it was a punishment on the team leader, Dr Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) who turn down the hospital director's advances on her. Because she hurt his ego when she refused to sleep with him, he abused his authority and sent her there with hopes that she would come begging for forgiveness . Unfortunately, Mo Yeon is a strong willed woman, so off she goes to the troubled zone.



Medicube in Uruk
                                                 

Captain Yu Si Jin (Song Joong Ki) is a member of the Special Force Team of the Korean Army. He just returned from a mission and was on a day off with his buddy Sergeant Seo Dae Yong (Jin Goo), killing time at an amusement park. There they run into a rascal that stole someone's bag. Being great law abiding citizens, both of them gave chase and managed to catch the thief after he ran into a motorcycle and fractured his limb. While performing rescue medical procedure on the thief, Seo Dae Yong's handphone was picked pocket by that thief . Hence both soldiers went to the hospital where the thief was being sent to, to retrieve Seo Dae Yong's phone. The thief tried to escape from the hospital, and Mo Yeon 'confiscated' his hand phone (which was actually Seo Dae Yong's phone) to prevent him from leaving the hospital. When Si Jin called Dae Yong's number, Mo Yeon saw the caller ID Big Boss and thought that there were the mafia and that the thief was trying to run away from them. Thus leading to the misunderstanding on our cutie captain.


In Uruk, Mo Yeon was reunited with Captain Yu Si Jin (Song Joong Ki), whom she previously mistaken for a mafia due to an episode at the hospital. Both dated briefly but had a fallout in Seoul.



On a movie date. (A very cute photo of both leads.)




She was surprised and a little happy to see him at the tarmac in Uruk, but was disappointed when he walked passed her without acknowledging her.





A series of events took place in Uruk; car driven off cliff, landmines, earthquake, epidemic outbreak, illegal mafia dealings, etc. All of which made our little flirty soldier boy shine brighter than the stars in the sky and become a hero that will always come running to everyone's rescue. Most of the mishaps involve non other than our sweetheart, Kang Mo Yeon.
Their feelings for each other grew deeper with every obstacle that they encounter in Uruk.



Some random shots of the show



Our little flirty soldier boy working out.
 (One of the selling points of the show : Abs)




Sneakily, "driving" her on a date to a place she enquired about when she saw the road sign. (Boyfriend goals : where to find a guy that will whisk you off on a speed boat to a beautiful beach just because you randomly asked what does the sign say and whether it's far?)






Getting himself into trouble because of Mo Yeon 
(Boyfriend Goals: Where can you find a guy who would risk his life end up getting punished because of you?)


So macho


There are many parts of the show that is very touching. The casts portrayal of their  characters and their emotional journey is truly on point. For instance, the relationship between Seo Dae Yong and Yun Myeong Joo, I can't help but feel that their love is so painful and difficult. There are so many obstacles in their way form Myeong Joo's father's disapproval, to their job. 


Spoiler

There has been much speculation on the ending of the show. Hinting that it will be a sad ending. I hope that our darling flirty soldier boy does not die in the end, much to the speculation that he will. 
There is a hint in the MV of the drama's OST- the song by Yoon Mirae - Always (0.07 s) which show our female lead walking pass two tomb stones, perhaps indicating the passing of both soldiers? I certainly hope not. Thou shall NOT die.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE0eV2YR51k


So sad that the drama is coming to an end. Going to miss seeing Yoo Si Jin.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Mosquito Woes

I don't know why mosquitoes are attracted to me. Recently, Mosquitos have become a nuisance. Their bites are like poison and leave behind scars. If they would just stop picking on me, that would be great. 
            The result of mosquito bite. Sigh. Such an eyesore.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Supper

My stomach wouldn't stop singing its hunger tune. I was browsing through some "blogs" and saw all those tempting food. Looked at mine.... Sigh. Consoles self ( tell brain) ." I'm having lobster soup" while scoops a spoonful of nestum into mouth. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pest

There is a pest in the neighbourhood. This pest is really annoying. He/she is childish to the extent that thinks playing with our main water supply is some sort of achievement. It is not the first time this pest turned off our main water supply. That pest has done it many times. Each time we just turn on the water supply again. Well that pest managed to do so because our house happens to not have a backyard and the dumb thing is the water supply control happens to be at the back alley. The amazing thing is this pest only targets our house. Today this pest has gone overboard. He/she turned off our water supply twice in a row within an hour. He/she has so mush joy doing it. Really tempted to call the police. But would the police take action? Since no break in is involved.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sabotaged

What would you do if you have been sabotaged by people whom are blood related repetitively? How would you retaliate? 

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Greek

I didn't know I speak Greek. Why is it so difficult for people to understand what I'm saying? I'm not speaking with an accent. Because of their inability to listen and try to comprehend what I'm saying, they simply blame me for things that I am not at fault. You are the blockhead. I am not the one that has a speech problem. You are the one with a problem. Ok, actually two in incidents lead to this post.

First is related to the bank. I made an online transaction to settle a payment. Normally, when I perform such transaction, I will immediately receive a SMS from the bank clarifying with me whether I performed such transaction. The number that sends that SMS is 66628. However, today I receive the SMS from the number +46  675-994 3434. The content of that SMS looked a little different from the usual. Besides,this number previously sent a SMS regarding Canadian Pizza. So being a little cautious, I went to the bank to enquire. I was directed to a female staff who was busy looking at her phone when I related my concern to her. I showed her the SMS, she just took my phone and walked over to another colleague of hers. She then told me to go to him. I then had to repeat what I said to her to him. He looked at me as though I'm speaking Greek. He then asked me to move to another counter and he picked up the phone and dialled the bank's customer service hotline. He then chucked the phone to me and told me to settle it myself. So for the third time I had to repeat my concern to the person over the phone. The customer service personnel on the phone was so soft, I can hardly hear him. So after relating to him, I heard a soft mumbling over the line like "it's our number.....". It sounded something like that to me. It's only my guess cause even after asking him to speak louder I couldn't hear him. So my guess is that he confirm that it's their number so I thanked him and hung up and left the bank. So stupid. Go to the bank to enquire over the phone with the bank's customer service. Seriously, what are the bank employees for? Permanent fixtures? This is not the first time I've encounter such terrible service from this branch. Maybank buck up. Don't waste resources hiring lazy and useless employees.


Second incident also involves the bank. This is seriously ......deep breath..... Don't know how to describe. When I got home from the bank, I saw a piece of paper that looked like an thin letter on the road in front of my house. When I picked up I saw it was indeed a letter addressed to me. Why was it on the road, I don't know. It wasn't there when I left for the bank. So I immediately opened the letter and there it was. A notice stating I missed a payment. And the due date? Wait for it....You've guessed it... Today. The day I saw the piece of paper on the road. Immediately made the payment. The stupid thing is, I didn't even receive my bank statement for that overdue payment. I don't even know what that payment is for, yet I just pay. Blindly. This stupid bank is really the death of me. This extends to the postal service. Then when le old Derpina found out, immediately accused me for being forgetful and whatever not shit. Seriously blew my lid. You don't even know what happened, straight away jump to your own conclusion. Creating stories to suit your fancy. Just mind your own business. This is not the first time my mail was not received. The other time my mail went missing, the other bank suspended my card. All for a measely service charge sum only. Only pick on small timers. If you are that vigilant, go pick on the big shots. Tsk. Wonder what happened to my mail? Did the postman deliver to the wrong house? Or simply never deliver? Or outsource to agents to deliver? I really don't know. But because of the postal service, I have to pay penalty. Should make pos malaysia pay the penalty.

Monday, February 29, 2016

February 29 2016 Leap Year

Nothing significant happened. Just typed something to commemorate this day as it only happens every four years. 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Device Says Darnest Thing

We drove past a hot air balloon festival thing on our way back from dinner. I was instructed to capture a photo of the zebra shaped hot air ballon. So I fished out the phone and tried to take a photo from the moving car. It was rather a difficult task as (1) the car was moving, (2) there are other moving cars that are obstructing the view, (3) there are ample trees that are in the way, (4) it takes time for the phone to focus, (5) it was dark (it was after 9 pm). With the phone in my hand, I tried to take pictures. I managed to capture one but it was too dark to tell what it was in the picture. Tried to capture another when the phone got sarcastic. It appeared on the screen "Hold device properly". What the..... Being told off by a phone. Stupid Samsung Note (insert number). How dare you? Ish. Chuckles

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Persistent Breakout

I have been attacked by a persistent breakout. No matter how many antihistamines that I take, whatever anti rash medicine that I apply, it will not go away. It's really nerve wrecking. To make things worse, the extremely hot weather that leads to massive sweating makes the rash happier. It's only two days away from Chinese New Year and I'm still battling this nuisance. I do not know what trigger this annoying outbreak. I just want it to go away for good. To make things worse, I'm down with fever and sore throat that leads to extreme ear pain. Just go away. Go far away and never come back. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Obnoxious Bitches

This took place at Gurney Plaza. We were about to leave when we saw a kiosk. A housewife-like lady was standing there. She wanted to scan her receipts to gain points from her shopping at the receipt kiosk. She didn't know how to use it. So happened we were there reading the instructions. She mumbled something.

Ahjuma : Where is the scanner? (Fidgeting the kiosk)

Me : (Lifted the plastic cover for her)

Ahjuma: (proceed to scan her receipts)

Partner in crime : How does this work? Blah...blah...(small talk)

Ahjuma : (happily explaining to show expertise)

The housewife-like lady (a.k.a. Ahjuma) left when she finished. Another Aunty with her child was next. After they left, a couple went up to the kiosk and scanned their receipts.

When the couple left, I was my turn to scan my receipts. As it was my first time using the kiosk, I was required to register. The keyboard on the kiosk wasn't very sensitive, so it took a while before I could begin scanning my receipts. Just then two obnoxious bitches stood behind me. Because the kiosk had somewhat a big-assed screen, it was visible to public what was going on. Not to mention they were standing really close to me. As I was busy with my stuff, I didn't pay attention to them. So after registering, I proceeded to scan my first receipt. Then I scanned my second receipt. At this moment, obnoxious bitch 1 said to me

Obnoxious Bitch 1 : (rudely) Could you stop scanning and let me go first?

Partner in crime : She is already in the midst of scanning, can't you let her finish?

Obnoxious Bitch 1 : (loudly in a very rude tone) You have so many receipts, I only have one. Let me use first.

Obnoxious Bitch 2 : (mumbling) ....lunch......

Me : (I was contemplating whether to stop scanning and remove my IC from the kiosk to let her go first).

Then she had to be a bitch.

Obnoxious Bitch 1 : (loudly)  tsk... searching for her receipts. Got shop so much meh? Got so many receipts meh? Keep in wallet some more.

Obnoxious Bitch 2 : (in the same bullying rude tone) ya lor. tsk... Use credit card receipt some more.

Obnoxious Bitches 1 & 2 : Laughs

Because of her bitchiness, I decided to continue with my scanning. She can wait.So when the receipt show on the screen, I purposely rotate it, to take up more time. Finally both obnoxious bitches walked away, knowing that they can't bully their way through.

It was just a matter of a few short minutes. But because of their bully nature, the think that people should always give in to them. If they have been polite, I would have let them use the kiosk first. Since they chose to be bullies and bitchy, they can wait. I have every right to use the kiosk. The kiosk is not reserved specifically for them. They do not own the kiosk. Haven't they been taught basic manners? Even kindy kids know what queuing up means. It means wait for your turn. NOT " ME FIRST". I'm over and done with being bullied.


SAY NO TO BULLYING




Ill manners is not a disability. Hence there is no need to be given special treatment (i.e. Jump queue or the need to go first)

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Fall

Only a few days into the new year, I receive another "present". Just now we went out for dinner. Wanted to try a new restaurant so we went all the way only to find it closed. Perhaps it has never opened? So all that happened within 5 minutes. So I went to get the ticket validated by the parking ticket machine. Since we drove past the middle section of the facility, I had to walk all the way back to the middle section from the far end. Since everything took place in less than 15 minutes, the parking shouldn't have cost a dime. But lo and behold the parking cost a dollar. And we didn't even park the car. We literally just drove through from the entrance point to the exit point all under 5 minutes.  And the stupid drive through costs a dollar. Way to go. Nevermind. Second part of the story. So we drove to another destination for dinner. We found a parking spot by the roadside and got off. Le dad happen to be a very impatient person. He quickly got out from the car and started walking towards the eatery. He happens to be a wobbly, unstable, fragile person. So I rushed to aid him. The eatery has really bad walkways. Dark Roads full of pot holes and uneven pavements. So we reached the "stairs" made of metal sheet plates. The over enthusiastic old man started climbing them. The steps were kind of soft and the stairs didn't have any hand rail for support. As he was ascending the unstable stairs, he suddenly fall backwards. All the time I was holding his arm. When he suddenly fall backwards. I grab hard onto his arm to prevent the fall. But he was too heavy for me to hold back. So both of us fell. He landed on his back lying flat like an overturned turtle while I landed beside him on all four. We cause such a scene. A very kind lady rushed to our aid. While mum who was dily dallying in the car rushed out without locking the car. We managed to lift him from the ground and up the unstable stairs. Whilst he didn't suffer any major injuries (no bleeding whatsoever), I on the other hand was bleeding on both knees and my palm was scrapped too. Even my new shoe was torn from the abrasion with the uneven tar pavement. Literally took the fall for him. He fell while I bleed. I still can't wrap my head around the whole fall. I don't know how I ended up bleeding while he got away without a scratch. Now my whole back is aching. My wounds are aching too. Seriously fml. 😭😭😭🍃🍃🍃🍃 The only conclusion that I can come too is that I cushioned his fall by preventing him from direct fall while I fell by being dragged by someone more than twice my weight. 
 The stupid spot that the accident took place.  

Taken at the spot directly after the fall.

 My torn shoe.

 Taken after we got home. Gross stuff coming out from bleeding area.

 

Monday, January 04, 2016

Additional Topping

Just a couple of days into the new year, I had a pleasant surprise. As I was about to eat my bowl of steaming hot soup mee sua, I saw a cockroach in it. Of all things, just have to be a cockroach. Gross. So the whole bowl of hot soup mee sua went to waste (with drumstick and all).

Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year. May 2016 be an awesome year.