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Shopping and Food Heaven! June 30, 2008

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The weekend came and went.  What you can do in Hong Kong is basically self explanatory.

Just eat and shop.

Everyone went back to work today, so I’m left to wander the streets of Hong Kong alone.  Met up with Cheshire the Cat for some healthy, soupy lunch then went to Mongkok to look for that Robotech whatever toy.  Nope…no luck… Ended up buying this Bert for HKD300….which was not even on my shopping list. Damnnn…who’s fault is it now?

Don’t give me that ‘Not another Bert’ killing stare.  This one’s different.  Look closer at his face.  The fabric’s different!!!

I’ve not splurged a lot yet.  Thankfully.  Won’t be blogging for the rest of the trip until after I get back.  My job training officially starts Wednesday, so which means that I only have one full day more of shopping tomorrow.

Some pics taken during the weekend

Yum-cha with the ‘jee mui’ and bestie in Wan Chai on Sunday

Hotpot dinner at Little Lamb as soon as I arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday night.  Gee..I LOVE the hotpots in Hong Kong.  Can never get the same quality in KL.

The sea bass’ tail was still flipping when this sashimi dish was served….Poor poor fish

 

 

 

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I don’t even know where to begin! June 28, 2008

Filed under: Travel — siaoyue @ 2:32 am

I’m just jinxed to be on planes.  FULLSTOP

My adventures in Jakarta began with the gun incident.  Then I had an absolutely crazy week at work.  Finally today I thought TGIF.  I’m finally going home in style on KLM Business Class, and I can collect my second collectible item from them..all their houses have a different number, I think about 70 plus houses for u to collect them all.  Seems like I will only get to collect one this year…

I’m not going to write 5 paragraphs on how they screwed my evening/night/Friday, whatever.  To sum it up,  I thought Malaysia Airlines was bad.  This is my first experience on KLM.  THEY CANCELLED THE FLIGHT DUE TO SOME MAINTENANCE WORK BEING CARRIED OUT ON THE %*&(* PLANE.  ORIGINALLY IT WAS MEANT TO DELAY 3 HOURS.  MAS IS FULLY BOOKED OUT.  SINGAPORE AIRLINES TOO.  THE EARLIEST WE CAN FLY OUT IS 7-8AM JAKARTA TIME ON SATURDAY.  I HAVE CHECKED IN MY CATHAY PACIFIC FLIGHT CX722 TO HONGKONG FROM KLIA AT 1.45pm SATURDAY.  Almost every agitated passenger I spoke to tonight on the plane cancellation had some nasty experience with KLM cancelling their flights all together.  I feel like I’m in some epsiode of the Amazing Race Asia getting to my destination.  Last team will BE ELIMINATED…

So how did I end home at 1am tonight??

Ta dah!  Air Asia is my saviour today!!

Ok, so it’s not Business Class.  So what.  I still love Tony Fernandez tonight although I had to fork out an extra couple of hundred bucks to fly back.  ( I wow not to blog negatively about Air Asia for 1 year from tonight on..hahah!)

So what if their famous nasi lemak did not look anything like their menu??

so what if most of their new items on the menu were OUT OF STOCK..roti jala, roti canai, sandwich nada…even their nasi lemak and nasi briyani were limited in quantity.  So, although I did not feel hungry, BUT i had the privilege of sitting in the first 4 rows, die die also want to fight with people for the nasi lemak. Ha ha

They still got me to LCCT by 11.30 pm on a Friday.

I hope I have a better flight tomorrow.

Some pictures I took In jakarta…

View from the plane on 22/06/08

Remember in my earlier blog posts on how they serve plain white rice in KFC?

bert looking fresh and excited in the Manhattan hotel on our very first night in Jakarta..

bert after our absolutely mad rush in home sweet home…..

SELAMAT MALAM KALIAN!!!!!!!

 

Shopping in Hong Kong June 26, 2008

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I’ve gotten my shopping list ready for Hong Kong!

I am sooooo excited.  Just 2 more nights!

I’m going to buy myself:

-G2000 clothes and lots of em!

-Clothes from ‘Ng’ boutique in Beverly shopping centre in CWB.  Love their stylo milo working attire.

-More clothes and shoes

-Shoes and more clothes 🙂

-Birthday pressies for all the July, Aug and even 1 September babies!

-‘Sat Ke Mah’ biscuit, which is someone’s favourite but has declined my offer to get it cause he’s sworn of junk food….

Not going to get another branded bag in case I get insulted from Nick about my BAD TASTE on buying Petaling Street lookalike bags…I want to get the IPOD touch but I can’t afford it after my not-meant-to-be shopping spree during the Great Singapore Sales.

And for some of the not-shy people (you know who you are) who have asked me to get you the following:

-Almond cookies from the ‘shop with the red signboards that you can find all over Mongkok.  Uhuh!!!

-Macross Robotech SF-1 (Ok, so I don’t have a childhood because I really don’t know WTF this is but apparently can get tons of this toy in Mongkok). 

-Sniper Rifle (ya right!)

-Portable mahjong table ????

 I just know that I am going to have a whale of a time there! 

 

Sigh June 25, 2008

Filed under: Pointless Rants,Travel — siaoyue @ 10:34 pm
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I am still working at 9.27 local time. Yes, many of you may find this unbelievable and somewhat amusing!

I’ve lost my voice because of the flu. I croak like a frog.

KFC in Jakarta sucks because they don’t serve my favourite mash potatoes and coleslaw in the snack plate.  They serve plain, white rice (wrapped in one of those McDonalds burger paper wrappings but instead it has the LARGE ‘RICE KFC’ print on the front).  Like-lah the fried chicken isn’t dry enough.  What do they expect us to have the rice with? Chilli sauce? I will load the pictures later!  The fried chicken is a disappointment – it’s too dry, too un-tasty.  I risk losing my voice even more after my KFC meal.

I’ve been adviced not to wander around town at night alone, so I’m stuck in the hotel every night.  Not after the gun incident, nah I won’t dare risk it!!!! George tried to be funny this afternoon and told me that Bert got sickeningly bored being in the hotel that he’s taking the fisherman’s vessel back to Port Klang tonight.  He’s gonna pick Bert from the Port.

Counting down…..2 more nights to go.  And by Saturday, I would be enjoying my hotpot with Angeline and Virginia in Hong Kong. I can’t wait!!!! Anttyk, I don’t know how bad Surabaya is, but Jakarta isn’t much better at this point!

 

Am I going to die in Jakarta? June 23, 2008

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I had a hell of a evening and night in Jakarta.  This is the first time I am here.  One that I will never forget in my life.  I am still super sickly with a nose running like a tap.  Stupidly forgot to bring the camera cable so can’t upload pictures into my laptop…so no pics for an entire week folks!

What have I experienced and seen so far since landing at 6pm?  It’s 12.45 am and I’m freaking tired but still trying to come to terms with some once in a lifetime experience that I’ve had here…

1) Came on business class with KLM.  They give out really nice limited edition collectibles.  Ceramic miniature houses.  Will post the pics once I get back to KL

2)The air is super polluted.  According to Sass-O, it’s only really polluted near the airport and Sundays are meant to be less pollusion day.  My flu has only worsened although I’ve had like like 3 flu tablets since this morning.

3) The Manhattan Hotel, Jakarta that I’m putting up at is spanking new but only impressive from the outside.  My first complaint, there were stains on my pillowcase and it smelt ‘sour’.

4) Went dinner at Loewy in Kuningan, about 5 mins drive from where I am staying with Sass and husband-to-be.  Here comes….

I’m too sleepy to blog the entire event, but to sum it up, husband to be got into a REALLY HEATED argument with a maniac on the road.  Maniac pulled out a gun and pointed it to his head…at that moment only a few things crossed my mind:-

a) How many bullets did he have?  Was he going to shoot?  Are we going to get hijacked – with me in the car?

b) If I’m going to die here being shot, who do I want to speak to before I die? 

c) What will happen to Sass, she’s seated in front too!! OMG OMG OMG

Maniac also pulled out the key from our Harrier while the engine was still running (our windscreen was down).. believe it or not and broke the damn key!  Ok so even car is stalled!

Thank god the police showed up within 5 minutes.  Commotion died down a little but maniac was still behaving like a maniac minus the gun.  I’m amazed how fast he hid the gun when the police arrived.

Police and maniac left after about 1/2 hour… bla bla bla…..the Toyota dudes came….their friends came….cellotaped the car key….bla la bla….I got back to the hotel at 12 am sharp. 

Note:  Was told by Sass’ friend Shirley that people dont carry guns so openly.  I’m just god damn lucky to have met one tonight. ….but they don’t normally shoot you, she reassured….

The whole incident was so surreal.  Looks like something out from my HK serials

I’m going to bed.  Good night folks.

 

 

Isn’t Malaysian Airlines, our national carrier, a total disgrace? June 21, 2008

I have already been having a throbbing headahce for 2 days.  3 Panadol Rapid.  My body feels like it is trapped in flames.  Had 4 Strepsils – the blue coloured super strong ones.  That still did not help.  Cut short my outing today because I feel totally weak and it obviously does not help that I am going off to Jakarta tomorrow for a week.  Pray that a fever does not follow suit.  Imagine how further heated I am after making to 1300 88 3000 – the toll free line for Malaysian Airlines and Enrich.

Remember my Brisbane trip in March this year?  A little recap.  It was a total bitch.  On March 21, I upgraded to Business class paying AUD950 (to accompany my mom on the flight) and came back with MH 140 from Brisbane to Kuala Lumpur.  The damn flight delayed 13 hours.  The system at the airport crashed.  Because mom and myself rescheduled to return to KL 2 days earlier, and I was initially on econ class, they actually had some stupid remark in their system indicating that she had ‘VOLUNTARILY DOWNGRADED’ from business class to economy class.  We spent 1 1/2 hours trying to fix that stupidity.  I mean come on which psychopath would do such an insane thing.  ‘It does happen miss.  You must have indicated to our phone staff when you rescheduled.’ – was their abrupt response.

I wrote THREE ok not 1, not 2 complaint letters because of this whole incident.  No reimbursements.  The lady who called to inform us of the delay was a total bitch.  No replies to my letters.  Come on and you brand your airline as Malaysian Hospitality (MH – all Malaysian Airlines flights goes by the numbering convention MHXXX)…again my foot! 

Today, I finally had the time to check my Enrich points online.  Ok, so they only credited 2800 points to my frequent flyer points instead of 6000.  Feeling already a bit pissed that they must have overlooked, I called them to clarify just to hear- sorry Mam, your ticket purchased initally was on class Q (economy) so we can’t give you business class points.  What? I said BUT MY BUSINESS CLASS TICKET SHOWS I AM A CLASS C AFTER UPGRADING, SO SHOULDN’T I BE GETTING THE 6000 POINTS? 

‘No mam cause your ticket purchased originally is a class Q and not the business class  You can’t claim for business class if you used your enrich points to upgrade your self’

‘No I did not use my points.  I PAID AUD 950’

‘Ok mam, but you still can only claim economy class points which is 2800 points.’

‘Then I paid the AUD950 for what?!?’

‘No mam, this is our policy, I can’t help you!’

‘Ok my second question is.  How come there has been no response to my complaint letters.  I wrote 3 letters via email but I have got no response till now?’

‘Sorry mam, we are ENRICH AND NOT MAS- I can’t help you on this, but i will pass you to our customer hotline for MAS’

‘Please make sure your line does not cut off cause that’s exactly what happened in the past few times I tried to call in’

‘Sure mam.  Once second.  toot toot toot.’ Line gets cut off!  (I later found out their this Malaysian Hell (MH) airlines customer service only works weekdays 9-5.

WTF.  I am so tempted to scold some profanities, but I shall remain my composure. 

HOW CAN AN AIRLINE THAT HAS CLAIMED TO WIN SO GODDAMN MANY INTERNATIONAL AWARDS PROVIDE SUCH SERVICES.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate them a -2.

Can anyone out there enlighted me if there’s such a airline policy or if this policy is being practiced by other carriers.  I mean how can one pay a whopping close to RM3000 to upgrade but gets no additional frequent flyer points?

I can’t believe that I have a blog category specially dedicated to the extremely awful service of Malaysian Airlines.  It really brings out the other side of me!

AS AT 11.40 PM, I AM SUPPOSED TO BE IN BED RESTING BECAUSE OF MY HORRID FLU BUT I AM NO.  MY FRIEND FU HAS JUST SUGGESTED THAT I TAKE THE MATTER TO THE TRIBUNAL COURT FOR CONSUMERS SINCE MAS IS NOT RESPONDING TO MY REPEATED COMPLAINTS AND FOREVER GIVING UNJUSTIFIABLE EXCUSES AND NO PROPER EXPLANATIONS.  I AM CURRENTLY RESEARCHING ON HOW TO BRING THE MATTER TO THE TRIBUNAL COURT AND WHAT MY CHANCES ARE AGAINST THEM. GOING THROUGH THE MALAYSIAN AIRLINES ‘GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CARRIAGE’ TERMS AND CONDITIONS.   

 

Really.. OH MY GOD! June 17, 2008

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Stanley called me last night to chat.  I must have sounded so bored that he suggested I sign up with speeddate.com – this online speed dating site where you have 3 mins to get acquainted with someone before time’s up and u move on.  Ok well, since there was nobody to chat with on MSN at that time, I decided to give it a go and sms-ed my two other single Male friends, Kev and Wely to try.  I would have asked Sooyin too but she’s too busy being serenaded (is there such a word) by her Spanish ‘guapo senor’ (handsome dude in Spanish apparently…a word i learnt from her)

Ok.  So three of us registered and hence our began our adventures. So the two of them found me using the ‘Recently Added’ features and ……. to my ultimate HORROR when i saw that Kev has registered using this nick

I mean who would call themself a man dragon….unless their erm manhood..is errrr well….no comments. 

Maybe then, his nick isn’t so bad after all cause i browsed through the whole listing of males between 27 and 32 and found ‘Dragons’ who looked like he came out from some Bollywood movie!

 

But then having a corny nick isnt nearly as bad as posting your semi-nude picture and claiming u speak 5 languages and asking chics to try you….

..or perhaps even claiming to be a leng zai (handsome) but only revealing your eyes….in you profile pic

Well, of course there are also the shy ones, who do not put their pics and try to remain some elements of mystery..

And so, I was relating my erm..speed dating experience to George and…apparently, he has his fair share too ( oh god, he is so gonna kill me when he realized I have actually pasted his whole msn conversation)

George says: 

 

 u know dat day having lunch with colleagues in KK la rite.. (as in Kota Kinabalu)

 

siaoyue – https://siaoyue.wordpress.com says: 

 

 what what 

siaoyue – https://siaoyue.wordpress.com says: 

 

 ya ya 

 

 George says: 

 

so extended lunch time ma..

 

George says: 

2 hours lunch ahah

 

George says: 

so i ask them eh wat u guys to around here la..

 

  siaoyue – https://siaoyue.wordpress.com says: 

wah 

 siaoyue – https://siaoyue.wordpress.com says: 

 

then 

 

 George says: 

 

 then they brought me to this place…speed dating one

George says: 

u know those lunch time speed date thing

 

 

George says: 

 

wah lan eh i tell u ah..

 

 

George says: 

the guys in kl also better looking than the girls there wei 

 (i thought he had a typo of some sort! -noticed it’s actually guys and not girls)

 

 George says: 

 

  somoemroe need to spend 3 mins with each participant.. damn torturing…