Friday, February 25, 2011

Paranoid
Got myself a Speck Pixelskin HD casing for my new toy recently (from a vendor in LYN), and I'm happy with it :) Before getting the casing, I felt the phone was so delicate, was afraid to lift it too high for fear my palms might get sweaty and the phone might just slip and fall onto the ground and shatter into a million pieces. Also because I'm not really used to the smooth feel of the phone. I prefer to hold on to something a bit more "solid". I decided on this casing after reading reviews about it, and this was done a few months before I got the phone.

Yes, call me anal, but I like to do some research before making a purchase. Blek!


Image taken from here.


Yes, I am paranoid and I blame my boss for it XP You see, a few months back, his iPhone 4 fell onto the ground, and he did not realise the screen had shattered until later, when he took the phone out to use. The phone was housed inside a leather casing, and it fell in the office, carpeted floors. When it fell, there was no sound. My boss only realised something was wrong when he heard some loose rattling inside the casing. Costed him RM 600 to repair the screen. Ouch!

Since then, everyone is kinda paranoid with their iPhones now, harhar! Some even decided to hold off the idea of switching to the iPhone 4, because of its fragile state. Yes, a shattered iPhone right in front of your eyes does nasty things to your imagination.

Good thing about having the same phone in office is that I don't have to worry if I left my USB cable at home and need to charge my phone, as I can always borrow from my colleagues here, hehe!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bangun Pagi, Gosok Gigi...
How many of you still remember this song from your primary school days...?

Bangun pagi, gosok gigi~
Cuci muka, pakai baju~
Makan roti, minum susu~
Pergi sekolah, suka hati~


Friday, February 18, 2011

iPhone 4

Photo from Apple.com

I've added to the iPhone statistics, got myself a set this week :) After much review reading, waiting, procrastinating, contemplating, thinking, pondering, debating, calculating, researching... and then more waiting... I finally got it.

Maybe it was sheer luck too, as everyone knows the iPhone is such a hot item now, and just about every Tom, Dick and Harry on the streets own one. When I was in Sg Petani during CNY, my BIL, who is in the mobile phone business, told hubby that DiGi's iPhone 4 stock will arrive on February 15th. I tried to check in Lowyat's forum, but no one could really verify if the news was true, so hubby suggested let's just go to the DiGi store and check things out.

So come February 15th morning, which was also a public holiday, we drove to Solaris @ Mon't Kiara and I went in to get a number. I also checked with the customer service counter if the iPhone was available, and they said YES! :D

So I sat there with hubby, and waited for my turn. Dum Dee Dum Dee Dum~~~ Saw a few people before me walking out carrying their new toy, and honestly, my heart was beating with anticipation.

Finally when my number was called, hubby and I walked to the guy and took our seats.

"You're here for the iPhone?", he asked.

"Yes. I'm a prepaid customer with DiGi and would like to get an iPhone package", I replied with much glee.

"Oh I see... You're the last person today the get the iPhone..."

*stunned for a moment*

It turned out, on that day, they only had 16 units up for grabs, and I was getting the very last available set for the day.

WHOOOOOAAAAA...!

Had I walked into the store 5 or 10mins later, I probably would've missed the chance to get the iPhone, and have to wait for the next shipment, which the DiGi representative said, was the day after and on Friday, both days I'm not able to make my way to the store at all. Talk about luck!

After about 2 hours of waiting time + registration + payment, I walked out with a brand new toy in my hands. So fragile, so delicate, so clean and shiny and fingerprint-free. It feels almost... too good to be true...!

Now before you think of me as some crazy iPhone follower, I've been meaning to switch to an iPhone ever since it was launched. I just never got around to getting it because:

1) When the iPhone was first launched (iPhone 3G), only Maxis was offering it. I didn't want to be on Maxis.

2) It was rather costly.

3) My trusty Samsung D820 was still serving me well.

Even when the iPhone 3GS was launched, I contemplated for a while, but put it off again because of other more important commitments. By then, so many of my friends were hopping into the iPhone bandwagon. iPhone sini, iPhone sana, iPhone semua. Even when DiGi started offering the iPhone 3GS, I was tempted, but resisted. I'm not the type to really just get something just because it's a trend. Plus when it comes to mobile phones, if I really see something that I really like, only then will I consider it. And even then, I deliberate A LOT.

Then the iPhone 4 wave came and swept the nation into a frantic queue for the latest Apple product. Again I didn't succumb due to more important commitments. My Samsung was still serving me, albeit the keys getting less sensitive, the battery life dying faster than usual and the power on-and-off tricks it would sometimes play.

Hubby knew how much I had fancied the iPhone, and said he will get me one when the opportunity arises. I was in no rush to get a new phone really, because the iPhone was such a hot commodity now, and stock is virtually non-existent sometimes! So I guess you could say, the eventful day of February 15th has really a lot to do with luck. That I would successfully get the iPhone, and the very last unit available for the day.

Now hubby can play Angry Birds anytime haha!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Plastic Hazard
Our recent trip back to hubby's hometown for the lunar new year, besides being boring, also reiterated the fact that some of our local hawkers friends are anything but people with good hearts.

Now I'm sure many of you would've come across stories about how some deep fried snacks are actually cooked in boiling hot oil + melted plastic straws and bottles. It is said to be the trick of the trade: Melt some plastic into boiling hot oil, then dump your favourite snack into the oil to cook. The crunchiness is said to last for hours. Some also say that the fried shallots being sold, are actually deep fried raffia strings.

I've never seen this act with my own eyes before, but I've heard many stories about it already. Now we all will cringe when we hear such a dastardly act is being committed right in our own backyard. "OMFG you mean my favourite goreng snack is fried in plastic?!?"... "WTF how can these people be so evil?!?"... would be some of the many cries you would hear.

It seriously makes you wonder how society is these days. People are making people sick. Really sick. They don't care if it makes you sick. As long as their deeds can reap profits, just do it lah. You get sick, your problem lor. Terrible, right?

My BIL had a first hand account in regards to this "plastic in hot oil" act. He witnessed this hawker sliding in a couple of plastic bottles into the hot oil and questioned the dude. The dude replied "Banyak orang makan, takpe jugak."

So there you have it folks. Maybe it's time we stop consuming some of our favourite fried snacks from the hawkers and let them deal with bad karma that would befall their evil hearts. I guess I'll stop eating the famous SS 2 pisang goreng and lekor...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Red Packet

Ang Ang Ang...!

It's that time of the year again. When the singles get extra pocket money, and the married have to part with their pocket money. The infamous Chinese New Year red packet, or better known as angpows, are making their annual appearances and bringing much joy and laughter to little children and individuals that have yet to tie the knot.

According the Wikipedia, the angpow is mainly presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or on holidays such as the Lunar New Year. The red colour of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. Of course these days, not all angpows are red in colour. Some are pink, some are bright yellow and some are gold, though majority would still stick to the auspicious red colour.

The amount inside the angpow can vary, and most of the time immediate family members would usually get a more generous amount.

Angpows are also presented during Chinese wedding dinners, as a means to "pay for your share of the meal".

The practise is that if you're married, it's customary to give angpows to those that have yet to tie the knot and also to children. It's more of a tradition thingy, although in some cases, I have seen how some parents actually go all out to make sure their kids get their share of red packet.

I remember during my childhood days, I would collect all my angpows during the entire festive season and at the end of CNY, only open them on the 15th lunar day (the last day of CNY). My mum had cultivated the habit of saving our CNY stash into the bank, hence my sis and I never spent any of the money collected from CNY.

Of course these days, I don't save the CNY money, but instead, distribute my "wealth" now LOL!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai 2011 + Hiatus
May the Year of the Rabbit be a fruitful, healthy and productive one for all!!! Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone and have a safe journey back to your kampung! I'll catch you guys when I'm back ;)

Ain't I adorable?!?