Saturday, 8 November 2014

Transaction Alert

My friend was very angry, and totally suspicious when he had to cancel his credit card issued by a local bank after he received an SMS alert for a transaction he did not make.

After cancelling the card, and then receiving a new replacement card, again he received an SMS alert of a transaction, when he didn't even have a chance to use it at all yet. 

Now, I am not going to mention which local bank issued this card but it is mighty alarming to me. What are the chances of the information being leaked out within the bank itself, since it has yet to be used? 

What do you think?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Countdown Beach Party

I have just been assigned to organise a beach party at an East Coast hotel. I was a guest there for 3D/2N recently and when they found out that as a blogger, I have a fan base, they want me to handle the countdown beach party. 

Well, I have to say I have no experience in organising beach parties or any party for that matter, but the management has promised to allocate staff members for my little project. 

Right now, I have listed down a few items that I have to get, such as laser lights that I intend to buy now, if possible, amplifiers, food orders and even gifts.

Now, the question is, should I charge a small admission fee to cover the cost that I have incurred? What do you think?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Pope Francis' White Skull Cap Sold For €89,050

Pope Francis' white skull cap was sold for €89,050 last week on eBay, all in the name of charity. 

The cap, authentically belonged to the Pope as the moment that he exchanged it with a TV programme presenter was caught on video. 

The Pope was on his rounds passing through his audience at the Vatican. The presenter of "Le lene" seized that moment to offer him a new white zucchetto cap. 

The monies raised was for humanitarian work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

eBay UK Celebrated Its 15th Birthday in Aug

As the original eBay.com founded in California by Pierre Omidyar in 1995 celebrates its 19th birthday, the UK version marked its 15th some ten days ago. 

This means that it took eBay almost exactly four years to expand from the United States to the United Kingdom. By then eBay USA had already started charging a fee for insertion. 

And since the early days until today, 19 million Brits visit eBay UK every month, more than a third of the country's population. 

I can't remember when eBay Malaysia was established but I believe it has been 10 years, plus minus. Wow, that's a long time ago!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Magnetic Therapy

I have not been well recently, and my cough alone took over a month to go away. My friend had a look at my palm, and told me that my health is weak. As though I do not know that? 

Another friend recommended that I wear a magnetic bracelet to improve my health, especially for problems that occur on my hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, where the magnetic bracelet is worn. 

I have heard of magnetic bracelets a long time ago, and some friends are using these bracelets as well, and have found their magnetic bracelets effective. 

Back then, I was young and did not suffer from as many ailments as I do currently. At my age now, I am beginning to appreciate things that can improve our well-being.

Friday, 15 August 2014

eBay Fee Hike For Sellers

It's going to be more costly to sell on eBay, beginning today. This coming just a couple of days after a massive internet outage which saw eBay going down and inaccessible on Tuesday, the tenth time it has happened for the site this year, this fee hike is not going down well with sellers of the marketplace. 

Although some will see their cost lower by a slight margin, sellers who use the site for auctions for 3-10 day "Buy It Now" listings will see a bigger impact. 

Moreover, from being charged 95p for the "Gallery Plus" feature of the website, it is now £2.50, a marked increase. 

Adding the "Buy It Now" option will now cost a flat rate of 50p, when it was previously charged at varying costs, with the maximum at 50p. 

Adding a subtitle will now cost £1 when it was merely 35p previously.

And these are just a few examples of the hike in fee faced by sellers on eBay!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Music Festival

It's been almost two months since I returned from my European vacation and I still seriously miss the good times there! It was an eye-opening experience and since it was summer, there were plenty of parties and carnivals to visit! I loved every minute of my time there, and really was reluctant to get on board the plane to fly home. 

I was discussing with a friend about the many music festivals in Europe and we were thinking if we could pull off something similar. I know that he is a regular shopper at musician's friend and he is very knowledgeable about music and the creation of it.

As for me, I have some connections, which I may be able to pull. The thing I am concerned about is if we will have public support. What do you think?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Italian Village For Sale

An Italian village has been put up for sale on eBay, at a Buy It Now price of only $333,057. The new owner, however, will have to restore the village's stone houses, and that could come up to quite a bit. 

But truth be told, if I have the moolah, I wouldn't mind buying a village like this, or an island, even if it means pouring in more money to restore it. 

I had always wanted a small piece of land to call my own, anyway. My own Queendom, so to speak!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Weak Ringgit

Having spent 9 days in Europe, specifically in Holland, I was so conscious of the weak Ringgit. I wouldn't say that things are expensive in when prices are quoted in Euro, because they actually aren't that pricey, but I surely felt the pinch each time I converted Euro to Ringgit, multiplying by almost 4.5 times! 

It wouldn't be so bad if I was earning Euro and spending Euro, but I was only earning Ringgit, and not that regularly, so the difference was really noticeable! It would be worse if I was in England!

My friend, who is currently travelling Europe with her young son also felt the huge gap between Ringgit and Euro. Wouldn't it be great if our currency is at par with Euro or even British Pounds? Well, if not, USD and AUD would also do!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Potluck Party

I am currently on vacation in Holland with some friends. While I am putting up at a hotel, a group of other friends have rented an apartment for two weeks. That's cheaper, but because I don't have a car, I opted to stay in a city hotel for convenience. 

My friends are planning to throw a party at the apartment and I am invited. We all have to chip in to set up the party, plus bring along food and drinks. Since we are all foreigners, we are going potluck. 

I have already found a tablecloth for the party, but am still figuring out what food to contribute. I guess, first, I have to see what the others are bringing.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Just A Thought About Credit Cards

I recently made a purchase of airline tickets with my credit card. I bought it one month before my flight date. One condition of my flight ticket is that I have to show my credit card and flight ticket before boarding the plane. 

It doesn't make sense to me because I have already paid for the ticket, so why do I still need to show my credit card? And what if in that one month, there is a discrepancy to my card and I have to replace it??

What happens, then? Argh!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Italy Luxury Car Sale

The Italian government, struggling to recover from a 2-year-long recession, has made the move to put luxury cars on auction. These vehicles, used by various government agencies, have brought in €371,400 thus far. 

The initial 52 cars sold included BMWs and Audis, netting an average price of €7,142. By May 16, a total of 151 cars will be auctioned off that would include armoured Maseratis. 

This move to cut outrageous spending by ministries has received positive reaction for the general Italian public.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

eBay Daily Deals: Unlocked Galaxy S5 for US$699.99

Even before Samsung has released its flagship Galaxy S5 to the market on April 11, eBay has already offered a pre-order deal for the mobile device for a sum of US$699.99. 

While this may sound pricey, some sites are selling it at a more expensive price. Hah... that's because this is a eBay Daily Deal! 

After conversion to Ringgit Malaysia, it is even cheaper than the price in Malaysia! 

And here in Malaysia, I am still waiting for Celcom to reveal their telco plans for Samsung Galaxy S5. Maxis and DiGi have already revealed their plans. What's Celcom waiting for? Boo!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Additional 50 sen Cheque Stamp Duty Deferred

The imposition of an increase of 50 sen stamp duty on top of the existing 15 sen has been deferred to January 1st, 2015. It was announced earlier to be April 1st, 2014.

It was meant to be Bank Negara Malaysia's move to reduce to 100 million cheque issuances in 2020 from the 240 million cheque issuances recorded in December 2012.

Meanwhile, the fee for IBG transactions performed via Internet and mobile banking has been reduced to 10 sen per transaction from 50 sen since May 2013.