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.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Still Searching For MH370

It has been five days and still no news of the missing plane. It pains me to read about news about it, be they true or false. I hope that people won't simply share speculations over the internet, just to get more likes or comments, or basically, to increase their engagement on social networks. This won't help. 

Sure, we can form our own theories, but since we are all just keyboard warriors and not an expert in any of these fields involved, it's best to just keep our thoughts to ourselves. We shouldn't add pain to the grieving families. 

What we can do is to just keep praying a closure for this tragic incident.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Woodwind Instruments

My friend saw a couple of woodwind instruments from guitar center which he wanted to buy. However, while he has no qualms shopping only, he wanted to try the instruments out before making the purchase. 

I suggested he may want to try them out at a neighborhood store first, and if the price tag is more attractive online, he should get it online. 

Funny thing is, I previously thought that one needs to be big-sized to be able to handle woodwind instruments but this friend is a very skinny guy, and yet he plays so well. Haha... I guess I was holding to a misconception!

Monday, 10 March 2014

mh370.com Domain For Sale On eBay

The domain name of mh370.com, registered after the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday, has been put up for sale on eBay. The seller was quick to make a quick buck from this tragedy and has no qualms about it. 

While I find it disgusting to profit from this incident, I think anyone who has a deep interest in it, probably someone directly affected by this, may want to get hold of such a domain name, to post up the chronology of the missing aircraft. 

What do you think?

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Home Improvement

Yes, I know it's not the right time of the year to spruce up the home. Usually, it's done before Christmas, or even Chinese New Year, but I was busy then and didn't need this distraction. 

Well, now that my days are a lot quieter, I think it's a good chance for me to do something with the house, especially after I came across poly check table linens. That certainly gave me fresh ideas! 

Besides getting new table linens, I also plan to get linen for the four bedrooms and living room. It is going to be a fun week shopping and fixing them. Looks like I will be busy but I am going to love my new-looking home!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cash Over Credit Card

A global Survey of Saving and Investment Strategies by Nielsen, which covered 30,000 Internet respondents in 60 countries, found that some 60% of Malaysians preferred to use cash to pay for purchases. 20% preferred credit cards, 14% debit cards and 2% prepaid cards.

Of the Malaysian respondents, 55% said that would not shop online, with online security as their top concern.

A couple of years back, my sister would also not shop online, but now, she shops even more than me! It is just so convenient to shop online, besides sometimes we do get more savings that shopping at a neighbourhood retail store.

No doubt, sometimes, we are conned into paying more, but so far, shopping online has been relatively safe. There were a couple of times that my purchases did not go well, but I got my money credited into my account after a short correspondence, so, all went well in the end.  

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Church Performance

A friend told me that she is committed to the church band and now, she has to not only attend mass but band rehearsal sessions and perform every week. That's a lot of commitment and responsibility that she has committed herself to, but I support her decision.

When I came across these Keyboard Packages, I couldn't wait to tell her about them. I think that as the new church keyboardist, she should get something new to suit her new status, eh? What do you think?

Perhaps, to show support of her new endeavor, I should sponsor her a new kit. Hmmm that would be a good idea.

Busy Bee

It had been a tremendously busy month for me, what with shopping for Chinese New Year, Spring Cleaning and working. I know, I am not the only person who had all these things to do, but I do wonder, am I the only one who feels so harassed and haggard?

Some times, I really do dread festivities, but some people tell me that I should relax, and just enjoy, it's just once a year! But to be honest, I do feel the pressure from society to comply to social norms.

I have to admit that it was worse when I was younger, but as I grow older, I am learning to let go. I think somewhere down the line, I'd even let go totally, and say, "To hell with it!" Hahaha! 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Accessorizing

I am a no-frills person and do not wear any jewelry. If I do wear, it's minimal. I don't enjoy wearing dangling ear-rings or even rings because I do a lot of manual work that dirties my hands. 

However, I recently saw levian chocolate diamonds rings, that I really would like to have. I may still not wear it regularly, only on special occasions, but I really would like to buy it! 

I know, I know, I sound illogical, right? But then which girl doesn't like nice things, even if she may not get to use it all the time?

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Chinese New Year Shopping Deals

It is yet another shopping season, and I have found myself making lots of visits to online deals sites to check out Chinese New Year deals, before, during and after the holidays! 

Surprisingly, after making so many purchases online, and even at neighbourhood stores, I did not buy anything specifically to Chinese New Year. I just bought regular clothes, shoes and bags, especially items for my travels. 

To my horror, I have run up my credit card, and will have to pay it up fully next week. I just gained some time in settling my bill, and maybe three weeks' worth of bank interests, which is miniscule. 

Anyway, I have promised myself not to shop this month and maybe even for the next couple of months. We shall see!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Stompboxes

My friend is in the process of establishing an indie band and still have the slot of guitarist to fill. He told me that once he has the right guy, he would get a stompbox. It's one of those guitar preamp boxes. 

The seymour-duncan effects at musicians friend had caught his eye, actually, but he would like to have the opinion of the guitarist first before making the purchase. 

I am no musician, you see, and looking at the many available options of stompboxes, I really couldn't give him any advise on which to invest in. But, I can lend him an ear. I know how excited he is!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

More Malaysians Expected To Face Bankruptcy

It is going to be a tough year this year as more Malaysians are expected to be declared bankrupts following the recent price hikes in electricity tariffs, assessment rates, and other household goods. Removal of sugar and fuel subsidies is not helping things, either. 

While the government still wants us to know that everything is rosy, we KNOW better when we are the ones feeling the pinch. Well, I read that a special task force has been set up to help us cope with the rise of living costs, let's see how we can benefit from that. 

Meanwhile, I continue to look for more work, and tighten my belt even more. Are you taking any steps to challenge this new financial development?

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Shopping List

When my friends found out that I am traveling to the capital city, they quickly drew up lists of items for me to buy for them. Even though they will reimburse me, I am on work trips and can hardly find the time to shop for myself.

Another problem is that I don't even know where to get them the items that they want. For example, I had to get my friend to explain to me what is thermoplastic, and its use.

In the end, although I collected all the lists on good faith, I really could not find the time to shop. Wouldn't it be better for them to get their items on the internet?

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Gift-Card Exchange Services

The holidays are over, although some of us are still celebrating.... and I am sure many of us are saddled with gifts that we don't really need. 

I discovered that there are gift-card exchange services, which I think is an awesome idea, for those of us who have received one too many gift cards from stores that we don't shop at, or will never shop at. 

No doubt, one cannot get 100% cash for the face value of the card, and the gift cards from more popular stores will yield a higher cash amount, but then again, it's better than being stuck with a card, or worse, an expired card!