Tuesday, April 17, 2007
With this trip, I will be dormant from running for the next 1.5 weeks, a disruption to my training for PBM 2007. Well consider myself starting the training only in May, and I have only less than 8 weeks to get myself to a level of fitness that I can sustain the 42k race.
Friday, April 13, 2007
This morning as I was sending my wife to work along Jalan Sultan Ismail near Corcorde Hotel, I saw this young man stopping his car at the opposite side of the road. At that moment my car was stationery due to the heavy traffic and also its near the traffic junction.
He came out of the car, went over to the passenger side and opened the door for a lady (cud be his GF) She came out of the car, and the man then grab hold of her hand and slowly guided her to cross the road. Both of them stop at the road divider in the middle of the road and then he lifted up the lady hand and give her a kiss on the cheek and then her hand.
Wat a scene and i thot this only happen in a movie especially the Bollywood ones. Well in fact I saw one in real life this morning!!!!
LOVE is so so strong......
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
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Sunday, April 08, 2007
Was there early with my family at 5pm sharp. Did some warmup by doing some brisk walking around the running track. After 10mins, begin a slow run to get my muscle going. Then started my first lap. Am not too sure what is the distance of one lap, probably have to check with either Master Chen or Kenny Tan, who also use to run at the ground when they are back in Ipoh.
As I complete the first lap, the sky seems to be covered by rain clouds. I was praying that the wind will blow it away, and as I started my second lap the sky was getting darker. The wind was blowing strongly by now and as I continued to run I saw most people at the ground starting to leave and getting back into their cars.
I completed the second lap and by now the rain clouds are all over the sky and I know in no time it will start to rain heavily. As I finsihed the second lap and starting the third lap, the rain came pouring. Me and my family have to rush back to our car and have to cut short our workout for the day. Too bad and do I have a choice to go against the nature.
So all in all its just a 25mins workout for the weekend but the blessing in disguise is that after the rain, the weather in Ipoh is very cooling . I do enjoy it.
Friday, April 06, 2007
"Bloggers using locally hosted websites may be asked to register with the authorities, Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said. "
Click here for full story.
Last time was one dude opening his mouth about banning Pan-Asian looking Malaysians from the advertising world. Got a mouthful bashing from the public and the industry then kept his big mouth shut. Now see, nothing happened....and we continue to see Pan-Asian looking Malaysians in the advertisement.
This Shaz dude probably dont know what a blog is all about, short of having one himself. Have he particpated in the blogging communities before saying such things in the Parliment. Does he know what kind of people are in the blogging communities? Maybe Pak Lah need to sound him out!!!!
If this dude wants attention, do bring out something more logical and sensible. Not something like that which to me is totally no sense of logic.
Some remarks from the writeup:
Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang, who interjected when Shaziman was speaking, said the negative comments of several ministers about bloggers reflected their lack of understanding about information flow in cyberspace.
Ahirudin Attan of Rocky's Bru said the move to compel local bloggers to register was effectively the Government trying to control what Malaysians were writing online. "This violates the Government's no-censorship policy with regards to the Internet," he said.
Marina Mahathir, a blogger and activist, said the Government really should "get real."
Thursday, April 05, 2007
This topic came about just after I stopped by the Shell station along Jalan Damansara (opp Eastin Hotel) this afternoon to fill up petrol for my car. As I came out of the car to slot in my credit card at the pump, out came a lady promoter. Very politely she asked me what credit card I am using, and immediatley I realise that she is one of those promoter engaged by a bank to promote their credit card.
She asked me whether I am a credit card holder of that bank, and I told her NO. And almost immediately I followup with my next statement that is "I am not going to use this card in my life" She was quite shocked to hear that and asked me why. I described my experience that I had with this bank when I apply for a credit card from them 5 years ago. Reason: Got rejected and didnt get a reponse from them why was my application rejected. Call numerous time and no one bother to return a call to me. And for me, thats it. End of story, will never use this card again.
She was very persistent in trying to get me sign up but I politely rejected it. Then she went over to the next pump that's just next to me and did the same sales pitch. To my surprise I overheard the remarks given by that person and it goes like that "This is the worst card that I have ever known and used, will never used it again!!!!" Wow!!!!, there goes another rejection.
I thot to myself, its not me that is having such bad expereince with this bank. And if this continues, all her effort will be wasted in selling the product. Its not her that she is not a good salesperson, the bottomline is the product itself. Although her energy level was still high, but I subtlely told her that she is wasting her time trying to sell this product or credit card. 2 rejections out of 2 customers, expressing almost the same remarks that they dont want to even look at the product at all. I told her to report such feedback back to the tele marketing company that she is working for, or directly to the bank itself.
So wat causes such downfall? Well it could be from many angles eg not listening or responding to the customers, customer service level is totally not there, no market survey on how do consumers out there value the product, and the list goes on. And to sum it all, one could be the biggest company in the world or having the best product in the world, but if you dont take care of your customers or dont listen to their needs or you dont look at market conditions, it will cause a downfall.....and if that happen its hard to recover. Just like this bank.
Good luck to this bank!!!!!
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007
“We will continue to serve the community here. Pak Si Bo Chow!” Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam told a crowd at SJK (C) Machap Baru school hall here yesterday.
But for we runners, our tagline will be the reverse.....Pak Si Ai Chow! ("We will run even if we are punched to death" in Hokkien). So keep on running but please make sure that you have enuf REST in between your runs.
To us Malaysians, the phrase "Ding Dong here, Ding Dong there" is pretty common, and we do understand what the other person is trying to explain or tell us. Well to cut the story short and for those still dont understand it, the meaning of it is "Things go back and forth without a solution to it"
An example, " I am waiting for a response from John on the closure of the sale, but according to him the decision was not made by the decision maker of the company bcos things got Ding Dong here, Ding Dong there" Got it!!!!
Another phrase that we often used, especially for an excuse of being late for something is "I am on the way!!!" HeHeHe.....sounds familiar. Well,when you said "I am on the way", please be very very specific. 5 minutes to reaching your destination vs you just step out of your house/office to go to the destination is a big big difference. So for me when someone tell me s/he "Is on the way", I always asked for specifics ie where exactly are you?, how far/near are you?
We Malaysian are very used to saying "I am on the way" when someone or a group fo people are waiting for us to do something or go somewhere. So be more specific the next time and respect the people that are waiting for you. Set the right expectation, else you lose your credibility overtime.
Any more common phrases that we Malaysian uses in our daily life? Do let me know.