Let's snook 'em

Saturday, September 30, 2006

West Coast Eagles

west coast eagles

It was a very sweet victory for the Eagles over the Swans in AFL Grand Final 2006. Once again, the victory margin was razor thin, 1 behind to be exact. The Eagles kicked 5 behinds in the second quarter. I was worried it may haunt my favourite AFL team later. The Eagles started out strong by dominating the first half. The games swinged to the Swans' favour in the second half where they played a good game of catching up.

However, the Eagles were not to be denied. They avenged their last year's Grand Final defeat by holding on to their slim 1 point lead. I am particularly happy since their previous premiership was won back in 1994, the same year I left Perth. It has been a good 12 years since then. Hopefully I can obtain the AFL 2006 Premiership t-shirt soon. Good on you, Eagles!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Jaring or Tmnet Dialup

My 10 years old Jaring dialup is due to renewal. When I tried to renew my account, I saw an announcement that all the old dialup accounts must be converted to the new dialup packages by 15th November 2006. This is where the dilemma starts. I need to pay a monthly subscription fee of RM 5 to enjoy 600 minutes of dialup usage. I prefer the old system where I don't have to pay a monthly fee. I am only charged when I use the dialup.

I have also checked Tmnet's 1515 packages. It is similar to Jaring's new package where there is a monthly fee of RM 10 for 1200 minutes. So much for product differentiation and unique selling proposition.

Should I maintain my Jaring dialup account?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Category Management Executive


Responsibilities:

The incumbent is responsible to prepare the category plans for key retailers in the area of space management, assortment review, in-store merchandising and scan data analysis

Requirements:

1. Degree in Business Studies or equivalent
2. At least 2 years working experience in similar capacity
3. Strong inclination towards data analysis
4. Demonstrate good presentation and communication skills
5. Able to handle MS Office and Space Management software is an added advantage

Interested candidates are invited to apply online or write-in with a full resume stating qualifications, contact number, working experience and expected salary together with a recent passport-sized photograph to:

Manpower & Recruitment Division
F&N Coca-Cola (M) Sdn Bhd
No. 1, Jalan Bukit Belimbing, 26/38,
Persiaran Kuala Selangor
Seksyen 26, 40400 Shah Alam
Selangor, Malaysia

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

House 302 Cane and Able

"God doesn't limp", Dr. House. The pain is back. The vicodin is back. Dr. Cameron accidentally stumbled upon Dr. Cuddy and Dr. Wilson secret from the previous episode. The patient had Chimera. The diagnosis seemed plausible. However, I thought the treatment was just out of this world though. By the way, the cane is back too.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Shopping

I have received some extra cash this month, thanks to an incentive scheme. I am planning to buy the following:

1. External Hard Disk Storage
2. Mud flap
3. Repair my car body

By the way, I am still selling my Canon BJC 240 printer on eBay. I am going to sell my Braun Aromaster KF 32 coffee machine and a brand new Anakku Baby Bouncer. Check it out on eBay soon.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Pearl of the Orient

I have booked a room at Hotel Langkasuka, Langkawi during the Raya week. However, I am not really convinced my booking is confirmed because Ms. Jothi asked me to call back two weeks later. Since two other hotels are fully booked during the same week, I got a feeling the whole island will be swarmed with people. Thanks to the lack of assurance by Hotel Langkasuka, I have decided to visit the Pearl of the Orient instead. Since I am more familiar with Penang, it was easier to decide on the accommodation. We will still fly to Penang and the entire trip should be more affordable compared to Langkawi. Unlike Langkawi, there is no Underwater World or cable car in Penang. What are the children going to do in Penang besides frolicking in the beach?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Langkawi (Updated)

langkawi

I am planning to visit Langkawi for a holiday before I start work in my new company. The Raya week seems like the best timing at the moment although it means I need to pay a surcharge for peak period. We have not gone for a holiday since the birth of Dan. We will be flying to Langkawi with the children for the first time. I am sure John will be excited. Dan and Matthew may be too young to know the understand the significance.

Now, planning a holiday for the entire family is a totally new experience for me. It was easy to book holidays for 2 adults. We could stay in any decent hotel but I am worried that any decent hotel may not be good enough for the children. On the other hand, our budget is tight and hence we can forget any hotels that are rated 4 stars and above. I have surfed two web sites, MyLangkawi and Langkawi Resorts. I found Langkawi Resorts web site to be more useful. I have narrowed down my hotel selection to Langkasuka Beach Resort. However, I am a bit hesitant after reading the following feedback on this hotel. I may not have any other choice since this hotel seems like the most decent hotel at the moment.

My colleague has suggested Hotel Helang which offers the same package as Langkasuka Beach Resort. Apparently, both hotels are sister hotels. Hotel Helang doesn't have a beach but you can use Langkasuka's beach since they are related. Hotel Helang seems more promising after I have checked the feedback. Unfortunately, this hotel is fully booked during the Raya week. It seems that the entire island will be packed during the Raya week. Perhaps I should change our holiday destination.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Medical Checkup

I went for a medical checkup a few weeks ago. First, I had to donate some urine in a empty Brands Chicken Essence bottle. I hope the masking drug will do its job in hiding the performance enhancing drug. Now what a minute. How am I going to conceal the masking drug? Hmmm.....

Anyway, I was required to check my height and weight which was followed by the eye test. I find the eye test ironic since I am wearing spectacles. Of course, I can read the alphabets with my glasses and can't without it. Next, I had to fill a form that basically claimed that I have no diseases what so ever.

The chest x-ray proceeded without much fuss. The doctor examination was the final item on the card. The doctor checked all the vital organs. Now the highlight of the day was when he carried out the incontinence test. I had to strip down my underwear and coughed 4 times. Of course he checked to ensure I didn't leak during the coughing. Then he cupped my balls. I went berserk. What the heck? Why did you touch my balls? No answer was forthcoming because I didn't go berserk. I just made that part up. However, I was surprised the doctor touched the cherries because the previous female doctor kept her hands to herself during my earlier checkup. Honestly, I am still dumbfounded about this incontinence test until now. It is not like I will wet my computer keyboard when I work in the office right...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Category Executive

Responsibilities:

1. Assist and support the Category Manager in the development of short and long term category and trade channel plans
2. Champion best practices at Point-of-Purchase through the development and implementation of strategic category and trade channel plans
3. Provide monthly and quarterly data analysis to identify and capitalize on opportunities through internal and external data source within category and trade channel
4. Conduct monthly category/trade channel review
5. Implement, monitor and assess all category management projects

Requirements:

1. Degree in any discipline with 2-3 year FMCG work experience, preferably in Sales or Marketing
2. Strong Analytical Skills and be able to look at business issues from different perspectives.
3. Excellent communication skills, both written & verbal
4. Pleasant disposition with good interpersonal skills
5. Knowledge of Category Management principles
6. Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications

Interested candidates are invited to send in their resumes to:-

Human Resources Department
SARA LEE MALAYSIA SDN BHD (Co. No. 15452-P)
201, First Floor, Kompleks Penchala
50, Jalan Penchala, 46050 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Email:
hrslm@sldeasia.com

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

House 301 Meaning

house

Dr. House is back, running and smiling too. I haven’t seen him smile for a very long time. As matter of fact, has he ever smiled on this show? So he applied the ketamine induced coma treatment in between Season 2 and Season 3. Dr House even tried to ask Dr Cameron for a date again. The pain is not totally gone from his leg. The pain reappeared when he was skate-boarding. Has Dr House changed due to the surgery and the hallucination? Has he become a nice person and a friendlier doctor? We just have to wait and see.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Floored

I have not taken medical leave for a very long time. However, my conjunctivitis is showing no signs of retreating and I need to take antibiotics due to a swollen throat. Hence the doctor has given me 2 days of medical leave. I got the flu and fever too. So I am sweating and shivering at the same time. The doctor also asked me to consume a lot of fluids even though my throat hurts when swallowing saliva. Most importantly, I need to stay at home in order to prevent an epidemic of red-eye monsters.

Here we are, trying to become responsible parents by grounding our children who were sick. And yet, there are other parents who do not share the same thinking. The red eye epidemic started in my family when Dan contracted it from another child. Soon it spread to Matthew, the maid and now me. All 4 of us were grounded and stayed at home. If that child had stayed at home, I believe none of us would have contracted conjunctivitis in the first place. Do other parents appreciate it? Yes, I am frustrated because it is very disheartening to see my children fall sick. Hopefully the conjunctivitis won't spread to Suzanne and John. Shucks! Now my right eye is twitching.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Resignation

I have done something which I have never for a long time. 4.5 years to be exact. Yes, I have tendered my resignation today. This is the longest stint I ever had with any company. I usually do not last 3 years in my previous working experiences. So this is definitely an achievement for me. I waited for the right time before seeing my boss to hand over the letter. I got to admit I was pretty nervous about the entire process. I was afraid my boss would give me a long lecture. Probably she was expecting it because the lecture was nowhere to be seen. Anyway I am glad that was over. I still have one more hurdle to cross, my director. Hopefully he doesn't want to see me at all.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Conjunctivitis (Updated)

Dan has contracted conjunctivitis from the church nursery. The locals called it the red eye while the gwailos called it the pink eye. He also caught the flu and fever bugs from his baby brother, Matthew. Poor kid. He was grounded for one week in order to prevent transmission to other people. As usual, he loses all his appetite and his weight drops every time he falls ill. Thank goodness, he has fully recovered today. The only problem is baby Matthew may still contract this conjunctivitis since our maid has the red eye now.
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My main worry has come true. Baby Matthew and I have conjunctivitis now. Only Suzanne and John are safe at the moment. Not for long I am afraid.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Makro on Sale

makro cash carry

Makro Cash & Carry is leaving Malaysia. All the shareholders which are SHV Holdings NV (65%), PKNS (20.7%) and PKNS-LFD (14.3%) are selling their stakes in Makro. Makro has 8 stores in Malaysia at the moment. This piece of news came as a surprise to me. After all, Makro has just announced refurbishment plans for their existing stores and expansion plans of 7 new stores within the next 3 years. Will Metro or Walmart penetrate the Malaysian market by taking over Makro Cash & Carry? I doubt it since I believe this market is too small for either Metro or Walmart. I believe that Tesco is the most likely retailer to buy up Makro. Tesco's initial expansion has been hampered by the guidelines set by the Ministry. I also doubt a new foreign player will enter this market until the new guidelines are released. Tesco can also boost its presence in Cheras, JB, Seberang Perai and Seremban, areas in which Tesco is not available at the moment. Let's wait and see since the sale is expected to be completed by year end.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Assistant Category Development Manager

Kimberly Clark is hiring. Read on if you are interested.

Responsibilities:
1. Reporting to the Trade Marketing Manager, the incumbent is responsible to develop and grow the Category across all channels of trade. He/She is responsible for developing, executing and reviewing Strategies and Plans that will position Kimberly-Clark as the industry leader in the Category and allow Kimberly-Clark and its strategic Customers to achieve the Category objectives through the creation of demand at Point-of-Purchase and be recognized as the preferred Category Partner of Strategic Customers.

Requirements:
1. Degree holder preferably in Business or Management
2. At least 3 years' related experience in a FMCG Multi National Company
3. Proven skills in Microsoft Excel, Word & Powerpoint
4. Knowledge of Spaceman software and ACNielsen Advisor/Interactive would be an added advantage

Interested applicants should send a detailed resume with current and expected salaries, academic transcripts and a recent passport-sized photograph (n.r.) before 10 September 2006:

Human Resource Manager
Kimberly-Clark Trading (M) Sdn Bhd
9th & 10th Floor, Tower 2, Kelana Brem Towers, Jalan SS 7/15 (Jalan Stadium), Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya.
Email:
Recruit.Malaysia@kcc.com