Let's snook 'em

Friday, January 26, 2007

Daniel & Cherry Wedding Dinner 2

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Gor Gor

The first audible words that Matthew have spoken to me are "Gor Gor". Not too sure if he was referring to John or Dan. I suspect it is Dan since both of them grow up under one roof.

The best part of being the first born is you get to enjoy all the attention from your parents. The parents have to divide their attention once there is more than one child in the family. I was going through all the children videos and I realized that I have a few videos on John's crawling and walking. The videos are getting lesser and lesser for Dan and Matthew. Perhaps I better take a video of Matthew walking this weekend. Feeling a bit guilty.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Daniel & Cherry Wedding Dinner

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Nesvita Soya Gula Melaka

Remember my posting on Nesvita Soya Bean Milk? Nestle has launched a limited edition of Nesvita Soya Bean Milk Gula Melaka flavour.

As the name suggests, this product tasted sweeter. I actually liked this version compared to the normal product. So I will give it a higher score.

Rating: 3/5

Nestle has also launched Nesvita Soya Bean Milk with Honey and Aloe Vera flavours. I will post my comments once I have tasted them.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

AirAsia Free Tickets

Did you managed to obtain your free tickets from AirAsia web site? Ever since AirAsia announced its annual tickets giveaway campaign, everyone is talking it. As matter of fact, 120,000 tickets were already booked by noon on the first day itself, 120,000 free AirAsia tickets snapped up. My colleagues were even making double bookings. I have just visited AirAsia web site. Looks like Bali, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Macau and Siem Reap are fully booked. You can still obtain tickets for places like Medan, Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru and Surabaya.

Only popular East Malaysia locations such as Kuching, Labuan, Sibu and Tawau are almost fully booked. You can still get your tickets for the other stops in West Malaysia. Wait a minute, isn't 2007 Visit Malaysia Year? Okay, VMY 2007 is targeted at foreign tourists but heck, I believe Malaysians should visit local tourist destinations as well to get a feeling of the infamous Malaysian hospitality which only crop up during such events.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Jaring Dial-up

I have been a Jaring dial-up user since 1995. My account was due for a renewal in October last year. Jaring has also emailed about their new dial-up packages around the same time which would take effect on 15 November. You can read more about it since it was mentioned by JeffOoi, Jaring screwing up personal dial-up users?

I have decided to terminate my Jaring account since I have to pay a monthly fee even though I am not using the dial-up services. I wanted to switch to TMNet dial-up but it also charges a monthly fee. I have always maintained a dial-up account for backup reason. After all, Streamyx is not necessarily stable all the time.

Anyway, I still have some money in my Jaring account. I have asked if I could get the refund of my balance. The answer was yes since my balance was more than RM10. The cheque has finally arrived today. It is not about the amount but I am glad I have received my refund after "such a short period of time".

Monday, January 08, 2007

AirAsia X (Part 2)

AirAsia X continues to receive well planned publicity in the newspapers since its launch on Friday. X is the key word now as highlighted by this article, X-citing deal for air travellers. So the new caption is, "Now, Everyone Can Fly Extra-Long" instead of my original guess of "Now, Everyone Can Really Fly". It will only cost RM9.99 to fly to Manchester. I am sure RM 9.99 tickets are limited and you will still have to pay for food and on-flight entertainment. Sir Richard Branson didn't attend the press conference. Instead, Datuk Tony Fernandes had to provide the entertainment to the guests, X-tra witty Fernandes has guests in stitches.

The government has also provided full support to AirAsia X. Both the Transport Minister and Tourism Minister officially launched AirAsia X,
LCCT will be expanded to become global hub. MAB has only 6 months to complete the expansion for LCCT to cater for the wide body jets. This shouldn't pose any problem since LCCT was built in a record time in the first place.

Besides these articles that appeared in The Star on Saturday, The Star has also published an interview with Datuk Tony Fernandes on the same day,
Going the distance and To hell and back See what I meant by a well organized publicity campaign for AirAsia X. I do not know much about the aviation industry but I still don't buy the idea of separating the 8 hours haul from the 4 hours haul. Yes, 8 hours haul will be managed by a totally different team and with a name extension but ultimately, they are operating with the same business model and cost here. Frankly speaking, I think Datuk Tony is trying to maximize his milking the cow by creating a separate entity. On other hand, if AirAsia X fails, it won't totally crash the mother ship. After all, there were successful no-frills airlines in the other continents before the creation of AirAsia. No-frills long haul flights have yet to be proven profitable and I am sure Datuk Tony aims to be the first in the world.

The big brother is unfazed by the launch of AirAsia X and instead welcomes competition in this sector,
There’s enough for everyone, says MAS. Perhaps Datuk Tony is correct. MAS might actually be more profitable with competition breathing down its neck. Now wait a minute, if that is true, the government should break the monopoly in all the other industries. But alas, it is easier said than done. I think we don't mind a brother of the same origin to share the pie but I doubt we would do the same to foreigners.

Friday, January 05, 2007

AirAsia X

I have greeted the New Year 2007 by reading this article, Top low-cost airline bosses to form global network in The Star newspaper. Finally, Datuk Tony Fernandes has announced his long haul plans to Australia and Europe. What a way to start the new year. He is going to form an alliance with Sir Richard Branson and Sir Stelios Haji-loannou. This alliance will be based in LCCT. Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy must be smiling from ear to ear.

So now, everyone can really fly. It definitely got everyone excited. Various people ranging from Manchester United fans, frequent air travellers and tourism organizations can't wait for this alliance to take off,
Thumbs-up for budget alliance.

As expected, AirAsia share price
went up on BSKL. Now, wait a minute. Datuk Tony Fernandes is not going to form this alliance with AirAsia. He is going to use his private company, FAX instead, FAX gets rights to non-MAS long haul routes. I am not an expert in the aviation industry. Why would the government give the low cost long haul routes to a private company? Why would Datuk Tony Fernandes used FAX instead of AirAsia? I think he will list FAX on the stock exchange as well.

Anyway, Jeff Ooi has picked up this scoop with regards to the alliance,
Did The Star big-bang itself on New Year's Day?. According to Reuters UK, both EasyJet and Virgin have denied talking to AirAsia on the alliance, EasyJet and Virgin deny AirAsia tie-up talks. So what is going on here?

Did Sir Richard Branson turned up during the press conference today? In the end, there was no mention of the long haul routes. Instead, FAX will fly the long haul routes using the name of AirAsia X, under franchise from AirAsia in July 2007,
AirAsia X London flights from RM9.99. There is no response from MAS yet. I guess there is nothing to response to since the only thing that is certain is July 2007. I am not even sure if AirAsia X can meet this deadline based on AirAsia's track record. In the mean time, let's wait for further announcements on AirAsia X.

Kindergarten (Updated)

Something happened this morning which only occurred once to me last year. John wanted me to drop him off in front of the kindergarten today. Looks like John is really growing up now.

John has started his kindergarten class this week. Unlike the nursery class last year, there was no fuss this time around. Thanks to the mother who sent him to class during November. Suzanne was very strict with him while I actually allowed him to sleep all the way to nursery. Anyway, he was already awake in the car even before I reached the kindy yesterday. I brought him to Ikea playground as his reward. Then we stopped by at atti2de house to return her monitor on the way home. I believe Ian and John made friends for the first time. Ian showed his Xbox to John. We have been contemplating buying a console game for John. John always play VSmile at Jaya Jusco and Toys "R" Us. On the other hand, we want to delay his exposure to console game as later as possible. We do not want him to turn into a couch potato at such a young age. Let's see how long we can delay this inevitability.

Dan also wants to go to school when he found out John was going. Too bad I can't afford it. Anyway Dan is not ready to go to nursery yet. He is too young, not potty trained and he has not out-grown his
CMPA. He will have to wait until 2008 then.