Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Time for Vava's update - Vrroooommmm~

my lil vava has been pretty noisy lately.

at the beginning, i didnt like it. but then, after the 1st week... i love it! to the max! super love the pick up speed! :D

vava to be lifted up soon...

it was a sunday morning when i meet up with jim and headed towards ampang to get our exhaust piping changed. it was a SUNday and i am pretty mang zhang d.

jim have to change his cos he is the team's flame thrower and he just got his myvi.

front bumper removed to change the extractor...

pretty interesting spending time at the workshop. :P

new extractor :D

chopping the old piping...

bye bye milo tin. :D

bending the new pipe...

new exhaust piping. twisted bullet thanks to lawrencez... :D


w00t w00t~
thanks to lawrencez again for selling it to me at cheap price! :D

♥ my vava~

after i got the exhaust done, i rushed to subang to check on the renovation. and needed to fly to ikea to do some shopping. i already told the ladies in the house (mom, aunt and grandma) not to use my car to go ikea cos it is damn noisy now. they said its ok. upon reaching ikea, aunt was having massive headache. lol!!

while heading back to subang, it wasnt that jam so i stepped on the accelerator, which will cause more noise. grandma finally heard! "wa... siao poh installed vroom vroom?" hahahahahaa!!

when reached back in subang, mom and aunt asked me to change back cos really macam malay cars. =.=

i am now being called as ah beng by jessi... yea. not ah lian. but ah beng. :P

few weeks later, i got anson to change my car player and speakers. and also the tweeters.

new player... new speakers... and yes. new lights. can count got berapa kaki bulu d. :P

got anson to add some lights too. ^^

a camwhore pict of myself before ppl start to think that this is a guy's blog. hehe...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Porridge Combo Post

i have a thing for porridge. i super love porridge. now that i am sick, i am mad happy cos i can have porridge almost every meal. be it my grandma's yummy shredded pork porridge or dine out teo chew porridge.

the other day after my shift at about 11pm, i headed home with chris following me at the back bcos we were planning to go for a drink. i left my car at home and she picked me up. went to bangsar shopping centre's WIP. love the environment but i didnt bring my camera and my phone sucked for low light environment.

after a glass of drink, we wanted to have chicken wings at jln alor but it was a monday, it was closed. :(
so we went rounding and thinking what to eat. the 2nd thing came to our mind was balitong in ss2, but it was closed oso! T.T

fortunately, something is opened. Geylang Lor9 Frog Porridge.
but unfortunately, we didnt order much. cos chris is full and only im eating.

froggie porridge

it is not bad. :D

fried eggie

too thin! not that nice lor. macam no taste.

deep fried tofu with thai style sauce

totally banned!!! the tofu is not crispy at all! but the sauce is ok la. need to improve on the tofu oni...

the table next to us ordered the kung pou froggie and it smelled sooooo damnnnn niceee!!! but i was too full alre. cannot order d. will try it next time in there! :D

===== next porridge session ===

went to look for daph for breakfast. both of us were sick so we decided either something soupy or porridge. at first we planned to go old town for the hor fun. but at the end she suggested Hon Kee Porridge since i havent tried it before.

our scrumptious breakfast... :P

we both ordered 'sang yu chok' - fresh fish porridge.

i think its not bad. but i have tasted better.

what is porridge breakfast without 'yiu tiao'? yums~

my favourite deep fried 'loh bak kou'. damn nice. crispy!

cucur udang. oso very nice. :P

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Congrats Adeline and Ronnie!

i realised i have lots of things to blog but this is wayyyyyy back dated so i better blog about this 1st. :P

was invited to my ex-colleague, adeline's wedding and also to be part of her jimuis...

the night before the wedding, a few of us went over to adeline's house for dinner and also to help out on the actual day stuffs. chopping the vege, preparing chili, lemon, tying bananas, arranging seats for the wedding banquet. by the time we are done, it was already about 3am. 6 of us cramped into adeline's room and by 5am, all of us were already up and taking turns to take shower.

we then took our breakfast and at the same time, arrange the stuffs for the hengdais to go through the challenges. ngeks...

challenge #1

they are required to finish the food prepared. there's sugar, lemon, celery and chili. combination of sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. the stages in life. but i guess it was quite easy for the hengdais to complete it cos they were not complaining at all!

the plan was, once they have completed eating, they have to give the angpau... and when the jimuis are satisfied, we jimuis will get in the house and lock the grill. then, someone outside to open the gate for the groom and hengdais to proceed to the 2nd challenge.


before the jimuis manage to get in the house and get the grill locked, the gate is unlocked!!! whatelse the hengdais do? barge and open the grill la!

we were trying to close the grill while the hengdais trying to open... T.T

fortunately, the jimuis are strong enough and the hengdais gave up at the end. :P
and so, they need to proceed to...

challenge #2

the bottle are filled 1/4 of water and they need to tie the banana like in the picture to swing and make sure the bottle fell.

we jimuis very nice wan, easy task ma... haha~

challenge #3
a pail full of water and ice with 8 keys drowned at the bottom. the groom is required to bottoms up a bottle of beer, and find the right key to the room. the bride's room. each time he picked the wrong key, he needs to bottoms another bottle and proceed to find the next key.

but... sure cheat la... drank 1 bottle d den took his own sweet time to dig ALL the keys up... =.=

after getting the key and opened the room door, there's another surprise challenge which all of us didnt expected it oso. lol... but i forgotten was is it already. i think required the groom to sing...

the groom manage to get in the room and lift the veil. after snapping some photographs, all of us went over to groom's house in puchong for tea ceremony.

groom's side

the newly weds

after the tea ceremony and some photographing session

the jimuis and the bride

the hengdais and the groom

and... we proceeded back to the bride's side for tea ceremony.

according to adeline's mom, the correct tradition is :-
groom to bride's house to get bride - back to groom's house for tea ceremony - then oni back to bride's house for tea ceremony... @.@

after the tea ceremony, the jimuis changed and proceed to check-in to flamingo hotel and we took our nap.

again, 6 of us cramped into 1 room...

at approx 5pm, we woke up and got ready for the banquet.

center piece for the main table

the ballroom

registration desk

some of us at the registration desk...

the newly weds at night

half way through the dinner, the bride was on stage and the groom came to the jimui's table.
the groom need to shout 'i love you' in a different language and make sure the bride is able to hear it. at the beginning, he cannot have the mic. but at the end, when we jimuis decided to help him out, he is then being provided a mic


look at how happy she was that time... priceless moment.

colleagues and ex-colleagues...

the dinner then ended with not much of alcohol intake. :(
we went back to our room and changed to slippers and went to the nearest mamak to eat and drink and talked a bit...

went back to the room and had a great rest... :)

congrats adeline and ronnie. we will be waiting for a chubby baby, k? *hugs*~

some of the above pictures are by the official photographer. thank you! ^^V

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bad Customer Service in NEway Puchong

had a pretty bad experience at puchong's neway last weekend. didnt really have the chance to blog about it cos i was busy with work due to earthquakes.

no more earthquakes, please. world peace~ ^^V

it all started out from me going to perodua to get my car serviced and daph was there to accompany me to kill time. she made yummy bread with pasta spread and toasted them. nice... :P

then after servicing my car, we went for steamboat dinner in ss15. it was me, daph, jessi and fionne. dinner was filled with laughters. i enjoyed myself during dinner. and again, i was overdosed with food. =.=

after that, we were thinking what to do next. Fionne unable to join us cos she needs to go home.

while 3 of us were in daph's car. we were thinking to go for an impromptu drive to putrajaya or klia. but then, 'jui jing' have to play on the radio that we all sang along and decided to go for karaoke instead. we were on the way to putrajaya already then, so we decided to go for puchong's neway instead since it is near and we have already paid for toll.

nightmare begins...

when we stepped in, we of cos checked for price. i forgot how much cos i was busy on the phone. but i can see the girl's expression when jessi requested for a total amount. the front desk waitress is called jeccy.

as consumers, we have the rights to know how much we are paying for at the end of the day.

jeccy's expression was rude. she looked like she looked down on us as though we couldnt afford to pay for the total amount! and there was no eye contact at all. all the while when we were asking questions, she would just look away while answering our questions.


no matter how much the bill will turn out to be, if the customer service quality is good, we won't mind paying for that amount.

then there's this promotion for digi users will get 15% off. according to the girl it is for each user only. but when jessi went to neway subang the week before, it was 15% for the whole bill.

another argument occur.

then, jessi didnt bring out her phone that day. but the girl insisted that it is only 15% off for the person with the phone with them...

the longer the argument lasted, the higher my tempreture gets.

i cannot tahan anymore, i walked off. they are not the only karaoke joint in klang valley anyways.

but... daph cannot tahan and wanna give it to her right in the face. daph walked back to the counter and request to know why when jessi was in subang neway, it is so convenient that they get 15% off for the whole bill and why it is so inconvenient in puchong's neway?

arent they from the same company? NEWAY?

but obviously jeccy insisted that it only can be done 15% each as long as the person's phone is with them.

jessi even gave the permission to call to Digi's customer service to verify if they want to, but they refused.

so, daph requested to speak to the manager. law.

daph explained the whole situation to the manager and the manager also insisted that the 15% discount is only for digi users with the phone with them.

if u r still using phones running on symbian, then i understand the 'digi' logo will still be in your home screen. what about android users? how do they verify? (actually i know how to but refuse to disclose bcos of their attitude)

when we asked the manager, HE COULDNT ANSWER US AT ALL!!!

he took out his N95 and showed that the digi logo is on the home screen.

duh... we are not dumb. we asked, what about android users?

at the end, there is this other guy came up behind him (i think he is another manager?) and told him that *128# can check.

smart... but...

when i asked, what is their procedure? do they need to snap a picture that the person is using digi only eligible for the 15% discount. he answered no, but he needs to jot down the name and the number.

what is so difficult here?

jessi gave the permission to call digi customer service to verify. not enough?

he then RAISED HIS VOICE saying that only digi can dial *128# to verify.

wow. ok. *128# to verify, and then? u dont even need to take a picture to keep records so why the difficulty towards the customer when she forgot to bring her phone out?

she had already gone through the whole day of inconvenience by not bringing her phone along and u r adding on her misery. perfect customer service...

at the end of they day, they are very firm on their ground. which causes inconvenience towards customers. like i have said earlier, if they have their good manners with them while serving customers, no matter how much the bill ends up, i dont mind paying. even there is no 15% on one person, i dont mind.

the girl, jeccy have alre spoilt our mood with her bad attitude.
1, no eye contact with customers
2, looking down on customers as though they cant afford the bill

the guy, law have spoilt everything even worse.
1, no smile
2, raised his voice
3, no flexibility

i am from customer service line, and i think this can be handled better.

when jeccy screws up by giving the bad customer service body language and cant handle us anymore, bcos she is a junior exec, she cant make much decisions. that is why we have requested to speak to a manager instead. but when the manager came, we werent being greet by a smile at all. when we have explained they whole situation, as a manager level, i believe there is more flexibility in that position in decision making. instead of making customer's life easier, he didnt and stood very firm on the ground.

we didnt create things like we are pretending to be digi users. we are indeed proud digi users for many years. we are not trying to get the manager into trouble by creating stories. i have enough from my previous customers creating nonsense for me to handle. so i know how that feels.

so if he really need to verify, is it difficult to just dial 0162211800 to verify? for god's sake, he dont even need a picture to prove that we are all digi users and he still cant give in a step?

at the end, we left to another karaoke in USJ19, Subang Jaya. Though the sound system is a bit out, but with the superb friendly customer service, we are happy and we enjoyed ourselves very much. not to mention, cheaper too.

if this situation is applied in my current company's havoc situation, i think me and my colleagues are all long dead by now.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan Quake as Seen from Twitter by Jun Shiomitsu

Japanese people have been very open on Twitter about their experiences following the quake. These snippets of what moved them and touched them during these very trying times are heart-warming. I have attempted a rough translation on some of them so that you can have a read.

Please continue to pray for the people in Japan.

I hope these mini-stories will bring strength and encouragement to my friends and family in Japan by letting them know that, not only does the world sympathize with them, it looks up to them in admiration! My thoughts are with you.

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine on you and be gracious unto you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace." (The Holy Bible)

「主があなたを祝福し、あなたを守られますように。 主が御顔をあなたに照らし、あなたを恵まれますように。 主が御顔をあなたに向け、あなたに平安を与えられますように。」  - 聖書より -


* ディズニーランドでの出来事
At Tokyo Disneyland:
Tokyo Disneyland was handing out its shops’ food and drinks for free to the stranded people nearby. I saw a bunch of snobby looking highschool girls walking away with large portions of it and initially though “What the …” But I later I found out they were taking them to the families with little children at emergency evacuation areas. Very perceptive of them, and a very kind thing to do indeed.

* 国連からのメッセージ
国連からのコメント「日本は今まで世界中に援助をしてきた援助大国だ。今回は国連が全力で日本を援助する。」 に感動した。良い事をしたら戻ってくるのです。これがいい例なのです
Message from the UN
Secretary General Ban Ki Moon: “Japan is one of (the UN’s) most generous and strongest benefactors, coming to the assistance of those in need the world over. In that spirit, the United Nations stands by the people of Japan and we will do anything and everything we can at this very difficult time.” I was moved at his words. What better example that good things happen to those who do good.

* 渋滞した交差点での出来事
At a congested downtown intersection …
Cars were moving at the rate of maybe one every green light, but everyone was letting each other go first with a warm look and a smile. At a complicated intersection, the traffic was at a complete standstill for 5 minutes, but I listened for 10 minutes and didn’t hear a single beep or honk except for an occasional one thanking someone for giving way. It was a terrifying day, but scenes like this warmed me and made me love my country even more.

* 揺れている最中でも・・・
During the earthquake
We’ve all been trained to immediately open the doors and establish an escape route when there is an earthquake. In the middle of the quake while the building was shaking crazily and things falling everywhere, a man made his way to the entrance and held it open. Honestly, the chandelier could have crashed down any minute … that was a brave man!

* バス停で・・・
バスが全然来ない中、@saiso が、バス停の前にある薬局でカイロを買ってきて、並んで待ってる人みんなに配った!
Bus stop mini episode:
It was freezing and bus was taking ages to arrive. “@saiso” left the queue to run to a nearby pharmacy. He bought heating pads and gave one to everyone in the queue!

* ディズニーシーにて
Thank you Tokyo Disney Sea
My daughter who was staying at DisneySea just made it back home! Many, many thanks to the staff who worked very hard in the cold with ready smiles that made her to feel safe and secure during the entire night. They brought her food, drinks, snacks, heating pads, and anything necessary to ensure she was comfortable and secure throughout her stay. I was touched by the Disney staff’s warmth and hospitality. Thank you so much!

* 日本人の良さを再認識
Reminded of the goodness of the Japanese people
This earthquake has reminded me of that Japanese goodness that had recently become harder and harder to see. Today I see no crime or looting: I am reminded once again of the good Japanese spirit of helping one another, of propriety, and of gentleness. I had recently begun to regard my modern countrymen as cold people … but this earthquake has revived and given back to all of us the spirit of “kizuna” (bond, trust, sharing, the human connection). I am very touched. I am brought to tears.

* 段ボールに感動
Card board boxes, Thank you!
It was cold and I was getting very weary waiting forever for the train to come. Some homeless people saw me, gave me some of their own cardboard boxes and saying “you’ll be warmer if you sit on these!” I have always walked by homeless people pretending I didn’t see them, and yet here they were offering me warmth. Such warm people.

* 外国人から見た日本人
What foreigners are saying about Japanese people
At a supermarket where everything was scattered everywhere over the floors, shoppers were helping pick them up and putting them back neatly on the shelves before quietly moving into line to wait to pay for them. On the totally jam-packed first train after the quake, an elderly man gave up his seat for a pregnant woman. Foreigners have told me they are amazed witnessing sights like these. I do believe they actually saw what they said they saw. Japan is truly amazing.

* メディアの動きについて
Information network this time around
The information sharing efforts on Twitter or USTREAM, together with the quality of coverage and crucial updates provided by the mass media this time around is incomparable to what we got during the Kobe earthquake. I am deeply impressed by Japan’s successful efforts and ability to put to practice lessons learnt from past tragedies.

* 絵師さん
Touch of art
I saw artists and painters trying to keep things upbeat by painting or drawing beautiful or encouraging drawings for the evacuees around them. I was touched at how everyone was doing their very best to help.

* BBCの報道
BBC Reports
The words of BBC’s reports are so moving they make me cry. They were praising us with words of admiration! “One of the worst earthquakes in recorded history has hit the world’s most well-prepared, well-trained nations. The strength of its government and its people are put to the test. While there have been casualties, in no other country could the government and the people have worked together in such an accurate and coordinated way in the face of such tragedy. The Japanese people have shown their cultural ability to remain calm in the face of adversity.”

* 父親の行動
A little story about Papa
We live in an area that was not directly hit. When my father came downstairs and heard the news saying that our area had begun allocating electricity to the hard-hit areas, he quietly led by example, turning off the power around the house and pulling the plugs out of their sockets. I was touched. He usually NEVER turns off the lights or the AC or the TV or anything!

* 整列する日本人
日本人すごい!!こんな時にも山手線ホームできれいに整列してる …涙。有楽町駅を上から眺む。 http://twitpic.com/48kn1u
Japanese people don’t shove
I'm looking at Yurakucho station from above. I see people standing in line, not pushing or shoving to get onto the Yamanote Line (probably the busiest line in central Tokyo), even at a time like this!

* パン屋
The bakery lady
There was a small bread shop on the street I take to go to school. It has long been out of business. But last night, I saw the old lady of the shop giving people her handmade bread for free. It was a heart-warming sight. She, like everyone else, was doing what she could to help people in a time of need. Tokyo isn’t that bad afterall!

* 日本ってすごい
Japan is a wonderful nation!
Both the government and the people, everyone is helping one another today. There are truck drivers helping evacuees move. I even heard that the “yakuza” (gangsters, organized crime groups) are helping to direct traffic in the Tohoku region! There have been many recent developments that have made me lose my sense of pride in my country, but not anymore. Japan is an amazing place! I’m just simply touched. Go Japan!

* twitterすごい
Twitter is amazing!
The information shared to us all by the twitter community has been amazingly consistent with each other and has been so helpful. Thank you Twitterers! I’m very moved. People recently talk about social networks replacing traditional social life and making people cold and unsociable in real life. But … I guess that’s not true at all.

* ドイツ人の友達
From a German friend
A German friend of mine was in Shibuya (downtown Tokyo shopping district) when the earthquake hit. He was panicking when a Japanese passerby saved him, taking him into a building. My friend was blown away at how calm and disciplined this Japanese man was. He went out of the building with firm, unfaltering steps, did everything he was trained to do and came back. My German friend was deeply impressed by the Japanese people’s actions during the earthquake, saying they looked like a trained army.

* スーパーでの出来事
スーパーで無事買物出来ましたヽ(´o`; でもお客さんのほとんどが他の人の事を考えて必要最低限しか買わない感じだったのが感動しました(涙)
At the supermarket
I just came back safely from the supermarket! Man, I was so touched at how everyone there was mindful of others, buying only as much as they needed and leaving the rest for the people behind them.

* 御殿場で
Gotenba traffic
Japan is really something! Yesterday, not a single traffic light was functioning in Gotenba City. But drivers knew to take turns at intersections and give way to others when needed. Local people were using flags to direct traffic at intersections. I drove for 9 hours but never saw a single car trying to get in front of another. Every single driver on the road contributed to the traffic situation and as a result there was no confusion at all.

* 「みんな」
“All of us”
I spoke with an old taxi driver and some elderly staff at the train stations. All of them had been working non-stop and had not been able to go home for a long time. They were visibly very tired, but never once did they show any sign of impatience; they were gentle and very caring. They told me “… because all of us are in this together.” I was touched at what the notion of “all of us” meant to these elderly people. It is a value I will treasure and carry on to my generation.

* 日本の強さ
A strong Japan
Suntory Beverages has set up free vending machines. Softbank Telephone services is offering free Wifi spots. Everyone in Japan is putting everything they can into helping one another. Japan is also now receiving aid from abroad. Compared to the Kobe earthquake, when Japan took too long to contemplate accepting foreign aid or dispatching the self-defense force to join the rescue effort, Japan has definitely grown into a far stronger nation. Be strong, everyone!

* 朝礼
Morning Ceremony
At the shopping center I work at, every morning we have a ritual (common in Japan) where we stand and recite, “No matter what the situation, I will never show anxiety before my customer; in all customer-facing situations I will treat my customers with respect and do everything I can to make them feel comfortable and at ease”. Today, these words were all actually kind of touching. Well, so the day begins! Here we go people, open shop!

* 井上さん
井上雄彦さんがものすごい勢いで笑顔のイラストをいっぱいあげてて感動する。励ましとか勇気とかメッセージって、こういうことなんだなーと思う。 RT@inouetake Smile42.
Mr. Inoue
Mr. Inoue has been churning out drawings of smiling and laughing faces at an amazing pace! Things like this remind me again of what it truly means to give people a message of strength and courage.

* 学び
Lessons Learnt
What caught my attention on twitter is that a lot of the tweets were about the Kobe earthquake and how what we have learned from it has been put into practice this time around. I know it goes without saying, but I was once again reminded of how humans are indeed creatures that possess the amazing ability to think and learn from experience. It’s a great thought.

* ローマから
Message from a friend in Rome
My friend in Rome emailed me. He said that people in Rome are watching the news and sharing their amazement and their heartfelt respect at how, even at a time like this, the people of Japan are able to remain calm and systematically respond to the situation. People in Rome are thinking of us and are very concerned for us.

* 声をかけること
昨日、裏の家の高1になるお兄ちゃんに感動した。 家に1人で居たらしく、地震後すぐ自転車で飛び出し近所をひと回り。 【大丈夫ですか―――!?】と道路に逃げてきた人達にひたすら声掛けてた。あの時間には老人や母子しか居なかったから、声掛けてくれただけでもホッとしたよ。 ありがとう。
A strong voice
Yesterday, I was impressed and touched by the actions of my neighbor’s 13-year-old-boy. He was home alone when the earthquake hit. But instead of hiding, as soon as the earthquake quieted down, he jumped on his bicycle and road around the block repeatedly shouting at the top of his voice, “Is everyone alright? Is everyone okay?” At the time, there were only women and children and the elderly in the homes. I cannot describe how comforting it was just to hear a strong voice asking if I was okay. Thank you!

* 助け合い
The beauty of helping one another
I went out last night to help some friends who were volunteering as security personnel between Machida City and Sagami Ohno City. I saw total strangers, both young and old, helping each other along everywhere I turned and was heartened with an overwhelming feeling of encouragement. I was so touched I hid behind the toilets and cried.

* バイクでよければ
I just have a bike
I’m so touched! My colleague at my part time job, wanting to help even just one extra person, wrote a sign saying “I just have a bike, but if you don’t mind hop on!”, rode out on his motorbike, picked up a stranded construction worker and took him all the way to Tokorozawa! Respect! I have never felt so strongly that I want to do something helpful for others.

* 乗り合い
浦和美園からタクシー使えると思ったのが甘かった…30分歩いてたら知らない人が車に乗せてくれた(つд;*) 人間の優しさに感動。ありがとうございました。
Sharing your ride
It was stupid of me to think I could catch a cab at Urawamien Station. I ended up walking 30 minutes and then finally was picked up by a stranger who offered to give me a lift. I’m touched by the warmth of human kindness. Thank you, thank you!

* 開放
Rest here!
Last night, I decided, rather than stay at the office, I should try walking home. So I slowly made my way west on Koshu freeway on foot. It was around 9PM when I saw an office building that had a sign that said “Please use our office’s bathrooms! Please rest here!” The employees of the office were loudly shouting out the same to all the people trying to walk home. I was so touch I felt like crying. Well, I guess I was too tense yesterday to cry, but now the tension is wearing off and am very much in tears.

* コンビニ
At the convenience store
While most of the convenience stores near the station were closed because of the quake, there was just one Seven Eleven that was open. The employees had lit lots of candles and put them on the stores shelves. The cash register was not working and they could not take inventory, so the employees worked in threes, one reading up the item description and price, another punching the numbers into a calculator, and the last one using a flashlight to help them work. The store managed to operate both “cash registers” efficiently this way. Impressed!

* 避難所
On the way to the emergency evacuation area
My oldest daughter was making her way to Yokohama’s emergency evacuation area. Total strangers were helping each other out and showing each other the way to the emergency evacuation area. She told me she was moved at how strangers, who can seem so cold at times, showed her kindness and care. I was reminded at the Japanese peoples’ inherent ability to immediately unite in the face of adversity. Today, I have discovered a newfound faith in my nation and my people.

* 呼びかけ
A big, kind voice
I’ve been walking for many hours now. I’m touched at how everywhere I turn, there are shops open with people shouting “Please use our bathroom!” or “Please rest here!” There were also office buildings where people with access to information were voluntarily shouting out helpful tips, like “**** line is now operational!” Seeing things like this after walking for hours and hours made me feel like weeping with gratitude. Seriously, there is still hope for this country!

* ホームにて
On the platform
The Oedo Subway Line for Hikarigaoka is very congested. On the platform and at the gate there are just crowds and crowds of people waiting for the train. But in all the confusion, every last person is neatly lined up waiting his or her turn while managing to keep a passage of space open for staff and people going the other way. Everyone is listening to the instructions from the staff and everyone acts accordingly. And amazingly … there isn’t even a rope or anything in sight to keep people in queue or open space for staff to pass, they just do! I am so impressed at this almost unnatural orderliness! I have nothing but praise for these people!

* 駅員さん
終夜運転のメトロの駅員に、大変ですねって声かけたら、笑顔で、 こんな時ですから!だって。捨てたもんじゃないね、感動した。
Station staff
I said to a Tokyometro station staff who was on all-night duty, “I’m sure it has been a tough night for you. Thank you.” He responded with a smile, “On a night like this, gladly!” I was touched.

* おっちゃん
My husband finally got home very late last night after walking for 4 hours. He told me he felt like giving up at around Akabane, when an elderly man who was going around handing out free coffee saw him, gave him a steaming cup and said, “You must be tired and cold. Here, have some coffee!” My husband told me that it was because of this elderly man that he found the will and strength to continue walking. I’ve already heard this story from him five times tonight, so no doubt he was really, really touched! Thank you to my husband’s anonymous helper!

* 献血の列
Blood donations
Japan is strong! At Osaka I saw a LONG line of people waiting to give blood at the blood donation center. This is the first time I have seen such a queue of selfless people waiting patiently in line just to give. It was a moving sight! To everyone in the hard-hit areas, we your countrymen accept your suffering as our own and we share in your grief. Do not give up! Stay strong!

* 節電営業
Saving electricity for the North
I went to my neighborhood supermarket and was initially surprised that their neon signs were off. They usually are open till 1AM. I then found out that they were open, but were saving electricity so that more power could be channeled to the hard-hit coastal areas. Wow!

* 買うのやめるわ
バイト先に若いお兄さんたちが軍団でお酒を買いに来たんだけど、その中の一人が「やべえ、オレお酒のためにしかお金持ってきてないから募金できん。ちょっとこれ買うのやめるわ」って言って商品返品してそのお金全部募金してた。お友達も続々と募金しててすごい感動した。 すごいよ
Not enough money!
At the store where I work, a huge group of young men suddenly came in to buy booze. One of them suddenly said, “Oops, I only have enough money to buy booze, I can’t donate! Forget the booze, maybe next time!” and instead put ALL his money into the disaster relief donation box. One by one, every single one of the army of youths threw all their money into the box after him. What a heart-warming sight that was!

* いつでも買える
今日、募金箱に金髪にピアスの若い兄ちゃんが万札数枚入れていた。そしてその友人に「ゲームなんていつでも買えるからな」と言っていたのが聞こえて私含め周りの人達も募金していた。人は見た目じゃないことを実感した。そんなお昼でした。 この話感動しました。
Goth youth
A goth youth with white hair and body piercings walked into my store and shoved several hundred dollars (several tens of thousands of yen) into the disaster relief fund donation box. As he walked out, I and people around me heard him saying to his buddies, “I mean, we can buy those games anytime!” At that, we all opened our wallets and put our money into the donation box. Really, you cannot judge people by their appearances.

* 絶対うまいはず
They looked absolutely delicious!
I too saw the guy handing out free rice balls and miso soup on the way back from Akihabara. I was on my bicycle so I told him, “I’m okay, please give it to other people!” On hindsight, I should have taken one … they looked absolutely delicious!!

* お菓子いっぱい
Another Disney episode
Amazing! My brother just managed to get home from Disneyland right now. He’s got bags and bags of free sweets. Furthermore, Disneyland paid for every customer’s travel fare back. All night long, the staff responded immediately and fully to every request he made. Disneyland is truly a world class brand!

* 困ったときは!
Same boat!
Last night, Aobadai station was jammed with stranded people unable to get home. But there were private cars with drivers shouting “If you’re going in the direction of ****, please hop on!” I was able to hitch a ride on one of them. When I thanked the driver, he replied “No worries! We’re all on the same boat. We have to stick together!”

* 充電されたい方は・・・・
Need to charge your phone?
At the emergency evacuation area, a young first-year intern at my company who had brought her phone’s charger got permission from the facility to use their power socket and went around shouting “Anyone need to charge their phone? Please use my charger!” Just a little thing, but I was touched.

By Jun Shiomitsu

Thank you Jun Shiomitsu for sharing such touching tweets. I was practically in tears...!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

1st PDRM saman


ystd after work i went over to anson's place. lawrence said they were doing something and when i asked what. they asked me to go over and check it out.

i went... and it was regarding flame throwing again. which the effect is damn nice i must say. and it is slowly poisoning me. :P

anyhows, after the modification is done, we headed to kk118 food court for drinks and supper. on our way there, we didnt realise that traffic light has camera to capture cars who went over red lights. they sped through the red lights and lots of flashes happened. and all their cars kena. i didnt cos i wasnt driving. :P

so today, out of curiousity. i went ahead and check if i have any summons.

POLIS: WSD6xx7 Saman 1 21/10/2010 11:28:00 AM KUALA LUMPUR PANDU LAJU RM 300

when i checked my schedule. it was clear that i was on the way to work cos my shift starts at 12:30pm. but... to be flying car at 11:28am for 12:30pm shift... something is not right...

i checked my previous posts and found out that...
it was a jusco member's day on 20th and 21st. and i was flying car like mad cos i know that parkings are sure being taken up by kiasu aunties... T.T

then i realised there is this discounted rate to clear off summons and it is due on 10 mar (extended)... so i quickly clear the summon...

and i am now rm152 poorer...