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Monday, July 30, 2007

Sally YEH in Setia Alam

Yup, Setia Alam developer, SP Setia, is organising three Sally YEH concerts in Setia Pearl Island (Penang), Setia Alam (Selangor) and Setia Tropika (Johor). Best of all, the tickets are FREE!

Home owners need to just claim their free-seating tickets from the sales office. For the rest, it will be free-standing tickets.

The concert in Setia Alam will be held at the Setia Alam's Central Park on 11th August 2007. There will also be fireworks display. If I remember correctly, myFM DJs Jack and Mei Yan will also be there.

I am so looking forward to this... Will be meeting up with a few SARA forum members on that day. Will also be checking out the progress of my house... Last time I was there, work was being done on the drainage and they have started the paint job...
My house in Setia Alam
My house ,Arundina, a cluster-home in Setia Alam

More of my house in Setia Alam
Still a lot of work in progress...

Drainage works in progress
Drainage works in progress... Yes, 50ft wide roads

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On 8/02/2007 01:55:00 PM Anonymous blusher said:
Wah! So envy you la. Your hse is nearly 'completed'! I'm looking for a house too and the hubby might wanna look into Setia Alam,nearer to his office.
On 8/02/2007 03:48:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
actually, my advise when looking for house. never use distance from workplace as criteria. workplace can change, either due to change of job or office relocation. :)

Setia Alam seems like a very nice place. based on the plans the developer has, it should be really, really good. :)

if u plan to get a place there, i'd advice you to quickly grab a unit. we noticed the new launches have very high price tag... but of course better features too. you can check out the Resident's forum at:
the forum is done by the residents for the residents.

errr... they do have house-buyer-get-house-buyer program. so if you have no actual introducer, i'm more than happy to volunteer. but seriously, if you're looking at SA, do join the forum and ask the members there for pointers and advice.
On 8/04/2007 11:53:00 AM Anonymous sir jorge said:
that's a really nice house
On 8/04/2007 04:40:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
Ok... I'll have 2 units.. put it on my tab... hahahaha

Saturday, July 28, 2007

One for the nose

Went to see an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist last week as I has having a very bad cough caused by throat/ nose irritation. This specialist I went to is actually ENT+H&N (Ear, Nose, Throat + Head and Neck) specialist. My sinus problem was getting worse... Our planet is getting more polluted by the day... *sigh*

The doctor actually pushed a scope up my nose! Yes, I could actually see what is INSIDE the nose. Too bad I forgot to ask if I could take a photo of the inside of my nose... I was too stunned then... Do all bloggers do this -- take photos of anything and everything?!? According to him, my nose was a bit swollen. So, I was prescribed some medication and this...
Syringe for nasal wash
Nope, I'm not turning into a junkie

I am supposed to use the syringe to push some saline solution up my nose and wash the insides... It's also called a nasal wash... Scary...

OK, how does it feel? You know how you sometimes accidentally inhale some water? Well, just imagine the same, but without the experience being 'accidental'. Seriously... It is kinda 'nice' and 'fun'... Really!

From Wikipedia:
Nasal irrigation is a personal hygiene practice which involves flooding the nasal cavity with warm saline solution. The goal of nasal irrigation is to clear out excess mucus and particulates and moisturize the nasal cavity. The practice has been subjected to clinical testing and has been found to be safe and beneficial, with no apparent side effects.

I have to do this every night for at least one month...


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On 8/01/2007 03:19:00 PM Blogger Tiffy Tang said:
My son uses sterimar to clean the inside of his nose too cos it's swollen. it doesn't have a syringe, just a bottle of spray. Wish you well.
On 8/02/2007 01:50:00 PM Anonymous blusher said:
Nice and Funny? If I were you, I'd freak out by now. I'm just not comfortable with liquid in my nose! Well, hope you hang in there and be up and about real soon *winks*
On 8/02/2007 03:52:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
from what i understand, the problem i have will not go away... its sort of permanent thing... due to polluted air, etc...

so best i can do is avoid overly polluted area. i suspect my current office's ventilation system is very bad. before we moved, i never had this much of problems. why i say the ventilation is bad? we're in a closed office. windows are hardly open. we use aircond and there no major construction work around the office area, but if i wipe my desk clean, within 2-3 days, i can see a thick layer of dust!

i'm not the only one who started having so many problems since we moved to the new place. a few of my colleagues also started to visit the doctor more often... same problem - cough, sore throat, sinus...

On 8/04/2007 12:18:00 AM Blogger Blueyes said:
um ya after my experience of having surgery on my nose from a deviated septum and having to use nasal sprays after the fact when there was still blood up there and sucking it back, no thanks on anything going up my nose.
On 8/04/2007 04:42:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
Wa...u also a fan of wikipedia..

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

KFC voucher

A friend of mine emailed this voucher to me recently...
KFC e-craving voucher
KFC e-craving voucher

Hmmm... Obviously this friend does not know that I'm a vegetarian! *sigh*

Anyway, I was a bit skeptical (a few weeks back, I received a 'eat all you can' durian promotion that was held back in 2006!) about this voucher as I could not find it on the KFC website. So I decided to called KFC to check it out. Yes, the voucher is valid. You just need to print this out and provide it to them. But note that its only:
- valid on Tuesday
- valid till 31st July 2007 (meaning next Tuesday is the last chance you can use it)

I have been told that KFC has decided to extend this 'promotion' and will be sending out a new voucher shortly. It seems that to get the voucher, you need to sign-up at their website.

If you take a closer look at the voucher, you'll realise they include the usual 'terms and conditions' in the voucher... Including this one - Valid while stocks last.

Huh?!? If you go to KFC and they are out of stock (meaning no more fried chicken), what else do you eat at Kentucky Fried Chicken?!? Can KFC really run out of Fried Chickens at 2-6pm since promotion is valid only then? Plus, it's not like Tesco or Carrefour where they can run out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold at rm69.90 and tell you to go buy other items they have on sale... There is nothing else but fried chickens at KFC! OK, they have some burgers, fries and wedges too...

But apparently, KFC can run out of stocks... At least that's what marketing person I spoke to on the phone told me.

Hmmm... I would love to see McDonald's running out of burgers... :)


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On 7/25/2007 10:30:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
Haha...maybe thats the reason for the fried rat...
On 7/29/2007 11:28:00 PM Anonymous RedBlusher said:
I'm a vegetarian too! BTW, are u related to anttyk? Both of u hv the same surname :-)
On 7/30/2007 02:41:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
huh?!? what fried rats?!?

redblusher... not related to him. not that i know off, anyway. hmmm... the TAI clan is not that small after all. he's the 2nd TAI I 'met' online. the other is michelle kirsten tai.

i guess i'll see more of him when i move to Setia Alam.

its nice to meet a fellow vegetarian. can share more tips, etc... :)
On 7/30/2007 04:41:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
U didn't hear of the incident where a customer took a bite on a piece of chicken and found out that the chicken had a tail? hahaha

Sunday, July 22, 2007

National vehicle

I'm sure many would have seen this advertisement on TV, newspaper, etc...
Petronas Saya Anak Malaysia contest
The Petronas Saya Anak Malaysia contest - 50 national vehicles to be won!

If you take a closer look, the model of one of the 50 national vehicles is...
Petronas Saya Anak Malaysia contest
Naza Ria

I'm just wondering how one goes about getting 'national vehicle' status...

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On 7/23/2007 08:20:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said:
Maybe there's a difference between 'national vehicle' and 'national car'... Or maybe sometimes it's a national, sometimes not.

Always interesting to read original content.
On 7/23/2007 06:09:00 PM Anonymous Yee Piao said:
The moral of the story? What national company sells is national product, that's why Ria is a national car!

I think the concept is wrong though.I only recognise cars by Proton and Perodua as national cars...
On 7/23/2007 06:37:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
yee piao, is naza a 'national' company? if so, how does one company qualify to be 'national company'?

if assembled in Malaysia qualifies for national can, then what about Naza Bestari (rebadged Peugeot)?

if its the local contents (just purely example, must have more than 60% parts to be made in Malaysia), then... i have nothing to say lor...

taikor, i think they use 'vehicle' cause Ria is not really a car... more like in the MPV category.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Prepaid and postpaid

Being a postpaid user usually means being second class. And I can understand why...

There are about 12 million prepaid users in Malaysia (shared between the 3 Telcos - Maxis, Digi and Celcom). The prepaid market is a very volatile market. These are the group of people who can change from one service provider to another at anytime. From a business point of view, this means they have to really take care of this group of customers. Otherwise, it is bye-bye... So, its no surprise to see concerts, freebies, free SMS, etc being given to prepaid users.

Assuming the average balance on each prepaid user is rm5, and if a service provider manages to have 2 million prepaid users, the Telco would already have ‘spare money’ of rm10million. Put this amount in a fixed deposit at a 3% interest rate, a service provider earn about rm25k per month in interest (or ‘free money’).

Postpaid users, on the other hand, are liabilities. In some cases, these postpaid users have ZERO deposit and use the service first, paying only at the end of the month (actually after 2 months since you have another 1 month after the billing date to settle your bills).

Assuming a Telco has 100 000 postpaid user and each have used about rm50 of their service, they would already have a ‘loss’ of rm5 million. Is it any wonder now why mobile service providers don’t really have loyalty programs for their postpaid users?

And if you ever want to be in a business, you should look at starting something similar to our Touch N Go (with auto-reload). Auto-reloads are usually done once your balance goes below rm100. This means, at any one time, a user’s balance is about rm100. If you’re Rangkaian Segar, the Touch N Go operator, and you have 100 000 auto-reload Touch N Go users, you stand to earn rm25k of free money every month!

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On 7/20/2007 10:34:00 PM Blogger anttyk said:
Update lar abit... :p
On 7/22/2007 08:40:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
ok boss... updated. been a bit busy lately... kekeke...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Transformers mania

Everyone's gone gaga over the transforming robots. Here's one transformer that never made the cut... Got it from an email...
Budget transformer
What happens when you don't have enough budget for special effects...

I think the next movie that should be made is Robotech. The robots (or mecha) are quite believable. In fact, I think they are more believable than Transformers robots. Before I start getting hate mails, I want to make it clear that I love them both! And just like Transformers, there's a lot that can be told for Robotech.


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On 8/07/2007 09:01:00 AM Anonymous Alissa said:
Robotech would actually make a cool movie premise. But tranformers has a rediclously large fan base. Hell even my voicemail carrier set up a free voicemail greeting for transformer fans to use:

you can't buy random marketing like that...

Thursday, July 05, 2007


I have a website... But I don't know what to do with it...

Any idea?


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On 7/07/2007 10:30:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
Try managing multiple sites in that web... will overwhelm u in no time..haha...

Have like one website on stocks, one on housing, one on vegetarians, one on housing, one on love life... then all link to adriantai.bugspot.com... heee
On 7/10/2007 06:10:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
hahaha... i also dunno why you need that many... :)

for me, i think i will slowly move all to www.adriantai.com
On 7/12/2007 01:16:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
yah... maybe having too many of anything is not good ya...

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