Category Archives: Rants

It’s been almost 6 months…

..since I last posted my thoughts, opinions, rants…and ah-hem…star wars action figures…hahaha..

I guess is because due to any or all of the following reason(s)

  1. Too busy at work thinking of how to get the company’s projects running on time
  2. Too busy with Facebook – I gotta tell ya…Zuckenberg’s creation sure is addictive
  3. Too busy worrying about things which is beyond my control
  4. Too busy loving me wife and kids
  5. and last but not least too busy collecting Star Wars action figures…hahahaha

Well, I promise to myself to update my blog of anything under the sun…..soon…err….maybe tomorrow..or err..maybe next week..or..next month…maybe..

Till then…stay tuned…

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…Streamyx, do yourself a favour and…

…just close shop. I mean just shut down your service because it’s just plain laughable that I am never gonna enjoy even half a 1mbps bandwidth which I am paying for every month.

I don’t even wonder why I bothered to upgrade from a 384kbps line to a 1mbps broadband line.

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Having a dog as a pet…

…isn’t easy a you’d think.

Raising a domesticated animal be it a dog, cat, bird, lizard, iguanas, fish, rabbit, hamster, ferrets or even snake involves a lot of tender loving care. Yes you heard me right, even snakes need some TLC as well you know.

Now the reason why I even bother to blog about the subject of having pets is because my next door neighbour has a dog as their pet. A bull dog I have to say and a mighty cute one I have to admit. However, being cute that he is, this dog barks in the middle of the night, in the afternoons, in the wee hours in the morning..practically almost every time of the day lah. Not only that, this dog has the most unbearable stench of dog urine. I mean it’s so freaking smelly that even maggots could faint. I seriously wonder what on earth my neighbour had been feeding the dog. But whatever the dog is eating, boy oh boy, the output stinks like hell!!! I mean I gotta hold my nose every time  I around my front porch and that’s just the doggy’s pee. I have yet to describe to you the smell of the dog’s feces.

Now being a former dog owner myself, a dog needs a lot of tender loving care. Yes you have to give the dog a good bathing, scoop up any doggy poo – dispose of it properly and water off any doggy pee, one must also give the dog plenty of loving. When I mean loving, I mean petting and cuddling the dog. Dogs have feelings as well. Dogs craves attention and some love and one has to give lot’s of attention and love or else the doggy will bark and bark and bark until you give attention and love. That’s the problem which I been noticing. The owner ain’t giving the dog enough love and attention and hence the reason why the poor dog been barking almost non stop.

So you see, raising a pet isn’t easy as buying it from the pet store and just let it be. You gotta give it lots of love because love makes the world a better place to be. 😉

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Aiyoh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

….this is just too much to bear lah. I am subscribing to a 1.0Mbps wired broadband internet connection line from Streamyx and I am not getting half of it lah…

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This is the result of the speed test I done (thanks to Eina for the URL website) . The results shows that I am only getting 183kbps download speed!!!!  How can this be lah!!! I mean if I am subscribing to a 384kbs line then I would understand but I am subscribing to a 1.0Mpbs and yet this happens!!!!!

Please lah TM Net!!!! Get your act together and resolve this issue for the benefit of your subscribers

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My lord…

…Telekom Malaysia Streamyx internet broadband connection service from house is so freaking slow that I want to puke lah. I upgraded my 384kbps broadband line to a 1.0mbps on 12th February online  via www.streamyx.com and within 3 days, my line was upgrade to 1.0mpbs.

But for some funny reason, I was unable to experience even 500kbps!!!! I did a Streamyx speed-o-meter test and found out that my download speed was a pathetic, jaw dropping and unbelievable 290kbps!!!!!  I just can’t understand what is going on with TM Net our local wired internet service provider. I have to pay RM88 per month for a 1.0Mbps wired broadband line which in my opinion is quite costly when you can get 10 times the speed at approximately the same fee in other ASEAN countries.

If Malaysia is seriously looking into making broadband service available to every Malaysian household, TM Net has better get it’s act together.

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Why can’t you be like….

“my brother who’s son is very close to him”….this was want my wife said to me when both of us were about to go to bed. You see my brother-in-law and his wife and his 3 year old son, who is by the way look so adorable spent the holiday over at his mother’s house. My wife notice that her nephew was particularly close with the father and so did I.

What irk me the most was what my wife said to me. she said…”What kind of ‘low kiap’ father are you”. “Low kiap” in hokkein kinda means not good. I took that as an insult really and honestly what she said to me was totally uncalled for. I told her I am different from that of her brother. I have my own ways of being close with my two kids. She then told me because of my fierce behavoiur towards my kids, both of them aren’t precisely close to me and rather be close to their mom. I’ve got no problem with that at all because I acknowledge that I have a very short temper. I can’t stand toddlers whining and crying and at times, I just burst out by shouting at them and believe me it is completely uncalled for me to do that.

I have never in my marriage told in front of my wife that she is a ‘low kiap’ mother. I know she will hold back her temper when the two munchkins get out of hand.

This is not the first time she told me that I am a ‘low kiap’ father – in fact many times she’s uttered that crude word to me. I guess I finally can’t hold it any longer and told her back that I don’t deserve to be called that crude word. I may not be at all the model father – which personally I don’t intend to be as I have to many flaws, but if she (my wife) thinks she can find a better father – then so be it. I’d gladly pass this position to someone else.

The price of petrol….

As at today, petrol price will cost you 0.78sen per litre more – which means I have to fork out additional RM20+ for a full tank of unleaded petrol and the increase comes as shock for me.

The repercussion of the price hike is going to be felt very soon in the coming months. Inevitably prices of food, services, transportation – almost everything will go up. Electricity rates will go up by 18%. Water ? not sure yet but I reckon it will go up to.

As you can all see, we are quite dependent on fossil fuel. It’s what drives the economy of the world. Without it, will be caught with our pants down. We’ll be in chaos. Everything will grind to a halt. Sounds scary eh ? 😦

As for me, I have to tighten my belt and spend only on things which my family needs and not wants. I guess I have to drive economically as well…something which I am not to fond of doing. 😉

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/Frontpage/20080605082202/Article/index_html

PUTRAJAYA: The pump price for petrol is now RM2.70 per litre and diesel RM2.58 a litre following a cut in the fuel subsidy.

The increase of 78 sen per litre for petrol and RM1 a litre for diesel still leaves their prices 30 sen below the market rate.

Announcing the hike, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said a 30-sen subsidy per litre will prevail on pump prices, and will be used as an “automatic adjuster” in tandem with fluctuations in the world oil price.

The government will make the adjustments monthly.

To cushion the price increase, cash rebates will be given to owners of cars and motorcycles, based on engine capacity, through post offices from July 1.

These rebates will be given to owners of vehicles with road tax renewed between April 1 this year and March 31 next year.

Those who have already paid their road tax should produce their vehicle registration details at a post office and Pos Malaysia will issue them a money order.

Vehicles with large engine capacities will be levied a lower road tax from June 1.

The rebates will cost the government about RM5 million this year.

From today, the price of subsidised diesel will be standardised at RM1.43 per litre for fishermen, boat owners and transport operators.

Previously, subsidised diesel was priced at RM1 per litre for fishermen, RM1.20 for boat owners and RM1.43 for transport operators.

Prices for cooking gas (liquefied petroleum gas or LPG) and natural gas for vehicles (NGV) remain unchanged at RM1.75 for every kg of LPG and 63.5 sen for every litre of NGV.

This involves Petronas restructuring its gas subsidy from July 1 for the peninsula whereby it will raise gas prices for energy producers and industrial users.

The government will save RM13.7 billion from the restructured package.

Out of this amount, RM7.5 billion will go towards subsidising prices of petrol, diesel and gas.

The rest will be spent on food security (RM4 billion), cooking oil subsidies (RM1.5 billion), standardising the price of rice in Sabah and Sarawak (RM0.4 billion), flour subsidies (RM0.2 billion) and bread subsidies (RM0.1 billion).

Abdullah said even after the fuel price increase and restructuring, the government would still have to spend about RM18 billion to pay for the difference between the pump prices and the world price.

Reiterating his call for Malaysians to change their lifestyle and be more prudent, Abdullah said they should try to spend less in all areas.

“This is something that is happening all over the world. We are not lifting the subsidies totally as we are still subsidising petrol and other items like cooking oil.”

He said efforts were being made to improve the public transport system.

Acknowledging that the fuel price increase would not go down well with the public, Abdullah said the government could no longer sustain the rising price of oil.

“I am not out to be popular. We try our best, and this is something we are very serious about, but naturally people will not be happy.”

Fuel subsidy scheme

– 30 sen subsidy for petrol and diesel

– Automatic monthly adjustment in petrol and diesel prices, in line with global prices

– Annual cash rebate of RM625 for owners of private vehicles with an engine capacity of up to 2,000cc, and pick-up trucks and jeeps up to 2,500cc

– Annual cash rebate of RM150 for owners of motorcycles with a 250cc engine or less

– Road tax discount of RM200 for owners of private vehicles with engine capacities above 2,000cc

– RM50 road tax discount for motorcycles with engines above 250cc

– Fishermen, boat owners and transport operators will get diesel at RM1.43 per litre

– Each Malaysian fishing vessel owner will receive RM200 monthly

– Fishing vessel owners will get incentive of 10 sen for every kilogramme of catch landed

Where the RM13.7b savings will go

– RM7.5 billion goes back as subsidies for petrol, diesel and gas

– RM4 billion for food security

– RM1.5 billion for cooking oil subsidies

– RM400 million for standardising price of rice in Sabah and Sarawak

– RM200 million for flour subsidy

– RM100 million for bread subsidy