28 October 2014

Beware of Survey Scam

I was surfing the net and out of nowhere this chrome survey appears, at first I thought it was a survey from Google but after completing it then I realized it's just another scam.

Select a prize!

So I selected my prize and see what appears next:

Ask for handphone number

They ask for my handphone number but wait, read the text below:

This is an ongoing subscription service until you quit. You will be sent 5 messages a week charged at S$5.35 per sms (w/GST). Max. S$26.75 (w/GST) per week. Standard operator/data charges apply. You can download unlimited content from our catalogue e.g. ringtones, games, wallpapers, applications. WAP/GPRS enabled phone required. To subscribe enter your mobile number and reply with keyword TOP. To unsubscribe text STOP TOP to 146079193. By joining you agree to receive occasional promotional messages from Mobile Broomstick and other third party offers on an ongoing basis. This service is only available to Singapore mobile phone users (except Starhub pre-paid customers). Applications are for fun purposes only. All ringtones are cover tones and are not approved by the artist. Trademarks, service marks, logos (including, without limitation, the individual names of products and retailers) are the property of their respective owners. Customers must be 18+ & have bill payer's approval. For assistance pls call 66319196 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm exl. public holidays) or email: mobilebhs@atlcservices.com. IDA PRS Code applies. Service Provider: Mobile Broomstick Holding Solutions LLC, Themistokli Dervi, 12 Palais D'loire, 2-nd Floor, 1066 Nicosia, Cyprus. Billing Provider in Singapore ATLC Pte. Ltd. 

By subscribing to WINMOBI Subscription, you will automatically be entered into the competition to win the advertised prize. The person with the highest number of downloads in the promo period will win the prize. This competition has been promoted in different mediums and different advertisements. Only 1 prize will be awarded per promotional period with WINMOBI Subscription from Mobile Broomstick. Promotional period: 00:00:00 01/09/2014 to 23:59:59 30/11/2014. The winner will be notified by the mobile phone register within 5 working days of draw.

$26.75 per week and you might not even win anything and they didn't even say anything about the draw date, only say promotion period ends on 30 Nov, so when is the draw date? And I also have to allow them to spam my number. But this is really dangerous, people who are new to using computer might get tricked into entering their handphone number, how come IDA allows this type of company to run their business here.

27 October 2014

Changed Thai Baht at People's Park Complex

Today I went to withdraw cash for my coming Thailand trip and I decided to change some Baht in advance, the rate was very high compared to the last time I went, that was in April 2013. So just now I changed 200 Singapore dollars for 5000 Thai Baht and they returned me $1.40, the rate was 1 SGD to 25.18 THB, last time I remember changing 1 SGD for only 22.70 THB at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Anyway the reason why I changed early is exactly because of the lousy rate I got at Suvarnabhumi, I thought this time I should at least have some Baht ready for food, taxi and whatever, no need to change so much because the rate at Khao San is much better, yeah we will be staying at Khao San, my favourite place ;)

Very much looking forward to the trip!

25 October 2014

Mei Ling Food Centre: Sin Kee Chicken Rice and No Signboard Braised Duck

Since my wife is pregnant, she can't make the trip there as it is quite a walk and up the hill, from Queenstown MRT got to walk about 5 mins for my speed, for her probably 15 minutes or more, actually it's not really that far, at least for me la. Anyway today woke up at 12pm, weekend can sleep as much as I want haha, I washed up and immediately went out at about 12.15pm.

So I took a train from Commonwealth to Queenstown, just one stop, and then walked to the food centre, walking took me about 5 mins or so as I cut in through the HDB blocks at 140+ and then to 150+. When I reached the food centre, the Sin Kee chicken rice stall had only one person in queue, the rest are seated, I ordered half a chicken takeaway, paid and then told the helper I will come back later. Then I went to order the No Signboard braised duck, that one had 4 person in queue, not that bad, waited for about 10 mins+ and finally my turn, I ordered half a duck. After collecting my duck, I went back for my chicken, good strategy right haha, and to my surprise, the chicken queue grew very long, at least 10 people in queue! Lucky I went earlier if not jia lat.

I paid $13.20 for half chicken, the half chicken is $13 but $0.20 is for takeaway, they packed the chicken in one box, the veggies in another, comes with 2 packs of chilli, 1 pack of ginger/garlic, 1 pack of dark soya sauce and 2 packs of sauce for the chicken, I think it's a combination of sesame oil and light soya sauce, the packing is nice. As for the duck, I paid $16 for half a duck, comes with the braised sauce and chilli.

Then I told my wife to cook some rice so I don't have to buy, we ate half of the meats for lunch, tonight still can eat ;)

The chicken is very fragrant and tender, I think if eat with their rice will be much better. The duck is like my mother's cooking style, very motherly taste. Just imagine eating two legendary meats in one meal, shiok, can see my wife really enjoyed it.

20 October 2014

Deepavali on 22 October 2014

I keep having the impression that it's on 23 October, maybe because of the hardcopy calendars, and only today when my colleague told me it's Wednesday then I realized that it falls on 22nd. Good, made me a bit happy since after tomorrow I can take a rest again ;)

Thinking of rest my holiday trip is coming soon, be flying on 31st October, looking forward to it, time to take a well-deserved break.

17 October 2014

Finally Managed to Get My Reports to Run

After trying for two days, yesterday I finally managed to get our reports to run in Crystal Server 2013. We are using ODAC to connect to our Oracle 11g database, I tried installing the 32-bit ODAC but it doesn't work, thanks to a discussion on scn.sap.com, I uninstalled everything and started from scratch by installing the 64-bit ODAC then followed by the 32-bit, then I restarted the servers and configured both 32-bit and 64-bit System DSN to point to our Oracle database and it works!

By the way you can run this to open the 64-bit ODBC configuration:

c:\windows\system32\odbcad32.exe

And this for the 32-bit version:

c:\windows\syswow64\odbcad32.exe

Sigh, unfortunately even if I can open the reports from the server i.e. the CMC, our application still cannot access the reports, we are using Java so maybe we need to use newer SDK?

14 October 2014

Town Council S&CC Rebates for 2014

No wonder this month my town council never charge me for the fees, I thought they forgot lol, how can it be right, so I Googled and found that I have 2 rebates for this year; July and October:

http://app.mof.gov.sg/newsroom_details.aspx?type=press&cmpar_year=2014&news_sid=20140401321152570663

HDB Flat Type
2014 S&CC Rebates (no. of months)
April 2014
July 2014
October 2014
Total for 2014
1-room
1
1
1
3
2-room
1
1
1
3
3-room
1
0.5
0.5
2
4-room
1
0.5
0.5
2
5-room
0.5
0.5
0.5
1.5
Executive
0.5
0.5
1

I just tracked back and indeed July they never charge me, this month is the same, so in total I saved $57.

Damn Crystal Reports XI and 2013

Our customer is running Crystal Reports Server XI (version 11) and their reports were created using Crystal Reports 2008 (version 12) and my company purchased the full suite of Crystal Reports and Server 2013 (version 14) for our SIT environment, wow sounds kind of confusing right. Initially I was worried about the compatibility, will reports created in version 14 even work in server version 11, after doing some research, I found that as long as we don't use the new stuff in version 14 we should be able to run it fine in the older server, but then it's kind of weird that our test server has a higher version than our production server haha, which makes our SIT less reliable, in the end we still have to ensure that it can run fine in the UAT server before we can roll it out to live.

Anyway today I finished installing the server, took me quite a while because of the unzipping, damn huge files, and the installation took a long time, I think around an hour or more, and also installation of the client tools took quite a while too. I can now import reports via the CMC but not sure how I can mass import, currently I'm doing it one by one which is kind of stupid, I'm sure they have some sort of mass import tool like in XI which was called Publishing Wizard, can't find it anywhere in 2013 though.

I also tried accessing a report via our application but it threw an error saying it cannot resolve the host name, I tried to ping by IP address from our application server and it's okay, but when I tried to ping by host name it failed, so I configured our application server's host file to map the host name to its IP address and it works. Now that I've solved this error, it threw another different error but it was getting late so I went home lol.

Error When Running Crystal Server 2013 wdeploy Tool

The error:
2014-10-14 14:09:32,031   Target - Target "deployall" finished with error.
D:\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\wdeploy\wcommon.xml:361: The following error occurred while executing this line:
D:\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\wdeploy\wcommon.xml:310: The following error occurred while executing this line:
D:\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\wdeploy\wcommon.xml:1948: The following error occurred while executing this line:
D:\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\wdeploy\wcommon.xml:764: Execute failed: java.io.IOException: CreateProcess error=2, The system cannot find the file specified
at org.apache.tools.ant.ProjectHelper.addLocationToBuildException(ProjectHelper.java:541)
at org.apache.tools.ant.taskdefs.Ant.execute(Ant.java:418)
at org.apache.tools.ant.taskdefs.CallTarget.execute(CallTarget.java:105)
at org.apache.tools.ant.UnknownElement.execute(UnknownElement.java:288)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:597)
at org.apache.tools.ant.dispatch.DispatchUtils.execute(DispatchUtils.java:105)
at org.apache.tools.ant.Task.perform(Task.java:348)
at org.apache.tools.ant.Target.execute(Target.java:357)
at org.apache.tools.ant.Target.performTasks(Target.java:385)
at org.apache.tools.ant.Project.executeSortedTargets(Project.java:1329)
at org.apache.tools.ant.Project.executeTarget(Project.java:1298)
at org.apache.tools.ant.helper.DefaultExecutor.executeTargets(DefaultExecutor.java:41)
at org.apache.tools.ant.Project.executeTargets(Project.java:1181)
at org.apache.tools.ant.Main.runBuild(Main.java:698)
at org.apache.tools.ant.Main.startAnt(Main.java:199)
at org.apache.tools.ant.launch.Launcher.run(Launcher.java:257)
at org.apache.tools.ant.launch.Launcher.main(Launcher.java:104)

Solution:
Check your server's environment variable, ensure JAVA_HOME is all caps, mine had error because it was JAVA_Home, by changing all to upper case it worked!

12 October 2014

Just Booked Nok Air for Travel to Udon

Now that my wife is pregnant, I decided to take the plane instead of bus, plane is much more comfortable, bus is too tiring for her, she keeps complaining for feeling tired.

Anyway I booked Nok Air, I find that their website is very user friendly and the yellow makes me feel happy. They also don't require me to key in my passport details unlike some of our budget airlines, booking ticket online should be a hassle-free process, keying all that passport info can be taxing, it's still bearable when you are doing it for one or two passengers, imagine you are booking for 8 or 10 or more people, very prone to wrong data entry.

Now I'm looking forward to traveling with Nok Air, I noticed that I will be given snacks for my ride, not bad, free food for economy tickets. The ticket also come with 15KG checked baggage for free, you can add another 5KG for 175 Baht.

10 October 2014

My Wife is Pregnant Again!

Just now she showed me the test strip and there were two lines; two means pregnant and one means not pregnant. So just nice, we are going to her home at the end of this month on 31 Oct so we can also see her doctor and listen to what he say.

My wife's last period started on 08 Sep, that means now she is in her 5th week of pregnancy. I calculated using this tool.

Anyway I was worried about my wife taking Warfarin while she is pregnant, according to my research online, I found that Warfarin is not good for the baby between the 6th and 9th weeks of pregnancy, and the alternative such as Heparin is less effective than Warfarin, basically Warfarin is the best anticoagulant for patients. Luckily I found this article and this which gave me some relief, reason being that my wife's dosage is 3.5mg per day, quoted from the article:

"According to our experience the untoward effects of warfarin are dose-dependent [3]."

"In our study 43 pregnant patients with mechanical valve prostheses were kept on warfarin continuously until the 38th week of gestation when a cesarean section was planned after warfarin administration had been stopped for 2 days."

My wife has a mechanical heart valve, I quote more:

"In detail in the group of 33 gestations, with patients taking a warfarin dose ≤5 mg, there were 28 healthy babies and only five fetal complications (four spontaneous abortion and one fetal growth retardation). In the other group of 25 gestations, with patients taking a warfarin dose >5 mg, three full-term pregnancies and 22 fetal complications (18 spontaneous abortions, one stillbirth, one ventricular septal defect and two warfarin embriopathies) were observed."

What this tells me is that patients with higher Warfarin dosage will have higher chance of fetal complications. Let's see more:

"Those patients whose warfarin intake is ≤5 mg with an international normalized ratio (INR) within therapeutic range may continue to take warfarin during the entire pregnancy under strict medical surveillance, and consider a programmed cesarean section at the 38th week of gestation while briefly interrupting warfarin therapy. If the patients prefer to have vaginal delivery, heparin over the last 2 weeks of gestation should be offered as an option."

Seems like it's possible for my wife to continue using Warfarin throughout her pregnancy.

"In pregnant patients with mechanical valves warfarin at a daily dose ≤5 mg seems to be the drug that provides the best antithrombotic effect with a reasonably low rate of untoward fetal complications."

Yep, now I feel more relieved, I really hope this pregnancy will go well. We'll see her doctor and let him decide whether to use Warfarin and change to Heparin, our last encounter with Heparin didn't end well though, my wife got a miscarriage but most importantly she is fine but I can't say for sure that Heparin caused the miscarriage, I really have no idea how it happened.

09 October 2014

Down with Flu and Slight Fever These Few Days

It started last Saturday morning, after I woke up I didn't feel well, remember it was raining that morning so I waited for the rain to stop and went to have my weekly run as I thought I will feel better but mainly because I don't want to skip my run, it's now like a religious thing, have to do every Saturday.

After that Saturday, the feeling of sickness comes and goes, I took medicine and now I'm feeling better but that taste in my mouth, not the medicine taste but the taste of sickness still lingers, I feel like I can fall ill anytime, hope I get better before my Thailand trip this month end. Now my wife is also a bit sick.

I think it's the haze, so annoying, the burnt smell in the air is really irritating, also makes my eyes feel itchy, when will it stop?

06 October 2014

Planning Trip to Thailand (Updated)

Last post.

I have bought tickets, overall is about $435 for 2 pax. I bought Jetstar from Singapore to Suvarnabhumi ($249 for two) and Scoot from Don Mueang to Singapore ($186 for two), with standard seat selection and 20KG check-in baggage for my wife to and fro.

Just want to highlight something, when I bought my Scoot tickets, they offered to let me settle in SGD which is my card's currency, they offered $195.18 for 4710 THB so I did a quick check on Google and found that 4710 THB is about $184 SGD so of course I didn't accept their exchange rate and choose to settle in Thai Baht instead.

Never Accept Airline's Exchange Rate

So after I confirmed my payment in Thai Baht, I checked my credit card transaction online and found that my bank charged me about $186, about $9 cheaper than what I would pay if I choose to accept Scoot's SGD settlement instead, so always check the exchange rate before you choose, anyway I think it's better to let your bank settle foreign currency exchange instead of the airline, I'm sure airline will add in hidden charges.

Oh and nowadays I can pay Jetstar tickets via SAM machines, no booking fee required, I saved $18 just by making payment at SAM, very straightforward and easy, just search for Jetstar, there's two and I selected the bottom one, then enter my booking id, NRIC (or passport number), my name and contact number and then finally make payment via NETS, the next day it will be settled and Jetstar will send the itinerary.

Updated on 09 Oct 2014: Just to update the final amount charged to my credit card, $189.75, lower than what I would pay if I accepted Scoot's exchange rate.

05 October 2014

Received U-Save Rebate for Oct 2014

Last month I have a $97.61 credit from the Jul U-Save, this month government gave another $65 making it $162.61. My utilities bill for this month is $76.67, very surprising, much cheaper than last month of $97.39, I think it's because last month was estimated and this month was checked by SP staff.

Now I still have $85.94 credit, if next month also $70+ then also no need to pay.

02 October 2014

Planning Trip to Thailand

Finally I am this stage, screw that ICT and time to plan for my break from this urban jungle! Ok, this is my tentative planning:
  • 31 Oct - take plane from SIN to BKK 11pm, reach BKK 12:30am.
  • 01 Nov - take bus from BKK to Udon in the morning, should reach my wife's house by night.
  • 02 Nov to 03 Nov - slack at her home, maybe ask her family bring me around to admire the natural beauty.
  • 04 Nov - accompany my wife to her doctor, I'm going to do a body checkup since I'm there.
  • 05 Nov - take bus back to BKK, still haven't decide should take morning or night but doesn't matter much though.
  • 06 Nov to 07 Nov - enjoy BKK food, shopping.
  • 08 Nov - go home.
I just check out the tickets at Airasia, Tiger, Jetstar and Scoot, seems like go is Jetstar cheapest and come back is Airasia, I think I can budget $400 for tickets, then maybe bring about $1500 for spending, should be fine since the exchange rate is so good now.

01 October 2014

New Movie Dracula Untold

I saw the trailer and it looks really good, Luke Evans has that Dracula feel, I can't think of anyone else who fits the role, I think would be nice to watch at the cinema.


Imdb rating also quite high at 7.5, I think everyone is looking forward to watching.