27 March 2016

Just Checked Out Airbnb

Damn they have so many nice apartments for rent, the kind of price I pay for a good hotel I can rent a whole apartment! Sigh too bad, in future I will definitely try airbnb, just saw a really nice apartment, one night only $113, can easily accommodate 7 or even 8 people. There are also rooms at the lower price range with decent facilities, way better than staying at hotel.

26 March 2016

iPhone SE Very Tempting

The phone came out this week with the 16GB version selling at S$658 and the 64GB at S$828. This phone is basically 6S with some negligible difference built as iPhone 5 size and casing. The 16GB price is around 2/3 of the 6S, makes me want to buy on impulse at apple store. I wasn't that much into iPhone until my last holiday where it impressed me even more, I know apple products are very high quality and user friendly but I agree even more after playing with it for extended periods of time.

The iOS is no doubt the best mobile OS, I played with Android and Windows and I don't like either, Windows is just plain garbage, as for Android there is no consistency, everybody just wants to make their own version, the Xiaomi version is good that's why their phone is so popular, Samsung is garbage, see it's like consumer is at the mercy of the mobile phone maker, sometimes you get it good, sometimes you get it shitty, there is no such nonsense with iOS because there is only one iOS regardless of which mobile device you use, I like consistency.

25 March 2016

Sushi Express - Sushi Take-Out

Today I finally decided to try, glad I did so because the quality is better than expected even though it's only $0.50 per piece. The reason that was holding me back was my experience at Umi sushi take-out, that time when I tried, their sushi was not fresh, and their shop smells fishy, super disgusting.

I also bought a packet of Hana Maki, 4 pieces for $5, 3 pieces would cost $6.39 at Sakae. I find that their products are very fresh, another thing is they don't have this fishy smell lingering around, if fish is fresh there shouldn't be any smell. Definitely going back again.

POSB Everyday Card Annual Fee Waiver

Today I checked my card statement and found that there is an extra charge of $128.4 which consists of the annual fee and GST:

Annual Fee and GST

So I called the POSB hotline 1800 339 6666, pressed through some numbers and entered my card number, after a while system informed me that my annual fee and GST has been waived and will be reflected in my next bill and takes 1 day to reflect in iBanking, very simple process.

22 March 2016

NUH Sports Centre Follow-Up Visit

Today I went back to specialist to see the MRI result, say I don't have muscle tear, only strain, but how come strain have blood, anyway the doctor say will heal but 3 months don't do pushing, he wrote another memo to excuse me from push-up permanently. Good thing is sounds like eventually I can recover to full strength and don't need surgery, phew.

21 March 2016

Baby One Year Old Soon

Baby will be one year old this coming May, my father and said my mother wish to celebrate by inviting our relatives, I immediately said no, I think my mother wants to collect ang pao, I think this ang pao culture is super lame and stupid, if my mother collect ang pao on baby's behalf it will mean we owe all those who gave ang pao, next time have to give back, this is utterly stupid, so I told my father if they want to invite can, I will pay all expenses, those who come don't give any ang pao, but best is just celebrate within our family, no need to invite anyone else.

My thinking is that if I can afford to invite and give people a treat, I will, if I cannot afford, don't invite, it's that simple, no need to invite and then expect to get back from ang pao. Lucky I now have my own house, no need to be at anyone's mercy, if I don't want nobody can force me hahaha.

19 March 2016

Updates on Thailand Trip 2016

So on 11 Mar we took SIA to BKK, it was pram friendly, can bring the pram all the way to the boarding gate and before we enter the plane, they will collect and put it on the plane, after we alight they have it ready at the exit so no need to collect at the baggage claim. Baby was enjoying the flight and didn't cry at all. SIA flight have the bassinet but we didn't use it on the way there, since short trip so no point. By the way there is free food and drinks, can also order alcohol, beer and wine, all included so no need to pay more, that's one good thing about taking full-fledged airline.

After that we took Thai Airways to UTH, not really the Thai Airways that we expected, it was Thai Smile owned by Thai Airways, the plane is smaller but still quite comfy but they don't have bassinet which is ok. They also have free food and drinks, but didn't notice whether they have alcohol, since it is also short trip so I don't bother, only about 1 hour journey to Udon Thani airport. This one is also pram friendly, same thing can bring pram to gate and they will collect it but this time we collected at baggage claim, but UTH is a very small airport so no problem at all.

Oh by the way the SIA flight was 1 hour late, lucky I have some buffer otherwise will miss the flight to UTH, anyway also have travel insurance but in the end also never utilize.

So from 11 to 15 we stayed at MIL house, bloody hell everyday kena bitten by bugs, and the weather is damn hot, nothing much to do there but go Tesco Lotus, or go farm, or surf net, lucky have iPhone and AIS mobile internet otherwise bored to death. Or see greenery like Jackfruit tree:

Jackfruit Tree

Their mobile internet is very expensive, maybe future can apply for the AIS fibre broadband, I checked and MIL house have coverage, their 15 download / 5 upload plan is only 590 Baht, way cheaper than using the mobile internet.

MIL house also did some upgrading, now the front door area have tiles:

Tiles at front door

I also thinking of getting a car for MIL, also can put wife's name, nobody in their family own a car, only motorbike, only her mother-side auntie husband have a Isuzu 2-door pickup, he was the one who picked us up at UTH and brought us around, her uncle and brother all don't have so it's difficult if they want to go around in group or buy anything bulky. Cars in Thailand is very cheap compared to SG, and I think car is a necessity since rural area is huge, no car can only rely on others.

Some photos taken at Mercure Bangkok Siam:

Baby on the bed

Desk and TV

Door

Cupboard

Toilet

Shower room

Shower

The shower damn power, if open full blast it is bursting so very shiok!

Throw our stuff

Desk area

View from room

Another view from room

Enjoy Smirnoff in room

Fridge

This hotel good, only bad thing was the fridge cannot adjust temperature but lucky it's cold enough. Also if you are a smoker, cannot smoke in room or corridor since it is a non-smoking hotel, but can go to level 9, there is an area outside where you can smoke so no need to go until level 1. They also have a well-equipped 7/11 at level 1, very convenient, got sell diapers and all sorts of necessities. They also have lunch and dinner buffet at 50% discount for hotel guests, we didn't try it though. Oh another thing is their TV channels especially those foreign channels are very blur, so if you are TV enthusiast then maybe not good for you but who watches TV during holiday lol, ok la, walk until tired still have to go back to hotel room, but I watch their Thai channels hoping I can pick up some Thai, but they don't have English subtitles so very difficult.

Photos at airport on last day:

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Regarding Lek Lai

First time hear of this thing, my wife's grandmother just gave her this black object that looks like a black stone, more like charcoal, according to my wife, if the wearer chants something the wearer will become invisible lol wtf.

Lek Lai in Gold Frame with Gold Necklace

So my wife happily went to a gold shop at MBK and framed the thing in gold, the frame cost 4000 Baht, then she hook it up with her gold necklace, I think the necklace cost 20,000 Baht, now I wonder how much this stone cost, one can only hope that the stone cost more than the gold otherwise what's the point of putting it in gold frame and gold necklace.

I did some research online and found nothing that I can believe, seems like there is no scientific study done on this object, what I can find online is nothing but magical nonsense, saying it is indestructible as in even bullets cannot damage it, there's even a place in Kanchanaburi where people can insert one small pieces of this thing into their arm thereby giving them protection.

Online also say this object is more of a metal than stone as it is magnetic but I have yet to try this. And the more I read online, the more magical nonsense I find, if you ask me I still think it is some sort of black stone that isn't worth anything.

If you find YouTube, even worse, some people do magical stunts with it like burning their hand with fire and acid, since it is so powerful, I would to see them do bigger stunts, maybe if they can survive setting their whole body on fire or kena shot by M16 and still survive then I might believe, or best, jump down from 20 storey and survive!

And if you are interested, you can even buy on ebay lol, one piece for 20+ USD, but it looks different from this one, but one thing is for sure, the gold is worth more than the stone, definitely.

Arrived Home this Morning

Finally back home after an 8 days trip to Thailand, phew, feels great to be back in my home country, I think no matter where I go, Singapore still feels the best for me, it's clean and safe and children here have a better chance for a better future compared to those in Thailand, especially rural areas.

My wife has a cousin, this year 16, he doesn't go to school much and most of the time his mother made him look after the pigs, I asked my wife why not go work in 7/11 or bank as security guard also not bad, but she says he doesn't have the education and he is not that bright, he looks a bit slow but for me I think that is just appearance, when I was 12 I also look gong gong, everyone say I was very blur like sotong, then 13 I started working and everything changed, moral of the story is one must try to venture out, cannot just listen to mother and stay home and look after the pigs.

Then my wife's brother 30+, I think same age or 1 year older than me, he is working in the farm, have an ancient looking motorbike without front lights, no house, that's it, and he have 2 children, everyday he just do enough to get by, everyday he just drink alcohol when he can, when I go there I will buy lots of alcohol and he will clear it all. I think he should move out of his farm, actually last time he worked in BKK, somehow ended up back in farm. I think farm life is ok for people who are middle-aged and older, young people should venture out, but then that's just the mindset of people in rural areas, live everyday one at a time, do enough to get by, there is no such thing as 5 year plan, 10 year plan.

And even if one is living in the magnificent BKK, it doesn't guarantee a better life, yeah maybe and probably and if you are lucky, better than farm life but problem is salary in BKK is very deflated, a security guard probably earns around 10,000 to 15,000 Baht, that day I checked out a web developer job in BKK, 16,000 to 35,000 Baht depending on experience, because that day when I was in farm I had nothing to do so I surfed the net to check out all these stuff, then I was thinking if I go work in BKK doing the same thing that I do in SG, maximum they can pay me is probably 45,000 to 50,000 and it's considered a very good salary for them, but in SG I am getting around 3 times that amount, so working in BKK is definitely out of the picture for me, just imagine I work in SG for 10 years is comparable to working in BKK for 30 years!

But then like I said, farm life is ok for older people so maybe in future I can retire there, but when I am still young and able I want to make as much money as possible to secure a good retirement.

Oh by the way I bought 2 bottles of Bacardi and 6 bottles of Hoegaarden using me and wife's passport, I like this Bacardi, goes extremely well with sweet drinks.

18 March 2016

Back Pain, Alcohol and Caffeine

During this holiday, my back pain came and go a few times, seems to come on days where I drunk coffee, you know their coffee is very thick so I think something to do with that.

And when the pain does go away it was because I drunk alcohol, mainly rum and vodka, woke up next with the pain gone, it's better than any cream or medicine lol.

Anyway I tried Bacardi rum and their breezer drinks, very power, later must buy at airport.

17 March 2016

Retarded People EVERYWHERE

By the way today is my second last day in BKK, just now me, Wife and baby returned from shopping, took lift back to hotel room, there were two mandarin speaking girls waiting when the lift reached our level, they just stood there blocking the path out, I was pushing the pram and they don't bother to give way and just squeezed into the lift, really retarded people, don't know why these people always behave like that, just come down from mountain or what.

But then selfish retarded people are everywhere, the most obnoxious are still people in SG, don't know where these bad behaviours came from.

Nehs also another retarded group as in those from I. That day when we flew from SG to BKK, was at duty-free shop buying smoke and spirit, there was this neh, he walked to one corner after me, as I was moving away to check out another spot, I heard a loud fart behind, I looked at that neh and he just act blur like they always do, really chee birds, shameless mother flacker. I think farting openly is part of their culture otherwise how to explain why they can do this without feeling embarrassed.

16 March 2016

Back to Bangkok

Today finally took the flight back to BKK, been getting bitten by bugs the whole time when we were at MIL house, hardly slept at all so I am really glad to be back to city area.

We are now staying at Mercure Bangkok Siam, very impressed with service and the hotel itself, and the location is good as expected, just less than 5 minutes walk to MBK. And there is free and fast WIFI so I can do some blogging.

Not sure why I can't post recent photos, when I get home then post. Anyway overall good trip with the pram and all, glad I brought it along.

15 March 2016

MRI So Expensive

That day went for my appointment, the bill was $800 before subsidy, damn shocked, this is what a foreigner would have to pay so lucky for me government pay 50% so I only have to pay $400 of which $300 I paid by Medisave and the rest by cash.

SG healthcare really expensive, foreigners who can afford to come here must be very rich. I have a friend's father-in-law come here for checkup he paid $2k+.

12 March 2016

2nd Day in Udon Thani

I finally got an Internet SIM card, it is AIS, the Internet is kind of unstable, sometimes can't connect. Anyway difficult to type, will post more when I go home.

06 March 2016

Counterpain Cream

My wife bought one tube and apply for me, it is even better than the tiger balm ointment, just now I can't even walk properly but after applying, I feel a whole lot better, must keep one tube at home at all times.

For lower back pain I think this is the best so far, I tried yoko yoko, tiger balm but their effectiveness is limited.

05 March 2016

Sleeping on Floor with Ti Lam

Since my last back pain, I have been sleeping on the floor with a cheap foam mattress, it is very thin so my back can fully rest on the floor, I can feel my lower back coming into contact with the floor, now still painful but after my back get used to it, it's actually very comfortable.

The floor seems to be setting my back into place, my back feels more straightened now but it's a bit painful, it's as if I am not used to my back being straight, I think prior to this I was slouching too much, now that the floor is straightening my back, I need some time to get used to the new posture.

I hope sleeping on the floor solves my lower back problem once and for all, now that I think of it, when I was a kid I was sleeping on a wooden bed, also foam mattress, I never had lower back pain, it all started after my mom got me a spring mattress.

02 March 2016

Might Have Found Cause of Back Pain

I think it's my spring mattress, I remember long ago I slept on the cheap kind of "ti lam", as far as I can remember, I never had any such serious back pain or any back pain at all. After that my mom bought me a spring mattress then I started to have this extreme lower back pain.

Then after moving into my own house, I also bought a spring mattress and the back pain keeps coming back every few months. Starting is good, but after a while I think the problem is the spring mattress will start to sink more and more due to usage, especially at the lower back area.

So just now I tried sleeping on a "ti lam", I can immediately feel the floor supporting my lower back, starting quite painful but after I relaxed (with help of painkillers and muscle relaxant) and took a nap, I woke up feeling much better, my lower back wasn't that painful anymore.

01 March 2016

This Year Bonus and Increment Might Be So-So

Last week I completed my performance review with my boss, he said because last year I was promoted to senior, he has higher expectations of me, one of it is for me to lead and train new staff, kind of expecting him to say this because he put a new staff under me and he expected me to train that guy, but sometimes when I get too busy I simply bo chup and tell him to go find out for himself. Maybe that guy feedback to him, but ok la since I feel a bit responsible because sometimes I can be quite nasty lol.

But then that's the way I learned too, last time where got so nice people sit down and teach step by step, wait long long, when I first started in IT, my boss threw me into several difficult situations and expected me to figure it out for myself, today I when think of it, actually all minor issues, but as a newbie it was intimidating, imagine take a long time still cannot fix the problem and the customer fuming and calling my boss to complain lol, damn pressure man.

Anyway from my boss's tone, I guess the team leader portion of my performance seems to be lacking, he also mentioned about my leave, well this month I will be taking quite a lot of leave because of the thailand trip which was planned, but some other leave which were not planned, even though he said he was not telling me cannot take but since he mentioned, today I back pain also don't dare to take MC lol, sigh, such is the life of a worker.

Finally he mentioned that he gave me a higher than average rating but it is subjective to moderation, so in the end also don't know what it will end up as, maybe lower or maintain, if maintain then can expect around 3 months bonus, if lower then probably less than 2 months or maybe even 1 month. This plus the slower economy, I guess company will practice more prudent approach which may be to freeze or reduce increment. Sigh, this year maybe not so good.