Personalise Your Coca-Cola Can With Your Name!

Coca-Cola Malaysia has released eight special cans for the Chinese New Year campaign. Good news for all collectors. About time they do. I find that Coca-Cola Malaysia is always slow or lacking in releasing limited edition designs as compared to other countries like Thailand, Australia or even Vietnam. 

In conjunction with this campaign, they are also organising roadshows around Malaysia for consumers to personalised their coke can by adding names onto the can. About time they do, again! Elsewhere in countries like America or Australia, these campaigns have been going on for a long time.

The campaign has started about two weeks ago and not many people know about it. But of course, thanks to the power of social media, people begin sharing and news spread.




There was a roadshow going on at AEON One Utama (Bandar Utama) today and I already expected that many people will be present. But the crowd was just too overwhelming - and I think no one really expected such big turnout! The event is supposed to start at 11am but I was there at 10.30am and everyone was already going crazy in the AEON supermarket. Grabbing trolleys, cartons and cartons of Coke, and queueing! Pagi-pagi dah havoc nih

So nevermind, I walked my way trying to trace the queue and then I saw that there was no Coca-Cola left, much to my annoyance. I had to wait for the rest of the Coca-Cola team to get stock. Quite irritated because it was stuffy - too many people and I had to wait for about an hour till I managed to get the 10-tin box that I wanted. 

If you haven't known already, you need to purchase either the 24 x 325ml Coca-Cola can (aka 1 carton) to be entitled to 2 free personalised can OR a box of 10 x 325ml Coca-Cola cans to get 1 free personalized can. I opt for the latter so I had to wait longer for the Coca-Cola staffs to bring them out. 

Everyone was on the verge of snatching already. See the video below:


This kind of craze is not unfamiliar in Malaysia. It reminds me too much of the McDonald's Despicable Me Minion toys. OMG. -_-;; The kiasu-ness is all oozing out.





I'm not even joking about the kiasu-ness. If you're familiar with One Utama layout, I think you will know how crazy it was if I told you that the queue stretched from the AEON cashier area zig-zag all the way out up till Uniqlo. Ya, I'm not kidding. 



Anyway, I got hold of two 10-tin box that I wanted. Yippee! And I got myself the personalised can. Really so happy and grateful for the help that I was given.




Coca-Cola sticker on the box. Nice touch. But kinda damaging cause when I tried to peel off the sticker, the box's paint came off as well. Urgh, collectors' pet peeve.




Taa-daa! So much hassle to get a Coke personalised, I don't even know whether it's worth it or not. Oh well :)


Next, I will need to hunt 7 more designs to complete the set. Unfortunately, all the cans in the 10-tin box shared the same design. Meh.



Food: Gangnam 88 Korean BBQ Restaurant, Solaris Mont Kiara (non-halal)

I've heard about Gangnam 88 for a long time now. Even my Korean acquaintances recommend this place. So, after so long of hearing people talking about this place, I finally paid a visit - in conjunction of my mum's birthday.


It's a nice cozy place with yellow lighting. But...my enemy. Yellow lighting. Dislike yellow lighting. Oh well.




This place definitely caters to the younger crowd. Televisions were on, blasting K-Pop music videos and shows, much that my sisters could relate to. Me, not so much. Heh.


On the walls, various K-pop merchandises were displayed as props.



Dwaeji-Galbi (Savory pork ribs sauce) 

Tasty stuff! Generous portion, super flavourful.



Bulgogi (Marinated beef served in soup with glass noodles)

I recently had bulgogi at Ko Hyang (Viva Mall outlet) and it was horrible! Basically the soup was almost tasteless and full of cabbage. I needed to erase that memory. Gangnam 88's bulgogi did much justice - generous amount of beef and mushrooms. Soup was really tasty. So it was all good. Phew.



Samgyeopsal (pork belly)

Basically, it's awesome stuff. Surprise - there's the pork belly is not marinated! So go ahead and savour the porkiness in its full glory.



Okay, I feel hungry already.

Gangnam88 grills or BBQ food in their kitchen (not in front of customers, phew!) so there's less likelihood that you smell like BBQ or smoke after your meal. However, after the meal, I know I did smell a little like smoke (very faint) but bearable. Sometimes going to mamak places is worst.



Kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew)

The kimchi jjigae is towards the spicy-sour side. Soup is thick and flavourful. 



Big thumbs up to Gangnam 88 for colour-coding the plates for their side dishes. Most of the Korean restaurants I've been to uses the same plate for the side dishes. So when I ask for refill, they don't know what we are asking for. At Gangnam 88, because the different plates used for different side dishes, the waiters know what we were asking for when we ask for refills.

Even bigger thumbs up for the good variety for the side dishes. Pajeon (pancakes), myeolchi-bokkeum (stirfried dried anchovies with nuts), kimchi, spinach amongst others.



Before I forget, we also got a complimentary steamed egg for ordering meat dishes. Hahaha, great compliments from the restaurant. I like.The steamed egg is towards the "burnt" side but it's in such a way that it tastes good. I'm sorry, but that's the best I could explain. 

Gangnam 88 is actually famous for their Beer Chicken which takes about 1 hour preparation time. We knew this and contemplated if we want to try and skip waiting time by pre-ordering when we booked a table.. but in the end we didn't. I guess we love beef and pork too much to give them up for chicken.


Refill them pajeon!

Overall, it was a simply enjoyable experience and great food. I would come back just for the side dishes. Even if it's just pajeon and kimchi. Hahahaha.

Rating:
Food: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5.5/10


Moto G XT1033 Lollipop (Android 5.0) FAQ, Tips and Tricks

Here's just what I've gathered after upgrading Lollipop on my device for about 1 week now.

1. Mobile Data not showing H+/H/E anymore after Lollipop update

- Apparently, H+ doesn't appear on Lollipop but you should be able to see H or E sign. If you don't something is wrong somewhere.

2. User photo not shown on notification bar

Fix: Select "Guest" and "Done". Then, revert back. The photo should appear now.


3. Missing Auto Rotate/Mobile Hotspot/Cast Screen/Invert Colours on Quick Notification

Fix: You need to select them from the settings once, and then it will appear on your quick notification automatically


4. Remove Auto Rotate/Mobile Hotspot/Cast Screen/Invert Colours from Quick Notification

Fix: Set your date of your phone about 35 day backwards. Ie. If it's 31st January 2015 now, put it on 25th December. Then, re-set the date again.


4. Exclamation mark on Wifi/Mobile Signal

- From what I've gathered, the exclamation mark means that the Wifi/Mobile Data is not connected to Google server. I experienced this in the first few days even when I was using wifi at home, but later the exclamation mark on my Wifi just disappeared. No idea why.


5. No silent mode on Lollipop!

- Ya, it sucks. If you're expecting the "normal" silent mode, you won't be getting it on Lollipop. There's now 3 sound notification modes on Lollipop.

  1. None: No vibration, no notification sounds not even alarm.
  2. Priority: Selected notification (priority apps) and vibration mode.
  3. All: All notification and vibration mode.
6. What's the "NO" / "Star" symbol on my notification bar?!



- The "NO" symbol indicates that you are in "None" notification mode. You will get a "Star" symbol if you are in "Priority" mode.


7. LED notification not working on Lollipop!

- Another sucky feature on Lollipop. Unfortunately, it seems that we can't get LED notification when we are on "None" or "Priority" mode. Sucks to be us. Hopefully Google will fix this in the next update or something.

8. Cannot get into recovery mode!

Fix: 

  1. Press and hold Power and Volume (DOWN) buttons at the same time until the device logo/Android logo appears on screen.
  2. There should be a large arrow at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Volume (DOWN) repeatedly until you see "Recovery" in the arrow.
  4. Tap Volume (UP).
  5. Hold Power button for 5 seconds and tap Volume (UP) once before releasing the power.


Ban, Baju Kurung and... Buttons?

This is a follow up from my previous post.

Some people have criticised the uncle/guardian for posting the matter on Facebook, and blamed that because of his actions, this whole case has gone out of proportion because of the involvement of media. Some also pointed out that his actions has caused the student involved to face unnecessary shame and embarrassment.

I do agree that it is very unfortunate that the poor student has become the victim of the situation. I cannot imagine what she has to go through. Can the teachers and the principal see this student neutrally anymore? Will they be able to treat this fellow student without bias - and not see her as the "troublemaker" that is hurting or threatening their iron rice bowl? Does she have to transfer to another school now? I empathised and I reiterate that it is really unfortunate that she has to become the victim of the situation.

Could this whole thing go to a different, more positive direction? Yes, definitely. If the issue was settled in good terms, ie. both the school and student/parent side find a win-win solution, all this drama could have been avoided. Although I have to admit, I am rather glad that the issue has gained national attention.

I have friends and I know others who think that this issue about baju kurung seem to be too trivial, and are in the opinion that we should (and I quote) "move on" and focus on more critical issues ie. the quality of our education. I have to disagree to this. Yes, this baju kurung is indeed very trivial but why are schools creating more and more rules related to this kind of "discipline"? Our children are being sent to school for education, not to get "military training" standards imposed on them. The fact that schools spend so much time thinking on creating new rules shows that they do not think that these issues are trivial. I for one, think this matter is trivial but when we begin to dig deeper why such rulings are created we will know that there are many underlying issues and concerns that are unresolved. It may be the case of opening a can of worms, but I think it may be worth to take the risk to make schools a better and healthier environment.

Back to the criticism. I think some people may have already forgotten the fact that the parent had tried to negotiate with the school but failed. It must have been frustrating, for having a voice but letting it fall on deaf ears. So I think quite naturally, he posted about his experience and got the media's attention. This is very similar to many other stories that has been caught by the media. Remember, we are no longer people without voice because we have social media. So why not use it to make a difference? The uncle has probably posted on Facebook to rally support from people, and I believe many people would have supported that his niece has the right to go to school and the school has no right to stop her just because she is wearing a baju kurung.

One more thing, I am utterly disgusted that the principal has the gut to lie and used the standard response used commonly by people to cover up. Yes, the standard being "misinterpreted" or "miscommunication happened" defence. But how things have turned because someone has the evidence to debunk whatever he had said about miscommunication. Ya, someone posted a copy of the rule book by the school that state that non-Muslim students are not allowed to wear baju kurung. This rule is not new but finally something that is contained has burst, and this is the effect of it. But again I say, it is unfortunate that a student has to become the victim of the situation.

Perhaps if only parents have been more involved in school, they will not be so surprised that so many schools have come up with their own rules that seems to be rather oppressive. I do not have issues with rules but they must be rational and fair.


Of Baju Kurung and School

I read with interest about the viral news/headline for the day about a female student being sent home for wearing baju kurung. I read even with more interest because this happened in Cheras. The sources I read from didn't reveal the school until I stumbled upon this news article by Malay Mail Online (link). Well, of course! Why does it not surprise me that the "Cheras school" happens to be the high school that I had attended for two years?

I have blogged about this matter about baju kurung and school rules four years back, because you know I just finished school, and was full of angst and all. Anyhow, I think I'm calmer now (let's hope so). When I read this, I immediately empathised with the student because I think I understand how she is probably feeling right now. Because I probably have went through something like that but not in such a big scale. I knew it was a matter of time before things get worse and sure it did, as we see now how this issue has now gained national attention.

I found out from fellow friends (ex-students who have siblings in the school) that the rule was enforced most likely because of "indecency" from some students ie. non-Muslim students (or in this case, it's categorized by race - non-Malay students) who wears baju kurung but didn't button up at the top. I know very well there is also another issue with baju kurung: people argue that you can see "everything underneath" the baju kurung. Therefore, it is not unusual that many schools have made it a rule that students who wear baju kurung must wear camisole and skin-colored, normal conventional bra (meaning the bra must be strapped on both shoulders, cannot be the ones that you tie on the neck etc) otherwise they will be penalized.

So, my deduction from this ruling imposed by the school that non-Malays are not allowed to wear baju kurung stemmed from these 2 ideas - that students are not wearing camisole/"proper bra colour" and not buttoning up. Why specifically non-Malay/non-Muslim students are not allowed? Because most likely Malay or Muslim female students have to wear tudung (by the way, it's a strict rule for Muslim female students to wear tudung) so they are covered up in that sense.

From my own experience, it really doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim students. Female students are always under the scrutiny of the school authorities like discipline teachers or prefect. Generally - if I could say this - we are seen as cheapos who are rebellious and desperate to show off, and the school authorities will go lengths to identify and punish these "rebels". I say they will go lengths because when I was in highschool, everyday, I had prefects touching my baju kurung (and I wear baju kurung everyday when I was in form 3-form 5) and checking to see if I wore a camisole. So? The fact of the matter could be this: if you have to touch to know if I wore a camisole, it means that you cannot see what's underneath my baju kurung, isn't it? Simple logic there. Even for bras, the prefects will purposefully press the material of the baju kurung against the students' body to see the colour of the bra. Really? Seriously? And it's not just for those who wear baju kurung, mind you. Students wearing pinafore do not escape this kind of treatment as well.

The problem I have with the issue is that the root of the issue is the uniform itself. Banning students from wearing baju kurung is not the solution because it is a fact that baju kurung is allowed under the national guideline. For one, I really want to know how many students are really not buttoning up their baju kurung. I think the more prevalent issue is about the "exposing" part. It's a tricky situation because the case now appears to be this: The baju kurung that is available in the market is not up schools' expectations, and students who have bought it have become the victim. Does it make sense that they are blamed for the low quality baju kurung and is it fair that students are being accused of "exposing themselves" just because they wore a black bra or didn't wear a camisole?

So, back to this case. I think it is purely unreasonable and disrespectful for the school authorities to suggest that the parents get BR1M money to get pinafore for the student. That is besides the fact that the school authorities are not even willing to meet people halfway even if people are willing to compromise.

The parent is right. He said that he wants to give his daughter good education but now they are occupied with this silly issue. The baju kurung is just one of the many ridiculous rules that have been imposed by schools.

It may be a small matter, but I can tell you it is things like this that create unhealthy and unnecessary stress for students. Imagine if you have to go to school everyday..and everyday, you come under the scrutiny of people who are seemingly just waiting for you to just make one mistake to bring you down. Exaggerating? No, not really. Even if it's not true that people are waiting for students to make mistakes, it is true that the environment in school is in such a way. I felt so stressed in school everyday and really, I hated every moment of it.

I really wished that schools have friendlier environment that is there to nurture students, not schools that are quick to judge and punish students. If only. I don't believe this issue is a racial one although it may seem that way. It is really about the administration system of our public schools and the philosophies that are being uphold within our education system.


The Beginning of the End

This afternoon happened to be the first class of the semester for the year 2015. My final semester for degree, nonetheless. It feels surreal to be able to say that this is my final semester and I'm going to be a fresh graduate in about less than 5 months time. Results came out earlier than expected and I wasn't really prepared to know what I got but heck, I went and check as soon as I was informed that results were out. I didn't do badly but I didn't do great either. I was very disappointed that I didn't do better for my core subject yet again and I know that this will affect my hopes to get first class for my honours classification. In fact I was feeling so down that I went to do some mathematics and see what are the possibilities of me getting first class to which I find out that I need to get at least an A- for my thesis to have any chance at all. So, heavy burden on me now and it's really no time to joke around. Lol, I know I might sound exaggerating about being disappointed and all because I know my results is actually pretty good but the thing is it may not be enough to achieve first class. I think I didn't realised that it will take a little more effort to get first class and it's not as easy as it looks. I've underestimated the program and overestimated myself in certain aspects. But well, I've come this far and I know I couldn't do whatever I've done without favour from God. Whatever it is in the next 5 months, one thing is for sure - I will give my best!

Anyway, after close to 3 years, there are major changes happening in the surrounding environment for the uni. My uni shifted one of its campus to a new place down the road, so naturally the place where I used to attend classes for foundation is now a deserted building that is surrounded with construction.

I still park at the same place although it's really dangerous and the condition of the parking space is really bad - potholes everywhere - but it's really the only feasible option available that is suitable for me, and I hope the parking stays there until May 2015 so I don't have to worry about parking anymore. University students in Klang Valley will know about the infamous parking here because of the flash flood and also how we (students) fight for parking but these days, the parking here is also deserted. Most of my friends have chose to park somewhere else because they are afraid of the ongoing construction.

Meanwhile, eateries near my campus are slowly undergoing changes too. One restaurant and a food court is undergoing renovation. Thankfully, the traders are still around so there's zap fan, and it's usually what I buy anyway if I didn't bring my lunch box.

Another thing is that the shuttle bus route has changed. So now I will have to take either the public bus and pay RM1 for a shorter route or wait for the shuttle bus provided by uni and expect at least 10-15 minutes more of traveling from my campus to the place I park.

So ya, a lot of things and changes going on. I hope for the better for this uni.

Looking forward to finish this semester well, with no regrets!


First Look: Herringbone Papas Pocket Small (Black)

So right, back in early November 2014, I bought a Herringbone Atlantis Small bag which you can read about (here) from local distributors Storks.

I was already going to make a new post to review the bag but then something happened. The bag was already peeling by early December, barely one month of usage. I really liked the bag cause it was the right size for my usage, not too stiff and yea, I like the style.

So anyway, I emailed Storks to tell them about about the situation (bag condition and how fast the peeling happened) and wondered if there was anything that could be done. The people behinds Storks were kind enough to entertain my questions, which I was really thankful for. They acknowledged that the faux leather may have such problem because of the heat of humidity of the environment when they stored the product. They would offered me a new Atlantis bag but unfortunately they had no stock left for the Atlantis Small bag. So they offered me refund or an exchange the Atlantis for a new bag of the same value. They also offered me the option to top up or refund me if there was difference in price.

At last, I chose to exchange for a new bag - the Papas Pocket Small (black).




Everything went on smoothly for the exchange process. Remember I mention about the top up or refund for the price difference? I bought the Atlantis Small during sale for RM129.50 and the price of Papas Pocket Small was RM137.40 during sale. They decided that I don't need to top up for the extra.

Well, that's super cool. Excellent customer service.


Unlike the Atlantis series, Papas Pocket has magnetic buckles.




Two things I don't really fancy about the bag. 

1.Most padding has velcro but Papas Pocket does not have any velcro for the padding part. So the padding does move around, which can be annoying.

2. The bag is stiffer, so I can't really stretch it if I have extra things to put and it's a little smaller than the Atlantis Small. 

At this rate, I think I'm gonna get a new bag soon... LOL. But I have to control this GAS (Gear-Acquisition-Syndrome). So, I'm gonna have some self-control and use this bag for at least 6 months.

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Gone Girl

First post on this blog in the new year will be about Gone Girl simply because I cannot get over how much I like the movie ever since I watched it last week. Gone Girl is not entirely a popular hit among mainstream audiences in Malaysian cinemas (this is just my own assumptions) but I've seen about two or three posts made by friends on Facebook about this movie.

I've been wanting to watch Gone Girl ever since my sis showed me the trailer. I instantly knew it will be one of those movie that I will really like. What more when I found out that the director for Gone Girl is David Fincher, who also directed Zodiac. I think it's no coincidence that the Zodiac is one of my favourite movies as well so I really had high expectations of Gone Girl and was really excited for it to hit the Malaysian cinemas.

Warning: This post may contain spoilers.

Synopsis (taken from GSC Malaysia):
"Gone Girl" takes up the story of Nick and Amy Dunne's difficult marriage, which is floundering for several reasons. Nick, a former journalist of some seriousness, loses his job due to downsizing. In a somewhat desperate state of mind, he relocates himself and his wife from New York City to the small Midwestern town of North Carthage, Missouri, where Nick is from. There, he opens a bar, using the last of his wife's trust fund, and runs it along with his twin sister Margo. The bar provides a decent living for the three Dunnes, but the Dunne marriage becomes more and more dysfunctional. Amy loved her life in New York and hates what she considers the soulless "McMansion" which she and Nick are now renting. On the day of Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. Nick eventually becomes a prime suspect in her disappearance for various reasons: he used her money to start a business, increased her life insurance, and seems unemotional on camera and in the news. 

Sadly, the release in Malaysian cinemas which was supposed to happen in October 2014 only (finally) came to us last December. I guess they had issues with some inappropriate scenes. There were one or two minor sexual scenes which were totally unnecessary for me. Then, there were some gore but there was one scene that was critical for storytelling that you cannot simply cut so I think they took some time to think of ways to go around it for censorship.

So anyway, I finally had the chance to watch it. Gone Girl kept me at the edge throughout the whole movie. A truly good, and quality thriller would do that.

I absolutely love the storytelling style. I like the cinematography. The soundtrack was - wow! It did what a great soundtrack would do for a thriller - make your nerve wreck.


I thought Rosamund Pike did a really good job as Amy Dunne. Did I mention that I'm totally in love with her accent? She had some really brilliant, dark monologues which intensified the storytelling. Great stuff.


I was a little skeptical of Ben Affleck - well I was never a fan. But honestly, I also thought he did a pretty good job in carrying the character. 

My sister made this comment about the movie: That there's no really one character that you'll consider as protagonist, not really one character you want to support as a viewer.

Here you have an infidel who's trying to clear his own name. Then, you have a psychopathic wife who's doing all these crazy stuff to get back at her own husband. Don't forget the ex-boyfriend who's got stalker tendencies or the parents who used their own child for fame and success. Even Tanner Bolt, the attorney who was very supportive of Nick wasn't the greatest character because he's actually the "lawyer and mouthpiece for guilty husbands". Oh yes, there's also the two douchebags robbers that Amy met when she was on the run. I think the best "human" award goes to Detective Rhonda and Margo. Hands down most normal people in the show. 

Well yes, overall the show is quite morbid really. Friends will always eye me suspiciously for always being interested in morbid movies or shows (re: Criminal Minds). 

I'll rate this movie 9.5/10. Great directing, cool casts, wicked visuals and superb music scores. But above all, I think what made the film so entertaining and thrilling is because of the screenplay. I haven't read the book so I can't tell how accurate is the film adaptation of the book but since Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay as well, I'd say she knows what she was doing.


31 August

Politics is not the only thing that we should care about, but it's at the centre of any nation in this world. I read, catch-up, follow...