Thursday, 23 February 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Fitness First Asia and Celebrity Fitness merge

Well.. another round of merger..

I was a member of California Fitness when it merged with Celebrity Fitness.. I don't like it.. so I quit and joined Fitness First..

Now Fitness First is merged with Celebrity Fitness..

AND I DON'T LIKE IT!
Hopefully both brands will continue to operate separately and with differential membership levels..






Press Release:
http://www.fitnessfirst.com.my/press-room/news/celebrity-fitness-fitness-first-asia-merge/

FAQ:
http://www.fitnessfirst.com.my/merger-announcement/



Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Birthday Wishlist

Everyone has their own wishlist when it comes to birthday presents.. Some get them, some don't, but there's no harm in wishing, because like in fairy tales, dreams do come true.. err.. in this case, wishes may come true!

My birthday has just recently passed, on the first day of Chinese New Year, to be exact.. it coinciding with CNY means no gatherings because everyone was away in their hometowns, busy with CNY preparations, fulfilling filial duties by spending time with family.. so yeah, my birthday was an especially remarkably low-key event..

So low-key that I didn't even buy myself any present.. birthday came and gone, and so I cast aside my wishlist only to chance upon it again recently, and I thought, no harm sharing it out because it will just remain a wishlist..


1. LAPTOP
My first and only laptop which I bought during my college days have died on me after servicing me for a good 10 years, a very long lifespan for a laptop.. Without a laptop, there's nothing much I can do (what else, watch movies, go online, some Microsoft Office works etc).. Nowadays I hardly go online at home or do stuffs because staring at a small smartphone isn't that smart, after all..

Was browsing around during the CNY break because I was so bored and found a very value-for-money ASUS laptop on Lazada, a Shopback merchant.. I don't need a fancy gadget, I just need a basic one to help me accomplish what I needed to do without spending too much..

Retailling at RM1649, it offers me the basic functionality I need .. Through Shopback, there's a savings of 2% or RM32.98 for electronics goods for existing customers, enough to cover the shipping fee and a McDonald's large meal and still have loose change to spare..



2. HOTEL STAY
The boyfriend and I have been talking about spending "summer holidays" in Tokyo this year since the both of us are tied busy during the beginning of the year.. but looking at the outrageous hotel rates in Tokyo despite summer months being relatively "low-season", we're beginning to have second thoughts about the length of the trip.. Then I remembered Expedia being a Shopback merchant, offers rebates of 8% for hotel bookings!


With each night costing hundreds of ringgit for a simple no-frills room (urgh, we all know how expensive hotels in Tokyo can be!), this turns out to be a wonderful consideration as for every hundred ringgit spent on hotel, we get to save RM8.. or well, 8%..

Looking at how we plan to stay a week or two in Tokyo, the amount of savings do add up to a few hundred ringgit! How cool is that, and where else can you get cashback by spending?

Young adults like us shop online and book our travels online, and we've all used Expedia at one point or another of our lives.. Why not book on Expedia through Shopback and earn the cashback?



3. CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
People buy new clothes for CNY, or gifts for others or themselves on their birthdays.. For me, it's neither.. I was away travelling before CNY and didn't have the time to shop, and knowing that my birthday would coincide with CNY, all the more there's no need for me to get new clothes since all I do was to sit around at home watching television munching away on the snacks and spending time with family..

There was just no need for me to dress up, since I didn't have to visit anyone or have anyone visiting..

But just once, maybe, to have something nice for birthday is just lovely.. I am in love with Daniel Wellington watches which is available through Shopback merchant: Zalora.. The Chinese believe in not giving watches or clock for birthday as it is pantang, so looks like I'll have to get it myself..


It is selling for RM760 on Zalora and with the Shopback cashback, it turns out I get to save RM22.80 which means the watch is going for RM737.20 only..

After all, all men should have invest in at least one pair of expensive watch which will look presentable and fashionable at official functions and job interviews..



4. PHOTOBOOK & PHOTO PRODUCTS
One of my favourite pastimes is making beautiful photobooks for my travel photos as I travel wide and far every year, I prefer to make them into photobooks so that I can always bring them around and share my travel photos with people I meet which in turn becomes conversational starters at parties and gatherings.. A usually awkward silence is saved by having interesting things to talk about..

Not that I've gone much places, but whenever I travel to a place, I stayed for a while and live like the locals do, except Bangkok maybe, that's like a second hometown to me..

I also make it a point to travel to new country each year, or at least visit a new city each year..

With the constant travelling and the desire to make them into photobooks, I buy my Photobook vouchers via Shopback, to take advantage of the cashback earnings of 6% across the board.. there's various sizes and various materials of photobooks to choose from, canvas, large prints, collectibles and gift items and even pillow cases!

The Photobook Designer software is a must for serious photobooker like me, because doing it online just doesn't make the cut.. and once its done, it's just a few minutes of running the auto check and upload it.. And Photobook will QC it and get it to print right after.. Once done, it is then packed nicely and couriered, of course, I have to bear the courier fees, but that's alright, not complaining..



5. COUPONS COUPONS COUPONS
It has taken the world by storm, and some people even gone crazy over couponing.. Thank goodness in Malaysia, there's no such frenzy, but Groupon has brought group buying to another level giving substantial savings as it leverages on bulk purchase for the merchant..

I first knew Joel and his pioneer team in the early days of Groupon Malaysia but I never thought of joining Groupon.. Early days of Groupon has heard quite a fair bit from me and Joel personally responded to some of the issues I've raised.. Now let's just leave this here..

On 21 Feb 11pm, Groupon Malaysia becomes Fave by Groupon after being acquired by KFIT, whose founder is, yeah, Joel.. It is really no surprise to the retailing industry actually..

I am sure everyone is familiar with how to purchase Groupon.. Fave is no different, except that you now get 4.5% cashback buying through Shopback as Fave is a Shopback merchant..

If I were to get something from Fave, it will definitely be the dining deals, as I love to eat! Look at all those yummy buffets and what not!!! The amount of buffets I can eat is not a question, feed me and I'm a happy boy.. so I can just keep buying the buffet deals and be fat alone..



For first purchase on Fave, you get 15% off and an additional 4.5% which is through Shopback, now don't you agree how much you're actually saving in the end?


~+~+~+~+~+~+~

As I have proven and calculated above, Shopback lets you earn cashback when you shop through Shopback.. but what is Shopback and how does it work?

It is so simple that anyone can just start earning real cash!

How It Works?
ShopBack lets you get the best deals and discounts on 300+ stores, plus Cashback! Cashback is really just "getting cash back" - When you spend online through ShopBack, they give you a portion of your purchase back as Cashback. This means extra, unlimited savings whenever you shop online!

How does Cashback work?
Shopback merchants reward them with a commission for referring YOU to shop on their site. Instead of keeping the rewards all to themselves, they share it with you, in real cold cash, that is!
(if the below image is too small, go to their website at www.shopback.my/how-it-works)



I have been a very strong supporter and loyal customer of Shopback.. There's times when there's double cashback or upsized cashback, or extra cashback when you use Shopback App, or special deals at certain times, so take advantage of all these to upsize your earnings, and before long, you'll see money rolling in like craazzzyyyyy...

I'm serious!


Need I say more?
Sign up for a Shopback account now and start shopping, and hey, you can shop for other people also through your Shopback or refer them, and earn bonus cashback!



Oh, and Happy Birthday Shopback!  :)








Thursday, 16 February 2017

Valentine's Day

It was just a normal Valentine's Day like any other weekend where we would meet for meals and spend time together..

Went out with him after work and some other friends for simple dinner and desserts at Kakigori where they had the Valentine's specials..



I was the one wearing the unicorn t-shirt captured in this photo..

How was your Valentine's?

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Happy Birthday To Me!

And Happy Chinese New Year!

This is one candle I won't mind blowing

I am 34 today, never once shy about my age because I believe one should always grow wiser as we mature.. In fact my maturity is in tandem with my age hahaha, or at least I'd like to think so..

So yah.. have a happy and prosperous year ahead..

xoxo




Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Bangkok Trip Pt 2

The morning breakfast spread at Marriott Marquis Bangkok.. Sumptous and even better as we have the manager's attention and where coconuts were not available for other guests, we have ours brought to our table without us ordering for them for all the days..

Fruits coner

Cheese corner

Smoothie corner

Yogurt corner

Pastry corner

Egg benedict corner

Pancake corner

Dimsum corner - everything here contains pork

Eggs corner 

Cereal corner

Cold cuts

Western corner - contains pork

Fresh juices corner

Asian corner

Chinese croissant 

We also went to HOPS cafe, a dog cafe at the corner of Siam Center.. for THB150 it comes with one drink and 2 hours to play with the dogs, however I find the dogs there are not friendly.. they only stick to the owners and refuse to socialise.. so I'd rate this place as NO GO, save that money please..


The huge husky only prefers to play with the cafe owners

Anti social dog who prefers to sleep

Other than that, will just finish this post up with some random pictures...


After You desserts - Centralworld.. The wait for the kakigori was 45 minutes even though the place was not crowded (it was around 3pm), but the wait for an ice-shaved dessert that long is just too much to take.. I don't think it's worth the wait.. especially when its THB215 (roughly RM28)!

When I went to check out why it took them so long, they were making all the kakigori at the same time, they would pile up about 10 orders and make them at one go, instead of making them as and when the orders come in..

For this, I rated this dessert place a 2 out of 5.. And I'm not going back..

Milo volcano kakigori THB215




Dinner in Asiatique.. THB40 for a tray full of fried chicken and 2 sides.. 

After I paid for the hotel room, I was offered a cheaper rate and hence, there was credit balance that I can use in the hotel.. so we ordered room service dinner to use up the credit balance.

Room service dinner - pad thai, juices and cake (not seen as I kept it in the fridge)



Flight back was on 18 January with TG417 - a Boeing 777-300ER and a newly refurbished one with more legroom.. As I was quite tired and sleepy, I slept soon after the plane took off and only wake up to eat, but I didn't really finish everything.. ordered some wine and continue to sleep..



Dinner TG417 BKKKUL - chicken rice

Walking around, we discovered there's many DIY handicrafts souvenirs that you can personalise.. and we saw a pair of cute little owls..

At first we didn't thnk of stopping by but the owls are just so cute, so we backtrack and return to the stall and have a second look.. I turned to him and said, "lets get one of the owls and write our names"

He said ok so we got a pair of owls..




Last but not least, before checking out of the hotel, I have enough time to catch some tan as the sun was very bright.. so it's time for the pool and laze...

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Friday, 20 January 2017

The 18th Bangkok Trip

Just came back from my recent birthday holiday to Bangkok - it being my 18th time since 2001.. I have to travel earlier this year because the birthday falls on Chinese New Year, so I cannot travel too late..

I have been going to Bangkok at a rate of once per year, some years more than once, twice and some years none.. The last time I was in Bangkok was July 2015..

This trip I brought someone along with me as it was his first trip to Thailand.. So I kinda showed him around the Bangkok I knew but we skipped Babylon of course =)

We flew in on Thai Airways TG416 on 14 January and departed on TG417 18 January.. I booked a Deluxe King room in Marriott Marquis Bangkok for 4 nights, and because it's my birthday trip and with some personal connection with the sales directors, I gotten myself a sweet half price off my stay..

Thai Airways A330

It's an older aircraft and the legroom is kinda limited

Against the afternoon sun

TG416 KULBKK lunch - chicken noodles

As usual, immigration at Survanabhumi arrival was horrendous and it took us an hour to clear the queue and then another hour to get to our hotel..

Taxi queue lady's job has been replaced by machines

Shhhh... 

Tucked away in Sukhumvit Soi 22, the hotel was formerly Imperial hotel with over a thousand rooms before Marriott took over and refurbished the entire building and officially opened for business in December 2016.. It has 2 outdoor pools at levels 4 and 9, but the pool at level 4 is not quite ready yet..

Upon arrival at the hotel, we were greeted and escorted to the Marriott Rewards members' private check-in area as I am a Marriott Rewards member.. In fact, this is my second time staying in a Marriott property (I stayed before in Marriott Courtyard Bangkok in one of the previous trips) and the first Marquis brand in Asia..

Bangkok Marriott Marquis facade

Lobby

Marriott Rewards members' private check in area

Gym

Deluxe King 

An urn 

Toilet

Shower overlooking the room

View from the room - city view
That's Dinosaur Park at Phrom Phong BTS station

First impression wowed me but I did come with a super high expectation of the hotel.. The hotel does live up to its 5-star image but what makes it even greater is the staff.. I have to admit in all my years of travelling, I have to say Marriott Marquis Bangkok has the best staff.. Very friendly, courteous and with the personal attention given, not just to us but to the rest of the guests as well..

As my birthday was coming up, the hotel gladly hosted us dinner on our arrival day, and presented me with a birthday song and cake..

Undeniably my favourite section - fresh seafood!!

Western corner

Thai corner

Western corner

Dessert corner

Thai corner

Asian corner

Shellfish corner

Dessert corner

Cold cut corner

BBQ corner

PIG

Asian corner

A section of dining area

Chinese corner

Ingredients corner

Dessert corner

Making my wish with the coconut and coconut moose cake

Both of us xoxo

Cutting my cake lo

Cutting my cake... 




to be continued .....



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