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Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1

May 19th, 2011
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Managed to squeeze a short holiday to Bangkok and Pattaya (thanks Then) last month (no Internet, so that explains lack of activity on blog and social networks). Here’s the short and long of the trip:

Day 1 is basically getting to Bangkok from KLIA and nothing much to visit. Took a two-hour flight at 12.30pm and reached Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (which looks similar as KLIA) at 1.30pm or so (Bangkok is (-1) hour from Malaysian time).

From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1
From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1

The trip to Bangkok centre took nearly an hour, traffic was not as bad (it was school holiday as well) as usual. Noticed that Bangkok looks clean. The people are similar to Malaysians (you have Malay and Chinese looking people), and the weather/environment/plants/cars/roads etc all look similar to Malaysia. In fact, if you don’t notice the signages and don’t hear the Thais speak, you’ll be thinking that you are in Malaysia. Oh, one difference – can see more dogs and also lots of non-halal food.

Our guide, Alex, warned that the weather is a bit unpredictable and that it has been very hot lately.

From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1
From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1
From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1

Checked in to hotel at nearly 3.30pm since our tour group consisted of people from different packages. We stayed at Siam City Hotel at Si Ayuthya road. Early dinner at 6pm at a local restaurant. Met some of the other tourists – few elderly Chinese couple (some Malaysians and some who migrated to Australia). Later took a walk to Victory Monument roundabout (15 mins from hotel) just to see the city environment and after office movement.

From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1
From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1

Rest of the photos here:

 

Day 2 coming up next.

Talk on Astro Vizhutugal 2011

April 9th, 2011
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This is the 3rd year running that I got a chance to talk about post SPM/STPM options on Astro Vizhutugal (thanks to Ms Khrisna!). Was not feeling well with the sore throat, and didn’t manage to cover all the points I wanted to talk.

I talked about the study paths available, factors to consider in deciding the study path, the need for urgency, and that’s about it. Couldn’t cover scholarships and also counseling options.

The interview was done live on 28th April. Now only got time to blog it …sigh.

BTW, its in Tamil.

 

MIC’s Vetri Padigal Seminar

April 8th, 2011
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I attended the MIC’s Vetri Padigal Seminar at UM on Sunday afternoon, bringing my niece there. The event started at around 2.30pm, after the MIC President arrived. There were about 800 to 1000 students/parents, and the rest were MIC people and expo people. Yes, there were few counters which promoted various colleges, loans etc.

There were few speeches (SK Devamany, Palanivel, Prakash Rao). MIC President Palanivel said that they will talk to government to get scholarships/help for those in the 7 and 8As category as well, while Deputy Minister Devamany highlighted key industries with revenues more than RM10 billion for the coming years.  This was followed by appreciation of the top achievers in SPM (8As and above). The top student in Selangor was a boy from Taman Sentosa Klang who obtained 12A+. I’m sure he will be one of the top 30 students who will be given Biasiswa Nasional by PM. Also

The first briefing was by Mahaganapathydass on study paths and JPA scholarship application.

This was followed by briefing by Sree Ganesh on skills based training. However, most of the crowd had left by the time second briefing started. They headed to the counters at the side which provided counselling for students on applying to IPTA, applying JPA scholarship etc.

MIC also came out with a seminar book that lists the available paths after SPM and requirements for various courses/level of study.  The book is quite useful as it lists the available courses in IPTA and entry requirements. The Vetri Padigal seminar will also be held in other locations throughout the country.

My take on the seminar: I think the participants should have been separated into categories based on their results. Would have been more focused and audience need not waste time listening to section of the talk that they are not interested in.

 

Note: I hope the organisers will cut down the “self-promotion” part and just focus on the core issue. Boring la listening to “singam onu porapattathu” song.

MyIndians UPU Application Workshop for SPM Leavers

April 8th, 2011
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I helped out a bit at MyIndians UPU Application Workshop for SPM Leavers which was held on 26th and 27th March. It was held at the office in 3 2 Square PJ. About 400 over students/parents came for the workshop (held over two days). There was  a general briefing, followed by individual counselling (if needed) by volunteers who represented various careers (medicine, engineering, skills based, teaching etc). This was followed by briefing on how to apply to UPU. And interestingly, the organisers managed to get BSN to open a counter to sell PIN numbers on the spot! The irony is that some students/parents don’t even know that they need a PIN number to apply to IPTA. Good thing the BSN counter was there. The organisers had also printed a simple booklet explaining about what to do after SPM.

As a follow-up event, they are having workshop for JPA scholarship applicant on interview tips:

MyIndians.com calls all those who have applied for JPA scholarships for a special training this Saturday, 9th April 2011 (10 am to 12 noon) on how to conduct yourself on the interview day. Please call our help centre or Asha at 012-3431656 for details

SPM students can register with them to get more info. Go to:

http://www.myindians.com/Education/StudentsArea.aspx

 

Read more about the workshop about it at MyIndians website:

http://www.myindians.com/Editors/tabid/209/EntryId/5/MyIndians-com-SPM-Education-Fair-2011.aspx

 

Videos excerpts from one of my sessions below (in English) ( sorry for the quality).

 

Unpleasant Experience at Chola Spice Restaurant Sunway

April 3rd, 2011
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Had a unpleasant experience yesterday. 3 of us went to Chola Spice restaurant in Sunway at about 8.20am. Its located at the shoplots next to Sunway Pyramid, same row with the KFC. Our order: roti telur, cow milk tea, thosai, cow milk bru coffee, iddiappam, and teh tarik.  I found my drink to be acceptable (well I had worse cow milk tea before) and finished about 3/4 of the drink. However, Then said the bru coffee was not good (seems tasted like no cow milk in it) and did not drink it.

At the counter, she informed that she did not drink the bru coffee since it was not good, thus would not pay for it. The cashier guy said that its not the restaurant fault as the milk comes from external source (obviously milk to restaurants are delivered by vendors). He said if it was a problem of sugar or too watery, they can fix it, but can’t do anything about the milk.

We asked for the owners contact number, but the cashier said the owner’s phone will be switched off, and gave more excuses.

In the end, another lady (not sure if she’s a customer or owner) who was sitting nearby also intervened and in the end, we didn’t pay for the drink (total cost RM13, minus the drink Rm3, paid RM10).

I think the logic that the milk quality is out of the restaurant control is unacceptable. If you can’t source for good milk, then don’t sell the associated product la. If you can’t make good bru coffee, then don’t sell it. In fact the cashier said they just changed the milk vendor 2-3 days ago. I think if they are really concerned, they should have told us that the milk vendor is new when we ordered cow milk based drinks. You are willing to use products of substandard quality and then expect us to pay, but passing the buck to suppliers when we ask questions.

So far, we have highlighted many dissatisfaction in other restaurants, and I can’t remember any of them arguing back or even asking to pay. Its about customer goodwill and appreciating the customer. We are not complaining for the fun of it, but as a feedback so that you can improve the business. Being business owner, you have to teach the staff to tackle the situation tactfully. I mean, what’s the loss of RM3 compared to loss of future business? For sure I won’t be going there again for the foreseeable future.