Sunday, 27 February 2011

Unplanned spending sprees

The moment I set my eyes on it, I fell in love. I requested the shop assistant to take the bag so that I could try it. It looked awesome and I even imagined myself teaming it with my new blue chiffon blouse! But of course I didn’t straight away go to the counter and purchase the item. I was contemplating for like 5 minutes whether I should purchase it or not, considering that I just bought myself a new bag like weeks ago. While I was taking a moment to reason my future action, the shop assistant came to me and said “I just want to let you know that we offer 15% discount on all items in-store including this handbag.” Ding! “Ok, I’ll take this one!”.  Now I have solid reasons to justify my shopping spree; it’s cute and it’s a discounted item! Haha..Well, I just couldn’t resist the urge because the handbag looks so appealing!

This one was totally unplanned. We were on our way to leave Pavilion after performing the Maghrib prayer when I saw this store called Miss T. So I entered the shop to have a look around. Then I saw this cute brown/pink pokedot drinking bottle. I fell in love again! Haha..I didn’t think long, I just grabbed it and paid it at the counter. Awesome, right? Haha..

Then I left Pavilion dengan hati yang berbunga-bunga and headed to Times Square to get a cab back to IPBA. 

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Simple things made difficult ..

"Would you consider this/that rude behaviour?"
"Do you consider it rude if someone...?"
"Am I being rude..?"

I remember the Reader’s Digest once conducted a survey of local politeness. Three tests were employed in order to determine the result; Dropping papers in a busy street to see if anyone would help; checking how often shop assistants said "thank you"; and counting how often someone held a door open (Reader’s Digest, 2006). Based on the survey, Kuala Lumpur was ranked third least courteous city in the world simply because those chosen ones (people selected for the survey) did not help to pick up the papers, the shop assistants did not thank customers for making a purchase and some Malaysians refused to hold the door open.

Well, some people might and might not agree with the result because there are things that may be considered rude by one culture, but normal for the others. However, I don’t want to talk about the validity of the survey in this post. I just want to share with you my top list of annoying things that people do and they genuinely don't realize they are actually being rude. 

1) Smoking in a restaurant where other patrons pay their hard earned money to eat. I have no problem with smokers, it’s their lungs and money after all. What annoys me the most is that why some of them cannot be considerate and always careful of where their smoke goes!!

2)Some shop assistants are so effing rude and make us feel like not shopping there even though we really like the stuff. There are three types of rude shop assistants:
  • Some shops love to have the music blasting so loud that sometimes we can't hear what the shop assistant is saying, and he or she can't hear what we’re asking. Also, they really couldn't be bothered with serving customers because they're too busy dancing and singing.
  • Shop assistants who refuse to serve the customers because they think we can’t afford to buy their items. <<Err sorry I made a mistake here, It's not 'THEIR ITEMS'. It’s supposed to be THE ITEMS THAT THEY SHOULD BE SELLING TO EVERY POTENTIAL CUSTOMER WHO ENTERS THE SHOP! >>Hello, you cannot simply judge your customer based on their looks lah. It does not mean that if the customer dress a little too casually for the so-called "shop/brand standards", they cannot afford to buy it. Also, it does not mean that those who enter the shop wearing an Armani coat or a Louis Vutton handbag are the only one who deserve the VIP treatment from the shop assistants. If that is the case, why don’t they just paste a notice: ONLY THOSE WHO EARN MORE THAN 10K ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SHOP! Then people like me won’t enter of course! So if they had this kind of rule and regulation, then I won't blame them for showing their very best stone-faced! (But, they can't put ‘Only those wearing LV, ARMANI, CHANNEL, JIMMY CHOO and other ACKNOWLEDGED DESIGNER BRANDS, are ALLOWED TO SHOP' because most Malaysians nowadays can afford to buy one from Petaling Street- Opps, those who have the original one, sorry! No offense ya). 
  • Shop assistants who love to follow us around the shop (and very close). Hello where is our shopping privacy? Didn’t they learn the comfort distance theory in school? I personally don’t feel comfortable if I were being followed by the shop assistant. They said one of the reasons for doing this is to avoid shop-lifting. But my argument would be “Hello, what is the purpose for you to have the barcode alarm and in some shops, a CCTV?”.However, I won't blame the shop assistants entirely. I’m gonna say the bosses are also responsible for making them following us all the time. Based on my experience, if you're working in clothing departments/stores and you don’t watch and follow your customer around the shop, you’re considered lazy. As a result , you might get fired. Hoho..
3)People didn't flush the toilet after using it (especially public toilet). Should I explain more? Err I think better not because I'm afraid I might explain it in details and some details are not appropriate to be discussed publicly! let's just assume you guys understand the situation well.

So basically, these are the three things/situations that I considered very rude. To some people, it may mean nothing. But to me, these three things simply prove the statement “Malaysia has first-class infrastructure, but third-class mentality”. Owning first class or one of the highest buildings in the world but nation with third class mentality and attitude is nothing to be proud of. 

So Miss Florinta, you should educate your future students not just to be English literates, but also good-mannered citizens. Chayo-chayo :)

Goodbye, until then. 

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Chris Medina: Love, Faith, Hope, Loyalty

"I adore Chris Medina."

"I wish Chris Medina is my boyfriend/fiancée."

Have you heard of these comments before? Out of sudden Chris Medina has become a worldwide phenomenon. Who is Chris Medina? Why does everyone especially girls love Chris Medina?

Well here is the story of Chris Medina:

It's been almost a month since Chris Medina came to his very first audition of American Idol Season 10 and made many people dropped tears. 

I don’t think there is a single soul who watched this video and didn’t think to themselves “I wonder if my bf/gf/husband/wife would stick around if that were me". Some people said Chris Medina was exploiting his fiancée to win the audience’ heart. Some also criticized him by saying what he was doing was wrong and he shouldn't have been doing it. Well people can say anything they want, right?

Personally, I think Chris Medina is truly a very special guy and Juliana is so lucky to have him. He has dedicated himself for being the caretaker of his fiancée who's suffering from a traumatic brain injury. J
anet Barnes, Juliana’s mother indicates that Chris is the real deal on her Facebook page, Janet blogged:

"There is a man in our lives that has risen from a crisis to be a hero. You know that already because I have said it a hundred times in a hundred ways through this blog. Our very own Chris Medina has spent days and nights, losing blood, sweat and oh yes A LOT of tears to beg his fiancée back to health. And through it all he has become deeper, more centered, and an even more soulful individual. This has been witnessed by all of us from his mannerisms to his music. If you didn't love him before, you do now. If you DID love him, you now adore him."

So, I am pretty sure many of Chris Medina’s fans out there were very sad and disappointed with his shock elimination. But we have to remember American Idol is a singing competition after all. He was eliminated because the judges thought he did not have what it takes to be the next American Idol. He can sing but there are a number of other people who can sing better than him. 

But whatever it is, I salute you Chris Medina for being such a man. You may not have the most amazing voice but I'm sure you’ll be remembered for your amazing gift of character. I wish a speedy recovery for your fiancée Juliana and I hope to see both of you walking down the aisle very soon :)

Goodbye, until then. 

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

My Very First Blog Entry

It's finally here! The launch of my blog! 


I have been wanting to write this blog for a long while now, but I kept putting it off for reasons I'm about to explain.

Reason #1: I wasn't sure of what to write about. 
Reason #2: I was very busy dealing with academic writings. (Duhh lame..I know!) 
Reason #3: I was so busy blog-hopping, hoping to get some inspirations to start writing my own blog.
Reason #4I was lazy! 
Reason #5: (drum roll please..) I was afraid that no one would read it!!  

So here I am, writing my first blog entry! I hope it's not too late for me to join the world of the so-called bloggers. Having said that, I think I need a reward for this one! Don't you think so? Well, it's not that easy to start something new you know! <<This is SO me, always find a reason to 'reward' myself.>>

I hope I will keep you (and myself) interested in whatever I have to say in this blog :) As I mentioned before, 'laziness' was one of the reasons for not blogging earlier. So If I haven't posted any new entry for a couple of days, please give me a poke and I'll try to get a new post up to my wall as soon as possible. I just want to ensure I'll keep writing even though there's nothing much to write about. <<DING! I guess I've just found a solid reason to make sure I'll keep up with the latest story or gossip around me so that I can write about it. *EVIL LAUGH*>>

Okay I will stop scribbling (Farouk, I borrow this word ya) and rambling now! I need to save the rest for the next posts. :) 

Goodbye, until then.