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Thursday, May 15, 2008
My new iphone!!
Believe it or not, I just bought myself a new iphone!! Just after i complained about my klumsi-ness and skatty-ness.. and not forgetting how I am sooo not a techno savvy person....somehow I still bought that new phone.

It was not my intention to buy it in the first place. I was suppose to get one for my dad from here because apparently its much cheaper than in KL. Then a friend of mine went to the States and said that its only USD 399 overthere. USD 399, unlocked price. I checked with a friend here, the cost to unlock the phone and it still would work out cheaper to buy from there. So I bought (more like pesan) one for my dad... and this "cheeky" friend of mine here decided to pesan one for himself also.

I was actually annoyed with this cheeky friend. I am they type that I don't mind at all helping and buying things for my friends. But I do not like to trouble people that I do not know. So i don't like this habit of pesan atas orang atas orang, if you catch my drift. Worse still when this costs a lot of money and its not fair to ask other people (that you dont' know) to pay first on your behalf. What made it worse was this friend already owns one iphone and i know for a fact that he was going to sell it off and no doubt make profit from the transaction, courtesy of pesan atas pesan atas my friend....

By that time my friend in US had already bought 2 phones for me. After much thought and consideration, my options were either to sell it to my brother or just keep it for myself. After the PPA battle, I thought it is justifiable for me to reward myself with the new phone.... Yahooo!!!!! So that is how i end up with the canggih phone. Not planned at all.

The weird thing that came out of this is that, somehow miraculously that old troubled phone of mine (yang masuk longkang tu, see previous post) has gone AWOL. It just went missing and I don't know if i misplaced it or if it was stolen. If it was stolen (cos I probably left it at the office), it's just too late to try find it now. Somehow I think that old phone merajuk with me. You know what some people say about their personal belongings like cars.... those things can merajuk with you when it knows that they will be replaced. .. Kesian my Nokia phone. Even though it was such a nuisance when it comes to sms, it did serve me well. Definitely a girl's phone, slick looking and very stylo. But now it's time to move on.. and for me to start learning how to use my new baby.
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Alamak!!
Alamak....

Lamanya dah tak update this blog.....

My main excuse would be.... my penyakit kemalasan yang teramat amat melanda....

Apart from that, Im sure workload had a lot to do with it. Just finished (yet another) financial year end closing...(hurrah!!!), another PPA battle cycle and starting the new financial year... Boring boring stuff...

Apart from that I was busy Bollywood training, did a bit of travel in Vietnam (Da Nang) and outside (Jakarta)....... and that's about it.. Sungguh tak happenning hidupku!
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Klumsy ole me
Me and mobile phones don't really go well together. I have 2 phones. 2 supposedly good, original phones. Not the cheap made in China ones or the imitation ones. I have a real Nokia 6111 (bought it for aesthetic reasons) and a practical Motorola V6 phone. Yet, somehow my clumsy self will find a way to break them. And then I complaint why my phone don't work the way they are supposed to.

First it's the NOKIA. One fine day on my way back form work, I forgot that I put that phone on my lap (instead of in my bag), and when I got out of the car, the phone fell onto the road. Somehow that day the phone appeared to have wheels of its own and kept rolling....tup-tup-tup.... away from me... and into the drain hole..... I watch (in slow motion) as my phone went into the DIRTIEST drain hole you can ever imagine. With the black-est water, it was really disgusting!!! EEEWWWWW.....I could only watch helplessly my poor phone swimming and floating in that shitty water. Needless to say, my phone was NOT the only floating thing that day. Thank God (for me) my driver was around, so I insisted that he fished out my phone for me. I know picking up mobile phone in shit water is not part of the job scope but someone's got to do it. I felt really sorry for him, but not as sorry as I felt for my phone. So I turned all drama queen and insisted he got my phone out. He gave me his please-spare-me-from-this-ordeal face... but I turned up my drama up a few notches. Did not quite reach the water works stage yet (although I almost did), but I begged and pleaded him to save my phone. He picked up my phone in the end, with his bare hands (not that he had much choice cos my last resort was to exercise my "bitchy bossy authoritative position"). He even cleaned up my phone afterwards. The poor dude. Kesian dia. I did thank him non-stop.

After that, that phone has never been the same. Those who know me know the problem I have with this phone. I keep losing my messages because my Inbox is corrupt and I have problems retrieving my messages. I have zillions of unread messages which i just cannot read. If a message comes in, I have to rush and drop whatever that I do and IMMEDIATELY read the messages before it disappears into the twilight zone of my Inbox folder.

SO as a backup, I bought another phone. A simple but practical phone. Nothing fancy. Just a simple phone to serve its purpose. To make calls and send/receive messages. Everything is fine so far even if it's not the most user friendly phone..... Until today when I spilt half a glass of water on my working desk and directly on my phone. I can't explain how and why I spilt the water. I was not under pressure. I just picked up my mug to drink. I must have just missed my lips. Silly. Stupid. Clumsy. Scatty. Hence the name, scatty-Kat.

Now the phone is buggered. The keypad is useless. None of the key works. Can't dial or key in any sms. Perhaps because it's wet. So I have put it under the hairdryer for the past hour or so. Let's hope I'm not going to make it worse and have a short circuit in the phone due to overheating. So far this is not working. Arrggh... So I am back to using my old NOKIA phone.

Back to the days where I have to rush as soon as messages come in. Back to the days where many messages are lost and people get pissed off with me for ignoring their messages. ...Unless I invest in yet another phone, I will have to put up with this inconvenience... I guess part and parcel of being scatty and clumsy. On the upside, you always have "interesting" stories to tell and be laughed at and on the downside, its just really tiring being clumsy. Try being me for one day and you will know what I'm talking bout. Anyone up for swapping??

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Sunday, March 2, 2008
No to credit card fees!!


I am a qualified bean counter who is not very good at managing her own finances. I endorse credit cards and spend lots by using them. I cannot imagine living without them. However I am pissed off with the banks for charging me (and the rest of us) annual fees for using the cards.

This really annoys me because the banks make millions through our transactions and from the interests charges. They can, NOT charge us. But still they choose to. What I (and many people) did not know is that you can ask for the banks to waive the charges. They would gladly waive the charges only IF you ask and request. This only works IF you know this. Those who do not know this will continue to pay the charges. Of course the banks are more than happy to take the extra income and make more profit from us. Very sneaky indeed!!

For those who are not aware of what to do, all you need to do is to contact the bank and ask them to waive the annual fees. 99.9% of the time, the bank will oblige and credit your money back. Even if the charges were from last year or the year before, you should just try and ask for a refund. They will not risk losing their customers because as we all know, it is much easier to maintain a current customer than to get a new one. I even managed to get a refund 6 months after they were charged and after I had already paid the annual fees. You never know if you do not try.

So, go, pick up that phone. Get your money back if you are due some back! Don't let the banks rip you off.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008
Of chocolates and (trashy) magazines....


YEY!!! Just got my supply of chocolates from UK. Real Cadbury from UK. Nuts and raisins. I don't know what it is but chocolates just do not taste the same when its not from the UK. Seriously, they DON'T! I don't know what it is. Maybe its the milk they use or the butter (instead of palm oil...??) or is it the cocoa quality? Who knows? Anyway, my friend brought me 4 HUGE bars of cadbury chocolates, hoping that it would last me for a few months.... errr... maybe not. after half a day, I have gorged on 3/4s of a bar. And the weekend has not even started yet. I blame it on PMS. Makan berselera.. (yeah right)....more like makan berselera 24-7!

And my other indulgence for this perfect weekend ......... Supplies of trashy magazines, straight from UK also..... Not those dirty porn magazines in case your imagination is running slightly wild, its just the trashy gossip magazines... Heat, Closer, Now, OK! Hello!. I LOVE reading those magazines. haha. makes me sound shallow but its just so easy to read (Read: as in flip through in 30 secs). and easy to criticize people. The paparazzis, as annoying as they can be, do take some good photos and the celebs having bad body or hair days.. makes me feel bit normal...



Just for those interested to know the latest going ons... here's just some of what I picked out

  • Lots of baby news going around - Nicole Kidman expecting twins, Halle Barry & Jamie Lynn (who?) are expecting, Tom-Kat still not pregnant....
  • Posh has saggy tummy marks.... (apparently proud of it..yeah right!)
  • Kerry Katona from Atomic Kitten is HUGE.... like OBESE...... ok, she is heavily pregnant. But I've never seen her being that big!
  • Ashley Cole cheating on his wife - Cheryl from Girls Aloud..
  • Jordan aka Katie Price had a few jobs done on her face, got rid of her boobies and shes actually looking kinda hot, if I may say so.
  • Amy Winehouse still in rehab....
I think that's as much as I have read so far..I have only flipped through one magazine. Although I think the contents are similar in the other mags, I'm still keeping this one short. I have a busy indulgence weekend ahead. 3 1/4 bars of cadbury and 2 more magazines (and word puzzles..) to fill my time....:)

Have a nice weekend peeps.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Grey Quotes
It's been sometime since I last updated my blog. I have been away on "holy-day", a spiritual journey some might say. Will be updating on that travel experience later on when I have got myself organized a little bit more.

In the mean time, I want to share some quotes (courtesy of Agnes, thank you very much) from my favourite tv show - Grey's Anatomy. (Bila la writers' strike nak habis nie???) ...

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Dr. Meredith Grey: You know how when you were a little kid and you believed in fairy tales, that fantasy of what your life would be, white dress, prince charming who would carry you away to a castle on a hill. You would lie in bed at night and close your eyes and you had complete and utter faith. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Prince Charming, they were so close you could taste them, but eventually you grow up, one day you open your eyes and the fairy tale disappears. Most people turn to the things and people they can trust. But the thing is its hard to let go of that fairy tale entirely cause almost everyone has that smallest bit of hope, of faith, that one day they will open their eyes and it will come true.

Dr. Meredith Grey: "Remember when you were a kid and your biggest worry was, like, if you'd get a bike for your birthday or if you'd get to eat cookies for breakfast. Being an adult? Totally overrated. I mean seriously, don't be fooled by all the hot shoes and the great sex and the no parents anywhere telling you what to do. Adulthood is responsibility. Responsibility, it really does suck. Really, really sucks. Adults have to be places and do things and earn a living and pay the rent. And if you're training to be a surgeon, holding a human heart in your hands, hello? Talk about responsibility. Kind of makes bikes and cookies look really, really good, doesn't it? The scariest part about responsibility? When you screw up and let it slip right through your fingers."”


Dr. Meredith Grey: A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more people would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I'd have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can't undo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we hadn't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beat the hell out of never trying.


Dr. Meredith Grey: I've heard that it's possible to grow up - I've just never met anyone who's actually done it. Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves. We throw tantrums when things don't go our way, we whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark, we look for comfort where we can find it, and we hope - against all logic, against all experience. Like children, we never give up hope...


Dr. Meredith Grey: Pain, you just have to ride it out, hope it goes away on its own, hope the wound that caused it heals. There are no solutions, no easy answers, you just breath deep and wait for it to subside. Most of the time pain can be managed but sometimes the pain gets you where you least expect it. Hits way below the belt and doesn't let up. Pain, you just have to fight through, because the truth is you can't outrun it and life always makes more.


Dr. Meredith Grey: Sometimes reality has a way of sneaking up and biting us in the ass. And when the dam bursts, all you can do is swim. The world of pretend is a cage, not a cocoon. We can only lie to ourselves for so long. We are tired, we are scared, denying it doesn't change the truth. Sooner or later we have to put aside our denial and face the world. Head on, guns blazing. De Nile. It's not just a river in Egypt, it's a freakin' ocean. So how do you keep from drowning in it?


Dr. Meredith Grey: At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing, where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, is usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them, the people that are still with you at the end of the day - those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need.

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Thursday, February 7, 2008
Happy TET @ Happy Lunar New Year.
Chuc Mung Nam Moi 2008..... Happy Lunar New Year 2008

TET is the Vietnamese version of the Chinese New Year, also a celebration of a new year in the Lunar calender. This is the biggest cultural celebration in Vietnam and is the most celebrated holiday season here. The culture is very similar to the Chinese culture (even if they do not admit to that). They have the same 12 years animal sign with slight differences - Instead of the rabbit year, the have the Cat year ( what a coincidence one might say.... Kat born in a Cat/Rabbit year).


One try for guessing what zodiac year it is this year......

I am getting mixed reviews about this Rat year. What I heard generally this is a difficult year. However, hard work will be rewarded. We shall see. Cats are by nature quite lazy creatures... wonder what will happen to us.. we shall see.....kakaka.


Zillions and zillions of motorbike... quite a typical scene in Ho Chi Minh City, except maybe during the wee hours of the weekend mornings.

They are everywhere, on the street, pavement, anywhere with an inch gap of space.. Crossing the road is a fun challenge. Best thing to do is to close your eyes, walk slowly. InsyaAllah the force shall be with you. Try it. Test it. Make sure you have your insurance in place as a precaution...:)





My very own limau tree, courtesy of Sedona Suites Management;

It's supposed to bring you good luck for the year. Before i left the limau was still green and not eadable. By the time I came back after the hols the tree was gone! Cleaners removed it cos it probably died due to lack of water and sunshine.. Aiyo...No chance to eat the limau. Hope my luck doesn't go away with it....


Below are some pictures of the decorations along the main streets in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. Each year the Vietnamese government spend lots of money to come up with a unique design for the whole street. Nguyen Hue Street is closed during the public holiday period for the public to wonder around , perhaps admire the decos and take photos. (Btw, Vietnamese LOVE to take photos, complete with the peace hand sign...)














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