• Mari Anda Sekat (MAS)

    As the title of this entry is about, got sekat by Malaysian Airlines online miles redemption. In March, I was booking a trip with Retna to Sri Lanka via the miles redemption, the payment could not go through.  Contacted the Malaysia Airlines team via Facebook, no reply. Called the Malaysia Airlines customer line, was told the payment was down since a month ago. Wow, for such a large if not world class airline company, to have its payment system down for a month?  I guess that time, the CEO of the team seriously not doing their job right. So, I called and was charged RM70 per passenger for the call…

  • 你来, 汝来

    Have passed by Nilai many times, coming here, never. So I was there with the twins, as they were attending workshops in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) over the weekend. Of course I would take the opportunities to explore the town, through the chatting with the local as well as photography. We had some ok-ish food in Nilai.  Our colleagues told us plenty of food here, I Google-d, found some, but not the sort I like. So the weekend when we were in Nilai was also the time of the university convocation. I did not see many parents around, thought I could photograph them there.  In fact I seen none.…

  • We joined #joywithsharoncalli

    We love writing. Maybe not in the calligraphy style. We just love to write. When I decided to get the iPad Pro 2 years back, I was contemplating whether I should add Apple Pencil, anyway, I did. So I used the Apple Pencil to take notes during the meetings with clients, as well as learning. Talking about learning, yes, Retna and I will register for things to learn. Today, we did some learning on copperplate calligraphy, organised by CzipLee, taught by @joychong and @ronnycakes. The lesson started quite on time, where the reminder email informed the participants to turn up by 1000, and guess what, we started before 1030 (the…

  • Lukut before PD

    With the many things twins have to bring back to school, I offered them a ride back to their hostel on Sunday evening. We stopped by 1 place recommended by the school’s principal for quick bite. Over the school holiday, the very nice principal recommended few food places in Lukut and Port Dickson, I have passed by some of them, never knowing that the hidden germs these places are (ha ha). So, we were at Ah Boy Siew Yok (roast pork), which was just opened when we got there.  I could see some parents and students from twins school already there (how fast!). Waited in line patiently to order the…

  • Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this solemn moment

    Taken from Nalanda. Pindacāra, the practice of collecting alms-food, is observed by Theravada Buddhist monks who have gone forth from ‘home-life’ to ‘homelessness’. A Buddhist monk is known in Pāli Language as a ‘bhikkhu’ – meaning ‘one who lives on alms’. In Buddhist countries such as Thailand and Myanmar, it is a daily ritual for monks to go on Pindacāra, where they walk through a village from one household to another, allowing devotees to make food offerings. With Pindacāra, Buddhist monks need not worry about food and this afford them time to ponder and practise the Dhamma.  Since the time of the Buddha, lay people have been supporting monks this…

  • Tea Production

    Some background of tea plantation industry in Sri Lanka, from Wikipedia. Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon), and accounts for 2% of GDP, contributing over US $1.5 billion in 2013 to the economy of Sri Lanka. It employs, directly or indirectly, over 1 million people, and in 1995 directly employed 215,338 on tea plantations and estates. In addition, tea planting by smallholders is the source of employment for thousands whilst it is also the main form of livelihoods for tens of thousands of families. Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth-largest producer of tea. In 1995, it was the world’s…

  • “Fast & safety first, sir” our tuk-tuk rides in Sri Lanka

    Taken from lonelyplanet. Under new rules planned for 2018, working meters will become mandatory for all passenger three-wheelers, and a national three-wheeler regulatory authority will be established to give passengers recourse in the event of fare disputes. At the same time, a new programme will train tuk-tuk drivers as tourist guides, with the aim of finally delivering the ‘tourist-friendly tuk-tuks’ that the government has been promising since 2009. As part of the project, tuk-tuks carrying tourists will be licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority and required to sign up to official standards, including a requirement to display the name and address details for the driver prominently in the…