Friday, December 26, 2008

2009: 2nd round: Proton VS Perodua

The 1st round of battle between Proton and Perodua was on 2005. Perodua launched its Myvi and later Proton launched its Savvy. It was a huge success for Perodua and Proton was the big time loser. Perodua managed to sell around 7000 units of Myvi per month until now but Proton only sell less than 500 units of Savvy per month until now.

Proton's sales, was badly affected after the failure of Gen-2 and Savvy, given up the Malaysia no.1 car company title to Perodua. Proton doesn't satisfied with that of course, since Perodua is Pero-'DUA', it cannot be the no.1 in Malaysia right?

Then Proton kicked out its Mahathir connected CEO and hired a Ex-Perodua Senior Staff to replace him and came out with more practical models like Proton Persona and Proton Saga MK2.

Perodua on the other hand, after releasing Myvi, introduced Viva and Nautica to the Malaysia public.

Saga and Persona generates high volume of sales each month and helped Proton a lot in regaining market share. However, the total sales of both models still cannot beat Myvi+Viva( sales volume for Viva is around 5000 units per month). Then Proton thought of releasing something even more practical for Malaysian, a multi-purpose-vehicle, so called MPV.

Unfortunately, Perodua also thought of the same thing as well, releasing a MPV for the public. What's interesting is that both of them gonna release thier MPV on 2009, repeating the case that was taken place on the year 2005 which was releasing the same type of vehicle on the same year.

Toyota and Daihatsu, both mother companies to Perodua (Daihatsu holds Perodua and Toyota holds Daihatsu) released their all new compact MPV on Christmas. Since all Perodua models were from Daihatsu, this model will very likely to get a plastic surgery and a Perodua emblem and become Perodua's all new MPV.

It's powered by the almost-the-same 1.5 litre DVVT engine which can be found on Toyota Avanza and Perodua Nautica.

On the other hand, Proton's MPV, which was Researched and Developed by Proton, will released on March next year. It's powered by 1.6 litre Campro CPS which can be found on Waja and Gen-2.

Who's going become Malaysian's favourite national MPV? Time will tell.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Abnormal Breakfast

I recieved a sms from my brother this morning, around 11.15am. It says:' Starbucks 10yr anniversary, get your free coffee. Until 12pm. Quick!'

I hesitate for a while, because last time Secret Recipe celebrated their anniversary by giving away free cakes, but not in Sarawak. So i called my brother and checked with him if Kuching Starbucks offers such promotion. 'Dunno leh...not sure', that's what he said.

Since I haven't had my breakfast, I decided to give it a try. I get changed and drive to the nearest Starbucks, which is 9km away from my house, and that's the one in Kuching International Airport.

I managed to reach airport before 12pm, and I'm so happy when I saw the 10yr anniversary poster because it means i can get a free coffee.

I ordered a free coffee from the staff, and it's a hot brew black coffee, the only choice for free coffee. It's ok for me, because after I added full-cream milk and sugar provided by Starbucks, it basically became a branded Kopi-C.

A coffee without light food cannot considered as a breakfast and I was really hungry. Then I thought of McD, also located in the airport.

I ordered a cheeseburger which cost me RM3.90 (McD in Kuching is more expensive than the one in West Malaysia).

Then I had a Starbucks Kopi-C plus a McD cheeseburger for my breakfast.

Overall the breakfast costs me RM4.90 (including RM1 for parking fee).

I know I'm crazy... for driving so far to get a free branded Kopi-C.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I met KennySia today!?

Not really meet him on the street or what, it's actually that i went for this talk organized by Sin Chiew. The talk is about popular bloggers from Malaysia sharing their experience to the public and Kenny Sia is one of them. I think this is the 1st time in East Malaysia to have talk given by bloggers.

So the speakers are:

Kenny Sia ( If you're from Malaysia but dunno or never heard of him before, you've gotta update yourself. He's one of the most famous blogger in Malaysia.

Sze Shyang ( is a famous blogger for blogging his comics and drawings about Kuching.

I think this one is funny... In the past( 4-5 years ago) Kuching never have any Starbucks or The Coffee Bean so Kuching people normally go to Kopitiam to have drinks. So the drawing above is about a guy walked into Starbucks Coffee to order a thick-coffee-kosong, just like the way he usually ordered at typical Kopitiam.

钟进贺, RawangBoy ( he is the most active speaker and really talks a lot.

SnowXwhite ( only female speaker and the least talkative one. She said she's 20 and still doing university.

Actually i 'm only interested in Kenny Sia, cause i never see him in person before although i'm from Kuching and he's also from Kuching, how ironic.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Jase's Tea House, Kuching

I went to this coffee house/tea house, Jase's Tea House with my brother, located at the new commercial center besides Stampin Primary School. It's my friend, Adam, who introduced this place when i came back to Kuching on July.

I decide to blog about it this time but not that time is because i did not carry camera with me that time. My phone's camera is so lousy on taking indoor photos. However, my brother has a SLR, so I can post better quality photos here.

It's on the 2nd floor and from what i heard it's actually owned by a boss who is famous in selling 'Sio Bee' (A kind of Tim Sam) at open air near Riverside.

Jase's Tea House is something like Starbucks or the local player Bing. However, I'm not sure which one of them make better coffee because I'm not an expert in this field. I guess I'll have to leave it to you guys to find out.

My friend Adam told me that the mango juice made by them is very nice. He is right! Although it costs RM8++, almost reaching RM9, probably the most expensive mango juice I've ever drank, it really worth a try and I would say that it's the best mango juice I've ever drank.

My brother ordered a carrot juice. Not as special as the mango juice I ordered but it's still good. It's cheaper than the mango juice, around RM7-RM8.

They also sell 'Sio Bee' (of cause lah... since the boss sell Sio Bee for living...). This one is a 6 pieces steamed Sio Bee. It costs RM4.80. All I can say about theSio Bee is that it taste ok. Good? I dunno, not a food expert but it's just fine.

By the way, Bing also going to open a branch here. For those who are in Kuching, you can go and try it out or probably hang out with your friends here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Government now enjoying fuel tax revenue!!??

What a turn of events! In just a few months we’ve gone through a record number of petrol price hikes and reductions, the hasty introduction of a lump sum-based subsidy cheque, and more. All because of fluctuating crude oil prices.

As of today, Malaysians have begun paying tax for their fuel again… in fact the government has not had to pay the promised RM0.30 per liter fuel subsidy since the beginning of November 2008 due to the dropping crude oil prices which leads to lower refinery prices.

According to Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Shahrir Samad, the government also collected taxes for fuel from September 2001 to February 2002, but after that period crude oil had gone up so the government had stopped collecting taxes to prevent fuel prices from going up too much.

From the current price of RM2 per liter from RON97 petrol, roughly 12 sen goes to the petrol stations and roughly 19 sen goes to the oil companies. The balance is RM1.69, but Shahrir says this is actually higher than the refinery price.

While he did not say exactly how much refinery prices were at the moment (this will go up and down according to crude oil prices), he gave an example of RM1.30 per liter. This means the government can make as much as 39 sen per liter of fuel, and this amount will vary as the refinery prices go up and down along the month.

Because of the change of situation and the potential now for long-term income from the sale of fuel in this country, the government Economic Council will be meeting this month to decide on a new mechanism for petrol pricing in the country. Things that could be discussed are how often should price revisions be made, and what kind of tolerances towards crude oil prices should there be. I would imagine they could decide on something like a maximum tax when crude oil prices are low (or alternatively, a floor price for petrol), and a maximum subsidy when crude oil prices are high.

It’s sad to see the government so easily turn its back on its promise of a RM0.30 per liter subsidy, but Datuk Shahrir is of the opinion that the current low fuel prices are quite fair and there’s no need to go drop them too much even though the government won’t have to pay fuel subsidies per liter. He says this additional revenue will be used to strengthen the economy in face of the threat of the recession.

I’m pretty sure the Cabinet is happy with Shahrir’s performance as Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs so far. He’s done his job well in helping tighten the government’s coffers, though many would argue it isn’t in the interest of “Consumer Affairs” at all.

All we can do is hope that the money saved and earned will be used in the right channels by those who have the nice job of choosing where to spend the money.

BTW, no one has revealed what the margins, subsidies and revenues are for diesel. Is there room to upgrade to something with less sulphur so we can enjoy cars like the Ford Focus TDCi and a potential upcoming diesel Honda City?

The above article is an exact cut and paste from a local automotive blog:

Fuel New Price
RON97 RM2.00
RON92 RM1.90
Diesel RM1.90

This is the fuel price effective from 18th Nov.

Hmm....when the world is suffering by financial crisis now, governments from different countries are giving millions and billions of dollars as financial aid for their beloved countries. We all know that rakyat suffered from the fuel price hike a few months ago and the price for goods haven't really gone down after several times of fuel price cut. Now what the government has done is that they are earning money from the fuel we are using. If we use more fuel, the government will earn more tax revenue. What do you say? I say this is ridiculous!

The G said that the fuel in Malaysia will always enjoy a subsidy of 30sen few months ago and later they said they won't drop the fuel cost below RM1.92.

I really do hope The G will let the fuel cost drop below RM1.92 and maintain a 30sen subsidy. For God sake Malaysia still produce oil and non-national car buyers paid alot of tax to the G. Some more car owners paid road tax every year!

Shit! I never know that the G can earn money from fuel tax even after they had put high tax to non-national cars.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Kuching Night Scenery #1

Kuching Riverside - One of the best place for tourist to hang out at night.

Dewan Undangan Negeri / DUN - will become one of the most significant landmark in Kuching.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Final Preparation...

Yup, my final preparation for this semester's Final Examination has begun.
When final exam's around the corner, you get to see lots of people in the library, doing anything including studying and taking nap.

This is one of the study area in the library. Without the final exams, these seats would be empty for the whole semester.
Advantages of library: Quiet, cool.
Disadvantages: Far from hostel.

Therefore, some students go to hostel's study rooms to study.

Advantages of hostel's study rooms: Cool, able to eat, able to talk louder, near hostel.
Disadvantages: sometimes it's VERY NOISY !

There's a few study rooms fitted with air-conditioner. Can be very cold during rainy day.

When we are studying, we use our brain, our hands and our mouth.

We eat, we drink, we chit-chat and we study.

When we get bored, we try to entertain ourselves...

When we really really get bored and tired, we go Yam Cha/Lim Teh. Finally, we go back room to meet DATUK Zhou.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tagged by Xin Yin & later Wan Yi

1. Take a recent picture of yourself or take a picture of yourself right now.

2. Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair... just take a picture.

3. Post that picture with NO editing.

4. Post these instructions with your picture.

5. Tag 10 people to do this.

The rules and regulations:

1. Each player of this game starts off with 15 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself.
2. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 15 weird things/habits/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly.
3. At the end, you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names.
4. No tags back!!


Yee Leng(n ur whole gang), Lik Ming, Jing Ci, Ah Fi, KennySia, EdmundYung, SimonSii, Kathylnn, GuanYu( faster set up ur blog lah~~), Emily.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Random Snapshots #2

Does the person in red looks like......(scroll down)

looks like....The person in white sitting on the dinosaur?

A traditional birthday's gift for birthday boy.

A hari raya mini musical performance at The Garden. The best raya music i've ever heard.

Superb Burger: Carl's Junior's Burger. A must try and mostly recommended burger .

Lik Ming trying out the fire extinguisher.

There's an apple among the tomatoes.....can you spot it?

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Thursday, October 2, 2008


Last weekend, i had a two days trip to Bahau (my friend's hometown) with my close friends from Inti.

It took us around 20 minutes drive from Nilai to Seremban and another approx. 1hour drive from Seremban to Bahau.

We stopped at Seremban 1st to fetch my friend's little brother from school. He's studying at Seremban High School, which is a Chinese Private School like CHMSno.1.

Administrative building of Seremban High School.

Main entrance to the school. The buildings on the left and right are hostels and the canteen is on the ground floor.

Map of Seremban High School. Hand-drawn, nice.

A hall with the girls' hostel on top of it. Note that one cannot see through the window of the girls' hostel from outside. I think the school doesn't want boys from the opposite side (which is the boys' hostel) to peak at the girls.

Hostel's common room.

Seremban High School will turn 100-year-old on the year 2013. This is their countdown board.

This is the school's canteen. Above it is the boys' hostel.

Looks like mini market from the previous century,old and classic.

Taekwando Training Hall.

Multipurpose Hall standing behind the basketball courts.

The multipurpose hall has lots of badminton courts inside.

Taken beside the basketball courts. These are few of my close friends from inti. From left: Pua, Si Liang, Lik Ming, Hui Yuan and Mandy.

The school also has mirrors on their staircases. I think most Chinese Private Schools pratice this.

Beautiful chinese-style pavillion down there.

Two couple posing in front of the pavillion. Sweet huh... :D

Seremban High School looks big and classic.

Their football field.

Swimming pool.

Tennis courts.

Squash courts. By the way, they also have gym room. Overall i think Seremban High School has lots of facilities. A school which put more attention on sports.

Then we continue driving to my friend's house which is in Bahau. I did not take many picture of Bahau. Basically it's a small town like urm..... the size of whole Tabuan (Jaya+Lalu+Stutong+etc) + BDC, including Jln Song.

My friend has 2 cute pets:

The white rabbit.

Cute? I think it is cute. The other one is this hyperactive dog. It's already 8-9-year-old but still small size.

She also has another dog but it's just a normal dog. So what have we done in Bahau? Urm...Nothing really special actually. A nice bbq that night, played playstation and visited my firend's primary school on the second day. We spent most of the time at my friend's house. Relax and had fun.