So, i’ve moved to a new place, and all the existing lighting were of the fluorescent type. Granted, they were installed more than 7 years ago, and back then, LED was expensive. The fluorescent tubes were unbearably dim, and some don’t even light up. Depressing. Replacing all of them with LED light was top priority when it comes to the makeover of this new place.
We consume quite a bit of noodles at home, and it has always been my wish to make my own noodles. I’m sure you will agree with me that noodles is more versatile and interesting than rice. Just pair it with soup or sauce, and it can be a satisfying meal.
The manual methods to make noodles, like the hand crank type, doesn’t cut it for me. Too tedious. For home use, the extruder type automatic noodle maker is the only logical choice. As usual, i did my sourcing from Taobao. Yes, the Philips pasta maker may be popular, but costing 3 times more? No way.
My default Taobao parcel forwarder is ZTO-DPEX. I used to know how to change the default forwarder but I cannot locate the place to change it currently. If you know how to do so please enlighten me by leaving a comment! By the way, the shipping fee for ZTO is the same as for Dex-i (the lowest rates): 26 Yuan for the first kg and 9 Yuan for each subsequent 0.5kg. Somehow Taobao doesn’t bother to update their website to reflect the new pricing. Another observation is that the shipping weight may be rounded down, which is advantageous to consumers. My parcels weigh a total of 3.78kg, but i was only charged the shipping fee for 3.5kg (89 Yuan or S$18.30). I wouldn’t say it is cheap, but it is fair enough. Continue reading Taobao parcel forwarder review – DPEX
Time passes quickly, and what do you know, the last purchase i made on Lazada was two years ago! Somehow, Qoo10 became my go-to shopping platform. I think their coupons, gaming style lucky draw and attendance-based rewards program worked. So, you might ask, what drew me to Lazada this time round? It’s because the item i was looking for wasn’t offered on Qoo10 anymore.
I was going to buy a licensed copy of Microsoft Office 2016 (not for my own use). Now, there is a way to buy this on the cheap – by getting hold of a volume license. Volume licenses are intended for business use, and, for this reason, they can be pretty cheap per license, as they are sold in bundles of 5 or more. A lot of these licenses end up being sold to home users who want to get it for cheap. This sounds a bit shady, which is why sellers who sell them on Qoo10 and Lazada are evasive.
Coming back to the topic of getting a refund from Lazada, well, there was a problem with the Office 2016 license i purchased on Lazada. I sent email to the seller, did not get a response, so i initiated the refund request. Now, any legitimate e-commerce platform has to have a proper refund process in place, and Lazada aces it in this respect. The refund process is well-documented. The return shipping is FREE – either by pick-up or drop-off at a Post Office or Singpost POPStation. There are updates at each stage of the process – email for selection of pick-up schedule, email receipt acknowledgement of returned item, SMS regarding the initiation of the refund and finally, email notification of successful processing of the refund.
I guess those who want to buy Taobao products but are afraid of the risk of receiving broken items can go the Lazada route, given the return policy and program that is in place. Plus, you can also collect cashback from Shopback for Lazada purchases.
Back in 2007, i had the curtains for my new home done for a princely sum of S$1800. This included 4 sets of curtains, 2 sets of organza curtains, plus two small roman blinds. It may have included the installation of the curtain track as well, so, actually, it was quite a fair price by today’s standard. If i were to calculate a rough pricing per set of curtains, it would be around $200 – $250. How does that compare with Taobao’s pricing? Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – curtains
This was the first trip ever I had to change my itinerary due to adverse weather. It slipped my mind that when we went to Krabi last year, we heard news about flooding in southern Thailand. The weather in Krabi was really good, while on the eastern coast, the monsoon wreaked havoc. History repeated itself this year.
My plan was to drive to Koh Samui from Hat Yai. Hat Yai is too boring for 4 nights, and there isn’t much to see around the region as well. The coastal route would take me from Nakhon si Thammarat to Donsak pier in the shortest time possible. Unfortunately, i had to turn back as the road was closed due to flooding.
Bukit Gambir is under 2 hours from KL and 1.5 hours from JB, so it could work as a lunch stop from either direction. It is a sizeable town, comparable to Yong Peng, and offers quite a few dining options during lunch time. It is very near Panchor, and easily accessible from the Toll booth.
I Googled and found a restaurant that has unfortunately already shut down, but just behind to it, there is a Tze Char restaurant that probably has been operating for a long time – Bee Hiong Guan. It is housed in a purpose-built building, and the high ceiling made it feel breezy and airy. It is very clean too. Continue reading North-South highway lunch stop – Bukit Gambir