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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sounds and Flavours of Venezuela

If you are the type who love variety especially variety of food, here is your chance to get a taste or more of Venezuela cuisine. The Venezuelan Embassy will be organising a cultural and gastronomic festival titled the "Sounds and Flavours of Venezuela" at the Pavilion Mall Kuala Lumpur on April 22 to 27. It will be a preamble of the 9th Venezuelan Week 2014.

At the event you can sample a range of typical Venezuelan food such as the 'Pebellon Criollo', a traditional dish of exquisite combination of shredded beef, white rice and black beans and the 'Asado Caraqueno', a delicious staple food of Venezuelan cuisine made of beef coated with a sweet dark sauce filled with flavour and irresistible aroma.

But you will get more than food. Apart from that, the festival will feature Venezuelan dance and music all week long with live music on April 25 and 'Salsa Brava Night' on April 27.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

How to detect phishing email without opening it.

Despite many reminders from banks to customers to be alert to phishing emails, many are still falling for scams and getting their bank information compromised.

Today received such an email which escaped the spam folder and ended up in the Inbox supposedly from Maybank with the subject "Final verification: Your M2U account has been compromised"

Wary of opening the email to check. Hovering the mouse over the message, I noticed a "magnifying glass icon". Hovering direct over the "magnifying icon" a tool-tip/popup appeared which reads "search for messages from this sender" (see screenshot below). Good, I need to find out if there were other messages from this sender.

searching for messages from sender in Yahoo mail

The search revealed that there was only 1 message from this sender and it was from:"". Thus suspicions confirmed. This is definitely not Maybank. But just how did this scammer obtained a .edu email? Was that a compromised email address?

NOTE: If you are using Gmail, all you need to do is to hover the mouse over the sender and the sender email will be revealed and you can easily tell if the email is genuinely from the bank it said it is from.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dyson cyclone vacuum cleaner operating manual

Bought the Dyson DC39 Multi-floor vacuum cleaner from Visionary Solutions Sdn. Bhd., the sole distributor of Dyson cyclone vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans, dryer and heaters. Actually, Dyson vacuum cleaners can also be bought in Damansara Uptown, namely at Corvan Technology Sdn. Bhd along Jalan SS21/62.

Unfortunately lost the operating manual and Visionary Solutions was unable to get a replacement for me. Fortunately managed to download it from the Manuals Library and let me embed it below in case you too wants a copy:

Aeon Store prices nuts seeds dried fruits

Bought some nuts, seeds and dried fruits from the Aeon Store (Aeon Supermarkiet) at One Utama and below I tabulate its prices for future reference:

Item Price per 100 gram
Raw almonds RM 7.99
Dried figs RM 4.99
Large raisins RM 3.99
Dried olives RM 2.59
Dried tomato RM 2.59
Small resins RM 2.09
Dried ginger RM 1.39

Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to apply for past approved plans from MBPJ

Here is a useful piece of information if you ever need to get building or renovation plans previously approved by MBPJ (Majlis Bandaran Petaling Jaya). You will first have to prepare an application letter. Below is a sample as a guide:

sample application letter for past approved plans to MBPJ

It would be a good practice whenever handing documents to government departments to also have a copy of the document for them to acknowledge.

I waited months without news of the application. So the advice is to return to them later with the acknowledged copy of the application. It was in this way that I finally get a positive response from them.

Next time is to pay RM100 for the right to take the approved plan out of MBPJ to get them photocopied. If I remember rightly, I had to leave my identification document with them as a security that I will return the borrowed plans to them after photocopying them.

Free Uptown shuttle van waiting time

Most time in Damansara Uptown I walk. These few days I decided to try out the free Uptown shuttle van just to test the waiting time. The results surprised me. I had expected a long wait. Instead, most time I only had to wait a couple of minutes. All in all, the waiting time was never more than 5 minutes.

Next time when I need to get around Uptown, I will definitely use the free shuttle van. Thank you See Hoy Chan, the developer of Damansara Uptown.

Motorcar sparepart supplier cum installer

Had my car left wing mirror broken by a speeding motorbike.

Perodua Kelisa wing mirror broken

Was told about a car sparepart supplier who also install at S.E.A. Park opposite KFC and behind 99 Speedmart. Easily found the car sparepart shop - Kam Meng Autosuppliers & Trading Co.

motorcar sparepart dealer cum installer Kam Meng

Price to supply and install was RM55. Talked it down to RM53. Within a few minutes, the broken wing mirror was replaced. Satisfied.

This car sparepart dealer cum installer is just next to Restoran Sin Hup Seng:

Restoran Sin Hup Seng SEA Park