Rainy Days Aren’t Over Yet It Seems


– 28.02.08 in the marae @ Epsom Campus, Auckland, New Zealand –

Doing the laundry is a pain these days, what’s with all the rain. It’s been a week, and the constant rain is starting to get on my nerves. I have a bundle of clothes I need washing. We don’t have the luxury of having a dryer in this house. Wait, is there dryers on sale in the market for household use? I need to look into that.

I’ve been back in Malaysia for a little over a month. My holiday is coming to an end. Not really, but I’ll be going back to Auckland on February 7. I’m going to be early, I know. I initially thought Mira and I’d go to Wellington for a week or two, but with very little money left in my account, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. Trust me to waste all those money I got on pointless things. I know I have only myself to blame.

My English is also getting a little bit rusty. I need to write more before going back or I’ll never hear the end from Sheryl’s energetic mouth. She already reminded us waaaaay back then to not let our guards down just because we’re on holiday. Speaking of Sheryl, I still have two electives to choose. I haven’t decided on anything yet. I took Linguistics in the first semester of 2008, and Computer Science in the second. I’m thinking of taking Japanese, but what about the other elective? I’m at lost. In the end, I guess I’ll just take up Sheryl’s offer of doing Teaching Literature (LANGTCHG paper) or something as an elective. The problem is… I totally hate LANGTCHG papers. The final paper for my last LANGTCHG subject was full of WTFness. I wonder if the lecturers actually knew how poor the questions were. It didn’t help my mood much that our frying pans in the kitchen caught fire two hours before the test.

What should I do about this money problem, I wonder. The allowance won’t be in until early or mid March. I’m not worried about my food money. I’m more worried about the money I’ll need to prepare for the rent. $192 per week WITHOUT electricity and internet. The $200 per week accommodation allowance is barely enough to support us. Why haven’t those people in the Ministry of Education given the allowance a raise already? Even if it’s just by $50, it would already be VERY helpful. Houses and rents are going up, and food prices are climbing up the ladder way to gleefully. The prices aren’t going down, so shouldn’t our allowance go up too? Come on. They can’t expect us to work ourselves to the bone while studying, or to rely on our parents. Not all of us are rich.

I’ve started another separate blog for my gameplay logs. It’s not what I’d call blog. I’ll be updating it way to often to call it a blog, so I’ll settle for a log. I’m calling it PlayLog. I’ll be dumping my PC, Nintendo DS, Wii, Playstation and PSP game logs there. I figured it wouldn’t be appropriate to dump everything on this blog. I tend to ramble long. Oh, and I also need to finish those WordPress theme projects I’ve started. Can’t be using other people’s forever, I guess.

On an important, site related note: I’ll be taking after the site more carefully after this, and I’ll try to update often. I’ll check my personal mailboxes more often too. I’m sorry if I never replied to hosting application and whatnot before, but I’ll try to after this.

Tesco Kota Bharu Opens Today

The first Kelantan branch of Tesco is now open. It was initially scheduled to open 2 weeks ago, but the recent flood had caused a delay in the actual launch date. So, this morning, it was officially launched. The complex is big, but not as big as KB Mall. I have to say that the interior is very impressive. The food court is situated just right – you’ll reach the food court once you get into the complex from the parking area. I’d say the placement is convenient. You can can choose to either eat first and then shop or the other way around.

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There are a few other shops in the complex. Reject Perfume Shop, Nagoya Textile, InfoMusic, Beauty & Slimming Center and more.Customers rushed to apply for free Tesco clubcard. You can say that the place was really crowded up until this evening before I left.

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Bought a few stuff from the complex. I think the complex is off to a good start. Spent around RM150 at Nagoya, and another RM70 at Tesco. I’m thinking of going back to the complex later to buy some discounted perfume. Well, it’s only discounted because we don’t get the perfume box with our purchase. There’s a reason it’s called ‘Reject’ perfume shop. Box or no box, RM150 for 100ml Eau de Parfum that normally costs around RM185 – RM250 is a great deal. Afterwards, I treated Mom and Dad to some ice-cream on the way back.

I don’t think this will be a competition to KB Mall’s Pacific or Kota Sri Mutiara’s Billion. The products available in this new complex differed in quality and brand name. For people who are on tight budget, I’d say this is a blessing for them. We don’t have Carrefour, but at least we now have Tesco. The fact that it’s situated along Sultan Yahya Petra’s bridge which connects the main road to the heart of Kota Bharu is sure to attract customers too.

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Nevertheless, Kelantanese should rejoice not because they now has Tesco. Kelantanese around the state should be glad because new store means more job opportunities. Cheers!