Tuesday, July 27, 2010
just received my collector's edition (CE) box of Starcraft 2 and I wasn't supposed to open it but curious me prevailed.
here are some quick thoughts:
1. the jim raynor usb dog tag is pretty impressive! it's heavy (you'd be a bit crazy to put it on your neck)
2. there are 2 SC2 and 2 WoW guest passes. the SC2 guest pass is good for 7 hours of gameplay or 14 days (whichever comes first) and the WoW guest pass is the usual 10 days.
3. the art book looks nice
4. the included comics (which was discontinued) looks like a pamphlet.
5. the box is cool.
also included in my CE box was the t-shirt (wouldn't want to be caught wet in those t-shirts as the fabric is too thin) with the SC2 logo in the front and some insignia at the back. and the 1337 dog tag (1337 = leet = elite) which I am now wearing under my polo haha.
i can't wait to go home now. 4 hours!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
frappucino: kelangan na nating ma kontento sa first season ng glee
frappucino: gawa tayo app
espresso: huhuhu, tae tlaga sila
frappucino: edit yung video para tanggalin si charice tapos palitan na lang ng subtitles hahaha
frappucino: black screen tapos kung ano lang nangyari nakalagay
frappucino: jmf lang 'to
espresso: pede den
frappucino: unang module, charice-detector
frappucino: gawan pa ba natin uml?
frappucino: simple lang naman use case hahahaha
frappucino: basa basa na tayo sa mga video editing using java BWAHAHAHAHA
espresso: hahaha seryoso ka jan
frappucino: shempre hindi haha
frappucino: pagsasayangan ko ba ng oras si charice
espresso: hahahaha kaasar tlaga no
final word: to each his own. kanya kanyang trip lang sa buhay.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The proof is in the pictures:
last may 6 to 9, me and some friends went to phuket. we flew airasia on our trip. but days before that we were plagued with problems of the airasia kind, let me enumerate them to you.
april 26, 2010
my friends booked a flight (PNR: U7VZDC), from CRK to KUL. they managed to book it but at the booking confirmation that they had, the following was written:
Booking Number U7VZDC
Your booking is pending for credit card verification.
You will receive the Travel Itinerary once the payment is approved and your booking is confirmed.
You can check the booking status at Check & Change after 2 hours.
april 30, 2010
one of my friends asked for help in contacting airasia because up to that date the status of the booking was still “pending” but the credit card that was used in the booking was already charged.
I called the airasia “premium line” since the self help line obviously won’t be able to help me in my inquiry. the first call was at 15:23:51 and basically told me a couple of things:
a. payment was declined.
b. there’s amount due in the booking
c. proof of the charge is needed so airasia can check
(sequence of calls may not be in order)
16:04:23 Called the premium line again. Next agent didn’t understand me and proceeded to ask for the credit card details so he can charge the card again. Absurd.
16:16:31 Called the premium line again. Next agent gave me a number (03 2141 9388) for the finance department, suggest I call the finance department. I called the finance department, but a voicemail answers my every call.
17:03:39 Called the premium line again. Next agent gave me a fax number and also suggested i send the copy of the screenshot to the email@example.com email address. I printed a copy of the screenshot and attempted to fax the printout to the number – and the fax machine is either turned off or non-existent. We also sent an email before the day ended to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address with the screenshot of the charge.
May 3, 2010
one of the first things I did was to call your premium line again.
10:08:56 I call to confirm if the email last Friday was received. Agent was having hard time locating the email. She said she’ll call back in 1 hour. Didn’t call back.
14:32:51 I call again to ask if the email was located. Again was told that I’ll receive a call in an hour but still no call.
14:55:38 I call again (didn’t realize 1 hour has not passed yet) I ask for another fax number, to resend the printout. Agent doesn’t know the fax number, has to put me on hold to get it (don’t they have it like in a post-it or something). Number given (03 2160 9518) only kept ringing. Agent was agitated I asked for his agent id, also was reluctant to give it out (some shit reason that they only have names as identifiers).
16:06:08 Some good agent escalated my case to the finance department and asked me to call back 3pm the next day.
May 4, 2010
waited till 3pm to call the premium line again
15:08:55 After checking and a long time of holding, agent gives me a number to call the finance department of airasia. 03 2141 9388 and I informed the agent I've tried this number before as some agent before her/him also gave me this number and nobody ever answers (but the voicemail does). But he/she tells me it might be lunch when I called and the agent was confident someone will be answering the said number. Lo and behold I call and the voicemail answers again.
18:32:17 I asked for the manager. But hey the manager is busy. Had to again spend some minutes explaining the situation, how I wanted to talk to the manager 'cause all the agents seem to not know anything (case in point, above). Spent some time holding, then agent comes back with same reply as previous one, gives me the 0321419388 number. I had to stop him midway and told him why does he give me a number that no human is answering. Is this supposed to be how your premium line is working, etc. (also informed him of the fax number without a fax machine answering). I told him to try the number himself. Puts me on hold. Comes back, reconfirms my number and says he'll pass this to the finance department, puts me again on hold. then comes back and apologizes and promises to call back in 1 hour if his manager doesn't. Told him some agent already said the same line to me a few days back but never did call.
18:53:26 (impatient me, calling not yet 1 hour passed) I called again because the premium line was about to close (close at 7pm). I was willing to hold and wait for them to finish discussing – as I was informed that the manager (or someone with authority) named Martin was talking to the finance department. They assured me they will call me back even if the premium line is closed so I ended the call after.
The flight of my friends were the next day at 11am.
Martin did call me back, but basically to inform me of the following things:
1. They cannot locate the first charge and would need some data from Citibank.
2. We needed to charge the card again over the phone to make sure my friends can fly the next day.
3. That he will personally call me once they locate the data needed to proceed with refunding the first charge.
So we charged the card the second time, and my friends were able to fly the next day – and we enjoyed Phuket.
Fast Forward to June 9, 2010. I send an email to email@example.com as I didn’t want to burn my handphone once again. The following was the body of my email:
Any update on the Refund Request of booking U7VZDC? Some guy named Martin/
Mateenwhich we were liaising a few days before the flight assured us he will be calling once Air Asia gets the details from Citibank, but up to now no call has been made.
June 10 No reply.
June 11 No reply.
June 12 No reply. Happy Independence day to us! Happy Birthday Jason!
June 13 No reply.
June 14 No reply.
June 15 No reply.
June 16, 2010
I try to call the premium line in the morning. On hold for 2 minutes before giving up. Got frustrated, fired of 2 emails adding firstname.lastname@example.org to the recipients:
Pls. for the love of all things good, reply. Your premium line is clogged and it has put me on hold for 2 minutes already. unacceptable.
Next email was (seconds apart)
resending again, just in case (as previous calls to your premium line said they didn't receive the email i sent before).
I will be resending this email every hour from this point on until some human answers me.
Also tweeted the following:
@airasiadotcom, do you guys got problems with your email? nobody seem to be replying to my emails (from 7 days ago) @tonyfernandes
The “resending” was not done because I was finally able to find a human to answer me. Enter the live chat.
In my frustration I started the Live Chat feature in their website. (
TODO: get the chat log and post to blog tomorrow)
I was able to talk to Lisa and the end result is that either any of the following:
1. Someone might reply to me via email within 12-24 hours
2. Martin might call back within 24-48 hours.
So here’s a countdown timer for the 48 hours: REMOVED because action has been done by Air Asia (at around 2PM June 17) Clock is ticking.
Oh and yeah, this post is a long rant I know and I’m too tired to put pictures in the post. Maybe later or maybe I'll call back in an hour. Can I put you on hold while I get some pictures too?
UPDATE JUNE 17: Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia replies to my email and directs me to one of his colleagues for assistance. I am then contacted by Frank, who requests bank statements showing the 2 different charges (Apr 26 and May 5) to the Citibank credit card that was used. I also asked Frank to refer to Martin for additional info and for consolidation of data for this issue. An update is expected on Monday.
Monday, June 14, 2010
But now I just realized complaining wouldn’t do much.
And this past weekend, I was aboard a shuttle train to Klang and every time the door opened some passengers would just be dumbfounded what route the train is going to – some hesitate but board the train anyway. So I came up with a list of recommendations to KTM and my first recommendation is:
1. Have sign boards on the doors of the shuttle trains.
As most shuttle trains are the usual setup: a non-functioning train with the noisy train pulling it and the generator located somewhere – usually there would be no electronic sign board along the side of the train informing passengers what the train’s destination is.2. Have some mechanism to inform the passengers of any delay
The only sign that will give out the train’s destination would be a the very front of the train and passengers wouldn’t usually notice it since the setup is different from the usual.
There are signs in the doors, but these are not helpful because the sign reads 2 different routes, and it’s outdated (as with the shuttle train I boarded over the weekend was going to Klang but it was nowhere in the sign – sign only was up to Shah Alam) and people not familiar with KTM get confused.
It sometimes frustrates me, whenever you think that the train services are under normal conditions but when you get to the platform you’ll be doing a double take as to whether you are at the KTM station or a rock concert. In the case of the KL Sentral station there is absolutely no way to know how many people are in the platform or how delayed trains are (although I think KTM started turning off the display when inevitable delay is happening). You would just know about it after you have purchased a ticket or swiped your Touch’n Go and it’s too late – you can’t switch to another route for your travel.
Maybe a whiteboard that gets updated would be the cheapest way to go about this. Or have some pre-made signs that you can clip into somewhere. Be creative! But informing passengers of any type of delay and being transparent would definitely be appreciated.
3. Check the volume of the speakers in the open air stations
At times, the volume in the speakers (i.e. Putra station) would not be loud enough to hear. It’s like a whisper specially since the noise around the station would drown out the sound of the speakers. It would be best if the volume was checked and adjusted for the speakers at certain times of the day. Also sometimes toning it down in the late, late night would be great as sometimes I can hear the PA system from the condo at 32nd floor.
4. Fix the signage inside the trains
A train I boarded got an ad for an event that is going to happen in 2007 – oh wait, it’s 2010 already. Another train doesn’t have the usual train routes pasted on top of the doors. Make the signage for the other stuff, like the “courtesy to those who need seats” to be noticeable because they are just the opposite.
5. (Putra Station specific) Move the signboard for the north/south(pick one) bound (going to Seremban/P. Klang)
The said electronic signboard can be moved somewhere that the passengers outside the station can see it from a far. Why? So that people can run like they’re being chased by ghosts when they see that destination blinking already. It is being covered by the walkway from the stairs and is not so noticeable from the end of that platform.
6. If you’re going to be using social media like Twitter and Facebook, abuse it (figuratively speaking).
No need to reply to everyone one by one but it’s the ideal situation. At least use the two services to provide timely updates on your service.
I do hope someone in KTM gets to read this post. These recommendations are by far non-authoritative, but I just wanted to take a different tone to my usual complaining and instead contribute something constructive.
Anyone got other ideas? Put them in the comments section!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
It was one of the best decisions I have ever done in my life, if you look at the picture below and you can just see why:
I’ve been running for 32 hours, 24 minutes, 3 seconds.
I’ve burned an estimated 21,656 calories.
I’ve travelled an estimated distance of 191.28 kilometers.
And my workout for today is 2 hours, 5 minutes *gasp*.
Before I started running, I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and treated with a tablet of Glucophage XR before sleeping. Some time March 2010 I was downgraded/upgraded (depends on how you want to look at it) into just being pre-diabetic and taken off the prescription medicines. I’ve never felt healthier than ever before.
Fast forward to just last month at the Pacesetters New Balance 15KM run, here’s my action shot (taken from qqlai.multiply.com, one of the photographers present during the run):
The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010.
And in November 21, we (with my good running friend Jason – Happy Birthday!) are planning on taking on our first full marathon at The Penang Bridge International Marathon.
So onwards to another year of running! (and I have to be off to do my long run now)
You may be unfamiliar with the post title, which i took from constructors in Java.
Time again for another separate blog, because my previous blog which was in wordpress.com is about to have the domain related add-on expire.
To paraphrase a bit, the blog.estelito.com redirection to the wordpress.com URL will no longer work. It will cost me another 10$ to have it renewed so rather than renew it, I just opted to switch to Blogger once again because that feature is provided for free – thus you are seeing journal.estelito.com.
On June 17, the URL blog.estelito.com will then be redirected to this blog.
Until then, while I’m pondering on posting a whole plethora of things, you may check out my interactions in twitter *