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I remember when I was a little kid, credit cards or charge cards were such a foreign concept. We were wondering why would the bank actually give us a line of credit just to buy whatever we want, and how convenient that would be! There were also “older” people talking about how a man will be more eligible if he has a card.
Well, that was some 25 years ago. These days, most working adult carries a card for convenience. We use it to pump petrol (how else do you fill up a full tank?), pay bills, buy groceries, pay for movies, and more.
For those who has a Maybank Card and also those who are looking to apply a new card, I have some good news for you.
From 12 September 2014 till 15 January 2015, signing up to a Maybank premium credit card and be entitled to win 25,000 bonus air miles for Enrich and KrisFlyer. The following cards are eligible:
- Maybank World MasterCard
- Maybank Visa Infinite
- Maybank Ikhwan Visa Infinite
- Maybank 2 Cards Premier
What can you do with 25,000 air miles? Well, I once redeemed my air miles and got myself a trip to Manila and volunteered for Operation Smiles.
You can also get a free return flights to Medan, Phuket, or Singapore and perhaps with the upgrade to Business Class as well for 25,000 Enrich miles.
Check for more details here.
So what about for those who are already Cardmembers? If you have a Maybank MasterCard, Visa or American Express® Credit/ Charge Cards, Maybank is giving away more than RM3 millions.
From 1 October 2014 till 31 January 2015, spend with your Maybank Cards and get your spend on petrol, groceries, dining and everything else paid off.
100% cashback deal basically!
To qualify for this, do the following:
- REGISTER to participate via SMS DAILY (space) 12-digit NRIC Number to 66628.
- SPEND on everything with Maybank Cards.
- GET Cashback up to 100% everyday.
For more information, check here.
No credit card promotion is complete without some interesting big ticket items. If you are into some excitements, you won’t be disappointed. A total of 5 Volkswagen Polo Sedan is being given away and qualifying for this is very simple –
5X Automatic Entries
- For newly approved Maybank Cards
- For new Maybank Cardmembers
- For newly approved Balance Transfer accounts
- For Balance Transfer accounts on newly approved Maybank Cards
The good thing is, even if you do not end up winning the car, there are many complimentary gifts that you can get by qualifying for minimum spend:
- 3,000X CBTL Contata Beverage Machine – Spend above RM10,000
- 5,000X Desktop Refrigerator – Spend above RM5,000
- 5,000X Barry Smith Elegent 19″ – Spend above RM3,000
For more information, click here.
That CBTL Contata machine really does look very enticing. I probably need to buy quite a lot of furniture/electrical equipment soon so I should start planning for this.
Having had my new Transitions Signature lens glasses for a couple months now, I really began to appreciate the new technology more that went into these prescription glasses more and more, and I am happy that it works as well as they claimed to be. Considering that the previous version I used was already very good, the improvement is still very noticeable.
I want to take you through the lenses and talk a little bit on how they work.
Transitions lens with great clarity for working in front of computer
For those who aren’t familiar with Transitions, my previous article Smart Lenses Just got Smarter – Transition® Signature talked a little about how they work in a more general and some of the benefits brought by these glasses.
In this post, I want to dwell into them a little bit more with real life examples from my own.
Transitions with Chromea7 technology
The most important technology behind Transitions Signature lenses is Chromea7.
This is a patented formulation consisting unique dyes that are integrated to the surface of every Transitions Signature lens. The dyes are made up of trillions of molecules that smoothly re calibrate as the light condition changes. From dark to light and back at just the right tint so that the optimal amount of light reaches your eyes.
Yes, this is the twenty first century, we have stuff like these!
great clarity of the lenses indoor
So, when you are indoor away from sunlight, such as the example above in KLCC Suria Mall, the glasses are completely clear and act like any non-tinted prescription glasses.
Conveniently, this also works when you’re in front of the computer even though technically there are lights shining at you, but because the activation of the tint is by UV lights, it does not get tinted when you’re working. This of course, applies only for working indoor.
more reactive to indirect light
Chromea7 technology was designed to be more reactive to indirect light. Which means that light that bounces off building, cars, and other surfaces is also sensed by the lenses and react accordingly.
This property is especially important if you find yourself in cityscape such as KL where you might not be in direct sunlight among the tall buildings, cars, buses and so forth, where reflections that results in indirect sunlight are prevalent.
indoor by the window with some indirect sunlight
In the example above by the window in a cloudy day, you can see that the lens has a slight tint. This is not very pronounced as some of the UV light is blocked off by the window, but at the same time it shows the re-activeness of Transitions lenses away from direct sunlight.
more responsive in hotter climate
Photocrhomic lenses, as with most technology that relates to chemical or physical reactions, usually gets influenced by temperature.
While traditional photochromic lenses don’t get as dark in hotter climate because of the way heat interacts with the molecules, Chromea7 technology was formulated to be more independent of temperature and be able to get darker even in hotter climates.
the change of tint is almost instantaneous, outdoor at KLCC park
This property bode very well with our Malaysian climate. As the example above shows. Being outdoor at KLCC park in a pretty warm late afternoon, the glasses changed almost instantaneously to a comfortable tint.
Looking up to this beautiful building doesn’t come with the associated squinting or having to cover part of your forehead with your palm as a makeshift “roof” anymore.
just the right shade, just the right color
With the experience gathered by Transitions over the years, they were able to formulate the dye in such a way that the lens provide an even color at all levels of tint, giving the right shade and the right color every time.
under the shade, evening by the pond
This is a slightly harder property to show in pictures, but for the past couple months owning this pair of glasses. I must say that I’m very satisfied with the way it works. It gives great clarity and the tint, while not as dark as sunglasses, provides very sufficient protection against both direct and indirect sunlight and glare when I’m outdoor.
Moving the glasses to my little chef that’s by the same pond but at a brighter area, you can see that the colour of the lens switched to a slightly darker tint. This showcases the “right shade, right colour” property of the lens.
the different shades of my Transitions Signature glasses – indoor in the office, indoor in mall,
by the windows in the building, and outdoor
Transitions Signature lens can be paired with a wide variety of frames, head to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/where-to-buy/ to find out where you can get them.
Earlier on this blog I talked about Bandar Tasik Puteri, one of the booming townships in Rawang that should be in the radar screen especially for young adults who are looking for their first property.
Just to re-cap, the township is located at Rawang, with a entry/exit link to LATAR highway in construction, scheduled to complete by 2016. Bandar Tasik Puteri is some 40+ kilometers from the center of KL and houses many facilities and amenities, such as schools, park, golf course, polyclinics, mini markets, and more.
launching of Acacia at Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang
I went to the launch of Acacia Park Rawang on the 8th of November to take a closer look on this project for myself.
The project was launched by Lee Kok Wah – Project Director of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Tuan Mohd Azizi Bin Mohd Zain – Yang Dipertua (YDP), Majlis Perbandaran Selayang (MPS), Low Gee Teong – Group Managing Director of Low Yat Group, accompanied by Mr. Wee Beng Sang, Director – Group Property Development/ Management Services.
property talk conducted during the launch
There was also a property talk conducted during the launch (interestingly the emcee was one of my diving buddies from Maldives last year).
The talk mentioned about population growth along the Klang Valley and how it affects property prices, the upcoming KL-Singapore high speed rail and its impact, importance of location vs access to KL city center, and the price potential of various types of properties.
What I got from it was that Acacia Park falls onto many of the plus points mentioned – being within the 20 km or so (as the crow flies) of the center of Klang Valley, with good access (via LATAR highway), and affordability of the selling price especially for a double storey terrace. So far, so good.
(from left to right) 1: Acacia Park Phase 1, show unit; 2: Acacia Park Scale Model; 3: Acacia Park Phase 2, Site Plan; 4: Master scale model of Bandar Tasik Puteri
Phase 1 of Acacia Park comprises 224 units of 18′ x 80′ double storey terraced house each with a built up area from 2670 square feet priced from RM 447,100.00. All units in Phase 1 are sold out, but luckily we were also given a sneak preview of the upcoming Phase 2 of Acacia Park with a total of 4 phases planned.
location of Acacia Park within Bandar Tasik Puteri
Looking at the model of the township of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Acacia Park is located at the Southern side, which is also rather closer to the proposed LATAR interchange. Commuting in and out of the township should be a breeze in this case.
To be honest, the current access route via Rawang has a bottle neck around Jusco area near the interchange to PLUS highway, something that Acacia Park residents will not need to content with once LATAR interchange is completed.
Acacia Park Master Plan
As mentioned, Acacia Park phase 1 is completely sold out, so let’s look at Phase 2.
Phase 2 is located somewhat in the middle of the Acacia Master Plan, with access to two parks, one within Phase 2 itself and another just north of the area, which is next to a school. I personally prefer the location of Phase 2 over the Phase 1 mainly due to the access to those green lungs.
Picking a unit opposing the park will also give you a better view, and the opportunity to park your cars opposite your unit.
Scale model of Acacia double storey terraced houses
There are quite a few scale models of Acacia Park terraced houses at the sales gallery.
These models show the unit as they are in real life, some with cut-outs, and these include corner and intermediate units. I think they provide a very clear idea of what to expect of the development and how Phase 2 of Acacia Park looks like when it is completed.
Acacia Park, Phase 1 Show unit – living, dining, and kitchen on ground floor
Of course, visiting show unit is a must prior to making a purchase as important as a house. As good as scale models or even 3D renders are, I personally think that it can’t beat walking into a show unit to get the idea of how the house can be in its final form, completed with furniture and minor renovation.
There are two units constructed side by side just for this purpose, with one furnished and the other unfurnished (as is when delivered to buyer.)
While not fancy, I felt that the arrangement of the house is modern, and most importantly, very functional.
Master bedroom, and two other rooms on first floor
The first thing that greets you entering the house is the living room, with the dining hall, then kitchen at the rear. There’s also a small bedroom (or if you like, storeroom) on the ground floor.
What I really like is the fact that the 80′ long land area also allows a backyard accessible via the kitchen, a feature that is missing in most newer development these days.
Acacia Park intermediate unit floor plan
Going upstairs there’s the very spacious master bedroom with attached bathroom (a bit of clever furnishing will even allow a walk-in wardrobe). Then there’s two other bedrooms sharing another bathroom, completing the first floor. I like the fact that they maximize the size of bedrooms instead of having a small, and often useless family hall upstairs.
Acacia Park – corner unit floor plan
For a double storey terraced unit, Acacia Park provides a good balance between affordability, distance, access, and design. If you’re in a market for a new home (possibly first home), this is definitely one to check out.
Find out more at www.acaciapark.com.my and http://www.bandartasikputeri.com.my/
Last year I was introduced to my first pair of prescription glasses with Transitions lenses, the adaptive lenses that can magically turn from clear to dark and back according to the lighting condition, more specifically, the presence of UV lights.
I really liked the lenses, it is really a pair of glasses you can take anywhere and it’ll just auto adjust to perfect tint outdoor and clarity indoor.
getting the frame for my Transitions Signature lenses
Now Transitions has come up with an even better version of their already very successful lenses – the Transitions Signature Lenses.
The new lens comes with Chromea7 technology that promises a few key advantages over the previous version:
- more reactive to indirect sunlight
- more responsive in hotter climate
- fade back to clear faster than previous generation
- in aesthetically pleasing colors
Transitions lens vs normal lens, with my brother at Legoland, 2013
The photo above is of a previous generation Transitions lens glass that I was using last year, you can already see the difference of the tint compared with the normal lens my brother was wearing.
Transition Signature lenses outdoor test
With the latest Transitions Signature lenses that is more reactive to indirect sunlight, the effect in changing tint happens very fast. Observe the above photo with my new pair of Transition lenses taken at about 5:30pm after a rainy afternoon. The glasses exhibit a partial tint that allows excellent visibility pretty much in an instant. The change is also very uniform.
360 degree virtual demo
If you’re not very familiar with Transitions lenses, hop over to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/virtual-viewer/ and check out the 360 degree virtual demo (works a little bit like Google Map Streetview).
Use your mouse to slide around and see a simulation on how the lens adapts to the changing lighting condition by changing from 0 to 100% tint, reducing glare when it is bright, while retaining clarity of clear glasses in darking areas.
quick demo with day/night slider
Another quick demo at http://www.transitions.com/en-my/demo-modals/signature/ showcase the ability of the lens in a simpler way. Using the slider to change the scenary from day to night with a see-through-the-lens window in the center showcasing changing tint of Transitions lens.
With the new lens, Transitions also came up with the Life 360 methodology to measure the performance of their photochromic lens. The test involves over 200 real life conditions in 1000+ scenarios around the world with a more holistic approach, testing with real people in real scenarios to better reflect everyday conditions.
Some of the important findings are:
- 86% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with their outdoor vision with Transitions Signature lenses.
- 96% of clear lens wearers were satisfied with the indoor clarity of Transition Signature lenses.
- 2:1 preference for Transition Signature lenses over the previous generation
Personally, I like the new Transition Signature because of the excellent clarity and the speed of change in the tint over previous generation. The improvement is surely noticeable.
indoor clarity test, night shot with my kitty Tembikai
Look at the above photo taken indoor through my prescribed Transitions Signature, there’s no UV at night with indoor lighting and thus the glasses act like any clear lens, allowing 100% clarity.
I’ll demonstrate how useful the glasses is in a cycling situation in the next blog post.
If you’re interested in Transitions lenses for your next pair of glasses, head to http://www.transitions.com/en-my/where-to-buy/ to find out where you can get them.
If I told you that I drive a car older than yours, 99% of the time I will be right, and if you’re born after 1991, my car is actually older than you. Yeap, my ride is a 1991 Toyota MR2 that I have owned for more than 9 years.
And I am ashamed to say that while I’ve washed the car myself and even taking it for car wash on occasions, I’ve never gotten it polished or detailed. Until I did that a few weeks ago at Summer Splash at Aman Suria, PJ.
Their FB page is at Summer Splash Pro & HD High Definition Malaysia
dirty car deserved a bath at Summer Splash, Aman Suria
To be fair, I knew what waxing and polishing does, but was never really quite convinced how coating can benefit a car. So when Mimi (a friend) introduced me to this professional car wash & detailing shop operated by his sister, I had to give it a try.
After all, the Japanese mistress has just gotten a new paintjob and should be pampered a little after all these years.
wash, polish, clay bar decontaminate
The treatment done to my car:
- Exterior Wash & Vacuum – Premium
- Hd Paint correction
- Nitro seal wax
- Leather Protection
- Dashboard protection
- Anti bacteria Mist
- Tyre dressing
- Front Windscreen Repellent
- Watermark remover on front windscreen for car
applying coating is a pretty delicate job
The entire process took about half a day, and it was actually quite a lot of work that was being done to the car. Masking tapes were used to cover the areas that were not supposed to be affected by the chemicals, and pretty strong strobes were used to ensure that every square inch of the car is covered. It was some real professional work.
all nice and shiny, Shah got his bike detailed too, looking awesome
The result is that my car has never looked as shiny, and I don’t think it’s ever as shiny even when it was new.
The coating also does a marvelous job of repelling water. When it rains, the body now accumulates water in small droplets and it is very easy to rinse away all the dirt. The windshield coating also does a great job to increase visibility when it is raining, expelling water droplets as with the case of the coating. As a bonus, car washing is now easier too with the car not attracted to dirt as much.
KY & Shah with our rides, all clean and super shiny
The coating lasts about 12 months and I was recommended to give it a touch up wax/polish every 3-6 months or so.
So if you want your car (or motorbike) to look as good as it should, check out this place.