Hello everyone, lets talk about the climate today. To be specific, the climate in Malaysia, and especially around Klang Valley.
Below is a part of a chart obtained from tutiempo.net, a weather service website, of the climate data taken at Subang Airport for the last 6 decades or so.
T – Annual average temperature (°C)
TM – Annual average maximum temperature (°C)
Tm – Annual average minimum temperature (°C)
PP – Total annual precipitation of rain and / or snow (mm)
V – Annual average wind speed (Km/h)
RA – Total days with rain during the year
SN – Total days with snow during the year
TS – Total days with thunderstorm during the year
FG – Total days with fog during the year
TN – Total days with tornado or funnel cloud during the year
GR – Total days with hail during the year
Notice that average temperature, average maximum, and average minimum temperature taken were all up by almost 2 degree Celsius since the mid 70s. In fact, back in the days we even experienced a few hail storms!
So when your parents say that it was much cooler back in the days, they weren’t just speaking through the lens of nostalgia.
Next, look at the electricity consumption history of my house, taken from TNB e-Services website. For your info, the bill ending mid February was over RM 400.00, with one big chunk of power undoubtedly contributed from the two old school air conditioners running at home due to the recent hot & dry spell of the local weather.
Which brings us the main topic of the day – the Sharp inverter Air Conditioners.
Now you might ask, what is inverter?
In laymen’s term, air conditioner with inverter circuitry can control room temperature by switching the compressor between high and low operation modes, while the non-inverter type can only switch it full on and full off.
The benefit is two fold – you get a more even room temperature control, and at the same time, it reduces power consumption by up to 50.3%.
Well, plenty of air conditioners now come with inverters, right?
Now what sets Sharp apart is their Plasmacluster Ion technology.
With the situation of haze and generally more polluted city air these days, Plasmacluster Ion technology uses the actions of positive and negative ions to clean up airborn contaminants and create a more pleasant living space.
Other features available from Sharp ACs include powerful jet, gentle cool, and nature wing design for fan blade for maximum energy efficiency.
So if you’re looking for air conditioning units, or perhaps thinking of upgrading your current air conditioners, take a look at what Sharp has to offer.
There are a wide range of Plasmacluster Ion and non Plasmacluster Ion inverter ACs. The line up also includes non-inverter models and comfort Eco as well.
Choosing a property for long term living is a bit of a tricky art. It is always a balance between affordability, location, quality of property, as well as it’s surrounding and the area of development.
For those who are more in tune with nature and treasure a more tranquil living style, Klang Valley might not necessarily be the best choices, especially when factoring in the current situation of property prices.
Which brings us to Ivory Villa at Perdana College Heights by Seri Pajam Development, a pretty new development area located about 40+ kilometers away from KL city center.
Ivory Villa at Seri Pajam Development, Negeri Sembilan
A couple weeks ago, I visited the Semi-Detached units at Ivory Villa to get a sense of what living in one would be like.
First of all, the location.
While locating in Negeri Sembilan, access to Perdana College Height is actually pretty good. It is right next to the Kajang-Seremban Highway and less than 8km away from North South Highway.
Getting to KLCC via Kajang-Seremban/Silk highway takes about 45 minutes, and perhaps an hour or so during rush hours. Albeit a longer journey, it beats getting stuck in the traffic heading to KL from somewhere like Puchong where a one way trip can sometimes take up to two hours (I have a friend who spends 3-4 hours on daily commute from Puchong Permai to KL.
ground floor of Ivory Villa unit
Then there’s space and affordability. There is simply nowhere within an hour’s access to KL city centre where you can find a new Semi-Detached house with this size and quality as you would at Ivory Villa. The land area starts at 6,562 sq. ft, with built up of 3,371 sq. ft.
There’s very good size private garden (I’d build a big koi pond!) and a separate car porch that can comfortably park three cars under the roof, with probably another two cars on the driveway.
second floor of Ivory Villa unit
The interior of the unit is a statement of luxury. The living and dining area is huge, with enough space for a wet kitchen and bar/dry kitchen, two bedrooms, and study area. I also particularly like the high ceiling all throughout the unit.
Upstairs has another family hall, a huge master bedroom with super high ceiling, and further 3 more bedrooms. Every single bedroom in the house come with attached bathrooms too, and there are two balconies on the first floor.
semi-D unit, Ivory Villa, Seri Pajam Development
If you’re in the market for a property, take a look at Ivory Villa or some of the other developments by Seri Pajam Development. Take a visit to the showroom and check it out.
It’s CNY again and many of you are undoubtedly on the “Balik Kampung” journey right now, or very soon.
The bad news is, traffic is probably not going to be great, but there’s always silver lining in every cloud – and this CNY season, as with the past 15 years, PETRONAS Coffee Break is back!
This year, PETRONAS is giving out bright red goodie pouches to motorists, containing a can of Wonda Premium Coffee, a pack of crispy Julie’s Love Letters crackers and PETRONAS branded CNY ang pow packets. No purchase necessary.
This is happening on 29-30 January and continues on 2-3 February for its second phase when you are probably heading back from kampung to city again.
Additionally, PETRONAS will also contribute RM 20,000 to fuel up St John Malaysia’s ambulances that are patrolling the major highways during this time. This initiatives is being carried out for the 20th consecutive years by PETRONAS.
That’s a pretty awesome move I’d say.
If you have an Android of iOS device, search for “PETRONAS Pitstop” application on Google Play or Apple AppStore, the application allows you to locate participating PETRONAS stations on your fingertip.
For the rest of you, well, here’s a list of the participating stations on the map.
participating PETRONAS stations for Coffee Break CNY 2014
Every four years the whole world toss aside their differences to come together and participate in the single biggest sporting event – the FIFA World Cup. Not surprisingly, it is also the most anticipated event for many of us this year.
Side note: My whole life I’ve had to watch World Cup in the wee hours since it was always held on the other side of the world (this year included), and during the Korea/Japan world cup of 2002, I was actually living in US. Such is my luck with World Cup.
Most of us will be glued to the TV watching the World Cup come June, but if you’re a Maybank VISA Credit Card holder, I have a good news for you.
By spending RM 100 with your Maybank VISA Credit Cards, you stand a chance to win tickets to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Yeap, a trip to watch the World Cup finals, all the way to the other side of the globe!
The contest is pretty simple:
Every RM100 spend with Maybank VISA Credit Card will give you a chance to be in the running to win for any of the prizes
You can also multiply you entries when you:
5X entries when you use Maybank Manchester United, Petronas or SonyCard VISA Credit Cards
5X entries when you use ANY Maybank VISA Credit Card at Sony Store, Sony Online and Sony Centre
5X entries when you use ANY Maybank VISA Credit Card at PETRONAS stations/Kedai Mesra
The only step you need to confirm your participation is by sending SMS WORLDCUP <space> 12 Digit NRIC no and send to 66628 (Cost of SMS will be borne by Cardmember)
The prizes are:
2X Grand Prize – a trip for 2 to Final in Rio De Janerio
3X First Prize – a trip for 2 to Semi Final in Sao Paulo
300X Bonus Prize – VISA FIFA Merchandise
So regardless if you’re a football fanatic or just a part time soccer enthusiasts, participate and if you win and don’t want to go, I am always available to take over your place.
I’ve been slacking on the updates on my invisalign journey. It’s been a little over a year since the last update, and it wasn’t until a reader emailed me about my progress that I realised it is about time to provide a progress report. So thank you for the email, Pinky Tan.
late november 2012, 3rd set of invisalign
Over the course of last year, I’ve been visiting MyDentist pretty regularly to get my new invisalign aligners.
The change of aligners is usually done every two weeks, with the appointment lasts not more than half an hour, so I usually get it done over lunch time. If you’re unable to make the next appointment, extra set of aligners can be requested so that your next appointment is in 4 weeks’ time.
As always, the aligners will feel a bit tight in the first couple days, follow by some 10-12 days of not even realising it is there.
As a bonus, since I have to remove the aligners every time I eat, snacking is almost nonexistence, which probably contributed to me losing a couple KGs.
december 2013, after gum contouring procedure & 26 sets of invisalign
At my 26th set, which was about half way through my rather complicated program (some people only need 20+ sets in total), my dentists decided to do a total do-over since my top aligners weren’t engaged perfectly, so a new set of moulds were taken and I’m currently waiting for new aligners. They are perfectionists like that at Mydentist.
One of the more interesting procedures that was done on me was the gum contouring process that addressed my gummy smile problem.
The procedure basically removed a few millimetres of my gum to show more “white vs pink” ratio, resulting in a better smile. While this sounds painful, it was actually pretty mild. The whole process, including anaesthetic (local and general) and the actual surgery itself took a little over an hour, and then I was sent home for rest.
There a bit of pain and discomfort for the next 3 days or so, and the gum was completely healed in 2 week+.
So ya, I now technically had plastic surgery, and couldn’t be happier with the result!