Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My 1st Week In Shenzhen

Ok, so this should have been written earlier. But well, with limited access to online.. and the business of settling down, I can only find time to write this now.

I thought I'd document my very first week in Shenzhen as it does mean something "special" in a way. I'm in a new city, that I'm rather unfamiliar with (I didn't even know how it looks like before I arrived!).


I arrived Shenzhen on my birthday. Personally, I didn't feel so wow. I mean, spending my birthday rushing to the airport, and on the plane to an all new city (the anxiousness).. just didn't feel that fantastic. And well, even though I arrived dinner time, all I had was to eat my first meal at some hawkers nearby the hotel. 

For a guy who likes birthdays to be spent with nice meal and all.. this was a lil setback la! But well, a "sacrifice" I have to make as the next day, I'll be starting work. 


The very next day, I have started to use the subway. It's really efficient (peak hours trains have like 2 mins interval!). But it's really packed in the morning and I'm still trying to get accustomed to that life of having to queue up, get pushed and well.. not having the luxury of driving! (yea, spoilt I am!).


For the 1st week, there were a lot of documentation for visa application. And at the same time, I had to quickly find a house to stay. This was another challenge. As I don't even know which part of the city to look for a house. I decided the ones nearer the office (like a few stations away) would be best as I need to wake up early for work (ps: can't be late or salary will be deducted!).


I saw about 7 different houses.. and OMG, prices here are expensive! Actually, I saw many "terrible" homes, and to a point, I thought I have made a "wrong" decision. For the same price I'm paying in KL, but I see houses which are located on the 7th storey of a low cost apartment in KL - and it's a walk up! And the staircase is sooooooo dirty!

But then, I finally found a house with a pool. Slightly smaller.. more like a studio. While I could get with 3 bedrooms for the same price back in KL, this is still... well rather okay (more of the house once I'm ready to show it). 


House is not the only expensive thing in Shenzhen. Like my China friend mentioned, China has now become really expensive. Food is nearly 30-50% more expensive than back home! So far, the only cheaper place I found is this western restaurant, Saizerya... which pizzas go for less than RMB20!



Oh btw, on my first week, I managed to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. A local friend brought me to a park in the city. You'll be amused that the celebrations are much less here compared to back home - if not wrong, the only celebrations was at this park! Anyway, I still managed to borrow a lantern from someone just for a photo!


In all, I thank my friends for helping me in my 1st week in this new place that I'll be calling "home" for a while. Without them, I really don't know how my 1st week would have been!

*On that note, people here in Shenzhen are generally nice. It's not the same like the ones you hear from tourists who visit those tourist spots or my previous encounters with locals during my China trip 5-6 years back!


Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm A Winner!

I'm a Winner! Oh yes, I am. And I wanna share to the world bout it! Haha!

I know it sounds boastful.. but hey, don't get me wrong.

It's just me being full of excitement and all.. and well the need to share it out :)

First off, I got first placed for Domino's Pizza Bear-A-Selfie contest! It's not often that I join contests, and I haven't won much from them either.

But when I saw this bear contest by Dominos.. I knew I had to join! (a bear has got to do what a bear has got to do!).

I submitted a few entries for this (including the ones where I went for the WorldCup Viewing Party). But minus those submitted on that day... I had 2 other entries.


One was taken when I bought the pizza and the football bear merchandise.

The other, I again bought the pizza. Got it delivered.. and then got my make-up artist friend, Konji, to help me out with the make-up. It took a good 2 hours plus for this to be done (make-up plus photography - oh yes we took many shots!).. but I'm happy with the results!

And hooray cos the judges like it too! And so.. I won the 1st prize of 1 year supply of XTRA Large Pizza!!!


The 2nd "win" I'd like to share is... well, I've been interviewed by Men's UNO for the 2nd time. This time round, it's a feature under the segment -  Modern IT Geeks!

Managed to capture a pic from the shoot, though I think this will not be used in the feature. 

The feature will be out in September. Call that a birthday gift! Oh, I can't wait! :)

Now, the 3rd "win".... is well, I got a new job. And guess what... it's not in KL but in Shenzhen, China instead!



The confirmation of the job and all is pretty fast, and in less than 1 week, I'll be moving once again to a new place altogether (I was previously based in Singapore for 8 years). 

More about the attraction about moving abroad and the new job in the coming posts. But for now, these are just some of the stuffs that makes me feel... like a real Winner! (humming to the song "I believe I can fly"...).


*My 1st Men's UNO feature can be read here: Oh Wow, I'm In Men's UNO Top 20 KL-ites!

*Read about my move from Singapore to KL in 2009 (Oh yes, I've been in KL for 5 years!)


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Taiwanese Hot Dog/ Sausage

I was in Taipei recently - like after a draught of no travels in 10 months!

I must say the whole trip was super fun! I'll probably share about the trip in some other day.

But this time round, I wanna share about the Taiwan sausage.. which the Taiwanese use the term "hot dog".

You can say that I was rather "amused" with the "hot dogs" there. There's just so much varieties, and it comes in many shapes and sizes! And the one I liked most - is the one with cheese!!

Oh well just for fun.. I did 2 videos out of it (pardon the messy hair!).




Thursday, August 14, 2014

5 Reasons To Send Gifts From Giftblob

Gifts.

Let’s admit it. We love receiving them.

But like the saying goes.. the joy is also in the giving!

However, don’t we think it’s really difficult when it comes to buying gifts? But well.. a new app, Giftblob, aims to solve that gift-ing issue.



Here are 5 reasons to use Giftblob.

1. Wide selection
At point of writing, there are currently 5 main categories to choose from - Coffee & Treats, Dining, Shopping, Momento and His & Hers. There’s also an additonal section Feeling Lucky.




I personally like the Coffee & Treats section for they have brands like Haagen Dazs and Royce!

2. Virtual or Physical gifts



Usually most online gifts tend to virtual gifts, but Giftblob allows both. It has gift vouchers but at the same time, users can also send physical products like flowers which will be delivered to the recipient. I think this will come in really handy during festive season.. especially Valentine’s!

3. Many options for payment


Apart from credit card payment, Giftblob also allow users to do bank transfer. I know some of my friends who prefer this - so kudos!

4. Easy sign-up



Honestly, signing up for a new account for each new app/ website can be a hassle. This app cuts the hassle, and sign-up is done through the Facebook account (you do have a FB account, don’t you? :)

5. Send gifts to anyone



I was concerned about this at first - especially for friends without the app.

Well, this is actually what happens. When a user sends the gift, his/ her recipient will be notified through the app - if he/ she is a user. But even if he/ she isn’t, she will still be notified through a FB message (to request to download the app).



Oh and the cool part - Giftblob shows your friends with the latest birthdays first! So you don’t need to forget another birthday!


Okay so there goes. Gifting made easy :)

*More info on the app and download links at . Giftblob can be used for both iPhone & Android!