Archive | December, 2010

Happy New Year 2011!

Happy new year! Man this year has flown by fast, before you know it – it’s 2011 already.

It’s been a hard but fruitful year in many ways. Spend pretty much the whole of it being broke because of the new house. But that’s pretty much sorted now, still a lot of bills to pay and things to buy!

Anyway just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading and commenting and I hope you all have an even more fantastic 2011.

I shall finish with my own self indulgent wish list for 2011:

– TV Cabinet
– Awesome massive wardrobe
– Bed side tables
– Shiny microwave
– Denon 3311 AVR
– 5.1 speakers (PSB, Polk etc with velodyne sub)
– Curtains
– New screen protector for my phone
– New rims for the car that can fit a BBK
– K-sport BBK
– Rebuild my engine
– New dual monitor desktop PC
– New HTPC that is small, sexy and can actually play high bitrate 1080p files
– New clothes
– New shoes
– Visit another new country
– Visit UK
– Washing machine
– Weights bench and punch bag or wooden man
– Find a good Wing Chun school
– Update my blog theme/layout
– Finish my photography site
– Get fitter
– Eat healthier (home cooked meals yay)
– Save money and invest more (despite all of the above purchases LOL)

Mostly boring house stuff – sorry!

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The Unifi Installation – My Experience

One of the (many) reasons I’ve been excited about moving into the new place is because…it has Unifi! Thankfully my area has had it for quite some time.

We had the internal wiring done way back so we could do the skimming and painting safe in the knowledge that we wouldn’t be disrupted again by any more wall drilling. It’s worth getting it done earlier especially if it’s a new house and you’re doing some touch-ups or if you are doing renovation like we are.

Thankfully the subcon we had was really efficient and professional, he even helped us fit double LAN face-plates for the cables.

You also need to know which side the fiber cable will come from (front or back) and plan the equipment location accordingly (router, fibre termination box, modem & phone) plus then you have the IPTV STB which needs to be attached to the TV via HDMI.

I had a CAT5e cable pulled from the study to the living room for the Unifi IPTV so we could keep the modems etc out of the way and had the fiber cable outside hidden.

So far my experience with Unifi has been great, called them about 10-12 days ago and signed up. They took my details once, explained everything properly to me (installation procedure, plan cost, installation cost and so on) and arranged for installation on December 27th 2010.

The fee for installation since October 1st is now RM200 unless you sign up for the 20MB plan – then it’s waived.

Our original appointment was set for 2.30pm but the installer team called us from TTDI to let us know they’d finished their morning job and could come at 11am.

They arrived on time and were polite, professional and tidy. They explained everything properly and set-up everything nicely. And they brought along all these goodies with them! I almost mistook them for Santa!

Unifi Goodies

From top to bottom – Panasonic DECT Cordless phone, Fibre modem, D-Link Router & IPTV Set-top Box.

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Merry Christmas 2010!

Just want to wish you all a Merry Xmas for 2010, I apologise for the lack of updates recently – but I’ve been super-duper insanely busy. I’ve hardly had time to be at the computer at all.

Here’s a hand-made xmas card my Mom sent me all the way from the UK – thanks Mom!

Merry Xmas 2010

Anyway that’s all – enjoy the weekend 馃檪

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Off To Hyderabad – India!

I’ve actually been to Sri Lanka twice, but that’s the closest I’ve come to India. I’ve not even transited there, only in Bangladesh flying on Emirates.

This is my first time heading to a country I’ve never been to before and it’s exciting, plus the fact I haven’t really stepped on a plane for the past two years and haven’t had a holiday since I can remember.

I assumed being British and all I didn’t need a Visa for India…I was wrong, very wrong – in fact EVERYONE needs a Visa for India. For anyone wanting to apply, all the info you need is here –

Getting the Visa was actually a very pain-free experience.

Watch out India – here we come!

India Visa

It’s not truly a holiday, but it is in part. I’m mainly flying over to attend a wedding of a very good friend and ex-colleague of mine who is getting married. But we extended our trip for a few days so we could take in some of the sights, sounds and smells of Hyderabad and the surrounding areas.

Either way we are both really excited about it, it’s our first time in a new country together and our first overseas holiday in a VERY long time.

I’ll be back on Monday 13th December, so don’t expect any posts before then. If by some miracle I can post (using my iPhone and WiFi) – I will. But don’t hold your breath.

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6 Years Together – Today.

This is the first time I’ve really mentioned my relationship here on my blog, but I’ve been less secretive about it lately and well here is my first real post about it.

It could be called 6 long years, but honestly it hasn’t felt long at all. Of course we’ve had our ups and our downs, but in the end the downs only brought us closer together. It’s been an incredible 6 years, we’ve been through a lot of things, seen a lot of places together and planning to see a lot more!

We just came back from an amazing weekend getaway to Penang (more about that soon) with our closest friends and it was just a perfect trip. You could say we are having a week-long anniversary celebration with the weekend away in Penang and (fingers crossed) we are flying off again on Wednesday morning to somewhere neither of us have even been before.

And immediately when we come back we will be embarking on a new section of our journey together, we hope to be moving into our new house during December (again – fingers crossed!). From there it’s only onwards and upwards!

This is us this past weekend at the new Straights Quay in Penang (which coincidentally is a gorgeous place, can’t wait to see it when it’s finished – yet another reason to visit Penang!)

Happy 6th Anniversary

It’s been a fantastic 6 years and here’s to many, many, many^芒藛啪 more. Happy Anniversary Boo!

You can read Kim’s post about it here too:

6 years.

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Random Post #13 – Weddings, Getting Senget, Getting Tortured & More

It’s been a hectic few weeks with the house and the fact it seems to be wedding season, in just 4 weeks I’ve to attend three weddings. Two have passed by successfully and I’ve got one more on December 11th which I’m really rather excited about.

My car is due for service too, not a good time seen as though it supposed to be finishing fairly soon and there is still a LOT of things to pay for/buy. Plus I think I’m about due for a tire change as the last set has been on since October last year.

Picked up some new projects at work too, some of which are rather complex and require a lot of brain power – the most tiring type of work-out. Plus one of my sites has been having a resource problem, now having too much traffic is never a bad thing – but it does take some thought to sort things out.

Now the craving Kim has for Sushi Zanmai has been continuing, one day we headed to have Sushi Zanmai with Kerol and Suan…but due some miscommunication we ended up at 1-Utama and they ended up at Sunway Pyramid! Then the queue was too long and we were hungry by then so we headed to another Sushi place that I’d heard of on Twitter a few times – Sushi-Q.

It’s an interesting low budget kind of concept, with all the food pre-packed in boxes and you just select what you want, sit down at the cafe style tables and eat. The salmon was good, prices reasonable and the lobster rolls were delicious – I will go again!

Sushi-Q Bento Box

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