Archive for February 2008

The worst teambuilding ever

Went for teambuilding yesterday. It is the worst teambuilding ever.

Firstly, I don’t know why the secrecy behind the location of the teambuilding. They didn’t announce where we will be going. Just told us to assemble at office for the transport. I woke up late despite having 2 alarm clock, 1 handphone, 1 radio and someone calling me. So I called my colleague to check where the bus is heading.

I took cab to the location and discovered that I was the earliest as the bus haven’t reached yet. Sigh. They should have given us the option to assemble at Kallang too. Would be easier. Waited at least 15 minutes for the rest to arrive.

The morning activities was still alright. We got on a dragon boat and row to a nearby beach where we have some teambuilding activities on survival. Need to start a fire to boil water and set up a shelter. And we were given a lighter, mess tin and groundsheet. That should be easy. After that, we had a short dragon boat race.

After the dragon boat race, we took a bus to Sarimbun for our lunch and afternoon activities. The food is so so only. But the afternoon activities are horrible. We had Muai Thai, self defence and some breathing exercise. Each activities lasted 40 minutes. It is weird to do these things for Team Building. Where is the Team Building element? We are just like individual, learning the sport. No team interaction, no nothing. Just stand there, punch and kick when instructed. For a moment, I thought I’m at a martial arts school open house, trying out the lesson to see which one am I interested.And the breathing exercise is the worst of all. I have no idea what is it. It looks like Tai Chi, but it is not.

Sigh. And I thought last year’s Team Building was bad enough.

I won a bit on Toto

I won abit of money on Toto.

Thursday’s Toto grand prize was $10 million dollars. Whenever Singapore pools has this $10 million ang pow Toto draw, I would spend at least $50 buying some lottery tickets. I don’t usually buy 4D and Toto. In fact, I buy less than 5 times each year. The thing is, I don’t have the lottery luck. The max I won was about $90.

Someone provided a set of numbers on my comment after reading my blog entry regarding my contract.

1, 3, 6, 7, 12, 14, 21

Well, I hope nobody buy those number. Because they didn’t win. The winning number was:

1, 15, 18, 19, 25, 37 + 2

But I did won a bit this time round. Cause I didn’t buy Toto this time round.
Like I said, I would usually spend $50 on $10 million Toto draw. Since I didn’t buy this time round, I considered that I have won $50. Haha. Not a lot, but not bad lah.

OK, perhaps I would have a chance to ‘win more’ if I actually buy Toto. But then, I think $50 also not bad. :)

I’m glad I stop using Nokia Phones

I still remember my first handphone is a Nokia 6110. It was the best phone around during that time. Few years later, I upgraded to a Nokia 6510. And after that, a Nokia 6230. That when I gave up on Nokia.

Firstly, the service centre was horrible. And to make things worst, Nokia released a Nokia 6230i, which is exactly the same as my Nokia 6230, except for a better camera. Felt so cheated when I buy the Nokia 6230.

So I switched to Sony Ericsson K750i. I never regretted that move. I’m now on my second Sony Ericsson phone, K800i, and I’m loving the handphone’s camera and MP3.

Sony Ericsson phones are not without flaws. They are well known to have problem with the joystick and keypad. In fact, I just send my Sony Ericsson for repair last Aug because of that. But I was impressed by the service level at the Sony Ericsson service centre. The waiting time is short. They have to keep my phone for a few days, but everything was repaired after that.

I’m so glad that I’m using Sony Ericsson.

Some Nokia user aren’t so lucky.

I won a battle against Nokia

I finally won the battle against Nokia Pte Ltd.

I bought a Nokia phone in Aug 2007 through Starhub with 24months contract at $388.

The phone was not functioned properly in the very first week. I tried to ask for a one to one exchange and was replied, “Nokia has no such policy”. I got no choice but to send to Nokia Care Centre for repair.

Between Aug 2007 and Nov 2007, countless of visitation and many phone call were made to Nokia. So much time was wasted but the phone was getting from bad to worst.

I gave warning to Nokia that I was considering to file a claim against them through Small Claim Tribunal. I finally took action as there was no proper follow up from Nokia after one month.

Nokia authorized a young girl to come for the first consultation and then in default of attending before the Tribunal for the rest.

I finally won the case and was awarded $778 by Small Claim Tribunal in 18 Dec 2007.

Nokia was given 15 days to make the settlement, but they did not respond to me.

I called to check about it on 22 Jan 2008, and Nokia said that they did not receive such notice.

I went to their HQ the next day, after presenting the Order of Tribunal to the Manager, he finally agree to pay. However, Nokia would pay me if only I agreed to sign a conditional letter. They wanted to keep my mouth shut and I was not allowed to disclose this claim to any third party. I refused as they had no right to impose any condition because this was not an out of court settlement.

I then applied for WSS (Writ of Seizure and Sale) the next day. An appointment date was scheduled on 11 Feb 2008.

I accompany the bailiff officer to Nokia HQ. Nokia was then given two options by the bailiff officer. One was to make settlement and the other one was let the bailiff officer to sticker their movable assets.

They finally woke up and agree to make payment. By then, they got to pay $1,018.43 instead of $778.

By sharing this experience, I hope that many have a better idea of what to do if encounter similar situation in the future.

Many of us wouldn’t want to take the trouble to make such claim. Some may have no time, and some may think that Nokia is such a big company and no point goes against them.

The Relations Manager of Nokia, Ms Serene Teo, told me that I won’t be able to win the case and the most I could only get back $388. This was what she believed, but she was wrong.

Can’t believe that they made such a big error. When someone has the Order of Tribunal, the only thing that you should do is pay the amount stated. If you try to be funny, he can always apply for a Writ of Seizure and Sale which you will have sticker pasted on your assets.

That won’t be a nice sight.

Another SPUGGER is complaining about Nokia service too. Think Nokia really need to do something about their service provider. It is ruining their reputation.

Singapore PHP User Group Poster Boy

I became the poster boy for Singapore PHP User Group’s PHP Bootcamp kick off.

Too bad I can’t attend this event. Got another InteresThink event to attend.

I’ll have an autograph session during the next Singapore PHP User Group meetup. Do bring along this poster if you want my autograph. Haha :)

(WAH CIAO…. BHB leh)

Will I renew my contract?

It’s the time of the year when everyone, including myself, will be asking if I’m going to renew my contract. Yes, my contract with my current company will expire in March. In fact, I’ve been counting down to this date since early Dec 07. Look at the latest stats now.

My team lead told me that the company will be renewing my contract. No surprise here since the company virtually renew everybody’s contract unless they really cannot make it. The thing is, HR department haven’t approached me regarding the new contract. Well, HR always cock up. I remember they actually forgot to renew someone’s contract until last few days when everybody starts to panic. Sometimes I wonder if there is a module on “How to cock up” in HR degree and diploma. They seem to excel in this area. And since the error is internal, they usually don’t need to answer to the top. I’ve decided to keep my mouth shut and see how long will HR take to notice that my contract is ending. This should be fun.

I know I’ve been saying that I don’t want to renew my contract for many years already. But every time I say I don’t want to renew my contract, something will pop out, making me renew my contract and work for another year. So let’s just say that the feeling of not renewing is getting stronger each year.

And I know there is no use for me replying those questions. If I say I don’t want to renew my contract, people will say I’ve been saying that for many years already and I will surely renew. Well, if you think I’ll surely renew my contract, then why still ask me that question? Haha.

Oh well, we’ll see how it goes in 21 days time.