Kristine goes to the Park

I was back early and so, after much persuading, I took Kristine to the park while the rest of the family took a break (or escape)

She likes the slides

And the likes the Tic-Tac-Toe

And suddenly, what's this?
"A sound I hear!"

"Aha! A boy!"

"I want to meet him up close!"


"Haiya! He ran off!"

"OK, let's get on another horse to catch him!"

"He's not here either"

"Aha! There he is!"

"Its time for a little shortcut"

"Almost there........."

"Hello! What's your name?"

"Stop pulling me! I don't want to meet your parents!"

"OK, his big sister is here, I cannot bully him"

System Installation @ Batu Pahat

Sorry I was a bit busy for the past few days. We had to go to Batu Pahat to install a PBX system. And as usual, the load of crap I had to face:

- The contractors we behind schedule on the renovations. This means we have to return sometime next week for the remaining phones
-Someone received the delivered the stocks before we arrived but hid them somewhere else
-The Main Distributor fucked up as they forgot two interface cards
-The ppl there actually do not like to work Ovetime so we had to work as fast as we can

On Friday afternoon, we started off the trip with an emergency visit to Seremban as they had some problems with their lines there. With that out of the way, we continued our journey. The trip took us about three and a half hours, with rest stops (yes, its sleepy-boring when driving for more than 20 minutes) and the last leg of the journey, a very slow 30KM drive moving off from the Highway towards town.

Anyway, we arrived in the evening before they closed for the day. Enough time for me to assess the damag...... er, I mean, progress. The contractors have laid all the necessary cabling for the new extensions. But not for the remaining room. The schedule says the room should be ready tomorrow, with tables and the additional cabling, and latest by Sunday. Yeah right. They're way behind schedule.

After consulting the customer and verifying the floorplans, we checked into our Hotel.

On the next day (Saturday), the technicians from the Distributor arrived and after some searching, we found the stocks and opened them. And to my Horror, two interface cards were not packed. So, after some phone calls, the Distributor couriered the cards to us via some Bus Service. (How, I am not sure and I don't want to know). It would have been a great help if the Distributor's Johor branch could help but the Manager there is more concerned about the overtime and travelling costs of sending his technicians here. By afternoon, we have completed the installation. I could go back home but because of the left out cards, we had to stay for another night. And there is also another matter about getting some staff to open the door for us since tomorrow is a Sunday. The Manager asked around but no one was interested in doing overtime. So, it boiled down to the two reluctant beautiful girls to get the job done. The were happy to do it once I convinced them that they do not have to be there the whole Sunday; just open the doors for us, and we'll call you when we're finished.

On the last day, the cards came about 1130 in the morning and this completes our installation.

[Update: 27.03.2006]
The customers were panicking because the Distributor's promise to me to have a technician on standby on Monday did not materialise. So, after much phone calls, the Johor Branch (reluctantly) will send his technician on Tuesday.

This is the problem we face because as consultants to this projects, we literally have to count on the Distributor to get the job done. And lately, our installations were not so smooth.

This is their old system. On the right are the new cables and junction box

Once the new system is up, we took the old one off
We also transferred all the Telekom lines too

And the old system is ready to be boxed up and stored away

A courier who delivered the cards (with his family)

Pictures from Batu Pahat

OK, here are some photos I took while I was in Batu Pahat.

This is dried mushroom made into crisps.
It is pepper flavoured and I loved it
But my Wife said, its full of MSG

I can't fiddle with the Hotel's TV controls
as they were all in Russian

Some fruits I bought, which no one in the office was interested

This is a toy I got for Kristine
The sound is quite weird and cute at the same time
Once I know how to upload the sound you can hear it

One good thing about small towns is that you can find alot of things
not sold in bigger towns.......... until I realise the shop is called The Store

This is so hilarious but I was hooled on the spinning barrel
Once I get some batteries (not from the camera), I' ll update
this with another picture

And this, my little Darlings, is the coveted toy I wanted three years ago
It sells for RM99 but with a 50% discount, I couldn't resist it
even if it means not having dinner that night

Here is another shot of the box

Really taste like Lemon Cheesecake if you close your eyes