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Tuesday, 21 June 2005

Short Talk:

I just performed the 49th day rite for my father. His soul departs today.

I kena The Star-ed. If you missed it here it is. Shall put up a scan soon.

Penny Dai - Its Alright is the type of song I think would sound great if its performed live. Gotta love the bass.

SEDC Lifestyle Plus Privilege Card Review

Its done.
booking

Flights, booked. Room, booked. Dinner, booked. Malaysia's Biggest Blogger Meet-up since the creation of PPS, here I come baby.

I'm really looking forward to this trip. I don't know what I was thinking making this a 5 day trip because that's a little too long even by KL's standards. I actually contemplated taking a coach up north to Penang or down south to Singapore for a little visit. But I'm not sure yet. I'll see how things go.
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I'll be staying at the Dorsett Regency Hotel compliments of the SEDC Lifestyle Plus cards, which is the subject of my review today. I could have saved up the vouchers and share a hotel room with HB, another blogger from Kuching also attending the meet-up. But the last time I talked to him on mirc, he flattered me with so much praises I got scared and wore double underwear when I met up with him (jk). :) Guess I'm a little more comfortable staying alone.

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SEDC stands for Sarawak Economic Development Corporation. Its a state garblement-owned commercial entity that has a hand in the state's tourism industry. Their Lifestyle Plus privilege card is a program designed for simple Average Joes, like me, to sample the lifestyle of the rich and famous Atas Club (elitist) people, like those Datuks whose name will turn into road signs within the next ten years.

I want to ask you to go to SEDC's website, but its filled with so much out-of-date content, broken links, bad sound effects and UGLY animated GIFs I decide to save you the horror. The funny thing is, that website was voted one of Malaysia's Top 20 Best Government Websites, as shown by that cute little award they proudly display on their front page.
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Note to SEDC's website designer: Take gun. Point to self. Pull trigger. Kapish?

That just goes to show how low their standards are.

Anyway I got to know about the Lifestyle Plus Cards when one of their telemarketers mysteriously got my phone number and phoned me twice to pester me into joining their program. I was having lunch with my workmates when they called. One word to describe our conversation: annoying. He spoke so damn fast I could only capture 20% of what he's saying. It went a little like this.

Annoying Telemarketer: "hello mr sia this is SEDC calling i'd like to invite you to join our lifestyle plus card program it is very good you can stay two free nights at holiday inn kuching got discount at damai beach resort can go there play golf see bird go swimming then got free dinner at five star restaurants at crowne plaza and holiday inn wah very nice and then i give you two free nights staying at nice hotel when you go kl and on your birthday we give you cake ok what is your credit card number?"

Confused Kenny: "Hold it, hold it, hold it. What's going on here? How much is this? What do you want my credit card number for?"

Annoying Telemarketer: "Mr Sia its only RM538. It is very good deal. You use up your free hotel room vouchers you can get your money back already! What is your credit card number?"

Confused Kenny: "Yes I know but I'm not gonna commit to something like this over the phone so quickly. I want to read the terms and conditions first. Do you have an internet website, or a brochure that I can look at?"

Annoying Telemarketer: "No sorry sir, this is a telephone only deal. If you call us back you won't get this sort of package anymore. So can I have your credit card number?"

I was skeptical about this. But after enquiring the names of the complimentary hotels in KL and them convincing me that it is no scam, I too thought that it was a pretty good deal and proceeded with the transaction.
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Fast forward three days later, I was sent the membership package by courier mail. COURIER MAIL LEH! None of those Pos Malaysia bullshit. Man, I feel 'atas' already.

Since none of these information is available on the internet, here's a brief summary of the benefits Lifestyle Plus members get to enjoy.

* 1x 1-night accomodation at Kuching Holiday Inn/Crowne Plaza. Normally RM200. (no use to me)
* 2x 75% off 2-night accomodation in Damai Beach/Damai Lagoon. Normally RM150. But its not valid Friday and Saturday. KNNCCB then how to use? (no use to me)
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* 2x 1-night accomodation at either Dorsett Regency KL, Royale Bintang KL, Eastin Hotel PJ, Sheraton Hotel Penang, Century Mahkota Malacca or City Bayview Langkawi. Normally RM200. (most useful)
* 40% to 60% off rack rates of the above hotels plus Pacific Regency KL, Avillion Hotel PD, Lake House Cameron Highlands and Promenade Hotel KK.
* 2x buffet dinner for two at one of Crown Plaza's 5 star restaurants.
* 2x 50% discount on a la carte menu at one of Holiday Inn's restaurants.
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* 10% discount at Coffee Bean, Kenny Rogers and some other 'atas' restaurants and cafes around Kuching.
* And finally, one bloody cake for you on your birthday.

Not exactly all that attractive for something that made me RM538 poorer. Its a good initiative by SEDC but I think they could do better. To their credit, their customer service is prompt and fantastic. That's coming from me considering I had a run-in with bad customer service at other garblement-run entities.

In my books, the only thing that made the Lifestyle Plus card worthy is the two night accomodation at Dorsett Regency. And the birthday cake. Yeah baby.

Everything else is not worth the money.
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See you guys at the PPS party. I can't wait. Its gonna be bigger than my coconuts. ;)

45 Comments

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Seems the only place that you can use that card is in the Golden Triangle and Santubong. Just as you said, not much of a use...

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damn oh damn oh damn. why thursday? :(

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WTF? Today's the last day for sign up? *sigh*

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have fun while in kl!

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looking forward to meeting you in person, dude... heh

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COME TO SINGAPORE, MR. COCONUTS!!! WE'LL SHOW YOU A GOOD TIME.

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Beware! Capslock use from Singapore seeking coconuts!! possible marrige attempt again! *whistle*

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Pai Seh... Wa Eh Ang Mo bo ho....

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looking forward to meeting you, kenny :)

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cheers bro.. and nice picture on Star.. ;)

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Come 2 Penang!Come 2 Penang!wud love 2 meet u in person!
enjoy urself at d PPS party :>

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hey...maybe we shld have a swap prog.whereby we exchange our hotel room stays in our respective hometowns( which u rightfully stated is of no blardy use ...who needs hotel stays in our own hometown?)

Wah.lau...KNNCBB!!!!...took me a while to decode this one...haven't heard this 4 God knows how long!

Enjoy your stay at Dorsett Regency KL......the few times i was there, the place was teeming with rich arabs dripping with oil $$....

u definitely have arrived, friend!

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what is KNNCBB??? tell tell tell..


..have a great time kenny. im sure you'll love meeting the female BLOGGERS.. lol...

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Looks like you'll be having heaps fun then. The deal doesn't look so bad after all...

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well i'm sure there are many bloggers (and non bloggers) out there who would love to meet you at the PPS party... me included. you are a star of PPS! (well, one of the few).

wahh... i jeles you got to stay in good hotel. poor me am looking around for a low budget hotel (under RM100).

hey i echo babysalad - come lah, come to penang!! good food await you! :)

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sori 4 the double post earlier...comp. freezed frame...dunno izit coz of the KNNCCB word?..

typo error in earlier post...shld be KNNCCB not KNNCBB..

suppose the teochew version will be KNBCCB?

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omg i'm having an orgasm now just thinking that you would be coming...

okok i'll behave.

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omg i'm having an orgasm now just thinking that you would be coming...

okok i'll behave.

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coconut.. if u wanna meet up for lunch or smth. sms me. get my kl line number from my sis.i miss you and your hard titties!

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Kenny!!!!WAHHHHH!!!! So many girls wannt to have sex with u!!!!!!

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Bro, better make sure you bring those red boxers; you may have groupies who want to have a feel :P

Not me tho. Really. Serious.

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hohoho i want the red boxers... ahhahahaha tigerjoe has to join :P

oh ya kenny.. er.. 3 hours enough? remember to lemme know the room number ya..

u know the number to call *wink*

;ppppppppppp

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Hey, Kenny... you finally got the name "KENNY SIA" printed on one of your cards! :)

(Man, the meet-up sounds like so much fun... WHY AM I STUCK IN INDIA?!!!!!)

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eeeeeee. -_- nak ikut tapi tak boleh.

might be starting work earlier - next week. gooodbyeeee freeeeedom!

eh eh eh. buy me a pps shirt! i wantttt. *kek cute*

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Gd on u fren...wish i could tour wit ya..haha..

let me know if u r cpmon to new york

then we can oso meet up with eddie www.cooknengr.com

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Enjoy yourself man, if you feel bored head up north.Cheap and good food awaits you. Belanja you anytime. Cheers):

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have fun kenny!! dun forget to bring ur red boxers along.. can show show abit mar.. haha!!

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The funny thing is, that website was voted one of Malaysia's Top 20 Best Government Websites, as shown by that cute little award they proudly display on their front page.

Kenny, the keywords are "Government Websites". How many government, or as you call it, garblement websites that you could consider "atas"? I think if the web designer say "Top 5" also can lah.

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These telemarketers always say that u get some percentage out of the hotel rack rates.. HOWEVER, we all know that NOBODY actually pays the full rack rate la brader!!! even walk in customers dont pay full rack rate.. Sorry to blow yr fun brader sia, but looking at wht u get free, tht doesnt cover yr initial investment... BUT it will eventually if u use this card often .... BTW, i hate those people tht call and beat around the bush " we wanna invite u 4 a presentation with free finger food" lah , or , "u are one of 100 lucky cystomers from the whole malaysia selected" lah etc etc... dumb asses!!

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here's a kilkenny for you! cheers! XD

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Dorsett is a great hotel. I know cuz I lived there for 2 weeks with my dad. Great service and it's at Bukit Bintang. Walk awhile already reach Jalan Alor and you get great food there...

Enjoy your trip to KL. And make sure take lots of pictures!!

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For your info, Jalan Alor is "red lantern district' and also food paradise. Keep your eyes open wide when you are there...

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Dorsett is a good hotel! the bathrooms are awesome if u're getting a deluxe room. everything in the room looks brand new. However u need to walk for quite a distance to reach sungei wang or BB plaza.

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Hey Dude, double underwear will "heap" them coconuts, may be you should go commando for PPS and let them swing....lets see how many "I saw the famous nuts" post gonna pop up.

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Hrmm... i'm thinking of going. See how, okay Kenny?

:)

I'll show you my fairy wings and you can show me your coconuts. If you rip mine, i'll rip yours. Ooch.

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I got conned into one of these vacation telemarketeers based in Florida. Still trying to resolve the matter because their customer service is only as good as long as you keep the purchase even tho they agreed to give me a refund. Really regret it now and have sworn off buying anything over the phone no matter how great the deal cos it's too good (too much hardsell) to be true most of the time.

hmmm guess I'm one bitter person =D Anyways, you have a good time in KL!

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OH MY GOODNESS!!! KENNYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! YOUR VOICE IS ABSOLUTELY CHARMING!!!!

*FAINTS*

(I really want you now)

Okay, I'm sorry for the misconduct. But...

I WANT YOU, KENNY!! I WANT YOU!!!!

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The facts about SEDC website:

1. It was designed & created in late 1999 with simple Flash animation & streaming videos.

2. The original mainpage of the website has more images much like a news website. It has change a lot since then.

3. The award was for 2001 & not for the current state it is in now.

4. There are 2 designers involve including myself. The other designer & a very good friend of mine who have since passed away in 2004.

5. Government website are to be informative & that's why most are as simple as it gets for easier update & changes.

Victor
www.motionportion.net

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The facts about SEDC website:

1. It was designed & created in late 1999 with simple Flash animation & streaming videos.

2. The original mainpage of the website has more images much like a news website. It has change a lot since then.

3. The award was for 2001 & not for the current state it is in now.

4. There are 2 designers involve including myself. The other designer & a very good friend of mine who have since passed away in 2004.

5. Government website are to be informative & that's why most are as simple as it gets for easier update & changes.

Victor
www.motionportion.net

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Mahmood: I want a lady friend (who feel lonely her self) I am a civil engineer 5’10” - 32 years. English, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu can speak. Thank you all
016-2886525 or engineermahmud@yahoo.com

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friendship
please contact with me

Prince Mahmood
King Saud Familly
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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but the cake is only butter cake ler... tasteless crap...

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Pls provide me more info about the lifestyle plus. Am i interested with it?

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Pls provide me more info about the lifestyle plus. Am i interested with it?

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saya nak tanya masih ada ke untuk joint member lifestyle privilage under sedc tu?

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