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It’s been a long time since I last posted here. Today, I’d like to talk about crime in Malaysia.

I’m not sure how many of us have been victims of theft, burglary, robbery. Not intending to frighten you but I myself have encountered it THRICE in a variety of ways.Yes, no kidding. And I don’t wear nor carry branded goods

Is it merely bad luck…being at the wrong place at the wrong time? Quite likely.

What I’ve learnt is that you can never be too careful. Always remain vigilant, especially when you are in a secluded or low human traffic area. The risk increases youthe darker it gets. Minimize your loss by carrying only essentials and as little cash as possible. Try not to put your house keys and car keys into the same bag…pockets are better. Leave your passport and identity card at home.

If you should be robbed, first thing to do is borrow a phone to call your banks to immediately terminate all your stolen cards, especially your credit cards. Then make the police report. If you have installed an anti theft software on your stolen cellphone, use it to remotely erase your data from your cellphone, and if possible, capture photos of the thief. By the way, you should always turn on your password lock on your cellphone to prevent or at least slow down the thief from accessing your personal information in your cellphone.

Hope these tips do help you in case you do ever land in this unpleasant situation.

Anjung Mall

Has anyone been to Anjung Mall? Actually it’s been around for quite some time, just that a few months back, the opening of a new departmental-store-cum-supermarket Bazaar Mydin, has brought more crowd to the place than ever before.

Map location (near Nusajaya Centre)

Check out the foodcourt there. There’s a Kabob Station foodstall which sells delicious Middle Eastern food. Do try the burgers.

Here’s a website which discusses yesterday’s Sunday Times article about Singaporeans buying Johor homes. It gives part of the picture but not all. Note the downside about security though. Not that I want to scare anyone here but it pays to stay vigilant and not do foolish things like flaunting your Rolex and gold jewellery in public. Well, as with everything in life, there’s the down-sides and the up-sides.

Columbia Asia Hospital

For the clueless, Columbia Asia Hospital is the newest hospital in Nusajaya, and if I’m not wrong, the very first one in Nusajaya. It is located near the exit to Bukit Indah along the Lebuhraya Hubungan Kedua Malaysia-Singapura.

Here’re some brochures on the Health Screen Packages and Labour/Delivery Packages offered by Columbia Asia.

Had dinner at Sutera Mall on Wednesday night. Checked out the roasted duck at Meng Meng Roast Duck (阿明帝皇鸭), not bad at all. A plate of roasted duck rice will set you back by RM5.50. (sorry, didn’t take any photos)

Address: 82, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor
Along the same row of shops as Weiss Flora & Gifts (see map).

We proceeded for dessert at Tian Yuan Dessert Hut (甜元) which is a couple of shops away, along the same row of shophouses. Wanted to try the sesame cream (芝麻糊) and peanut cream (花生糊) but both were sold out. So we selected Ah Balling Ginger Soup instead (汤圆姜汤). Pretty good I’d say, the ginger essence is strong and we were given 2 sesame Ah Balling and 2 peanut Ah Balling. Will be back to try other dessert items on the menu.

Tian Yuan Dessert Hut

Tian Yuan Dessert Hut

[UPDATED]
Here’s a photo of the 鸳鸯糊 we tried on 19 Nov 2010.

甜元 - 鸳鸯糊 (half sesame paste + half peanut paste)

甜元 - 鸳鸯糊 (half sesame paste + half peanut paste)

Had a post-dinner leisurely walk around the area to explore what else is there. These 2 restaurants caught our attention. They’re just around the corner from Tian Yuan Dessert Hut, along Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4. (refer to above map)

Restoran Jepun

There’s a 15% discount for Citibank card holders from now till 31 December 2010. So those of you who are Citibank cardholders, don’t miss out on this offer. Let me know if the food is good ok?

Restaurant Jepun

Restaurant Jepun

 

 

Life Cafe (人间茶坊)

This cafe has a unique Taiwanese feel to it, with the bamboo stems and wooden tables/chairs. The menu contains mostly Chinese tea varieties and cold drinks, though it does serve main dishes and snack food as well. It would be a nice place to chit chat with friends.

Life Cafe shopfront

Life Cafe shopfront

Life Cafe entrance

Life Cafe entrance

[UPDATED]
Here’s a photo of the internal decor of the restaurant and the double-boiled herbal chicken soup I had on 19 Nov 2010.

人间茶坊 internal (Life Cafe)

人间茶坊 internal (Life Cafe)

人间茶坊 - 炖汤 (Life Cafe Double-boiled Herbal Chicken Soup)

人间茶坊 - 炖汤 (Life Cafe Double-boiled Herbal Chicken Soup)

Good news! There’s a new McDonald’s Restaurant near Jusco. Ok, maybe not so new…but it’s merely 1 to 2 months old. It’s 24 hours and has a drive-through counter so you can pick up your favourite burger or fries any time around the clock now. Great isn’t it? I’m loving it…!

I posted here about big tears in my roof sisalation in November last year (2009). For those who have not seen it, click here.

Well, I really do not want to alarm you all…but the tear is open again. Despite the fix by Leisure Farm inhouse handymen in December 2009, the holes appear to be open AGAIN. How do I know for sure? Well, here are the photos taken on 20 Sep 2010. These were taken upon examining the roof from the ceiling opening in the master bedroom bathroom ceiling, after loud raps were heard on the ceiling of my bathroom (while I was in the bathroom). Those raps were definitely not made by birds nor bats, though management insists that no human can crawl through any of the holes.

Tear on the right edge (taken on 20 Sep 2010)

Tear on the right edge (taken on 20 Sep 2010)

Tear above master bedroom ceiling (taken on 20 Sep 2010)

Tear above master bedroom ceiling (taken on 20 Sep 2010)

Tear above left edge of study room ceiling (taken on 20 Sep 2010)

Tear above left edge of study room ceiling (taken on 20 Sep 2010)

As you can see from the photos, the tears were superficially fixed with masking tape only. So was the tape undone by heat from the sun? Or by an intruder who rapped on my bathroom ceiling? Your answer is as good as mine.

By the way, I had actually reported a leaking problem to the management on 9 Aug 2010. Here are photos taken on 8 Aug 2010 to illustrate the severity of the leaks.

Roof leak at airwell (taken on 8 Aug 2010)

Roof leak at airwell (taken on 8 Aug 2010)

Ceiling leak near balcony access door (taken on 8 Aug 2010)

Ceiling leak near balcony access door (taken on 8 Aug 2010)

Living Room ceiling disfigured by leak (taken on 8 Aug 2010)

Living Room ceiling disfigured by leak (taken on 8 Aug 2010)

The management had agreed to fix the roof leaks and living room ceiling leak FOR GOOD this time. But until now, these defects remain unchanged, though contractors have brought to view the leaks.

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