EngLee's Path

A blog about Eng Lee's life, a freelance programmer in Royal Klang Town (Malaysia).

Sunday, May 22, 2005

New Balance Pacesetters 15km Run 2005

The same old running gang went with me to this run again. This run would be the longest route I've ever run. Beginning and ends at Taman Tasik Perdana, the route was quite tough for me as we are required to run up and down hill all the way. I can see that the people who joined this run are quite good in running and the organiser is limiting the number of participants to 1200 people only. The fee for this run is quite expensive (RM40.00) but, they are giving out a new balance running vest which should cost quite a lot. For the website of the run, click here.

After the blow off, I run at a faster pace in the beginning. I was able to follow BoonSeng for quite long, around 2km I think. However, the steep route makes me mentally weak. All along the run, I can see people overtook me but I didn’t get a chance to overtake any of them. At around 10km, I can feel that my knee started to pain and my shoes were getting tighter and tighter as my leg began to expand after the long run. I finally stop running to walk twice as the pain became worse. However, I managed finish the run with 1:39:29. I think this should be a quite good achievement for me since I never go for any sport anymore. My job is demanding so much time from me. BoonSeng, WinSeng and my brother recorded better time than me. After the run, there’s lucky draw. BoonSeng and WinSeng were so lucky to get a New Balance goodie bag.

The gang who went along with me to the Pacesetter's run. Posted by Hello

A finisher's medal from the Pacesetter's run. Posted by Hello

Saturday, May 21, 2005

TMNET Streamyx Experience

I've actually signed up for streamyx last month (April), and I finally get my streamyx activated today. It took them so many weeks to get me online. I think I haved already called the streamyx help center for more than 5 times. It's long story since the sign-up date. The story began this way. I heard there's promotion for streamyx RM66 package which I'll get a free modem with built-in router. So, I signed the contract with a third party company (a reseller) and they promised me that the service will be available very soon. After 1 week, they called me and told me that the modem is ready and I can collect from them anytime. The second day, I went to see them and collect the modem. I was so happy at that moment that everything can be done so fast. Since I've done streamyx configuration when I was in Johor last time, so I don't want to pay for the streamyx guy to come over and install for me (this saves me RM50). When I finally get home and installed the modem, the DSL light is off. So, I called the streamyx help line, to the technical side. And they told me that has something to do with the activation side. And so, I called again, to the activation side. The activation side is normally busy where I need to queue in the phone for few minutes. When finally someone answered my call, they told me that they have actually done the jumpering thing for my phone line and the DSL light is supposed to be on. So, they told me that they will check the problem for me and call me back after few days. Waited days after days, unpatiently I call them again. And all I was told was still "wait"! After few weeks with many calls to the center, I finally tell them that I hope them to send me a technician. This morning, they sent a Malay guy here (a contractor for streamyx). When he plug in the modem, the light is on already. Shits! He told me that he just do the jumpering thing for me. What the hell! The help center operator told me that they have already done it earlier! Then that guy call the activation center and activated my account for me. Then he ask me to sign a paper, so that he can claim a fee from TMNET. He didn't do a thing here, I've done all the configuration myself! All the did was the jumpering thing that is provided by streamyx free of charge! Then, I called the help center again, and they ask me to sign first then call the billing department to void the charge. So much trouble for a broadband connection! Really hope I've option for other broadband provider. Hopefully I don't have to pay the fee since all the installation has been done earlier by myself...

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

First Working Day

Today is the first day I started my working life. Leaving school and study life. The company I'm working for is located in the middle of the Golden Triangle in Kuala Lumpur (KL)! So, for this first day, I decided to take public transport instead of driving. I woke up at 5:00am sharp this morning with great spirit to work. After I had my breakfast and bath, I managed to get myself to be in Klang KTM station at 6:15am. From Klang station, I travelled to Central KL station before boarding on the KL Monorail. Finally, I reached office at 7:45am. It's too early! After waited for 15 minutes, another guy who looked like a fresh-graduate also came and waited together with me. Everyone in the company finally came to the office at around 9:00am. They all looks quite friendly and helpful. They helped me a lot to setup my PC. Besides setting up PC, I spent most of the time reading user manual with thousands of pages to learn about the operation of the company. Quite boring but I think everyone will have to go thru this for their new company. Hopefully I will get to be assigned some interesting task soon.