My Phone Bill Being Screwed-up by Expensive Roaming Charges

Personal, Travel Tips October 28th, 2007

How much is your phone bill when coming back from a trip? Mine has increased by 300% from the normal amount when I am not traveling abroad. The usual amount for me is around $80-100 a month but the bill will go up as much as $300 whenever I am back from overseas trip especially to Dubai. I find that Dubai has the highest roaming charges among all the city within the gulf countries which I have visited.

Roaming Charges

I have told my wife to email me instead of sending SMS but she has never listened. I think the cheapest mobile phone option which I have is to buy local prepaid mobile number  and get my wife to use Skype to contact me. At least Skype charges is cheaper and I can talk with my wife longer.

Paris, My Romantic Adventures

OnlyFive, Personal October 25th, 2007

Paris and Nice, France

Last night I told my mum that I am going to France in January. My boss has asked me to attend an exhibition in Paris. As expected, my mum started to tell me on her wonderful honeymoon in Paris with dad 30 years ago. Yes mum, I know you and dad ‘made’ me when both of you were in Paris. I know because you told me since the first day I was born and you have never forgotten to repeat that same old story whenever you have the chance to do so. I have not been to Paris but I know a lot about Paris from you, dad and uncle Joe.

Preparation for the trip to France will only be started when I am back from Dubai.At this moment, I am quite occupied with preparation for my trip to Dubai. I think I should not be facing problems to look for hotels in Paris because there will be no big events held in January. Paris Fashion Week will only start a month after my trip. In spite of that, the tour agency has already given me a list of hotels in France to choose from. Even though the trip will only commence in January next year, I do have a few activities in my mind which I would like to do while in Paris like visiting museums and having dinner at some famous dining places.I hope I can fully utilized the short period which I have during my stay in Paris.

Mum reminded me to visit Uncle Joe who is staying in Nice. I would love to visit Uncle Joe whose house is near to the central market but I will not be staying at his house because I will have a few friends with me. So, he has promised to find nice hotels which located near to the beaches for me.Uncle Joe also promised to bring me to a few great restaurants in Nice to sample local cuisine.

No India! 5 Working Day For Visa is Too Long

How To Get Visa, Personal October 20th, 2007


The plan, on my way back from Dubai, stop over in India for 3 days to visit one of my customer in New Delhi. It seems like a great plan but unfortunately, the notice came too late to prepare entry visa to India. If I was told earlier, visa for India can be prepared just in time because the embassy of India need five working days to issue visa for Malaysian to enter India. So, I have no choice but to bypass India for this trip to Dubai. Furthermore, the timing is not right for business visit as India is going to celebrate Deewali, or Deepawali on Nov 9th.

I was Downed by Diarrhea for 3 Days

Personal, Travel Tips October 20th, 2007

Stomach discomfort! nausea! vomiting!..The diarrhea symptoms which had downed me for three days. I did not know from where did I picked up the virus but it was terrible! I was weak and kept going in and out of the small poo poo room. On the first day, I thought maybe it was nothing at all. So, I just swallowed a few tablets to help comfort my stomach. That’s not the case as the condition had worsen on the second day. I have had no choice but to pay a visit to the nearest clinic. The GP had done a magic and my stomach has stop begging me to go to that little room  since this afternoon.

Diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travelers. Statistic estimated almost 10 millions international travelers develop diarrhea while traveling. The big sign of diarrhea is when traveler experiences four to five loose or watery bowel movements each day. If that is not enough, other symptoms which can confirm diarrhea including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, fever, urgency, and malaise. Diarrhea primary source of infection comes from contaminated water and food. So, be careful with what you eat and what you drink while traveling. Try to avoid eating foods or drinking beverages purchased from street vendors or other establishments where unhygienic conditions are present. So far, I have not faced diarrhea while abroad but not at home.

It’s A Wet Day..

Personal September 4th, 2007


When I woke up this morning I was greeted by heavy downpour. Called my officemate who lives near to my office and asked him about the weather condition. He advised me to drive. Sigh! I have to drive to work today. I would prefer to ride my kapcai more than driving my car because it is easy for me to rempit during lunch and cilok in between cars during traffic jam. I am not Mat Rempit but I live to ride larr!!!..