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Friday, July 27, 2012

Sweet n sour deal by Malaysia Airlines (MAS)

Last 4 days, I have received a newsletter from MAS. I usually do not bother about what ever newsletter comes in. But on that day,  I was 'accidentally' clicked on that email and I saw "Penang from MYR238 (return)".

EH........ 238.... /2..... wow. (why /2? return flight) 
I clicked on the lovely purple BOOK NOW button with an excited-heart-beating rhythm. 
Let say if I select the following date...

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The best deal is from MYR51. How cheap is that for a trip with MAS air-plane! I was too excited enuf. But... how about the tax and fuel surcharges? It costs me just a little bit (2 to 3 ringgit) higher than my flight ticket. My brother did asked me to check with the other air-plane service... our favourite one, Firefly. I have selected the same date and time, and guess how much does this company is going to charge me... 2 times of the total cost of this (MAS) return flight sweet deal. That is not sweet at all!

Maybe some you've said... why don't I choose Air Asia? 

searching in my 'storage device'

Just wait for another second


No search result for 'Air Asia'

I proceed with the booking process with MAS. Everything went smoothly until....


Reason 1: Address of the credit card billing is not valid.
I have corrected and resubmit.

Reason 2: Credit card number field is empty
I have corrected and resubmit.

Reason 3: Address of the credit card billing is not valid. Attempted maximum ... .... Please contact our call centre 1300883000.

With my prepaid balance RM1.20, I make a call to the call center.

I have to wait for 2 minutes for their FOC advertisements (while I am paying for the phone bill), and another waiting time was for a few level of options list until I reach the option to talk with the operator (which is none until I key-in the invalid button). When I did managed to talk to the operator, the first thing that I have said, 

"Hi, I am Shakirah, I have a problem with my booking tix but my prepaid is about to finished. Boleh tak you call I semula?"
Mr. Operator: Sorry puan, kita tak ada service untuk call pelanggan.
Me: Ok fine. I ...... bla bla bla.....
Mr. Operator: Puan guna browser apa?
Me: Chrome
Mr. Operator: Ok, puan booking lagi sekali guna Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Me: Then nanti I kene charge 2 times.
Mr. Operator: Tidak puan. Sebab tadi payment declined.... *call ended*

What.....?! Not nowwwwwwww.

Using Internet Explorer, the process was not that fast. I have to repeat the same process again with this crawling-browser. A...ha! Inside the Payment page, fields displayed in Internet Explorer were slightly different from Chrome. With just one click (and correct input), the payment has successfully made!
Unsupported web form... by using Chrome...

Maybe you should have take a look at the following figure.

My feeling is mixing between excited, happy for this great deal and also annoyed with system. What ever it is, bare in mind that there is no harm to subscribe newsletter from certain organisations. You will be updated if there is any promotion.

Plan your holiday now and fly with Malaysia Airlines with the best price.
Don't miss it!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

1st night terawih....

Salam ramadhan to every Muslim. How's your first day puasa? Mine is quite good.
Last night was our first terawih in Ramadhan month this year. I hope many of us were able to made it.. well at least 8 rakaat.

My evening was not that good... sadly. Before Maghrib prayer, my tummy feels not that good. I feel like hearing a thunderstorm inside it. I told my brother maybe I am not going. But then I feel quite guilty towards myself. I should not starts my Ramadhan with this lame excuse. I find the proper outfits and new telekung, given by my mother, and we went to the nearest mosque. Alhamdulillah. We managed to parked our car near to the entrance.

There were not many Muslimat yet. I managed to get a place on the 2nd saf (row). While waiting for the prayer time, I feel quite 'empty'. I miss my mother a lot because last year, I have spent the whole Ramadhan in Penang with her and my father. The numbers of jemaah are increasing until I saw many of jemaah perform their sunat prayer at the corridor. :( 

Mr. Bilal starts the azan and iqamah.

Alhamdulillah, I managed to perform Isyak prayer together with the sunat prayer on before and after. Then it's time for tarawih. I was so excited!!

Everything went so well until... the imam starts with surah Al-Baqarah... "Alif Laam Miim". Suddenly I feel something wrong with both of my feet. I have tried to focus and starts taking a very deep breath. But the imam's voice is getting slower. I feel like to faint. I have tried to keep on standing but I know I can't stand longer. I will collapse. This will be much worse and will disturb other jemaah. I have decided to sit down on my feet. Then I can starts feeling the breeze from of the fans. I can feel my face and body are all sweats. I feel better than just now. Then I just proceed the prayer by just sitting. Ya Allah, I feel so small. All makcik2 can stand and pray. While me? I have to sit to pray. At the first place, I was thinking to just back-off. But Islam is not cruel at all. If I cant stand to pray, I can just perform it by sitting. Either I want or not. I said to myself, I dont care what ever people think about me, what I care is I was there and I want perform the prayer. I continue with the prayer until it completes 8 rakaat. Alhamdulillah. Allah allows me to perform the solat sunat tarawih although in the hard way. 

Subhanallah. Allah the Almighty. Alhamdulillah I am still alive and breathing.

Ok... the following part is not really related with the previous story but it is related to what happen after the prayer....

When we're on the way back home, I said to my brother I want an ice cream from McD. Sundae Chocolate. Yummy.... but suddenly... the drive-thru way is blocked! He said NVM, he will get it for me. But..... the McD is actually closed for reconstruction! Why WHY whyyyyyy?! What a frustrated dream to have sundae after I was about to faint.