Medical Bill Mystery solved!!!

The medical bill was faxed to the hotel on Monday… 2 days after my treatment… and I am wondering… what if we had checked out? What would happen then? How will the bill be forwarded and paid? Hmmm….

Anyway, the bill for my treatment on which my ailment is sore throat and high fever and the prescription is antibiotics, some gargle and some paracetamols (prescribed medicine has to be bought separately from the pharmacy and not included in this bill)… comes up to EUR125.30!!!! If converted, this would be about RM500!!!

So, in total treatment for my ailment comes up to RM740!!! That is more than what an operator earns in Malaysia for a month and they probably could use this money to support 5 kids in their family. But in Austria, this is the cost to treat a simple fever and sore throat (caused by inflammation of tonsils). Hopefully I am able to claim all (if not then part of it) from my travel insurance when I get back.

Speechless… what else can I say???
Malaysia high income nation??? Malaysia Boleh!!

 

Pop! Pop! Pop!…. Ka-ching!!! $$$ bye bye….

This morning something went POP while I was replying emails… I tried to look for the source but could not find anything wrong. Besides, if something is wrong, my computer should not be functioning right? And there must be some “burning” smell? But nada… nothing!!! So, failing to find the source, I continued with my work..

Towards the evening, to my horror… my screen went BLANK!!! And when I restarted the computer, the screen came up fuzzy. I tried to restart another time… this time it went into the Blue Screen Of Death (if you don’t know what is that… try googling for it.. it’s BSOD in short).. So, I restarted it into Safe Mode.. this time it started ok… but still the screen is fuzzy… and the diagnosis shows that something is wrong with the graphics card driver…

I then tried to download the latest driver and install it. Still the same… Normal mode goes into BSOD (found out what that means yet? :P) Safe mode goes into fuzzy screen….

So, now it is time for computer operation… luckily, I had an idea on what is motherboard, what is RAM, what is graphics card etc etc… I took out the screws and then removed the graphics card….

And upon closer inspection, this is what I found…

3 BUSTED CAPACITORS!!!!

So, that’s the mystery of the POP sound solved!!! And I can now also explain the fuzzy screen…
BUT as a computer and internet addict, I can’t imagine an evening without going on the internet… not to mention the whole weekend!!!! It is getting late… and the computer shop will probably close in the next hour… I quickly bundled up the 2 kids into the car, grabbed the faulty graphics card (so that I can show them that this is what I want and get a similar one loh… I know there are many kinds of slot and I am not familiar with it la… haha.. although I know how to take out and put in loh) and ZOOM off to the computer shop… and got this…

 

This costs me RM288… Ka-ching $$ bye bye… sigh….

 

Tired…

Oh God, I am just so tired. I checked the exchange rate today…. and RM has strengthen against GBP… Good news for some.. bad news for me… this means that I would need to revise the price of most of my items AGAIN!!! It is a hell lot of work to do that… and also higher prices means less sales… and less sales means less income…

But if I do not increase my prices, my profit margin is so low that I might not be able to cover expenses??? Or maybe just break even???

Just want to chill out for now… don’t even feel like thinking of working… or selling right now…. Give me a break here…. :(

 

Rent-to-kill

Haha… gotcha!!!

Not me looking for someone to rent-to-kill lar… just that Rentokil(= Rent-to-kill… got it???) came today to help us install their Sentricon system… and gave me a short lesson on termites…

If you have seen termites before, you would think that as long as is white, then they eat wood.. but no woh…. termites also got their own system leh…

The ones that is wholly white like this….. eats wood… these are the worker termites…. and these are less in quantity… and is slightly bigger that the soldier termites…

The ones we normally see running around are the ones like this below, which the head is slightly brown and body is white… These are slightly smaller than the worker termites… and they don’t eat wood!!!!

Interesting leh…

And Rentokil installed 2 baiting stations. One is in our shoe cabinet…. containing the “poison” for termites to bring it back to their nest to kill out the whole colony…

And another is in our garden, they drilled a hole in the ground and bury the whole unit which is about the size of a 500ml mineral water bottle….  this one contains some pieces of oak wood as bait… if there are termites detected, then Rentokil will then put in some “poison” as well for the termites to bring it back to their colony…

Rentokil will make their next visit in 2 weeks time to check these stations and re-evaluate… they will change the stations/re-fill it with more “poison” for the termites…

All in all, they will make 9 visits in a year to evaluate the situation…. and this whole program costs us a whopping RM2600!!!!! Bankrupt loh…. If we could somehow get hold of this kinda baiting poison, then we can do the baiting ourselves… no need to Rent-to-kill liao… but cannot leh… no sell outside…

So, had to go to the experts la… no choice… and hopefully after this all termites in our house will be eliminated!!!

 

Business is bad :( ….

For the first time in so many months after I went full time, I am starting to have doubts within me…. Recently for the past 2 months, my business has been suffering…

I have started to question myself whether my decision has been right in going full time… It seemed so right 2 months ago when I was on a roll!!! Now, things have slowed down and I am starting to feel the financial pinch… All the savings and earnings that I managed to gain in the past few months have started to dry up… Why??? Because I still have bills to pay… No matter whether I am earning or not, I still have to pay for my insurance, petrol, childcare etc etc… And these can come up to a lot of money….

Luckily hubby is covering for the major expenses like our housing loan, utilities and all other household expenses… Otherwise, I will file for bankruptcy already :)

It just takes 2 bad months to wipe out all the good work… Sigh… and it is very demotivating… :(

And so… what do I do? First, pray about it… ask for help from a higher force… :)

Then, now, I need to see what else I can do.. I will probably open up another eBay store in AU site…. AU’s exchange rate is getting stronger against the RM…. but I need $$$ also to open up the store… and now I really need to be prudent…. $$$ is limited… I really need to prioritize…

So pray for me that I am able to pull through this rough patch… hopefully without any permanent damage…

 

Follow Thy Leader…

I saw this in MSN Malaysia today….

:O :O …. I got nothing else to say….

When my kids grow big enough to go into primary school, if I am not wrong, they have this little project for “tokoh negara”….. If my kid should choose to select this leader for their “kajian”, it makes me wonder what will my kids write about him…. hmmm…. Do as I say, don’t do as I do?