This is not an infomercial.There was a GLORIOUS rainstorm this afternoon. Lots of action: loud, rumbling thunder, lightning, hard, fast rain.. I was mighty pleased because it meant car-washing time – just drive out into the rain, ha!
The most exciting thing that I did this week was opening a PowerVantage account with HSBC bank. I’m not being self-deprecating – I’m really excited about this. It’s a long time coming. I should have done this a long time ago but was too lazy to actually go and do it until I realized that I should have an international bank ATM card with me when I head down in Bali, in about a week’s time (!!!!).
I also got an HSBC credit card, which I hemmed and hawed over it but finally figured that perhaps I should finally get a card of my own and not use daddy’s supplementary credit card that I’ve had for almost a decade. Yes, I have brat written over my face. I thought that I could use my new credit card in Bali but it takes about a month to have it approved so I’m still stuck with daddy’s supplementary credit card. But it’s all good. Dad won't mind (and before you ask, I always pay for my credit card purchases! I'm not that spoiled of a brat).
Yea to Marita who had to “introduce” me to the PowerVantage deal. I ended up getting the grad pack which meant no bank and credit card fees for three years which sounded good but I had to show them my degree and bank statement. And answer questions like “are you married?”, “do you still live with your parents?” It was like answering a nosy auntie’s questions but the bank officer was a young and hot female. All HSBC bank officers are, apparently; it’s probably listed on the job requirements. And they’re all really nice and professional – not like the grumpy staff at Bank Bumiputra.
My favourite thing about HSBC is that you can deposit your money through the ATM – you just put your bills in this slot and the machine counts the bills for you! It’s so cool! Yea, forget about telling me about your interest rates, whatever investment thingy – all I want to know is – can your ATM count money??
I know, I get scared about me sometimes, too.
I’m getting really excited AND nervous about the Bali trip. I haven’t booked any room reservations yet. I figure I’d just show up and check out the losmens so that way, I don’t get stuck in a dodgy hotel that I found on the internet. Good idea, no?
I also feel very guilty for taking so much time off when there’s so much work to be done, especially with big bosses coming down to Malaysia next month. I know that I should be stressed and very worried but right now, I think it’s the calm before the storm. I had a crazy impulse to bring my notebook computer so that I could work in Bali but I don’t want to put it in a risk of getting stolen or damaged. So that idea was nixed. I would probably put documents online and work in cyber cafes, as well as bringing work with me. It’s so crazy and I’d doubt that I’d do any real work but at least I’d feel less guilty about it. At least, my boss is supportive of my time-off and has been happy with what I’ve been doing so far. But calm before the storm, calm before the storm… arrghh, I have to stop feeling so guilty.
GlobeTrekker’s looking for a new travel host. Auditions this weekend in KL!!! I’m so envious of people living in KL. So unfair – to think that I’d be in KL NEXT weekend. Talk about bad timing. I’d love to host an episode of Globe Trekker. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime!! I’m sure though that there would be hundreds of people, LOTS of attractive people auditioning. And that they’d most likely pick someone Eurasian. In Southeast Asia, being Eurasian is a prerequisite to hosting a tv show. Because you know, most of us wish we were white. *rolls eyes* Stupid television people.