Friday, January 19, 2007

Becoming a skeptic

I needed to get some contact lens solution today. I picked up an economy pack of a known brand which cost RM34+ for 480ml. Then I saw another pack of 320ml packed together with a 180ml pack of an unknown brand selling for RM15+. Both have the same claims - all-purpose, no rub formula and prevents protein build-up. But why is one double the price of the other? Then I find myself doing what an average Malaysian will do. Check where the products were manufactured. The RM34+ one was made in Guangzhou for a popular brand. The cheaper one is an unknown brand, made in Malaysia. My first thought was to go with the known brand, which I've used before. The housewife in me says to get the cheaper pack. The skeptic in me says to go for the tried and tested imported one.

After pondering for some time, I picked the Malaysian-made one. Deep inside me, I want to believe that Malaysian companies and Malaysians do make quality products. We have to stop thinking that imported products are better than locally made products. And Malaysians have to prove that by making quality products. I'm looking forward to using my contact lens solution!

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Twilight Zone

Something strange is happening to the appliances and equipment at my home. Usually, I will finish decorating a cake at night (after my children are in bed), then I will take photos of the cake before the customer comes to collect the cake. First my new camera went cuckoo on me a couple of weeks ago after having had it for less than a week. This morning, I just couldn't get my old camera to work! It won't even switch on. My customer had arrived to pick up the cake and was in a hurry! Thank goodness for the phone camera. Better to have grainy photos than no photo at all.

Next to upload photos onto my Mama Min site. Every photo uploaded was blank. What is happening? So I thought I'll use PhotoBucket to upload. I managed to get to the site but for the life of me, the photos would not load! Aaaargh!!

Then I wanted to make some juice. The moment the juicer was switched on, it sounded like a steam engine was trundling by! The juicer rattled so much, it looked like it was going to shake off the kitchen counter. It worked just fine yesterday.

What is happening??!

If you're wondering why there isn't any train on the cake, that's because the Thomas die-cast train was still in its packaging. My customer can place the cake wherever she sees fit.

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