Friday, February 27, 2009
This company was supposedly named Evertech Builders & Services. We had initially acquired their number through an internet search and found under 88db.com.
We had an issue with our fridge not being cold.
At 645pm on the 14th of February, we called their number, 68818662 and a lady named Angie arranged for a repairman to come down to our home that evening.
The repairman arrived around 845pm and proceeded to assess our appliance. After his assessment, he advised that we had a very good quality fridge that would last another 13 more years at "least" and it was his professional assessment that our issue would be solved after he had installed an access valve, introduced thawzone acid into our piping and top up the fridge gas. We trusted his evaluation and paid a very expensive cash payment of $265 for this repair.
We were provided with a cash bill invoice that stated a 6 month guarantee to the repair done and a namecard. He said to give the fridge another 3 hours for it to get back to its "normal" state and left.
The next morning, we found the fridge still warm and called them to come down to check on their repair. Angie mentioned that since it was a Sunday that none of their repairmen were available. We asked Monday? She said their schedule was full and would call me back.
Their online advertisements state that they are a 24 hour Singapore Islandwide Repair service.http://sg.88db.com/sg/Services/Post_Detail.page/home_services/appliances_repairman/?PostID=125334
We called again on Monday for an appointment and were told by Angie through her evaluation over the phone that it was our pc board and we must change it for an additional cash payment of $156 repair on top of what we had already done to get our fridge working again.
She suggested switching off our main switch and turning it back on after 10 minutes. We did so and our fridge came back on. But since that time, our fridge had been cutting off every 6-8 hours and we had to reset the fridge each time it happened. Obviously, this would spoil the fridge and cause a potential appliance shot-out towards the rest of our household appliances if this were to continue.
All our food had since spoiled and we have not been able to store fresh food in this fridge since then.
We wanted a re-assessment before we agreed to additional repair & installation of new components and requested that their repairman come down again to re-evaluate our fridge first to confirm that additional components were really necessary as we were not convinced that it was the board issue and could very well be the issue with their initial repair which was under their service guarantee!
We were quoted again for an additional $15 transport charge which we had agreed to pay as long they send down the repairman to assess our fridge.
During the call, I asked her where they were located as we wanted to go down to their office to discuss our repair if necessary but she refused to tell us where they were located. She said she will call us back after she set an appointment time. They never called back to let us know again.
So we called repeatedly over the next couple of days with no avail until 19th of Feb where my husband managed to reach Angie at noon and spoke to her on sending the repairman down. She said she will arrange and will call us back and then. Never called us back once more.
Since that day, we have repeatedly called them on their provided number at 68818662 and cannot got through. Their number was either busy or redirected to an M1 mobile number which was not picked up.
We had tried to look for their address and found that they had several listed addresses from one at Tagore Lane, to one at Paya Lebar *on the namecard*, to one at Geylang East *listed online*.
We had tried to email them at their provided email at firstname.lastname@example.org and their email bounced back 5 times.Their provided website on their namecard is also non-existent. http://www.evertech-aircon.com.sg/
We did a search online and were further horrified to note that they had very lately this week put up more listings but under a different company name called CoolMega instead of Evertech like previously.
They had listed under 3 totally different male names too.
Just the day before, we finally managed to get through this line which Angie picked up around 1230pm only to have her pretend that the phone was not working and "couldn't hear me" so she quickly put it down after a few "cannot hear you" exclamations. I am very sure that our phone had no issues and I could hear her clearly.
Since then, no one picked up the line with our calls and was redirected the mobile number. Further calls came to no avail and we feel that there is something very wrong with how this is being handled.
We feel that in this is clearly a case of non service, avoidance and unprofessional misconduct that there are underlying issues that this company will bring forth to others in similar manner.
For us, we had paid a $265 charge for a repair that was supposedly guaranteed to fix the fridge which it did not and supposedly came with a 6 month guarantee that has not even on the first level of contact fulfilled for followup.
I would like to bring this issue to light to avoid further families from being cheated by this company. If they can do this to one family, they can do it to more.
There are more cases too of dissatisfaction that I've found on them too! A case of one of the mothers on my parenting board...
"DO NOT, DO NOT ever use this company EVERTECH BUILDERS & SERVICES. I also found them on the 88 site, for my air-con. Job was to top up the gas on the aircon. The technician tried to get technical, talking about gauge, coil, condenser etc and asked for $400plus to get the job done. As it was an emergency as I had guests, I bargained it down to $160 just to top up the gas of 1 aircon."
This would not be the last we hear of this. I only want my fridge fixed but if it means a company has go to down for this, so be it. Fix my fridge!!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I'm not dissing existing male bloggers, some I've met, some at gatherings and some at events are all nice guys but I have HONESTLY not seen a HOT LOCAL MALE BLOGGER yet that I'd visit for superficial sake. If you feel you're a hot blogger *be a little thick skin, we'll forgive you*, tell me. I'll link it and us females will decide.
Perhaps he would camwhore? Or Perhaps he'd really have nice pictures that I would possibly drool over? *No, CJ doesn't have to worry about being jealous over anything....*
I plurked it and the response either came out in defiant indignantcy that there ARE such men.
Tell me. WHERE. Why is it that all I see are young, Jappy inspired style, highlighted standing up hair young guys flooding gathering pictures.... blogger events... with their multi colour blogs.
UPDATE: Please do not send me links of young "cute" male boys who fit the above description. They do not make the cut.Don't ask me.. why am I SUDDENLY interested in this.. well its because I did some blog browsing and was damn freaking dulan seeing the "same type" of male blogger! Is that all we have?!
Some say the handsome ones must be Gay.. Okay.. so tell me WHERE IS that hot gay blogger?! Show me that link.
There are blogger babes galore.. GALORE!! u can easily bloghop and u can go FWWWUUAHH! Freaking chio lah!! But their opposite counterparts leh?
I now throw down this challenge. Show me 10 links to a HOT Singaporean Male Blogger before I declare our blogosphere devoid of such a thing.
Requirements: Be stalker worthy picture wise aka fulfills a majority standard of hotness and is LIVING in Singapore with a good, regularly updated running blog. Any race or age. Note that we're not necessarily looking for a POPULAR blogger but just a male that blogs! Who knows.. you may just be undiscovered?
And don't tell me what you think is hot may not be my standard of hot, just show it to me and I'll link it up here and we'll all see it for ourselves.
And don't start saying "who the hell do you think you are to throw down this challenge?" Whatever Okay! Show me proof and I'll shut up.
Seriously, I'm sure many females are now wondering and scratching their heads... if you know of one, cough it out... where are these elusive males... COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK!! If you think you're hot, just come out with it.
Don't give us machismo and say "I don't need to say I'm hot because I am". *facepalm* Whatever!!
My girlfriend BLOGGED about this manhunt blogger search too... send me a link if you blog about this too! You can email or leave a comment.
HSMB Recommended Shortlists *will be updated as they come in*
Not in order of merit.
http://www.hisfoodblog.com/ - While you'll never see his face on his blog. If you meet him in person, you'll find that he's pretty cute. *Had the opportunity of meeting him during a food review once*
http://ieatishootipost.sg/ (Dr Leslie Tay)
http://blog.sina.com.cn/zhengbinhui/ (Tay Ping Hui) *chinese blog - Unfortunately for pple like me who don't read chinese, this won't work but still...at least he blogs*
http://mingwong.livejournal.com/ - Whoa GOOD RECOMMENDATION Karen!!
http://www.willylamtw-diary.blogspot.com/ - Taiwan (But I'll make an exception here bc he cam whores, a little young but not too bad!)
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Eeeeeyyyaaarrrgghh!! Thats. HUGE. I gained 25kg per pregnancy and thats AFTER I lose 10kg during the first trimester aka first 3 months from all that morning sickness and then get back to the same weight when I conceived and then BAM! another 25kg on top of that each time... phew!! Lauren came out at 3.495kg and Eirian came out at 3.650kg.
A really really really cute 2 year old Lauren and a really round belly on me with an 8 month Eirian swimming about inside.
Disclaimer: Please do not let this post and pictures scare potential parents to be on how you MAY become during and after pregnancy. Having kids has many rewards and satisfactions that unsurpasses temporary whale like moments. And if anything, you have proof here that you can bounce back or at least near to your former figure if you really want to post baby. :)
And this was me at the Zoo with a chubby hubby and a 1 year plus Lauren.... OMG.... *shudder* Ookay.. you can close your mouth and blink now... Pffft!EEeeyaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrghhhhhhhhh!!!!
We ate early at 1030am after being rudely awakened at 730am by a screaming daughter who spotted a cockroach on the wall RIGHT ABOVE MY HEAD.
There is some kind of cockroach frenzy over here lately! I don't know why?! Just some days back, we were complaining of a mozzie buffet season. There were mozzies EVERYWHERE buffeting on our bodies.
But it doesn't compare to over the past 3 days, we've caught and killed 15 cockroaches. INSANE O NOT?!?! WTF! How does 15 cockroaches get out and about in one house LIKE THAT!! 15!!!
Anyway... *snigger* from food to roaches.. abit gross I know.. but... moving on... I wash all my utensils, pots and cutlery before use okay!
We had Chicken Adobo with diced potatoes, Salted Fish Beansprouts *recipe for both of these can be found HERE and Chai Poh *salted radish* Omelette for lunch. Rice was an option.
The omelette was standard issue.
I dry fried the Chai Poh *salted radish* and minced garlic for about 5 minutes on low heat. Added the mixture to beaten eggs and made individual omelette rounds on the flatpan.
And now that its almost 3pm.. we're all hungry again.. time to make more food.. Enjoy!!
Friday, February 20, 2009
And my workouts have literally been halved since the end of last year. I could have hit up to 11 classes in a high peak week last year but I now do 5-6 dance classes at most now.
Waaay too many people have taken to thinking that I'm a whole lot smaller than this 69kg that I'm standing at now. How I wish!! While I'm thoroughly flattered, I do bring myself back to reality and note that I AM still 15kg away from my goal of 55kg.
I can attribute an increase in resistance training aka weight training this year to this so I'm looking alot smaller but I'm weighing the same. Yeah I know muscle weighs more than fat but still.. I'm still affected by the scale! I want to see the numbers go down!
This years goal. 55kg. This time, I'll make it a gradual loss througout the year but I will hit December 2009 knowing that I've hit 55kg sometime this year. Watch this space. I will make it happen.
Seasoned with black & white pepper and italian seasoning.
Boil pasta. Stir fry all ingredients except cheese in a pan. When pasta is cooked, mix in and top with a generous amount of cheese. Serve. :)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Exclusive to Dreaming Reality... YOU CAN!! From now till 22nd March 2009! The Getaway offer to the public ends this month but we've got something special just for my blog readers. Yes! Thats you!! :)
In addition to the luxurious complimentary spa voucher which you can book for your treatment and redeem during your stay *appt must be made in advance & is available for either husband OR wife!*.
You can also redeem a $20 dining voucher which you can use at Feast@East Buffet Restaurant, the Roxy Bar by the Pool or at Jia Wei Restaurant during your stay!
That practically means one adult almost eats for free! *If dining at Feast@East/ Or Equi. to one main dish at the Roxy Bar!*
And in addition to this, THERE'S MORE!! Absolutely insane I tell you.... and I'm so excited to share it with you too!
Readers who book a stay from now till 22nd March can redeem Parkway Parade Shopping Shopping Vouchers!! *PP is just located opposite the hotel!*
The shopping vouchers include:
- Soo Kee Jewellery Brilliant Rose $100 voucher
- Princess Jewellery $30 voucher
- OTO Bodycare $30 voucher
- Kimage $20 off hair services voucher
- Crocodile 30% off voucher
To receive these shopping vouchers, all you have to do is mention "Getaway Special" when making your reservations and produce a printed copy during check-in of the promo. image above or EMAIL ME to get the image. Click on the image above, save it and print it!
So once again.. if you haven't already done so, go check out PART 1 and PART 2 of The Best Family Getaway Ever!! Go book a night people... believe me.. You Need a Holiday. :)
The song is pretty catchy. The dancing... I like too! I can so do this.. now if only I can remember the choreography! *running off to try*
And Little Arianna can do it too! So if she can, I can try, you can too! Beyoncé!!
And if these BBW *Big Beautiful Women* can do it... heck!.. Whats stopping you from trying!?Shake some booty people! I absolutely advocate dancing as a way of losing weight and maintaining a fabulous body! Go for it!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
My blog rarely contains matters of business or of the companies that I run so this is the first time that there is a cross platform of work related matters that now involves my personal blog. Perhaps this would set a precendence for more to come but for now.. enjoy this post.
Through some workwise discussions, I was graciously offered the opportunity to review a Family Getaway Hotel Stay Package by Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel. It was an exciting lead up to the day that we were due to check in, we have not gone for a holiday in YEARS.
Yes, years... so we were highly due for some pampering and relaxation. So on the 7th of February, Eirian and I hopped into a cab and made our way to the hotel. We were so excited, we were there way before 9am and our appointment to meet the marketing manager was at 950am! Lauren had leadership camp earlier in the morning so CJ was left to arrange to pick her up and bring her over once she was done.
We brought along 3 bags filled with all our stuff and were very very excited!
Hurr?? Expecting me?! Whoa!! The communications within the hotel is really smooth with all relevant staff alerted of our arrival even before we checked in! Impressed already.
Eirian skipped over to the lounge chairs and let out a happy sigh.
A delightful picnic goodie bag is also given to families taking this package which you will see later in my post.
A complimentary spa voucher which involves a 30 minute swedish back massage and a 15 minute aromatic steam bath by Body Contours which can be booked prior your check-in date for a complete relaxing experience. A further upgrade of $28 can be done on top of the complimentary voucher service to receive an additional 30 minutes massage and 30 minutes honey crystal spa polish.
We head up to our room which was upgraded to the Deluxe room, which is a little bigger than the superior room and BOY! were we pleased....
I flipped open my handphone and took a video of our room. Check that out!
Small cosy place but it had almost everything a person travelling or on holiday would need. From cardio. machines, to free weights and even an in house personal gym trainer! Heck! it even looks like a cross section of what you'd find at California Fitness but CLEANER and smells so much fresher and with less crowd!
A TV area too! If you want to further entertain guests with TV and don't want to do it in your room. And for business travellers. There is a fully equipped meeting room plus a business corner which has computer and printer access for those on the go!
I opted for the $28 Spa upgrade and head off into my treatment room while the staff watched over Eirian.
She knew that my right shoulder which was recently hurt with a little too much vigorous dancing had a crick in it and really concentrated her massage to clear the "block". Whooot! Heavenly. And she asked me "were you REALLY FAT before?" I was surprised and she said "I can see! Last time you very fat arh!" And she pointed out my stretch marks and parts of my body and said.. "last time 100kg arh.. now like this very good already.. maybe another 10kg more the most and then don't lose anymore just nice.... " It was like she was reading my mind.. -.-''
I finished my treatment feeling rejuvenated and pretty and was given a lovely warm cup of ginger tea to settle up. I LOVE ginger tea! And I also love how spa rooms are always so calm and serene...
We were treated to their Chinese New Year Special theme lunch and a table was specially reserved just for us! And the supervisor at the restaurant knew us by name! We felt so important and pampered!
Lunch (Mon to Sat) - $38++ per adult, $19++ per child, $28 nett per senior citizen
Dinner (Mon to Sat) - $40++ per adult, $20++ per child, $30 nett per senior citizen
Sunday Brunch - $48++ per adult, $25++ per child, $30 nett per senior citizen.
The next theme at Feast@East is the Lavish Heritage Buffet (from 16 Feb to 13 Mar 2009) where there is a special privilege for senior citizens where for every four paying senior citizens, only three pay while one dines for free (up to a max of 8 in a group).
Senior Citizen - $28 nett per pax for lunch (Mon to Sat), $30 nett per pax for dinner (Mon to Sat), $35 nett per pax for Sunday Brunch
Adults - $36++ per pax for lunch (Mon to Sat), $38++ per pax for dinner (Mon to Thu), $40++ per pax for dinner (Fri to Sun), $42++ per pax for Sunday Brunch
Children - $18++ per pax for lunch (Mon to Sat), $19++ per pax for dinner (Mon to Thu), $20++ per pax for dinner (Fri to Sun), $22++ per pax for Sunday Brunch.
There will also be a Hi-Tea Buffet every Fri and Sat (from 16 Feb to 13 Mar 2009) from 3pm to 5.30pm at Feast@East where it is $18++ per adult or senior citizen and $12++ per child. The senior citizen special does not apply for this Hi-Tea Buffet.
The opening hours of Feast@East Buffet Restaurant are:
Breakfast - 6am to 10.30am
Lunch - 12pm to 2.30pm
Sunday Brunch - 11am to 3pm
I love hotel food. I really do. I love buffets lines! We started off with walking around the buffet line and checking out the food available. With a Chinese New Year theme, there were cookies of course! All CNY favourites too!
For a moment there, I was stunned and nodded furiously while smiling and wondering who this person was. Was he another blogger? Or just a hotel guest seeing that I had my face plastered to my camera which was in turn plastered closely to the food displays and thus assuming I'm a blogger?
Only after a moment where he pulled out his card to give to me did I realise. Oh. My. Gawd. It was the Hotel General Manger who was also having lunch. We spoke casually and then as gracious and surprising as his appearance, left me to my own devices to continue snapping away at his food bar.
The bread baskets were full.. the cheese platters were nicely displayed and there as a roast meat section too which were personally cut up and served to you by counter staff...
We then decided to do a little test and try something off the menu and asked if they could make us milk shakes. Rossi, the supervisor didn't even twitch and smoothly went on to asking "extra thick? More milk or more ice-cream?" I was stunned again. "More ice-cream of course!"
5 minutes later, 3 glasses of milkshakes were presented to our table. Two vanilla shakes and one extra thick Strawberry Milkshake. Oh. My. God. I was in heaven again. Kill me and send me to the GM Roxy Hotel... hahahahaha!
And there was a hot counter which served hot piping Laksa and Mee Rebus. I had both and they were excellent! As I was busy walking around taking pictures, I left my bowl of laksa to cool at my table and returned to it shortly after.
In less than a minute into tucking into my noodles, one of the waiters came to my table with a new bowl of piping hot laksa and offered to change my existing bowl bc it was "getting cold".
FFWWWWWwwwwwuuuaahhhhhhh!!!!!! IMPRESSIVE LARH! I gracefully declined as I actually liked my noodles cool and not burning hot but their intentions were really appreciated and touching. They really know how to make a guest feel first class.
More of the buffet spread. Braised tofu, steamed fish, chicken masala and papaya salad!
After lunch, we head back to our room to relax and took some time to check out the goodie bag which was given to us upon check in. The dry items came in a large paper bag and contained the treats below.
And the hotel scheduled the "hot" treats which was part of the goodie bag, ie cooked food to be delivered to us at 4pm that day so we lounged till our doorbell rang and we were presented with chicken wings and fruit tarts! More food! Oh my Gawd!
They provided a picnic mat so families could walk over to East Coast and have an outdoor picnic if they preferred. Or they could just do it in the comfort of their hotel room which we did!
"Can we go swimming ma! can we? NOW? now? Now?!?" was all they said again and again and again and again...
Shortly after, single side beds arrived for them! Which is available upon request. One single bed is available for a separate child to sleep on in the getaway package but for us, both girls got one each and they were delighted! Their own beds!
CJ and I donned ourselves in bathrobes and just lazed till we managed to gather enough energy which wasn't being drained digesting all that food and head down to the pool!!
It was just before 7pm and the girls started to get restless and started to bug me to get some food. They were hungry again!! What?!? Didn't we just come back from a HUGE LUNCH BUFFET GIRLS?!?!
And again! Like as if they read our minds.. the doorbell rang and I opened it stunned. What the.... "mam, some pre-dinner treats for you..." I nodded and let them in and they set up a very lovely fresh fruit platter with spoonfuls of dried fruits and nuts and chocolates on a CHILLED display. We were stunned again.
We all sat around the side table which they set up the fruits on and just stared at it for a minute in disbelief and then WACK! ate every SINGLE thing.
The first 2 rows of chocolates are regular chocolates but the gold foiled ones below which to our surprise and relief, was filled with brandy. It burst in full alcohol flavour in CJs' mouth as he popped the whole thing and crunched. His eyes bulged and he spasmed like a fish out of water for a minute while the girls and I stared at him in shock.
When he recovered, he said. "That one. *points to mouth* has alcohol in it." I immediately swiped it from the girls and ate it. Whuauahahaha!
At 8pm, we went down to the poolside to the Roxy bar which a special table space was reserved for us yet again. Praveen who was the Assistant Manager at the bar for the evening introduced himself and took wonderful care of us as he and the staff flitted about us tending to our orders with sheer professional execution.
The Roxy bar by the poolside has a happy hour from 5pm to 8pm where each glass of housepour wines and Tiger Beer goes for $6.50++.
And we ordered Fried Battered Cheese stick bites which came more like cubes ($8). Of everything, this was the only thing that disappointed me. I expected to bite into lumps of gooey hot dripping cheddar/mozarella cheese covered in crispy batter but what we got was a tofu like inside that didn't smell cheesy at all with crispy batter. CJ, however happily finished up the rest of this dish while we waited for our main dishes.
We were allowed to order items A-la-Carte aka from the menu but we were also arranged to try out their new promotion which was the Laksa Hotpot! ($20++ & comes with a bottle of Mug Rootbeer).
Two firey boiling mini hotpots came and were displayed on our tables with separate raw ingredients for our own cooking.
The gravy was good and we love these kind of novel self cooking kind of meals!
The hotel also specially ordered for us to enjoy two complimentary freshly made Singapore Slings *which was made by the original barista from Raffles hotel!* which were delivered to our room with our juice/pizza order. CJ doesn't usually drink but he drank this one with gusto. And I happily finished mine of course. *hic!*
The girls had one final swim for the day... and we took a little more pictures...
There were the standard issuance of towels but there were more for us. I called room service to send us more towels and toiletries and I was pleasantly surprised again when they rang our bell 5 minutes later *damn these people are fast!!!*. A handful of WARM fluffy towels and a HUGE BAG of toiletries... Who could resiste hotel toiletries!?! I always take them home.. don't you?
Lazing with the robes on the bed in a cold cold room is the way to go...
And then it was off to Feast @ East again for breakfast!! Oh. Heaven.
And just before we checked out, I couldn't resist... one last parting shot for the getaway in the lift. We had a great time... and so would you... book your Getaway package today.. its an incredible experience.
I challenge any other hotel to take up a challenge to beat this experience or come up with a new one that would rival this stay but for now, I'm a fan. Of the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel. :)
Thank you for everything K. We loved everything and will be back. SOON...