Buying drugs in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia

Note: This is a post by veritas
[sixthseal.com], a guest author of sixthseal.com. veritas is not
related to the main author and owner of the sixthseal.com domain.

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Methamphetamine shards in front of a blue background.

My contacts:
Mr. Pimp – methamphetamine crystals
Category III girl – “Ecstasy” pills

Methamphetamine

(ice, shabu, meth)

Meth is plentiful and cheap in Malaysia due to the proximity to
source countries. Not as cheap as our neighbor to the east, but cheaper
than Australia. Most methamphetamine comes in crystal form (shards).
There are meth pills of course, sold as “feng tau” pills, but IMHO that
is really not worth it if you’re after meth. Regional street names
vary, the usual ones is “ping” (Chinese for “ice”), ice and syabu. Ask
for it by the drug’s slang, asking for methamphetamine would only get
you a blank stare from most drug dealers. :) I will be relating a story
of how I got my contact for meth later.

The easiest place to score meth pills (“Ecstasy”) are in discos, not
the pretentious clubs where people drink and fuck, but the ones where
Ah Bengs go. There is a notorious one in KL as oops mentioned.
I will not be repeating it, browse the archives. However, I suggest
getting crystal meth instead, it’s better value for money. I will not
divulge where I got mine, so please do not email me about it, there
will be hints if you read through the post, but be discreet and don’t
mention it in the comments! Anyway, meth pills (not to be confused with
crystals) are quoted as RM 60, which I thought is a ludicrous price.
The person also sells ketamine and what she claims are MDMA pills, all
for the same price.

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Pre-packed methamphetamine crystals.

That’s not what we’re talking about though, RM 60 per pill is
something I’m not willing to pay unless it’s MDMA. Methamphetamine
crystals on the other hand, ah, now that’s what I’m talking about. :)
Anyway, it’s not very hard to find sources for drugs, just don’t look
like a narc or wear a jersey with NTV 7 – EDISI SIASAT on it. I
get a lot of emails asking me for drugs, sorry I don’t reply those, I
don’t deal in Malaysia (gantung mati) and even possession would put me
in the slammer a long time.

Anyway, if you’re new in town and you’re looking for someone to hook you up, I suggest the following (in descending order):

Notorious areas of town (watch out for undercovers)
Discos (expensive)
Gangsters types (look out for real players, not the all talk, no goods type)
University (ask around, but watch out for all talk, no goods too)
Workplace (very dangerous, it can be damaging to the career)

Once you find a reliable contact, I suggest giving them a small tip
and ask for their contact number. It’s not that hard, drugs are
everywhere, ask around and you’ll get there sooner or later.

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Meth taken in front of a red background.

Methamphetamine contact: Mr. Pimp
Nickname: He is one.
Haunt: There are only two prostitution hotspots, it’s one of them.
Favorite Quote: “Yau nu hai zhi ma?” (“Do you want any girls?”)
My reply: “Wo wan yau de, mei you wan nu hai zhi.” (“I’m interested in drugs, not girls”)

This guy doesn’t sell drugs himself, his “stash” consists of females
all aged under 20. However, he has a friend who sells methamphetamine
only. I approached him because he wasn’t doing anything at that time,
so I thought I would strike up a conversation.

(original conversation in Mandarin, translated into English)
Me: Eh, do you know where I get any feng tau (“Ecstasy”) pills.
Mr. Pimp: Feng tau yuen ah…I don’t sell any, hey wait.
He calls for his friend who was standing 20 meters away.
Mr. Pimp: (name deleted), he’s looking for feng tau pills, do you have any?
Meth Man: Feng tau ah…better get it at discos, I don’t stock that.
Me: What do you have?
Meth Man: I have ice, it’s not on me though, I’ll have to get it from there.
He points to a building 100 meters away.
Me: How much?
Meth Man: RM 100
Me: How much is that? Do you sell by the weight or what?
Meth Man: It’s a packet, I don’t know how much it weights, but it’s standard, it’s this big.
He makes a narrow rectangle in his hands.
Me: How long would it take?
Meth Man: Oh, it’ll be quick. I’ll have to get the money off you first though.
I’m wary at this point – Meth Man might pull a Houdini.
Me: I’ll pay you when you get back.
Meth Man: Don’t worry, he’ll (Mr. Pimp) be here with you, so I won’t run away with your money or anything.
I’m still wary at this point – the old switcharoo trick where the
guy stays with you for a while and then runs off on an emergency, but I
thought it was worth the risk if it’s the amount he says it is. I hand
him RM 100.

Mr. Pimp: Right, he’ll be back soon. Let’s wait over there.
He points to a carpark nearby.
Mr. Pimp: Lots of police around.
Me: Yeah! I noticed two every 100 meters. Dangerous place to score.
Mr. Pimp: Well, I’ve been working here 3 years, it is dangerous,
but usually they don’t bother us. You know, I’ve seen you before,
walking around here.
Me: Yes, I work near here.
Mr. Pimp: I see. Yeah, noticed that you never seemed to be interested in girls.
Me: Yeah, I’m more interested in drugs. It’s my hobby, don’t do it often now though.
Mr. Pimp: I give my girls ice sometimes, it helps them concentrate on their work.
He’s being very friendly and chatty, I’m getting suspicious at this
time, since it’s been 5 minutes and Meth Man is not back yet. Anyway, I
thought I’ll make small talk and ask him about his line of work, always
interesting to hear inside information.

Me: I see. How is business here? I notice every person seems to have a block for soliciting.
Mr. Pimp: Yeah, we all have an agreement. These car park
attendants, I’ve got an agreement with them too. Are you interested in
girls? My girls are all under 20.
Me: No thanks, but under 20??? Are they students or what?
Mr. Pimp: Not all of them. Most of them are shop salesgirls,
they do part time work. I have some students as well, that’s mostly
freelance. Everyone is under 20, I’ve even got 16 year olds.
Me: Interesting. Isn’t that a bit young?
Mr. Pimp: Well, those come from broken families, you know the drill.
Me: There’s a lot of police activity here though, is it safe?
I’m actually scared of standing next to a known pimp, people might
pass by and think I’m soliciting or police might notice me and do a
search.

Mr. Pimp: It would be okay here at this car park…so what are you doing? Working did you say?
Me: Yeah, I work around here.
Mr. Pimp: I see. So what do you work as?
Me: (deleted)
Mr. Pimp: Oh, you earn a lot in that line of work right?
Me: Nah, I just graduated, so my pay is low.
Mr. Pimp: Okay, if you’re interested, I can get you a really good looking girl for a discount. Package for RM 200.
Me: Er…no thanks, but it would be great if I could contact you whenever I want ice.
Mr. Pimp: Sure, I’ll be happy to do that, just drop by whenever you want any.
Me: Thanks! So, how is business?
Mr. Pimp: It’s okay, I have a lot of girls – from Thailand, China, India, Russia, Malays, locals, and I specialize in the young ones.
Me: I see. How does it work?
Mr. Pimp: Well, whenever a customer comes, I’ll call the girl
he’s interested in and he can go up and see for himself. If he’s not
satisfied, then he can choose another girl. We have agreements with
several hotels around here, the girls are in the rooms.
Me: Very enlightening. Good looking girls?
Mr. Pimp: Definitely! For this price, of course the customers get a great looking girl. Interested? I’ll give you a discount.
He grins widely.
Me: Well, I don’t go into this scene, I’m not interested. But it
would be great if I can get other drugs off you. Do you have grass? Or
just anything.
Mr. Pimp: Hmm…grass is hard to get in KL nowadays.
So it’s true – there is a draught.
Mr. Pimp: My friend, the one that just left, has ice and that’s
it. I suggest you go to discos and ask for pills, they all have people
selling inside. Try going at 2-3 am, that’s when it’s most packed,
that’s the easiest place to get pills. After all you’ll be going to
discos anyway when you take pills right?
Me: Not always, I usually use ice to concentrate. I love the
stuff, I’ve not have it for quite a while now, I’m actually cutting
down on my use.
Mr. Pimp: Yeah, I see lots of people getting addicted. It’s not
pretty. I have a friend who had a heart attack and died when he smoked
too much. Do you smoke it?
Most people smoke methamphetamine crystals in Malaysia. It seems to
be the most common route of administration – smoking using a light bulb
(ghetto meth glass pipe).

Me: Nah, I insufflate.
Mr. Pimp: Really? Does it work that way?
Me: Yeah, I prefer snorting, smoking it gives me a really scattered comedown.
Mr. Pimp: I see. That’s interesting, I didn’t know you could take ice that way. Is that better than smoking? The feeling.
Me: I can’t say, everyone is different, but it’s better than
eating, there’s a rush too, but it’s not as intense as smoking or IV
but the high lasts longer.
Mr. Pimp: Wah, you’ve injected ice before?
Me: Just a couple of times, I studied in Australia, we get clean
needles and injecting equiptment there. Just need to walk into a
pharmacy.
Mr. Pimp: Really??? You can buy needles just like that?
Me: Yeah, the laws are different.
At this point, I see Meth Man approaching. Anyway, Mr. Pimp seems to
be a nice guy, he just stood there chatting with me, neglecting his
duties of soliciting passer bys, so I tipped him.

Me: Here, thanks for getting the stuff for me, sorry I don’t have much, I only have RM 3 left.
I actually only have RM 4 but 4 is a bad number for most Asians.
Mr. Pimp: Hey thanks, you didn’t have to do that.
I’m surprised a person in KL actually said “Thanks”.
Me: No problem, I’ll just come over when I want more ice, is that cool?
Mr. Pimp: Sure, here’s my number, you can call me if I’m not around here.
Me: Great, thanks!
Meth Man arrives.
Meth Man: Here, be careful with this.
Meth Man slips me a package discreetly.
Me: Thanks.
I’m not really interested in dealing directly with Meth Man. He’s a
little…er, burnt out, he looks that way anyway and my hypochondriac
tendencies warns me to avoid any unnecessary contact with him, lest I
catch anything.

Mr. Pimp: Alright, take care and don’t run around, there’s heaps of cops here. Be careful.
Don’t run around = “bu yau shui bien luan pau”.
Me: Yeah, I’m heading home. I’ll see you around.

Note: “Ice” in Malaysia does not refer to 4-MAR but methamphetamine crystals.

I didn’t want to inspect the package since the place has heavy
traffic, plus you never know when one of those damned Edisi Siasat
people are filming. Not all publicity is good publicity, you don’t want
to be on NTV7. Edisi Siasat is an expose TV show who avoids violating
privacy laws by “censoring” the people involved. Photography and
filming in public places is protected by law but NOT when it’s for
profit, so they mosaic it out. Very funny. Anything for ratings.

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It originally came wrapped in a dirty magazine paper.

Anyway, I went to a public toilet and looked at the package. It was
wrapped in a dirty magazine cover, which I promptly flushed. The actual
package is surprising.

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The contents of the package. It’s an ironic touch that the magazine
has an ad for Colgate toothpaste. Heh. Anyway, for people not involved
in the scene and didn’t get it, it’s funny coz meth use tends to
decrease saliva output and that manifests itself with tooth decay.

It’s SEALED! A very nice and appreciated professional touch, the
plastic is heated so it isn’t exposed to the atmosphere. It’s nice for
hygiene reasons and methamphetamine is hydroscopic too (absorbs
moisture from the air) so that is very nice indeed. It is crystals,
crushed shards, but I wasn’t sure whether it was methamphetamine or
some other lookalike…until today.

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Inside the wrapper is a sealed package with pre-measured amounts of meth. Very nice.

I opened up the package (needs scissors), racked up a line, rolled
up a new RM 50 bill and insufflated. It burnt quite badly going
up…waiting, 2 minutes later – THE RUSH. =D Fuck, it’s good stuff –
meth shards, no cuts visible to the naked eye and the amounts needed to
get me nicely tweaking was sufficiently small, so I dare say it’s pure
uncut crystal meth, even after taking into account my loss of
tolerance. Quality methamphetamine for a very reasonable price!

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Here’s a closer look at one end of the sealed package.

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This is the other sealed (by heat) end.

I don’t know how much it weights since I don’t have a microgram
scale, but eyeballed, it seems to be 200 mg – 300 mg. Anyway, a note
for Australian visitors, meth is cheap in Malaysia coz of it’s
proximity to source countries. I took some of the photos in the toilet,
so excuse the quality, it’s hard to do that in a WC you know. Well, the
above was not taken in the toilet, but it still didn’t focus well. How
much methamphetamine is in one of this “standard” RM 100 packages? It’s
pictured next to a 50 cent (Malaysian) coin in the photo below.

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Mmm…methamphetamine. :)

Caution! Methamphetamine is illegal in Malaysia and long jail terms
awaits if you’re found in possession of it. The fury of the Malaysian
drug laws would also get you if urine tests finds that you have
consumed meth. The events depicted in this post happened some time ago,
and methamphetamine only takes 2 – 3 days for normal people to excrete
itself from the body. I will not test up for methamphetamine, I
politely suggest putting more resources into the investigation of
violent crime instead of apprehending harmless recreational drug users.

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Sealed for your convenience. ;)

“Ecstasy” (feng tau) pills contact: Category III girl
Nickname: She thought I was after X rated movies when I asked her for pills the first time.
Haunt: “Pirated” CD/CD-ROM/DVD shop
Favorite Quote: “Wah, this guy speak English one.”
My reply: “Eh, you didn’t seem to understand when I speak in Chinese.”

The darnest thing I’ve ever seen. A girl who sells pills on the side
while working at a pirated CD/CD-ROM/DVD shop. I just asked because I
overheard her talking to another person with obvious allusions to
drugs. I decided to ask if she has any “Ecstasy” pills.

(original conversation is a mix of English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia)
Me: Hello, do you happen to know where I can get some pills?
Category III girl: Wah, this guy speak English one.
Me: Eh, you didn’t seem to understand when I speak in Chinese.
Category III girl: Heh, I was just kidding. What did you say?
Me: Ecstasy pills, do you know anyone who has any?
Category III girl: XTC?
She whispers to another guy. The guy nods and points outside.
Category III girl: Yeah, we have them outside.
Me: Really??? What kinds do you have? What’s the imprint? The logo I mean.
Category III girl: Oh we have lots, what do you want?
Me: Depends, can I see the things?
Category III girl: Sure, they’re RM 8 each.
Me: RM 8? You’ve gotta be kidding me! Are you sure?
Category III girl: (puzzled look) Yeah, that’s what they usually sell for.
Me: Amazing! I’ll love to get some.
Category III girl: Okay, it’s outside.
Me: Where? Can you bring it inside?
Category III girl: Sure, I’ll bring the folder. Wait ya.
The folder?!?! I’m astounded at the size of this operation!
Category III girl: Here you go.
She passes me a folder with X rated film covers.
Me: Hmm…where are the pills?
Category III girl: What pills?
Me: Ecstasy pills!
Category III girl: What??? I thought you wanted X rated movies. Alamak. Wait ah.
She whispers to another guy.
The guy points to another guy.
She whispers to that other guy.

Category III girl: Yeah, we have 4 kinds, one’s a green “UC”…
Me: A green CU???
Category III girl: No, a “UC”. And there’s this black one and this blue one as well.
Me: They don’t happen to be RM 8 do they?
I grin at her.
Category III girl: Heh, of course not lah. It costs RM 60.
Me: That’s very expensive lar…what kind of pills are they? Meth or ketamine?
Category III girl: Huh? I don’t know lah. It just gets you high.
Me: Right, can you sleep on these pills?
Category III girl: Nope, these are the can’t sleep ones.
That’s a meth(amphetamine) pill.
Me: Well, do you have the ones that you can sleep on?
Category III girl: You want Happy 5 is it?
That’s the benzodiazepine called nimetazepam.
Me: No, no. I’m looking for pills that makes you hard to move, the ones that lasts about an hour only?
I’m describing ketamine pills.
Category III girl: Oh, those, we have that too, but not very popular lah, these pills.
Me: How much are they then?
Category III girl: Also RM 60. You want to see it?
She shows me the pill – it’s a brownish pill with “XO” imprinted on
it. I didn’t want to pay RM 60 for a pill though, so I declined.

Me: You don’t have anything else?
Category III girl: Well, I think got new stock coming in next month lah. I give you my number, you can call me or find me here.
Me: Okay, thanks.

Pills for RM 60! What an exorbitant price…RM 60 is plenty cheap
for MDMA though, but I don’t think these pills are MDMA. I forgot the
logo of the others, only the colors, damn benzos. Does anyone know what
pills are going around at the moment? I’m interested in MDMA pills or
ketamine pills, not methamphetamine pills. The black pill is very
interesting, but I didn’t want to part with RM 60 for what sounds like
a meth pill. I curse myself for not bringing my EZ-Test X-treme Kit
back. Oops, do you know if JB pills come up to KL? Or does KL have
different imprints? Anyone familiar with the import scene? Also I would
be interested in hearing about pills with less than conventional
chemicals like PCP. Thanks!

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Insufflating with dollar bills like in the movies is not hygienic
practice! Circumstances dictate I had to resort to use this (there’s
never a straw when you need one), but I take comfort in the fact the RM
50 note is new. Don’t do it though, money is dirty.

CT, could you save up an Orange 3 for me? Sounds like fucking legendary pills!

Disclaimer: sixthseal.com is not responsible for what you do,
this is just a post intended to reduce the amount of source requests.
It is very important to remember that DRUGS ARE VERY ILLEGAL IN MALAYSIA! I suggest buying small amounts (is the bulk buy discount worth the risk of stashing it?) and consume it within the day. I do not possess any drugs. I am not condoning drug use. I am not the owner of this domain! I am a guest author
and this article should not be taken as an admission of drug use.
Malaysian law is very harsh on users – watch yourself and take care.

XM Malaysia Annual Bowling Competition 2003

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XM has a bowling competition every year. I just came in time for
this years – it was held at Flamingo Bowl @ Institut Flamingo (near
Hotel Flamingo in Ampang) on the 28th of August 2003.

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The bowling started at 8 pm so a couple of us headed there first to
get some food (it’s in one of the posts below) before going to Hotel
Flamingo.

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From left: Huai Bin (me), Chia, Wai Hing, Mandy, Vijay, Kelvin, Nita and her daughter. Not everyone was in the shot.

I was assigned to Vijay’s team. Pictured above is a group shot before the session.

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There was a team with their own custom shirts – Team To-Fu, the elite bowlers of XM.

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Here’s a shot of the logo from Azli’s shirt.

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This is the team I’m in.

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Team To-Fu.

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There are several teams, it’s a company wide event.

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Another one of my team.

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He’s got bigger balls than yours. ;)

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I think we took up 5-6 lanes.

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From left: Huai Bin (me), Mandy, Wai Hing, Vijay, Kelvin, Chia.

Here’s another shot of our team – after the session. I went back earlier because I had some stuff to do before sleeping.

I think it’s the first time I’ve been to Ampang.

KL Plaza @ 7:10 pm, 29th August 2003

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Yeah, I was at the Digi MMS Roadshow. More photos tomorrow, I’m too
tired today…was at the office until 6:30 pm and I only got back at
9:45 pm…Merdeka Day tomorrow = lots of roads blocked and traffic jams
= taxis charging RM 20 just to send me back. I have to go to work again
tomorrow, got some bits of work to finish to help out the Hotlink team.
I will try to reply as many comments as I can before I fall asleep.
There will be a MASSIVE update tomorrow, with posts from both me and
veritas, but don’t go refreshing, it’s only going to be up after
midnight, my host changed their policy, I’m paying for bandwidth
through my ears…biggest referrers are of course Erowid (the bible for
recreational drug users ;)) and Google, sending in around 5000 uniques
each month.

Oh right, my new cell number is 016 204 6669. I’m not using the 016
303 1371 anymore. I wanted 6666 actually, that’s easier to remember,
but of course a number like that would be snapped up early. I was
wondering whether to take 6660 or 6669 and settled for the later. It’s
not that hard to remember, only three digits – 204 and just think
SIXTHseal.com and you’ve got 666 and then a 9, think of it as 69 if you
want. :p A policeman won’t come walking upside down. I’m so unfunny, I
kill myself sometimes.

Recap:
My active cell phone numbers – 016 869 0110 (Sibu, Sarawak) and 016 204
6669 (KL). Please don’t call the other one, I’m not using that anymore.

I will register a new domain and get hosting for veritas posts and
move all of the drug posts there, that attracts the most visitors. That
would work out to be much cheaper. I’m approaching 10 GB bandwidth this
month, please don’t make it 11 GB or God forbid, 12 GB. I pay US$ 5 for
each GB you know. This is not a free site. I’m sorry for having to say
this, but there’s just two more days, please exercise judicious use of
the F5 key. Thanks! :)

Any suggestions for a good domain name? veritas.com is taken by a
huge software company, that’s not an option. I want a fast server, not
one of those slow assed hosting companies who chuck hundreds of site
together. My host is fast, I may open another account for them, but
their bandwidth charges…alamak. I need about 500 MB of space and 1 GB
of bandwidth. Any good hosts (reliable, no less than 99.9% downtime) to
recommend?

I have to use the lifts to take a piss…

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I was confronted by this sign and a locked door in the male toilets
of 16th floor Kenanga International (where XM is)…I got my digicam
and went to take a photo of it and then this guy came along and looked
at me one kind. Heh. I told him the toilet is locked so he’ll have to
go down to the 15th floor to relieve himself.

Here’s a photo of the 15th floor toilet:

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A leaking roof…dripping what is very possibly water from the
toilet bowl upstairs. It flowed down the mirror and dripped dripped
dripped into the sink, where my hands were. Right…

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Incidentally, I saw the very same guy who gave me another strange
look but didn’t say anything. Perhaps toilets and digicams don’t mix.

Anyway, I’ve got stuff to do so bowling photos will be up tonight
ok? I’m supposed to be working now, so comments would be replied
sporadically starting from now when I take breaks. Thanks!

Restoran Hameed Ali @ Ampang (Pre-XM Bowling Competition)

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A bunch of us programmers left at about 6 pm yesterday and grabbed
some dinner before going to the bowling center. We ate at Restaurant
Hameed Ali (pictured above). It’s somewhere in Ampang…near Ampang
Point if I recall correctly.

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There’s this interesting thing that I’ve never seen before…they
have pre-packed nasi lemak in paper on the tables! It looks like every
table has a plate in the middle with about 5 nasi lemak packs. It’s
like the way small towns in Sarawak are with eggs – they put boiled
eggs on the each table. Interesting. That’s what all of us ate anyway,
except Chia who had another roti telur. He picked up the bill, thanks!

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Here’s a group shot – from left: Kok Sing (partially hidden), Giat
Yeng, Huai Bin (me), Wang and Chia. One of the people working at the
restaurant took the photo, so my apologies for the blurry and partially
cut off shot. Most people tend to press hard on the shutter release
(which causes the image to blur).

Anyway, I’ll update with the actual bowling photos during lunch, I’m
just taking a short break from work. Will reply all comments during
lunch hour. :)

The ATM fiasco

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I keep my Commonwealth Bank (Australia) bank ATM card in my wallet –
it’s still valid, the account still has money inside, but that’s not
the point. I USED IT TO WITHDRAW CASH FROM A MALAYSIAN ATM MACHINE! I
don’t even know how that’s possible and the conversion rates + service
charges must be really something. I shouldn’t even be keeping it in my
wallet, but I’m going back to Melbourne at the end of the year for my
convo and so I keep it around. I have a Public Bank (Malaysia) ATM
card, that’s what I use here, but I don’t know what I was thinking at
that time…for some reason I just inserted the Commonwealth Bank card
instead of the Public Bank one. Blur like what…

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Anyway, I was about to go out with my co-workers for lunch, but
suddenly remembered I have hosting and billing issues to settle so I
headed back and got lunch downstairs instead and ate at the office in
front of my workstation. It’s currently empty except for me and two
other programmers. That’s steamed rice with chilli prawns, chicken
stomach in sweet sauce and some kind of vegetable. Excuse me, after
lunch coma…

Oh right, we have an inter-department bowling session at 8 pm
tonight, so I don’t know if I’ll be updating later. Take it easy on the
bandwidth guys. ;)

You guys are killing me

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I just got a Western Union money transfer totalling RM 153 for
excess bandwidth charges during my lunch break today. That’s more than
10% of my monthly paycheck…of course, like I said before, everyone is
welcome here at sixthseal.com. :) It’s just that I have to figure out
how to reduce the monthly bandwidth usage.

Anyway, as you can see, I’ve changed the front page to display only
6 days back, but there’s a lot of photos on my page – it’s been part of
my weblog since the inception – at least one relevant photo with every
post. It’s why I stuff my Nikon 885 into my pants pocket in the past
and it’s why I sling my Nikon 5700 everywhere I go now. I don’t want to
break the feel of that, and the (barely updated) Picture of the Day has
also been with sixthseal.com since the beginning and I don’t want to
change that either.

Well, if anyone is interested, I’m allocated 5 GB transfer per month
and I pay US$ 5 for every GB after that. At the rate visitors are
coming in, I’ll have to do something before the bandwidth bills becomes
exhorbitant. I’ll discuss with my host if it’s possible to open another
account and register another domain and integrate them, as in allowing
each account to use bandwidth from the other – effectively having one
account with 10 GB transfer. As veritas is fond of saying, RM 153 is
153 mg of generic alprazolam (Xanax). ;)

Anyway, I got the Western Union money transfer done during lunch
hour at the Bumiputera Commerce Bank at Komplex Antarabangsa (or is
that Plaza Antarabangsa), which is just beside the place I work –
interconnected internally. I happened to notice some workers wearing
“BCB Penipu Pekerja” (BCB shafts their workers), some sort of protest
going on here.

Second day at work was much better than the first, at least I have
something to do, keeps me occupied. Strange thing is, I woke up at 6:15
am yesterday and arrived at 8 am and I woke up at 7 am today and still
arrived at 8 am. Very puzzling. Anyway, at least I didn’t have to do
battle with the Bukit Bintang/Jalan Pudu rush hour traffic and
unwilling taxis today – our senior programmer Wai Hing was kind enough
to send me back.

Well, tomorrow is Thursday so I will investigate the Bangsar
connection after work…will probably take a taxi from Bangsar LRT
station and then try the buses on Friday (coz Fridays means no work the
next day, unless I have unfinished business). That would be my mode of
transportation from now on. I’m still going to take a taxi in the
mornings though, until next week when I’m sure of the public
transportation routes to take the bus/LRT combo.

I’m going with my gf to eat that 6 cheese pizza by Pizza Hut and the
Haagen Daz mooncakes this Saturday. I need to go to Low Yat anyway
because my over enthusiastic insertions broke my mouse’s P/S 2
connection. I’ll also need to pick up a pair of headphones. Right,
enough rambling, I talk too much when inhibitions are reduced. ;)

Oh, right, I couldn’t even see the moon, much less Mars. It’s way too cloudy and the street lights are in the way.

My apologies, I feel extremally sleepy right now. I will reply every
single comment tomorrow either before office hours (will go early) or
during lunch break. Thanks for understanding…haven’t been getting
enough sleep lately.

It's what's for lunch

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I stayed back instead of going with my colleagues for lunch because
I needed to find out where the nearest Western Union outlet is (for my
excess bandwidth bill, what else), re-check the convocation dates and
ask about leave so I can actually attend the ceremony – that would
happen after lunch though. Oh yeah, I asked the technical director
about taking photos inside the office and yeah, it would violate the
non-disclosure agreement if I post them, so er…that front door is all
you’ll see of my work place. Sorry. :)

I guess that means I’ll have to write a thousand words to explain –
it’s a rectangular room with a joined desks around the corners, and
there’s currently 13 people in the room – 1 technical support, 2
quality control, 1 temp and the rest are programmers. 1/4 of the staff
is female, the rest is male. Opposite us is a room with a somewhat
similar configuration, that’s the creative team work place and that’s
not a thousand words, but I’ve got other stuff to do during lunch hour.
Oh and btw, it seems that we have 2 hours for lunch – 12 pm – 2 pm.
Anyway, I’ll reply the comments when I get back, the Western Union is
really up there on the To Do List, I will pop out if it’s near. I’ll
post again tonight and reply all the comments, thanks!

XM Malaysia

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XM Malaysia

I just started my first day of work today – it’s at XM (Malaysia) at
Kenaga International at Jalan Sultan Ismail. It’s quite a while from my
place, I took a taxi there, it’s about RM 8 but the taxi back was RM
10+ due to the horrible traffic jam at the Bukit Bintang and Jalan Pudu
area.

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Kenaga International

First day at work was okay, got to know the staff and my colleagues
in the technical team. Surprisingly, a lot of taxi drivers doesn’t know
where Kenaga International is…deja vu from Melbourne where there’s
frequent stops to consult Melways (a map) and many questions for
directions. ;)

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There is a nice, relaxing fountain at the bottom of the Kenaga
International building and my work place is located on the 16th floor.

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Look at the vivid PURPLE BLUE of the brinjals. Is that normal?

Anyway, a bunch of us walked to Bukit Bintang for lunch at the food
court on top – it’s surprisingly near, I could have walked from my
hotel to the first interview. Oh yeah, I heard from my colleages that
there’s a Putra LRT station – the KL Central one, that’s only 8 – 10
minutes walk from the office. The nearest LRT station here is the
Bangsar one and that takes about RM 5 by taxi to Medan Damansara so I
thought that works out to around the same price, taking into account
the LRT ticket. Anyway, I won’t try tomorrow morning, but I’ll use that
to come back tomorrow night and see if I get home alright. It’s just
too much of a hassle to get back by taxi during office hours…my
grandmother could walk 50 times faster than the speed traffic moved
along the traffic congestion areas.

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I waited damn near 1 1/2 hours for a taxi…no one wanted to pick
anyone up during the peak traffic congestion office hour period.

Anyway, I don’t have any other photos except of the ones outside the
office place…I signed a non disclosure agreement, and since most
monitors were displaying code of some sort, that might violate it. I
will have to ask permission before taking photos inside the work place.

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