Airasia X CEO Mr Azran Osman-Rani

Just came back from a wonderful talk at Intercontinental Hotel(Nikko Hotel) organised by Young Corporate Malaysians(YCM). This time around, the speaker is rather special, he is the CEO of AirAsia X, Mr Azran Osman-Rani who talks about his journey in the corporate world, how he ended up with the top job at AirAsia X and how he manages AirAsia X. I must say that I'm truly impressed with how down to earth he was during the whole session. Honestly did not know much about him(didn't even know that he is the CEO of AirAsia X) until today's talk.

Long story cut short, it was truly an inspiring session to hear him talk.

AirAsia X CEO Mr Azran Osman-Rani & myself

After spending more than an hour listen to the humble gentlemen, I find that he is truly an inspiring corporate leader that other local top guns should strive to emulate. He is someone that could inspire his colleague to think out of the box and work smart to achieve a common goal. Will definitely look forward to work for bosses like him.

3rd PutraJaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Attended the 3rd PurtaJaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta for the very first time this morning. This annual event is held for the 3rd time this year at the same old venue, PutraJaya. It was much of a disappointment I must say. I was expecting it to be an event of international standard, but it turns out to be otherwise with many stalls setup to monetize from the innocent crowd.

The skyline of PutraJaya being filled with balloons.

Doraemon, my favourite among the many balloons on display.

Me and Doraemon in the background

Doraemon being suck till death by its owner. jk jk..

Not too sure what when wrong there, but the sky was rather cloudy and wind were quite strong. Left the venue in less than an hour as the entire thing is just a waste of time. I will never come for this event again, unless they have a really attractive WAU factor to woo me.

St. Patrick's Festival 2011 @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

Guinness Malaysia hosted the St. Patrick's Festival last night Changkat Bukit Bintang. This is the first time the whole street is close from traffic and the public can literally sit, dine and drink along the street of Changkat. Anyway, had a quick dinner at Wong Ah Wah @ Jalan Alor with my girlfriend Michelle before taking a stroll to Changkat. It's been raining quite a bit lately, but the weather last night was just perfect for an outdoor event (guess Guinness must have hired a good bomoh).

VVIP from Guinness posing for the media

Some simple do's and dont's

I wonder what's the use of this important notice? Firstly it was stated that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly for non-muslim consumer and above the age of 21yo. However from my observation, there were lots of muslim consumers and those who are well below 21 having a jolly good time drinking all night long.

Secondly it also mentioned that No cash transactions of alcoholic drinks on the streets, only in outlet, but the waitress were busy serving Guinness Stout in plastics cups for RM10 each.

My point is why bother to put up such notice when the organizer clearly doesn't have the manpower and willpower to enforce it in the first place. Anyway, the main purpose was to have fun and that's exactly what I did all night long.

Michelle and I with Mr Guinness

Super bike seems to be the theme of the night and these are some of the super bike parked outside Fangapani

I was glad to have went for the event as I meet many of my old friends that I've not seen for ages. One of them is my good old buddy Thompson who was my schoolmate back in high school. Apparently this chap is currently attached with Guinness Anchor Berhad.

Thompson & Myself

I also meet his colleague who is my junior back in the Uni days when I was actively involved in AIESEC the International Student Organisation. Something which I still hold very close to my heart till today.

Me & Julie Kuan

I definitely had fun meeting with tons of people familiar people on the street yesterday. Looking forward to more fun next year.

Time to catch some sleep. Adios!!

Maybank 2 Card

Finally got my Maybank 2 Card by Malayan Banking Berhad. It's one of a kind service which offers consumer the benefit of 2 card with one sign up, one service tax and once statement. Consumer can choose a combination of American Express and Visa or American Express and Master.

Schedule for an official launch in April 2011, I was one of the lucky applicant who applied for it during its pre-launch. Why did I signed up for it? Here are the 3 main reasons:

  • Lifetime Annual Fee Waiver
  • 5X treats point for every Ringgit spend on the American Express card (treats points collected will come in handy in the upcoming Maybank Treats Fair)
  • 5% cash back during weekend (up to RM50/month, which is more than enough
There are of cause a host of other benefit which I will list down as i go on.

The introduction manual

My new card sealed in 2 separate envelope.

ermm, Maybank should consider using just one instead and help save the environment. After all the cards are being promoted as offering the benefit of 2 cards with one sign up, one service tax and one statement.

and here's my new Visa and American Express Card (I've covered up the card number and name for security purpose).

Will be making a trip to the bank soon to cancel off my existing American Express Card.

Anyway, here's the list of other benefit that comes along with the card which I don't find useful to me at the moment:

  • Enjoy Low Finance Charges of 8.88% p.a.
  • Travel Insurance Coverage (up to RM1,000,000)
  • Retail Protection
  • Golf Privilege (Complimentary Golf at selected golf courses around Malaysia)
Before you visit the nearest Maybank to register, here's the requirement:
  • You got to be a Malaysian or expatriates and have a minimum income of RM60,000 (RM5,000/month)
  • Between the age of 21 to 65
  • Bring a copy of IC(both side)
  • Latest 2 months salary slip / Latest BE form / Latest 3 months Saving /Current Account activity

So what are you waiting for, sign up one today and start saving like me when you shop on weekend and earn 5x rewards point at the same time.

For more info, visit Maybank 2 Card
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