Sunday, June 30, 2024

Log | Back to Basics, Boba Edition


It's raining and all I want is to just go back home and sleep but I'm going to do what I've got to do as it's the last day for me to submit all the documents needed for my work although I'm still not done yet.
Good news, I have two weeks extension.

Still, I really just want to be done with all these s**** like right now.

 Been missing cafe hopping a lot lately so I guess this basic boba from Tealive will do for now.

Friday, June 28, 2024

Log | Missions Completed


As I expected, lots of matcha-based beverages launched by different cafes recently and I'm starting with one from ZUS Coffee, their new Not Pistachio Latte. 

I'm already a big fan of their Barista Coconut milk so this is a must-try for me and I loved it! Not too sweet for my taste and even though there's no actual pistachio in it, it did tasted similarly. The matcha tasted nicely too with slight bitterness that got balanced out with the creamy coconut milk. I requested whipped cream as I was picking this up instead of the usual delivery to my office and overall it's a lovely treat after months of late nights at the office as I was dealing with my accounting auditors.

On average, I usually managed to complete like one or two missions but I did more for this month of June. The one mission that I completed for the first time ever since they've came up with their app is that one for the early bird. Like I said, I've been spending late nights at the office hence I needed more caffeine in the morning. Boy, I'm so glad as I can finally go back to my normal office hours after more than 3 months and I can't wait to catch up with so many things especially this season's anime but first, I'm going to get some good night sleep.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Throwback Thursday | My Hero Academia Manga


I've been following My Hero Academia's manga for about 3 years now; I was filling the void in my head after I've finished reading Demon Slayer's over 200 chapters in a single night and I was like, what's next on my shounen list?

My Hero Academia first came to me in the form of anime that can be easily streamed on Netflix but I'm more of a manga reader hence these throwback photo of when I first bought the official English translation by Viz Media. As usual, I got them from Kinokuniya's webstore. 

Fast forward to several days ago, the mangaka, Kohei Horikoshi has announced that there's only 5 chapters left to the main series and I've felt this big wave of relief because I was expecting that to happen after reading chapter 425. Up to this day, there are 38 volumes have been released that include 386 chapters with volume 39 coming in October. In Japan, volume 40 that include up to chapter 410 has been released back in April so I guess there are 2 more volumes left for this series to complete.

But will I truly be happy when the series ends?

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Wordless Wednesday | Finally


Monday, June 17, 2024

Log | Japanese Matcha Frappe at ZUS Coffee


This was exactly a month ago, before the chaos began. June is the month when I would be dealing with auditors so I’ve been having late nights at the office quite frequently throughout the past month but I know that new matcha-based beverages are coming usually at this time of the year so I just can’t wait for this to be over! 

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Log | Sambal Carbonara Fettuccine at Guan's Kopitiam, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu


It's spicy, savoury and just the right amount of cheese with lots of mushroom. Loved it!

Friday, June 14, 2024

Log | Renewing My Car Insurance and Paying for Road Tax


While I actually haven't got my driving license yet; I've been so occupied with work since last year till February this year, so I couldn't register for MyJPJ Android app as having one is a requirement therefore in need to manually pay the road tax for a car under my name at the nearest JPJ counter. But before that, I was going to need to renew my car insurance so I opted for one that I conveniently applied and paid for via Maybank Group's member; Etiqa .

First, I saw the application while exploring Maybank's MAE app above but to pay the insurance, do it on a browser on your smartphone or computer so you can approve the Secure2U on your MAE app to proceed with the payment. Quick reminder for those of you who are still using the previous Maybank2U app, the last day to use it will be end of this month as it'll be discontinued i.e. Maybank will no longer provide support afterwards.

But I, on the other hand, applied for the insurance right from the app for the first time and got stuck at the payment page because I cannot return to merchant's page i.e. Etiqa therefore I've had to go to Maybank's branch counter to reset my application and then proceed with the payment.

Now, let's talk about the things I had to consider when it comes to the total Contribution so first thing first is the Sum Covered. Ranging from the Market Value; usually the low end of the sum covered to the Agreed Value; the higher fixed sum covered as the payout in the event of a total loss claim.

As it's merely been a year since I've had this car, I opted for the Agreed Value that will mostly cover the outstanding balance of my loan instead of opting for the most common albeit lower Market Value.

Next is whether to add any additional coverage like  windscreen or window breakage, all-driver, natural disasters, etc. but I didn't opt for any as I was already exceeding my allocated budget to renew the insurance policy. I'm just happy to get the complimentary 'Drive Less Save More' add-on where I can get up to 30% cash rebates for low mileage when I renew my insurance next year. 

Another reason why I chose to renew my car insurance by myself is because of yes, you guessed it, the 10% discount! I've received several quotations from different parties like Toyota Malaysia via WhatsApp, my previous insurance company and my dad's usual JPJ runners but all of the Contribution amounts still above the amount that I've paid by myself and all of them gave me quotations with lower Market Values which all in all has triggered my curiosity to settle this task independently.


One thing that's kind of a misstep to this whole process is indeed the next order of business i.e. paying the road tax. As I was so occupied with work for almost 3 weeks after renewing my insurance with my mum; the regular driver of my car had my younger brother who's on break from work driving her around, I only remembered to go to the JPJ counter nearby literally last week to pay for it. 

If you didn't know like I did, you have to pay your road tax within 10 days after renewing your insurance policy or you only get to pay for a 6-month period. Whether the fact that an insurance policy that's to be renewed annually expires within a 12-month period couldn't be more obvious like it was about to hit me in my face, I overlooked that fact therefore I'm going to need to be in contact with Etiqa 2 weeks before my road tax became invalid to apply for an extension of my current policy so I'll have at least another 6 months to it and then I can pay the road tax covering that remaining period.

Only after that I can go for another round of renewing my insurance policy; fingers-crossed the car is driven less than 15,000KM or I won't be eligible for the 'Drive Less Save More' cash rebates and only then I can hopefully get to pay for a 1-year road tax. Hopefully, I get to pay that tax right from my own MyJPJ app.