Friday, September 28

Budget 2013: A Treat or Trick?



Today I have to take this opportunity to join in the hooha of the Malaysia's 2013 Budget tabled by our Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak.


Here are some of the key points of the budget and since I'm a little bit busy today. I just leave my opinion in Red.


  • Continuation of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) of RM500 to households earning not more than RM3,000 a month. Is this the one being featured in the advertisement where parents' used the RM500 to fund their child's university fees? I like the help offered but the advertisement is ridiculous! 
  • Extended the aid under under the BR1M 2.0 to cover a payment of RM250 for single unmarried individuals aged 21 and above, earning not more than RM2,000 a month.Wow, treats for all the singles, unmarried (divorced or widowed is not elligible huh?) I mean, if it is suppose to help relief the burden, why not be equal and provide this relief to all, whether married or unmarried, widowed or divorced?
  • 1Malaysia book voucher for students studying at institutions of higher learning to RM250 from RM200 previously.A good move, since nowadays colleges and universities disallow students to photostat books. However, dear ministers, books are getting expensive! RM250 can only relief students from buying 1 book for 1 semester only. There's 3 semesters in a year and almost 5 subjects each semester! But, at least it's better than nothing =)
  • Retired civil servants who had served the Government for at least 25 years will now see their pension raised to a minimum of RM820 per month from the previous RM720.Yeay! Congrats all civil servants!
  • RM500mil will be allocated for the River of Life project to rejuvenate Klang River. Yeay, but why "rejuvenate". How do we rejuvenate a river? By introducing more aqua plants/fishes and refilling with cleaner waters?
  • Halal Industry Fund will provide RM200mil to fund working capital for SMEs that produce halal products. Yeay! There should be more halal products in the market. You know, during Chinese New Year we can provide some halal "bak gua" or other types of delicacies for our Muslim friends. No wonder nobody visits me during CNY. I have nothing to serve them except soft drinks.

  • Govt to set up group insurance coverage scheme for hawkers and small business owners.What type of insurance and coverage available? 
  •  Tax incentives for private entrepreneurs in the oil & gas industry including 100% income tax waiver for 10 years, exemption of withholding tax & stamp duty.Why always give priority to oil & gas industry? Is there no other industries worth developing?
  • RM38.7bil to improve quality of education in the country with an additional RM500mil to training teachers in the core subjects of English, Bahasa Malaysia, Science and Maths. Sigh, you know why training expenses is so high? Because they keep changing the teaching language for Science & Mathematics. Come on, don't keep on changing!
  • Tax-free incentives and grants for setting up of new nurseries and kindergartens. RM1.2bil allocation for pre-school development. Treat. Does this mean that pre-school fees will be reduced for the greater good?
  • Efforts to further reduce the crime rate will continue to be enhanced, with an allocation of RM591 million in 2013. *Loss faith in police force - No comment* WHAT?! =.= Crime rate will be reduced NOT only by adding budgets. Attitude should be changed first! .
  • A total of 500 women will be trained as board members under the Women Directors' Programme. Can't decide whether it's a Treat or Trick haha...Did someone just say women directors? What is this all about? How can we be trained to be directors? haha *interested*
  • The 1Malaysia Welfare Programme (KAR1SMA) under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development will be allocated RM1.2 billion comprising assistance programmes for senior citizens, children and disabled workers as well as for chronic illnesses. Treat! Yeay, I believe they need more help.

  • Through the Youth Communication Package, a one-off rebate of RM200 will be provided for the purchase of one unit of 3G smartphone from authorised dealers. The initiative is for youths aged between 21 to 30 years with a monthly income of RM3,000 and below. A sum of RM300 million is allocated benefiting 1.5 million youths.Treat...Yeay, more treats for young generation! means now everybody can buy the iPhone 5 *got rebate ^.^*
  

  • 50% discount on KTM Komuter fares extended to all Malaysians with a monthly income of RM3,000 and below and who travel by KTM Komuter.TRICK! Well, this means ONLY SELECTED people who use the KTM can enjoy such benefits. To me, it's not even a benefit. KTM is the worst public transportation around city in Selangor.*sorry I'm just being honest*
  • Government will allocate RM1.9 billion to build 123,000 affordable housing units in strategic locations in 2013. The initiative will be implemented by PR1MA, Syarikat Perumahan Nasional Berhad (SPNB)and Jabatan Perumahan Negara.TRICK! Is this REAL? means one house cost price will be about RM15,447.15 average LOL! And did you see Pr1ma's registration for Putrajaya houses, applicants have to be a REGISTERED VOTER of PUTRAJAYA CONSTITUENCY to be eligible to buy.
  • A total of RM500 million will be spent by PR1MA to build 80,000 houses in major locations nationwide with the selling price ranging between RM100,000 and RM400,000 per unit. Among the locations are Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Johor Bahru, Seremban and Kuantan. TRICK! And they are selling it at RM100K - RM400K!
  • To enable more Malaysian own their first residential property, My First Home Scheme, which was launched under the previous Budget, will be improved by increasing the income limit for individual loans from RM3,000 to RM5,000 per month or joint loans of husband and wife of up to RM10,000 per month.Treat~! Finally, this sounds less ridiculous than previously. Two years back, when I was really low on 10% deposits, houses/apartments that worth less than RM230K are those of flats or 30years old building. Well, thanks to the government's lack-of-initiative schemes, my parents decided to lend me a hand with the deposit.
  • In a bid to curb speculation, the Government proposes the real property gains tax (RPGT) from the disposal of properties made within a period not exceeding 2 years from the date of purchase will be taxed at the rate of between 15% and 10% of disposal of property within a period of 2 to 5 years. For property disposed after 5 years from the date of acquisition, RPGT is not applicable. Trick for speculators, Treat for home owners! Yesh, speculators can all cry now.. *somehow somewhere deep in my heart, i knew that a loophole will somehow be found by speculators*
  • Subsidy on sugar to be cut by RM0.20 per kg, effective from 29 September 2012. Trick! So this means restaurants/mamak all will increase price. I wonder if I order "Teh O kurang manis, or Milo O" i am entitle for a cheaper price per cup?
  • Individual income tax rate to be reduced by 1 percentage point for each grouped annual income tax exceeding RM2,500 to RM50,000. The measure will remove 170,000 taxpayers from paying tax as well as provide savings on their tax payment. Yay, lower tax payment. Hmm...my maths is really bad but I think im entitle for this reduced rate ^.^
  • To ease financial burden of parents, the Government proposes that the existing tax relief on the children's higher education amounting to RM4,000 per person be increased to RM6,000. Treats for parents nationwide~! I should get marry and have kids too!
  • PTPTN loans: Incentive - repayment of full loan from 1 October 2012 until 30 September 2013, a discount of 20% will be given on their loan. Regular repayment gets a 10% discount. Both Trick and Treat... Yesh~ this will encourage stingy fellows to clear off their loans soon!
Overall, I think the treats are pretty much enticing. Just that, none of the treats can actually benefit me. I'm single, unmarried, no kids, with salary more than RM2,000, who drive to work and did not use KTM. I also do not run any business, so those SME loans and subsidy is so foreign to me. It feels like, kena lottery but forget to buy the number. WTF you know what I mean?

What about you? Which part of the budget do you like most?





I gotta run now. P/S: I'm really tired today and I havent analyse the Budget 2013. So forgive me if i had misjudge certain points. 

TQ!

XOXO
MsXeRoZ

Wednesday, September 26

"Oh Sushi" Making Moments with T-Garden Cooking School And Midea Malaysia

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Can you guess where was I last Saturday?

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Tadaaa~ I attended a sushi making workshop at T-Garden Cooking School in Cheras (behind Tesco Extra, Taman Midah).  

This workshop is all made possible with the collaboration of T-Garden Cooking School, Midea Malaysia, and also Oriental Cuisine Magazine. All they had to do is buy this months' edition of the magazine and get a participation voucher to this workshop for FREE. *COOL*

This sushi making workshop costs about RM140, and Midea Malaysia sponsored all of us for this event. Thank you Midea Malaysia~ *muacks muacks*
Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Back to my sushi making moments. When I stepped into T-Garden Cooking School, I was shocked. This cooking school, is very homely (being located in a house), with a very complete kitchen!

Oh ya, not to forget, they have a HUGE kitchen.

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Not only that, it also has a recycle corner! I really respect that! A cooking school with a heart of gold.  By just looking at this corner, it actually instill awareness amongst the participants to NOT simply chuck the waste any where.

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Alright, I'm ready... Let's go!

First, all participants are given an apron to put on. How do I look? HAHA..

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

We were then welcomed and briefed by Ms. Seow, representative from Midea Malaysia. If I am not mistaken, there will be more of this event being arranged in future. HAHA, so remember to check out Midea Malaysia and T-Garden's Facebook page and check out if there's any "not-to-be-missed events"!

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Okay, the instructor/teacher or what we call "Lao shi" in mandarin, kick start the lesson by teaching us how to make the sushi rice. This sushi rice can be prepared by using the rice cooker. In this case of course, we used Midea's rice cooker and lao shi said the rice turned out perfect!

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

While demonstrating the techniques of making the rice, lao shi also taught us on the types of rice and vinegar available in the market.
Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

So being good students, me and XeROz tentatively practised our skills. An ideal sushi rice, should be about 3.2cm long and weigh 20g.

Sushi Making Workshop at T Garden Cooking School with Midea Malaysia

Being born a culinary genius, making sushi rice is no big problem for me. *boast* So here's my sushi rice.

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

After that, we all went for the sushi presentation. The presentation is being conducted by Florence lao shi. While we were all busy with the rice, our lao shi went to change into KIMONOS! 

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

So, Florence lao shi explained on the types of sushi available - eg. Nigiri, Gunkan and many more *can't remember* hehehe..

She also informed us where we can find the sushi making ingredients, so that we can go home and start making sushi for our family and friends!

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Anyway, the most incredible thing is that we are not the first batch of the sushi making workshop. This workshop has already taught more than 1000 students!

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

As we stepped back into the kitchen, our "toppings" for the sushi has been prepared. I see wakame, ebikko, smashed eggs, mixed salad and tuna!

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

The second part of the workshop begins with lao shi teaching us how to make up the "toppings". It's really easy seeing how she did it. Prepare, wash, cut into mini-bits, top with adequate mayonnaise, salt and pepper, there you go~

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

*mouthwatering*
This is what the lao shi made during the demonstration.

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Beautiful, aint it?

Wanna see mine?

*embarrassed*

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Mine is really plain and ugly, and my seaweed all turned sticky and foggy! *sulks* I have no talent!!!

and as I looked at the girl in front of me, her's was a success story...*envy*

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia


                                       XEROZ's                            and                       MINE
Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Even a small boy can make better sushi decoration than me!

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Our sushi art~

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Ta daaaa..... can you spot which is mine?

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia


So here's all the sushi beginners... Just, they are better than me HAHAHA..

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Even Ms. Seow's sushi looked good. Her ebikko really looked mouth-watering!

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Last but not least a photo with cute Florence lao shi.. I forced her to give a thumbs up to my sushi!

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Oh wait, there's also a sharing contest organized by Midea. All I need to do is:
1) Post my sushi making moments.
2) Get friends to like
3) Inform them

It's pretty easy! So if you are reading this. Help me like my blog post yah! *doe eye* Pleeaaaseeeeeeee~

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia




 If I win, I get to bring home a Midea rice cooker and make many many sushi~ I will become the next Sushi Tycoon in Malaysia *daydreamz*

The winners will bring home, Sushi King (not the restaurant) rice cooker, Sushi Queen and Sushi Princess.

 Sushi Making Workshop with Midea

There's no Sushi Prince model yet, but don't worry. T-garden Cooking School has also given me RM100 vouchers rebate if I would want to enroll in their October class. Unfortunately, I'm really busy on October weekends, so I wish to give away these 2 vouchers (1 from me, 1 from XeRoZ).

Oh Sushi Making Moments at T-garden cooking school with Midea Malaysia

Common sense tell me that these vouchers are not stackable. So, I'll be giving 2 different individuals who are keen to participate in the cooking courses offered by T-Garden in October. Here's the link to their OCTOBER SCHEDULE. All you need to do is drop me an email: msxeroz@gmail.com and tell me I am awesome send me your address before 12pm, Friday (28th September).

 I will use a ONE-day courier service and get the vouchers delivered right to your doorstep by 29th September. So,you still can use the vouchers.

Courier fee of RM6.80 (klang valley area) per document will be fully sponsored by MsXeRoZ.com. I will only post these two vouchers to KL & Klang Valley address only.

So before I go to bed tonight~ "LIKE" my blog post for me yah! hahahah..

Goodnite every sushi lovers in the world!

XOXO
MsXeROz

(UPDATED 12.23AM, 27 Sept 2012) 1 Voucher is redeemed by Christal Loh. So left 1 more yah!