Footpath progress along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah / Northam Road

Starting from Jalan Larut I walked along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah to the beginning of Gurney Drive, and took some photos of progress. Here they are:

And just across the road they have started some drainage works:

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perennial procrastinator placated – fulfilling new year’s resolutions

For the first time, I actually fulfilled my new year’s resolutions this year.

And how did I do it?

By making a couple of checklists on Google Keep – an app that’s simple and easily synchronises between the PC and phone and tablet.  One checklist is for daily tasks, and the other for regular tasks. An example of a daily task is meditation or going for a walk. An example of a regular task is the gym.  I try to do most tasks before midday, and check them off as I do them.  At the end of the day I clear all checks so the lists are clear for the next day. I don’t beat myself up if I don’t do everything every day; every day is a new start, and I’d done my best.  I don’t need a record of what I had done, only I know I’d done my best for the day. But most days I’d done almost all of the daily tasks and many of the regular tasks by the end of the day.

For one-time tasks I find it better to write on a paper list and cross off when it’s done.  e.g. repairing an item. When the list is mostly crossed off I just make a new list with the remaining tasks, and add new tasks to it as they come up.

So I’ll keep on doing my lists from now.  The days of recycling the same New Year’s Resolution list every year, having largely failed are over. For next year I can only think of one thing I need on my New Year’s Resolution list.  It’ll go on my regular list.

Gurney Wharf Project progress photos No. 16, 10th December, 2017

Today I noticed what appears to be a minor amount of progress – there seems to be more sand filled in between the barriers and the shore.

In response to many attempts to contact the person in charge of this project at the government  I finally got a response.  Until the reclamation is done and the land surrendered to the State Government, the Gurney Wharf Project will not commence.  I replied, asking who, and at which company I could contact to check on progress of reclamation, but heard nothing back.

Here are the questions I asked of the State Government:

  1. What is the schedule for completion of the project?
  2. Is the project on schedule?
  3. If it’s not on schedule, when is the estimated completion of the stages?
  4. I believe there are stages of completion. When will the public be first able to use the park?
  5. I believe a beach with sand is planned.  Will the water be clean enough to swim in by the time of completion of the beach?
  6. Or is the beach solely for sun bathing?
  7. I believe the project will incorporate a bicycle path.  Are you also in charge of this, and its route to George Town?  If not, could I have the contact details of who is, please?
  8. I notice that the footpath along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah is being widened and concreted. Is this part of the planned bicycle path to George Town?
  9. Is there a web site that is updated with the project’s progress – or how can I keep up to date with the project’s progress?

Now I will try and find out which company is doing the reclamation, and try to get answers from them.  But it can wait until the new year.

My Huawei tablet – tales of the undead. Update – but not yet resolved. Final Update – they just ignored me.

FINAL UPDATE

They took the common response to consumer complaints in this country – they promised to do something, and they did nothing, and didn’t contact me.

It is two weeks later and I have heard nothing.

So it appears to me that I paid for a new battery to be installed, but got an old battery.  Perhaps it was “new” in the sense it was unused, but batteries deteriorate with time, and it was not new as in reasonably recently manufactured, the latter being the expectation.  It did not perform as a new battery, but the warranty was so short that by the time I was sure of this the warranty had expired.  There is the chance that the numbers on the battery do not correspond to a date, but they have neither confirmed or denied this.

So, do I save effort and give up, having learnt that Huawei in Malaysia is not a company that cares about its customers, or do I seek lawful remedy?  We’ll see.

Huawei have a couple of interesting products on the market – but other good brands are available too – so obviously I will not ever be considering Huawei again.

UPDATE

21.11.2017  I rang the Huawei repair centre in Burma Road and asked if the figures on the battery represented the date of manufacture.  They couldn’t tell me, so I went there with the device and showed them. They still couldn’t tell me, so they took a photo and told me they’d get back to me in a few days.

—————

 

Sadly it seems my Huawei tablet died at about 18 months old. In late July, 2017.

When I bought my Huawei Media tablet on Christmas 2015 it was the only tablet with the specifications I wanted on the market in Malaysia.  And they promised to upgrade the operating system from Lollipop to Marshmallow within a few months.

I was a good tablet for about a year, and then for the remaining seven months plagued by poor battery life.  Plus in the last few months I was also constant plagued by ads on the front screen, and if I flicked to open the tablet 1mm in the wrong direction the ad would open and play a video or more ads would appear.

I’m not returning to the Huawei repair centre after my last experience. Back in April I paid Huawei RM157.90 to replace the battery with a new one – an expensive – because it’s a non-removable battery and thus the battery costs more and I have to pay to get it done – process. But also annoying as I first have to wipe the tablet of all settings and data, as they suggest anyway, then after spend a lot of time setting it up again the way I like it.  It was no better after, but the battery warranty is a laughably short time – they appear to have no confidence in their own hardware.

I had waited and waited for the upgrade to Marshmallow, and checked Huawei’s web pages and others – the upgrade was coming soon.  It never came. Well, It doesn’t matter now.

No shop said they could repair it for a reasonable sum.  They didn’t have a screen available to test it on.  I thought it might just be a poor connection or some small component that needed replacement, but no one was interested in helping – as the screen didn’t display it was stuck in their minds that it was the screen that needed replacement.  I only showed it to them, and never left it with them, and they never opened it.

So now I am back to using my five-year old Asus tablet which still chugs along, and which did deliver the upgrade they promised.  And for a phone – for recently I used the tablet as a phone too – I used a years’ old Motorola, which still works fine – and which also delivered the promised upgrade after purchase.  But while the Motorola works, it can’t do everything I require, and it’s only 3G, not 4G, so I bought a new phone, which I am very happy with.

18 months is the shortest any electronic device has lasted for me that I can remember.  I never dropped it, submerged it in water, or even spoke to it harshly.

It started to work again when I opened it

So the tablet has been sitting around for months dead, but because I never had the chance to get data off it I didn’t want to recycle it. Finally,  I thought I might as well open it up and see if I could see something which was obviously where the data would be stored, then remove this, and the rest could be recycled.  If not, I would just have to attack with a hammer. I charged it up, and checked YouTube to find out how to open it. And, on opening it, Mrs Tropicalexpat touched something inside and the screen came to life and I could use it again.  It worked on and off for a couple of days, and I could get my data off it via an SD card.  At first I closed it again, but then it wouldn’t work. So I opened it again, and it worked again sometimes. Next I did a factory reset.  I couldn’t find an obvious data storage chip, but then I don’t know what I should be looking for.

Is that date looking number a date?

But then I found a nasty secret, or at least a mystery. I’d paid for a new battery, but the date on the battery is 2014-08-03.  Either they didn’t replace the battery at all when I took it to the repair centre for the new battery – and when I bought the device they’d installed an already old battery – or they replaced the old battery with another old battery.  Either would explain the poor battery performance. The part number on the receipt doesn’t match any number I can see on the battery, either. Or this number is not a date.  Or it’s a date using a different calendar.  Did they stop manufacturing batteries for this model in 2014, and thus any replacement had to be old – in which case they should have told me and asked me if I still wanted my battery replaced.  (My answer – “No”).  As I write it’s playing dead again.

I don’t know what to think, so I’ll be off to Huawei to ask for an explanation.

It’s Saturday in Penang, and it’s not raining!

Yet, at least.

Gurney Plaza Christmas ferris wheel – before the hordes descend

It usually rains from Friday night, and continuing through parts of Saturday and Sunday.  This is the pattern for at least 80% of weekends.  Weekdays are much more likely to be fine. So what do people do when it rains on the weekend? They go to the malls.  But as we approach Christmas, the malls have plenty of attractions for children anyway, so rain is not necessary to persuade them to go. Perhaps that’s why we’ve had a sunny morning.

My Huawei tablet – tales of the undead. Update – but not yet resolved.

UPDATE

21.11.2017  I rang the Huawei repair centre in Burma Road and asked if the figures on the battery represented the date of manufacture.  They couldn’t tell me, so I went there with the device and showed them. They still couldn’t tell me, so they took a photo and told me they’d get back to me in a few days.

—————

 

Sadly it seems my Huawei tablet died at about 18 months old. In late July, 2017.

When I bought my Huawei Media tablet on Christmas 2015 it was the only tablet with the specifications I wanted on the market in Malaysia.  And they promised to upgrade the operating system from Lollipop to Marshmallow within a few months.

I was a good tablet for about a year, and then for the remaining seven months plagued by poor battery life.  Plus in the last few months I was also constant plagued by ads on the front screen, and if I flicked to open the tablet 1mm in the wrong direction the ad would open and play a video or more ads would appear.

I’m not returning to the Huawei repair centre after my last experience. Back in April I paid Huawei RM157.90 to replace the battery with a new one – an expensive – because it’s a non-removable battery and thus the battery costs more and I have to pay to get it done – process. But also annoying as I first have to wipe the tablet of all settings and data, as they suggest anyway, then after spend a lot of time setting it up again the way I like it.  It was no better after, but the battery warranty is a laughably short time – they appear to have no confidence in their own hardware.

I had waited and waited for the upgrade to Marshmallow, and checked Huawei’s web pages and others – the upgrade was coming soon.  It never came. Well, It doesn’t matter now.

No shop said they could repair it for a reasonable sum.  They didn’t have a screen available to test it on.  I thought it might just be a poor connection or some small component that needed replacement, but no one was interested in helping – as the screen didn’t display it was stuck in their minds that it was the screen that needed replacement.  I only showed it to them, and never left it with them, and they never opened it.

So now I am back to using my five-year old Asus tablet which still chugs along, and which did deliver the upgrade they promised.  And for a phone – for recently I used the tablet as a phone too – I used a years’ old Motorola, which still works fine – and which also delivered the promised upgrade after purchase.  But while the Motorola works, it can’t do everything I require, and it’s only 3G, not 4G, so I bought a new phone, which I am very happy with.

18 months is the shortest any electronic device has lasted for me that I can remember.  I never dropped it, submerged it in water, or even spoke to it harshly.

It started to work again when I opened it

So the tablet has been sitting around for months dead, but because I never had the chance to get data off it I didn’t want to recycle it. Finally,  I thought I might as well open it up and see if I could see something which was obviously where the data would be stored, then remove this, and the rest could be recycled.  If not, I would just have to attack with a hammer. I charged it up, and checked YouTube to find out how to open it. And, on opening it, Mrs Tropicalexpat touched something inside and the screen came to life and I could use it again.  It worked on and off for a couple of days, and I could get my data off it via an SD card.  At first I closed it again, but then it wouldn’t work. So I opened it again, and it worked again sometimes. Next I did a factory reset.  I couldn’t find an obvious data storage chip, but then I don’t know what I should be looking for.

Is that date looking number a date?

But then I found a nasty secret, or at least a mystery. I’d paid for a new battery, but the date on the battery is 2014-08-03.  Either they didn’t replace the battery at all when I took it to the repair centre for the new battery – and when I bought the device they’d installed an already old battery – or they replaced the old battery with another old battery.  Either would explain the poor battery performance. The part number on the receipt doesn’t match any number I can see on the battery, either. Or this number is not a date.  Or it’s a date using a different calendar.  Did they stop manufacturing batteries for this model in 2014, and thus any replacement had to be old – in which case they should have told me and asked me if I still wanted my battery replaced.  (My answer – “No”).  As I write it’s playing dead again.

I don’t know what to think, so I’ll be off to Huawei to ask for an explanation.