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Sunday, 10 February 2013 05:53


I chanced on a factory, founded in Singapore in 1947, that moved to Johor 20 years ago, and now has a factory in China and one opening soon in Cambodia. They make any umbrella and their prices compete successfully with China, with the important advantage that they are accessible and accountable: you need never fear a terrible % of damaged umbrellas and real money loss.

I was so impressed, I joined them! International Sales, honeh, based in Singapore. So now I’m in the thick of a thousand years of umbrellas, designs and fabrics, wholesale and fund-raising umbrellas.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 05:56
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Saturday, 10 July 2010 15:09

Disastrous news: cigarettes and tobacco are significantly cheaper

When the price of a box of 20 fags went up to S$11.30 three years ago, both my husband and I were still smoking and such was our addiction (more than 40 years and 30ish years respectively) we would have preferred to give up food rather than tobacco.

Coming to Johor was devastating as a box of kretek – the only thing I smoked - was a throwaway RM$5, so I increased my smoking to two packs a day, and congratulated myself on how much money I was saving. Idiot!

Well, eventually I really wanted to quit. But even six months of fervent morning prayer, the feeling of weakness and dizziness and general ill health had me lighting up within 10 minutes of getting out of bed.

Not to speak of searching out stogies in the ashtray if it was too late at night to go out for another pack. Some people can quit cold – I simply could not.

The cure took an unbelievable single afternoon (about four hours) with Pam Oei, that divine Dimsum Dollie, who teaches Allen Carr’s Easyway to Quit Smoking with a money back guarantee. My husband also quit cold, and that is after 40 long years.

Pam was herself a tobacco addict, and was so impressed by the method’s results she bought into the franchise. We didn’t even need any additional hand-holding (though she did very sweetly keep email contact open and sent encouragement).

So if you want to quit but just cannot, call Pam at (65) 63299630. I will not bore you with how gloriously liberating it is to be free of that total addiction.

There is a limited smoking ban in Malaysia for 19 categories of places, including hospitals, medical clinics, public elevators, public restrooms, air-conditioned restaurants, public transport, government premises, educational institutions, gas stations, internet cafes, and shopping complexes. This does not extend to bars, cafes, and many open areas.


Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2013 17:20