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9 Dec

Saturday that was meant to be spent marking papers was instead spent lazy and in bed. Maybe I will give it my best tomorrow? Just now I was watching a Japanese show on Netflix called Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salary Man. It is literal food porn. Like 12 minutes into the pilot Kantaro is in ecstasy while waiting for his anmitsu. Anyway, why does it always have to be about food? There is this other show on Netflix with the same theme… a retired guy off to enjoy his newly found free time by treating himself to nice meals. It is too hard to watch especially when one is on a diet. But lol, who am I kidding? Here I am typing away with my Starbucks lemonade, having just finished a panini. I broke my four-day keto diet streak a couple of days ago, and I figure I can allow myself another day since I will be heading to a birthday party with a rumored eight-course meal later for dinner. Maybe I will give it my all tomorrow?

It’s unbelievable but it’s the holidays again in a week. I have already booked all my flights (and am now poor by USD700) but other than the empty sensation in my pocket it hasn’t sunk in yet. Going home, being there for a few days, and then heading to Taiwan with J. Maybe for the last time? I don’t know. An empty feeling that hasn’t sunk in yet. Uncertainties are like that.

I wish I can wait for it, like how our guy Kantaro anticipates his sweet anmitsu.


Pa(i)nin the ass

15 Oct

Today is a sunny Saturday. I have just discovered that Panin has locked me out of my own bank account and that there is no way that I can do any transaction (whether online, POS or ATM) until I show up at the branch where the account was opened to get it re-activated again. 

I had used my Panin debit MasterCard a couple of times while I was in Singapore. Only a couple of times because their transaction limits were baffling and inconvenient. My humble BCA card (basic with only Cirrus and Maestro) was more flexible in that I was able to withdraw much more money for mindless spending. 

Anyway, it only occured to me that there was something wrong with my Panin account when I tried topping up my pulsa today. I totally thought that my failed POS payment at Gelael using the card last Monday was a fluke (I got saved from embarrassment once again by my BCA card). So I called their contact centre and got served the awful truth: I have money but I cannot get to it until after the weekend. 

They should have at least informed me beforehand that they were locking out my account for my own security, right? Instead I had to find it out on my own, on a weekend, at least one week after the fact. Maybe it was deactivated when I was still in Singapore. Who knows. 

Anyway, I sent a lengthy email to communicate to them in nicer words what a pain in the ass this all is. Let’s see if anyone even reads it.