Random observations during Chinese new year

I’m always a little slow in blogging. As you already know, it’s lunar new year or Chinese new year or maybe the super long weekend for some.

I visited some of my relatives and made some random findings and observations.

  1. Everyone’s playing Candy Crush Saga
  2. Kids call my red wine Ribena
  3. Shoes can get stolen while you’re doing visiting
  4. BMW cars need to be opened twice from the inside

1. Everyone’s playing Candy Crush Saga

Oh my god, really? I have so much to talk about this game I could spend 20 minutes just babbling how truly lame the game is. I cannot reiterate how much I hated this game’s weariness factor. Today’s games have this terrible formula of tiring you out and eventually getting you to pay some pennies to make your life easier. Your life could very well be easier had you not started on the game. The motive of the game itself is profit and the moment I learnt of this I feel manipulated.

Candy Crush Saga is a Bejeweled-like game. I will get you a screenshot soon, I couldn’t figure out how to get the screenshot thing done in Windows and I have a degree in information systems and ignorance. Here you go:

Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Saga

 

I was stuck at level 35 for so long I uninstalled the game in spite (of?). Chloe advanced my level past that only to have me now stuck in level 37. Well done, KahWee, well done.

2. Kids call my red wine Ribena

The kids are adorable. They call my red wine Ribena. I nodded, red-faced.

3. Shoes can get stolen while you’re doing visiting

I shan’t reveal the name of the victim but my brother lost his shoes during the visit to my uncle’s house. Everyone felt terrible and he was sulking over his loss.

Listen, if you bring expensive new shoes, beware of losing them. Don’t leave them outside the gates. Monsters steal shoes, not the ones from Pixar, the fucking horrible ones which looks human. You would think — or I imagine you would think — who would steal a pair of shoes during Chinese new year?! We stopped brooding over the question as it’s time to move on.

As I suck at cheering people up, my brother went home with slippers and major sadness.

4. BMW cars need to be opened twice from the inside

WHY does the door take two times to open? Okay here’s my theory.

It’s to make sure the owner has a chance to say oh it’s the first time you been in a BMW, BMW always requires you to pull open the door handle twice.

What’s up with that distinction? Some secret code?

The only right reply to people who say that to you is: Sorry, I always had my BMW doors opened for me, I’m caught ignorant again!

Rebranding does not work all the time

Here’s an example of rebranding failing – Tropicana. Tropicana made an attempt to rebrand its package only to result in a 20% drop in sales. What I suspect being the cause of the plunge is consumers feel too attached to the existing brand and it becomes representative of the taste. When you look at the Tropicana package, it triggers your senses in your brain that has been associated with drinking the orange juice. The change in design fails to trigger the same senses and results in unfamiliarity. So if you do rebrand, do consider that.

Tropicana rebranding before and after
Tropicana rebranding before and after

Tropicana Line’s Sales Plunge 20% Post-Rebranding

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Tropicana’s rebranding debacle did more than create a customer-relations fiasco. It hit the brand in the wallet.

After its package redesign, sales of the Tropicana Pure Premium line plummeted 20% between Jan. 1 and Feb. 22, costing the brand tens of millions of dollars. On Feb. 23, the company announced it would bow to consumer demand and scrap the new packaging, designed by Peter Arnell. It had been on the market less than two months.

Now that the numbers are out, it’s clear why PepsiCo’s Tropicana moved as fast as it did. According to Information Resources Inc., unit sales dropped 20%, while dollar sales decreased 19%, or roughly $33 million, to $137 million between Jan. 1 and Feb. 22. Moreover, several of Tropicana’s competitors appear to have benefited from the misstep, notably Minute Maid, Florida’s Natural and Tree Ripe. Varieties within each of those brands posted double-digit unit sales increases during the period. Private-label products also saw an increase during the period, in keeping with broader trends in the food and beverage space. (Source: Adage)

Tropicana is scrapping the rebranded packaging.

Say the right thing when you’re drunk

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after the night at a business function. He forces himself to open his eyes and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose!

Jack sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. Jack looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins and cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror and notices a note on the table:

Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to go shopping

Love you!

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table. Jack asks, “Son, what happened last night?”

Well, you came home after 3 am, drunk out of your mind. You broke the coffee table, puked in the hallway and got that black eye when you ran into the door.”

So, why is everything in such perfect order, so clean, I have a rose and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?”

His son replies, “Oh, THAT! Mom dragged you to the bedroom and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed, “Leave me alone, bitch, I’m married!”. (Source: the humor archives)

Poker, Beer and Wii night at Uzyn’s

Yesterday, at around this time – 3 AM – I was at Uzyn’s place with Sek Ling, Uzyn, Daphane, Ridzuan, Hendri, U Fong, Arzhou, Chinmay and… Can’t recall the other two names.

It was a poker plus beer plus Wii night. Wii had fun. Telok Blangah Heights is quite hard to find. Ridz and I jaywalk almost everywhere. I figured you can’t really go anywhere without jaywalking and the authorities kindly cemented parts of the ground to let jaywalkers have an easier time anyway.

I had Bavaria. I know nothing about beer except it makes my face red.

bavaria beer

And Arzhou’s Arweiser is there too.

arweiser

I watched them play poker. Roughly get the game but didn’t play it. I am not confident with playing cards. Spend most of my time watching the psychology part of the game which is just as interesting.

Wii are an interesting machine, takes a little while to get the hang of it. I hold the Wii controller like its a TV remote and wave it like Harry Potter. Also spent 20 minutes trying to figure out the Japanese words on the Wii when attempting to load a game. After 20 minutes, Hendri and I confirmed that we’re doing it totally wrong and we spend the past 20 minutes creating a new Wii profile.

Sweating fatty frog emoticon

On a side note, Wii Sports seems a bit more fun. There’s birthday cake too. It’s Uzyn and Ridz birthday on May 30. They’re (business) partners.

The whole event ended at around 4 plus. I got home at 5. My sleep cycle is so screwed now.

Subway and their 6 grams of fat

Subway prides themselves with selling meals with 6 grams of fat or less. They put them everywhere, on their pamphlets, even on their cups.

Subway and their 6 grams of fat

But did you know that the 6 grams of fat or less thing assumes the following:

  • No cheese
  • No cookies
  • No funny sauces, use pepper instead
  • No fanciful bread, meaning the wheat bread I think

Well… By having those extras, it’s 6 grams no more. Thanks Doctor’s Associates. And yup, I had Subway for lunch.

Sex sells and it’s true

This week, Youtube is largely about music games and sex. Sex sells and it’s true:

Those that aren’t highlight are just plain weird videos. I like Hillary and the coffee machine:

Hillary vs. the coffee maker

Hillary Clinton in a convenience store trying to get some coffee. I don’t think she ever made her own coffee. Oh, it’s a coffee machine, you don’t even make your own coffee, silly me.

Oh, so this is Coke Zero

I was talking to a random person at Plaza Singapura. I don’t remember her name already maybe sherlynn or something. She was telling that it’s leap year that day. I heard ‘libya‘.

Leap Year VS Libya

She: Hey you know today is leap year.
Me: Libya?
She: Yeah, leap year.
Me: Is that what you call it – libya?
She: Ya, every four years is a leap year. You never heard of ‘leap year’?
Me: Erm… Isn’t Libya a…
She: Leap year is any year you can divide by four. It’s a special occasion for girls, if a girl proposes on leap year, the guy has to accept.
Me: Oh… Happy Libya to you then.
She: Happy Leap Year!

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Libya is the country with a green flag, totally green!. Designers went lazy. Well, at least the kids had an easier time. I always can’t drag the Singapore flag nicely ’cause all the stars have to be position this and that way. And we have like five stars on our flag and I sucked in drawing stars. I drew circles instead and got scolded. Luckily I wasn’t born in U.S.A., I’ll have to draw 50 of them.

Okay, I drifted off totally. Anyway, that girl was asking me if I would be attending Coke Zero launch tomorrow, you know the day after Libya. And she had to explain to me what Coke Zero is. Finally I get to taste it:

Oh, so this is Coke Zero.