This is my first time having a Sharp TV and at same time Android TV. Most all of my TV is Samsung TV. Samsung has very good user experience and better quality in term of video & audio. Besides it can connect to my phone and has good after sales support.
I bought my first Sharp Android TV due to its cheaper price vs Samsung and plan to put it at my AirBnb unit.
I tried to play video from my USB drive using my Sharp Aquaos Android TV. To my dismay, it is very hard to do it, it is not intuitive like Samsung TV. Besides it is lacks of documentation even after Google it.
After try and error, I found how to do it.
Go to Dashbord by Pressing the “House Button” at the Remote Control Then Click Apps
Select & Clock Get More Apps
Scroll Down and Select Video Players & Editors
Choose Nova Video Player
After Installation, Click Open
Allow Nova Video To Access Your Files by Clicking Yes
Choose Network & Files and Select External Drive
Now You Can Start Browsing Your Movies inside USB drive
For Example, I Selected Doctor Strange
You Can Immediately Play or Choose Subtitle
Scroll Down and Choose Subtitle from Online or Inside the USB Drive
Inside the USB Drive Choose File Name with Underscore
The underscore file is created automatically by Sharp Aquos TV
Then Associate the File as Your Subtitle
Play the Movie and You Can See The Subtitle Starts Showing
In my previous post, I was happy that my bill was in line with my expectation. To my surprise, when I see my TNB bill spike for June 2020, it is RM606.85.
On average, my monthly bill is RM260. MCO started in March.
So assuming my June bill is also RM260 so my bill is additional of RM346.85. According to TNB, during MCO (March to May) they did estimation only. The real meter reading is on June. So if I average out RM346.85 / 3 = RM115.60 additional per month.
Why divided by 3? Because I take from March till May only. Bear in mind, MCO started in 18th March. So it means March only half month we stayed at home.
So roughly my monthly bill during MCO is RM260 + RM115.60 = RM375.60.
Every 31st of a month, I will usually buy Baskin Robbins ice cream. This is during this day, Baskin Robbins gives 31% discount.
During MCO Baskin Robbins Bukit Jelutong Only Open At 12:00PM
But during this MCO (Movement Control Order), the ordering process changed and confused lots of people. Yesterday on 31st of May on 10:00 AM, I went to Baskin Robbins Bukit Jelutong at Petronas.
I already saw long queue at the ice cream parlour but it was still not open and nothing signage regarding the opening hours.
Then I went to Jaya Grocer to buy groceries when I checked back at 10:40 AM the parlour still closed, I decided to go to Aeon Shah Alam Baskin Robbins.
Long Queue at Baskin Robbins Aeon Shah Alam
When I arrived at 11:00AM at Aeon Shah Alam, there was already long queue.
Walk-In Order Only Pint or Quart
To my dismay, I could only buy at most quart size. Half gallon is not available for walk-in. Besides, if you choose quart, you can only select one flavor.
My Ice Cream Stocks till June 31st 2020
I bought 3 flavors of ice creams.
Cotton Candy – for my kids
Mint Choc Chips – for my wife
Jamoca – for myself
Half Gallon 31% Discount Available at Lazada
At night around 11:00 PM, I checked if Lazada got Baskin Robbins 31% promo. Last March 31st, Baskin Robbins only offered their 31% discount at Lazada. You had to buy the e coupon then redeem at the counter.
To my surprise, the coupon for half gallon was available.
However, you could buy the coupon on 31st May but can only redeem it on 1st June onward and valid for 3 months.
Received e-Voucher via Email
You will receive an e voucher similar like this via email where you can redeem it within 3 months.
Show the e voucher at Baskin Robbins counter to redeem your ice cream. Of course it shows value RM111.50 but in actual fact you just pay RM76.94
Yeah My Half Gallon
This is my half gallon that I bought at Lazada.
Anyway this is more efficient way to get 31% discount by buying it first at Lazada then can redeem it any hours within 3 months. It avoids long queue at Baskin Robbins.
However the problem is on information diffusion where lack of info at Baskin Robbins website or even at their outlet signage. They should improve on this.
Baskin Robbins Opening Hour During MCO
In summary during MCO different outlets have different opening hours. In principle, below are the different opening hours.
My toilet mirror frame was broken due to water humidity. I bought the mirror in 2013. I don’t want to replace it because the mirror itself is still in good condition. Only the bottom frame was detached.
Dry The Mirror
Firstly, I dried back of the mirror under the hot sun. It was bit humid at the back. At same time, I used hair dryer to ensure it was totally dried.
Apply Hot Glue
Then I switched on my hot glue gun for few minutes before start applying the hot glue gun.
Press a bit the hot glue gun to see whether the glue is ready or no.
Then apply evenly on the surface.
Stick the frame quickly before the hot glue dried, hold the frame for few minutes to ensure the frame is stick to its body.
Apply again hot glue gun on any gaps that you see. Let it dried by itself.
Make It Neat
I then used masking tape to make it looks neat.
The Repaired Mirror
The repaired mirror frame is strong like new one.
Cost of Repair
Its cost me RM20 for the hot glue gun and RM4 for four hot glue sticks. I used one hot glue stick to repair the mirror.
Of course, I can reuse back my hot glue gun for other repairs. So for me, it just cost me RM1 to repair the mirror.
Covid-19 is a crisis for some people and an investment opportunities for some. If you are on the opportunities side, I think Covid-19 creates lots of opportunities who are patient.
The real opportunities will start arise after end of bank moratorium. The most impacted industries are tourism to be specific accommodation, passenger transport and travel agencies which constitute 12.4% of tourism employee or 3.5M x 12.4% = 434,000 employees would be impacted.
Stocks Investment to Watch
Related to banking sectors
Gaming sectors like Genting
Accommodation like Shangri-la Hotels Bhd
Related to airlines
I am personally more interested into banking sectors with good fundamental and investment view of 5 years.
For airlines try to avoid as even Warren Buffet sold off all his holdings in airlines industries even at a lost because according to him, the cost to fund the airlines business after Covid-19 is higher than selling it now.
Banks profits are much lower in the coming Q2 till Q4, 2020 due to moratorium, higher provision due to bad debt and stringent lending policies.
I expect some panic selling after the moratorium that we could tap on.
Real Estate Investment
Possible higher properties being auctioned or sell at lower market value after bank moratorium or even after the MCO (Movement Control Order).
Most of properties will be near by location of employees related to tourism and properties short term rent like AirBnb.
Building Your War Chest
In any investment you require cash in order to invest. So put aside saving from loan moratorium, EPF withdrawal as your war chest fund. Be patient.
Learn more about stocks and real estate investment, don’t simply invest.
For real estate, start monitor few locations that you are interested in. Look for the price movement and its surrounding. Invest in good locations.