04/22/10

Jay Chou Concert 2010 (2)

After struggling for hours with @princesspinky89 at sistic website again, we finally got a pair of tickets at Cat 4 ($138). It may not be the best seats or the preferred Cat (we were hoping for Cat 3!) but its definitely better than nothing.

This time round, its not @princesspinky89 that wanted to go, and instead it was me who insisted that we should watch this long anticipated concert of the year! I’m very curious about the crowd and WHY, is everyone else, so crazy about Jay’s concert.

The ticket sales this time round is still limited to OCBC card holders, so its really unfair to those people who do not own an OCBC card (finally I feel proud to own 1 now.) Still, the tickets were near sold-offs within 2 hours. There were certain point of where the website showed only single seats available in all category.

Would Jay Chou & organisers open 1 more show? The chances are low I guess, who would know a small red dot like Singapore has got so many supporters but they cant apprehend to everyones liking. Part of marketing is that if you can satisfy everyone’s demand then the next concert everyone will be expecting the same thing; i.e. they will open more and more shows to satisfy the crowd. Look from the point of a restaurant as well, if your restaurant is crowded, you can’t add in more seats and tables just because you want more sales. Also note about the comfortability of other customers and space constraints. You really cant satisfy everyone.

And for sistic, if your I.T department haven’t told you about this, its time for you to replace them. You should implement a tunnelling VPN for all your service counter and telephone service computers so that they dont get jammed up along with your web server running on IIS. And set priority on IIS to allow your intranet to book before the others, whats the point of us going to your counter/calling you and you keep telling us you share the same system as us and the web server is not responding -_-. And do some load-balancing farm for your webservers.

Now I gota bring DSLR into there and hopefully dear allow me to rent a 70-200L IS lens to bring there ūüėÄ

04/15/10

Jay Chou Concert 2010


Image from phing.com

In barely 2hours, Singapore official leading ticket seller in charge of selling the tickets for Jay Chou 2010 Concert tickets, Sistic, got ‘raped’ virtually as crazy fans hog on to the website since 9am and telephone lines were so busy, I bet they haven’t have a condition like this before.

The website couldn’t take the load as thousands of fans try to best to click on the button that can bring that them mayhem this 24th July. ¬†His concert was long waited. ¬†Everyone seized the chance of getting the tickets and none, would actually give up their tickets. ¬†The sales started at 9am on the website for OCBC card holders only. ¬†Even for those without OCBC credit/debit cards, they hog on to the tickets for as long as they could so that in the mean time they could get someone with an OCBC card to help them purchase the tickets.

Ironically, I have an OCBC card.  I could have placed my order as early as all the other crazy fans would but I wasnt able to.  In my OCBC Debit card, its value would never exceed more than 3 digits because I would only use it to watch movies.  Occasionally, on Sistic tickets but its really rare, and I would transfer some money in before I purchase the ticket.

The crazy phenomenon is that Everyone SEEMS to own an OCBC card. ¬†I have no idea either. ¬†Tickets were selling damn fast and by the next time you refresh your browser, ‘boo’, whats left is some unwanted category and single seats. ¬†I tried calling into the office, hoping they have their own ‘GUI’ like those cinema tickets where they can choose the seats but the customer service representative insisted that they share the same system as us. ¬†Which is, what they see is the same as us, so it really made the call pointless.

And there were some mofos who actually seized the opportunity to purchase MORE tickets and selling at incredibly HIGH margin. ¬†Cat1 ($228) tickets were selling at $500 each. ¬†Cat 2 ($198) were selling at $400 each. ¬†Cat3 ($168) were selling at $350 each. ¬†The price above was at the point I wanted to make my purchase over the ‘black market’ at phing.com and olx.sg. ¬†After contacting the sellers, they actually raised the value, saying there were people offering at this bid and ask if you wish to increase the bid.

This is auctioning, which is fine. ¬†Duh~ Seems like anyone would really PAY any price beyond imagination to watch his concert BUT… But… BuT.. I deem these retards as mentally challenged. ¬†These black market sellers ARE trying to make a profit and they are supporting their action! ¬†They don’t even host the concert or allows you to gain SPECIAL entry to the concert, its JUST a concert, still. ¬†You’re still sitting down, listening to his¬†melancholy¬†voice but at twice the price others would pay. ¬†If I were to sit beside you and found that you actually pay twice the price, I would paste a label at the back of your seat. ¬†“Retard, Head KENA CHOPPED!”

On another happier note, theres one more concert coming up =) ¬†I hope this time round dont have so many ‘black market’ opportunity and lets enjoy his concert together!

04/4/10

Unfortunate Mishap

Rented a lorry for some school event. Was busy rushing around on the preparation day so decided to lent it to my friend so that he can drive it around when I take a final break at night. The next morning, a sudden call gave me a shock of my life. My friend left the lorry on a slope and went to washroom for awhile and when he came back, the lorry was on the pavement with this red ‘thing’. Thankfully noone was hurt when the lorry rolled down.

Alot of passerbys came to help and we finally manage to lift the lorry out from the ‘thing’ but unfortunately, the lorry had some dents at the front and the renter demands a SGD350 compensation. My friend was responsible enough to pay for the full compensation himself but it was a heavy price to pay for a lesson.