Monday, October 29, 2018

Diet Product Review: LuSlimLaBeb

Monday, October 29, 2018 0 Comments

Having had enough from my husband about my post-pregnancy fat that refused to go away, when I finally got a job (and with the flow of extra dough on the side) I decided to buy slimming tea online from LuSlimLaBeb

I am a natural skeptic when it comes to supplements to lose weight. This was my first failed attempt at my online forays to losing weight by consuming pills, teas, powders and what not.

I bought the 10 day starter pack for RM 72 bucks (with shipping it came up to RM 80) To be entirely honest, it helped me fart a lot during the day, and the night tea kept me awake and bloated at night.

While it may have worked for a lot of people, I did not work out for me. I lost zero weight and gained zero confidence. I just finished the tea because I had already spent so much on it.

Today, out of the blue I received an email which put too much emphasis on calling out my name at every other sentence, so I just replied a short, quick, curt reply thanking them for their efforts and not to bother with me again.

I don't mean to villify the products I have tested online, but different people have different bodies and whilst some shit may work on the rest, it does not for me. Especially not tea.

In my next reviews (when I do put the effort to write and publish it) I will go in length about which slimming and beauty product that works for brown people such as myself. The hints are all there in my reply below.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Kindie Review: Beaconhouse Jalan Gasing

Thursday, October 25, 2018 1 Comments

The school I had in mind for my son. I even went there last year with him to review their school, premises, structure, programmes offered and fees.

I called them just now and had a 20 mins chat about what they are offering. In my personal opinion, something that an average middle class parent can afford, and the lady over the phone was very patient in explaining how the school works, their extra enrichment classes offered and their day care activities.

Terms

Jan-May (2 weeks break)
June-November

Class size

Maximum 20 children in a class supervised by 1 teacher

What you have to pay for

School Uniform: RM 57
Sports Uniform: RM 52
Food which is catered by Little Caterers

Fess & Programme

1. Half day programme

8.30pm till 12.30 pm

Registration fee: RM 200
Refundable deposit: RM 850 (refundable with 2 months deposit)
Academic Fees: RM 9900 per annum (you will get 3% discount for full payment)
or first month payment of RM 1700 (for the first month) and subsequent payment of RM 820 monthly

Term fees to be paid at the start of every term, twice a year:
Jan: RM 1400
Jun: RM 1400
**Term fees cover excursion, field trips and outdoor activity costs.

2. Extra enrichment classes

  • teakwondo classes (the most popular class by far)
RM 170 for 10 lessons
**exam fees to be paid separately
Lunch RM 50
Uniform: RM 75
Registration: RM 60
So in total it would cost you about RM 355 for 10 lessons of teakwondo
  • RM 300 for 10 module
Uniform & shoes separate fees : I didn't inquire
  • robotics (learning to use blocks, toys, engineering)
did not inquire the price
  • Mandarin (for students whom are going to start their Standard 1 in Chinese curriculum schools)
RM 110 for 2 lessons of 1 hour each

3. Full Day Programme

Time: 8.30am till 6.00 pm

Term Fee

Jan RM 1600
Jun RM 1600
**Term fees cover excursion, field trips and outdoor activity costs.

Registration fees : RM 200
Refundable deposit: RM 1400
Insurance (for day care) RM 21.20
Academic fees: RM 16,100 per annum (3% discount for full payment)
or first month payment of RM 2650 and subsequent payment of RM 1345 monthly
  • Daycare programme under full day programme
12.30pm-lunch followed by shower
45 mins to 1 hour naptime
3-4pm tea time
4-6pm playtime/homework

For further inquiries, I suggest you give them a call at +603 7781 5282

Kindie Review: New Sun Moon, Bangsar South

Thursday, October 25, 2018 1 Comments

Here is my third review for a kindie, also in Bangsar South. I called the number posted on their Facebook which looks like direct translation from Chinese to English. Never mind the crappy name, their reviews were really good. The lady sounded busy, so she told me to pop in tomorrow morning.

Here's what I managed to glean from her over the phone. She was clear that the fees et al were for 2018 only.

Full day programme

8am till 7pm

RM 1370 per month

Food provided for breakfast, lunch, and post nap

Twice naptime; once after lunch and the second after shower (when is this I don't know)

Half day programme

8am till 12.30pm

RM 1170 per month

Deposit

to be updated tomorrow

What is provided

to be updated tomorrow

What you need to pay for 

to be updated tomorrow

Kindie Review: WHITELODGE PRESCHOOL, Bangsar South

Thursday, October 25, 2018 1 Comments

Pretty much mixed reviews about this school. A lot of expats live in my area and the Indian expats stay out of this kindie because of their laissez faire approach. There were some pretty bad reviews about this place, and the nastiest one was about how the teachers are engrossed in their phones and let children cry or fight among themselves. Left unsupervised. *the horror* I can't find this damning review online anymore, it must have been removed or not showing up on my search with VPN.

However, lately I have been walking back home everyday from work and I can see a handful of parents walking with their child in tow; coming out of this kindie. Sometimes I can see their staffs walking to the LRT.

So if these parents are putting their kids in there-surely it must be doing something right-to a degree? Or has the management changed? For parents that are unaware; after 3-4 years or running a kindie, the owner is allowed to "sell it off" to someone for a higher fee. By selling I mean the license, the contract, the right to use the kindie name; the whole works. It is exactly like selling an AP permit. The latter being illegal but the former; legal. There is plenty money to be made for such sales. But I believe teaching is a calling-there are some good kindies out there. I just have to find it.

Anyways let us backtrack to White Lodge. I called them last Friday to inquire and someone followed up with me on Monday morning with a phone call and answered my flurry of emails.

Here are some basic info gleaned from White Lodge. Please note that as I am looking for a full day programme for my son, I only inquired about their full day programme.

Time

8.00 am till 6.30 pm

Terms

4 terms a year
July –September, October – December, Jan – March, April – June

Fees

2 day a week per term - RM 4620

3 day a week per term – RM 4920

5 day a week per term – RM 5220

Monthly breakdown for 5 days full day programme: RM1740

Registration fee: RM 350

Refundable deposit: RM 500

What is provided

breakfast, lunch, post-nap snack

nap at 1pm till 3pm

no uniform

What you have to pay for

field trips once every term with parents

activity; if organised in a month

They have an upcoming UN Day Celebration and orientation day on the 27th October 2018 and they have invited me to join them if i wish to. You could email them to ask about it.

I will reserve my judgement until I go there myself.

Kindie Review: The Children's House

Thursday, October 25, 2018 0 Comments

They are made famous by their red and white picket fence bungalow strategically placed in Bangsar and around Klang valley.

Of course, on their admission page you will not find any reference to fees.

All you need is a phone call to the number provided on their website (my emails were unanswered) which will be directed to their HQ customer service (wherever that is)

Today I took the leap and decided to call the number listed. After 3 attempts, someone finally picked up and I got the lay down on their fees and structure.

I inquired about 4 year old since my son is 4.

They have 3 programmes. The quarter day, half day and full day.

  • quarter day ends at 12pm
  • half day ends at 3pm (I am interested in this)
  • full day ends at 6pm (not all their branches provide full day; only a selected few)
Terms

4 terms a year

Time schedule:

9am till 3pm

Fees (for 4 year old, half day programme)

RM 7960 deposit (refundable upon 4 months notice of your child leaving the kindie)

RM 7960 per term fee

RM 1180 one-off stationary fee

RM 500 registration fee promo

What is provided

Breakfast and lunch; no nap time

1 pair of uniform (only mandatory for field trips)

Snack such as juice and biscuits if your child happens to be hungry

What you still have to pay for

field trips costs

outdoor activity planned by the teachers

As you can see, the whole fees structure put me off. It's not meant for middle class parents. Rather; the school aims everything stated on their website's goals for children meant to be coming from rich backgrounds. I am a poor fuck, this won't do for me. Boo Hoo

*Registration closes at 31st October 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Linux: Configuring NTP on Ubuntu 18.4 host and RHEL 7.1 VM guest running on Oracle VirtualBox

Thursday, July 26, 2018 0 Comments
I almost never expected to get this going at all. I had been tinkering the whole day and eventually with a little help from my colleague I finally managed to get it running.

I have on my Lenovo laptop; installed Ubuntu 18.4. It boots on Ubuntu, nothing else. I had completely broken down everything on my BIOS to get Ubuntu running. Couple of days back I had installed Oracle VM Virtualbox. I then added a RHEL 7.1 VM/guest on the Virtualbox and named it apollo. For my VirtualBox network settings, I used Bridged Adapter. I also disabled the Promiscuous Mode. Here's a picture of my VM's network settings.



I then proceeded to configure apollo's in accordance to the company's requirement. Halfway done, I came across the NTP config setting. The document I was referring to is outdated at best. So in my own way this is what I did to get my laptop (host) act as an NTP server and my Virtualbox VM (guest) act as NTP client.

On my laptop running Ubuntu 18.4 (host/homer)

Until recently, most network time synchronization was handled by the Network Time Protocol daemon or ntpd. This service connects to a pool of other NTP servers that provide it with constant and accurate time updates.

Ubuntu's default install now uses timesyncd instead of ntpd. timesyncd connects to the same time servers and works in roughly the same way, but is more lightweight and more integrated with systemd and the low level workings of Ubuntu.

We can query the status of timesyncd by running timedatectl

root@homer:~# timedatectl

Local time: Rab 2018-07-25 11:45:45 +08

Universal time: Rab 2018-07-25 03:45:45 UTC

RTC time: Rab 2018-07-25 03:45:45

Time zone: Asia/Kuala_Lumpur (+08, +0800)

System clock synchronized: yes

systemd-timesyncd.service active: yes------------------->look here


If timesyncd isn't active, turn it on with timedatectl:

# timedatectl set-ntp on
Switching to ntpd

Though timesyncd is fine for most purposes, some applications that are very sensitive to even the slightest perturbations in time may be better served by ntpd, as it uses more sophisticated techniques to constantly and gradually keep the system time on track.

Before installing ntpd, we should turn off timesyncd:

# timedatectl set-ntp no

root@homer:~# timedatectl

Local time: Rab 2018-07-25 11:30:59 +08

Universal time: Rab 2018-07-25 03:30:59 UTC

RTC time: Rab 2018-07-25 03:30:59

Time zone: Asia/Kuala_Lumpur (+08, +0800)

System clock synchronized: yes

systemd-timesyncd.service active: no------------------->look here


We can now install the ntp package with apt:

# apt-get install ntp

# systemctl enable ntp


root@homer:~# service ntp status
● ntp.service - Network Time Service
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/ntp.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: inactive (dead) since Wed 2018-07-25 18:00:05 +08; 57s ago
Docs: man:ntpd(8)

Main PID: 9177 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

Jul 25 18:00:05 homer ntpd[9177]: ntpd exiting on signal 15 (Terminated)
Jul 25 18:00:05 homer ntpd[9177]: 10.101.101.103 local addr 10.101.101.103 ->
Jul 25 18:00:05 homer systemd[1]: Stopping Network Time Service...
Jul 25 18:00:05 homer ntpd[9177]: 36.3.117.150 local addr 10.101.101.103 ->
Jul 25 18:00:05 homer ntpd[9177]: 129.250.35.250 local addr 10.101.101.103 ->
Jul 25 18:00:05 homer ntpd[9177]: 45.125.1.20 local addr 10.101.101.103 ->
Jul 25 18:00:05 homer ntpd[9177]: 167.99.64.239 local addr 10.101.101.103 ->
Jul 25 18:00:05 homer ntpd[9177]: 91.189.89.198 local addr 10.101.101.103 ->
Jul 25 18:00:05 homer ntpd[9177]: 91.189.91.157 local addr 10.101.101.103 ->
Jul 25 18:00:05 homer systemd[1]: Stopped Network Time Service.

root@homer:~# service ntp start

root@homer:~# service ntp status

● ntp.service - Network Time Service

Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/ntp.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Wed 2018-07-25 18:01:18 +08; 2s ago
Docs: man:ntpd(8)

Process: 10071 ExecStart=/usr/lib/ntp/ntp-systemd-wrapper (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Main PID: 10079 (ntpd)
Tasks: 2 (limit: 4915)
CGroup: /system.slice/ntp.service

└─10079 /usr/sbin/ntpd -p /var/run/ntpd.pid -g -u 126:131

Jul 25 18:01:18 homer ntpd[10079]: Listen normally on 2 lo 127.0.0.1:123
Jul 25 18:01:18 homer ntpd[10079]: Listen normally on 3 wlp2s0 10.101.101.103:123
Jul 25 18:01:18 homer ntpd[10079]: Listen normally on 4 tun0 192.168.193.49:123
Jul 25 18:01:18 homer ntpd[10079]: Listen normally on 5 lo [::1]:123
Jul 25 18:01:18 homer ntpd[10079]: Listen normally on 6 wlp2s0 [fe80::df55:6242:fc26:a259%3]:123
Jul 25 18:01:18 homer ntpd[10079]: Listen normally on 7 tun0 [fe80::cee:c8ae:65cd:5d19%4]:123
Jul 25 18:01:18 homer ntpd[10079]: Listening on routing socket on fd #24 for interface updates
Jul 25 18:01:18 homer ntpd[10079]: Listen for broadcasts to 10.101.101.255 on interface #3 wlp2s0
Jul 25 18:01:19 homer ntpd[10079]: Soliciting pool server 103.245.79.18
Jul 25 18:01:20 homer ntpd[10079]: Soliciting pool server 202.65.114.202

You can query ntpd for status information to verify that everything is working:

root@homer:~# ntpq -p

remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter

==============================================================================

0.ubuntu.pool.n .POOL. 16 p - 64 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
1.ubuntu.pool.n .POOL. 16 p - 64 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
2.ubuntu.pool.n .POOL. 16 p - 64 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
3.ubuntu.pool.n .POOL. 16 p - 64 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
ntp.ubuntu.com .POOL. 16 p - 64 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
+203.95.213.129 195.66.241.10 2 u 18 64 3 73.523 -59.709 132.626
+timpany.srv.jre 133.11.204.98 2 u 17 64 3 200.323 -104.51 182.499
+ntp.hkg10.hk.le 130.133.1.10 2 u 16 64 3 100.148 -85.168 123.225
-dadns.cdnetwork 216.239.35.12 2 u 13 64 3 97.346 -67.509 138.111
#203.217.204.135 125.142.117.152 2 u 17 64 3 532.743 -181.34 247.584
+82.200.209.236 89.109.251.22 2 u 16 64 3 280.073 -51.717 120.860
+ntp.nic.kz .SHM. 1 u 16 64 3 303.338 -46.429 123.972
*45.125.1.20 (45 223.255.185.2 2 u 16 64 3 59.258 -67.442 135.406
+ntp-sin-02.no-s 103.1.106.69 2 u 17 64 3 58.434 -52.011 136.924
+ntp-a2.nict.go. .NICT. 1 u 20 64 3 200.409 -105.70 181.385
#185.105.186.198 193.93.167.239 2 u 16 64 3 308.142 -92.379 137.911
+jiro.paina.net 131.113.192.40 2 u 17 64 3 113.411 -55.281 137.586
#ntp.gnc.am 195.43.74.123 2 u 14 64 3 309.324 -85.812 128.094
#120.25.115.19 10.137.53.7 2 u 18 64 3 387.921 -51.942 141.329
#ntp.uii.net.id 133.243.238.243 2 u 15 64 3 54.574 -63.613 139.148
pugot.canonical 17.253.34.125 2 u 22 64 3 533.729 -164.53 246.341
#masao.paina.net 131.113.192.40 2 u 16 64 3 366.324 -92.037 124.93


Activate broadcast on my Ubuntu host. For this case, edit your /etc/ntp.conf file and configure the lines below:

#broadcast
#broadcastclient------------------->comment this


The broadcasting IP address is your host's IP address, NOT YOUR VM IP address.

Make sure that your NTP port is opened:

# iptables -A INPUT -p udp --dport 123 -j ACCEPT

# iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp --sport 123 -j ACCEPT


Check if your port is open with the nmap scanner:

root@homer:~# nmap -p123 -sU -P0 localhost

Starting Nmap 7.60 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2018-07-26 10:37 +08
Nmap scan report for localhost (127.0.0.1)
Host is up (0.00011s latency).

PORT STATE SERVICE
123/udp open ntp

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 0.30 seconds

Restart ntp service

# service ntp restart

Check if NTP is syncing properly with ubuntu's NTP servers:

root@homer:~# ntpstat
synchronised to NTP server (129.250.35.251) at stratum 3

time correct to within 192 ms
polling server every 1024 s


There are a lot of limitations on Ubuntu 18 on a service checking. For one, chkconfig is no longer available for download. I was not able to download and install sysv-rc-conf and I was instead given the option to install init-system-helpers but I wasn't going to learn something new so I just resorted to service, update-rc.d command and systemctl commands

To check if ntp has been enabled at boot, run the service command, and look for ntp:

root@homer:~# service --status-all

[ + ] acpid
[ - ] alsa-utils
[ - ] anacron
[ + ] apparmor
[ + ] apport
[ + ] avahi-daemon
[ + ] bluetooth
[ - ] console-setup.sh
[ + ] cron
[ + ] cups
[ + ] cups-browsed
[ + ] dbus
[ - ] dns-clean
[ + ] gdm3
[ + ] grub-common
[ - ] hwclock.sh
[ + ] irqbalance
[ + ] kerneloops
[ - ] keyboard-setup.sh
[ + ] kmod
[ - ] lvm2
[ + ] lvm2-lvmetad
[ + ] lvm2-lvmpolld
[ + ] network-manager
[ + ] networking
[ + ] ntp----------------------------->should be a + sign
...

If it is a negative (-) sign then enable ntp to run at boot up with the other rc scripts

root@homer:~# update-rc.d ntp defaults

Enable ntp on all run levels

root@homer:~# update-rc.d ntp enable 2 3 4 5

And you're pretty much done. Let's move on to our guest/client/VM running on our Ubuntu host.

On my Virtual Machine running RHEL 7.1 (guest/apollo)

First things first, if not yet installed, please use yum to install ntp and ntpdate

# yum install ntp ntpdate

Once installed and before we start the service, we want to make sure that the ntpd service starts up automatically on boot and on all run levels so that we can maintain accurate time.

[root@apollo ~]# systemctl list-unit-files | grep ntpd

ntpd.service enabled
ntpdate.service enabled

[root@apollo ~]# chkconfig --level 345 ntpd on
Note: Forwarding request to 'systemctl enable ntpd.service'.
ln -s '/usr/lib/systemd/system/ntpd.service' '/etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/ntpd.service'

Edit the NTP config file at /etc/ntp.conf:

[root@apollo ~]# more /etc/ntp.conf
driftfile /var/lib/ntp/drift
restrict default nomodify notrap nopeer noquery
restrict 127.0.0.1
restrict ::1
restrict 10.101.101.0 mask 255.255.255.0 nomodify notrap
server 10.101.101.103-------------------------->this is my Ubuntu host's IP address
includefile /etc/ntp/crypto/pw
keys /etc/ntp/keys
disable monitor

Allow port 123 for NTP:

[root@apollo ~]# iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp --dport 123 -j ACCEPT

[root@apollo ~]# iptables -A INPUT -p udp --sport 123 -j ACCEPT

[root@apollo ~]# service ntpd start
Redirecting to /bin/systemctl start ntpd.service
Sync NTP with homer (the IP address below is my Ubuntu host's)

[root@apollo ~]# ntpdate -u 10.101.101.103
25 Jul 18:14:03 ntpdate[2478]: adjust time server 10.101.101.103 offset -0.025663 sec

[root@apollo log]# ntpq -c lpeer
remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter

==============================================================================
*10.101.101.103 133.243.238.243 2 u 19 64 37 0.117 -4.281 15.797


I found that apollo's NTP still wasn't syncing with homer, so I ran ntpdate again with localhost:

[root@apollo ~]# ntpstat
unsynchronised

time server re-starting
polling server every 8 s

[root@apollo ~]# ntpdate -u 127.0.0.1
25 Jul 18:19:34 ntpdate[2481]: adjust time server 127.0.0.1 offset 0.000000 sec

[root@apollo ~]# ntpstat
synchronised to NTP server (10.101.101.103) at stratum 4

time correct to within 111 ms
polling server every 64 s


Once you have done that, update your VM's hardware clock with the system clock:

[root@apollo ~]# hwclock --systohc

[root@apollo ~]#

The end! My VM's NTP time is now in sync with my laptop's!