Yesterday there was a blood drive at the office. I didn’t signed up, but did go to the screening. I used to be a regular donor, but lately my doctor said that I should not give blood any more because I am mildly anemic and suspected of Thalassemia carrier.
I ignored the doctor’s advice, (and had to lie to the question “have you ever been told not to give blood?” in the questionnaire), mainly because I wanted to see if my hemoglobin was still really low, after taking ferrous tablets for months.
I thought my blood was sinking well in the test solution, but still they said the hemoglobin level was too low. Therefore I could not give blood yesterday. I was a bit disappointed, not about being unable to give blood, but about the failure in trying to boost up my hemoglobin and ferrous level.
:: Close ::
I thought I was a very smart credit card user. So far I haven’t had to pay the membership fee for any of my (pocketfull) cards. Just yesterday, I was really upset, when I saw my Amex card statement. I had to pay 2,300 baht annual membership fee.
How could this be? They are supposed to waive my membership fee for 3 years, and I have only used this card for a little over 2 years.
I called the Customer Service, to find out that they offered only first and second year free membership. I was pretty sure they promised me 3 years when they offered me the card, but I didn’t keep the documents to prove them wrong.
I told them, if that’s the case I wanted to cancel the card (as I surely don’t want to pay the fee, I have other cards that I can use, I don't NEED Amex that much) They said I had to call again during normal hours to cancel the card. So I felt a bit uneasy as I thought I was going to be stuck with this card for another year (plus 2,300 baht added to my expenses).
I called them again during lunch today. Fortunately, they said it was OK to cancel the card, and they would deduct the fee off my statement. Phew!! So I cancel the card, redeemed the points that I earned from this card (I transferred them all to my ROP mileage program.)
Today I also called Diners to cancel that card too. Now I plan to only have AIG card (to pay my life insurance), Citibank (so I can get discounts at S&P), Central Card (for Central Department Store discount), and Krung Thai Card (because it is free for life). Well, this is still a pocketful of cards, eh?
:: Stink ::
The office has changed the carpet over the weekend. This is only in the reception area and on the other side of the building, where the accounting department used to be. Now the accounting has moved to downstairs. They are re-arranging the partitions, and after this is complete, my section will move to that side.
The new carpet looks nice from the outside, but after being in the office for a while, it really stinks. It must be the smell of the glue that binds the carpet to the floor. I complained with P’Nok, the receptionist (she also takes care of other general problems in the office) about the smell. She told me to wait until my section move to sit on the new side. Yuck!!
1:31 p.m. - Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003