Sunday, October 12, 2008

What A Friday It Was!

At around 8.50 am on Friday, I had missed a call. When I checked the number, it was an unfamiliar 016 Digi number. However, a lady left a voicemail in Bahasa Malaysia asking me to return call as it was regarding the Star Movies Fan Fest.

I had entered a contest that Astro had in conjunction with the Star Movies Fan Fest that ended on Aug 31 and at that point, I really wanted to win something. But I had forgotten about this contest till Friday. Calling back the 016 Digi number twice and being unable to get someone to pick up a phone, I was beginning to wonder if it was a legit call or maybe someone who got hold of my data and was trying to pull a fast one on me. It was at this point that I decided to get in touch with an Astro contact of mine, YY, a very helpful person (whom I had briefly met once). I told her about the strange call I had and wanted to know if Astro would ever have any outsiders representing them and calling from a 016 Digi number. She wasn't too sure herself but told me that it was indeed a third party who handles the Star Movies Contest and that she will make some calls and find out for me.

5 hours passed and I didn't get a call from either 016 or YY. I was a bit restless and wanted to solve the mystery, trying to ascertain whether it was a genuine call rather than being excited that I have won something. I decided to call the 016 Digi number again and someone answered the call this time.

Me : "Tadi saya ada panggilan dari nombor ini. Ini tempat mana???"
(I had a call from this number. Where is this place???)

She : "Ini ................., Cik siapa?"
(This is.........., who are you, Miss?)

Me : "Saya W....M....W, tadi saya dengar voicemail, Cik kata Star Movies"
(I'm W... M... W..., I heard the voicemail just now and you mentioned Star Movies)

She : "Oh, awak Cik W... M... W...., bila awak nak datang ambik hadiah?"
(Oh, you're Miss W... M... W..., when are you coming to pick up your prize?)

Me : "Huh? Apa hadiah tu?"
(Huh? What prize is that?) - At this point I must say, I was just probably expecting to win a consolation prize as the whole matter was dealt in such a light manner by her.

She : "Ohh...hadiah Grand Prizeeeeee..."
('s the Grand Prizeeee....)

Me : "Huh? Grand Prize???????" - Now, I heard it but it wasn't registering at that time.

She : "Ya, Grand Prize. Cik tak percaya?"
(Yes, Grand Prize. You don't believe?)

Me : "Saya tak percaya ni. Betul ke?"
(I don't believe it. It's it true?)

She : Ya cik. Cik menang ....
(Yes miss. You won....)

(Illustrated and detailed below for the benefit of those reading. She of course didn't say it in so many words)

Sony 40” HD Ready LCD TV with HDMI Cable (KLV-40V300A) (RM 5,499.00)

See that look of disbelief on Captain Jack Sparrow's face? I had that same look as I listened to her and she continued on...

Sony Home DVD Theatre System (DAV-DZ850KW) (RM 2,999.00)

and lastly some exclusive Star Movies merchandise

At this time, I was still skeptical but listened on as she told me to make arrangements to collect my prizes. I hung up, sitting down and staring at my phone in disbelief. I decided to call YY. When I did get her on the line, I started to tell her my conversation with the Malay lady and as I was almost reaching the part about her telling me that I won the Grand Prize, YY excitedly told me that I had indeed won the Grand Prize. There was a second or two of silence and I must say, YY was more happy and excited than I was at that time! I thank her for her help and after I got off the line, I was still sitting down and staring at my phone in my hand. I was dumbstruck.....and I'm still pretty dumbstruck. Well now, I'm happy and dumbstruck. Thank goodness I can type it all out. Hahaha....

Well, I've certainly won a few contest from Astro during my 5 years of being an Astro subscriber and I probably got back quite a fair share of my subscription fees ;o), This is my biggest win from any competition so far from Astro or from all the contests that I've participated here and there. A few exciting things that I've won from Astro so far (not including merchandise) :-

Trip to Hong Kong for 2 with front row seats tickets to watch Santana "Live" at the Hong Kong Harbour Fest

Il Divo concert tickets - 2 tickets worth RM1000 each with one night stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel plus Spa Treatment for 2.

Ipod Shuffle 1G

Dinner with some of the Hong Kong cast of Heart Of Greed at Noble Banquet

and now this.....
The Grand Prize of the Star Movies Fan Fest Contest.

Yes, I'm really happy now :o). I really got to thank Astro for giving me a great weekend and most importantly God for his blessings!



Christy said...

Oh MY!!!! Congratulations...this is such FABULOUS News!!
I am soooo happy for you, it is too good to be true...but it IS true:)
I am looking forward to more happiness...hehehe, and don't forget to share your pics and story on your banquet dinner with those HK stars from Heart of Greed...hahaha, and make sure they don't get in some cat-fight:D

CUMI & CIKI said...

wow! congrats man.. i hardly ever win anything.. didja sight a shooting star as, better go buy 4D;)

Kok said...

Congratulations! Now I think everyone will try their luck with Astro. hehe.

J2Kfm said...

you're sooooo lucky !!!
what 'jampi' you used ah???

ilene said...

Gee, some people have ALL the luck! Congratulations WMW! You already have one LCD Sony 40" and the home theatre right? So can I have this? Pleeeese.....

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

omgoodness!! how do u do it?? the only thing i ever won was a water filter lol!

New Kid on the Blog said...

Wow!! You lucky woman!!! Eh, now courier some luck to me, can ah?? :D

Simon Seow said...

Congrats. Astro really like you a lot.

wmw said...

Christy : Thanks! I've blogged on the banquet dinner. Check out this link

cumi & ciki : I don't think my blessings will continue when it comes to 4D! Hahaha....

Kok : Not only Astro. Just enter any contest!

j2kfm : No jampi, slogan writing :o)

ilene : God's blessing indeed. Noah, I have a smaller TV. Hehe...

Terri: I did it with slogan writing and of course God's blessing :o)

N.K.O.T.B : Hahaha, we still into the couriering business hor?

Simon : Hahaha...nolah, I didn't win because they like me leh.

Beachlover said...

wow!!congratulation U banyak lucky!! everytime win prize when enter Astro contest! mom also subcribe to Astro but never win anything b4,must ketuk my sister head(work for Astro and Maxis)tak dak guna!.Pls pass me u luck,tomorrow I'm going to buy 4 ekor! lol!..Don't forget to take photo when u receive the gift!

sc said...

i never have such luck..envy envy envy..
hey, you should try buying lottery, might just strike big..can i tumpang beli with you? :p

jason said...

Congrats congrats!! Now bigger screen and better sound system to play Wii!

Precious Pea said...

I will try my luck next time too! Hahah..congrats and once again, if you need to tumpang your prizes at my place..more than welcome!

Nic (KHKL) said...


i hope your next win will include a karaoke system so that we can jam to the K with the TV and audio system!!! :)

Life for Beginners said...

Sweet success! Some people do have all the luck when it comes to contests and lotteries. It's always nice hanging around lucky people cos you never know --- some of their luck might just brush off them onto us! Hehe.

Wah, wmw, how are you gonna brush off so many people trying to touch you for luck? ;)

wmw said...

Beachlover : Like that ah, family members of Astro employee cannot enter woh. That's why didn't win...not because no luck. :o)

sc : Don't think it works that way for me ler...if like that that I just be a professional "contest" participant! LOL!

jason : But that would also mean, lesser area to play Wii! I need a bigger house! Hahaha...

Precious Pea : Thanks for the offer, sista!

Nic : Err...the DVD Home Theater system does come with Karaoke if I'm not mistaken!

wmw : Brush off? Depends who lah, some I won't mind! LOL!

jo said...

I once got Genting Highlands called me but I was in a discussion. I called back but it was a General Line and they did not know who called me. ARGGGHHHH could've won show tickets!!!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Wa liao! Congratulations!!!! You deserve it. :-)

mimid3vils said...

wow, u so lucky!!! Congrats!!

I never know Astro got so many contests ~~~ =.="

Big Boys Oven said...

walio forgot to congratulate you on your winning! I can only dream about it! :( lol!

Lee Ping Chong said...

Our Heavenly Father surely knows how to give good gifts!

kat said...

Wahhh... win again! Kung hei kung hei!!

When are we going to the race course ah??

So now can K at home eh? :D

PureGlutton said...

WOWW! You sure are lucky! Congrats!

wmw said...

Jo : Well, we all win some, lose some.

Lyrical L: Thanks! I'm still in a state of disbelief till today...well, a bit lah!

mimid3vils : Thank you. Actually, there are contest everywhere. Seelah, some prizes are simple while some are big.

BBO : Thank you. I'm also still dreaming to win a house/car :o)

LeeChongPing: Yes he does. I thank God for his blessings.

Kat : I don't think I win when I gamble lo ;p

PureGlutton : Thank you :o)

backstreetgluttons said...

some ppl are truly blessed...

enjoy !

UnkaLeong said...

The space is still available in my hall! Congrats! *hugs*

chih said...

hey i may be one of the last ones to say this but congrats =) you do seem to have a flair for contests!

enjoy your new grand prize! =)))

wmw said...

BSG : Thanks...I'm thankful that I'm blessed!

unkaleong : If that happens, you have to wait in line, Precious Pea is ahead of you :o)

chih : Thanks...I try my best :o)