February 9, 2013

Borneo Motors, Sin Ming Toyota Service Centre, Singapore…excellent service recovery

Simply put, service recovery is putting a smile on a customer’s face after you’ve made a mistake. It’s solving a customer’s problem or complaint and sending him out the door feeling as if he’s just done business with the greatest company on earth.

Lor Guan Tong, Service Supervisor at Borneo Motors, Sin Ming Toyota service Centre is a champion at service recovery.

My very first time at this service centre and I felt like I was handled by an unscrupulous salesman. Liew Bang Lung, Service engineer, convinced me the value package was necessary for me and would be beneficial for my car. Within two minutes of my acceptance of the package, he contradicted himself and said he would cancel that package and that I should change the oil instead…of course at double the price. All of a sudden, the service package which had seemed so important for the well-being of my car two minutes ago, can now be discarded like rubbish.

Incidentally, when i called the service centre a week later for a follow-up appointment to change my aircon compressor, Lor Guan Tong spoke with me and in the course of the conversation, I’d requested for a different service engineer. Out of curiosity, Lor inquired for the reason and i duly detailed it out to him.

 Service Engineer Kelvin Tan was assigned by Lor to arrange for the change of my aircon compressor; and unlike Liew, Kelvin was very professional and courteous. At no point was I left in the dark, unsure of the process or waiting excessively.

Additionally, when i collected my car, I was informed that Lor had authorised the replacement of two faulty brake disc rotor for me. These would have costed me $882 and it was extended on a complimentary basis to me.

 It was unlike any auto customer service experience I’d had in Malaysia and Singapore before.  And so, for the foreseeable future, I will always choose this Sin Ming Service Centre. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

February 3, 2013

W.W. Laksa House, Johor Baru…my taste buds tantalized and my senses awaken

Filed under: Coffee shop, Food & Beverage, Malaysia — Tags: , , , , , — PEr @ 10:01 pm

If there’s anyone who knows a good laksa, it is definitely me.

To run over the essentials for you; good sized bowl and good value too. There are both fried tau pueh (soya bean skin)&  fried fish cake slices (tick), a good serve of fried vegetarian balls (tick) and tau pok which has soaked up laksa broth for hours at least (big tick), bean sprouts, grated dry basil leaves and, of course, fresh cockles.  The broth has decent depth of flavour – coconutty, mildly spicy and definitely memorable.  My tastebuds are now salivating, just writing about it.  I wish I was joking.

Service was efficient and pretty friendly but the simple and functional décor won’t win any interior design awards.

Overall…my taste buds were tantalized and my senses awaken by the unique combination of spices and textures.  This is the true truth  as I say it as it is…


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