Next time be sure you get an international warranty. Many learn this just like you.
I purchased an ASUS eee 1000H netbook while on holiday in Singapore in Dec. 2008. I live in New Zealand. In July 2009 the plastic plug fixture for the USB port came out when I unplugged a USB connected mouse. The ASUS service centre in Auckland refuses to repair the port under warranty (1 year). The centre in Singapore refuses to accept the netbook for repair if I send it to them. Avoid this company.
This is my first experience with a third rate company such as ASUS, and last. Stick with Lenovo, HP, or HP/Compaq. For 2nd tier companies go with Acer (have an Acer notebook, never had a problem).
P.S. The ASUS netbook keyboard has a horrible design for the right hand special keys.