Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The additional half second today...

A leap second will be added to atomic clocks worldwide at 23:59:60 (or near midnight) at Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on December 31, 2008. This is the 24th leap second to be added since the first leap second was added in 1972. This is also the first leap second in three years.

A leap second is a second, as measured by an atomic clock, added to or subtracted from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to make it agree with astronomical time to within 0.9 second. It compensates for slowing in the Earth’s rotation and is added during the end of June or December.

The International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS) observes the Earth's rotation and nearly 6 months in advance (January and July) a "Bulletin C" message is sent out, which reports whether or not to add a leap second in the end of June and December.

IERS schedules a leap second as needed to keep the time difference between atomic clocks and Earth’s rotation to below 0.9 seconds. IERS estimates that UT1 (Universal Time – based on Earth’s rotation) will be about 0.61 seconds behind UTC as year 2009 starts, so that after the leap second is added to UTC, UT1 will be ahead of UTC by about 0.39 seconds.

Catholic Chat Room

Catholic is an adjective derived from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning "whole" or "complete". In the context of Christian ecclesiology, it has a rich history and several usages. For Roman Catholics, the term "Catholic Church" refers to the Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, including both the Western particular Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches. Protestants sometimes use the term to refer to the entire body of believers in Jesus Christ. Eastern Orthodox and Anglican Christians hold that their churches are catholic in the sense that they are in continuity with the original catholic (universal) church founded by the apostles.

Catholic Chat Room is a place for Catholics to come together to chat.

They certainly do have a lot of free catholic chatrooms here at Catholic Chat City. You will find a lot of religious chat lines and live catholic users in free chats with webcams here. We are your resource for live free catholic and religious chat rooms with webcams!

The resources are free to use aftert a simple registration?

Rush rush...

Okay,I am actually writing this post while on a cab now!

It has been an extremely busy day for me... and I am currently rushing to purchase something last minute and get back to my office to sort things out!

Thank god I had my working lap top to tell the uncle where I actually wanted to go!

What a way to spend New Year Eve! Most of you guys are probably having half day off and on the way for your count down parties...

New year, new eye wear!

With the festive lunar new year barely a month away and the upcoming economic recession, it makes better sense to spend your money wisely and save what you can, especially so since saving a dollar is easier then earning another!

If you do not have perfect vision and have to wear spectacles, you need not have to worry about spending more money on your eye wear accessories! Zenni-Optical has an extremely wide range of Holiday frames at affordable prices to select from!

I was browsing through and I thought this frame was pretty attractive, in a sense, simple yet elegant for everyday wear:

4963 Rimless Stainless Steel Frame with Spring Hinge

What is even more advanced with Zeeni-Optical is that it does have its own customization for its consumers. You can select your frame colour, your lens size and shape, whether you wish to have anti-reflection coating, or even lens tint choices! An optional clip on polarized 80% sunshade is available at only US Dollars 3.95 each!

Now that is certainly not only a good way to save you money, it saves you the time and hassle of going to your optician to choose your frames, order your frames and a repeat visit to collect your finished order! So, why not try it today?

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A simple get together lunch..

It was supposed to be a get together lunch before the arrival of the New Year, lest did I expect that it was a planned gathering of sorts to celebrate my belated birthday!!!

We met at Carousel and we had the buffet lunch as usual... eating, talking, joking, all the usual stuff that our crazy bunch of New Yorkers would do normally...

Then suddenly after dessert, the stuff of the restaurant came out rapping with a birthday cake, and I was like so paiseh!!!!

Lol...

Anyway, would like to take this opportunity to thank the New Yorkers for this wonderful arrangement... as well as to the DIVA for her beautifully selected gift:

A pair of Giorgio Mandelli cufflinks... with swaroski crystals! Bling bling!


Actually, on closer inspection.. the bling does really resemble the New Orleans Fleur-de-lis! No wonder!

Advertlets forgot that there is 30/12/08?

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When I accessed my dashboard this morning, I found that there was no entry for today at all...

Check out the picture below..



The last entry is 29/12/08 and the earnings should apparently be 'live'! So I really wonder what excuses will be given?

Technical error most probably, but does that mean that bloggers will be penalised due to their technical error on their part?

Perhaps, its only fair for bloggers to blog about what they like:

Monday, December 29, 2008

SP: I want, I can!

The internet is indeed a powerful medium of advertising!

Judging from the way that many people actually pay big amount of money to have advertisements on sites ranging from news portals to blogs... well, my blog is also not excluded too..

Well, with the upcoming Singapore Polytechnic openhouse being just a few days around the corner, it is not strange that there is lots of publicity..





Being Singapore's first polytechnic, I really wonder if such expensive mean of advertising is really needed, the money could be channelled to other more meaningful causes like supporting the needy students!

Pretty ironic to spend so much money for advertisement purposes for new students and then to get these new students to raise money again for charity purposes during their orientation!

Just another rant of mine...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Calling it Quits

I am getting so lethargic, especially with the peak period coming up these days...

Just feel so tired to carry on!!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The new Jurong Point!

Another day at work..

Travelling from one part of the island to another... AMK to Hougang to Jurong!!!

When I got off at Jurong, I was really amazed by the size of this sub urban shopping centre, Jurong Point. During my army days, Jurong Point was like an oasis in a dessert. We would go there for meals after work and stuff... It barely had sufficient stores and entertainment back then!

But when I was there today, it has nearly doubled (at least, if not more) in size!!!! More shops, more retail therapy... even the NTUC Extra there is so huge!!!

If only other western malls could be so happening too!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Supermarket Sweep!

It's the time of the year again when I feel like I am playing Supermarket Sweep.. going down various supermarkets... running down the aisles and stuff...

It can get pretty tiring!

Anyway, today I finally got to make use of my Metro Birthday vouchers!!

Bought a pair of shoes and it came bundled with freebies!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Freshly juice rotten mangos...

Yea.. the titles speaks for itself...

Was at a hawker centre happily eating when I decided to get fresh juice to go with my food. Went to the usual store, but it was closed for the festive Christmas holidays. So I had to make do with another store behind it!

Looking through the long list of juice variants they had, I decided on Fresh mango juice, but that was served from a plastic container from a chiller. When I got back to my table and took a sip from the cup... it was horrible.. nearly fermented mango juice in a cup!!!

What a way to celebrate Christmas!

so much for 'freshness'!

Ho Ho Ho...

Ho Ho Ho…

Merry Christmas 2008!

Got a wish this Christmas? Think twice before considering the CEIVA Digital Photo Frame!

Print photos are bad for many reasons—they will fade, they will turn yellow and will eventually turn into dust, and what ’s more to print your own digital photos, requires the use of conventional ink to print, before you are able to display it.

If you're ready to make the big move to digital photo frames, here are a few things to consider:

Decide on the size you want, keeping in mind that size matters! Sizes of most digital photo frame typically range from 3.5" to 17", with the larger frames being much more expensive. However, bear in mind that price doesn't depend entirely on size, which is entirely true, since you can get cheap and good stuff; you can find both cheap and expensive small frames, as well as both cheap and expensive large frames.

Look for a balance between size and features listed that stays within the budget you're willing to pay.

It can be pretty obvious where a non familliar brand stands when it does low cost advertising to get bloggers to pay for the advertisements. Low cost you might say, results in more savings for the consumer. But if you are going to store your precious moments in a photo frame, it would make better sense to have a trusted brand like SONY...

For Christmas, CEIVA is having a sit on Santa’s lap promotion, which is obviously another gimmick! One random entry selected for each day of the contest; cash prize of $500 per winner, that lucky person could be you! But then, what happens to the ownership on the photo? Free usage for CEIVA?

Wake up your idea today!
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Opps, it happened again!

Our uniquely Singapore flyer had a malfunction today when the the world's largest observation wheel grounded to a halt at about 4.15pm on Tuesday, leaving over 100 people trapped.

Since the Flyer became operational in February this year, this is the third time it has encountered problems. The last time a technical glitch occurred was just three weeks ago, on December 4. The wheel was stuck for nearly five hours due to extreme weather conditions and some 70 people were affected. In July, the Flyer stopped due to a minor fault in the braking system.

Another problem with our iconic landmark, when will we learn that going higher does not necessary equate to better?

Monday, December 22, 2008

A gift for myself!

I got this Birthday cum Xmas gift for myself today, after getting a message that a particular store was having a 50% discount on all Seiko watches!


This model is a perpetual calendar piece which means that there is no need to adjust the date when certain months are shorter! ( Of course, unless the battery is flat)

Which is just so ideal for me!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Winter Solstice...

Yea...

Another day of getting older according to the Lunar Calendar!


The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradually lengthening nights and shortening days. How cultures interpret this is varied, since it is sometimes said to astronomically mark either the beginning or middle of a hemisphere's winter. Winter is a subjective term, so there is no scientifically established beginning or middle of winter but the winter solstice itself is clearly calculated to within a second. Though the winter solstice lasts an instant, the term is also colloquially used to refer to the full 24-hour period of the day on which it occurs.

Hope you guys had your tang yuan!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Class Gathering!

What's Christmas without a gathering of friends, especially of my Henry Park Primary School classmates?

After all, we have known each other for at least 12 years!

Our little gathering this year took place at Waraku Casual Dining at Hereen!

Had this beef hot pot.. that sounded so obscene.. its Japanese pronunciation sounded so typically Singapore Ah beng


The group picture!!!!

Yea, it's a small group that meet up every year.. but at least, its better then nothing!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

You need more food?

The page had the words ' We need more Cooking Oil, Canned Food(Halal), Cereals and Adult Diapers!'

After I got an email from a friend whom urged us to help out with the on going Boy's Brigade Sharity Give Box 2008, I wanted to do my part by donating some of my products to the organization. But when I read the site that they were only looking for Halal canned foods!

So my friend told them about my intention to give to the organization and they were okay with the my supposed donation and was supposed to arrange with a lady to liase with me. But after a whole day of waiting, I got no call from anyone from the organization at all! It really leaves me in dismay, especially after reading all the newspapers reports whereby reasons given for the dip in this year's charity drive was the economic recession, however, it seems that the issue of having only a specific targetted type of food item required!

Don't we have a familliar proverb: Beggars can't be choosers? Perhaps in recent times like these, beggars can be choosers!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christian Chat

In this era of technological advancement, the Internet has been hailed as bringing like minded people together, despite the fact that they could be in reality miles apart from each other!

Christian Chat is a portal where plenty of Christian users from all of the planet come together in our chats and enjoy themselves absolutely free!

Try it today..

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

It's my birthday today!!!

Thanks for all the well wishes.. SMSes... scribblings on my Facebook wall, gifts, makan sessions and everything! It sure feels good to be remembered!

Gosh.. a first step past the quarter of a century mark! I do hope that all things will go well!

Anyway, was just flipping through all those numerous birthday vouchers that are sent out to me. It seems that there are already year-end sales going on at this point of time, especially with the current economic slow down, that such vouchers are almost obsolete! Seems really a bane for Decemember babies!

Ok.. I'm going to enjoy the last 2 hours left of my special day!

Fibre is Destroyed so easily???

I just heard the most ridiculous things on a TV show which involves a contest of paired celebrity couples cooking 3 dishes and a soup.

One of the 'judges' mentioned that food when cut to small, tends to have its fibre broken down and that young children and the elderly might not be able to get sufficient fibre!

I wonder if they know that fibre is made up of the indigestible parts or compounds of plants, which pass relatively unchanged through our stomach and intestines. The main role of fibre is to keep the digestive system healthy.

If choppping up fruits and vegetables will damage fibres, then how will it be able to survive through our stomach and intestines, which has an even more harsh environment?

These people should just get their facts right, before sprouting live on air!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Another Busy Day...

Another busy day.. passing...

Been rushing my assignment to be submitted.. my reports.. my presentations..

There's just so many... to do.. and no time..

To make things worse, tommorrow is my day.... but I am still having the flu!!

I hope things get better tomorrow!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The day the lift broke down...

It's nearly equivalent to the end of the world... at least for the elderly and the movement impaired in my block..

The block that we are living in is currently undergoing upgrading works and they decided to give us new lifts, and thus, we only have one lift working until middle next year. Anyway, the lift that was open, which also happened to be the newly upgraded lift, broke down within a week... and boy... did it cause loads of trouble!!!

It was down since morning when we left for work... and when we got back in the evening... you got it! It was still down!!

Guess the only problem staying in high rise flats is that we are dependent on lifts, without which, inconvenience is inevitable!

Food firms 'mislead using adverts'

I think this article just speaks for itself... and so you think that bowl of breakfast cereal if full of wholesome goodness? Think again!

From Press Assoc:
Food companies are misleading parents through legal loopholes and spurious health claims to market unhealthy food to children, a charity has said.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) claims to "expose" the "top five" marketing tactics it said companies used to advertise children's food high in fat, sugar and salt.

The report, prepared by food campaigning group The Food Commission on behalf of the BHF, said companies made claims about the quality of products to hide the true nutritional content and used selective nutritional and health information.

Companies also used "emotional insight" to empathise with mothers about some of the difficulties in raising a family, and imagery to entice and mislead parents, the report said.

Kellogg's claimed its Coco Pops Cereal and Milk Bars were the "best choice for a lunchbox treat" and used images of grapes and a wholemeal bread sandwich on packaging despite containing 41g of sugar per 100g, the study said.

An ad for KFC showed children volunteering to clean up after eating one of the takeaway chain's meals, while an ad for Burger King Aberdeen Angus Mini-Burgers showed a motherly figure declaring "the lunch battle is over".

The BHF commissioned the report as part of its Food 4 Thought childhood obesity campaign.

The report also said companies were showing "misleading" adverts during shows popular with young people like the X Factor, despite regulations banning the advertising of junk food during children's programmes.

The BHF is calling for a ban on all junk food television advertising before 9pm. It also wants "consistent" junk food marketing regulations across all media and for a mandatory front of pack food labelling system to help parents understand the nutritional values of children's products.

Manufacturers denied the report's findings. A Kellogg's spokesman said: "To suggest we exploit marketing loop holes as a matter of course is rubbish. Our on-pack claims are rigorous and all our marketing reflects the latest advertising codes.


I hope that more companies will be more ethical in Singapore!

I could have gotten free petrol today!

I really could have gotten free petrol today...

kidding!

Just that today when I was at the petrol station filling up the car, the cashier who was from the big land, keyed in the wrong amount (which was more then 30 dollars difference) into the credit card terminal, despite the cashier showing an amount greater in value.

When I saw the charge slip, I asked her if the bill was right, and before she could check, she lashed out that if was correct and blah blah...

So when I told her to check her cashier display and the charge slip, she finally understood what I meant and apologized!

Sometimes, I really wonder if it is efficient to have front counter service staff to be only versed in Mandarin, when there are our friends of other races who are not able to converse in Manadrin.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cashing it in..

My friend sent me this cute cartoon today labelled 'Times are changing.."

I think its pretty apt... was on a MRT a couple of days back and there was a local bank advertising its services with hang on flyers with loud screaming words "Double Interest!"

I guess the banks must be having a hard time to get people to deposit with them..

Are you an XML Superstar?

What on earth is XML? XML are initials for EXtensible Markup Language.
You may not know this, but HTML and XML are brother and sister. Their mother is SGML. SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) is the overriding language that produced both XML and HTML.

SGML is not a language per se, but rather a series of commands that are all understood by another program. A similar example would be JavaScript. By itself, there's not much to it, but if you use the JavaScript commands in a particular order and then allow a Web browser to read it, you get some neat effects.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Loyal Dogs save the day..

I came across this clip on Youtube.



A dog was injured while crossing the expressway...

And another dog upon seeing that, risked his life to save the other... now, that's why they say dogs are loyal..

What I want for Christmas...

I've got a wish: All I want for Christmas 2008 is….

….. is a CEIVA Digital Photo frame to store the best of 2008 memories! Unlike good old traditional photo frames, a digital photo frame is able to store more then 1 image and have them displayed in a slide show format. Best of it all, the photos will never turn yellow or affected by mildew!

It displays 40 pictures per slide show!

It is pretty user friendly:
v No PC or internet required
• Easy-to-use, 6-button remote
• Perfect True-to-Photo™ display (no stretching, cropping or squishing)

The CEIVA Digital Photo Frame Screen: High resolution, 8-inch active matrix digital LCD screen has the following specifications:
Display Resolution: 800 x 600
Height: 8.5"
Width: 10"
Depth: 3"
Weight: 3 lbs
Supports: Compact Flash®, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Secure Digital™, SmartMedia™, MultiMedia Card™, Microdrive®, xD-Picture Card™, miniSD™ Card (some cards require an adapter)
Wi-Fi and Broadband Ready

I uploaded a picture from my collage of photos onto the Sit on Santa's Lap Experience on the site. I chose my favourite candy which I got some time back from Candy Empire, tagged together with a wish, peace to all this Christmas.

I certainly hope that in times of recession now, peace will feel the hearts of everyone!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Act Blur.. The way to go in recession

Some one has been owing me a 4 digit sum for more then 2 months.. and whenever I touch on the topic.. there is certainly a clear sense of evasion!!!

Seems like in dark times of recession, acting blur is the best option to go!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Calabash Brothers

I watched this animation from my childhood days on Youtube today.

Calabash Brothers (Chinese: 葫芦兄弟) is a Chinese animation TV series produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio. It is also referred to as "Bottle Gourd Brothers", "Hulu Brothers" and "Seven Brothers".


Legend has it that two demons were jailed in the Calabash Mountains, one a scorpion spirit and the other a snake spirit. One day, a pangolin happens to drill a hole on the slope and the two spirits escape from the cave, causing grave harm to the nearby residents. The pangolin hurries to an old man and says that only by growing calabashes in seven colors can they annihilate the spirits. So the old man spares no time in growing seven calabashes, each a different color of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and purple.

The calabashes ripen sequentially, falling off their stems to the ground, and transforming into seven boys. Each has a unique supernatural ability such as super-strength, enhanced hearing and sight, invisibility, and pyrokinesis, as well as a weakness. With a combined effort, they set on a mission to defeat the demons in a 13 episode-long adventure.

Watch the first episode:




Sunday, December 07, 2008

Things so Singaporean

I heard this song on Youtube recently. It has simple yet meaningful lyrics, something that Singaporeans can probably relate to!



Sounds like a good NDP song in the making?

Lyrics by Judith d’Silva
Composed, arranged and sung by: Ann Hussein

You ask me what is it I love
About this country of my birth
Just take a look from up above
There’s none like it on earth
It’s so small, you can see it all,
From the east coast to the west
And the things that make us Singaporean
Are the things that I love best!

The uncles and the aunties
From Tuas to Tampines
They queue to buy lottery
Or a packet of wanton mee
A rainbow of culture and races
Fill the void deck everyday
A tapestry of faces
Chinese, Indian or Malay
The padang and instant trees, Newater
And Dim Sum Dollies
Flats in the sky,
The Kallang roar,
And slippers outside the door,
The acroywnmn and the campaigns,
And land claimed from the sea
How we love our durians
That keep our merlion company.

You ask me what is it I love
About this country of my birth
Just take a look from up above
There’s none like it on earth
It’s so small, you can see it all,
From the east coast to the west
And the things that make us Singaporeans
Are the things that I love best!


The crowds in Vivocity
On weekends are just crazy
We love to shop
We love to eat
Bring your tissue to “chope” your seat
Where can you find two temples
With a church in between
These are just a few examples to show you what I mean
The different festive seasons
Another of the reasons
To sink my roots in my hometown,
Raise a family and settle down
Even if I am far away,
I’ll return without delay
Cos I love and cherish this nation
And the things so Singaporean!

You ask me what is it I love
About this country of my birth
Just take a look from up above
There’s none like it on earth
It’s so small, you can see it all,
From the east coast to the west
And the things that make us Singaporeans
Are the things that I love best! (x2)


Catchy right??? It's so rap like... yet at the same time, it aptly potrays life in Singapore!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

SP SPam?

I wonder why I keep getting SMS alerts from SP Library!!!


There is no mention in the SMS on how to unsubscribe from their mailing list...
Also, it seems that no tag is also used in the SMS.. is it a standard operation procedure for SP library to send out such SMS to their students?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Running after a spoilt pen

Gosh.. I discovered that a pen that I bought recently had spoilt..

And I had to get it repaired today.. hope all goes well!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

'Santa Claus' comes to Singapore

With the festive season fast approaching, I am sure that everyone would be familliar with this song "Santa Claus is coming to town".

And 'Santa Claus' did really come to town...

In a stylish limousine too!

Was at Wisma Atrium today, and the people closed the entire taxi stand for some big shot, who was reputedly Aaron Kwok, for some opening ceremony by Longines!

See the big limousine parked right smack at the taxi stand, with the management activating their security to divert the taxis to stop in the middle of the road. It was even raining... mega stars like 'Santa Claus' get red carpet treatment...



See the big VIP being ushered into his limousine, the distance from where the taxis stopped from the queue meant that many people actually cut queues!

Massive jam started to build up behind! While the organizers just look dazed standing there...





This is just Singapore for you!!!

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

Really wonder if proper precautions were taken to prevent a traffic buildup...

Farewell to a friend

I bade farewell to a silent friend of mine of 8 years....

She left the world... silently.. and I did not even get a chance to see her for the last time last night..

May she rest in peace!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Thanks for the present!

My birthday gifts arrive slightly earlier this year...

Was given this CK passport holder today!





The design is pretty sleek... and I guess it would really come in handy for travel passports and other documents!!!
Thanks Audrey!

Obnoxious Speakers

I attended a talk today at a particular polytechnic in Singapore and was pretty taken aback at the attitude of one of the speakers who claimed himself to be a celebrity chef!

He spoke in such a unconvincing manner that it was so hard to see things from his point of view. It was done in such a manner that at the end of his presentations, he did not answer his own questions and instead left more question marks in the air for the audience,

Also, his demonstrations were unclear and there was no link to his topic of "molecular gastronomy" at all, to put it in simpler terms, it was just another cooking demo similar to "Yan can cook, so can you!"

As a celebrity chef, he can hardly carry himself well enough to bring out his point, not to mention the various verbal bloopers he has!

Perhaps, this shows the calibre of the host!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Wiped Away

Gosh.. caught in the rain while driving home today.. and guess what...

I discovered that the wipers were not working.. and I could not even see anything in the torrential down pour..

So I had no choice but to stop by the road side..

Seems like the First Parade Task taught during army days was really useful then...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Big Sister!!!

Came across this pretty interesting Plum Pudding while walking in a supermarket!!

Big sister Plum pudding...

Despite its name, this product is not from China, it is from Australia, as indicated from its packaging!




Big Sister = DaJie in Mandarin...

Thank god it is not Big Auntie = DaYiMa (colloquial for menses!) which probably would be apt for Cranberry Fruitcake?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Journey To The West

I am so hooked onto this Journey to the West Cantonese series by TVB that I found on Youtube!!!

I watched the chinese voice over version but it was not as entertaining as the original Cantonese version as seen on Youtube, especially so since some humour is lost during translation!!

Check out this Youtube Channel!!

I just have the feeling that I will be staying up late to catch this series!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Do your part this Christmas...

Tis the season to be jolly....

Do some charity for the children of Smokey Mountain this Christmas!


The landfill in Payatas, The Philippines, is notoriously known the world over as Smokey Mountain. For over 35 years, the smoking dump site has grown to become a stark and heart-tugging reminder of the desperate conditions of humanity.




On a daily basis, children pick through newly arrived garbage to collect material to sell. The earnings made by one child are not enough to even buy food for the day. Hence, entire families are forced to climb the mountain each day, hoping to earn enough to feed everyone.

A quick check on the various supporters of this charity include:
  • Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines
  • Mayor Sonny Belmonte of Quezon City, and Congressman Mat Defensor of Quezon City
  • Lee Sharpe (former Manchester United player)
  • Jean Daniels (South African golf long-drive specialist)
  • Congresswoman Cynthia Villar of Las Pinas
  • Philippine Senate President Manny Villar
  • Ray Parlour (former Arsenal player)
  • Steve Black (owner of Masters Football International)
  • Robert Teasdale (licensee of Masters Football Asia)

However, you don't have to be rich and famous to do your part to bring Christmas for Payatas!

Let's spread warmth and love this Christmas to those that really need it!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tactical Movement, Anyone?

This site is just a must see for enlistees for their National Service!

Tactical Pants USA, inc was established to better serve the 5.11 Tactical customer. By carrying a huge inventory we are able to ship most orders within 24 hrs. Emails to them are usually answered in a few hours.


Just by browsing through their site, one gets to see all kinds of ware from shirts, polo, pants, watches and more!

It really is some sort of an online e-mart that can be assessed by anyone with an Internet collection!

Pretty amazing stuff they have, I was just looking at the Surefire flashlights. No, it is not some sort of purchasing of fire arms of the Internet. Surefire flashlights are incredibly bright, with smooth, pure white beams. Compact, lightweight and convenient to carry in a pocket, pouch or purse, SureFire Personal Flashlights will transform your concept of what a flashlight should be.

Surefire Flashlight LED technology is now available in several SureFire flashlight models and as an add-on conversion for many of SureFire's high-performance flashlights. SureFire's LED flashlights feature digital regulator circuits to maintain consistent levels of light output for as long as possible, and digital current limiters to protect the LED module from current and heat-related damage. SureFire was the first to utilize these breakthrough features in a handheld LED flashlight.

Yep, sounds pretty cool to own one!

Then I scrolled down the same page!!! Wow!!! A torch light that has a retail price tag of USD $4,800?? The Surefire Beast is coined as the most powerful flashlight ever produced, by the manufactures of Surefire series. It has been the one-of-a-kind flashlight to be supplied for mass consumption, on a wide scale. Utilizing a xenon-fill high-intensity discharge (HID) arc lamp, it puts out 2000 lumens of blinding white light, 120 times the light output of a typical two D-cell alkaline flashlight.

Gosh!!! Luxury flashlights!!!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Porter Ready

Got a phone call from Porter International that the bag I sent in for repair of the zips is ready for collection!!!
I am so hoping that it is as good as new. Hope all the faulty parts have been repaired!


I really wonder if I am still ready for more Porter stuf!

Heritage Web Design

Thinking about webhosting???

Try Heritage Web Design, a USA Based Company, which specializes in the design and hosting of affordable websites specially for Small and Medium Enterprises. With a staff of over 225 employees, Heritage Web Solutions has grown to a multi-million-dollar company in just 7 years, achieving a Top 1% of Hosting Companies as reported by WebHosting.Info. Heritage Web Solutions is honored to be recognized, by Inc. Magazine, among the fastest growing privately held businesses 2 years running.

They really have a good track record! I browsed through their past works in their portfolio and searched on logo designs and found that most of the designs were done in good style and taste, what’s more, their customers are from a wide genre of industries from café to schools!

The company also has a programme called Heritage Web Tools which is a free, easy-to-use web-based File Manager that allows you to completely manage a website without an extensive computer background. You can perform tasks such as: Updating or changing your current website. (like FrontPage or Dreamweaver)!
Track when and where customers go on your site.
Send personalized emails to your current customer base.
Create depth to your organization with multiple email accounts.
This really makes editing easy as ABC!

Heritage Web Solutions uses only the latest fully managed Dual Xeon servers with an easy to use cPanel site management control. Heritage Web Solutions also does weekly and Monthly backups of your site

The easy to use store front e commerce setup is also pretty idiot proof! It starts at a basic $795.

Support wise, there is a life chat that enables their customers to communicate effectively and efficiently with them. A live chat also enables quick instant help!

So, seems like there is no harm giving it a try today!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Fragility of Life

Just this morning, I was out at a warehouse, when something caught my eye.

It was an injured bird that was most probably crushed by forklifts lifting wooden pallets. I took it and placed it in a little carton box, it was not really in a bad condition and was still able to respond. Its legs were not crushed, thankfully.

It was a busy area and the fork lifts were still moving around.

However, some staff from the warehouse saw the little bird that I had saved and took it to their office to safekeep it. And afterawhile later, it died, probably due to the cold from the air conditioning system.

Pretty sad, I still wonder if I really saved the bird or caused it to die.

Bollywood Uprising...

Bollywood movies are not only about dancing and hiding behind trees!


Lavrenti Lopes plays one of the leads in a Hollywood film SubHysteria, which is also his first feature film, slated for April 2009 release.

Accordining to Lavrenti's Official Website, Lavrenti Lopes is originally from Mumbai, India but is based out of New York now.

So that would be another upcoming and shining Asian star to look out for in the movie industry!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Singapore Mint showing signs of inflation?

Really wonder if our Singapore Mint is also showing signs of inflation....

I do collect some of the Lunar coins that are launched each year before the Lunar New Year. For the upcoming 2009 year of the ow, the following was seen on their website:


A 1-oz 999.9 Fine Gold Proof Coin that has a face value of 100 Hundred Singapore Dollars!

However, flipping through some book published by the Singapore Mint

In the Year 1997, which is exactly 12 years ago, a similar 1-oz Gold Coin was launched with a face value of 250 Singapore Dollars!




Does this mean that our Singapore currency has decreased withing 12 years as pegged to gold prices? If it has, the decrease is indeed drastic!
Anyway, for a Gold Bullion coin, according to UOB gold and silver prices, a 1-oz coin is currently sold at $1351.41 by the Bank. So how does that explain the huge price tag of SGD $2084.00 by the Singapore Mint?

A worthwhile collection that will go down with inflation?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Back In Malaysia

I'm back in Malaysia...

Once again way from the hustle and bustle of city life....

The blue sky and idyllic life style, a perfect destress!

The short trip in Malaysia is to attend my cousin's wedding dinner...


As usual, lots of 'When is your turn' questions asked!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

White Tiger Attack in Singapore Video

After the whole incident, the video is now seen on Youtube!!!





Does that sounds like some cheering in the background?

Anyway, I added some clip stills just in case the video gets deleted again!!!

First pic, shows the guy covering his head with a yellow pail..

Then you see the tigers attacking his legs!

The clip ends abruptly by someone, who seems to be from the Singapore Zoo.

Tracy Juice Culture

This oasis of fruit juice and other holistic wholesome blended drinks is located at Fortune Centre, which is pretty near my office.



I have been patronizing Tracy Juice Culture for quite some time and have been a fan of their fruit juices which is all so yummy and guilt-free!

They do have quite a wide range of drinks available like:

  • Pine Lemon: which is a blend of pineapple, sour plums, lemons and lime
  • Apple Wheat: A blend of wheat grass, green apples, pineapple
  • Creamy Beetroot: Beetroot, pineapple, carrots
  • Eleven wild: a juice blend from eleven different kinds of cereal, which I am drinking today (see picture below)
  • Nutty Paradise: a blend of almonds and other nuts

Another interesting product that they have is pumpkin kaya, which is really different from what local Singapore kaya is. It is less sweet but at the same time, more aromatic!

It is eaten with multi grain buns which complement the taste of kaya perfectly!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Finally... A cheque from Nuffnang!

Opened my mailbox today!!!

Cashed out on 27th September 2008 and received on 19th November 2008, that's already with Gliteratti status, so those without Glitterati status will probably have to wait longer!

The cheque issued date was 30/10/08, could it be that Singpost took nearly 2 weeks to deliver this?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Porter Zips

Gosh...

I have to admit this...

My zip got stuck..

Not the zip of my pants! But rather the zip of my Porter Bag. I got this bag in June 2008, and barely even half a year, the zips are giving way!!!

Which makes me wonder, at the kind of price that Porter Bags are going for, is it worth it, in terms of durability?
Thankfully, the bag is still under warranty, so I am going to head down to the store and see what they can do about it!