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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sushis & Cocktails

I have been advised to take pictures of food to post in this blog. Unfortunately, so far, I only remembered to take pictures of some sushi, which I had like...five days ago, at Shin Tokyo @ City Vibes, Clementi (Current promo: 99 cents per white plate!!!). A point to note when visiting Shin Tokyo: Their wasabi has EXTRA UMPH! So go easy on them...

Eel Sushi


Baby Octopus Sushi


Salmon Sushi

There were of course a lot more varieties, but I was too hungry to take anymore pictures. See, that's my problem...I am too eager to eat to take pictures of food.

On a more recent note, below is a picture of some drinks my colleagues and I were having last night at A971 Cafe @ Riverside Point, Clarke Quay. Being a noob in alcoholic drinks, all I am going to say is those drinks tasted good to me. Tokyo Tower was the best among the three.

Monday, March 23, 2009

LOL!

I just realised how gay my previous entry sounds. And it's already a "reduced-gayness" version.

Damn, I need some rock influence. Mok...if you read this, you know I mean you.

A New Beginning...

I now know where I went wrong.

It was a mistake that took me years to wake up and learn a lesson from.

Things had never been this crystal-clear.

Life will be good again.
Muaks to all my true friends. Thanks for being there for me all this while.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Caffeine Intolerance Still Intact - Tested & Proven

I knew I was caffeine intolerant. I knew drinking coffee would give me headaches and jittery hands. I don't even like coffee that much and there was my favourite Milo too on the table, so it's not like I had no choice.

Yet I still chose to take coffee. Nescafe Rich, at that, when there was also Nescafe Regular.

I foresee a long night of insomnia and frequent toilet visits (with pee smelling like coffee - sorry, too much info?).

Shame on me for being fooled twice.

Edit (21 March 2009, 11.20pm): I ended up falling asleep at 5am this morning. That's it...no more coffee for kaioucat.

Thank God It's Friday!

TGIF!
A much needed weekend is here, after "losing" one weekend at Tanjung Pinang last week. I am going to marathon things that do not require any input from me e.g. movies/TV.

Mmm...now I'm craving for steaks from TGI Fridays.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tanjung Pinang Trip (14 - 15 March 2009)


Day 1 (Saturday, 14 Mar 2009)


We (Friend #1 and I) boarded the 1.10pm Indo Falcon ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Return tickets cost SGD52 per person (SGD50 for the tickets, SGD2 for administrative fee if you wish to collect your return ticket at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal). Due to lack of sleep the night before (karaoke with colleagues until 2am >.<), I spent most of the 2-hour ferry ride sleeping. If you like sunray on your face and the wind in your hair, go to the roof of the ferry (which I did for a while, but was too sleepy to enjoy it).
Not my sketch. Got this from Wikitravel.

Arrived at Tanjung Pinang's Sri Bintan Pura Ferry Terminal at about 2pm local time (that's 3pm Singapore time). Spent the rest of the day walking around Tanjung Pinang town for sight-seeing and food. Had soto ayam along the way, which they serve with rice. Checked into Jo-Jo Hotel at 6pm local time. Cost 150,000Rp a night for a Deluxe room (king size bed, TV, bathroom, heater, aircon). That's about SGD20. The room wasn't clean as a whistle, but SGD20 per night it dirt cheap, me thinks. It's just 5 min walk from town centre and the ferry terminal. Had nasi padang for late dinner just outside the hotel. Cheap and tasted good.

Sorry, no photos from Day 1. Photos of Tanjung Pinang town can be found in Day 2.


Day 2 (Sunday, 15 Mar 2009)

Woke up at 8am local time. Went out to look for breakast. Found a Chinese coffee shop that sells chicken rice, wantan mee, and kolo mee. Kinda crowded. We had wantan mee with milo ping. Cost us just 24,000Rp.

Then, we hired a public van to bring us to the famous Pantai Trikora about 50km east of Tanjung Pinang. Set off at around 10am local time and arrived at Pantai Trikora 1.5 hours later. It was drizzling when we arrived. Hence, the looming dark clouds in the photos below.






Our drivers cum tour guides for the day. We paid them 250,000Rp for a whole-day hire.


After spending about 45 mins are Pantai Trikora, our tour guides brought us to a waterfall at Gunung Lengkuas. It was a disappointment. The journey there took 1.5 hours and we spent just 15 minutes there. But we did have some yummy-licious air bandung there.

So we left Gunung Lengkuas to go back to Tanjung Pinang. Reached Tanjung Pinang at 3pm local time. Had KFC for late lunch. The KFC here serves hot and spicy fried chicken by default. They don't have original fried chicken. All their combo meals come with rice. Oh, did I mention it's cheap? 26,000Rp for 2 pieces of chicken, some rice, and a bottle of fruit tea. All that for about SGD3.50.

After KFC, we had 2 hours to kill before heading to the ferry terminal to catch our ferry back to Singapore. So we walked around the town again and this time, I took pictures for the blog. The town looks kinda dead in these photos, but it was much busier with bustling activities just the day before.




My favourite place at Tanjung Pinang (besides Pantai Trikora) would be the kampung air (water village). It seems like most of the people in Tanjung Pinang lives in such houses built on top of sea water. The houses were built along a very narrow lorong (alley) with speed bumps to limit the speed of motorbikes, which are the main transportation means for people living in these houses. The houses were built so close to each other that neighbours can see right into each others' houses just by looking out of their windows. The whole setting had a very cozy feeling to it.


A blissfully-sleeping cat


People at Tanjung Pinang seems to love pets and gardening a lot.


This is the end of the lorong.


More houses built on sea beyond the end of the lorongs, accessible only by sampans.



The ugly part of the kampung


We arrived at Sri Bintan Pura Ferry Terminal by foot at about 4.30pm local time. Check-in starts at 5.30pm, so we decided to hang around the jetty. I killed time by taking more photos from Sri Bintan Pura Ferry Terminal:

The Ferry Terminal


The Land


The Water


The Sky


The walkway


Me

Back to daily routine.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Work is a Roller Coaster

I love my job...I love my job...
I love my job...I love my job...
I love my job...I love my job...
I love my job...I love my job...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Which Tarot Card are You?

I came across this test from Tiffany's blog:


You are The Lovers


Motive, power, and action, arising from Inspiration and Impulse.


The Lovers represents intuition and inspiration. Very often a choice needs to be made.


Originally, this card was called just LOVE. And that's actually more apt than "Lovers." Love follows in this sequence of growth and maturity. And, coming after the Emperor, who is about control, it is a radical change in perspective. LOVE is a force that makes you choose and decide for reasons you often can't understand; it makes you surrender control to a higher power. And that is what this card is all about. Finding something or someone who is so much a part of yourself, so perfectly attuned to you and you to them, that you cannot, dare not resist. This card indicates that the you have or will come across a person, career, challenge or thing that you will fall in love with. You will know instinctively that you must have this, even if it means diverging from your chosen path. No matter the difficulties, without it you will never be complete.


What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.



My take:
  1. I'm not sure I understand 100% what the above is describing about me.
  2. My perception of the above description about me is not 100% accurate.
Maybe you can give it a try and see how it turns out.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Private Karaoke Session

I was singing my lungs out alone in my room, in one of my private karaoke sessions.

I know my singing is...amateur at best. But come on...does it HAVE to rain right after I started singing??? Drats...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Glamourous Professions

I mainly watch two types of TV series - American TV series and Hong Kong drama series. One thing I find in common between American and Hong Kong series is that they like to use certain professions as their themes. These professions are often recycled from series to series.

They have shows about lawyers...


Survivor's Law (TVB)


Ally McBeal (FOX)


...doctors...


Scrubs (NBC)


Healing Hands (TVB)


...detectives...


NYPD Blue (ABC)


Detective Investigation Files (TVB)


...and forensic investigators.


Forensic Heroes (TVB)


Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)


In HK drama series, we have an even wider range of occupations.


They have nurses...

The White Flame (TVB)


...firefighters...

Burning Flame (TVB)


...chefs...

Wasabi Mon Amour (TVB)


...pilots...

Triumph in the Skies (TVB)


...and fashion designers.

Dream of Colours (TVB)


Don't get me wrong. I don't mind them using reoccurring themes as long as the quality of the show is good and the plot is original. Unfortunately (especially in the case of HK series), the storylines are annoyingly similar to one another! Thank goodness nowadays the trend to produce HK drama series based on certain professions has died down a little. Just a little.

Then I start to wonder what would a show about engineers be like? Or are life of engineers simply too boring to be made into a TV show? As if doctors and lawyers in real life really do most of those things shown on TV, right? So can't someone produce a TV series about engineers and glamourise the profession like what they did for the other occupations?

I am well past the phase of being able to watch TV shows and aspire to be just like one of those fictional characters, and then choose my course of studies based on which glamourous life I want to lead - do I want to be Ally McBeal or J.D. from Scrubs? But what's stopping us now from creating TV shows to aspire engineers-to-be, right? At least give them some hopes, right?

LOL. Who am I trying to kid. TV series about engineers, yeah right. LOL.

P/S: I'm an engineer (or so it says in my name card). I, therefore, reserve the right to insult the engineering profession. Ah hell, anybody can insult it and I won't give a damn. Yeap, I love my profession that much. Look...here's how much I love engineering:



Sunday, March 1, 2009

Smile Factor #11

You know how some songs just make you smile everytime you listen to them? Well some videos have the same effect - only stronger!

Enjoy!



I love Lion King and Timon & Pumba was one of my favourite shows. I used to watch Cartoon Network in between programs just hoping they'd show this music video. It made me laugh so hard the first few times watching it. Now, it just warms in my heart and puts a smile on my face.

While searching for that video, I also found this video of Pat & Stanley (a hippo and a dog) singing Lion Sleeps Tonight. My office was recently furnished with potted live plants. Now every time I enter my office, this song starts playing in my mind. Talk about Green Office...