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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Licensing Property Agent

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It's about damn time.
Those darn bloodsuckers...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Own Planet

Stumbled upon this image through Google. My very own planet in Dragon Ball Z! LOL!!!

I barely have my own bedroom now, dammit.

Why do I call it my planet? Because I am Kaiou-sama! LoL! If you will check out Smile Factor #4, please...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

What I Made Today

These!


They're sitting so prettily on my desk now. My housemate has already pointed out that my curtains are too girly. Now these... LoL! Ah, what the heck...there's nothing wrong in wanting my room to look pretty, is there?

Here're my curtains, by the way.

I'm in one of those cheerful mood now anyway. These curtains and those flowers are going to annoy the hell out of me when I'm in my emo moods, I know.

*It's my bedroom~ And I'd cry if I want to~ Cry if I want to~ Die if I want to~*

15Malaysia

Excerpt from 15Malaysia FAQ:
  1. WHAT IS 15MALAYSIA?

    15Malaysia is a short films project. It consists of 15 short films about Malaysia directed by some of the best young filmmakers in our country. Each film lasts between 3 to 7 minutes.

  2. WHAT ARE THE FILMS ABOUT?

    All our films have socio-political subject matters. These vary from corruption, race relations, inflation, Islamic banking, social apathy, ethical commerce, pedophilia, government health warnings and so on. Some are funny, other serious – all try to deal with aspects of Malaysian life. Each filmmaker was responsible for choosing his or her own subject matter.

  3. WHO ARE IN THE FILMS?

    Our cast is a mix of actors, musicians and politicians such as Khairy Jamaluddin, Nik Aziz, Liow Tiong Lai, Tian Chua and Zaid Ibrahim. All were invited based on their willingness to participate and suitability for the role that they played. There is also a dog amongst our cast. And no, we don’t mean Paris Hilton…


You can watch them here:

Or you can watch them on the 15Malaysia official website.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Nostalgic Kongsi Raya Ad

Marlboro advertisement from Konsi Raya 1996... back when cigarette advertisements were still widely broadcasted on TV.




Not one of those touching ones, but amazing, nonetheless, don't you think?

Of course, there're the Petronas festive advertisements by the late Yasmin Ahmad (*sob*). At racially disintegrated times like these...just when we need more people like her...

What happened to the spirits of racial harmony? Just look at all the Double Festival (Kongsi Raya, Deepa Raya) advertisements from the 90s, and all those Merdeka advertisements that promote multiracial unity. Will people of Malaysia become just as they portray in those advertisements?



I wish I could live to see that day.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chickety China the Chinese Chicken



The last "victim" is so cool...me likes....

Monday, September 21, 2009

"Then We Came to the End" by Joshua Ferris

You know how sometimes when you read a book or watch a movie, you come across characters that fit perfectly with someone you know in real life?

I'm reading this book called Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. It's basically a comedy fiction in a contemporary office setting. This book describes the office situations like it was written based on MY workplace! As the book introduced one character after another, I could relate almost every single one of them to someone in my office. Sometimes, you never thought of someone in a certain way until it was bluntly pointed out to you. That's how I felt reading about those characters in the book. It gave me a fresh impression of some of my colleagues. And they were always funny (up till this point).

You could probably guess it right - I am immensely enjoying this book so far. And I'm only up till page 68.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Night Walk in the City

Some entries ago I mentioned I went for a night walk in the city, took plenty of photos with my new digital camera, and then lost them in a noob attempt at iPhoto.

So here's attempt No. 2, on the night of Friday, 18 September 2009. A note about the photos: The bridge over Singapore River mouth was exceptionally bright because of the spotlights installed in conjunction of the Formula 1 race. That stretch of road is part of the racing circuit.

Cove Red Performing at Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Singapore Central Business District

Those Weird Blue Spheres in front of Esplanade

Esplanade's Roof

Marina Bay Sands under Construction

Singapore Central Business District - A Closer Look

Esplanade and the Singapore Flyer

Under the Bridge

The Bridge over Singapore River Mouth

Bridge Structure

Bridge over Singapore River Mouth with Esplanade and Singapore Flyer in the Background

Random Tree Illuminated by Spotlights

Skyscrapers of the Singapore CBD

Fullerton Hotel

Singapore River

Perspective CBD Skyscrapers

Walking along Boat Quay

OMG. Work-related Stuff!

Crowds of Boat Quay

Underpass Tunnel to Clarke Quay

Random Street Light

Central at Clarke Quay

Ultimate Bungee & Extreme Swing (a.k.a. those cut-throat tourist attractions)

Clarke Quay on Friday Night

I came by some street entertainers who sang me one of my favourite oldies. Here's the video!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Smile Factor #14

View animated Microsoft Powerpoint slides here: Smile Factor #14.ppt.


P/S: The above (minus the beers) is a true story that happened 10 years ago during a classmate's sweet-16 party in a hotel's function hall.

Avatars created at Southparkstudios.com.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Smile Factor #13

During my university days, I used to skip a lot of tutorial and lecture sessions. There were cases where I skipped ALL tutorial and lecture sessions for a particular subject for the whole semester (only attending the first and last lectures; The first to "test the water", and the last to garner exam tips).

My course-mates always asked each other if they have completed a particular tutorial, whether they managed to solve a particular tutorial problem, or whether they have attended their tutorial session for the week in hopes to copy the model solutions (usually, the class was divided into smaller groups for tutorial each week). When they asked me, I always told them the truth, "I never do my tutorials and never attend tutorials".

The priceless looks they gave me were always the same. Very much like this:

I thought about what could have ran through their minds when I gave them that response. First, we establish that people who asked that sort of questions most likely cared a lot about studies. So I figured they must've first wondered why I did not attend tutorials. They probably came down to two possibilities:
  1. Because I was a super genius
  2. Because I couldn't give a shit
The image I portrayed back then was probably that of someone who cared about studies, and frankly, the idea of someone not giving a shit about studies was simply too unimaginable for the studious to accept. So that has to rule out Possibility No. 2. That means, in their view, Possibility No. 1 was the reason why I did not attend tutorials. That explains their reaction to my response.

This was further verified during the end of my third year, when a close course-mate told me that there was a rumour circulating within the class that I was in the Dean's List. =.=

It wasn't until after I graduated that I thought about all these. It's so funny that my course-mates could actually think I was that top-of-the-class when actually, I was struggling like mad just to get decent grades (and to pass, for a coupla subjects).

And there's my Smile Factor #13.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Trekking at MacRitchie Nature Reserve

I went trekking at MacRitchie Nature Reserve trail with some colleagues this morning. We chose the starting point at Venus Drive and walked the loop trail. I'd rate the trail as easy to walk and navigate, and very safe. The scenery was so-so, but good enough for a pleasant experience of morning trekking.

The "Before" Photo
If we were in a horror movie (like The Descent or The Ruins), this would be our last happy group photo before heading into the woods to be terrorised by man-eating monsters.


Setting Off on Our Journey


A Monkey was Spotted


A Photo before We Embarked On the Tree Top Walk


I find the Tree Top Walk here substantially less exciting than the one in Ranau (Sabah). Too steady, too low, and too "enclosed". But safer, I suppose, LOL!


But it still has nice views.


Come to think of it, I don't really remember the views from Ranau's Canopy Walk. I must've been too busy watching my steps, LOL! The Tree Top Walk here was rather short, though. Not even 100m. But the climb up was not too taxing, so it was still worth it.


Finally, The "After" Photo

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

SFC Choir

My previous post prompted me to write this one. This subject deserves a post on its own.

Bohemian Rhapsody. I have always remembered this song as the legendary winning choir song of my secondary school. I heard we beat Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School in 1998 with this song, breaking their 7-year winning streak in the District Level Choir Competition. St. Francis Convent Secondary has since been branded as "that school with the awesome choir". It's really too bad there were no digital video-recording of their winning performance back then.

The memory is still very vivid to me.

While the choir team was practicing at the school hall, the rest of us having lessons in our classrooms right next to the hall enjoyed listening to them singing, like a background music. They practiced every single day prior to the competition, so much so that the whole school knew the song by heart, even sang along sometimes. Despite having listened to them for such numerous times, we never got tired of it. In fact, it gave us goosebumps every single time they reached the exciting parts of the song, without fail.

On the morning of the Disctrict Level competition, they performed in front of the whole morning-session students, complete with exact routines and costumes. They exuded confidence. We could almost smell it in the air. The entire hall filled with teachers and students was silent (something that didn't usually occur in a hall full of SFC girls). The choir team, smartly dressed in their costumes, walked up the stage in a slow but orderly manner. The conductor came up and signaled a bow to the audience. And then they started to sing...

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide...no escape from reality.
Open your eyes...Look up to the skies and see.
I'm just a poor boy...I need no sympathy.
Because I'm...
Easy come (Easy go)
Little high (Little low)
Anywhere the wind blows...doesn't really matter to me....
To me....
(Enters piano)

That afternoon, they returned from the competition beaming with bright, smiling faces, and a trophy. They continued to win the Regional and State levels, and went on to compete at the National Level, if I remember correctly, in Kuala Lumpur. I don't think they won the National Level. But I think they still came out pretty well.

The following year after that glorious victory, the choir team became overwhelmingly popular and EVERYONE wanted to join the team. The auditions took several days to complete. I made it into the team as a Tenor in 1999. That year, we sang another piece by Queen - Somebody to Love. I thought Bohemian Rhapsody was a lot better, but we didn't want to sing the same song again, lest we appeared unoriginal.

We came out District Champion again in 1999. That was also the year our Choral Speaking team, of which I was also a part, won the District and Regional levels competitions. Unfortunately, that was also the year the economy suffered worst from the 1997 South East Asian crisis. We never got to compete at higher level competitions due to lack of funding. Our dreams were dashed and we were utterly disappointed. But the spirit of SFC Choir and Choral Speaking never faded. In fact, it continued to shine for years to come.

Allow me to show off my juniors' performances...hehehe. These were from the 2009 State Level Competition, where they came out 2nd.

Choir Part 1:
Dirgahayu Tanah Airku


Choir Part 2:
Somebody to Love
(They sang the same song my year did!)


Gotta admit, though...the Champion was a lot better! Definitely a worthy winner who I hope made Sabah proud in the National Level. Here's SM St. Joseph, Papar:


The fact is, I was reminded of these choir memories when a colleague asked me to join the department's acapella team to perform in an inter-department talent show. Honestly, I don't think we stand a chance to win anything. But I'm hoping I could relive some, albeit just a little bit, of those old times.

Bohemian Rhapsody Acapella, Live &...SOLO?!?!

This lady KICKS ASS!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

STOMP - The Funnies

Just some hilarious stuff I found from the famous STOMP website. Enjoy!

(Click on pictures to go to the source website)

The following two screenshots are from a forum discussing whether "All Men Like Well-Endowed Women".

The following was a reader's comment on someone's complaint on salty tap water.

And the king of all the funnies....