Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Super Trio is Back!

Every year, they say it's their final season. Every year, they return with a new season. But I'm not complaining! It's really great that they are back. Yipee!!!

^Season 9: Super Trio Game Master,
Every Sunday 9pm (Malaysia/Singapore/Hong Kong time) on TVB

Download the torrent files of the episodes here!

Monday, April 26, 2010

How Did I Get to Know These People?

Someone on Facebook posted this on his status update:

quote of the day : when u start to believe everyone around u is evil, it is the beginning of a successful career. trust no one.

This is exactly the kind of mindset I had to put up with all those years, and eventually got sick of. Is a "successful career" really so important? What kind of a life is that - to think everyone is evil?

Nothing good is gonna come out of believing in evil, be it in yourself or in someone else.

I don't deny that I, too, sometimes have trouble seeing good in people these days. But at least I'm trying to change that instead of being proud of it.

I don't know how I got to know these people. We're just so different.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Final Fantasy Fanfare (I-XII)

And some people have too much creativity and time in hand...

Final Fantasy XIII is out! I wonder if I could have the chance to play...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HTC Desire

I want one NOW!

HTC Desire user blog here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Say No to Shark's Fin Soup


In all seriousness of the above poll, I totally laughed out loud when I saw the result. Come on guys, I know shark's fin soup is yummy but eating it at the cost of extinction of a whole species (and "not caring") is a little selfish, don't you think?

We're such gluttons. xD

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Video Killed the Radio Star

I used to listen to the local radio station a lot before I came to Singapore. That was way back when Traxx.fm was still called Radio 4, which was about the only worthwhile English language radio station at the time with their famous Big Breakfast Show every weekday morning, US Billboard Top 40 every Saturday afternoon, and Sentimental Tunes (or was it Sentimental Melodies? Definitely Sentimental something) every Sunday night.

Those were the days when "listening to the radio" was a common hobby even among youngsters. Without the internet and CDs to download or rip music from, I had to resolve to recording my favourite songs from the radio. This involves an empty or partially empty cassette tape readily mounted in the cassette player with the radio station tuned into.
I would listen attentively to the DJs so I could catch the song name and press "Record" if it was the song I wanted. At the end of every song, I would make sure to leave the tape to run without recording for a few seconds before stopping so I get intervals between songs. Then I would write the song list on the cassette tape cover complete with my own illustrations.

That, my friends, was music piracy in its primitive days.

Today, with so much you can do on the computer with high-speed internet, listening to the radio has lost much of its attraction. Good news is, there are so many more choices of great radio stations to pick from. Sometimes as I miss home, I find that one very effective way to cure homesickness is by listening to a Malaysian radio station (made possible by online streaming). It makes me feel more connected to my fellow Malaysians in Malaysia, like I am sharing something in common with the rest of the Malaysian listeners. It makes me feel like I'm home.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Journey Back to My Old Self

A colleague today surprised me with a question:

"Every time I see you, you were always cheerful. You seem to be happy all the time. What's your secret?"

I was pretty taken aback. The fact is, I don't see myself as that happy. If anything, I would think I am unhappy. You know... being stressed out at work, away from loved ones, and all that.

"I guess I'm just happy that I'm in the presence of company."

Which is true.

My friends in secondary school used to say I laugh at the smallest things like there's no tomorrow. The last time I was called "cheerful" was in 2003 by a course-mate at university - still all fresh from my innocent KK days, still oblivious of the horrible energy-sucking people I'd just met and would continue to hang out with for years to come.

Another old friend told me a week ago I now laugh a lot less. That felt like a slap in the face. It forced me to face the reality that I have changed.

So when my colleague asked me that question today, I was delighted. There is progress in my journey back to my old self. There is hope still, after all.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Finally, Some Good News

China says over 110 rescued from flooded mine
Posted: 05 April 2010 1230 hrs

BEIJING: More than 110 workers were pulled out of a Chinese coal mine Monday more than a week after being trapped by flooding, in what has been hailed as a miracle rescue in the notoriously dangerous industry.

So far, 114 workers have been brought out alive from the half-built Wangjialing mine in Shanxi province and taken to hospital for treatment, state television and the Xinhua news agency reported.


God knows we need good news like this in the midst of all those news about bombings, riots and crimes. Triple kudos to the survivors and rescuers!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day Trip to Melaka - 3 April 2010

Yesterday, I went to Melaka with a friend for a day trip. It was my second time visiting Melaka.

We set off from home at around 6:15am. Took the MRT to Kranji station and from there, we took Bus 170 to Woodlands Immigration Checkpoint. By the time we crossed the causeway, it was 7:15am. An RM10 cab ride took us from the Malaysian immigration checkpoint to Larkin bus terminal, where we boarded the 8am bus bound for Melaka. One bus ticket to Melaka by S&S Express costs RM19.

The journey to Melaka Sentral from Larkin took exactly 3 hours. Upon arrival at Melaka Sentral, we immediately bought our bus tickets to return to Singapore that evening (Delima - RM22 per ticket). From Melaka Sentral, we took an RM15 cab ride to Jalan Hang Jebat, where we had our lunch at Hoe Kee Chicken Rice for some famous chicken rice balls (forgot to take food pics again xD).

Then we walked along Jonker Walk, where they have all these touristy shops selling souvenirs and foods, and a few Buddhist temples.

Then we headed to the famous tourist spot labeled as "the heart of historic quarters of Melaka" by Wikitravel, where we saw the Christ Church, the Stadthuys, and a clock tower, amongst other things.
Then we headed away from the touristy grounds and found a park with this real-life display of an old aircraft.
Some more walking and we found a shopping mall called Dataran Pahlawan Mega Mall, where we were happy to spend some time enjoying the air-condition until we felt our feet could not walk another inch and were desperate for some rest. Our solution? A movie at the Golden Screen Cinema. It didn't matter which movie, as long as we get to rest comfortably with something to keep us occupied at the same time. So we watched Just Another Pandora Box, which as expected, turned out to be one of the lousiest movies we have ever seen.

After the movie, we went looking for a Peranakan restaurant for dinner and was surprised that it was difficult to find one such restaurant in Melaka! Maybe we were at the wrong place but we walked all along Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Walk) and only found this Portuguese Melaka restaurant, with which we settled because we were hungry and drenched in rain water.

^Eleven - the name of the restaurant which also doubles as a bar

^Portuguese Style Sambal Chicken

^Baked Squid

^Mixed Vegetable

^Portuguese Style Sambal Prawn

After dinner (RM54), we realised to our horror that we didn't have enough cash for our cab ride back to Melaka Sentral, where we had to catch our bus to Singapore at 7:30pm (it was 6:30pm). We walked on in hopes to find an ATM and to our relief, we found a Public Bank. I withdrew some cash and we were on our way back to Melaka Sentral.

I bought a bar of Cadbury for my journey back to Singapore. Finished the whole bar on my own (!!!!), except a row or two by my friend. I turned to the back and saw that its expiry date falls on my birthday! So a picture was due...

Reached Singapore Woodlands Immigration Check Point at 11:30pm. Took a cab from there and arrived home at exactly 12am. Showered, unpacked etc...by the time I plonked myself on my bed, it was 1:30am. I think I must've fallen asleep in record timing because I don't even remember trying to fall asleep.

Conclusion? A day trip is actually a pretty good idea for Melaka. Sure, we may have missed some places of interest, but consider the fact that we spent 3 hours in the shopping mall and cinema, which I think should have been skipped, and a tad bit too long at Jonker Walk. Lesson learnt? Don't be stingy on cab fares and save your leg stamina for walks at places of interest instead of between them. The rickshaws should be quite interesting too. Unless you prefer to take it slow and willing to spend on accommodation, I'd say a day-trip is sufficient for Melaka.

So...till the next trip!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Cafe World

I have been playing Cafe World on Facebook for some time now. Yesterday, I renovated my entire cafe. Before, it was a mess from purely adding and rearranging new tiles, wallpapers, and decorations after every expansion, which was done without much planning and thought.

Now, my cafe looks like this:

It has a guests' waiting area...
A mini garden...
And a TV area...

If only interior renovation in real life is as easy as this.