Thursday, July 28, 2005

Click To Reveal



Courtesy of BBC News

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Bright Geek

Good Idea: USB Warming Jacket for the Cubicle Slave who works in a Freezing Office



Similar to the USB beverage warmer (above), this fashionable jacket would come with heating filaments within. Simply plug it in to your PC, strap on and you'll be all warm & snug.

Bad Idea: Death by electrocution or an odd sunburn from irradiation

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Guilty

Friday, July 22, 2005

Transatlanticism

Death Cab for Cutie



The atlantic was born today and i'll tell you how...
The clouds above opened up and let it out.

I was standing on the surface of a perforated sphere
When the water filled every hole.
And thousands upon thousands made an ocean,
Making islands where no island should go.
Oh no.

Those people were overjoyed; they took to their boats.
I thought it less like a lake and more like a moat.
The rhythm of my footsteps crossing flood lands to your door have been silenced forever more.
The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row
It seems farther than ever before
Oh no.

I need you so much closer [x8]

I need you so much closer [x4]
So come on, come on [x4]

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Thailand Trip

Pardon the image-heavy entry - it's only selected pics already.



Damnoen Saduak, floating market

Following are pictures taken at pier off Grand Palace:





Grandma obliges when I ask for a picture.



Curious cat came to see what I was doing.



Attention.



Innocent cheer.



More innocent cheer from another obliging grandma.



Thai satay man.



Big-eyed boy.



Bustling Chinatown.



The signature pinkness everywhere in Pattaya bars.



Lazing.



Girl from Joseph beach.



Traffic.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Ed's Love Affair with...



Morning call came at 8am as instructed. Unfortunately Gaurav was moaning about the cuts he received at Joseph beach yesterday from stepping barefoot on a rock full of sharp oyster remains.

"Looks like you're gonna have to go solo."

And so I did. Took the ferry to Koh Larn island, which I hardly knew anything about except that it's got wonderful beaches. Upon arrival, was swarmed by motorbikers offering taxi rides. Decided to go snorkelling at Koh Larn and what a wonderful idea that turned out to be.

As I entered the water, was at first apprehensive since I was alone and there was no one to look out for me. I imagined headlines saying "S'porean, 25, drowns off Thai island while snorkelling." Spying a translucent thing floating ahead of me, I suspected it to be jellyfish and veered clear.

Soon I spied my first fish and happily I stalked them, till I suddenly realized I was drifting past small clouds of jellyfish! Freaked out, I did. But stung, I was not. Saw a school of fish spawning - yup, was swimming in fish discharge.

Later back on mainland, I decided to take a long walk from the pier to the hotel to save money. Another great bargain that turned out to be when I discovered street-side ice-cream (& glutinous rice) on a cone going for 5bht and a wet market - saw turtles & small eels being sold.

Can't wait to get home to Home Sweet Singapore Home. Wanna wash off the dirt and sleaze.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Motorcycle Diaries... in Pattaya?



2nd day in Pattaya - rented a scooter coz it's only 150bht per day with 25bht/litre of gas. Been zipping around & discovering unspoiled beaches & local gems, such as Joseph beach & a hill nearby overlooking the whole of Pattaya. Gaurav's a hell-rider but it's heck of a thrill. The speeding high is really getting to him, it's 2.43am and he stills wants to ride around...

Need... sleep... now... zzzzzzzzzz

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Day 2 in Bangkok



Got up real early this morn to visit Thailand's floating market, Damnoen Saduak. Most happy to report tt I finally had my taste of local noodles and milk tea - for just 50bht, that's SGD$2!

Too tired to blog on, but feeling most satisfied & just to let my fans know I'm all well over here.

Till then, ciao.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Pornuchatchat land



Second day in Bangkok, awoke to rain & thunder - not a good sign. Had a lazy morning, breakfast, cheesy horror flick (Freddy meets Jason) on tv and signed up for tour to the famed floating market.

Gaurav's proving to be entertaining company - esp. when he got all excited about McDonald's ice-cream sundae going for 19bht.

Yes, for the record, the hotel provided Strawberry flavoured ones.

Let's hope the rain abates.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Kaboom?



It was after a long meeting yesterday that a colleague first informed me about the London bombings. I wasn't surprised and in light of today's frequent terror attacks, I doubt many are.

On my commute home, it dawned on me that the next logical target could be Singapore because of the IOC. I tried to imagine a series of MRT stations being bombed but couldn't. Perhaps homeland security will step up security measures and lo & behold, when the news last night featured security patrols in the MRT stations.

But en route to work this morning, I didn't see policemen or NS personnel. Before reaching the MRT station, I wondered if they would check everyone's bags, causing a massive queuing delay. Nope.

A hypothetical thought: I suspect that if I was determined enough, it might not be that difficult to blow up a target. And it is simply not practical to beef up security measures to protest every single civilian.

Blink.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Route Runner



Met Eugene, an army friend cum next block neighbour en route to work today. He's moved from SIA to URA, so instead of driving to Changi, he takes the train to Tanjong Pagar instead.

I spied his shoe bag from far, thought it a little odd. Then remembering that we both took part in the SG marathon last year, I asked him, "You still running?"

"Yeah, in fact, I'm running back from work later."

Blink. "From work?"

"Yup, that's why I brought my stuff along."

"From town?" Puzzled, I was. "How far would that be?"

"16km."

"And which route you take?"

"Along Kallang river, there's a path."

WOW. Now that's a real love of running.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Aflutter?

The most beautiful human expression:
A smile being born.
Corners widening as synapses inform,
a face is recognized.
Perhaps her heart fluttered,
as he drew near.
Could she help but smile?



Charlie Chaplin

Smile
tho' your heart is aching

smile
even tho' it's breaking

when there are clauds in the sky

you'll get by
if you
smile through your fear and sorrow

smile and maybe tomorrow

you'll see the sun come shining thru for you.

Light up your face with gladness

hide ev'ry trace of sadness

altho' a tear maybe ever so near

that's the time you must keep on trying

smile
what's the use of crying

you'll find that life is stillworth while

if you'll just smile.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Weekend Out

Saturday morning: Went swimming with G. Felt weak - perhaps not a good idea to exercise less than 24hrs after donating blood.

Saturday afternoon: After lunch, wanted to visit Le Petit Breton @ Upper Thomson. But Urban's recent publicity must have ramped up its fame - it was fully booked. Instead we went to Longhouse opposite for fruits, coffee & deep-fried favs (i.e. green bean cake & goreng pisang). TRIVIA - Did you know that Longhouse used to be an A&W restaurant with drive-through?

Saturday late afternoon: Cellgroup. Had an informative conversation talking to a member who works as a .NET programmer. She commented tt my job scope sounds pretty interesting and challenging.

Saturday night: Dinner at HV with AC bunch. Not too good choice of location - it being a weekend, most restaurants were quite packed. Settled for Thai Express, as usual, it was water & serviettes aplenty for yours truly to quench the fire. Shiok! Followed by visit to Sandra's sister's rented house at Chip Bee gardens. Apparently she's setting up a home retail business selling retro fashion for women and boy is she into vintage collectibles. Jeff's inspired to setup his own business - er... can't leak his secret out.

Sunday morning: Rushed to church for 9am service. Awfully sleepy but fortunately was perked up by service. Relaxed at JP sipping kopi-O while reading newspapers, had to suffer some 2nd hand smoke tho.

Sunday afternoon: Liza's wedding reception a la AC gathering! Only reason I got invited was because I msg-ed her on icq. The oddest sms Ben received just before as we reached Fajar LRT - "we managed to get a table". Liz looked quite different decked out in bridal gear. Oddly, was quite excited about attending my 1st malay wedding. Food was great esp. the mutton rendang and the atmosphere buzzing (even got a DJ to "spin" a mix of love songs and malay tunes, some faintly recognizable). The table, intended for 6, got increasingly crowded as more arrived. Finally culminated in a group photo. Nazrina offered her own wedding in a year's time :)

Sunday late afternoon: Tea @ The Tea Party. Just chilling. Jeff's been switching the conversation topics to domestic ones, i.e. home furnishing and audio systems.

Sunday evening: Dinner @ home. Was watching Spielberg's AI. Funny, I remember this show being non-inspiring. But think I appreciate its premise a lot more - simplistically put, that humanity is programmable. Most touching scene: when David's mommy said, "I love you." Everybody wants to be loved.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

What the...



From AutoSpeed.com.au: Designing the perfect bra. So not a woman's thing.