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Wordless Wednesday : Guess What This Is

Guess What This Is

HINT : It's not a ruler. Answer will be posted on 29 Feb. Good Luck!

Anyhow written on Feb 28, 2007 at 7:34 AM

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Anyhow written onat 7:05 AM

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The Misuse of Car Horns

It seems to me that over the years, as technology becomes more and more advance, people are either getting more and more full of themselves, or what I think, are just getting plain stupidier cos there are so many 'Intelligent' machines that do all the thinking for us, we just have to behave like zombies. Face it, the world seems to be overwriting the basic functionalities of all things with their own version of "How it really should be used, According to ME"

Take the simple car horn for example. You know, the one that gives an irritating "BEEEPP!" or "POOORRRTTT!" or even an occassional rare "Du Du Ti Du Du". What was the car horn's basic purpose? Anybody who has taken the their basic road theory test should know that a car horn is used to alert the surrounding people of potential danger or accident. Key word : ALERT. But in any case, it has never been used for this exact same purpose. Trust me, I'm a driver myself and I know this.

Let's recap, 'To be used to alert and warn the surrounding people of potential danger or accident'. Take a typical drvier on the roads for example. He's casually driving along when suddenly another impatient driver cuts into his lane right in front of him, causing the main cast to step on the brakes, blast his horn and add in a couple of self-dictated vulgarities. All this is over in a matter of seconds and he is again back to driving along the road.

In the first place, when somebody cuts infront of you and you do have the alertness of mind to jam your brakes, am I going out on a limb by saying that there is very little or even NO potential danger? If that is the case, why does every driver's palm go straight for the horn instead of heading for the handbrake? Does sounding the horn reduce the possibility of hitting the car in front? In fact, it's just your way of saying "F*** YOU, YOU @#$%^&@$*%! GET OFF THE &*^&@#)*@ ROAD IF YOU CAN'T DRIVE PROPERLY!"

Another situation is when you're waiting behind a very cautious driver at a junction trying to merge into mainstream traffic. As you see opportunity by opportunity to merge in zoom past in front of you, while this fraile looking old-man doesn't even move his vehicle an inch, you start to get frustrated and horn-y. But again, back to basics, does blasting your horniness at him give him the courage to risk life and limb by joining on coming traffic recklessly? I doubt this old man even heard your horn in the 1st place, because he's probably partially deaf in both ears.

In any case, even if the situation is really about to lead to an accident, blasting away at the horn doesn't really help much does it? I'd rather use that few additional seconds to cover my beautiful face in case any glass shatters.

Anyhow written on Feb 27, 2007 at 11:09 AM

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If I were a 3D Cartoon...

I would probably look something like this

Anyhow written onat 7:14 AM

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Anyhow written on Feb 26, 2007 at 11:02 AM

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The Birds and the... Just the Birds

Big Tree

Have you guys heard of singing trees? Well, i can tell you that they are the most irritating things in the world. How would I know? There are a couple of them just outside my window. For those who fell further away from the General Knowledge tree, singing trees are trees that somwhow or rather are choosen by the birds to be their usual gathering place. And once they gather up in the hundreds, just like us humans, they begin chatting away about what's been happening throughout the day. And trust me, the singing trees don't sound anything like a song.

Only God knows how these birds pick and choose the tree to be their daily headquarters and even more amazingly, they only come at certain timings during the day, mainly the exact time where they can make the most nuisance of themselves. Some of the regular timings that they are usually 'home' are...

6PM to 8.30PM - This timing ain't so bad because usually we are eating dinner and watching TV shows with the family or playing computer games in my room. So they don't really affect us much other than prompting us to increase the volume of the TV up a notch or two.

5AM to 7AM - This is when it gets really irritating. Previously we always slept with the air-con on so we never really noticed the difference, but recently we have started to sleep with the nature's air-con to reduce some of the household expenses and I can tell you that the 'song' from the trees are no bedtime melody. Being the light sleeper that I am, I am usually rudely awakened by these little devils chirping away at the top of their voices around 5+ everyday. That's when I start tossing and turning in my bed trying to shut out the noise from just outside my window. I will finally get back to dreamland around half and hour to 45 minutes later, just ot be awoken by my alarm clock 1 hour later at 7AM. And the best part is, a few minutes after I should officially be awake, those damn birds decide to call it a day and keep quiet.

And another thing about singing trees is that the ground under it will be bombed like Hiroshima everyday. And that's the exact spot where I always wait for cabs! Thankfully the are usually not around when I'm in need of a cab. But you will always fear for your life when you are standing on a concrete pathway scattered with evidence of white bomb droppings within a 4 meter radius, even though you don't hear any birdies above you.

There used to be only 1 singing tree just in front of my room window in the past, which was solved when I think somebody complained about it and it was stripped naked of it's leaves and branches, but ever since the leaves and branches have grown back, those pesky birds have returned to terrorise us once again. And to make matters worse, I think the new singing tree that they most probably moved to during the naked season, which is just across the road by the way, has been rented out to new occupants. So now we have 2 singing trees within a 50 meter radius of my place. I only have I last thing to say...


Anyhow written onat 9:13 AM

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Anyhow written onat 7:35 AM

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Quick Recap

Baby Me

Just found this picture of little me when I was just a wee little boy. Wonder why I'm still so cute after all these years. I guess quality never goes out of style!

Anyhow written onat 7:28 AM

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Everyone has a credit card in his or her wallet nowadays. But come to think of it,credit cards these days have lost their original meaning. What are credit cards for? Well, they are supposing to be used as something like a short-term loan from the bank, by using your credit card, the bank pays for your expenses first only to collect back the money at the end of the month or something like that.

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Anyhow written on Feb 24, 2007 at 8:16 AM

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Argh, My Eyes

Did you know thatmy right bottom eyelid has been constantly twitching for more than a week now? Some superstitious people believe that it's a sign. A few searches on the net said people believe that a twitch in the left eye means something good is about to happen, while a twitch in the right eye means something bad is about to happen. If this has any truth in it at all, with the amount of twitching my right eye hsa been doing, I should have fallen victim to bad luck like 10 times this week, probably even to the extent of having a near-death experience. But nay, nothing of this sort has happened... so far.

Now on to the scientific point of view.
As stated on, eyelid twitching or blepharospasm [try spelling that backwards] is caused by uncontrolled contractions of the muscles around the eyelids. Some common causes of eyetwitching are Stress, Fatigue, Lack of sleep, Prolonged staring at a computer screen or television and Nervous system disorders. [I guess we all know what's causing MY eyelid twitches]. Most people only get mild twitches but an unlucky few might have experienced severe eye twitching that needs medication or even surgery to cure. [OUCH!]

But at least having my eye twitching on its own does have it's perks. I can wink openly at pretty girls even with pipi beside me and I will still have the ultimate excuse of it being just involuntary eye twitches! Haha.

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Anyhow written on Feb 23, 2007 at 12:30 PM

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Anyhow written onat 8:56 AM

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Just Follow Law

If you haven't caught Singaporean acclaimed director Mr Jack Neo's latest flick, you better go watch it soon. If not you would have missed out on one of the funniest local films in years. All thanks to the antics of funny man Gurmit Singh and Caldacott princess Fann Wong.

The story goes something like this, Mr Lim Teng Zui [Gurmit Singh], a lowly educated technician and Ms Tanya Chew [Fann Wong], a high-flying manager [incidently also Teng Zui's manager] are constantly at each other's throats even though they are working for the same department. To make matters worse, all hell breaks lose when they meet with an accident and their souls exchange bodies.

My respect goes out to Fann Wong for acting the role of a man in a woman's body. It's no easy task having to put her image and reputation at stake while needing to grab her own breasts or scratching away relentlessly at her butt and nether regions. Throwing all caution to the wind, she relenquishes the ah lian that she most probably should have been in her secondary school life.

Now back to the real life. There have been 2 serious fighting incidents within these 2 weeks in school. Quite happening don't you think? But I don't know if the students these days are getting stupidier or are just plain stupid. I mean, why would you want to even start a fight in school, knowing full well that you would most probably get caught, sent to the discipline center and get yourself into a whole shitload of trouble after that? If you really want to fight, go settle it outside of school where the fight can at least be finished!

And of all places the choose to fight in, many opt for the boys toilet. Why? Don't ask me. To me it's the stupidest place to fight in. Firstly, the floor is usually wet and dirty, which most probably means that one or both parties will eventually fall to the floor and end up rolling among all the disguisting water on the floor. Number 2, there is only 1 entrance to the toilet. If any teacher or staff comes in to catch them, there's no way out. unless you are tiny enough to squeeze through that small little glass panel they call a toilet window. And furthermore, there are no weapons to be made use of in the toilet, apart from the hand banging possibilities of the sinks and mirrors, which any clever fighter would obviously avoid.

And more often than not, the injuries are self-sustained. For example, slipping on the wet floor and hitting his head on the sink. I don't think I would feel a sense of satisfaction from watching my enemy injure himself. Any serious sustainable injuries should be inflicted by me. Of course, not that I'm encouraging anybody to start fights, but this is just my point of view on the degraded level of fights that are happening in schools right now. What ever happened to the 'See you at [insert place] at [insert time] if you dare!' challenges? Kids these days are really unbelievable. Bottom line is, if you want to start a fight, you bloody well better be able to finish it.

Anyhow written on Feb 22, 2007 at 1:42 PM

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Wordless Wednesday : They Must Really Hate Him

Office Humour

Anyhow written on Feb 21, 2007 at 4:21 PM

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The Luck Of the Leprechaun


How was your Chinese New Year celebrations? There's this old saying that always holds true about the various races in Singapore...

When Malays get together, they eat and chat.
When Indians get together, they sing and dance.
When Ang Mohs get together, they drink and party.
When Chinese get together, they gamble.

And unluckily for me, i have the hands of a god... A luckless god that is. Every year during Chinese New Year, I will definitely have to donate some money at the gambling table. Not once did I ever leave the table with more money in my pocket than I started with. And I'm definitely sure it's not my gambling skills that are letting me down. And it's definitely not due to greediness because I bet the same amount every game. Maybe this is my retribution for not donating any money to those beggars on the streets. [I still don't see a reason to!!]

Anyway, to prove to myself, and everybody else that I have the luck of the Leprechaun, I did a little experiment during my free time. Spreading the deck of cards face down on the table, I randomly picked 5 cards which I felt were BIG cards ie 8 and above. And this was what I came up with...

5 Diamonds Jack Hearts 2 Spades 4 Clubs 6 Diamonds

Did the exact same thing with the remaining cards, this time hoping to get SMALL cards ie 7 and below, and guess what...

5 Hearts King Hearts Ace Diamonds 9 Spades 10 Clubs

As you can see, this is the real reason why I donate money on the gambling table every year. I've become so famous among my family members that they even dub me the "Banker of the Year" this year. Great. Now I have another funky nickname.

And to make matters worse, my laptop LCD decided to go on holiday with the rest of us. It doesn't want to show anything but a blank, black screen. Hence I haven't been able to blog during the holidays. Even the post below this was blogged just 1 hour ago and back dated to CNY. So please forgive me for my lack of posting during this festive period.

Anyhow written onat 9:27 AM

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I Just Come to say...


Anyhow written on Feb 19, 2007 at 10:22 AM

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Anyhow written on Feb 17, 2007 at 2:57 PM

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Tradition Smadition

Today is the last day of the Chinese Calandar. Tommorrow will be the start of a new Chinese Year. And of course with all the pineapple tarts, loveletter rolls, kuehs and biscuits comes all the ancient traditions that were passed down from our great grandfathers. Today we shall explore my personal sentiments towards these Chinese New Year traditions.

1. Spring Cleaning - Out with the old and in with the new
A Chinese proverb states that all creations are reborn on New Year’s day, hence our great grandfathers took the saying a little too literally [maybe because they didn't have much education back then] and came up with the Chinese New Year Spring Cleaning. Much alike the western Spring Cleaning after winter, everyone gives their home a big overhaul, throwing away all semi-broken, unsightly or dusty little artifacts of their lives that they can find, at the same time bringing in all the fancy new goodies that they purchased just 1 week ago solely for the purpose of decorating their houses for CNY.

But there are a few 'rules' that one must follow:
  • All things associated with the old year should be gotten rid of

  • Cleaning must be done before CNY

  • No cleaning is to be done on CNY day itself [sweeping away good fortune]

  • All debts should be paid off before CNY

And now here comes my self-centered opinion. I have always been a believer of practicality over tradition or beliefs. So I can say that it's nice to have an annual spring cleaning during CNY [if not for the fixed date, we would never get around to start our spring cleaning], but I disagree with throwing away items associated with the old year if they are still in good working condition. Common cents really [no typo there, it was on purpose].

And about cleaning on CNY, who cares what day you get to cleaning your house? Are you really going to hide away your mops and brooms and leave the floor/room wet and with a pile of collected dust you were sweeping up at 11.59PM on CNY eve just to blend in with tradition if you only got about to cleaning around 11.30PM and leave the pile of dust there throughout the day?

And how about debts being paid off before CNY? Well, to me this ain't nothing traditional. Debts should be paid off ASAP, not before and due date. This must be one of those grandmother stories that they tell their children so as to get them to pay off any remaining debts that they might have. Nothing traditional here, but more of a morality issue.

2. New Clothes for CNY
Somewhat linked to the previous point, people are always told by traditional parents to make sure they have brand new clothes to wear on CNY, especially the first 3 days. Preferred colours are 'prosperous' colours such as bright red, gold and orange. Solemn colours such as blue, grey and especially black are unacceptable by the very old and traditional.

Although this is unlikely to be a scam created by some oppertunistic retail company [or maybe it was some 2000 years ago], it still brings in the shopping crowds like only a few festive ocassions can, e.g. Christmas. Buying new clothes is fine and everything, but buying them just because of CNY is way off the practicality list. And the colours? Being a person that loves bright colours, this definitely does not affect me much, only that if I wear some black on the first 3 days especially, many mouths will be squawking. How does the colour of one's clothes logically affect the luck and prosperity of a person's life for exactly 1 year until the next CNY, let alone the people around him?

I personally approve of Giodano's bravery in trying to change tradition by promoting black-based clothing for their CNY season. Although none of the clothes appeal to me, I still respect their challenge to tradition. Tradition can be changed. Some 1000 years ago, people traditionally believed that the world was flat, until somebody proved them wrong.

3. Children staying awake during CNY eve will give their parents longevity
Legend has it that in the past, a mythical monster [Siu, same pronouciation as 'sleep'] will come on CNY eve to feast on humans. And that by having children stay awake on CNY eve [on their own free will], they can prevent the monster from eating or draining life from their parents [detering sleep], hence giving their parents a long and fruitful life.

Well, ain't this far fetched. Let me bring you back to the real world. [From] MYTH : a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation. Do I need to say more? Well, I want to even if you say no. Even if this myth is semi-true, shouldn't it work the other way around? How can a child be more able to protect their parents from a monster than a parent is at protecting his/her child? And if the legend IS true, if the child loses the battle and is killed, won't the number of wasted years in the child's potential lifespan be much more than that of the surviving parents?

4. Firecrackers - Scaring of the Nian
Another monster involved here. Seems that the Chinese do believe in a lot of monsters. This time it comes in the form of Nian [same pronouciation as 'Year'], a mythical creature that would come and terrorise humans around the time of the New Year. Indeed, so fierce was Nian that it threatened to destroy mankind. The emperor, following the advice of a wiseman, challenged Nian to defeat all the other monsters, which would be a better match for his stregth rather than preying on the useless humans... And he did, and soon was back to terrorising humans. But one day, some children playing with firecrackers noticed that the Nian was afraid of the loud noise made by the explosions. Hence, the lighting of firecrackers during new year was born.

In present times, firecrackers are a means of celebrating the new year. More of a party poper than a religious tradition. But Singapore, being the safety concious country that it is, has banned the use of firecrackers since... well, a long time ago. So does that mean that we are terrorised by this fearsome beast? I doubt so. Look at Singapore now, we are more afraid of getting caught by the Traffic Police for drink driving on CNY than some mythical dragon creature. And is our fortune badly affected by it? Nah. The government says the economic growth can sustain an increase in GST. What do you think? This is 1 living example that traditions are not all total true.

Anyhow written on Feb 16, 2007 at 10:30 AM

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Bread & Butter...

How was your Valentine's Day? Forus it was just a simple dinner at Miss Clarity Cafe somewhere around Bugis, just opposite the National Library. No fancy gifts, no bouqets of flowers, no diamond jewellery, no nothing. Just a peaceful candle-light dinner was good enough for us.

As this was the 1st time we were having a meal at this cosy cafe, not knowing what to order, as well as incorperating a little bit of my laziness, we [well, actually I] ordered the Valentine's Day set menu. This first dish was some sort of soup. The soup bowl was a facinating design, but the soup itself was not. I'm not sure if it was due to our Singaporean taste buds or not, but both of us agreed that the soup was definitely not to our liking.

The next dish was the main course of some flounder served atop some blackish bean-like things, which I found not very tasty. Jes liked the beans though. And we both liked the fish, just too bad the serving was a tad small to fill our tummys... or so we thought.

after which, came the main attraction of the night. The dessert. It was actually some cinnimon sweet dessert but we changed it to their famous bread and butter pudding, which we haven't had in a very very long time. And boy was it heavenly. Priced at only $2.80 for a fist-sized slice, it definitely made us forget about the not-so-nice dinner we just stomached down our throats. If you're looking for great bread and butter pudding, Miss Clarity Cafe is the place to be. Oh, and they also served some aromatically fragrant tea too.

Before we left, we had a peak at their ala carte menu. I somewhat regretted not opting for the ala carte menu in the first place as there were quite a number of decliciously named articles of choice [although no pictures] which I would have choosen anyday over what we just had. Anyway, we did some calculations according to the prices on the menu and discovered that they should have made a killing on the Valentine's Day set.

So we made a bid to come back once more in time to come to try out their ala carte menu... and of course their bread and butter pudding. Anybody wanna join us for some delicious desserts anytime soon?

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Wordless Wednesday : Happy Valentine's Day

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Busy Busy Day

Today has been such a busy day, that I haven't been ale to get a single piece of work done yet. Let's jut recap the events of today...

Just when I come in to work, my boss asked me to go for a treasure hunt... To hunt down 2 projectors that went MIA. So there we were, me and my collegue, running up and down, in and out of almost every room in the school to locate these 2 mystical projectors. We managed to locate 1 of them but up till this moment the 2nd one is still very cleverly hidden. This treasure hunt itself took us almost about 2 whole hours to complete, that's about half of the morning worktime gone down the drain.

after that, the entire school had a fire drill. And the funny thing was, that before the fire bell even rung, there was an annoucement about the fire drill and where the fire was supposedly to have borken out. And as everyone would know, once students hear that there will be a fire drill to disrupt their classes, the cheers and screams are plentiful. Even as the annoucement was being made, I could hear screams of joy coming from the classrooms. So then the firebell was rung and the entire school poured out [ok, more like strolled] to the evacuation area, where, as usual, the teachers were having a hard time getting their students to settle down to do a headcount.

After the fire drill, me and my collegue were again tasked to help my boss set up some automatic MCQ/True or False interactive system for today's staff meeting. And we are expected to sit in the meeting to help them with the dempo for the application too.

And even after all that, when everybody thought that the day's commotion was over, we were in for another surprise. Soon after, I was again called to the General Office, this time to play detective, CSI Maimi style. It seems that 2 boys had gotten into a fight in one of the boys toilets and one of them was bleeding quite badly from the head. So I was to play detective and scour the scene of the crime for any evidence that I could find. Armed with my trusty camera, we headed for the scene expecting the worst. Unfortunately, all that remained were a few blood drops on the floor and walls of the toilet. No broken wall glass, no bloodstained sinks, no damaged doors, no nothing. Hence I just snapped a few photos of the minute amount of blood found scattered around and made our way out of there.

All this happening happenings took us to lunchtime [What? Lunch already?] Yeah, so here I am after lunch, finally able to take seat in front of a laptop and blog about today's hectic inprompto schedule. And the day does not end here. In a few moments, the staff meeting is going to start and we have to help man the applications. Immediately after the meeting, the non-teaching staff are going for some Civil Defence fire extinguishing course somewhere within the school and I was assigned the wonderful job of manning the General Office desk cum phone line. So by the time they are through with the course, it would probably be time for me to go home. That's why I'm already mentally prepared that today I won' be able to get any work done. Hopefully tommorrow I can complete 2 days worth of work... And I have another work appointment tommorrow afternoon too... Wish me luck.

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Over The Weekend

This weekend was kinda boring. Didn't really do much with it. The only significant thing we did was to celebrate pipi's nephew's birthday on Friday night, with 2 cakes and a few presents.

Friday afternoon was the nationwide release of the GCE 'O' level results. But Saturday was the release of something much more important. On Saturday evening, I recieved a brownish envolope in the mail. Carefully opening up the envolope, i spilled out it's contents of a few sheets of white paper. I took a deep breath and read it... "SIM has accepted your application for the course in Computing and Information Systems".

Ok, it didn't really say I was officially accepted, but rather stated that I had to attend the bridging course in 'A' Maths and pass it in order to be accepted for the course. So, theoratically, since I have to attend the bridging course, which is held in SIM itself, doesn't that mean I'm already an official student of SIM?

Actually, to tell the truth, I wasn't the least bit worried when I was opening the letter at all. Judging from information gathered from my reliable sources, I've heard of students who's grades were 10 times worse than mine but who were still able to get applied into SIM. Well, so much for going to a top-notch school. But anyway, I still will not cancel off my wishlist for entry into SIM yet, until I'm a full fledged SIM full-time student.

So it says that I have to take a bridging course in Mathamatics which will start around March and end with a written exam around May. So that equates to 2 months of night classes after work on Mondays and Thursdays. And hopefully it won't drain me too much for me to stop my gyming routines.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, in fact, it's just a few steps ahead. 2 more days to be exact... And I still have no plans whatsoever on how I'm gonna spend my Valentine's Day.

P.S. I still think it's just a scam by florists to charge people 200% more for 50% less flowers, so don't expect to be recieving any flowers from me during the day.

Here are some interesting facts that most of you wouldn't have already known...

Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

In 1982, Englishman William Hall committed suicide by drilling holes into his head with a power took 8 holes!

Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself. (How did they study this?)

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.

The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.

People say, "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

Anyhow written on Feb 12, 2007 at 10:26 AM

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Weekend Break

I'm taking a time off from blogging this weekend. Cya on Monday.

Anyhow written on Feb 9, 2007 at 3:30 PM

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I Need Recommendations

Just a quick one today.

Does anybody know where to find Bread & Butter Pudding here in our little red dot called Singapore? The shop just beneath my house which used to sell this wonderful piece of dessert has closed down and now I can't seem to find it anywhere.

Even a google did not give me satisfactory results. Who says you can find everything on the Net?

Which random phallic object are you?
Quiz by Andrea.

Anyhow written on Feb 8, 2007 at 1:41 PM

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Wordless Wednesday : Serial Rapist

Ok, I know it's not really WORDLESS. Let's just say I cheated this once.

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The Year of the Pig

Makes everyone focus on anything fat, round and pinkish with a curly tail. This morning I overheard a couple of teachers talking about an article in the chinese newspaper that was so amazing I had to go see it for myself.

And true enough, just as they said, it was smack in the middle [ok, maybe slightly to the right of the center] of the chinese papers was an article reporting about a pig. In China. Reared by a woman. It seems that this lady was conned into buying a baby pig from some fortune teller in belief that it would bring her good fortune if she were to raise it well. [I wonder who would fall for a scam like that?] And boy did she raise it well.

It has been 4 years since she bought the pig and today and it has grown to a massive size. It has been living in luxury in the house, yes IN THE HOUSE of the misled China lady and has grown to almost the full length of a sofa. Because of my proficieny in the language [and laziness to read] I did not get much more information on the pig, the only think I know is that it's face is black, literally. 3/4 of it's face is covered by a black patch, almost like a mask. And it's loving master is still taking good care of it.

Maybe it is true that the pig did bring her good fortune. Ain't the news media fortune enough for a lonely typical China lady? Doesn't that make her like semi-famous? Maybe there would even be people approaching her to do sponsorships. Maybe I should start thinking of rearing a pig in my home too. But most probably it wouldn't last past 1 year as you know how much Chinese love pork.

Anyhow written on Feb 6, 2007 at 2:00 PM

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My Poor Spidey Bear

Today my favourite Spidey-bear keychain lost an arm. Literally. He was alive and kicking when I left for work this morning, flying around behind me as he swung along with the zipper of my pouch. But when I reached my office, to my disbelief, my little spideybear was robbed of an arm. At first I didn't realise it but upon closer inspection and horror, I discovered that the arm didn't just drop off, it was freaking broken at the joint!

So now my poor little spidey bear has become little handicap bear. Hopefully the arm broke off somewhere at home around my sofa so at least I can superglue it back together. At least that way he still looks whole. If not most probably he will just have to go into my drawer of previously loved artifacts to collect dust. Hopefully I can find his arm at home...

Anyhow written on Feb 5, 2007 at 4:34 PM

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Eye Candy

I have always thought that I had sensitive eyes. During my school days I'd always had to use the more expensive saline for sensitive eyes to wash my contacts with as using the normal type would hurt my eyes alot. Well, I used to think that way, but this time I'm confirming it.

Last night while I was bathing, being the vainpot that I am, I use facial milk cream and body wash everyday. So while I was scrubbing down my arms, one over-strengthed swipe resulted in a dash of body wash making a bee-line for my right eye. Immediately I felt a burning sensation within my eye and try as hard as I could, no amount of washing could return it back to it's original state as it started to turn me into a red-eyed monster. I even tried washing it with Optrix but to no avail.

Even after a night's sleep it was still red and swollen when I got up this morning. But me being the hardworking employee that I was, proceeded to work with no seond thoughts. I was only when my collegue told me that it looked like an eye infection that I started to get worried.

So that's the reason why I'm seated at home typing all this shit for bored people like all of you to read. Hopefully it can subside with some rest or else I'll have to bring my eyeball to the doctor tonight [provided I don't go blind before that] Gonna get some shut eye now. Cya.

Anyhow written on Feb 2, 2007 at 1:52 PM

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Ramblings of an Empty Mind

my mind is a total blank right now as I can't think of anything interesting enough for me to blog about, so I'm going out on a limb by trying to blog about any random thought that comes into my mind right about now. [Well, anything other than work that is, which would most probably bore you all to death.] So here goes...

Random Thought Number 1:
let me think... I'm thinking about how i can get more people to comment on my blog. I've registered with Bobby's bestestblog which did significantly increase my counter jump speed, [mostly from the US of A] but it seems that not many people seem to be keen on leaving a comment or 2 after visiting. [Am I really that worthless?] Did a check on the net and discovered that 90% of readers leave blogs without leaving comments, who are aptly classified as lurkers.

But judging from the stats of my counter, I have an average of 100 viewers each week, which should equate to about 10 comments each week. But sadly sometimes even getting 1 comment could be hoping from a miricle. [Apart from the Wordless Wednesday posts which get me about 2-3 comments each post]

I even tried to invite more people to comment by playing a game on my blog, but apparently only 1 good friend decided to join in on the fun. Maybe my instructions were to difficult, or maybe it's just me. Can anybody tell me where I'm going wrong?

Random Thought Number 2:
I'm thinking about turtles, or terrapins, or tortoises, or snails. Arn't they just amazing? The come born with a tiny shell on their back, but as they grow older and bigger, their shell seems to grow with them. Are they physically stuck to their shells or can they really leave their humble homes and walk about without that heavy luggage like in all those cartoons? What if their shells are cracked/damaged? Will they still have the ability to carry on with life or is the shell part of their body structure therefore they will die off when their shells are overly damaged?

Random Thought Number 3:
How do touchpads work? Ever since start my job as a Technology Assistant, I've been used to working on laptops using their sensitive regions, the touchpads. If you think about it, they are clever enough to recognise what trying to navigate that white arrow on the screen. If it's your finger, they'll do as their told, but try putting anything else on the touch pad and that little arrow is as good as dead. Even using your fingernail with some saliva [having the assumption that heat is involved here, and yes, I've tried it] reeps on fruit.

Tried to google it and apparently it has something to do with the electric charge capability of our body, but the explaination is just too much for any normal human being to effectively understand how it works. So, if it has something to do with electric capabilities, I'm wondering if an electrically or magnetically charged object can have the same effect, or rather any effect at all, that our magic hands do on those touchpads. Anybody knows of any other objects that can navigate the touchpad??

Random Thought Number 4:
Why doesn't IBM change their design strategy? Everybody knows [well, those who have experience in the computer industry at least] that if you want quality for laptops, you can never go wrong with IBM. But 1 thing still puzzles me. 14 years ago when IBM released its first laptop to the world, it was a black box. Today, when you purchase a brand new IBM laptop, it's still a black box.

No doubt that the stuff inside these black boxes are top-notch, but try telling that to non-IT savvy people. One good example will be how the teachers in my school doubt the capabilities of the IBM laptop. See, we have 2 laptops that are strictly for presentation use only. These 2 are the only ones free from all the funky software that MOE wants to include in ALL laptops. Not to mention that they have much better stats than most of the existing laptops in school. But given the choice, most teachers would prefer to take the NEC one instead of the IBM, most probably because it just looks nicer. Heck, even I prefer to use the NEC over the IBM.

This so called business strategy of IBM is obviously costing them millions of dollars in terms of lost potential customers. Yes, they want brand regonition [and they obviously succeeded very well] when people look at their products, but it wouldn't hurt anyone to try something less squarish and blackish right?

Random Thought Number 5:
How am I going to kill the last 15 minutes of my workday before I can head off to the gym for a well needed workout. Been having very sinful food these few days and to top that off, I didn't complete my normal gym routine on Tuesday because of a stupid injury and an appointment with some friends. So today will be 1.5 times the dosage of my regular gym treatment.

Ok, I've decided. I'm going to stone at my desk for the last 15 minutes until my working hours are over. Stoning begins now...

Anyhow written on Feb 1, 2007 at 3:56 PM

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