Monday, June 30, 2008

Dead Cab

I don't want to talk about me not having tickets to see Death Cab.

Doh!

I learn today that the RSAF actually stands for Rarely Seen After Four Five.
RSN = Rarely Seen Nowadays.
The men in green remain the backbone of our defence, working the longest. But even their working hours are Seldom After Four Five.

Not true actually.....I am at my desk each day by 8am (8:15am) and leave only after 5pm.

This Weekend

This weekend was not for me.

Being the birthday weekend for auntie, the events stacked against each other from friday evening.

But having a packed weekend has it's pluses. You do feel a sense of achievement somewhat.

Just back from a celebratory dinner of sorts at Holland V. Saturday was spent at the pool. Which was great because I was out and about in the sun.

Finally had the chance to see Baoling in action at the Artist-in-Residence at Marina Mandarin. *Nocturne IV is on from 17 Jul 08 at the Marina Mandarin. Click here to have a preview! I picked my painting up from him (finally) and spoke with him about his works. auntie was nice enough to accompany me despite being her birthday and all... will do a more in depth blurb in the coming days ahead. With pictures, how nice! Check out his flickr intro.....he indicated his sex as Male. Yes. In BOLD.

Saturday night was at Costa Sands for more birthday merry-making...

quite beat now.

the drag begins.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Spendthrift

What do they call people who buy alot of of stuff "spendthrift"?

Shouldn't it be "spendalot"? Or "spendcarefree"?

Should hopefully be able to pick up my painting this Saturday (hello Nocturne, goodbye $500)...



And over the last two days, I was at a meeting room at DSTA. The name of the meeting room was Andromeda (just like the name of my home wireless network - Upsilon Andromeda, and also the msn nick of a friend I came to know last year). I saw the same mobile from Flensted that I have!

I think I want another Flensted mobile..... I'm looking at Tango or Silver Rhythm....yisheng, you may want to get Tango for yourself? Hor?

And just as I had thought, the name of Baoling's next exhibition is indeed Nocturne IV.
Go support y'all!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

DCFC

Can people who are interested sms me or tell me on facebook or something?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cuestión del día - Parte Dos

Merrill Lynch and Capgemini 12th Annual World Wealth Report says that 77,000 people (do they mean Singaporeans?) here have at least US$1 million in investible assets.

That's just over 1.7%.

Start looking around you!

Cuestión del día

The people who smell - as in to emit an odour, in public transport, do they know that they do?

Oh, long, hot, odorous day.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A song a day 85






And they carried on like long division
Cause it was clear with every page
Oh, that they were further away
From a solution that would play
Without a remainder




sad relationships make for great lyrics trove
but mathematics
?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Wowee Zowee - Death Cab For Cutie in Singapore!

Death Cab For Cutie @ Esplanade.

tickets from 27 June...

And I was just asking poofie last saturday at helipad....."Why DCFC going to KL but not Singapore....why?????"

nice. I love rumours. this time it's listed on the band's website.

woot

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A song a day 84

Small, tasteless, and flawed
Hoping to see, blinded like me

Yo tried to nderstand, but yo're jst a man
Open to scorn jst like me

WMS

Why?

Because the parking is not free.

There is no cookhouse.

And I no longer get my supplementary allowance.

That is why it sucks.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Template for Ministerial Q & A about price increase

Here's an extract from ChannelNewsAsia: ERP rates in CBD to go up, 5 new gantries added

The question many motorists may have is "why is the government increasing the ERP rates now?", considering that there is a freeze on all government fees till the end of the year.

The Transport Ministry said things like the ERP rates are excluded from the freeze and that traffic congestion, left unchecked, will have a negative effect on the economy.

By making a few choice editions......

The question many (a) [___fill in victims' group name___] may have is "why is the government increasing the (b) [___fill in goods/service with prices increased___] now?", considering that there is a freeze on all government fees till the end of the year.

The (c) [__fill in relevant of Ministry/Statutory Board__] said things like the [repeat (b)] are excluded from the freeze and that [insert effects ambiguously linked with (b), left unchecked, will have a negative effect on the economy.

Tadah! You have a template for Ministerial Q & A about price increase!

Monday, June 16, 2008

How it goes...

1st Quarter: IT SHOW
2nd Quarter: PC SHOW
3rd Quarter: COMEX
4th Quarter: SITEX

Same same.

But different.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Nudies - post wash

Post-wash pics. For comparison, see here.








Yes, there are differences.....

Friday, June 13, 2008

Viva lah something

Do I need their latest album?



Do you?




Does anyone?

It's supposed to be totally different. I've heard reviews who said musically they've improved (maybe cause of Brian Eno) but not Chris' singing not lyrics. Ah well, lest we forget.....everything sounds like Coldplay now.






GO download NIN latest album for free!!!

News

From a japanese news website:
At some point during the chase, the Lianhe Hao suddenly swerved to starboard and hit the Koshiki's port bow, according to the coast guard. The Lianhe Hao sank around 3:23 a.m.

From yahoo news website:
The captain of the fishing vessel the Lien Ho, registered in Taipei County, says his boat was rammed by a Japanese coast guard vessel before sinking about six nautical miles off the Diaoyus early Tuesday, according to Taiwanese media.

From a taiwanese news website:
The patrol tried to communicate by radio with the Taiwanese fishing boat, but the loud noise of the boat's engine made it nearly impossible for the crew to hear the radio message and the collision occurred shortly afterwards, the fishermen said.


What's really interesting is the chinese reaction, expressing displeasure that their territorial waters were violated. They were reinstating their sovereignty rights over the disputed island group no doubt.


From a UAE news website:
‘We are extremely dissatisfied with what the Japanese coast guard did to the boat of China's Taiwan province,’ he was quoted as saying by Chinese state media Xinhua news agency.
He demanded that Japan stop its ‘illegal activity’ in patrolling near Diaoyu islands, which he said belong to China.

DvF X SEARS X YAOHAN - first and last?

The previous post attracted a comment from Mr CSC.


Mr. CSC is correct. Sears "caters for the low-end of the market".

But that didn't stop Diane von Furstenberg from collaborating with them to release a homeline.

INTRODUCING........

THE MONO RINGS PEACH MELBA


And way back in 1983 (or thereabouts), my mum bought 6 plates designed by DvF for Sears from Yaohao for SGD1 each.

SGD1 used to buy a bowl of noodles which costs about SGD3 now. You go do your math and draw your own conclusion about the cost of the plates.


Apparently Ms DvF didn't quite like the range she did for Sears. In an interview with the Boston Globe:

IDEAS: You bridged that couture/mass-market divide in the 1970s, when you sold a home line through Sears at the same time you were selling clothes in top-tier stores. Had that happened before?

VON FURSTENBERG: No, it was new. But frankly, I don't know if it was the best idea at the time. It certainly isn't something I would do now. At the time, I didn't know the difference between this and that. Now I know. So I'm very meticulous about keeping my distribution at a high level-Saks, Neiman, Barneys, Bergdorf, Bloomingdale's-but not any lower than that, and at reasonable prices.

Atas siah.....

Not exactly exciting news. But if you don't know by now, I simply adore trivia like this. I think trivia don't drive conversations. But they start and sustain them.

DvF X SEARS X YAOHAN

I am going to link the following "brand names" together in an upcoming entry...


SEARS - mid-range American departmental store.


YAOHAN - collapsed Japanese departmental store, operated in Singapore Plaza Singapura. Still around today as New Yaohao but no stores in Singapore.

and....

Diane von Furstenberg
- Designer. Makes really nice female dresses.


This is a clue:


Washing Nudies

I washed my Nudies today.

Back view

Top view of front
Top view of back
Pocket detail
Patch detail


These are the "pre-" pictures.

I didn't take any pics while I was "washing" my straightsvens. Because it would be too odd.

You don't want to know.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

aaab

If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark


And I held my tongue as she told me
"Son fear is the heart of love"
So I never went back


The time for sleep is now
It's nothing to cry about
Cause we'll hold each other soon


Then I'll follow you into the dark


(original images from the video for Death Cab For Cutie posted without permission.)

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Big in Shanghai

Was at 大上海 for a wedding dinner. It's at King's Centre. Which is somewhat next to Grand Copthorne Waterfront which is next to Zouk....

Wedding of Weiwen and Jaslyn. Weiwen is my primary school classmate from Primary 1 I think. All through to Primary 6. He went AMoK and then to TJ. After a brief stint as a lecturer at Republic Poly, he has or is about to join DSTA -

D
o Salah, Try Again.
D
estroy Something, Try Again.
D
efending Singapore? Too Arduous!
D
eep Shit, Twat! Asshole!
D
irrty Sluts & Tight Asses

on + on....

Gonna link this entry to the 大姐大 of the May Primary School's Usual Suspects.

Here.....to view the pics.

Horrorscope - Two Thumbs Up (and a pair of legs)

In spite of the leaps and bounds you've taken over the last several months, dear Pisces, a slump could soon set in as you start doubting your ability to attain your most cherished goals. An unexpected setback may have occurred that was disheartening, but you've never let this sort of thing stop you before. Don't fall into this trap now. Brace yourself, reassess your methods, and get back in the saddle. You'll get there!


What "leaps and bounds"? I don't remember them. But there has been much changes this year. The first 4 months alone would have been sufficiently significant. Moreover, events within the first 4 months + 1 day is enough for a lifetime.

I don't mind a tiny slump. In the economy that is. So that I can embark on Plan D. Riiiiiight....so what's Plan A, B and C?

There was a setback. It was unexpected. It was almost life threatening (and perhaps a wee disheartening) but yeah, guess I should not fall into the trap. Get back in the saddle.

Hi Ho Silver!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

When there is nothing to blog about....

video

For Lulu's fans, this is an update.
Neutered.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Sundown Marathon Review

Macam drama I tell you....

Anyway, it's over. Clocked a terrible timing and still nursing an aching sole.

Started the run just as the buses were making their last service runs and finished when they started on their first.

The first 10KM:
Starting from the narrow paths along Changi beach was not ideal. If not for the small number of runners (6000 or so versus 40,000 for Stanchart marathon), it would have been a stampede. Finished it in just over an hour and started to turn into NSRCC stretch towards East Coast Park.

From 10 - 18KM:
East Coast Park was a demoralising stretch. These were the reasons:
1) The route had non-participants walking along
2) BBQs were a terrible distraction
3) Hunger pangs + smell of food = insanity
4) Hunger pangs + running past fast food restaurants = torture

Started walking from 18KM onwards and jogged/brisk walked till 40KM. Contemplating robbing a passing runner whose pouch sounded like she had a lot of coins and we were quite near a prata shop.

Bananas never tasted so good...and Subway cookies, wonderful! Powerbar Sports Gels tasted disgusting.

Mental note: Running alone is much better. Either that or be very competitive. Try and outrun your friend instead of talking the kilometres away. And also, don't cock up with the iPod playlist. I ended up listening to Depeche Mode non-stop for the first 1okm or so. Followed by non-stop Underworld. Then so on so forth...because I did not shuffle the playlist.

40KM to End
Rain. Rain. Freaking heavy rain. Big ol' fat rain. From the sides. A dramatic finish. I cannot remember what was playing when I crossed the finish line. Could have been Waiting For The Sirens' Call because that was one the screen when I wanted to recharge it.

No pictures. Go run your own.

Sorry if I disappoint you

I'm wearing the Spacelab 90207.

Sexy.

Third time wearing it. I can still remember the first time.

I find it tiresome having to continuously wear a smile while I answer questions pertaining to my condition. I know people who asked are merely concerned.....

I don't want to blog another entry like the one when I felt my mortality. Useless public whining. But then again, what else is a blog for. Hmmmm.....

People with hypertension do not wear it on their faces. Their foreheads do not have special signage. Mine has blocked pores and acne scars. But I can't say they were a result of my condition.

And yes, people with hypertension can exercise. In fact, they ought to.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

.....I heard you say

Sunday, June 01, 2008

A song a day 83

And you told me you wanted to eat up my sadness
Well jump on, enjoy, you can gorge away
You told me you wanted to eat up my sadness
Jump right on

Baby, you've got to be more discerning
I've known never known what's good for me

Baby, you've got to be more demanding
Jump right on

What are you holding out for?
What's always in the way?
Why so damn absent-minded?
Why so scared of romance?

This modern love breaks me
This modern love wastes me

Do you wanna come over and kill some time?
Throw your arms around me

Designed for pain

Run was atrocious....

marathons are meant to break the human mind and body. much kudos to the participants who did the Ultra Marathon (marathon x 2, but 5 times the madness in my opinion).

a night marathon, instead of letting you enjoy the coolness of the dank Singapore night, just adds sleepiness into the list of pain factors.

stanchart marathon was pain, hunger and tiredness.
sundown marathon was pain, hunger, tiredness and sleepiness.

i might have fallen asleep around bedok reservoir...

the numerous bridges (there were 6 to 7, including 4 overhead bridges across expressways and one which had steps!) piled the pain on. and the winding route twists your ankles and all joints between your heel and your scalp.

not being prepared sufficiently exacerbated the pain-level. i stopped training since May Day. unplanned but choice-less.

about 25 minutes slower than stanchart.

oh, looking forward to the AHM aka Singapore Bay Run. Sheares Bridge is a torture/feature. and so is the new route that includes the marina barrage for the first time, making this truly a "bay run".