Thursday, November 29, 2007

I haven't been blogging because...

....... I have been taking the time to sleep and train for my IPPT. I am reaching fatigue very soon. My birthday's coming and I have to pass my IPPT soon. So all these time, after a late night at work, I would go home eat, rest, go out to run and then sleep. On alternate days I would just sleep to recover. But balancing work and training is pretty though.

Legs are all stiff when I reach the office, but my concentration is at its max because two of my colleagues are out for a long vacation and I have to fill in for them, plus I got a new guy in the office whom I have to show the ropes and get him in the wagon. So far, he is pretty good, good eye for detail but there is still room for improvement in his design work. But I have faith in him, because he shows the desire to learn and take initiative. I miss the girls (I am referring to my colleagues on holiday). Need to fill them in quickly when they get back so we can get the projects up and running smoothly.

Anyway, today was my last day for my IPPT before my window closes. I had to take half day from work to attend it just now. Had a big lunch at Banquet, bathed, and geared myself up for the IPPT. When I reached at Bedok Camp, there were those taking IPPT and there were those waiting for RT. It is really demoralising to see so many RTs, nevertheless, I wasn't easily wavered.

I took on the Static stations pretty easily. It has always been everytime I take IPPT. The challenging one for me has always been the 2.4km run. Gosh, everytime I look at the red track, it always seems so much larger than on TV. But in my heart I know I can better my timing. It was mostly mental from then on, I know I can run just had to calculate the time for each round.
I made it easier for myself by just remembering that, everytime I pass the line, the clock has to be an odd minute number.

For example, after the first round, it has to be 1 min plus. NOT 2 mins. Then the next, 3 mins plus and so on for each round.

I was doing pretty well for the first 3 rounds. The fourth round was when I saw an even number, but it wasn't that bad, it was 8 mins 19 seconds. I was thinking," Still got chance" and I lengthen my pace.

I was really exhausted by then, pushing myself, leaning my body forward, looking ahead, I did all I can think of to keep myself going. On the fifth round, the clock was showing 10 mins 39 seconds! I was like"!@@#, can't my feet any faster!" By this time, spontaneous combustion of thoughts just invaded my mind "What if dun pass?" "Shit RT?!" "One more round man!" "Keep going! You will have a great birthday if you pass this!"

My legs were tight, my hands had pins and needles, my breath was heavy, my head was feeling a little giddy and yes, I just ran faster! I lengthen my pace for the first 300 meters, leaving 100 meters left, I saw the clock 12mins 11 seconds! WTF!? I sprint! I went as fast as my legs could carry, my breathing was quicken, my heart rate increasing! My last dash! ARGhh!!!!............ Beep!.........

Tag: 044
Time: 12 mins 29 secs


That's 100 dollars for me!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Found a wallet

Genuine leather, all black. It had a white thread seemed through around the edges. Had a comfortable feel on your hands, and a leather scent. It had a soft light brown interior that when you touch it, it feels like holding velvet.

Where did I find such a wallet. In my own room! My window aircon was dripping water. Been having trouble with that. Anyway, I had a box near to it that got soaked because of the aircon 'pee'. So I had to rid of the contents in the box and dry out whatever was inside. There were some interesting contents in the box. Like perfumes, hard cover papers, key chains, earphones, spectacle cases, a watch, and of course, the wallet. Coincidentally I was looking for a wallet. I guess I can save my cash and use this instead.

I really can't recall who gave it to me. Maybe it was one of those birthday gifts that I forgot to get back to after unwrapping them. The wallet was in a nice blue box with a transparent cover. In it, there is also a watch. It is dead, but I think it just needs to change its battery and I would have a working watch soon enough. Oh ya did i mention? I broke my watch some days back, and now I have a new watch!

What a wonderful day I have indulging in past gifts. No pictures of them because my sis took my camera away to who knows where.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Free Flags

Looking for flags for your website? Here's a good resource to get them.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Boxing: Tyson gets 24 hours' jail over drinks, drug charges

I think this guy has no short of issues. I remember previously when he was in jail, he actually threw a chair at the television. Yes, they do have television in there.

Anyway, here's his recent story.

Mike Tyson has been my favourite boxer, but I guess fame got to him. After losing his coach, his boxing era kinda took a dip. It got even worse when he was charged for raping a beauty queen. I think that was controversial but the press just made it all look pretty bad.

Anyhow, at his peak. This man is unstoppable, unbeatable, unrelenting. The youngest man to have won a world heavyweight title at the age of 20 (Muhammad Ali got it at 22). He wasn't called Iron Mike for nothing. He met a lot of boxers, all with their own style of boxing. Winning over most of them on knockouts.

Before the fight starts, he would grunt and snarl. Just to intimidate his opponent. When the fight starts, do not expect mercy. His quick punches loaded with a heavy force, you literally have to dodge every punch and cover your face because you never know which might knock you out. What makes it even worse, he is good at dodging. You can literally see the frustration on his opponents when they are unable to give a good hit on his face.

His stamina is amazing. Even with all that punches, he would still walk away without a heavy breath. And when the opponent gets up again, he still goes at him again, throwing punch after punch.

The longest waiting in queue.... for just 5 items

I went to NTUC to buy some bread, canned foods, and some other personal items. Didn't carry any basket to carry the items, because it wasn't much to carry, it was like 5 items. So, after my shopping i proceed to make payment. Ok, it was a peak hour, peak hour as in it was Friday, I know some ppl already got their pay early, so basically a lot of ppl in there.

I was in queue and it was a long line. And like everyone else, I was looking for a shorter line. And just my luck, the counter next to me just opened. So I proceed to it, but before I could, an old couple, with their truckload of items, just whizzed in. In my heart I went, "Quick feet for a couple of old people". Anyway, I wasn't bothered about that. I know NTUC cashiers are pretty fast in doing their work.

The frustration starts to set in when some of their items didn't reflect in their cash total, so a rescan was needed. OK, frankly that was still fine. Sometimes technology doesn't work well. Then after like item after item after item. I started to look at my items and said," Gosh, I just need to purchase these 5 items." Shook my head and breathe to calm myself down. I started to look around for another queue but I was next in this queue so I was stuck in a predicament.

In the midst of all that scanning, some lady just came by the other side of the cashier to ask her a question that just got repeated but came out differently each time.

Lady: "Excuse me"
Cashier was scanning items: "Yes?"
Lady: "How many do I have to buy to use NETS?"
Cashier: "Huh?"
Lady: "I mean how much should I purchase?"
Cashier: " You mean what" (Still scanning)
Lady: " It's 5 rite?"
Cashier: "5 items? You want to buy 5? Ya can..."
By this time, the cashier was confused. She was still scanning the items but looked at her a few times to figure out what she is trying to say.
Lady: "No, 5 dollars"
Cashier: "You want to buy 5 dollars?"
Lady: "No, I mean 5 dollars to use NETS rite?"
The cashier stopped and looked at her.
Cashier: "You want to use Nets ah?"
Lady: "Yes."
Cashier: " Ya, 5"
Lady: "Ok thanks"
Cashier continued scanning.

That has got to be the most unneccessary conversation I have ever heard.

Anyway, after like several minutes waiting for her to finish scanning their items, packing them into plastic bags, etc. I thought it was done. All they need was to make payment.

But nope, the old lady started to fumble out a bunch of receipts from her bag. I dunno what tat was for, but I presume they could have some kind of discount or something. So anyhow, the cashier had to count the number of receipts. This is where it got really frustrating just looking her count. I know the old couple was looking at her counting, so was I and so were the people behind me.

She counted...... then she MISCOUNTED! Ok ...., then she counted again, and this time she couldn't flip the receipts correctly because the paper was so thin and glossy that she had to recheck each flip to see any that she missed. Even then she still wasn't sure of herself. And she recounted again! I was like "D#$%!"

Finally, she got the number of receipts right after wetting her fingers with some moist pad around her counter. Why didn't she thought of that in the first place.

So I thought, "OK pay pay pay! Just make the
bloody payment!". And then you know what, the old lady handed her A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING. Again in my heart, I went "@#$%" . Of course, the cashier asked her what it is. The old lady said something about a discount on a few items.

They were conversing in Mandarin but I know from their expression and some of their words that she was explaining to the cashier and the cashier was asking her back where she got it and she told here where and when, the cashier asked her why didn't give it earlier....
oh you know how it goes. The explanation just went on and on. Basically, the cashier was clueless and she had to read the clippings, did some numbers on the machine, reconfirm with the old lady,bla bla bla........ all that for just a newspaper clipping...... Sigh.... And all that while, the old man was holding on to his UOB blue card and his NTUC member card, with an upside down smile on his face. And I am next in line, going in my heart, "Just give her the cards!!!"

When he finally handed the cards to make payment, he looked at the NETS machine closely and punched the pin number slowly. Ok, fine, I know your vision ain't clear but please, just press the RIGHT pin numbers. I can hear him pressing the buttons one by one and seeing him pressing the numbers, with a squint in his eyes. Then when he pressed 'Enter', there was a pause..........


Ah! The sweet sound of the receipt machine. The transaction was successful. And after receiving his cards and receipt, they left with their truckload of items.

Delighted I was, it was short lived. When I placed my items on the counter, she was stamping on the newspaper clipping! There were 3 images on the clipping that had to be stamped. Next, she proceeded to flipping through the receipts , stamping EACH ONE OF THEM!

Ok nvm, I just bear with it. I am already here, just do what you have to do. After, she scanned the items, I proceed with payment. Transaction was successful, I received my items and receipt. When I turned to leave, I realized the first queue that I went to just got a lot shorter than mine.


What a way to end the work week......

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Singapore's 8 Airports

CIA World Factbook says we have 8 Airports. I did a research on that, and sure enough I found all 8 of them.

Changi Airbase West

Changi Airport

Changi Airbase East

Seletar Airport

Paya Lebar Airbase

Sembawang Airbase

Tengah Airbase

Pulau Sudong Airstrip

This is how you fight fat

Yes, the message is clear. To fight fat you have to exercise. If you do not exercise, fat wins.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

72 years old and still going strong

72, with a body like that? I think ppl can have a leaner body if they put their mind to it. No matter the age, you can still have a solid, rock, chiseled body. Now get off from your seat and give me twenty!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Silence! I Kill You!

Watch the whole video.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The new Photoshop Logo

Here it is. Frankly, it looks like the PBS logo from USA. Some of you may remember the PBS logo from the old Sesame Street. Quite frankly, I think the logo is unsuitable for Photoshop. It looks too aquatic, like a Mac style logo, too similar to PBS and I do not feel like it is a logo about photo editing or even creativity. Personally, I feel like it looks like a text bubble, you know, like those you find in comics, but this one has been punched with a big hole!

I don't really like the tag line either. "See What's Possible."
To me the tag line is like saying,"Gee, Let's see what is possible with this product, if nothing works out,then too bad, but if it does, Great!"

I think they could do better, I mean seriously do better please. Photoshop is a great software, I been using it for some years now. Come on guys, make it beautiful, fantastic, cool, awe us with your creative talent! Change the logo!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Phone Scams Impersonating Supreme Court Staff And Police Officers!

Phone Scams Impersonating Supreme Court Staff And Police Officers

Dear Readers,

pls tell your friends and family abt this phone scam because I myself got such phone calls but luckily the other person on the phone didnt now how to speak English and this was an overseas call to my handphone! I do not know if the phone call I receive was from such scams but I think a lot of these scams are springing up everywhere as I myself received a few funny calls latey. What appalls me is how such ppl can get our numbers so easily.

Whatever it is, DO NOT reveal your personal information, esp your accounts, IC numbers, etc. If they really want to investigate you or gather information from you, they should have done it professionally by meeting up with you personally and get everything written down in black and white.

How much is my blog worth? (oh really, just that much?)

My blog is worth $1,693.62.
How much is your blog worth?

I wonder how they calculate this. The question is, who's buying?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Movie Review - Beowulf (should be rated R21)

Amazing animation. Which isn't much of a surprise after seeing the trailer. Although some movements do look rigid almost robot-like eg horse riding, leaping from point to point, running. Anyway, I can rave about the realistic skin textures, the lightings, realistic looking water, etc. But I guess you guys know abt it already.

The movie is pretty good, although the acting could have been better (I am talking about more expressiveness from their faces and body actions) But the voices behind the characters are quite well done. Well, why not, we have Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Angelina Jolie..... Ahhh.. Angelina Jolie, it is just amazing what computers can do to a woman's body. Almost flawless, near perfection, yes you get to see all that when u watch it.

Imagine this scene, she arrives from a pool of water, revealing her head as the water flows away from her hair, she emerges and her flawless face looks at you with a wicked look in her eyes and yet sultry. The water glows with a blue hue around her as she reveals herself. The camera moves around her body and she moves out of the water slowly, revealing her back. The camera then moves to the front and you will see her emerge further from the water. A full frontal show begins, she emerges from the water as the camera stays in position, her body reveals her collar bones, and then down to her firm breasts, all wet and silky. Her golden skin seems to drip away as her skin turns into human skin. Her hips sways as she moves towards Beowulf, her tummy shows a near muscular tone. As the camera moves down further, you will get to see her erogenous zones. And then down to her thighs and legs. Almost like it was all taken in slow motion for you to 'savour' the moment.

Yup, something to look forward to when you see the movie.Ok back to the movie. The movie has it's sexy parts and also it's gory parts. I do not recommend this movie for a date, but if you are into seeing bodies being ripped apart and heads being eaten alive, plus the merciless killing of the monsters, then go ahead. The action sequence reminds me of the game God of War, where you kill monsters or giant weird creatures by ripping them apart piece by piece. And the hero stands up with his triumphant victory over the creature.

I do not want to reveal more of the film because I don't wanna spoilt it for ya but the bits above should get you excited abt it. I give it 3/5 stars. Yes I love the gore and seeing women all naked and revealing, but the story line just lacks a certain 'umph!'. I didn't feel like Beowulf was heroic, just a man with extraordinary strength whose weakness is the beauty of women. And I didn't feel like he had a strong bond with his men, that I feel lacks the human element of a leader when his men die in battle. It was more on his own self pride, boasting of his escapades; fighting creatures in the air, land and sea.

There were funny parts in the movie though. Esp with his best friend by his side. Keep a look out for their conversations together.

Now some of the female readers might think this is a movie for the guys, but I think it might also appeal to the girls as well. You will get to see well toned men in the movie, esp Beowulf where he will sleep naked as he awaits for the monster. Why is he sleeping naked? Well his reason is because he wanted to fight the creature as equals..... Well you will figure that out later. Anyway, before that, he will actually start stripping in front of the queen and as he slips off his last shed of clothing, she gasped, blushed and hurries away quickly to her room. No guess what she might do next in there.

Overall, the movie was pretty good. I was expecting something like a LOTR kind of action, with lots of war battles, but it was mostly skirmishes, no large armies battling against each other (there was one part where there were war battles but it was just a short scene). The sexiness and gore was a plus for me, and so is the script. They characters used selective words to describe things, I do not know if they used to talk like that before, but it was quite understandable. Although the initial part of the movie left me a bit clueless as to what they were talking about, maybe because the scene started out with a room of drunkard men and women, merry making.

So there it is: 3/5 stars.

If the same quality was made ten years ago, many ppl would love it's near realism, but it's a norm now with that kind of CGI. Watching Angelina coming out of the water like that, reminds you of how Lara Croft might look like without clothes. I think that part just keeps the movie goers coming in to watch.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Mind over matter is...

... is a 5th dimension. Some ppl say you can overcome anything when you put ur mind to it. Well all I can say is, that is so NOT TRUE! Gosh, I woke up with a splitting headache, body pains, and I thought some good sleep will make it all go away. But noooooo, my body injected me with pain to make me change my mind on going to work.

I was wondering why I wasn't feeling much pain yesterday, maybe the melatonin in my brain just masks it over. Maybe it is the weather, I don't know. Anyhow, I hope this pain just goes away and get my body back!

Are you a Googler?

I slept too much today, maybe because I was both mentally and physically tired. Yesterday after my IPPT I went straight to work. Now I know some ppl would go, WTF? work after IPPT? Don't you rather sleep and rest?

Well, yeah I would but of course I love my job. Haha! Well apart from the extra cash working on weekends, I enjoy working at my workplace. Good colleagues, good boss, good environment, there is flexibility, fun and laughs, plus I get to do what I love. Which is design!

ANyway, I came across another workplace where I think is also one of the best places to work. I don't think you can find it in Singapore (well apart from my workplace that is hahah!) where you actually look forward to coming to work. As you know, Google is the biggest search engine in the world. And it is the best place to work at in America and probably in the world. But I didn't realise it was that amazing till I watch a clip from NBC about Google.

After watching this, You sure wish you are a Googler. Which is why every year, Google gets about a million applicants from all over the world. Yes, a MILLION!

Yup, all of those free perks only if you are a Googler.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A failed attempt

Woke up this morning with a cold that could make you pee twice consecutively. Made myself breakfast, and revved myself up for my IPPT. A little anxious when I reached there, been a long time since I stepped into a camp. Always brings memories training as a soldier.

Anyway, static stations were pretty easy for me. The station tat surprised me was the SBJ. Never really get to get more than two points from that station, but i got 3 points for my first attempt. Must be the hill runs I did lately. I was quite happy with myself with the results, almost all 5 points each, but the dreaded run always fail me. And this time it did.

The weather was perfect, cool, not too wet, just nice. But I guess my heart wasn't into it. It is different when you run solo than with a group. It can be really demoralizing to see runners past you but you know you can run faster but there is a tendency to run too fast that you tire yourself up.

I was a little disappointed but I expected the result. My legs weren't build for long distance, it was built for speed and short bursts of sprints. I know that since I was a kid. I guess I have to work on my endurance if I am to pass this test next time.

Tomorrow, weight and resistance training and a run. Got to get my self up and running again.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

How many blogs are not updated in the internet?


Yup, it is that many. That is the rough estimate of how many blogs are no longer updated by anyone. Makes you wonder how much space are wasted in the internet. Probably it could come up into millions of Gigabytes. Or even Tetrabytes.

But is it possible to have so many un-updated blogs? Well MSN spaces has 100,000 blogs created daily. China has 4 million blogs, South Korea 15 million blogs, South East Asia has an estimated of 1 million, India and Pakistan another million. France has 1.5 million. Africa has about 10,000 blogs and it is still growing. I could keep going on and on but you roughly know how big it is goona get. And guess what? Those are rough estimates 2 years ago! Imagine how many there are now! All over the world, blogs are created, either by a newbie or someone who has multiple accounts. Everyone's blogging!

It seems like someone has something to say in the internet world that we are even called netizens. Net + Citizens get it? I used to remember when I was a kid that a net was something you use to catch fishes. So have you caught your audience? Are you still updating your blog? Are ppl still reading your blog? Or are you jus one of the 200,000,000

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

An Uphill Task

Bored of the usual flat terrain. Try the hills. Jogging uphill builds endurance and strength, and offers much more challenge than the usual routine. Now before you take that run uphill, you need to be well conditioned or you might just be breathless when u reach the peak. If you have been regularly running at least 3 times a week for a few weeks now, you can start to try out a few low hills to get you started.

I have to remind you to get yourself checked by a doctor before doing this exercise and also have a proper meal as you will definitely use up a lot of energy. Ensure a proper warm up and be fully hydrated.

1) Before going for that hill, have a visual check. Ensure that the road is not bumpy or uneven. Singapore has jogging tracks that cover hills, that should be a good place to start. Go for low hills to start yourself up.

2) As you reach the hill, lengthen your pace and move your body forward. You do not need to jog faster, just lengthen your stride.

3) Do not look down. You need to see other users of that path that might come down the hill. Another reason for this is psychological if you see the peak, let it be a motivation to reach it.

4) Control your breathing. You must not be breathless, if you are slow down your pace .

5) Do not over exert. The idea here is for you to be able to keep jogging even after you reach the hill.

Once you reach the peak, you will start to feel the lactic acid in your legs acting up. It is just your body natural reaction to the strenuous uphill jog. But let not this be stopping your from continuing, if you are still breathing normally and not out of breathe, keep jogging normally, recover and go for the same hill or another. This builds endurance, once you master it, running on a flat terrain will be easy for you.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Myth #7 - Always work out with free weights.

Free weights has always been a good instrument to build muscle if it is done correctly that is. For beginners and novice alike, it is best to start with the machines to build up the muscles. As you progress further, you can proceed with the free weights.

Free weights are the best tools to burn fat and gain strength. Because of the natural range of motion, the right muscles will be activated. As you become a seasoned weight lifter, free weights will be your obvious choice.

If you begin to start training on a new muscle area, it is best to use the right machine for that specific muscle area even though you are a seasoned lifter.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Myth #6 - You need a Swiss ball to build a stronger chest and shoulders.

A Swiss ball is great for variety, it is also good for working your abs. Although you may feel that you are contracting your muscles more as you do repetitions + stablizing yourself, your actually are starting out with lighter weights to begin with.

It is better to work on a stable surface like your bench, where you can concentrate on your muscles rather than doing stabilizing at the same time. You can add more weights and do more repetitions.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Myth #5 - Stretching prevents injuries

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed more than 350 studies and articles examining the relationship between stretching and injuries and concluded that stretching during a warmup has little effect on injury prevention.

So what should you do to prevent injuries? My take, skip on the spot for 5 mins. You will start to sweat, your heart rate elevated and increase in blood flow. By then, your body will be warm enough to do proper stretching.

Rule of thumb, do your stretching when your muscles are warm.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Myth #4 - Never exercise a sore muscle.

Partly true, you have to check how sore are your muscles. If your muscle is sore to the touch or it limits your range of motion; like for example if your shoulders feel sore and you can't raise your arm up, then it's best that you give the muscle at least another day of rest.

If it isn't too sore then you can continue with your exercise. Although it is recommended to do light activity rather than pushing yourself too hard or you might just end up with a kind of soreness that might not get you out of your bed.

If you are wondering why do light exercise when you are still sore, mainly because exercise stimulates bloodflow through the muscles. This helps in the repair process of your muscles as it promotes oxygen flow and removal of waste.

Myth #3 - Leg extensions are safer for your knees than squats

A recent study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that "open-chain" exercises—those in which a single joint is activated, such as the leg extension—are potentially more dangerous than closed-chain moves—those that engage multiple joints, such as the squat and the leg press.

The knee joint is controlled by the quadriceps and the hamstrings. Both working together to balance the weight. When you do leg extensions, your quadriceps work more independently this causes uneven compression between the patella (kneecap) and thighbone.

To squat safely, hold your back as upright as possible and lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor Try front squats if you find yourself leaning forward.