Monday, June 30, 2003

Emails, emails, emails ......

Had the whole house to myself yesterday; my parents and dogs were off to my sister's place to stay over and probably be back today. Sigh times like this I really wished I had a chick to fool around with. Instead ended up just watching a cartoon (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), doing some of my work tasks and surfing porn. Oh but did catch Payback at night; it was a pretty cool movie starring Mel Gibson, had a whole noir-ish feel to it. Don't ask me what noir-ish is , I got the word off a review off the movie I read online.

I think I probably spent the whole morning up to lunch just replying all the emails that I got. I exchanged multiple emails with my colleague about this project we were working on ; eventhough he was only 2 tables away. I thought emails were supposed to make your life easier instead of being a hassle.

Sunday, June 29, 2003

The Mars Volta

I am listening to The Mars Volta's new album right now, De-Loused In The Comatorium, I am still at the 3rd song but man I am already totally blown away. I have never heard anything remotely like this before, the last time i was so overawed like this was when I heard Radiohead's Ok Computer. I NEED to get my hands on the CD as soon as possible, hope Music Junction has it I will go look for it on Monday after work.

From The Mars Volta website:
That record is De-Loused In The Comatorium, the astonishing first album by The Mars Volta. De-Loused In The Comatorium is an iridescent, fearless, brain-busting hour of music, a fictionalized celebration of Julio Venegas’ life. Based on a story written by Cedric, it is a concept album in which the hero tries to commit suicide by overdosing on morphine. Instead of dying, he falls into a coma for a week, and experiences fantastic adventures in his dreams, elemental battles between the good and bad aspects of his conscience. At the end, he emerges from the coma, but chooses to die.

Read reviews
or you can listen to the entire album here.

Website of the day

Earlier this month I had this entry about a certain website that was the website of the day for me, and what do you know, it got featured at .

Here is one of the entries at :

"While "Jie Jibe" Cheryl and I were at East Coast Park playing water at the beach. While she was SM Sing someone, she was caught unaware by a wave. Water entered her hand-phone and hence it was somewhat spoilt. She was not able to access the "Menu" option. Bad gone to worst when the hand-phone rejected her ism-card. From then on, she had a mood swing. She even bought a McDonald's meal and did not want to eat. I tried my very best to help her with her phone. My last resort was to pray. I continued to pray more than once and never gave up trying to make her hand-phone back to normal. God answered my prayers soon. I felt so happy when her hand-phone was back to normal. The ism-card was detected and "Menu" option was accessible. The sense of relieved went through Cheryl and I felt happy for her. I told her it was not me, it was God helped her. Thank you God."

Amen to that !

Eh you know what , my 8250 has been screwing up recently , switches off by itself sometimes. As good a reason as any for me to start praying again.

Saturday, June 28, 2003

Went to see Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle with my colleagues yesterday and man that was one hell of a crappy show. Demi Moore actually flew; that was how ridiculous it got. That's 3 crappy shows I seen in a row. But did see the trailer for 'The Italian Job' a movie starring Edward Norton who is one of my favourite actors, hoping to catch it as soon as it opens.Speaking of movies, I been trying to ask every chick I know to go see Finding Nemo cos everyone who has seen it tells me its really funny; but so far all of them said they seen it already. What a coincidence .....

After that we went to a nearby coffee place for a while. I paid 5 bucks for a cup of vanilla latte. Heh its funny cos 4 months I wouldn't even think of paying that kinda money for one miserable cup of coffee. Scary what having money can do to your spending habits. Anyway we started talking about ghosts and spirits and how there are people who can see them. For me I am still skeptical about it eventhough I do know a friend who told me she sees this kinda stuff. I think its probably because I already have a hard time believing in God, let alone ghosts and spirits.

Oh pretty cool I met this guy from Atlanta, Georgia online ; he's a guitarist in a band and he was also a fan of At the Drive-In (ATDI) which is one of my fav bands. He was telling me about Mars Volta's ( band that was formed after ATDI broke up) new album and how amazing it is. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

A friend told me recently about how his mom embarassed him in a shopping store and it kinda reminded me of my date on New Year Eve last year. Was out with a gal and we were sitting down and chatting; it was around 2:30 am in the morning , and suddenly my phone rings. I answer it and immediately heard my mom shouting over the phone asking me if I knew what time it was; apparently the clocks at home weren't working. Anyway she continued on asking what the hell I was doing out so late etc. etc. After I hung up I could hardly look at my date in the eye; if I had a gun I would have probably shot myself there and then.
Read in streets today about this new no-frills airline called Air Asia that will offer flights from Singapore to KL for S$15. Yeah it's that cheap; my friend is pretty excited cos it means that he can go back every week to his hometown instead of like once a month by coach which takes like 8 hours. And the whole team were also thinking of going to KL for a couple of days to chill out next month so this will really save us some cash. The airline is probably gonna start next week. But don't know how they can still make a profit charging 15 bucks a person.

I have 2 really huge tasks due tommorow; I finished one of them but barely started on the other ....really need to learn how to multitask; gonna pull an all-nighter tonight.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Met a couple of my friends from junior college for dinner and drinks just now; We went to this pub near changi village called Bark Cafe, it's an open air place with dim lights and pretty nice music, had a lot of fun.

I had a couple of Heinekens and this beer called Killkenny's or something which was really nice, really smooth compared to other beers, you could probably drink the whole mug at one go. Yeah I never been much of a pubbing person in the past; mainly because I never had the cash to do it on a regular basis and also I was quite the shy reserved type back then; still am now but I have been working on changing that for like the last 6 months or so.

Ooh so irritating I left my computer on when i left because I was downloading this 500mb application that i needed to test for work; when i came back my computer was off; my mom switched it off by turning off the switch!!! Even though I told her a million times never to do that. Now i have to download the damm thing all over again ....ROAR!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2003

I went to the bank yesterday to replace my ATM card and get a thumbprint for my study loan repayment loan (I was a month late in handing it in). I swear the bank officer who was attending to me was flirting with me. She was asking me where I studied and stuff, and she took longer as usual when she was holding my hand to put the thumbprint on the forms. Well she was probably fantasising at the same time if it was true about what they say about guys with big hands.

Oh and she gave me candy also while she was processing the form; hell if that doesn't isn't an obvious sign of saying that she wanted me really badly I don't know what is. I mean who gives candy to a 25 year old? I am pretty sure the guys before me didn't get any. Signs people, sometimes you can't ignore the signs !
The world has gone potty, or should I say Potter. I do not understand what it is about that book that drives adults to a state of temporary insanity; that they would wake up and go to the bookstore early in the morning just to get their hands on the book.

I read the first instalment after hearing all the hype but I found it really boring. Here was the same old fantasy cliche about a normal boy who finds out that he isn't normal after all; that he comes from an ancestry of great magicians and is destined to be one himself. The characters were all one-dimensional ; that kid monfrey is all mean and evil, while potter and his friends are the good angels, who when they break the rules, only do it because of good intentions.

I seriously urge people to go read "The Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula Le Guin; it also tells of a story of a kid who goes to a magic school; I read it when I was in secondary school and it was the book that got me so interested in the whole fantasy genre. You can find out more about it here.

Saturday, June 21, 2003

I met a childhood friend yesterday; we used to be neighbours you see but we kinda lost contact after she moved probably around 7 - 8 years ago. Anyway it was really great meeting up with her for dinner again cos I kinda missed her! We had dinner at Pizza Hut at Tampines Mall ..oh speaking of which do not go to that outlet; they have the worst service there ! This was the second time i went there in like 2 months and both times it was really crappy.

But we did have a rather nice time talking about old times and basically catching up on each other's lives. All in all a pretty cool day.

Oh after the dinner we went to watch Ju-On; it totally sucked , the scariest parts were those they showed during the trailer,i got scared like probably twice throughout the whole movie ..she on the other hand was covering her eyes during the scary scenes ..and this was her second time watching it. Sigh women ...But there was this bloody irritating ah beng behind me who kept talking throughout the whole damm movie with his 2 ah lian friends ; and he was even talking on his bloody handphone twice really loudly. I shushed the idiot but the retard probably didnt understand what it meant.

Friday, June 20, 2003

My system administrator of my lab is blasting Celine Dion's "All By Myself" out loud on REPEAT. This is like the 10th time I am listening to it. Seriously considering suicide right now.

Yes yes I know everyone is entitled to their own musical tastes and I should respect them; but surely Celine Dion is an exception ?
Oh a colleague of mine asked me today while we were on the train what I thought were in the compartments under the seats at the ends of the trains.

I told them it was probably crowbars and drillers, u know so that they could force the driver cabin open and take over the train controls if the train driver goes berserk and tries to derail the train. But my colleague said it probably contains guns and weapons in case of a hijack on the train...heh some people are so silly aren't they ...guns ....!

Ok just wanna state for the record that Charlene is probably the only gal who really understands me, babe if i was a gal I would have your baby; but I guess you have to settle for robbing me of my virginity when u get back to Singapore.
Watched HULK with my colleagues today. Well I didn't really like the movie that much. Firstly, they took way too long to setup the story, the hulk doesn't even appear until like more than an hour into the movie. Secondly it was way too serious for a movie that was based on a comic book, the first part of the movie focused on Bruce's problem of opening up to his girlfriend and repressed memories of a traumatic incident in his childhood that was causing him nightmares. I only enjoyed the final hour of it to be honest. Oh ya the movie is 2 1/2 hours long.

Oh and I bought Radiohead's new album today, the limited edition which comes in a booklet, its really pretty and really cheap, only 18.99! Will probably be listening to it the whole day tommorow on repeat, will post a review soon!

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Arrgh missed Joe Millionaire yesterday cos I only got back around 11:30 last night. We had a kind of individual performance review/project update by our supervisor so that kinda dragged for a bit. But yeah it was good cos I gotta tell him stuff that I really wanted to tell him; that I was feeling really unmotivated at work and that I would rather work on team-based projects instead of individual ones. And I was told I needed to be more energetic when it comes to tasks that I didn't really like to do; which is really true, when I have no interest in the task I have assigned I tend to like delay doing it. Need to really work on that.

Monday, June 16, 2003

I really dreaded waking up this morning; it just rained so the air was fresh and clean; and there was this really strong breeze...if I didn't have a meeting that morning I would have probably just slept more and come to work late; it felt that good. Maybe companies should let employees come in late during mornings like this; I certainly would if I was the boss! *hoping his supervisor reads this*

Spend the whole day doing system administration duties and didn't have any time to do my own tasks. The one horrible thing about Unix systems is installation of applications; so many times I encountered problems because of some missing library or compiler error or some bizarre unknown error. We spend 1/2 a day trying to install this application (ironically it helps report bugs) and we still couldn't get it to work. The problem with open source OSs is there isn't one specific compiler or libraries that is in every Unix system; unlike Windows. Being a sys admin sucks big time dun know how pple do it as a job; really admire them.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

Was doing some stuff on my company machine because it's my turn to be system administrator for my company, yes I have root access to the system and the power to delete accounts and stuff (but i gotta learn how to first) so for the next month my colleagues would probably treat me like god, well they better do !

Spend my afternoon watching the animatrix which I got off Kazaa Lite , took me a week to download, it is really cool I highly recommend it, esp this fight scene between this guy and gal and they end up tearing up the clothes off each never thought cartoons could get this sexy!

Friday, June 13, 2003

I realised that I find it much easier to blog when I am at home compared to when I am at work . On Wednesday when I was working from home, the entries just came out by themselves I didn't even need to put much thought into it. But yesterday after I came back from work, I was really struggling to type words out, I had something I wanted to blog about but it in the end it got so frustrating I just gave up. Maybe I should just stick to blogging on my off days.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Sigh really sad now people always misread the Stallion's good intentions. This is what happened:
I went to a talk by this Professor from University of Melbourne at NUS and before we went in, we had the usual temperature checks and were given a sticker with our temperature on it. After the talk, I noticed that my colleague's sticker was loose and probably gonna drop off anytime, so being the kind and friendly indian boy that I am, I reached over to press it down for her. Immediately she slapped away my hand and gave me a cold stare like I was some kind of a perv. Tell you it really doesn't pay to be kind. Oh and the sticker was at her right shirt pocket.

Oh and on the way back home, this kid asked me for the time and i was so tempted to retort "Do I look like a clock?" . But of cos I wasn't that mean, just pushed him aside and went on my way.
I am thinking of changing my nick from Indian Stallion to something else. For some unknown reason, chicks find it hilarious, which isn't really too nice cos I was expecting it to invoke awe and (sexual) curiousity in them. I got a couple of nicks in mind already that would probably be taken more seriously ; Gargantua, Big Bert, BeastInTheSack, LoveMachine ..that's about it. Any more suggestions will be more than welcome.
I was really irritated by a net friend yesterday. I was telling her about that really friendly and interesting gal I met on sat ( see my entry on 6/8/2003 ) and how I would like to really chat with her again , and the first thing she asked me was if that gal was Chinese. And when I said yes, she went on about how there were nice indian gals who were also friendly and interesting and why I didn't find those women appealing. And she's not the only one, my mom too does that. My mom would tell me (in tamil) that I should give indian gals a life (by marrying them).

So I am gonna say here what I told her, color is not and has never been a factor for me at all when it comes to the chicks. If I am attracted to a gal it would be because of her personality and how well I think we click (ok it wouldn't hurt if she had a hot bod as well, hey I am a guy after all), not because she was Chinese or Indian or whatever.

I have always felt that I was Indian by birth and my skin color only; I can't speak Tamil decently, I have no interest in Tamil music or movies and I have never had that many Indian friends in my life ..well yes I had 3, they were my neighbours since we were kids but I don't keep in touch with them that much now. The only other Indian friends I have had are net friends, most of whom I never even met. I am not trying to reject my Indian roots or whatsoever, but I just have no interest in Indian culture, I can't help it.

I would love to blame it on my 1/4 Chinese blood and the fact that I took Malay as a 2nd Language in school rather than Tamil, but my sister proves that isn't true, she is very much an Indian in character, has mostly Indian friends , loves Indian movies/music etc. etc.

Of course I am not naive, I know for most gals in Singapore they would most probably not consider dating outside their own race, and that is their right of cos, that's the way it is.

Just needed to get all that off my chest.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Led Zeppelin new 3-CD set of live recordings, How the West Was Won, debuted on No. 1 on the Billboard charts last week. This is a band that was performing way before I was born. There is also a DVD release featuring some of their concerts which I am definitely gonna get...first I need to buy DVD player.

But I have to say this, if you consider yourself a serious rock fan then you NEED to go listen to Led Zeppelin, cos they were basically the blueprint that most rock bands base their music on. And they sound even more amazing live, you can check out the 2-CD set Led Zeppelin: BBC Sessions to see what I am talking about.
Listening to Verve's Urban Hymms at work now.

Cause it's a bitter sweet symphony that's life...
Try to make ends meet , you're a slave to the money
Then you die.

Vey true in my opinion. Most of us are and will be working for the better part of our lives just to have the money to buy the stuff we want. Sometimes I wonder what it is like to be rich and be able to afford everything you want. Yes I know ENVY is one of the 7 sins.

On a brighter note , I am having loads of fun exchanging daily emails with a new net friend of mine; I used to do that with another net friend not a while back but we got into a silly argument and it just stopped after that. Of cos it prob wouldnt last but its gonna be fun while it does.

Monday, June 09, 2003

While I was in the church for my classmate's wedding, for some reason I started thinking about the bible ..and I realised that Jesus seemed to be a really humorless man. He never cracked any jokes or played any pranks, or at least none was mentioned in the bible. And I just wonder why is that so. Heh if I was him, I would have probably try to get the apostles to walk on water just as I could and then laugh at them when they fail miserably and drop into the water. But yeah something to ponder.

One more thing I don't get is why they always have the statue of him nailed to the cross and bleeding at the top of the altar in every catholic church. I mean when you go for a church wedding and you see that it kinda takes out a little of the joy from the wedding cos it is a rather painful image. Surely it would be better to have a nicer statue up there that showed him during happier times , like maybe riding on the donkey or playing with sheep? Yes he died to save his people but dun think Catholics really need to be reminded of that everytime they go to church, do they?

Oh and just remembered this line from this passage during the First Reading during the wedding mass was from the Book of Euclid-something. It was listing the qualities of the perfect wife , being chaste and supportive and loving ...and then there was this line:
"A quiet wife is a precious(or some other word) gift."

I thought that was a tad sexist.

BTW all these is just my opinion , not a fact . Cos religion can be a really sensitive issue.

Sunday, June 08, 2003

Went to the PC Show at Expo on Friday to look at some digital cameras, think I am going to settle for the Canon A60 most probably, a friend who has it highly recommends it. But it is a little on the big side, I need a camera that is easy to conceal. We will see.

Yesterday I went to the church wedding of my junior college(JC) classmate in the morning. It was really sweet, her hubby was singing to her this romantic song (well the words were romantic) while she was walking down the aisle towards her. That was followed by the wedding banquet in the evening, food was good and gotta meet up with my other JC classmates as well, and also free flow of Beer.

One of my classmates tried to get me to go with her and her boyfriend to Madam Wong and hang out with other colleagues (she's an air stewardess) but I declined. I do not like to go out in big groups and even worse when its a bunch of pple I dun know, yeah I am not exactly a social butterfly.

But it was pretty cool cos I got to talk to this really friendly gal who was the bride's cousin on the coach ride back home, she works in the travel agency and was telling me about all the places she went to and her experiences, it was a really interesting conversation .

Friday, June 06, 2003

Website of the day

This website is courtesy of my colleague. I just love the attention to detail in his blog.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

A conversation between my colleagues earlier.

Her : Just now you say cannot go deeper but actually can.
Him : Is it ?

And the first thing that came to my mind was "That sounded so dirty..."

Miss Universe is showing on tv later. I don't know if its just me but its getting really boring , u got all different kind of boring segments like evening gown and the interview which no guy really cares about. All I wanna see is the swimsuit section can someone sms me when that starts thanks.
If I had the power I would make the following changes to the Miss Universe competition.

1. The girls will be in bikinis throughout the competition. Anyone who wears a one piece will be severely penalized. Gals who go topless get bonus points.

2. Water will periodically sprayed on the gals ..oh wait the bikinis have to be those really flimsy kinds.

3. Instead of evening gown change it to a mud wrestling competition.

4. For the interview section , the gals can request for another question if they fluffed the first one ...if they flash their boobs. Gals who are topless get the 2nd question automatically (obviously)

5. For the costume parade , instead of over-elaborate dumbass costumes, the gals will be claded in various bondage attire or skimpy chambermaid outfits.

Yes, I know I am a perv.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Finally finished the task .....gonna celebrate by getting some decent sleep now. Oh huge thanks to 2 of my colleagues who helped me till 3 and 4 am last night with it eventhough they had a big presentation in the morning with the big boss in attendance. Really lucky to have colleagues like that. I would have kissed them today if it wasn't against office policy.

This guy chatted me up a couple of seconds ago, he said he was gay and when I said I don't talk to guys online he's like going "please" and even gave his phone number asking me to call. Weirdo.

Monday, June 02, 2003

I slept a total of 2 hours last night. Think probably gonna sleep even less today. I have until tommorow to do this ...really feeling the pressure right now.

You know the feeling when you walk into an exam hall to take an exam paper that you know you are totally unprepared for ? I feel exactly THAT way right now.
From A New Paper article

THE study shows that Indian men are twice as likely as Chinese men to have erectile dysfunction.
Dr James Tan, consultant urologist and principal investigator of the ED study, said: "Indians seem to have twice the risk of having ED compared to Chinese.
"No reason is immediately apparent in our study."

Hmm interesting ..well I think maybe its because Indians are usually way bigger in that department so its harder for us to get it up ? ;)
There are no words that can possibly describe the intense frustration I am feeling at this very moment. I feel like taking a bat and just swinging at the damm monitor and my damm hi-fi that only screws up when I really need to listen to my CDs.
Work can really really suck sometimes.

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Song that describes my mood right now:
"Sometimes I feel like a whore" by Everclear.

Stay cool Bert, only 1 and a 1/2 hours to Gilmore Girls.

Things I learned today:
1. Do NOT flirt with married women online
2. Do NOT mention the word 'porn' when asking for a chick's gal's ICQ number.

3. Do NOT refer to women using the word "chicks" (have to thank Eileen for this)