Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Really Funny Dog Video

Saw this video yesterday and thought it was really funny. It's a video of a very adorable but really dumb dog in action. Click title of post to see it. No I am not going for a whole dog theme this week, it's just a coincidence.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Animal Cruelty in Singapore is considered no big deal

I read about this animal cruelty case in the papers today. The guy left his Alaskan malamute ( an Artic sled dog) in his backyard without any water in direct sunlight. The dog died of heatstroke and was found with blood foaming at the mouth by a neighbour.

The owner could have claimed negligence and said that he did not know that an Artic dog (which has 2 layers of fur) left in a confined space without water and in direct sunlight would suffer heatstroke, if not for the fact that a previous complaint against him 2 years ago had resulted in an SPCA inspector inspecting his dog and advising him that the dog needed to be kept in an air-conditioned place or failing that, at at least he should put up blinds to shield the dog from direct sunlight. He ignored both suggestions.

The offence carried a maximum fine of 10k and a year's jail term. The guy got off with a 3k fine and no jail term. Unbelievable.

What's the point of a punishment if it doesn't even hurt the offender in question? Isn't that the whole purpose of a punishment, to deter the offender from repeating his crime? They might as well have just told him that he was a really really bad boy and make him promise not to do it again.

Offenders are rarely jailed in animal abuse cases here, even if the animal in question dies, as is the case here. It's just considered not that big a deal. Would the sentence have been different if it had been a child, instead of a dog? Definitely. But is it really that much different, both are pretty much defenceless and completely reliant on their caretakers for their well-being.

You know, if I was the judge, I would order the guy dressed up in winter clothing and then handcuffed and left in the middle of a field on a hot day, without water. Just to give him a taste of what it feels like. Then I will haul his ass down to jail for the full year.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

White couple with black friends

I stumbled onto this rather inspiring site started by a white couple, Sally and Johnny, about the how much black people love them. The testimonials page (from some of their black friends) is priceless. Here's some samples:

1. "Sally and Johnny recognize that as a black man, I'm an expert on self-defense and the ways of organized crime. Whenever they are about to go to a "bad" neighborhood, they ask me for my advice. That's phat."

2. "Sally is so thoughtful. She always tries to set me up with every black man she knows. Since we're both black that means my date and I will have so much in common."

I especially can relate to the 2nd one. I lost count of the number of times friends try hook me up with their Indian gal friends just because they are also Indian.

Click the title of the post to go to the site.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Evil thoughts

I have a confession to make. I been having really really evil thoughts about mommy. I know I shouldn't have them, but I can't help it. Yes, I am a little afraid that I might just snap one day and start cussing at her. I know I am evil to even think that, but she can be REALLY annoying and it is starting to get to me.

She called me at 12:30am on Tuesday, I was hanging out at Cafe Iguana with my cousin.

Mom: Where are you?
Me : Out with a friend.
Mom: (Almost shouting) Don't you have work tomorrow? Why are you not home and sleeping yet? How are you gonna wake up tomorrow to go to work?
Me: Thank you for reminding me of my responsibilities mom. I am rushing home right now.

Of course it was just a lie to appease her anger. I hanged up the phone and stayed at the pub. For almost 10 more minutes. Yep, the poor woman could no longer control me like she used to.

Then yesterday I was out with a friend at Coffee Club at Siglap. At 9 pm. Guess who calls again.

Mom: Where are you?
Me : Out with a friend?
Mom: Why are you out late every night nowadays? Are you doing drugs? Or hookers? TELL ME!!
Me : Late? It's 9 pm mom.
Mom: Exactly, you should be in bed now!

Yes see what I have to put up with. Alright maybe I am being a bit unfair, she isn't always like that. I mean, she does let me stay out till 1 am on weekends, provided it's an all guy outing.

I don't know but I been feeling that my bad luck with women could have something to do with her. I know it sounds silly but I can't help feeling that way.

God, help me erase these evil thoughts from my mind.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Slipknot Gig

My neck hurts and my ears are still ringing. But it's all worth it because I had a blast at the gig. Yeah haven't had this much fun in a long long time, I was jumping and headbanging and basically acting like a raving idiot. And I wasn't the only one.

Oh and gotta thank my cousin who works at Brewerkz, he got us free alcohol before we went for the gig and by the time we got to Fort Canning we were sufficiently wasted. And after the concert we went back to Cafe Iguana for more free booze. I suddenly feel closer to him than I ever felt before, I think I will be hanging out with him more often from now on.

Ha I was so wasted and pumped up with adrenalin that I asked this cute Indian chick with a really great ass smile beside me for her number, but she declined me. Alright on hindsight it wasn't a surprise, I wasn't exactly very smooth in my approach. I just tapped her on her shoulder and asked her if I could have her number. Didn't introduce myself or anything. Hey I was under the influence ok, give me a break.

So on the remote chance that the cute Indian chick googles for "Slipknot at Fort Canning" and gets to this page, I would like to tell you that I am usually more suave (and less crazy looking) so if you ever change your mind, let me know and we go out for drinks or something.

Oh and I almost forgot, they handed out free CDs to everyone who attended the gig. It's a full length CD of different artists on the Roadrunner label, but its mostly Goth (Cradle of Filth) and nu-metal bands (Ill Nino). They do have a few great metal bands like Killswitch Engage and Devildriver on it though, the latter I haven't heard of before but I am definitely going to check out.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Wedding Crashers

Went to watch Wedding Crashers with a guy friend and 2 recent female acquaintances. It was a really funny movie, haven't laughed that hard in a long while, but if you gonna catch it make sure you check your brain at the door. The humor is very American Pie, involving a lot of sex jokes and digs at homosexuality. Christopher Walken was criminally underused though. Oh and eventhough it was
NC16 they still snipped off some scenes, one of which was really obvious and really annoying, I really wanted to see Dr Quinn's boobs,.

I just realised that the lines I been using on women don't really work anymore, that could be the reason for my recent spat of bad luck with women folk. Told one of the gals that this was the first time I took a gal to a movie at Cineleisure, I was hoping she would be touched. But she pointed out that a week ago I wrote in my blog about taking out a female friend to a movie there as well. Talk about an awkward moment. Damn you, you popular, widely-read blog. You have become a liability.

In a couple of hours I am off to Fort Canning Park to go see Slipknot in concert. Can't wait, I been bored out of my mind recently, so am really looking forward to a a night of loud, angry music with self-loathing lyrics. Hope it doesn't rain though.


Friday, August 12, 2005

Riot police needed to handle 4 demonstrators

Gotta thank my friend for showing me this, this is really funny shit. Only in Singapore do you need 40 police officers (including fully geared riot police) to deal with 4 protestors who were apparently just standing around with signs. Oh and 2 of the protestors were women.

The rowdy protestors....

And the full force of the law called to deal with them.

Now you know why riots are practically unheard of in Singapore. Hell I would have probably pissed in my pants if I saw 10 riot policemen coming after me. Gotta give them credit, they have balls (even the two women).

Click the title of this post to get the full story.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

I am gonna get a new PC

Yes I am! Just ordered my brand new PC from Dell an hour ago, it's gonna cost me around 2 grand. I have no choice, Porn Machine 1 (that's what I call my current PC) has been stuttering quite a bit recently, now it hangs almost everytime I boot up.

The new PC (which I shall christen with the name Porn Machine 2) is gonna come with a DVD-Writer! Thank god for that, you have no idea how troublesome it has been for me to get all those videos transferred to CDs everytime my hard disk got full. And it comes with a 19-inch monitor as well, the better to watch videos with. Can't wait for it to be delivered, haven't felt this excited since my last sexual experience.

Oh and I bought my ticket to Slipknot's concert on the 16th (I think) as well. I been contemplating about whether or not to go, I ain't really into them anymore. It's weird, I was such a huge fan after I heard their self-titled, but now I listen to the same album and it sounds so tired. It's weird how your tastes change as you grow older. But they are known for their theatrics so hopefully I will enjoy myself there, I really need the distraction.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Skin and Bad Service

Watched Mysterious Skin with my friend J yesterday, a rather disturbing movie about two boys who were molested by their baseball coach and how it affected them - one becomes a reclusive introvert, the other a teen prostitute. Definitely not easy to watch considering the subject matter and some pretty graphic scenes, but I highly recommend it nonetheless.

Had another bad experience at another restaurant at Cineleisure, it's the one beside Subway. Firstly they served us our main courses before the salad we ordered, and J's Alfredo was drowned in cream sauce and she could only manage a few mouthfuls before she gave up. We called the waitress and told her about it, she nodded her head and went away. And never came back.

So we called another waiter over and repeated our complaints, and he offered to replace the Alfredo. J was by this point was feeling sick because of the cream overdose so didn't have the appetite to eat. So she asked if they could waive the price for the Alfredo. To which the waitress replied "I'm sorry but we keyed it in to the register, so we can't do that". RIGHT. So I guess if you key in the wrong order the customer has no choice but to pay for it eh?

Anyway she called another of her colleagues who came over. Again we repeated our story to him, and he was like "Tell me what you want and I will do it for you". Which I thought sounded a bit wrong but I let it go. But when we asked that the Alfredo be removed from the bill he was like "I'm not sure I can do that, let me get my manager."

So the manager came and went "I'm the manager. What you want?". At that point we realized where the waiters/waitresses got their excellent customer service skills from. J told her that we had already repeated our complaint to 3 waiters before her, and if it was really necessary to repeat it once more. The manager went "Ya!". So we did that and her response was customers in the past feedback that the Alfredo was too dry and that was why they made it more creamy. RIGHT.

Have to clarify that we weren't really looking for compensation in the beginning, but at least an acknowledgement and an apology, rather than giving ignoring us or giving lame ass excuses like it has already been keyed in the register. In the end they offered J a complimentary drink of iced tea which was in a smaller glass than the one she had earlier. (I guess that's their complimentary glass size).

So I am wondering where are the places with really good service without being too ex (15-20 for main course). I know Brewerkz is definitely one. Can anyone recommend anymore?

Oh and I told J about what happened with my bag and how my horrid friend refused to give up the scoop of ice cream that was rightfully mine. She replied "And you wonder why you are still single." Sigh, what does a guy have to do to get any sympathy around here?

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Wax and Chocolate

Went to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a couple days ago with a gal friend. The poor gal was so excited to see me that she left her handphone in the office when she left to meet me. It's good to know I still have that effect on women.

We decided to grab dinner at this new place at Cineleisure before the movie. So there we having a really nice conversation (we were sharing our daily skin regimes with each other) when the waiter interrupted us. I noticed him checking me out since the moment we walked in but I didn't wanna make a big fuss. Anyway, he came over on the pretense of lighting the candle thingy on our table. He picked it up to light it but it was obvious that he was more interested in ogling at me. Suddenly he to dropped the candle holder on the seat beside me. Where my bag was.

I looked in horror at the candle wax now spreading rapidly all over my bag and I had to really control myself, I could feel tears welling in my eyes. Hey, the bag had a real sentimental value for me alright, it was bought for me by mom when I got my degree in university and I promised her that I will treasure and keep it clean always. Now that promise was broken.

Anyway, the waiter apologized profusely and started wiping the wax off my bag but the damage was already done. My friend thought it was all very funny, I was really tempted to grab the candle holder and throw it on her bag but being the gentleman that I am, I controlled myself. Later they tried to make it up to us by giving us an extra scoop of ice cream during dessert. I asked my friend to give up her extra scoop to me because it was my bag that got ruined but she blatantly refused. Can you believe that people like that exist?

About the movie, it was pretty good, almost magical at times. But I thought the ending was a little draggy, they added a pretty lame subplot involving Wonka's dad that I thought was unnecessary and out of place.

I don't know if it's karma but my PC died yesterday, can't even boot up.