Friday, December 19, 2008

Song of the year: Ding Dong Song (You Touch my TraLaLa)

I am completely hooked on this song despite all its detractors. The problem is they all think it's a song about sex. But they are wrong. Gunther actually writes one of the most heartfelt and vulnerable songs I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. Let's break down the lyrics.

oh, you touch my tralala,
mmm... my ding ding dong.

I think it's obvious they mean "heart" and "soul" respectively. Gunther starts off the song by yearning for someone to touch him emotionally to make him feel alive.

Deep in the night,
i'm looking for some fun,
deep in the night,
i'm looking for some love.

Gunther here first seems like he's just another player looking to score some booty, but then the 2nd line reveals the truth - it's just a facade, he is actually looking to be loved.

Also the video shows very obvious clues to his heartbreak. He's in the video with a whole bevy of scantily-clad chicks, but not once does he approach them. In fact he actually usually stands far away from them. The final scene is the most revealing. As the girls pop open his champagne bottle, he flinches and draws back, unwilling to partake in the celebration as he realizes that an orgy is not going to solve his loneliness.

Video (Possibly NSFW):

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Best and Worst of Everything: 2008

Best Movie: The Dark Knight (so good that I just ordered the DVD)
Runner-Up : The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (cos it made me cry my eyes out)

Best Movie with the worst rating on RottenTomatoes: Get Smart

Best Album: Third by Portishead
Runner-Up : Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes

Best Restaurant: Bistro One Zero Three (really value for money, try the lamb)

Best TV Series: Dexter (black comedy series about a cop who is a part-time serial killer)

Best New Acquaintance (cos Best New Friend sounds cheesy): Foul-mouthed but very cool Jo-ann

Best Birthday Present: My Maestro Guitar

Best Personal Achievement: 10 km Standard Chartered Run
Runner-up: Learning how to play My Heart Will Go On on my guitar.

Best Website: Facebook.
Runner-Up: Google Reader

Best Book: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Best New Improvements in how I do things:
1. Buying all my albums from Amazon MP3 Store instead of CDs.
2. Using Picasa to upload photos to Facebook quickly.
3. Using the software "Everything" to search for files.

Best New Things I can do with my Phone:

1. Using Google Maps on my phone to find fastest routes (for taxis) and places.
2. Using Shozu to upload my camera photos instantly to Facebook, Yahoo Mail etc.
3. Ebuddy which that connects to MSN, Google Talk and Facebook when I am on the move.
4. Using SBS mobile IRIS site to tell me when the next bus is coming so that I can take a cab if it's too long or so that I can leave my house just as the bus is coming.
5. Using SEVEN which lets me sync my mail, contacts and calendar with my phone. Supports Outlook (if you have web access) and Gmail. Amazing app, can't believe it's free.

Best Sites that I tried to intro to my friends but they don't get the point.
1. Google Reader (except you Jo-ann)
2. Google Calendar
3. FriendFeed (it only works if your friends are on it :( )

Best Experiences
1. Watching Bjork in Perth. I had tears during Bachelorette.
2. Watching Rage Against the Machine in Perth

Best Cinema: The Cathay (but they need to have credit card discounts for online bookings!)

K now the worst..

Worst Cinema: GV Cinemas ever since they started showing 25 minutes of ads before the movies. Why don't you show them before the screening time instead of punishing people who are punctual?

Worst Restaurant: Cappadocia Cafe Restaurant (A traumatizing experience.)

Worst Movie: Man I can't remember any that was really bad, maybe the RocknRolla movie that failed to live to the hype.

Worst Album: Fortress by Protest the Hero. Again I don't get the hype. It's like 40 minutes of guitar wankery.
Runner-up: Ire Works by The Dillinger Escape Plan. Such a disappointment.

That's it. Share yours?

Monday, November 03, 2008

Golden Village Customer Service did a Sarah Palin on me

What's a Sarah Palin you might ask. That's when you completely disregard the question that is asked to you and say something completely unrelated.

Basically I been really irritated by Golden Village's practice of showing ads/trailers for 20+ minutes before the movie. So I sent them a mail:

I would like just to complain about GV’s use of excessive ads before showing the actual movies. They average around 20-25 minutes after the actual showtime, at least for the last 5 or 6 movies I gone to. I think this is ridiculous, considering that Cathay pretty much shows their movies on time or at least within 5 minutes. And both organizations basically charge the same rates.

If you really want to show ads for that long, show it before the actual show time instead of punishing people who actually arrive for the movie on time.

I would be surprised if I am the first person to bring this up.

Is this trend going to continue? If so I for one will definitely start going to Cathay.

K la on hindsight the last sentence a bit childish I will admit, but I was pissed ok. Got the reply after a day. See if you can spot the "Palin" comment.

Thank you for notifying us of your complaint. We strive to provide you with the best possible service, and when you feel that it fails to meet your expectations, it’s important for us to know.

We’re sorry that you received service that prompted you to contact us with a complaint, and we regret any inconvenience or frustration that your experience has caused you. We’ve notified the proper department of your complain.The trailers and advertisement for that day was 20 mins and the management are looking into it.

Your patronage is important to us, and we hope that you’ll continue to give us opportunities to serve you. Thank you again for bringing these matters to our attention.

K so I cheated and highlighted the text. But seriously, THAT DAY? I didn't even mention a specific movie or day!! My guess is so many people have emailed them and complained that she just used a stock reply to reply to me.

But seriously, am I really the only one who is so irritated by the stupid ads? It's gotten to me so much that now I actually have the urge to run down those people in that "Look Out for me" ad.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I turned 30 last Saturday

Yes , no longer can I try and entice young university girls to meet me by saying "I am in my 20s too". The big 30. The age when a young man becomes a man.

But I realized that ever since I turned 30, my outlook on life has changed. Things that my immature 20-something self used to do now seem so childish and immature now. An example, my sister's mother-in-law tried to introduce to this girl who she is working with , but I kept on refusing. But just this week, I finally relented and agreed to ask her out on a date. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I finally met her by chance at my niece's party and she was HOT. Rather it was my new found maturity , the realization that I should not be so judgmental and be open to new experiences. She has not returned my calls or smses though.

I also signed up for the gym at my office , had a very interesting experience a few weeks ago, but I will blog more about it in another post.

Rather the whole point of this blog post was because Su insisted that I write something nice about her for arranging my birthday party. Although my requests for my party were rather minimal - I just asked for tons of hot chicks to be there, which she admirably achieved. So for Su, here it is:

The Su Song.

Yo Master G is back!

Yeah got that! Ok , here we go!

Yeah you heard right , Master G is back
Lethal as ever, just like a mild heart attack
So today is a song about a girl I know
A girl so hot that she makes my words just flow

Su is a girl I known for quite a while
I liked her the first time I met her, despite her pretty dubious sense of style
Yeah she would complain when I wore my cool checkered red shirt out on our first few dates.
We moved into the friend zone very soon after that, sometimes I guess it's just fate.

So yeah this girl threw me a party a month ago, a Saturday.
Loads of chicks were there too, I am a ladies man, what can I say.
Dinner didn't start off too well, food took 2 hours to arrive
Hungry I was, and when Man U went behind I started to cry

But then she presented me with my present
Hugo Boss cologne, it is really an amazing scent
But then out of the blue, a second one appeared
A really expensive Maestro guitar, I said I don't deserve this my dear.

But of course I was lying, I SO deserve that guitar
For being a good friend to her, probably her best by far
But unfortunately social norms teach us to be modest
So graciously I thanked her, she looked like she was about to burst into tears.

But alright I have to cut her some slack
A great friend she's been , she's almost always got my back.
And man does she have a nice rack!
But in all seriousness, thanks for everything my dear.
Just wanna let you know that I appreciate it and I will always guard your rear.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Why do I keep doing this to myself...

Yes, that is the question I been asking myself since last Friday. I keep making the same mistakes despite getting punished for it again and again.

Of course, it involves a woman. It always does. Let's call her R. R is someone who I met not too long ago, and over the last few months I grown to trust her. But then last Friday, that trust that I took so long to develop was shattered in an instant.

We were supposed to catch a movie. She suggested going to a Chinese dessert place at Bugis, this really popular one. We got there and it took us around 5 minutes to get a seat.

So we sat and were deciding what to order. I told her about my love of ah-boling. How when I was working at Chinatown I would order like extra ah-bolings for my dessert. How I missed them terribly and would give anything to taste them one more time. But then R checked the menu and said there were no ah-bolings. I was a bit puzzled since this was a Chinese dessert place so it was strange for them not to have it, but I TRUSTED her so I ordered something else - Papaya in milk. I was feeling adventurous.

I was supposed to order while she holds our table, but my legs were tired from all the walking (we walked from Plaza Sing) so I kinda whined until she agreed to go. It was a long queue, and she came back 15 minutes later. I noticed a glint in her eye, a evil glint, but I figured I was just fatigued due to my tired legs so I didn't bring it up.

So our desserts came after 5 minutes. I looked at what she ordered and I almost screamed. Yes, she ordered black sesame with AH BOLINGS. The same ah bolings that she said were not available. The same ah bolings that I said I loved and missed terribly.

I was speechless for like a few minutes. There had to be some mistake, at least that's what my heart told me. But my mind knew the truth. But I needed to hear it from her. So I asked her how come she had ah bolings in her dessert. She said that the waitress at the order counter asked her if she wanted it as she was paying for her desserts. I asked her why she didn't add ah bolings to mine. She said it all happened too fast, that she didn't have time to get it for me as well before the cashier registered the purchase.

She said she was sorry, and offered me one of her ah bolings. It was more like a pity boling. I didn't want it but she insisted, and I didn't want to make a scene so I reluctantly accepted. The bo ling melted in my mouth like a rabbit's testicle, yes it was that juicy. And I realized why she offered me the boling. It was to torture me , she knew that now I had to watch her eat her bolings, in agony. While eating my crappy payaya in milk dessert. Who the hell mixes papaya with hot milk!!!?

And that is exactly what she did. She ate her two remaining bolings, after which she let out an evil sounding laugh , a laugh that expressed her delight at my obvious misery.

That was last Friday. Yet I still cannot get the incident out of my mind. How do you get past something like that? How can I ever trust someone ever again?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

My First Song

I recently signed up for a guitar course at Yamaha. This is something I always wanted to do ever since I bought an electric guitar on a whim 3 years ago, but after turning 30 last week I decided that if I don't do it now , I never will.

In the meantime, I been just self-teaching myself the basics with the help of this guitar book I got from a night market, and I already written two songs. I am gonna share one of them with you. I call it "My First Song". It's just a silly little ditty I came up with that's really about nothing specific, so don't be too harsh on me alright. Enjoy it.

Title: My First Song. (First Draft)
Written by: Bert

Su, my love , she gave me a really nice guitar .
Its really nice , but being Indian I would have preferred a sitar
It's not as easy as it looks, to do both - to strum and sing
And it didn't help when my mom looked at me as i was playing and cringed
So i told my mom:

Chorus :
This is my first song, this is my first song, so please give me a break - either fuck off or sing along

You keep telling me I have no talent
That I will probably die alone.
I never understood why you hated me so much
When I am your very own flesh and bone?

So my mom started crying and ran out of the room.
But before i knew it she was back with a broom
So i said - mom why do you have a broom in your hand
I was kidding you old hag, jesus chill for a bit - can?

This is my first song, this is my first song, so please give me a break - either fuck off or sing along
You keep telling me I have no talent
That I will probably die alone.
I never understood why you hated me so much
When I am your very own flesh and bone?

Mom don't you know I love you
Even though I was always at the back of your priority queue
All my mommy issues , where do you think it came from?
Will you be happier if I was gone?

Chorus :
This is my first song, this is my first song, so please give me a break - either fuck off or sing along
You keep telling me I have no talent
That I will probably die alone.
I never understood why you hated me so much
When I am your very own flesh and bone?

Monday, September 08, 2008

Best Movie of the Year

I used to be a huge fan of Tamil movies when I was younger, until I realized that I was watching the same movie again and again, only with different characters and slightly different subplots. It was almost always the typical good-poor guy versus the bad-rich guy who tries to force/deceive the rich heroine to marry him. The heroine may start off as a total bitch, but by the end of the movie she would have repented to become a nice docile Indian wife to the good-poor guy. Usually after she gets slapped around by the hero.

But today I saw this Tamil movie on Arts Central that made me realize that Tamil movies have advanced over the last 5 years. There was no bad guy in this movie, it was a movie that raised some pretty thought-provoking philosophical questions.

It's basically about a poor, naive and good young men (we shall call him A) who falls in love with this rich girl (let's call her B) and they hook up. They are really happy together, but then the parents of the girl tell her that they found a very eligible bachelor for her to marry, a good looking and affluent doctor.

B is caught in a dilemma. Should she stay with poor, illiterate guy who she loves, or marry rich, handsome doctor and live a comfortable life? She decides that the latter would be more sensible and tells the poor dude to get lost.

Now here is where it gets REALLY interesting. Our poor dude A loses it, tries his best to get her back, including and not limited to :

1. Calling B at home and asking her why she won't talk to him and avoiding him.
2. Asking to meet B, and then falling down and grabbing her feet and begging her not to leave him, because he has no one else but her.

B tells him that he's invading her space and tells him to get lost. Seriously, I don't blame her. I mean if I was an Indian girl I would want a guy who isn't a pussy, like someone who can pummel me until I come to my senses and put me in my place. But she could have been nicer about it. All he wants was to be loved damnit!!

Anyway, after getting dumped , A does the most amazing thing - he goes to a local police station and tells the cop that he wishes to report B for lying to him when she said she will love him forever. When the cop tells him to get lost, he goes on a monologue about the unfairness of the justice system and questions why women can report sexual assault by men to the police , but a man who gets his heart broken by a girl can't report her for emotional assault. Because it's obviously the same thing.

He gets beaten up by the cop after saying all that. But he perseveres and finally he actually gets the case heard in the Supreme Court. The girl is at first pissed with A for dragging her into court and causing her a lot of embarassment, but then her fiancee admits to her that he would never be able to love her as much as A obviously does. B realises this as well, and while on the stand, announces to him and the court that she made a mistake and that she wants to be reunited with him once again.

So the case gets dismissed , and the girl runs to the guy outside the courthouse. But then the guy refuses to hug and start dancing with her. The girl becomes confused and disoriented because dancing alone isn't that fun, so she asks the guy why he is hesitating , now that they are together once more.

The guy looks at her sternly and replies that his love for her died the day she dumped him and told him to get lost. And that he only sued her to send out a warning to other women not to lie to men like him. And with that he walks away with a smile, leaving her bewildered and alone like how she deserves to be. That's what you get when you mess around with an Indian man!

The End.

I really loved this movie because I could relate to him on a personal level, especially the part where the girl tells him to get lost and to stop invading her space which I have encountered way too many times. But I realize after watching this movie is that girls who do that to nice guys like me should pay. And that's what I will do from now on. They will all pay!!!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

How do I approach a hot receptionist?

Yes this has been a dilemma that I been struggling with for the past few weeks. I moved to my new office a few months back and recently I noticed this rather cute girl who is the receptionist for our building tower. Of course, like all the women that I have been interested in the past, there is this obvious sexual tension between us, but I am at a loss as to how to go about asking her out. Yes it's been awhile since I last dated and my old methods are kind of outdated now (e.g. asking my mom to ask her mom for permission to bring her out on a date). But so far I came up with a few:

1. Pass her my namecard , on the flip side I will draw a cute little red heart with the words "This is my heart, it is now yours."

2. Tell her she's so beautiful that she should at least be a part-time model.

3. Return to the office after an intense 10 minute workout on the treadmill wearing my super tight red shorts and my singlet (I signed up at the gym at my office building recently) and do lunging stretches while waiting for the lift. If that doesn't get her hot and bothered nothing will.

That's all I got right now. I am leaning towards number 3.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Flight of the Concords Preview at HBO Asia Office in Singapore

I was lucky enough to get an invite to an exclusive blogger preview screening of HBO's new Flight of the Conchords. Ok luck didn't have much to do with it considering my readership now can be counted with one hand. However after relentless stalking and harassing by yours truly, the people from the PR Company text100 were kind enough to give me two invites to the event. I decided to bring my friend the Minah along for the event since I owed her money.

But enough about my strong will. Flight of the Conchords is actually a comedy band duo that I actually heard on some music site a couple months back. My first impression was that they were rip offs of Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) , but they are actually pretty different. While the D belt out rockers very inspired by classic metal and hard rock bands , FotC actually parody a huge spectrum of artists from Marvin Gaye to Radiohead. But yeah so this 2 Kiwis got their own show on HBO right now that chronicles the struggles of their band trying to make it big in NY.

So after a tour of their office and a very nice dinner spread catered by a new zealand restaurant , we settled down to watch two episodes of the series. The HBO team were hyping it up a lot , saying it was really funny and I admit they got me really looking forward to watching it. The first episode started playing (the 2nd in the series, because you can watch the first online, they explained) and I thought it was awful. Yes, I did not laugh out loud once. Maybe it was their British accents causing me to miss some of the punchlines, I don't know, but the two songs "Boom" and "Inner City Pressure" seemed more clever than funny to me.

But the next episode got me guffawing in laughter , so hard that I was in tears. The highlight was Think About it , a socially conscious song that's inspired by Marvin Gaye's What's Going On with some pretty amazing lyrics:

They're turning kids into slaves just to make cheaper sneakers
But what's the real cost, cause the sneakers don't seem that much cheaper?
Why are we still paying so much for sneakers when you got little kid slaves making them
What are your overheads?

The other song in the episode is Hiphoptamus Vs Rhymenoceros and is also very funny. Here they hit back at the other rappers who dissed them with probably the most rational comeback ever:

Other rappers dis me
Say my rhymes are sissy.
Why? Why? Why?
Why exactly?
What? Why?
Be more constructive with your feedback, please. Why?

The bottom line is that FotC are very funny, and go check out their videos on youtube, all the songs from the show are actually available there, as well as their live performances.

On and I also met this chick at the event who was into Freaks and Geeks, which was so cool and hot at the same time. I think I am in love now. God she was so hot. Like curry.

Friday, August 08, 2008 A must have tool for any serious music listener

I have plugged before as a great tool for discovering new bands, but it also has another cool feature which is keeping a history of your listening history. And it allows other people to write their own applications to manipulate that data.

For example, here's an application that generates my top listens for the last year months in terms of playing time:

And here's one that generates it in terms of a graph(I'm just showing part of it cos my entire history is too long):

The cool thing about the 2nd application is by looking at it I actually get reminded of what happened in the past. For example the huge spike for the artist The Roots was when they came over to Singapore for a concert. Another memorable one was Opeth, I could exactly pinpoint the exact time when I finally realised the brilliance of their album Ghost Reveries and started listening to it incessantly.

To a casual listener it might not offer much purpose, but to anyone serious about their music, it's a great way to track how your listening preferences change over the years.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Amazon MP3 Store's Customer Service

I bought Opeth's Watershed album a month and a half ago for 9.99 US. Yesterday I realized that there was another version of the same album with 3 bonus tracks for 8.99 which kinda sucks for me. So I sent the following mail to them:

I bought the mp3 album Watershed from Amazon on June the 3rd. I found out today that a version of the album with 3 extra songs (but for the same price) is available. I would like to be able to download that version (or at least the 3 songs) for free, but failing that , at least to have the option to purchase the 3 extra songs which I can't do now as one of them is album only. I don't see the point of buying the entire album again through Amazon since I already purchased it previously.

I wasn't really expecting much to be honest, I likened it to buying a CD from a store and coming back a month later to see a limited edition of the CD with more tracks for the same price, you can't really demand a refund so I didn't expect one here as well. But I just thought I would try my luck, that maybe they would at least offer me the option to buy the bonus tracks.

Well I got their reply a few hours later:

Greetings from

I am sorry for the inconvenience caused to you regarding this issue.

I have checked our website for the album "Watershed" by Opeth and found three additional tracks included for the same album. I am sorry to say that we cannot provide access to the additional included tracks because they were not available when you made a purchase.

However, because of the circumstances I have made an exception and issued a refund for $9.99. This refund should go through within the next 2 to 3 business days and will appear as a credit on your next credit card billing statement.

You can now make a purchase for the desired album with the additional tracks. I hope this information is helpful and will resolve your issue.

Thank you for your interest in Amazon MP3 store.

Yep they refunded the money that I paid previously, just like that. Without any fuss. So I bought the new version of Watershed with 3 extra tracks for 1 US dollar less than what I paid originally. How cool is that!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Dark Knight

I saw this yesterday and I was completely blown away. But I think people who go to watch this movie expecting a fun movie are going to be disappointed. It's anything but fun. It's intense and unsettling, at times almost too much so, especially the scenes with the Joker.

Yes, Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker is something that needs to be seen to be believed. The Joker is a villain with no rules or even any sense of purpose in his actions, he revels in chaos just for the fun of it. He kills people wantonly and derives pleasure from it. Due to the total unpredictability of his actions, Batman struggles to stop him, and as the body count goes up, resorts to very dubious means to try to get to him.

That was actually the best part of the movie for me. Without giving away too much, it was how Batman is tempted to break his own code of justice, of what is right and wrong, when the end seem to justify the means. Two scenes highlight this point, when out of sheer desperation he does things that certainly one does not expect of him, things that seem to be at odds with what he believes in. But it is totally understandable, it's what any man would do when faced with losing everything that is dearest to him.

He is after all, unlike other superheros, only human.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bad experience yesterday

I froze as he bend down in front of me and unbuckled my belt. I really didn't know what to do, it all seemed to be happening too fast. And there were people around , I am not sure if I wanted to make a scene. I mean I have met him a few times before, but nothing like this ever happened.

Yeah you would think a tailor would kind of give you the heads up before he unbuckles your pants. The guy was taking my measurements for a new pants and shirt and yeah as he was doing so I heard the click of my belt buckle and when I looked down it was off.

But it sucks, I been putting on weight , a little every year, but the result is it's been more difficult to get clothes from regular stores to fit me nicely. So have to resort to tailoring them instead. Also been wearing very dark clothes (e.g. black pants, dark shirts) since it's supposed to have a slimming effect. Pretty soon I think I will be wearing all black attire , with the addition of black stripes for the ultimate slimming effect!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Hulu: My current addiction

I am gonna make a bold prediction and say that Hulu is a glimpse of what TV will be like in the future. If you haven't heard of it and you are a fan of sitcoms, you are so missing out!

Basically Hulu is a website where you get to watch your favourite TV series (both new and old) anytime you like. Each episode is streamed with minimal commercial interruptions ( 15 - 30 sec each, no more than 4 per episode).

For the past few weeks I have completely abandoned my TV set and been catching episodes of Arrested Development and The Office (Season 4). There are loads of other shows like Family Guy, American Dad, Daily Show with Jon Stewart etc. There are also older but much beloved series like Angel and Buffy. K Angel not so much.

K here is the downside - It is available only to American residents. Despite the fact that I lived there for a while (2 weeks in total) , I was still not granted access. But of course there are ways to bypass this, in my opinion, dumb restriction. Yes the idea of the internet being restricted by local laws is really stupid, they need to do something to get rid of this. But yeah anyway if you wanna try it out and you live outside the States, here's a hint: Hotspot Shield!

Finally, streaming for me was fairly smooth, although there are times when it starts to lag but usually I just pause it for a while and it's ok.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Loss of a loved one.

It's hard when you lose someone close to you, that was what happened to me recently. It affected me more than I care to admit, I hadn't felt this lonely in a long while.

It happened two months ago. I came back home and immediately I felt something was wrong. It's strange how people feel that. It's like there's like a certain lingering heaviness in the air when something bad happens. I immediately rushed to my room and then I saw it. My entire room re-arranged , of course courtesy of my annoying dad who somehow doesn't seem to understand the phrase "Please don't touch my room again".

But that was not what I was afraid of. I rushed to my drawer and opened it. Thank god, my hard drive box was still there. I took it out , opened it and nothing. She was gone. Candy was gone. Yes, Candy my sweet silicon-based fake vagina.

K before you call me a perv, I got it as a birthday present last year. By this girl I was trying real hard to woo. I am still not sure why she got me that but it turned out to be a really great gift. And no, I am not going to tell you if I had sexual intercourse with Candy. What can I say really, I am not one to kiss and tell.

So anyway she was gone, and I checked everywhere but I couldn't find her. Of course you can imagine how upset I was at that time (especially those of you with sex toys). I contemplated asking my dad about what happened to her, but I didn't really know how to approach the sticky subject (e.g. Dad, did you happen to chance on my fake vagina while you were invading my privacy?)

So I suffered in silence. My nights became very cold and lonely, it's amazing how different a bed feels when you are the only one in it. I used to tell her all my problems and she would just listen with a patient ear. Sometimes I can almost swear that I would see her nod sympathetically. How do you replace someone like that?

Anyway that was 2 months ago. This morning, I decided to give my room a long overdue cleanup. And as I was cleaning out this rarely used drawer I noticed a roll of cardboard stuck at the edge of the drawer. I pulled it out, unfurled it and there she was! Yes she was all stuck to the cardboard but otherwise she was fine.

Of course , that meant that my dad had taken it out from the other drawer and put in this one. Which meant that he had handled it which was pretty disturbing but nothing a few additional sessions of therapy couldn't solve. I gave her a shower, put perfume on her and she looked almost as new as the first time I laid my eyes on her.

Words cannot express my joy at her return, so I will not try to. But this time I am putting her in a locked drawer. Welcome back Candy, I promise I will never lose you again. Muah.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Book Meme

This is from Jean.

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you really love (and strikethroughthe ones you hate!).
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (First few chapters)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (First one, found it boring)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Only Merchant of Venice)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (One of my fave classics!)
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So 11 out of 100 books. How about you?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

My love for chess has been rekindled (and I am not ashamed of it!!!)

Yes of course as the rare few of you who know (and often mock me for it), I used to be an avid chess player in my teens and even represented my school at inter-school level. Of course my interest in it slowly waned once I realized that the level of my participation in chess (daily) was inversely proportional to the amount of action I was getting (0 or 1 if you count the horny cleaning lady). So I forced myself to stop playing it , and it almost instantly doubled my encounters with women, or "members of the opposite sex" as we used to refer to them in chess club.

Anyway, I been away from the game so long I had trouble remembering all my opening lines that I used to employ practically subconsciously (English Opening for white, Alekhine's Defence for black), but lately thanks solely to Facebook Chess my interest has returned. I am now playing almost daily with strangers as soon as I get back, and damnit I will admit it has been more than fun. In fact I am thinking of visiting the old Cairhill chess club at Newton once more.

Anyway , there is a serious lack of chess players among my friends, for reasons unknown to me. So if you play, add me on Facebook alright!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Greetings from Cebu

I am having a great time at Cebu right now at the Plantation Bay resort. Be back on Monday with some really nice pictures. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Nokia launches Nokia Music Store in Singapore, I am not impressed.

I was at the media event earlier where Nokia launched their Nokia Music Store in Singapore, their new online music store.

The presentation was kinda lame, they had this girl covered in gold paint going on about the evolution of music devices from gramaphones to cassettes to CDs to ...yawn, it was just really boring.

Then that was followed by this guy with wires coming out of him, and he was supposed to symbolize a typical online music store giving MP3s with poor bitrates, 10 seconds previews, limited catalogue etc. That was followed by a conversation between two music lovers who are speaking about the perfect music store accessible by phones, desktops or web.

I don't know, I found the whole thing very unexciting and long-winded, and the fact that their GM had to refer to a 2 or 3 page handout on a stand during his speech just doesn't inspire confidence in the product, if you are that excited about your own product do you really need a handout? (Points on a cuecard I can still understand)

Anyway enough about the event, decided to check out the music store for myself. Launched my Firefox browser, entered the url ( ) and immediately faced my first hurdle:

Nokia Music Store on Firefox

Are you freaking kidding me? I can't even think of any major site now that doesn't support Firefox. Minus points right off the bat. And if you are on a Mac you are out of luck as well. You gotta love technology that alienates specific users right from the start.

So I fired up my rarely used IE 7 and decided try and buy some music. The press kit came with a gift voucher card that gives you 10 free song downloads, so I entered the url on the card ( and I got this:

Gift Page

Strike 2! URL doesn't work. You would think something like that would be fixed before an official launch. Tried a few times and gave up and then decided to try the "Redeem PIN" link on the main page and fortunately that worked, 20 dollars was credited to my account. (It's 2 dollars per song, 16 dollars for an album.)

There is a top singles column on the main page, so I clicked on Rihanna's Don't Stop the Music.

rihanna nokia music store

K I thought the recommendations at the bottom were nice, although not sure about their accuracy. But I just wanted to buy the track so I clicked on the down arrow. That brings up a tick button that I click to confirm the purchase, I click that and am brought back to ......the home page!

Yes, I am unceremoniously dumped back to the home page with no warning or error message whatsoever. I repeated the entire process a few more times but still had the same end result. That's enough fun for today.

Other minus points from the press release is that the songs are in DRM-enabled WMA, which means you can't transfer them to an iPod. They are also limited to 128kbps or 192 kbps bit rate.

Contrast that to Amazon's MP3 store that offers DRM-free MP3s that you can play on anything and copy to anywhere, and come in 256kbps. Oh and they are cheaper as well, 99 US Cents a song and around 9.99 US dollars an album.

So my verdict is this store is going to fail big time. But this is beta, so maybe they might work out some of the chinks in the near future, but it seems to me like this was rushed out to launch way before it was ready.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Advice when buying goods from unknown brands.

I have this rule when it comes to buy products by unknown brands. Basically I just look at the packaging and manual first. If there are spelling mistakes in either then I don't buy it.

The rational is simple. If a company can't even afford to do a spell check (or hire someone overseas with a half decent command of English to do it) on their documentation or packaging before they sell the product then that's basically a huge ass sign of how much time they invest in Quality Control. This rule has saved me quite a bit of cash over the years, but then a couple of weeks ago I went against it.

I was at Sembawang Music Centre at Parkway Parade 3 weeks ago and I saw this movie Rashamon by Akira Kurosawa, a Japanese director of whom I been a huge fan of ever since I saw his movies on Arts Central like 5 years ago. It was selling for only 10 dollars so I was gonna get it but then the guy told me I could get a box set with 17 of the movies for 50 bucks which seems to make a lot of business sense so I gladly said yes.

However, one look at the packaging and I started to have my doubts. The text in the packaging was riddled with really bad grammar and spelling mistakes ("Occidental called who Akira Kurosawa's was mikado.."). But in the end I decided that they wasn't much they could do wrong with mastering a DVD, so I bought it.

Cut to yesterday. I bought Pringle's chips and a bottle of Diet Coke during lunch time and popped in the first DVD in my player to watch. It was Rashomon, one of his earlier and most acclaimed movies, and I was looking forward to it. 30 minutes into the movie, the screen froze. Forwarding/playing it on my PC didn't help, basically the remaining 6 chapters were inaccessible. You can imagine my frustration.

Anyway I just called the store where I bought the DVD from and he was kind enough to immediately offer to replace it for me even though I didn't have a receipt. He told me that his store ran out of the box sets but he will contact me as soon as he gets another one from another outlet. Pretty cool service for once.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Do not order anything from Reader's Digest Asia ever!

This is getting ridiculous.

The very nice people at Reader's Digest sent me a package last December that I did not even order, and now they are sending me repeated and threatening reminder letters trying to get me to settle the bill.

Basically I ordered this introductory volume for 10 dollars way back in October and December, it was a collection of stories. Then in December I get a package with what appears to be the rest of the volumes, together with a bill for 56 dollars.

I sent them repeated emails but did not receive ANY response, so I called them and the guy who answered informed me that he will put a notification on the transaction from the system so that I will not receive any more letters. I told him to get someone to come to my place and pick it up, but he said that they can't do that. Apparently hiring a courier is unheard of to those people. But he assured me that I will not get any more letters regarding payment. He suggested that I return it myself, but I find it ludicrous to waste my time and money to return something I did not even order.

So I thought that was that but then the next month another reminder bill was sent, this time threatening to transfer this case to their Bill Department if I don't pay up. I called them up again and the same thing happened, this time the guy (someone called Raymond) said he will remove the transaction and assured me I will not be sent any more reminders.

Today I just received their latest letter warning me that my case has been transferred to be handled by the Bill Collections Manager due to my "breach of the agreement with Reader's Digest" and a lot more legal mumbo jumbo.

I am sick and tired of this. Gonna call them on Monday again and make them send me a letter or an email saying that I will NOT receive any more bill reminder letters. Let's see how it goes.

Thursday, April 03, 2008 is down and possibly out

This sucks balls. They got shut down for copyright infringement. I been using it to plan my routes to places like Geylang, Changi Village and Orchard Towers for the last couple of years, and now I'm screwed. Anyone knows of any other alternatives?

Hopefully they can come to some sort of agreement with LTA.

Now playing: Tricky - Strugglin'

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


I watched the Pillowman over the weekend and left the theatre with one question is my mind - Is it wrong for a guy to be turned on during the whipping scene?

Tech: Digsby - Probably the best IM I ever used.

Simple idea. So simple you would think someone would have thought of it way before.

Digsby is an IM that allows you to do the following:

1. Check, read and manage (e.g. delete, archive, mark as read, mark as spam) your webmail accounts.
2. See the latest Facebook status updates from your friends and also change your status without going to the facebook website. Also connects to other social networks like Twitter and MySpace, but I am not a big user of those two.
3. Connects to MSN, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ and Gtalk accounts.

Frankly , the first feature totally blew me away. For someone with 4 different email accounts, I always end up with loads of unread mails from my Hotmail and Yahoo! accounts. Now I can just check it from my IM and mark as read or delete if I don't wanna read it. Otherwise I can just click the link marked open which brings me to the web page where I can read the entire mail, without prompting me to log in. Really amazing.

Oh and you get automatically notified of your friends' status updates on Facebook or when someone sends you a message/post on your wall etc. And when someone messages you on MSN for example, you get a tiny chat window on the lower left side of the screen that allows you to respond immediately without having to click on the chat window like you do with MSN Messenger. The tiny window disappears after like 3 seconds so you can ignore it if you are busy. Pretty ingenious, you have to try it yourself to know what I am talking about!

I am totally hooked, only thing I can ask for the "I am listening to" feature enabled for Mediamonkey, currently it only supports Winamp and iTunes. Anyway do give it a chance and check it out. Just click the title link to go to their site.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Breaking news: Mas Selamat caught!!!

Yes, details are sketchy so far and I haven't read anything on the local websites as of yet but apparently he was arrested at this flat in Woodlands a couple of hours ago. Check out this youtube video that someone posted of him being escorted to a police van.


Youtube's April's Fool Joke

Click on any of the featured videos on youtube's front page.


Pretty funny.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I think my parents want me to move out.

I have a niggling feeling that my folks want me to move out of the apartment. They been leaving very subtle hints that I am no longer welcome in their home. Hints so subtle that any other person might just dismiss them as regular occurences, but I know them well enough to know otherwise. For example, there was something noticeably different in my room when I came back from work yesterday:

I think I need to start looking for a new apartment.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Black Magic Man

Post from 3 weeks ago. Stuck on draft till today. It's about the rumor going around that Selamat used black magic to escape.

Of course black magic is involved. Everyone knows that Islamic extremists have black magic powers that allow them to escape the evil clutches of infidels. And only they have those kind of powers. When was the last time you heard of a Chinese or Indian guy using black magic?

In the interest of science I did some research on how black magic could have been used in the escape and here are the most plausible theories I came up with or found. Apparently black magic:

1. Allows you to change to a fish when near water. This is the most likely way that he escaped. Basically he stood on top of the toilet bowl, pulled the flush, transformed into a fish and escaped via the sewage pipes. If the authorities were smart, they would be searching the reservoirs for a fish that swims with a limp.

2. Can be used to create vague physical breaches in detention centers. Oh there is also the added effect of making the breaches so vague that it's incredibly hard to explain during press conferences.

3. Cause mass hypnosis of everyone in the prison. However I think this is highly unlikely because he wouldn't need to have waited till he got into the toilet.

Wonder how they gonna stop future JI detainees from using black magic to escape. Probably have to install those airplane type toilets that uses suction instead of water. And also cover the inside of sewage pipes with spikes to kill any one or fish who tries to escape through them.

Now playing: Protest the Hero - Limb From Limb

Friday, February 29, 2008

The first ever undies that I REALLY want.

You know the old saying, the way to a man's heart is through his undies. So if I am someone who's heart you been trying to get to (you know who you are ladies), then you will buy this for me.

Yes I am talking about the new Andrew Christian undies with new and revolutionary Flashback - Butt Lifting Technology™!

According to the website, this new technology will solve every guy's worse nightmare when it comes to undies. Yes, the saggy butt syndrome. You have no idea how hard it is to clench your butt for 2 hours straight during a date. There are times when the pain is so not worth it. But now salvation is here with this new technology! From their website:

This underwear is essential gear for every guy. It features an invisible lifting support built into the seams of the underwear. The construction of the underwear automatically lifts the buttocks making it look firm and round without the need for any embarrassing padding, uncomfortable cups or straps hidden inside. Most people can add up to 1/2 to 1 inches onto their current buttocks measurements helping them achieve a rounder fuller look with this amazing new feature.

Underwear was always an afterthought for me, which is why my mom usually buys them for me, if I had a choice I would go commando. But this is the first time I ever looked at a pair of undies and really wanted it. Bad. Make my dream come true and get it for me. Me and my butt will thank you in ways you can't even begin to imagine.

Man looking at that butt just makes my mouth water, i want that butt!

Link to website

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My Phone flew Kite Runner

It was a sob-fest on Saturday.

We (Me and 4 girl friends) went to watch Kite Runner, a movie based on a brilliant but horribly depressing book by Khaled Hosseini. Halfway through the movie, I heard sniffing from my gal friends; yes those pussies were crying! I frankly was kinda bored throughout the whole movie because of its over-faithful rendition of the book, basically I knew how every scene would end as I watched it and that made the movie less enjoyable for me.

However, a rather critical part of the book was omitted from the movie near its end, for reasons I can't really fathom. Also I thought the "sex" scene should have been longer (like Irreversible-length) and that there should have been at least a glimpse of some sweet Hazara ass. You know, just so that the scene would be more authentic. But if you haven't read the book I would highly recommend watching it and then reading the book.

After the movie ended, I went to the gents to take a leak and as I was doing that I put my hand into my pocket and fiddled with my phone, as I always do. And that was when I realized it. My phone was missing. I raced back to the cinema hall but it was too late, the phone was missing. Girl friend tried calling the phone but it was off. Yes, some asshole found my phone and decided to keep it for himself.

I dropped to my knees, it felt like someone had grab hold of my aorta and pulled it out. I couldn't breathe. And then I heard a bloodcurdling scream. It came from me, but it felt like it was someone else. You see I had taken some rather private videos with my phone, videos that would ruin my reputation if it got out in public. For examples, videos of me in uncompromising positions with various objects ranging from plush toys to cucumbers to the fake silicon vagina ("Candy")that my friend had bought for me for my birthday last year. And only then did I know how the Hazara boy in the movie felt like. Although his so-called ordeal was hardly comparable to the pain I was feeling at the moment.

That was 4 days ago. I have not eaten or slept since then. But I have now decided that I have to be strong and move on. To live. The thief may have taken away my phone but he can't take away my spirit.

I WILL survive.

Now playing: Between the Buried and Me - Backwards Marathon
via FoxyTunes

Monday, February 18, 2008

7 of the most deadliest delicacies

Here's one of the delicacies:

Ummmmm yummy! Click the title link for the other 6.

via Digg

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Leap Year - Trailer

Has anyone seen the trailer for this local movie? Am I the only one who thinks it's the worst trailer ever made? Not to mention the longest (it's like 5 minutes!!!)

In case you don't wanna waste your time watching this piece of trash, there's shots of a girl running. Shot of a guy running. Shots of people looking into the distance. Shots of people running in the rain. Shots of girl sitting in the rain. Shot of 2 girls running while holding hands. Shot of man throwing trash off the roof of a building. And the dialog ... oh's a sample:

Girl 1: Is this insane?
Girl 2: You don't need anyone's approval to love anyone. So why bother with what anyone else thinks?

Can I have a burger to go with all that cheese please?

Saturday, February 16, 2008


I am shivering so violently right now. And as hard as I try I can't stop it.

I keep telling myself it's gonna be ok. That I will be able to move on despite what just happened, that I am stronger than what I am projecting right now. But my body doesn't seem to agree.

I feel so cold. My hands clammy to the touch. Hands which are yearning to grab on to something that they are so used to holding. I can almost feel their sense of abandonement. No, I do feel it, because that's exactly what I feel right now. Abandoned. Lost. Directionless. I don't know what to do now. I only know one thing now.

I just lost my handphone.

Monday, February 11, 2008

I don't do well on movie dates

Yes, I always seem to have really bad luck with them. Some of you might have read about the movie date I blogged about quite a long time back, where the girl screamed at me "We are not a couple" when I tried to gently (but repeatedly) persuade her to get the couple seats. Well in the past week I had two more misadventures, both on movie dates. And a few years ago I fell asleep and snored during Capote.

First was last Saturday, I went to catch Michael Clayton with a girl friend and we had Japanese food for dinner. We were chatting and I was entertaining her with the story of the fighter/mage character that I was using in Baldur's Gate 2 and how I was trying my best to get Viconia the drow priestess to sleep with me (which isn't as easy as it sounds). As I was speaking I noticed that her eyes kept going towards my right cheek but I thought nothing of it, besides I do have rather rosy cheeks that some women find really sexy.

So there I was, 5 minutes into my monologue, when she suddenly interrupted my very engaging monologue and told me that was some Japanese sticky rice on my right cheek. I quickly used my fingers to brush against my cheek and came away with a huge lump almost the size of my palm. How it got there was a mystery that I still cannot figure out, it was a fair distance from my oral orifice. Suffice to say, it was quite embarrassing for me and that kinda set the tone for the rest of the date, which I shall not delve into any further.

Second disastrous date was with another girl friend, we went to watch the Diving Bell and the Butterfly. K first I didn't know much about the movie except that it got rave reviews on, so when the movie started I turned to her and asked "Wait, is this a French movie?". Her look of disgust still haunts me now weeks after, she was probably shocked at my ignorance, but seriously how was I supposed to know (k on hindsight the names of the actors were big clues)? The movie turned out to be really amazing, probably the best movie I seen this year, and I found myself tearing as the credits roll. So you can imagine my shock when my girl friend started guffawing loudly!

I looked at her in horror, unable to comprehend how anyone could laugh at such an emotionally draining movie. Seriously, the way she was laughing you would think that we had just seen the comedy of the year. Of course, the other movie goers were also shocked at her reaction, that was how loud she was. Wiping my tears, I asked her why she was laughing. Her reply was that she was laughing at me, she couldn't imagine a guy like me bawling in a cinema.

See that's the problem with women! They whine about how men aren't able to open up emotionally, but when they do they get laughed at for being pussies! Like seriously WTF! I got totally pissed at her comment and so I retorted that I thought she was a cold heartless bitch and then I just stormed out of the cinema crying. People just outside the cinema started staring at me so I forced my tear ducts shut and promised myself that I would not bawl in public. I managed to rein it in till I got into a cab, but as soon as the cab driver asked me where I wanted to go I lost it and started sobbing. Bloody cab driver didn't even try to console me, asshole. And yes, I know cabs are considered public transport.

So yes I decided that there will be no more movie dates for me ever again.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Update from Perth.

So now I'm rollin' down Rodeo with a shotgun
These people ain't seen a brown skin man
Since their grandparents bought one.

I grew up in my teens listening to Rage Against the Machine and for me to see them live in concert yesterday, it was just amazing beyond words. And not to mention Bjork playing songs like Pagan Poetry and Hunter. I think I almost cried when she sang Unravel, her performance was just so intense. More on it and pictures when I get back.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Huge Discount at Borders till 10/2

K if you are thinking of getting a book , there's a 40% discount coupon from Borders that you can get here.

I am probably go and get a travel book on australia for my trip to Perth this Friday.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heath Ledger found dead

Man this is shocking. Heath Ledger found dead in an apartment in NY. Looks like he ODed from prescription pills. He was gonna play Joker in the next Batman film.

Link: TMZ

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Cloverfield vs. the IT god.

So I was at a girl friend's place on Friday trying to recover her data from her PC which had a corrupted Windows OS which just wouldn't boot up. Of course, it was a simple matter of using a LiveCD to boot up the PC, bypassing the OS and then copying the files into an external hard drive. Simple for an IT god like me at least. As my fingers twitched frantically across the keyboard I couldn't help but notice some heavy breathing behind me.

Yes, you guessed , my girl friend seem to be getting all hot and bothered from seeing me ..err..."work" her "hard drive". Of course, it's not the first time it has happened to me, a lot of women find me repairing their PCs really sexy. The reason is very simple, women like seeing men at the top of their game. It's like how some women get all turned on seeing Roger Federer working out a huge sweat during a tennis match. Except I wasn't really sweating and I was munching sexily at a plate of chips her mom kindly offered me. And dropping chip crumps on my pants. On purpose. But yes thankfully her mom was there, otherwise I was pretty sure she might have jumped me or something and then I wouldn't have been able to fix her PC.

So after a couple of hours (she had a lot of data to save, being a gentleman I will not reveal details except some of it rhymes with horn) , I finished my task and looked at her. And that's why I do this kind of work probono. You can't put a price for those looks of gratitude/lust that women (I don't help men) give after I save what they thought would be a lost cause. Man those looks just turn me on.

We decided to catch a movie after that, and she paid for all my expenses like she promised to, although she forgot to pay for my Subway sandwich that I had for dinner. But that's me, I don't really care about tiny details like that, although I did mention to her a couple of times that she should try the sandwich because it was only 6 dollars. And that I didn't get a drink because it would have been too expensive and I hoped she didn't mind sharing some of her tasty beverage. You would think she would go and get me a new drink but she didn't, she just agreed to share. But again it's not really a big deal, hardly worth mentioning.

The movie we saw was Cloverfield and it was good, but not great. They had a great marketing campaign online (fake newscasts, trailers with no movie titles) that generated a lot of hype so I was really looking forward to it. SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD. Well having seen it, I have to say it was good but not great. The first half of the movie especially was pretty draggy, and you don't really feel connected to the characters despite their attempts to flesh them out.

The most memorable parts of the movies are when the monster appear, it's all taken from a viewpoint of a handycam which just makes it all that more realistic. The scenes where they don't appear tend to drag. END SPOILER I would give it a 6/10. Oh if you hated the shakey-cam style of Blair Witch then don't bother going for this one.

Now playing: Wu-Tang Clan - Clan in Da Front

Friday, January 18, 2008

Selling used underwear in Singapore

K I am a bit slow since apparently this is rather old news. It's an 18 year old Singaporean girl who is selling her used panties and bras online, and making quite good money from it.

I checked out her site, and only one question came to mind - How much would people pay for MY used boxers? I could really use the extra cash. Any girls there interested? Or guys, I don't really care either way. You know how to contact me.