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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cooking Wonton with DK

OK, I know this CP Shrimp Wonton has been out in the market for very long. But the mountain tortise me only tried it for the first time last sunday. I was hungry in the afternoon and was hunting for food in my fridge when I saw this in the freezer. Perfect food for a cold rainy afternoon.

I knew cooking this wonton is easy, but I didn't expect it to be THIS easy. Just boil water, pour the powder for soup base, put the Wonton in, wait 3 minutes and you have a bowl of hot wonton.

It is that simple. There is another version which is like cup noodles. All you need is to pour hot water into the bowl of wonton. Imagine, no pot and bowl to wash after eating. Perfect for a cold lazy afternoon.

If DK can cook, so can you!

PS: This is not a paid advertisement.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sleeping disorder

I think I’m having some sleeping disorder.

I sleep at around 2:30 to 3am everyday. Not that I don’t want to sleep earlier, but I don’t feel sleepy at night. And since I’m sleeping late, I usually wake up late for work too. I need to wake up at around 7am each day. But I end up waking up at as late as 8:30am. (I start work at 8:30am) That explains that big stack of taxi receipt in my drawer. And no, I can’t claim taxi fare for being late in the morning.

The thing is, I’m usually sleepy in the morning and early afternoon. But I become awake in the late afternoon and night time. You must be wondering how did I survive with 4 hours of sleep each day. Well, I slept for 8 to 10 hours during weekends. Which I think make up for the lost sleep during the weekdays.

I keep waking up late lately. It is so bad that I have to set 2 alarm clock, 1 handphone and 1 radio to wake me up today. And it almost didn’t work until Class 95 decided to play a song by Spice Gals. Yes, their horrible music woke me up today. I doubt they will be playing Spice Gals again tomorrow morning. What am I going to do?

Do I need to seek medical attention?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Complaints choir cannot complain

What’s not expressly permitted is prohibited. Well, this is very true for The Singapore Complaints Choir who were told that foreign members aren't allowed to sing.

A choir that planned to sing a list of complaints about life in Singapore cancelled its performances after the city-state banned its foreign members from singing, organisers said on Saturday.

Singapore's Media Development Authority said the license was conditional because the lyrics touched on "domestic affairs" and it preferred only Singaporeans take part.

Read more about the complants choir here.

Well, looks like they got 1 more line to add to their complain song. This is indeed uniquely Singapore. Perhaps that is why the arts scene never really took off even when we got a nice looking durian building.

I don't want to go into debating what is right and what is wrong. But I just want to point out something which the police and government still doesn't understand. You can stop them from performing in public, but you can't stop the sound from spreading in the internet.

For those who missed the performance, here is the youtube video. Enjoy.

The Complaints Choir Singapore

We get fined for almost anything
Drivers won't give chance when you want to change lane
The indoors are cold, the outdoors are hot;
And the humid air, it wrecks my hair
Those answering machines always make you hold
Only to hang up on you

When a pregnant lady gets on the train
Everyone pretends to be asleep
I'm stuck with my parents till I'm 35
Cause I can't apply for HDB
We don't recycle any plastic bags
But we purify our pee

What's wrong with Singapore?
Losing always makes me feel so sore
Cause if you're not the best
Then you're just one of the rest

My oh my Singapore
What exactly are we voting for?
What's not expressly permitted
is prohibited


When I'm hungry at the food court, I see
People chope seats with their tissue paper
To the auntie staying upstairs:
Your laundry's dripping on my bed sheets
Please don't squat on the toilet seats
And don't clip your nails on MRT

Stray cats get into noisy affairs
At night my neighbor makes weird animal sounds
People put on fake accents to sound posh
And queue up 3 hours for donuts
Will I ever live till eighty five
to collect CPF?


Singaporeans too kiasu! (so scared to lose)
Singaporeans too kiasi! (so scared to die)
Singaporeans too kiabor! (scared of their wives)
Maybe we’re just too stressed out! (even the kids)


Old National Library was replaced by an ugly tunnel
Singaporean men can’t take independent women
People blow their nose into the swimming pool (and pee too)
And fall asleep on my shoulder in the train

Singapore’s national bird is the crane (the one with yellow steel girders)
Real estate agents’ leaflets clogging up my mailbox (en bloc, en bloc, en bloc, en bloc)
Why can’t we be buried when we die?
No one wants to climb Bukit Timah with me


There are not enough public holidays
My neighbor sings KTV all night
Wedding dinners never start on time
My hair is always cut shorter than I want
Channel 5 commercials are way too long
Why do men turn bald?

At first it was to speak more mandarin
Then it was to speak proper English
What’s wrong with my powderful Singlish?

People sit down during rock concerts
We have to pay for tap water at restaurants
ERP gantries are everywhere
But I can still see traffic jams on the road
All the bus stops have tilted benches
Cannot access


Monday, January 28, 2008


Went to see the doctor today. Flu and sore throat.

But sometimes I wonder is it my body that is sick, or am I just sick of everything that is happening?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Itchy hand me

The itchy hand me went to upgrade my iPod touch firmware to 1.1.3.

Yeap, that 1.1.3. You can tell the difference from the dock. At first I thought it would be easy to roll back to 1.1.1 and re-jail break my iPod touch. I was so so so wrong. The 1.1.2 way of downgrading to 1.1.1 doesn't work anymore for 1.1.3. You need another method. After trying out several times, I finally found a very easy method here.

Here is a good reference for iPod touch jailbreaking.

DK ah DK.... don't hand itchy again lah.


Saturday, January 26, 2008

Hey, is this your picture?

A ex colleague send me a MSN message just now.

Hey, is this your picture? :S

It looks fishy. I suspect it is a virus. But I still clicked on it.
The file was downloaded to my computer and it wasn't a picture file at all.

You must be thinking that I'm crazy. Suspected virus still click.
Well, 114,000 known viruses for PC. But not mac.

If you caught the virus, here is how you remove it. Not sure if it works cause I don't have the virus to begin with. Let me know if you tried it.

Download to your Desktop.
Extract the content of to your Desktop.
Reboot into Safe Mode
Double-click MsnCleaner.exe to run it.
Click the Analyze button.
A report will be created once after you finish scan.
If it finds an infection, click the Deleted button.


I always feel that Mac is very vulnerable. More and more people are using Mac OS. Everyone thinks that there is no virus for Mac and most Mac users doesn't have a virus scan. (Me inclusive) All it takes is for someone to write a good virus for Mac OS that spread around Mac users and we are in deep shit.


Friday, January 25, 2008

Our Transport Minister should do Hip Hop during the next Chingay

Everyone was talking about Transport Minister Raymond Lim’s comment about cabbies earning average $318 daily. The amount seems too good to be true. While everyone has different way of calculating the take home pay, all of us conclude that if the earning is $318, the monthly take home pay will be around the pay of a fresh grad (or even higher).

Most people feel that the figure is near impossible.

Then ComfortDelGro steps out to clarify the matters.

ComfortDelGro has since clarified, $318 accounts for a taxi's takings over two shifts.

With most taxis shared between two drivers, to defray costs and working hours, the average daily takings for each cabbie — before deducting rent and petrol costs — would work out to $159. Minus expenses, this would mean the average driver pockets about $85 a day.

"We have over 30,000 drivers and there will definitely be drivers who earn more than the average and those that earn less," said ComfortDelGro spokeswoman Tammy Tan.

Luckily this article came out in time. I was about to submit my resignation letter and apply for a taxi license.

Although some cabbies claims that $159 per 12 hr shift is optimistic, at least the figure looks much more closer to reality.

Which makes you wonder something. Is Raymond Lim too disconnected from the average Singaporean? When the $318 figure was reported, everyone knew that there was an error. He didn’t ask or use a calculator to check before presenting this obviously flawed figure to parliament.

Either he has no idea how much an average cabbie is earning or he thought that cabbie can work 24 hour shift daily.

I think our Transport Minister Raymond Lim should do Hip Hop for the next Chingay to connect with the people. Just like what the P65 did last year.

Phil Collins - Against All Odds

Phil Collins - Against All Odds

How can I just let you walk away,
just let you leave without a trace
When I stand here taking every breath with you, ooh
You're the only one who really knew me at all

How can you just walk away from me,
when all I can do is watch you leave
Cos we've shared the laughter and the pain,
and even shared the tears
You're the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now,
'cos there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me,
just the memory of your face
Take a look at me now,
'cos there's just an empty space
And you coming back to me
is against all odds and that's what I've got to face

I wish I could just make you turn around,
turn around and see me cry
There's so much I need to say to you,
so many reasons why
You're the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now,
'cos there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me,
just the memory of your face
Take a look at me now,
'cos there's just an empty space
But to wait for you,
well that's all I can do and that's what I've got to face
Take a good look at me now,
'cos I'll still be standing here
And you coming back to me is against all odds
That's the chance I've got to take, oh, oho

Just take a look at me now

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Never say hi to your friend if you see him working at a roadshow

Was kinda surprised to see my friend at my office lift lobby yesterday. He is working for a bank promoting credit cards. So I tap his shoulder and said Hi to him.

Well, I did expect him to try to sell the credit card to me. But I wasn’t interested in it. So I rejected him nicely. But seriously, he is quite a hardcore salesman. Simply can’t take no for an answer. So he keep telling me to sign up and I keep tell him not interested. Didn't really catch up with him actually. Just him trying to sell the card and me rejecting it. I mean, there is a time when no really means no.

It was so bad that he even called me on my handphone today to tell me that he will be back to my office lobby today and ask me to help him sign up. Wah lao. Cannot take no as an answer one leh. I have to lie to tell him that I got meeting and be rushing around. Sigh.

DK, next time, never say hi to your friend if you see him working at a roadshow. You are just asking for it. The worst thing is, I cannot say: Which part of "I'm not interested" do you not understand?.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I should be a taxi driver instead

Sometimes I wonder why did I bother to study so much.

While some cabbies have complained that passengers are not flagging taxis, Transport Minister Raymond Lim said their earnings have however gone up.

Based on figures provided by ComfortDelGro, Singapore’s biggest taxi operator, cabbies are pocketing about $11 more a day, earning about $318.

Let's see.
Earning: $318
Rental: $100 (Round up. Actually should be $97)
Petrol: $80

$318 - $100 - $80 = $138

Daily take home pay is $138.

Let’s assume they work 25 days per month.

$138 * 25 = $3450

Then every month give them $450 for miscellaneous stuff like season parking and car wash, that’s $3000 take home pay! OK, now, why did I take a part time degree when Taxi drivers are paid almost the same? Should just study the street directory and apply for a taxi license.

Where can you find a job with flexi working hours, high pay and many great benefits?

I’m going to apply to be a Taxi hirer. Anyone wants to be my relief driver?

Jet - Look what you've done

Oh, look what you've I've done
You've I made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you I lose what you I had won

Oh, look what you've I've done
You've I've made a fool of everyone
A fool of everyone
A fool of everyone

Jet - Look what you've done

Take my photo off the wall
If it just won't sing for you
'Cause all that's left has gone away
And there's nothing there for you to prove

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Give me back my point of view
'Cause I just can't think for you
I can hardly hear you say
What should I do, well you choose

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
A fool of everyone
A fool of everyone

Take my photo off the wall
If it just won't sing for you
'Cause all that's left has gone away
And there's nothing there for you to do

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
A fool of everyone
A fool of everyone

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Peak hour madness - thanks to a maintenance train

Jurong East MRT station was in a total mess yesterday morning. The maintenance train breakdown at Tampines not only disrupt service between Pasir Ris to Tanah Merah, it also created a havoc along the whole East-West line.

By the way, SMRT claims that it was due to a maintenance train breakdown. But from the picture of the maintenance train, it looks more like it accidently crashed into another maintenance train infront of it. (Or maybe it's just me)

I need to transfer train at Jurong East station everyday. Usually, it is very hard to get off the train at Jurong East because there are lots of people wanting to board the train that I’m alighting. And yesterday was worst. Just look at the picture.

You really need some American Football skill to get pass all these people and exit the train. Nobody bother to give way to alighting passenger despite the PA system’s repeated brainwashing announcement.

Don’t you all see the problem? If everyone clears a passage way for people to get off the train, the boarding can be much faster and there will be lesser delays.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Auditors are coming

The internal auditors are coming tomorrow.
As the ISO coordinator for our team, I need to make sure all the documentations are correct before the auditor come.

This is the time when this 2 things comes in handy.

I hate audit. I hate ISO.

Thank you

**The original entry has been removed**

Gina was right. By blogging about it, I'm just asking for people to talk about it.

Perhaps some issues are meant to be on the blog.

Martin Luther King Day

America observed Martin Luther King Day today. (Third Monday of January every year)

Happy Birthday Sir. May your dream come true someday.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Stevie Wonder - Happy Birthday

You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
'Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I'm sure you will agree
It couldn't fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

I just never understood
How a man who died for good
Could not have a day that would
Be set aside for his recognition
Because it should never be
Just because some cannot see
The dream as clear as he
That they should make it become an illusion
And we all know everything
That he stood for time will bring
For in peace our hearts will sing
Thanks to Martin Luther King

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Why has there never been a holiday
Where peace is celebrated
all throughout the world

The time is overdue
For people like me and you
You know the way to truth
Is love and unity to all God's children
It should be a great event
And the whole day should be spent
In full remembrance
Of those who lived and died for the oneness of
all people
So let us all begin
We know that love can win
Let it out don't hold it in
Sing it loud as you can

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday Ooh yeah
Happy birthday,
To you

We know the key to unity of all
Is in the dream that you had so
Long ago
That lives in all of the hearts
Of people
That believe in unity
We'll make the dream become
A reality
I know we will
Because our hearts tell us so

My first rainbow for 2008

Saw my first rainbow for 2008.

Not very beautiful. Can't see clearly as it is a bit faded already. And it's not even a complete arch.
But still, it's a rainbow.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

張惠妹 - 解脱

Found this song in my blog draft. Wanted to post this song back in Oct when I thought everything is over between us. But I didn't. We hanged on to each other. Things did get better, only to fall apart again few months later. And here we are now, back to where it begins.

I met her for dinner today. We had a good talk about what happen. For her, it was sort of a closure.
For me, I don't know. Part of me still want us to be back together, yet I have to constantly remind myself to keep a distance. There is just too much differences between us. So much that it will only hurt us more if we are together.

I used to think that love will help solve all the issues. But I discovered later that sometimes love just aint enough. Perhaps I was just being naive.

We are still friends. Perhaps it would be a better choice for both of us. I don't know.



張惠妹 - 解脱



想 若结局一样
伤 若让人成长



想 像结局一样
伤 若让人成长




Thursday, January 17, 2008

2008 Resolution item number 1

2008 Resolution item number 1: Exercise more


Sometimes I feel that I’m working in the same office as Dilbert

We have a crappy software in our company that keep hitting the same error. But since the software is only used internally and does not affect customers, the priority to fix it is lowest. Still in queue I guess, except we don’t know when it will ever be fixed.

Whenever we hit that error, we will need to email to the person in charge to inform him and get him to reset the server. Usually we email him the error message too. But it's always the same error message. So after hitting that error countless times this week, I decided to just keep the email short and sweet.

Hi, same error occurred again. Pls rectify. Thx.

I thought it’s quite straight forward. Since this is the only type of error that the program will encounter. On top of that, I’m replying on the same email that is talking about this issue. So one look and you should know that it is THAT error. But no lor, the person in charge replied saying

Please copy and paste the error message.

Hello, same error means same error message leh.

Now you know why I keep doing the "face on table" thingy in my office.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Reading Steve Job's keynote

Well, since it's impossible to get live video of the keynote by Steve Jobs, I turn to reading the keynote from the blogs. There are several live blog this time round like Macrumors, Engadget, Gizmondo and Mac Observer.

This is how I read the keynote.

(Took me awhile to upload this picture. Think a lot of people are blogging about the keynote)

My iMac to read the 4 websites and laptop to discuss the items on shoutbox with the rest of the guys.

Twitter went down the moment Steve took the stage. Engadget and gizmondo are rather laggy and went down several times. Mac Observer is slow in updating. The best live blogging site this year is macrumors. Follow by shoutbox. Haha.

So the Macbook Air rumor is true. Almost everything is the same as the rumor.
But the most crappy thing is, US is selling at US$1799 while Singapore is selling at SG$2988.
WAH CIAO! Which exchange rates you all using? I thought USD to SGD exchange rate has drop a lot already?

Overall, Macbook Air looks impressive. But too expensive. Eee PC can live another day.

Something is indeed in the air.
OK, I should log off and go to bed. Still need to work tomorrow. Damn... why can't Steve Jobs choose a better timing for his keynotes?

There's something in the air

Yeap, In about 45 minutes time, Steve Jobs will tell us what is in the air.

Is it going to be a ultra portable Macbook to rival Eee PC?
Is it some new services on WIFI or even wireless USB?

Well, one thing for sure, Apple is good at keeping secrets. Everyone is excited about what is going to be announced later. Apple store is closed as usual. It will be back online when Steve Jobs finish his keynote and it will feature the new products. Will there be a Macbook air?

I'll stay up and watch the keynote.

Macrumors, Checked.
Engadget, Checked.
Gizmondo, Checked.
Mac Observer, Checked.
Theroycast, Checked

Did I miss any sites?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I first got to know about Comiqs during popout. Michael Lim (Not Cheng hor) has a small booth where he showed me his latest project. Although it is still at beta, I was already very impressed with it.

Here a simple introduction that I did with Comiqs. Just for fun only.

Hahaha.... Interesting right? I took the cats picture from the library. You can upload your own pictures too. But I don't have good pictures to upload.

What are you waiting for? Quick sign up Comiqs and create your own comic now!! :)

Which part of “I’m not interested" do you not understand?

Got a call from a telemarketer today.

TM: Hi, I’m calling from ABC company on behalf of XYZ bank.
Me: Yes? (Thinking to myself that this must be another credit card call)
TM: Sir, we would like to offer you a one year subscription free platinum card from XYZ bank.
Me: Sorry, I’m not interested in a new credit card.
TM: Sir, do you have a credit card with XYZ bank?
Me: Yes, but I’m not interested in getting another card from your bank. (Wish he would just hang up)
TM: May I know what card is that? Is it a gold or platinum?
Me: Sorry, but I’m not interested in your credit card. (Getting abit pissed off already)
TM: Sir, this is one year subscription free platinum card.
Me in an angry tone: Which part of "I’m not interested" do you not understand?
TM: Oh, sorry Sir, goodbye, have a nice day.
Me: Bye.

I’m usually nice to telemarketers on the phone. After all, it’s not an easy job. Why make their life miserable? I don’t like to waste their time. Once I know what product they selling and I have no use for it, I just tell them straight that I’m not interested in it and wait for them to put down the phone. Most of the time they will get it and put down the phone shortly.

Well..... Most of them except this one.

王力宏 - Kiss Goodbye

王力宏 - Kiss Goodbye



每一次kiss you goodbye


每一次kiss you goodbye


每一次kiss you goodbye

Simple life

Sometimes, I wish I could lead a simple life. Carefree and easy. Just don't care about what is happening around me. Forget about all the chasing for financial freedom. Wouldn't life be good?

Perhaps I have been working for too long. I think I need a break from work. Maybe one month or two. Just be jobless, enjoy life a little and do the stuff that I wanted to do. Like hanging out at cafe on weekday while everyone is at work. Or staying at home to surf net or learn something by myself.

Went for a ad hoc chill out session with Ridz, Jean and Alice just now. I think I could really enjoy this kind of lifestyle. Not worrying about work the next day. Just have a good time at starbucks. But you know you can't live this lifestyle without money. End of the day, you still need to find means to earn some money.

I know I have been saying this every year when my contract is ending, but I think this time I'll really stop renewing. Just take a month break to relax before finding a new job.

Will I finally stop renewing my contract this time round?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Welcome to Singapore

There has been rumors going around saying that Jet Li might be migrating to Singapore.

It would be great if this is true.
Welcome to Singapore Mr Li. :)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The shelf in the sky

Spend 1 1/2 hour fixing this up.

Looks good. Now I got more space on my computer table. Can put more stuff on my computer table.

This is my first time installing something from ikea. OK, it wasn't that tough, just drill 10 holes on the wall, screw the metal bracket on and attach this shelf in the sky. Easy right?

I don't know why, but I keep feeling scared that it might fall down one day. Must constantly remind myself to check if the shelf is slanting.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bill Gates last day

Interesting video.

I thought they would end the video with a blue screen.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Hate comments on Decayonnet

If you really hate the blogger so much, why not just stop visiting him? Don't add to his daily unique visit. Don't add to his comments. Just let him rot one corner and die.

I'm totally fine if you don't agree with the things that I said here. I can't expect everyone to agree with me. I'm always open to debate if you talk nicely. If I don't agree with you at the end of the day, then we'll just have to agree to disagree.

But disagreeing and insulting is 2 different thing. You disagree with someone doesn't mean that you need to insult the person's character. Once your comments comes together with person insult, I stop listening and treat you words like fart.

I'm seriously sick of all these hate comments out there. Why? If you don't like the things I write, why bother coming? Get a life. Go visit porn sites or something.

I've decided not to reply to all those hate comments. I know some of you guys. You all really second to none. Why? Dare to insult me, but no balls to reveal your real name? Go ahead and insult me if you like. I won't bother to delete your comments too. Let the whole world see how stupid you guys are.

And to the Anonymous asshole at 1/11/2008 08:28:00 PM, this finger is for you.

Fuck you understand? Fuck you!

Do you dare to ignore 財神爺?

Facebook is full of interesting apps. Recently I got this apps from my cousin.

Do you dare to ignore 財神爺? I don't.

So when the Facebook apps ask if you want to 接財神 or Ignore, I choose 接財神. Haha.


Back to singlehood

Should have seen this day coming. But never expect it to end with a such a big argument. It was tough to let go of everything, especially after putting in so much emotions and efforts into the relationship. But perhaps it would be better for both of us to go separate ways. The argument is too heated up that it is counter productive. It's almost impossible to savage it.

It's like a roller coaster. After all the ups and downs, you return back to where you begin. When will this roller coaster ride ever end?

After failing so many times in relationship, I'm beginning to feel that the problem lies with me and not the gals.

So I'm back in the singlehood club. Still listening to Sarah McLachlan's Angel with a bottle of beer in my hand. Wondering when will this ever end.

Welcome back to the singlehood club. Anyone holding a "Welcome back" party for me?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Mr Bean - Soyamilk 1 for 1

Present this coupon to enjoy your 2nd cup of Super Soya Milk Free.

Offer valid unti 31 Jan 2008.


Second Life bans banking services

I was pretty shocked when I first heard the news. After banning gambling, Second Life is now banning banking services wef 22 Jan 2008. Banking services? Although I don't agree with the gambling bans on Second Life, I do understand why Linden Lab decide to ban it. But banking is a legal activity. Every country in the real world has banking service (correct me if I'm wrong). So why is banking services being banned on second life?

The reason behind the ban, according to Ken Linden, is that most in-world banks offer unsustainably high interest rates of up to 60% per annual. Ginko Financial was the best known failure, owing 200 million Linden ($750,000) when it closed down.

So to prevent Banking Institutes from closing down together with resident's money, Linden Labs decide close them down at one go. (I don't know why, but some of my friends find this statement funny)

Going forward, only banks with proof of an applicable government registration statement or financial institution charter are allowed to operate in Second Life.


Techcrunch reported this new and questioned if First Meta will be affected. First Meta is a Singapore based company that offers banking and credit card services in Second Life. First Meta's saving account will surely be affected by this new ruling. But their MetaCard, a credit card in Second Life, is on the grey area.

Douglas Abrams, CEO First Meta, replied on the Techcrunch comment:

First Meta fully supports regulation of financial services activity in the virtual economy. As First Meta’s business is not dependent on savings accounts or other investment instruments which are addressed by the new policy, we believe that the new policy will not have any adverse effects on our company. Insofar as the new policy strengthens the virtual economy, we believe this will actually benefit First Meta and our customers. You can read more about our view of this new policy at:

To certain extend, First Meta might be able to pull thru this. First Meta is a registered company in Singapore and has funding from real life investors. But the question is, does Linden Labs recognize these proofs? Will they be given the green light to continue to operate in Second Life?

If Linden Labs gives the green light, it would be a great victory for them. Not only will that boast confidence among the residents of Second Life, they will also be in a good position to capture the market share that was previously taken by other banking services.

But if Linden Labs feels that First Meta is not safe, then I'm afraid First Meta might have to close down soon unless they can find another virtual world to operate in.

Looks like a battle for life and death.


The way Linden Lab is handling the whole issue is rather alarming. Yes, there are indeed some banks in Second Life that are operating like a ponzi schemes. But instead of shutting down those "fake bank", they decided to shut down all banking services, including those bon fide banks.

What about those banks which has a proper business model but doesn't have a financial institution charter or government registration? Are they considered unsafe too? Imagine having invested lots of money in buying land, hiring programmers and marketing and having them gone to waste overnight when this ban is implemented.

All the residents would surely rush to withdraw their money with these banks. How do they return money to residents? A proper banking business model would reinvest the money they got from savings account. Are the banks able to get back all the money from their investments within such short notice without making a huge lost?

This is not the first time something is being banned on Second Life within such a short notice. If you are an entrepreneur, would you have the confidence to start your business in Second Life? We are talking about a very big risk here where you might just lose everything you invested overnight due to policy change. Even if you are doing something that is legal.

It is like running a business in a developing country ruled by a dictator. The dictator can cease your property and throw you into exile anytime he likes. And you have no legal means to fight back.

Would you set up your business in a developing country like this?


Sarah McLachlan - Angel

Alone in my room, playing Sarah McLachlan's Angel and drinking a bottle of Hoegaarden beer. Somehow, this seems very familiar. I seems to have done this before. In fact, seems to have done this many times. Same song, same beer and same mood. Why am I back here again?

My heart breaks everytime I see your twitter message. I don't know why we reach this stage where we say angry words to upset each other. It's just too painful to read your twitter messages.

Can see the direction that we are heading now. Seriously, I really don't want to go there. I really don't want. We put in so much effort into this relationship. Don't you find it pitiful to let go just like that?

After failing in so many relationship, I guess the problem lies with me and not the gal. Perhaps it's time for me to reflect upon myself.

Sarah McLachlan - Angel

Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that would make it okay
There’s always one reason
To feel not good enough
And it’s hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction
Oh beautiful release
Memory seeps from my veins
Let me be empty
And weightless and maybe
I’ll find some peace tonight

In the arms of an angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort there

So tired of the straight line
And everywhere you turn
There’s vultures and thieves at your back
And the storm keeps on twisting
You keep on building the lie
That you make up for all that you lack
It don’t make no difference
Escaping one last time
It’s easier to believe in this sweet madness oh
This glorious sadness that brings me to my knees

In the arms of an angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort there
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

LTA can predict which road will have congestion

I was quite amazed when I read this news article.

If you've spotted gantries like these being contructed at Toa Payoh Lorong 6, Upper Boon Keng Road, Kallang Bahru, Geylang Bahru Road, or Upper Hume Avenue, fear not.

The Land Transport Authority has confirmed that although these are indeed ERP gantries being set up, they won't be turned on just yet.

These 'unactivated' gantries will possibly only start charging motorists when traffic conditions deteriorate beyond "optimum speed ranges", which is set between 45kmh and 65kmh for expressways, and between 20kmh and 30kmh for roads.

If vehicular speeds fall below 45kmh on expressways and below 20kmh on roads, traffic congestion is deemed to have occurred.

And should that happen on a regular basis, motorists will be well-advised to have their cashcards topped up!

Wow. You mean LTA has a team of people with 6th sense that can predict which road will have congestion in the future? And they built these ERP gantry now so that they can turn it on once traveling speed falls below 20kmh? WOW!!

Just curious.... what if that group of people with 6th sense predict wrongly and the traveling speed never fall below 20kmh? Does that means that they will be making a lost since the EPR gantry will not be turn on?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Cloverfield - Oil Rig Collapses in Atlantic

Don't panic guys. This is not real. Although the news reporting makes the whole thing seems a bit real. (Minus the not so perfect CG of the Oil Rig collapsing) This is just some teaser video for Cloverfield which will be showing in 18 Jan 2008.

The release of these videos are also nicely timed. It gives you the out of the cinema experience where news of the monster slowly unfolds on the internet. I think we will see more clips online from now till 18 Jan. From the look of it, it is tracing the route of the monster from Atlantic ocean till it "attacks NYC" on 18 Jan. And we human are still clueless about what is causing all these. Interesting concept. It's so realistic.

Great job by J. J. Abrams.

There are actually a lot more video clip in different languages scattered all over the internet. Do check out cloverfield clues for more interesting stuff regarding cloverfield.

Can't wait to watch Cloverfield. 10 more days to go.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Creative advertisement on Google main page?

Some of you might know that google has a policy of keeping their main webpage as simple as possible. The google main page consist of the google logo, a textfield for keying your search keyword, 2 buttons and several links to other google services. They don’t even have advertisements like their own ads-sense.

So imagine my surprise when I saw a Creative Zen advertisement on the google main page last Friday afternoon. How did creative managed to convince google to run their ads on the main page.

Well, they didn’t. I was using wireless@sg from Qmax. For the uninitiated, Qmax belongs to Qala which belongs to Creative. So when you use wireless@sg by Qmax, they will insert their advertisement at the bottom of EVERY SINGLE PAGE you surf.

I thought IDA paid the 3 service provider to provide wireless@sg for free. Why is Qmax making use of this opportunity to push advertisements to users? The other 2 service provider, Singnet and iCell, only put advertisements on the login page. I'm fine with that since it is not obstructive. But why is Qmax so special that they have to place advertisement on the bottem of every page you surf?

And is this legal? Qmax is hijacking the website and throwing their advertisements on websites that doesn’t belongs to them. Can these website owners sue Qmax? I know the wireless network belongs to Qmax. But the website doesn’t. Does wireless internet network provider has the rights to push ads on these websites? Does website owners have the rights to demand royalties from Qmax for placing advertisement on their website without permission?

Any legal experts here?


Sunday, January 06, 2008

Spoilt market

Wah ciao. This guy spoilt market. Go thru so much to propose to the gal.

A gallery, a non-existent artist, laser-cut foamcore and pattern recognition. Wah, seriously, which gal won't be touched by this?

Guys, need to do something to match with him liao. -_-'''

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Jailbreakme iPod Touch

I finally jailbreaked my iPod Touch.

I have to go thru the trouble to downgrade my firmware from 1.1.2 to 1.1.1 in order to jailbreak it. But it is worth all the effort when I see my new iPod touch screen.

PS: I installed so much apps that some of them are shown on the 2nd page.

As much as I want to keep it unhacked, there are lots of goodies out there if you jailbeak your iPod Touch. The best one got to be google maps. And there are other great apps like dictionary, mail, weather and even MSN. Cool stuff.

I think the PDA makers should sit up and start to worry. This iPod touch is not just a MP3 player. After jailbreaking, it can double as a PDA. I'm so tempted to use my iPod touch to replace my aging Palm TX.

Suddenly I wish I have a iPhone where I can slot in my mobile broadband SIM card and be connected where ever I go. Lets hope I win the - Creative Feedback Challenge (RCFC).


Thursday, January 03, 2008

Some stupid process

Warning: Work rant ahead

I'm still in office, babysitting some job to make sure that it runs perfectly and without error. Another colleague from another department is on standby at her desk on level 2, waiting for me to give the command to either start work or leave office. It all depends on the job. If it run finish successfully, everyone goes home and have a good night rest. Else there will be a mad rush till 10pm.

The thing is, actually there is no need to stay back to babysit this job. We can hold all the affected data tonight and release them tomorrow evening for the system to process. But then, some stupid people from some stupid department come out with some stupid process which doesn’t allow releasing of data on Friday. Reason is because nobody is in office on Saturday to confirm that the data is processed correctly. And we cannot release the data on Monday because that will delay the stuff for too long and customer might complaint.

The thing is, you don’t need anyone to check if the data has been released correctly on Saturday. If they do everything correctly, the data should be released properly and nothing should go wrong. If you don’t release it correctly, the system will flag out the data and someone can still fix it on Monday morning when they return. There is no need to check the record the next day. Besides, its just a simple clicking of a few buttons for their side. So why would there be any errors? Come on, have more confidence in your people. And not releasing the data on Friday is very troublesome for a lot of us. Why not just amend the process for this task?

And so, because of the stupid process, I have to stay back to babysit the job. I don’t mind staying back to do OT when busy. In fact, I used to OT almost every day when we were busy and I don't mind those long hours. But I just can’t stand the fact that I’m doing OT because some stupid people came out with a very stupid process. Come on lah. Be flexible.

Stupid.... very very stupid.

Hair bands made from recycled condom

Warning: Got this from email. I can't verify if real or hoax.

From the country that gives you fake iPod, fake eggs and fake milk powder.... here comes fake hair bands!

Ok, not really fake hair bands. But hair bands made from recycled condom. Whatever.... still very gross.

Used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China, threatening to spread sexually-transmittable diseases they were originally meant to prevent, state media reported Tuesday
In the latest example of potentially harmful Chinese-made products, rubber hair bands have been found in local markets and beauty salons in Dongguan and Guangzhou cities in southern Guangdong province, China Daily newspaper said.
'These cheap and colourful rubber bands and hair ties sell well ... threatening the health of local people,' it said.
Despite being recycled, the hair bands could still contain bacteria and viruses, it said.
'People could be infected with AIDS, (genital) warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while waving their hair into plaits or buns,' the paper quoted a local dermatologist who gave only his surname, Dong, as saying.
A bag of ten of the recycled bands sells for just 25 fen (three cents), much cheaper than others on the market, accounting for their popularity, the paper said.
A government official was quoted as saying recycling condoms was illegal.
China's manufacturing industry has been repeatedly tarnished this year by a string of scandals involving shoddy or dangerous goods made for both domestic and foreign markets.
In response, it launched a public relations blitz this summer aimed at playing up efforts to strengthen monitoring systems.

Or maybe they are defective condom rejected by the factory? Or something that looks like condom? Cause if you think about it, how they find so much used condom to begin with?

But you must really salute to the guy for coming up with this idea.

Do let me know if you have any reliable sources to proof that it is real or hoax. I tried to google about this and found several forum discussion claiming that it is fake. But then someone posted more pictures of the fake hair bands.

So is it real or fake? Judge for yourself.

Linkin Park - Numb

Linkin Park - Numb

I'm tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless lost under the surface
Don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)

I've become so numb I can't feel you there
Become so tired so much more aware
I'm becoming this all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you

Can't you see that you're smothering me
Holding too tightly afraid to lose control
Cause everything that you thought I would be
Has fallen apart right in front of you
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)
And every second I waste is more than I can take

I've become so numb I can't feel you there
Become so tired so much more aware
I'm becoming this all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you

And I know
I may end up failing too
But I know
You were just like me with someone disappointed in you

I've become so numb I can't feel you there
Become so tired so much more aware
I'm becoming this all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you

I've become so numb I can't feel you there
I'm tired of being what you want me to be
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
I'm tired of being what you want me to be

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Don't touch me

**Super delayed entry**

Got a free iPod Touch from Singnet couple of weeks ago for renewing my contract with them. Actually my contract ends around March. But I renewed it recently cause of the good offer. I don't know why, but they always don't have good offer in March. So better don't wait till march then renew.

I'm still wondering if this is a iPod or a PDA. Basically, if you were to jailbreak it, it will almost have the same feature as PDA. OK, I haven't jailbreak my iPod touch yet. But I guess it's a matter of time. A lot of features are missing in iPod touch. I can't manually copy files into it. I can't check email.

It is just a matter of time.

Labels: - Creative Feedback Challenge (RCFC)

OK, I guess I'm the last person to submit my entry to win the Apple iPhone and 8gb iPod Nano in the Creative Feedback Challenge.

Here are my suggestions to

1) Show a list of companies currently hiring on the main page.
Sometimes, the company itself is the best advertisement for getting new recruits. Job seekers can check out the job offering from their dream company.

2) Show the number of items in each category
For example, if there are 1900 jobs listing for "Retail jobs" category, the link should display "Retail jobs (1900)" to let people know how many job listing are there at one glance.

3) Display job listing in a table form.
Display job listing in a neat table form, with columns like "Company name", "Position", "Date posted", "Qualification", "Experience", "Salary" etc etc. The table should allow users to sort by any column.

4) Improved Advance search
The advance search feature needs to be improved. Search should allow users to search job based on category, location, salary, qualification, experience etc etc.

5) Add google map
Implement google map to the system to show job seeker the location of the office. Job seeker can also view jobs that are near their home using google map.

6) Widgets for job seekers and employers
Create widgets for job seekers to add on their blog. Prospective employers can click on the widgets to access to job seeker's profile in
Create another widget for employers to place on their website or blog. The widget will display the current job offerings the company has.

7) Show the number of times job entry has been viewed
Show the number of times someone view the job entry. The main page will list the top 10 popular job entries for the past 24 hours.

8) Allow job seekers to add video or audio clip on their profile page
Allow job seekers to add a video or audio clip on their profile to "sell" themselves to prospective employers.

OK, that is all I have for Thank you. Hope my entry is good enough to win the iPhone. :D


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Get a Mac ads Hokkien version

Happy new year everyone. Wish you a happy 2008.

Lots of things to blog about lately (including some very back dated topics), but I have no time to sit down to blog about it.
Will leave you with a funny youtube clip in the meantime. Hope you enjoy it.

Here is the original version.

Brilliant right?


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