Friday, December 29, 2006
The crazy part is how I got it. My gaming buddy’s wife got it from her ad agency’s creative director as a Xmas gift. She’s the agency’s client (BIG telco account). But since the couple already has a video ipod, my friend decided to sell it to me. I didn’t know the background behind it yet but I noticed the nano came preloaded with a ton of really obscure old songs (over 400 oldies!), I asked him if I could delete them. He said sure and told me about its ‘history’. So I deleted all the songs ‘cept for the Seinfeld album.
Now I knew folks who knew folks from the ad agency. Well, did some nosing around. Agencies giving ipods to clients? Wow, haven’t heard that one in a long while. So, to cut a long story short and to leave out the nasty details cos as this story clearly shows, you can never tell who knows who, the nano wasn’t exactly given out in the spirit of goodwill.
Ho Ho Ho! Now I have an ipod nano (see the first Die Hard movie to get this inside joke)
Well, since almost everyone in me office is a Mac/Apple fan. It wasn’t that hard for me to …er… ‘get’ a whole bunch of free songs from their playlists as our network kinda links our desktops/notebooks. Now to get one of those external speakers for me new nano.
Monday, December 25, 2006
"Are you sure it's cooked?"
"Are you sure you can fit it in the mircowave?"
"Remove the foil!"
"You don't need to remove the foil if you set it to 'conventional oven'!!!"
"This isn't rocket science."
"It's cooked but it's still cold on the inside. Put your finger inside the bird and feel it."
"Maybe it's supposed to be cold on the inside."
"Eeeewww. Why did you have to put your middle finger in it?"
"Cos it's my longest finger!"
"Why did you give me a dessert knife to cut the bird with?"
Well, I'm sure there were a couple others that I forgot. Anyway, I had leftover turkey sandwiches for breakfast 2 days in a row already.
Merry Christmas guys! Thanks for dropping by!
A little present I got that nite. A giant jar of mashmallows!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Anyway here's my Xmas gift to myself. Been eyeing this since I saw it in an online catalog months ago. Remember reading all those old pulp fictions as a kid. I just love those written during the 1920s to 30s.
For more than 70 years, fantasy fans have followed the exploits of Conan through novels, comic books, and movies. This book, the first-ever illustrated guide to Robert E. Howard’s most beloved character, is a genuine treasure chest of Conan lore, following Conan through the ages, through his different careers, as he meets friends and foes and travels across the Hyborian continent. Written by none other than Roy Thomas of Marvel Comics fame, expect nothing less than an exciting tale, with art from some of the foremost Conan portrayers ever: Frank Frazetta, Mark Schultz, Gary Gianni, John Buscema, Cary Nord, and more. Created in full cooperation with Conan C and T 2006 Conan Properties International, LLC Foreword by Todd McFarlane. Features character profiles, maps, art from original paperbacks, comic books, and video games.
Finally found it at Kinokuniya a couple of weeks ago. Reading it was like stepping into a freakin’ time machine! All the original stories (in summarized form) were there in chronological order. I was going “I remember that!” Damn, it was sooo cool.
Speaking of books and comic books, here’s something new I found. Never was a big Archie fan, more of a DC and Marvel fan but if there are any women reading this who were Archie fans….this is for you. Archie and gang finally get a face-life after 60 years! Doesn't Veronica look like that Eva gal from Desperate Housewives?
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Ah. Here’s what I got from the nite’s lucky draw. Heh.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Along came this year's party at a tiny little bar, let's see now....what I do remember is...
At least 5 Scotch on the rocks
At least 4 shooters
1 bottle of beer
Now the last major drinking session was here. Looks like I got back (at least) one to my four original vices that nite.
Best part, we have all-new scandalous pix. The official photographer left after 10pm when folks were still pretty sober. Later, our 'unofficial' photographer made the rounds and rest is history. More than a few had to be censored before we could put them up on the public server.
The ol' mushroom cloud AKA what me head felt like the next morning.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
A home alone weekend means walking around unshaven (for two whole days!) and being glad that it’s a rainy Saturday afternoon, cos you now have an excuse for staying indoors and playing World of Warcraft online. Awww come on, it’s not as bad as it sounds. I did leave the apartment to have dinner at me folks’ place on Saturday nite.
Sunday morning is laundry morning. Hang them high! And hang them dry! That’s what I say…er, metaphorically speaking of cos…hmmm, no, I don’t normally talk out loud to my laundry either…
Weekend home alone also means whipping u p a cool dessert like this, anytime of the day! Vanilla ice-cream with new mint choc Bailey’s.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Some breakfast pix I managed to snap. Starting with macaroni and ham soup, a very thin ham omelet and of cos, me favourite milk tea - done Hong Kong style. But I got to say, I really enjoyed all the food there, all my meals. They were great!
Yes, they really loooove their macaroni here. Here, McDonald's muscles in on the lucrative macaroni market too!
Lunch was a little too hit-n-run for me to snap anything. So here's a couple of dinner pix instead. Something porky with pieces of bread to wrap them in.
A very, very nice (medium) steak at Suzuki cafe. Yes, that's mayo. Really.
Oh wait, I do have a lunch pix. Was the lunch I had near me hotel, just before heading to the airport. Wan Ton Mee with mango pudding dessert. Apparently the restaurant is pretty famous. Was there a previous nite for dinner and was told that the guy sitting behind my table was some TV actor. A minor supporting role kinda guy although I have no idea who he is or was or whatever.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Geek that I am, I finally found me Battlestar Galactica ship at Toys R Us at the Festival Walk mall. Happy, happy, joy, joy! Plus a ...er...'friendly version' of the new Doctor Who season one DVD in Mong Kok.
Speaking of Festival Walk, here's a pair of really comfortable shoes I got. Don't ask me how much they cost cos I don't wanna remind myself!
OK, now at the time when I saw these sirens, I thought it was a really cool idea to buy them!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Am back from Hong Kong. Allow me to geek out a little first. Probably one of the most memorable things getting there was the inflight TV show on SQ. After almost 20 years, i finally got to watch a new sci-fi episode of Doctor Who. It's from the latest season, single episode called "The Lady in the Fireplace". Great story, brilliant twist ending. Always been a fan, remember reading a whole ton of Doctor Who paperbacks when I was a kid. Anyway, if anyone is flying SQ this month, be sure to catch it. Gawd, sounds like I'm working again.
And here's the view from me 4th floor hotel window in Tsim Sha Tsui. Man, you guys should see that United Colors neon sign light up every nite! Right smack in me face! I kid you not.
Anyway, coming back to Hong Kong after all years, I did noticed a few things that have or haven't changed.
1. There are no fat or overweight people in Hong Kong. Despite all the good food everywhere, it's hard to see anyone who's out of shape. Amazing but true. More on the good food in me next post.
2. There sure are a lot African touts at almost every street corner. Just like in Japan, there seems to be influx of them.
3. My Cantonese still sucks!
Monday, November 06, 2006
Should I write bout what happened there? I dunno. Maybe one day I will.
Anyway, was wondering if anyone out there could fill me in on ...well... anything that you think I should keep an eye out while in Hong Kong. Thanks in advance!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Ah…but the highlight of the day was the return of the old gang, thanks to the new WOW TCG. Went to Paradigm Infinitum that night and almost everyone was there. Some I haven’t seen in ages. Most were familiar faces from the days of LOTR and VS. It was pretty cool, looks like the old fellowship is coming back. But that’s gonna mean spending more money again as well as the neverending quest for more storage space. Sigh.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Battlestar Galactica Season 1
What I'm playing on my Nintendo DS:
What I'm listening to (and watching over and over again):
Take from 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Gawd, it just doesn't get any cooler than this. Well, this one is pretty good too. The Boss and Chuck Berry. Aw hell, you can't talk about the Boss' best team-ups without this. Well, since we got on the topic of Roy Orbison, here's another of me favourite team-ups.
What I'm reading:
Bats goes hardcore this week in Justice #8.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
In a totally unrelated bit of news ... Gen Con is coming to Brisbane in 2008!
For those who don’t know what Gen Con is, it’s THE gaming convention event for the gaming industry. It’s been around for about 40 years and every year, there are two in the US as well as recently Europe. And knowing me and games, well, it's a given I'll try ne best to be there.
It’s the closest Gen Con has ever been to this region and after speaking to some friends, we are pretty hyped up about it even though it’s two years away. A couple of me friends were lucky enough to make to Gen Con in the US a few years ago and it’s definitely an experience.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
After dinner, caught the Miami Vice movie on DVD. Well, that's almost two hours of my life I'll never get back.
What Gong Li said, "I am a business woman."
What we heard, "I am a piece of woman."
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Far as I can remember, I have always been into games. Playing them board games and pen-and-paper role-playing games way before I had a computer. These days I have a bunch of friends who get together once in a while (used to be real often before WOW) for board games (Citadels) and collectible card games (VS).
Besides WOW, here's a little rundown of some of me gaming ...er...'artifacts' around the apartment.
Here's where I used to plant meself every day in front of the Xbox. Believe it or not, I haven't sat in there for months, ever since I started playing WOW. It's a real comfy bean bag! I might move it to another room.
A very different kind of game but one of my all-time favourites. Fencing. Here's me trophy for foil from some years back. Man, I could go on and on bout what a cool sport fencing is. I think it's probably one of the very few contact sports around where it doesn't matter what your sex is or how old or big you are. I remember I laid the smackdown on a giant German while I had my candy ass handled to me by a little girl half my size. It's all bout speed, agility and reflexes. Oh yah, tattoos are cool too!
Now these are the little ones currently keeping me occupied...for now at least.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Here's what I treat meself for me comfort food, roti prata for breakfast. That's kinda like an Indian flatbread. I used to have 3 of those but now it's just one plain and one with egg. Of cos, you gotta have teh tarik or "pulled" tea to go with it. Here's how Anthony Bourdain describes it, "This Indian tea is brewed from leaves, dosed with condensed milk and then pulled, meaning poured back and forth between pitchers from increasing heights until it is frothy."
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Thought I'll just toss in this other little more colourful or vibrant pix as a contrast to the one above. Well, I just thought it's a pretty neat shot.
Haven't been updating much actually, late nights at the office and all that. When I'm back home, I just wanna hit WOW or catch up on some reading. Good news is I haven't placed a single soccer bet since ...er....my last entry? At least since me birthday, I think. Speaking of me birthday, am still trying to figure out how to convert videos for me PSP. Having some problems trying to watch them.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Stay away from this phone at all costs! For starters, the rubberized keypad is almost impossible to use, keying in SMS has become a chore. The screen is small compared to most other phones out there. It’s supposed to be packed with features that count your heartbeat, play music, etc. as you work out BUT seeing how heavy this thing is, who would be dumb enough to lug it about while excising? There are better, smaller, lighter and cooler devices to carry with you while working out!
Now here comes the worst of it. The rubber seal at the base of the phone pretty much fell apart not long after he bought it. Now the connections at the base are exposed with the rubber thing flapping about. Poor material? Shoddy workmanship? His bad luck? I dunno. And it ain’t cheap either!
If there’s anyone out there reading this. Just warn all your family and friends to stay away from this piece of monkey crap. The Nokia 5500 Sport SUCKS! For the kind of price you are paying, there are better Nokia and non-Nokia phones to choose from.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
I love it! I can forgive the Government for all that brown shirt crap after reading this article. It states in no uncertain terms that “We need more hookers!” for the thousands of IMF delegates. Seriously. That’s the crystal clear message. Check out that quote "New recruits know what the escort industry is all about so they are aware of their duties."
It’s so serious, it’s freakin’ hilarious! It’s written in such a straight-faced, matter-of-fact manner, complete with interviews with escort agencies (aka pimps), their rates ($1,000 for an overnight) etc. If you lived here, you would know that this is not the kind of article you normally see in your daily papers.
Remember boys and girls, prostitution is LEGAL in sunny Singapore, it's only soliciting that's illegal.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Dinner was at Checkers at The Hilton. It was a seafood buffet. I think it's seafood every friday nites and Japanese every saturday nite. The best part was freeflow of wine! Woo-hoo! We actually thought of heading to The Line at Shangri-la but decided to try somewhere new for a change. What's more, The Line doesn't have free booze and it's more expensive but they do have a wider selection of food. Anyway, it was a pretty good dinner. They had oysters from four different countries, I only had the ones from France. I was told the cheesecake was pretty famous. Me being the wise-ass that I am, I did ask if they were going to play the Paris Hilton CD over the PA system. Heh.
Today was a little more interesting. Camper shoes at Takashimaya was having a 50% off everything but there weren't that much good guy shoes left. Lots of women shoes still around. Oh yah, reunited a lost 5-year-old girl with her mother and finally treated meself to this.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Now I read some pretty mixed reviews about the place. Mostly it all came down to great food, good ambience but bad service. And I have to say from my Sunday experience, it’s kinda true.
We didn’t have to wait that long for our food but about half hour later, after we finished our meal, I noticed that most of the other patrons that showed up not long after we did, they were still waiting for their food.
It all just seemed like a very long wait to me. Although I must admit, the staff all looked very, very busy. It’s not like anyone was lazing around. Anyway, the omelet we ordered was supposed to come with mushrooms, bacon, sausage and potatoes as per our choices. They forgot the mushrooms.
Fortunately there was a generous serving of mushrooms in my Cast Iron Pan breakfast, so I passed some over.
Oh yah, we fed breakfast to a couple of mosquitoes too.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
The reason I'm writing this now is cos this weekend is the the start of the new british soccer EPL season. And that's what I used to bet on. I have always loved playing games, almost all kinds of games and puzzles, and to me, betting on soccer was a kind of game, a kind of mental challenge. You study the facts, analyse the tables, look at the stats etc. And you try to make your guess. And when you win, the feeling is great, simply exhilarating. You tell yourself you are smarter than the system and you outwitted it. Of cos, when you lose, the feeling is really sucky.
I started out with little five dollar bets and that became hundreds later, er...much later. I used to bet hundreds every weekend. I have won lots and have lost lots too. Fortunately, things never got to the point where I had to borrow money or anything like that. I still paid all my bills on time, bought the things I wanted, ate and drank well, gave my folks money etc. Nothing much changed in terms of living expenses. So why did I stopped? Or at least am trying (and succeeding so far!) ....cos I know if I didn't it's only going to get a lot worse.
I used to spend hours searching the betting forums online. Not the online gambling sites but a particular Asian forum where people exchanged tips. I think almost every local soccer gambler knows this site. Hehe. I have seen guys surfing the site in public on their laptops numerous times! I stopped visiting the site months ago. Looking back, I do have some pretty funny gambling stories to tell.
I'm just writing this to remind myself to not gamble or place any soccer bets this season. It's gonna be a long season so wish me luck.
Hmmmm....maybe next time I'll talk bout me other three vices. Definitely not as somber as this one.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
One of the cool things about having your own place is the chance to do it up however you like. Don’t think most of you remember me very first post. Anyway, here’s the wine rack part of it. See that guy behind it, guarding the wine rack? That’s my X-Men Sentinel action figure. One of the best-looking and detailed action figure ever. Simply amazing sculpt! It was released last year and become one of the most sought-after, best-reviewed Marvel comic book figures around.
In the comic books, the Sentinels are giant mutant-hunting robots that fought the X-Men on a regular basis. If you watched the last X-Men movie, you might remember the opening scene with the X-Men fighting in the Danger Room. They were under attack by some huge thing and Wolverine leapt (aka Fastball Special) at it. Then this big purple metal head dropped outta the sky and crashed to the ground. That’s a Sentinel head. I guess the movie budget wasn’t big enough to put those guys in.
Anyway my point is if I was still living with me folks, I sure doubt if I could get away with incorporating me action figures with the rest of the furniture! Hah. I just thought it would be neat to have him looming above the wine rack. What you think of the wine rack? I kinda like that too, got it on offer at Takashimaya last year too or was it the year before? Its got a nice leathery feel and I thought it looks kinda classy as well.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Decided to get a second bedside table at IKEA on Wednesday and was putting it together on Saturday. Didn’t have much trouble with it except the hinges were kinda wonky.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Here’s one of favorite non-food pix from my last trip to Japan. It’s the beautiful Hydrangea flower or Ajisai in Japanese. Snapped this in Kyoto at the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
My aunt actually grows the flower here in Singapore too, funny thing is when I first heard the name ‘Hydrangea’, and I heard it as ‘Night Ranger’. I remember thinking to myself ‘that has got to be the coolest name for a flower ever!’
And here’s how it looks with a snail munching on it! I'm trying to make this a food blog so I had to show someone or something eating!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Tomorrow's our National Day and I guess nothing says it or more local-like than this.
That's right, it's still out there! I can’t help it, I took this latest pix yesterday. Every time I walk pass the wash pole flag, I feel like saluting to a pair of freshly rinsed undies or washed sheets. Over three weeks and counting! I gotta admit, I’m surprised it’s still out there for everyone to see.
Can anyone come up with a better title?
Monday, August 07, 2006
Guess what we had for dinner? S$11.50 for about 850g. Cooked it at about noon and served it cold for dinner later. Not as much meat as I expected even though it was one of the bigger crabs in the tank. Forgot to snap a pix of it being served...heh...it wasn't bad. Maybe next time, will try doing some white pepper crabs which is one of me favorites.
Bet you thought I forgot but it's now five down and one to go! Haven't been eating much ice cream at home cos of all the Japanese snacks I brought back.