Thursday, 1 December 2005

Lousy earphones

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I bought these earphones during the PC fair recently and it broke after only 4 days of usage!!!
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The culprit is the flimsy plastic pin that hinges the speaker to the headband. I wonder who is the idiot who designed this piece of crap. Maybe it is a knock-off of a better design but using substandard parts, I have no way of verifying it. See below:



I'm going to go get it replaced, hopefully with another model, this weekend because it seems the company selling these earphones closes early on weekdays.

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***UPDATE*** 2005 Dec 19

OK, managed to get them to change the said headphones to another model which looks a bit more solid. Been using these headphones for about 2 weeks and they haven't fallen to pieces yet. But now I'm regretting purchasing these headphones... for a few more ringgit I could have bought REAL audiophile headphones instead of these "vibration" headphones. Note to self: do not buy consumer goods from a computer shop unless it has something to do with the computer's innards.

Monday, 31 October 2005

Happy Halloween and poking my eyes

As the title says, this is the day when witches get their hair permed. Then they go fly around in their broomsticks to dry it out. It also marks the 3rd week (I think) of me poking my eyeballs. Yes, the scourge of using contact lenses has afflicted me. Personally, I find them too uncomfortable for daily use in an air-conditioned environment. They tend to dry out too fast. A quick walk outside can help ease off the blurness, but it would resume as soon as I walk into the office.

Anyway, my main purpose of getting contacts is so I can participate in sports where the environment is hazardous to the integrity of my spectacles. Sports like basketball (had one too many po-piangs) or maybe even martial arts (my belt is turning white because of fungus).

Oh well, I've ordered about 6 pairs, that should last me around a few years :D

Saturday, 1 October 2005

I want POWER!!!

As the title says, I want POWER! The electrical kind. It seems that after something blew up at the substation sometime about 6 or 7 days ago (according to the SESB people) my housing area has been hit by frequent and annoying power blackouts. Sometimes the duration would be around half an hour, sometimes 10-15 minutes.

Whatever it is, it's interrupting everything here. We have to be prepared with torchlights in pockets in case the next power outage hits while we are doing something that needs visibility. Even my UPS is powerless (pun intended) to prevent my computer from shutting down when the outage hits. (Probably not enough juice, since i'm running a PC and a 17" CRT monitor off the same UPS, but that's another story)

I just hope they can fix whatever needs to be fixed. It is getting very annoying having to shut down your computer at 5 a.m. in the morning because the UPS is beeping.

***Update 4 Oct 2005***
The past few days seem to be better, no sudden power outages or anything. So lets hope this continues...

Thursday, 29 September 2005

What kinda bill is this?

OK, here's something that would really piss off anyone.
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This bill came in yesterday, courtesy of TM, and it is charging my phone line (under my father's name actually) for Streamyx connection. The first thing that entered my mind was WTF? OK, so that wasn't very helpful. My next thought was: maybe it was some kind of billing error. My dad will try and see what kind of problem this is in a few days time when I get my printouts of my bill payments for him.

At first glance, the bill would seem to say that I haven't paid a single sen of my Streamyx connection since the day I was a subscriber. I am subscribed to the 512/256 upload/download package which is RM 66.00 per month for unlimited access. This package doesn't come with a modem. I have been diligently paying the fees, and the only discrepancy was maybe sometimes I delayed payment for a month and then paid for two months later on. OK, for those who are mathematically inclined, but too lazy to do the calculations, that would mean I have paid (since Dec 2003) RM 1386.00, or RM 66.00 x 21 months. The bill of RM4226.73 would mean I needed to pay about RM 201.25 every month for 21 months.

Now all we need to do is see what kind of gremlin was responsible for this kind of bill.

***Update 30 Sept 2005***
It seems we were not the only one affected by the "extra" charges in our telephone bill. When my father went to enquire about our outrageous bill, there were other people whom were facing the same problem. The TM teller said that it was probably some error caused by the new program or something like that. OK, alls well that ends well. Let us see what else pops up in next month's bill...

Saturday, 20 August 2005

La Salle dinner

I went for my school dinner today, it was in Putra Restaurant in Bukit Padang. Reached there at 6:20 p.m. and no one was inside. Our table was no. 100. Usual dinner fare: Cold dish, soup, fried chicken etc... I reserved 11 tickets but only 10 showed up. Final headcount for class of 95 (including the other table):

Me
Chin Yit
Felix
Richard S.
Dzul
Shawn H.
Anton
Andrew C.
Neil + wife
Leong V. B.
Wilson K.
Ellis + GF

All in all, the company was ok, food was ok, but we didn't really know what was going on in front because we were so far fro the stage.

Thursday, 11 August 2005

La Salle Dinner table organisation

Oh boy, busy week this one, with all the things going on at werk. Anyway, so far the ppl that I've manage to contact are as follows:

Chinyit - going
Anton - going
Richard G - going
Simeon - going
Brolin - ?
Andrew Chia - going, oledi got ticket
Wilson Kan - ?

Sunday, 24 July 2005

Finally bought a new mattress

After waking up at 11.30 am and making sure that the video encoding job I started early this morning was OK, we all went for brunch at the shop where the Penang lady sells her special mee soup somewhere in Lintas Square. The food there was excellent as usual, too bad I can't say the same for the "Tung Ga Liong Cha". Later Proceeded to Karamunsing to buy the mattress. Settled for the queen sized 8" height mattresss, for RM 450. Supposed to be anti- dust mites and anti fungus, with a 12 year warranty. They'll probably deliver it in a few days time, if there's no rain.

Saturday, 23 July 2005

Another crazy Saturday

I wonder why most Saturdays are crazy? For the past few weeks, there's always something unexpected happening on a Saturday. Take for example today. I was happily getting into the car to go to work when suddenly a phone call shakes me out of autopilot. It seems that the bunch of students that were supposed to have the HTML training were not interested in HTML because most of them already knew the fundamentals of HTML. They want to learn something more. So the guys at the office suggested I teach them Swish. OK, i agreed, but I was wondering what to teach them because I don't have a game plan in mind. Having only 5 hours of sleep the previous night did not help either.

Reaching the office in cats and dogs weather condition, I proceeded to help with the installation of Swish. After that, I just taught them the basics, what is the timeline, what you can import, how to jump from one scene to another. None of the advanced effects because I myself don't know how! Heh heh. Anyway, we stopped at 11.30 am for marketing to do their presentation. Accroding to May, they seemed to like the training. Strange, because I didn't teach them much. Maybe they like the fact that there wasn't any information overload.

After work, I helped Jonathan to move some things to his new lodgings. The first problem was getting in to the storage place to get the cabinets and stuff. The bloody road was taken over by those hawkers. By the time I tried driving in there, the road was already full of their wares (mostly clothes). So I had to park at another place close enough for my colleagues to put the stuff onto the Invader. After the moving operation, my other colleague and I was compensated with lunch. Then went back home and crashed and slept until 5 something, because had to go to church.

After church, went for dinner and looked at some mattresses at the shop in the pawagam next to Karamunsing Complex. Inquired about several types of mattresses, but didn't settle for any one because I had to come home and measure the size of the mattress.

Later at night I proceeded to do my video encoding heh heh...

Saturday, 9 July 2005

Crazy Saturday

OK, today was a hectic Saturday for everyone. First, I had the job as Cameraman for the Talentime. The first camera I used was the Canon A400 from SAO to snap pics of the performers. The camera had a very slow response, compared to my A70. Everytime you take a picture, the pic will show a while on the LCD screen for a 1 second preview, and then the screen goes blank while the file is written to the SD card. This operation takes wuite a while, prolly around 2-3 seconds. The waiting time was even longer if the flash was used. So my recommendation: DO NOT BUY THE A400!!!

Anyway, back to the subject. Everyone had a blast. The winners convincingly won their prizes, and there was a performance by the kids from the Rumah Bakti Harapan. Later in the afternoon there was one performance apiece from the two schools. Both were dances, SOBAL was dancing to YMCA (by the Village People?) and SOCIT was danceing to the tune of September by Earth, Wind and Fire. Yours truly was the only representative from INSO to take part, and naturally got roped in by those fellas in the computing school. Well, they want something to remember, then I gave them an eyeful.

Thursday, 7 July 2005

Streamyx woes

Had some technicians come over to replace the SDSL modem at the office because the old one was giving problems. When trying to install the new modem, it does not want to sync with DSLAM, dunno why. So at the end of the day we still used back the old one. To be continued tomorrow, but read on to know what happened in between.

The fun part was when the techs were trying to set up the replacement modem to our line: when trying to ask them about where to input the internal IP for the modem because I want to connect it to our LAN, they were blur-blur, saying all I need to do was to sambung the modem to a router. How am I supposed to fix the modem to a router if I don't know the bloody IP? DUH!!!! I didn't want to argue too much because I just donated blood today. I was afraid I'm gonna puke blood instead if I asked them too many questions.

OK, after a while, resetting the modem to factory configurations, and finally getting the internal IP fixed to something that looked like an internal IP (the techs actually put the external IP in the modem's LAN IP!!!), we tried the web interface. WOW! that was an eye opener for the techs (well, one of them anyway) because they didn't RTFM and find out about the web interface. OK, tried fiddling with the settings in there but the modem still doesn't want to sync with the DSLAM. They fiddled some more but still no good. They said they would try change the new modem to another one to see if the problem was the same. I asked them to come back tomorrow because we were gonna shut the labs by 5pm, and I had dancing practice later.

One thing to note: the new modem that was gonna be the replacement was the first to be installed in Sabah, and that was the first time the techs had to install one. Wheee! I will only rejoice if they manage to get it working.

As for the tech's networking skills, I would think they were not properly trained to do networking, especially TCP/IP. So I guess that would earn them the title of n00bs.

Wednesday, 8 June 2005

Is there a doctor in the house?

Yes, paging for Dr. Frankenstein. Please refrain from using residential power supplies to power up your experiments!

The past few days we had at least 3 incidents where the power supply went into brownout mode. Now if the voltage was kinda constant at the brownout stage it would not be so bad, but the voltage was fluctuating in quite a dramatic level. It was as if the power is trying to get back up to the original level but keeps getting knocked down, like a punch drunk boxer. You can really hear the motors of the refrigerator and the washing machine convulsing like a dying worm.

Tuesday, 31 May 2005

2nd day of Pesta Kaamatan. Any batteries?

Another day to rest and relax a bit before returning to work. Today we went to Rich's fren's shop in KK Plaza looking for battery for the Nokia 3210. The battery is not keeping much of a charge these days. When you make a call, the battery indicator shows full bar. A few seconds later, the low battery warning sound will beep. After finishing the call and letting the battery rest for a few minutes, the battery indicator goes back to full bar. I have a feeling the battery is going to die soon, since I have been using it for more than 2 years.

OK, back to the story: we went to the shop, but he wasn't in, so we asked the shop assistant about the battery. It seems that the battery can only last about 2-3 days, just like the current battery. We didn't think it was worth buying, so we went elsewhere.

I got me a new power extension cord from Milimewa in the middle of town. The cord is very short, only around 1.5 metres for the 5 gang type. Another thing is that you can directly poke your power pins into the live pin without having to push down on the earth pin. Kinda dangerous if you have kids around.

Monday, 30 May 2005

Richard's wedding dinner

The dinner was held in Hyatt's Kimanis ballroom. Unfortunately our tables were towards the back of the ballroom. Most of the time we didn't know what was going on because the loudspeakers were concentrated at the front and middle of the ballroom. Terence was the MC for the toasting, and I had to help him plan out what to say during the "Yamseng" part. Luckily got some help from Ah Fui.

Food was OK-ish, but the lack of ventilation at our tables meant we were sweating after we had the soup. It seems the aircon duct above our heads was not funneling aircon at all. They finally got a stand fan to circulate the air behind us. Hold on to your hair! I didn't get to take any photos because we were seated too far from the stage. Must complain! :D

Back from Kundasang

Ah, it's good to be back home. Too bad I can't bring the weather back with me from Kundasang. It was nice and cold last night, cold enough to condense your breath when you exhale. Cat and family came up today and took over the suite that we were staying in. We started from hotel Perkasa at around 12:30 p.m. and reached town at around 2:30. Luckily we didn't have to follow any slow lorries or busses on the way down. Had lunch at Lintas square and finally reached home at around 3:15 p.m. I think. Downloaded both memory cards' photos into the computer because they were full. Gotta prepare for Richard's wedding dinner tonight

Thursday, 26 May 2005

Got new fan!

I just got myself a stand fan. Blade diameter is 18" and the blades themselves resemble an aeroplane's propellers. That probably explains why it sounds like a plane engine when running at high speeds.

The reason I got this fan is because of my room's air circulation. Sometimes the air is stagnant, and coupled with the heat generated by my computer, causes the room temperature to be a few degrees higher than the rest of the house, even with my ceiling fan running. So this fan I got is used to pump air in or out of my room as needed.

Sunday, 22 May 2005

Trip to KL (Part 2)

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What a groggy morning. Went to sleep at around 2 a.m. and waking up at around 8. Still, we had to go have breakfast at the 5th floor again. Menu was the same as yesterday's. So we had breakfast and walked around an empty Midvalley Megamall. We had to wait a while before the shops were open.

When they opened, I was stuck at a shop selling backpacks looking for just the perfect bag to use when going up Kinabalu. Took me about 2 hours but I managed to select a reasonable looking bag with a reasonable price (RM107.?? after discount). Then rushed back into hotel and checked out.

Gok sent us to KL Sentral but was a little late getting to the hotel because of some road blockage. Reached Sentral but they said the counter for F's flight was closed because there's not enough time. So We bought the tickets for the KLIA Express to get to KLIA. Reached KLIA at around 1:30 p.m. but the check in counter said the gate was closed. So her ticket was forfeit and she had to look for another flight. MAS had another flight at 8 p.m. but Air Asia's next flight was around 3 something, so she took Air Asia again. That leaves me all alone at the airport again. I found out my flight was recheduled to 7.00 p.m. etd.

Had lunch at McD and spent around 1-1/2 hours there reading the papers. Then spend some more time snapping pics of the architecture, planes, tarmac, anything that caught my eye.

So I went to the departure hall at 6:30 p.m. but the ground crew said the people inside were waiting for the flight to Johor Bharu. So snapped more pics again.

So, time to go into the waiting area. After going inside at around 6.45 p.m. we were informed that the flight was delayed to 7.25 p.m. etd. So more waiting. Finally boarded the plane amid lots of queing. There were some Chinese nationals who accidentally got on the plane prior to takeoff because the next flight using the same departure gate as my flight was to Hong Kong. Since they may not know much English, they may have thought that my flight was to Hong Kong. Hopefully the staff managed to screen out the accidental inclusions before takeoff.

Reached KKIA at 10.00 p.m. more or less, then had to wait for the luggage. Since I was one of the first ones to check in, I guess that means my luggage was at the bottom of the pile. That may be the reason why mine was among the last bags out of the place.

Home sweet home... Luckily mom reminded me that I had to take a bath.. heh heh, almost forgot...

Trip to KL

Okay, it has been a busy week, not much time to update this place, but here goes: Last week I went to KL for CK's wedding dinner. It turns out that this was the THIRD wedding dinner after one in Sarawak and another in KL after the ceremony. Details of the trip are as follows:

Friday the 13th:
Original flight was scheduled to depart at 1810, but I received an SMS from Air Asia that the flight was rescheduled to 2115! Okay, so I can have a bit of dinner... Reached the airport terminal (Air Asia is currently using Terminal 2) at around 7:50 p.m. Checked in and walked around the place. There's no aircon waiting room to relax except for the departure hall, which we can only get into when our flight is about to be boarded.

It was raining cats and dogs when the time came to board my flight. We had to wait for the Air Asia ground crew to ferry the used umbrellas from the plane back to the waiting area using a wheelchair, so boarding took a while. Got in the plane with half my jeans damp because of the rain, but they dried out about 1 hour into the flight. Cold.

Ah, now we know why the flight tickets were so cheap. We had to buy our own food. Oh well, everyone knows that. I had to fork out RM10 for a packet of tuna spread and biscuits, and a soya milk packet drink. The tuna spread was OK, just that I ran out of biscuits long before I ran out of tuna spread.

Reached KLIA at around 12, or maybe slightly earlier, but by the time I got into the main building, it was too late to use the KLIA Express. So I had to take a taxi to Cititel. Taxi was a freaking RM86.40 because of the RM19 surcharge for rides past midnight. At least F was waiting for me at the lobby...

Saturday the 14th:
Had breakfast in the hotel. The venue of the breakfast was on the 5th floor, not the main restaurant on the ground floor. Food was not bad. After that walked around Midvalley while waiting for news from Gok. Then around noon we decided to take a taxi to Mines. Did quite a bit of shopping there before rushing back to the hotel for lunch (at 4 p.m.??!!) Tapaued some things from McD. Also got an iron and ironing board from housekeeping. So managed to get Gok to ferry us to the hotel where the dinner was being held, also stopped on the way to pick up Fiona.

At the hotel, met up with the rest of the gang from Uni. We were seated at quite a nice spot in Saujana's ballroom. We could see almost everything from our table without anyone blocking the view. The 8 course meal was not bad. Later we had a group photo session with all the Uni ppl that were present.

Later in the evening we adjourned to Sunway Piramid's Starbucks for some quiet time. We didn't want to go in the nightclub because it was too smoky and loud, plus the cover charge was RM50! I wonder why, but every time I drink one of those ice blended coffee, I tend to get nauseous. Well, Neng managed to get Sally to splurt out her drink by saying something funny, or stupid I think. Almost did the same thing to Fiona too, but she managed to hold it in. In the end he was our chauffeur back to the hotel.

Sunday, 8 May 2005

A new way of harvesting mango?

Most times, we would get our mangoes by either harvesting them from the tree when it looks about to get ripe, or we wait until it falls to the groud. But what if I told you we harvested some of the mangoes by ramming them with a vehicle? Sounds weird? Not really.

If you see the photo below, the mangoes are quite close to the ground, maybe around 5 or 6 feet off the ground. If your vehicle is also at that height, it comes as no surprise that once in a while a mango is a victim of a hit-and-run.

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We manage to get a few mangoes this way when they decided to drop off after one too many encounters with the Invader. You can see here why this is so:

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Friday, 6 May 2005

Macro photography - New Satellite Dish?

This is how the ball head of my tripod looks like. Shutter was set at 0.8s and aperture at f/2.8. This is the biggest aperture I can get for my little camera. Hmm, this thing does have a passing resemblance to the ion cannon at the battle of Hoth.

Well, here's a shot of my tripod with the plastic head ready to be bonded with that glue for any occasion - UHU. I'm gonna let it cure for a few days before reassembling the ball head.

Wednesday, 27 April 2005

My tripod lost its head


Not a very nice day today. My nice shiny Nikon tripod lost its head as you can see below. You can click on it for a closer view, but it's still not pretty. I was trying to use it this morning to take a few photos of myself setting up the computers for enrolment, and I was just wondering why one of the legs of my tripod is looser than the other two, when suddenly the top came off! Luckily I was holding on to my camera or else it would have been a heart and camera breaking fall. The rest of the tripod body is fine, since its made of metal, but of all the stupid things, the main body that holds the top part to the legs is made of plastic! I guess they didn't want to have the tripod last forever, so that after a year or so of use, it will just disintegrate on you, just like that. I'm not recommending this model to anyone. Ever.



This thing is supposed to be a Nikon. It looks like they never tested the product to the point of failure, or they did test it, but failing after one year is acceptible for them. Nothing lasts these days...



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Sunday, 24 April 2005

Almost done with uncle's computer

After so many weeks, I finally got myself to do my uncle's computer. The only problem was that the computer does not detect the ISA modem, so I swapped it with one of my old PCI ones. Now it works like a charm. Next problem is whether the MPEG card still works or not. The work that went in to the computer:
1. CD-ROM drive swapped with the old Acer sitting doing nothing in my old room (this one is also a bit wonky, but useable)
2. Added the RAM from our old computer to uncle's computer, now that thing is running WIN95 with 32MB of RAM.
3. Hard disk reformatted and reinstalled Win95 inside.
4. All the old programs that I could find were burned into a CD-R, but I dunno what about the data files, because I'm not sure where they're located. I just threw everything into the CD-R.
5. Old ISA modem (33.6 K modem) taken out, put in the newer Genius 56K modem that Cat bought for our old computer last time. The ISA modem is very problematic to work with. It seems that the OS can't detect it, or the modem finally gave up the ghost, or the contacts on the ISA slot are not good. But then the ISA sound card and MPEG card seems to work fine...
6. Internet Explorer upgraded to version 5.5, didn't install the Netscape Gold that came with the CD. Too ANCIENT! Hmm, maybe I have to set up the POP3 mail as well. Ah, will do it later.

Saturday, 23 April 2005

Booked flight tickets

Wow, this is the first time I bought anything over the Internet using a credit card. Well, it is for a good cause: Am going to KL for CK's wedding, so using Air Asia to go there. Flight tickets are WAY cheaper than MAS, so hopefully can have more $$$ for shopping. I think I only have to pay RM269.?? versus RM600+ from MAS. Well, have to sacrifice a bit of comfort for money. What to do... Flying there on Friday the 13th! Hopefully there's no one named Jason in the welcoming committee.

Final Celcom bill

Lets hope the browser doesn't crash again

Ahem!, So, my final Celcom bill has arrived. Yesterday. Ya. It came in on the 22nd of April. It was dated 3rd April. And it says please pay before the 25th of April. WTF?!!! So what the heck took so long for the bill to arrive at my post box? Well, there are two possibilities:

1. Celcom mailed the bill late
2. The post office was late in delivering it

Whatever the reason, the fact that I only received it as I got home from work means that I can only pay it on Monday, since I can't make it tomorrow. What, need to take emergency leave just to go pay a phone bill that has been terminated? Oh well, looks like I will be going to settle it on Monday.

A little background: I went to Celcom with dad on the 4th of April to terminate our phone lines, since Celcom is coming up with a slew of new packages for their post-paid customers.

At the time, the cheapest package was RM80 per month, which will net you 450 minutes of talk time, plus 30 "free" SMS per month. Now, they also stated that ALL postpaid customers would be migrated to the new plans automatically in May. SO this pushed the panic button. The reason being, our phone bills hardly creep over RM75, even with the access fee included in the charge. And with the new calling rates, our phone bills should be cheaper, since the new rates work out to around RM0.20 per call, or even less. Our current call charges are RM0.48/min during peak hours, and RM0.30/min off-peak. If you calculate our calls using the new rates, I would guess the call charges would fall below RM50, or even RM40.

So after careful consideration, we decided that our calling patterns would fit a prepaid plan better, so we decided it was time to jump ship. So, on the appointed day, I took half day leave to finally settle this thing. The girl at the Celcom counter tried to persuade us to stick to our current plans, because there was an unadvertised plan where the minimum charge is RM50 per month, which will get you I think 300 minutes of talk time and 20 free SMS per month. Now this is still a bit above our projected spending per month, so we decided to go ahead with the termination. We did not make her day.

After 4 years of being a loyal customer, what did I get? Spam SMS asking me to "sertailah peraduan XXXXXX dan menangilah YYYYYY" whenever some stupid competition comes around. I did not remember signing up to receive all this crap on my phone. There were some rebates given a few years back, but that was because I was raking up call charges of around RM150 to RM200 per month. Since then, my call patterns have changed, thus the migration to prepaid.

There was some misunderstanding when I was sending out my new number to all my contacts, but that is a story for another day.

Stupid firefox crash!

Why did this stupid browser crash when I was just about to post a reaaaaaly long entry?

I will try to recreate the stuff from memory (my memory, not the computer's)

Friday, 22 April 2005

Sleep recovery

Yesterday was birthday of Prophet Mohammad. Wow, all I did was sleep. Woke up at around 12 noon for lunch, then went back to ZZZ land at around 2 something. Cat is off to Italy today, had to send Dan & kids home bcos we wanna borrow the car.

Had several weird dreams though:
1. Was looking for those exercise books with the squares because I was learning Chinese again. Only problem was that most of the shops were closed.
2. Was cycling around under some flats trying to get back on the main road, or something like that. Can't remember the details, too blurry.

Saturday, 16 April 2005

Saturday night!

Yes! It's Saturday night, and it's time to sleep! Oh well, body still needs to recover from the @#$^*&! flu that's been going around. At least today I needn't pump myself full of fever medicine, but the calling of Morpheus is quite strong at this time.

Well, it is a bit of a relief to get all the marking done by today. Had to stay back until around 2:30 pm! Now all that is needed is to wait for meeting on Monday.

On another note, the restarant we usually go to eat in Kep. Ridge was smoky as ever, but their western menu seems to be not popular today (must be the heat). Most of the workers tending the western food stall were helping with other tasks in the restaurant. Slow day for them maybe. We didn't help either because we ordered dishes to go with rice.

Thursday, 14 April 2005

More flu annoyances

Oh great, now the pathogen, be it virus or bacteria, most likely virus, has spread lower into the trachea. As for ability to do work, that depends on whether my medication is still running in my bloodstream, since the fever keeps recurring if I let off on the fever tablets, ditto on the runny marathon nose.

Ho boy, looks like F is swamped in her work, so not much interactions with her. Gork gave me a buzz in the morning, as I was on the way down to breakfast. Got his new number too. Its xxx-yyyzzzz. (Yeah, you can try caling that number.)

Wednesday, 13 April 2005

Not fun being sick

OK, this is the second day of me at home trying to recover from this nasty cold that was passed down to me from dad. Yesterday had high fever, and a terrible headache, so had to ask dad to send me to clinic, didn't trust myself to drive straight. Doc gave me the usual: antibiotic, something for fever, something else for runny nose, and some lozenges. Also gave me some cream for rash.

Monday, 11 April 2005

Some fish

Some fish that were lurking around the jetty in Pulau Manukan, waiting for their daily bread.

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Saturday, 9 April 2005

Blogs everywhere

Been trying to use the blogging feature inside Friendster, but it is so slow!!! Every update takes on average 1-2 minutes for the browser to update the page. Maybe the problem is that they are using https to facilitate the exchange of data. Or maybe because of the problems we're having with accessing overseas sites - caused by a damaged submarine cable. Anyway, whatever the reason, I'll experiment with both sites since there are many features still left unexplored.

Another Caterpillar, but much bigger

This is the second caterpillar that mom found lurking in the garden. When it gets hungry, it moves from side to side, trying to look for food.

Tiny Caterpillar

This is a caterpillar mom found in the garden. It's very tiny, about 1 cm end to end. This was as close as I can get without the image blurring. This is the first one.

Testing picture uploading

This is a little souvenir from one of the Education fairs. Seems like a good candidate for an upload using the program Hello from Picasa. Will upload more stuff as time permits.

Friday, 8 April 2005

UOB credit card

Received a call from Caruna this afternoon asking me to apply for a UOB "Free for life" credit card. The only catch is that you must spend RM50 per month to be entitled for this thing kononnya no yearly fee. Sounds just like the telcos offering "No Access Fee" but you still have to spend a minimum amount per month. Looks like most companies are now looking for a fixed amount of revenue, instead of the pay as you use type of business.

A new frontier

Yes, Chucky has gone where no Chucky has gone before... to start a blog!!! What signals got crossed in his brain to prompt him to start a blog is unknown at this moment. One side of his brain is pleading with him to finish this up and go to sleep, the other part is trying to find out what other features there are in this "blog" thing.

Anyway, Happy Birthday to the one, you know who you are, heh heh...

Lets hope Chucky can get up in the morning.