Rob's Wedding

Get to drive a Beemer tomorrow as I’m my brother’s wedding car driver. My elder brother, will be getting hitched tomorrow during a lunch ceremony.
And because of it, I gave myself an excuse to spend $70+ on a nice new Italian designed shirt. Got a nice neat haircut, polished my old Rockports plus prepare my CP5700 for a day of fotography! Hopefully I can capture this lovely day with some memorable shots. Keep a lookout at my foto album.
With that, its 2/3 for my family. Leaving just moi, still enjoying singlehood. Any takers?

What I've been up to lately

Several things actually.
# I’ve given up mahjong … for now. After getting a heart-attack inducing 14 double game, which I was unfortunate to be the provider of the winning tiles, I decided not to pick up another mj tiles after maybe few months down the road. Guess someone’s trying to tell me something when I haven’t won much after playing so many games.
# Working on my portfolio. Yeah after so many moons, I’ve started my BBEdit and Photoshop to start working on it. So far I’ve more or less nailed down the design and in the process of putting in the information. It was pretty difficult to settle on a design which I think will sell myself, especially when sometimes I get that brain-block. Maybe a few Bane of Sauron would help. Now the next mountain to overcome is to put in the contents. How to BS when some projects are so mundane?
# Finished LOTR:ROTK on my XBox. Yah. Perfecting the Bane of Sauron is a rather useful move to get that perfect score.
# Lastly, I am pretty happy lately. (not including pt 1…) Although I can’t say the same thing about my wallet, but well, who’s complaining? And by end of March, it’d be worse…but hopefully by then, things would be different. Will update more when and when it happens.

Friday 5

This week’s Friday 5 When was the last time you…

1. …went to the doctor?
Can’t exactly remember. Been pretty fortunate to be rather healthy for the past few years. Last major one was when I was working about 4 years back when I had some trouble breathing and had some minor chest pains. Did a MRI and was diagnosed to be ok. Just some tightness due to work and stress. Guess that doctors will normally say.

2. …went to the dentist?
This I definitely won’t remember. Have this reluctance to be lying there under that strong light with the buzz of the machine drill ringing in my ear.

3. …filled your gas tank?
One week back when I returned the rented car.

4. …got enough sleep?
Definitely not today. Slept only for 4 hours max. Usually 7-8 hours are fine if I make it a point to sleep. So, when did I get enough sleep…some day soon.

5. …backed up your computer?
Been doing it frequently since I got my new 160Gb harddisk. With the help of Apple’s Backup I run it do backup my files nightly. Yeah. kiasu. Better that than having losing all my goodies.

New Apple Singapore GM

Cool, we finally have a face from Apple SG that we can look for.
Computertimes talked to the new Apple SG GM, Edward Fun on his appointment.
According to the interview, Mr Fun, as a Mac-convert, wants to convince the world – in particular, the Windows world – of the Mac goodness.
Sounds all jolly and good! But how bout existing users? I wonder whether he reads local Mac community websites like mean or MUGS and is aware of some of the issues regarding after-sales services provided by authorised apple centres.
I remember when I first joined MUGS years back, we had our meetings at the AMK Apple Service Centre, which I initially thought was owned by Apple. Well, back then, I thought MUGS was kindda associated and had pretty good support from Apple SG, but well, which isn’t really true.
What would be good for Mr Fun, besides trying to extend the Mac user base in Singapore, but also look into enhancing the services for existing users. As the article mentioned, we users of Macs are loyal to the brand and to the company. It would be a waste if one were to turn its back on Apple because of bad experiences at those Apple Centres.

Management Lessons

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?
The crow answered: “Sure, why not.
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Management Lesson 1: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to thetop of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy“.
Well,why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.
Management Lesson 2: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.

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Cost of google payments

I have Google’s AdSense have Google’s AdSense adverts running on my individual pages and was pleasantly surprised to receive a cheque few days back for the amount I earned last year. It wasn’t much, around 80 plus USD. adverts running on my individual pages and was pleasantly surprised to receive a cheque few days back for the amount I earned last year. It wasn’t much, around 80 plus USD.
Ok so I thought, maybe its sufficient to pay for this year’s web hosting fees. So I went down to OCBC bank to bank in the cheque.
Teller says that I’ll have SG$30 or 1/8% of the amount deducted for clearing the cheque. What’s more, she said the US side will also charge an amount, which she didn’t specified.
So, using asiaone’s conversion rate, at say US$83, i’ll get SG$139 back. Deduct away $30…plus whatever amount from the US, I’ll be left with… peanuts.
Any alternatives? I hate losing money this way.
Oh yah, no harm clicking those ads…thank you.
update – i only got back around SG$81 after all the deductions. blah

Homegrown Voices

As I flip through triboluminescene’s blog, realised i’ve found a blog which is based out of singapore that’s into web design. my influence over the years have been people from overseas, the usual zeldmans, kottkes and many others. but never had i come across blogs that are based from singapore with similar interest, where talking about XHTML and CSS will not bring out gasp of horrors or dumbfounded stares.
And as I look deeper into his blogs, i found a few more gems along the way. Vantan and redemption in a blog for starters. these few sites now sit in NetNewsWire…
update – found another snog blog
darn…more good sites to spend my time on now…

Tribolum: The Visuals

coolsite-tribolumblack. my fav color – check out Tribolum: The Visuals
The dark background brings attention to the photographs which are pretty eye-catching. Strong colors and subjects make this site a very good place to surf to.
Lucian’s main site, triboluminescence also contains his blog about web design and technology. and what’s even better, his site is done with XHTML/CSS and validates too! Oh yah, he’s from Singapore too! Check out his About page and learn how CSS changed his life! Though the flame thingy banner is…out of sorts.