Thursday, June 30, 2005

Took my breath away...

went and caught initial d today... and it was great.. jay chou is so cute.. well.. he didn't talk much in the show.. but it was ok.. i enjoyed it quite a bit :) but but BUT you know why you should go and watch the show?? Cos of the trailer for Chronicles of Narnia!

It really took my breath away... and all i can say is watching the trailer in the movie theatre was, "WOOOOWWW!!!"

I hasn't felt that sensation ever since i first caught LOTR - Fellowship of the Ring in the theatre.. errm... at least 4 years ago.

I'm so looking forward to Dec 9, 2005!!!!

p/s Swan Lake by the Royal Ballet took my breath away too... but i was a bit too far from the stage.. but the costumes were wonderful.. and it was still amazing how the same familiar swan lake theme music can sound so upbeat and optimistic in the begining to sad and tragic at the end... or is it just me??

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Random question for the day

since bill gates, the richest man on earth is coming here, does it mean that he will be flying into singapore in his private jet instead of commerical???

need to ask my friend who works in the airport for the answer.

o/s i don't know of anyone who owns a private jet. i'm moving in the wrong social circle. *sob* *sob*

Monday, June 27, 2005


never in my life have i come across an Shiba-Inu. This is a breed of dog that originated from Japan and am relted to the National Dog of Japan. One of the most famous dog is called Chuken Hachiko. I was barely 7 or 8 years old when i saw the movie titled," Hachiko monogatari". This show tells the true story of the super loyal akita, Hachiko. Hachiko waited for her master everyday at the train station for his return from work. One day master didn't turn up as he suffered a heart attack and had died at work. Hachiko continued to wait at the train station without fail until his own death 9 years later. That's loyalty. After watching the show.. i remembered i was so upset that i just couldn't stop crying. the dog just waited there everyday for the master to come home.. despite being given away, sick, and eveything. Without fail.. every single day, he'd turn up and be at the train station waiting for the 4 o'clock train for his master. I do wish to get a copy of the movie.. if ever. Hrrmpp.. maybe i can ask my friend who's going to Japan later this month to help me get.

You can read more of A moving story of an older dog.

Anyway...guess wat... someone i know has a shiba-inu... ain't she the sweetest?

She's so shy...

moves so fast that i can only snap a picture of her so perfect curly-wirly tail.

Isn't she cute? with perfect pointy ears too!

i wish that she belongs to me...i need to go down and check out the pet shop now!

P/s this is how she will look like when she is all grown up.

P/s/s oh and i have been walking around in my house going, "我要狗!"

Saturday, June 25, 2005

World's Richest Man here!!

Did you know that Bill Gates was coming to Singapore.. i had gotten news earlier.. but was a bit slack in signing up for the free seminar on the future of computing including latest updates on upcoming product releases such as SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and Longhorn. Unfortunately.. registration is no closed.. unless someone can offer to sneak me in.

hrrrmmpp.. it's always interesting to hear about technological advances... however, it is always a concern.. especially for professional in my field of laggards left behind. While it is great that our country has the funds to be able to maintain a certain acceptance level.. lots of time.. libraries do charge fees for cost recovery... rather than profit making... stuff for databases, equipment to access the information etc. Probably you can blame it on the vendors, middle man.. etc.. and not on the technology. However.. is there a way of making information accessible to all equally? For the learned and uneducated.. rich and the poor? Otherwise known as the digital divide...

hrrmmp.. i do wonder sometimes...

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Dragon Rider

Finally got the opportunity to finish a book that i had bought quite some time ago titled Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. Let me say that i was swept away by the book.

I had no idea what the book was about... or even why the book was called dragon rider in the first place. So, i picked it up.. and tried reading the first chapter.

Very easy read.. and the author captures your attention immediately... Rat runs to the dragons and reports that humans are coming .. and they are out to flood the valley where the dragons are with water, putting their survival at risk. The only way out is to find the Rim of Heaven, where dragons have a safe haven. However, the location is lost and Firedake the dragon, together with Sorrel the brownie, sets off from Ireland or Scotland (i suspect) to the Himalayas. this settles the why and the where... oh.. and there's the who.. the Golden one that Firedrake has to watch out for.

In the quest to locate the Rim of Heaven, Firedrake managed to pick up Ben, a homeless human orphan, meets/runs into a variety of mystical creatures, some that endangers their lives, and others that become trustworthy allies.

So, read to find out who the dragon rider is, why he plays such a central role in this fantasy-advennture.. and if and how Firedrake locate the Rim of Heaven.

p/s Wanna guess how old am i?? :D

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Counting my blessings...

i'm feeling really melancholy right now.. and i don't know i'm using the word correctly or the right term (can't really be bothered to check the dictionary now)... something triggered me to be in this mood.. read on and you will understand.

Just that sometimes.. i just find that i have so much to be thankful for despite of wat other say or how they tease me .. i do know that they are purely doing it in jest or just trying to irritate me.

As much as i would like to upgrade many things.. earn lots of money, travel the world....have nice holidays... buy nice things and live a luxurious life..

i'm thankful for a trusty with so much character and wind-up windows :-) ( yeah.. who on earth drives such a car now??).. i don't think that i will want to change the car at all or put her out of her misery as someone is so fond of saying. She's like me... loves life!! A old fashioned and bulky laptop that is so reliable that hasn't given me any problems at all, A job in a field that i so love that i can impact and influence others, colleagues and peers who work together so well despite of the shifts and long hours. Friends whom i know are willing to put up with me and my idiosyncrasies... complaining... bitching... for making me feel loved... especially those who are so far away. Parents who are healthy and supportive... and after so many years.. realise where my talents (non-existent) and interests lie.

i know that i'm probably one of those individuals who will not make it rich given my field and interests.. but yeah... overall.. i think that i will be happy with the road that i travel on.

Who wouldn't? when you have colleagues 'reserving you' to go for dinner (so unexpectedly), friends who make sure that your day wouldn't be spent alone, and more friends buying treats like hair cuts and massages??

i especially want to thank someone whom i know reads this blog occasionally. Thank you for the tickets... knowing that you got them for me triggered a whole lot of memories. Thank you for caring and remembering. i wish you all the best too.

p/s: darn.. sounds like a award recipient's speech huh?

p/s/s: sometimes i wonder.. if things happen this way cos what goes round comes around?

p/s/s/s: reminds me of this great book that i had read and am keen to get my hands on for a personal copy, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton

p/s/s/s/s: which reminds me of the new stop-motion animation movie by Tim Burton titled, The Corpse Bride voiced by several A-listers such as Johnny Depp, Emily Watson and Helena Bonham-Carter.

p/s/s/s/s/s: And cos of the stop-motion animation, i'm so keen and all hyped up about the first ever full length Wallace and Gromit movie titled, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit to be out really soon..

p/s/s/s/s/s/s: isn't funny how my mind works?? Jumping all over the place and linking different stuff together?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Wat kind of blogger are you?

You Are a Life Blogger!

Your blog is the story of your life - a living diary.
If it happens, you blog it. And make it as entertaining as possible.

i did this test for cos i like the picture... nice huh?

p/s.. honestly... i blog for my own amusement.. and to relate funny or amusing things that happen to me or around me.

My future toilet

Pearls before Swine

i do have the strongest feeling that someday... i'd have a toilet like that... cos as of now.. i'm already running out of place to store my books.. and yes.. toilet reading is one of the best kind of reading there is. i'm sure that the millions of people who read while in the toilet will agree with me.

Monday, June 13, 2005

One more place for me to visit...

Check this out... Roald Dahl has his museum and story centre in Great Missenden, the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl (1916-1990) lived and wrote many of his well loved books.

And they opened over last weekend. All the more reason for me to go and see the world!!!

p/s a round-the-world ticket would be a most wondrous, fantastical, out-of-the-world gift..

p/s/s.. yes.. i do realise that it is a dream... but one day.. i'll get there.. either round-the-world or to visit the Roald Dahl museum... for with dreams come ambitions... that's what a friend told me.

Birthdays and Aging..


Sigh... i can relate to that.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Neil Gaiman's Visit to Singapore

Here are the details for all Neil Gaiman's fans

July 5th, 2005
4.30 - 6.30 pm
Book signing at Kinokuniya
391 Orchard Road Ngee Ann City #03-10/15 Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Singapore 238872 Tel: (65)6737-5021 Fax: (65)6738-0487

Neil Gaiman's talk at library@orchard chaired by Peter Schoppert, Chairman, Singapore Writers Festival, followed by Q&A. Organised by the British Council and the National Library Board

July 6th, 2005
6 pm
Signing at Borders
#01-00 Wheelock Place 501 Orchard Road Singapore, 238880
Phone: 6235.7146 Fax: 6235.4981


I'd be bring my copy of Coraline for him to sign :)

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Celebrating 端午节 (Duan Wu Jie)

looks like i spoke too soon regarding the rain. However.. the shower didn't last too long.. and honestly.. the weather's not much cooler.

Anyway.. it's 3rd of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar 五月初三 today you know wat it means? it means that chinese families all around the world are making and tying up rice dumplings or zhong zi (粽子) to celebrate Duan Wu Jie (端午节)on sat (which falls on 5th of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, 五月初五).

The festival is deeply rooted in chinese history and culture to commemorate a great patriot poet, Qu Yuan (屈原). Legend has it that Qu Yuan served in the court of Emperor Huai during the Warring States (475 - 221 BC). He was a wise and erudite man. His ability and fight against corruption antagonized other court officials. They exerted their evil influence on the Emperor, so the Emperor gradually dismissed Qu Yuan and eventually exiled him. During his exile, Qu Yuan did not give up. He traveled extensively, taught and wrote about his ideas. His works, the Lament (Li Sao), the Nine Chapters (Jiu Zhang), and Wen tian, are masterpieces and invaluable for studying ancient Chinese culture. He saw the gradual decline of his mother country, the Chu State. And when he heard that the Chu State was defeated by the strong Qin State, he was so despaired that he ended his life by flinging himself into the Miluo River.

Legend says after people heard he drowned, they were greatly dismayed. Fishermen raced to the spot in their boats to search for his body. Unable to find his body, people threw zongzi, eggs and other food into the river to feed fish, so hoped to salvage his body. Since then, people started to commemorate Qu Yuan through dragon boat races (赛龙舟), eating zongzi and other activities, on the anniversary of his death, the 5th of the fifth month.
(taken from here)

Singapore's no exception. This weekend, there'd be a dragon boat race at the Bedok reservoir. And come July (don't know why it is so late this year) there'd be the annual Singapore Dragon Boat Festival at the Marina Bay. You can go to Singapore Dragon Boat Association for more details.

It's one of my favorite festivals as my lunar birthday is always celebrated together with this festival. Every year, instead of eating longevity noodles, i'd be eating tons of rice dumplings instead. And guess what i'd be doing today? Yup.. helping my mum make dumplings! (errr.. i have yet to learn the right method in tying rice dumplings.. but i will get there!!)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Darn hot...

Was trying to figure out what the temperature was over the past week. Found a fortnightly outlook from the Meteorological Services Division of Singapore.

Honestly.. it doesn't make sense to me. All i know that that even though they predicted that there will be thunderstorms in the first 2 weeks of june. it hasn't happened yet (at least to my knowledge). Didn't help that i was out in the sun most of the time in the past week. All i know that it's so hot that drinking buckets of water didn't help.. neither did the coca-cola... (urban legend: if you drink it lukewarm.. it's supposed to keep the cough and sore throat away) and i'm getting sick.

A simple walk to the bus stop or car leaves me drenched in my perspiration. How???