Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Blogger Images Part 2


I found this picture in My Pictures directory. Now, while I still remember the popularity of the teddy bear, I can't, no matter how hard I try, recall this particular toy. Who did it belong to? How did that person receive this toy? Perhaps rotitelur can help me remember. Or maybe Anti-Ringgit since he was still with our department at that time.

And if you are wondering what the heck am I doing with these pictures, there's a short story behind all this. Back in 1999, my company bought a webcam. I was experimenting with the webcam and were looking for appropriate models. What was more suitable than all these toys lying around people's desks? So we 'kidnapped' these toys and force 'em to pose for the camera. Heh heh heh.

So please enlighten me on this particular toy. Thanks.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Blogger Images


Blogger has a new button to easily upload image on the Compose window. We don't need the program Hello anymore. It is as simple as creating a link. Take a look at the quick tutorial here.

This will make picture blogging more fun! With just one click I can even determine if the image should appear on the left, right or center. For the purpose of this test, I uploaded this image to the right of my text. Notice how my text are appearing on the left of this image, much like how one would lay it out in a newspaper.

This image was taken using a webcam back in 1999. The teddy bear belonged to an ex colleague, Joey. His trainee gave him the doll when her assignment with the company ended. This doll, I don't remember her name, was an instant hit among the ladies. They would all come to Joey's workstation to marvel at her, gushing incomprehensible, adoring words and drooling all over her. I sometimes wonder if they were really drooling at the doll or at Joey. She was a hit among the guys too. We would peek underneath the dress (OF the doll, not the ladies.. hehehe) . Sadly, there's nothing to see.. LOLZ :D

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Alpha and Synchronicities

Sometimes synchronicity scares the shit out of me. Bahija talked about her personal experience here.

This evening, I attended Alpha course to gain some "heart knowledge". Today was the Introductory session. I bathed and was ready to leave the house when mom told me I have a card. I looked at the card - familiar handwriting, USA postage, 80 cents ... connected the dots and voila, it was from bahija! Came one day early! What timing. Thank you bahija. So, your smallest credit card charges ever was to buy stamps for this? Wow... :D

That was one synchronicity.

I reached the church and the priest was asked to give an introduction. Father Simon looked like Habibi with retro hairstyle and 100 pounds more. It's uncanny. It's unbelievable. This is the other synchronicity.

Sometimes, I am just so humbled.

Probably bahija is the only person who understands today's post.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

postsecret.blogspot.com

Every once in a while I stumbled upon blogs that are just so amazing. Postsecret is one of them. In this blog, people send home-made postcard with their most deepest secrets written on it to this guy, Frank, who will scan the postcards and put them on his blog. His blog is made up of artistic postcards of people's secrets, so it is very easy to read. It's astounding to see all kinds of deep secrets people have. What are yours?

Ross (anti-ringgit), maybe you wanna send a postcard of your secret to Postsecret.. Oh on second thought, don't bother. We all know what it is anyway.. :D

Friday, June 17, 2005

What M$ Didn't Tell You

Do you know that you cannot have the font effect called strikethrough in M$ PowerPoint?
Something as simple as that is not available in PowerPoint. WTF?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Medical Leave

As a team lead, I am always the first person my team contact whenever they could not report for work due to being sick or given the day off by the doctor. I work with a team of 12 people. Normally I would get a SMS or a phone call by the person who could not make it to work.

These days, whenever I hear the standard Nokia sms tone, I'd start guessing who's the person who could not make it. Most of the time I was right. There seemed to be a disturbing trend, especially among the Malays, to call in sick. In my team, we have 2 Malays. The number of medical leave these 2 took over the past 6 months is twice as much as the combined medical leaves of the 10 non-Malays. I am not being racist or anything. The facts speak for itself. I am sure most Malaysian will understand the context I am coming from.

Today, the Malay man told me he had a bad cough and was taking cough medicine so that was why he could not make it. How lame is that?

In retrospect, some of my kwai lo colleagues have the weirdest ailment too. Some took the day off because their dogs puked all over the floor. Others have dentist appointments. Yet others are taking the day off because the plumbing failed. I don't know about you but when I go see the dentist, I do it on the weekends. When I have plumbing problems, I fixed it myself or if the plumber have to come, I'll arrange for him to come on a Saturday.

But see, the kwai lo-s.. while they are "lazy", are efficient when they do come to the office to work. They are focus and they produce results. I can't say much about my two "medically" ill colleagues.

Sometimes, it is no wonder why Malaysia is so slow in our progress when compared to the other countries Down South and Down Under. Can we achieve developed country status by 2020? Looking at the number of medical certificates on my table, I can bet you my ass that we will never reach there because most of the people would have died due to common flu. Ha ha haaaaaaaaaaa.. Good luck Malaysia.

Monday, June 13, 2005

World of Feng Shui

Based on my birthdate, here's what WOFS.com says about me - that I am a male Ox with Water Element:

"Your animal sign is Ox
Your year name is Kway Chou

The Understated Ox Gentleman.
Hard and tough, strong and silent, a planner who plots his stratagem, you are the man who thinks before speaking. You are very sure of yourself and clear about what you want out of life. At times, you would come across as unfeeling and your sense of disdain for others too apparent. Your serene composure and modest exterior makes others misjudge you, as you are brilliant and easily able to assume leadership mantle. You are not very chatty, less flashy and visible though you know what you are talking about because you are widely read and intelligent enough to understand what you read. You are not particularly warm, loving or sentimental with matters of the heart but you are loyal to those you love. You also respond positively to intelligent and knowledgeable people. You like people who are sure of themselves and can communicate clearly. For you, actions speak volumes. You dislike possessiveness in a mate but you are very protective or your family.

The Water Male Ox
First impression may project you as uninteresting, slow and ponderous but your Ox character shines through with grand designs and less determined force. You are more laid back than your Ox brothers but you are more realistic and sensitive to other views. "

HMMMMM......... to people who know me, do you think this is accurate?

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Anne's Birthday

I wrote this blog a few days ago after Anne's birthday but I hesitated to publish it. I guess I'm afraid that my friends will get all "cold" and "geli" - that's the type of feeling one gets when they hear some lovey-dovey story. Some will even puke. You know who you are :D

I received numerous requests (well, if you considered 2 as numerous) from mystic and kimmikanuyi to reveal what I did for her birthday. Again, I hesitated but after hearing feedback from people that it's not laughing material but that it was a sweet of me to do what I did, I decided to post it today.

Can't wait to hear your comment. LOL!

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I am not working today. I took Monday as the replacement leave for Agong's (the King) birthday. You see, whenever a holiday falls on a Saturday, I have a choice of taking a replacement holiday either on the preceding Friday or the upcoming Monday.

Today is also Anne's birthday. She could not take the day off because she has the books to close. The due date is tomorrow and she absolutely have to finish the report by today. It sucks, I know, but what to do. Anyway, I'll be celebrating with her later in the evening.

I spent the whole morning watching Friends Season 9 DVD which I bought a month ago from amazon.com but never had a chance to see it. Friends is still as hilarious as ever. I laughed until my eyes watered. I will miss these guys.

During lunch, an idea popped into my head. I would like to give Anne the card with just a stalk of a really nice and big red rose. But then, would one rose be too cheap? Should I get her a bouquet? I have done that before and getting another bouquet may not be so original anymore. So, what else can I do? Then something struck me. It's brilliant!! I spent the remaining mid morning/ afternoon in Kepong shopping for:

1. 20 beautiful roses from a florist in Kepong Desa Kompleks.
2. Six pieces of mahjong papers.
3. Birthday card and gift (well.. I bought these a week ago.. hehehe..)

Here is a picture of the roses. Aren't they beautiful?
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So, after driving around and sweating in the hot afternoon sun, I reached home and started trimming the roses. I need some of the "batang" so I have to cut them. Here's the result of my work. Notice the mahjong paper and the birthday card.
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Then I started work. I spread the mahjong paper on the floor. I pluck the leaves off the roses and started to arrange them on the paper. The idea here is to make some really lovey, dovey words from the roses. After all, she made me this. Here's the result... the picture below is taken on the floor of my study:
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Do you feel puke-ish yet? Hang on there. You'll definitely puke later.

When the time come to pick her up, I put my work in my car boot. Somehow I have to think of some way to get her to open up the car boot. Here's the result of my beautiful artwork in the car boot. Did you notice the present and the nice purple candle on top of it? The idea is that since we would be stuffed after dinner, why not use the gift as a "cake" and let her blow the candle after I sing the "Happy Birthday" song to her. Am I a romantic or what?
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Needless to say, she was totally BLOWN away!!!!

Cost of roses = RM30
Cost of mahjong paper = RM1.80
The look on her face when she opened the boot = PRICELESS!!!! :D

She kept starring at the car boot for like, a good 15 minutes. I can guarantee you that this was the best birthday she ever had.

Now, how do I top myself next year? Suggestion please......

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Blogging at KLCC



Blogging at KLCC. Anne is working today to finish up some report. I am also supposed to finish my certification package which is due on June 15th. My boss has been chasing me to death for these documentations. As a technical person, I hate documentation.

Anyway, so I decided to bring my notebook, sat in Starbucks KLCC to complete the damn thing. Knowing me, I was distracted. I have Internet access in KLCC. And it only cost RM5 per day! It's so simple. All I have to do is send a SMS to Maxis and they will reply me via SMS with a userid and password. With this userid/password, I could connect wirelessly through Maxis for the WHOLE day! Yup, the service end at 12am on the same day. It is FAST coz it is now a paid service (compared to a free service like in 1 Utama). It's cheaper than any cybercafe. Good old Maxis.

Boy, was I surprised when I logged into my gmail. I have so many comments on my blog from my friends! And rotitelur updated her blog after 4 months. I wish she could blog more so we know what is happening to her life too.

The picture above was taken a few months ago. The iPod belong to anti-ringgit. We wanted to take an iPod with KLCC as the background to be posted in ipodlounge.com's iPod Around The World gallery. Posted by Hello

Update: a kwai lo came over and asked if I am accessing the Internet? I said yes. He used his finger and did circle in the air saying, are you doing it wirelessly. I looked at him and I said yes it is on wireless (in my heart, I am thinking, do you see any wires? :P). He asked if it's free and I said well, some shopping complexes are free (like 1 Utama) but in KLCC it cost $5 per day. He asked if it's USD$5? I said no, RM5 for the whole day. He was blown AWAY. So cheapppppp? Then he thanked me and walked in daze. I bet he's kicking himself for not bringing his iBook over. LOL.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Ashamed of my friends...

A conversation with DroolMan (abridged):

DroolMan says:
ot questions
Ringgit says:
shoot
DroolMan says:
i have been reading your blogs, you really spend a lot of time on it
Ringgit says:
you do? oh. thx.
Ringgit says:
ai.. i dun write everyday lar.
DroolMan says:
and i was wondering, why have you *never* shown Anne to the guys?
DroolMan says:
even though you have been dating for so long
DroolMan says:
and seeing how Anne is so important to you
Ringgit says:
hmm.. i'm thinking.. is this a blog topic? lol
DroolMan says:
could be
Ringgit says:
well.. there is no reason lar
DroolMan says:
then?!
Ringgit says:
it's just that there's no correct timing
Ringgit says:
i dunno..
DroolMan says:
i mean, you have been dating like what, 4 months?
DroolMan says:
and in that period of time you didn't even bring her along with your outings with ZipD, Miss Peace, DogBone and YY??!
DroolMan says:
i was beginning to wonder if you are ashamed of show Anne who your friends (us "seniors") are
DroolMan says:
just like how ZipD refused to allow Miss Peace to drink with us at mamak stall in the early dating/marriage years
Ringgit says:
that's not true wor..
Ringgit says:
it's like this.. i dun see ZipD/Miss Peace as much anymore..
Ringgit says:
it's not like our younger days when we have more 'outings' / mamak sessions. everybody work late and it's kinda difficult to get the right time for everybody. What shld i say? "Let's all go out for a movie this weekend?" .. kinda strange and awkward.
DroolMan says:
yah but seeing your blogs, anne turns out to be THE ONE and usually this justifies a reason to show your friends who she is and also show anne your circle of friends
DroolMan says:
i asked Miss Peace have you shown anne to them and she said no, she asked ZipD, and ZipD being ZipD, it's his gf, if we are important to him to show, he will do it
DroolMan says:
the same thing he said about DogBone's engagement
DroolMan says:
which led to a fallout
Ringgit says:
hmm..
Ringgit says:
well.. i wanted to show her to our friends during Episode 3 but we couldn't make it
Ringgit says:
so it is not me being ashamed or anything but rather waiting for the right opp
DroolMan says:
so make it a point lah and bring her out to meet with the gang
DroolMan says:
i am sure if you ask them to meet, they will sure come one
DroolMan says:
some more everyone is in kepong
Ringgit says:
true.. i am guessing it is not a biggie lor..
Ringgit says:
i mean for me..
DroolMan says:
wei! biggie ok
Ringgit says:
but u r rite.. to ZipD, Miss Peace, DogBone, YY.. it may be a biggie
DroolMan says:
at least to us, we have been bugging you to find a gf and now you found your soul mate, we want to be a part of that process and see her also
Ringgit says:
u see, to me it is not a biggie because u guys already went through all these.. in fact.. u r in higher stages.. already like being father and such
Ringgit says:
so me dating Anne is like child's play in comparison
DroolMan says:
anyway, like i said, you cannot assume that just because we have gone through it, we are not keen to know about your progress
DroolMan says:
it is always a new perspective when someone goes through the experience of sharing love
DroolMan says:
take my word for it, make it a point to show anne to the gang, i am sure they will appreciate that you're sharing the news about you two with them
DroolMan says:
i am grateful that you told me about her at least when i read your blog, i could relate to your topics and appreciate your thoughts in the "stories" that you tell

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Was I ashamed of my friends? I don't think so. I talked about them to Anne all the time. It's just that I've not brought her out to meet them. I brought her home to meet my parents, so why not meet my friends?

I have no answers at that time of our conversation. Today, I have put some thoughts into this and have analyzed my subconscious action. The answer is simple. I am a very private person and have always been. I remember one conversation I had with ZipD years ago. He complained that I never told him what I did or where I was going or who I met. All I said was, "I'm not free coz I am meeting a friend." No friend's name. No mention of meeting place. ZipD, on the other hand, will start telling you in details who he's meeting, where they are meeting, the exact time of the meeting, what they plan to do, etc. DroolMan would go into the same level of detail. That's why they could not comprehend why I didn't go into details and why the secrecy. Like I said, it's my private self. I have changed since then. I will tell him (and my other friends who called) where I am and who I am with but deep down inside I always wonder if they really care who I am out with or what I am doing.

My private self resulted in me not calling my friends or asking them out. If you know me, you would attest to this strange behaviour. The day I called you on the phone is like the day the moon turned blue. They know this. So they are the one who call or they are the one who stopped by my house and asked me out. I am a strange man. So, even after meeting Anne, I am still behaving like my own self - I still don't call people out.

Another reason could be due to all my failures in the past. Why bother to introduce the girl when it usually didn't work out anyway. Granted things are very different with Anne now but I am thinking that perhaps the ghosts of the past are still haunting me. So again, I work on this :)

I still also stand by what I said earlier that there wasn't any real opportunity to meet up. I mean, I can't ask Anne to meet my friends for the very first time in mamak where everybody is in their worn-out t-shirts and smelly shorts. It reminded of one blind date that Tai Lo wanted to set me up. Instead of having it in some air conditioned restaurant for dinner, he set me up with the date on a Saturday morning for breakfast! The venue was Restaurant Lim Kee, your typical coffee shop with 5 hawker stalls and lots of heat, grim and dirt. What sort of sane person would set up blind date like that? It spelled D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R right before I even meet the potential girl. That's Tai Lo for you. Insensitive!

Of course, like DroolMan said, it is an excuse. If I were to ask ZipD and wife out for a dinner in 1 Utama or Montes to meet up with Anne, they would have cheered. So, yeah... I'll work on it. OK?

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Grab the first mutant you see...

I chatted with Droolman today. I didn't know that he's a silent reader of my blog. Seems like I do have some other fans.. hey.. to all those fans who are shy, please say something in the comment so I know who you are :P

We talked about an interesting topic. I asked his permission to c&p our chat into my blog. I will post that later. I reminded him that I c&p one of our converstaions verbatim last year. Did he read that? He said no. I gave him the link. We both read the old blog together.

It seemed that he gave me an ultimatium last year.. that if I don't find a gf by my next birthday, I should just grab the first mutant I see. Somehow things fall into place and I do find one and she's no mutant. So, PHEWWW! But it is good to read back on our old conversations. Good times!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Tai Lo

I met up with Pata and Tai Lo a few days ago. Tai Lo came back from his assignment in USA. He missed his wife and son so much he decided not to continue with the assignment and instead looked into opportunity to start his own business in Malaysia. He's not one who likes to "tar kung" (be an employee) anyway so I guess it was quite easy for him to make the decision. 'sides, he's LOADED, so money is not a problem.

I told Tai Lo and Pata about Anne. They were very happy for me. Tai Lo made a profound statement. He said, so now that you are at a different level (stage, "keng kai"), do you find that life is richer and worth living? Pata's wife is two or three months pregnant and Tai Lo said he's moving onto a fatherhood stage. He said different stage is very different and not boring (sien).

I was speechless. I never expected a wise statement from someone like Tai Lo. He's always the blur type so this is really something unexpected and because of that, the statement hold water. Hmm.. profound.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

What's Your Style

Anne told me about her girl friend, SC, who was recently attached to a guy who works in a bank. SC told Anne that her boyfriend did not confess his feelings to her. All he did was grab her hand in a movie and since she 'allowed' it, he took it for granted that they are now a couple. However, SC really want to hear him say it. So, while they may be holding hands, she is harbouring a doubt.

This is an interesting blog topic because basically guys have two 'methods' of expressing their intention. The first method is what we called 'action speaks louder than words'. The second method is of course, using words.

The Action-oriented Guys dare not say how they feel. Instead they have lots of tricks up their sleeves (si kiew). They employ tactics such as grabbing the girl's hand during a movie or when crossing a road. If the girl did not pull back, the Action Guy would take it that she meant 'yes, I agree to be your girlfriend'. He would not feel a need to clarify this later and would take it that they are a couple from now onwards.

The Words Guys, on the other hand, will tell the girl how he feels and then asks if they should move ahead as a couple. Some will outright say how he feel while other will use a different variant such as saying things like 'Can I hold your hand?'

So which type are you?

For the ladies, which type is/was your boyfriend/husband/ex when they 'confessed' their love to you?

Naturally, I'm the Words-Guy :P

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