Thursday, August 25, 2005

Google Talk & Google Desktop Search

Google launched a new instant messaging program called Google Talk.





In addition, check out Google Desktop Search version 2. You will NOT regret installing this!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Express Cut

Someone recommended me to go for this Express Cut in Ikano. It cost rm12 for a hair cut. This concept came from Japan. The idea was that you could have a quick and hygienic haircut in just 10 minutes.

This morning I went to the shop. I have no time for a hair cut and I thought of giving this a try. It’s a small shop with a few hairdressers. You have to line up and wait for your turn. As I was sitting there, a lady came in. She was the rich aunty type. I thought she was coming for a rm12 hair cut and I laughed to myself. It turned out that her maid was having the haircut, not her.

A few minutes later, another aunty came with her maid. Then a nerdy and bespectacled student came. A while later, an old man. Okie.. I said to myself. Obviously I am really out of place here. I felt kinda cheap. I mean, here I was, dressed for work and now I am waiting in line with maids, old man and student. I wished I could just disappear! But I am next in line so I gave it another minute.

The cut was not that bad. It’s cheap and fast.. but the waiting and the take on my dignity is just not worth it.

P.S. This blog was written on MS Word and the Blogger Toolbar for Word. It works like a charm!

Manager's Birthday

Last Friday was my manager’s birthday. The team decided to surprise her. We started collecting money. On that day, we bought 5 stalks of sunflowers and decorated her workstation with balloons. I brought camera to capture the event.

She was struck speechless when she came into the office to see all the decorations. Later we went for Italian lunch and at 3pm we sang birthday song and had two birthday cakes. Someone bought a really special candle. Upon lighting up, the candle blossom like a flower into 6 little candles and it played the “Happy Birthday” tune. It’s really cute.

On our birthdays, boss will always get a cake. It’s almost like a culture. What people do not know is that these expenses come from her own pocket. She can’t claim from the company. So, when it is her turn, we wanted to do something special for her. Unfortunately, not everyone was cooperative. My manager used to manage two teams. This year, she manages our team. For her birthday, we asked for rm20 contribution from people from both teams. Unfortunately, her previous team mates refused to contribute so much. They rather buy their own gifts. Cheaper they said. That made buying present, flowers and cake difficult. A few of us have to top up. Sometimes, I really wonder.. how come people don’t return the favour that other people do for them? Is it really the manager’s responsibilities to buy cakes for your birthday or is it really out of her own kindness? Sometimes, our manager will have party and barbeque in her house. Again these are expenses from her own pocket. I don’t know why but there are colleagues who just like to take things for granted. What a bunch of cheapskate.

Oh well.. there are different kind of people in the world eh?

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Blogger for Word toolbar

NEWS! for the paranoia among you who wanted to blog in the office but is afraid to let people know - now you can pretend to type a Word document but you are actually typing a blog. LOL.

What's more, you can use Word's spelling and grammar check to ensure your blog has no spelling mistakes ;)

"Google released this week a Blogger for Word toolbar that lets people post musings directly to their Google Blogger sites from Microsoft Word.

Blogger for Word is a free downloadable plug-in that enables users to easily save a Word document as a post to their Blogger blog without having to open a browser, as well as save drafts of blogs and edit their work offline for later posting.

You need to have a free Blogger account and be using Windows 2000 or higher and Word 2000 or higher."

First Impression

Doctor Love asked about first impression. Here's what I commented in his/her website:

Let's see.. I had had many dates and I personally feel that 1st impression is very important. I am sure the ladies will vouch for this.

Of course, I'd make sure I dress well and proper. No jeans and round neck T-shirts. I would also bring the girl to a really nice restaurant. What's important is that we have ample time to talk.. so the restaurant has to be the atmospheric and quiet type of restaurant where we could talk to find out about each other.

Normally, some couples will go for movies during their first dates. As for myself, I don't believe that we should go to movies. Years ago, I read in the papers that some people went for movies because they have nothing much to talk about during first dates and movies are a good place to escape.

For me, I'd rather much find out about each other than use a movie to mask the fact that we don't have much to talk. Movies can be a 2nd date thingy.

How do I feel during the meeting? Well it depends on the partner and the liking level I have on the girl. If I like her a lot, I tend to be very kan cheong (anxious). I'd try to please her by thinking of interesting things where we can talk about. Sometimes, I lost interest and at those moments I'd be bored.

Do I call them again after our first date? Definitely? I usually give us at least 3 dates to get to know each other before deciding.. That's how it is.

Heh heh.

'Twas a beautiful evening

It was a beautiful Friday evening. As I drove to KL to pick up Anne, the sky turned dark due to an impending thunderstorm. And yet, the sun shone brightly. This contrasting dark sky with a bright sun made all the buildings in KL shone like a shinning star in the midst of a dark cloud. Look at the picture to the right. You can see how beautiful the city is.

Looking back to a week ago when we were all choking at the dust particles from the forest fire in Indonesia, this view is a welcome sight indeed. Makes one appreciate a clear and sunny sky.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Haze blown over to Ipoh

This morning, KL is free of haze... but it's not gone from Malaysia. As you can see, it is now in Ipoh... I hope Droolman bought masks in preparation for this. After a week of being shrouded in perpectual brown-like mist, it is strange to finally be able to see clear sky and beautiful white clouds. Sort-of put one in perspective of the things we took for granted, such as clear air...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Wader

So I was eating in the lounge area because it was just too hazardous to eat outside. Opposite me was this Malay lady on her cell. What struck me as strange was her weird accent. Was she trying to be American or British? Or was it just a Malay trying to sound like a foreigner. I mean, come on.. if you want to pretend, show some class. Otherwise, please speak English like a normal Malaysian.

This reminded me of the good old days when I used to laugh at my ex-colleague Joey. Whenever he talked to an Australian on the phone, he would speak in his acquired Australian accent. Instead of water, he said "wader". Instead of Good morning, he said "G'day mike". It has been a source of debate between the two of us. I cringed at the pretentions. He claimed that if he doesn't speak like them, they don't understand him. I am like, whatever.. coz how come they understand me perfectly? At least Joey only puts on the fake accent when he talks to an Australian on the phone. In any other conversation with his local Malaysians, he speaks like a true-breed Malaysians.

Numeronean, on the other hand, puts on the accent irregardless of who he's speaking to. Numeronean is an old friend of mine. He has stayed for 7 years in Australia (for school). Then he came back for a few years but now he's in Australia for good. During the few years when he came back, he'd like to speak with that accent. I remember one particular incident. We were in this restaurant, not very high class but it is an air cond restaurant so it's not too bad. The waiter was a Malay. Our friend asked for a napkin in that "Oh waiter, do you suppose you could get me a napkin, please?" tone. Our waiter looked at him and blinked. He obviously did not understand a word he said. Numeronean repeated the question, this time with a tinge of indignation. The waiter stared again. I interrupted him and said to the waiter "Tissue, please!" He brightens up and went to get us what we wanted. Numeronean started to complain about the sad state of command of English of the waiter. I looked at him and said this is Malaysia. We speak like Malaysian, not Australian. Why do you have to be so pretentious? He said he can't help it. I thought it was just pure bullshit.

I have many friends who studied in other countries for years. Not all of them came back with an accent. They could put up one if they want to. Most of them did not. What about you?

We Are All Going To Die

The haze has worsen. My company is giving out 3M mask to everybody. Even someone as vain as I am is already wearing it. I kiasi...

To give you a perspective.. I went to buy lunch just now. I was standing at the Celcom shop. I almost cannot see the KFC sign/restaurant at the end of the block. That's two blocks away.. almost 300 meters. From Celcom, I could see that the building I worked at is shrouded completely in haze.

We are all going to die.

The mask does not really help. I could breathe in particles even with the mask. My eyes are stinging even though I have been staying indoors. It's not safe indoors because the damn smoke seeped through the doorway into the office.

HELPPPP!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Cough Cough

The haze is worsening. Visibility is almost 1km. Everybody is coughing or on medical leave. Heck, even in the office, a fully air conditioned environment, we can smell the dry, dirty, particles in the room.

I used to think that the haze in March 2005 was bad. Imagine, it was just 5 months ago!!

Today's haze is the worst of the lot. In March 2005, I could barely made out the IKEA signboard from LDP. This morning, I could not see the signboard! Not even the shape. From Penchala Link, I could not even see Anti Ringgit's row of houses! That's like maybe 1km away.

I don't remember hearing about haze when I was in secondary school. Now it's a twice yearly affair! How could life and situation worsen instead of improving?

God, please help us.

Anne's Songs


I'm still sending songs to Anne.. here's the latest updates.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Updates

I feel like I have to write something - at least to update my fellow fans on what's been happening lately. Believe it or not, I am actually busy at work! In between work and Anne, my days seem to fly by. I don't have time for games much less to go out for drinks with friends.

I have bought 3 games in the past 3 months. Original games mind you because we need original games for online play. I have Splinter Cell which I bought to play coop with ZipD. We had fun. But now I should be playing the single player campaign but I just didn't have the time. Recently I bought Battlefield 2, due to urgings from ZipD. Unfortunately I have only spend like an hour in this game. ZipD, the Devil himself, have not been playing too. Celaka. RM100 down the drain. And finally, I bought GTA: SA from amazon. It's with bahija now. Waiting for her to come back. I do hope I can find time for GTA. I love this game.

I have another hobby and that's watching movies. For the past few months, I have watched only 5 movies! I know, I know, I am dating and so why weren't we watching every the movies in town? I have no ideas. I guess we enjoyed each other's company so much we don't have time for movies. LOL! It's ok though. I did watch all the summer flicks.. so I am still up to date.

Somehow or other, for reasons unknown, I have been having a peaceful 2 weekends from The Fly. Phew to that. I don't miss him at all.

On the relationship front, Anne and I are getting along real well. I guess the word is stronger so yeah, our r'ship is getting stronger. She is the one :) She's a really nice girl. I said in one of my previous posts that I wanted to dedicate a post on her. I guess I don't see a point. Words can't describe how wonderful she is. So we'll just leave it at that currently, k?

What else?

Looks like that's all there is to update.

Comments? Ideas?

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