Sunday, May 28, 2006

Nike+iPod

For those who goes to gym and are OCD about statistics:

http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/

"You don’t just take iPod nano on your run. You let it take you. Music is your motivation. But what if you want to go further? Thanks to a unique partnership between NIKE and Apple, your iPod nano becomes your coach. Your personal trainer. Your favorite workout companion. Introducing Nike+iPod."

"The Sport Kit allows your Nike+ shoe to talk to your iPod nano. The sensor uses a sensitive accelerometer to measure your activity, then wirelessly transfers this data to the receiver on your iPod nano."

"Sync up after you cool down. Just as seamlessly as it syncs your music, photos, and calendars, iPod nano also syncs your run. Simply connect iPod nano to your Mac or PC, and your workout data syncs to both iTunes and nikeplus.com, where you can see your runs, set goals, and challenge friends. The Internet is an open road."

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Blog vs Reality

Conversation with a friend in a coffee shop:

Ringgit: Have you read my latest blog entry?
Friend: No, what is it about?
Ringgit: You read first, then we discussed..

As I utter the words above, it struck me that I should not use blog as a means to replace actual human to human conversation - this explains the lack of entries these days - because I interact with people more and more...

Or is that an excuse for not writing?

Birthday ideas..

Anne's birthday is approaching soon. What should I get her? Any ideas?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

?? - Friends

I know some of my readers have been waiting anxiously for my write up on CK. I know I promised to write about it but one week after the incident, I just don’t feel like talking about it. It was a sad affair. I cried my balls out. On the day of the funeral, the band played some of those oldies song that we all love during schools and those are major tear jerkers. The song was chosen by CK’s wife. She said it’s his favourites: Beyond’s ???? (Hoi Foot Tin Hoong), Alan Tham’s ?? (Pang Yau, Friends) and as the last song, she dedicated “Yat Lou Soon Foong” (not sure who sang the song but it means “have a safe journey”)… wah lau… seriously, with those songs playing during a funeral, it’s hard not to cry.

Many of our school friends came – even those that we have not kept in touch for a long, long time. Loochoomus, Daniel, The Fly and myself went all 3 days. We are CK’s closest friends. WSL came for the wake and the funeral. She was our Form 6 friend and our badminton kakis. Daniel lit up a cigarette for CK and smoke “with him”, tears flowing down his cheek. This is one part of Daniel I didn’t get to see. I didn’t know he placed so much emphasis on friendship.

We are a close group. Every one of us have many years of histories together. I have known CK since Form 1. That’s almost 20 years of being friends.. studying together for 5 years and then playing badminton almost every week for the next 5-10 years. What’s more, we always hang out in his place for mah jong and chor dai dee during CNY. He was my remiser. I could still remember one of our outings where we played squash and he was pretty riled up when I boasted how good I was at squash. Even though he has no sneakers, he insisted of playing with me. I beat him flat and he had slight back injury because he wore his leather shoe. Back in KL, a girl took care of him because of his back ache. He thought that was really nice of her. They hooked up and he married her. I’d like to think that I indirectly match make them (

CK was not the first in our group to part from this world. Back in Form 6, our dear Kai Chai left us because of leukemia. He was a very smart lad. Even though he missed a lot of classes due to his condition, he was always one of the top students in our school. I remembered crying a lot during his funeral too. Then, there was Ayam Togel. He wasn’t very close because he was lan si. Nevertheles, he was also part of our class. Ayam Togel was with me since Standard 2 but I never like him. He was another intelligent fellow. Went to UM for Comp Sc, graduated and then worked in a big insurance company. Was diagnosed with brain tumour and his life went downhill since then. Heard that he has to wear diapers because he could not control his, um, discharge and people shunned him because of the smell. Poor guy.

Makes you think really hard about life, eh?

R.I.P CK, Kai Chai and Ayam Togel.
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Sangria

Sangria is a popular drink in Spain. It is very easy to make. I learned about Sangria during CNY when one of my colleagues who is from South America showed us how to make that drink.

To make Sangria, all you need is a bottle of red wine, a bottle of F&N carbonated orange soda (soft drinks and not the usual syrup), some fresh fruits – oranges, pears, apples or watermelons, and ice.

Cut the fruits into small blocks. Pour red wine and soda together.. more soda than red wine so the drink is sweet. Put ice cubes. Serve.

YUM!!

Monday, May 08, 2006

CK

I have known CK since he joined our class in Form 2 Ferrum. He was 34 year old this year. Yesterday evening, he passed away due to heart failure. It was very sudden. All of us were shocked to our bones. He worked very hard - perhaps too hard - it was his work which caused his departure. He was survived by a young wife and a 6 month old son. His son does not know the father. I am saddened beyond words but I just want to say that CK was an honest man with lots of principles. All his life, he was one of the first to extend a helping hand to friends, family and colleagues even though it meant going out of his way to do something. Very dependable guy, very hardworking, very thoughtful and considerate. Sometimes, it is hard to accept that someone like him would go - just like that.

The wake is tomorrow. I'll write more later.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Readers

It just occured to me that having people you know reading your blog stops you from writing which defeats the whole purpose of a blog. Bummer.

I am sure many of my fellow writers would agree.

LOL.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Dead Pixel

So yesterday my new Dell monitor arrived... and guess what? One dead pixel, this time, at the lower right. This dead pixel is pink, instead of blue. It could only be seen on a white background. The previous Dell monitor's dead pixel, which was in the middle of the screen, was blue in colour and could only be seen in a black background.

I am not entirely satisfied with this LCD, but I am also too tired to return it. I can't imagine myself going back to CRT after a wonderful experience with widescreen LCD. I am guessing that dead pixel would appear anyway (dead pixels are caused by failure of individual transistors) in the future.. so returning it may not help. Who knows, maybe if I returned it and buy my third monitor, I may get another lemon with 3 dead pixels or worse!

Anne thinks I should not return it. She said that I may get another lemon like I did with this second monitor. She claimed that there is "no absence of beauty, just lack of discovery". She said I will discover the beauty in this monitor.

Bahija thinks I should return it.

My father said that if I am serious about buying the widescreen, I should not return and instead keep this one. After all, it's just a speck of dust.

What would you do, if you are in my situation?

P.S. I could return it within 15 days of purchase. I will be refunded fully. I just need to pay the rm80 shipping charge. I have already paid rm80 to return my first monitor.

Inclement Weather

I learned about this word two years ago. I called a someone in Canada and I was told that their offices are closed "due to inclement weather". Checking the dictionary, I learned that inclement weather means severe weather. Yesterday, KL, especially Section 17 PJ faced one of the worst weather we have ever seen. Roofs flew off, trees uprooted, the glass door in front of my office's lobby shattered. I don't think Malaysia has ever seen such wrath.

If you notice, weather has a roundabout change this year. What used to be a humid and hot Chinese New Year month in February turned out to be a rainy day. Just last month, Subang faced a major storm that uprooted many trees. Then Shah Alam and Giant hypermart was flooded.

Yesterday night, my Taman was shrouded in mist... almost like Genting Highlands.

I have been bitching about hot weather and haze almost every year. Is this the answer? Hmmm... albeit all these chaos, it has been pretty cool and 'breezy' and good-feel. HMMMM...

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ads

These are some of the most ingenious and yet, low budget advertisements that I have ever saw:
http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/

Don't WhatsApp /SMS when driving

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