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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."

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?

?? - 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 cig…

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!!

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.

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.

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 d…

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. H…