Wednesday, March 29, 2006

How much time do I have?

There have been a couple of very shocking news recently.

The Nanyang Chronicle(not updated), reported a student who peeped in the female toilet and got caught when the er.. peepee (the one who suay suay kena peeped at) alerted the campus security and found the peeping tom in some CCTV footage. Apparently, this guy holds an important leadership position in the university. I've heard unconfirmed rumours and everyone seems to know who he is but I humji so I won't be revealing anything more than that. Anyway, he has sinced stepped down and was also evicted. How in the world did someone with such values hold an important leadership position like that? And for someone in such a position, why would he be so dumb to go peeping around in the female toilet? Check your hormones man.

There's a worse unconfirmed rumour going around that sounds too scary to be true, and if it was, seems to question the state of campus security. It's most probably a false rumour but still, it is good to take extra precaution. Just don't go jogging alone in the middle of the night.

Then there's the passing of Colonel Bernard Tan. Shocking not because I was close to him. I'm not his immediate subordinate. But I seem to recall that he gave a number of speeches during some brigade and battalion events, and that we were on the same boat all the way back in Brunei during the 3rd Guards training frame. I think he wanted to inspect his men around the river area and so he was on my boss' boat.

That was the first time I saw him and my first impression was that he looks too damn young for a colonel. He must have been some high-flyer. Then I heard the news and the shock was that this guy was only 39. And the fact that he was afterall, someone from Bedok Camp II as well makes it all the more relevant. Besides, sudden collapse and death was not like an accident where there seemed to be something to blame.

How do we know the same thing won't happen to us? This reminded me of someone from SI who was even younger and probably healthier but passed away suddenly too. Youth does not grant any form of immunity. If anything, it probably serves as a false sense of security. I'm young, so I won't die yet. I don't expect myself to die yet.

How do we know how much time we have left? You have all these things that you want to do and fulfill but then you get shortchanged and it's over in an instant. I wish I could say I try to live my life to the fullest but that is so not true. I am cowardly most of the time, never daring to try something new or radical, and staying in my comfort zone. Is that how it should be? Will I be glad with what I had when I kena shortchanged?

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Miscellaneous Rant

Hmm, I think I'm pretty lame. I have just realised that my recent posts involve chiobus or sex in some way or another. Damn.

Anyway, I was over in NUS on Friday to play some basketball with Cheng Guan et al. They arranged it at 2pm so I decided to meet with him for some lunch before playing. It was my third time over at NUS and I was not very familiar with that place. However, I do know where the Central Library was so I SMSed him and planned to wait for him there. I didn't really know where the actual library was so I just sat on the steps around this huge atrium that had a bookstore and a lift nearby.

The lift must be the access to the library because there was a constant flow of people walking past the atrium to the lift. Of course, there were some pretty girls around. But the most amazing thing was that there was like, at least one chiobu in the atrium at any one time!! For the entire 45 mins I was there people-watching! (because dear Cheng Guan decided to fly aeroplane).

That outright defies the LCD (Law of Chiobu Distribution) man!! I don't see anything like that near the Lee Wee Nam Library! This is outrageous! NUS is hoarding all the pretty undergraduates! I think I must complain and send an email to all the students in NTU like the Malaysian student who complained about the NTU lecturers' standards of English.

Speaking of which, the standards of English for a minority of our professors are, admittedly, not very comprehensible but they are no doubt, fugging smart people. So why doesn't he just ask them and clarify what he doesn't understand? Rather than complaining with his email, he can put it to better use by emailing his lecturer or tutor his queries.

But then again, I am in no position to say much because so far, my lecturers and tutors have still been comprehensible even if a number may not be Singaporean. I have yet to have any difficulties communicating with them except for one. But I will not reveal who he is. *COUGH*ECONS*COUGH* Even if a lecturer was Singaporean it doesn't mean that he/she would be easy to understand though. My business law lecturer comes to mind. He has perfectly good English, but his convoluted, jargon-filled sentences are really hard to understand at times (because law-trained mah) .

Despite all that, I think the Malaysian student's proactiveness is admirable. I am ashamed to say I probably would not have done the same thing even if it really concerned me. I would probably just grumble and let it pass, let alone speak up and try to organise some form of protest against it.

On a side note, I found some lameass flash game again in a bid to irritate those who are busy and to bring cheap thrills to those who are either too free or bloody slackers. This is called Don't Shoot the Puppy. Yeah, just do exactly that. Patience and tolerance is the key, my young padawans.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

I ran

It sure feels great to go running every once in a while. It's been a loooong while though... I can almost feel my body gradually breaking down as I've been sleeping 4-6 hours a day and spending the rest of the time sitting either in class or in front of a computer. And half the time I'm doing something useless - like playing this weird flash game for example.

The aim of the game is to crash your bike into some guy so that he flies off (anime style) as far as possible. Furthest I reached was 5245m with some luck. Funny how one can get addicted to playing seemingly pointless games that doesn't depend on skill.

Ok, I've wandered off. Back to the topic on running. Except for the general (for the lack of a better word)"wetness", the very horrible near-asthmatic attack once you stop and the fatigue that hits you a while after you rest, it's actually pretty fun.

It's like when you ride a bicycle while admiring the scenery, or when you drive a car around while "eating air". Only difference is that there's no bike or car and it is a hell of a lot more tiring. And you are literally eating air all the time...

But they are similar in that they wouldn't be fun without something to see along the way. The things I usually notice are - chiobus, nice houses, people walking their pets, chiobus, coffeeshops, zhnged cars, other joggers, did I mention chiobus?

I cannot speak for everyone but it seems like there's always two big hurdles to overcome for the not so motivated runner.
The first is actually getting started with running. I kind of fall into this category so I can't help anyone with that.
The second is the lack of motivation during the run. Some people for example, need to run together with someone else. Running solo will probably result them in giving up after the 634,461th centimetre.

I think whatever a jogger sees or doesn't see along the running route can and should be used as motivation. So with that I have created some motivational tips. During the run, just think-

  1. "I must run faster than this jogger" for the competitive ones
  2. "I must run faster so that I'm safe from this guy's pitbull" for the kiasee ones
  3. "I must run faster to impress this chiobu" for the 'macho' ones (the horny ones may actually slow down to "observe" longer)
  4. "I must run faster" for the simple-minded/self-motivated ones
  5. "Zhnged car? Show off ar?! See who's faster!" for the jealous ones
  6. "Chiobus? There's a whole bunch of them just a little further down. Keep running." for the ones good at self-delusion
  7. "Where's the nearest toilet?" for the ones who cannot hold it much longer

Some may not apply to your running route. Then change it in a way such that they can be used, especially numbers 3 and 6 as I find that they are the most effective ones.

P.S. "chiobus" can be switched with "hunks" depending on your gender preference
P.S.2 Underworld: Evolution is extremely lame by the way
P.S.3 isn't coming out any time soon... why?!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Despite my mounting workload due to nearing project deadlines, I have recently been wasting precious time fiddling with blog design and all those CSS stuff. Well, being an inexperienced web designer, I kinda failed miserably. The last time I played with webpages, CSS wasn't even around yet, just plain old HTML, tables and frames. My biggest problem is that changing something to fit in Firefox always results in something going wrong in Internet Explorer and vice versa. Moreover, IE can't even display transparent .PNG files properly (test your browser).

Therefore, I decided to just use the templates available from Now I can't be bothered to customise this blog anymore, at least not for the time being.

Meanwhile, for those who are still using IE, I really suggest switching to Firefox man. I really can't do without extensions like Foxmarks (which synchronises bookmarks across my desktop and laptop), Paste and Go and Tab Mix Plus.

But all that can't compare to Firefox's status as the best porn browser.

And the bondage duckie agrees that it is so!! It's vibrating in ecstasy agreement!

Sorry... recent lack of sleep and the approaching project deadlines are screwing with my usually pure and uncontaminated mind.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Ultimate Utopia XXIII

This following video is a must see for anyone who has played some form of Final Fantasy rpg. Got it from this blog (it is a huge mess but nonetheless funny)

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

I was just lazing around in my hostel room so I decided to complete this long list that Eng Kiat has tagged me with. This is really proof of how free an NTU accountancy undergraduate is - at least for the first year or so :).

Rules: Bold the following that are true about you, italicize things you wish were true, add one true thing about you, and then tag five more people.

I miss somebody right now.
I don't watch much TV these days.
I love olives.
I own lots of books.
I wear glasses or contact lenses.
I love to play video games.
I've tried marijuana.
I've watched porn movies.
I have been in a threesome. <- Yah pls jio me but must be 2 females n me lol I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship.
I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I curse sometimes.
I have changed a lot mentally over the last year.
I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
I'm TOTALLY smart.
I've broken someone's bones.
I have a secret that I am ashamed to reveal.<- who doesn't?
I hate the rain.
I'm paranoid at times.
I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
I need money right now.
I love sushi.
I talk really, really fast.
I have fresh breath in the morning.
I have long hair.
I have lost money in Las Vegas.
I have at least one sibling.
I was born in a country outside of the U.S.
I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past.
I couldn't survive without Caller I.D.
I like the way that I look.
I have lied to a good friend in the last 6 months.
I know how to cornrow.
I am usually pessimistic.
I have a lot of mood swings.
I think prostitution should be legalized.
I think Britney Spears is pretty.
Slept with a Suitemate.
I have a hidden talent.
I'm always hyper no matter how much sugar I have.
I have a lot of friends.
I am currently single.
I have pecked someone of the same sex. <- don't ask, it's a horrible memory
I enjoy talking on the phone.
I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants.
I love to shop.
I enjoy window shopping.
I would rather shop than eat.
I would classify myself as ghetto.
I'm bourgie and have worn a sweater tied around my shoulders.
I'm obsessed with my Xanga or Livejournal.
I don't hate anyone.
I dislike them.
I'm a pretty good dancer.
I'm completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother.
I have a cell phone.
I believe in (a) God.
I watch MTV on a daily basis.
I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months.
I've rejected someone before.
I currently like someone.
I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I want to have children in the future.
I have changed a diaper before.
I've called the cops on a friend before.
I am a member of the Tom Green fan club.
I'm not allergic to anything.
I have a lot to learn.
I have been with someone at least 10 years older or younger.
I am shy around the opposite sex. <- not just opp sex, actually
I'm online 24/7, even as an away message.
I have tried alcohol or drugs before.
I have made a move on a friend's significant other or crush in the past.
I own the "South Park" movie.
I have avoided assignments at work/school to be on Xanga or Livejournal.
When I was a kid I played "the birds and the bees" with a neighbour or chum.
I enjoy some country music.
I would die for my best friends.
I think that Pizza Hut has the best pizza.
I watch soap operas whenever I can.
I'm obsessive, and often a perfectionist.
I have used my sexuality to advance my career.
I love Michael Jackson, scandals and all.
I know all the words to Slick Rick's "Children's Story".
Halloween is awesome because you get free candy.
I watch Spongebob Squarepants and I like it.
I have dated a close friend's ex.
I like surveys/memes.
I am happy at this moment.
I'm obsessed with guys.
Democrat.Conservative Republican.
I am punk rockish.
I am preppy.
I go for older guys/girls, not younger.
I study for tests most of the time.
I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I've ever met.
I can work on a car.
I love my job.
I am comfortable with who I am right now.
I have more than just my ears pierced.
I walk barefoot wherever I can.
I have jumped off a bridge.
I love sea turtles.
I spend ridiculous amounts of money on makeup.
I believe in prophetic dreams.
Plan on achieving a major goal/dream.
I'm proficient on a musical instrument.
I worked at McDonald's restaurant.
I hate office jobs.
I love sci-fi movies.
I think water rules.
I went to college out of state.
I am adopted.
I like sausage.
I am a pyro.
I love the Red Sox.
I have thrown up from crying too much. (or the other way round)
I have been intentionally hurt by people that I loved.
I love kisses.
I fall for the worst people.
I adore bright colors.
I love Dear Abby.
I can't live without black eyeliner.
I think school is awesome.
I think pigtails serve a purpose.
I don't know why the hell I just did this stupid thing.
I usually like covers better than originals.
I don't like multi-textured ice cream.
I think John Cusack is adorable.
I f**king hate chain theme restaurants like Applebees and TGIFridays
I watch Food Network way too much.
I love coaching youth sports.
I can pick up things with my toes.
I can't whistle.
I can move my tongue in waves, much like a snakes slither. <- Huh? I have ridden/owned a horse.
I still have every journal I've ever written in.
I can't stick to a diet.
I talk in my sleep.
I've often thought that I was born in the wrong century.
I try to forget things by drowning them out with loads of distractions.
Climbing trees is a brilliant past-time.
I have jazz in my blood.
I would not be friends if they weren't family.
I wear a toe ring.
I have a tattoo.
I love vaginas.
I can't stand at LEAST one person that I work with.
I am a caffeine junkie.
I know who Santos L. Halper is.
I read trashy romance novels and I am ashamed.
I love wrestling.
I am completely tree-huggy spiritual, and I'm not ashamed at all.
If I knew I would get away with it, I would commit at least one murder.
I cosplay or know what cosplaying is. <- I only know what it is :)
I have been to over 15 conventions.
I will collect anything, and the more nonsensical, the better.
I enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner.
I'm an artist.
I have a goal to collect every Johnny Depp movie ever made.
I have an unhealthy Taco Bell obsession.
I have had a crush on a cartoon character when I was a kid.
I have spent more on anime and manga than many spend on computers or other high end products.
I only clean my room when neccesary.
Weight is my enemy!
I'm a serious chocoholic.
I absolutely adore animals.
I love surprises.
I love to be seen.
I often act without feeling for people.
I like arguing for the sake of arguing.

Tag 5 more people:


Haha among them only 3 have personal blogs. Eng Kiat has tagged everyone else already :p

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

I found something quite funny about my business law tutorial last week. Now, the topic of discussion was about contract law and the particular question was on parents complaining about the fact that minors are allowed to purchase phones and sign contracts without their knowledge.

It was a letter to the Straits Times Forum all the way back in 1998 and the parent believed that the contracts should be illegal. Nothing wrong with that (since sometimes minors may not do things in their best interests), except that one point she stated was about some minors who were called up by secret societies to join fights. Obviously, the parents are worried about their kids joining fights and all that. But if the Sar Lak Gao (369) decides to phone the child to join a fight, then chances are that he/she must already be in it. Even if the child has no handphone, the "big boss" will definitely find some way or another to make the required headcount. And so what if he/she misses the fight? The bigger problem is that the child is in a bloody gang.

But kudos to the team that presented this topic- They really made my day when they suggested that the service providers sell phone numbers to the secret societies. And they were not even joking LOL. It was kind of weird that no one seemed to find this suggestion so unreasonable it was amusing.
I apologise for my screwed up sense of humour, but I had this conversation playing in my head then:

"Eh, hallo? Singtel isit?"

"Yes. How may I help you, sir?"

"Aar.. I am Dai Gor Dai from er... Tree Six Nine. You got sells the handphone numbers right?"

"Yes, sir. I see we have your records - I see you want us to provide you with the numbers from the categories:'big', 'aggressive' and 'high fighting ability' for recuitment purposes?"

"Yes yes... aggressive is simi sai? I dunch understand lar but ar... give me all the number for the big big size people. They must be able to fight one har... I dun wan the humji ones"

"Sure, that will be $10 a number, sir. We will fax them to you shortly."

"Good.. kaninah your service very good leh"

"Thank you for your compliment, we look forward to doing more business with you, Mr Dai"

But seriously, I wonder what the telcos, or any other company for that matter, do with our numbers and information stored in their database.

Saturday, March 4, 2006

How can we never have regrets?

It happened out of the blue.

He had looked healthy enough just a little while back. If he was already suffering then, we would not have known because he looked every way he was before, only a little older.

Then he left us in his sleep.

I did not feel much pain at receiving the news. I was sad, but only for my father, uncles and aunties who had lost their only surviving parent. Yet the man himself seemed so remote to me, and this was someone with whom I had lived together for a period, someone who had carried me in his arms before and watched me grow up. And for that, I am very angry with myself. Perhaps I should have tried harder to understand him, because whatever little I knew about him I had learned from someone else.

All I know is that he was the man who left Malaysia for Singapore with his wife and a few kids in tow. He who was intelligent yet lost so much to his addiction to gambling. He who had once escaped death by a miracle decades ago. He whom I own my very existence to.

There can only be regrets at this time. I cannot help but feel that life is kind of like the seasons, even though we do not get them here. We take for granted the beauty in spring and the bright sunshine in summer. Before you even know it, it is fall and winter will be due soon. Only this winter never ends...