I do not have an exact date, but she seems pretty pist[sic] that we take our own sweet time to go collect it.
Therefore, for your own sake, get it from school quick or else you will have to get it from MOE yourself."
Firstly, let me clarify myself. When I mentioned "Hippy" in my
Facebook status, I was referring to the kinds of Al Gore -
Environmentalists, not pot-smoking people in rainbow shirts and
holding up peace signs. The modern definition of hippy has changed to
environmentalists, or so I thought. So, my apologies for not
clarifying myself, but that's how I roll.
And can I say, what is up with the people commenting on my status? Are
you guys doing this to get attention, regardless of a person's image?
Sometimes, I feel the comments can get a little carried away. My 2
Back to the Earth Hour topic - Many people say Earth Hour is a huge
publicity stunt - sometimes an oxy-moron in the way the campaign is run.
The campaign aims at one billion people worldwide to turn off their
lights for one hour, starting from 8.30pm in the respective time-
zones. In doing so, the campaign hopes to raise awareness and to push
on the leaders meeting in Copenhagen to pass on a new "protocol" to
succeed Kyoto. Note that I never said Earth Hour aimed at DIRECTLY
cutting greenhouse gas emissions. That's a very short-sighted view of
this campaign. Earth Hour 2009 had always been about the UN Climate
Change Conference to be held this December in Copenhagen, a global
voice of how important the "Copenhagen Protocol" is to the global
population. That's why Earth Hour was also called "Vote Earth" this
year. That's why there's the ambitious target of 1,000,000,000 (read:
1 billion) people.
But where did it go wrong?
Let me tell you just a few I noticed: The biggest gripe I had was the
way this event was "marketed". I saw a billboard next to Plaza
Indonesia that advertised Earth Hour. It was big - around 15m high by
5m in width. This giant billboard had to be illuminated by countless
fluorescent tube lights from behind - What say you now about Earth
Hour?! Was this really necessary? Well, I'm glad that billboard was
turned off during the one hour, but when it came back on as I drove
past it, my brother (a critique of Earth Hour) was laughing his head
off. By the way, that billboard had a Coca Cola Logo on it as well.
So, maybe it's Coca Cola's fault, since they were the sponsor in that
case. Either way, I think Earth Hour's organisers could have warned
the sponsoring companies on the "do"s and "don't"s in marketing the
Another huge gripe I had was the reaction to the event. I must say, I
did turn off my lights before I left my house, so I did "vote Earth".
But I was, admittedly, a little disappointed when I was at Plaza
Senayan, only to find out that all the shops were brightly lit at
8.50pm. Nobody in the shopping mall took part in Earth Hour. It's like
it never happened. And don't blame the workers for not knowing the
time. They have a gigantic clock that plays music every one hour, so
they may be late, but they could still join in. Nobody turned off any
lights (which was what the campaign asked for. Not aircons - just
lights). Very disappointed.
My third one is, perhaps, a little on the opposite end, but it's a
valid point. Vote Earth asked you to off your lights. Fine. But they
never asked the cities to off their street lights, did they? My guess
is no. But that's what happened at Jln Jendral Sudirman, Jakarta's CBD
(and where Plaza Indonesia is located). Some of the street lights
actually went off, and the traffic lights at the round-about facing
Hyatt Hotel (yes, the famous one) were blinking yellow (for what
reason? I do not know, but those lights normally work, and they worked
after Earth Hour. Coincidence? You decide.). What for?!
Well, with all things imperfect, they have a positive outcome. I saw
almost every single floor of all the towers along the entire stretch
of Jln Jend. Sudirman go dark. (For the ones that remain on, I
understand why. This road has things like the Sun Microsystems Tower,
Embassy offices, and residential units - where you need the lights to
remain on.) I was amazed to see one of the hotels, I think it's
Mandarin Hotel, the one next to the Mercedez-Benz building, go dark
completely, even the guest building. That's ballsy on their part.
I must also say that seeing the Sudirman stretch go dark sent shivers
down my spine - I never thought Indonesians cared for the environment,
us being surrounded by an abundance of natural resources and man-made
luxuries. I've seen for too long, the consumerism side of this nation.
But never care for the environment, till yesterday. A whole city
plunged into darkness, not by force, but by choice, is quite
unimaginable. But it happened, because of one united voice of concern
for the state of the environment today and tomorrow.
I voted Earth not because I want to join a hype or because I can save
money on electricity bills. No. I'm just concerned about the world I
would be living in decades from today. Would that world be better if
we have a Copenhagen Protocol? Firstly, we won't know till we try, and
secondly, even if it will be, there's nothing I can do to make a
Copenhagen Protocol, except to turn off my light switch with
999,999,999 others in the petition to get such a protocol passed by
the people with the authority to do so. So, why did you vote Earth? Or
why did you not turn off your light switch for that one hour? Tag.
Well, there's been some change of plans.
Since I have to collect my SGC and O Level Cert, I can't fly in to
Singapore in the evening of 9 April (the original plan). Why? 10 April
is a public holiday, the general office will not be open. So, I
shifted my departure into Singapore one day earlier.
There in lies the dilemma. I have no agenda for my stay in Singapore.
All I have is this:
Come in to Singapore, very late, go to guardian's house, sleep.
10AM: Go to POSBank to withdraw all my money from there,
11AM: Put it in my UOB account, turn off 2FA at the ATM machine so my
old phone number will not receive OTP smses anymore. (That's all
online banking speak.)
12:30PM: Go to SingTel to cancel my telephone line (didn't have time
to do this the last time I was here).
1:30PM: Go to SASS, get SGC & O Level cert,
2PM: Hang around with the teachers and maybe the choir if they have
rehearsal, unless someone else has a different plan.
10AM: Go around town (wtf? alone? Seriously?),
4PM: Drop stuff at home,
4:30PM: Go to church at Expo. I still remember how to get there, ok?
Wake-up: Pack, leave guardian's house,
10:45AM: Latest time to be in Airport.
12:45PM: Fly off to the UK in the afternoon.
So, actually, I've been thinking of this as a plan:
Anybody wants to meet me on 8 April, forget it. I'll be too tired.
Anybody wanting to meet me on 9 April, I'll probably be around
school / Potong Pasir after 1:45pm (SASS NORMAL dismissal time. How
apt, right? Not sure if there's early dismissal for Maundy Thursday.)
On 10 April, I'm thinking of going to City Hall / Plaza Singapura.
Need to buy stuff for UK - Stationary (lost 'em all), clothes (not too
much, since it's almost summer there), toiletries (I like the
Clean&Clear Facial Wash and the Colgate Professional toothpaste that
is sold in Singapore, but not in Jakarta. In fear of not finding them
in the UK, I'm buying them in Singapore), etc. Anyone wanna come along?
On 11 April, I don't mind giving a treat before I fly off, much like
what happened with me and Ernest, Raymond, and Zexun (and almost John.
Sorry you had to leave earlier. Maybe I'll make it up to you this
time?). But it'll probably be in the airport again, because I don't
want to miss my flight.
If there's nothing going on, I'm going to stay at home and do some
downloads/streaming of Heroes Episodes.
Q1. I am...anti-social => move on to question 2.sociable => move to question 5.Q2. My fashion sense is...bad => move on to question 3.good/so-so => move on to question 4.Q3. My intelligence is...High => GEEKY NERDAverage => GEEKLimited / Below Average => GEEKY DORKQ4. My intelligence is...High => NERDAverage => A.S.S. (ANTI-SOCIAL SOUL)Limited / Below Average => DORKQ5. My intelligence is...High => SOCIABLE VERSION OF A NERD.Medium => NORMAL.Low => DUMB BUT SOCIABLE PERSON.
1 April 2009 - New pricing model, going completely DRM-free on music.
My visa application just went in with some documents, 3.5x5.5cm
photos, and biometric scans.
Thank God the original acceptance letter came in from the school
before it was too late to apply.
Now, I'll just wait.
If you're on my blog, I believe you would have realised the minor
touches I made to the blog template.
Just to give a low-down on what has changed:
1. Nav Bar: I moved it to the right, and I made the nav options grey
and underlined to bring them out (so people know you're supposed to
interact with that thing), but still keeping it subtle.
2. If you look at the HTML code (don't), I added a black divider under
all the "H1" fonts for aesthetic purpose. So, this will affect the
headers on my frontpage and individual sections, including the dates
of my blog posts.
3. Neatened up the Front page by adjusting the padding between each
section. See how the Backtrack and Music are now level? They should
be, since they're of the same font and size. They weren't before due
to uneven padding.
4. Font size of the H1 fonts (the headers) are shrunk to make it look
more proportional to its importance in relation to the other parts of
5. Widened the content columns. I recommend a screen width of minimum
6. Removed the grayscale background for a white one. The previous
background was "taken" from another blog skin, hosted online. So, I
decided to get rid of it to keep my blog skin "personal".
I have not finished the renovations yet. I want to...
•redo the font type and size configuration blog-wide. Hopefully my
posts won't all be 8-point text, but instead, be more flexible.
•redo the Profile. It's a mess.
•neaten the bucket list. It's ugly.
•redo the Archive/Backtrack section. I want something that looks like
the Blogger Templates, where you get the expanding list.
I'll see how much of the items in the list I can achieve, so that's
why I'm taking a little longer with the renovations of this blog. It's
on-going. We'll see how things go.
So, knowing that, I have come up with a list of features I WISH to be
included in the software...
1. Tethering - Which allows you to use the 3G connection on your
iPhone to browse the web from your PC/Mac. Basically, your iPhone
becomes a modem for your computer. I'm doing this with a Samsung
Windows Mobile phone.
2. Three words: COPY AND PASTE - enuff said.
3. Video camera - The iPhone has a camera and mic. It has a decent
memory space. Why not allow VGA-quality video capture?
4. Support for the new Apple headphones with the volume button -
What's so difficult? The phone already supports headphones with the
single button, why not the one with volume buttons?
5. Voice recording - the new iPods (sans the shuffle) can record, why
not the iPhone?
6. Upload to Flickr & Facebook - iPhoto has this, why not the iPhone?
7. Background Application services - Allow you to let an app continue
running while the phone is asleep or the app is not open.
8. Multi-tasking - Allow you to run multiple apps at once?
9. GPRS shut-off - To disconnect the iPhone from the mobile data
network, so that people who are on time-based internet plans or people
with very limited internet cap can ensure nothing get through to the
telco - other than phone calls, sms and data via WiFi.
10. More uses for Bluetooth - E.g.: for the Remote or Keynote Remote
App, maybe open up the Bluetooth API for developers to allow iPhone
owners to use the bluetooth feature for more things other than for
headphones. Maybe transfer Notes, Multiplayer games, etc. Probably not
for sharing music/video files, though.
I really hope No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 come true. At the same time, I
hope there'll be an iPhone 3G with Video Call, or a Video call kit for
the current iPhone 3Gs.
It's 4GB, comes in only black & white, S$129, and really, really,
And it comes with headphones and remote. Because that's the only way
you can control your iPod shuffle - with the remote on the headphone
But, still, really really really tiny. You can't beat that size.
and VoiceOver. That's a neat feature to have on a Shuffle. It reads to
you the title of the song / playlists. Supports 14 languages -
including Chinese and Japanese. Now, how come the Macs and PCs still
can't read Chinese without additional software, but an iPod Shuffle can?
Since I started planting some code on this blog on 7 March 2009 for
Google Analytics, I've been learning some very interesting things.
These numbers look small, but that's only because the Analytics has
gathered 36 hours of data, so just take it as it is.
1. Amongst the people who read my blog, most use either Safari (32) or
Firefox (26). Few use Google Chrome (5) or IE (10). (number of users
2. Top country by number of visits: Singapore, with 31 visits at 11s
average time spent on the blog. But top country by total duration of
time spent on site? USA, with only 17 visits, but 56 seconds average.
3. The total number of Windows visitors to my blog (i.e. Users of
Firefox, Chrome, and IE on Windows combined) is equal to the number of
visitors on Safari for Macintosh.
4. People who visit my blog use either Flash 6, 9, 10, or none. Funny
thing? 35 ppl use Flash 9 - more than Flash 10 users (33).
5. 41 people visited my blog once in the last 3 days. 6 visited twice.
3 visited thrice. Most alarming? 9 people visited the site more than 8
times. Or so Google Analytics said. Even I found this a little
Maybe Google Analytics is a little hard to understand in some parts
(at the moment, that is). But I must say, for a "stat counter", Google
Analytics certainly provides some neat features in a very clean UI.
In my opinion, everyone will have several "most favourite food"s
rather than 1.
So, today, I shall list down the types of food that I'll miss from the
two countries where I spent my childhood - Indonesia and Singapore!
In no particular order...
Bak Chor Mee from the noodle stall that used to be at the food court
opposite the temple opposite SASS, and the one at MacPherson.
Changi Village Nasi Lemak
D24 Durian around Geylang (seasonal)
Din Tai Fung
Hokkien Mee from Food Republic at Wisma Atrium
咸鱼炒饭 from the Chicken rice stall opposite Potong Pasir CC.
Bubble Tea circa 2001
The vegetarian food stall at the Kallang Bahru Hawker Centre
Bah Kut Teh from Zion Road
Beef Noodles from MacPherson Road (AKa the Saints Choir secret
hideout, thanks to Miss Gan for introducing the place!)
Ngo Hiong from MacPherson
Porridge from MacPherson
Ampang Yong Tou Foo from Sembawang
Sik Wai Sin Eatery at Geylang Lorong 15
Laksa (Medan / Assam style) from Pluit Karang
Nasi Timbel from Cikampek/Puncak/Bogor
Mangga Harumanis (Mango) (seasonal)
Sour Sally Fro-yo Yogurt
Tape (pronounced ta(as in the chinese word for 'big')-pay). It's
fermented tapioca. And I love it.
Tahu Tek-Tek from Surabaya (Tofu omelette with peanut sauce)
Garuda Padang Food (also have a branch at VivoCity in Singapore, if I
recall correctly, but with a more hygienic way of serving food)
Pioh (Turtle soup) from Glodok, if I recall correctly.
Yam bread from Eaton.
Y&Y / Y Grill
Lap Choi and Popiah/Lumpia from Pluit
Ah Yat Restaurant, formerly at Dusit Mangga Dua.
Seafood from Jelambar, Bali
The shutter in DSLRs have a certain lifespan. The 30D is advertised to
have a 100,000 shutter cycle life. So, worried about the possibility
of my camera failing soon, I went to investigate how many shots I have
Based on the file numbers, This was what I gathered from my Aperture
Bought: June 2007, unknown number of shots.
Shot number 9999 = 9 Aug 2007, NDP
Shot number 14092 = 22 Dec 07, choir concert
14093 to 18209 missing. confirmed - did not lend camera to anyone. so,
take away 4118 shots from the subtotal.
19999 = CCA Display 08
29999 = Oct 08. Gone missing. lent?
31122 = Last photo from Choir trip 2008.
31878 = last shot in the Aperture library.
Thus, Total = 31878 - 4118 = 27,760 shots
I could have left out some shots from my calculations, or added too
much from anyone who changed my camera filename sequence. But this is
the best guesstimate I can give.
So, assuming an average rate of 1,321 shots a month,
my camera can last 75+ months,
or 6+ years,
or until September-October 2013!