Monday, January 31, 2005

Wow... almost a week since I last posted. Not that I didn't want to post, but it's really been quite busy leading up to the Investiture.

Last week was pretty much taken up with doing up the backdrop with the prefects. We estimated that it took almost 175 man-hours to do the backdrop. That's calculated by taking the number of people working on the backdrop and multiplying it by the number of hours we took. Some people wonder why spend so much time on something that is used for less than an hour! I dunno. Personally, it's just the sense of satisfaction I get. I think the backdrop added a big element to setting the overall atmosphere of the whole event. On top of that, I'm sure the prefects who spent the time doing the backdrop also got to enjoy working together. Was the end result worth it? I certainly think so!

Last Saturday was the rehearsal. Before that, I found this irresistable offer for a Tapwave Zodiac. Rushed down to Funan Centre to get it before returning for the rehearsal. You can see the Tapwave in the next post. Anywaez, rehearsal was long... tiring... and then we spent almost 6 hours completing and putting up the backdrop!

Sunday was block orientation. I kinda felt bad that I wasn't more involved in the planning this year. But with PI the very next day, I really didn't have much energy to think of much else. The Block Council put up a pretty interesting programme with a video intro + ending somemore! It was very funny. The Block Dance was also quite cool. It was really weird with all kinds of unorthodox steps (including some from FRIENDS!!!) but it all came together very well.

Which brings us to today. It was really quite fun. From the intro to the dance, it all turned out quite well I think. To the prefects, thanks for putting in all the time to practice and make sure everything came together so well. I've heard of prefects who were really practicing the dance steps very very very very hard so that they won't let the board down. I think it all paid off in the end. Hope everyone enjoyed the post-PI party. I know swimming is not everyone's cup of tea. Hope everyone (swimmer or non-swimmer) enjoyed themselves anywaez.

Now, it's back to concentrating on some school stuff (and playing a bit of Pirates!).

See my next post for my beautiful Tapwave...

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

I can finally play Pirates!

After some emails to both Atari and Securom, they finally sent me a patch which has solved the stupid CD-Rom problem. The game now loads smoothly. Ain't email cool?

But, it's gonna be a few days before I start to really play it. With Prefects' Investiture round the corner, thingshave been gaining momentum these last few days. But to be honest, things are going quite ok. It doesn't seem to be as... panicky.... as the last two years. Maybe I've kinda gotten used to the routine... it is after all the third time I am doing this. But on the other hand, I think the people taking charge of the PI have also been putting things in place quite nicely. So maybe that's why things are less worrisome.

By the way, here's a riddle for you.... 'In basketball, where does le ball go?' ('le' as in classy french slang)

Give up?

Answer: le ball goes to le net! LOLZ

Don't get it?'s really quite funny.

I haven't been watching any movies. So sad. Have been wanting to watch stuff like Aviator but there just aren't any free afternoons these couple of days. Must try to catch it before I go into withdrawal symptoms. I'm also looking forward to watching Constantine (starring Keanu Reeves). The trailers just started on TV the last few days. Doesn't look too bad, though I must admit it looks very much like Matrix! haha... guess Keanu Reeves really does have a very limited acting range.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Good guys dun always win

I am SERIOUSLY irritated.

After thinking long and hard, I decided to buy a new PC game. I don't buy many PC games cause they can get extremely addictive.

Anywaez, I bought the new Sid Meier's Pirates cause I thought I'd try something different then the usual RTS-type stuff. The reviews were also pretty good.

After happily unpacking the disc, going through the whole installation process... imagine my horror when I tried to start the game and a stupid message like 'Please insert ORIGINAL disc...visit (some stupid securom site) for more details.' appeared on my screen.

It's totally irritating. After almost an hour of searching for answers, I found out that there's this stupid copy protection software by 'securom' in the CD. Unfortunately, some DVD drives have problems reading this copy protection thing. Hence... it thinks my disc is a fake! Ironically, if I had bought a pirated game.. I might not have had this problem. SIGH. Now, I have to wait for the techinical support to get back to me... and hopefully, the problem will be solved.

Can't believe this. So much for supporting copyrights....

Wednesday, January 19, 2005


Reunited and it feels so good
Someone found you and he did some good
He returned you to me
My nokia, precious baby,
My life is com-plete a-gain
'cause we're reunited, hey, hey
(adapted from the song 'Reunited' by Peaches and Herb)


Yepz, someone's found my phone! I must admit some mixed feelings.

I'm glad cause my phone's back. But I'm a little sad cause I was all prepared to go buy a new phone today! Looks like I might just have to delay my plans for a new phone.. sigh...

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Good bye dear phone...

Today is a sad day. Today, I have lost a dear friend. A friend who has been by my side (especially my ear) for more than a year. My dear friend called Nokia 6800.

Funny thing is, I don't even know how I lost it. Was it stolen? Did I drop it? Sigh.. I didn't even get a chance to say goodbye.

Well, this seems like an excellent opportunity to write another gut-wrenching poem.... in memory of my phone...


RING RING my phone rang
With every ring, my heart skipped for joy.
BEEP BEEP my phone sang
I was glad for I knew there was something there to read.

But now, there is silence.

RING RING my phone rang
Is it my family? My collegues? My friend?
Beep beep my phone sang
What message or news await my eager eyes?

But now, there is nothing.

The silence is deafening.
Where there were rings, there was now silence.
Where there were beeps, there was now silence.

My phone is gone.
Gone where? I know not.
Good bye my phone.
I hope you won't rot.

With love
Go to the phone heaven above.

Good bye trusty friend.
Until we meet again.


Sunday, January 16, 2005

An Ode...

I've been looking at some blogs, and it seems that there are quite a few poets going around...

Lest I be branded shallow, I've decided to post a poem of mine own.


The night is.
Sleepy I am now.
Why can't I sleep?
Is it because of you, my computer?
Or you my TV?
Or you my magazines?

Damn you!
'Damn' again I say.
Your images seduce me.
They move and attract me.
I am unable to sleep.

Why don't I sleep?
Do I not need to wake up
in the morn for school?
Do I not need to teach
those who try to act cool?

Yes I must!
Yes I shall!
Sleep come quickly.
I shall sleep now.


Hope the poem moved you.

Thank you.

Sleep & Eat & Sleep & Eat...

I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again. I do love the 5DWW.

During the school week, it's kinda hard to get anything more than 5 hours of sleep a day. In fact, I think my average probably works out to around 4 hours. Once Saturday sets in... it's luxurious to have 8 to 10 hours of sleep.

Got up today at 11am... after a blissful sleep of about 9 hours. Slacked around in bed, watching some TV and then decided to rest a little more. Crawled into bed, and next the next time I opened my eyes, it was already 1.30pm. Decided I needed to eat some lunch, so I kinda dragged myself outta bed to cook some rice and heat up some frozen meal. I love those microwave rice-cookers. Takes about 13 minutes to make a nice plate of freshly cooked rice. I think the smell of the fresh rice is almost heavenly. Together with the Teriykai Chicken, I would say that lunch was pretty satisfying.

After lunch, I watched about 3 episodes of CSI. Great show. But somehow, I still felt kinda tired. I think I might be coming down with something. Body aches like the onset of flu and my stomach's acting up a little. Sigh.. can't afford to fall sick now. Next two weeks are gonna be 'exciting'. So, I took some Vitamin C and crawled right back into bed. heh. Slept for another hour before going out for dinner with my tutors.

Had a delicious meal at Fiesta Sushi restaurant in Toa Payoh. Really like the variety of sushi they serve there. The set meals are pretty good too. Had a Chicken cutlet curry set together with a smorgasbord of sushi (none of the raw stuff.. hate those.). Pretty much stuffed!

Well, it's almost 2am so it's like time to sleep again. Hope the flu-ish feeling will not get worse.

Sounds like a fruitful day eh?

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Party's Over

We had JRIC today. A few things crossed my mind:

1. Sec 1s appear to be very happy.
2. The lit-up badge was very cool.
3. The break-up badge was also cool.
4. Sec 1s can't/don't cheer very well.
5. Short speeches are great!
6. Keep-on-moving dance is fun.
7. I'm getting quite good at pinning badges.
8. Soft music can mess up preceedings.
9. Some people do not know that DHM's name is spelt 'Magendiran' and not 'Maghendran'.
10. Party's over, lessons start tomorrow. SIGH...

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Soccer mania?

Heh... Singapore beat Indonesia 3-1!

I think that's pretty significant. Why? Firstly, it's rare for Singapore's soccer team to reach the finals of any competition... sorry, it's sad but true. Secondly, it's the first time I've watched a full soccer match for a very very long time. I can't even remember when was the last time.

A long time ago, I was a fairly die-hard Singapore soccer supporter. That was when Singapore was still in the Malaysia League. I went to almost every home match. I actually travelled up to KL to support the Singapore team in the historic Malaysian League finals in 1994 where they won both the league and and cup double. It was an experience I don't think I will forget. But when Singapore was kicked out of the league, I lost interest. The S-league was just plain boring.

I enjoyed supporting the Singapore team. Maybe it was nationalistic pride, I don't know. But the truth is, I never understood how to support other soccer teams. Believe me, I tried. For a while, I tried supporting Newcastle but somehow, I couldn't find the same fervour which I had when I watched Singapore play against all the Malaysian teams.

Back to the point, Singapore won tonight! I was telling my brother before the match that it would probably be 'rigged'. I thought that with everything that is happening in Indonesia right now, the soccer team might be inclined to not try so hard to win. Yes, I know that's quite cynical of me... but no harm right? Who knows, if the opportunity arises, I might just decide to join the crowd at the National Stadium next week to support the Singapore team!

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Lovely, lovely sleep!

After 3 days of orientation camp, last night's sleep was a totally blissful experience. I dunno about you, but it's situations like this when the 5DWW makes total sense and is a welcome relief! It was wonderful to crawl into bed, knowing I wouldn't need to wake up early for some meeting or activity or whateva!

It was great getting to know the guys in my class. I also enjoyed getting to know some of the PSLs better. Personally, the two 'infamous' songs and the dance were my favourites. Always enjoyed a good mass dance... ever since my JC days! yes, yes, I know it was a long time ago. But I think the 'student-council-blood' in me is still going very strong! haha!

Talking about that, I think it's a hard fight to decide which was a more exciting time in my life; Seconday School or JC? Both were really interesting but in such different ways. maybe i shouldn't bore anyone with nostalgic moments. Ha... perhaps it's just the post-camp syndrome.

Monday, January 03, 2005

The new screen can also be rotated to portrait position. This means I can view an almost full-size A4 page while editing it! No need to scroll up and down to see the whole page anymore! Wow... my thanks to the people (or person) who actually tempted me to make this purchase. It is well worth to S$409 to get the 17 inch DVI LCD monitor!
My new toy has finally arrived. Words cannot express my excitment. Just take a look ath this wonderful dual screen setup! Enuff said. Enjoy..