Life in camp offered me the chance to reflect a little on life, and I grabbed it greedily, which I’ve covetously endured for the past few months.
BIG stuffs like contemplating that baby steps into the world of internet marketing, fulfilling that online tee store fetish that seems to be put off for far too long, and other trivial mind-boggling things that border on insanity like resigning from my day job — just so that there’s more time for everything else.
Indeed I’ve gingerly worked out an equation whereby the key component missing and preventing me from ‘living the life’ (as put by my gaming buddies han and bangau) is time, but that’s very cliche eh? I don’t care, bite me.
I realised that work has been hampering my developments elsewhere, but, unfortunately and gratifyingly at the same time, it’s fueled them too.
There’s this crazy equation in my head, but as crazy as my logical head and heart deciphers, the possibility of it tempts me — and as easily tempted as I can be, I’m just not that easily moved.
I don’t know, times are looking good for any kind of movement at all, and I really need to move again soon. Back to camp again. Gaaaaaaah!
Perhaps I need more time to decipher and decode? Well that’s all just too cliche all over again! Heh~
Aug 30, 2009 Me, Myself & I
Yep. That’s my profile at Ping.sg — a website that pings!
Bah, doubt that 90% of people know what pinging is all about, so if you’re the 1 out of 10 who knows, then don’t read the following:-
ping is a computer network tool used to test whether a particular host is reachable across an IP network; it is also used to self test the network interface card of the computer, or as a latency test. It works by sendingICMP “echo request” packets to the target host and listening for ICMP “echo response” replies. Ping measures the round-trip time and records any packet loss, and prints when finished a statistical summary of the echo response packets received, the minimum, mean, max and in some versions the standard deviation of the round trip time.
Aiyah, I think anyone from the 9 out of 10 condition above, who read this description probably won’t understand even the first sentence, so in laymen terms here goes (and imagine that a computer is like a human in this case):
Ping is when human-A pokes human-B to inform them that there has been an update.
Or something like that — comprendre amigos? Basically it’s computers, servers, routers and bla bla bla ‘talking to each other’ informing each other about an orgy, a foam party or really anything and everything else and so on.
So.. ping ping ping ping, ping ping, ping ping ping — ping ping ping!
Its back to camp again for me in just a few hours, after a weekend of which I’ve barely managed to wash & dry my in-camp clothes, get some useful items, revamp 1 blogshop, reformat 1 netbook, visited the doctor, paid my net/phone/card bills and even managed to grab a few hours of dota session with my gaming buddies.
All in all, I think that it’s been an okay weekend, save for the draggy trip back to camp, and I’ve done a bit of thinking over this weekend about my inevitable IPPT test — I think that I’m gonna give it a miss and instead give some time to prepare for a retake somewhere 2-3 months later.
Due to the fasting month and my recent recuperation, I don’t think I’ll be at my optimum condition for an IPPT test. The $400 incentive for a gold award is tempting although in a month where I’m foregoing work commissions, I suppose I might be able to resist it — given that its Ramdhan, the month of resisting temptations — so it all kind of works out nicely for me. I guess.
Anyway, here is an interesting stumble of mine, over this weekend, as I was looking for English Premiere League highlights.
Check out www.mysoccerplace.net for excellent video replays of games — excellent for people like me who can’t afford to watch live games and have to resort to watching replays online. I suppose that it’s still a site in its infancy, but still, it’s so much better than youtube, where almost 99% of football replays are being taken down.
So visit www.mysoccerplace.net if you’re called back for reservist these days, and you can’t go a week without soccer replays!
What a week it has been. Let’s recap briefly a little. So I….
1. Completed days of planning only to find it foiled in the end, and having to replan the plan.
2. Spent almost $30 at the doctor getting myself Prospan only for the cough to get worse during camp. Visited the doc a week later and got myself 2 bottles of hard core cough med. Power. This time, just 2 takes and cough almost gone. *Feels high*.
3. Have began to feel less tensed when talking to my men, but actually feel honoured to be able to lead them and teach them *hopefully* my values, if any, and stuffs. This is a case whereby if I cock-up, then they also cock-up. Haha.
4. Got to find out a lot more about internet marketing and eventually finding myself opening a can of worms, the deeper I delve into it the more opportunity/scams/endless loop of worms that appear before me.
5. Thankfully, Ramdhan is here again! Lovely, except that my training days concide with it (last year also same case lah), and that meant IPPT will be a lot tougher! Mind is boggled just wondering how I’d cope with the run and the heat and the exhaustion. Wahh. I wan my $600 worth of incentives (if I get Gold/Marksman) but this is asking too much liao!
6. Yes, I finally earned $0.06 just from reading emails!!! Haha, its not much (yes, just 6 cents) but hey, at least I’m earning reading emails — are you? Well, it’s free for anyone to reegister/signup, so why hesitate?
7. Managed to reformat my Asus netbook at Godma’s after a hal.dll error <– this is a fatal comp error! So sad to see it cos it meant that all my photos for Redlabs Photography got eradicated from the reformat. Oh well, no choice in the solution there = no respite lor~
AND then there were a few interesting conversation that I had, which at that point in time I thought would make good biscuits/cookies for a blogpost, which at this point in time I have totally forgotten about! Hooray for hectic schedule, hooray for drowsy cough med, hooray for everything else!
AND I still want my moviethon, presumably after my reservist. Right Dils? Heh..
Michael Jackson is back1! No, not from the grave kind but some judge over in US have already given the green light for a movie release, about the comeback show that never was. Mark your calendars hombre and that is October 28th, 2009. Now I’ll be eagerly anticipating this one.
So I’m already into a few days of my Reservist tour of duty and work has been calling me up incessantly. It’s a little annoying when you’ve just returned home from duty at 5pm, trying to catch 40 winks and work’s calling you 5, 6, maybe 7 times and spoils the nap, and you’ve barely even began dreaming, let alone even ‘feel’ that power nap take place but forced to stay up with a headache instead.
It’s even more annoying when you reach office at 8pm only for your colleague to manage to overcome the initial problem which was supposedly un-overcome-able and required your immediate presence! That’s it lah, this frust-mostat inside me is almost reaching critical point, and with that I suppose that this is the post where if my life takes an unexpected turn of events (for the better presumably), it will somehow remind me of that derilious decision I was forced to make?
*calms down* (… and for the records, I calm down and pacify easily. Perhaps too easy??? )
Thankfully, Mustafa Ctr was nearby and I managed to divert my frustrations into shopping for the cheapest pair of socks, boxers/briefs and singlets in preparation for my in-camp training. Almost bought a jersey but thankfully I resisted the urge, amidst all the ‘excitable’ looking items on display.
Oh, have you been to Mustafa Ctr? At first I thought that it was just a glorified mamak provision shop, but after a few visits there I am convinced that it’s not just a glorified mamak provision shop, but a gigantic, humoungous, everything-you-can-find glorified kind of a mamak shop! There’s so many things that even items that costs $79 or even more get strewn all around the shelves as if they’re $7.90 insstead — and somehow, there’s this comforting ambience that goes within these shelves, like it’s such a friendly or down-to-earth super-department store or should I say, the godzilla of mamak shop?
Heh, I coined that term after most mamak food stalls sells their drinks after legendary creatures.
Come to think of it, why do they even use legendary creatures like dinosaurs and godzilla? Why can’t they just use a term like ‘upsize’ or ‘upgrade’?
Anyway, about the Michael Jackson movie.. I have a tingling sensation that it’s gonna be the godzilla of all movies. I can’t help but wonder what with all the posthumous attention that the late artist has received, will this be another record breaking event?
You know, it’s gotta be, because… this is it1!
By the way, this has to be the longest post title I’ve ever had. Wow.
1Sweet. Here’s the link: Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ 3D movie slated for worldwide release on October 28th!
Aug 8, 2009 Me, Myself & I
It was dinner at Far East Plaza on Thursday night after a quick exchange of sms from Bangau and Fran. I was at Sim Lim, prowling for a good pair of earbuds — after the left earbud of my current sony model failed me this morning. It’s not really nice putting on just 1 earbud while your ipod is on full blast.
And Bangau took on the pleasure of testing out the new earbuds while waiting for nasi goreng seafood. Here he is in his trance, as usual. You couldn’t see it from here but he’s finding Gandalf as an idol at the moment (hint hint: white hair!!!).
Talk about hair, is this dude planning to be the next Pet Detective? I’m sure Jim Carrey’s retired that role but perhaps a comeback?
And this guy… not enough hair lah! But enough said.. Hehe…
And every group needs a mascott rite? Here’s the macho man, the babyface, the effervescent (did I spell correctly???) and .. wait, nice tee he got going there! Must be from mttbwy.com lah. *nudge-nudge*
Oh well, it was a short evening but the food was surprisingly good! I think I just turned into a cahaya fan with my plate of mee goreng seafood.
Wow. Nice right. I mean the camera angles. Must be taken by guys who are used to taking food photography.
Ok ok ok, so that’s the mee goreng I got. Oily, yellowy, but super scrumptious meal it was. See that char kway / wanton in the background? Half of it was free! Don’t know why but the uncle offered them to us , even after we declined his initial invitations. Nice uncle indeed.
Head down to Cahaya, Far East Plaza, at level 5 if you want to meet these 4 dudes try out the delicious mee goreng, the crispy wan ton or simply to test your luck with the generous uncle.
Good meal, good times.
Aug 6, 2009 Football
I don’t think I’ve blogged about football ever since the EPL ended about a month back, and I’ve kept my opinions on Rafa’s transfer policy in reserve more so of ignorance than contempt.
I’m an admirer of Rafa’s wheelings and dealings, so I don’t judge his decisions hastily, like how I do not despise his 30M sale of Alonso to Real Madrid.
At first glance it will look like a step backwards from the Rafalution, Alonso being a key player and integral passer and creative force of Liverpool’s midfield, who occasionally chip in with the vital goals. So why sell Rafa?
30Million. That’s why. Sell now than later, would be Rafa’s mindset, whom only see Alonso as a first 11 player, instead of a keyindispensible player. It’s sad to see Alonso leave, but with his family in mind, his wish to return to Spain with them shouldn’t be compromised, and you wouldn’t want to keep a player whose heart isn’t at a club — and you could really read it in his face compared with Gerrard’s or Mascherano’s.
Oh well, thank you and goodbye Alonso. We’ll miss your ‘half-court’ snapshots and the 40yards diagonal cross-field balls.
And then, Hello Alberto Aquilani! You’ve got big shoes to fill in now. Good luck~
Aug 5, 2009 Me, Myself & I
I read this somewhere on some blog which I can’t recall last nite, but I managed to copy the joke onto a local text file, in case I needed to read it again the next day, like today. Check it out:
A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, ‘Excuse me,can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don’t know where I am.’
The woman below replied, ‘You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”
You must be in Information Technology,’ said the balloonist.
’I am,’ replied the woman, ‘how did you know?’
”Well,’ answered the balloonist, ‘everything you told me is probably technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information and the fact is, I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.’
The woman below responded, ‘You must be in Management.”
‘I am,’ replied the balloonist, ‘but how did you know?”
Well,’ said the woman, ‘you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hotair. You made a promise, which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my f***ing fault.’
Wahahahahaha.. Now that is funny.
There’s no subtler way to say this, but I am surrounded by people who complain about almost everything (which pisses irritates me off BUT I do try to help them or at least attempt to make their life better a little, by offering an assistance.
Nevertheless there are a few of whom I know are proactive and take actions promptly, instead of bad mouthing/complaining, and these are the sort of people that I enjoy being with — because they don’t make problems for you.
And for those who aren’t in the latter category of people…
I happened to read that article and couldn’t agree any more on how apt it is in life, or how apt it is in improving life, AND if you intend to improve your life (or a friend’s) then read it or pass it on.
Eg. I’m sure YOU’VE heard or know of how some people go on and on complaining about how the parking attendant booked them for parking offences? — Well if they’d not commit the offence, they wouldn’t be booked eh? IMHO, if you’re taking a risk (like parking without putting coupons) and it doesn’t pay off (or in this case you’re made to pay heftily) then take it like a man (or a girl, or lady, or grandfather, or whoever you may be.)! The story seems stupidly silly and makes the complainant more of a cry baby or SOMEONE WHO ISN”T IN CONTROL OF THE SITUATION eh?
So get in control today!
Btw, the first 5 people to read the link above will be bestowed with good luck for the rest of their dating lives. If, they’re dating. Heh. AND if you don’t read it or share the link, bad luck will befall you, like your monitor will start to flicker uncontrollably and then it’ll just die and the CDs on your shelves will rot and smell real bad!!! You’ve been warned!1
1Haha, just felt like typing that last paragraph, cos it’s been a looong while since anyone’s ever sent me those silly and utterly ridiculus emails /sms-es like these — total BS stuffs la. Good old stuffs.. Wooo~