Fishvatar The Tee Shirt

This is what happens when you’re an FA artist who have too much time at work and you’re obsessed with the movie, Avatar.

This tee is an exclusive and very, very limited edition, where none are printed at all.

And because of that, you should be able to not find it at your nearest good tee shirt store, or for that matter, its not in any store at all.

The Fishvatar. You know you want one. :/

Life In Singapore

I got this email from a good friend about life in Singapore. Nothing special, just something to humor you on a humid Monday afternoon. Here goes…

LiFe in SiNgApOre …  

In Singapore , the majority of us live in Highly Dangerous Buildings (HDB), and most people have already got used to Paying and Paying (PAP).

Not only do you have to pay, you Pay Until Bankrupt (PUB).  

If that’s not enough, somebody still Purposely Wants to Dig (PWD)and get more from you.

So what more can you do when you are in the Money Only Environment (MOE)?

With the current Mad Accounting System (MAS), you are forced to
Pay the Sum Ahead (PSA),Which will leave some people Permanently Owing Some Banks (POSB).

And forced to live on the Loan Techniques Always (LTA) system.When you fall sick and happen to be admitted to a Money Operating Hospital (MOH),

You might be able to use your Cash Prior to Funeral (CPF) fund.

If you are out of luck, you may meet doctors who Never Use Heart (NUH) to treat you,   and you will be Sure to Give up Hope (SGH).

To help ease the traffic, motorists have to pay Cash On Expressway (COE).

If that doesn’t help, they can always Eternally Raise Prices (ERP)on the roads..

If you don’t own a car, you can always make a Mad Rush to the Train (MRT), OR get squashed in a bus Side By Side (SBS ).

Lastly, under all these pressures, there are not many places we can relax, not even the good old place we used to go because it has become So Expensive and Nothing To See Actually (SENTOSA)!!!

Experiential Upstart

Funny term eh? Someone I know calls herself an experiential upstart. Interesting actually. Maybe I could call myself an Experiential Upstart Failure, after a few mundane experiences in my various ventures thus far.

Lately I’ve found that it’s not an easy feat juggling games night, enduring a day job, maintaining an online store, searching for ad spaces, doodling little fishes and stuffs, learning a new song, becoming a good son/brother, befriending 2 persistent felines, completing a venture proposal, expanding your list of watched movies, updating all the various websites/blogs, cracking your mind for a new pasture and trying to find time to buy food.

Unfortunately I tend to skip that last item while spending wayyy too much time on the first item, while I would have really wanted to dive deeper into my ‘lost’ passion for the arts. Arts, meaning drawing, illustrating, editing, songwriting and even photography.

At work, I don’t know what to make of it. It seems that there’s a lost cause going around lately. The ship’s not sinking anytime soon but the crew are growing restless. The original 3 founders of Jacky Printing are starting to lose grip of each other. New colleagues have added a pinch of tension and contempt into the working culture. I’ve realised that once given a little sense of ‘power’, some people do really lose touch of their sense of gratitude and perhaps respect. There’s a Malay saying “Bagai Kacang Lupakan Kulit”. Bah.

I recall the days when the 3 of us would work our ass off, in tandem in trying to lift the company up. Those were the days. Now, I suppose the term ‘familiarity, breeds contemp’ aptly and succinctly describes the new kids on the block. It’s still a happy-go-lucky-never-say-die culture that we’ve carried on but a lot of our old mojo has gone. I’m starting to feel like I used to back when I was with my old company, where all I wanted to do was finish my to-do list and get home as quickly as I can (‘cos work was too toiling!), except that there’s no nagging bossy boss harping me now and anyone who is constantly ordering me around.

Heh, at least there’s respite but I think that there’s not a lot of management going on, because the management are working with their hands tied behind their backs, and it’s starting to create tiny cracks here and there among the crew. I’ve never doubted the importance of adequate management, without which work gets clustered and cluttered and ultimately people will want to move on.

When one of the original 3 voiced me his intentions of ‘moving on’, I thought that he echoed my sentiments exactly, and though I was taken aback and a little shocked, I wasn’t surprise. We may be the founders of the company but these past months it’s never seemed so and I sort of understood his position.

Anyway, I’ve considered my options too many times already. I’m Still looking for that big break and still searching for that one evasive spark that’s eluding me, but it feels like time is never on my side. Then again, time’s never on anyone’s side. Time never picks sides, but one gets to pick time, and I suppose I haven’t been picking and spending my time wisely enough, like still blogging away while it’s way past 4am already, where the evening clouds are making way for dawn.

Ahhh, I sense something promisingly beautiful to be experienced. I sincerely hope that it’s beautiful. I suppose before day breaks, night commences right? *crosses fingers*

Revenge Of The Fallen

Psst. I’ve been itching. Itching real bad. No, not the rashes kind but the intangible kind where you just can’t wait to do something.

I’ve amazed myself this week. I didn’t realise that I could discipline myself to not even go on a Dota rampage in an effort to get as much sleep as I can. Okay, so I did went for a session with Han, last Tuesday, but that’s all. I’ve skipped my late night gaming to get my rest and recharge.

All these in preparation for tomorrow’s league game, which we MUST win. Last’s week’s draw was especially hard on me as I was unable to chip in and help the lads in the second half, when they conceded the equaliser. I’m not saying that with me the team will be invincible, and the truth is not even close to that, but at least had I played then I’d known that I’ve tried to prevent the equaliser from coming in, and even if it came eventually, then I’ll accept it.

I’ve actually felt physically fresher towards the end of the week, unlike previous weeks. Not for a long time have I felt this good, and the last time I felt this way I was on a prescription dose of multi-vitamins and protein shakes. Its Au Naturel this time, and its damn good!

Revenge starts 5pm, tomorrow. Sadly the venue’s nowhere near the west or central, but I’ll persevere.

Ooh, on another note, I’ve been watching and re-watching The Transformers2 trailer! Uber cool! What makes it even cooler is that Linkin Park’s penning the single for the movie’s OST. Its a good song too! Hear it for the first time on my blog — don’t ask how I got it, just enjoy it!

Line-Height: 16

Ahhh, it reads better now. Um, what is? My blog that is!

The leading/line-height/space-between-lines/whatever-you-call-them have been lowered to ensure that my pages don’t stretch too tall. Its been irking me since, but it’ll irk me no more. I am a happy boy now. Yup, simple things make me happy.

Getting a bigger, faster bike or a bigger, fatter paycheck are all just luxuries. Even getting the Macbook Air or the Gefore GTX 285 are too much for me.

Not that I mind receiving them as presents.  I absolutely, totally and wholeheartedly do not mind at all.

But for now, a line-height adjustment will do fine. Oh, I could use a few blue notes in my wallet as well!

The Block

Really, I don’t know what to update on. Been reading too much news lately and brain’s a little fried, I guess.

Lets see….

1. Scored a nice chip at the weekend, to kick-off Skopets’ inaugural season in the 3rd division of D2DSports’ League. The opponents were young and menacing, but they couldn’t sustain their pressure and their youthful exteriors.  We ran out 4 goals to nothing victors. Good win!

2. DC is back! After a few weeks of dismal attendance, the crowd is gathering again. The record wins-in-a-row still remains intact though. 

3. Garena’s DOTA ladder will reset today, and its back to square one for everyone. Gotta DOTA (ladder) frequently now.

4. Jack (my black kitteh) loves gnawing at Mama’s artificial flower arrangements, and she squeals when she found out that the water/fluid on those leaves aren’t really dew.  What do you think? Mama then gave Jack a mouthful of words, which she (Jack) tried meowing to protest in vain.

5.  Akon does have some good grooves goin on. Listening to Beautiful at the moment. Sweeeeeeeet!

6. No Liverpool games, so the weekend sucked partly. Liverpool plays against Klayhead’s beloved Arsenal tomorrow morning. No guessing who’s gonna win there. ARSENAL WILL LOOOOOOOooooOOOoooOOOooooOOOOooose!!!! Thanks in advance for agreeing with me. Xie xie, xie xie.

Hmmm, seems that there isn’t any block after all. = )

A Change Of Heart

How often do you fall sick?

I have a feeling that I’m getting ill almost every other week. It’s always either the cough, flu, fever, and back to the cough again. I supppose my immune system really needs some help eh, and all those late mornings of DOTA-ing or working sure isn’t getting me better.
Something gotta give, but what? I love DOTA-ing, so denying me of DOTA-ing is like keeping a plant in a suitcase — it’ll survive for a while but it’ll soon wilt away.

A change of job? Nah. Work’s too fun to be gotten rid of. Plus I wouldn’t trade anything for this group of colleagues.

Ooh. Maybe Transfer Factors then? Hmmmmm…