Sunday, February 26, 2006

Birthday Blues

Today is a great day. The weather is fine, cloudy and not a hint of sunlight. Just perfect for playing football or just lazing at home. Unfortunately, I still feel a tad unwell and don't really feel like doing anything or going anywhere except lying on my bed.

Looking across my messy table, I see some presents in the form of chocolates, flowers, a Pooh bear with an inflated head and a birthday card with a specially made handmade keychain lying in one corner. Actually, most of it have been prepared weeks ago and all ready to be given out today. But why is it STILL there when it should be in the hands of rightful owner? Long story short, I don't like to make it look like a big deal nor attract attention if I was to personally pass it. So, I prefer to send all these anonymously and secretly.

But the thing is I don't have the address of the recipient. Ironically, I remembered going to the apartment once with a bunch of friends sometime ago? I am pretty sure of the block and unit but not the exact storey. Last ditch plans to get the address from close friends drew a blank. Ah well, guess it ain't fated. I have been tempting to go down now to where that someone lives and somehow find the exact unit and leave it outside. But I know myself well, I am not that daring to do that. It always have been my Achilles heel.

Hmmph, no worries then. It won't be thrown away to the rubbish bin. I probably give it away to my sister then. She has been eyeing both the soft toy and the bloody chocolates ever since I bought it. I guess the mere consolation here is at least I did made someone happy after all.


Friday, February 24, 2006

Observations from an unwell fan...

These few days, I have been feeling a little under the weather. It's as if my throat has a lump in it and the tissue in my room would be used up soon if the damn sneezing don't stop any time soon. I guess it's due to my sleeping cycle. I sleep at around 5-6+am everyday and then wake up in the evenings. That is a tad screwed up really. I blame those companies for not calling me to fill their job positions that I had went for. Ought to start working soon. No more bumming around wasting time at home.

Despite being ill, I managed to catch the Champs League on both days and these are some random little things I had noticed...

1) Real Madrid, a Spanish club, had more English players on the field than Arsenal, an English club whom didn't even had one single English player? But well, I guess Campbell and Cole would be in the lineup if they were fit.

2) Woodgate. Awesome for Real ever since he came back from the long injury. But is he really made of glass?

3) Liverpool. The European champs proofs further that they are nothing but a one man team?

4) Inter Milan. They might as well be called Inter South America. Alarmingly, 8 out of their starting XI are from the South American region!

5) Messi. Had noticed him from last season and now he has finally been fully unleashed by Barca this season. One to watch for the future. But that rolling around play acting that led to the sending off was a little disgraceful.

6) Mourinho. Love the man for the most parts but all I can say is he had this coming for a long time. It would be interesting to see how he overturns the deficit in Catalonia in a fortnight.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

I love these two ads...

Creative and funny. But surely will be banned if it was here.

One is for an optician while the other is for anti smoking.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Familiar people and First Times...

Went back to the office to play football with the guys on Thursday. When I step into the cubicle, I felt calm for some reason. My colleagues were surprised to see me. They asked what I am doing now, how am I and all that while I waited till for the guys to knock off from work. Before I left, they passed me a big white envelope. Inside contained my testimonial. Actually I didn't really cared much about it, after all I do not intend to work in this industry anyway so whatever that is written inside won't help me much. It was my team mate who requested my supervisor to prepare one for him as unlike us, he had already served the nation and is going to seek employment right now.

After that, we want to the open field to play football. I really couldn't understood why we couldn't played in the usual basketball/futsal court. Then they told me that it was because the PGMs(Program Manager, aka highest ranked in the office) didn't want to go that far to play. The grass field was nearer than the basketball court. It wasn't the best pitch honestly, with all those holes and uneven patches, but I guess it didn't really mattered when all they wanted was to exercise. It was the first time I had played with the big shots from the office. Normally, we would just play with guys around the office but this time we roped in the PGMs to join us and surprisingly, they agreed. One of them was still pretty good though he claims to be horribly out of shape.

What is the first time I am referring to in the title? No, not THAT. Saturday I had my first times. I was preparing to watch the big match and suddenly my classmate called to invite me to go down to his apartment to gamble and relax. I agreed as it was just bloody boring to watch football at home alone. I think I made the right decision after watching the highlights. It was a typical boring Liverpool 1-0 win.

There were 5 of us including his colleague. We played Blackjack, drank alcohol, talk cock until the early morning. Bloody hell, my classmate lost $15 in less than a
n hour. 1 left midway but it doesn't matter as he couldn't take in any more liquid. We finished 1 bottle of scotch and then 2 of the others collapsed soon after. Then only left me and my classmate still sober enough. That crazy dude insisted on finishing the 2nd bottle of scotch when I really just wanted to watch the Newcastle/Saints match on his laptop.

"Come on, we two finish this bottle then we collapse and sleep after that!"

Don't be stupid. 2 people how can finish it? I not as hardcore as you.

"Aiyah. can one. You same age as me surely go
od in drinking. Let's play Blackjack again!"

At that moment any sane person would just had walked away but I didn't. I was still perfectly alright even though I drank quite a bit. But I got to admit I was a little high at that time so I agreed. In my mind, I told myself that I rarely consume alocohol and knew very well that I was a lousy drinker so I probably won't last long. How wrong I was.

We managed to finish it 2 hours later. I drank quite a lot at the start and I felt like the whole room was moving and my head felt heavy. Though I was drunk now, I remembered very clearly that I laughed quite a lot of times and talk a lot of nonsense. My drinking buddy just kept on asking how long more I could last. I just told him a few more till I cannot take it anymore. Then my classmate just kept on losing and losing and losing. He couldn't even count the points on his cards properly! Hahahaha. To think that I am more sober than him, a hardcore drinker.

I could see that he couldn't last much longer and thank god there is only a little left. I knew I would have a terrible hangover if I continued to drink. So whenever I lost, I would just act drunk(I was pretty wasted but I KNEW and remembered perfectly everything I was doing) by...

1) Pouring my drink in the dustbin

2) Spill in on the floor
3) Make an excuse to go toilet to piss when all I wanted to d
o was to pour the scotch in the toilet bowl

I guessed he probably knew but couldn't remembered anyway. He asked me if I ever got drunk before. I said maybe a few times. But the truth is, I had never been drunk. My parents are strict with me on this matter and anyway, I hate drinking. The best part of the whole thing was he took a shower TWICE in like 1/2 hour. I knew something was wrong when he took that long to piss. So I went to check on him in case something happened. Holy cow, he was naked like a baby sitting on the floor and showering himself. I didn't knew how to react because this was the first time I had seen a guy's private parts in real life. This was just....surreal.

He tried to pull me in to shower with him. I just threw him a towel and told him to wipe himself and come out. He walked out as if he would fall down any moment. I tried to guide him to wear his pants but I gave up after he mistook the towel for his pants and tried to wear it. ¬_¬ Oh well, he's pretty much gone case I thought. Then he insisted on continue playing so as to not waste the drink. At this point, I just wanted to go home. But I couldn't until I 100% confirm that he really passed out and slept. You won't want to see accidents happening to intoxicated people. We managed to finish the whole thing but soon after he went to take a shower again. But this time when he came out, he finally collapsed with a blanket covering his body. I breathed a sigh of relief as it's finally over.

I had faded memories of messaging my friend to come drive me home. At 7am. I really really didn't knew why I did that. Maybe at that time I just wanted to get back home fast. I think the most amazing thing was I managed to take public transport home. I remembered and knew everything I did but come to think of it, I seriously didn't knew how I managed to still act so normal and pull all these off.

I woke up 4 hours later with no signs of any hangovers. I was back to normal. I guess I really underestimated myself. But next time, I am not going to be that
foolish anymore. Being drunk gives you a temporary escape from the reality but that ain't for me even though I remembered and knew what I was doing when I was pissed drunk. What about my friend?

Well, he called me later and asked me what happened to him when he was drunk. He was amazed that I could recalled so many things as he really didn't remembered anything. He actually was stunned to find himself clothless when he woke up and thought I was the one who undressed him.
¬_¬ He commented that I am a hidden talent in drinking. Eeeek, no way and no more of this. After that, he collapsed again and went to sleep. HAHAHAHA.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Goodbye, Good Food and Good Riddance...

This week was significant as it spelled the end of my three year tertiary education finally. I have been waiting for so long for this day to come but when it arrived, I felt nothing special. It was just like any other ordinary day.

My viva was like on the first week of this month. Overall it was alright even though there were a few screw ups. In the end, I thought I did the best in the presentation despite not having the chance to rehearse unlike my two other team mates. The demo had a few cocked up moments as I forgot the page address and where the database was. The second marker was like very very curious about the system. He didn't really asked me much but instead shoot a lot of questions and also irrelevant ones towards my team mates which thankfully my supervisor answered.

Though the viva was already over, we still had to come to the office for one last week. I still had some work to complete whereas my team mates was free and slacked the whole day away. But during the last two days, my colleagues finally told me to forget about it and let them complete my stuffs. I felt a little guilty about it but thankfully, they ended my misery. No more bloody programming ever, I swear on that. I realized how out of depth I am when I got into this internship. The IT industry ain't suitable for me, that's for sure.

But the last few days before we left, we ate a lot of stuffs. Good stuffs. Thank god I'm not a girl, otherwise I would had put on weight! On Thursday, we had a company sponsored 7 course set lunch at Long Beach East Coast. Yeah, that one with the famous pepper crab. I think the company is pretty well off, half of the office was there. Even some who were at the users' site came down. Who says there's no free lunch(literally) in the world? But I wasn't really full until dinner time.

Since we interns were leaving soon, my colleague suggested we go to Geylang to sample the claypot frog(田鸡) porridge for dinner. I love eating frog legs since young. We also ordered some side dishes. A few of them on the menu were exotic, like Marmite(!!!) crab. I had never heard of mango chicken until that day we tasted it. Everything was delicious really and the best thing was my colleagues foot the bill. So damn generous. Next time must patronise again.

After that we walked to the famous Taiwanese soya bean curd store and washed it down with a bowl of beancurd. It is still as soft as I had tasted few months ago. After all this, I think I felt like puking after that. I felt really full.

On the last day, it was the turn of my supervisor to treat us. We went to a Japanese restaurant nearby for lunch. I really wanted to record a video of my colleague eating. Watching her eat is really a joy because she is very focused in it and takes her time to chew her food. I think even if it's like the worst tasting food but after you watch her consume, it would be like the most delicious food. Next time I would record a video when we meet up.

Again we didn't had to pay. Bloody hell, I really felt damn fortunate. Throughout the past few months, they treated us interns so well. So at least must get somet
hing for them also. I ordered a Lana Cake of course, even if I STILL thought that it was way overpriced and overhyped. One of my colleague said she was touched that I bought the cake. I just honestly said it was nothing and I had to do this. Of course I would cut a big piece for my supervisor and one of my another colleague, who helped and guided me all the way when I was doing my project. But when I cut a big portion, they declined and settled for a smaller piece instead.

The surprise of the day must be when another colleague from another department came and gave us coffee from Coffee Bean. The nearest outlet was at Tiong Bahru Plaza which is like a 15 minutes walk from the office. So I guessed he deliberately walked there and bought back coffee for us. He acted like it was no big deal and just wanted to treat us as it was our last day. This is just crazy. Everyone at the office are just so nice people. Of course we had to pour him a cup of his own caffeine and I also cut him a large slice of cake to go along with it.

The remaining portion of the cake was distributed around the office. When I was washing the plates and knife in the pantry, a female colleague from another department made
small talk with me. She asked if next week was the last week of our intership. I told her today was the last day. She asked what my plans were and then suddenly offered her hand, intending to shake my hand. I was taken aback by it and was slow to stretch my hand out. She laughed and said I shouldn't be shy and all along called me Xiao Di. I replied that I was already not young anymore. I was 21 and she still called me that! But she laughed again and commented that I am still youthful compared to her. Though I only really talked to her a few times before this, I always thought that she's kinda like the out going and friendly type. She then genuinely wished me good luck for the future.

While walking to the MRT station at the end of the day, my colleague asked me if I was happy to leave the office for the last time. I told her I felt nothing because life goes on. Inside, I felt relieved because I need not deal with any more IT stuffs but I also felt a little sad to leave the workplace filled with nice people.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Great idea + great execution = Comedy Gold

While surfing in on the my current favourite site, I browsed around the top favourites and found this gem. I viewed it a few times and I just think that it's pure genius. Makes you wonder what people will do for free stuffs.

There's a part 2 but it's not as cool as this.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

MV of the Week #1

Most people have a high speed connectionl. Other than utilising it to download porn illegal copyrighted stuffs, play online games or listen to online streaming radio, what else could one do with it? Well, they could watch videos of course! Youtube is a great site for this. It is basically a free website for users to upload their video clips and share it with the rest of the internet community. Except for offensive stuffs, you could find just about anything under the sun.

For the past few weeks, I have not been sleeping well for whatever reasons. It's like I find it hard to get to dreamland. So to cure the insomnia, I would switch on the telly and watch whatever is showing on both MTV channels on cable till I collapse on the bed. So whenever I visit the site to waste time, I would search for music videos to view also.

From today onwards, I would post a favourite video of mine from the site on here weekly. They may range from funny, classics, contrversial or just nice to look at. This one falls under the first category.

(Pause the video, go do something else and wait for it to be fully loaded up.)

I like how their dance actions fit the music so well. I actually thought this dance group really existed but later found out that's not the case. Nontheless, it's still a brilliant piece of work. Never fails to make me laugh.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I found the remedy to ace the presentation...

The conclusion to the project is coming. I'm having the viva at the end of this week. Pretty fast indeed, right after the CNY holidays. I saw this article just now and got me pondering a little.

Sex helps calm nerves before public speaking

Full sexual intercourse offers the best results, psychologist says

LONDON - Forget pretending you are talking to one person or concentrating on a single point in the audience — having sex is good way to calm nerves before giving a speech or presentation.

But Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley in Scotland, said it has to be full sexual intercourse to get the best results.

He studied nearly 50 men and women who recorded their sexual activities for two weeks and analyzed its impact on their blood pressure levels when under acute stress, such as when giving a speech.

Brody discovered that the volunteers who had sexual intercourse were the least stressed and had blood pressure levels that returned to normal more quickly than people who engaged in other types of sex.

But people who had abstained from sex had the highest blood pressure response to stress.

Even after taking into account stress due to work or other factors, the range of responses to stress were best explained by sexual behavior.

“The effects are not attributable simply to the short-term relief afforded by orgasm but rather, endure for at least a week,” Brody told New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.

He believes that the release of the so-called “pair bonding” hormone oxytocin might explain the calming effect.

I have one question for the researchers. Hmmm, so only full intercourse would have an effect? Anal and oral sex won't calm one down before a presentation huh? HAHAHAHA. Damn, like that I must be really stressed up according to this article. HELP!111!!

In fact I would need a little help from above if I am as crap as I was at today's practice. But no fear, I have got a rough script ready for the occasion. That should tide me through safely. Of course it's lame to do a presentation by reading from your notes thus I need to memorise a little of it and get myself familiarized with what I am going to talk about that day.

Honestly, I think the grading system for the FYP is flawed to say the least. 50% for the viva? What the hell? Are they trying to say that the stuffs you had done for the past few months isn't as significant as the hour of presentation/demo? So alright, as long as you are a smooth talker and understand your work well even though your project might be shit, you basically would had passed your FYP. I had never really felt comfortable with their weird grading system. This is pretty cocked up. Even my colleagues agree when I told them the grading percentages.

Oh yea, also gotta fix that last pesky error of course. Sigh. That is why I hate IT.
It's just never ending. When you think everything is fine and done, out pops some thing. In fact that error is 2 weeks overdue because I was occupied with the report and presentation. If I don't solve that, I'm pretty much screwed on Friday. Hurray!

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