Monthly Archives: December 2004

2004 in review

2004, like 2003, was an uneventful year. that about summarises the happenings of the past 2 years, sadly. so unlike my first ‘new year post’ back in end 2002.

this can easily be blamed on ns, but i choose not to do so. it’s just an easy excuse. i’m sure i could have used my time more productively, especially since i stay out. doing office hours most of the time. if i can’t make use of what spare time i have now, will my whole life be empty and meaningless when i enter the workforce in the future?

i’ve hated the whole army experience. the culture, the function of the army, everything. i recognise the need for its existence, and that’s probably why i serve. plus, of course, there’s no legal way out once you’re done with jc. i think. still, i’m entitled to my own opinion while doing it, and it’s not a particularly happy one. 4 more months to ord though, so that’s something i can put aside soon. for awhile. yay.

so i’d be off to school next year. in the uk. alone. seriously alone. i mean, with friends in the same country, but that’s about it. haiyah. hopefully there’s some pretty intelligent nice single singaporean girl going the same uni also. haha. fat hope huh? oh well. doubt i’d be getting attached during uni lah. that kinda sucks. i’ve decidedly recently that i’m the aim-to-be-attached kinda guy. but no luck finding attachees. what to do.

and my brain’s rusty! sian. seriously rusty. even blog entries? can’t match the standard of yesteryear. of the jc years, to be more specific. haiyah. what more, studying. i’m so dead.

i’m still wondering what to do next year after ord, before studying. sigh. it’s all stuff i’ve gotta plan out, roughly at least. otherwise 2005’s gonna be another wasted year. and that is NOT something i’d want. especially since there’s no more ns to blame it on.

2005 is to be a meaningful year. hopefully the next new year entry i pen will be one of triumph.

happy new year, dudes.

p.s. on a sidenote, i love egg is really hilarious. some japanese product line i think. i dunno. it’s just damn amusing. haha.

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lucky us?

it seems kinda… surreal. being surrounded in tsunami-affected areas, and being untouched ourselves. singapore sure is lucky, huh? well-sheltered harbour and whatnot. the recent disaster has stirred up some recollections of primary school social studies stuff.

“a single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic”. perhaps a callous view, but an accurate one nonetheless. as with all the other ‘big events’ in the past, the commotion generated will die down and recent events relegated to memory. only those who are personally affected will actually keep the event in their hearts. such is human nature, i suppose. sometimes i bother why people bother. but short-term help is better than nothing, definitely.

oh well.

anyway, rj has moved to bishan! i think. students will be going to the new campus starting 2005. if i were in this batch of jc students, i’d probably have gone there instead of vj. and who knows how different life would have been? hmm.

plus, only 2 years of ns. ^!#^%#@!^@$&^!

but what-ifs are like that. just stuff to wonder about, and never really know for certain.

WETA – chronicles of narnia

oooh. this is interesting. apparently the next step for the studio which did LOTR is… narnia!

ok, i don’t think i’ve actually read any of the books. but i’d always meant to. but now the movie version is coming! wow. looks like a one-per-year release too. which means… good stuff lah. i think. i hope.

season's greetings

mcdonalds has this new chicken foldover thing. supposed to be healthier (it’s grilled chicken with vegetables, so i guess it is), and i quite like it! mmm.

i recently bought a second-hand graphics card from ebay. it’s quite pricey, but i was lured by the “oh this is a good deal i must buy it!” mentality. but in this case, the good deal turned even better.

Hey there was a little problem at first. I recently got World of Warcraft so I decided not to sell my videocard but since you bid and already paid I honored my sale and I ordered you a brand new GeForce GT 6800 from bestbuy.com which was $420 (said your state got taxes?) so it might be a little late but it should defenately come this week

so now i’m getting a BRAND NEW card for nearly US$100 less! funky.

the funniest thing is, one of the reasons i’m getting a new card is to better play world of warcraft (game lah). haha.

i love the xmas season. it’s just so… happy. somehow. especially since i had a half-day today, and have off this monday. to ‘pay back’ the public holiday being on saturday. whee.

on the flipside, there’s also a tv drought in america right now. guess they use the holidays to take a break somehow (as in, to let the series drag longer?) and rerun special christmas episodes or something. haiyor.

what’s worse, i’m sick now. slight fever. fwah. how come so unlucky one. seems like i fall ill quite often. and near the not-good-to-fall-ill dates. like the start of my 3.5 day long weekend. damn.

movie watch

just visited apple trailers today… suddenly spotted 5 movies i’m vaguely interested in! that’s a lot. usually i see none. haha.

batman begins – actually, i didn’t find the trailer all that cool. the only reason i’m interested is because i’m a bit of a batman fan, and this movie is supposed to rescue the franchise from the level of silliness the batman films descended into starting from batman and robin. aiyah see how it’s progressed when the next trailer comes out.

charlie and the chocolate factory – nostalgia! that roald dahl story from longago. directed by tim burton! cool. i liked nightmare before christmas. and big fish. and johnny depp as willy wonka just amuses me.

chicken little – a non-pixar computer-animated disney movie? well, it looks amusing enough. and rather cute. probably not as deep, but watchable. another show to bring my sis to watch, i guess =P

hitchhikers’ guide to the galaxy – funny. just quoted from the book a few days back, and out comes a movie version. nothing much revealed in the trailer yet, but definitely something i’m interested in. for now, anyway.

melinda and melinda – it’s listed as a comedy, but the concept (whatever that is) seems interesting enough. i didn’t really get what was going on in the trailer, but it somehow piqued my interest anyway. reminds me of something like sliding doors. hmm.

techno-advancement!

so i’ve made another little step in being vaguely it-savvy. haha. the first step was gmail, and now… plaxo!

plaxo’s basically an electronic address book service. hopefully, i can replace the numerous word, txt, and excel files on my computer with this. aside from storing all your contacts (email, phones, addresses, etc) online, there’s a nifty part. if a registered user updates his information, the data will be updated on his friends’ address books as well! otherwise, well. you can also manually input information, then can request for update easily (with a click of a button, you’d send the non-registered guys an email requesting they update their info. maybe can be done before xmas every year?).

so you can think of it as an auto-updating address book.

the BEST part? unlike friendster, it has none of that voyeuristic “oh lemme look through my friends’ friends’ friends’ friends photos for pretty faces oh no i don’t have enough links gotta add them all!” factor. or less of it, anyway. which is good. though admittedly less entertaining. bleah.

great concept in theory, i think. but in practice? probably hopeless. difficult to get everyone to register and update their information. i’m not deleting those files of mine anytime soon. but may as well try right. haha. hope it catches on sometime. oh well.

peace

it’s 8 days before christmas, and i’m currently filled with the strangest sense of contentment. it’s something i haven’t felt for a very long time.

today i went on a trip down nostalgia lane… i’ve been reading the old cards/letters from way back. many brought back good memories… some bittersweet, i guess. but overall, good.

(took the time to sort out some of the stuff, too. like dumping the whole lot of SP letters, aka the angel-mortal game, which i now find totally meaningless)

(i’ve just noticed that my thoughts are becoming more and more disordered. i’m degenerating into ‘honest expression’ now, i suspect. haha. oh well)

in lower sec i had this english teacher, ms florence lee. for her class, we kept an ‘english journal’ where we’d basically blog (on paper. ok this is dumb. a blog’s an electronic journal, not the other way round!) weekly or something. for her to read. anyway, there was once when i’d expressed some doubts on my faith, and then when i got back the journal she’d written an ominous ‘pls see me’ on it. my course of action was, of course, what any other young lad would have done – ignore.

so a few days later, i got a chinese new year card from her. i was puzzled (as were my classmates), but once i got down to reading the enclosed letter, it became clearer. being a christian herself, she’d taken the trouble to craft a rather lengthy reply to my journal entry (amusingly, it began something like ‘since u didn’t have the guts to come and see me…’).

that’s one of the (admittedly few) pages of my ‘good teacher inspiration’ book.



all the old friendships also came back to mind. mainly starting back in secondary school – i suspect when that’s when the mind actually forms =P some have remained the greatest of pals even till today, some of the friends i’ve gradually lost contact with. but, well, we were all close once. traded tales and smiles, and what not.

it’s something.

and at long last, i’ve come to terms with the temporal nature of friendship. all things, not just friendship, must come to an end. it’s the natural order of things. some last longer than others, but when it must end, well… it’d end. sometimes, trying too hard is merely delaying the inevitable.

people change, and sometimes the glue holding two people together just won’t stick anymore.

but as long as you’ve been doing your part, i think there’s nothing you should really worry about. maybe it’d stick, maybe it won’t. sometimes it’s nobody’s fault.

knowing something is one thing, but accepting it is really another thing altogether.

contentment.

imageshack!

Free Image Hosting at ImageShack.us

i’ve just discovered imageshack. it’s great! basically allows me to host unlimited pictures. each with a maximum size of 1mb, but that’s no big obstacle lah. i’ve already updated my blog and old livejournal so that the few images i had are now largely hosted by it.

the big deal is that, i’m no longer reliant on my pacnet account! which was disgustingly expensive. i’ve been using it for two main purposes anyway – webspace and email. the latter is probably solvable with a gmail account, and the former… well, i use my webspace primarily to host images, anyway. yay.

$5.20 per month may not sound like much, but a penny saved is a penny earned! plus, considering the fact that webhosting services can give you something like 100mb for similar prices (as opposed to the 5mb i got from pacnet), it’s really wasted money lah.

the towel: a necessity in galactic hitch-hiking

i love my towel. at least, the one in my bunk. it’s so wonderful! ok, it’s just a standard army-issue towel. but i like it nonetheless. blanket, towel, such utility! such fuzziness! such. uhhh. i dunno.

in fact, i remember the towel being mentioned somewhere in a douglas adam book.

The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels.

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-tohand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

strange, i remember being more amused when i’d first read it… probably the whole tone of the book. or something.

anyway. ate garlic ice cream just a few days back… man, it was weird. that’s about the only synonym i can associate with the whole experience… kinda to be expected, really. garlic ice cream is just… unnatural! but it was quite edible lah. like, mainly sweet milky ice cream taste, with a tinge of garlic. so it tasted like ice cream. just… weird. yeah.

eternal sunshine

just caught eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. i’ve had it for months already, but finally got round to viewing it.

it was… beautiful. fantastic. i loved it. wow.

i’m also starting to think that, like what the anonymous commenter of my previous post said, i’m in need of some skirt-chasing. ahaha.

the screenwriter for eternal sunshine is a genius. apparently he did adaptation and being john malkovich as well. i have the former (again, sitting around waiting to be watched) and quite liked the second. they’re all unconventional films. really quirky. but somehow manage to be pulled off anyway. well, i’m not sure about adaptation, but now i really want to get down to seeing it.