04/4/10

Unfortunate Mishap

Rented a lorry for some school event. Was busy rushing around on the preparation day so decided to lent it to my friend so that he can drive it around when I take a final break at night. The next morning, a sudden call gave me a shock of my life. My friend left the lorry on a slope and went to washroom for awhile and when he came back, the lorry was on the pavement with this red ‘thing’. Thankfully noone was hurt when the lorry rolled down.

Alot of passerbys came to help and we finally manage to lift the lorry out from the ‘thing’ but unfortunately, the lorry had some dents at the front and the renter demands a SGD350 compensation. My friend was responsible enough to pay for the full compensation himself but it was a heavy price to pay for a lesson.

01/4/10

Pinkys 21st Birthday Party

I wanted to make her 21st the most memorable birthday celebration for her. Afterall, been 21st is really a huge milestone in one’s life as there will be alot of changes in life to face in time to come.

Being with her for the past 3years to come, we know each other pretty well and our relationship almost maintained still, in ‘honeymoon’ period, which means still sweet. Quarrels are inevitable because of our stubbornness and willfulness, but this did not set us apart and yet made our relationship stronger, bonded. It may seem that we are still a pair of fresh couple living in our honeymoon world but no.

Even before her birthday, the preparation started with me was also tiring. Imagine SMSing 80people and asking them to RSVP for the party when 70% of them did not reply the message. (ok my bad for not mentioning my name and the time of the party) but they could ask me while RSVPing! I also took an off-day to go spotlight to buy the necessary items to decorate her guestbook which costs me $80 and $25 for her printed photos for the use on the guestbook! It took me 8hours to prepare her guestbook, excluding 3hours standing like a scarecrow in Spotlight at Plaza Singapura.

Had an entire busy day for her birthday; went out in the afternoon with her mum to buy extra food just incase her buffet food was not enough. Then went to check in at Aranda Chalet, unloaded all the required items from my van such as 30stools, 2 foldable tables, food and drinks. Then while resting, I waited for the decoration team people to decorate her room with 100 HElium balloons and 42 will be used for clusterings. The balloons clusters are used to decorate the room at a lower level so that not all the balloons are high up. It is also nicer to take photos with the balloon clusters. I thought that 100balloons were too exaggerating but no, it wasn’t even filling up 1/5 of the living room, that how small 100 balloons cover.

Her relatives were kind to come in early at about 5pm to ask if I needed help for the party but I reckoned there wasn’t much things left to do in the first place, so they went off to E!hub with their kids to play.

Guests started to come in at around 7pm, earlier than expected (7.30pm) , while the food buffet was still been setup. It wasn’t that bad, guests who came earlier gets to eat first of course. Waited until about 8.30pm when most of the guests are in the room and even some outside her room. 1 of a biggest personal event I ever organised with an estimated turnout rate of at least 80 guests.

Getting her guestbook signed wasnt easy. I initially left it on the table near the entrance but someone moved it to the dining table and many people wasn’t aware of that, so I passed the book to Pinky so that when she was moving around chatting with her friends she could ask them to sign the book as well.

Personally, I also prepared the Chocolate Fondue fountain which I had bought for her as her christmas present 2009. Placed marshmallows, strawberries, kiwis, bananas and waffle biscuits for the guest and I’m so glad that they loved it.

Everything starts wrapping up after she was invited to cut her cake at 10pm because it was getting late and many people are leaving. Her $150 3KG 3D custom Gucci cake by Pine Gardens made the guests go ‘WOW!’, thats 1 of a expensive cake they have ever eaten, too, I believe.

(photos to come)

01/2/10

Countdown to 2010 by the bay

Bought a pair of tickets for the countdown to 2010 at Marina Bay (seriously I dont know why is it called the marina bay now when the existing marina bay is still 2 stations away from the Cityhall station although the existing Marina Bay is left with sands and heavy vehicles, a beautiful pier and the Marina Barrage.)

The countdown 2010 began at 8PM with exotic performances by local rock bands such as The Great Spy Experiment, EIC, Singapore Idol Finalists and Da Mouth (after 11pm when the show was LIVE on the tv).  Mediacorp, broadcaster of the show had some technical faults when the show was LIVE, my god, very unprofessional all of a sudden.  Nevertheless, we enjoyed the performance throughout (although I shouted a woman to sit down when she was trying to take photo of the stage with her DSLR then I was very unhappy, I paid to SIT, not to stand along with her in order for me to watch the performances, so I shouted to ask her to SIT DOWN.  The people behind me, bet they know it was me, shouted ‘wah lau eh which fucker sia’.  I dont really care.  So what if ima fucker?  People are like that, when you don’t tell them they’re wrong, they will assume they are right, then she will continue standing to take photos while blocking the others.  Damn!  I was so helpful in this scenerio already!)

The 8minute 30secs fireworks was really exhilarating, every spark and explosion caused a tremendous blowoff in the sky, exhibiting different colors and shapes making the audiences go ‘WOW’.  As usual, people with camera, videoed the process while I try to take snapshops of the fireworks with my point-and-shoot.

Way to go Singapore!

HAPPY 2010 my readers!

12/17/09

A good webhosting company

I have been with the former webhosting company for the past 3 years and it have always been a breeze for me.  As a I.T geek, I have been able to resolve most of the issues from the client side on my account and thus I do not really have to depend on their support department until lately, the server crashed during a RAID backup and this is when, once again, I felt the need to backup my files frequently and web host.  The company, paused their monitoring site which claims that the server’s uptime is 99.5%.  When I checked the monitoring site during the downtime, I was surprised to see that the account has been paused.  This meant that during the server downtime, the monitoring is unable to capture and thus it provides end user with fake statistics, 99.5%!  This is really despicable and cunning!  There are ethics to follow in any kind of business and this is definitely morally evil!

The server was down for like 3 days (72 hours) and people were whining in their forum instead submitting technical support tickets because they were slow in replying or they gave fake replies such as ‘the server is up!’, ‘sorry but we do not face any issues on our side’, etc.  BULLSHIT.  I cant even login to my pop/smtp accounts!  As a normal user, I’m totally fine with the downtime; slap myself for getting a cheap webhost BUT my clients, I do not want to see them suffer along with me.  It is therefore time-critical for any website as they may lose potential customers in that moment!

So with all these taken into considerations, there is a need, for me to change my webhost despite been with them for the past 3years.  This downtime is uncalled for and should have been resolved in less than 24hours, if not 48hours, and this will be the only downtime for a year, then we can understand that.

So how to pick a good web host?

  • Check webhosting forum for reviews
  • Read the Terms and Conditions/Privacy/User Policy carefully
  • Google for other user reviews
  • Price, for the right amount of space and application you need
  • Check if they have 24/7 support on their main website and talk to their operator
  • Has CPanel or equivalent for easier managing
  • PHP/Apache/CGI etc.
  • Operating System: Win/Linux
  • Server Specifications
  • Sharing Load (amount of websites in a server)
  • Server location and datacenter

List is not arranged in order.  I hope you have found this article useful to you, in 1 way or another!

11/16/09

Kittylab Tour to Singapore

Inside the Kittylab was really very interesting with sanrio’s cartoon characters around and the cute little buildings that simulates the town of Sanrio.  When we entered, we were briefed on the basic instructions such as NO PHOTOGRAPHY and NO VIDEOGRAPHY, how to navigate the town and where to look for help etc.  Its like entering the science center, amazing.

Then we were given a kind of a token called KTA.  The KTA will allow us to move from station to station, playing games and winning accessories for your HelloKitty in it, then at the end of the tour you can exchange the KTA for a card which will have all your kitty information.

Then when touring in the lab, people start taking photos like nobody’s business despite tons of staffs telling them no photography allowed.  The most drastic thing is that I saw a person holding on to a DSLR?  Hello?  Isnt it damn obvious?  I mean the staff could have just offered to ‘keep’ the item for the person right?  On the website it has already written no photography allowed?  If that thing doesn’t get confiscated, I doubt @princesspinky89’s camera is going to, so I told her to take out her camera and just shoot whatever she want.  If the management screws me up, i will fuck them up.

Anyway I believed most of the staff did saw others taking out their cameras and phones but they could do nothing but verbal warning.  So the tour will be until 29th November and if you’re thick skinned like us enough, yeah you should just take out your camera and take photos.  You paid for it, so did anyone else.

The gaming things will take you about 30-45minutes at most, but you can mingle in there for the rest of the time taking photos but do avoid the staffs because they will come and nag and nag and nag ‘no photo please’ then you smile and pretend to keep and continue taking after they turn away thats all =p

Enjoy your tour!

11/10/09

E/> IM FAT

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(ps twitpic dont allow me to hotlink to the actual larger image)

This is KARMA.  When I try to eat every single food that comes near me because I saw what other poorer people couldn’t have.  I ate more.

GREED.  And now karma hits me by making me fat and disgusting.  Time to stop my munches and real exercises.  If my friends could kick the habit of smoking, I can kick the habit to enjoying good food as well!

YES I CAN.  Leave a comment to encourage me please, thanks.

UPDATE: I USED TO BE FIT:

Yeap thats me in the bright orange shorts. Oh how much I missed all these night cyclings =/

11/8/09

Capitalism: A Love Story

This is a Micheal Moore movie, America’s most hated film director.  Bought a pair of tickets to watch this movie with Pinky, thinking that it would be a romantic show; so much for the ‘A Love Story’ at the back of title.  Ironically, we missed the word Capitalism (but search my vocabulary, its not even in my dictionary)  So the first 15minutes of the show hypnotised Pinky to her dreams, sleeping comfortably on my shoulder.  Not wanting to spend my money to sleep in a theater, I encouraged myself to stay awake throughout the session and Im so proud of it.

If you’re not a very political or patriotic person, the movie isn’t right for you in the first place.  I don’t even care about the election in my nation, why should I care about the states, moreover it doesn’t really concern us?  But you’re so damn wrong!

The movie gives a good perspective on how Capitalism has affected the US for the past 8 years under the management of ‘you-know-who’, whos been making the Rich people richer and the poor people poorer by taking away everything they have, irregardless of their situation.  That was obviously something that wasnt shown in the media, did it?  And how companies benefited profited from the employees who have died by buying insurance on their behalf and stating themselves as beneficiary.

And oh, this made me recall why people would vote for the President, Mr Barack Obama, one who emphasized on CHANGE during his debates for election.  They have been on the down side for the past 8 years and someone should end the deed, not continuing it.  The election results flashed in the movie was also something that wasnt showed on our screens.  People actually CRIED because of the president they voted for has won!

In Sing ka pore, FAT HOPE.  Why would you cry?  I dont even remembering there was 2 parties fighting for the position?  Even if there was a Good and Bad president to choose from, with the white collars in the cabinet, do you think the so-called bad president can have things done his way?  Unless the white changes to become the black, then that will be a worrying point.

10/29/09

Website with and without WWW. makes a difference

I bet many of us who surfs the net frequently might skip typing ‘www.’ for any website and straight away key in the domain that we are looking for (e.g. google.com.sg instead of www.google.com.sg).  It saves time and it is very specific and somehow, of common sense that it should redirect google.com.sg to www.google.com.sg and vice versa because this is how we, the geeks surf the net.

The web hosting company, Net Venture, apparently neglected the importance of DNS or maybe, they forgot to modify the DNS entries accordingly and thus led to loss suffered by the actual company, Comfort DelGro Bus.  Can you imagine the amount of traffic going into the website looking for chartered buses but ended up in the website of Net Venture webhosting company?  And if that the users are not geeks and the website seems redundant to them, they would have left the website and never ever come back again.

10/20/09

Going to Bangkok

Now back to the topic, I’m going to Bangkok this weekend! HIP HIP HURRAY!

I didn’t want to be rushing like cats and dogs over there, thus I told my sister to plan the itinerary (which I had to contribute as well based on my 2 previous trips over there).  Jetstar and WhitePalaceHotel costs us a total of around SGD1500, for 5 persons.  Pretty worth it; I could have gotten a cheaper Jetstar Package (only $200!) but I was only 1 day late, it increased to like $280!  My god.  White Palace Hotel was something out of the norm, I really had no idea what hotel to book but the good hotels (5stars) are all about SGD100/night. what a ripoff.  This can be saved, obviously.

So with my help, me and my sis decided that these places are a MUST to go:

  • Platinum Mall
  • Pratunam
  • MBK (Im not really into it, forums say the price is overrated)
  • Chatuchak a.k.a JJ Market (1.1km square area of shopping)
  • Bobae Tower & Market
  • Temple Visiting (the folks wants to =/)

If you’re going to Bangkok too, let me warn you, Patpong is not a place to go.  The price is 10x the original market.

YES! I AM DEPARTING THIS SATURDAY! (and I’ve got tons of work on hand, unsubmitted!)

10/20/09

Tips for blogging

Yes, precisely.. with so much work to be completed in this semester, so I haven’t been sitting down faithfully infront of my computer to manage all my photos for this semester and blog about them whereas Pinky has done most of it and putting them available on her facebook.  I’m grateful for her efficiency =)  And thanks to facebook for lifting the limit of 60photos per album to 200photos.. Now thats what we call…. ‘SHIOK’

Then I was telling her about the photos, our blogs should just hotlink the photos from our facebook so that we don’t have to waste our webhosting space.  The webhosting space for our domain is soley for content, database and some emails!  See, the problem with bloggers is that we have tons of photos (mostly) and since we’re not using any free blog provider such as blogspot and livejournal, we will 1 day run out of webspace and require bigger webhosting space, thus might increase my cost.  This is a non-profitable blog, its just a platform for us to communicate with our friends and relatives, maybe potential customers/advertisers but theres no need to increase our expenses.  Even if eventually we run out of webspace, we can delete the former pictures but the former blog entries will be there and broken links will start popping out and thats something we can stop, if we plan our expansion well. LOL!

Thus if you’re a blogger or if you want to start your blog, remember to host your photos seperately from your webhosting account!  I.e. unless you own the whole server!