Big News Bad News Better News (28.10.2011)

  • Big: iPhone 4S is launching in Singapore today! Look at the news it’s madness.
  • Big: Well, this is not really big but big for me. I’ve been looking for a good and affordable keyboard these day. Should’ve seen this earlier. Too bad I’ve already bought mine.
  • Big: Wow Beats new model? But seriously I don’t like all the Lady Gaga serious… they look too “theatrical” for me. 😉
  • Big: Wow that’s fast! I was expecting at least some time to come with the release of 4S but I guess Samsung’s force is much stronger than expected.
  • Bad: Seems like Singapore is feeling the effect of the flood in Thailand. The heavy rain in the past few days gave me some serious flu as well.
  • Bad: Everyday that it rains, somewhere get flooded. It doesn’t look serious but the fact that it’s flooding is already out of ordinary for Singapore.
  • Bad: This extremely extensive flooding in Thailand has hit global news for quite sometime. It’s getting really serious. I wonder
  • Bad: I do not like this at all… hopefully, it’s just a small unintentional tension.
  • Bad: Sigh sigh… first the land of rising sun now the land of thank giving also got hit…
  • Better: Wow! =3 I wonder what’s going happen next? 😉
  • Discovery: Now only they officially discover that out? I think I can become scientist. lol
Big News Bad News Better News (28.10.2011)

Updates On Some Cool Stuffs

First is something I’m very excited about. I have lost interest or should I say time to have time interest on anime for a long time. Finally, one title has sparked that interest again. That is the newly released Fate/Zero which will also be followed by Fate/Zero 2 in 2012. Here is an awesome cover!

Other that I also saw Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam and Hunter x Hunter 2011. After reading the manga, I’m really curious to what’s going be the storyline of Hunter x Hunter 2011 is it going to follow the manga and just whole other story?

Other than anime, I was browser AllYouLike then found some really interested and potentially useful software.

  1. ConceptDraw Office Pro
    This is actually interesting software. I’m think of trying it out.
  2. WebcamMax
    I seriously don’t know what people will use this for but interesting.
  3. Pearl Mountain Picture Collage Maker Pro v3.1.6.3545
  4. Microsoft Office 2010 PRO Plus
    Enough said.
  5. Cucusoft iPad iPhone iPod to Computer Transfer
    A handy for apple product user on PC
  6. Collection of Programs For Data Recovery – AIO
    You’ll need this sometimes.
  7. Microsoft Visio Premium 2010
    Never know of this. Looks like something I need.
  8. Advanced SystemCare Pro
    This is good. Helps to clean shit of your com and help speed it up.
  9. Portable USB Apps
    I’m quite a fan of portable apps. Why? why not? a software that can run without installing is just awesome. And this is one giant epic collection of it.
Then I also came across two seemingly awesome games—Magic-The Gathering: Duel of the Planes (gameplay) and Darksiders (gameplay). The gameplay looks awesome. Although I don’t really play games nowadays, but since it’s looks very tempting to me, I thought it’s worth sharing.
Updates On Some Cool Stuffs

Stumbled Upon (20 Oct 2011)

This I stumbled upon some pretty good stuffs worth sharing. First of all let’s start with YouTube. I was redditting… wait has this become a term yet? Anyway, yeah I was redditting in the WTF section and came across this rant on sexism—a pretty hardcore truth right in your face. Next if you recall a viral video from this 2 little girls in their pink princess-like dress singing Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass, well they’re now stars on Allen DeGeneres. There were invited on the show and get to meet Nicki Minaj in person. Their reaction when they meet Nicki is hilarious. Again on Allen DeGeneres, I saw one of my favorite YouTube singers as well, and it’s non other than Christina Grimmie! She was performing How To Love on the show.

Next is some random stuff on the web. If you think, you’ve always pronounce banana correctly then you maybe wrong. Check this out. And if you want to know what else you can do with your left over potato chips after eating them. Then see this.

Finally, let’s see what happening on news that matters to me. First of all is my used-to-be favorite boy band—Westlife—is separating after releasing their final album some where in Nov (Link). As for the local news, The Govt is announcing something called a NS disruption list. Interested? Read it up. Then we have some really WTF news like Hong Kong’s pampered pooches take yoga classes and High Heels for Men Are On Demand. We’re seriously moving toward this ridiculously weird world where people just competing to come up with weirder stuffs everyday… some of them are awesome, some are rubbish, some just pure WTF.

Stumbled Upon (20 Oct 2011)

The Moment of Truth [Excerpt]

An excerpt from Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom. This is definitely a great fruit for thought and self-reflection.

I used to think I knew everything. I was a “smart person” who “got things done,” and because of that, the higher I climbed, the more I could look down and scoff at what seemed silly or simple, even religion.

But I realized something as I drove home that night: That I’m neither better nor smarter, only luckier. And I should be ashamed  of thinking I knew everything, because you can know the whole world and still feel lost in it. So many people are in pain—no matter how smart or accomplished—they cry, they yearn, they hurt. But instead of looking down on things, they look up, which is where I should have been looking, too. Because when the world quiets to the sound of your own breathing, we all wants the same things: comfort, love, and a peaceful heart.

Maybe the first half of his life he did worse than most, and maybe the second half he did better. But that night was the last time I questioned how much Henry Convington’s past should shadow his future. Scripture says, “Judge not.” But God had the right to, and Henry lived with that everyday. It was enough.

The Moment of Truth [Excerpt]

A Good Marriage [Excerpt]

An excerpt from a chapter in Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom that’s worth reflecting about, acting upon, and sharing around.

Can you predict which marriages will survive? I asked.

“Sometimes,” he said. “If they’re communicating well, they have a good chance. If they have a similar belief system, similar values, they have a good chance.”

What about love?

“Love they should always have. But love changes.”

What do you mean?

“Love—the infatuation kind – ‘he’s so handsome, she’s so beautiful’—that kind of love can shrivel. As soon as something goes wrong, that kind of love can fly out the window.

“On the other hand, a true love can enrich itself. It gets tested and grow stronger.


…. whose love is proven through action, not words.

“When she says, ‘How can you ask if I love you? Look at all I’ve done with you. What else would you call it?’

That kind of love—the kind you realize you already have by the life you’ve created together—that’s the kind that lasts.”


“I think people expect too much from marriage today,” he said. “They expect perfection. Every moment should be a bliss. That’s TV or movies. But that is not the human experience.

“Like Sarah says, twenty good minutes here, forty good minutes there, it adds up to something beautiful. The trick is when things aren’t so great, you don’t junk the whole thing. I’ts okay to have an argument. It’s okay that the other one nudges you a little, bothers you a little. It’s part of being close to someone.

“But the joy you get from that same closeness—when you watch your children, when you wake up and smile at each other—that, as our tradition teaches us, is a blessing. People forget that.”

Why do they forget it?

“Because the word ‘commitment’ has loss its meaning. I’m old enough to remember when it used to be a positive. A committed person was someone to be admired. He was loyal and stead. Now a commitment is something you avoid. You don’t want to tie yourself down.

“It’s the same with faith, by the way. We don’t want to get stuck having to go to services all the time, or having to follow all the rules. We don’t want to commit to God. We’ll take Him when we need Him, or when things are going good. But real commitment? That requires staying power—in faith and in marriage.”

And if you don’t commit? I asked.

“Your choice. But you miss what’s on the other side.”

What’s on the other side?

“Ah.” He smiled. “A happiness you cannot find alone.”

A Good Marriage [Excerpt]

TEDx NTU 2011

It was held last Saturday at Marina Bay Sand Expo and Convention Centre. TEDx NTU 2011 is an independent TED events organized by a group of NTU students. A few of my friends are also part of the organizing committee. That’s how I come to know of the event. They have manage to invite a good line up of speakers on different topics from business and career to science and technology. I found most of the stuffs address in business and career to be rather cliche. It’s the stuffs that people have been talking and preaching about it over and over. For the people who care, they’ve already gone pass this and is already trying to achieve what these people are talking about and no longer interested in hearing them. As for the people who don’t care, they just like hearing them over and over and still can’t be bothered.

On the technology, Mr Wong Meng Weng who’s running JFDI, gave a pretty good insight on being a modern world magic creating magic with a simple crazy ideas. And he presented us with 6 crazy project idea he came across. It was both insightful and hilarious. However, I didn’t think he was the best speaker of the day. The best speakers of the day for me, are ironically the two speakers who were not there. They were just video download from TED website. One of whom is Seth Godin on being remark. Another I forgot his name.

Overall, the whole event was pretty well organize and up to standard considering it’s a free admission event. The tea break refreshment was great. The lunch not so much. But still, I’m thank for the free meal. 🙂

TEDx NTU 2011

Facebook Rehab

Calling it a rehab is rather missleading, however I chose to look at it that way. Anyway, recently, I decided to deactivate my FB account during a moment of impulse. That was the moment when FB seems to be the root cause of unnecessary stress. Likely most people, FB has been my homepage and the unclosable tab. Checking it every now and then becomes habitual or rather addictive. But no matter what, I’m still aware deep down that it’s just a communication portal. I’m there because everybody else is there (all the time). And being an online communication, I always have the perception that it’s place where I can express myself freely and pretend to be whoever I like sometime… posting non related status, sharing news, pretending the be happy, pretending to be sad…. Never for once, I ever thought it can replace face-to-face communication. Most of the things I do or post on Facebook is always in line with how I want my Facebook profile to be judge or seen on the surface and by no mean, it’s a representation of me. Well not even close. The people who know me best is still my friends and love ones. I’d like to keep it that way.

With that said, when your friends start to believe your Facebook more than you. Everything you do in contrast to your Facebook updates is doubtful and questionable. That’s the moment I know it can no longer be a part of my life, at least for the time being. I think this happened because as time goes by some people start to unconsciously treat Facebook an online symbol of themselves. With that, they also start making assumption that everybody else is the same. It’s a saddening behavioral evolution. But with 800 millions real/non real people using it, I guess it’s impossible to eliminate existence Facebook, so for now I’ll eliminate my existence from Facebook. Until things are back to the way it should be…

Oh one last thing, I just realize that after I get off Facebook, nobody really cares. If Facebook doesn’t show them updates of me, they have tons of other updates to look at and comment on. You matter only because Facebook make you appear on their news feed so they can care for you that one fraction of second or at least pretend to care. If no update, they would go “Oh well, I guess he’s busy and has his own things going on that’s why he’s not on Facebook…. oh yes! new notification!”

Facebook Rehab

This week favorite stuffs

Well first of all I’ve completed 2 books, Blink and Have A Little Faith. I want to review them but with my current schedule, I don’t think I have time to do so yet. Will set aside sometime to do so soon. Great books indeed. I’ve learned so much.

Next is my new favorite Girl Band – 2NE1. I’ve never crazy about any Asian group in awhile, the last time was with After School. After hearing Lonely, Hate, Ugly (Japanese Version) and Go Away, 2NE1 is officially my most favorite girl band.

Next is the games and movies I’m looking forward to the most. And they are Diablo III, DotA 2 and The Avengers. I’ve been quite a fan of Diablo II at one point and played it like mad. So I guess it’s natural to be dying to play the 3rd installment of the game which looks really awesome! Same goes for dotA. I’ve been donating so much of my lifetime to this game. So I guess it’s only right to donate a bit some more to experience the upgrade. 😛 Finally the most anticipated movie, well if you’ve been following all the super hero movies. Then Avengers is definitely something you’re also looking forward to… because… they come together! hell yeah!

Lastly, gadgets. I’ve been looking at and getting a lot of updates on gadgets late. The other day I’ve posted about phone. So here is something else. I’ve been wanting to get a DSLR for along time. So recently I’ve been looking at some models to set aside budget for. After looking around I suddenly found myself interested in something that is not really DSLR. And that is the Sony NEX-5. It delivers the power and quality of a DLSR while looking like a large digital camera. However, it doesn’t quite do the job of DSLR. So yes, you can say it’s like a hybrid between DSLR and Compact Digital Camera. Anyway, yeah I’m going for image quality and many reviews say the NEX-5 delivers some awesome image quality, much better than a lot of low-end DSLR out there. However, price-wise requires some consideration. 😛

Next in line is not something I want to get but definitely interested in it and that is the newly release Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire. I found out about these from my brother and one of my friends, who’re really keen on this. Definitely a cool gadgets with reasonable price.

This week favorite stuffs


Lately, I have spoken to a few broken-hearted people. Once again, it’s a reminder this recurring process can happen to anybody anytime. It happened to me. It happened to my love ones, my friends, people I don’t know…. Having gone through that process, having spoken to many people who have been broken, I notice a prominent occurrence when people are broken. When we broke we become a cynic. The harder we break the more cynical we become. The more we break or seeing people the deeper it rooted in our heart. With time, some of us escaped from it and regain our faith in love while other just fall deeper into the abyss and that itself prevent them from the seeing the light of love. It’s a saddening truth in life.

After I was saved. I wish I could save others as well but the more I am into it the more I realize things aren’t that simple. Not everybody wishes to be saved by you. Not everybody think they needed saving. Not everybody accept it. Some are just too stubborn. You can’t just walk in share your story and expecting people to change immediately. It just doesn’t work. You have to be persistent. You have to be selfless. You have to be patient. It’s a commitment. A devotion.

Having seen the many who has lost and is losing their way, I can’t help but feel very appreciative of the blessing I’ve been given thus far. At the same time it’s saddening to witness the rampant sorrow, that could be healed with a little love but instead remained wounded. I wish everything will turn out well for everybody somehow.


Phones & Jobs

On 4th Oct, Apple announced iPhone 4S. A lot of disappointment around that the announcement wasn’t the iPhone 5. I, too, was disappointed.  But I guess I can’t wait anymore, I’m just going to get the 4S which will be available in Singapore on 28th Oct. Other than this big announcement, there was another big news. That is the death of Apple’s Co-Founder and Ex-CEO Steve Job a day right after the official launch of iPhone 4S. It’s like the man was holding to his last breath to witness the release of his last legacy. Many moan for his death and send condolences. A man who single-handedly shaped the world with his genius vision. A man truly worth the title “legend”. So may he rest in peace.

With that, let’s get back to phone. Yesterday, I was looking at Samsumg Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation.  Galaxy S II performance is awesome, quite superior to the Sensation but I love the look and feel of the Sensation. The Galaxy S II looks kinda dorky. So yes now I’m really controlling myself to wait for the iPhone 4S. While I’m trying hard to control myself? guess what? Today I saw on HardwareZone that HTC is releasing Sensation XE end of Q4 this year. What the hell man? Sensation XE looks awesome in almost every way, well except the internal memory. And it has Beats Audi system!! damn! with that said, I don’t think I can wait any longer for it. Once the iPhone 4S is out I think I’m just gonna go for it. My patience is really running thin.

Phones & Jobs