Friday, February 24, 2006

there's something about ..... coffee

While searching for that ever-famous home video everyone is talking about, i came across this which is hillarious.

Monday, February 20, 2006

there's something about ..... jazz

I love jazz music. I started out with acid jazz in the late 90s and I slowly discover olden jazz in the form of Frank Sinatra, and the blues in the form of John Coltrane which I really adored.

Guess I've aged.

I always hate singers that sing an old song in a new era, rearranged the music and pass it off as a new song. Remember few years ago, some boy band sang "Take on me" and I remember cursing and swearing with Jeff. However, over the years, I have discovered some of the songs I love so much growing up are actually songs sang by an older artiste too. Eg, petshopboys' Always on my Mind. Willie Nelson sang the old one and god knows who sang before him.

I'm ok with singers singing the same song as long as they stay true to the song and not take ownership like it is some original song. Some old songs during the olden days are sang by numerous artiste within the same era but a different feel to it. For example, Dream A little dream of me. This song must have been sang by almost all the fantastic singers of the past.

However, I have a big problem with young Jazz singers of today singing old songs. Michael Buble is someone I'm not a big fan of. Plus many others like Diana Krall. Nothing wrong with them. But I felt that if you are going to sing a oldie, I might as well listen to the oldie itself. It's not like the oldie is no longer accessible.

So my biasness for these young jazz singer is very strong.

Last week on Valentine's day. I heard this song played on "Car Tunes" in Class 95. It was "dinner jazz". And they played this very beautiful song. I love it so much.


Good thing the DJ announced the singer which is Peter Cincotti and I went to hunt for that song from the local music store.

NABEH. The singer is a 22 years old jazz singer.

Friday, February 17, 2006

there's something about ..... virus (updated)

My family just can't seems to shake off the virus.

20 January: My wife got stomach Flu. Went doctor spend $100.

20 January: My mum also got stomach flu. Didn't see doctor. Uses my wife's medicine.

22 January: Mum stomach Flu got worse. See doctor. Spend $20.

23 January: I got sore throat. Wife stomach flu didn't recover. Both see doctor, spend $40.

25 January: mum stomach flu still didn't recover. See another doctor. Spend $55.

27 January: Kid got fever. See doctor. Spend $75.

31 January: Kid fever didn't go away plus cough. See Doctor. Spend $65.

3 February: I got stomach Flu and fever. Use medicines from above plus panadol.

10 February: dad got flu. See doctor. Amount unknown.

12 February: I got fever and cough. Eat Panadol.

14 February: wife got sorethroat and fever. See doctor. company pay.

15 February: Wife sorethroat and fever still have. Kid got running nose. Both see doctor. spend $40.

19 February: Mum got sorethroat. See doctor. amount unknown. (update)


Thursday, February 16, 2006

there's something about ..... 1st anniversary

Just realised today 15/2 is the first year anniversary of my blog.

I actually lasted 12 months?!

Wow.... does that mean... it's time to do a facelift to my blog? Even cars got facelift. My room got faclift. Some tai tais also got facelift literally.

When I free first lah.

Here wishing the author behind "TSA cow.dunking"..... happy writing for the years to come.

there's something about ..... tooth

I'm finally a bluetooth user!!

Bought a new handphone and it comes with bluetooth capability, the first time the phone that i uses comes with such feature.

So I decided to embrace this technology.


This technology just proved something I knew all my life.

I have SMALL EARS!!!!!!!! Bloody Hell!!!

I can imagine the doctors at the hospital uses the bluetooth earpiece device and measure if anybody has smaller than normal ears.

Doctor: Yes.. what's wrong with you.

Me: Doctor, I think I have small ears and it's affecting my looks. I think I look better with bigger ears.

Doctor: Ok.. you try this bluetooth earpiece.

Me putting on the earpiece.

Doctor: Confirmed. You got small ears!


I always hear people telling me that it's not comfortable and it takes a while to get used to it.

But when I use them, it's bloody comfortable like nothing it's there. Because the hook at the back is too big for my ear, thus it's not very secured.

My dad tried it on and it's too small.

My wife tried it on and it fits like a glove.

I wear it and it felt like a dangling ear ring!!

This is frustrating.

And I now know for sure 100% that I have smaller than average ears. You have to believe that companies like Samsung or Ericsson would have done enough research to ensure that the hook fit nicely to MAJORITY of the users.

And I'm not the majority.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

there's something about ..... first time

These days.... Life becomes pretty bored. So one fine day last week, I woke up and decided to paint.

I don't mean painting as in art, I meant PAINTING as in painting the wall.

The spontaneity just snapped. Send my wife to work and I went off to buy paint and brushes. Not only the spontaneity snapped, I decided to be passionate and a bought Red Paint. And mind you, this is not for the room, it's for my little "SOHO" or home office, not exactly the appropriate place for a red colour wall.

Just when I was about to start, I realised.... this was the first time in my life that I actually do painting! I didn't know whether to add water to paint, or add thinner or don't add anything.

My mum being the professional that she is, told me to add water. In fact, she was the one who ask me to buy brushes too.

And so I started.

Painting with a Brush is quite a challenged.

I tried 3 different method being my first time on three different patches, and all the patches looks really bad. At that point, I seriously doubt my mum's advice. I mean, I have seen professionals painters and they have hardly use brush.

After I did one coat of the paint, the result was frustrating. This is even more so when the colour is bright or dark and all uneven painting patches are visible.

I decided to go out and buy a roller and a tray.

The rest is History.

Now I realised those so-called professional painters are at best my standard. It's bloody easy to use a roller. Not only that, it's fast and every patches are even. The end results was "professional".

My dad who didn't realised I was using a roller couldn't quite believe the end result.

The roller to a painter is like what a wonderbra is to a woman. What an invention!

The whole excercise has been so interesting, I'm comtemplating painting other parts of the house.

I always knew I'm artistic.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

there's something about ..... brokeback

I came across this guy selling this in Yahoo. Amazing... he has my vote for Businessman of the Year. Not only that, I believe he can hit 2 dicks birds with 1 stone.

Because not only can he make money, he can also touch get in touch with like-minded people and go break back.

I wonder why it is called Brokeback Mountain.

Cowgay 1: Hi darling, come.... let's do it.

Cowgay 2: Ok... you bend or I bend.

Cowgay 1: you bend lor.

Cowgay 2: ok. (bend down)..... ARRggggg... I break my back!!

Cowgay 1: Ahhh... I like it.

If the screenshots is not very clear, you can see the full extent of the auction in Yahoo. The link is here. The screenshots is only 30% of the actual content. This guy gives a synopsis of all his gay films.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

there's something about ..... kk

Yesterday morning I brought my kid to KK hospital A&E. We decided that the fever has dragged on for too long and further more, there was lots of phelm in his throat that is making him very miserable and us very worried.

It's my first time to KK hospital since.......... I WAS BORNED!!! Wah.... it felt like returning to "hometown" after 30 over years. But seriously I've never have much faith in them. If not for the fact that most private clinics are closed and given the seriousness of my kid's condition, I would not have gone KK at all.

When I arrived, I tried to look out for the Children's clinic but the only one that I found was "CHILDREN'S EMERGENCY".

I kept asking myself if mine was an emergency but I thought perhaps not and kept on searching for a "normal" clinic.

But there isn't any other clinic and only this is opened.

So bo bian.... go in lor. It was full of people as expected of a government hospital. And what follows is an interesting observation of how a government clinic function.

We take a queue number at the door. Very typical in Singapore now. You go Nokia Care Centre, you take a queue number. You go to Starhub shop, you take a queue number.

So we waited for our turn for what it looks like a "registration" counter except that is it half of it... it is a "TRIAGE"!!!!!! DUN PRAY PRAY!!! Your Ang Moh not powderful, you also dunno what it is!!!

Nabeh!! Just realised my english standard is very layman. I dunno the meaning of that word.

But I just checked webster and this is what I got:

Triage:the sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients and especially battle and disaster victims according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors; broadly : the assigning of priority order to projects on the basis of where funds and resources can be best used or are most needed

WAH.... very good system. Why I say good because I actually benefitted from this "Triaging".

The "receptionist" is probably some Nurse who not only register you but will take temperature, "investigate" the problem of the patient and then decide whether to give priority to you.

We were given priority and we skips about 20 patients before us. I was glad because I dun have to wait but worried that Ian's condition is serious enough to warrant a priority.

After the triaging, the next counter is for payment. Ultimate. Haven't seen the doctor, we must pay first. $65 to be precised!

That means we cannot even change our mind if we decided to leave without forfeiting the money.

Next is the waiting area for all patients. There are about 7 rooms of which one of them would be meant for the "urgent" patients. This one room do not run by queue numbers and instead they called out the names.

Soon after, our name is called.

The doctor looks like some guy fresh out of uni. Not unliked those in private practice who looked like near 40. This doctor doesn't speak very confidently and he doesn't give opinions easily unless you probe for it. At that point, I really almost want to ask for a refund. Now I know why they collect money first.

There I was, in a children "emergency".... and I'm being managed by a inexperience doctor?!?!?!

To be fair, young doctor can be good even without years of experience behind them.

The doctor prescribed some medication to be taken immediately and we were told to wait for the medication to take effect so that the doctor could attend to us again to see if the ailment require more attention. We were told to wait for 2 hours.

And meanwhile, the kid needed xray to see if the lungs are affected.

Poor kid. So young and already must go for xray.

After about 2 hours, the doctor called us in and told us everything seems fine and we were told to go pick up our medicine.

After I pick up the medicine at the pharmacy, I was expecting to be told to go somewhere to pay for it but to my surprise...... there wasn't any further payment necessary!!!

Whatever we paid earlier covers the xray and the medication. WOW.

Not that $65 is cheap or anything, but the fact that it covers that many items do suggest that perhaps the doctor is indeed not very senior.

But I must say, my kid is recovering much faster than we expected. Which is good. So much faster that we actually went shopping that same evening.

We were at OG at bencoolen when we came across an exhibition on the fortunes for all the zodiac signs.

Interestingly, they correctly predicted the health problems. BUT... academic performance!?!??!?! Grades should improve!??!?!?!?!?

For a 10 months old baby?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?