Thursday, September 27, 2007

there's something about ..... boredom

Since the subprime woes started, I've been very free. Unfortunately I'm working in an industry that is directly affected by such things.

So I have an unwelcome break for the last 1 month or so.

And I took the opportunity to pack my room, filing, change computers, etc. Those mundane stuffs.

So mundane that I realised that there wasn't anything amusing in my life for me to blog. Nothing interesting happened in my life. Nothing interesting happened in Singapore.... unless you consider Alex Man's saga as interesting, Singapore has been rather "quiet".

However, yesterday's Straits Times brought a little laugh in me.

Story No.1

Driver charged with taking and giving bribes.

Consider him lucky.

If he is found quilty of such charge in European Union, they will also charged him with the following:

Driver charged with taking and giving bribes as well as carrying an imitation LV bag.

If you are not aware, EU can fine you if they see you holding an imitation of the top European brands. They can even do so at the Airport over at the custom.

Story no.2

Forum page, letter no.1

Three Lessons for Singapore from Mourinho's exit

Chelsea's charismatic Manager quit last week, a shock in the football fraternity. But to think that someone in Singapore could actually linked up that story with Singapore, shocks me too.

Lesson no.1: There is no such thing as permanent job security, no matter how special you are. The writer says, if Jose Mourinho can lose his job, so can anyone.

Lesson no.2: If you have good set of cards, don't complain that it's not perfect. The writer highlighted that Mourinho has good players but when he loses, he complained about every other thing. The writer goes on to link this with the CPF interest rate increase. He is implying that we have a good system but we still complain about the CPF system.

Lesson no.3: Know what is important in life. Mourinho says that he is more concerned about the bird flu than a rival team pulling away from his team. The writer goes on to say "How important really are CPF changes, enbloc rules and many other things that consume our time? Are there more important things we are missing?"

Story no.3

Sex Survey by Durex

I will highlight those that I thought was interesting.

Sexually active Singaporeans aged 20 to 65, either single or married, who:

  • Have sex at least once a week: 67%
  • Would like to have sex more than once a week: 63%
  • Masturbate once a week: 39%

From this I can derive that

  • 4% (67% - 63%) of the 67% who have sex at least once a week, think that once a week is the most they would want. I can only think that this 4% are women. As you know, man can have sex anytime, many times a week.
  • Of the 63% who would like to have sex more than once a week, but not getting any more, almost 39% of the 63%, masturbate once a week. And I can only think that these 39% are men, while the remaining 24% of the 63% are women. As you know, man can masturbate anytime, many times a week.
  • And since 24% of the 63% are women, and only 4% of the 67% think that once a week is the most they would want, the remaining 20% or so of the women would like to have sex more than once a week, but are not getting any.
  • This means 20% of the women wanted to have more sex per week but their husband prefers to masturbate, which suggest that perhaps the wife is not desirable.

Monday, September 10, 2007

there's something about ..... the latest iphone (update)

Steve Jobs announced the latest version of iphone..

It's called "imsorry".

It's totally cool and it's US$200 cheaper with all the same specifications. Great stuff!! It even has a new marketing tagline, it's called "800,000 people was fooled to buy it first, be smart now and buy it so that I can pay good dividends to shareholders... and myself"

Decided to add my comments within the letter. bored.


To all iPhone customers:

I have received hundreds of emails from iPhone customers who are upset about Apple dropping the price of iPhone by $200 two months (this is CREATIVE symdrome) after it went on sale. After reading every one of these emails, I have some observations and conclusions.

First, I am sure that we are making the correct decision to lower the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and that now is the right time to do it. (it was a wrong decision previously) iPhone is a breakthrough product, and we have the chance to 'go for it' this holiday season. (Holiday season starts in September?) iPhone is so far ahead of the competition, and now it will be affordable by even more customers. It benefits both Apple (more dividend) and every iPhone user (and how?) to get as many new customers as possible in the iPhone 'tent' (and how is that beneficial?). We strongly believe the $399 price will help us do just that (Dividend up) this holiday season.

Second, being in technology for 30+ years I can attest to the fact that the technology road is bumpy. There is always change and improvement, and there is always someone who bought a product before a particular cutoff date and misses the new price or the new operating system or the new whatever. (totally true.. but 2 months?) This is life in the technology lane. (this is life of Sim Wong Hoo) If you always wait for the next price cut or to buy the new improved model, you'll never buy any technology product because there is always something better and less expensive (yes.. buy CREATIVE) on the horizon. The good news is that if you buy products from companies that support them well, like Apple tries to do, you will receive years of useful and satisfying service from them even as newer models are introduced. (This is universal theory)

Third, even though we are making the right decision to lower the price of iPhone (try telling 800,000 of them), and even though the technology road is bumpy, we need to do a better job taking care (how about not dropping the price) of our early iPhone customers as we aggressively go after new ones with a lower price. Our early customers trusted us, and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like these.

Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit (Yahoo!!! that is exciting, now they can buy IPOD touch and have 2 bulky gadgets) towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple's website next week. Stay tuned.

We want to do the right thing for our valued iPhone customers. We apologize for disappointing some of you (stop suggesting that only a small handfull are affected), and we are doing our best to live up to your high expectations of Apple.

Steve Jobs
Apple CEO

Note: I have vested interest. I hold shares of CREATIVE and is totally pissed that the price has fallen so much.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

there's something about ..... sway

"sway" as in " bad luck".

A friend of that national serviceman who was charged for carrying a firearm has been charged for knowing about it and not reporting it to police.

Read excerpt from asiaone:

A full-time national serviceman, Dave Teo Ming, 20, was charged in court on Wednesday with carrying a firearm.

Another man, Ong Boon Jun, 21, was also charged. Ong, unemployed was accused of consorting with Teo at a hotel in Geylang.

No plea was taken from Teo, who was remanded together with Ong.

Teo, a corporal, is said to have unlawfully carried the SAR 21 assault rifle at a toilet on the third floor of Cathy Cineleisure Orchard at about 8pm on Sunday.

He went missing on Sunday night, sparking off a 20-hour manhunt which culminated in his arrest the following evening.

Ong is alleged to have associated with Teo at Champagne Hotel in Lorong 16 between 3.45am and 7.30am on Monday in circumstances which raised a reasonable presumption that he knew that Teo was carrying the firearm.


Ong (friend): Wah.. bookout never go back.. come geylang find chicken issit

Dave: No lah.. I AWOL.

Ong: Haha.. Mai Siao lah... you backside itchy issit. AWOL got money take ah.

Dave: Not only that.. I took out a rifle.

Ong: Haha... Mai siao lah.. Singapore Government leh.. so suka suka take rifle out one meh.. you think I stupid ah. You think I believe you that you can take rifle out one meh.

Dave: Don't believe.. forget it.

And because of that, Ong is deemed to have knew that Dave has firearms and will be charged.

I mean.. Very SWAY RIGHT!!!

I mean who would have believe someone is able to take a gun or rifle out of Army/police station. We are supposed to live in a society where we have very strict SOP that dealt with such things.

Damn jia lat.

If next time someone is to joke with me about such things, I wouldn't know what to do. Call Police first or police call you later.

there's something about ..... time

You know time has changed when NTUC fairprice plays JAZZ music and not some ching chong chinese songs.