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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Series of Misunderstood Photos: Part 1

I got these from my email. You might have seen them circling around on the internet. Anyway, I just found them really amusing & thought that if you've got nothing better to do, it's worth checking them out.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Monster in the Kitchen

WHAT THE ... ???!!!

Today, when I walked into my kitchen, I saw this.

It was eating my nuts!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Ah Beng's New Year Resolution

Another year has passed, another year older. This is scary man. I was looking at the calendar & there's only 5 days left. I seriously don't think that I can squeeze in the rest of the left-over unresolved resolutions of this year into that narrow gap before 2009.

So, I guess it's that time of the year once again, to make another new set of exciting resolutions (or recycle old ones) for the incoming year.

Definitely, not.

But I guess you'd know me better than that. My actual resolutions for next year do not really involve anything off the perimeters of my bookshelf. My resolutions for 2009 would look more like one that belongs to a stamp collector :

NO. 1: To finish off as many books as I can, as fast as I'm buying them, & clear my shelves. To do this, I have resolved to read in the toilet, in the car while waiting, while my laptop boots up, on the plane, & any chance that I get.

NO. 2: To buy, collect & watch more non-mainstream local, European & Asian movies. My collection at the moment is pitiful. Watch out Da-Huang! Here I come!

NO: 3: To explore anime again. You can tell from my old VHS collection that I am dangerously close to falling into the uncle category.

NO. 4: To pick up photography as a hobby once again. I left photography 15 years ago although I still have my old Canon EOS & it's still working. Recent circumstances have allowed me to buy a new DSLR (cos I forgot to bring my Nikon Coolpix to KL & Australia).

NO. 5: To start collecting comics again. I'll be hunting for anything by Frank Miller & Alan Moore.

NO. 6: To start keeping up with the Japanese & Korean music scene. I am dying for a Yuna Ito CD. And those soppy romantic Korean songs.

NO. 7: To learn French & Korean. I bought a set of French for Dummies CDs & I've been practising in the car.

NO. 8: To stay healthy, keep fit, eat well, sleep well. To run at the very least, once a week, if twice is not possible.

NO. 9: To keep on travelling. Possible destinations for next year to include Melbourne, Sydney, Vietnam & maybe Beijing.

NO. 10: To organise & backup all my digital files which are in a big mess now & are all over the place.

The bottomline is for me to get myself really organised & disciplined so that I can enjoy the best of my health & regain my enjoyment & zest in life & what it has to offer.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Holiday Greetings! UPDATED

Hey All! Sorry for the long silence. I was caught up in the vortex of the mad Christmas rush & the endless family dinners & lunches. The dust has not settled yet as I've still got one more family gathering to attend tonite. However, you can check my other blog to see what I've been up to.

If you're wondering, yes, I do have the Christmas tree & the festive-appropriate decors all set up & about. I just thought that since all Christmas trees & decors look more or less alike in every house, I wouldn't need to post the pictures here.

However, this little bugger is different. When I first got it as a present, I thought that it was a crib with baby Jesus & the Three Wise Men.

But when I looked at it more closely, I realised that I was wrong. The Three Wise Men were replaced by the three watercolour tubes, & baby Jesus was replaced by three wires modelled to look like paint brushes!

This is really twisted man!

But of course this wasn't supposed to be a crib. It's actually a Christmas gift from a fellow friend who spent 12 hours labouring on this piece of artwork, sticking together all kinds of recycled wooden utensils known to man - clothes pegs, chopstick, toothpicks & ice-cream sticks.

And just when you think that it's a little sissy piece of work for girls, there's more. When you slam in 2 AA batteries at the back, it'll light up! Now, that's real POWER man.

I just hope that the recycled materials were not really USED. I hope that he didn't use those toothpicks before. And I also hope that nobody stuck those ice-cream sticks up somewhere before.

Holding that thought, I would like to wish all readers a very Merry Christmas & hope that you will have a great holiday before the year is over!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Flinders: The KL Sentral of Melbourne

I've never been on the train so much in my life before. Coming from a small city, (err, maybe it's still a town) in Kuching, there's no such thing as a train. Well, there was a train many years ago which ran for about 10 miles in Kuching but that was like during the British colonial times. And that's like ancient history.

And in KL, I'd usually put up at Cititel Hotel Midvalley, which is like next door to the Megamall where you can find almost everything without having to step out of it. So that actually minimises my train rides.

However, when I was down under in Melbourne, I had to take the train everyday cos that was the only way for me to get to get to where I wanted to go.

Train & tram rides are not really cheap in Melbourne. It can cost about AUD2.60 for a tram ride within zone 1 in the city area. And considering the amount that you pay, the train system is not that great. It is infamous for its laid back lateness & notorious cancellations.
But complaints aside, it is still the most convenient way to travel. You'd only need to know one thing. Like KL Sentral, all railways converge on one particular station on Flinders Street.

It's pretty easy to understand the train system. To know which train to take, you'd need to know where the train stops.

For example, if I'm going to Prahran, I'd take the train that goes to Sandringham.

And once you know that, you can check the display to find out which platform you'd need to go to, by looking for the name of the final destination.

The display board will tell you which train platform to go to & the time of departure (if it's on time).

And you'd go where it tells you to go.

But of course, even before you'd do anything, you'd have to get yourself a ticket first.

You can either purchase that at the manned ticket counter, or you can buy it off this robotic machine.I've always found the buttons too many too fast too furious, too many too confused, so I just get my tickets from the counter. If you're coming from the jungle like me, that makes things a lot less complicated.

And to make things even easier, I just got myself a ta-pau everything-in one-week pass.

With this baby, I could ride anything on the face of Melbourne. It covers anything that moves - trains, trams, buses, horse, ship, helicopter. I like to move it, move it.

And with that, I was on my way to wherever I was going.
Whatever you do in Melbourne, make sure that you buy a ticket.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Another Bloody Water

I was drinking this in Melbourne & I thought it was just another bottle of water like any... until I took a good look at the bottle. Holy Molly. It was just another bloody water!

This company must have paid a bloody lot of money for the bloody copywriters.

Unlike the other water bottle packaging, this one is devoid of colours & graphics, & was just so full of text. I could have copied the text & typed it out nicely for this post. But the truth of the matter is that I'm lazy.

It makes bloody good companion, whenever you're bloody thristy, & when you're waiting for bloody someone at a bloody train station, & when you forget your bloody book, then you can pass the bloody time reading the bloody words on the bloody bottle.