Friday, April 30, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

HTBasic


> SUB Fishermans_grill
> DIM Query$[100], Answer$[100]
> INPUT "Have you been to this place before? It is located in Sungai Ara...", Query$
> SELECT Query$
> CASE "Yes"
> INPUT "Is the place recommendable to visit?", Answer$
> CASE "No"
> INPUT "Do you wanna join me to try it out?", Answer$
> CASE ELSE
> DISP "Nevermind, I go alone..."
> END SELECT
> SUBEND

Pawned!

Throughout our lives, we will face countless crossroads where we have to make choices... sometimes we are prepared to make them, sometimes we are not...

And sometimes, we thought we are ready to make the choice... but when we finally reached the crossroad,


We realized we're pawned! It is not a conventional crossroad!!!

Wanted to turn right, but there's only the left turn... Wanted to go straight ahead, but there's only left or right turn... bo bian lo, have to re-route the journey at sudden notice, and get some delays in the process...

Have you been confronted by this makes-people-pissed-off situation before?
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BTW, I wanted to share some words of wisdom from the sometimes erratic, always pretty, this time spot on Cassie:

Your life is your ride, and you are your life's driver. It is up to you to be the Michael Schumacher or the Alex Yoong of your life; it is also up to you to turn your life into a Ferrari or a Minardi.

(She seems to be out of touch with F1 for quite some years though...)

Loveland facts from Wiki


1. Loveland is situated 46 miles (74 km) north of Denver.

2. The city was founded in 1877 along the newly-constructed line of the Colorado Central Railroad, and is named in honor of William A.H. Loveland, the president of the Colorado Central Railroad.

3. The city is south of Fort Collins. The two cities have been steadily growing towards each other over the last several decades and are considered to be a single metropolitan area by the U.S. government.

4. Loveland has aggressively expanded its incorporated limits eastward to embrace the interchange of Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 34, and is currently developing the area. In the last decade, the intersection has become a primary commercial hub of northern Colorado, with the construction of shopping centers and the Budweiser Events Center.

5. The Loveland-Ft Collins metropolitan area has received numerous awards as a great place to live, by Money Magazine, USA Today, AARP the Magazine, and others.

6. There is a large population of artists in Loveland, which has drawn three foundries, an art museum, and the annual Sculpture in the Park show in August, which also exhibits artwork from artists from the United States and the world.

7. The city is located in the Colorado Front Range region at the base of the foothills just east of the mouth of Big Thompson River Canyon. Longs Peak and other mountains are visible from much of the city.

8. Lake Loveland, an early agricultural reservoir in the irrigation system of the region, is located in the city limits and provides a recreational facility for the city residents.

9. Loveland is located along U.S. 34, one of the principal access routes to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

10. Loveland is perhaps best known nationwide as the home of the Valentine Re-Mailing Program. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Valentines are packaged inside larger envelopes and sent to Loveland, where volunteers hand-stamp them with a Valentine's verse and send them on to the intended recipients. Leading up to Valentine's Day, the city authorizes the placement of red hearts with sponsored personal messages on light poles and other fixtures of the city streets.

11. Over 100 pieces of the city's sculpture can be found in Loveland's Benson Sculpture Garden, widely considered one of the nation's best outdoor exhibitions of artwork.

(Extracted from Wikipedia)

Hmm... seems like there's a a lot to do in this city... although mostly does not involve shopping...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sungai Dua McD

Last week, I saw that the Sungai Dua McD was under renovation. It seems to me that they were contracting the outlet, and the TV was no more...

I thought that meant my favorite footie hangout was no more.... :'(

Then today, while passing by....


Woot!! Zoom closer...


Woohoo!!! TV is back!!! Yay!!! :D

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My Arsenal Dream Team

Alright, I've never done this kind of footie talk before, I just feel like it today...

As you all know, I'm a huge Arsenal fan for.. more than 10 years I think... I was there when Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars were Arsenal star players...

Throughout the years, I recognize the fact that, we should know better than to judge a certain Mr Wenger... and time has proven me right over and over again... majority of the footie geeks tend to magnify 'disasters' such as: the Gunners have gone 5 seasons without trophies... For me, I prefer to look at it in this angle: the Gunners own the most magnificent football stadium in the whole of UK, is the only club in the Top Four that is not some rich people's plaything, delivered an Invincible season, keeps producing entertaining football, and still consistently making it into the Champions League on a limited budget...

So no... I have not been to concerned about the lack of expensive signings over the past half of a decade...

Only thing is, with Mr Wenger's hinting that he might be spending some serious money on the playing staff this coming summer, I can't help but feel excited as well... I know very well not to question Mr Wenger's judgement, but I can't help but have an idea of my own on who I'd like to see at training at the London Colney ground next season... below are the signings I envision...

Goalkeeper:
1. Antii Niemi - I've always liked Niemi, in fact I hoped he joined Arsenal last time but then he joined Southampton. It would be good for him to keep Almunia on his toes while Fabianski and Vito Mannone could learn a thing or two from the experienced shot stopper. And he'd be a free transfer...

Defence:
I don't have any preference here.. or rather, I don't know what kind of addition can be added here. Personally, I think the starting back four is kind of good enough... Gallas/Vermaelen should be a good partnership, with Clichy and Sagna/Eboue flanking... Sol Campbell looks like he's got a couple of years of football left in him, he, Silvestre should provide good backup, and with Mr Gibbs coming through, I think we're good...

Midfield:
2. Ashley Young - I think Arsenal is long overdue of a real winger. True, there's a lot of talented midfielders within the Gunners ranks, but none of them are natural wide men. And Arsenal's period of success was when with strong wingers in them: Overmars, Pires, Ljungberg. Ashley Young would bring a new dimension to Arsenal's attack, and his English (good for fulfilling the locals quota). And, sorry Villa fans, but I think Young has progressed as far as he can with Villa... he needs a new challenge...

3. Papa Bouba Diop - Same case with Niemi, I liked him long ago and thought he would be the ideal replacement for Vieira, similar build and similarly tough tackling. He'd be on a cheap as well, and he could provide more backbone to the midfield for a couple of years until Abou Diaby comes off age...

I also think Arsenal's midfield are overcrowded. While it could be an envy of other teams to have Fabregas, Arshavin, Nasri, Rosicky, Walcott, and to a certain extent Aaron Ramsey and Denilson together in the team, it could also be a problem when all of them are fit... and to have Abou Diaby and Alex Song fighting for the same position when they are both similarly young... if it were up to me, Rosicky/Nasri could go, and Alex Song should go... for the better of themselves too...

4. Forward:
It seems like it is inevitable Marouane Chamakh is going to join in the summer. Honestly, I've never heard of him before Arsenal's reported interest in him (forgive me, I don't follow the French league). I don't know anything about his abilities, so no comments... I'd like to however, see Walcott moved back to the striker position that he so prefers. When I first saw him play, I really feel that he is more suitable being a Thierry Henry than a winger... He just needs to learn much more quickly, and he needs to play in his proper place to learn...

So my dream team line up would be a 4-4-2:
GK: Almunia/Niemi
LB: Clichy
RB: Sagna
CB: Gallas
CB: Vermaelen
LW: Arshavin
RW: Ashley Young
CM: Bouba Diop
CM: Fabregas
ST: van Persie
ST: Walcott

We could go at the enemy on all sides: Clichy and Sagna flanking Arshavin and Ashley Young, Fabregas to orchestrate things down the middle or having a go himself, and if van Persie and Walcott could develop to the class of Bergkamp and Henry...

Mouth watering... mouth watering...

My new place...

It's good timing that I bought my new toy shortly after moving to my new place... now I can introduce the place to you nicely...

BTW, I took these photos last night on ISO 200, without flash, so forgive me if the photo looks not so sharp ya ;P

I actually moved to a certain Springfield Condominium located at Sg Ara...

The block I'm staying at, Block B...

The condo's Gym/Clubhouse...

I'm not moving in with colleagues or new friends whatsoever... I'm just a stranger moving in with a few more strangers... which is good in another way...

Ok here's the house...

The living room...

The kitchen...

The washing area...

The toilet/bathroom...

My little room...

There are pros and cons and gray areas of moving here compared to where I was staying in...

Pros:
1. Cheaper, don't probe about the price, but it is significant enough...
2. Quieter environment, no midnight mat rempit races, and no constant unexpected bullshits and drama unfolding...
3. Cooler, which is expected when comparing condo vs landed...

Cons:
1. Further from my workplace, potential to get caught in traffic jams...
2. Parking could be a pain in the arse on weekday nights, not because of having to park abit further away from the gate (that's low on my priority list), but because stray dogs come out at night...

Gray areas:
1. Have to walk significantly further from car to house, but this is not necessarily a bad thing, its just an enforced exercise routine...
2. The room is smaller, less space for maneuver, but then, I don't have loads of trinkets so I don't really need a big room, helps spark my ID creativity too ;P
3. Cleanliness, I'm staying in an essentially all guys house and our definition to the term 'dirty' is much looser compared girls. This could be interpreted as: the house is more dirty, or there's less pressure to mop the floors/wipe the windows weekly...

So... there you go... my new place for... who knows how long... :-)

View out of my room

Normal mode:

Landscape mode:

Can you spot the difference?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Weekend out with me' new toy...

I'm going to blog about today, which is some sort of a typical weekend for me in Penang, I figured it'd be a good way to give my new baby a good shakedown...

Breakfast in the morning at McD Sunshine Square, where a lenglui is lucky enough to be the first person to be captured by my A3000 IS my A3000 IS is lucky enough that the first person to be captured is a lenglui...

Cannas, my breakfast buddy of the day...

This is me...

My Egg McMuffin with Chicken Roll...

I'm happy, I've never been able to capture any food photo as clear as this during my post-V3x era...

After breakfast, another weekend routine for me would be to check in to the office...

It's actually a non-working days for engineers on weekends, but I usually end up wandering back here... it's not so much as weekend support/clearing my huge backlog of open tasks as coming to enjoy the free internet/free air-cond/comfy chair...

My cubicle mess of a workplace...

Usually I'd end up hanging around office until dinner time... but I got invited for a movie session by a friend who is based across the bridge, so after a couple of hours in the office,

I was on my way...

To this place...

The movie of the day...

Well, it's a local production.. produced by Agu 阿牛 (of 对面的女孩看过来 fame)... Malaysian-star studded cast aside, and the lack of climax aside, I think this movie is quite refreshing, with some interesting concepts... I'd say good job done by the team...

After movie, went for yumcha session...

At my suggestion, we went to this place...

Their main outlet is at Butterworth... Jalan Raja Uda or something... can't really remember the street name... but the main point is, having tried on both outlets, I feel this Bay Avenue branch serves better food...

Dragon fruit juice - RM5.80

French Fries - RM3.50

Ham & Mushroom Pizza - RM8.80

After yumcha, our "date" ended... came back to relax relax goyang kaki waiting for a brand new tomorrow :) ...

Canon PowerShot A3000 IS

This is an advertorial of Canon PowerShot A3000 IS me showing off my new toy the Canon PowerShot A3000 IS...




Don't ask the price... it's very cheap la... you can find out from the shops, or from Canon Malaysia official website...

Friday, April 16, 2010

First shots...

Decorative souvenirs that I received from friends, taken with my shaky hands on ISO 100, Macro mode...


Akan Datang...

Soon, the posts will be coming back to this blog... I've just got my hands on a tool that helps me speak a thousand words...



A thousand clear words instead of a thousand blurry words...

Hopefully....

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thanks

For this,


And also this belate birthday gift ya...


;-P

Friday, April 09, 2010

Respect

Don't talk about respect with me...
I'm giving more than you should be asking for...
Cause you never gave me any to begin with...