Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Thumb

You Are the Thumb
You're unique and flexible. And you defy any category.
Mentally strong and agile, you do things your own way. And you do them well.
You are a natural leader... but also truly a loner. You inspire many but connect with few.

You get along well with: The Middle Finger

Stay away from: The Pinky
Yup I guess it's true about me :)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Tired, yet can't sleep

I'm tired, but as with every night, thoughts are running through my head. Random thoughts. Thought about all kinds of nonsense like the basketball ABC game I played today (and lost, sadly enough). LOL, I even skipped a few steps in the game, and still couldn't make it! What a loser I am...

Thoughts like why girls are so dumb to think that the media is calling them all ugly. Models in media are calling themselves beautiful. They're not calling you girls ugly. Only you call yourself ugly. If you really want to follow the models, start calling yourself beautiful, just like they do!

Thoughts like what I'm going to do for New Year's Eve. Nobody wants to go to the Countdown 2008 or anywhere else with me. So I'm loser (again) coz I got nothing to do. I'm wondering should I just stay at home, and go for a walk, or should I just go for the party alone (like losers do).

Thoughts like why I haven't written anything good in my blog for a few days. And whether I should post something now. Which resulted in this blog post.

Thoughts like why Umbrella of Rihanna became a popular song despite her constant quacking of the word "umbrella" in most of the song.

Thoughts like... argh forget it... I better get to bed before any more thoughts disturb.

To hell with the thoughts. Gotta catch sleep!! Nitez...

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Greetings to myself?

Merry Christmas everyone! Here's a Mr. Bean show for you guys to enjoy! (4 parts):

Yea it's funny but, I'm also like Mr. Bean in a way :P... so, yup.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Some quizzes I took just now...

You are a PC
You're practical, thrifty, and able to do almost anything.
Appearances and trends aren't important to you. You just like to get the job done.

Who wants to be a Mac? I'm a fat old slow-moving PC! YAY!!

 

You Are 65% Left Brained, 35% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Yup it's correct. Except that I like cats more than dogs.

 

What Your Handwriting Says About You
You are a laid back person with rather low energy. You aren't lazy... you *are* sensitive and empathetic.

You are very extroverted and outgoing. You are loving, friendly, and supportive. However, you are also manipulative and controlling at times.

You are very detail oriented and meticulous. You are a careful thinker and a true intellectual.

You need a bit of space in your life, but you're not a recluse. You expect people to give you a small amount of privacy, and you respect their privacy as well.

You are conservative, old fashioned, and a little stubborn. You are resistant to change.

You are a decent communicator. You eventually get your point across, but sometimes you leave things a bit ambiguous.

Very true, indeed! OK except for the extroverted part maybe...

 

Your True Love Will Find You Eventually
You definitely put yourself out there a little - but you could be doing more.
If you're truly looking for love, try doing more things and meeting more people.
You don't have to actively look for love, you just need to stay active.
Be out there a little more, and the right person will find you!

Easy said...

 

You Are 4% Girly
Um... you're a guy, right? If not, you're the most boyish girl in the world.
And for you, that's probably the ultimate compliment.

Of course I'm a guy... WTH!

Who says I'm childish?

You Are 21 Years Old
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
See! I'm 21 years old (and I'm really 21 years old).

Friday, December 21, 2007

How hard is it to smile?

Super-hard! Otherwise people around you would be smiling 24/7, right? And I don't smile much either. One thing, my smile is awkward, with such "beautifully" (note: sarcastic) shaped lips that become even more "gorgeous" (sarcastic again) on smiling. Another, I'm an introvert, and that's proved for sure. So tell me, what can I do to make myself smile more easily and less awkwardly?

Just some random post to keep the blog up-to-date. Hahaha!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Career Aptitude Test Results - ThotPost

Okay I checked out this new website from TP (my poly) called ThotPost. It's actually quite cool. I quickly did the aptitude test in the site and here are the results I got:

You are the universal solvent. You are the natural peace maker and can gain compliance in any circumstance. You see your role as one of bringing consensus. You do not need to win or lead. You dislike competition. You are an excellent communicator. You have a natural intuition about people and situations. Balance is your mantra. You are a spiritual person.

Hmm.. most of what said is true about me, I know. Especially that I don't want to win or lead, and that I dislike competition.

Your ideal industries (and comments) are:

  • Art (maybe)
  • Education (maybe)
  • Esthetics (huh?)
  • Human Resources (hmm)
  • Management (maybe)
  • Music (hmm)
  • Philosophy (could be)
  • Psychology (maybe)
  • Theology (could be)
  • Museum Management (too boring)
  • Home Economics (maybe)
  • Childcare Worker (sounds good)
  • Disc Jockey (u sure?)
  • Landscape Architect (maybe)
  • Social Worker (hmm)
  • Writer (nah don't think so)
  • Reporter (not my thing)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bright Day

The sun is shining gracefully bright. The radio is playing with perfect reception. The weather feels just nice today. Last few days it had been raining like crazy, and it was so cold most of the time.

Now I'm in bus, typing this offline in my Tablet PC in WLWriter, listening to Power 98. It seems Michael Schumacher (Update: YAY I'm right in my spelling!) taught a taxi driver how to drive! You can imagine the rest now!

Already two term tests are over and I'm on my way to the third one. Engineering Materials was quite easy, just because I managed to make mind-maps for the things I needed to study. Then I re-wrote the mind-map as points. Wow, mind-map really helps!

Circuit and Control Systems was not so easy, but I don't fully blame it on the paper. I didn't study anything, other than what my friends asked me. So I cocked up in the first question. The remaining two question and the MCQ were done well.

Today, it will be Power Electronics and Drives. Tomorrow, Thermal Fluid Engineering. Ah I know something in PEDrive now. TFE is quite easy, I just need to go through the slide.. except the last chapter using those stupid tables...

Okay that's it for now. School's two bus stops away. See ya!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What the heck...

I was doing this test in this OkCupid website, and the most disturbing question of the test was question 14:

What makes OkCupid so awesome is the underlying romantic analysis we perform. Every question delicately modifies a sophisticated multidimensional measure of your personality. Would you rather get caught masturbating by your mother or father?

What the heck! They only have two choices, (a) mother or (b) father. I mean... gosh! Would anyone ever want themselves to be caught either of their parents while masturbating? Gosh that would be hell on earth! The plateau of embarrassment. No.. the apogee of embarrassment.

Okay I put much thought and imagination (oh gosh) into answering this question and finally decided on an answer. But I'm not gonna tell what it is over here! No no! LOL. Gosh so embarrassing Blushing...

Oh do check out the website, it's nice Happy

Omg... I'm not a geek!!

Gosh I've always believed myself to be a geek but in the end i'm more a dork than being a geek or even a nerd! See below for my test results...

Joe Normal
30 % Nerd, 21% Geek, 43% Dork

For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions. à very true about me Sad
You scored less than half in all three, earning you the title of: Joe Normal.
This is not to say that you don't have some Nerd, Geek or Dork inside of you--we all do, and you can see the percentages you have right above. This is just to say that none of those qualities stand out so much as to define you. Sure, you enjoy an episode of Star Trek now and again, and yeah, you kinda enjoyed a few classes back in the day. And, once in a while, you stumble while walking down the street even though there was nothing there to cause you to trip. But, for the most part, you look and act fairly typically, and aren't much of an outcast.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Do you know how to be cool?

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. ~ William James

Being cool doesn't mean you wear the latest fashion, have the latest technology, know the most attractive ice-breakers or anything like that. It all burns downs to your attitude towards life. It is important to learn not to take life too seriously. Be cool! Enjoy every second you have with joy, hope and freedom. And remember that every difficult task that you encounter in your life is only difficult, it is never impossible. A positive attitude towards any task you have to do, will let you do it with much ease.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Forbidden Fruit

The last post was a teaser for what's about to come.

Well, you do know how hard you tried to stop doing something, but you still continue to do it. It's because you're trying to put the chocolate away in the cupboard out of your reach. But you're the one who put it, so you know how to take it back. Now you can't ask someone else to put it away because this is a special case. So instead of all these, why don't you put the chocolate right in front of you, and start indulging in it as much as you like to, like the "fruit is not forbidden" anymore. Soon you'll get bored of it. You'll grow sick of it. Then you'll stop. Trust me, it works.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The Forbidden Fruit...

Strawberries
... is not apple. Well, 99.99% of the time it's something you least expect it to be, anything except an apple.
Then why is it called "Adam's Apple"? I mean the thing in a man's throat. The difference between male and female that nobody seems to remember, even in their anatomy class.

Anyway, I found the analysis below in a forward, I think it's very true about me (not sure about the "in bed" stuff though Winking hehe maybe you can find out for yourself Tongue)

SAGITTARIUS - The Promiscuous One

Spontaneous. High appeal. Rare to find. Great when found. Loves being in long relationships. So much love to give. A loner most of the time. Loses patience easily and will not take crap. If in a bad mood stay FAR away. Gets offended easily and remembers the offense forever. Loves deeply but at times will not show it feels it is a sign of weakness. Has many fears but will not show it. VERY private person. Defends loved ones will all their abilities. Can be childish often. Not one to mess with. Very pretty. Very romantic. Nice to everyone they meet. Their Love is one of a kind. Silly, fun and sweet. Have own unique appeal. Most caring person you will ever meet! Amazing in bed..!!! Not the kind of person you want to mess with- you might end up crying.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Ok, maybe the day is not so bad after all...

Alright, I posted about how the day is turning out to be bad. But after that things started looking good. Well not super-good, but at least not Super-Bad. [Oh you must watch that movie!]

In the afternoon, I went to school for that meeting thing with reporters from India. First of all, I thought "Okay, so I'm gonna be participating in a big meeting and it's gonna be a total chaos in the conference room." But in the end it became a complete waste of time. The reporters hardly asked any questions. Oh the one from Kerala (my state) didn't even open his mouth. What a shame! Being the Chief Editor for Malayala Manorama, he doesn't even have the guts to attempt to ask a question in English.

I've seen that in the whole of India, Malayalees are the most stubborn when it comes to speaking English. They never practice English speaking ever in their life, and so when they go overseas, they find it really really really hard to speak in English. Whereas others from India, even the neighbouring Tamilians have at least an acceptable amount of practice speaking in English, and they find it much easier communicating in English with foreigners. The schools in Kerala are never strictly enforcing anti-vernacular rules on the students, thus they (students) are free to speak in Malayalam on campus. Whereas in almost every other state in India, the schools are very strict in speaking English only and not their native languages when inside campus. And because this is so well accepted by the students, English has also become a preferred language of communication even outside the campus. The lack of this kind of acceptance is an extremely bad situation in Kerala and the Kerala Government should take some action regarding this. But what good is this poor fellow's ranting going to do?

Anyway, forget that. The meeting was a total rip-off, if you will. Hardly any information was passed around. I did speak a bit, but I got so nervous it showed through! Gosh I should learn to build up confidence.

After that they went around the school, took some photos of school and us, and then left. I went to Tampines Mall to meet three of my classmates (CS and others). They watched Enchanted and said the movie is super-boring. Good thing I didn't waste my 8 dollars! Minus 1 dollar, I got myself an USB SD card reader instead and it was worth all my money.

Transfer to SD card via internal SD card reader: - not possible!! - (it asks to reformat.. yeah i know, wth!)
Transfer to PDA (SD card inserted) via USB cable: 16-17 MB per min
Transfer to SD card via USB SD card reader: 107.4 MB per min!!

That's like 6-7 times faster! Now I don't have to spend hours transferring movies. It's just matter of minutes now. Good thing the money didn't go wasted in a boring movie, but was saved to get this goodie! What a good thing to happen in my birthday!!

I'm sorry I skipped a lot. After I met my friends, we went around and got in the Courts store of Tampines Mall. We were looking around and playing around. An invisible camera for 600+ dollars! Rehan took my picture in a laptop with built-in webcam and put it as it's wallpaper! We tried surfing the Net in the same laptop. LOL if you desperately need to surf the Net and have nothing with you, just stop by at a Courts where there's Wireless@SG, and find a laptop in a corner. Start surfing away!! Lewis hacked into a computer which had a video locked in full screen. Windows Media Player in Vista has the ability to lock with PIN code, but you can bypass by pressing the Magic-Trio™ (Ctrl-Alt-Del).

After that we parted ways and I went to Sim Lim to check out LCD monitors. What the heck! Lowest price is 280+... and if you have truckloads of cash, you can spend upto 1000 on LCDs, maybe even more! I was expecting something cheaper. Oh well. Then I went around looking for laptop coolers. But I was in a total confused situation as to whether laptop coolers are really worth the money. There's this 15 dollar cooler which is completely flat, and if you look at it, you really won't think it will even create an airflow. C'mon no vents, no way for air to go, just two fans between the laptop and the table? You gotta be kidding me. Well, if you look at the better models that are slanted and have lots of room for air flow, they're at least DOUBLE the price! I dropped the idea.

Then I fancied the keyboards. You get good models from Logitech for quite cheap ($19). But I was not really planning to buy a keyboard, coz I really didn't think it would be better to use external keyboard compared to the built-in keyboard. Then I went around and found and SD card reader (mentioned above). Came back home and went for dinner. Met Feroz in the coffee shop and we had a chat. That's it, back home now, blogging.

Wow. Quite long for a birthday post huh? Thanks for wasting your time, reading about my boring birthday life! Hahahaha!

Even my birthday is turning out to be a bad day...

Nothing much had been happening today except getting a few messages in my mobile phone and over Messenger. As I was in front of my laptop, I thought of charging my PDA and transferring some files onto it. I took it in my hand casually and was bringing it towards me. Suddenly, it hit the side of my laptop lightly. The next thing I knew was a PDA on the floor with the batter cover thrown at one corner, the battery itself thrown at another corner, and even the pen thrown at yet another corner. It happened so fast and so violently, I was cursing myself for it.

Alright, damage done is damage done. I can't turn back time. I put all the components of the PDA together and turned it on. I connected the charger and then I was leaning against it looking at the screen. My arm was touching the side of the metal casing of the PDA, and I got a small shock! This is the second bad thing, and so far, the last.

God only knows what more bad things are planned for me this day...

Oh btw, The Beatles sang "Happy Birthday" for me! Hear the song:

Friday, November 23, 2007

Think twice before you have seaweed

Cadmium in your body is a major health risk. The uptake of Cd into our body takes place through food like (for example) liver, mushrooms, shellfish, cocoa powder, mussels and dried seaweed.

Smoking also increases exposure to cadmium, so does second-hand smoke. From the lungs, Cd is transported via blood, and this can cause activating the cadmium already acquired by the body through Cd-rich food.

Hazardous waste sites and factories that release Cd into air cause Cd in our body to rise to dangerously high levels, thus causing damage to lungs, or even death.

The liver, upon receiving cadmium from blood, bonds it to proteins to form complexes which are sent to the kidneys. This bonded cadmium complexes can accumulate in kidneys, reducing the effectiveness of the filtering mechanisms. Kidneys may malfunction and excrete essential proteins and sugars from the blood. It takes a long time before all the cadmium from the kidneys are gone and they return to normal function.

Other effects of cadmium, ranging from mild to very serious include:

  • Diarrhea, stomach aches and vomiting severly
  • Fracture in bones
  • Failure of reproductive system, and even infertility
  • Central nervous system damage
  • Immune system damage
  • Psychological disorders
  • Damage to DNA
  • Development of cancer.

Reference: Cadmium (Cd) - Chemical properties, Health and Environmental effects

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Shyness is not a problem?

Recently I found this website called Shy and Free. Here are some quotes from it:

Why are you shy? Perhaps your shyness is guiding you to someone and some things more wonderful than you can imagine.   Maybe you are destined for deeper understanding, meaningful work, and mutually compassionate relationships.

Imagine going from someone too shy to purchase a book on shyness; too shy to have a successful job interview; too shy to ask for someone’s phone number; too shy to attend social activities; too shy to go on dates --- to someone who looks others in the eye; finds rewarding, interesting, and creative work; travels internationally; finds their partner in life; finds happiness and joy in the world; and even speaks to large groups of people on occasion.

This site is written by someone who has personally transformed pain and suffering into happiness and joy.

Shyness leads to self-consciousness which leads to consciousness which leads to freedom.

The more you try to change or get rid of your shyness, the more your shyness is reinforced. The more you are in touch with other parts or yourself, the freer you are to express the whole you and experience changes in your life.

Shyness is a label placed on us by others or ourselves.  Labels do not explain a person, they place a person in a category and it is important to remember that labels and categories are not the person.

Visit the website: Shy and Free

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Water Effects

This morning I was washing this plastic spoon and I discovered an effect I could create with it in running water. Here's a shot of that (click on it for bigger version):

Water Effects

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hello from PDA

I'm typing from my new PDA. It's an ASUS model A626. More about it later. It's been quite a while since I last posted anything. It was because I had to rethink how I view my blog as and what I consider it to be. More over my life was going through a major turning point. I had finally decided to leave something which I had been pursuing for quite some time in my life. Now I feel much more alive and free and not pulled down by that thing I was after.

I also had to leave something else as well. I would say I still want it back but I'm trying to leave it behind and move on with my life. I'm gaining ability to do so every single day. I'm also learning to leave the whole topic behind and concentrate on better more important things.

Anyway onto news. My Mom had an operation recently. It was hysterectomy, removal of uterus. She had fibroids on her uterus, and the doctor decided that the uterus should be removed to get rid of them and avoid getting them again. I stayed with her only for a few days after the operation, after which I had to come back to Singapore. Hopefully she is taking rest and doing well now. It's been around two weeks since she had the operation.

Well that's pretty much all that I have now. Do post a message in my tag board and leave comments. Thanks for reading :)

[This post was typed in my PDA but apparently I had to use my friend's laptop to post it. I'll try to post a pure PDA-only post later.]

Friday, September 7, 2007

The Flight

The day on the flight, I was almost panicking because I had not finished doing what I started. Cleaning up my room. Well I managed to do it all, and sort out what I'm going to take home, what's staying in my room, and what's going to the dustbin, and after that I had a huge lot of time just sitting there idle (other than getting ready of course). A week ago it was like I'd go there, get my boarding pass, go get the flight and go home. But on the day of my flight, I was expecting one friend of mine to come meet me, and send me off. But I was surprised because not one, not two but FIVE friends of mine were there to send me! I'm so glad and thankful for you all. A sixth one could not make it but that's ok. I knew he would not come, he's that lazy hehe!

LOL I embarrassed myself asking my friends to come to "Terminal 11". There are only 3 terminals in Changi airport! What I meant was gate 11 of terminal 2.

Anyway I checked my baggage in quite late and we only had 40 minutes before the flight together. We had a good time at the Burger King. There were intro's and little chit-chat. After that they sent me and I checked myself in and started walking towards the gate, waving my hands to them as I go farther. Ah I miss you all already! Anyway as I was walking fast, I noticed the time is 19:55!! 10 minutes before departure time, the gate closes! I started running... 19:56... 19:57... The stupid idiotic gate E7 was RIGHT AT THE END!!! I had to run the longest distance anyone in terminal 2 has to run!! That was totally ridiculous. And I was just about to miss the flight as well. But luckily they allowed me in and (hehe) an air hostess personally escorted me to the flight (yea we were running, yes). LOL due to the tension I almost forgot to check in the boarding pass as well, but the guy there prompted me.

All went well after that. The only problem was sitting in middle of people who don't know that handphones must be switched OFF (not even silent mode, but OFF). A lady two seats away was talking on the phone when the plane was moving towards the runway! I told her switch off the phone, and apparently she didn't understand! She just cut the call and was sitting there scared. Haha looks like i have potential to scare people for no reason. But I was scared of plane crashing because of a stupid phone searching for signal 10000 m above ground level.

It was such a misery to sit there on that seat for more than 4 hours. But I managed to "enjoy" the food they gave. Chicken Masala with Rice.. Fruits, Juice, Tea, Biscuits. After that I tried reading some stuff in my laptop which only had less than an hour of charge. I read that CAT scans have 100-250 times more radiation than chest X-ray, and most doctors don't know that! Feel free to ask your doc on the next visit! I asked my dad, and apparently, he almost knew it, but not quite there.

Yea back at home, my parents received me. I drove back home in our car. Hehe it felt so good to be able to drive again after such a long break! Yup so that was that day of my flight (4th Sep 2007).

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Going to India

I'm going to India to meet my family on vacation. My flight is on 4th September Tuesday night. Just thought I'll let my blog readers know :) Thanks for reading!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Dropped Keys - Lost and Found

At around 10:00 pm today, a motorbike passing in front of Temasek Polytechnic from East to West dropped a keychain with a set of 6 keys and a padlock. The lost & found keys include a metal door key and a Honda bike key. I only found a name on the keychain. If you can verify the shape of the keychain and the name written on it, leave me a comment/tag with your handphone number.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Hello again!

It's been quite a while since I last blogged. But that doesn't mean life's all happy and joyful. I did have problems, but I learnt my lessons. Now I'm getting closer to God than ever. But there are a few people who had hurt me so badly that I don't wish to forgive them at all. Whenever I get reminded of them, I only wish that they died. A sleeping anger awakes in me that seeks to take revenge on them and stab them with a knife.

It's been more than an year since they had hurt me. Ever since then, I avoided all contact with them and considered them strangers. I don't even acknowledge their existence, and in their absence, I try to forget what they had done to me. But one day, all of a sudden, they show up. They have the right to walk on earth, wherever they want. So I don't bother about their presence and just continue with my work.

But it doesn't stop there! They would come and disturb me for no absolute reason. They would do it for their own fun's sake. And by disturbing, they wake up that sleeping anger in me, and it takes over me. Nevertheless, I just keep quiet, swallowing their disturbance patiently and letting it fuel the anger. I wish I could just gobble them up like a monster, but they're too strong for me.

Everything was going fine in the past months. But yesterday these people showed up and disturbed me. And that full night, in my room, I had been swearing and cursing at them in my anger-filled imagination, and asking God why I just can't forgive them, and why I had to meet them that day, and why they just had to disturb me when I don't even bother about them.

Why the heck do you bother me, when I don't bother you at all? Why can't you just mind your own #&%$*^@ business? WHY?

Hint: I hate my own race, and it's not "Indian"; it's more specific than that. And NO, it's NOT my parents!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

A blog is not a diary, unless it's totally private.

Well, maybe it isn't but some times when I'm hurt and no one to turn to, I blast my anger at the entire world through my blog. I'm wrong maybe to do so, and I won't say I'm right. People make mistakes, and those who make the same mistakes twice are idiots, thrice are morons, more than that, they deserve to die. I'm sure I'm one of the last two, but I'm not sure if I'm a moron or I deserve to die. You tell me.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Too busy?

For people who are too busy, there is an "Appear offline" option. If you got to talk to someone through the Messenger as a part of your work, you can do it while appearing offline. Unless you're still stuck with the old MSN Messenger. If you are stuck with it, upgrade to Windows Live then, and make your life and others' life a lot easier! Cheers!

Dynamics...

I haven't studied much for Dynamics. Today is a small test comprising of two questions. I said, "two questions". I didn't say "two simple questions" or "two easy questions". Any one or worse, both of them could turn out to be tough as hell! I don't know what I'm going to do. I just hope everything will be fine, and leave it in God's hands, at His mercy. Maybe He would show me the answers clearly, so that I can just copy what He shows into my paper. Maybe he would make me know nothing, and I'd leave my answer sheet blank, and fail the test. In that case, I'll realize what a dork I've been by not studying when there was enough time through out the semester, and not listening in tutorial class. Whatever the outcome, I'm not going to blame God, because anything bad that happens now, will ultimately be for good. And you can always find something good that comes out of the bad that's happening to you.
Till then,
~Arun

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Director's List

I got e-mail that I made it into the Director's List in my poly (Temasek Polytechnic)!! Wow! There are 380 people on the list and they are the top 10% students of the poly. There will be an awards ceremony soon for us in the list :D

See the entire list: http://send2adtc.googlepages.com/TheDirectorsList.txt

Monday, May 21, 2007

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I got my hard disk back....

My friend went to ask the interchange and they had it, so he got it back, and so I got it back as well... Thanks be to God for everything is safe now. Thanks to the kind soul who returned it, whoever it is.

My Hard disk....

I gave my hard disk to my friend, and now he lost it in a bus... It's not that the thing is 160GB and it cost me money. Sure he can buy me another hard disk, but that's not the point. My precious data that's stored inside... It's all gone! How many of the people who could possibly lay their hands on the disk be kind enough to return it to the bus caption or the bus interchange staff? If it's a tech savvy guy, he would probably take it home, erase the whole disk and keep it for himself. If it's someone who does business, he would probably sell it for a few hundred dollars. But I just hope that my unluckiness doesn't strike me this time, and I will get the hard disk back with all the data intact. I just hope I'd be lucky enough to have a really kind soul lay hands or the disk and return it to the interchange so that when my friend inquires, he finds it there and redeems it. Please, Oh God, please don't let me down on this. I've already encountered great amounts of loss. This is one that I really can't afford to go through. Please God don't let me down. Let the soul who finds it be kind to it's owner.

The hard disk is Maxtor Basic, 160 GB.
When connected to the computer it will show two drives called "XP-COPY" and "ADTC-EXT"
The package comes with the hard disk, an adapter, a plug converter, a stand, and an USB cable.

Thanks a million to anybody who helps return it!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

It's so windy...

It's so unusually windy today, and I have no idea why. I went to the window and looked outside. The trees were swinging from left to right like crazy. I had to force my door closed also, because the wind was pushing it open. I'm not sure if I can go to school walking in this wind. I just hope I don't fly away like a feather. LOL. Ok, I'm going to get ready now. Bye bye.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Have a look at these two pages:
http://tnp.sg/news/story/0,4136,129918,00.html
http://tnp.sg/news/story/0,4136,129925,00.html
(Content included as comments to this post, in case links become outdated.)

I've been a victim of bullying myself in my childhood. It's sad how bullying is getting so nasty now-a-days, and it's even sad that teachers in general are not taking time to educate students about the bad effects of bullying. They only scold the bully and then forget about the whole thing. They don't even care to support the victim emotionally. School should start something like "Anti-Bully Education Programme" which is to promote good friendships and counter the ongoing bullying by properly educating students, especially bullies, about the sufferings of the victims and potential future victims. The bullies should be emotionally put in the victim's shoes so that they will experience bullying as a victim and learn how it feels to be in the other end of the line. This is really the best and probably the only effective way of making an impact.

Cyber-bullying should be included in the programme as well, and the students should be educated to look at the inner personality of a person, rather than his or her outward beauty. It's great to tell an overweight person that he is, and ENCOURAGE him to lose weight by suggesting weight-loss programmes or other ideas. But it's wrong to hurt him by demeaning him, even through the "seemingly harmless" activity of blogging. Students should be educated not to share sensitive information online like passwords, address, handphone number etc.

But the saddest thing is that even after many of the students from Kerala have grown up to be adults and think straight, they still think crooked and continue to bully those younger than themselves. A third year student of Polytechnic who came from Kerala would be average 21 years of age. So mature, yet they are so childish to bully the freshmen (first year students).

I don't know if anybody able to bring what I said to life is going to read this, but if you do, and you decide to start the programme, a big THANK YOU!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Borin, Jammin & Hoppin

Ok so I went to Jamming and Hopping today in my poly, Temasek Polytechnic. It was really for freshmen, but everyone were invited though :D. Well over there, I didn't hop much except some time towards the end. I met a freshie girl who is also studying Mechatronics. The event was fun, I took some pictures and videos: Here they are:







[Video currently being uploaded... will be online shortly :) ]

PS: I just discovered that I'm a Director in YouTube... YAY!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Work of Art

Lol, not really. But yea, you can do pretty good stuff with a Tablet PC! Enjoy!

Modern Art?

The Proposal

In Love

Scared!
(I don't know if the thing on left is light, sound, or someone shouting.
That's left to your imagination.)

Regular or Small?

"May I have a regular coke please?"
"Sorry sir, we don't have regular size any more!"
Is this how McDonald's want us to respond when they decided to change the names of the cups from the easy and straightforward
Small, Regular, Medium and Large
to the hard and confusing
Extra Small, Small, Medium and Large
? ?? ??? ???? ??? ?? ?
How stupid... and boring...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Forgetfulness...

Tuesday, March 06, 2007...

Wow, that's a really long way back. I read in a blog today that too much of soy (soya, tofu, etc. aka the healthy vegetarian protein) will cause memory loss in old age. But I think it's happening right now when I'm 20 years old ONLY! Yea, maybe yea I'm not that young, lol.

Anyway, highlights for the last one month and 6 days:
  • Made a new friend :) It's a she. You'll find out.
  • Had a major fight with someone special.
  • Found new great songs on Power 98.
  • Listens to Power 98 almost everyday, especially during travel.
  • Learnt HOTS (HOLDS, HORSE, I have no idea what it's really called, or what it stands for) in Mac. It's the PDA mobile counter thing that takes your order then gives you a slip. You present the slip at the counter, but you don't have to repeat your order.
  • Learnt about the upcoming album of Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight, and this time they're changing their style of music, for better.
  • Revealed to Dad that I purchased W810i.
  • Wrote Prison Break, both seasons on DVDs for Suren.
  • Went to Bavani's birthday party as I was invited. It was held in Costa Sands Pasir Ris Resort. Was a good meet up.
  • Learnt my lesson that I should never take Train Pass again. lol!

That's all for now, the excessive tofu and soy input is doing it's job and so I can't remember any more than this. If I remember, sure I'll add them later ;)

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

It's so hot... and confusing...

It's so hot today!! I'm cooling myself with the fan as I write this. I was sweating so much I just ripped my shirt off (ok, no wild imaginations please...) But today was unusually hot.

Oh what am I talking, I forgot it's March now. March, April, May = Burn, baby, burn! Isn't it supposed to be like that?

Anyway today I learnt counter in McDonalds, and to my surprise, it's so confusing!! It's not hard, but it's simply confusing, especially with that POS. I have to search the whole screen to tap one tiny button with the picture of the item. Items are almost illogically thrown around the whole screen. And for one item there would be three or four buttons, and I have to find the right one. And then I have to go pick up all the items, plus, call for more production. This is soooo confusing, but I hope the confusion will fade with more practice.

Friday, March 2, 2007

I got W810i

Day before yesterday I got a new W810i. Really cool phone. Hard to use in a way, but I love challenges :P. Keep drooling people, but I got the phone :D

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Newspaper so costly huh?

This happened the next day after the event of a customer giving hong bao happened. It was very busy and so as soon as one party leaves the table, another would occupy it, so there is not time in between to clear the table. This lady asked me to clear the table, and I did it.

Then later the manager came and asked me if I had seen any newspaper anywhere. I said no. After some time again the manager wanted to confirmed. She told me this lady said she put a newspaper on the table and I cleared it and threw in the dustbin. But actually nothing like that happened.

I know very well we are to be careful about foreign objects that are on the table. So if there really was any newspaper on the table I would have asked her if it was hers, and left it there. But she claims that I cleared the newspaper with the trays and trashed it. How crazy?

Anyway I was asked by manager to (hehe) act as though I'm searching the dustbins for the newspaper. Ok I can hear some of you going "Ewww" but don't worry I wore gloves to search the bin.

In between the trouble I was encountered by another customer whose trays I cleared wrongly. He was not there in the table at point of clearing, but a kid was there and he said "Thank you thank you" when I cleared! This customer said he still wanted the coke. I said I'm really sorry about it. He was a Malay guy but thank God, he was nice enough to just smile and say "It's okay" and let me go. Later I once again apologized to him.

Oh the newspaper was not found because it simply did not exist! There was no newspaper! Anyway she left after some time, so that is settled.

Well that's it for McDonald stories now. Now I'm taking a one week leave from work to finish my exams. So the next stories will be told in March J

Phyuchure Laiphe

Ah today morning when I was waiting at the bus stop for 23, a quite old man came over to me and said "Thambi, (blah blah) tamil teriyuma?" [Translations are below, but try to read it :P] Reluctantly, I said "Konchom theriyum, yaen?"
"Naan jyothsiyarru, onnode phyuchure laiphe-(future life)-aye paththi solldraen." Luckily bus 23 came in time so I could just say "No no" and get out of there (Phew!) C'mon my future life is secure in God's hands. Why do I need to know about it from a man when I can know it from God? How can a man know what's in my future, when he doesn't know his future itself? The Indians who believe in astrology, palmistry and stuff like that got to seriously blind! And what a waste of money!

Translations:

"Thambi, (blah blah) tamil teriyuma?" – Young brother, (blah blah) do you know tamil?

"Konchom theriyum, yaen?" – I know a little, why?

"Naan jyothsiyarru, onnode phyuchure laiphe-aye paththi solldraen." – I'm an astrologer, I'll tell you about your future life.

Oh by the way, I'm posting this from Microsoft Office Word 2007 which has blogging support. Cool huh?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Customer turned Boss

This happened a few days ago at McDonalds while I was working. I was doing lobby, which is basically clear the trays, clean tables, do a bit of greeting customers, sweep/mop floors and such lobby duties. When I was running about clearing the trays, a customer (supposedly) tapped me on the shoulder and asked me for a pen and paper. Confused, I asked the floor manager and she gave the articles to me, and I passed them to him. Then while I was cleaning the table next to him, he shook hands and said "Happy New Year". He asked me about what I'm doing and stuff, then wished me all the best for exams. I thanked him many times and even complimented "You're very nice, Sir!"

Then I went around, and the floor manager called me and said, "The uncle is calling you." I was like "What the heck?". Then I went to him and he wished me "Happy New Year" again, and gave me Hong Bao. I was a bit reluctant to accept but then I did. He also gave to another worker doing the lobby.

Ok I don't know how much it is, but it was not respectful to open up and see how much it is until later on, so I just went to the staff room and kept it in my bag. But the floor manager, thinking that the customer is crazy, asked me to open and see how much. It was four dollars, but somehow this hong bao of four dollars was much much more precious to me than the eight dollars hong bao that McDonalds was giving all workers for at least 6 hours work. That's because the person who gave it made me smile, gave me a lot of happiness in those few minutes of encounter.

It had the name "Victor Tan" and that person's address on it, so that gave confusion, as our McDonald's boss is Mr Victor, but I don't know his last name. So we were like, "Is he our boss? is he our boss??" No the person was not our boss (we had a picture of the boss). But then came even more confusion as it seemed that this "customer" must be P.A. or relative of the boss, who came on his behalf, acting as a customer. Hehe he exclaimed to me "Don't worry, I'm a customer, not the manager!"

We had a lot of confusion going on like, and I was suspecting that the floor managers and the boss had all planned this act to surprise the lobby workers, which happened to be me and another guy. But the floor manager acted like she didn't know anything. Another thing is that somehow he came to know that I checked how much is in it (remember, I was forced to do so) and told me, the amount of money doesn't matter, it's the heart of the person that matters, and I said "I agree to that completely". I really do agree. Even if it's just a cent, given with a loving heart, it's worth more than gold and diamonds given with no love.

Oh, and the best reason for all the confusion is that he talked with the floor manager, plus he did not buy anything at all from our restaurant.

More McDonald stories on the way... Thanks for all your tags by the way :) (hehe it rhymes :P)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ronald McDonald DID THIS TO ME!!!!!!

My feet are aching like crazy. I can hardly walk. I was limping for the last one and half hour of work, on my way to bus terminal, inside the bus, on my way to Reski, in another bus, and on my way back to my room! Ah my feet are crying out like anything, I have been torturing them. Feet, I'm so sorry, please forgive me. I didn't mean to do it to you guys. You bear my whole weight and help me walk around freely and without any need for armchair, clutches or equipments likewise. I'm sorry for having tortured you so much for the first time today...

Ah tomorrow AGAIN I got work, but I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope and pray that they put me in the "Filet-o-Fish" station. Today I was doing lobby, which means WALKING WALKING AND MORE WALKING... Filet station is much more relaxing. Hands don't get as tired and sore like feet do. It's just the heat that I have to bear but I'm already used to it.

Another thing is that I suspected that I'm being underpaid. I brought the matter to them and gave them the schedule in which I worked in January. The payroll manager said he will check it out and let me know tomorrow. I also came to know the correct pay per hour. It is 3.20/hr if you don't work on weekends, 3.50/hr (including weekdays) if you work on one weekend, and 3.80/hr (inc. weekdays) if you work on both weekends.

I don't know if I'd go to work tomorrow, I want to but my feet are hurting... If I don't go, I'll miss 1) Double Pay 2) Hong Bao...

Saturday, January 27, 2007

I'M sO bOrEd ThAt i hAd To MaKe ThIs PrOgRaM

You must have seen blogs and personal profiles where a lot of girls (and maybe a few guys, but I'm not one among them) type lIkE tHiS? Have you wondered how they manage to do the tedious task of pressing and leaving the Shift key for every alternative letter?

Well (on the other hand) are you one of those girls (and guys) who do that, like to do that, but are so frustrated that you have to do that to get that "beautiful blog page" you got? Fear not, for help is here.

When I was completely bored (as I usually am), I created this Automatic Caps Lock Toggle application (or ToggleCaPs, for short) in Visual Basic. It is also (a bit) intelligent as it only toggles Caps Lock when you type alphabetic keys (A-Z). You can download it by clicking here. Just extract the ZIP file and run the ToggleCaPs application. Create a shortcut to it on the Desktop if you like it!

I didn't do all the work in making that Caps Lock Toggle Application though. Credits go to Konstantin Tretyakov for some parts of the code. I had to merge two seperate code sets together and remove unnecessary parts to get this working. They are, for your reference:
1. Toggle CapsLock Key
2. Key Logger Based on a Global Keyboard Hook.
PS: If you are a developer and want the code for ToggleCaPs, drop me a comment.

HaPpY tYpInG!!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Do you truly love him/her?

If you want to know if you truly love someone or not, just answer these questions:
Will you love him/her even when everything seems to be falling apart between you both?
Will you love him/her even when he stops doing the things he used to do?
Will you love him/her even when he starts to do things he never used to do?
If you honestly and truthfully answered Yes to all three above, congratulations! The love you have is true love, and not a fake timepass one.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Sacrificing "manhood" for money

Hahaha of course I didn't chop off my balls!! I just shaved off my beard. I had to do it coz of the requirement in McDonald's. (Read post below.) Well, I was thinking people would laugh at me, but everything went well. They say I look neat and better, and younger (10 years younger??). Oh well, even without the beard I still look ok, and not like some dracula/criminal/rapist/whatever! And yea! I feel younger! :P

By the way, in the title I said "for money". I just said it as a joke. I'm not greedy for money or anything like that.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

i'm lovin' it

Ah... you know whose catchphrase that is, right? Yup, it's McDonald's! And guess what? I'm working there. Not sure how much but I think it must be 4.5 per hour. Oh well. Today I had my trial run, and they said they can hire me but,

1. I need to get a typhoid injection.

2. I need to smile... not this :) smile, but this :D smile!!! Right now, I tried this :) smile, but it didn't do so well. From what they were asking me to do, I deduced that I should have this :D smile, so that I'd be friendly, not fierce >:) Hmm... confidence... confidence... I CAN DO IT!!!

3. I need to... ugh! SHAVE!!!! Yea I need to shave off the whole French beard I have :(( My dearest beard... it's going down the drain soon... and I'm gonna look like... a weirdo!!! or a little boy... whatever!

Anyway the job is ok, it can be a bit tiring, but a shot of Red-Bull before you start work, would keep you going. That's what I did today, drank a can of Red-Bull an hour before starting work. It was fun too. Ok more about the work later! Gotta catch some sleep now! God bless you all!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Bored...

Being bored sux!

Well this is what I do when I'm bored: I wrote the post called Google takes over the world! Please read it and attach your remarks!