Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Dumb Test" uses Michael Jackson for its Advertisement: A smart move?

This curious advertisement says, "Michael Jackson's IQ is 110. Can You Beat That?" No, I can't. Not that I try the site which is rightly named as "Dumb Test". Consider this post as a free ad for you, Dumb Test! Honestly, though, I think it's a hell of dumb move that you choose to use Michael Jackson as your ad.

Is that too much to ask to be a bit sensitive? The King of Pop had died, for goodness sake!!

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


Finally I managed to watch it last night. Thank you, okto! Heh. More about the anime, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" can be found in this Wikipedia article. Check out also the full trailer of the movie here.

Now I'm ready to watch (preferably to read, actually) "The Time Traveller's Wife". =)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rasa Sayange (by SHE, Teresa Teng, some funky Cantonese group) -- No, the songs not in Malay or in Bahasa Indonesia!




Admit it. We're fed up with all the bickering between Indonesia and Malaysia about the Pendet dance controversy & also (although not much ruckus) the song, Rasa Sayange.

Here are the 3 clips of the song, "Rasa Sayange" which I searched in the Net that were performed by Taiwanese group S.H.E., the legendary Teresa Teng, and some performers who sung it in Cantonese.

It's about Rasa Sayange, people. It's about Feeling of Love--which both Indonesia and Malaysia are lacking. Ironic, the song of love has incited a feeling of hatred...

Check out the YouTube clips:
1. S.H.E - Rasa Sayang 2004 Concert
2. 拉 萨 萨 哟 (印尼民歌) Rasa Sayange (An Indonesian folk song), Feeling Of Love
3. Rasa Sayange (Chinese)

Natas travel fair's special deals to great tourist spots! (Dream, make it happen & enjoy...)

Check out these Natas travel fair's special deals to great tourist spots! Which ones do you fancy to go? Me, I'd love to try out this Bhutan package:

Explore Bhutan in eight days with CTC Holidays. Highlights include visits to Tashichho Dzong, where the King of Bhutan works; Punakha Dzong, the winter retreat of the Chief Abbot, and Taktsang Monastery, which is perched on the side of a 900m cliff. Package cost: From $3,888.

Heh. It's good to have a dream.

And where do I read this little story? There was a man who loves reading books but he had no money to buy them. So he worked hard, got the money & bought the books & he continued doing so thinking that he would enjoy reading those books (he got more money & he purchased more books!) when he's retired.

The sad part was when he did go to the path of retirement, he couldn't read the books because his eye sights failed him.

(Argh. Where did I read it?!)

The moral of the story, perhaps, is although it's good to have a dream, as you make it happen, you should have enjoyed it as you earn it.

QUEST out of stock: Hold on your loan receipts!

This is why. I'm glad NLB announce it clearly & that they don't simply stop the promotion. Heh.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum


Blogged about the song, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" once in Aug 2006. Gosh, how time flies! It is, thus, a pleasant surprise that I happen to recall this song tonight as I mindlessly browse through the YouTube.

Check it out the Original 16mm Scopitone conversion, from the 'summer of love' 1967 hit record, A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A White Woman Explains Why She Prefers Black Men

Is she considered a racist...against her own race? Check out this NSFW article about how this white woman explains why she prefers black men. Quite hilarious actually.

Sex sells: EVONY - Best Free Web Game (Part 2)


Do you remember the screenshot of the busty blond babe in Sex sells: EVONY - Best Free Web Game? This is the second of such photos featuring a different model. Obviously not a blond, but may indeed be equally alluring.

What kind of a web game is Evony that it's so desperate that it has to resort to the overly use of such gorgeous ladies for enticing (ok, that's a nice use of word 'enticing'. Heh.) its potential customer?



Update: Just saw this article from The New Paper. It also laments the non existence of distressed damsels in need of rescuing in the Evony game despite the promising advert. Very naughty, Evony. You do mislead many of us!

Advertisements for online games usually don't deserve a second look.

But one particular advert has managed to spread across the web and catch the eye in a not-too-wholesome manner.

You've probably seen it yourself.

The banner ad advertises Evony, a free online role-playing game where the player builds up a civilisation, trades commodities with other players and conducts war against competing civilisations.

But Australia's ABC News reported yesterday that the way the game has been marketed online has caused controversy, with increasingly racy banner ads depicting busty women alongside the words 'Play Unnoticeably', 'Save the Princess' and 'Save your lover'.

But the game itself has no distressed damsels in need of rescuing.

The marketing campaign was criticised after its Google ads appeared frequently on websites with family content, with many site owners struggling to block the ads.

La Trobe University sociologist Dr Michael Flood has researched the potential social effects of pornography on young children. He says advertising tactics like Evony's could become even more commonplace.

He said: 'It can go as far as advertisers, marketeers and amateur porn producers want it to go. I think there will continue to be efforts in legal regulation and technical strategies like filtering, and they will also continue to be circumvented.'

Dr Flood said one result of such exposure is a liberalisation of attitudes, meaning that children and young people are more accepting of sexual activity, assume that their peers are sexually active, and more approving of various forms of sex and sexual relations.

ABC News reported that as more and more young children become Internet-savvy, the need for parents to protect them from harmful content grows.

A Sensis e-business report has revealed a big jump in the number of children under the age of 5 who use the Internet.

Internet adverts syndicated through Google's AdSense are all over the web, allowing website owners to display ads relevant to their site's content.

And the danger for young users of the Internet is that some of these sexually-suggestive adverts can appear potentially anywhere where a site has allocated space for Adsense banners.

Dr Flood added: 'Children are sexual beings and do deserve information on sex and sexuality. However, much of what's available online and elsewhere isn't age-appropriate and doesn't teach very healthy messages about sex or women.

'Parents should be having conversations with kids about sex and sexuality as kids age anyway, and part of that is having conversations about the materials they may see online and elsewhere.'

He said because the Evony ads show women in various stages of undress, they are teaching the attitude that girls and women are sexual objects, and that their main value is in terms of their appearance and their bodies.

From The New Paper, "Seen this banner ad online? You're not the only one".

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno: Sure, please cane me publicly!!

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, the part-time model (from Singapore?), a mother of two & a receiver of 6 canes due to caught drinking beer in Malaysia now demands her flogging to be carried out PUBLICLY?!?!

Update: the confusion begins as Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno's punishment is postponed at the very last minute.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

South Park presents what happens if those YouTube sensations are gathered in the same room...LOL!!







You won't be surprised how (violent) it will turn out. Check out the clip here. Some of the YouTube sensations that I shamelessly have the screenshots above are: Tay Zonda, Afro Ninja, "Dramatic Look" Gopher, Laughing Baby, "Leave Britney Alone" itschriscroker, numa numa guy & strong guy costumer, and lastly the sneezing baby panda (and the hilariously surprised-look mother panda). Heh.

A complimentary holiday voucher to Pattaya (Yay, hotel & airfare for 2 included!): Too good to be true?

Received this sms this afternoon. Well, it does seem too good to be true (heck, till now I can't take my eyes off the message. Sorry, Frankie!), and yet I'm glad that I'm being a skeptic.

You have been selected among the xx guests in conjunction with creating awareness of this new international company and receive a complimentary holiday voucher (5D/4N hotel accomodation and 2 airfare ticket to Pattaya definitely with no obligation). T and C apply. Sms or call 9038xxxx Kris.

Yeah right. It may be somewhat true that there will be no obligation. Still I dislike how the message is being so vague. What is 'this new international company'? Why can't it be mentioned in the sms (and thus allows me to google it)?

I don't even bother to reply or to call this Kris. I'm even tempted to put up the full hp no here in this post, then again why should I put up a free advertisement for this mysterious international company (and without me getting that complimentary holiday package. Hur hur) & in the process, might lead some greedy unsuspecting victims to succumb to some hard sell tactics by some soulless incredibly passionate promoters?

No, thank you. Count me out.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Naked Girls Get Interrupted...


...by a naked guy! Haha. You've got to see the video clip, "Naked Girls Get Interrupted".

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tough times never last, but tough taxi drivers do!

UK has a taxi driver who blogs in "Adventures of a Taxi Driver". And Singapore has a taxi driver who also blogs (his is "A Singapore Taxi Driver's Diary") and yet his style of writings are more appealing (despite the fact that he has a PhD from Stanford and used to have a research job.)

I have every respect possible for any taxi drivers who are honest, capable & committed to send me to reach to my destination without much detours.

Well, I do know it's a tough job. Imagine that you need to know how to go about from one place to another.

And to think that there is even now a taxi driver who has been documenting about his experiences in his blog. How he has to juggle whatever remaining hours of his day between driving the taxi, spending time with his family & blogging.

I truly wish him the best of luck in life. Hope to read his story in the printed newspaper (Someone who claimed to be a journalist with The New Paper did recently attempt to contact him in his first post, "Preface".) and perhaps, it may land him to a job that may have suited him better.

If I'm not mistaken the Straits Times on Sundays do publish a segment about people looking for a job, right?

PS. The title of this post is ripped off inspired from a Robert H. Schuller's quote, “Tough times never last, but tough people do”.



Update on 19/08: it's good to read how Dr Cai Ming is featured in Asiaone & in Straits Times. Hope that good publicity will help him secure a job that suits him better.

Dr Cai Ming Jie became an SMRT cabby last November after spending 16 years as a researcher at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

His career switch has become a talking point online after he started a blog earlier this year. Alongside his experiences as a cabby, he takes issue with the circumstances of his departure from IMCB last May.

The China-born Dr Cai, who became a Singapore citizen, obtained a PhD in molecular biology from Stanford University in 1990.

From Asiaone, "S'pore's most highly educated taxi-driver".

Could this be Singapore's most well qualified taxi driver?

Dr Cai Ming Jie became an SMRT cabby last November after spending 16 years as a researcher at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

His career switch has become a talking point online after he started a blog earlier this year. Alongside his experiences as a cabby, he takes issue with the circumstances of his departure from IMCB last May.

An SMRT spokesman confirmed that the former researcher is a driver with SMRT Taxis, but Dr Cai declined to add more beyond this: 'All that needs to be said is on the blog online...It should be IMCB that needs to be asked questions, if any.'

The China-born Dr Cai, who became a Singapore citizen, obtained a PhD in molecular biology from Stanford University in 1990. The Straits Times learnt that he did a two-year postdoctoral fellowship after leaving Stanford at the University of Washington, under famed genetist Professor Lee Hartwell, who won a 2001 Nobel Prize in physiology.

He joined IMCB two years later and worked as a principal investigator in the field of cell genetics up till his departure.

A spokesman for A*Star, meanwhile, said renewal of all its researchers' contracts is based on a number of factors, including the time taken to train PhD students, their performance and their contributions to the research institutes and the agency in general.

Dr Cai's work, like that of all A*Star researchers, was assessed by an external Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which recommended his contract be terminated.

Still, in spite of the submission of countless curriculum vitaes and applications to universities, government agencies and companies since he was told he would be let go in 2007, Dr Cai failed to get a successful response.

The former researcher now drives a four-year -old Toyota Crown. 'At a time like this, the taxi business is probably the only business in Singapore that still actively recruits people,' he said.

From Straits Times, "PhD holder now a cabby".

The Twilight Saga: New Moon -- 9 Exclusive Photos of Bella and Jacob

Check out 'New Moon': 9 Exclusive Photos of Bella and Jacob here.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

"Colin" - a zombie movie hits that cost only $70!!


I finally manage to find out more about the zombie movie, "Colin": its trailer in YouTube and its official website, www.colinmovie.com. What interests me most is that the movie only cost $70 & how it was done within 18 months as the creator Mar Price toiling at night at a taxi company.

"Colin," made by budding British director, Marc Price, will now get its own DVD as well as hitting the big screen in time for Halloween alongside Hollywood blockbusters like "Zombieland."

"It's kind of scary in a cool way," says Price of his success on a shoestring.

Price wrote, directed, shot and edited "Colin" over 18 months while working nights at a taxi company.

The 30-year-old first-time director says he managed to make the film for so little by advertising for volunteer zombies on social networking site, Facebook.

He also borrowed make-up and taught himself special effects by endlessly re-watching making-of featurettes and director's commentaries from his personal DVD collection.

Price says he spent the $70 on "a crowbar and a couple of tapes, and some tea and coffee -- just to keep the zombies happy."

Partially quoted from CNN, "$70 zombie movie hits the big screen".

"Le Kua Simi" : 2009 Singapore National Day 2009 Parody Song by mrbrown & the band, electrician


The song title: "Le Kua Simi" (or is it "Lekuasimi"?) from the album, "Liddat also song". The artist: mrbrown & the band, electrician. LOL. Confirmed a remade-fun-edition from the original National Day 2009 song by the local band Electrico titled, "What Do You See".


Poor Electrico. Besides being 'challenged' by an unofficial NDP song, "Things So Singaporean", now they have to face this newly released song by mrbrown, "Le Kua Simi" (or is it "Lekuasimi"?). Heh.

Have a happy & fun celebration of National Day, Singapore! (And I'll have to do my night shift tonight. Oh well...)

PS. the lyric of the song, "Le Kua Simi" (or is it "Lekuasimi"?) is as follows:

All my friends say I’m a chiongster
Who like to drink Teh Si
My Civic may be lau pok chia
But can almost hit 50
I just minding my own business
Why the others all cut me?
They change lane don’t use signal and
They always challenge me

Le Kua Simi?
Le Kua Simi?

See the light when turn green, see my super chio rim
Even though your car faster than me, my Honda still more swee
You may think you reach there faster then can order your ice cream

Le Kua Simi….

My car more swee
I only earn 900 but my petrol 550
They say now is the downturn but my car got leather seat
I know my car is not last forever
Because of COE
But a man must have his vision, and his density

Wa Kua Simi
Wa Kua Simi

Find more ger at the bar, when they see my new car
You can feeling the tetno beat, my bass tube sibei tua
I will drive you to Mt Faber and together we see star

Le Kua Simi

Le Kua Simi tonight
Got sea and got mountain
You and me tonight
We going to reach Milky Way
Together we can join to make the downpayment
Get a better car than I can afford
Chor kang cannot keow kar, I must work extra hard
I must work in the sun until my face become chow tar
When patience is a virgin, you must wait long long time
No Ah Beng at the traffic light can hope to challenge me

Le Kua Simi
Le Kua Simi

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

knnbccb...Star Wars in Hokkien?!

I don't understand Hokkien, but even I find the Star Wars battle scene between Luke Skywalker & Darth Vader from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back with both of them speaking in Hokkien hilarious.

Check out the clip here.

And for the clueless & the curious, the explanation of the 'knnbccb' can be found in this Urban Dictionary entry.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Sex sells: EVONY - Best Free Web Game


When you come across the advertisement on the so-called "Best Free Web Game" namely "Evony", it's understandable that you'll click the ad (the adage that "sex sells" is very much applicable & at works here). Check out the above screenshot of the site, "Evony" that you'll be directed to when you lustfully click the ad.

I am proud to say that I didn't succumb further as to register as a member. Heh. NAG.com has this to say about EVONY. It's really irony:

"You've probably seen the ads for "Evony." They're hard to miss, with the huge elf boobs, allusions to domination, and overuse of the word 'discreet.' But once you sign up for "Evony" there's not a single elf boob, huge nor delightfully understated, to be found. In other words, do not get suckered in by "Evony" if you're on some lonely Internet quest for medieval themed digi-chicks."

Monday, August 03, 2009

Harry Potter...and the Office of Unemployment?!


What the hell...Harry Potter and the Office of Unemployment?! Yes, you've got to watch the clip here. Partially NSFW (you'll know what I mean).

You've heard (or perhaps, even read) about all the 7 fantasy novels featuring Harry Potter: 1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 3) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 5) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and 7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I've got the feeling that if this "Harry Potter and the Office of Unemployment" is ever to make to the list, it ought to be the final 8th. Can't imagine any will employ him as a minor, right? So he ought to be a grown up or at least, of the allowable working age. Heh.