Saturday, December 28, 2013

ACER Aspire ZC-105 (E12500BM45) 19.5 INCH All-in-One PC

ACER Aspire ZC-105 (E12500BM45) 19.5 INCH All-in-One PC. Check it out at Qoo10 currently priced at $633.00 (but with only 8 nos left). Compared to its Q-Price at $699.00 and Retail Price at $899.00!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Last Reindeer: A BT Christmas Tale

The Last Reindeer: A BT Christmas Tale with 99 views so far since it's uploaded on 20 Dec. BT stands for Business Times, by the way.


This festive season, The Business Times takes a look at one of 2013's most pressing issues, in a humorous light.

Words: Kelly Tay
Visuals: Deborah Mak and Low Jin Hui
Music: Victoria Ho

'Twas the night before Christmas
All kids were in bed,
The promise of Santa
Wove through little heads.

"A puppy? A toy train?
I wonder what I'll get,"
Wondered Johnny aloud
As he played wish-list roulette.

But up at the North Pole
Things looked pretty dire.
A tight labour market
Had sought to conspire

Against earlier plans
To deliver all presents -
Santa's nine reindeer
Were not being pleasant:

"It's just too much work
For us to pull a fat man
Across the whole world
Oh, it's such a scam!

"We're only paid peanuts
And the work is so tough,
Once Santa's down the chimney
We're out in the rough!"

And due to a botch-up
With fresh calculations,
The sleigh was much heavier;
There were more locations

More kids were good this year
More stops would be needed,
"The load is too heavy
"One more reindeer!" they pleaded.

So Santa had looked
For another reindeer to hire;
He put out a job ad
Listing traits he desired:

"Red noses preferred,"
(Since Rudolph proved great)
"Only looking for reindeer
From up here, upstate."

But his job ad was found
To be discriminatory
"Consider all fairly,"
Said a higher authority.

So Santa amended
The job ad to say:
"All reindeer are welcome
To help pull my sleigh!"

And those from the South Pole
Jumped quick at the offer:
"A chance to pull Santa
While filling my coffer!"

After five rounds of choosing
With strict interviews,
St Nick picked one reindeer
Hoping joy would ensue

Little did he know
Another shock lay in wait -
The Deerpower Bureau
Would again set him straight.

He failed to take stock
Of employee numbers, you see
His dependency ratio
Hit the maximum decreed.

And so that work permit
Could not be approved,
Thus Santa's predicament
Was still unimproved

So Santa tried once more
To hire local staff,
But all of his efforts
Were just met with laughs

As those from the North Pole
Merely scoffed at the ad:
"The work is so menial
There're sweeter jobs to be had."

Cried Santa as he wondered
How to fill the last job:
"All these local reindeer
Are unbelievable snobs!"

He was growing ever-desperate
As time was a-ticking,
He'd exhausted all options
But still none were sticking.

As the hour of departure
Approached late at night,
Santa was despondent
With no solution in sight.

He decided to set off
With his usual team of nine,
And encouraged them on
With all the strength he could find.

But the night flashed by quickly
And the sun began to rise,
Santa's stomach was lurching
He knew the little ones would cry!

Australia was done,
As were Europe and North America,
But he never made it to Asia
Nor the continent of Africa.

And so goes the tale
Of the Christmas that was missed
It suffices to say
That the kids were all miffed.

"Santa failed to deliver,"
People everywhere said,
"We'll just have to believe
In something else instead."

The MOST epic of splits...and MORE of its parody!!!

Okay, let me start this post with a revelation: I've just got to know what actually Chuck Norris said in his epic split! (I may have a hearing problem. Sigh.) It's a part of Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1 where Marcellus stated:

Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes

Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated,

The bird of dawning singeth all night long.

And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad.

The nights are wholesome. Then no planets strike,

No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,

So hallowed and so gracious is that time.

The modern interpretation shall be:
Some people say that just before Christmas the rooster crows all night long, so that no ghost dares go wandering, and the night is safe. The planets have no sway over us, fairies' spells don’t work, and witches can’t bewitch us. That’s how holy that night is.

According to Wikipedia: Marcellus, Barnardo and Francisco are sentries at Elsinore. Francisco gives up his watch to Barnardo in the opening of the play, and it is Barnardo and Marcellus, who first alert Horatio to the appearance of King Hamlet's Ghost. Marcellus goes with Horatio to tell Hamlet about the Ghost's appearance. Marcellus is the most prominent of the three.

And to do justice, here's the original clip of the "the most epic of splits" performed by Jean-Claude Van Damme in "Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split feat. Van Damme (Live Test 6)". The viral clip was uploaded on 13 Nov and has gathered 64,778,886 views!!


And damn, what Van Damme (pardon the pun) said in the clip is really cool:
I've had my ups and downs

my fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds.

That's what made me what I am today.

Now I stand here before you.

What you see is a body crafted to perfection,

a pair of legs engineered to defy the law of physics ...

and a mind set to master the most epic of splits.

C-o-o-l...

The parody of a viral video is just as expected. In less than 1 week (on 19 Nov, to be exact), Channing Tatum, who plays Jenko in the film "22 Jump Street" presented "Jenko's Epic Split" which has since boasted 14,258,806 views!


I like what he said too:

“I’ve had my ups and downs. Being an undercover cop, that’s what made me what I am today. Surviving High School was no easy task. Neither is being a college freshman at my age. But because of this, my body is now engineered to defy the laws of physics and the mind set to master the most epic of splits.”

On 19 Nov, there was also a parody of the split uploaded on YouTube, "Volvo Van Damme Epic Split Udettos Parody" which has gathered 171,190 views. Kinda surprised because I find the clip very amusing. The most epic of farts. LOL.


On 23 Nov, a hilarious epic split (up) was uploaded. Check out the clip, "THE MOST EPIC SPLIT (Volvo Van Damme Parody)" with 76,777 views so far.


On 5 Dec, "Gaza Cars - The Epic Split feat. Bsyazlma Mahmoud Zuiter (Live Test 6)" which has gathered 434,081 views could easily have been the one parody with the best monologue! Poignant, but still somewhat funny. Especially about the part of him miss taking a shower and that there is no gas in town. Heh.


I have been living in Gaza for a long time

and up to this moment I feel like I am living and not living, like Amro Diab

The electricity cuts off 12 hours at a time. I have come to sleep and wake up and the electricity would still not be back

and the water comes on when the electricity is off. I miss taking a shower!

All of this does not make Van damme better than me

but, unfortunately, there is no gas in town.

And the closing scene has "And the Palestinian people continue to express their troubles and crises by different means". Now, this is sad.


I am not sure who "Amro Diab" is. Perhaps he's an Egyptian singer and composer of pop music, "Amr Diab" instead?

OK. Now to train for my own epic split. Yeah, right...

Intertwined branches of a tree

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Clash of Clans: You and This Army

Impressive clip, "Clash of Clans: You and This Army (Official TV Commercial)" with 4,625,021 views after it's uploaded only yesterday (23/12)!!


Official website of "Clash of Clans: You and This Army" is here.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tigerair? Nevermore! (Due to bad delay...

...and bad handling of the delay)

I mean, come on, the delay of about 1 1/2 hours (the arrival as stated during the booking would be on 8:30 PM whereas actually it was on 10:01 PM), and there was not even an attempt to, say, make the delay more bearable by giving the upset passengers with some dinner or even light refreshment?!

Tigerair, to fly with you again in future? Nevermore, I'd say!


You may also want to read other (some are negative, some are positive) comments about Tigerair here.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Are you not entertained?!

The photo below was taken in Changi Airport Terminal 2 on the cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants. Somehow the movie, Gladiator comes to mind. Not exactly accurate. Heh.


For comparison sake...

...from Cheezburger, "Are you not entertained?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!":


...from OMG! Cats! "Are you not entertained?":

Thursday, December 19, 2013

of Thangaval Govindarasu, Vadi PVSS, and their similarity of being the one holding the phone?!?!

(Darn lame a title this post is...)

The expressive Little India Riot hero-who-later-retracted-his-claim-of-being-the-hero, Thangaval Govindarasu may one day gain popularity like Vadi PVSS (especially referring to the latter acted in M1 advertisement which his unforgettable, "Mumbah dah! India!" Heh.)

"Vadi PVSS's M1 Advert 'Mumbai Dah!'".

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

North Point Shopping Centre - Random Shots

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Projected price of a cup of coffee: $3.64

That's the staggering projection of the price of a cup of coffee in year 2040. $3.64! Compared to $1.50 in year 2010. MP-s, take note!

Recommended to MP Baey Yam Keng: a truly $2.50 lontong!!

Just make a little trip to Chong Pang, MP Baey Yam Keng. This delicious lontong by Haji Ali Cooked Food stall really cost you a merely $2.50. You won't suffer confusion compared to that other Malay food. Heh.

View Breakfast Network's only ONE YouTube clip (before it too is taken out)

So the Breakfast Network is dead. Long live the Breakfast Network! Or not. As if that really bothers us, right?

Oh...kay, how about sharing a trivial fact that Breakfast Network also has a YouTube clip. Indeed ONE clip. Published on 29 June this year, the clip, "Breakfast Network at Pink Dot 2013" has only gathered 3340 views. I'm surprised. The clip is light-hearted & informative at the same time. It should have gathered more views!!

"...and yeah, I really love this country (Singapore) very much now!"

Top 10 Criminals In Singapore (#criminalwatch)

Hilarious & informative video by Ryan Sylvia, "Top 10 Criminals In Singapore (#criminalwatch)". But only 8 categories mentioned? Namely: vehicle thief, swindler, hawker centre thief, kidnap scammer, house thief, sextortionist, shop thieves, online cheat. Or 9 if the implied 'Robber' in the last one. Hmm...

Dunkin' Donuts - Christmas Flavor


OK. They're bought again from AMK Hub. But besides the stuff being delicious (c'mon...it's not genius, it's common sense. Hur hur.), I'm more curious about the nice packaging which mentions www.dunkindonuts.com.my. Malaysia?? There is really no www.dunkindonuts.com.sg? Oh, apparently not. Does it really matter? Possibly not for you, but for me I'd prefer seeing the products to reach more to their intended consumers in the relevant countries.

Another example is the neighbouring country, Indonesia too has www.dunkindonuts.co.id!

Condescending NTUC Income poster?!?!

I don't know. Maybe I'm too sensitive. But I find this NTUC Income poster is somewhat condescending.

It says: "Our AMK Branch stays open till 6.30 PM so you can see us on your off days. It's not genius. It's common sense."


Condescending, right? The last 2 sentences of "genius" & "common sense" are totally unwarranted. They should be just removed. And the poster will have served its purpose of being informative.

I don't know about you, but I'd prefer my insurance company to be, well, more respecting me. Like for example Prudential with its effective tagline: "Always Listening, Always Understanding."

AMK Hub NTUC FairPrice random shots

The similarity of these 3 photos? Well, for one there's a color red captured for all the photos. And for another, they're all taken from AMK Hub NTUC FairPrice.

Haiku for Cloudless Dusk of one Sunday...


Cloudless Dusk greets me
Asking how my Sunday was
"Sunday?? What Sunday?!"

PS. The photo was from "thecloudsrepresentmyheart.blogspot.sg".

Christmas decoration (and crowds!) at Marina Square

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Monday, December 09, 2013

River Safari: Hello, Kitty. The River is Calling.

Seriously. What an outrageous ad by River Safari. Hello, Kitty. The River is Calling (Remember I blogged about how 'original' this tagline is?!). In addition to Royal Carribean being royally pissed off, we'd have Sanrio surely suing soon. Heh.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Hot babe photo of Pasar Malam near Yishun MRT

"Pasar malam" are Malay words meaning "night market". This photo was meant to take for the guy in yellow shirt who was concentrating in inspecting the merchandise. As the timing has it, the couple just walked nearby and framed into the shot. I like the girl, well, because she is simply hot in blue dress! (Kind of contradicting, yes? Blue, but hot) and the guy too in black, well, his Joker-printed t-shirt was nice alright! Heh.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Of the girl awaiting for the bus in one rainy evening

Just a random photo (but why do I feel like a perv when I took the shots whereas I just wanted to practise doing street photography. Sigh...).

The first shot of the girl awaiting for the bus in one rainy evening was taken with 'night scene' and another was just 'normal scene without flash'.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Q Bread at Sembawang MRT: We love our customers ... Queueing!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

of Public Free Clinic Society opens new branch in Jurong West

From Straits Times, "Public Free Clinic Society opens new branch in Jurong West":

The new branch is the fourth clinic by the Public Free Clinic Society, and was opened in conjunction with its 39th anniversary.

Public Free Clinic Society official website

Psy at Bibigo says "Please, wait to be seated. Thank you."

Well, the advert featuring Psy sure attracted my attention...but the brand name 'Bibigo' is completely unknown to me. Heh.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

of Legoland Malaysia, Qoo10.sg Lego special deals...

I was doing my usual browsing the Net during lunch & came across this hot keywords in Yahoo: 'Legoland Malaysia'.


Ah. Always, always want to make a trip there. Long sigh.

Alas, time doesn't permit. It never does.

So I browsed further--this time to my favorite shopping portal Qoo10.sg. And voilĂ ! Special deals for Lego! Up to 30% discount! I like...And now for shopping. Heh.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Possibly the best job ever...

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Sandman: Overture

The Sandman: Overture. Check out also the Trinitonian, "The Sandman Overview". Comic Book Resources in "Renowned Gaiman Researcher Finds "Sandman: Overture" Tantalizing" and Rolling Stone, "Neil Gaiman Resurrects 'The Sandman'" also insightful interviews with the fantastic author, Neil Gaiman.

Random shots at Sembawang Park

Yeah. Here they are:

Monday, November 11, 2013

Christmas comes early (again!)

...at least for Plaza Singapore?! Heh. I've not checked out other places in Singapore, but I believe Orchard Road might have geared up for the preparation of Christmas decoration.

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Sri Krishnan Temple, and Thian Hock Keng Temple (Photos)

From top to bottom: Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Sri Krishnan Temple, and Thian Hock Keng Temple.