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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Xmas in Melaka 08

This year my company's yearly 1 week forced leave had been lengthen to 2 weeks. This news came at the last minute - late November - which left us with too little time to plan any decent trip (I believe that year end and school holidays are bad time to go on holiday, need to pay peak period surcharges every where, and I am not sure if I imagining - you see Singaporeans every where). In the end, K and I booked a short 3D2N trip Xmas holiday to Melaka (Malacca in English) to R&R, eat and take photos. After all it had been 10+ years since I was last there with my family.

The small historical town is a nice place and I do see Singaporeans everywhere. The hotel we stayed at was cool - Hotel Puri - it is a restored Peranakan house in Chinatown very near to the city with lots of attractions and good food nearby. The hotel was very tastefully done up to reflect the heritage of the area, but I will have to say that room we had was, though clean, so-so.

Since it's a small town, I will advise that a 2D1N trip will be suffice to cover most of the places/food of interest. Must try - chicken rice balls (order the steamed Chicken version), Cendol, Peranakan food.

I was trying out my first roll of black and white film (Lucky SHD 100) on my underused Yashica Electro 35 GS rangefinder. As a newb, well, about half of them are gone - due to out of focus, blurring, over exposure, etc etc. But hey practices make prefect right? I should get my ass off, go out and shot more often. People out there remember to chio this newb.








More photos of the trip in my Picasa Album - Melaka Xmas
Melaka Xmas

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Online Shopping Craze - eBay - Vintage Film Rangefinder Cameras

I'm currently into vintage rangefinder film camera eBay shopping fever now. I just bought 5 rangefinders from eBay US and got it shipped over via Borderlinx, received these old treasures on 11 Oct 08. These oldies are hard to find in Singapore, and you do find one, it cost a much more. (supply/demand theory remember?)

Now a bit on Borderlinx, it is a collaboration between Citibank Credit Cards and DHL, you need to own a Citi card credit to use this service. Based on person experience, I'll say it is better the vPost. Although it is slightly more expensive for the 1st 1-2 kgs, but things start to even out and even cheaper as compared to vPost at higher weight. It offers free conceige, 1 month free holding for shipping consolidation as compared to 1 week for vPost(to save on shipping fees) and free insurance! The process is faze free and fast, just send your shopping trophies to the address given and you are done - no more emailing of invoice, blah blah and waiting time. DHL being DHL is great, realtime delivery tracking and quick shipping - it took around 4days for me upon payment. All in all, Borderlinx - highly recommended by me for all your US shopping.

All right back to the main stars of the show, Rangefinders are from the 60s-80s era, they have manual focus when you try to align 2 pictures to get the correct focusing distance. It is very fun and interesting, I will urge all those who are interested in photography to try out. Of the 5 rangefinder cameras I got:
  • 1 is a goner :(
  • 1 is in bad condition >.<
  • 2 in good condition :)
  • 1 in great condition :D
I sort of was prepared for this, that's why I got 5 at one go ;)

From Left, Konica Auto S2, Yashica Electro 35 GS, Yashica Lynx 5000E, Minolta Hi-Matic 11, Yashica Electro 35
Konica Auto S2 (lens 45mm f1.8) - Okie this is the goner one. The exterior looks good but the aperture is stuck. I am trying to process for a refund. The seller is an US rag-n-bone shop which do not know too much about camera but still list the item as "good condition" and "works great" >.< Yashica Lynx 5000E (lens 45mm f1.8) - This is one is bad condition, there are scratches on the lens and the viewfinder is dirty. But hey the seller is a very honest merchant, he is selling on behalf of someone, thus, do not know the real condition of the camera, gave a full refund and do not even need to return the camera! Will deal with this honest eBay seller again in the future if there is a chance, highly recommended :D

Minolta Hi-Matic 11 (lens 45mm f1.7) - I bid for this because I cannot afford the more expensive and versatile Hi-Matic 7s or 7sII or 9. It does not have a manual mode and runs only on the old-days Shutter Priority mode. But I am not camplaining this is the most value for money camera I got form this shopping craze. Just USD$12.20, includes shipping within US - CHEAP! And most importantly the condition is not bad, aperture - working, shutter - working, meter - working. Will need to run a roll of film through it to see its pictures.

Yashica Electro 35 (lens 45mm f1.7) - One of the more famous and popular Yashica rangefinder range due to its lens quality and low cost. Wrongly ordered this, though it was a GSN. But hey, it is in good condition but it uses some funny extinct battery for the meter (PX32), so need to have an adoptor either home-made or get one online. Ask K to help me test and run a film through it.

Yashica Electro 35 GS (lens 45mm f1.7) - Again I got it cause I thought it was a GSN, GS is a newer model of Electro 35 but 1 generation older then GSN. This is in very good condition the seller just got it CLA with new light seals. I got a battery adaptor online to run this, as I was to lazy to do a homemade one. I am currently going to play with this camera first, just loaded a roll of B&W (Black & White) film into it. Let's see how it goes.

Yashica Electro 35 GS again

I hope to post some photo from each camera when they are out. But since I am a newbie in rangefinders, all of them might be crap. But you know what they say - practice make perfect.

These cameras of the yester-years have one big disadvantage - they need to use extinct batteries which are no longer in production. So you will need to find workarounds for them with existing battery options. I will try to put up a post on what I had learn online and how I worked around on this.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Happy 43rd Birthday Singapore!

I am always easily emotionally stirred up by national stuff, be it a song or hearing the pledge. Just like last year's Dim Sum Dolly show. And just a moment ago, there is a small grass root organised National Day Countdown. So despite all the stuff I say and complains about Singapore, deep inside know it -

I LOVE SINGAPORE! Happy 43rd Birthday!
(I'm wearing red "I LOVE SINGAPORE" tee now :D)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Can't Smile Without You

I am sure most of you had caught Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The show is great - fantastic special effects, funny, witty with action and romance carried out by a wonderful cast. 3 things from this movie kept hovering around my mind:

  1. Special Effects - my fav will be the black winged, eyeless but cool (no less) Angel of Death
  2. Cool spear wielding kungfu from the elven prince
  3. The one main thing that kept replaying in my head - the catchy song Can't Smile Without You
L Rating: 4.5/5

So if you haven't watch the show yet, WATCH IT! Special effects are best watched on the big screen.

Now let us enjoy the song in my mind together, for you out there:

You know I Can't Smile Without You,
I Can't Smile Without You,
I can't laugh
and I can't sing,
I'm findin' it hard to do anything.
You see, I feel sad when you're sad,
I feel glad when you're glad,
If You only knew what I'm go ing through,
I just Can't Smile Without You.
You came along just like a song
and brightened my day,
Who'd've believe that you were part of a dream
Now it all seems light years away.
And now you know I Can't Smile WIthout You,
I Can't Smile Without You,
I can't laugh and I can't sing,
I'm finding it hard to do anything.
You see, I feel sad when you're sad,
I feel glad when you're glad,
If you only knew what I"m going through,
I just can't smile.
Now some people sa y happiness takes so very long to find.
Well I'm finding it hard leaving your love behind me.
And you see,
I Can't Smile Without You,
I Can't Smile Without You,
I can't laugh
and I can't sing,
I'm findin' it hard to do anything.
Y ou see, I feel sad when you're sad,
I feel glad when you're glad,
If You only knew what I'm going through,
I just Can't Smile Without You

- Can't Smile Without You, Barry Manilow, 1978

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Law Plurk-ed

After some online convincing from Ms Saffy's blog, I finally tried my hands on Plurk. Plurk is a pretty interesting web2.0 social site for mini-blogging, presented in a timeline. Your friends can comment and converse on your entries. The app come across to me as cross between Twitter & Friendster's status presented in Microsoft Project's Gantt Chart (sorry profession habit) - a refreshing (thou not unique - Picasa had done it) way of presentation. I am almost wondering if the designer shares the same profession as me :P

What i like about this site:
  • Its quirky toon characters
  • The Karma scoring feature which encourages community growth and discourages spamming
  • The ease of use
  • Integrated contact import
  • Customizable widget (size included)
Check out my lifeline @ Plurk ;)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Comiq & How to Use RSS with Outlook

Comiq is a startup social network web2.0 site that allows users to import photos and create Flash storyboards in comic style. You can then further embed it on any site and share it with your friends. Pretty cool, definitely worth some time to check it out.

I had done this demo in Comiq as a sample on Web2.0 during the company's March 08 workshop in HK. It is a how to guide on how to use RSS in with Outlook 2000. Hope it is helpful for you.


How to use Outlook as RSS Reader from lawtrash on Comiqs

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Making of TROPIC THUNDER Viral Video

This is the MTV Music Awards spoof for TROPIC THUNDER
as expected of the usual fare for the Awards spoof it is hilarious!

Cross over of Topic Thunder, Iron Man and Kungfu Panda! It is a mad pot mix.

The viral marketing video part really touch a piece of my heart.. it is so close to what I do! Reflects the industry, so many people out there just want to do cool stuff to impress but have no idea on what to do. In the end crap comes out.

So if you want to do something cool, know what you want and make sure it is darn cool like this video!

Enough said. Enjoy.

Origins of Country ALAMAK

A funny conversation with K last night.

K: I know this guy from my class.
L: Really where he comes from?
K: From Al-mak. ^^
L: Oh you meant Arab? o.O
K: Dunno >.<
(K showed L the MSN history, reads:

K: Where are u from?
Guy: Alamak!
)
L: HAHAHAhaha

I was laughing to tears.... :D

K, you are cute, my dear. Haha...
Have a fun and safe trip. Cya soon ^~

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Art of Mind Control

Mind control anyone?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Revenge of the Retro Games

In these days of RTS and FPS, I longed and begged for the return of the days where games were more about innovative game plays and fun - more than just pretty graphics.

I am not sure how many of you remember the indie strategy game of the Sega Megadrive year - King's Bounty! This is the pre-Heros game that was unique in its time. Now after years, it is moving a come back this year! King's Bounty: The Legend. Fellow gamers hold on tight, I look forward to your challenge on this game!

Another sequel I am looking forward to is Majesty 2. Majesty is an unique, indie real time sim game with its setting on the fantasy world. Player built the kingdom to fulfill mission objectives but does not directly control it. Rather provide tools and incentives for the sims in the games to complete your goals.

Retro rulez!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

MOP asia 2008: IranDiary by Abbas

K & I had the privilege of being in presence of a maestro of photography - Abbas from Magnum Photos (a renowned agency formed by a cooperative of photographers). Abbas is giving a talk on one of his signature projects, the book IranDiary (stunning photos, do check out the book and site). Sharing with us his thoughts and feelings during his cover of the Iran revolution, insights into the world of professional photography and tips on photography. He comes across to me as being a cool, down-to-earth guy with no airs. What one cannot miss from his talk is his passion for photography.

Some quotes from the man himself (I try to quote as close as I could remember it):
  • "A historian of the present", on a photo journalist's responsibility
  • "I see colors in black and white", his take on black and white film photos
  • "Photography is easy, even a baboon can do it"
  • "A photo may appeal to you differently at a different time"
  • "A good pair of shoes and fall in love", his keynote tip on photography
I wish him all the best in current project and a pleasant stay in Singapore.

Abbas, if you are reading this, do feel free to drop me a comment. I will like be in contact and happy to bring you around Singapore :)

The talk is part of the programmes for MOP asia 2008. For full details on the event, go to their site. Will be dropping by The Cathay Gallery for "The Magic of Cinema A Magnum Photos Exhibition" soon.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Shadow Play

Remember when you were young, we used to play and make shadows of animals...
Snoopy forwarded me this interesting clip... Check it out:

(on your speakers)

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Congratz Tammy, Marliha & Crystal

Seems like May 08 was really a good month for ringing the wedding bells. This month we saw 3 of our dear ex-BLUE colleagues ending their singlehood lifes and start creating their happily-ever-after with their loved ones.

Congratz Tammy, Marliha and Crystal!
(sorry Crystal was not able to attend your wedding ><)

We love you. Dun over focus too much on ur husbands and forgot about this batch of friends. :P

I wonder who is next to go.... (for some reasons, despite what she says.... my bet is on Ms Kimchi...)

Will be posting some photos up on my album.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Greeting from Crescendo Hell

In case all of you are wondering where on earth did I disappear to and if I had been adducted by alien or something. Well, the good (or bad) news is that I am still around.

I am away for some exercising for the month of May. Just survived my 9D8N free great outward bound camp - no-showering experience included.

It is like living hell here, the day temperature can reach above 40 degrees! We measured the ther day it is 48 degrees at 1PM! It is a miracle that we survived! >.<

Alright. Times almost up. *btw, this entry is from one of the only 3 Internet capable computers here in the canteen shop*

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Leaving on A Jet Plane

I'm ... I'm ...

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go
I'm standin' here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye

But the dawn is breakin', it's early morn
The taxi's waitin', he's blowin' his horn
Already I'm so lonesome I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go

'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go

I'm ...

There's so many times I've let you down
So many times I've played around
I'll tell you now, they don't mean a thing

Every place I go, I think of you
Every song I sing, I sing for you
When I come back I'll wear your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go

'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time, oh, let me kiss you
And close your eyes and I'll be on my way

Dream about the days to come
When I won't have to leave alone
About the times that I won't have to say ...

Oh, kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go

'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go

And I'm leaving on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go

But I'm leaving on a jet plane
(Ah ah ah ah)
Leaving on a jet plane
(Ah ah ah ah)
Leaving on a jet plane
(Ah ah ah ah)
Leaving on a jet plane
(Ah ah ah ah)
Leaving on a jet plane
(Ah ah ah ah)
Leaving on a jet plane
(Ah ah ah ah)
Leaving on a jet plane
(Ah ah ah ah)
Leaving on a jet plane
(Ah ah ah ah)
(Leaving) On a jet plane

- Leaving on A Jet Plane, CHANTAL KREVIAZUK (Original Singer - John Denver)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLqnbEfWkNA

Take care and come see you soon.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

You Are So Beautiful

Classics are still the best.
A very beautiful song for your beautiful someone out there...
Enjoy.

You are so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to me
Can't you see
Your everything I hoped for
Your everything I need
You are so beautiful to me

Such joy and happiness you bring
Such joy and happiness you bring
Like a dream
A guiding light that shines in the night
Heavens gift to me
You are so beautiful to me
- You Are So Beautiful, Joe Cocker.

Listen to Song here:
http://www.ez-tracks.com/mySpace-code-18732.html

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Group of ... (Answers)

Here you go:

A FLOAT of crocodiles
A MURDER of crows (L.: this really sounds darn cool)
A PRIDE of lions

I din get any of them right haha....
How did you fare?

p.s. Sorry, I got the "ABC" order of the answers the other way round. =_=;
Here is the correct one.

p.p.s. check this site out http://www.pubquizhelp.34sp.com/animals/groups.html

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Group of ...

Came across some an interesting MCQ on English in today's The Sunday Times.
Let's see if you get it...

There are collective nouns in English that mean "a group of", more common ones being "A crowd of people", "A flock of birds".

More unique ones like "A brood of chickens".

Let see if you can get these correct:

A group of crocodiles is called:
A) a snap B) a glide C) a float

A group of crows is called:
A) a death B) a murder C) a stone

A group of lions is called:
A) a pride B) a mane C) a roar

Answers coming up tomorrow ;)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wanderlust Strikes: Coober Pedy

For people who knows me well enough will notice that I suffering from a constant unsustainable lust - wanderlust.

I have an almost endless list of places to visit, the top few picks (currently - the ranking is constantly changing) are: UK/Paris, New York, Greece.

As if that is not enough, guess what? I recently picked up a new target from an ad in the Discovery magazine - Coober Pedy, Outback, South Australia.

Something that I missed out during my 1+ year stay when I was studying in Australia was to check out the Outback, so I guess it is natural that this place attracted me.

From what I gathered from the Internet and my colleague, Coober Pedy is an opal mining town, the "Opal Captial of the World". It is in the middle of nowhere - that being somewhere in between Adelaide and Alice Springs. It has a semi-desert climate and can hit above 50° C in summer.*HOT*

Okie that dun really sounded that interesting a place yeah? But here comes the good part (eiher then the opal mines) , due the harsh climate, the settlers there live an unique buildings.. They live underground! You get underground hotels, underground churches, underground home, underground mines, underground bars, underground museum, underground whatever.... Don't you think it is cool? I am so interested in living in an underground hotel! Now that is something you do not see everyday.

Underground Hotel Room (photo from zylenko.com)

Serbian Orthodox Church (photo from http://www.cooberpedy.sa.gov.au)

Now I just need to:
  1. Prioritize this in my endless wishlist
  2. Find $$$
  3. Find leave
  4. Find travel partner
  5. the list goes on.............

Check out Coober Pedy: http://www.cooberpedy.sa.gov.au

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Jazz by the Bench

free·will /ˈfriˈwɪl/
–adjective
1. made or done freely or of one's own accord; voluntary: a freewill contribution to a political fund.
2. of or pertaining to the metaphysical doctrine of the freedom of the will: the freewill controversy.
[Origin: 1525–35; free + will]

from dictionary.com - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/freewill


freewill-ed


NUS Jazz Band @ Cool Deck, XX


1-4-1


Endless Flames, XX


Smart Star Design, XX

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Photo Outing @ the Quays

Went to the Singapore Quays for a photo outing with Xiang (Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay), started from Raffles Place.

Was planning to take the river taxi from Boat Quay... but can't find the boarding point (I think it is the one on the opposite bank, near Empress Place), so walked down to Clarke Quay to take it to Robertson Quay.




P.S. Had Ramen @ Ichibantei, Robertson Quay - they are GOOD! Best I have tried in Singapore so far. (L. rating: 7.5/10)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Idiot's Guide to Getting Your Girl

From Kineda:
"
Step 1. Finding Her
Step 2. Standing Out
Step 3. The Chase
Step 4. 9th Inning
Step 5. Lock Down
" - 5 Steps to Getting the Girl of Your Dreams

A interesting, short, goal-oriented step-by-step dating guide, you really gotta love the creative roleplaying by the Lego Starwars characters.

Let's me do a quick self check.... Ooops... I am still on Step 1., I guess there is still some a lot of work to be done XD

Not sure where this guy is based at, but I am pretty sure he is not in Singapore. Either that or I seriously need to look for a better paying job. Look at his date budget - Porsche 997 is considered as "On a Budget"! Haha...

So people how effective will this guide be?

(p.s. RC, now I know how you snagged SL)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

World Without Humans

Ever wondered what will happened to the world without us humans?
Will the world be a better place? What will happen to our pets? Or our wonderful legacy of urban landscape and sky reaching buildings?

A new documentary from History Channel - "Life After People" attempts to answer these very interesting questions.

After watching the show, I finally understand nothing last forever. I come to appreciate HDB Service & Conservancy Fee more as the only reason why our buidings are standing this long is due to maintenance, and maybe, I have figured out why HDB flats comes with 99 years leases.

The show runs in a chronological sequence, starting from 6omin after the disappearance of humans... then 1 day, all the way to a whopping 1500 years! It made no explanation on how or why humans disappear, just focus on the topic of this hypothesis, which is good - avoiding the show becoming another sci-fic movie.

The show gives a very interesting insight and exploration of the would-happens. And more importantly give a sense that humans are part of the world, not the world, life still goes on here without us.

Check it out at History Channel or on our ever friendly Youtube.



p.s. I watched the 9-parter YouTube series from frshholygrailzEGO

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Bak Tuk Tek that HK Chief Executive Tsang Missed

I had Bak Tuk Tek at "Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House" at Hong Building on Rangoon Road today. This store made news sometime ago for refusing to open after its opening hours to serve Hong Kong's Chief Executive Tsang.

I seldom eat Pork Ribs Soup, or as local called it "Bak Tuk Tek" - Pork Bone Tea in Chinese dialect. But this store serves pretty good one, their soup is peppery but not too spicy wih the taste of Chinese herbs. Tasty! Goes great with a bowl of white rice. The star is the soup, the ribs is really nothing to shout about, since like all Bak Tuk Teks its taste is absorbed into the soup. Recommended side dished will be fried dough fritters and bruised pork legs.

Name: Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House
Address: Hong Building 208, Rangoon Road S(218453)
Opening Hours: 6AM - 2PM (Close on Mondays)

Spoils of War - Tokyo Mar 08


Got this cool sneakers from the Adidas store in Harajuku, Tokyo. This is from the Japan only Adidas Originals line. This one is from Porsche Design edition. I like the sleek lines, cool design and the fact that you can't find this in SG. Cost about 14700yen, a bit exp but will worth it.


Porter Mania! : Went Porter crazy for this trip. Porter is known for making super durable bags (Jenius swears by it). Got a brown monogram Header Porter card holder (3,465yen) , a black Porter Office Bag (32,550yen) for myself. A brown Porter Wallet (7,800yen) for my bro. Got the Head Porter from Harajuku shop - I think it is the only place selling Head Porter stuff, a special cross over edition of Japan Porter with other designers. For the rest of the Porter stuff, I got it from Takashimaya in Shinjuku.

TIPS: you can get the coupon from the staff in Takashimaya which gets you 5% discount if u are paying by cash. And then go to the 10 floor for an additonal 5% tax refund when u present your passport! (applicable to most stuffs - I think perfumes and cosmetics are not covered)

NOTE: I heard that Porter has just opened a store in Singapore. Not sure where it is, but I reckon it is cheaper in Japan. Since the Japanese prices are cheaper then stores in Hong Kong and Taiwan.


Phiten - My colleague told me it helps to lessen pain and improve health. These made in Japan bracelets and necklaces have a big following in Japan. It is also cheaper in Japan too. I like the ragged look of the necklace, the rubber waterproof bracelets is a pretty good idea too.

Pharmacies in Japan is a must visit, they got all type of cool stuff into there. Things you do not see in other countries. I am a fan of clay for hair styling (my hair do not have much texture and volume), caught this cool looking clay which I do not remember seeing in Singapore, going to give it a try. (Seems like I also got a tub of clay in my 07 JP visit)

My fellow travel mates, Sana and Snoopy highly recommends this for gastric problems (in fact they are carrying tonnes of this back). Understood from them that it is safest to get from Japan since other countries may be selling fakes. Well, I guess no harm having one at home for standby. (found at most pharmacies)


I also try to get a picture for each trip and place I had been to add on my wall. For this trip, I got this wooden charm of Reimon shire from the shire. This for safe travels.


Uniqlo - something like Japan's budget clothing line. They have pretty good designs at great prices. Sometimes they do crossover designs with others. Since my haversack had been hijacked by bro, I reckoned I get myself another one. And the golfer's cap looks pretty neat too.


Kawaii!!!! This cute chick cake has sweet white red-bean paste in them. It is one of the trademark snack to bring back home for gift (another is Tokyo Bananas). I got this at the airport 1050yen for 9 cute chicks. Only one problem, they are too cute to be eaten ><

Others: Finally checked out what is H&M about in Hong Kong, I think they are pretty "Zara"ish but at a better pricing. Not bad, people looking for an alternative and not found in Singapore brand can check it out when you are in Hong Kong. I got like 3 tops from there.

- Happy Shopper sign off.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Lost in Transition - HK


At the time of writing, I had been stuck in Hong Kong airport for 6 hours and 40 minutes (yes, I am still here.). I had arrived in Hong Kong from my Tokyo holiday trip (HEY!) at 1.40PM Hong Kong time, I am connecting via the 8.20PM flight back to Singapore.

Tried to change to the 4PM or the 6.30PM flight, but luck was not with me, both were full and standing by did not pay off. (Snoopy, now I know how you feel - I can't believe you do that every time). The suspense of waiting and finally knowing the results is a draining process. I am not more than a wooden block in a super stoning state.

To make things worse, my original flight was delayed till EST 21.07PM.. (more stoning)

Lucky, I have my notebook with me for some manga reading.

I felt like I am in the movie of Lost in Transition and the other Tom Hanks stuck-in-airport movie....

Someone ping me the movie title if you remembered... too tired....

Hopefully, I can get home fast..

p.s. I can't believe I am working tomorrow. Someone wake me up.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

HK Workshop - Day 2: Central Buzz

After a mind draining morning and physically exhausting afternoon around Hong Kong, it was time to enjoy a great evening - SHOPPING and DINNER @ Central with AL, Ashley, Summer, Estuko.

Heard about the just-came-to-HK-in-2007 H&M store, since Singapore doesn't have it. It was obviously that a visit is needed. Grabbed 3 tops - a s/s shirt for my bro and a tee and l/s shirt for me. Very well priced & pretty good designs too.

After that, more shopping around Central - nothing much for me, I got my stuff - before going to explore Soho for dinner. Too bad AL got a headache (too much shopping) and did not join us for dinner.

Checked out the amazing seemly endless escalators at Mid-levels and chanced upon a great fusion restaurant JASPAS at SOHO (after lots of walking...).


Buzz of Central


Nice Architecture - According to Jaz the shopping guru it sells shoes


AL going ga-ga over a surprise discovery of Botero


I like this shot a lot, caught the moment


JASPAS, Soho, Central - Fusion Peking Duck


On company bill :P
(AL see what u are missing!)


Happy & Satisfied People


We looked into this kawaii shop


SOHO @ Night


Coffee time!

HK Workshop - Day 2: Amazing Race HK Island

PM Session

This outdoor teambuilding event organised by Marco and Wayne got to be the highlight of the week, it runs like a mini Amazing Race of HK Island. I felt it was vey well planned, I'm pretty sure a lot of time, effort and thoughts were put into it. Thanks Guys!

We are divided into 4 teams, all teams are given the same tasks and 2 hours to complete them. The first team to finish all the tasks wins! Tasks includes find eating local food at famous shops, shopping for some stuff and taking group photos at iconic places. I told it you right? Mini Amazing Race.

My group consist of Jaz, Horst, Summer, Roshini, Michael. Our tag along judge was Wayne.

The tasks were focused around areas of Central, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.

Everyone was pretty sporting! We learnt some of the hidden gems in HK - i.e. there is actually a street market across the street from Wan Chai - very local feel, gotta check it out when you are there! And also found out that some of out members have hidden talents - the gals are really good in shopping tasks!

It is really a pity that we came in second.... lost by just a few minutes! It got to be the time in each we were stucked in IFC.

Since I am leaving the group early for my Japan trip, I went around to have my photo party with everyone! Great to see you guys, cya in SG soon!

Here are some photos:


Task 1 - Cookie from Queen's Cake (Causeway Bay) Completed


Task 2 - Group Photo @ IFC - Flag Banners are a must (Central) Completed


Task 3 - Group Photo @ a classic breakup place of HK dramas (Central) Completed



Task 4 - Shopping @ Wan Chai Completed
(Hidden Talent Discovered - Fast Accurate Shopping)


Famous HK Cafe, Pheonix Cafe @ Wan Chai for chicken pie @ Wan Chai
(chk out the queue - the friendly people for letting us cut the queue)


DING DONG - Last task completed by Michael, Jaz & Horst (I like this photo a lot)


MTR (HK's subway) and walking were the only 2 approved mode of transport


THE Team! Okie we were the runner ups.
(From Left Clockwise: Michael, Horst, L., Wayne, Summer, Roshini, Jaz)


Winning Team with their prizes - I suspect it was because Marco gave too much hints :P


All others get a consolation prize - good old traditional "Good Morning" towel!


Photo Party!: (Left Clockwise) L., Horst, Estuko, Summer


Marco, L., Wayne


Chris, L.