It's been a week I've been in Singapore already. After an initial hiccup
with the arrangement for my accomodation upon arrival a week ago,
everything's been quite swell. I must admit that I didn't really get to
settle down the first couple of days as I would like due to that hiccup.
Now that it's all behind, it's time to get my head down to business. I've
been put up at a service apartment smack in the middle of the
Singapore metropolitan, i.e. Orchard Road. The upside is that many
amenities, shopping, and ahem... "visual treats" are just within walking
distance. The downside? Pricey ('cept for them visual treats, of course)!
But that's not so much of an issue since the project site which I'm
assigned to has some amenities as well so it really is not that bad.
And speaking of work, although it's more of an execution rather than
designing and planning (which I would like more), it still presents some
interesting sides to it since it's not always that I get to see an
implementation of some complex computing infrastructure used as
part of a global financial institution. Sweet.
Anyhow, I went around Orchard Road yesterday and managed to get
my hands on The Simpsons Complete Second Season DVD
along with Jay-Z Unplugged,
Dave Matthews Band's Busted Stuff
and Avant's Ecstasy
CDs (Yes, I cannot find copies of those back home yet). That oughtta
keep me amused during my stay here (Yes, I'll do a mini review of 'em,
but don't count on it too much). This afternoon I dropped by my grand
uncle and aunt's place somewhere near the Jurong area before winding
down my weekend with some grocery shopping and laundry. Welcome
back, life on my own! It's been awhile!
Update (2241 hours): Just
got an email from my Mom that one of our cats, Puffy, has gone to
kitty heaven. He was killed by some stray dogs a couple of nights ago.
I am, somewhat distressed at the moment to say the least. Funny little
cat he was. Rest in peace, little buddy.
I'll be off to Singapore later this evening on a job related assignment
that's going to last about three months or so. This website may or may
not be updated as often but it's not going to stop me from doing the
usual offline writing and uploading it whenver I can. Wish me luck down
Spent almost the whole day helping Bart out painting his new
apartment at Ukay Perdana. There's a spot in that apartment (near the
entrance of the master and second bedroom from the living area) where
there's a burst of the primary colors (that's red, yellow and blue!) which
kinda 'hits' you in the eye! We jokingly told him that if Jotun (the paint
company) needs a showcase house or apartment, they could use his!
I got my Nikon Coolpix 775 digicam fixed at the service center today.
The navigation button has been broken since a couple of weeks ago
and when the camera was brought to the service center earlier, they
said they didn't have the necessary replacement part and they needed
about two weeks or so to get it in. Since I had an urgent need to use
the camera for Adik's Engagement the other day, I decided to hang on
to it and make the best out of it. It was still usable (as evident from
the pictures taken) but it called for some creative shot angles and such
since I wasn't able to zoom in or out. Anyhow, the service rendered was
surprisingly fast! I honestly thought that I would have to leave it for a
day at least but when the guy asked me to wait for half and hour, I was
pleasantly surprised already. Hence, getting the camera back in working
condition after 15 minutes gave me a shock!
Being a technical idealist in almost, if not, all the time, I've always
been undervaluing politics. And unfortunately in this world that we live
in, politics almost always have the greater influence than any technical
excellence that anybody can come up with on any day no matter how
good the latter is. So what do the users or consumers get in the end? A
piss poor solution that they would have to live with just because the
people with authority have their own interests or stakes to keep whilst
forsaking the betterment of the greater collective. Makes me sick to
Adik is now officially engaged to Zamri after a short engagement ceremony held at our place late afternoon today. Pictures are here.
Today marks the 1st anniversary of what could be the worst terrorist
attack on America's own soil. Amidst all the pomp and splendor in
remembering the horrific event, I can't help but wonder if America has
somewhat opened her eyes to things beyond her border to be more
sensitive and respectful of other people's views and beliefs. The
American way is not the only way and that it cannot be imposed upon
others as America wills. Ignorance and arrogance has no place on this
planet just as those who commit acts of terror.
After a few months of experimenting and evaluating, I think I got to the
point where I actually dare to put my face up on this website almost
constantly. And a rather clear one too (ever noticed that my face almost
never shows up on this website and even if it does, it's always in
black & white, blurred, etc. etc?). So here it is, y'all: the Phuturecams.
Listening to: Lil' Kim (feat. Phil Collins) - In The Air Tonite
No, it's not THAT song by Britney Spears.
Sometimes you will cry
and no one will see your tears;
Sometimes you will laugh
and no one will see you smile;
Sometimes you will fear
and no one will see you shudder;
Sometimes you will lie
and no one will catch you up;
Sometimes you will fall
and no one will see you struggle;
Sometimes you will be late
and no one will seem to notice;
But fart just one time...
I know, I know. How juvenile! :P
I'm sure those people in the KTM Komuter were looking at me weird as
I was explaining the VPN connection sequence to one of our client's tech
support personnel over the cellphone on the way home. "No! You're not
seeing any IP 47 (GRE) traffic on your firewall 'cos your VPN server is
not done authenticating the user! Yes! I know there's connection going
on over TCP port 1723, but that's just the PPTP control traffic, which
also includes stuff for the authentication also-lah! Aiyahhh!" There goes
my street cred, man...