Archive for 2008 年 09 月

Brakes and melamine

I went to cycle after work today and popped over at the nearby bike shop. The front brakes has been a source of irritation and danger lately. Its constant creaking and squeaking mean the pads are wearing out and the braking has been getting weak and its driving me uncomfortable.

The bike shop uncle took a look and found the trouble. The brakes won’t return to the original position after the brake lever is released, causing the pads to rub against the tire rim. I don’t want an accident to happen due to poor brakes so i asked for a replacement. Damage was $13.

With new found confidence, i went to the park connector and the nearby bishan park. While attempting to drink and cycle at the same time, the bike drifted towards the kerb and i had to pull the brake lever. Since only my left hand was on the handle, i pulled the front brakes. The bike stopped. But i didn’t quite. I slipped off my seat and almost had my balls kissed the handle bars. I am impressed at both the new brakes and my dexterity.

While i am writing this post, my mum offered me a cup of yogurt. I had to take a look, the recent melamine in milk issue is getting more severe. Oh, so the brand is Meiji. Wait, wasn’t this brand part of those affected? Let’s see the label, it says “Product of Thailand". So i guess its pretty safe? Is it? Does Thailand have milk producing cows? Do they get their milk from China? Erm, am i thinking too much?

My mum’s face turned green when i suggested that Meiji products contained melamine and this cup of yogurt is possibly one of them. While she was still wondering if it was safe, i opened it and gulped down half before handing it to my mum. You don’t get kidney stone from half a cup of yogurt.

廣告

Japanese signs at the expense of Tamil irks Singapore’s Indians

This is a sensitive issue here. I don’t even know how to name this post so i jus copied the news headline. I myself didn’t see any signs in japanese though.

Read the news clip here.

Combining my interests

My list of interests is not long. In fact, it never got past five at any time. i mean any time because sometimes one or two do fade away and may or may not come back, while some stay for very very long time.

Among some of the interests that faded includes computer gaming, listening to beethoven and co, replica models of cars collecting etc. I still play Company of Heroes, NFS carbon occasionally but they are merely for those time-wasting periods between coming back from work and dinner-time. I still listen to classical music, in fact daily since i wake up to that every morning. I cannot say the same for car models collecting. Besides being an expensive and space-wasting hobby, i cannot see any physical beneficial advantages of this.

The pragmatism in me tells me that i must gain something from my hobbies, besides being enjoyable. Say for instance swimming. I enjoy going to the pool for a dip, maybe do a few laps or so and an occasional glance at the babes. At the end of the day, i feel healthier. Or listening to music and reading a book. Enjoyable? Definitely. Benefiting? Sure. Nothing is more stress-reliving to me than reading a book on a beach with music by the side. Oh, sorry about the beach.

In that view, i cannot tolerate activities which besides being enjoyable, contributes absolutely naught in terms of my well-being. Driving radio-controlled cars for instance. Enjoyable? Maybe, but do you learn to be a better driver? Nope. In fact, i see more harm than good, unless you consider exhaust sniffing and tires (money) burning as helpful. So how does some of my interests benefit me?

Photo taking. Not to act silly in front of a camera. I like taking pictures. Of scenery, people, objects or anything that catches my eye. Able to take good photos make me feel that i can re-live that moment again. The benefits here is not really quantifiable nor physically graspable. Its a feeling thing. If i push it further and try to make this a part-time kinda thing, maybe i can earn some moolah too. Its worth considering.

Cycling. I have not been a very active cyclist. 5 min trips to nearby soccer court or parks are not really activities. I have been treating my bicycle more as a form of cheap transportation, and i am definitely guilty of ill-treating my bike. Cycling has always been my preferred form of exercise, it allows me to go further and see more. Cycling can be done in the day, or at nite as long as one takes necessary measures. Cycling puts little stress on joints so injuries are minimal. As long as the weather permits, cycling beats jogging (which i absolutely hates) and swimming (you still need fine weather).

So it dawned on me few days back, that one (photography) might just help rekindle the other (cycling). Perhaps it was that recent trip to Lower Pierce. I realised i can go further, rather than places within 30min of cycling. And what’s better, i can treat this as a form of exercise with or without the camera. I just need to get all the things going, get the bike in road-worthy conditions and i am ready to go.

The Heart of the Matter lyrics

Get the song here.

I got the call today, I didn’t wanna hear
But I knew that it would come
An old true friend of ours was talkin’ on the phone
She said you found someone
And I thought of all the bad luck,
And the struggles we went through
And how I lost me and you lost you
What are all these voices outside love’s open door
Make us throw off our contentment
And beg for something more?

I’ve been learning to live without you now
But I miss you sometimes
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning them again
I’ve been tryin’ to get down to the Heart of the Matter
But my will gets weak
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore

These times are so uncertain
There’s a yearning undefined
And people filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness
How can love survive in such a graceless age
And the trust and self-assurance that can lead to happiness
They’re the very things we kill, I guess
Pride and competition cannot fill these empty arms
And the work I put between us,
You know it doesn’t keep us warm

I’ve been trying to live without you now
But I miss you, Baby
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I figured out, I have to learn again
I’ve been trying to get down to the Heart of the Matter
But everything changes
And my friends seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore

There are people in your life who’ve come and gone
They let you down and you know they hurt your pride
Better put it all behind you; life goes on
You keep carrin’ that anger, it’ll eat you out inside

I’ve been tryin’ to get down to the Heart of the Matter
But my will gets weak
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore

I’ve been tryin’ to get down to the Heart of the Matter
Because the flesh will get weak
And the ashes will scatter
So I’m thinkin’ about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore

Heard this song today on Lush while on my way back. I was so tired that i could have just dozed off at the wheel but this song really brought my spirits (and mind) up. So, even now its 12:40am, i still wanna find this song and share it here.