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我送自己的聖誕禮物

今年, 我打算對 自己好一點, 於是就趁這聖誕節買了一隻自動表, 寵一寵自己.

我對表不是很有研究, 也不會只看得上幾千塊或幾萬塊的表. 我的要求很簡單, 而且只對 SEIKO 或是 CASIO 情有獨鍾.

這次所看中的是 SEIKO 5 用精工表 7S36 Movement 的 SNZF17J1.

背面的透視窗可以看見摆陀與其他的机械.

接下來, 就是把我的全部手錶一起亮相了.

首先是電子表. 最右邊開始, TIMEX Marathon, CASIO Riseman, CASIO G-7300G.

TIMEX 是我今年註冊 OCBC Cycle 所得的. 另外兩隻 CASIO 是我老婆送的, 現在已經很難找到像 7300G 這種全電子又鐵鍊的 G-Shock 了.

左到右, SEIKO 5, SWATCH IRONY, SEIKO Criteria SNA501P1 Quartz.

那只 SWATCH 是我在快要完兵時買的. 表帶已經斷了, 還沒有空和錢去換.

恭喜柯震東贏得最佳新人獎

2011 台北金馬獎, 最佳新人獎得主是 ‘那些年’ 主角柯震東. 恭喜恭喜!!!!

My Sony Tablet S is here.

I finally caught onto the tablet faze when Sony launched their new tablet S 3 weeks ago. While there isn’t much of a reason why I should get one, I did nonetheless as I wanted something more handy, yet has more screen estate space for easy viewing. Sony’s ergonomic design and its compact design appealed very well to me.

Collected it today from Wisma Isetan.

I paid for the additional cradle and screen protector (which was already applied by the Sony salesperson). The black case on the right is a freebie.

The cradle in its box.

Its actually just a base that curved up.

Back of the cradle, the silver part can be adjusted with 2 positions to get different tilting angle.

Turning the cradle upside down and you can see the jack where the charger plugs in.

And now, the main star of the package.

There are the charger and a handstrap provided inside the box, some information slips and thats it.

The tablet S itself.

View from the side shows the asymmetrical shape of the tablet. It resembles a folded magazine,  designed so that holding it in portrait mode in one hand is much more comfortable.

View from the right side shows the physical hardware buttons.

The back.

The logo means that its PS certified. Currently, only 2 games are available, but Sony promises more to come.

The freebie casing.

The tablet in the casing. Its a realy snug fit and goes along with the tablet very well.

 

I am really happy with this so far (the tablet is still charging for its first 8 hours) but I will wait to see what it can or cannot do in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

RIP Steve Jobs

The passing of someone great, someone of Steve Jobs status, will inevitably invoke strong emotions from the masses. People starting writing his “famous" quotes on their Facebook walls, claiming like how Steve Jobs will inspire them to stay hungry for success.

Oh, so did Steve Jobs say those “famous" words just before he died? How can someone only start to inspire or motivate you when they are dead? Or do you only know of his greatness when he passed on?

Stop all this bullshitting please.

I won’t quote any of his words here. I am not going to write a 500-word article on how he turned Apple around. I am not going to list down his achievements or anything. It doesn’t create any value in cyberspace, except to join in the latest fad of claiming to be somehow, vaguely, in any sense having anything to do with Steve Jobs (and owning an I-product doesn’t bring you any closer).

I am not a fan of his products or company, but I appreciate what he has done for the technology industry. Steve Jobs is a genius who left a legacy behind, and it will be interesting to see how it goes without him.

Election joke

*reposted from somewhere else*

While walking down the street one day a MP is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

The MP’s soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

“Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter . “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you."

“No problem, just let me in," says the MP.

St. Peter says, “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

“Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in? heaven," says the MP.

“I’m sorry, but we have our rules", replies St.Peter.

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises…

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

“Now it’s time to visit heaven," St Peter says.

So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and the 24 hours in heaven passes by and St Peter returns.

“Well, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now which will you choose for your eternity?" St Peter asks.

The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers, “Well, I never would have thought it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be happier and better off .. in hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The Devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.

“I don’t understand," stammers the MP. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"

The Devil looks at him, smiles and says,

“Yesterday we were campaigning…….

Today .. YOU voted.

Remember Election is here.

VOTE wisely!

Sense of satisfaction

At the start of 2011, i made a list of things I want to do in 2011. I noted all these down in my little journal and look at them every week. And it got me very excited this week because I can put a ‘tick’ beside two items.

One of which, was actually quite depressing. It was to sell away the things that I have no use for, and that includes my faithful Olympus SP-500UZ camera. I bought this camera back somewhere around 2005, then for a price of $599. It was a huge upgrade from the C350, and I adored it dearly.

Sadly, its fall from grace came when I bought the Fujifilm S100-FS in 2008. The final nail in its coffin is the NEX-3 that I bought last year. With five cameras between me and my girlfriend, the SP500 had little to no use at all.

And so with a heavy heart, I brought the camera to the nearest Cash Converter. Felt like someone who is bringing his pet for a euthanasia.

The second item, was more uplifting. Today, for the first time, i cycled to work and back. Although I find it quite troublesome to change clothes, being able to cycle in the early morning, cutting through the private housing, was extremely refreshing. Cycling back home, was a different experience. The rush hour traffic, all the people rushing to go somewhere else since it is Friday, the road was horrible.

But i hope to continue. Maybe not everyday, but more frequently that is.

My thoughts on the PAP noobies so far

PAP has revealed many faces so far for the upcoming elections. Here are my thoughts on what some of them have done or said.

1) Mr Desmond Choo

“I understand how the poor feel"

Extracted unedited from TODAYonline.

“As a child, Mr Desmond Choo lived in a maisonette and made annual trips to Hong Kong to visit his father who was working there.

But those trips stopped after his father’s antique business failed and the family was plunged into financial distress.

“From being able to travel to Hong Kong every year to see him, suddenly, we had problems getting pocket money," recounted Mr Choo, 33. He added that his father had to borrow money to put food on the table.

Mr Choo’s family later moved to a four-room flat where they have stayed for the last 15 years.

His family’s experience helped shape his mentality that “no one should be left behind regardless of their financial situation", said Mr Choo as he explained why he entered politics."

If Mr Desmond Choo believes that, having stayed in a four-room flat, he can truly empathize with the really poor people of Singapore, I think he’s not gonna be very correct. Some people in Singapore, like yours truly, have never stayed in a four-room flat before. And I don’t even consider myself “poor" because I have seen and heard people who are worse off.

2) Dr Janil Puthucheary

“I’m fully invested"

Found on many websites, this was what he said.

“As for criticism that he did not serve national service, as he became a Singapore citizen at the age of 35, the paediatrician said he has been in public service: ‘I’ve spent the last 10 years saving kids’ lives.'"

Yes, you spent the last ten years of your life saving kids who might have otherwise died. You came to be a Singaporean when you were well past the age for National Service.

Dr Janil, please make no mistake what National Service means to Singaporean males. We “used up" two very precious years, getting miserable allowances, and came found ourselves having to play catch up with ladies of the same age. Being a paediatrician was a job you chose, but we didn’t chose NS. You were paid, i believed, handsomely for this job, we weren’t. And did you really think, only being a paediatrician or a doctor, you are the only one doing a part for the country? Aren’t we all chipping in for the GDP so that our ministers and president can get a fat paycheck? By saying what you said, you have just brushed off the contributions of every other professions, from a bank CEO down to the cleaner in a kopitiam. I feel disgusted.

To be continued.