Archive for December 2006

The broken cable

The earthquake at Taiwan on boxing day damaged the underwater internet cable linking Asia to America. Internet connection to US sites range from slow to impossible. Wasn’t able to log into blogger last night. Finally managed to do so tonight. What a relief. I almost died of Blogger Withdrawal Syndrome (BWS).

Don’t you find the internet rather fragil? If I’m not wrong, there are only 3 major cables linking Asia to America. When 1 breaks down, the internet almost collapsed. Wondering what will happen if all 3 breaks down.

Hope the terrorist doesn’t find a way to bomb all the underwater cable. The damage will be far greater than bombing WTC.

BTW…. did you all notice that there are quite a lot of major earthquakes on 26 Dec?
Iran earthquake on 26 Dec 2003.
Indonesia earthquake on 26 Dec 2004.
And now Taiwan earthquake on 26 Dec 2006.

I think they should stop calling 26 Dec boxing day. Perhaps rename to shaking day or earthquake day.

Harddisk dying

Heard a familar sound when I turn on my PC today. Not the usual sound of the harddisk booting up. But the sound that most computer user fear.

The sound of the harddisk dying!! AAAAHHH!!!!

Help… The last time I backup my pictures is 2 weeks ago. All the pictures I took during Christmas are still inside!!!

Damn. I should had backup everything to my notebook. Or even get a portable harddisk to backup my harddisk every now and then.

Look like I’m going to be rather busy this weekend trying to install a new harddisk and installing everything from scratch. Hope I can still savage the data in the harddisk.

Boxing Day

Still trying to figure why 26th Dec is call boxing day.
Is it because there is a boxing match?

Got quite a few Christmas present this year.

The first one is the $10 note from bottle.

Zhenzhen gave me a box of choclate from Royce.

Nice Chocolate. :)
She really knows all the good chocolate. Last Christmas, she gave me a box of Melty Kiss. This year Royce. I fell in love with them after eating. Oh ya hor, forgot, she used to work in at Max Blender.

OK, I cheated with Shanshan and Audrey this year. Instead of buying Christmas present, we choose the present we wanted.

Audrey got me the Dilbert Calendar

Think after 2 years of Baby blues calendar, its time to change. Starting to read Dilbert comic lately. I guess it would be nice reading Dilbert at office every morning.

Shanshan gave me a book.

“Why we want you to be rich” by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki. Don’t ask me why I choose this present. I just feel that it would be nice to read. Who knows, I might become rich after reading this. (Hahaha… wake up…)
OK lah, seriously, I enjoyed reading books by Donald Trump.

Shanice got me 2 shirt. 1 long sleeve, 1 short sleeve.

The long sleeve shirt is not the usual shirt you’ll see me wearing. But anyway, its good to change my style. I’m sure its going to create a big hoo-ha when I wear to office.
The short sleeve is abit too tight. Either I go on a diet or change a larger size. Ok, I choose the easier way and go change a larger size one.

Thanks everyone for the presents! :)

Remote Control Car

My Nephew’s god-mother bought him a remote control car for Christmas. It is those remote control car you see at Carfour where the front can rotate 360 degrees. Quite fun to play with actually.

Children nowadays are getting more and more fortunate. Remote control toys are dirt cheap. In the past, a remote control car would cost at least $100 in the past. Now they are getting cheaper and cheaper due to the mass production and low labour cost in china.

But 1 thing to remember when buying these made in china toys… Always check the instruction manual to ensure that they are safe for the children to read.

The erection go forwards to take the ex-round clockwise hover around

Luckily my 3 yr old nephew doesn’t know how to read complicated words yet.

Going an extra mile

Christmas eve was very eventful. Got so many things to blog, but I’m just 1hr away from the Christmas dinner at my sis’s home. So I’ll just blog 1 event first, and leave the rest later.

Wanted to go pitstop cafe last night. Knowing that it would be extra crowded, we called to reserve a table for 5 of us.

We wanted a table at 9pm, but was told that the earliest is 10pm. Ok, we are fine with it. Then we were told that the table will be at the balcony as they are fully booked. I told her to try get us a table indoor and she said she will check and call us if she can find.

When we arrived at 10pm, we were told that there isn’t any table for us. They thought that we only wanted indoor seat and thus gave the balcony seat to another group, and tried to find a table indoor but failed since its christmas eve and the place is super crowded. We thought that we are confirmed a seat at balcony, but they are trying to find a seat indoor.

Miscommunication I guess.

Anyway, we hopped over to TCC where we were given the best seats ever… the corner seat. Its a very enclosed corner, and it feel as if its a private room. I managed to ‘swim’ on top of 2 beanbags!!

Then Tim from pitstop sms-ed me to apologise for the miscommunication and offer me a 10% discount and a membership card on our next visit. Cool! That is what I call a good customer service.

Then came the crazy idea.

The guys were suggesting how about we ask pitstop cafe if we could rent a boardgame from them to play at TCC. The waitress at TCC confirmed that we can play boardgame there. So we SMS Tim to check if they allows it. After some SMS exchanges, they agreed to lend us a boardgame!!

And instead of us going over to collect the game, Tim personally delivered the boardgame to us. Never have I seen such good customer service before. Wait, we are not even their customer to begin with! Wanted to pay them for the game rental, but they refuse.

So there we are, playing Ticket to Ride at TCC all the way till Christmas. Thanks to pitstop cafe. :)

OK, so when are we going pitstop cafe again?