Archive for February 2009

The largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history

Today is the 67th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to Japan empire, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. Today is also Total Defence Day. Don’t ask me what they do on Total Defence Day. I already left school when they started observing this day. (Aww… I’m old already)

It’s always interesting to read about the battle of Singapore. World War 2 is one of my favorite topic in History. Yes, I studied history back in Secondary School and got A2 for that crazy subject in O level when 99% of my class flunk it.

One of the greatest misconception about the battle of Singapore is the large-calibre coastal guns. History books said that it was pointing towards the wrong direction. But in actual fact, the guns can be turn around and fired inland (and they really did that). But the British only had armour-piercing rounds, which are ineffective against the advancing troops. Well, the battle would be slightly different if the guns were supplied with high explosive rounds.

There are several important battles in Singapore. Battle of Pasir Panjang where the Malay Regiment fought bravely against the Japanese soldiers and Battle of Bukit Timah where the Japanese suffered their heaviest casualties in the campaign.

Despite the efforts by our brave defenders, Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival formally surrendered to General Tomoyuki Yamashita on 15 February 1942, 5:15pm. And Singapore began it’s 3 years and 8 months of Japanese occupations. But unknown to many, the Japanese are running low on supplies when British surrendered. The attack on Singapore was a bluff that worked.

The fall of Singapore plays an important part in Singapore history. Some historian believes that if the British didn’t surrender to the Japanese, Singapore might still be under British rule. It’s a part of history that shape us to who we are now.

On the side note, the Singapore Civil Defence Force sounded the Public Warning System today to commemorate the fall of Singapore.

Taste it in this life!

A brilliant advertisement by Tiger Beer.

I wonder if they will show this in Singapore.

Valentine’s day

Enjoying a cup of Cafe Mocha at RC2 while surfing the net now. Looking out the window and see couple stroll by with flowers, balloons and presents. Interestingly, my last Valentine’s day was also spend at RC2, but with a big group of friends.

I still remember how much I hate being single during Valentine’s day. Looking back, I’m quite childish back then. It’s just a day where lovers celebrate their relationship. (But it’s been overly commercialized lately) Why should I hate this day? Haha.

Come to think of it, I seldom got a chance to celebrate this day. I think only 4 times? Haha. Cause most of the time I’m single during Valentine’s day. Not that I’m unlucky, more like the gals are lucky. (If you get what I mean. Haha) Which in a way is also good. Valentine’s day is over commercialized. Florist jack up the prices of flowers. And most likely the quality of the flower isn’t as good as compared to normal days. (Unless you know the florist, like me. :D ) Some restaurant come up with some special Valentine’s day package and mark up the prices. Others are super crowded on this day. I rather celebrate anniversary and birthday instead. At least that day is more unique.

Anyway, here is a romantic love song. Let’s hope I can get to sing this song to the gal I like.

Happy Valentine’s day to all lovers out there. Oh, and remember, Choose Love, Not Abuse. :)

Lifehouse – Everything

PS: The good thing about Valentine’s day is that places like Soup Spoon are less crowded. I guess everyone is bringing their partner to a more high class place.

Escape From City 17

The Escape From City 17 short film series is an adaptation based on the Half Life computer game saga by Valve Corporation. Originally envisioned as a project to test out numerous post production techniques, as well as a spec commercial, it ballooned into a multi part series. Filmed guerilla style with no money, no time, no crew, no script, the first two episodes were made from beginning to end on a budget of $500.

Budget of $500? Wow….

Lenovo S10 First Look

Before I start this First Look blog article, just want to point out that the term “Netbook” is actually a registered trademark by Psion. Which means manufacturers will need to seek Psion’s permission first before they can use the term Netbook. OK, time to find a new term for this class of devices.

I’m glad to finally get my hands on the Lenovo S10 although it’s been out in the market for quite some time already. Everyone is fighting for the review unit. And so far, it’s been mostly positive comments.

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Like most netbook (Oops, I’m not supposed to say the word “netbook”), the Lenovo S10 comes with a 10.2 inch monitor, 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor and 1 gb RAM. It comes in 5 different colours, Black, White, Red, Blue and Pink. So far, I’ve only seen the black and white around. Personally, I prefer black colour although the review unit is white. (OK, that is just my personal preference. Zhenzhen love the white colour.)

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The Lenovo S10 weighs just 1.25kg. Not the lightest in its class, but still a very light weight and portable device. (18.3cm x 25cm x 2.75cm) The keyboard is slightly smaller than I expected. I keep pressing the wrong key initially. Took me a while to get used to the 85% keyboard size. But once you get used to it, everything is ok. The touchpad is small too, but which netbook doesn’t have a small touchpad? Besides, the Lenovo S10 has multi-touch features on the touchpad.

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The Lenovo S10 also has quite a number of connectivity options. It has 2 USB ports, a Ethernet port, a VGA port, SD and MS card reader and Express Card slot. Yes, all that fit nicely into a 10.2 inch netbook. Amazing.

The thing I like most about the Lenovo S10 is the solid feel. Although it’s made of plastic and doesn’t has roll cage like the Thinkpad series, the Lenovo S10 gives you a very solid and durable feel. And there is a one touch recovery button which is usually only found on laptop. It’s great that Lenovo decided to add this feature to their netbook. (Dude, you can’t say the word “Netbook”)

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There are still a lot of features out there that I haven’t explored. It’s amazing that Lenovo can squeeze so many features into this tiny little netbook. Oh, and they managed to keep the price down at a low $699 despite having so much features. I’ll take my time to explore the features on the Lenovo S10 and write a full review soon.

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Thanks to Derrick from Lenovo for sending me the Lenovo S10 to review.

PS: It’s impossible to do this review without saying the word “Netbook”.