Archive for August 2009

K1 Motorsports Go Karting

I was invited to try out Go Karting last Sunday at Sims Drive. It is part of K1 Karting series tour of the heartland to bring Go Kart to the residents and generate interest in the upcoming Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix in September.

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I’m always interested in F1. I’ve tried the Singtel F1 Simulator sometime back. That was fun and exciting, but not realistic enough. You don’t feel the adrenaline when you approach a corner at high speed. Things are totally different when it comes to Go Karting. If I drive the way I drive on the Simulator, chances are I will end up in the tyre wall.

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This is my first attempt at Go Karting. It’s easy to drive a Go Kart. Green paddle to accelerate, red paddle to brake. No need to change gears. Very easy to drive. If you know how to play arcade driving games, you will know how to Go Kart.

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Safety is the top priority when it comes to Go Karting. We were given safety brief before the start of the race. Everyone needs to wear a helmet. Signal flags used at the track are the same as those used in F1 races. And since the Go kart is very low, chances of you overturning is very very slim. The organisers reduced the max speed to 35km/hr so that everyone can enjoy Go Karting. But trust me, 35km/hr is fast enough, especially for a small track like this. I even managed to drift a little at the turns. That was fun.

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The track at Sims Drive is rather small and very hard to overtake. But Neo did managed to overtake me once despite me driving very defensively. He is good at Go Kart. I also managed to overtake other drivers a few times but never managed to overtake Neo. Nevermind, I’ll take my revenge next time.

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Do you know that Karting has always been regarded as the breeding ground for racing stars? Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen are few of the F1 drivers who honed their early driving skills in Go Kart. Makes me feel like taking Go Kart as an hobby so that I can race in F1 someday. (Stop dreaming, DK)

The K1 Motorsports series tour will be going around the island for the next few weeks. Check out the venue on their website. I’ll most likely be going again on 6 Sept for the track along Coleman Street. Anyone wanna join me?

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Getting ready for the Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix on 25, 26 and 27 Sept 2009. Can’t wait.

Many thanks to Benjamin from STB for inviting me to this great Go Karting session.

Smirnoff + Bloggers = one great party!!!

I was invited to Smirnoff’s Spirit of Champions party at St James Powerhouse on National Day. The party is to commemorates Smirnoff’s partnership with Manchester United Football Club. Smirnoff is Man Utd’s official spirits sponsor and responsible drinking partner. United Against Drink Driving.

Few weeks before the party, I met up with the nice folks from Grayling and had a nice chat over Vodka coffee. They gave me 8 extra tickets to the party for me to give to my blog readers. I held a “mini giveaway” on my blog and got quite a number of response. Too bad I cannot invite everyone. In the end, I chose Vandalin and Serendipity.

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*I have no idea what are they doing*

And what is a Smirnoff party without lots of Smirnoff Vodka? We even got a Giant Smirnoff made out of many limited edition Man Utd Smirnoff bottle. I couldn’t resist trying to hug it. (Note: I haven’t started drinking when I posed for that photo)

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BTW: Tell you one secret. Prior to the event, I don’t remember ever visiting Powerhouse. I’ll usually be at Gallery or Boiler. Mountain tortoise hor? It was one super happening night. Something shocking happen that night but I can’t blog about. Hee hee. What happens at St James stays at St James?

But yeah, we all have lots of fun. It was a great party and the music that night was great.

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Check out more photos on my facebook.

Many thanks to Kenny from Grayling and Smirnoff for the invite.

Engaging the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) – The People’s Views

MARUAH (The Singapore Working Group for ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism) is organising a workshop titled “Engaging the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) – The People’s Views”. The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness on the functions and roles of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights.

Date: 22 August 2009
Time: 8.30am – 3.45pm
Venue: Novotel Hotel, Clarke Quay

I would really love to attend this workshop, but I’ll be at Reservist and won’t be able to book out until after lunch time. Doubt I’ll be able to make it. But if you are interested in human rights, you should attend this workshop.

Sign up online here.

On Sunday Times

I did a phone interview with Sunday Times regarding online privacy on Google Latitude and the article was printed yesterday.

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And nope, I haven’t give up on online privacy, although I feel that it’s getting harder and harder to be private online. A few keypoints that was mentioned during the interview but wasn’t printed. For example, I mentioned that you must approve your friends before they can see your location on Google Latitude. I only approve people whom I know. And since the location is not broadcast, I don’t see why its a online privacy issue.

Google Latitude is actually an useful tool. There won’t be any privacy issues if it is used correctly.

30,000th spam caught

One thing that never fails to amaze me is the amount of spam comment in my blog. Sometimes I can get up to 200 spams comment a day. Luckily for me, I’ve installed Akismet to catch the spams. But Akismet is not 100% fool proof. Sometimes it allows spam comments to get pass. Sometimes it mark real comment as spam. I still need to scroll thru the spam box to confirm that it didn’t mark real comments as spam.

Anyway, my blog has just reached 30,000th spam. Woohoo! (Wait…. what is there to celebrate? Haha)

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Actually I wanted to approve the 30,000th spam and let it be on my blog. But on second thought, maybe not. Why give those spammers incentive? But for those curious, here is a screen shot of the spam that I usually get on my blog. The 30,000th spam happens to be those super duper long spam. And if you bother to read the spam, you will find that it doesn’t make any sense at all. Just one of those SEO spams.

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