One of the crowd favorite during the National Day Parade is the aerial salute. Few weeks ago, I managed to go behind the scene to visit RSAF 149 SQN to see them prepare for one of the NDP rehearsal.
It may seem easy on television but a lot of effort were put in to ensure the precise positioning of all 5 F15SG when they fly pass the parade at afterburner. The pilots need to make constant adjustment to ensure the F15SG fly in formation. Things like weather, wind and even 1 second delay in the parade makes a huge difference to the pilots. It’s not as easy as it seems.
And it doesn’t help with the limited airspace that they can work with. The planes have to circle around Straits of Singapore while waiting for their turn to show up at Marina Bay. And keeping in mind that there are other planes around the area like the Chinook and Apache for national flag fly pass. They also need to be mindful of the tall buildings around the area.
Even though the aerial salute may last just 10 to 20 seconds, lots of time, efforts and hard work were put in to make sure everything goes smoothly. Salute to the men and women of 149 SQN.
I seem to be getting quite some gadget problem lately, especially with my 3 year old MacBook Pro.
First the battery went dead. That was my fault for abusing the battery. So I got it replaced at the local Apple authorised service centre.
Then something went wrong with the Battery Indicator display light. It refuse to turn off. It was so bad that it is draining 10% of the battery even when the power is turned off. Even resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) doesn’t help. Eventually I decided to let the battery drain completely and that solve the issue.
Just when I thought all my hardware issues were solved, the MacBook Pro decided to crash on Start up. Somewhere some file registry or something must have been corrupted. Even Disk Utility can’t fix it.
So I’m left with no choice but use the ultimate fix for MacOS devices: hold Command-R during startup. This bring the MacBook Pro into OS X Recovery. Yes, I format the harddisk and reinstall MacOS on my MacBook Pro. It is amazing how easy and straight forward the process is.
Luckily for me, I don’t have any important data in my MacBook Pro. All important files have backups somewhere. I should have turn on Time Machine to make the process less painless. But it doesn’t matter. Now I have a brand new MacOS install. Good to restart and reinstall all the required app. And I notice something…… actually I don’t use a lot of apps on my MacBook Pro. Most of the stuff that I use are online. The most frequently used app is actually Chrome Browser.
So yes, just remember: When all things fail, hold Cmd-R during start up. Someone should print a T-Shirt for this. And if only everything in life is so easy to fix.
Hoobastank is coming back to Singapore for a one-night only live concert at the Coliseum Hard Rock Sentosa on the 30th November 2014.
Best known for their mega hit “The Reason” which top the radio charts in Singapore, Hoobastank are pulling no stops for their 2014 Asia tour and promise an electrifying performance. Concertgoers can expect to hear hits like “Crawling in the Dark”, “Same Direction”, “Remember Me”, “The Reason” and songs from their latest album.
Hoobastank Live In Singapore 2014
Date: 30th November 2014
Venue: The Coliseum Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa
Time: 8.00pm (Doors open at 7.00pm)
Tickets on sales from 24th July at Sistic website and at all Sistic counters. Also available at Peatix.
Newstead Technologies recently opened the largest Digital Style at the newly renovated Suntec City Mall. The 9044 square feet Digital Style Suntec City is fully decked out with the latest trending gadgets technology can offer. It is designed for customers to get hands-on with gadgets by allowing them to plug-and-play, mix-and-match products.
Digital Style Suntec City boasts Newstead Technologies’ first ever Store-in-Store concept in the market, in which six consumer electronics brands feature their hottest and latest gadgets in dedicated spaces of approximately 353 square feet each. The six brands are ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, Acer, Dell and HP. Each brand has focused product categories – the ASUS brand corner showcases its thin and light ultrabooks while Samsung features its tablets, smartphones and accessories. Desktop computers and laptops are offered in all Acer, Lenovo, Dell and HP brand corners.
Catering to every digital need, Digital Style Suntec City offers a comprehensive range of audiovisual equipment from headphones to mini home theatre systems. Digital Style continues to meet small business and home computing needs with printers, digital cameras, home networking and storage solutions among the many electronics available.
Gadget lovers can rely on Tech Aid, the store’s refreshing take on traditional customer service counters. They can approach any staff at Tech Aid to resolve technical-related queries and issues that they face before, during and after purchasing their gadgets. Staff will provide on-site evaluation and technical support as part of their commitment to deliver the best in-store services.
Been playing Ingress for slightly more than a week. I’ve always heard people saying that Ingress made them walk more and bring them places where they never been before. Well, today I experienced it first hand.
Actually I just wanted to clear a few portals at Clementi central. But 1 thing leads to another and soon I find myself walking towards AYE and crossing over to West Coast. Even though I’ve been living in the western part of Singapore for almost my entire life, I seldom venture into West Coast area. The cool thing about Ingress is that the portal location are usually interesting places like landmark or mural. I get to explore part of West Coast that I’ve never been to.
So I keep walking and walking until I found myself at West Coast Park McDonalds. Haha. Haven’t been here in ages. I used to come here frequently when my dad still have a car. This place is good for chilling out. I remember staying overnight here to study for my exams. Or popping by for late night supper. This place brings back lots of memories.
I think we need a hashtag for such serendipity experience. Maybe I’ll start using #IngressBroughtMeHere.