I shall use the remaining 24% battery life on my netbook to blog this article. I wonder how long can the battery last. Turn the netbook brightness to lowest already.
I’m now at Changi Airport T3 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I thought the powerpoint at the side are for customer use. So I found a seat near the powerpoint, buy a cup of coffee and plug my cables to the powerpoint. To my horror, they turned off the electricity supply to that powerpoint. Argh. I thought only TCC does that. Didn’t expect Coffee Bean to do this too.
Perhaps this is why I frequent Starbucks so much nowadays. They provide you with lots of powerpoints in the cafe and let their customer use it. I even know some branch that have multi-plug for customers to use when the place is crowded. Thumbs up to Starbucks.
If you read my blog in the past, you will notice that I used to frequent Coffee Bean more often than Starbucks. I still prefer the coffee and ice blended at Coffee Bean. But I begin going to Starbucks more frequently nowadays because the ambiance is good and suitable for mobile warrior. They have powerpoints for customers to use. They have wireless@sg for free internet access. (Provided it’s not down) And you can be sure that you can find this two things at most (if not all) Starbucks branch in Singapore.
The same cannot be said for the rest of the cafe in Singapore.
Do note that I’m not saying all Coffee Beans and Tea Leaf in Singapore don’t allow customers to use their powerpoints. I was at Tampines a couple of week ago and the Coffee Bean at Century Square does provide lots of powerpoints for customers.
Likewise, the TCC at Bugis Junction does not allow users to use their powerpoints but I know some other branch like Funan TCC that does.
Oh well. Stupid me for not testing out the powerpoint before buying my coffee. I remember I used their powerpoint before. And I thought all Coffee Beans allow their customers to use their power point. I was wrong.
Come on, if you want to get more customers, open up your powerpoints for your customers to use.
Sigh. Perhaps I should come up with a list of cafe in Singapore that turn off the electricity to their powerpoints. And also a list of those without WIFI.
On the side note: The coffee today taste horrible. I think they overheated the milk. Can taste the burnt taste. Argh. Not my day.

Got some unconfirmed news that the Merlion was struck by lighting. Still waiting for the confirmation by the mainstream media. Got this info from two sources already. Might be true. Waiting for confirmation and also the amount of damage done.
I’ll update when I get confirmation of the news.
The Merlion’s original site was at the mouth of the Singapore River, facing east towards the open sea, which was the most auspicious feng-shui / geomancy position. (Signifying Singapore ‘Facing the world’) However, it was moved to the current location in 2002 due to the construction of Nicoll Highway in 1997 which blocked its view of the sea. This was deemed inauspicious by many Feng Shui experts. Coincidentally, 1997 was the start of the Asian economic crisis.
I don’t know why, but Merlion being strike by lighting sounds like a bad omen to me.
Update 8:52pm: It’s confirmed. The Merlion was striked by lighting at around 4 to 5 pm today afternoon. A small piece of the Merlion fall off and fell to the ground. Luckily nobody was hurt.
Update on 1 Mar: The Straits Times has a photo of the damage. Looks worse than I expected.
Someone took a photo of the Merlion today. Looks like they are starting the repair work already.

One year lor. This has got to be the longest toilet break ever.
One year ago, at this timing, Mas Selamat Kastari, leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah network, escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre. It was the largest manhunt in Singapore involving the police and army. Poster of him was scattered all over Singapore. The public wanted to help but can’t do much about it. Information of him were slowly released to the public as if its some viral marketing stunt. A Executive Summary of Committee of Inquiry (COI) was released to the public. Some head rolled. Other stayed even though there were calls for him to step down.
One year later, Mas Selamat is still out in the wild. Last month, our “beloved” Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng told us where he might be.

He is in Singapore and hidden by sympathisers unknown to the authorities, or, two, he has fled the country.

In another word, he has no idea where is Mas Selamat. My friend said there is also chances that he could be standing 1 leg at Singapore border and the other leg at Malaysia border. But my friend isn’t paid million dollars like our Home Affairs Minister, so nobody listened to him.
So one year already. How?

“What to do, it’s happened.”

Indeed Sir, indeed….
PS: Some forumers suggest that we should all go toilet and flush the toilet bowl 21 times to remember this moment.

It’s one of those days when everything just isn’t going the way you wish it should be. Feeling tired and drained.
Tomorrow is going to be another tough day. Yet who will understand?
It’s just one of those nights when I wish you are next to me. Perhaps your presence can comfort me.
Then I suddenly remember…. You’re out of my league…….
Patrick Swayze – She’s Like the Wind

She’s like the wind through my tree
She rides the night next to me
She leads me through moonlight
Only to burn me with the sun
She’s taken my heart
But she doesn’t know what she’s done
Feel her breath on my face
Her body close to me
Can’t look in her eyes
She’s out of my league
Just a fool to believe
I have anything she needs
She’s like the wind
I look in the mirror and all I see
Is a young old man with only a dream
Am I just fooling myself
That she’ll stop the pain
Living without her
I’d go insane
Feel her breath on my face
Her body close to me
Can’t look in her eyes
She’s out of my league
Just a fool to believe
I have anything she needs
She’s like the wind
Feel your breath on my face
Your body close to me
Can’t look in your eyes
You’re out of my league
Just a fool to believe
(Just a fool to believe)
She’s like the wind

And so, NTT, Macryu and I attended the HTC, Google and Singtel press conference last friday for the launch of the HTC Dream. Or should I say The Singtel Dream.
There wasn’t much excitement (at least for us) about the phone since it was already launched elsewhere in the world. We also managed to play with the HTC Dream way before Singtel announced that they will be bringing in the device.
The more interesting part about the HTC Dream would be the localized applications. The SavyShopper application looks interesting. The SavyShopper allows you to scan the barcode of a product and will return you a list of places where the product is sold. Plus the pricing for you to compare prices. Pretty good, but we heard that big supermarket like NTUC Fairprice and Cold Storage aren’t using the application currently. So the only major supermarket chain now is Sheng Siong. We’ll see how it go.
Another interesting application is the mioTV. It is no surprise that Singtel decided to bring mioTV to the HTC Dream. (But why didn’t they bring it to iPhone too?) It would be interesting to be able to watch mioTV while on the move. But my only 2 question is: Are we able to watch mioTV using 3G without any lag? How much will the data charges be if you watch a 1 hr movie?
The HTC Dream is available at all Hello Shop and Singtel authorized distributors. Pricing for HTC Dream (In SGD, 24mth contract, after $200 trade-in):
$238 with 3G iFlexi Lite plan ($39 per mth)
$138 with 3G Flexi plan ($56 per mth)
$38 with 3G Flexi Plus ($95 per mth)
Customers who sign up between 21 and 22 Feb will receive unlimited data download for 6 months. (Over already) Customer who sign up thereafter will receive unlimited download for 1 month.
Check out Tech65 live blog during the press conference.
Many thanks to Ivy from Singtel and Gina from The Right Spin for inviting us to the press conference.