Saw this CD while shopping yesterday. No need to listen to the sample or ask any questions. Just take the CD, go to the cashier and pay for it. It’s Paul Van Dyk. You can’t go wrong with Paul Van Dyk’s CD. Trust the DJ, trust Paul Van Dyk.

But funny thing is, why am I buying a CD? I no longer put a CD into the CD player and play it. The moment I reach Coffee Bean, I took out my laptop and rip the CD into MP3, then transfer the songs into my 1gb Memory Stick Duo using my card reader. I don’t have a discman, but I do have a K750i that can play MP3. And MP3 player my new way of listening to CD.

It is sometimes amazing how a small little card can hold all the songs in the 2 CD, and have space for many more. I purposely put the memory card on the CD so that we can see the differences. Who still bring a discman and CD when going out nowadays? MP3 player changed the way we listen to music the same way walkman did some 20 years ago.

Maybe they should do away with CD and offer music in memory card format 1 day. But we need to wait to the day when memory card are dirt cheap. And another problem is, which type of memory card? We have SD, Smart Media, Memory Stick and Compact Flash. (and many reduce sized format). Which format to choose? SONY music will no doubt be using Memory Stick. Other companies will have to choose a format they prefer. But iPod and Zen users will lose out because their MP3 player doesn’t have a slot for memory card. Maybe someone can make card reader for iPod and Zen.

And talking about ripping CD into MP3, you might be interested to know that it is actually illegal in Singapore. Yeap, same as oral sex.

Q. How do I know whether the songs in my computer or MP3 player are legal?
A. If you didn’t buy it from a legal site like Soundbuzz, it is probably illegal. Plus, when you buy a CD, the rights only apply to the CD; this means you cannot rip songs out and make them into MP3s for your player.

Generally, it’s advisable to check the terms and conditions of use before you make a copy of the songs. — SOURCE: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF SINGAPORE”

So, does that make all iPod and Zen owners criminals? I wonder.

What if 1 fine day, some big shot in the SPF decide to enforce this law? You will see policeman along orchard road, searching everybody’s bag for MP3 players. Don’t think Changi Chalet have enough space for everyone. They might need HDB’s help to sell them some unsold flats in ulu new towns.

Maybe that is the reason why nobody is enforcing this law. You can’t arrest everyone on the street. There is no place to put them after you convict them of the crime. Thus my conclusion is:- If everyone is breaking that crime, it is pretty safe to join in. 😀

You see, sometimes, the law really need to be amended. Oral Sex is so common nowadays, same as ripping CD into MP3. Are you going to arrest everyone who does that? Until the day someone amend this stupid outdated law, I’m still going to contiune having oral sex ripping CD.

(No, I don’t really like oral sex, I prefer the real deal. And the good thing about it is, it’s not against the law. In fact, the govt even supports Singaporeans to do it often. Stand Up for Singapore has another meaning if you get what I mean)

It is not difficult to spot a SPUGGER. Most Singapore palm user are registered member in SPUG. SPUG also attracts many PPC users and non-PDA users. (I’m always ready to lend someone my stylus for her Nokia 6230)

And if you see someone sitting at a cafe, with a Zire and a portable keyboard, you can be quite sure he is a SPUGGER.

It turn out to be Jeffyen. I met him twice before, once during the Kallang Mac gathering and another time during the Treo650 launch. He is a pleasant looking guy. A polite and soft spoken gentleman who never fails to smile. He was in his own Oasis, typing on his PDA and listening to iPod Shuffle, while slipping coffee at the coffee bean outside borders.

Wanted to go over and say hi to him. But I’m afraid I might disturb him in his world. Anyway, I’m also looking for my own oasis. So instead of going forward to greet him, I decide to sit 1 corner at the sofa seat, enjoy my Mocha Ice Blended and Mudpie while trying to leech WIFI network from the nearby NYDC.

Each in our own oasis.


3 blade is not enough, now they are coming with 5.

Gillette Co. Wednesday unveiled its newest shaving system, a five-bladed razor called Fusion with a trimmer on the back of the cartridge aimed at the 50 percent of men who have mustaches and beards.

Fusion is Gillette’s latest product geared at maintaining the company’s leading share of the world’s razor and blade market.

It has one more blade than the Quattro sold by rival Schick, a unit of Energizer Holdings Inc., plus a trimming blade on the back of the pivoting cartridge for shaping facial hair, trimming sideburns and shaving under the nose.

Gillette was the first company to sell a three-bladed razor, Mach3, in 1998. Five years later, Schick followed with the four-bladed Quattro.

Schick is adding a battery-powered Quattro to its lineup this month, while Gillette’s Fusion — in both manual and battery-powered models — won’t hit North American stores until early next year.

At this rate they are going, my son will use 12 blade when he start shaving.

Got a shock when I log in to see my Citibank Credit Card account. I’ve spend around $300 lately and I totally don’t know until I check the account. Nope, there isn’t any error or fraud case. They are really spend by me. Just that I have no “feelings” that I’ve spend so much.

So much for a new Credit Card owner. The previous month was still pretty alright. I was rather careful with my spending and still have a rough idea how much I’ve already spend. So I know when to tighten my wallet. But this month was bad. I keep thinking that I’ve only spend around maybe $100++. Didn’t expect it to be $300.

I think I’ll need to be more careful. Although $300 will not make me bankrupt, but its not good to overspend. And worst, overspend without knowing. I’m glad I went online to check how much I’ve spend. Cannot imagine what will happen if I didn’t check and continue to spend until the bill comes.

Look like I got to do some action. You see, I have 3 bank accounts. 1 for the bills, 1 for usual spending and 1 for savings. My monthly pay will go into the account for my bills. From there, I’ll transfer money to my savings account and my monthly spending account, leaving some money to pay the bills. The savings account is untouchable. Money only goes in and seldom comes out. (unless I want to buy some big item like laptop). The usual spending account is where I put the money that I can spend for the month. This way, I can judge if I’ve overspend for the month.

Good plan hor? Until the credit card comes into the picture. I can no longer depend on my usual spending account to judge my spending for the month.

So my new plan is, get a money box. You know, those tin box with lock and a slot for your to put money inside. So what I’ll do is, whenever I use my credit card, I’ll withdraw money from my usual spending account and put it in the money box. That way, I can still track if I’ve overspend.

Sound troublesome, but better than overspending without knowing. So for the rest of the month, I think I’ll just eat grass ba. Any kind soul willing to sponsor me some salad dressing?