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Brexit

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Wow, I’m watching History in the making – looks like the divorce is really happening. It’s not a unanimous one though. They would leave, but as a country divided, hopefully just temporarily.

If it were Singapore we would probably remain as status quo.

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Separately, also my first day back at work after 2 week break. Exciting times.

Update:

It happened. Britain votes to leave the European Union.

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Of Apples and Fast Cars

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

21 September 2001 was a very happening day because of 2 events:

– iPhone 5 delivers today
– F1 Night Race starts tonight

iPhone 5

The day I had 4 sets of iPhone 5, and then I had none.

Just before lunch, I received word from home that the 4 iPhone 5 have arrived. I was one of the lucky few who managed to order the phones online in a short 1 hour window before Apple SG decided to not allow anymore sales.

Decided to make a trip back home to get the phones, as I was planning to sell them near my office. The going rate for phones sold to the ‘black market’ on launch day is a cool $250 profit per phone. Every day after that, the rate drops.

The problem with Apple is they can never make enough phones to meet the demands, thus there is always a very active black market selling to those who just can’t wait to get their hands on a new apple iphone, and at a premium markup of course. Also, nobody knows when Apple will release more stock.

I was planning to keep one initially, but after hearing news that the profit was $1000, I decided to let it go. It’s the same rationale as how I can’t enjoy a meal if you tell me my food cost $250/head. I’m not that hard up for the new iPhone. Just have to wait till Jan to re-contract my phone plan and get one then.

So anyway, going home to get the phone took longer than I expected, so I didn’t have time to sell the phones. Decided to clear as many projects as I could, and then headed out to sell the phones. It’s kinda like holding onto a ticking time bomb. Every minute it’s not offloaded, the risk of them getting stolen, or the price dropping is there. It was a mad rush, cause halfway I got a call from office, and I had to scramble to get back. But not before I offloaded. The guy paid me in thousand dollar notes! Never seen one in my life! After settling the credit card charges for the phones, its a nett profit of $1008. Enough to get a new phone for free.

So I ran back to office, partly cause I needed to get back asap, and also because I was afraid there might be a syndicate robbing people like me! Haha. Carrying so much money on me is quite pressurising. Luckily I managed to deposit it into the cash deposit machine (they accepted $1000 notes thankfully), before heading down for F1.

F1

First time going for the F1. Bought a $38 walkabout ticket, as I thought it was the last year they were having the night race in Singapore (they signed a new contract after). The main event was really the Jay Chou concert afterwards (not a Jay fan, but I went with a friend who was!).

Two words to describe F1: Loud & Fast

Couldn’t catch a clear shot of the cars on camera at all! And the sound was deafening. Interesting experience though.

As for the Jay concert, I’ve no idea what he’s singing, not because my mandarin sucks (which it does a little), but because he mumbles, but that’s his style. Whenever he spoke to the audience, the crowd just went wild, and I’ve no idea what he said. Couldn’t get a good view either because I was standing behind two super tall guys. My camera gets a better view:

The lighting was pretty awesome. During one of Jay’s wardrobe change, the drummer played a solo, and each beat synchronized with the lights turning on and off. Kinda cool.

After the concert ended, it was a mess trying to leave the area. Security couldn’t handle the crowd, so they swung open the gates and we got to walk down the tracks. Then for some reason, we couldn’t get out of the tracks. Everyone was trying to squeeze through a tiny crack in the fence. They finally made everyone turn back and rerouted us. Took us over an hour just to leave the place. Reached home at about 2+am.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve stayed out late. I need a back and leg massage!

iFly

Friday, November 25th, 2011

iFly Groupon Deal

I’ve been wanting to try skydiving, but there’s no space to skydive in Singapore, and the paranoid side of me is always thinking something might go wrong and whether the thrill really outweighs the risk. Then I saw this groupon voucher for ‘skydiving’ in Singapore. It’s basically a vertical wind tunnel that’s supposed to simulate dropping from 12,000ft to 3,000ft.

Singapore, the land of manufactured experiences. We have simulated skydiving @ iFly, Flow boarding/Body boarding with simulated waves @ the Wavehouse, and you can even fly a simulated plane at Flight Experience!

The voucher was only valid on weekdays, so we rushed down after work yesterday and ‘booked’ a flight! Their last flight is at 10pm, but you have to be there 1.5 hours prior for briefing and so on.

iFly - Simon
Simon went before me. He was pretty stable.

iFly - Justina
I was spinning in there! The key is to be symmetrical. But your brain may think you are symmetrical, whereas your body probably isn’t!

It was an interesting experience, though I wonder if it’s really anything like real skydiving. I thought there would be the feeling of free-fall, where your heart feels like it’s going to jump out of your throat, but I didn’t feel that at all. Maybe I should stick to roller-coasters. Haha.


Watching the video from our free DVD, me spinning and floating around somehow reminded me of the lyrics:

“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
drifting through the wind wanting to start again?”

I think it would be more fun if I knew how to control going up and down on my own. Doubt I will ever find out, as it really isn’t a cheap sport!

Oh, and apparently, when you enter Sentosa by car during weeknights, it’s only $2 admission fee, and parking is only $1 per entry! Cheaper than parking at vivocity and taking the lrt over!

Adult Decisions

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Saw this on a forum:

The year before my son turned 18, he constantly pleaded to beallowed to a tattoo, but I refused to sign permission for one. He argued that soon he would be a man and he should be able to make adult decisions. Sure enough, a few days after his 18th birthday, he come home with a tattoo. Although I was riot happy about this, I was curious to see what symbol of masculinity he had chosen. There, on his shoulder, was a two-inch image of Mickey Mouse.

Haha!

OU to be windpowered by 2013

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

My University is planning to be fully wind powered by 2013. Wow. Considering it’s a public university, that’s quiet amazing.

Wind Powered OU

If only Singapore could move towards being more green. It has the capability of becoming literally the greenest city/country in the world, because of it’s small size and great wealth!

Not wind powered though. I don’t think we have the space. Solar powered via rooftops and building surfaces though, would be nice.

The 5 min management course

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

It’s not new, but it’s still funny.

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.
The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour.Before she says a word, Bob says, ‘I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.’

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks,
‘Who was that?’
‘It was Bob the next door neighbour,’ she replies.
‘Great,’ the husband says, ‘did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?’

Moral of the story:
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

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Lesson 2:

A priest offered a Nun a lift.She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg.
The priest nearly had an accident.After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.
The nun said, ‘Father, remember Psalm 129?’The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.

The nun once again said, ‘Father, remember Psalm 129?’
The priest apologized ‘Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.’
Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.
On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129.
It said, ‘Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.’

Moral of the story:
If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity. Knowledge is Power.

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Lesson 3:

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.
They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.’
‘I’m first! Me first!’ says the admin clerk. ‘I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.’ Puff! She’s gone.
‘I’m next! Me next!’ says the sales rep. ‘I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.’
Puff! He’s gone.
‘OK, you’re up,’ the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, ‘I want those two back in the office after lunch.’

Moral of the story:
Always let your boss have the first say. Listen and Make your plans around his.

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Lesson 4

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, ‘Can I also sit like you and do nothing?’

The eagle answered: ‘Sure, why not.’
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

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Lesson 5

A turkey was chatting with a bull.
‘I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree’ sighed the turkey, ‘but I haven’t got the energy.’

‘Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?’ replied the bull. They’re packed with nutrients.’
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.
Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:
Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.. Real Substance Does…

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Lesson 6

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.
While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.
The dung was actually thawing him out!
He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:
(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

THUS WE END THIS FIVE MINUTE MANAGEMENT COURSE

Bloody Omaha

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

IQ quiz

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Einstein wrote this quiz last century. He said that 98% of the people in the world cannot solve the quiz.

* There are 5 houses in 5 different colors
* In each house lives a person with a different nationality
* These 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet
* No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same drink.

Here’s the question: Who owns the fish?

1. The Brit lives in a red house
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets
3. The Dane drinks tea
4. The green house is on the left of the white house
5. The green house owner drinks coffee
6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill
8. The man living in the house right in the middle drinks milk
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house
10. The man who smokes Blend lives next door to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next door to the man who smokes Dunhill
12. The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer
13. The German smokes Prince
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house
15. The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water

With these 15 clues the problem is solvable.

(via http://www.business.uiuc.edu/broker/iq.htm)

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Why anyone would create a quiz like that, I have no idea. But I like solving things involving logic! I’m kinda skeptical about how 98% of the world cannot solve it though.