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Problem when you blog about source code

In Personal on 29 July, 2008 at 7:00 pm

The 2 main issues that will bog you down is that:

  1. how do you get the source code to indent properly
  2. and how do you get the style to show up properly, specifically the line spacing, the color for keyword and so on

I know that it can be solved by defining some CSS code but do you have to do that for every site that you change to?

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Finally made the change

In Personal on 24 July, 2008 at 7:00 am

After using iblog for about 1 and a half year, I’ve finally decided to join in the flow and choose the popular WordPress type of blogging service.  One problem with iblog is that it is not up to date with the trend in blogging and thus not even tag is supported, however, it allows user to customize the theme (note CSS, not just changing the template) without any other added cost.  But the cons finally outweigh the pros and I’ve finally made the change.

Welcome!

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It’s been 1 week

In Personal on 22 December, 2007 at 11:38 pm

1 week after my trip to Shanghai.  There is no place like home.  Sitting here enjoying National Geographic HD in my comfortable sofa, there is really no place like home.  The familiar environment just gives you the comfort.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Everyone.  Life is phenomenal!  Enjoy it!

Day 2 in Shanghai

In Personal on 13 December, 2007 at 10:12 am

Tonight is really cold.  Really really cold.  I think it is the wind, and it don’t like my hand a lot.  My hand become numb just taking a walk for like 5 minute.  Now I can understand why people wear long jacket that is up to the knee.  Without it your lower body just don’t have enough protection from the cold weather.  And I really need those gloves that they are selling out on the streets.  While I was longing for those gloves, some other hawker just shout and the hawker who is selling those gloves just wrap up his merchandise and prepare to run off.  So did the rest of the hawkers, then they found out that it was a false alarm and they went back to their sales talk.  It is a scene that wasn’t around in Singapore for like few decades already.

It’s good that I am now in my cozy hotel room blogging.  So tomorrow will be the day I go back to Singapore, a hot and humid place.  My flight will be at 23:45 and it will be a great flight home.

Shanghai

In Personal on 12 December, 2007 at 9:47 am

So here I am blogging in a contemporary style hotel room in Shanghai, Parkyard Hotel to be exact.  One week ago, I wouldn’t have imagine this.  This is a last minute business trip, so it was not plan.  As this is also my first trip to Shanghai, it is also an eye opener.  Coming out of Pudong Airport and taking the company arranged car wasn’t that spectacular.  The hotel is quite a refreshing look though but the trip to the office and the office itself was a normal thing.  When my colleague brought me to Shanghai’s Huang Pu River, that is the eye opener.  The neon lights look similar to Hong Kong but the space in between the street is wider and the buildings are bigger.  Looking at Pudong from Puxi (or is it the other way round) across the Huang Pu river is spectacular.  Very nice panoramic view.  My colleague was saying that having a party up in a building that has a clear view of the Haung Pu River would be absolutely “the thing” to do.

I believe tomorrow, the second day will be absolutely wonderful!

Moving House

In Personal on 4 July, 2007 at 7:07 pm

To me there are 3 stages when you want to move house.  The easy part was to decide that you want to move, the following 3 stages that you will go through will then be very tiring.  But believe me it will be fulfilling after the dust has settled.

Getting the House

This stage will include the buying and the preparation of the house. If you don’t set your limits and constraints right from the start, you will soon be flooded with choices and that is not good.  For us it was love at first sight, thus it was an easy decision to buy.  And since the house come furnish with most things that you need (cabinets, wardrobes, oven, cooker hob and hood, air conditioners, central water heater,  and floor tiles), the preparation part was also easier.  We still need to decide which 20 lights to buy, what curtain to install and what colour to paint the wall with.  Believe me these 3 things alone can take up a lot of your time.

Relocating

This is the actual moving.  You won’t believe how many things you have until you start packing, and then you will want to go back and check to make sure that that little corner in your house can actually store that many things!  Our 58 boxes of things took us until 3am, 9th June to finish packing. The mover came on time at 9am, and we still have some stuff left unpack!  But the mover just took the stuff and go, without packing!  The scene was so chaotic that I’ve even forgotten to count the box, let alone numbering them.  It was until we unpack all the boxes (and count them) that it is confirmed that we had 58 boxes!  The scene at our new house was as chaotic, the mover keep asking us “Where to put this”, “Where to put that”, “This can’t go in here” and so on.  In the end, I’ve to admit that my planning skill need improvement.

Spreading the news

This is the fun part.  Party!  You get to invite all your friends and relatives to share your joy.  Endless tour of the house and dirty dishes to wash came next.  But knowing that your guests really enjoy themselves make it all worth while.

So here I am, 3 weeks plus into my new house and I am enjoying every bit of it.  And I hope all my friends and relatives enjoy “warming up” our house as well.  Here’s to more good years!

Something simple?

In Personal on 5 June, 2007 at 11:00 am

I’ve always wonder how something that seems to be so simple can turn out to be quite difficult.  Take for example the installation of a hand spray in the toilets of my new house.  To me it should be just half an hour job for both toilet.  So after buying the connector pipe (to divert the original water source to the new hand spray), I went to the new house to install the hand spray.  Disaster!  The connector I’ve bought is a T shape and a L shape pipe, since the original pipe is close to the wall, I can’t screw the connector pipe in!  The pipe can’t turn freely because they are not straight (the bent end will hit the wall and thus can’t turn).  So back to the drawing board.  After some thinking and some finding, I need to use a straight brass pipe and then use 2 screw head to secure both end, one to the T shape connector and the other to the original pipe.  This way, the screw head can be turn and tighten even though it is just beside a wall.  So, happily went to the new house to install, then another problem.  One of the flexible pipe is not long enough because the use of a short pipe and a T shape connector has increase the length of the original pipe.  Thus needs to go out and purchase a longer flexible pipe.  After solving all the problem and fumbling with the fixing of the new pipe connector (especially in such a tight corner), the whole thing that should just last half an hour, took more than 3 hours to accomplish.  Sigh…

Fabulous Gifts and Lucky Draws from our AD&D.

In Personal on 26 December, 2006 at 2:52 am

How rich is my boss or should I say my company’s CEO?  During my company’s 15th Anniversary celebration, he personally top the day’s 1st prize with a Grand Prize of S$15,000.  This year is our company’s 25th Anniversary and there is rumour a plenty of a grand prize of S$25,000.  However, since he is the one who sponsor all the gifts and prizes for this year celebration, he managed to top everyone’s expectation.  There is a door gift that give you a duffle bag, a small little cute panda bear, a bottle of mineral water, a poncho and a bag of party goodies.  The 4th and 5th prize of the lucky draw is a 42″ LG Plasma TV, the 3rd is S$10,000 cash, the 2nd is S$15,000 cash and the 1st Prize is S$25,000 cash!

That’s not all, there is a mystery draw called Your Dream Comes True, where our CEO will draw out a number of participants, as many as he likes (in the end, he draws out a total of 10), and each participants will state the gifts he or she wants.  The host will state the amount of money that is needed to buy the gifts, and the participants will choose from 48 mystery square which will contain an amount ranging from $1,000 to an undisclosed sum where our CEO states that it can be equal to his personal total worth (he is a multi-millionaire).  If the mystery square contain a sum that is equal or greater than the amount to buy your gifts, you win that amount stated to buy the gift.  So for example, if you are chosen as a participant and wanted a tag hauer watch that cost $8,000, you will then choose a square from the 48 or remaining mystery box and if the box contain a figure of S$52,000, you win the S$8,000.  If it is any amount lesser, you get a $250 voucher and even though the box might contain a figure much higher than your stated gift, you win the stated amount and not that figure that is on the box.  Thus in the above example, you win S$8,000 and not S$52,000.  After this game, it is disclose that highest sum on the mystery box is a whopping S$225,000.  The others are S$125,000, S$100,000, S$88,000, and S$52,000.  Some of the winners won S$5,000, S$10,000 and the highest win is S$30,000.

To top it all, our CEO came out with a crazy Toto, whereby each staff and guest has a slip that contain 12 different number out of a possible 1 to 25.  Our CEO will then draw out 6 balls and anyone who get all 6 numbers out of the 12 on the slip wins the draw.  It turn out that more than 2,000 people win the draw.  Our CEO initially states that he will give out a sum of money and winners will all share the pool of money.  He first stated the pool as S$125,000 and thus all winners will just get S$62.50.  Then he just said that he will push the sum to S$100 each and ask us whether it is enough, the answer was of course no.

He then ask an up and coming singer (who just sang in our AD&D) 蔡淳佳 to state a sum that everyone should win, considering not to cost our CEO too much money, she stated a cautious S$150 each.  Our CEO said it is too little, and with a careful thought 蔡淳佳 give a final S$200 each.  There were still quite a number of people who are not statisfy with the amount and our CEO himself came up and said that the amount is still too little.  He finally states that since he esitmate the possible winning tickets to be at least 2,500, he is willing to give a winning money of S$1,000 each!  That is a whopping S$2.5 million that he is giving out!

Thus a fairy tale ending to a fairy tale night, no wonder he called it a once in a life time event.

Of Christmas and all things Jolly

In Personal on 26 December, 2006 at 2:06 am

Christmas is a special day to me, even though I am not a Christian.  When I was a little boy, they will show Superman movies and it will always be raining during Christmas.  I will pull my mattress into our small living room and watch Superman from there.  We have come a long way from that small little living space but Christmas is still full of rain and it is still special to me.  We will now go to my elder sis place to have dinner (this year it was for lunch, as my company annual dinner & dance was in the evening) and exchange gifts.

After the tiring shopping and last minute shopping, it is now time for me to truly enjoy the holiday.  It helps that my company is off on boxing day and I’ve taken leave for the next 3 days.  Together with the New Year Holiday and holiday for our Muslim counterpart, this year end holiday for me is really a long and cherished one (I will be on leave till 2nd January 2007, inclusive).

This is wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Remembering October 12

In Personal on 12 October, 2006 at 3:30 pm

Bombings on 2 nightclubs killed 202 people in Bali, 12th October 2002.  At midnight 12th October 2006, a 12km length of cloth symbolizing peace was rolled out at Jimbaran beach by a group of Balinese.  The cloth begin at a cafe (one of 3 cafes that was hit by a subsequent bombing in October 2005), goes down along the road, to the front of Bali international airport, and then finally end at a memorial to the victims of the 2002 attacks in the busy tourist district of Kuta. The cloth is purposely placed on the road so that anyone can step on it and remind them of the tragedies that were hail upon this land.

One of my colleague told me that his brother was there at one of the cafes that was bombed.  He was at the 2nd floor and narrowly escaped the bombing because the suicide bomber activated the bomb at the ground floor.  Fortunately the bomb was not powerful enough to level the whole cafe, if not it will really be a very sad day for my colleague.