Posts Tagged ‘Personal’

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?

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.


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…

My Third Aunt

In Personal on 20 August, 2006 at 3:00 pm

My third aunt is a cheerful lady.  She always tries to use our way to communicate with us.  My generation was educated mostly in English, so she will try to use some English to amuse us, to make us laugh when we greet her.  Although I seldom see her, it was always a joy meeting her.  She is also a very strong lady, who single handedly brought up 3 children, at a time when Singapore was still not as prosperous; All 3 of my cousins grown up to be successful in their own way.

She passed away last Wednesday at the age of 79.  After paying our respect yesterday, my family accompanied her on her last journey this morning.  I will miss her laughter and her cheerful smile.

Trip to Hokkaido, Japan

In Personal on 2 August, 2006 at 3:56 pm

Last week, I was on a much needed vacation trip to Hokkaido for 7 days.  Actually its just 5 full days in Hokkaido as the first and last days were spent traveling to airport after airport after airport.  The initial flight of 6 and a half hour take us to Tokyo’s Narita airport, then we need to take a coach for another 1 hour to transfer to Tokyo’s Haneda airport and take another flight of about 1 and a half hour to reach Hokkaido’s Chitose airport.

Hokkaido Country Road

Overall it is a nice trip.  It would have been a great trip if not for the constant need to travel in a coach.  Hokkaido scenery is really very nice; when you get to the top of certain mountain, you can actually see the opposite mountain with clouds floating below your current level.  This is definitely a rare sight for us city dwellers.

Hokkaido Flower Season Plantation

The floral plantations are simply magnificent.  We actually went to 2 of the bigger plantation.  The above plantation is somewhere near to Furano and it is called Four Season Plantation (a somewhat direct translation from the Japanese name). The other which is an even bigger plantation is situated at Furano, call Tomita Farm.  There you can see one whole big patch of rainbow flower plantation.

Hokkaido Otaru Seaport

Hokkaido is also well known for its seafood spread.  Every meal for us consists of seafood: salmon, crabs and more crabs!  At the above place, Otaru Seaport, you can find live king crab that cost a minimum of 10,000 yen, which is roughly equal to SGD $138!

Two all beef patties, special sauce …

In Personal on 22 July, 2006 at 3:00 pm

“Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun”  Anyone still remember this slogan from McDonald?  They used to have a campaign whereby if you recite this slogan at the counter under a certain time limit and you will get a cheeseburger free!  In Singapore they have a Chinese version as well, so I believe it might be also be translated into several other languages.  This slogan is so popular that some American can still remember it after so many years but they can’t seem to remember their Pledge of Allegiance (America’s National Pledge).  A few other cartoons like Bart Simpson and Spongebob Squarepants had make use of the slogan one way or another as well.

You mean bike is allowed on a bus?

In Personal on 6 July, 2006 at 3:00 pm

I was reading The Old New Thing and Raymond was talking about how to use the bike rack on a Metro bus which even include a detailed instruction on how to use one.  This is really something new to me.  In Singapore, your own bike can’t go on to a bus, and no external rack is there for your bike to be secure to.  So how do you get to a place that is suitable for biking and which is much further from your house?

There are only 3 options available.  You can ride all the way to your destination, which for me is very tiring.  So unless you are those type that participate frequently in triathlon or marathon running, you wouldn’t want to choose this option.  Or else if you have a car and a bike rack or if your car has space to store your bike, then you can surely drive there with your bike.  Since car is expensive, this will normally not be a viable option.  That bring me to the last option, you can’t take your bike along.  Most of the time, those places that are suitable for biking will have a few bike rental shops around.  Thus you can always rent a bike at the destination and enjoy your biking adventure.

It would be really great that Singapore can adopt a system like those in US but then again what will happen to those rental shops?

Would you be willing to be a CEO that earn US$1 annually?

In Personal on 5 June, 2006 at 3:00 pm

I would.  So would Yahoo’s chairman and chief executive (CEO) Terry Semel and Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt or even Google’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.  They all earn US$1 annually.  Why would they do that?  That’s because instead of an actual decent annual salary, they are getting their pay through stock option.

Terry Semel has since raked US$429 million for the past three years by selling 18.1 million of his stock option.  He was able to do this because ever since he took over as CEO of Yahoo, the share price has increased 3 fold.  By accepting a pay cut from US$600,000 annually to just US$1 annually, he get another 6 million stock options at an exercise price of US$31.59 – the closing price on the Nasdaq last Wednesday.  Google’s CEO and 2 co-founders has also rake in millions of dollars through stock option.

This way of rewarding CEO has the effect of pushing CEO to make sure that the company will keep on growing.  If not their stock options will just be some form of waste papers.  Thus their pay will really go down to just US$1.

P.S.  Its 4 days to the World Cup!!!

Why are we such a litter bug?

In Personal on 3 June, 2006 at 4:22 pm

Litters at PC Show 2006I went to PC Show 2006 at Suntec City yesterday.  Apart from the amazing amount of people there, there were also an amazing amount of litters everywhere.  Everywhere you walk you were bound to step on some thrown away brochures some where.  We are still very far away to become a litter free country.

Although the streets outside are clean and green, this is not due to the elegance of Singaporean, this is the work of our cleaners.  Can’t you just hold on to that several pieces of brochures before you reach a trash can?  At least I have done my part.  Those brochures that I have collected went with me all the way home till they rest in peace in the trash can.

Leave your Louis Vuitton at home if you are going to Europe

In Personal on 3 June, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Recently I have read an interesting news on Europe whereby they are clamping down hard on fake designer’s stuff.  The strictest of them all is France, which will have a jail term to boot.  Custom officers have been trained to identify fake products, and if you are found to be in possession of such a thing, a fine or even a jail term might be on the hand.  However even if you are rich enough to carry a real Louis Vuitton bag, you will still need to go through the hassle of being questioned thoroughly and check upon.  In my opinion this seems to be counter productive, if carrying a designer’s bag and stuff is so troublesome, why should I buy one?

So next time if you are traveling to Europe, remember your Louis Vuitton bag is not welcome there.