Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Be Beautiful Naturally

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

@ The Flying Squirrel

Started drinking even on Monday nite.  Oh Mind!
Wanted to try out the famed Kiwi Martini but couldn't cause the remaining two Kiwi they have were not ripe.  Not the first time my colleague asking for the drink.  Thus we promised ourselves we will bring our own Kiwi next round.

 Saketini, mild and 'easygoing'
 Japanese Bloody Mary - real spicy, lips burning
When come to photography, these guys were serious, using torchlight function to light up the drinks for the shoot.

Friday, July 26, 2013


! Cute Sweater !


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Skull Vs Mask

Which one is more scarry ? 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Alas !!!!!

It is a jinx.  When things started to malfunction, as if in cue, they would like to come hand in hand.

Within a month, I have the following spoilt 'brats'  biting me one after another :

  1. Oh! My dear Wacom tablet. The pen became sticky, slow mo and even hanged my system whenever it was plug in.  Removal and reload of drivers didn't solve the problem.  Guess it is time for a replacement. Alas !  Anyway, I am going to dismantle it and take out the circuit board for display, likes its predecessor.
  2. The AM/FM antenna of my Nakamichi SoundSpace 1 finally passed away.  Pity that while it was alive, I could only receive Class 95FM from my flat.  My Suck UK cardboard FM Radio & MP3 player can receive far more fm frequencies. So I won't miss it.  Though the sound quality of course fares much better than the porta radio.
  3. Internet down is definitely devastating nowsaday.  My 2-years old Aztech Ethernet Adaptor gone down as well.  First thought was network down, using my Samsung S3 wifi and a 10-meters Ethernet cable directly plugged to my Mac confirmed otherwise.  Haizz ….. Spent SGD95 to buy a new set of TP-Link AV500Gb Powerline Adapter (TL-PA511KIT) which comes with 3-years warranty.
  4. My Fujitsu A/C remote controller.  How I wish the aircon has buttons, at least gives me an alternative to switch on and off, may be adjusting the temperature as well.  Luckily I managed to get an universal A/C remote controller specially for Fujitsu A/C from the DIY shop nearby.  It works fine and case close.
That's it.  You all RIP.  I hope no more. Fingers cross.

The sleek looking Nakamichi SS1

Recent Read

If isn't about grave, then it is about heaven. Now then I realized.  These are exactly the two titles I have finished lately with the 'skyward' one a week ago, while the drop back to earth barely an hour shy of midnight.

Standing In Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin is about retired cop John Rebus' return to the force to investigate the disappearances of four women from the same road over ten years. As stubborn and anarchic as ever, he quickly finds himself in deep with pretty much everyone.  In the end, he does uncover the truth, unavoidably bending a few rules thou.

Bits from the book :
Rain wasn't quite falling yet, but it had scheduled an appointment.

'As in : pissed me off. Royally pissed me off And made me that bit more determined it wasn't going to happen next time.'

My first book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is his 2001 novel The Shadow of the Wind, which is definitely a good read. Didn't realize there are sequels till I saw The Prisoner of Heaven. Surely I am going to find his first sequel The Angel's Game that I'd missed.

The Shadow of the Wind
The novel, set in post–war Barcelona, concerns a young boy, Daniel Sempere. Just after the war, Daniel's father takes him to the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a huge library of old, forgotten titles lovingly preserved by a select few initiates. According to tradition, everyone initiated to this secret place is allowed to take one book from it and must protect it for life. Daniel selects a book called The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax. That night he takes the book home and reads it, completely engrossed. Daniel then attempts to look for other books by this unknown author but can find none. All he comes across are stories of a strange man – calling himself Laín Coubert, after a character in the book who happens to be the Devil – who has been seeking out Carax's books for decades, buying them all and burning them. It is actually a story within a story.

The Prisoner of Heaven
Barcelona, 1957. It is the week before Christmas in the Sempere & Sons bookshop...a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters the shop...
Also stories with stories, but the real narrative here is Daniel Sempere's best friend and bookstore employee, the irrepressible Fermin Romero de Torres.  Flashing back to 1939, Fermin tells Daniel about his imprisonment during the war.  Only that this round it doesn't really have much to do with the mysterious qualities of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books ..... But I still like it and anticipating the fourth and may be the last sequel to sum it all.

This bit is interestingly true :
It is a scientifically acknowledged fact that any infant a few months old has an unerring instinct for sensing the exact moment in the early hours when his parents have managed to nod off, so he can raise the tone of his cries, thereby ensuring they don't get more than thirty minutes' sleep at a time.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Beauty of Murder

Finally I have got myself finished the book by A.K. Benedict, with tremendous effort not to quit so easily.

I am not really sure what to take of this book, the plot mixing together murder, mystery and time travel is definitely a good idea, but somehow somewhere something is missing.  End of the day I don't get the beauty of the murders.

Besides the either pretentious or self-conscious characters, the dialogues are unrealistic and overblown.

At some points the main character, a junior lecturer at Cambridge named Stephen Killigan very irritating too! He makes decisions and irrational choices that just don’t seem to make sense within the plot line.  His relationships with the other characters, especially one of the suspect,  don’t feel convincing, rather funny I should say.

My favorite passage, anyway :
The windows are dark. Stained glass without light is a beautiful voice whose throat has been sliced.


Last Friday night, party started around 7pm plus, but all, except the culprit - our bartender ^^,  get dead drunk before 9pm.  Oh gosh! What kind of party was that?

Should blame the vodka + fruit juice shots !!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Night Out

Last Sunday was Youth Day here. Thus the following Monday, 8th July 2013 was a scheduled school holiday for all primary and secondary school students. Nice!

Me and my incredible went out dinner and watched Despicable Me 2 @ Plaza Singapore. So funny, especially the minions singing the song 'I swear' (underwear LOL:> ). I laughed till my tears came out.

@nana's green tea