Tuesday, October 30
Well, here I am. Again. At the pool of romance. Forlornly awaiting my Prince Charming to arrive and sweep me off my feet. I hold in my little hands my precious water-pistol, which I shall present to him, as a token of my feelings of admiration.
Wait. Who is this dashing visage that appears before me? Oh be still, my beating heart!
I've waiting for so long, and it would all be for naught if I have cold feet now. Well, here goes nothing!
Hello....erm....I'm Xiao-Yuan. Oh, please accept this little gift from me. It's my fav water pistol. Hope you like it~!
You're a strange little girl. So, what is it you want from me?
Erm....This may sound abrupt...See, my book of divinity tells me I'd meet my Prince Charming at this pool. I am wondering....Are you him?
Hahahaa! That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard! I'll keep the water pistol, but as for you, go home and take a look at the mirror ba!
You're a nasty little boy, arn't you? Well, at least now I'm sure you can't possibly be my Prince Charming (who's ever gentle and kind)! Keep the water pistol. And go shoot yourself! Hmmph!
Good thing I have a healthy stock of my fav water pistols! Hee hee!
********** End of Pilot Episode **********
Monday, October 29
Thanks to our regular supplier of quality tags - MamaTang, for this latest one, which has no need for further elaborations or explanatory notes. Here we go.
EIGHT THINGS I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT
(Note: "Passionate" is too strong a word for me. I seriously don't think a regular guy such as myself can afford to be "passionate" about more than a couple of things at any particular phase in life. So, the list below are really stuff which I enjoy doing currently lah)
- Electronic gadgets & gizmos
- Music (Listening to and making)
EIGHT THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE
- Develop the virtue of patience
- Read more (at least beyond my current literature of Movie/Parenting magazines)
- Do more serious photography
- Tour the Silk Road and Tibet with Angie
- Come up with something of an heirloom to pass down to my daughter
- Raise my daughter in the best manner I can
- Be affirmed as a good daddy/hubby by my daughter/wife
- Truly live Life.
EIGHT THINGS I SAY OFTEN
- I'm hungry
- I'm sleepy
- I'm tired
- Later, can?
- Hoh seh boh?
- Zoon boh?
- Oh, sh*t
EIGHT BOOKS I’VE RECENTLY READ
(Note1: "Recently" is defined in this context as "within the past year". Note2: "Read" shouldn't be confused with "Finished reading" )
- Notes From an Even Smaller Island
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Learning to See Creatively
- Super Supervisor Carekit
- The Physics of Superheroes
- A Briefer History of Time
- Da Vinci's Code
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
EIGHT SONGS THAT I COULD LISTEN TO OVER AND OVER
- Majulah Singapura
EIGHT THINGS THAT ATTRACT ME TO MY BEST FRIENDS
- Sense of humour
- Common hobbies/ interests
- Sense of righteousness
EIGHT THINGS I’VE LEARNED THIS PAST YEAR
- Shooting with a dSLR
- Playing the electric bass
- Creating an animated gif image
- Conducting a Red Teaming exercise
- That Parenthood is fun (!!)
- That Parenthood is tiring
- That Parenthood is a lifelong responsibility and commitment
- That I'm undeserving of all the blessings that I've received this past year
EIGHT PEOPLE I THINK SHOULD DO CRAZY EIGHT MEME
If there is one more thing that I can add to the immediate 8-list above, it'd be that I've learnt that I do not have 8 persons whom I can forward a Tag to after completing one. So, this shall have to be the end of the road for this particular Tag.
HUAT AH !!!
|You Are a Werewolf|
You're unpredictable, moody, and downright freaky.
You seem sweet and harmless, until you snap. Then you're a total monster.
Very few people can predict if you're going to be Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde.
But for you, all your transformations seem perfectly natural.
Your greatest power: Your ability to tap into nature
Your greatest weakness: Lack of self control
You play well with: Vampires
|You Are Rocky Road Ice Cream|
Unpredictable and wild, you know how to have fun.
You're also a trendsetter who takes risks with new things.
You know about the latest and greatest - and may have invented it!
You are most compatible with vanilla ice cream.
After her record-setting "Round the Pole" attempt when she was 15 months, the now 18-month-old Jae has now ventured into challenges that are somewhat more static - in this case, storytelling.
Again, as in the previous video, the director would like to advice on viewers' discretion. Here, in a single-cut, unedited and uncut, Jae demonstrates the prowess of her 三寸不烂之舌 and her knack at yakking.
If this is a sign of things to come, I must say in all honesty, that I feel sorry for my future son-in-law already...
Sunday, October 28
Well, here's Jae the Leesko Lancing Queen!
As it turned out, the little star of the clip above decided to drop by as daddy was just done with it. As per normal, she'd demand to hop onto and share the chair with daddy, as well as 'participate' in whatever was going on in the laptop screen. Watching a pseudo Jae dancing away onscreen inspired the real Jae to wanna also "unleash her moves" - not even being perched precariously on a little corner of the chair was gonna stop her from breaking into spontaneous dance. Give this little fella a real dance floor and one can imagine the possibilities....:P
Saturday, October 27
And so, the little creatures of Halloween turned up at the indoor playground Atlantis City@Delta.
The bugs were there - Jae the Bumble-bee and RR the Ladybird.
The Mei-Mei's were there - Kenise and Ilis [Note: Kenise the Garfield holding a special Halloween kids pack courtesy of the Wolf]
The Gor-Gor and Jie-Jie were there too - Iden and wats-her-name who was Iden's neighbour. [Note: Yes, the bog boys and girls love to jump into the ball pit]
And J.I.R. had their first reunion since West Coast Park.
The Girls of Halloween.
Not quite Michael Myers, but the cries of bumble-bee Jae can still be quite unsettling...
Trick or Treat~!
Friday, October 26
So this is it. I'm recording that my current tour of duty has broken the trend where I'd blog everytime I perform one of these monthly duties.
Somehow I sense something isn't quite right here, though. Have a feeling that something is amiss, some logic is askew, somehow...
Maybe not. Maybe it's just me feeling tired after all the hard work. Maybe it's just my mind not functioning optimally at 2:30 in the AM. Maybe I should just click the "Publish Post" button and stop thinking (something I'm not doing particularly well right now) about this.
Monday, October 22
And the shades looked cool on me, too.
Hence a shadow was cast on the sandy beach.
That means that the smaller the area, the larger the pressure.
Which was why I was able to easily perforate the plastic film of this mineral water cup with the sharp end of the straw. Now I know not to waste my time and poke poke poke with the flat end in the future whenever I want to have a drink.
The application of pressure onto the malleable body of the plastic recepticle resulted in a reduction of its internal volume. Since pressure is inversely proportional to volume, this meant that what I'd done created a corresponding increase in internal pressure, which in turn pushed the water up through the straw and into my parched throat.
The principles of fluid dynamics ensured that water would flow from a point of higher pressure to another point where the pressure was lower. That was how the water in the cup gets pushed up the straw and into my mouth!
Observe that I was able to impart an initial upward velocity to the water stream with my pressure application. This upward momentum was just negated by the forces of gravity at the apex of the stream's sinusoidal trajectory (where vel = 0) after which the water stream developed a negative (i.e. downward) velocity in its descent.
v = rw
where v is velocity, r is radius and w is angular velocity.
This also made me better appreciate the effects of centrifugal forces.
Papa is strong. But not THAT strong.
The difference in density was demonstrated with the seaweed floating on the water in my pail. The seaweed floated because its density was lower than the water medium that it was placed in.
Sunday, October 21
Saturday, October 20
My thoughts immediately went to our 4-year-old Compaq PC, which since middle of the year have been behaving crankily by auto-rebooting every so often, sometimes obstinately refusing to boot-up and protesting with a loud BEEEEP when the power button is depressed, and then eventually dying on us completely when the failure to power-up gradually increased to 100%. We have got this PC shortly after returning from the UK in 2003. Notable upgrades to this unit included an LCD monitor, active speaker set with subwoofer and a quite recent addition of a DVD-writer drive. Anyway, after reading the flyer I remarked...
Me: Acer 有 promotion 可以把旧 PC 和 laptop trade in $700 leh. 要不要把我们的那架坏的电脑换掉，买新的？
Angie: 哇，酱好啊？那当然Ok 啦!
And so this morning we showed up at Funan IT Mall Level 1 Atrium at 10am, after having our breakfast at Maxwell Market. The event was slated to start only at 11am, but already, there was a substantially long queue.
However, we noted that most of those present in the queue didn't have any hardware with them, and quickly realised that they were all there not for the trade-in offer, but rather for the redemption of the free Acer optical mouse (worth $49.90). Wah, got free things leh! No wonder got people queuing since even before 9am lah (I was later informed by a Acer sales staff there)! Since we were there, absolutely no sense in not picking up the freebies too. The redemption of the free mouse was limited to one person per household, and valid to the first 100 households on a first come first serve basis. As the staff went around giving up forms (to record address for verification purposes) to those in the queue, we realised that we were 50th in the line.
At the first sight of the Acer sales staff, I went up to ask...
Me: Hi. I'd like to know if there are any requirements with regard to the condition of the old PC and laptop for trading in?
Sales guy: Any condition.
Me: My old PC has problems with booting up. Would that be elligible for the trade-in?
Sales guy: No problem. You just bring your PC here.
What followed then went smoothly too. They took in my old Compaq CPU and LCD, presented me with a $700 voucher, I went ahead to an ATM on Level 3 and withdrew the $$, made payment, and that was it. Our new laptop - the Acer Extensa 4620 - original price $2,098, price after trading-in $1,398.
By the time I was handed the laptop nicely packed up in the free laptop bag, Angie has also received the free Acer wireless optical mouse. Works like a charm with the new laptop.
Papa says not everyone whom I play Hide & Seek in the future might understand Chinese.
That is why I am also learning to count 1 thru 10 in angmor.
Nah. Choo. Chwee. For. Fai. Schik. Nana. Aye. Neigh. Chin.
Friday, October 19
The title is self explainatory, so i guess we need not do the tag rules here.
I admire lots of artists when I was in my teens but I was those "sensible" types who would not spend lots of money to buy their photos or go to their concerts etc... because i was a poor student! I didnt even buy magazines. I had a JC classmate who bought almost all the entertainment magazines he could find in the newspaper stand. I was one of his closer friends so he would tear out the pages which contains the news/ photos of the artists I like and give them to me. So thankful I had such a friend!!! hahaha~~~
In my JC days, I was totally crazy about Hacken Lee.李克勤. I adored him after I watched a Cantonese Drama series《淘气双子星》shown in RTM2, i think? At one point in time I even wanted to become an entertainment news journalist so that I might get a chance to meet him in person! However the editor of an entertainment magazine whom I spoke to asked me to "forget it" because I had "good paper qualifications". Errr....? Well....
Okie, people, show and tell time, who was the artist you were totally crazy about when you were a young chap?
Like the Duracell Rabbit, she just went on and on and on. The clip below captures a portion of her rather animated recital (in Jaemish, of course). Here's what I'd call speaking in free style. ;)
Thursday, October 18
Sunday, October 14
Daddy's Princess all dressed up for her maiden trip to...
...the Singapore Botanic Gardens! It's been some time since our last visit here several years ago, and the changes made were really pretty significant. The main entrance area was totally unrecognisable. The old metal gates were gone and there're now large kois swimming merrily in ponds, welcoming visitors and attracting numerous avid photographers too. Jae got quite excited over seeing the fishes.
Yes yes....the place has indeed changed alot, dear. Not to worry though, we can still find our way around. There's no need for you to start playing tour guide and get all pointy about the routes to take. T_T
Ahh...a familiar sight at last. There are some things that have not changed, after all.
When it involves things she really likes, Jae can be very buey-paiseh...like how she didn't need any invitation to join her "new friend" in playing bubbles.
Jae fell down while running on a rough cement tar track. My heart wrenched when I saw her raw skin on her right knee. The little one didn't so much as utter a sound of complaint as she picked herself up from the ground, merely calling out for me to brush away the sand particles on her hands and legs. She's one tough cookie, this girl.
We managed to only venture to this location, near the NParks HQ, before mommy suggested that we take a break and then head home.
Here's Jaimie....taking a break.
Guess what? Just as we were about to journey back, we bumped into little Darryl's family. Wonder if they eventually did manage to visit the Jacob Ballas Children Playground or not....