Friday, June 27, 2014

Beauty in the Eye of Beholder - but this?

Firstly, I am actually a gadget geek. I know pretty much all the new flagship smartphone and the not so flagship ones. And recent Google event caught my attention with the wearables.

Apparently wearable device is believed (at least Google's camp does so) to be the next big thing after the advent of smartphone.

When Google's first announcement of their wearable device and came out with Moto 360, I have to admit I was WOW-ed by it. I would have swipe my card immediately without doubt for one (even till today I would). This design is revolutionary! 

Then we have LG coming in second with their LG G Watch, which honestly doesn't look too bad actually. If there isn't Moto 360 I would definitely consider this.

In the most recent Google Event, Samsung joined the team too, being one of the manufacturers of Google new platform Android Wear.

Previously Samsung had several attempts though honestly none came close to Moto360 or even LG. It just convey idea of "cheap plastic" - something you can get for 5 bucks in Bugis Street.

You would think given Moto 360 and LG G Watch were announced close to half a year ahead, even if Samsung is cutting cost on design team, they could at least copy those design instead of "inheriting" 

But this, this is what they plan to sell: 

I always thought Samsung is bold with experimentation, Samsung Note series is a huge success. Even the most recent Samsung Galaxy K zoom, the design improved significantly from last year, in fact, that's actually my next wishlist. 

But this watch is just.. just.. cheap plastic (again). It doesn't feel like something that demand the price tag of USD 200. Not to even mention a product that comes from SAMSUNG, not like they are some poor, money losing company. What's wrong with hiring a designer? (I know Beauty is in the Eye of Beholder, but ss there really someone who thinks this look better than Moto 360?)

This, on the other hand, is really to die for. I would definitely get one.. Sell it soon please!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Trip?

One of the motivation to last through exam is the freedom after. Hence, when a friend suggested a trip to Malacca to see our friend who happens to be celebrating his birthday on the same Friday it didn't take much convincing to make the decision.

Except, it wasn't exactly as rosy as how one or at least I would imagine a trip to be.

For a start, I decided to leave office earlier at 5pm to head to checkpoint knowing there will be a jam to Johor Bahru.

And here, at 6pm, a 45 minutes queue before I could board the bus from train station to custom checkpoint.

Follow by another hour of queue at the Singapore checkpoint before I manage to board a bus to Malaysia side.

And finally when I reached Johor at 8pm, met my friend and took a 3 hour ride to Malacca, first stop was the hospital....

Turns out our friend have to send his friend to the hospital due to some emergency. And since we are staying at our friends' place, and the whole idea was to spend time with him, we end up spending all night until 4am. With only about an hour break in between where we when for supper at a mamak stall. 

*Our selfie session in the hospital*

The next day didn't get any better with our host having an ad hoc business meeting and left me and my friend sleeping till noon follow by a western lunch (i.e. no chicken rice ball) and a trip to the Road Traffic Department to renew my driving licence (!?)

Yes.. not sure why but that did happen.

So lastly we meet up with our host friend for a late lunch/tea session at Old Town and then I am on bus back to SG.. Which concludes my Malacca trip.

To Summarize:
-no Chicken Rice ball
-no Chendol with Gula Melaka
-no Laksa/Curry
-no Crepe cake
-no A Famosa photo taking

But, we did have hours of catch up and good laughter. That kinda makes it worth it.

Our Western lunch at Wok and Pan. The Cordon Bleu chicken recommended is actually very nice. Pan fried instead of deep fried, less oily though it will hardly find its place in list of healthy food.  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014



This blog has last been updated on the 20th of Sept 2012. Even that was 1 post after a year or so of inactivity. One main reason was plainly being lazy and with a secondary one being I decided to go back to school again in 2011. A second degree. 

3 years later, today on the 11th June 2014, I have finally finished my LAST paper! Results will be released in August and whether I have to retake any subject will depend on that (touching wood while typing this - obviously hope not) but at least as far as things are concern now, I am done with it!

The picture was taken outside the examination center. One of the last cramming moments I will surely not miss. 

3 years of hard work (sorta - doing it part time basis) and a lot of money spend. For some reason, this is the first thing I wanna do, to put an entry into this blog. Perhaps this has always been the place I have been using to share my thoughts out loud and also for a good couple of years this place has been my diary recording my experience of growing up from the break up with the only person I ever called a boyfriend. 

I decided to take up this course because I know I do not enjoy the field I am currently in, but there is also a little part of me which wanted to prove that I can do what he has completed, and those in that industry need not be so arrogant and overly proud. Though by now I have to admit for those who gets 2nd upper and above (which he is in), you have my respect. I am at best a 2:2 but allow me to be a little defensive and say I did it part time. 

So yea, in a way, he inspired me to try this field and it lead to me having now a second degree coming up. If I were to be romantic to describe this, fate definitely loves to tease both of us. Since our break up in December 2009, we have probably met 3 times, each about a year apart and all planned and arranged in advance with the last one in last February when I try to skip Chinese New Year and stayed in Singapore. For the first time in this past 4 and half year, we bumped into each other today, unplanned, unexpected, the day I finished the course which he gave me the idea to try. 

This may just be a plain coincidence to some but how often in my life would I sit for my last paper for a degree inspired by someone (obviously if i were to put it that way the count is 1) and bump into that person on the same day? 

My bestie from school who was sitting next to me saw us making eye contact and simple gestures asked who this is. I told her that's my ex and the first comment she made was, "He is very handsome" and yea, well still standing tall at over 180 and regularly gymming, hair nicely waxed and big eyes, no reason why she wouldn't say that. Although she had also been supportive later by adding who needs him luh..  I love my bestie. 

Well I know it is silly to believe this is fate but no harm indulging sometimes in romantic thoughts like this. It just feels like a nice beautiful end to this 3 year journey of my second degree. The person who inspired me to start on this journey was there at the end of it. Though he definitely would not have any idea of this.

If things work out well, another new journey will begin real soon. Hopefully will be able to record it down here..