Monday, December 8, 2008

Restore DELETED Files

Good thing should be shared.
Few days back I accidentally shift-deleted my entire folder of movies.
It was like $#!+. There goes my entertainment for the holiday..

I tried the previous file restore software that I previously recommended (, but somehow, it doesn't work this time.
2 years had passed since I last used it,
so maybe it's outdated
OR maybe it can't detect the physical remnants of the files under NTFS
OR maybe it is just not compatible with WINDOWS VISTA!!! =(

I comb the web once more, for a file recovery software.
after a few 'download-install-test run-uninstall' I found the perfect one...

SoftPerfect File Recovery
It's small: only 268KB
It's fussless: no installation needed, it can run by itself
It's clean: check out its clean interface below
It's fast: just 3 clicks (Search -> Click the files you wanna recover -> Restore)
It's FREE: a free to distribute freeware
So the next time, you did something stupid, like
shift-deleting or 'Empty Recycle Bin' the files you want, OR
accidentally formatted your SD card with the photos you want.
Try this out.
It is a freeware.
So feel free to download from SoftPerfect.
Available for download from here (

SoftPerfect File Recovery
File Recovery.rar

JAS Open House & Charity Sale 2008

On 6 December 2008 the Japanese Association, Singapore (JAS) had their annual Open House and Charity Bazaar at their building at Adam Road, located here:

Shin & I, together with Wuhong and Meng Ho reach there at noon.
Walking in we see many food stalls selling Jap food, a bit like the 夏日祭 we usually see in anime. Only this time they have those red n white tentage instead of the bamboo type. =)
Feeling a bit hungry, we walk in to see what else are there to buy to fill our stomach. Here on sales are those packaged food. All made in japan, of course, with their colourful BUT weight-lot-less-than-it look packaging.
Then I realise everyone around us converse in nihongo. But luckily all those stall-keepers speak English. In fact most of them are not Japanese for they speak with either a Singaporean or Chinese accent.
We bought some sushi, 冰糖苹果, potato salad, banana custard puff, some sandwich and Okonomiyaki (Japanese hot-plate pizza). Food was just okay, but in the first place, we come here not for the food but rather the atmosphere. =)
After lunch, we go in to visit the many rooms in each floor opened to public only on these special occasions of the year. There are games room, indoor market, karaoke room (playing jap songs of course), massage room, etc. Some of the pictures taken:
Games rooms: Paper Cutting room, Origami room, Chess room
Massage room, Indoor market, Wishing Tree...
Of course not forgetting the famous Ai Ai Gasa or "Together Umbrella"
And Kawaii Japanese girls. =)
Before we leave, Shin and I bought some package food to pamper ourselves.
All in all, it was a nice experience.
But I think it could be better organised. Say with some games stall such as Goldfish scooping, some performance, or even hanabi (fireworks) at night, with more kawaii girls wearing summer kimono or guys wearing fundoshi (Japanese loincloth). =)

Sunday, December 7, 2008


NUS officially moves into its year end holiday.
So no more hall food for us for a month.
To save money, and partly to prevent us from eating from the same PGP stall everyday, we decided to cook our own dinner.


蒜炒空心菜 (Kangkung)

I miss my dinner gang in Lund.
How are you guys?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pata. Pata. Pata. PON!

I finish playing Patapon!
Took me ~1 week to finish this game.

Patapon, in PSP
The Patapon were a group of tribal people. They were defeated by the evil Zigoton tribe a long time ago. And this is where I come in. I play as the Almighty Kami ('God' in Japanese), and uses sacred war drums to direct the Patapon tribe to take back their land. As the story progresses, the Patapon also embark on a journey to Earthend to look upon "IT," a sacred object whose appearance and purpose is unknown to the tribe...."

All in all, it's like commanding a squad of Spartans to fight for you, much like 300. =)

It's like a rhythm game, where u follow the beat and press the button accordingly (like the dance mat), to control the actions of the Patapons.
It's like a strategy game, where you decide which unit to use to accomplish the mission, and when to attack, defense and retreat.
It's like a RPG game, where you get to collect resources, play minigames, equip your character with weapons and shields, and find bosses.

It's not very easy, especially to keep the patapons in their 'FEVER' mode for maximum attack, but not too hard to play either.
It is super addictive.
I love the cute eye-ball figures of patapons.
Not to forget the sound they make after you hit your magical drums to direct them. =)
It keep me singing 'pata pata pata pon' in my head.

~a great game to kill time. =)
Click here to play Patapon online.
Thanks Teo Peng for lending me his PSP

Attachment: patapon.mp3