Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Last Call!!! for Ezlink Card Replacement

Today is the last day for Mass Ezlink Card Replacement.
And as always, you find those 要大便才找厕所ish people making a snaking queueline in front of the ticket office...
I guess that's human nature to take things for granted. The LTA (Land Transport Authority) even posted "LAST CALL" notices at obvious places to sort of warn the public what is expected to happen on the last day.
We were given 9 solid months, from 9 January to 30 September 2009, to exchange our cards into the new Contactless e-Purse Applications (CEPAS) compliant card. Yet, there are people who would prefer to queue for ~1 hour to settle something which can be done in ~5 minutes on a normal day before the deadline.
唉…我无语了…慢慢去等吧…
Picture taken in Toa Payoh MRT Station at ~7.30pm, when I'm back from work.

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Earthquake in Singapore

An earthquake which scored 7.6 on the Richter magnitude scale hit Indonesia's Sumatra Island today. And the aftershocks caused some tremors here in Singapore in the evening.
I didn't feel a thing, maybe because I was traveling in the MRT back to Toa Payoh.
Straits Times and the other news kinda reported that the residents were scared.
Well... I begged to differ after watching this video...

Wah Lao.. still can say "Send 去报馆. Send 去报馆." OMG... 未免太没安全意识了吧…

To my friends & family in Kuching, for the moment, don't worry la. There were currently no reports of injuries or deaths here.

For more Singapore Earthquake related video, click here.
Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cartoonize your Pictures

Some saw my avatar
And asked how did I do this?

Well... You can refer to the many Photoshop Tutorial on the web like this, this or this...
or...
You can try BeFunky (http://www.befunky.com/), an online application that helps turn your photo into cartoonized pictures.
The interface is clean and very easy to use.
A click at 'Get Started Now!' loads the application and you can choose the type 'cartoonization' you want. In this case I chose one of my personal favourite, SunBurst. Then after uploading your photo, the application automatically generates the cartoonized picture.
Most of the time the picture created is perfect, but for those who want some control, you can still make some adjustment at the top bar.

Some examples:
Original photo:
Cartoonized Pictures:
Original photo:
Cartoonized Pictures:

Have Fun Cartoonizing Your Photos!!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Relax... @ St. Regis Singapore

Got an invitation from Peijia last weekend to spend a night at a 5-star hotel at St. Regis Singapore.
Its website claims the following:

Singapore's Most Prestigious Address

Superbly located in the heart of prestigious downtown, the St. Regis is Singapore’s most eminent address, where unsurpassed luxury resides. A gleaming landmark of exquisite ambience, the hotel houses one of Asia’s finest private art collections.
Unsurpassed Personal Service
Experience our legendary bespoke service as St. Regis Butlers delight in meeting your individual needs around the clock, and enjoy flawless service by our impeccable staff when wining at Decanter, dining at Yan Ting or relaxing at the Remède Spa.
Timeless Elegance
We perfect the fine art of elegance in our 299 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites. Each immaculate detail - crystal chandelier, original art piece or lush designer fabric - is meticulously selected to inspire modern opulence.
Taken from St. Regis Singapore website

Blah.. blah.. blah... a lot of bombastic words, but all can be summarized to good location, good service (Butler Service), and good facilities (Dining, Spa, Room)

Shin & I met up at the lobby filled with Ang Mo, and slipped in to Level 1U. There, Ah Kok brought us to the room at Level 15.
I had never been to a 5-star hotel before, but the room really looked very appealing to me.
Ah Kok and Peijia began introducing the room to us swaku, showing us the TV set, the triple layered curtains (1 completely opaque, 1 translucent, and 1 for decoration), the bathroom 2x the size of my room in Toa Payoh and the multifunctional shower, the many wardrobe, the very intelligent lights setting, and the fully-equipped fridge with liquor, wine, juice, mineral water, carbonated drinks...
I personally find the intelligent lights setting quite interesting. If you just wake up in the morning and don't want the light to be too bright, a press at the 'wake-up' button, will dimmed the lights especially those in the bathroom such that it's just nice to the eyes. If you wanna sleep or 嘿咻嘿咻, a press at the 'cosy' will create a warm ambiance in room. The many other settings includes 'movie', 'warm', etc...

The room in St. Regis Hotel
The second-timer showing the first-timer around
The many things in the room including the 'intimate kit'. How thoughtful of them.
We then went to the Remède Spa at Level 2. Because the girls need the key to use the locker, Ah Kok and I went down in our bathrobes. Damn embarrassing. At the reception, we were greeted by a very friendly receptionist. Once inside, Ah Kok again introduced the facilities to me, the swaku first-timer: Sensorial Spa, Steam Chambers, Cedar Wood Sauna, Spa Garden with Pool, Heated Wave Loungers, Ice Fountain, and the Fitness Center next to the Spa.
I can only say it's a rich man's way of enjoying life (just relaxing and doing nothing else), or a lazy rich man's way of exercising (just sweating and doing nothing else).
We tried out the spa for ~50min til it closes at 10pm, then we went out to the outdoor pool for a swim and meet up with the girls.
Having enough 'exercise', we went back to our room and queue for bath while waiting for Kane to arrive. And there goes another round of introduction to the room.
Next, it's time to try the butler service, PJ called up and ask for complimentary drinks of Earl Grey tea and Hot Chocolate. =)
Even at late hours, the respond of the butler service is still quite fast.
It was a comfortable sleep on the over-sized single bed, with down feather blanket over our body. What's more we closed the opaque curtain and allow ourselves to sleep til noon the next day.
After a simple brunch, we went down to the spa and pool again and this time enjoying ourselves to the fullest until 3+pm.
We checked out at 4pm and went for a late Ayam Penget lunch at Lucky Plaze before going hall for Malaysia Night '09.
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I must say, the room, facilities and service really live up to their name.
The facilities is good, but what's more praiseworthy is the attitude of the staff. Although we dress-up rather cheapskate, the staff doesn't give us the 狗眼看人低 look, very unlike some 2/3/4-hotel that I'd been to.

And the Spa and Finnish Sauna, reminds me of the days we had sauna on the frozen lake in Kiruna, Sweden (145km north of the Arctic circle), and the Spa at Szechenyi Bath in Budapest, Hungary.

Sauna on Ice, KirunaSzéchenyi Bath, Budapest

But good things come with a price.
I was told that the room that we rented costs S$700+ a night. OH-MY-GOD!!! That's my two-month worth of room rent!!

Don't think I'll ever get a chance to stay in such a luxurious hotel if Peijia hadn't gotten the complimentary stay from her sis.

Just wanna say, Thanks, Peijia and Kok, for the treat!
Next time I bring u guys to stay at 5-star rumah papan at Kuching.
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google了一下什么是“三温暖”,得到一个我比较可以接受的解释:
“三温暖”: 就是头一汤泡到摄氏36度的水池里十分钟,然后跳到冷水池里;第二汤泡到40度的水池里十分钟,接着再跳到冷水池里;最后是干、湿桑拿十分钟,再跳到冷水池里。这样,热水下皮肤伸张,排出身体中的污垢、头屑等排泄物;冷水下,皮肤收紧,防止脏物回流。如此“三热”、“三冷”,构成“三温暖”。按照韩国人的说法,三温暖可促进血液循环和新陈代谢,对肌肤美容和体形塑造有神奇效果。

喔…原来如此…

竟然有人回答, “三温暖”: 就是…温暖你, 温暖我, 温暖他! 我晕…

Next Target: 冬季北海道赏雪泡汤温泉之旅
Friday, September 11, 2009

Compare Youtube Videos Side By Side

After watching the Umbrella youtube videos, I was thinking...
It would be best if there's some application/website that can make comparing 2 videos easier, instead of switching between different 2 tabs or resizing & putting 2 different browsers side by side.
A google search brings me to YouTube Doubler.

Just copy & paste the url of the videos, and YouTube Doubler automatically picks up the embed code of the videos and align them next to each other, IN THE SAME WINDOW!
It loads and plays both videos automatically, allowing us to simultaneously compare the videos.
It's simple to use, & no registration is needed.
A click on 'Put on your site' under the video generates the embed code for us to put both videos in our own website, like the one below.
Note: videos resized to fit the width of my blog.


Pretty cool eh, just making use of some simple logic and it saves us a lot of hassle.