Saturday, December 25, 2010

[Turkey] All Set n Ready to Go

All set n Ready to GO

I also wanna go.....
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kuching Kolo Mee on Singapore Channel U

In this episode of 《我的食习日记》 my hometown, Kuching (Sarawak, Malaysia) is chosen for Ben (杨志龙) to learn some dish in his Channel U 'Food Apprentice' Show 《我的食习日记》. It is a show where instead of having famous chef demonstrating the way to cook, Ben has to learn from the local chef, and at the last day of his training perform the dish for his masters to examine his skills.

And what food can better represent Kuching if not Kolo Mee.

Will I see the familiar 'Channel U endorsed' food sticker on the stall the next time I visit 新联成?
Whether they have the sticker or not, I just hope they won't increase the price again...
By the way, it is still possible to get Kolo Mee at RM2.00 in Kuching. Cheap eh?
Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Brief History of Medicine

"Doctor, I am sick."

2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."

1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."

1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."

1920 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."

1975 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."

2010 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!"

This irony may be funny. But this irony reported here make me don't know to sigh or to cry... 《孩子们,请不要读医科!》
The original newspaper article: 《实习医生过剩 马国拟建议大学停办医科五年》
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

If only SweetTalk tastes half as good...

KOI Cafe’s Red Tea Macchiato

The frothy milk added on top of the tea instead of blending it together, gives me alternative ways to savor the otherwise commonly-available milk tea.
A layer of think milky creamer first strikes your taste buds, followed by the characteristic flavor of brewed tea...

If only SweetTalk tastes half as good...

Would like to try 贡茶 someday...
Saturday, December 4, 2010

20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer

Welcome Back...

All it takes is a simple move, done with a heart, for people to feel the warmth...
My eyes actually waters towards the end of the clip...
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Most Pathetic McChicken

Was waiting for my order at the counter after making the payment. Then suddenly a guy came to the counter and ask, 'Can I have some lettuce for my burger?'
I peeped at the burger in his hand, and to my astonishment, it's not that there is very little lettuce.. THERE IS NO LETTUCE AT ALL!!!!

I opened mine.. $4!+#%*&

a pathetic piece of chicken, kiap between 2 bread. and some mayo.. that's it...
McDonald's... If this is how you treat customer... you win... I have nothing to say...
If you ran out of lettuce then just say so la...
Tell the customer the burger is sold out. Don't just keep quiet and sell us sub-standard products and expect customer to accept it.

I miss my Ramly Burger...
Monday, November 29, 2010

SG Wedding Ang Pow Calculation

Been receiving quite a number of Red Bombs recently, but as newbie to the working society, I seriously don't know how much should I 'pau'. So coincidentally a friend of mine send this to me.
So I'm gonna share it here.
Correct as of 2010. Amount may increase with years due to inflation
Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Song Written for Me

黃乙玲-愛到才知痛 GES Version
If lazy to wait, just scroll to 0:58

Here's the original MTV
Thursday, November 25, 2010

Type Your Sky

All it takes is a pair of observant eyes..
to create these letters, taking photos of buildings against the blue skies...
Sunday, November 21, 2010

You know it's Christmas when...

You know it's Christmas when gigantic Christmas trees start to dominate the empty spaces in front of the shopping centers

You know it's Christmas when big big discount ad start to fill the windows of the retail shops

You know it's Christmas when IKEA starts selling Julmust, the once-in-a-year-only softdrink, that easily outsells Coca-Cola in the Christmas seasons

You know it's Christmas when DAISO starts selling $2 Christmas decorations

You know it's Christmas when Websites, FaceBook Applications, MMO games, etc start to have Christmas promo

You know it's Christmas when you can listen to Christmas songs on online radios

You know it's Christmas when ppl who can't wait for Christmas start telling the world how they can't wait for Christmas

But most of the time you can't explain it, instead you just know it.
'Cos you can just feel the festive atmosphere in the air...
I know this is a bit early, and I know this is last year's picture.
Just bear with me, cos I'm already in my Christmas mood
Monday, November 15, 2010

OMG! Is that a potty that they are wearing on their head?!?

Ever wonder how does it feel like to wear your potty (aka Tam Pui, aka 痰盂, 尿壶) on your head?
I know that thought never cross my mind.
But in case you did but never have the chance to try it out, you can go ask those working at McDonald's now.

Kid: Daddy, I want to wear my potty like that too.
Father: Don't be ridiculous lah. Wear like that later you become stupid like them.

Seriously don't know what are those marketing people in McD thinking...
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wow! So that's how they do it.. All thanks to the food stylists.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Welcome to 'MY' Tomb

Scenario 1: Meeting freshmen
GES: Hi, I'm Eng Seng
Freshman: Sorry?
GES: Eng Seng, as in Gan Eng Seng.
Freshman: OHHH!! You are 'THE' Gan Eng Seng
GES: -_-|||

Scenario 2: Meeting Lab attachment student
GES: Hi, I'm Eng Seng
Attachment Student: Oh.
GES: My full name is Gan Eng Seng
Attachment Student: Ha Ha! Don't bluff lah.
show her my matriculation card and she look back in disbelief...

Scenario 3 and the most common one: submitting personal document
Receptionist looked at my application form, double checked with my photocopied IC and smiled
GES: (smile back) mere coincidence, mere coincidence..

These aren't the first, and I don't think they will be the last.

A friend of mine shared this with me on Facebook few months ago
Not really my tombstone la.

It belongs to Gan Eng Seng (the one here, not the one listed here), one of the early chinese pioneers of Singapore. And that explains why my name is ever so easy to remember among the Singaporeans.
Even if they don't know who he is, I guess they should at least know the 2 schools named after him, Gan Eng Seng School and Gan Eng Seng Primary School. =)

Photo taken with Gan Eng Seng School during my first trip to Singapore.
taken ~10years ago
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

After Monday & Tuesday, even the calendar says...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Monopoly Singapore is back

Still remember the McDonald's Monopoly hype I talked about last year here?

It's BACK!!!
And It's BIGGER!! with S$80,000 Cash

Monopoly Singapore website:
Sunday, October 17, 2010

How to Create a Playlist on BooMP3

A reply to a comment on my previous post on BooMP3.
Special credit given to Google Translate, because I can't speak Portugese

Creating your own playlist is just a few clicks away after uploading your songs to Dropbox and adding it to BooMP3.

Step 1: Click on 'view your files'.
Only available after signing up with BooMP3, and thus the high recommendation of

Step2: Hover your mouse pointer over your songs, and 2 new selection will appear. Click on 'ADD TO PLAYLIST'

Step3: You can then add the song to your existing playlist, or Create a new playlist.

Step4: Embed the playlist to your Blog/Website
This is the tricky part but I think BooMP3 will have this feature in the future
For the moment, this is what I can think of.
use the iframe html code:

<iframe src="YOUR_URL_HERE"></iframe>

<iframe src=""></iframe>

And there you have it

Now everytime you click on 'View Your Files', you can see your uploaded files and created playlists.

Will update this post, when BooMP3 expand on their features.
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Embed MP3 into blog/website with a Flash Player

Unlike videos, where you can upload to Youtube, there aren't a lot of places where you can upload your audio files and later embed them to your blog/website.
Of course you can always use the simple <embed src="yourmusic.mp3"></embed> html code, but you will need to install the Apple QuickTime plugin to play it on your browser.
On the other hand, nowadays Adobe Flash is almost omnipresent in all computers. Coupled with the increasing usage of Dropbox, BooMP3 is a light-weight & free flash MP3 player that allow you to embed MP3 uploaded to your Dropbox account into your blog/website.

The Main page of BooMP3

Embedding using BooMP3 follows 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Register at Dropbox
Oh ya! Do use the link above, cos Dropbox says: "For every friend who joins Dropbox, we'll give you BOTH 500 MB of bonus space!"

Step 2: Optional but highly recommended: Login with Facebook
With an registered account, you can better keep track of your uploaded files
like this

Step 3: Upload an mp3 file to your Dropbox
1. Go to Dropbox website
2. Go to the 'Public' folder
3. Click "Upload" and upload your mp3 file

Step 4: Copy it's public URL
1. Go to Dropbox website
2. Find your mp3 file
3. Hover your mouse over it and click small blue down-pointing triangle

4. Click "Copy public link"

Step 5: Paste the link at the text field
and click 'Save'

And there you have it, a flash MP3 player for your blog/website.
Just copy and paste the html code. If you want, you can tick the checkbox □ for Autoplay and Loop. You can even create playlists for your uploaded songs.

An example of my uploaded song
Perfect Blue - Sungha Jung

Perfect Blue - Sungha Jung

The e-mail Cycle

I guess the same cycle applies to facebookacebook
Saturday, October 9, 2010

An Old Guitar with New Strings

It was old, dusty and rusty

After polished, it is now all smooth & shiny

My guitar, after restring and tuning from an online tuner

Saturday, October 2, 2010

On the world tallest Ferris wheel- the Singapore Flyer

Went to the Singapore Flyer not because we have nowhere better to spend that S$29.50, but because we have a free tickets from the New Paper Big Walk 2010. =) And that's the original intention of participating in that Big Walk.
Standing at 165m, it is currently the world tallest Ferris wheel, for now. It will soon be surpased by the 208m Beijing Great Wheel scheduled for opening in 2010.

To take a ride in the Singapore Flyer is like taking a flight. The whole architecture (though badly designed) mimics the experience of taking a flight from the airport. From the signs hanging from the ceiling, to the Jet-bridge like walkway to the wheel.
Not too sure if it is because it is a weekday, the number of visitors is not as many as I thought for a tourist spot, though presentable by Singapore standard. Thou shalt not compare thee to the London Eye.

Anyway, for a first-timer it was a pleasant experience.
I have not been to the Eye on Malaysia, and No, I have not ridden the London Eye. The snaking queue in the day and even at night fight off my desire to ride the London Eye.
The queue for the Singapore Flyer was just nice. Not too short, such that I can take time to snap a few pictures of its exterior n surroundings, and not too long til the boredom dominates over the excitement of taking the Flyer.
They have nice 'steward' and 'stewardess' n a nice bluish lit 'cabin' in the gondola.
And from the moment we got on, our cameras didn't stop snapping.
Over the 30-min flight, we have the Marina Barrage, the Marina Bay, and Downtown Suntec and Bugis area as the backdrop for our group photos.

The view of the Marina Bay is always blocked by the gondola in front.
Until... Our gondola reaches its peak at the turn of the wheel.
And that's what all of us have been waiting for... the whole bird's eye view of the skyline of Singapore's CBD and the Marina Bay Sands.
After taking the Singapore Flyer, I seriously think the landscape of the surroundings can be better designed.. like have a few places where people can take picture using the Flyer as the background. and maybe have a few more shops or stalls that can engage the visitors after their rides... Now the Flyer is just a standalone Ferris wheel, there is nothing else to enhance the experience...

If you ask me if I would recommend it to my friends, I would say 'Nar... your S$29.50 can be better spend else where.."

and I just know that, like the Internet, the Ferris wheel should be written with a big letter 'F'. The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. And later the term Ferris wheel came to be used generically for all such structures.

A comparison of the tallest Ferris Wheels in the world.