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.