Monday, July 30, 2007

Onitsuka Tiger - August Releases

Upcoming August 2007 Releases. The following shoes will be released towards the end of August at Isetan KLCC.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Itching For A Vacation

Following from my last post, Nicol eventually won the 2007 CIMB Malaysian Open Challenge defeating England’s Tania Bailey 9-4, 9-3, 9-2 in 36 minutes. Hats off to the pocket dynamite. Congratulations Nicol.

Prize money for winning the tournament was USD 6,650. With that amount of money I think probably go for a vacation. Talking about this I really need to go for a holiday as I've been working non-stop since February. Time to give myself a rest. Given a choice I'll join a cruise as I've yet to try it out. Hmmm ... perhaps I might consider one towards the end of next month.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Meeting a World Champion

The latest leg of the Squash Tour, Malaysian Open 2007 is in town. Held at the Main Court of The Curve Shopping Mall, a majority of squash's elite dazzle the Malaysian crowd yet again after doing so last year at the Berjaya Times Square. For sure to attract the crowds is our very own 'pocket dynamite' Nicol David. Nicol showed why she's a class above the rest of the field last night playing against Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy. It took Nicol 27 minutes to register a 9-4, 9-3, 9-0 win to book her place in the Semi Finals. Her next opponent will be Rachel Grinham from Australia who also delivered a smilar ruthless display earlier to set up another enocunter.


Nicol in Action.

I had the privelege of meeting up with Nicol after the game and armed with a million dollar smile it's not hard to figure out why she's so charismatic and such a darling of the media.


Up close and Personal with a World Champion.

All the best to you Nicol.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Singapore

I travelled to Singapore again last week. Too much to write about so I'll just be using photos instead.


Airebus


Highly Recommend: Flat Fish with Sambal at Lai Huat Restaurant, near the Jalan Besar Stadium.


Crayfish -Lai Huat Restaurant, near the Jalan Besar Stadium.


Seafood Tauhu - Lai Huat Restaurant, near the Jalan Besar Stadium.


Food Galore - Lai Huat Restaurant, near the Jalan Besar Stadium.

2nd Day. 'Buffalo Cart Water' - Temporary Hawker Centre


Fish Soup


Petai. Yummy


Claypot Rice. Black Sauce served separately


Showtime - Soft Porn Cinema


Chinatown - Dessert


Chinatown - Street Magic show


Chinatown - Wood clay specialist.


Chinatown - Tooth Relic Temple. Subject of Controversy


Chinatown - Tooth Relic Temple. Sacred Bell


Chinatown - Tooth Relic Temple. Buddha


Chinatown - Tooth Relic Temple. 8 Footer

Chinatown - Tooth Relic Temple. view from below
Chinatown - Tooth Relic Temple. Front view.

Chinatown - Tooth Relic Temple. Opening Hours


It's fo famous that buyers are made to wait in queues up to 4 hours during Chinese New Year.

Tallest Wedding Cake In Singapore.
Third Day. Sampling food around town.

Jurong East Hawker Centre - Yam

Jurong East Hawker Centre - Black Pepper Bak Kut Teh

Jurong East Hawker Centre - Marinated Pork

Vivo City

Vivo City
Vivo Park

Vivo City Overlooking Sentosa

Vivo City Overlooking Sentosa

Vivo City Overlooking Sentosa

GIANT has arrived.

Toast Box
Bull Power!
Well ... are there times when you are not too sure what to order to drink? Introducing, Whatever? (Non-Carbonated) and Anything? (Carbonated) where every can is a surprise. You'll not know what are the contents until you open the can and pour them out (or if you look at the label).

Anything? or Whatever?


Anything? or Whatever? Dang .....

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Savlon Hunting

I think I'm cursed at times. My time is always spent looking for something that is pretty darn difficult to find or at times just waiting for people. This was what happened to me last Thursday when I was assigned to buy some Savlon Antiseptic Cream for someone who lives in Singapore. How hard can that be eh? According to this person, he has had such a difficult time looking for them in Singapore. Apparently it has been out of stock for quite some time and he needs them for his father in law's wound (apparently he only takes Savlon as the other brands does not heal as effectively). Easy I thought. A visit to a few pharmacies did not bear fruit. What seems like a routine buy turned into Mission Impossible. I went round the city looking for them. Where are things when you need them? Imagine yourself driving around aimlessly for 2 hours looking to buy something that you think you often see but don't buy.

Most of the pharmacists and staff I spoke to told me that they've been waiting quite some time for the stocks to come in. Thoughts came into my mind, were they re-called due to manufacturing defects? About to give up, someone managed to contact a pharmacist that she used to work with and they have 4 tubes left but it's quite far from where I was. In fact she even booked the 4 tubes on my behalf (Wow this is even worse than queueing up to buy Harry Potter's last book). Still determined to buy it off the shelves nearby instead, I spent another hour or so but only managed to find a tube. At last count I think I went to about 15-20 pharmacies before deciding to head off to get it from my friend's contact.


No you can't find them here.


Not here either.


Nah ... not even here.


My last stop. Hooray ... got them finally. The satisfaction is even better than sex.


Savlon Antiseptic - Limited Edition Series Year 2005.

A thing I noticed was the tubes I bought from both pharmacies were actually manufactured in 2005. It seems that Savlon has stopped for some time at least. Can someone care to enlighten me on what's happening? I don't want to go through all this trouble again anytime soon. In the meantime let's just hope DUREX won't run out as well. I don't wanna be a serial condom hunter.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Stressful Day

I was at Mid Valley to buy bus tickets for my upcoming trip to Singapore. The Airebus Counter was in Boulevard Hotel and proceeded to buy them. However, to my disappointment I was told that I would have to come back a short while as they were having technical glitches with their system. Rather than wondering when they will be able to sort out the error, I left my contact details hoping that they will call me once they were done. Thinking I had a little bit of time to spare I went Transformers Toy hunting but to my amazement, they were sold out almost everywhere. A short chat with the staff from the Toys Dept. revealed that the toys were snapped up like hot cakes and they are still waiting for the repeat orders form Hasbro to come in. An hour gone and I was back at the counter to check on the availability of the tickets and still the problem has not been sorted out. Bloody hell, ended up spending my time in Mid Valley walking aimlessly. To cut short the story I was made to wait close to a full 3 hours for the tickets, with the reason being, they can't get the Internet connection up. Not even a simple apology was given by the staff manning the counter.


My Bus Ticket.


What It Should've Been After Waiting for close to 3 hours.

If I thought my time spent waiting for tickets were bad, imagine what I had to endure when I watched Harry Potter (HP) later that day. Quite a number of people I spoke to did not enjoy the movie. I on the other hand found the latest instalment of HP in the movies enjoyable. Gone are the Quidditch games and mini fun adventures as HP grows up and face the harsher realities of life. This HP is much darker, confused and angst filled. However, I couldn't fully enjoy the movie as I was having an upset tummy throughout the movie. It was pure agony wanting the movie to finish as fast as possible. At times, the adrenalin rush from within my body gave me more sensation than the movie itself. I suspect it must've been the Pizza that I had for dinner. But could it have been something else that I ate as only myself and Michael were crying our asses out the whole night whereas Gumpkins and Kim were fine all night long. Hmmm... I'm still wondering.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Trip To Singapore

Arriving at Singapore, I wasn't able to recall how different it looked the last I came as it was quite some time ago. Putting up along Geylang Road, night life seemed very exciting in Singapore.


Geylang Road. Need I say more?

As I was on a work related trip, I did not have much time to look around as my days there were occupied with meeting and when I had time it was already late in the evening. The only places I went to were Marina Square and Vivo City.


Transformers at Toy's 'R' Us at Vivo City.


Big Bot! Prime Time.

Fortunately there were some good people in Singapore who were kind enough to spend their time making sure I got a look around of Night Life around the city.


Parking In Singapore. Supposedly most of the drivers there resort to reverse parking.

While in Malaysia .... this is the style of parking we resort to


No Belakang Mari usually.

Before I went, I was recommended by a friend of mine to tried out the Seafood in Pasir Panjang (PP) so I insisted on sampling around (PP).


Hua Kee.


Hmmm .. are they good?


Crabs. At SGD33 kinda cut throat.

Unfortunately the taste was just a bit not to my liking (to say the least). However the mutton satay served saved the day.


Dining with P. Yee and Zhao Quan.


At least the Satay tasted good.

After feasting on some good old Singaporean food, we headed towards Clark Quay. Lying near the mouth of the Singapore River, the site was the centre of commerce during the late 19th century. Today, Clarke Quay is still buzzing with life and activity but of a different kind. The waterfront godowns now play host to a colourful kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retail shops. The bustling market atmosphere of bygone days comes alive amidst the rows of charming shophouses, pushcarts, and five-foot-way merchants.

Among the first thing I noticed at Clark Quay was this Reverse Bungy Jump that was going on. also known as The G-MAX it was invented in New Zealand by Troy Griffin in 1995 (Well New Zealanders have to find something better to do besides playing around with sheeps and cows don't they?). Boasting a 10 year international operational record of over a million jumps with a 100% safety record, you can't help stopping yourself from trying it out. Accommodating up to 3 per jump, you can share your experience with a friend of yours in the event you are not confident on trying it out alone. Attached to a bungy cord, it will launch itself 60 metres in the air and the poor soul will be experiencing G-Forces of a F1 driver. Add to that there is a DVD recording that will be screened LIVE to curious onlookers who will enjoy your every scream throughout the ride. Priced at SGD 40 per ride, you could opt to purchase a recording of your entire ordeal at SGD 10 in the form of a DVD.


G Max Reverse Bungy.


Holy Cow! Slingshot 60 metres up.


Turkish Ice-Cream. The owner looks familiar.


Mortuary. CSI Wannabes


Mortuary.

Walking along Clark Quay, bumped into Dawn Yang. Time stood still as I admired her good looks but not wanting to look like a total freak to her, I restrained myself from approaching her and got along with the rest who were waiting for me.

We then walked around aimlessly for a good hour before deciding to rest awhile savouring food and enjoy some eye candy at Hooters®. FYI, Hooters® a place where the waitresses are dressed (or looked undressed to some) to kill ... With their orange hot pants and transparent white tees, some can't help it but to try their luck with the girls.


Hooters® Fans.


The closest Hooter I got to all night.


1 Nite Stand? Hmmm .....

Spending 3 tiring days in Singapore, I really wish I had more time to explore around. But with my next trip to Singapore this coming Thursday, there's more for me to write about next time round.