Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Phone bliss, Hwa Chong student: where is he now?

I know many of my friends are coming to this site to check the photos I have promised to upload.

Please be patient... I'm in the process of doing so.

Some are in the new laptop I've brought over from Singapore, some are in my new Nokia 6300 mobile phone (I truly dig this phone, it's so cool!)

For you phone freaks out there:
  • It's stylish, lightweight, slim. In order words, sleek and lithe, oozing with charm.
  • Has matte-silver stainless steel cover with black top. Feels like designer toy. Neat and cool.
  • Big screen, large soft-key buttons. You must press to feel it! Oooo-la-la...
  • 2 megapixel camera + video recording
  • Music player, FM stereo radio, ya-da, ya-da...

Why the fuss over the phone, you'd ask?

I've been using the Nokia 6100 for about 3 years. It's hardy and lasting. Even now, I still have it in my drawer in a workable condition. Never did change it coz I'm particular about the look and feel of a phone.

Basically I hate FAT phones. Technical features are secondary too.

So you can imagine my joy when I finally moved on to a sleeker, designer phone.


I've been wondering: whatever happened to the Hwa Chong student. Yeah the one who beat up the SBS bus driver.

It was an outrage amongst the netizens in the online community. I was one of the culprits with strongly worded arguments posted both on mrbrown blogsite and within my own blogsite (here and here).

So I decided to do a quick google search: "hwa chong student beat bus driver"

I was stumped. Literally my jaw dropped as I blinked my eyes several times. I could hardly believe it:

Kaffein-nated site was in the top 10 google search result for "hwa chong student beat bus driver"! Yeah just above mrbrown.

Can you believe it? Er, no I'm not bragging, just shocked.

Every mother son of a blogger knows mrbrown. But who the zonkers is Kaffein? It's not like I have fans or I am a celebrity for the matter. I know mrbrown is an online Singaporean celebrity and top Asian Progressives @ #16 as far as I'm concerned (proof here).

This site, however, is for me to air my views/thoughts, update my friends about my (family) life previously in Singapore and now in Melbourne, post photos of beautiful Rachel and basically rant.

Gee, I hate sending emails and then receiving those failure messages coz those emails accounts no longer exist. So using the blogsite seems to be the best tool.

Yeah go on, say it. I AM A QUITTER. So?

Anyway, it made me wonder.

My opinions/words can actually influence/impact people. It can bring life or death (in the biblical sense in Deut 30) to a situation. The power of the tongue. No wonder the .sg government will like to 'control' the media and the online blogging community. Especially podcast publishing during the General Election.

Rumors (and truths) can sure spread like wildfire. What a scary yet powerful medium!

And then I have these political views posted. Nothing defamatory but sometimes strongly opinionated.

I have digressed.

So anyone wanna tell me whatever happened to the 'show-off-to-girlfriend-kena-backfire-hide-behind-father-skirt' student?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Connected... finally!

My home internet connection has finally been installed.

About time too. Didn't realise how much I had missed the online community - reading blogs, updating my blog (with lots of pictures soon), signing up with Skype, retrieving and replying emails, etc.

Perhaps it's because I'm so far away and all alone (Selene and Rachel don't count) in a distant country that I want to feel... connected.

So first thing I'm going to do is to put up new pictures in this blog. I know many of you have been asking me about my settling into the country and new house. There is so much to share, so much to thank God for!

So stay tuned...

Hurray! My left eye has also stopped twitching. Guessed I'm not feeling so stressed now that I have settled in nicely.

Maybe it's the shock when this burly guy threatened to beat the living daylights out of me for winking at his gal.

Perhaps it's simply more sex.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Twitch, twitch, twitch...

Arrghhh... my upper left eyelid keeps twitching!

At first I thought it was some kind of neural joke my body is experiencing. After a week or so, it's not funny anymore. It's happening like every hour or so and lasts about 5 - 10 seconds nowadays.

In the past, the twitch never lasted more than a couple of seconds. And it was so infrequent that I could hardly remember the last time I had it.

Even while I'm typing, it goes *twitch twitch twitch* It's not impairing my vision and I'm not feeling any pain.

It's just simply annoying!

Sometimes I wished I had a spoon to carve the eyeball out! To add salt to the wound, I meet customers nearly every day. I'm not sure if the customers whom I speak to are looking at my face or staring at my twitching eyelid!

Yeah I have this kind of weird feeling. So I checked the mirror while the eyelid was twitching. Nope I couldn't see any twitching movements.

It would have been totally embarassing! It's akin to having a pulse on the left eyeball. Eek!

I've tried washing with water (cold, warm, both), using eyedrops, closing to rest my eyes, rubbing my eyes, rotating my eyeballs, winking the left and right eyes, blinking hard, etc.

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Then I did a Google search on "twitching eyelid". The common medical causes are stress, fatigue, dry weather, too much caffeine, or vitamin deficiency (usually potassium). Some say it's the lack of sex :P


The recommended treatments are to reduce stress, get more sleep, nix the coffee, eat more bananas and B-complex pills.

Or, just wait for it to go away on its own.

Not sure about the vitamin deficiency and lack of sex part but yes, I have been experiencing lots of stress and fatigue lately. Moving house, change of environments, culture, weather, climate, new workplace, facing customers, etc. In addition, I have been drinking lots of coffee. Darn Aussies drink coffee just like they drink beer.

Guess they all contributed to the twitch.

Anyway, I don't see myself sleeping early. Nor can I help reduce the stress I feel at work. Eradicating coffee? Nah. Reducing? Perhaps. Oh, I don't take Coke so I guess that's reducing the caffeine intake.

Looks like I'm going to wait it out.

If only I have a handy spoon right now....