SMRT: Moving People, Enhancing Lives

Epic Phail
Epic Phail

Via EDMW. I think the picture speaks for itself. 🙂

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Found this picture while tidying up my archived photos

Strawberry Boy
Strawberry Boy

That’s me five years ago. I don’t know why, but I find this photo really funny looking. It was taken in front of a wall panel covering the then construction site of the current Central @ Clark Quay.

Time really flies. 😦

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Revamped omy Homepage Launched

Brand New Look
Brand New Look

A plug on something the omy.sg team has been working on for the past few months. I have not seen any other news site in the world offering such features on their homepage – this should be a first. Hopefully, our users will like the revamped homepage and it’s customisable features. 🙂

Below is the official release notice:

Singapore’s leading bilingual-friendly news and entertainment web portal, omy.sg rolled out today;  a series of technological upgrades, providing premium-quality news and entertainment content to its readers – with no additional charges. The upgrades include: 1) a customisable homepage; 2) 3G mobile vodcast; and 3) features for learning Chinese while reading the news.

These features promote omy’s goal in catering its content to all bilingual Singaporeans, providing for their individual news and entertainment preferences. Constantly up-to-date with the latest in web trends and development, last month, omy.sg achieved a new high of 10 million page impressions, strengthening omy’s position as the top Chinese-focused website targeted at young bilingual Singaporeans aged 18 to 35. To find out more, visit the freshly revamped omy homepage at http://www.omy.sg.

Customisable homepage
Users can now drag and drop the placement of their favourite content on omy to customise its homepage to their own personal preference. A user who prefers to read entertainment and lifestyle content can choose to place all these content at the first fold of the homepage, while pushing down the other content. In addition, users are also able to determine which sections in omy they would like to see and which they would like to hide.

3G mobile vodcast
Users can now watch their favourite omy vodcast on-the-go. Simply make a video call on a 3G mobile phone to 6403-9838 and the latest omy vodcast will be played on your phone at no additional charges other than the standard call rates from your mobile service provider. No sign-up or registration is required for this premium service, powered by InfoHub, in collaboration with omy.sg.

Features to learn Chinese
Instead of paying hefty fees to learn Chinese at tuition centres, users can make use of existing free features on omy to learn Chinese in the comfort of your own homes. omy’s unique text-to-speech feature across all its news articles enable all articles to be read out to you with a mouse click via an automated text-to-speech program. All news articles also have hanyu-pinyin rollovers, allowing users to pick up the enunciation of each word.

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Noise Singapore: Cast your vote for Alvinology

Dive in!
Dive in!

I submitted the artwork I did for my blog masthead as a visual showcase under Noise Singapore some time back, for the fun of it.

Guess what? I received an email from the organiser saying that it has been selected as one of 120 works for public voting out of 7000 submissions. Not bad hor? 🙂

The other artworks showcased there are really great; but please go vote for me if you enjoy reading this blog k?

I am not very good at rallying votes… so if you can, please help me paste on your blog, facebook, MSN handler, etc and help me pull for votes too.

Thank you very much!

According to the organiser’s email,  prizes like iPod Nanos are waiting to be won by popular Noise artists and lucky voters – hence if you vote for me, you can stand to win something too.

Frankly speaking, I have not done any new artwork for quite awhile because of work commitment and other lifestyle changes. This Noise thing is actually a good platform to get my creative juices flowing and start picking my paper and pencil again.

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How foreigners cut their durians

Song boh?
Song boh?

It takes skills and a lot of effort to saw open a durian this way! Well done. I am wondering how they manage to eat it with the durian seeds halved.

Via The Rice and Spice Cupboard:

I got a durian for my birthday. How weird is my life?

I have fond memories of this infamously stinky fruit. It’s a favorite of my mothers, and she will fight you for the last piece. It’s been years since I’ve had one, but thanks to the global food market, my friend Anthony delivered one, frozen, to my doorstep. I gathered a coalition of the brave and willing and sliced into it.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I like durians anymore. This specimen tasted like a rotten onion and I couldn’t take more than a few bites. Perhaps it was underripe–it didn’t have the custardy texture I remembered. Or maybe freezing doesn’t do the poor fruit any favors.

Still, how many people in this part of the world have the distinction of receiving a durian for their birthday? For the sheer surprise factor, you can’t beat that.

Judging from the picture and reading poor Tisha‘s account, I can safely conclude the durian was not ripe. It doesn’t help that she got the durian FROZEN with the shell intact – something unheard of in this part of the world. The way the fruit was cut probably contributed to the bad experience as well lah.

BTW, here’s a video of another Caucasian family eating durian by sawing it half in the middle:

Seriously, is this method of cutting durians a norm in other parts of the world? The uncles at Geylang will be fuming mad if they see people take their durians and cut them this way.

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The Singapore Women Everest Team (SWET) sets off for Everest this morning

Headed to Everest
Headed to Everest

The Singapore Women Everest Team (SWET) finally set off today to attempt their conquest of Mt. Everest after four years in preparation, training and fund-raising. Sincerely wish them success in their expedition! 🙂

One of my good friend and ex-colleague, Esther is in the team. It has been an arduous journey for them, even before the climb – the difficulty they faced in raising fund for the expedition; balancing work-life and training commitments; members splintering off. Yet these six iron ladies were able to overcome all odds to come this far. My utmost respect.

Being able to make this expedition come true is an everest climb in it’s own way. Not many people can put four  years of their lives whole-heartedly preparing for something which may not even materialise.

新加坡女子登山队: 加油!

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China’s manufacturer create world’s first pirated Apple MacBook

Mirror image?
Mirror image?

In true China-pirated-product style… this “MacBook” has an inverted Apple logo and boots in Windows. You really have to hand it to the Chinese for being so blatant!

Here’s the original article in Chinese via tech.163:

虽然苹果没有推出上网本产品,但这并不妨碍其他厂商推出具有苹果风格的上网本,某种上你也可以看成是“苹果上网本”,这对于那些苦苦等等苹果上网本的用户来说无疑也是一种安慰。

今天看到的这款上网本来自中国深圳的一家厂商,型号为WF188。从外观上看,WF188就是苹果的上网本,设计图的背部还有苹果的标志。不过,需要指出的是,在宣传介绍中,这家深圳厂商没有提供任何苹果字样,只不过是推出了一款设计漂亮的上网本而已,你也不能说人家是山寨。注:虽然这家厂商的名字是深圳某某有限公司,但公司简介中显示“成立于2004年的香港特区”

根据介绍,这款WF188上网本采用了10英寸LED显示屏,分辨率为1024×576。搭配的是VIA Nano处理器,主频为1.3GHz,搭配VIA VX855芯片组。最高支持2GB内存,搭配2.5英寸40GB到160GB容量硬盘,也可选择16GB/32GB/64GB固态硬盘,带有SD /SDHC/MMC等卡槽和USB/VGA/耳机等接口。

WF188上网本可配置Windows XP Home或Linux系统。具备蓝牙、802.11b/g无线网卡,可支持3.5G HSDPA网络。提供3芯或6芯锂离子电池。

Here’s the translated article via EDMW:

Sure, you could always wait for Apple to release its first netbook (if they actually do). But over here in China, when we want something bad enough, we go and make it ourselves.

That’s right, manufacturers in Shenzhen have gone and created their own netbook. And in true copycat fashion, it has a hilariously inverted fruit adorning the top cover.

Spec-wise, the WF188 actually isn’t too bad. It has a 10-inch LED display with a resolution of 1024 x 576, a 1.3Ghz Via Nano processor with the VIA VX855 chipset, and a max of 2GB RAM. You can even choose between getting a 160GB hard drive or an up to 64GB SSD. Bluetooth, 802.11b/g wireless, and 3.5G HSDPA connectivity are also on board.

Thing is – despite the logo, the WF188 only runs either Windows XP or Linux. But hey, if you can Hackintosh a Dell Mini, getting OSX on this thing is just one other ingenious pirated solution away.

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