Happy 82nd Birthday Grandpa

Well I think that’s his age. I just got back from Teluk Intan on Sunday after spending about 3 days there for grandpa and grandma’s joint birthday celebration, which was purposely coincided with Singapore’s National Day so that my Singapore relatives had a long weekend for them to come up. It was the usual food fare with pisang goreng, chee cheong fun, cendol/ice kacang/yo-yo ice, mee rebus, and of course the big family dinner at the same restaurant we went to for CNY dinner. Apart from mahjong/cards and watching “home cinema” (ahem ahem), food is all there is to do.

This time around my other near-same-age cousins didn’t return so I didn’t have much to do. Played some games on my iPhone, and then my aunts took pity on me and decided to let me play mahjong with them for the first time. I usually play mahjong with my cousins, so it was a change to play with the “grown ups” for once. The rules are slightly tougher than what I’m used to but I caught on quickly and was faring well. It was just a bit disorienting cos they tended to call the tiles and scoring systems in Hokkien instead of Canto which is what I’m used to, but other than that I managed to score a net loss of about RM2. So yup, yay for me! 😀

My relatives all love to come back to Teluk Intan for the foods, especially my Singapore uncle who can’t wait to get his hands on the pisang goreng and chee cheong fun. I never really “realised” this, but both stalls are located within meters of a huge garbage dump. My uncle attributes the “additional flavours” as what makes these foods taste so much better than what you can usually find elsewhere. Plus things here are so dirt cheap. RM1 buys you like 3 pieces of pisang goreng. We went to a tong sui shop, 5 of us each ordered a tong sui and also we shared some kuihs, and the total barely touched RM10. In KL, RM10 can probably only cover one person. I bought a large panfried raddish cake to eat, and that big piece cost 50sen! FIFTY SEN! You can’t find anything for 50sen in the city anymore, unless it’s for one pathetic bite-sized candy sweet. So ya, the wonders of small town.

But Teluk Intan as it seems is getting bigger. Not only did McDonalds open up late last year to give old-timer KFC much needed competition, Giant hypermarket and also Old Town White Coffee both opened shop here already. Finally some real competition to the kampung-ubiquitous Billion and Fajar shopping centre chains, though I’m not sure how Old Town can compete with the many local kopitiams littered all over the town, especially price-wise. I guess only time will tell.

So enough with the hometown travel diary. Life back in KL is still the same. Still waiting for a job to fall from the sky. I haven’t sent résumés since two weeks ago, and I’m still waiting for my one and only interview which got postponed from yesterday to this coming Friday. Hopefully it stays in the slot and even more hopeful would be that I get the job and perform remarkably well! Hehehe… wishful thinking, I hope not. 😛

Till then, I’ve got to motivate myself to do up a proper portfolio and also get it printed. I had thought of printing it at home to save money, but my printer’s being a bit weird as well with the whole borderless printing configuration. It’s been ages since I’ve used this printer, but thankfully after replacing the ink cartridges it’s printing properly again unlike my stupid printer back in Melbourne. Yes, the one I wanted to throw out the window. Retarded Epson. Sayang my trusty Canon i550 printer, which has lasted me for yearsssssssss. I’m still so old-school in that I have a printer AND a separate scanner instead of the common all-in-one that most people have nowadays. Trying to be thrifty since I’m going to become a struggling creative for a while. And I’m going to try my best to resist relying on mummy’s money as best as I possibly can.

Need to be independent just cos it’s part of growing up. No other logical reason. 😛

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If I could undo buying an iPhone…

… I’d probably would! 😛

nb: btw it’s a small issue, but I just remembered WordPress doesn’t automatically adjust the blog time in accordance with Daylight Saving, and I just changed the timezone back an hour like one month late. So ya, if you spot any time inconsistencies that’s probably to blame. Small issue tho.

It’s a geek thing

Found this interesting diagram showing the difference in classification of portable computers. Those big computer companies throw around all sorts of names for portable computers, some of which doesn’t seem to have any real obvious difference other than some marketing gimmick.

So if you’ve ever been confused, UK’s The Register article covers this along with this quite ingenious diagram map thing to show you what’s what without all the nitty gritty details:

The Register's Netbook Flowchart

Merry Christmas

Alloo… finally figured out how to add the snow effect to the blog, half-thanks to Chen who was too busy preparing her coffee + tausar peah to respond to me quick enough when I asked her how she added falling snow for her blog.

Anyhoo, will be off to Singapore tomorrow by car, and I’m driving. Leaving at an ungodly hour of 7am, detouring to Taman Desa to pickup my aunt before heading down south for the next 6 days. Won’t be updating much probably, since I don’t plan to bring my laptop down and using my phone to update isn’t very easy either. I am officially swearing off touchscreen keypad phones from now on… and I think you should too. They’re useless for sms-ing while driving. Utterly useless! 😛

K la, enough of my pointless rants. Hope everyone has a merry christmas, safe flights/travels, holidays, and I’ll see ya all when I get back!

Tech Problems

I always seem to get myself into very weird tech problems and glitches. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, seeing as it does give me more experience when it comes to fixing other people’s tech problems, but I still don’t understand why these things happen to me.

Sometimes I wonder if it’s cause of my body’s higher-than-usual static/electric charges. I get static shock very easily, and I think this all happened because I got somewhat electrocuted when I was younger and happily playing with the Christmas tree lights. I still remember when my finger got caught in the socket and the power was turned on, I could see raised bumps moving up my arm, though I don’t remember anything else after that. It wasn’t serious, but that is what I remember.

Anyhoo, I wonder if that charge sort of causes me to encounter problems with tech stuffs, seeing as tech stuffs are all themselves electronic. New or old, weird things tend to happen to them. They start having malfunctioning weirdly, regardless of how new they are even. I don’t know why. It’s just weird.

Eitherway, it’s the holidays now, and I still haven’t gotten my Wii fixed yet. Been procrastinating doing that, with my latest excuse being that I am short on cash, and since my rent’s due in a couple of days I better leave some money for myself to survive before thinking about fixing my Wii. Wait for the cash to come in, then only can go get the Wii fixed.

In the meantime, been watching movies. I still have a couple of gigs to last me for the remaining 9 days of my internet billing cycle, although the gigs get used up rather quickly. I have about 700mb to use a day, though sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less. It kinda sucks having this bandwidth limit thing because you have to monitor every single thing you do online to make sure it isn’t bandwidth-intensive. Didn’t have to worry about such nonsense back in Malaysia.

You know, being here makes me realise that Malaysia isn’t that bad afterall. Sure we have our problems, and things there aren’t getting any cheaper, and our currency is not getting any stronger, and some things never change or cannot be changed because they are enshrined in our constitution or some ruling somewhere, and there’s still corruption, bribery, deceit, lies, conspiracies, and whatnots… BUT among all that, Malaysia does have good things to make it all that more worthwhile living there. I think.

K la, I’m just talking about food. Everything else pretty much sucks. End of story.

Ta!