Month: October 2009

Kai’s first Halloween

I’ve never celebrated Halloween till now, and because of that, we went completely overboard with the decorations for our apartment – we spent most of the week cutting out construction paper from templates we obtained either online or from the venerable Martha Stewart. Most of the enthusiasm, planning and execution was supplied by Naomi, while the grumbling and begrudging was performed solely by me. It all became worth it when this morning Kai woke up and I brought him into the living room. He stared at every single piece of decoration we put up, quietly going from pumpkin to witch and back again, for the better part of half an hour before it was time for his breakfast. We are going to get used to this. Tweet

Advertorial: Citibank mobile services

There will always be the last minute, spur of the moment, middle of nowhere transactions we will need to perform, away from the convenience of our office / home computer. Say for instance, you were overseas, or in a location without free wifi, and without easy access to your bank’s ATM network (or that your bank happens to be the one identified as the ‘people’s bank’, meaning there are always long queues at their ATMS, and by the time you get to the front of these queues, the ATM fortuitously services itself); And say for instance, while you were there, you needed to send money urgently to your broker, your bookie or your dealer, failing which you’d lose out on a bargain, YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR BANKING SERVICES from your brand new iPhone, Blackberry or any internet capable cell phone. What would you want to see on your phone’s screen when you access your bank’s mobile service site? Apart from your account balance being more than you expect, you would want …

Wear blue to go green this Saturday

They showed that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity. The bad news is we’re already past that number – we’re at 390 parts per million, which is why the Arctic is melting, why drought is spreading across the planet, why humanity is facing perhaps its greatest challenge ever. The good news: that number gives us a target to aim for. If you’re free Saturday between 8am and 3pm, join in the activities for the International Day of Climate Action, beginning with the aerial photograph (using a boom lift, not a fuel guzzling helicopter or other aircraft) of hopefully hundreds of people forming the number 350 at Hong Lim Park. More details of the day’s activities can be found here. Tweet