I rediscovered the concept of saving today, because I was calculating how much I’d have to save in order to buy iSomething else from Apple other than the iShuffle: A large chunk.

There’s one thing that Apple doesn’t make and that’s the iDiot, and Creative has almost cornered the market with that, although they’re facing stiff competition from the Chinese makers of a ‘Swiss’ Army Knife that’s got a built-in fork and spoon. (I don’t have a pic of it, but I saw it once: fold out the fork on one end, fold out the spoon on the other, and hey presto…. fuck.)

Apart from that, I didn’t do much contemplating today except that there are few things better than a bowl of Nong Shim instant noodles with an egg and four slices of salami. As my granny would say, it was very ‘Kiam Tok Tok’, which, loosely translated, means ‘Salty like heck’.

Yes, it was a run-of-the-mill-got-blackout-in-KL-day. But there’s this one coffee shop where the auntie called me ‘Xiao Di’ instead of ‘Uncle’, so I wasn’t as grumpy as I normally would be on a day like this.

SK-III Turbo Facial Mask for really really dry skin. 100% edible.

iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: The weight – Jimmy Barnes – Flesh and Wood, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music.

Hope: Tsunami Relief Fundraising Project

Hope Concert
click for details

The local glitterati do what they do best, by being themselves. And they’ve come together and recorded (in fact, they were still in the studio yesterday – the likes of Aaron Mat Stud Aziz et al) a CD of songs for to sell to you all.

The CD costs $20 and will be on sale this Saturday, 15th January 2005 at Plaza Singapura, where the same said glitterati will be there, performing the songs they recorded and hopefully some more.

This concert is hosted by Irene Ang, but don’t be put off by that, because she means well, and it was her company’s idea to put this together. And before you ask, yes, 100% of proceeds will go to the Singapore Red Cross. And before you ask any further, no, local celebrities without a slimming centre endorsement don’t make that much money.

My big fat and long grapevine tells me that local songstress (gawd I hate that word) Stefanie Sun was very eager to contribute to this CD but her record company has serious reservations about it, and at this moment, I’m not sure if she’s on the CD or not. The bastards.

So, whether they can sing or not, your very own local celebrities will grace the plaza at Plaza Singapura, and they include:

Allan Wu,
Nadya Hubbahubbagalung,
Melody Chen (nominative determinism, of course can sing lah!)
CCCRush (who? they win Talentime 2001 leh!),
Pug Jelly (I also dunno), and
Mediacorp Artistes (who lah? Mediacorp very big now leh, cheebye! Who wrote this damned copy?! My former colleagues? No wonder lah! Anyone who’s worked there before is fucked up, I tell yer!)

Go buy the CD, ask your friends to buy it. If it’s good, can rip and put in your iPod, if it’s bad, hey presto, drinks coaster. Red Cross still gets your $20, and some more help will get on their way to the victims of The Tsunami.

My brother’s business partners are sponsoring the event too, and my brother might be there snapping photos, so, if you’re there, ask him nicely and he might take a pic of you with your favourite celeb. But first you better buy the CD, else he won’t even bother.

Surf stop: Peking Duck
iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: Stand By Me – Ry Cooder – Chicken Skin Music, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music.

The Man from UNCLE

Yes, I have pre-CNY anxiety. But that’s probably not why I haven’t been sleeping properly this year.

I have a new worry about CNY though. I’m beginning to worry I’m turning into one of them ‘uncles’ who’ll ask the young ‘uns dumb questions they’ll post later on their blogs. Such as, hey, JC orientation still on right? Did you get taupoked? So what is this Music Television? Do you hang out at the Heeren? You got Friendster profile? I got Friendster also! Want to add me?

In fact, just last Friday, the auntie at the coffee shop called me ‘Uncle’ three times and asked me if I wanted to eat popiah. See lah! Stingy a bit, want to have cheap beer at a coffee shop, and hey presto, you’re an ‘Uncle’.

Uncle Miyagi ate two

Not every CNY you get FX sitting in the back seat of yer car! CNY 2001

iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: And Your Bird Can Sing – The Beatles – Anthology 2 – Disc 1, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music.

My son keeps playing internet games

That was the search phrase used on Google by an obviously concerned parent yesterday, and somehow this glob appeared on the results pages. Funny, that.

So, you kiddies out there, watch out, don’t play so much, your parents are very up to date on matters pertaining to technology and they know what you’re up to. I tell you, they really read up and research extensively. My aunts, uncles and miscellaneous older relatives all like to ask known authorities on things to do with technology, and every Chinese New Year, they’d ask me, because I am a known authority on things to do with technology.

“Wah, this ingterneck very good ah? No need to write letter anymore, just emu can already! You have emu? You emu me lah! I have emu! I have hotmew! You emu me to auntie underscore lilly at hotmew dock com lah! I check my emu every day one! What is your emu?

This was maybe two New Years ago. Last year was:

“I have brogbang! My grandchurren all oversea also got brogbang! Can talk and see each other, you know!?”

This year it could very well have to do with blogging, seeing as my mug’s been on the telly and on the papers, and some family friends have already been asking about blogging (No, auntie, blogging is not just for teeng agers.)

Better than the aunties twittering on about “Boy ah, why not married yet? Why no girlfriend?” (Because I still want to get ang pow from you, is why, auntie).

Then again, it could very well turn out to be:

“Boy ah, why not married yet? Why no girlfriend? Use ingterneck lah! My grandson always use ingterneck! ICQ lah, IRC lah, Messenger lah, all can make friends what! Ingterneck good you know? Now got brogbang, can talk and see each other also you know?!”

Auntie, I don’t have webcam.

“Why no webcam? I have webcam you know?! Webcam and brogbang!”


(Shudder, sekali Auntie Lilly read this blog, tomorrow sure got emu from her.)

Part of George Bush’s $10,000 donation

Surf stop: Antipixel
iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: Pebble Beach – Vince Guaraldi Trio – Jazz Impressions Of A Boy Named Charlie Brown, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music.

Ang Pow Gong Xi Ni

I don’t know why exactly, but Chinese New Year music drives me batty, especially when I’m doing grocery shopping. The selection of music at Cold Storage makes me want to pick up a tin of biscuits and hurl it at wherever I think the loudspeakers are. Gongxi gongxi gongxi your head lah!

I was told off on the phone by a friend for sounding grumpy and sian. You’d be sian too if you had to work all weekend (and miss a long anticipated brunch organised by Myrick and attended by the finalists of the Asia Blog Awards Singapore Category 2004 – sorry guys, beer on me next time). You’d be so sian you’d join the Church of Siantology.

Year of the Cock’s coming soon, but I dunno if things will get better though.

Church of Siantology Logo

Surf stop: Deliriousdreams (heh heh)
iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: The Good in Goodbye – Cerys Matthews – Cockahoop, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music.