My Rambo Day..

Well almost recovering from the flu, I decide to nudge myself into a little workout at the gym. Didn’t workout as hard as I would have liked to, but all the same it was satisfactory.

Looked at my watch and decided to catch……yup you guessed it! Rambo4! I loved 1 & 2 but didn’t quite enjoy the third one. It was a 2:05pm show at GV Marina, but sheesh! the amount of advertisements you have to sit through before the show actually begins proper? That is why I prefer to catch my movies at Cathay….erm but now that they have increased their prices…well……we’ll see.

It is no wonder the movie is rated M18, there is a whole lot of gore and mayhem. Still I must say I rather enjoyed the movie, maybe it’s because I can relate to Stallone that is.. in his character John Rambo. (the bit about being an old soldier *chuckles*) But seriously this one actually has a plot to go with everything else. And Stallone at 62 still looks great!

Well after the movie I reached home at about 5pm, so I decided to fetch Kenan early. After picking him up, I opened the letter box to find that the kids’ Mighty Savers accounts were setup already and their passbooks were ready for collection. Also my renewed GNC membership card was ready for collection too.

Well with all the adrenaline from watching Rambo, I rushed down with Kenan to collect their passbooks and my GNC card at Causeway Point then rushed back to pick Seth from School. After dinner, we went back to Causeway point to have ice-cream and to hand something over to Mm2.

Then back home…tucked the children into bed, and did me a little ironing. Well it’s just one of those days……except on this day I got to watch RAMBO! woo! hoo!

Great Photography

Got this pics from in email, and I think they’re great!

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Holding the sun…

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Heading towards a hurricane…

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Lightning Amidst a Sunset….

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A Hat for a Mountain….

H.U.G.S.

If you noticed on the far right of my blog there is category called blogseeds, well you will now see a link entitled HUGS under that category. 

Basically it is an idea taken of Twitter, where family and friends or office colleagues who have the ability to post to a blog will see a short form at the top of the home page with a post box and tags. There they can post short messages about what they’re doing.  

They can click on an author to see all their messages, or a tag to see all of the messages in a given tag (which is normally uses for projects). There are RSS feeds for everything: the entire prologue, each author, each tag, and even combination or searches can be subscribed to in your RSS reader.

Just like a blog post, each message in the prologue can have comments, and of course each comments thread has its own RSS feed.

This invite is for all you family and friends who have a wordpress account and want to participate.  I see no reason to set it to Private lest you all want it to be exclusive hee hee

Anyhow the following people with WordPress accounts currently have access to post.  If you want to join in, simply signup and let me know.

  • Geraldine
  • Josh
  • Eileen

Happy Micro Blogging!

Book Review – The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Plot Outline : A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

This is a powerful story of love between a father and a son, the fight for survival and humanity. In it’s ingenious simplicity, the story shows us the father’s struggle with the complexities of life choices he has to constantly make during their arduous journey. A wonderfully written book with just the right amount of prose to make this a poetic masterpiece.

Cormac McCarthy won the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction for this book and now the movie is in the making. Starring Viggo Mortensen as the father and Kodi Smit-McPhee as the son.

Inexcusable Indifference!

I spent practically the whole day nursing a cold, lying in bed and popping chlorpheniramine almost every two to three hours.  Why? because I desperately needed to recover before going to work for the night shift.

Then in the evening feeling a little ‘spaced out’ and a little breathless, I willed myself to get on the bicycle to fetch my son from kindergarten.  As I was waiting to cycle across the last traffic light towards his centre, it happened! 

A motocyclist was thrown off this bike approximately 10 metres from where I stood.  I just went numb all over, and looked on as if it were a dream.  One chap rode his motorbike to aid the fallen rider, while another got out of his car to help.  And all I did was looked on even though I was the closest!  The rider got up with abrasions on his arm and a little winded from the fall. When the light finally changed, I rode on to fetch my son.  When I rode back near the spot, I saw the rider riding past me.

The incident kept playing on my mind the whole evening! If I could will myself to pick my son why didn’t I will myself to go to the rider’s aid?  What if it were somebody I knew??  I am almost certain that if I were not sedated, I would have acted differently but still I cannot help but feel ashamed!

How Do You Synchronise Time Accurately In SG?

In other words, if your watch is too fast or even slow for that matter then how do you get the correct time to adjust your watch accordingly.

This question may be simple enough for some of you to answer but lately I seem to be having fewer options then in the past. Here are some of the ways that I use to do it and in some cases still do :-

  • Refer to Pre-Broadcast or End Broadcast Clock by TCS (SBC back then) but now with SCV this option no longer seems available .
  • Dial 1711 ( Still active today but charges 10 cts per call )
  • Refer to the clock on the Analog SCV SetTop Box but having switched to the Digital one it no longer comes with a clock.
  • Refer to Teletext ( Top Right Hand Corner )
  • Internet GreenwichMeantime ( Though not sure if it picks up the local PC Time)
  • Internet SST.org ( Works if it can connect to the server as intended via Java otherwise it will reflect your PC time. )

Have you got a better and more reliable source?

By the way here is another interesting Faq :-

Is there an authority on Singapore time? How is time in Singapore set at present?

Currently time services in Singapore are available through the Time Announcement Service of Singapore Telecom (telephone number 1711) as well as through television broadcasts provided by the Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS). These are widely used by industry and public at large to synchronise their clocks and watches. However these time signals are not formally linked to a nationally or internationally recognized time scale. Both SingTel and TCS also do not regard themselves as the national authority for disseminating the correct time scale.

As the national measurement authority, NMC (National Measurement Center) has established the national time scale using an ensemble of caesium atomic clocks. These clocks are continuously compared with the international time scale through the satellite system of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Our time data are sent to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) as part of an international network which contributes to the generation of the international time scale ¾ Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

One For The Ladies…Have A Great Sunday!

3am Leaky Blues!

Arrrrrggggggghhhhhh!  I just hate it when my nose gets all leaky especially when I really need my sleep!  Just wish that was a way to maybe take a tiny wrench to the faucet of my nose and just shut it off! SHEESH! 

Had to wake up at 3am to get a tab of ‘piriton’ (chloropheniramine)  out of the medicine cabinet, dry swallow and wait for about half an hour before the medicine started to take effect. 

And then……….YUP! you guessed it! I was late for work this morning!!! ARRRRGHHHH!

Well…a little zombified in the office I decided to slowly sip on a strong brew of coffee and just catch my breath.  Went through a few friends blogs and found that Eileen’s had an interesting entry about creating your own comic strip.  Well just for fun I created one, however I cannot embed it at wordpress so here is the link or just click in the strip below.

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It was kinda fun so I did another one….

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Update on Seth And Epstein

First and foremost I’d like to thank you all for your concern and prayers.  It appears your prayers coupled with the supplementation is paying off. 

The lump is now tiny according to the doctor and he is responding well. (Whatever that means….since there was no medication for the virus given)  Apparently the primary concern now has shifted to his nose sensitivity, which he had since I think two.  Because of it and some back flow he constantly has bad coughs as a result.  Only by using fixonase regularly, does it curb the problem.  Anyhow the next review will be in a month’s time.

Thanks once again mates!

Oh and for those who may be lost on what this entry is about….click here

Oh My Dosh!

*Sniff* Saw this really cool wallet today at Suntec and though it costs an affordable $89.00 here, however I personally cannot afford it at this time. Anyhow it will be a luxury item for me as I have one or two more unused wallets.

Besides it only has four compartments for cards, which isn’t quite enough for me lest I use it only for travel. On the 2nd picture if you can see clearly it has quite a nifty compartment where you could stow away a single key, codoms, memory stick etc.

If I ever do get one in the near future, I might go for the red or orange one instead of the white, brown or black.

The award winning Dosh wallet is designed and manufactured in Sydney Australia. (Product Design Award 2008) The unique blend of flexible and semi-flexible polymers created a wallet that is durable, stylish, and packed with clever features for modern lifestyles. The patented design consists of purpose designed areas for storage of credit cards, notes, as well as a unique integrated compartment for items including sim cards, keys, condoms and security cards. All of these features are packaged in a funky form that is moulded in a range of vivid contemporary colours. Wallet overall dimensions are 120mm x 98 mm x 13.5 mm.

Key features:

  • Bank note area accommodates all currencies including US dollar and Euro notes.
  • Unique integrated compartment designed for storing business cards, keys, condoms and security cards.
  • Quick access area for safely storing credit cards, driving licence and other magnetic cards.
  • Made with thermoplastic polyurethane material that is durable and water resistant.

Heh heh….looks like the designers had the same ideas on the usage for the compartment…cos I just read their listed features and it more or less matched mine right on top *winks*

For One More Day With My Children

I just read this wonderfully written poem by Sally Meyer recently which reminded me of my decision to forgo a job opportunity which would have paid me very handsomely at the expense of maybe seeing my children about 5-7 times a year.

I cherish every moment with them, even though there are times when impatience gets the better of me. I constantly remind myself that we live on borrowed time, and that every moment counts as they are growing up so fast. Sooner than I think, they will gain their independence and will no longer need me as much. So I’ll baby them while I still can…..

And here is the beautiful poem… ( with permission from the lovely author)

Just for this day.

Just for this day.

Just for this morning, I am going to smile whenever I see your face.
and laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you wake up softly, all rumpled in your
flannel and I will hold you until you are ready.

Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and
smile and say you’re beautiful.

Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you
up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning, I am going to eat a huge breakfast , with bacon
eggs, toast and waffles, and you don’t have to eat any.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you
teach me how to put that 100 piece puzzle together.

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the
computer off, and sit with you in the garden blowing bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble
when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy
you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won’t worry about what you are going to be
when you grow up or who you might have been before your diagnosis.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won’t
stand over you trying to ‘fix’ things.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you put all kinds of barettes in my
hair, and put lipstick on my face, and I will tell you how pretty you have
made me look.

Just for this afternoon I will take you to McDonalds and buy us both a
Happy meal so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story
about how you were born, and how much we love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the bathtub and not get
angry when you throw water over your sister’s head.

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the
porch swing and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will bring you glasses of water, and snuggle
beside you for three hours and miss my favorite show on t.v.

Just for this evening, When I kneel down to pray, I will simply be
grateful for all that I have and not ask for anything, except

just one more day.

Sally Meyer
copyright 1999
No portion of this poem may be reproduced without permission.

I Love The Scent Of A Woman

Well actually I’m referring to the 1992 movie starring Al Pacino & Chris O’Donnell hee hee

The award winning performance by Mr Pacino in which you see his character the blind Col. Slade going through a whole range of emotions and the perfect pairing of a young man (Chris) fighting for what he believes to be right, though a little unsure perhaps because he has never had a real father figure in his life.  And who can forget the beautiful Gabrielle Anwar whose ten minute performance still left a lasting impression.

Hmmm the title also brings back memories of the time spent on PulauTekong during my basic military stint there.  I remember distinctly being able to appreciate with intense pleasure, the perfumery of women on the buses back home from the island.  Well what do you expect when all you get is sweaty jungle smells on the island! *chuckles*

By the way does anyone know if the perfume ‘Fleur De Rocaille’ has a nice scent? I believe it’s by Caron.

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