ATM Skimming..Be Aware

The next time you pull up to an ATM, take a closer look at the machine. Does it look a little clunkier than usual? Look too at what’s around you: Are there mirrors? Is there a brochure holder over your shoulder? Does it look like there might be a false panel or an extra light bar attached to the machine?

If something looks or feels amiss, walk away. You might save yourself from perpetuating a consumer fraud called ATM skimming. That’s when thieves attach devices onto ATM machines in order to copy a credit- or debit-card number, the information on the magnetic strip and even your personal identification number. “Many consumers may not be aware that an ATM has been tampered with because they’re not educated about this,” says Robert Vamosi, a security, risk and fraud research analyst at Javelin Strategy & Research.

Consider this your lesson.

Sophisticated skimming devices placed right over a card-reader slot allow scammers to capture the information embedded on the magnetic strip of a debit or credit card. They might also have what’s called a pinhole camera mounted over your shoulder — say, in a plastic holder for brochures or a false panel — that records your fingers tapping


So what is Modesty?

In most dictionaries you will find this definition :-


–noun, plural -ties.
1. the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.
2. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
3. simplicity; moderation.

However in this day and age of high fashion magazines, glamour in the movies and music industry.  ‘Modesty is for losers!’  seems to be the tagline for most young adults these days.  For a great number ‘less is more!’ and for others “If you have it why not flaunt it?!”

If you are conservative and speak up for modest dressing, you might be branded as one who lacks self esteem, self confidence, stiff necked or just plain uptight!

What I don’t understand is why would women want to objectify themselves by not dressing modestly?  Men tend to struggle with sensuality far greater than women do and hence a woman should want to avoid dressing in a way that deliberately draws attention to her sexual values and hence obscure her value as a person to them.  But why is it my responsibility to dress modestly? If  a man struggles with lustful thoughts, that’s his problem not mine!” laments some women.  But this objection misses the point!  The purpose of modesty is not merely to help prevent men from stumbling into impure thoughts.  Modesty of dress is primarily meant to protect woman herself.  It helps keep the woman from being treated as an object for sexual pleasure.

Modesty Checklist and Tips
  • Are any of your tops so sheer that others can see your bra or so low-cut, allowing cleavage to show? Do your shirts reveal your abdomen or back? Do any of your shirts have sexually suggestive slogans (such as “sexy” or “flirt”)?
  • Do you have to suck in your stomach to zip any of your paints? Do any of your jeans ride so low that your underwear can be seen?
  • Do any of your skirts ride excessively high above the knee when you are seated? Do any of the slits come too far up your leg?
  • The B’s. Any body part that starts with a “B” – you know them – should never be showing. Easy as that.
  • Sit, Bend and Reach. It’s just a simple test. Sit to see if your pants are too low. Bend over to see if your shirt is too low, then reach your hands up to see if it’s too short
  • Kleenex. Do you know how thin and see-through a Kleenex is? It’s fine for your nose but not for your clothes. If you can see through your shirt, get a new one.
  • Mirror. Your best friend when it comes to modesty. If you look in the mirror and question, “Is it too tight? Too short? Too thin? Too low?” it probably is, so find something else to wear.

True Meaning Of Class ( Crude But True )

New Blog On My Catholic Spiritual Journey

Well I’ve started a new blog on my Catholic Spiritual Journey, where I hope to go on a lifelong journey to deepen my faith through knowledge, the Word and works.

For those interested there is a link on my about page, this blog however will continue whenever I have the time to update.

Cheers mates!


Catholics Come Home…


Me BirdDay Month Entry

It is apparent now that I spend more time updating twitter and Facebook out of sheer convienience.  And lo and behold the end of June is fast approaching without a single entry, save for the pic entry of Seth below which I managed to send to wordpress via email.  Anyhow let’s see if this entry will be the ‘Mother’ of all entries for June.  😀

*sings* where do I begin? to tell the story of how great a love can be….*stops* oops got carried away there for a second….

BDAY Stuff

Okay so I was doing the night shift the day before my birthday and the next morning my colleagues came in with food, drinks and a present for me.  Oh and before you say how sweet a bunch they are, which they can be when they want to actually, the birthday prezzie thing comes out of our monthly contribution for birthdays so in the end it’s like buying yourself a present when your actual day arrives. 😀  Finger Food and drinks though, are sponsored by our Boss.  Pic one shows you just how much weight I’ve put on…well actually it’s meant to show moi unwrapping the present. Pic Two is a failed attempt at a cutesie pose! lol

Bday Prezzie

Failed Kawaii Pose

But the best birthday present I received this year has got to be from my ‘brother’ John Low!  He got me this…..

AC RYAN Media Box

Playon!HD mini

  • Full HD Media Player
  • HDMI up to 1080p (Full HD)
  •  Enjoy Full HD video (H.264, MKV, RM/RMVB) on TV
  • UPnP Media Streaming
  • Wired & Wireless Network
    (Wired Network is included / Wireless Network is an optional extra, not included in the standard package. To enjoy wireless network at up to 300Mbps, purchase the Wireless option)
  • Download BitTorrent to external media
    * Available in future firmware update
  • Listen to Internet Radio
  • Internet Feeds
    (Picassa, Flickr, News Feeds)
  • Enjoy a Slideshow of your favorite photos

A/V Out: 

  • HDMI interface up to 1080p
  • Composite Video
  • Composite Audio
  • Y/Pb/Pr Video
  • SPDIF Optical TOSLink (digital audio)

Storage supported:

  • External USB hard disk
  • External USB media card readers
  • USB disks / USB stick
  • Network drive
  • USB 2.0 Host Controller

  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • USB Mass Storage Devices (harddrives, flashdrives)
  • Add ports with USB hubs, USB cardreaders
  • Storage supported:

    • Browse network by navigation or direct IP address
    • Save Shortcuts to easily access network locations
    • Plays / streams audio/video/image media from any device in network
    • Use Playon! HD to play any media in network
    • Play media stored in Playon! HD from anywhere in network

    Network – Wired:

    • LAN Ethernet 10/100Mbps Auto-negotiation
    • Built-in DHCP for Auto IP or Manual Fixed IP

    Network – Wireless
    (optional, not incl.):

  • Wireless WLAN 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps via USB WLAN adaptor (optional, not incl.)
  • Supports WLAN security WEP / WPA
  • Supports WLAN Peer-to-Peer (connects wireless without router)
  • Video Formats Supported:

  • AVI / MKV / TS / TP / TRP / M2TS / MPG / MP4 / MOV / M4V / VOB / ISO / IFO / DAT / WMV / ASF / RM / RMVB / FLV resolution up to 720p / 1080i / 1080p / DB-ISO
  • Video Codecs Supported:

  • MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 SP/ASP/AVC (H.264) / XviD / DivX / WMV9 (VC-1) / RealVideo 8/9/10 (up to 720P)
  • Video Output Supported:
    • PAL / NTSC / 480p / 576 / 720p / 1080i 50Hz / 1080i 60Hz / 1080p 50Hz / 1080p 60Hz
    Audio Formats Supported:
    • MP3 / MP2 / WMA / AAC / FLAC / WAV / OGG Vorbis / PCM / LPCM / MS-ADPCM / LC-AAC / HE-AAC / COOK / RA-Lossless
    Audio Formats Supported:
    • Stereo
    • Dolby Digital AC3 5.1
      • (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
    • Dolby Digital Plus
      • (passthrough)
    • DTS
      • (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
    • DTS-HD Master Audio
      • (passthrough core stream & downmix to stereo)
    • FLAC 7.1
      • (passthrough & downmix to stereo)
    Image Formats Supported:
    Subtitle Formats Supported:
    Character sets supported
    (needed for text subtitles):
    • Unicode (UTF8), BIG5 (Traditional Chinese), Western, Turkish, Central European, Greek, Cyrillic, SE European, Hebrew

    Boy am I loving this new gadget…..Oh speaking of gadgets, I downloaded the new Iphone OS 4.0 firmware and I think it’s great! Lots of overall improvement though I doubt if the pure novice will ever figure out what’s really different unless they download the manual which Apple has recently made available.  For instance unless you’ve read up about it on the forums etc. you might not know that, to create a folder you’d have to move one app ontop of the other before a folder is automatically created with a recommended name which you can keep or edit.  Or that double pressing the button at the bottom will show you the apps pocket or the ‘multitask’ area  (not in the real sense of the term).

    Little Time Away

    For a short holiday away from Singapore, I brought the family up to Sunway Lagoon where we stayed at my Gee Kor’s place (2nd Aunt from my Father’s side) well actually I should say my Richard Kor Kor’s home (elder Cousin ) since his mother, my Aunt is staying with him.  Anyhow the home is in Subang Jaya which is approx 8 minutes away from Sunway by car.  We had lots of fantastic tasting durian and other such delightful goodies which he pampered us with, during our stay.   

    We spent most of our time shopping around at the Pyramid Shopping Centre, Berjaya Times Square and Mid-Valley Megamall this was of course only after the kids enjoyed themselves both at Sunway lagoon and at Berjaya Times Square Indoor Amusement Park – Cosmos World.  This time round Seth could go for a little more of the rides now that he is older and taller. 

    As for the shopping itself, I must say that not everything is cheaper over there. Only certain foodstuff are really dirtcheap, as for clothing etc. well you don’t really save much on the exchange rate. unless of course you are shopping for clothing for the home, like tshirts and shorts.  Madame managed to get some really good deals on shoes and a dress or two.  The kids got some polo tees and long pants and as for me….well I only got a nice leather wallet for about SGD40 and a really nice long sleeve shirt with cufflings from Ted Baker which costs me Rm199.00 which works out to be around SGD86.00

    Didn’t take much pictures this time round, but the little that I did was uploaded to Facebook.  I do however some pictures of some great tasting food we had which I will place here too……

    From left to right –

    Stewed pork belly with Yam, Homemade Beancurd With Vegetables, Char Siew & Sio Bak (Honey Barbequed & Roast Pork) and Cod Fish Wrapped with Tau kee topped with Tau Chio and Black Fungus.

     Wifi Access experience In KL –
    Sunway Pyramid – Good
    Mid-Valley Megamall – Sucks
    Berjaya Times Square – So So only but at OLDtown Coffee House on the 5th Floor I think the access is FANTASTIC!

    **Note to self** At Sunway Pyramid at LG2.93 in Marrakesh – shop name Country’s Tid Bits & Candies Cottage is where you bought all your Nan Yang Coffee Mix, Tea Mix, Chek Hup coffee, Dodols, Coconut Strips Candy.

    Back home……

    Kenan’s Medical Appointment

    Had to bring him for his hearing and refraction tests because during the school nurses’ visit….once again they said he had problems and needed further tests.  We went all the way to SGH, where he passed all the tests they made him take. WHEW!

    Eucharistic Ministry

    Our parish priest approached me to join the EM and initially I was reluctant because I felt and still do feel that I am not worthy nor ready for it.  But he had convinced me to just attend the meetings first and learn because it would take at least six months before anyone is allowed to perform the duty.  I attended my first meeting on Monday….

    Gourmet Food In A Can

    Just tried it today and I must say it is quite tasty…..$6

    Other Random Stuff

    Just learnt yesterday that my Supervisor, aka colleague aka Friend of 14 years has resigned! Well it was indeed upsetting news even though I fully understand why….really didn’t have the mood to work all day….

    Next… I the only one? or does this line/sentence sound condescending?

    If you wanna stay angry then that’s up to you.”

    Moreover this was said after an apology was given…so now it not only sounded condescending to me but whatever was uttered before i.e. the apology was just lip service?!   Well he can DUCK off!  The nerve of some  people!  who are just sooooo into themselves they use terms like ‘Right For US’ when they mean self-centredly they want what’s best for themselves.  They have no decency or respect for others because I believe it all stems from their own upbringing!  Had to rant for awhile in white sorry…..

    Finally…..who do you think will take the World Cup? I’m rooting for Argentina and Germany!



    And FOR ALL MY FAITHFUL blogreaders or what’s left of you….heh heh…

    Google Chrome 5

    Just installed the latest Google Chrome 5 Beta a few days ago and I’m LOVIN it!  No I am not going into the technical aspects of it but what I will say it’s that it’s SUPER FAST and Finally I’m able to do online banking with it! So looks like for the next year or so, this will be my DEFAULT BROWSER OF CHOICE!

    Click here to get the latest version if you’re interested….or the big logo above..

    cheers mates! 🙂