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Thursday, May 24, 2007

I want to ride my bicycle...

Tomorrow Group Website becomes national heritage!

As of today, our website is part of Singapore's National Heritage.
The National Library Board has taken snapshots to preserve the site for the current and coming generations...

Quiet interesting as The Tomorrow Group is owned by a Swede and the guy running the Singapore office is a German!

Well done!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sportive Career Continued

Next event I will take part in:

Passion Run Singapore

Vital stats at the time of writing:
Weight: 81KG
Body fat 13,7 %

Friday, May 18, 2007

Screw the grades! Focus on the really important things in life!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Save the clutches of Singaporean taxis!

Dear Toyota Co-operation of Japan, please start exporting the Toyota Crown Taxi with automatic gear boxes to Singapore. It hurts to sit in a cab, where the driver is in 4th Gear after 50 meters, doing 30 Km/h uphill and the entire chassis is humming with vibration. The engines have to labour so hard... Or you just put in 1st, 4th and 5th gear, skip 2 and 3...That at least would save a lot of gearchanges.

Unless you are making a lot of money on replacement gearboxes and clutches....

Saturday, May 12, 2007

How to spend quality time in Singapore?

Ok, so it is your weekend and you don't know what to do. Here is a fun and exciting activity: Go to Singtel and buy something - anything.

You walk out to the street, 36 Degrees and 95% humidity and WAIT for the bus. Once at the trainstation you go to the platform and WAIT for the train. On weekends usually 8 minutes waiting time between the trains. Needless to say that where you live the bus schedule is not syncronised with the train schedule, so you always see the train leaving. 8 Minutes... Byproduct: A massive cold as one has now passed from sauna to freezer to sauna and back to the freezer in less than 20 minutes. Lucky we are all so resistant and robust!

Alright, let's go. Get cash first. Line up in front of the ATM, wait 15 minutes until the teenager is done testing all the functions and options on the bloody machine. Then of course the machine is empty: line up at the other ATM and repeat the routine.

As there are only 8 Singtel shops for 4 Million people and they are unconveniently located in the most populated places, there are always a lot of people. 10 in the morning, 9:00pm: Doesn't matter, so you que up and WAIT. There is an information counter where you have to obtain a Q-Number. This simple process will take about... mmmmm let's be conservative, 45 minutes. No benches, no TV and it lacks Singtel handing out cookies, coffee and amphetamines to make the waiting time more pleasant.

The QUUUUUUUUUEEE number will reveal that you have to WAIT about 45 - 60 minutes for your turn. This time can be conveniently bridged by queing up for a coffee. You have to wait to be seated in the cafe among all the other Singtel customers.
Naturally you miss your turn and que up again for an Express number... Takes only 15 minutes.

FINALLY! You raise your arms, yell a triumphant scream and it is your turn! You tell the assistant what you need and you are off to a flying start to make it to the cashier.

Yes, you have guessed it: There is a que in front of the cashier! This one is fast and it takes only 30 minutes.

The grand finale is around the corner. With all the purchases it is only natural that a guy wants to head home straight away. All these beautiful cables, gorgeous chargers etc need to be inspected, plugged and played with and prominently displayed around the apartment. Time is precious when it comes to satisfying the need to play with the new boys toys: TAXI!

Too bad! You are in Ngee Ang City where the AVERAGE (let me repeat and dissolve this candy treat on the tongue A-V-E-R-A-G-E) waiting time for a taxi is 48 (fortyeight!) minutes. Taxi stands also lack entertainment, benches and alcoholic beverages.

6 hours later you are back home to discover that the broadband modem is not the right one and you need to exchange it. This will take care of your next weekend then.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Movies I have seen this year in the Cinema (and spent money on):

Curse of the golden flower: Colorful! Like walking into 7-Eleven on LSD.
The story in short: all dead.

The Hitcher: Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring
Shooter: Good show. Bit predictable, but a welll written story
Hills have Eyes II: What a waste of useful natural resources!
28 Weeks later: Can I sue the producer for wasting 2 hours of my life?

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Just got back from another trip to Kuala Lumpur this weekend. Soon the people at the petrol stations will know me by name and there will be a highway exit named after me.

Thanks to the endless effort of the students in Lincoln, my assisgnment "The Guru in me" has made it into the Tamara Journal, published by the Univeristy of New Mexico - Thanks a million.
The Journal is now available in full on EBSCO as well.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Source: Straits Times, 2nd May 2007