Thursday, September 21, 2006

Phone problem found, but not solved

Siemens M75
I have been unable to send SMS through my phone for some time now, so if you've not received SMS from me for some time, you know why. Too lazy/busy to get my phone fixed, so I'm living with it. Should be fixing my phone this Saturday.. (I've been telling myself this for the past month or so. :| )

Anyway, I think I've found out why my phone can't send sms! It's because of a certain header attached to the outgoing message (virus??) which caused the message to be unreadable by non-robust sms applications.

If your phone can't read my sms, it's because the sms reader on your hp is clueless on how to handle this header, and simply throws an exception.

For those who can, it can either be because your hp is robust enough to recover from the error, or it simply can't be bothered enough to put a finger on the error (ignores header!).

Here's how I found out:
I sent a message ("Test") from my phone over to a GPRS modem and decipher the received data (which shows a lot of other information!):
SMS (RAW STREAM): 06915689450002440A9156393820140000609072818304230B050A03000408A8E5391D
Service Center Address: 6598540020
Destination Address: 6593830241
Protocol Data Unit Type: 68 <----- BUGGY :: Should by 4. An extra value of 64 denotes an attached header!
Reply Path?: false
User Data Header Indicator?: true
Status Report Indicator: false
More Message to send: true
Message Type Indicator: 0
Data Coding Scheme: 0
Service Center Time Stamp: 2006/9/27 18:38:40 (Time Zone:32)
User Data Length: 11
UDL Checksum: Passed

IEI: 0A <---- ID of the belligerent Information Element in header
IED: 000408 <---- Data of the belligerent Information Element

Message: Test

Sunday, September 17, 2006


This is a snapshot of my screensaver.
I found it sort of weird when I first saw it. I couldn't make anything out of it till quite some time later (for those who can, don't be smug - the pic is easier to decrypt than the screensaver itself.)

The screensaver has 3 randomly drifting objects - one eye, one bee, and one 'M' character (which reminded me of the day my dot-matrix printer ran out of ink just before project submission. =|)

The eye is always looking out for the bee, the bee is always flapping its wings and moving randomly as bees do, while the blue M is just looking blue - perhaps because its horizontal stripes are making it look fat or something, I dunno.

Now who got what it stands for? =)

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Was debugging my GPRS modem application when I noticed this unfamiliar error in my server console:

INFO [Win32SerialPort Notification thread] ( - unknow cmd received =

+CLIP: "91070617",129

DEBUG [Win32SerialPort Notification thread] ( - data availabel on serial port
data received = "P: "91070617",129
INFO [Win32SerialPort Notification thread] ( - unknow cmd received = P: "91070617",129

DEBUG [Win32SerialPort Notification thread] ( - data availabel on serial port
data received = "

+CLIP: "91070617",129
INFO [Win32SerialPort Notification thread] ( - unknow cmd received =

+CLIP: "91070617",129

Then I found out it was someone trying to call me, cos I was using my SIM card as the GPRS connection source in the modem. :|

Monday, August 28, 2006


岁月难得沉默 秋风厌倦漂泊



词嘲墨尽千情万怨英杰愁 (自嘲末尽千情万缘已皆愁)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Working life

To all my dearest NUS friends who are about to graduate, you might be expecting a culture shock in some ways or another when you join the workforce (I know I have).

As my good-naturedness goes (a long way), I shall reveal some of the trivial yet shocking "don't-you-learn-something-everyday" thingies, so you'd need not sweat on these small stuff later.

1) There is no QUOTA for printing. You can print as much stuffeses as you want, without attempting to print 9 ppt slides a page. No more measly 40 A4 pages / month of PS-printer printouts, or the hassle of going down to the admin office to topup your quota. Yay.

2) You have to wear nice smelling shirts and ironed pants (ie. look smart), which means no bermudas and/or sandals allowed. Unless, of course, you are a budding entrepreneur doing your own spiffy startup in a 6x6 cubicle somewhere in a business incubator.

3) If you think there's a lot of technical lingos in SoC, there's a lot more work lingos coming your way, buddy... One very distressing phrase I find is 'I'll CHECKPOINT with you tomorrow at 9am' - which means you'll have to clear your workload by then. No more free-loading by copying your friends' notes. =(

4) This goes very well with me: THERE EXIST FREE DRINK DISPENSER MACHINES. Yes, I'm talking about those that you put in 40 cents and press a button, and a paper cup comes down with water squirting from the left and concentrate squirting from the right into the cup to make your chosen Milo/7-Up/Coffee. Except you don't need any coins! Shiok shiok. But control yourself, or you'll see a belly forming soon.

5) You can claim taxi fares if you do OT. So please do OT almost everyday like I have been doing for the past #@%$#^ 3 weeks.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Busy busy busy

The training at TSS is killing. The 7 of us are bunked in a room and given lectures with deliverables, from 9am to 6pm (it's more 9am - 9pm, at least)

SWT Programming, Socket Programming, JNI Programming UML, DLL creation,C++ MultiThreading, Server Programming, card reader programming... oh man, I'm going to be an expert programmer by the end of the 3 month long intensive training~!

But it's good I've been given a T60 with 2 GB ram to cope with all the programming, I would rather stab myself in my right eye if they want me to work on this slow HP lappie.

And yes, I won't have much time to blog (as you might have probably found out).

I still need time to go out with my dear. =P

Friday, July 07, 2006

Journey to the East - carpool needed

Catch Frank in Journey to the East everyday~!

I got a job @ IBM and I think it's a tad bit crazy already - I'm living in Choa Chu Kang and IBM is at Changi Business Park.

Does anyone have carpool/vanpool/bikepool from the West to the East? Will pay, of course. Call me @ 93830241.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Need more time.

I don't seem to be having time for administrative issues, including blogging and reading blogs~.

Things to do::
1) Process vietnam photos
2) Vietnam Expenses sheet
3) Find job(s)
4) Attend to AWOL charge, due to missing IPPT
5) Commencement

1) Finding a job
2) Going out with Dear
3) Going out with Dear
4) Having time-constrained things happening to me
5) Long overdued meet-ups with friends

Monday, June 12, 2006

Milk shake

Daydream delusion
Limousine Eyelash
Oh, baby with your pretty face
Drop a tear in my wineglass
Look at those big eyes
See what you mean to me
Sweet cakes and Milk shake
I am a delusion angel
I am a fantasy parade
I want you to know what I think
Don't want you to guess anymore
You have no idea where I came from
We have no idea where we're going
Launched in life
Like branches in the river
Flowing downstream
Caught in the current
I'll carry you. You'll carry me
That's how it could be
Don't you know me
Don't you know me by now

-- Before Sunrise

Friday, May 05, 2006


I find myself in the possession of a California Fitness Gym membership (Raffles Place branch) and a monthly debit of SGD$65 . Zihui also.

Those interested in working out together, please revert.

Yes, I start in June, after I've fattened myself from the Vietnam trip.


Will be in Vietnam from 8th May to 6th June. Don't miss me too much.

Cities/towns visiting:
Mai Chau
Halong Bay (Bai Chay shore, Tuan Chau island, Thien Cung Caves, Dau Go Grotto)
Hoa Lu
Tam Coc
Sapa (Cat Cat, Sin Chai village + waterfall, Lao Chai village, Ta Van village)
Danang, Hue, Hoi An (Thien Mu pagoda, Perfume River, Dong Ba market, Hai Van pass, Cham's sculptures, Marble Mountains, Pottery Museum)
Mui Ne (Yellow Sand Dunes, Pink Stream)
Saigon (Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta)
Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)

Saturday, April 29, 2006

It's been a long time...

Exams are finally over. 18 years of studies for this one paper. Or is it? In retrospective, what is education? What is the purpose of schooling? Foundation work for a job or the government's tactical policies to keep idling hands from engaging in mischief?

"Here, play with this paper clip while Big Daddy here do more important stuff."

Dun care. Not important. Thing is, another stage of my life is about to start and I think it will be preeetty interesting. Heh.

Anyone who is interested to engage my professional services(?), please contact me on my handphone. Hard labour is possible for the price of SGD$1500 a month - but yes, I'm going to outsource.

And no, I still don't know if I'm getting first class or 2nd upper. Sigh. What a drag.


1) Sprained ankle. The hike will be postponed indefinitely or carried out in Sapa, Vietnam.

2) Need to clear up my harddisk of everything NUS-ish.

3) Finish Bleach. Then delete.

4) Sit down and plan Viet trip.

5) Apply for jobs blah blah..

6) Hit the trail/gym to remove spare tyre.

Friday, April 21, 2006

My most feared and inspiring chinese teacher in RI.

Yong Chai May~~~!

She's a great teacher no doubt, though she sends shivers down my spine each time I see her.

And that's because I'm a lousy student. :p

The end of exams

beckons and I will soon be in Vietnam for my graduation trip. (I wish it sooner, but I'll have to wait a while more.)

Will be traveling with Ivan and Bui (she'll be bringing me around Hanoi++) for the first leg in Hanoi, and my darhling Hippo will meet up with me while I'm in Saigon. Whoopie.

Can't wait for her to bring me around town, savouring all the delights the charming city has to offer. =)

I hope I don't fall in love with the beautiful viet girls in their Ao Dai while I'm there. Life can get a tad bit too exciting if I do. =p

Friday, April 14, 2006

Back on track

... time to work hard for my HYP, just so someone won't hit me anymore.

The things I do to avoid punishments.... sigh.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Never make promises you can't keep.
Never agree to someone when you know it will disappoint another.

Frank's a no good stinkin' bad ass, there's no two ways about it.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Enjoying Singapore

Eugene is almost done with his education, like a few other SoC pple who have only the HYP to settle this semester. He has the e-poster on 7th May and the actual presentation to settle, but he's not terribly into doing a good job ("I don't give a flying f**k") for it - he just need to pass.

After the two 'Sons of Ananda' have informally degraded into the 'Bastards of Ananda' where HYP is concerned, we are rather happy this enstrangled father-son relationship will soon come to a full closure with the end of our HYPs.

"Are you sure you don't want to go Vietnam with me after exams?"

"No lah, I'm staying in Singapore."

"And I still don't understand why. You should go out and look-see-look-see, after all, this is one of the last breaks we have before we start work."

"I'm going to enjoy Singapore"

"Mari Kita rakyat Singapura sama-sama..."

Funny it never struck me how you can really 'enjoy Singapore'.

You can go hang around shopping malls, you can watch movies/plays in theatres, you can eat good food, you can do sea sports, you can take long walks in the suburbans, but I never really considered them as 'enjoying Singapore'. It's more like engaging in pleasurable activities to while your time away. Little delights in your life, but nothing great enough for you to shout out in orgasmic joy.

I like travelling.

Duh, who doesn't.

I like to look at foreign maps and figure out where I am, to give loud sighs and headshakes over how inaccurate the maps are drawn, to get myself lost -_-" and found, to stake out precious gems (eateries, chess-playing hangouts) of the local people, to finally say "aiyah, nothing much lah" when they really are something great. I especially love the 'getting lost and found' part, albeit it MUST come with the condition that you won't die even if you get lost.

Confusing city areas peppered with local eateries are good for the food-factor,
Suburban towns with cultural delights/local produce are great for mind-opening,
rural areas with scenic views are best(but only when there're ACCURATE maps!)

So how do you exactly 'enjoy Singapore'?

I'm not really sure, but I'm going for a hike around the forested areas of Singapore (however pathetic they might be in comparison with the great Amazon jungles) right after my exams. I like long walks with green sceneries. There's this nature trail I want to explore, from Lower Pierce to MacRitchie to Bukit Timah to BKE to Mandai to Seletar.

Who's with me?

Friday, March 31, 2006

The Evil Cat Saga (Part 1 of ... many many more to come)

Ok, here's the situation.

At my brother's place, there's an evil cat. Really evil one. I'm not talking about evil as evil per se, but more of an insiduous evil which smells you from every corner of your living space, ready to pounce out when you're down on your guards. I'm talking about a real criminal-ish evil which very existence threatens the very essence of mankind, ten times worse than any WMD anyone can be hiding in their backyard. If you don't get what I mean, just take it as Dr. Evil kind of Evil. Now don't put your little finger into your mouth, it's unhygenic, tsk...

So, there's the evil cat. In the house. It has been living so freaking long in the house it thinks it's the master of the house. It surveys over everything in the house with a sly eye as if it has been commissioned to do so, but probably because it has no real purpose in life (we call that 'bumming around') but to look cool and act cool in this entrapped environment and make-believe its mastery of its pathetic world.

It hisses (yes it does. Never seen a cat that hisses so much I'm dubious if it can even 'meow'. Never heard it meow, though.) and shows its bloody paws (with full display of claws) when you go near it, so a lot of things happen when it's at the kitchen doorway and your strawberries are conveniently placed in the fridge and you're in the living room, hungry for strawberries.

It also bites. I've never laid my hands on it, nor has any one else save its owners. And the owners get bitten sometimes by it. Never bite the hand that feeds you? Obviously it never heard of that.

So yesterday the landlord and family went for a holiday at Cameron Highland, and left the Diablo in my care. I've to clear its shit, and feed it at specific timings. And while I'm doing that, it doesn't make my job easier by having a cat that's uncomfortable to be without its owners. It gets crankier and bossier, and surveys over every of my actions like my mafia boss [what mafia boss?]

I've half a mind to wrap it in a gunny bag and give it a good shaking, before I throw it out of the house and let it scratch and caterwaul at the door for at least an hour before I let it back into the house, just to let it know who's boss.

Right now I just had a situation with it, leaving it very pissed and locked up at the laundry area, and me also very pissed blogging about it.

Stay tuned for more updates on the evil cat.

Monday, March 27, 2006

To all my BSing friends,

look into James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" and you'll see this:

You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
There must be an angel with a smile on her face,
When she thought up that I should be with you.
But it's time to face the truth,
I will never be with you.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Blinking lights

looking out of the window I see 5 taxis lying in wait either for the full midnight surcharge, or for their drivers to come back from their kopi break at the adjacent coffeeshop.

The anomaly was the taxis blinking their waiting signals in synchronity - a rare sight.



Blink. Blink.

Apparently not all vehicles have waiting signals blinking at a constant fixed rate, as they were soon out of sync. Formulas of periodic signals came annoyingly into my mind as they remind me of how I have studied [and remembered] formulas pertaining to them in the past during engineering class [the horrors!], which I have so successfully shut off from my mind since then.

One formula concerning how different signals of different frequency mixed together [yawn] will produce a system that has another different frequency, similar to the "lowest common multiple" principle we know so familiarly from math class [yawn again.], came and refused to budge in my mind.

I was soon doing practical observation of the vehicles, counting the number of flashes needed before they were in sync again.

One minute of intense concentration later, it dawned on me how sick and tired of my HYP I was, that I would even be digressed by such a trivial anomaly.

Time to go back to the grind.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lame archer jokes

Q: What did the archer say to his favourite enemy when he didn't hit him?
A: "I missed you"

Q: Does his favourite enemy treat him as an enemy too?
A: Yes, he is his ARCHenemy.

Q: What's the difference between a computer-illiterate archer and a bo-bo computer engineer?
A: One has troubleshooting, and the other has trouble shooting.

Q: Why did the archer hate his OC?
A: Cos he always kena ARROWed.

Q: What is the archer's favourite fish?
A: ARROWana.

Monday, March 20, 2006


The good news is that I am in possession of a condominium and a car for one full month - My brother just flew over to Indonesia for one full month and he left his car and condo in my care.

The bad news is that I have no (not much) time to enjoy the facilities. Talk to my HYP, please, for future meeting arrangements.

Ahh... time to lead an anti-social life (a la Castaway) in the condo, where your commuting route is strictly between the toilet, the computer, and the bed. I expect a full beard when it all ends.


AXS idiots.

Me and my bro were trying to check the existence of an AXS Machine at Changi Airport, so we went online to to search for one...

we found two:

Changi Airport Terminal 1
Airport Boulevard (Departure Hall, check-in gate)

Changi Airport Terminal 2
Airport Boulevard (Departure Hall, near Starbucks),

and we thought "Terminal 2? Where exactly?" - and we saw a "View Location Button" at the side.

How convenient. So we click.

And this is the picture:

It could very well have been a clue card in "The Amazing Race" - relatively useless.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

The Johari Window post

Since this Mr. Johari is the latest "in" thing of the blogsphere (what? You haven't heard of him? Tsk tsk...), I'm in to.

Tell me more about myself here: Describe Frank in his Johari Window
Or you can see the results here: See Frank in his Johari Window

But don't be a peef (whatever that is), do tell me more about myself first before you see the results.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Touch 2006

The pianist plays a cheesy tune...

Random digressing thoughts in my mind during the piano concert

1) Why, oh why, didn't my mum let me learn piano instead of drawing?!? (I recalled my first landscape painting with BLUE clouds and WHITE sky, and gave an almost audible sigh.)

2) Lemme see who's dozing off... (scans the audience)... heh, so many.

3) If monkeys can read line patterns on leaves and initate some funky dance sequence, would we be as surprised as them looking at a pianist read music scores and play the piano?

4.1) She's pretty, but she's......hmmm... God's fair.
4.2) She's tall and slim, but she's..... hmmmm... God's fair.
4.3) Wah, she can play really well, God's really fair~!

5) My future wife must know how to play the piano, so my child, at a young age, can listen to her play the piano and induce pattern recognition abilities...

6) If one tix is $12, then one theatre is $12 X 300 = $3600, assume costs are.... then....

7) Is the musical instrument market as good as zx make it out to be? Can do import/export?

8) Wah shit, my HYP.... die liao lah.

9) Would piano playing still be classy, if they simplify all the description lingo ?
(Adagio =>play slow slow)
(Paventato => play scarily)
(Ponderoso=>whack the bloody keys)

10) Assuming diffraction of sound waves and idealistic reflections on walls, the best sitting positions are....hmmm. Not here.

11) What if the page turner forgets to turn the page?

PS:: I was quite sure the best job ever would be the "page turner" for a pianist in a concert, until N came out as a page turner. Hmm... So pianists actually undergo job rotations as well (pianist<==>page turner), which means there's no permanent position as "page turner".

And I was thinking of what to put on my cover letter and resume already.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Ah Teng

He had been a loanshark from 1984-1992, making his money to buy a house to get married;

He also has a semi-detached in Malaysia;

He dabbled in Lohan fishes, and is supplying vegetable produce from Malaysia to Singapore;

He is into import/export of almost anything profitable, from torchlights and rosewood furniture in China, to wooden handicrafts by prison inmates;

He is also my taxi driver for the midnight as well.

We exchanged phone numbers and had a 30min conversation in his cab, about how he made and lost and again made his little fortune. He told me how I should try.

He also promised to send me some more details and photo samples of possible import/export products from his contacts in China, once they come through.

Interesting guy.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Two Saucy English Sods on MSN

White Cow::

seems like pple are mugging for 3211 or some crap

Baba Black Sheep::

you don't's tomorrow!

White Cow::

yeap i know, i m looking for pple to go for a cup of tea, not asking them to join me for some hots or some crap.

Anyone interested in joining me for a cup of tea?

A spot of milk will be fabulous thank you very much.

Baba Black Sheep::

straight from a delicious gal?

White Cow::

Lol. I prefer to do the milking in that case!

Baba Black Sheep::

if you find that too troublesome, I don't mind helping out.

White Cow::


i was trying to act english

how's the weather?

are you interested to join me for a cup of afternoon tea?

Baba Black Sheep::

cuppa tea?

White Cow::

a spot of milk will be greatly appreciated

Baba Black Sheep::

It would be lovely, you charming sod.

White Cow::

and an english muffin to go with it will be absolutely smashing

Baba Black Sheep::

So how'd it be, old chap?

White Cow::



stupid paper

utterly disappointing

White Cow::

why would i care of active feedback UIUC trec 2003 HARD experiments

or model-based feedback in the language modeling approach to info retrieval

Baba Black Sheep::

Whatever you've just typed out from your ditty fingers - whatever it is - I'm sure they are very appealing, if I bothered to give a damn to find out what they are.

White Cow::

Absolutely.. It is just a tad boring, considering this fine weather here where we ought to be frolicking with those damsels..

Baba Black Sheep::

up their skirts..... is where we should be concentrating our efforts, eh?

White Cow::

a tad off, Mr Dear Baba Black Sheep.. I was presuming that the target is to get into their skirts (or pants)

Baba Black Sheep::

that's a jolly thought! For a while, I was acting strangely decent for my own good

White Cow::

whether it is from the front or the back would absolutely be determined on the taste which my excellent Mr Baba Black Sheep preferred

yeap.. we would absolutely be in for a smashing time, ol' chap

Baba Black Sheep::

I'd very much appreciate a change of environment every now and then, lest it gets a diddly bit too boring

How'd about it, old git...?

You and me...

we'll hitch a cunning plan to get ourselves laid sometimes not too far in the future

White Cow::

ahhh devious!

that is an utterly brilliant thought!

Baba Black Sheep::

…preferably after saucing them up in dashes of the witches' brew in some joint

White Cow::

My word, why didnt i think of that!

sounds naughty!

Baba Black Sheep::

ohh hoo ho.... naughty doesn't even begin to describe the naughtiness

White Cow::

we will be in for a jolly good time …rocking them …ahhhh.....

Baba Black Sheep::

absolutely smashin and delightful

White Cow::


Well, shouldnt we commence into our grand plan soon?

Baba Black Sheep::

ooooh what a splendid time we'll have, jovial fellow..

White Cow::

totally right my dear Baba Black Sheep

Baba Black Sheep::

but there's an old cow I'd have to kill before I can even stop to marvel at my ingenious plan

White Cow::

o lo behold.. which old cow ?

Baba Black Sheep::

I call it the FYP

White Cow::


i was wondering whether the lad from down under will be interested in joining us in the fray

he's kinda snobbish with that queer "howdy" greetings he has with him

Baba Black Sheep::

who's this remarkable lad from below?

We'll have to put in a recommendation to get him up soon, then~!

White Cow::


Baba Black Sheep::

per chance I'd be knowing him in the past?

White Cow::

i am afraid so.. if your memory is not failing u. He has a queer taste for carriages powered by something known as the engines..

White Cow::

mystical instruments from the devil!

Baba Black Sheep::

forgive me, my good sir - my memory hasn't proven it's worth in my capacity these few weeks

White Cow::

ahh i can see that you are getting on with age.. my dear Baba Black Sheep..

Baba Black Sheep::

he wouldn't be Mediterranean, would he?

White Cow::

absolutely not

Baba Black Sheep::

I'd very much guess so

Baba Black Sheep::

so let's ponder a bit more, to spice up the old cells...

White Cow::

you should pay him a visit one day my dear Baba Black Sheep

White Cow:: that is his abode.

Baba Black Sheep::


White Cow::

humble but cosy

Baba Black Sheep::

at first contact, I thought him to be a native of the land down under

White Cow::

very much soon i afriad

Baba Black Sheep::

my old brain didn't manage to link up with the thoughts of our mutual friend there~! Silly me

White Cow::

n i see with disdain as he feeds on something known as "fried rice" or what he would say "simple Fare"

White Cow::

and give our baked beans on toast a miss

White Cow::

to my absolute horror

Baba Black Sheep::

but with his excellent track records of non-regard for our interests, I'd best think to leave him in his own activities

Baba Black Sheep::

and he's not even into Grey Earl! The thought!

White Cow::

yes horror of horros

White Cow::


Baba Black Sheep::

shudders down my spine

Baba Black Sheep::

my good sir, in the likely event that my old cow will be done away with in the very near future of less than a quick month....

I'd best put my feet down on a date where we would delight in our cunning plan

White Cow::

till the next full moon, a date it shall be

Baba Black Sheep::

unfortunately not anywhen before then, for I'm still very much obliged to it, for a certain piece of paper I'm not sure if I would even find useful

(I hope the quality is good, lest I suffer abrasion near my exit)

White Cow::

i do understand My Dear Baba Black Sheep

i shall take my leave soon my dear Baba Black Sheep

Baba Black Sheep::

perhaps we should adjourn to our afternoon cuppa, then

White Cow::

the gym beckons afar.. and i have to leave

Baba Black Sheep::

ooh...~! gym~! delightful

White Cow::


Baba Black Sheep::

till then, I bide you good time and luck with the ladies

White Cow::

you too my Dear Baba Black Sheep

White Cow::

live merry


This is the exact image in my mind, when I think of my HYP.

Out of the loop

Tammy who?

Monday, March 06, 2006

Je suis le merde...

I spent 3 hours to just get an icon out on my Tcl/Tk program. How great can the going be?

And it's a plain text icon. * Gasps! *

Friday, February 24, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Brokeback Mountain

To be fair, the movie was a rather nice one. Excellent cinematography. But if you are as disgusted as I am about gayish tendencies, don't watch it. (Yes, sometimes I act gayish to my friends, but this is done in good nature with the absolute knowledge that I'm NOT one.)

Every time the two main characters hug/kiss each other in the show, I cringe, shudder, and close my eyes like my father does when he sees his tax statement. Very wuss-like, I know - but hey, it was in no way not a horror show to me. I can't believe their gayish behaviour have no effects on N.

Watch another gay-themed show? Nope, not going to happen.

I'm not anti-gays. I do have gay friends. It's just that if they try poking me.... somebody's gonna get hurt real bad. Somebody.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


NUS admin didn't let me collect Garry's transcripts with an informal authorisation letter written by Garry.

So Garry sent me another:

Dear Registrar's Office,

I, Huang Zhiwei, Garry, NRIC No. S8123456Z, Matriculation No. U027898N, Hp No. +1 650 777 3777, Date-of-Birth 31 February 1981 4:31am, hereby authorise LEE WENG HONG, S8123456Z, Matriculation No. U027890W, Cellular No. +65 6777 3777, Date-of-Birth 08 July 1921 7:32pm, to collect my official transcript from the official Registrar's Office of the world class university known as National University of Singapore.

Yours sincerely,

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


I'm going Vietnam~!

8th May 2006 flying off @ 4pm,
31st May 2006 coming back @ 1250pm.

How much?:
Plane Tix: SGD$62 + USD$62 = SGD$160. (Tiger Airways.)
Budget for whole trip: SGD$1500

Whack North (around Hanoi) to South (around HCM) along the coast (Da Nang, Da Lat),
Cut over to Cambodia to hantam Angkor Wat (Pnom Penh, Siem Reap),
Come back to HCM shop and eat,
fly back to Singapore!

Ivan Teo Sin Leong

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Nohari Window post

Since there's a Johari, naturally there's a Nohari (what? You haven't heard of him too? Tsk tsk...)

Tell me more about myself here: Describe Frank in his Nohari Window
Or you can see the results here: See Frank in his Nohari Window

But don't be a peef (whatever that is), do tell me more about myself first before you see the results.

Monday, February 06, 2006

V-day Flowers Offer from NUS Entrepreneurship Society

Dear all,
12-stalks Rose Bouquet at SGD$45, and other attractive offers? NUS Entrepreneurship Society is proud to bring you premium roses at affordable prices once again!

Follow this link:
or enter from our main website:

For more enquiries, please email, or call Frank @ 93830241.

We do bulk sales too. Email for details.

V-Day Rose Project Team
NUS Entrepreneurship Society

PS: Do tell your friends about us. They'll love you for it.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

New hp number: 93830241. [Posted a wrong number b4 this =P]
Send me spam and I'll wallop you, still.

Monday, January 30, 2006

I won't be blogging as much... I intend to engage in a grand-scaled scandalous affair with my FYP for the next 2 months, and we know that everyone keeps mum about scandalous affairs, don't we? =P

It's about time we go out in a glorious bang, I say.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

V-day Flowers

Buying Valentine's Flowers? I got good deal.

But website not up yet. Also not ready to take pre-order. And prices still subject to changes.

Settlers of Catan

My siblings, and, of late, my motley gang of JC friends, have gathered interest in spending quality time rattling 2 dice and breaking up in vile curses over the improbabilities of their outcomes ("That's impossible! How come you throw a 12 again! --censored-- "), all in the good name of wholesome family entertainment.

We are playing Settlers of Catan, a game where you gather resources via dice throws to build roads, settlements, and cities to win the game (when you will be 'hailed by all as the Lord of Catan' - but we never do carry out the pompous [and ridiculous] ceremony of obeisance though it's part of the rules.)

My brother has the basic set and we've gotten the expansion set, so we're good for 3-6 people without the need of going to the expensive Settlers' Cafe. Do tell me if you're interested in playing the game - we can take some time off our busy schedule to whoop your sorry ass.

But if you're good, you can whoop mine. =)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

DXO is going down

Friday night. 10+pm. There were more staff in DXO than customers - the ratio was such that personal concierge service was possible, and irritating waiters keep coming to your table to ask if you need anything else. And yes, they swoosh away your glass less than 5 seconds after you are done with it.

Oh boy, they are going down.

I pity the DJ who spins for an empty dance floor.

Friday, January 13, 2006


I found a letter in my father's drawer - looks like a suicide note (if my chinese does not fail me in comprehending it) by someone else.

Makes me wonder what actual story lies beneath it.


燕! 曾经爱过我也给我爱过的人,
丧钟在我的耳际敲响了, 人生竟是那么苦闷乏味的一回事.
我想了又想,终于决定了: 我要自刎, 一了百了, 回去那无忧无虑的老家!

生不带来美满的愿望, 死又何必带去半点的悲哀?
我于是选择了大海, 让那浪花泡沫来洗尽尘世间所染上的污秽.
我的倔强,我的好胜, 可以鼓舞起我的勇气往下一跃, 了结我的余生, 乘着今天早涨的湖水.

你收到这封信候, 我更没有理由恨你.
总之来生有绿, 我再不会为金钱而葬送我的一生.


Thursday, January 12, 2006

Tea Leaves

It never fails to astound me, how tea leaves have such an aggressive expansionistic nature when brewed. One moment they occupy less than 0.563% of my nalgene bottle, the next moment they have taken over the entire kingdom.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The 7 Things Post...

As per requested by dearest Beatrice,

7 things that scare me:
1) Finding my bank balances (UOB + DBS) at 0 dollars, and no one to borrow money from. (*Nudging Eu*)
2) Losing my memory
3) Finding that there is no one for me to live for.
4) Finding that there is no one living for me.
5) Artichokes, lady fingers, and everything else green on the plate.
6) Final Year Project. This is the scariest of the lot.
7) Public speaking.

7 things that I like most:
1) Most edible food, esp pig trotters. Inedible food include most things green (pui!).
2) Exercise. Esp jogging.
3) Chio bus... heh heh...
4) Travelling
5) Having damn a lot of time and money and no responsibilities (copied from Beatrice!)
6) Playing minesweeper
7) Hanging out with my JC friends, playing bridge and mahjong.

7 important things in my room
- hmm... this is hard, cos my room is not important to me. No place is, actually - I'm ultra portable. Just gimme a sleeping mat, at least.
1) My soft toy pig?
2) My clock?
3) My army duffel bag... argh. There's nothing much that's important.
I'll do another list here to make up for it -

7 important possessions:
1) Wallet
2) Keys
3) Handphone
4) Spectacles
5) My Tevas
6) My Nalgene
7) My watch (which I lost recently. =|)
- with these, I can go almost anywhere.

7 random facts about me...
1) I'm left-handed
2) I have a scar on the left side of my chin.
3) I stand TALL at 1.64m. The air is still fresh at this level, thank you.
4) I have a super bad memory.
5) I was a President's Scout.
6) PSLE: 271.
7) I don't gamble, ching teng bets not included. I only bought Strike! once, and it was to liven the mood for a eat-and-watch-world-cup-together session with my JC pple.

7 things I plan to do before I die...
1) Travel a bit more.
2) Eat more good stuff.
3) Get a gold for IPPT.
4) Run a marathon.
5) Make my peace with God.
6) If time and money allows, own a provision shop.
7) Finish my fyp.

7 things I can do...
1) Write with my left hand.
2) Do 40 pull-ups/100+ push-ups in one go.
3) Catch cockroaches without fear, if with plastic bag. Else will kancheong a bit that the bugger will poke my bare hands with its thorny legs.
4) Cross my eyes.
5) Play minesweeper quite well.
6) Charm old aunties off their... hmm.
7) Walk/sit alone by myself in dark buildings/alleys/cemeteries.

7 things I can't do...
1) Write with my right hand.
2) Do split, cartwheel, hand stand, and any of those acrobatish stuff.
3) figure out what girls are thinking.
4) remember things very well.
5) win zx at bridge.
6) strike a good bargain.
7) talk slowly. Especially during interviews. And when seeing chio bus.

7 things I say the most...
1) 'Can't remember...'
2) 'FRANK-LEE speaking...'
3) 'Shiiiiit.'
4) 'Crap.'
5) 'Uh huh..' + 'Okay....'
6) 'Wanna bet N ching teng that...' - where N is an integer bigger than 0, smaller than 10.
7) 'That is a very good question.'

7 celeb crushes...[none too serious, except Mavis... haha.]
1) Mavis Fan
2) Vivian Chow [wah, so long ago~!]
3) Fish Leong
4) Fiona Xie
5) Michelle Chia
6) Lin Chiling
7) Jeanette Aw

IF i had to pick 8..excluding Beatrice whu got me to do this at the first place..
1) Eu and his queen
2) Yus
3) Kenneth
3) Chee weeeeeee~!
4) Thim
5) Celven
6) Nerissa
7) YY~!

Monday, January 02, 2006

What's up these few days::

Dinner with Beatrice and Jiahui! Weird combi, indeed. =)
Frank, Jiahui, Beatrice
Wallace and Gromit with Tjio. Did I say that it is a great movie? =D

Was down at the wholesalers' on friday checking out prices and placing tentative orders for the upcoming event in February. It's about time, yes.

Spent the rest of the day at Thomson Plaza reading a book, with a large sunflower for companion - because HY called up and didn't want me to visit (probably mesmerised with her k-dramassss...)


You never know when someone will suggest going to Attica, which will end you up in a pathetic (and unsuccessful) attempt to mingle past the Attica bouncers, leaving you with no other choice but to join other friends for a glorious time at Chijmes dancing outrageously silly dances.

Lack.of.sleep. zzz...
Went to town for a chat with old friends.