Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Doc, please give me a day off!"

Because I want to go bowling!!!

Got my hands on my new 15lb Wild Fire last night. Excellent baby. 230+ on my first game. A few 190s, a lousy 160 and another 230+. Not bad for a first night out with my new favourite. Does it really make a difference to my game? I don't really see how since I've already managed a 300 with the Power Swing. But it sure makes bowling more fun!

I'm not really sure if it is due to the core design of the ball or the 15lb vs 14lb difference but pins were flying! Just one week ago my Power Swing was making pins roll all over the place. Last night the Wild Fire was sending them into an orbital flight! Wow!!! I've always thought that I will never be able to send them flying but recently I've realised that pushing it down the lane with strength is less optimal than a moderate speed (gives the ball enough time to gather energy) and a good release (forward-upward stroke to give the ball its inertia + spin while rolling down the lane).

But I have a new problem... the 14lb Power Swing is now unplayable... and the 13lb Momentum Swing is beginning to feel like a basketball... I still have confidence with the 13lb (didn't miss a spare on the left side of pin #1 last night) but the 14lb ball is really a headache... A wardrobe overhaul? Wow... that's going to be like another HKD2,000... But I can give away my balls to the ladies... Now if I were to get another 15lb for super oily conditions, what should I get? A Nanodesu, A Siege, one of the Hammer balls or one of the newest balls in the market? Oh I can't make up my mind!

When should I buy it?... I guess I will buy when someone is ready to take my 14lb ball away from me...

Monday, September 28, 2009

A New Bowling Ball!

Got myself a new bowling ball :



Thought of several balls but decided on a 15lb Brunswick Wild Fire. One of the newest ball in the market. Can't wait to get it... Made my order last night and Shing should have it done by the time I reach there... after work today!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Surprise surprise...

So 1 year ago I was given a very poor bonus (Compared with other colleagues, definitely). Got 2 rounds of cuts on my bonus due to a strange method of calculation.

So last night I went to the ATM and withdrew some money. The bonus was in and it was much higher than my expectations for this year, considering how the company has been faring this year. Basically repaid me the difference for last year's fiasco and not cock up the bonus for the present year.

*a pat on the President's back*

I'm glad he remembered last year... Life is funny. Last year I was expecting something but I didn't get it. This year I've been expecting nothing and I get virtually everything my inner self have been hoping for. Well, in any case, its one less thing I can bitch about this company... not sure if that's such a good thing...

But I can certainly curse and swear at all those taxi drivers every morning! Tailgating is something that really messes up my morning and ends lives! I understand that with lousy road planning, narrow roads and crazy minibuses + taxis, there is a need to keep your car as close to the one in front to prevent others from cutting into your lane, but is there a need to dive in at speed and brake hard? Okay, so maybe there's a need, because the minibus or taxi on the outer lane will devour any space big enough for a corner of their vehicle...

There's a stretch of road beside Austin Station with 4 lanes. 2 for vehicles going straight towards Olympic Station and 2 for turning right to Jordan. The number of cars turning right is usually approximately less than 1/5 of the cars going straight. That leaves a lot of space behind for taxis and minibuses to setup their lane-jacking stance.

I think I really ought to think about buying a car... but at HKD1,500/mth just for parking below my block + another HKD4-5k for a lot near my office, taking a taxi everyday still makes alot of economic sense...

But I'll be able to take my alarm clocks to Sai Kung when they get bigger... arghhh~~~

Monday, September 21, 2009

I want to watch this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncY2rtVHKF8

But I'm stuck in the office... I can watch but I can't hear!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Studying is taking it toll on me...

Worked through to 2am last night, trying to finish 3 questions for my individual homework assignment due this Saturday. This professor is consistently handing out individual work on a weekly basis and team work every few weeks. I'm starting to understand why some of the 2nd year students are taking just 1 subject this term...

1) Sleeping late on a Saturday - The core module is on Saturday afternoon. I'm taking 2 subjects and its a choice of waking up for the 9am class or staying back for the evening class till 9pm. I chose the former and got an exemption for the latter. Saturday night is too precious for spending in school...

2) Reading reading and more reading - I read my textbook and I get case studies. I read my handouts and guess what? More cases! Its a lot of words and very few useful information. I understand that its a good learning process and I love the class interaction but its really tedious to read 100 pages a week.

3) Life outside class - These days I spend alot of time picking up after my alarm clocks. Like last night I had a difficult time concentrating on my work as they look so nice that I must hold them in my hands... And then I got 2 nights of bowling a week...

Part-time studies are never easy. Done it once and doing it again. Knew what I was in for when I enrolled. Hopefully it will be a phase I can look back on and smile at...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Meet the canines...


The boy and the girl...


And here is Redknapp posing for the camera.


Seriously these are the only shot I can take of them... can only take shots of them when they don't realise I'm there looking at them. Otherwise they will charge at me like rabbits! Anyone can teach me how to take a nice shot of these walking running alarm clocks?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Walking alarm clocks...

Bought a pair of walking alarm clocks on Sunday. Well maintained they should wake me up in the morning for the next 15-20 years. So far so good. They have been working like clockwork with regards to sounding off between 6:00am-7:30am for the past few days. Decorated with fur and made of lasting soft material, they fit into my palms pretty well... that is if they don't shake so violently...

To keep them working I have to constantly keep them fueled and lubricated. Been doing so twice a day and they are in tip-top condition. Unfortunately they leak alot... the leaking fluid is fine by me but the solid substances throws me off chocolate cakes for a while...

Highly intelligient alarm clocks must be surrounded by barriers as left on the floor as they tend to disappear. This morning I realised that one of the alarm clocks have found a way to get past the barrier... I suspect that it has been installed with a high-end processor... In fact, the stereo system on this particular menace is top notch. I can leave the alarm clock in the living room and still be able to catch the bells go off in the morning...

HKD10,000 is alot of money for an alarm clock. Not many people will buy a spare alarm clock immediately. But they were the best looking alarm clock in the whole clock shop. In fact, they were the best looking alarm clocks in the whole clock street!

I miss my clocks... I wonder if I can bring my alarm clocks to work...

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Hi, I don't know you!"

I'm becoming quite a popular figure in my class... I think it has something to do with my Singapore accent... People will turn around and ask me where I'm from, or even call out my name at the foodcourt and chat with me even though I have absolutely no idea who they are.

The most common question I get will be one of the following:

1) "Did you study in America?"
2) "You are not a local, right?"
3) "Can you speak cantonese?"

I'm sure I never use the "lahs" and the "lors" during class discussions. In fact I'm quite sure I keep my English as close to school standards as possible. Do I sound like an American? I don't think so... But I'm glad they don't ask me if I'm Singaporean right from the start.

Sometimes I'm ashamed of myself for thinking like that but I can't help it since so many of my fellow citizens cannot keep their "lars" and "lors" to casual conversation among Singaporeans. It's bad English and definitely not professional. It's the equivalent of using "mate" or "dude" in a lecture or work environment.

Another typhoon on its way, Koppu. It should be closest to HK tonight, possibly a warning no.8 to be issued at 8pm? That means there won't be any No.8 tomorrow morning but there will be a very wet Tuesday... That means no bowling tonight! Worst! And that means no taxi in the morning! WORST x 20!!!

Talking about which, can we have some sort of taxi-rating system in HK? Something like the evaluation system the Chinese customs are using now. At the end of each trip one should be able to press a button to give a score between 0-10. The average score will be shown somewhere in front or on top of the taxi in an LED display panel.

The reason why I want such a system is because I have enough of meeting the wrong taxi driver! I take a HKD30+ taxi ride to work every morning and 4 out of 5 trips will be with a driver who take 5 steps on the brake to stop a car, 10 steps on the pedal to move 3 metres and turns the steering wheel left-right ever so frequently to go down a very straight road...

So if the scoring system is implemented and I were to encounter a queue of taxis I will be able to choose one with a higher score... in the meantime I will just keep a paper bag with me just in case I give in to motion sickness...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Perfect 300 game


That's it. I've done the hole-in-one in bowling. It's definitely harder than a hole-in-one in golf. I could feel my heart speeding up from the 8th frame onwards. No such adrenaline rush in golf.

On the 10th frame I figured I had a chance at bowling a perfect game. But somehow it felt funny the moment the ball left my fingers... See this photo below of me after the 10th throw... nervously looking at how the pins would fall...


In the end I got a bit of luck to get the tip end of a falling pin 4 knock pin 9 down. A centimetre either way and pin 4 would have missed the base of pin 9. That, for me, was the shot/pinfall of the game.

11th strike wasn't really memorable. Probably still thankful to my lucky stars that frame 10 was a strike. But on the 12th and final throw, I was trembling so much that I had to step back and put down the ball on my first approach. The fellow on the next lane told me to relax while he finished off his 2 remaining pins so I wouldn't be distracted. After his throw I managed to compose myself well enough to step onto the lane and delivered a smooth delivery. I knew it was going to hit every pin once the ball travelled halfway down the lane. I just knew.


For my effort I got this nice big animation revealing my score at the end of the game. A nice big 300. Nice~~~

It's 2am and I'm still so excited... how am I gonna sleep tonight?!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Super Mario Bros. Wii


This is Super Mario Bros #15? I've lost track... I'm quite sure they used that "New" for their DS game so now they add a Wii behind... Multiplayer platforming action sounds and looks fantastic to me. Messy. But these are the type of things you'd (I did!) wish for when you were like 12-16 and MS Dos 5.1 was such an amazing software...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

EMax Bowling

Sights that greet me every weekend before classes... sights like this are really redeeming factors for HK. But its really these sights that give me additional reasons to get pissed off when the administration doesn't get their act together on anti-pollution measures.



After a tiring 1st day of PG school, really looking forward to bowling @ Mei Foo. Unfortunately they were having a competition that would last till closing. We grabbed our equipment from the lockers and went to Bowling City @ Emax Kowloon Bay.



The pins there drop like dominos! Pins fly from left to right and right to left without putting too much power into every shot. 225 on the first game and easily above 180 on other games. Fun to play... but is it really that fun? Back to Mei Foo again this week and we will find out.


This private function room with 4 lanes (lanes 1-4 of 48), karaoke and an area for a buffet spread is a section of the place. Fancy a private party? For HKD1988/hr for weekends you can have that area all by yourself! HKD1088/hr on weekdays (before 6pm) seem like an affordable deal to me but where am I gonna find people to bowl with me?!

And below are some random pictures I've taken recently. The ICC above Kowloon Station which is nearing completion, some plane in Elements and Optimus Prime in Century Plaza Mong Kok...




1 more question to my take-home exam (37 of 38 done...), 3 chapters of the textbook for this week's reading, an individual assignment due on Saturday, a team assignment due on Saturday as well and a case study to read before next week's lessons... Boy am I glad I didn't overload my studies with 1 more module...

And boy am I glad I came home after yum cha @ Mong kok this afternoon! It seems like there's another case of acid-attack in MK. 4 times within a year. I'd better get that acid-proof wig patented soon...

Friday, September 4, 2009

"I'm not going for the drug tests and I'm not taking drugs!"

So what can you do about these students? I'm sure people will assume that they are taking drugs, else why would they refuse to take the tests? What happens to these students who refuse to take the tests? Protect their privacy but everyone's going to assume that they are taking drugs, no? What if EVERYONE refuses to take the tests?

I don't understand what the educators, parents, politicians, lawyers and law enforcement agencies make of this drug-testing issue but if it is on a voluntary basis its not going to solve the drug problem.

According to The Standard, the number of accidents related to drink-driving decreased by approximately 65% since random breath tests were introduced in Feb 09.

Now I really wonder what the numbers would be like if it was on a voluntary basis...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I hate Septembers...

The parade of taxis is there no more. What I see every morning is a queue of people lining up for a taxi where pre-September there would have been 5-6 taxis waiting for us! The lack of sleep isn't helping my morning mood... bowling is 1 reason why I'm not getting enough sleep on certain nights...

14 games last night with 4 games over 200 (including hi-score of 233) + 3 games over 190, and the rest evenly spread out between 170-190 ranges (except for 1 game with a 150+). Fairly happy with my games. That means I'm hitting >190 for half of my games. It will be great if I can keep up with the consistency.
Even happier with my new backswing which is approximately 1ft above my head at its highest point. Controlling on the release still need a bit of work but I'm quite sure I will be able to get it down within the next couple of weeks... and hopefully I will get a bonus this October so that I can go ahead and buy that 15lb Hammer Hot Sauce that I have my eyes on!


Another reason for my lack of dreamland, I watched Starship Troopers 3 last night... way into the night~ If the 1st movie looked weird, well they certainly managed to remain true to the franchise and kept everything as corny as behind. But at least they managed to stick to the storyline~ I love corny movies~

Just read an article on the Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle. It reminded me of the vehicle in Metal Gear Solid 4. I guess urban fighting is the way to go, with wheeled armored carriers becoming more popular these days. With more built-up area and roads in this part of the world, I guess wheeled carriers will get a bigger market in the future.

Moving out of the office soon... the heat is going to kill me~

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