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Thursday, May 29, 2008

my car died...

Happily parked my car and went for lunch.

And when i returned, the car won't start!

Just the Krraaaackkkk-kraaaack-kraccckKKK sound when i turned the key in the ignition.

My male colleague suggested we open the hood to see


but then he didnt know what to check


Told colleagues that to go back to office via public transport.

Contemplated calling E, or MY DAD. Am still a daddy's girl no matter how old...

In the end, I called

1. Nissan EMERGENCY service hotline

"Hello, Nissan servicing?"

"Yes? How i helpch you?"

"Er... my car wont start"

"So you want us to tow for you?"

Thats a leap of logic for me... but "Is it possible to send a mechanic to check?"

"Noooo... we only the towing company, where are you?"

"Jurong, but how much is the towing fee?" not that i will be using them, cause i'm an AA member and towing is free!

"I dont know."


"We only towing company, we charge Nissan then I dont know how much Nissan charge you"

"Err... ok, thanks. I will call you again" NOT!

2. Nissan Service Center at Loyang

"Hello Nissan Service Center"

"Hi, my car wont start"

"I think your battery is dead"

"But it is less than 1.5 years, and the internal lights and radio still works"

"yeah, i think your battery is dead."

"Oh, so how?"

"Do you want me to send a mechanic with a new battery to you?"

"er.. YEAH!!!"

"Where is your car?"

"car park at Blk XXX in Jurong"

"ok, 1-1.5 hours, $99 cash, 50% discount for the battery since less than 2 years, and $30 for transport"


"Or, can you get your car to jump-start and drive to our workshop? Then there will not be transport charges"

"er... no." Nobody in that car park.

"Ok, 1-1.5 hours"

So i went to an atm to get some cash, then went to the library to borrow some books and bought a drink and waited near my car.

True enough, a Nissan lorry came by with a mechanic who changed the battery in less than 15min.

"How come the battery die so fast one? Only 1.5 years."

"This type of electronic things, very difficult to say one"

"Hmmph! I was going to service my car next week, will they be able to check battery level if going to spoil?"

"If during testing the level is ok, can't say also. Then the next day battery die, customer will call and complain."


The car purrred and started without a hitch.

"Er, Miss, you know how to set the electronic things hor?"


"If dont know, just call our workshop, we can help"

He waved a merry hand and left.

And i sat in the car and realized that it was like rebooting an old pda with no memory, everything had to be reset.

The radio channels, clock, even the trip odometer was at zero, BUT NOT the accumulative odometer! HA.

I'm glad i didnt call my dad.

And I think, so is he.



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Visual Bookshelf - even better

A new tab called "Manage" stared at me when I was updating my Visual Bookshelf on Facebook today.



A fast loading spreadsheet with
Title/ Author/ Status/ Rating/ Review/ Own
and no covers


that you can click to juggle and delete book, add/ change review, change status at a click.

Even filter by the different category very quickly.


I can now sorta copy and paste the books i want to read (no, you cant filter by "want to read", i tried) to another application to print/ export to bring to the libraries/ book shop.

Now if they would only allow to filter by Status too... AND add that export function.



Friday, May 16, 2008

Say Sorry!

I try to watch movies on Krisworld that I would otherwise be unable to catch when on firm ground, whether lack of time or not widely shown in SG

So this trip to BKK, i caught Boytown and Venus & Mars

The first is a throw-away pulp movie, and suitable for pp who grew up in the 80s and were there to witness the rise of BackStreetBoys and Take That (before Robbie Williams went solo) and are now witnessing the "come-back" of the same.

The second was an unlikely love story with an impossibly pretty Kim_Tae-hee (who looks like a healthier and taller version of Jolin Tsai)

The one in the center is Kim, not Tsai. Weird. Did they go to the same doctor? oops, my bad.

Anyways, i digress.

I actually shed a few tears at the 1st ending (there is another ending just when the rolling credits starts, watch for it)

Am gonna egg E to watch the movie, and then point him to what happens if he doesnt say sorry.



Been punting on the SES for awhile now.

5 lots of this,
10 lots of that
10 lots of the other one

some on contra basis, some on (hopefully) short term hold, some on medium hold (by choice or not)

all very exciting, but the scary bit is when one becomes immune to the numbers as to bet (if you want to be annal about it) with such nonchalance on $4k to $40k per trade

Juuuuust numbers.

Until you work out the tangibility of the numbers:
- $300 is a damn good dinner for 2,
- $700 is the price of my LV wallet,
- $1700 is the LV bag i wanted for my birthday,
- $46000 is the price of my car


and then i went and lose almost $2k (1 LV bag + 1 good dinner) on bad timing and bad decision (sold too late to effectively stop loss).

I am sitting on some paper gain which will more than cover that, but STILL!


Thank goodness it is going to be a public holiday on Monday, and I'll take a 3-days breather.

Happy Vesak Day!


Thursday, May 15, 2008


Was watching news on the recent earthquake in China.

Premier Wen was in the disaster zone surveying the damage and visiting the victims.

He came to a girl who was trying to control her sobbing as he spoke to her,

"你有幸逃过灾难, 你活着."


Political saviness in front of camera or no, a poignant message.

For victims, for survivors, for everybody.

You are alive, go on living and live well.


Monday, May 12, 2008

I want I want I want a HP 2133

I want after the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC (the model with the mostest and NO VISTA, not the entry level for student's use obviously), I dont really need it since the Fujitsu baby I have is still working fine, though a little worst for wear over 3+ years.

But I drool at the thought of less weight (with the 3-cell battery) on my shoulders when I travel.

And the pretty skin and accessories...

Obviously it will be more logical to lust after the sexy Macbook Air, but it will more integrated functions and ports wins hands-down for me.

Hubby still owes me a birthday prezzy, and he wanted to buy me an iphone...

or I just might send in a requisition at my office ;)

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More CHOP!

After banging my head at the mirror for 13 days since that disastrous haircut, I have gone more drastic and chop off even more.

This time at a work-from-home hairstylist in my neighbourhood.

Very layered and spiky and short out of desperation from what is left from my earlier haircut (no thanks to Kane Choo of The Salon @ WheeLock). The average hair length is about 2-3 inches... shorter than most Korean drama actors.

Well, it is not fantastic, but i'm much happier to not look rounder and matronly than necessary (AGAIN, no thanks to you-know-who)

Brought Kiddie E to have her shoulder length hair snipped to a cute bob, because she wanted short hair like Mommy, awwwwww...

And it was the cheapest haircut of my life at $16 for both of us!

Now, i'll just have to sit tight and let it grow out some.


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