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Archive for August, 2006


New lappie

Finally,after over a week of waiting, the laptop loan has finally been approved! But the thing is, they only approved it sometime last Thursday, when I’ve just arrived in Bangkok… Grrrr… Waited for so long and they only approved it after I leave the country… But I digress.

Anyway, I collected it yesterday and here it is:

You guys might be wondering why it isn’t a Macbook. The main thing about a Macbook is that it is much more expensive as compared to the other. Here’s the spec of the Toshiba Tecra M5:

Intel Core Duo Processor T2400 1.83GHz
(667MHz FSB, 2MB Level 2 Cache);
Intel 945PM Express Chipset;
(After free upgrade) 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (no slot left);
80GB Hard disk (5400rpm);
Slim SelectBay DVD SuperMulti Double Layer drive (DVD+-RW/RAM);
14.1″ TFT Active Matrix Display (1400 x 1050);
nVidia Quadro NVS 110M with 128MB DDR VRAM;
16x PCI Express; Infra-red;
USB 2.0 x 3; 1394;
SD-Card; S-Video TV-out;
Expansion Bus (for replicator);
Built-in V.92 modem;
Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN;
Built-in Intel 802.11a/b/g;
BlueTooth 2.0+EDR;
Sound Blaster Compatible Audio;
Windows XP Professional;
Adobe Macromedia Studio 8;
(Microsoft Office to be purchased separately);
Notebook carrying case;
USB Optical Mouse;
2.37 kg (with battery pack and integrated combo drive).

Now I’m typing this post in the living room using wifi ‘borrowed’ from someone. (Thanks Henry! Whoever you are)

Mobile computing

As for the Bangkok photos, I will post em up as soon as I sort them out.

A feel-good article: Toshiba Tecra M5 Review 😛


Sun, tom yum and spiritual enlightenment

Another 12 hours to my flight to Bangkok with Weiting and Wenjun.

Yep, we are going for a 4-day free and easy tour in Bangkok.

Gonna go pack my stuff now… Damn afraid of forgetting to bring something…

Watch out on this space for photos!

The itinerary I pirate from mrLeaf


Land of four million smiles

Its less than a month to the World Bank-IMF meeting in Singapore. And to welcome the expected 16,000 delegates that will be attending the meeting. The Singapore government has launch the Four Million Smiles campaign and to the uninitiated, four million is the population of Singapore, which means everyone has to start smiling.

Now, after NUSSU flag day, where I went to a few places in Singapore to sell flags, it seems like some people still can’t smile even if their lives depended on it… When I approach those people asking for donations, instead of smiling and declining to donate, they stared at me and looked as if I’m holding them up at knifepoint and robbing. Hellooo… I’m only asking you to donate out of your free will, not forcing you or anything…. And don’t give me that kind of attitude.

After my brief stint as a sales assistance, I found that a good smile can actually brighten a person’s day and that guy will be willing to go all-out to help you.

Children should be taught from young to have good manners and be courteous. Screw the Speak Good English and Speak Good Mandarin campaigns in schools… I find that our standard of English and Mandarin for youngsters are ok. Its the manners that need to be worked on. Like what one of my lecturer said, ‘You have your whole life to work on your grammar, you should start on your manners now.’ I agree very much with her.


School Daze

Its been almost two weeks since I last posted something here. Since then, I have been either too tired, too lazy or too sick to type and post anything up here.

After matriculating, I spent quite a lot of time on module bidding and planning. Since I’m a freshie, the idea of planning your own module timetable and having to fight with others on module selection was quite overwhelming. Since in poly, the timetable are planned by the departments and one just need to login into a website and look at the timetable. Now, you’ll have to look at what modules you have to take and plan accordingly. To make matters worst (IMO), there’s also breadth modules and unrestricted electives, modules outside of your department, to take. Lost quite a bit of sleep over that module bidding thing… But on the hindsight, it was quite interesting and IMO much better than first-come, first served system. Since you can prioritize which module you want and which module you need. (Showhand anyone? :P)

Last week was orientation week and basically it was to go there early in the morning, play games, make friends and attend talk till the evening. Quite tiring, with all the activities and also waking up early in the morning. Got food poisoning on friday, so I missed Rag Day on saturday. Oh well… Food poisoning was a bitch… I rather be there at Rag Day…

This week was the start of lecture proper. It feels like poly all over again, going to lectures etc, which is a good thing. The modules I chose were quite ok, except for Maths and Computer Organisation… Maths… Argh… Headache…

Now to ballot for tutorials… Another headache coming…


My first cheque book

Got my very first cheque book when I signed up for the Campus Account over at UOB yesterday. Its a chequeing cum debit card account for tertiary student and has no monthly fee or minimum balance to maintain. Its also a statement-based account where all you get is just an ATM card and a Internet Banking account to access your bank account. Now I just need to wait for my Campus Card to arrive.