Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's here...

the cream strap that is... except that the colour is not exactly what i hoped for. ;)

but nonetheless, it is still a unique strap of monster thickness... a real brusier when worn with the pam177. together with the titanium buckle, they are a match made in heaven. muahahaha...

another pic below.

and the mandatory wrist shot.

a night shot with revolution magazine. :)

more pics here.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Straps and more straps...

GSD Whiskey strap

MF WW2 strap

Black crocodile strap from Jason

Dark brown crocodile strap

Still waiting for my white calf strap...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Punggol Park

Was woken up by Lucas early this morning... He always wakes up early over the weekends... I prefer sleeping till late morning.

Anyways, we went to Punggol Park after breakfast. My only recollection of the place is that a murder took place there 10 odd years ago.

It's the usual park with a lake, like a smaller scale Bedok Reservoir. There is a playground, swings, exercise areas, resting areas, a running track around the lake, a cafe, and apparently NParks allows boating on Saturdays and Sundays... just bring your boat along... there is a boat launch ramp near the cafe. I thought this was quite amusing... How many people in Singapore has a trailer where they can bring their boat to a boating area? I see it quite often in California. Scramblers or boats or even houses are transported on trailers.

There are some quite unusual trees in the park. One of which is a cotton tree (at least I think that's what they are). It attracted a type of red insect. First time I see cotton trees in Singapore...

More pics here.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

iPhone 3G

Have you gotten yours yet? I reserved my 16G iPhone 3G yesterday from SingTel's hello!

Well... just so you know. ;)

And if you are keen to do so, just drop by the shop (you will still need to go to the shop even if you filled up the web form). A new phone line or a re-contract of an existing line can be done. You can change your mind prior to 1 week from date of sale confirmation.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Barney - Let's Imagine - Live

San got three Barney tickets even before I went on my Reservist. Lucas kept asking when he is going to watch the show... Well... tonight is the night.

We had a quick dinner near the child care and then hurried off to Suntec Convention Centre hall 602. As expected, there are lots of parents with toddlers. I even saw a long lost secondary school soccer buddy with his wife and daughter outside the hall, buying Barney merchandise.

We were (or at least I was) quite amused to see some families with 3 girls and some with a 4th member on the way. Not because they may be hoping for a boy, but more of the quantity... Not a norm amongst Chinese families in Singapore nowadays. Aren't we known as the DINKS (Dual Income No Kids)? Or perhaps at least one kid? Hmm... our number 2 is on the way though. Just in time for the first F1 night race. ;)

Wasn't it a generation ago when 7 or more siblings was the norm? Guess the government's child policy did take good effect in the 80s. The concern for young families today could be due to living expenses, quality of living or lifestyle.

The Barney show was like an extended version of those staged at the shopping centers during school holidays. About the same, but with more props and a larger scale.

Lucas enjoyed the show, I just kept yawning...

More pics here.

Joanna Wang - Start from Here

The red cd at the bottom is the demo cd. The one at the top is the Start from Here SACD.

I first heard her cd in a colleague's car. Her voice sounded not bad. Then I went to her showcase at Oosh on the 24 April 2008. It was an event organized by Sony BMG. Our host was very accommodating... finding seats for all 4 of us even though it was crowded. Finger food at Oosh was great, of course, beer helped too.

Hearing Joanna live was disappointing. She talked very softly, could not really hear her. Maybe she is still new to entertaining people live. She is not very engaging with the audience, just preferring to get onto her singing, no small talk with the fans gathered at Oosh. Her singing was slightly louder, but I think the audio setup there is a let down.

The 2 piece band that came on later was much louder and better actually.

Anyways, I got one of the demo cds from Sony BMG. Listening to it back at home, her vocal was actually quite good. I then decided to get her cd when I happen to see it at the music stores.

It was not until today that I got her cd... and a SACD. I remembered seeing a review on this cd in the weekly Sunday chinese papers where there are a few writeups on audio related stuff.

The SACD was quite odd. It is semi-transparent when held up to light.

The SACD did have better details and air as compared to the demo cd. I'm just doing the comparison in normal CD mode, not SACD mode as I do not have a SACD player.

All in all, a nice cd to listen to. There are 2 new tracks (11. New York State of Mind and 12. 50 Ways to Leave your Lover) on this SACD, followed by 4 mandarin tracks that are translated from her english songs.

I also bought Saint Etienne's Travel Edition LP... Think this will be a group whose LP I will try to collect. ;)