Europe trip peperation: Camera

I’m preparing the camera for my trip, so I am gathering all the SD memory cards the camera uses. Check the battery, charge it, and such.

Found several mini and micro SD cards that are, at most, 2GB. Ugh… these tiny, easy-to-lose cards… At least I have the adaptor that turns it into a regular SD card. The camera may come with 2 8GB SDHC cards, but on a holiday, I want to reduce the inconvenience of changing it and, if I’m not near a computer I could use, have enough space for more shots. Oh well, something is better than nothing.

The camera is a normal point-and-shoot kind, 12.1 mega-pixels, 1080p video recording (with the capacity of those <2GB cards I mentioned earlier, that works out to less than 5 minutes. Total. With nothing else on it.). I had used it for my travels last year (2012) and I kind of like it better than other cameras I had used. What I liked is the 4x optical zoom. Handy for taking pictures of animals (or people) without getting too close and risk them running away. As a future proof, it supporting SDHC means that I can use up to 32GB for SDHC cards, or 2TB (2000GB) with SDXC cards. Sadly, I currently do not have any readers that supports SDXC besides this camera.

I am bring a phone with a camera, but unless there is something wrong with the other camera (usually low battery) or happen to be holding it when an easy-to-miss opportunity comes, I won’t be using much.

Why do I not like using the phone camera? Here’s a list of it:

  • No optical zoom, only digital zoom
  • Not responsive, or vulnerable to being interrupted by phone calls
  • Need to look at the screen to take picture because the button is there and you can’t feel it
    • There are ones that lets you use a hardware button, but it’s not really comfortable to press.
  • Memory is shared by other apps
  • To change memory card, you need to either turn it off, or navigate to the settings somewhere to unmount it before safely removing it. Oh, did I say that you need to remove the cover at the back of the phone to get to it, and the memory card is that annoyingly tiny micro SD card?

While preparing, dad gave me an 8 megapixel camera that uses 2 AA batteries instead of a rectangular thin rechargeable battery, which my analog cameras and my first digital camera uses. The camera is twice as thick as the first camera I mentioned here. Unclear if that is due to battery or the (unknown) era the camera is from. I doubt this thing could even record 480p, or if it could, having the battery to die out in the middle of it.

Although it has an 8GB SDHC card inside, it doesn’t support SDHC. I know because it worked when I used those micro SD cards with adapter mentioned above. Doing optical zoom produces a loud mechanical sound. I don’t really like this camera. Had taken some pictures with it, but had not viewed it on PC.

So, I took that 8GB SDHC card an used it as an additional memory card. Total now adds up to about 32GB, but I’m not sure if that is enough.

647th post: Getting around abroad

In recent years, I had travel to countless number of different countries around Asia. I travel because I hear so much about different countries, but never actually visited them.

Back then, I had thought that you could only go abroad through “packages” by travel agencies, which I found expensive and inflexible. Not a fan of tour guides that travel around in large “herds” I see around me either. Just visiting a tourist spot near where I live and I could already see how expensive it is over the “less-touristy” ones.

  • Expensive: Hotels they offered, which is typically 3 to 5 stars, and may include meals containing food I do not want to eat.
  • Inflexible: They have schedules that are made up of mostly visiting tourist places and, looking at it, there is only little time where we aren’t herded around except perhaps arriving and departing days, which, depending on what time of the day, can be short or long. I hate following schedules.

Anyway, during my travels abroad, I usually brought about 2-3 pairs of clothing (more for underwear and socks) and other random stuff that would fit in a haversack and still have room. Since I’m also boarding a plane without any check-in luggage as much as possible, I did not bring along toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. Actually, you can bring these along, as long you check it in, total liquids you are carrying does not exceed 100ml in a transparent bag (which is troublesome to measure), or non-liquid versions of these. These kinds of things can be found at the destination country’s hotel or stores anyway.

Another thing is to take note is to keep an eye out for the exchange rate between your currency and the currency you are visiting for a few weeks. Depending on the rates, you may need to change early, or right before the trip. If there are stopovers in a different country, exchange a bit of that country’s currency (US$100 should be more than enough if you are just buying a meal) too. Depending on the country and place, rates from the ATM or outside the airport might have a better exchange rate. Note: Excluding the local currency, coins are generally not accepted or given at money changers.

Anyway, here are the things I find about a place that other countries do not have or are in a different way.

Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Johor Bahru)

Getting around is kind of straightforward, but not so easy if outside the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Everywhere you see are likely to notice are car models that you would not see anywhere else in the world. The atmosphere feels kind of fierce, strong influence of a particular religion is noticeable too, and the crime rate there doesn’t make me feel easy there. Even though the cost of things there might see high, the currency exchange rate against my home currency actually makes it cost less than back home.

1 USD is about 3 Malaysian Ringit

China (Shanghai and Shenzen)

I only made a short visit to these cities as I need to travel to get to elsewhere in an another country, so I don’t really know much. Easy way to calculate is to think of it as divide the amount by 10 to get the amount in British Pounds, a currency more familiar to me.

The first thing I noticed is that the side of the road and tracks buses and trains travel on are at the opposite side from what I’m used to. I actually found myself wondering how to get around as it wasn’t planned. Cost of things are cheap compared to back home, and probably at par with Malaysia. Can’t put a rough number on it though.

Hong Kong

The reason why I mentioned being to Shenzen is because it was part of a side day trip from Hong Kong. Macau was considered, but did not go there in the end. The HKD rate may be 0.8 yuan or 12 yen per dollar, but the cost of things are actually that of between China and Japan. The Hong Kong coins are the thickest, heaviest, and largest (in size) that I have ever come across. Excluding the HK$10 note (issued by the government to replace the coin version), the banknotes are distributed by several different banks instead of a central bank, which is the weirdest thing I have come across for money.

As I get around, there are actually features that help the blind at pedestrian crossings and the ends of escalators, along with brale signs. Just crossing the border with China (Shenzen) and you would notice how different things are, form the standard of English, to cleanness. Signs are bilingual (English and Traditional Chinese) everywhere.

To ride on public transport, I obtained an Octopus Card (or 八達通 in Chinese) to save the hassle to dig up for coins, and exact change in some cases, to pay for buses, tram and trains. You could also use it to pay at convenient stores (though the cashier seem reluctant when I asked) and vending machines too. I am not sre about this, but apparently paying by Octopus Card might be cheaper than paying in cash too. I never paid in cash for transport except to top up the card, so I don’t know about that.

Kansai Region (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe)

Visiting this region feels like being in a different country than Tokyo. It may not be for neighbouring Kyoto, but in Osaka (and I forgot to mention earlier: Hong Kong too), people riding the escalator stand on the right instead of the left.

The trains uses a non-rechargable magnetic card that can be use instead of queuing up at long queues for the ticket machine, but you still pay the same fare. Like other cities in Japan, but not outside, you can use it even when the value is low and chose to pay for the insufficient difference either in cash or with another similar card. I bought several of them of 1000 yen each (minimum you could buy, but it’s worth about less than 5 trips anyway) for the card design.

There are contactless card, but those are linked to your phone bill and obviously not accessible to the foreigner. I hear it’s also compatible with JR West’s ICOCA card, but I hardly ever come across any JR West station. The ICOCA card itself is also compatible with the SUICA card of the Kanto region (including Tokyo) and vice versa, but the PiPoPa doesn’t work with the SUICA card.

Singapore

What you would notice is how similar it is compared to Hong Kong due to both being former British colonies and small land area, which relates to infrastructure and such.

If you will be taking public transport a lot in Singapore, get the ez-link or NETS Flashpay card from the ticket counter (or customer service at the ticket barrier if there isn’t any) as not only would you pay cheaper than by cash, it would be less of a hassle to pay the bus fare as there is no facilitation for change and therefore need to pay in exact change (or more). On top of that, distance-based fares means that no matter how many buses and trains you take, the total fare you would pay is just one long mode of transport. The only catch is that time between transfers must not exceed 45 minutes, not take the same bus service number more than once, and not take the train more than once.

These cards contain a $5 deposit, which is included in the card balance. You cannot use this card if the balance is less than $5 for trains, or, for buses, less than the maximum fare at where you board the bus (which includes transfer discounts from buses and trains you may had taken up to 45 minutes earlier). Don’t forget to tap out as you had paid the maximum when you tapped in or you would not be refunded for the fare difference.

As for taxis, prepare to pay in cash even though various modes of payment are displayed on the door. You would be charged more on top of surcharges anyway. Yellow and black taxis are privately run and are less likely to support payments anything other than cash. At the city center, taxis are not allowed to drop or pick up passengers besides taxi stands and private roads.

Thailand (Bangkok, Kanchanaburi)

The cost of things you would find in Thailand are very noticeably cheaper than the other countries I had been to. Being from where the cost of things is higher, along with a higher exchange rate with the baht, means that it’s so cheap that I would go “that can’t be right”. Of course, that also means that if I were to settle there, that would mean that I would be (likely to be) paid less than back home for the same job. I feel safer here than when I was in Malaysia.

The Thais would usually take the the bus as the BTS Skytrain is considered expensive for them, but for the more well off and foreigners like me, it’s still cheap. When you first enter Bangkok, you would notice the motorcycle taxis and vehicles that are louder than what I’m used to. If it weren’t for the language barrier and cases where tourists are cheated, I could had rode them. For the buses, they seem kind of old. Fare is paid to the conductor, so you just board the train and the conductor would come to you where you would pay the fare, if they noticed you.

For the Skytrain, you would buy a prepaid card, just like the one in the Kansai region, but paying only for the trip you are travelling. Except for the newer ones, the machines accept only 5 and 10 baht coins. Use the newer machines (which can have a long queue) or the service counter next to the ticket gate to exchange. The new underground subway system uses the same method as the new ticket machine, but dispenses a (plain) round token. There are ongoing developments to develop a card that works on both the Skytrain and the subway.

But if you are headed to places like River Kwai section of the Death Railway near Kanchanaburi (about 200km Northwest from Bangkok), you are better off taking a tour bus or with your own transport. Sure there is a bus terminal there to and from Bangkok, but the bus terminal is about 2-4km and, at the Bangkok side, you would have to take a bus from the city centrer to a terminal some distance away that is at the outskirts of Bangkok. If you can’t speak Thai, you are going to have trouble asking for help.

613rd post: How important English is while travelling?

There are many languages spoken around the world. However, if you are travelling around the world,  English is the most language to learn if you avoid the situation of finding yourself unable to communicate with others, or, worse, face a dangerous situation, but you don’t understand the important instructions that are being given.

So, here are a list of languages that are spoken in random countries. Not saying the names, but you could probably tell from the languages spoken. (Note: This is not the list of official languages. More of languages visitors would come across there from the most frequent. If not listed, it may appear, but hardly come across any.)

  1. English, French
  2. English, French, Spanish
  3. Portuguese, Spanish
  4. Spanish
  5. German, French, Italian
  6. Hindi, English, Tamil
  7. Malay, Chinese, English
  8. Arabic, English
  9. English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil
  10. Korean, Chinese, English
  11. Chinese, English
  12. Chinese, Portuguese
  13. Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean
  14. Thai, English, Malay, Burmese, Vietnamese

Notice that they all have English in there, but, unless neighboring with one that do, the other languages aren’t spoken at other countries. You may also notice other languages appearing more than once, sometimes at places where English isn’t spoken. Sometimes, even if English is listed above, that doesn’t mean that the locals would know it, which means that you should lean the language they could understand.

The point here is, if, for example, you are from Latin America and want to travel the world, learn English if you want to travel around the world and save yourself from learning multiple different languages of different countries, or avoid the situation where people don’t understand you, and be able to use that same language at an another part of the world.

611st post: Unsaid Public Transport Benefits

What you are likely to already know is that public transport is a cheap way of getting around, and even more practical for a built up area. However, it also has benefits that aren’t mentioned directly.

  • fewer fatal accidents from loss of control, drink driving, other road users
  • trains don’t need much space for high speed travel.
  • don’t need to waste time just to find parking.
  • Depending on security systems in place and design, reduced likelihood of being robbed or hijacked while traveling. Especially when there are a lot of people around.
  • Since you aren’t using your ride, which itself can cost quite a lot, the loss is minimal.

There are negative things too, but when you prioritize the environment, they don’t seem that important.

599th post: Experience from travelling

These past few years, I have traveled to several regions and countries that are quite far away from home. As I traveled, certain aspects about how different a place may be from what I’m familiar with is become more apparent. Things that I take for granted too.

Depending on what country it is, cost of living may be lower than where I’m from. Although, if I’m unfamiliar with the currency of the country, that can be a hard thing to tell, especially if the rates are not dividable by 10 without a remainder. Well, 2 and 5 too, but that requires more thinking. However, some products, especially ones produced from my country, or an another country, may be more expensive than back home if you calculated the exchange rate of the price you see there. Although, for some places, spending $100 (around there, and something like that in other currencies, and stated price might be before/after tax, and if the store participates) would allow you to refund the tax.

While planing for traveling, try to avoid those “travel packages”: you might be paying for things like hotel accommodation that may cost more, and/or things that you might not need. On top of that, you might be rushed from place to place like a heard with perhaps an inflexible schedule. You may look at a brochure at a travel agency and find it expensive, but keep in mind of what it’s made up of and you might be able to plan for a trip that would cost less. Mine makes up of the following order:

  1. Deciding roughly where and when to go – So you know where you are going, and see if you have free time / take time off work around that time.
  2. Booking the flight – some flights do not fly daily, or the cost of the plane ticket might be cheaper on certain days. It might also be cheaper to land in one airport, and depart from an another, than to backtrack to the airport you arrive in. Some airlines might have hidden discounts for certain routes and flights.
  3. Booking accommodation – Feel free to use sites that searches room rates, types, location and availability for you, but you may want to check with the website of the hotel in question directly if they offer cheaper rates. Also note that you might pay less if you pay the fees in cash of the currency of the country it’s in, but check with the hotel if cash payment is even accepted. The nights you might spend with overnight travel, or being at the airport because of a late arrival or early departure, should also be considered into the dates you would be staying at the hotel.
  4. (optional) Do not tell others that you are even going for a trip – Especially if you want to go alone: you wouldn’t want people you may not go along well to come along or being asked to buy something that would be troublesome for you to get or bring around.
  5. Bring as little clothes as possible – Hotels might provide a service that washes your clothes, or at least have a laundromat near the hotel. Clothes may seem light, but several clothes packed in a bag can add kilograms to its weight. Weight is something you want to reduce/avoid when taking a plane, or at least bring around.
  6. Electrical Plugs – Don’t forget to check the voltage, frequency, and the type of socket of the country you are visiting: it may be completely different from your home country. However, IT devices like mobile phone chargers and laptops usually are already designed to handle all the differences, except the plug itself. Things like bulbs and those with a motor…. maybe not.

Also, the things you bring along, including the bag that you bring your stuff in, should also be considered. That bag with wheels and a retractable handle attached weighs more and has fewer storage area than bags of the same design without them.

Among the places I’ve been to, the most eye opener was traveling through the towns and villages of Malaysia as practically almost every aspect of what I’m familiar with is very different: food, layout of places, *cough* waste management *cough*, transport infrastructure, the way people dressed, and so on. They are all very different from what I’m (very) used to back home. Food from back home itself is also hard to find.

Of course, not everywhere is safe. Try to dress and behave in a way that do not attract attention, though this particular step can be ambiguous: people of a country may not even bat an eyelid, but the same thing in an another can attract attention. Hard to tell, but how developed a country is, and/or how conservative/religious the people are, is usually related. Traveling in groups (females especially) can be better when the safety from being attacked is questionable.

21st post on this blog

I don’t know why but that “thing” (I can’t say it here) above “random image (from anywhere)” is in japanese sometimes. Another thing is that the banner of the same dimentions on my other blog has images instead of static text.

I exchanged money with my sister for lower denominations (eg. 1 $1 coin -> 2 $0.20 + 6 $0.05, 1 $1 -> 2 $0.50) and then $8.60 worth of 1&5 cent coints for a $10 note, then 10 $1 coins for 1 $10 note. I use the vending machine (it has “Polar: the popular choice” on the side) to exchange the $0.10, $0.20, and $0.50 coins for $1 coin. They don’t accept $0.01 or $0.05 coins. I’m doing this so that I can have as little coins without the bulk of coins (and help the vending machine to have small change). Too bad the bank deposit machine only accepts $10, $50 and $100 notes. The bank would also charge if you deposit too many coins (250 of mixed denominations i think), an amount equal to buying a meal at a fast food restraunt or something which a kid would take some time to earn. I have $xxxx.xx in the bank. I wonder how much interest will it be this year, the economic is good. Since I have not withdrawn at all since 1994 (until october 2007) and deposit only, the yearly interest seem to range to as high as $70 to as low as $4. I need more money so that I have enough for study, buy a house overseas (to emigrate to), daily stuff. The job I have applied for hasn’t called me for more than 2 weeks (they might have called my house, but the first few numbers are similar to the one I’m trying to avoid. No call from them on my phone though).

Discovered something interesting.

Went to the airport in changi after fetching my sister from bishan (it was raining with lightning and sunlight) to eat. Parked at Terminal 2 (T1 carpark was not sheltered and was raining heavily) but to get to the “staff canteen” at terminal 1, had to walk across to the other side to get to the Skytrain that goes to T1 (midway, mother complained on it being too far). Got there, was amazed on how much it changed since I/we last went there. On the way back, father commented on how near it is to our house (barely 10mins by car/taxi) as compared to people who lived in Jurong.

Have yet to do the BC project yet. Speaking of which, one was featuring some facial care products and was quite long and boring (mabye its the topic itself). Planning to cover japanese stuff, but not sure what exactly. Thinking of doing places of attractions. When presenting (most likely the 9Jan), would use my laptop and use the remote function via bluetooth on my sonyerricson phone.

On the 22 Dec, I overslept as I remembered that there was a class outing at east cost park at 9:30am. Took 12 from outside my house, transfered to 196 at Bedok South Ave 1 and alighted at Blk 56 at Marine Parade and walked to the park from there, through the neighbourhod shops. Arrived at the MacD there at 9:50am. No one I know was inside. Went to look around, but had no idea which pit it was. Turned left (facing the seashore) until the 2nd bicycle rental shop before turning to the opposite dir. Walk until the underpass near Parkway Parade. Took 36 from there (missed 966 by a bit) and alighted at Suntec City. Walked to City Hall MRT from there (Esplanade stn was nearer, but under construction). Did not drink or went to the toilet since I left the house (i’m not used to buying from places that has a casher). Outside Simei MRT, the vending machine broke. Went to blk 149 (where I stayed from 1989 until 1996) for another vending machine. Bought $1 worth of snack and an isotonic drink there. Went home which was just across the street.

Just started watchnig Kanon (2006) and wanted to see how good it is, since it’s created by the same company (京都アニメーション) that produced 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 (2006) and クラナド (2007).
Current anime (debuted in Spring/Autumn 2007) in japan has the next episode aired on the 2nd/3rd week of next month. Some of which is near/at the final episode. Most of the new winter 2008 anime (not much) would begin on the 1st week. (I wonder which of the current ones will air before the 2nd week of next month (24 Dec – 5 Jan), )

Was hearing strange sounds from the road (which is right outside) as I typed this. I wonder if it’s those CNG/BioDesel powered vehicles…

Cristmas is not long now…


Fuuko: It’s done!
Tomoya: That’s a star (星)…
Fuuko: No, it’s a starfish (ヒトデ).
(stuff happened)
Fuuko: It’s hot! (dumps the thing back into the boiling water)

21st post on this blog

I don’t know why but that “thing” (I can’t say it here) above “random image (from anywhere)” is in japanese sometimes. Another thing is that the banner of the same dimentions on my other blog has images instead of static text.

I exchanged money with my sister for lower denominations (eg. 1 $1 coin -> 2 $0.20 + 6 $0.05, 1 $1 -> 2 $0.50) and then $8.60 worth of 1&5 cent coints for a $10 note, then 10 $1 coins for 1 $10 note. I use the vending machine (it has “Polar: the popular choice” on the side) to exchange the $0.10, $0.20, and $0.50 coins for $1 coin. They don’t accept $0.01 or $0.05 coins. I’m doing this so that I can have as little coins without the bulk of coins (and help the vending machine to have small change). Too bad the bank deposit machine only accepts $10, $50 and $100 notes. The bank would also charge if you deposit too many coins (250 of mixed denominations i think), an amount equal to buying a meal at a fast food restraunt or something which a kid would take some time to earn. I have $xxxx.xx in the bank. I wonder how much interest will it be this year, the economic is good. Since I have not withdrawn at all since 1994 (until october 2007) and deposit only, the yearly interest seem to range to as high as $70 to as low as $4. I need more money so that I have enough for study, buy a house overseas (to emigrate to), daily stuff. The job I have applied for hasn’t called me for more than 2 weeks (they might have called my house, but the first few numbers are similar to the one I’m trying to avoid. No call from them on my phone though).

Discovered something interesting.

Went to the airport in changi after fetching my sister from bishan (it was raining with lightning and sunlight) to eat. Parked at Terminal 2 (T1 carpark was not sheltered and was raining heavily) but to get to the “staff canteen” at terminal 1, had to walk across to the other side to get to the Skytrain that goes to T1 (midway, mother complained on it being too far). Got there, was amazed on how much it changed since I/we last went there. On the way back, father commented on how near it is to our house (barely 10mins by car/taxi) as compared to people who lived in Jurong.

Have yet to do the BC project yet. Speaking of which, one was featuring some facial care products and was quite long and boring (mabye its the topic itself). Planning to cover japanese stuff, but not sure what exactly. Thinking of doing places of attractions. When presenting (most likely the 9Jan), would use my laptop and use the remote function via bluetooth on my sonyerricson phone.

On the 22 Dec, I overslept as I remembered that there was a class outing at east cost park at 9:30am. Took 12 from outside my house, transfered to 196 at Bedok South Ave 1 and alighted at Blk 56 at Marine Parade and walked to the park from there, through the neighbourhod shops. Arrived at the MacD there at 9:50am. No one I know was inside. Went to look around, but had no idea which pit it was. Turned left (facing the seashore) until the 2nd bicycle rental shop before turning to the opposite dir. Walk until the underpass near Parkway Parade. Took 36 from there (missed 966 by a bit) and alighted at Suntec City. Walked to City Hall MRT from there (Esplanade stn was nearer, but under construction). Did not drink or went to the toilet since I left the house (i’m not used to buying from places that has a casher). Outside Simei MRT, the vending machine broke. Went to blk 149 (where I stayed from 1989 until 1996) for another vending machine. Bought $1 worth of snack and an isotonic drink there. Went home which was just across the street.

Just started watchnig Kanon (2006) and wanted to see how good it is, since it’s created by the same company (京都アニメーション) that produced 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 (2006) and クラナド (2007).
Current anime (debuted in Spring/Autumn 2007) in japan has the next episode aired on the 2nd/3rd week of next month. Some of which is near/at the final episode. Most of the new winter 2008 anime (not much) would begin on the 1st week. (I wonder which of the current ones will air before the 2nd week of next month (24 Dec – 5 Jan), )

Was hearing strange sounds from the road (which is right outside) as I typed this. I wonder if it’s those CNG/BioDesel powered vehicles…

Cristmas is not long now…


Fuuko: It’s done!
Tomoya: That’s a star (星)…
Fuuko: No, it’s a starfish (ヒトデ).
(stuff happened)
Fuuko: It’s hot! (dumps the thing back into the boiling water)

21st post on this blog

I don’t know why but that “thing” (I can’t say it here) above “random image (from anywhere)” is in japanese sometimes. Another thing is that the banner of the same dimentions on my other blog has images instead of static text.

I exchanged money with my sister for lower denominations (eg. 1 $1 coin -> 2 $0.20 + 6 $0.05, 1 $1 -> 2 $0.50) and then $8.60 worth of 1&5 cent coints for a $10 note, then 10 $1 coins for 1 $10 note. I use the vending machine (it has “Polar: the popular choice” on the side) to exchange the $0.10, $0.20, and $0.50 coins for $1 coin. They don’t accept $0.01 or $0.05 coins. I’m doing this so that I can have as little coins without the bulk of coins (and help the vending machine to have small change). Too bad the bank deposit machine only accepts $10, $50 and $100 notes. The bank would also charge if you deposit too many coins (250 of mixed denominations i think), an amount equal to buying a meal at a fast food restraunt or something which a kid would take some time to earn. I have $xxxx.xx in the bank. I wonder how much interest will it be this year, the economic is good. Since I have not withdrawn at all since 1994 (until october 2007) and deposit only, the yearly interest seem to range to as high as $70 to as low as $4. I need more money so that I have enough for study, buy a house overseas (to emigrate to), daily stuff. The job I have applied for hasn’t called me for more than 2 weeks (they might have called my house, but the first few numbers are similar to the one I’m trying to avoid. No call from them on my phone though).

Discovered something interesting.

Went to the airport in changi after fetching my sister from bishan (it was raining with lightning and sunlight) to eat. Parked at Terminal 2 (T1 carpark was not sheltered and was raining heavily) but to get to the “staff canteen” at terminal 1, had to walk across to the other side to get to the Skytrain that goes to T1 (midway, mother complained on it being too far). Got there, was amazed on how much it changed since I/we last went there. On the way back, father commented on how near it is to our house (barely 10mins by car/taxi) as compared to people who lived in Jurong.

Have yet to do the BC project yet. Speaking of which, one was featuring some facial care products and was quite long and boring (mabye its the topic itself). Planning to cover japanese stuff, but not sure what exactly. Thinking of doing places of attractions. When presenting (most likely the 9Jan), would use my laptop and use the remote function via bluetooth on my sonyerricson phone.

On the 22 Dec, I overslept as I remembered that there was a class outing at east cost park at 9:30am. Took 12 from outside my house, transfered to 196 at Bedok South Ave 1 and alighted at Blk 56 at Marine Parade and walked to the park from there, through the neighbourhod shops. Arrived at the MacD there at 9:50am. No one I know was inside. Went to look around, but had no idea which pit it was. Turned left (facing the seashore) until the 2nd bicycle rental shop before turning to the opposite dir. Walk until the underpass near Parkway Parade. Took 36 from there (missed 966 by a bit) and alighted at Suntec City. Walked to City Hall MRT from there (Esplanade stn was nearer, but under construction). Did not drink or went to the toilet since I left the house (i’m not used to buying from places that has a casher). Outside Simei MRT, the vending machine broke. Went to blk 149 (where I stayed from 1989 until 1996) for another vending machine. Bought $1 worth of snack and an isotonic drink there. Went home which was just across the street.

Just started watchnig Kanon (2006) and wanted to see how good it is, since it’s created by the same company (京都アニメーション) that produced 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 (2006) and クラナド (2007).
Current anime (debuted in Spring/Autumn 2007) in japan has the next episode aired on the 2nd/3rd week of next month. Some of which is near/at the final episode. Most of the new winter 2008 anime (not much) would begin on the 1st week. (I wonder which of the current ones will air before the 2nd week of next month (24 Dec – 5 Jan), )

Was hearing strange sounds from the road (which is right outside) as I typed this. I wonder if it’s those CNG/BioDesel powered vehicles…

Cristmas is not long now…


Fuuko: It’s done!
Tomoya: That’s a star (星)…
Fuuko: No, it’s a starfish (ヒトデ).
(stuff happened)
Fuuko: It’s hot! (dumps the thing back into the boiling water)

Events that took place this week

Here are a bunch of entries that took place from 8 Dec (Sat) to 12 Dec (Wed)

8 December 2007 (Saturday):
Stayed at home most of the time. Decided to make major changes to my 3rd and 4th profile after making this post just the night before. Managed to watch “ef – a tale of memories” and “灼眼のシャナII” (Shakugan no Shana Second).
9 December 2007 (Sunday):
Woke up earlier than usual (7am) on a Sunday. Father comes home with mother (she works the night shift and he went to fetch her) with MacD breakfast (it happens every week) at 9am. He also wants to watch “Doraemon” (ドラえもん) on RCTI (an indonesian free-to-air network). Had to connect the external antena via VCR (which is almost 12 years old) as the widescreen tv bought almost last year can’t display it. Made a lot of changes to friendster, blogger and youtube profile. Later on around evening, went out with parents to fech my sister from work (Hans Art, Bishan Branch) without changing. Went to Sheng Siong supermarket (near Marsling MRT in Woodlands) and had dinner near there. Went to grandparents house around there (blk 518) and watched “Haunted Manson” most of the time there. My sister and I both received SGD4 each for visiting. Went home. Was around 10:30pm when reached home.
10 December 2007 (Monday)
Forgot what happened but in jap class, spent time doing research for the act. I saw a lot of people going to youtube. After the class, miss foo asked me to help maiko-san to set up the equipment (i asked min rong to help me) to play the next day. Used some japanese drama, that has to do with a typical life, bought a vcd from malaysia (which means low res, ireremovable malay and chinese subs) to test. (I was expecting a region code 2 dvd…)
11 December 2007 (Tuesday)
Was informed the day before that “Thinking Skills” takes place at 8am. Was there at that time but was later informed that it takes place at 1pm the day after. there was a talk called “16 (out of 100) habits of the mind” from 9am to 3pm. During lunch break (which we waited so long for) they offered food conisting of an egg, a chicken piece, some veggies and rice, all covered in some spicy sause in a cheap styrofoam packaging. Only a disposial spoon (which looked easy to break) was given. Was kind of impossible to eat with only that spoon. Decided to use my hand to eat it and wash my hand outside the female staff toilet downstairs (the regular toilets was dirty). At the jap class later, discussed about the play that would take place at “1月15日”. Skye suggested that I would dress up as “the one with those things sticking out of the chest” that day. Went to Kinokuniya at Nee Ann City (Takashimaya Shopping Centre) to see if the Jan 2008 of NewType (Japan) is out yet. Wasn’t out, so decided to come back on Friday.
12 December 2007 (Wednesday)
Since I woke up earlier than usual (as my parents thought sch start an hour earlier), decided to go to school by taking 38, then 969 and then the MRT. (opposite of what is mentioned here) Since it’s the morning (around 7am) it is crowded. When I got on the train at Kathib, it was as crowded as at City Hall at 7pm, had to push my way in. Managed to reach school about the same time as the normal route (though about 3omins more). Forgot what happened afterwards…
I forgot when I withdrew SGD20, but I know it was before tuesday and after depositing SGD50 the week before. Could be either to pay the photos, or to by that newtype magazine that is supposed to be out on 10th of each month.

Events that took place this week

Here are a bunch of entries that took place from 8 Dec (Sat) to 12 Dec (Wed)

8 December 2007 (Saturday):
Stayed at home most of the time. Decided to make major changes to my 3rd and 4th profile after making this post just the night before. Managed to watch “ef – a tale of memories” and “灼眼のシャナII” (Shakugan no Shana Second).
9 December 2007 (Sunday):
Woke up earlier than usual (7am) on a Sunday. Father comes home with mother (she works the night shift and he went to fetch her) with MacD breakfast (it happens every week) at 9am. He also wants to watch “Doraemon” (ドラえもん) on RCTI (an indonesian free-to-air network). Had to connect the external antena via VCR (which is almost 12 years old) as the widescreen tv bought almost last year can’t display it. Made a lot of changes to friendster, blogger and youtube profile. Later on around evening, went out with parents to fech my sister from work (Hans Art, Bishan Branch) without changing. Went to Sheng Siong supermarket (near Marsling MRT in Woodlands) and had dinner near there. Went to grandparents house around there (blk 518) and watched “Haunted Manson” most of the time there. My sister and I both received SGD4 each for visiting. Went home. Was around 10:30pm when reached home.
10 December 2007 (Monday)
Forgot what happened but in jap class, spent time doing research for the act. I saw a lot of people going to youtube. After the class, miss foo asked me to help maiko-san to set up the equipment (i asked min rong to help me) to play the next day. Used some japanese drama, that has to do with a typical life, bought a vcd from malaysia (which means low res, ireremovable malay and chinese subs) to test. (I was expecting a region code 2 dvd…)
11 December 2007 (Tuesday)
Was informed the day before that “Thinking Skills” takes place at 8am. Was there at that time but was later informed that it takes place at 1pm the day after. there was a talk called “16 (out of 100) habits of the mind” from 9am to 3pm. During lunch break (which we waited so long for) they offered food conisting of an egg, a chicken piece, some veggies and rice, all covered in some spicy sause in a cheap styrofoam packaging. Only a disposial spoon (which looked easy to break) was given. Was kind of impossible to eat with only that spoon. Decided to use my hand to eat it and wash my hand outside the female staff toilet downstairs (the regular toilets was dirty). At the jap class later, discussed about the play that would take place at “1月15日”. Skye suggested that I would dress up as “the one with those things sticking out of the chest” that day. Went to Kinokuniya at Nee Ann City (Takashimaya Shopping Centre) to see if the Jan 2008 of NewType (Japan) is out yet. Wasn’t out, so decided to come back on Friday.
12 December 2007 (Wednesday)
Since I woke up earlier than usual (as my parents thought sch start an hour earlier), decided to go to school by taking 38, then 969 and then the MRT. (opposite of what is mentioned here) Since it’s the morning (around 7am) it is crowded. When I got on the train at Kathib, it was as crowded as at City Hall at 7pm, had to push my way in. Managed to reach school about the same time as the normal route (though about 3omins more). Forgot what happened afterwards…
I forgot when I withdrew SGD20, but I know it was before tuesday and after depositing SGD50 the week before. Could be either to pay the photos, or to by that newtype magazine that is supposed to be out on 10th of each month.