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GRRRRR. Arrrgh. And sometimes a travel log.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Funny shit. Here.

I especially like this one.

All Set

Six-pack of beer ... check

Enough snacks to munch on for two hours ... check

Strepsils ... for sore throat from screaming too much ... check

I'm ready ... It's back.


OK, it's been only one hour:

I don't like the Paolo boys. If they were mine, they'd be so smacked and out of the car before even we got out of New York.

The Godlewski sisters are like the Soccer Moms, doubled.

I do like the Linz sibs, the Aiellos, Bransens and the Gaghans. The Weavers are kinda scary - "Pennsylvania, you think they mean the state?" - plus, they're kinda holy. And screamy. And bull-in-a-china-shop-sy. Shudder.

The Schroeders and Rogers are kinda meh for me for now, but the Rogers' daughter is cute, in a way... and a former Miss Louisiana to boot. Rawwrr.

Oops. Brakes not working. Interesting.

Heh. Farting in an Amish buggy can't be kosher.


It's only now you want to talk, Ma Paolo? 93 minutes into the race as shown on TV and this is when you wanna talk?

Woohoo! Smackdown at 21:35!

OK. A two-hour episode and they're not even out of the country?

What a crock.

Still don't like the Paolos.


Oh yeah... the missus and I were wondering about it and it's confirmed: 'Frank' vendors? Kevin and Drew. From the original TAR. That rocks!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A lot of air...

Originally uploaded by Terz.

So because I'm a proponent of fighting fires with fire, or, in this case, drowning sore throats in thick and copious amounts of chocolate (and everything else deemed heaty), I opened up this brand new can of Pringles in the afternoon.

So... for something in a 'Jumbo Can +40g' there's a whole lotta of empty space between the plastic cap and foil seal and the first chip, doncha'think? My estimates are a little off, but I would say that's about hmmm, 40 grammes of space? Wouldn't you?

Ah, advertising. I love it!

Sunday, September 25, 2005


Aw man, got tagged by ampulets for this meme. Sick some more... wah lau.

7 things that scare me:
1. failure
2. losing a loved one to an accident
3. having kids
4. not having kids
5. losing my sight
6. losing empathy
7. airplane accidents

7 things I like most:
1. travelling alone
2. having a good meal with close friends
3. taking long rides/ drives to clear my mind
4. walking in the rain
5. being a geek!
6. being married
7. drinking

7 important things in my room:
1. my powerbook
2. my cameras
3. my passport
4. my wallet
5. my books - all of them
6. my leatherman tool
7. my old photoalbums

7 random facts about me:
1. I cannot drive stick anymore - not without killing the transmission
2. I had to take piano lessons because the teacher told my mother I had the fingers for it
3. I've scored a goal while playing goalkeeper before - in open play
4. until I started teaching, I've never taken a sick day in my life, and I haven't since
5. I have a Class 2 license
6. in two seasons of hockey, I scored only once but had 43 assists
7. I had a nose piercing one summer, but removed it because it fuckin' hurt too much

7 things I plan to do before I die:
1. learn a new language
2. get a pilot's license
3. travel to all seven continents
4. live at least six months in all seven continents
5. hike (or hitch hike) the length of one country
6. have kids
7. have a photobook published

7 things I can do:
1. sky dive
2. snowboard
3. bat right and left handed
4. quit a bad habit without thinking twice about it - started with a breakup, applied it to everything
5. lie through my teeth
6. sketch with inks and pencil
7. burp the opening bars to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

and 8. (because I can) complete this before the missus even though she got tagged first

7 things I can’t do:
1. bungee jump
2. ski
3. run long distance
4. bend over and touch my toes
5. dance
6. paint
7. fall asleep on cue - while not in a moving vehicle

7 things I say the most:
1. wah lau
2. hah!
3. aw, man...
4. hmm
5. whatever
6. shit
7. shit!

7 celebrity crushes:
1. angelina jolie
2. madonna
3. virginia madsen
4. helen hunt
5. terry farrell
6. jessica alba
7. and the latest one, morena baccarin

7 people who could do this:
1. stellou
2. ejl
3. king
4. LMD - something to take your mind off the dull pain
5. cour marly - muhahahaha! my turn to tag you first
6. bokolog - if only to get you to post more often
7. bee - because I know she's been lurking...


(Updated to permalink those who have completed the meme.)

Friday, September 23, 2005

I Can Smell!


My soap. During the shower. I could actually pick out the odour of medicated Dettol goodness from the jumble of other non-scents of my clogged olfactories. Good thing.

Means I'll be getting better.

Means there'll be no more nights of peeling myself off sweat-sodden bedsheets several times a night to expel a violently-coughed-up dollop of yellow-green phlegm; means no more waking to matted hair and clammy skin in the mornings, feeling hot and miserable; and certainly, it means no more walking about in a drug-induced haze, stumbling from shoot to studio to home, without any feeling in my extremities.

Have I mentioned how much I hated being sick?

Of course if I'm blogging now, it means also that I wasn't on the flight to Medan, and thence to Meulaboh, this morning. This sucks.


Once again, in other news, I also really detest (Part 2):

5. People who think of only their own convenience.

Originally uploaded by Terz.

Parking lots abound. No parking attendants in sight, but, despite the double yellow lines and the steel barriers in the way, one would rather park where one's not supposed to, blocking more than half an already narrow road (because it wouldn't make sense to park anywhere else but where a bicycle - already there - is), and taking one's time with a food order (dumbass car was there for the time it took me to finish a plate of wanton noodles and a cup of kopi-O).

Empty Lots
Originally uploaded by Terz.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Conversations while waiting for a subject's skin to 'rest'.

"So I read that you just bought your wife a Kotex. How much was it?"


"The camera."

"Ohhh, you mean the Contax? I was just going to ask shouldn't you know better?"

Originally uploaded by Terz.

Monday, September 19, 2005

I really...

... don't like being sick.

In between taking all kinds of medication for the fever and phlegmy throat, all I've been doing is to be completely unproductive all weekend.

Damn bug better pass soon. If I don't like being sick, I'd really detest being sick in Meulaboh this weekend.


In other news, I really detest...

1. People who use the taxi bay to drop off passengers. Even when there are two available at the MRT station for drop-offs.

Bay 1
Originally uploaded by Terz.

Especially when you don't try to get out of the bay quickly and you hold up traffic in two lanes. I detest you even more when, in doing so, you change the minds of two taxi drivers trying to filter into the taxi bay and, because they are a little more considerate and do not wish to hold up traffic any further, all they can do is to look at us helplessly as they drive away:

Bay 2
Originally uploaded by Terz.

So, thank you green Peugeot, SFL359G. I remember you clearly because of The Alpha Course sticker on your rear windscreen. Well done. Shining example you are.

2. People who stay in the taxi queue even after they've called for a cab.

Originally uploaded by Terz.

The woman doth cover her nose and mouth because I was pretending to be coughing, while my thumb was firmly on the 'shoot' button. The woman doth also call for taxis and stay in the line to wait, maybe another cab will come by sooner than the cab I called...

3. People who spend way too much time at an ATM.

Originally uploaded by Terz.

This line was there when I arrived at the MRT station. This line was there when I went to top-off my EZ Link card. This line was still there when I finally joined it. After moron in red left, everyone else cleared the line within two minutes.

4. Queue-jumpers.

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Especially those who wander up to the head of the line and pretend like it's the most natural thing in the world. And then remain there despite the dirty looks from all the way down the line.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

English Teacher says...

Dumb Jock
Originally uploaded by Terz.

... don't ask rhetorical questions that'll come with answers you're not prepared to handle.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

P(a)ssed Out

P(a)ssed Out
Originally uploaded by Terz.

Always interesting to come back from a great fragging session and spotting someone passed out on the cement bench facing the lifts of your block (the same cement bench where little old ladies of the block gather to chat) and the puddle of puke pretty much where his head is.

Took the photo, of course. Couldn't resist.

Friday, September 09, 2005


Originally uploaded by Terz.

On some days, like today, when it's blazingly hot enough to cook eggs on the tops of your cars, I just want to go au naturel.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

If I were...

From here.

If I were a month, I would be: August
If I were a time of day, I would be: Midnight
If I were a planet, I would be: Mars
If I were a sea animal, I would be: an Orca
If I were a direction, I would be: East
If I were a piece of furniture, I would be: a Beanbag
If I were a historical figure, I would be: Alexander
If I were a liquid, I would be: Hot Wax
If I were a stone, I would be: a Sapphire
If I were a tree, I would be: Mangrove
If I were a bird, I would be: a Kite
If I were a flower, I would be: Chrysanthemum
If I were a weather, I would be: Rain
If I were an instrument, I would be: a Flute
If I were an animal, I would be: a Wolf
If I were a color, I would be: Midnight Blue
If I were an emotion, I would be: Wroth
If I were a vegetable, I would be: Spinach
If I were a sound, I would be: a Keen
If I were an element, I would be: Fire
If I were a car, I would be: any BMW 3 series Cabriolet
If I were a song, I would be: ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ – Rolling Stones
If I were a food, I would be: Two-Pound Rack of Lamb
If I were a material, I would be: Suede
If I were a taste, I would be: Spicy
If I were a scent, I would be: Hugo Boss

Which Rurouni Kenshin Character Are You?

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If I were a cartoon character, I would be: Saito Hajime (Rurouni Kenshin)
If I were a shape, I would be: a Circle
If I were a number, I would be: 13

A favourite waste of time...

Originally uploaded by Terz.

Great skies today.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

When you speak with authority...

... you better know your facts.

I guess you can give Discovery channel to the masses, but you can't make sure that the masses remember what they've learnt from it.

At lunch today, some well-dressed, well-heeled gentleman was waxing lyrical about tigers (panthera tigris, not 10.4) and how the females in the troop do all the hunting and killing and the males eat what's been caught. The idea sorta got the kind of responses from around the table that would make feminists want to burn more of their bras:

"Wah, good system, I also want..."

"Like that good, man..."

Except that the dude wouldn't be thinking of the tiger, who would be solitary animals and not as chauvinistic like the lion, panthera leo, the species he's thinking of.

Sleep Deprived

I need sleep
Originally uploaded by Terz.

It's strange.

I'm sleeping at the correct hours, the right number of hours, but sleep's been pretty restless and I'm waking up really tired. Over the last few nights, I've been waking up in the night in the same position I last fell asleep in.

Strange. Whole thing started when I was in Phuket (not that there were disturbing images in the first place - though the emotional reasonance was there just as strong), and I thought being back home and in my own bed, it would change, but no. Same thing.

Doesn't help that I've been having to come in to the studio every day (essentially for nothing, seeing that the last two shoots have been cancelled or postponed) for the last three days. Guess I'm the sort to be more tired when I don't do anything the whole day.

It's strange, and it's got to stop.


In other news, the Yankees lost a heartbreaker this morning. Had the chances to finish off the Devil Rays, but the runs are just not coming in. And making mistakes at the top of the 9th didn't help matters.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Originally uploaded by Terz.

Just finished the Complete Series on DVD and, I am ready.

So I went off and downloaded the trailers from here.


September 30.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

More IR Fun

Phuket IR
Originally uploaded by Terz.

Couple more shots from Phuket. Just for the heck of it. Top picture was taken just after I'd exited from the minivan - the bit of 'blown-ness' near the top and bottom edges is the condensation from the temperature change.

Next shot was when the camera was bit warmer.

Phuket IR 2
Originally uploaded by Terz.

Shots were taken at the Khao Lak Nature Reserve. Great place for hiking and other activities to do with nature, including fighting with a gibbon over your food.

And the little restaurant that overlooks the bay - heavenly. Great food too.

Breakfast Musing

Originally uploaded by Terz.

Breakfast (ok, brunch) at the coffee shop.

It's been a while since I had any meat of the land-dwelling variety (too much yummy seafood in Phuket) and I was craving a little white meat that didn't used to swim. So, a plate of wanton noodles later, I was sitting back and enjoying a cuppa of kopi-O gao and watching the world go by. A good thing to do on a lazy Saturday early afternoon.

Originally uploaded by Terz.

Then I see this: a pooch tied up by one of the entrances to the coffee shop. Yes, because in multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-all-other-kinds-of-shit Singapore, full of Racial Harmony and Goodwill, people still bring their beloved mutts to coffee shops in an estate that's deep in the heart of an old kampung without regard for the sensibilities of others. (Note also, the sign on the top left of the picture that says: No Pets Allowed.)

If the coffee shop owners start wondering about the lack of business from a significant portion (I'd say 55%) of the residents of this estate, they should just come to this entry and wonder no more.

And the girl at bottom right? Posing. The moment I took out the camera phone. Posing.

Originally uploaded by Terz.

Panning over, I see this woman, who had ordered wanton noodles too. And who picked up all the green chilli slices, covered in tomato and chilli paste, from her plate, washed them in the soup using her spoon, then drained the soup from said spoon onto the table...


Note, table is gently sloping from left to right. Where did you think the soup was going to flow, lady? And WTF? On the table? Why, sweet Zeus, why?

I guess this would be my belated contribution to the whole One Singapore Minute meme.