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October 30, 2006

Strongest Dad in the World

Dick Hoyt, age 65, entered 212 triathlons with his son Rick, aged 43. No, they didn't compete with each other; they compete together. Dick became his son's legs and arms, completing the swimmings, bikings and runnings for him. The true spirit of the Strongest Dad in the World.

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October 29, 2006

Ripped from Jo

Jo-jo, dunno if you read my blog or not, but here's the thingy you tagged on me.

So in return, I'm tagging Big Bro, Alvin Teo, Benlo, Ccymie, Eric, Jason, Joyce, ls, Pat, Peng ji and Sin Yi. And those anonymous readers who see this post :)

*Disclaimer: the post you are about to read contains some materials unsuitable for the underaged nor the faint hearted. The materials do not, in any circumstances, reflect what's in the author's mind. So read them with an open mind, feel free to interpret and have fun.

1.) Put your music player on shuffle
2.) Press forward for each question.
3.) Use the song title as the answer to the question.

1.) How am I feeling today?
chim chim chere - mary poppins OST

2.) Where will I get married?
Smoke Ring 烟圈 - Jay Chou 周杰伦

3.) What is my best friend’s theme song?
classical music - Tchaikovsky- Piano

4.) What was highschool like?
独占神话 - Jolin 蔡依林

5.) What is the best thing about me?
Feel Like Home - Fort Minor

6.) How is today going to be?
My Redeemer Lives - Hillsong

7.) What is in store for this weekend?
Only One - Lifehouse

8.) What song describes my parents?

9.) How is my life going?
Missing - Evanescence

10.) What song will they play at my funeral?
Great Romances of the 20th Century - Taking Back Sunday

11.) How does the world see me?
Christmas songs - South Park

12.) What do my friends really think of me?
Romanze - Berlin Philharmonic

13) Do people secretly lust after me?
Never Gonna Fall in Love - Snow Patrol

14.) How can I make myself happy?
House of the Rising Sun - Prune Juice Advertisement

15.) What should I do with my life?
Lullaby - Taking Back Sunday

16.) Will I ever have children?
the WORLD - Nightmare (Death Note OST)

17.) What is some good advice?
Immmortality - Celine Dion

18.) What do I think my current theme song is?
Question of Faith - Lighthouse Family

19.) What does everyone else think about my current life?
19 The powerful Motor Rhapsody for orchestra - 桜蘭高校ホスト部 サントラ&キャラソン集 《前編》(Ouran High School Host Club OST collection first volume)

20.) What type of women do you like?
Could I Have This Kiss - Whitney Houston feat Enrique

21.) Will you get married?
Champagne Supernova - Oasis

22.) What should I do with my love life?
Super Trooper - ABBA

23.) Where will you live?
Somewhere I Belong - Linkin Park

24.) What will your dying words be?
Simple Love 简单爱 - Jay Chou 周杰伦

25.) When I'm having sex I say…
Manis - Zainal Abidin

26.) When I meet a guy/lady for the first time I say..
She Hates Me - Puddle of Mudd

27.) When my parents are angry I say…
New American Classic - Taking Back Sunday

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October 20, 2006

Star Wars Mania


This photo was taken in a toy store which sells a myraid of stuffs, from interesting model collections to really funky lava lamps and halloween costumes. I was delving into my own Star Wars world when Benny snapped this photo. After a bit of lightsaber editing, I looked like a full-fledged Jedi! If only i can control the force as well.. haha.

Okay, call me a Star Wars geek or mania or whatever; my mania-ness is nothing compare to those fans who independently produced the video above. Just by using Canon video camera and Adobe After Effects, they displayed this uber-cool light saber duel, in which its standard is on par with the original George Lucas' ILM works in the new trilogy. The filmatography, duel choreography, effects editing and sound editing reflects their professionalism and also fanatism to the Star-Wars-dom. If you search for the "Mandalorian Wars" in youtube, you'll get a bunch of indi short films too, all done by Star Wars fans. But i still think this one is the best. Enjoy!

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October 15, 2006

Die Die Must Try

There are some things in this life that you must try out. Some people go for extremes like sky-diving, mountain climbing and triathlatons; some treat their gastrointestinal tracts with exotic savories such as bear's paws, monkey's brain, goat's testicles and thousand-year eggnogs; some go for expensive luxuries like $400 fine dining, $1200 Gucci handbags, $500,000 around the world trip and even $1 million space travel.

Some just sign up for 'Fear Factor' for the extremes and exotics, and enjoy expensive luxuries using the $250,000 winning prize. 3-in-1 try out.

For a long time, i am amazed by what people in Ivy Leagues can do. Here is an example. They are creative and motivated. They have the best environment to nurture their talents. They are genuises. I have nothing of those, but die die i must try to apply for uni transfer. I want to prove that hardwork is an equal gift as intelligence is.

p.s.: Thanks Benny! thank you for the link!

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October 10, 2006

October Break Weekend

Poison Arrow Frog, Dendrobates auratus, South America, captured and kept in Lincoln Park Zoo.

Went to Chicago for the October break weekend, had a smashing time at Aurora Chicago Premium Outlet, savored the best food in Chinatown, car got towed after an unruly parking offence, course through Chicago suburbs in search for a place to stay, slept 4 hours, endeavored close encounters with apes, llamas, warthogs, poison arrow frogs, rattlesnakes, geckos, lions, seals, polar bears, king penguins and oryxes at the beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo the next day, devoured cheesecakes (fresh strawberry, banana cream, chocolate mousse and tiramisu) from THE yummy Cheesecake Factory, shopped at Water Tower Center @ Michigan Av, bought Hershey's Chicago glass, strolled in CompUSA, ate in Chinatown again, got lost on the way back, Peter got ticketed for speeding, reached back home @ 5am.

Wow, what a trip.

It seems that my journeys with friends are littered with mishaps don't you think? I missed both flights to and fro London last winter; spring break to new york ended with spending a night at Chicago bus interchange after we missed the train back to West Lafayette. This time we experienced car towing and wrong directional trip to God-knows-where near the Michigan, Ohio and Indiana state borders. I can 'proudly' say i have done it all. What's next? I'm crossing my fingers to get a tornado pass by on the next road trip or get caught in a snowstorm on the highway. That would be soo exciting :P

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October 01, 2006

Martian talk and Venusian talk

Yeah i was in camp tecumseh for a couple of days 2 weeks ago for a leadership camp. It thought me more than just leadership, but also some interesting things:

1) Man-man/Woman-woman communication and how they differ

2) Diversity

3) Ethical dilemma

4) My personality, according to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)


1) Man-man/Woman-woman communication and how they differ

We communicate every day but sometimes we fail to realize the difference between how a man talks and how a woman talks. These are all general facts and can be applied to most people:

a) Men like to engage in competitive conversations.
(Guy A boasts he's studying under a scholarship and Guy B replies he's doing CO-OP and earning $3500 per month now and although he will be graduating one year later but he will be loaded with industrial experiences)

b) Women like to relate to each other
(Girl A tells Girl B how she hates the pimples on her face and how she got so many junk mails every day and Girl B says she has pimples problems too and her e-mail is overflooded with useless junk mails also. Then they will search for solutions together)

c) Men like to banter and joke and call each other names for fun (ie you fatso hahaha) and if they get into fights, the next day they might be having lunch together again

d) Women do not invent names for fun; they think it's an insult (ie you fatso *whack!*) and if they get into fights, they might never be friends for a certain time, or forever.

e) Men avoid eye contact when they talk, and they talk more personal stuffs when they are doing other things at the same time, ie painting a fence, sitting in the bar drinking and watching football game. Girls always think it's disrespectful and lack concern to what they are talking.

f) Women must have eye to eye contact when they talk, and they can talk personal stuffs easier when there's nothing to distract them. Guys are always baffled what makes girl-talk at least an hour or more.

g) Men talk in an orderly manner (issue A first, then issue B, then issue C) and most topics won't last longer than 15 minutes.

h) Women talk in a storytelling manner (issue A first, then issue B, then elaboration on A, then issue C, then link back to conclusion B) and most topics can be dissected and discussed in the most thoroughly manner.

When guys talk to girls they tend to use the same method as they did with his friends, and vice versa. Realize that guys talking without looking at you doesn't mean he's not disrespecting you or not paying attention. Realize that girls must sit down and talk without distractions and she's not wasting your time doing nothing else while talking. Realize that guys switching the conversation topic after a while doesn't mean he's bored talking to you. Realize that girls elaborating on her conversation topic for hours doesn't mean nagging or annoying you. If we understand the communication pattern of the opposite gender then maybe we can relate, compromise and understand each other better.

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