Archive for April, 2008

Mold update day 42.

Monday, April 28th, 2008

It seems that I’ve licked the problem. I hired professional mold getter-outers and they nuked my place about a month ago. I also dumped all the old furniture that had mold growing on it. Since then I have found only a teeny tiny mold colony that they must have missed. It’s nice to come home to a clean house that is free of extra tenants.

Whew…

Undelete Tube.

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

This is a great tool for watching videos on YouTube that have just been removed from their servers or if you’re in Asia, to get around the “censors”

It’s called Undelete Tube. When a video is removed from YouTube, it takes a while for the removal to go through all their servers. So, in that “window of opportunity” you can watch videos that have been removed in the last few hours up to a few days ago.

Here’s the link.

http://www.tubemall.net/undeletube.php

Boppin Kitties

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

I don’t particularly like cats. But I found this too cute to pass up.

 
Cute Kittens Bop Their Head – Watch more free videos

 

Songkran -AKA- I destroyed my new iPod and would do it again…

Friday, April 18th, 2008

I attended Songkran a few days ago. It’s the Thai New Year’s Water Festival. One word.

AWESOME

Traditionally it is the hottest period of the year. And it started out as a way to cleanse yourself during the new year with water. Now, it’s just an all out urban war. You can’t walk more than 50 feet outside of your house without getting totally soaked. Here’s the layout..

In a “normal” part of the city every 100 ft or so you’ll find a water station. (Basically anywhere that a hose can attach to) And around that water station will be 10-15 people with super soakers, buckets and pails. Anyone that walks down the street or drives by is fair game.

Someone walking down the street towards you… SPLASH..
Someone on a motor cycle… SPLASH..
Someone in a taxi.. SPLASH..
Someone in a Tuk-Tuk.. SPLASH..
Someone in a Bus with the windows open… Yup.. SPLASH..

At bars and nightclubs.. You know the buckets used to hold ice water for bottles of beer and wine.. Not anymore..

The best part is the roving Pickup Trucks. In the back of each of these will be 8-10 people and two or three huge barrels of water. They have their super soaker tubes dunked into the barrels of *ICE WATER* and go around spraying anyone that is within spitting distance.

And that’s a “normal” part of the city. In the more intense parts of the city, it’s every three to five feet that there is someone with a hose with your name on it.

I had a massively great time. I wasn’t quite prepared for it this year, I didn’t have enough zip lock bags to keep my gear in, And I should have worn flip flops and shorts, So my new iPod got trashed. But, I would do it again in a heart beat.

Here are some links.

Wikipedia
Flickr

I think I’ve become an old Chinese Lady

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Somehow I’ve been transformed by moving out to Asia. I think I’m an old Chinese lady now. I was at the mall yesterday and I picked up one of these babys:

It’s a foldable shopping cart. I saw it and I knew I had to have it. It makes my shopping much easier now that I can drag my groceries and purchases around instead of carrying everything in plastic bags. It’s also my eco-friendly since I turn down plastic bags now. What is becoming of me?

Ennio Marchetto Quick Change Artist

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I’ve got to check this guy out in real life.

Ennio Marchetto

History of Pho

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Seems like the stars are aligning for me when it comes to Vietnamese food.

The Singapore National Museum is giving a lecture this friday about the history of Pho. It will be lead by Pho Expert Mr. Cuong Phu. You can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be there.

Here’s a review from Chubby Hubby
http://chubbyhubby.net/blog/?p=526

Cuong Phu - Pho Expert

I broke something

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I upgraded my wordpress blog installation to 2.5 and broke something in the process. So, I’ll need to upload some of my pics and fix some links.

Finally Pho

Monday, April 7th, 2008

I’ve been searching for an Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in Singapore since I arrived over 3 months ago. (Has it been that long already?) I’ve been to a number of them already and was SORELY disappointed. Not tonight though.

Singapore as a culture is a fusion of all things Asian and Indian. So, every place has a twist on their food to make it suitable for the Singaporean palate. Sometimes this works, as evidenced by all the great Singaporean style dishes like Chili Crab and the Rotis and Pratas and Chicken Rice places. But, sometimes you want the real deal. Such was my case with Vietnamese food.

All the Pho places I’ve been to so far were HORRIBLE. All the broths were sickly sweet, like orange chicken from Panda Express. Most of them had broths so cloudy they reminded me of miso soup that has settled after a few minutes. And they all had either the wrong cuts of beef or the wrong side accompaniments. I even went to chain Vietnamese restaurants like Pho Hoa.. disgusting… Needless to say, I was quite distraught.

Then last night on the way home, I saw a vietnamese restaurant that I hadn’t seen before called Le Viet. So, I went back and gave it a try today. OMG… I was floored. Here was a place that had a decent bowl of Pho. The broth was clear, the taste spot on and the side accompaniments and meats were correct!!!

Now I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was the best bowl of Pho I’ve had in my life. But, on a scale of 1 to 10. I’d give it a 6.5-7. About what I’d give to the neighborhood Pho places I went to in either SF or LA. Probably around what I would have given a Pho Hoa back in California.

I’m going to give it a try a few more times and make sure that they are consistent, but I have high hopes for this place.

Thirsty Monkey

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

One of the sickest things I have ever seen.

Also, one of the funniest things. Enjoy..