Archive for July, 2008

S.C.U.B.A. Diving in Malaysia

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

I went S.C.U.B.A. Diving this last weekend in Malaysia at Pulau Dayang. Very Very Very awesome. There was no current. Our schedule was basically, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, sleep. Repeat.. The water was incredibly warm. 27 C/80 F That’s basically the temperature above water as well. Awesome. Here’s a link to where it is in Asia and a link to a new Photo Gallery I’ve setup for it.

http://www.philpham.com/photos/index.php?album=dayang


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Where are we eating at again?

Friday, July 25th, 2008

One of the greatest things about Singapore is the plethora of food options that are available 24 hours a day. Getting home from the club at 5am on a Sunday morning and need something for the impending hangover.

No problem. Murtabak to the rescue.

There are basically four levels of eateries here. Let’s start with the most basic, the coffee shop.

A coffee shop is a collection of little mini eateries. They usually have fewer than 5-6 stores and a few of the shops are always open 24 hours a day. A defining characteristic of coffee shops is the fact that they are all open air establishments. Generally they are located near either groups of HDB apartments or near where big groups of people are, like office buildings or around bars and pubs.

Next on the list are food courts. Food courts are nearly the same as they are on the USA. Except, they may have some great food in them and it isn’t filled with fast food joints. Food courts are “indoor”. They are located inside of malls and office buildings. The number of eateries they have sits between a coffee shop and a hawker center. Because they are inside of buildings, they aren’t open 24 hours a day. They generally have air conditioning, an important distinction.

Next on the list is the most Singaporean, the “Hawker Center”. These are mega eating centers. Imagine an outdoor flea market in the US, now substitute the stores with little eateries, that’s a Hawker Center. Food is cheap, and quite good. You’ll have a large variety of food to choose from. Western burgers and fries to Chinese dumplings or Indian curries, it’s all availabe here. And the best part, you’ll only spend $2-8 for a meal.

The final entry of places to eat, restaurants. These are stand alone establishments. They have air conditioning. And can be either really cheap or ultra expensive. They have their own sit down tables and napkins are standard issue unlike all the other eating options, where you share tables and provide your own napkins.

Table for four please

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I’ve commented in the past about the lack of napkins here. But, what I didn’t mention is the other use of the Kleenex tissues you use on lieu of napkins.

They are used to reserve tables.

Food courts, because of their bountiful and cheap assortment of food, are always packed full of people. During the peak lunch and dinner rushes, finding an unoccupied table can be quite a challenge. Because of the communal nature of these food centers, it is quite common to share a table with two or three different groups.

The problem becomes apparent when you have a larger group that needs their own table.

Hence, packets of tissues.

Since napkins are not freely available, a packet of tissues on a table signifies that that table has been reserved. This reservation system is a double edged blade. If you have tissues with you, saving an open table is a snap. If you don’t, nothing is more frustrating than walking around with a tray full of food, seeing empty tables with packets of tissues on them.

Substitues for tissues that are acceptible are:

Umbrellas
A pack of cigarettes
Or in an office food court, your employee badge.

Nominated

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

My friend Eric has nominated me to run for president. I think I’m up for the challenge.

Snow Cone

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Snow Cone

Blogging with my ipod

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

I just installed wordpress on my iPod touch. So here’s my first post from it. Hot damn I can’t wait to get an iPhone here in Singapore.

Meteor Studios – Digg This.

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

I just found out that Meteor Studios in Montreal has robbed over 100 VFX artists of months of backpay. They all worked on Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D for the now-defunct Meteor Studio. This happened to me in the past as well, when I worked for a company in Los Angeles. My sister helped a group of us sue the company and successfully get our back pay.

Help get the word out about Meteor Studios and Digg this page.

Find out more here.
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=59&t=652434&page=1 

George W. Bush Sewage plant. GO VOTE!!

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

This is taken verbatim from my friend Jack’s Blog

People in San Francisco have been busy. I think that this one is being led by Chicken John, who you may recall ran for mayor last election. He is now an “insider” in the political goings ons in SF and is putting his knowledge to good use. The movement is looking to have a water treatment plant located in San Francisco renamed to be the George W. Bush Sewage Plant. I seem to recall seeing this movement getting started up on one of the lists that I am on. At the time I believe that they wanted to call it the George W. Bush Memorial Sewage Plant. Apparently wishful thinking wouldn’t fully justify the memorial part so they seem to have dropped that.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/25/america/bush.php

Apparently, enough votes have been cast that this is an actual measure on the ballot this November. Now get out there and VOTE!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,385554,00.html

 

Unnecessary Censorship

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Being in Singapore, Censorship is a hot topic. Here’s a video that makes light of that.

Western Spaghetti by PES

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Fantastic Animation.. Fantastic.