Archive for February, 2009

Elevators suck.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

So I went over to this HDB flat today to buy a used air conditioner. That’s when I really realized that a great number of elevators suck in Singapore. Actually, technically, the elevators don’t suck. It’s the elevator system that sucks in HDBs. In older HDB flats the elevator system only stops on certain floors.

In this building, the stops were on the 1st, 6th and 10th floor. So, if you lived on the 3rd, 4th or 8th floor you have to take the lift two extra stories up and walk down two flights of stairs or start two stories lower and walk up two flights of stairs.

I believe this system was put in place so that if you lived on one of those odd floors, your unit is bigger. But, after carrying a portable air conditioning unit up a flight of stairs. I’ll take the elevator over the smidgen of extra space anyday.

Reverse Japanese?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I usually take a taxi to work in the morning. And at a certain intersection I used to tell the driver to turn right then go straight and turn at the second light.

This always seemed to confuse the drivers. And I think I’ve figured out why.

1. It’s too many directions all at once.
2. Because of my accent many people think I’m either Japanese of Filipino. And instead of hearing me say turn at the second “light”. They hear, turn at the second “right”.

Silly. I know, because Japanese people pronounce “Ls as Rs” and not the opposite “Rs as Ls”.

So now I tell the drivers one turn at a time and tell them to “take the second left” instead of “left at the second light”

Kogi

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

I just came across this new food craze in Los Angeles, Kogi. Can someone try it out and let me know if it’s all it’s reported to be?

It’s a Korean/Mexican fusion Taco Truck. It roves around the Los Angeles region to serve up their signature foods.

I hear waits can go up to hours at a time for their bulgogi tacos and other treats. Thank goodness they keep people upto date with their web 2.0 goodness. They twitter their locations and post lots of updates on their website.

http://www.kogibbq.com

Check it.

Sleepwalking video.

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I found this video pretty entertaining.


Oren Lavie – Her Morning Elegance
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Foot reflexology or as I’d like to call it – reflex-owww-agie

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Foot massages are very common and popular all over the world. But, I’m finding that I am not a big fan of some of them. Chinese reflexology being the biggest one. It seems to me that the whole purpose of reflexology is to inflict the maximum amount of pain while leaving the least evidence of said infliction. I swear that at the end of a reflexology session my feet and legs will be covered in bruises. But, surprisingly, they are bare.

To be honest, a lot of people I talk to like and enjoy it. Though they will admit to it being painful part of the time as well. The pain, according to chinese medicine, is related to the overall health of different regions of your body. With different nerve endings in your foot representing your liver or your lungs or your back, ect. The more pain you feel, the worse the condition of that region.

With that in mind, my whole body must be broken. Because the whole process is painful. It also doesn’t help that the masseuse gives me these looks of contempt. I swear that he’s thinking what a wimp every time my body flinches. But how can I help it? If every press of his knuckes into the bones of my feet feel like he’s shoving a stack of needles into my body?

I’m going to have to reevaluate if I’m ever going to do this again.

Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms.

Monday, February 2nd, 2009