Friday, November 27, 2009

SITEX 2009

The annual last IT show is here - SITEX 2009.

Today's visit to SITEX has got only one aim: Look for good camera memory card deals.
The venue, Expo, was not really packed with people.
At tanah merah mrt station, the unusual crowd of people waiting for the train bounding to Changi Airport shows how many people are going to the fair.
On top of that, today is a public holiday. Even more people are free to go, look look and see see.
And there are a lot of children there too.

Actually, there's nothing to see at SITEX unless you intend to get a new desktop or laptop.
At every turns and corners, the sales-boy or sales-girl will come and ask me, "Looking for laptop?"
Unfortunately, I come with a purpose and items in mind.
Even if I wanted to shop for a new computer, I would have done my homework and have a brand in mind.
I would not be the group of shoppers who goes round the whole mall, looking at the various computers available and comparing specifications and prices.
I have to confess that I did that once when getting the new desktop for my brother as I do not know the brands available during the show.

Oh well... In the end, I got my stuff from the SanDisk booth, managed by Song Brothers.
These are what I got from them:

Compact Flash memory, 2GB and 4 GB.
SDHC Card, 8GB.
Card Reader.

There's nothing much to see as the booths are more or less the same.
What people are interested in is the "sale" or special prices for the electronic gadgets.

Let's wait and see what's there to buy during the next IT show.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Beatuiful Sky

The weather for the past few days has been scorching hot.
I can feel the intense of the heat even when I'm at home.
Outside, it's even worst and standing under the sun for a few seconds feel like getting heatstroke.

However, the bright and sunny weather these few days has brought nice opportunities for pretty sunset shots.
While deciding what to have for dinner with my friends at Jurong Point, I came around this beautiful sun setting sky.

Pretty sunset,

Monday, November 23, 2009

NIE peeps fun

What happens when a group of trainee teachers have no class during term?
We meet up to do our essay assignment and then have lots of fun.

This week, we only have one class left: Edu Psy II.
However, we have two assignments due this week: Physics microteaching lesson plan and Edu Psy II essay.
Initially, one of my classmates told us that she will be coming to school to submit her physics assignment and then stay in school to complete her essay assignment.
Then the idea developed.
We thought of meeting up to do the essay assignment together.
Then someone suggested playing board games.
I have no idea how the board game idea came in.
And so.... We settled on lunch at NIE, study then play board games at Clementi.

We study hard. The Cavern @ Student Services Centre.

Game time! Mad Gab.

It's an intellectual game. Requires "deep" thinking.


Time passes very quickly when you have fun.
Together with this "crazy" people, we have lots of fun together.
Looking forward to the chalet next week.

Hum to the tune of...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hokkaido Ramen @ ion Orchard

For some reason, I wanted to go for dinner today.
So I smsed Jeanbean and Leonard and after a few rounds of discussions, we decided to have ramen.
The place was suggested by Jeanbean.
Hokkaido Ramen located at B2 of ion Orchard.
The plan was to meet at the restaurant at 7pm.
Luckily the 2 guys were early and they had to queue to get into the restaurant.

By the time I reached B2 (slightly after 7pm), the whole eatery area was filled with people and many of the restaurants had long queue.

This is my first time eating Japanese ramen.

I ordered the Shio Seafood Ramen and fried tofu.
Jeanbean ordered Shoyu Cha Shu Ramen with Toro Don.
Leonard ordered Shoyu Toro Ramen.

In my opinion, i find that the ramen soup taste saltier as I eat.
It could be the nature of the soup but it got too salty for my liking towards the end.
The egg is nice as it has a soft yoke for a hard boiled braised egg.

Shio Seafood Ramen

Shoyu Cha Shu Ramen

Toro Ramen

Fried Tofu

The restaurant has 10% discount for citibank cards.

It was a great dinner and we shopped around at Tangs before heading home.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Maksim Concert

Maksim is having a concert in Singapore!
I finally get to watch him play live.
While buying the ticket online, I made a mistake and ended up sitting at the back of the concert hall.
But I'm here to listen to his playing, so it doesn't matter.

This is Maksim's Concert Classique.
He played classical music and also those in his albums.
The first part was so-so as it was those long classical music.
It was long for each piece.
Furthermore, this concert is Maksim and piano only.
Hence you only hear piano sound.

However, the second part I believe is what many of his viewers were waiting for - pieces from his albums.
It was shiok to hear the album pieces being played live in a concert hall.
The only difference was the lack of accompanying music that you get in the album.
This is solely piano.
Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable night and I believe Maksim had a great final night of concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
Though he had finished his concert, Maksim came out again to play an encore piece.
Everyone in the concert hall couldn't stop clapping.

Concert ticket from Sistic

Brochure promotion the concert from the Sistic counter

Ticket and brochure

Hopefully, Maksim can come to Singapore again in the future.


Sunday, November 01, 2009

Great Eastern Women's 10k

One week after the the Nike Human Race, I ran the Great Eastern Women's 10k.
My first ever consecutive week run.
It was tiring for my legs.
Actually, I did not realise that I have signed up for runs within consecutive weeks.
Luckily, nothing happened. Just that I had some cramp like pain on my right calf muscle, near the back of the knee.

The route for the GE run was a bit similar to the Nike run.
It covered the nicoll highway, looped around national stadium, back on nicoll highway, raffles ave, F1 pit building and back to padang.
Whereas for the nike run, it started and ended at the F1 pit building.

GE run is special as it is a run meant for women only.
(Though along the way, I saw men running with their other half.)

The only bad point was that there was no distinct lane for those running the 10km and those running the 5km towards the ending point.
Everyone just ran towards the ending point.
Good thing was that it was not crowded at the finishing line.

Race bib (with baggage deposit sticker).

Race bib with finisher's medal.

Finisher's medal back view.

Finisher's medal front view.

It was a great run.
Chip finishing: 01:40:57
Gun finishing: 01:42:37
Position: 4972

Ladies' run,


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