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Posted on 29 December 2008 @ 8:39 pm GMT+8

There’s this road that bends right around my neighborhood, Sin Ming Avenue. Apparently this area was said to be a cemetery in the olden times. Coincidentally I’ve seen a lot of accidents and near-misses on that stretch of road. I’ve seen a Mercedes mount the footpath (almost missing the tree) and a car doing a 180 degree skid and hitting the center divider.

On that stretch of road, there’s a T-junction that extends to Sin Ming Walk. I’ve seen a lorry bashing up the rear of a car and also a car hitting a bike with pillion on it at night, with a victim cursing and swearing at the driver.

Today at about 1pm, yet a similar accident has occurred right on that junction:

sin_ming_accident

It looks like the taxi was not able to react on the on-coming biker. Despite having bad experiences with taxi drivers on the roads, I would reserve my further comments. I hope all/any casualties are safe. Now.. I wonder if this stretch of road is haunted…



Posted on 26 December 2008 @ 11:27 am GMT+8

I just ported by Singtel landline onto Starhub, because of their interesting offer. A free VeCM (voice-enabled cable modem) is also given, and that comes to a total of 3 cable modems in my house now :) This was done 4 days ago, but the problem is still not fixed by Starhub now. Well, here’s the problem:

Outgoing calls can be made from the Starhub line, but incoming calls do not ring my phones. I decided to plug back one of my phones to the old “deactivated” Singtel line. Guess what? It has a nice ring tone, AND takes in incoming calls too! Also, to my surprise, I can call 2 different people using my 2 phones! Both phone numbers are the same, as my mobile phone’s callerID displays the same correct number for both lines. To summarize it all, I now have 2 outgoing lines, and 1 incoming line :P

My dad called them up last morning, and I called them once in the afternoon. Looks like they’re in a holiday mood…

Adding on to the problem: I re-wired my rooms so that I can use just 1 modem for internet and voice, and realized that the modem I received was not activated for internet access. I called them up again in the evening, and the service personnel took down my modem MAC ID and told me it’ll be updated in about 30-60mins. 3hours later, I had to call them up again and refresh their memory on both of my problems! This time, it’s been escalated as an urgent matter, and I’ll be contacted today.

Coincidentally, my on-board network card got screwed too. I took quite some time troubleshooting this problem as the modem was not working as well :( Lucky for me, I had a standby NIC on hand.

Come on Starhub… don’t fail on your loyal customer.



Posted on 22 December 2008 @ 5:39 pm GMT+8

I visited the new JB checkpoint for the first time yesterday. I decided to give my clutch foot a rest and took a bus there. On my way there, I was pleased to notice that the whole “old” immigration area on the Malaysia’s side was clear with very little cars. As the bus went towards the new checkpoint, I realized that the lanes merged to 2 lanes only. Bus and cars shared the same traffic!

The lanes were moving continuously but slowly. We reached the checkpoint after almost an hour on the bus. The new checkpoint is called “JB Sentral” as opposed to “KL Sentral” in KL. It is well built, and there was massive empty space there, all ready to attack those seasonal crowds. We had to walk a lot just to get out of that place. The end of the checkpoint lead to a bridge to City Square shopping center. Finally, some convenience.
jb_checkpoint2
On our way back, the bus terminal at the checkpoint was a complete mess. The space was too small to handle the crowds and bus platforms were not visible enough (as shown above). The queues were so long and we had to walk far to find out where each queue was headed/ending.

jb_checkpoint
This time, I felt that it’s more worth to drive in instead of taking the bus, as there seemed to be no priority lanes for buses. There are more lanes for the cars as compared to the older checkpoint now. Also, the distance on road from the old checkpoint to the new one is pretty long and winding.

Overall, the new facility is well built and an eye-candy, but was built just on the basis of location, and not caring about commuters having to move alot before ending up in their country.



Posted on 22 December 2008 @ 10:06 am GMT+8

As usual, I went on my usual JB trip yesterday and managed to catch Transporter 3 movie there. This movie is to be released on 1st Jan here in Singapore, but apparently it’s already released in Malaysia. I was pretty excited about this show, as I enjoyed the first 2 installments.

transporter3

I came out from the theatre, feeling very disappointed. First of all, this movie isn’t as action packed as it seems. There were a few “whoa” moments, but that’s about it. The story telling seemed to be abit broken apart at first, but it came fine after about 30mins into the movie. To top is off, the lead actress in the movie was personally an eye sore. I have not seen any on-screen actress with this much freckles before!

Jason Statham however was cool as usual, and he did most of the stripping instead of the girl! :D I felt that the story was trying hard to make good chemistry between the actors. Oh.. how I miss the BMW in the first movie (The Audi was used again here). Anyways, if you’re an action junkie expecting alot from this movie, I suggest give this a pass. Only watch if you have spare time or got if off to**ents :P

Official site here.



Posted on 21 December 2008 @ 10:50 pm GMT+8

Hello all! I finally converted my site into a WordPress system. WordPress allows more advanced publishing methods and many more features like tagging, categorizing, archiving and more. The reason why I avoided WordPress was because of it’s generic theme styles. Every blog out there seem to look similar!

I read up on theming for WordPress, and decided to clean up my design a bit while making my very own custom theme. Please do contact me for any bugs you see around. I am also in the process in fine-tuning the site further (if there’s any room for improvement). Also, feel free to leave any comments.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers!





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