Archive for January, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year 2014, The Year Of The Horse

31/01/2014 Leave a comment

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends and relatives, a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014, the Year Of The Horse.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P2

30/01/2014 1 comment

I bought this camera in 2002. This was a time when I needed to get a digital camera as I was sick and tired of using the old Olympus camera that my workplace had. It cost me about $600 then…pretty pricey but I liked it because…it was a Sony! Unfortunately, I do not feel the same about Sony nowadays. But anyway, back to the camera. It was all of 2 megapixels and only had a 16Mb (yes, you read that right…16 megabytes) proprietary Memory Stick. But it lasted me six years. In 2008, I bought my Panasonic Lumix and that camera has been with me since then, replacing this Sony Cyber-Shot. But this camera brought back lots of memories and I will always remember it and the fantastic photos it took, even though the photos were pretty small. Thanks for the memories Sony!

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29/01/2014 1 comment

I remember chuckling to myself when I wrote that article on the Sony LBT-SH2000 “DJ” sound system. I thought that would be the end of it as far as ridiculous, riding-the-DJ-wave-sound-systems was concerned but nooo….. along comes LG with their LG D.J. X-Boom CM9730 sound-system. Sigh. Here we go again.

On their website, LG states that this system is capable of handling “25,000 watts Powerful Sound”. Bloody hell. Yeah…I can just imagine it. Speaker cables look less than 16 AWG, plus 25,000 watts of “Powerful Sound” can take on any speaker system in the market now…yep…even powerful line arrays. LOL! Really. And check out the link to their website above. When I went to check the specifications, LG claims that:

Design, features and specifications subject to change without notice. Screen images simulated and/or dramatized. Some features in videos may not be available on all models.

Now LG, what does that mean exactly? Please tell me! And to add to this:

Mini hifi systems from LG give you the incredible power and sound quality you need to take parties to another level. At LG, you’ll also find home entertainment systems packed with features that make them sound even better than they look.

Wow. That’s rich. So (snigger, chuckle) if you want to get a sound-system that can take on a full concert line-array system, get this. 25,000 watts of “Powerful Sound” guys. It will blow you away! So all you sound rental companies, make sure this in your arsenal of audio equipment. This is an ROI dream!

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Strange-looking bicycle in Katong

28/01/2014 Leave a comment

I was walking around Katong the other day and while walking, I came across this very unique-looking…no…strange-looking would be a better word to use. This had a big wheel in the front and a small wheel in the rear, possibly a 16″ wheel. It looked pretty unstable and I can vouch that the person who rides this bike is going to be in for the ride of his or her life. Yes…it is that strange-looking. I think it’s a novelty bike, not meant for serious riding.

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Hugo Boss HUGO eau de toilette

27/01/2014 Leave a comment

There was a time when I used to use this Hugo Boss product but after a while, I kinda stayed away from it because it was too strong. The scent could be pretty overpowering. So what I did was switch to Calvin Klein One and I have not looked back since. I wonder if I should try this again for old time’s sake. The last time I used this was a good 6 years ago. Yeah. maybe I should get a bottle when my current Calvin Klein eau de toilette runs out.

$120 a pint for Anton Casey at The Tuckshop

26/01/2014 Leave a comment

I came across this sign at a place called The Tuckshop, located at Guillemard Road. I must say that it is a very clever marketing ploy to take advantage of the Anton Casey saga that has gripped Singapore this past week. Enter The Wanker Special. I have not been to this place admittedly but it looks like some place I wanna go to. Great one guys!

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The Anton Casey saga

26/01/2014 3 comments

It started innocently enough…well…almost. This wealthy wealth manager named Anton Casey had a problem with his car, a Porsche nonetheless and as a result, was forced to take public transport while it was presumably in the workshop for repairs. But what happened after that was what drove Singaporeans wild. While taking the MRT, he took a picture of his son and put a caption:

Daddy, where is your car and who are all these poor people?

Now that really pissed off many Singaporeans, including me, who rely on the MRT to get to our destinations, wherever they may be. But that was not the end. When he got his car back, presumably after getting it repaired, he took a picture, once more with his son in the front seat and wrote:

Ahhhhhhhh reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, one I have washed the stench of public transport off me FFS!

Well done Anton Casey. This saga is about 6 days old and it is only now I am blogging about it because it just stupefies me why an obviously educated wealth manager would say such denigrating things about my country. I have been deliberating it for a few days. Was he brought up well? Is he acting this way because he does not accept our way of life? I do not know. But I will tell you one thing…he got a massive social media backlash when these two photos went viral.

People went into his Facebook account and lifted all manner of information from it. People started doing character searches on him. People found out that he is married to former Miss Singapore Bernice Wong and they have a child, as mentioned earlier. But that was not all. People found this other denigrating picture in his Facebook account:

That went too far. Why insult a taxi driver by calling him a “retard” Mr Casey? What has he done to you? You think he likes wearing this gear? You try driving a taxi for twelve hours, blasted with cold air from the air-conditioner. Let us see if YOU have issues like this. The poor taxi driver is probably arthritic and that is why he does that, to protect himself from the cold air. I faced some cold weather in Australia while studying there and even I dressed up like this! And do not think for a minute that trying to change your name from Anton Casey to Anson Stacey will help buddy!

In any case, last I heard, people were sending him death threats, spamming his email. His personal details were revealed: where he lived, his phone number, his wife’s name and such. Incidentally, speaking of his wife, I think the both of them were meant for each other. Apparently she once said that Singapore men are sheltered and childish and are not good enough for her. Arrogance to the highest degree. In any case, as a Singaporean guy, to me that is an instant turn off. I personally know 4 Miss Singapore Universe contestants personally. Two are related to me. And all of them can beat her in beauty and character hands-down. In any case, Anton Casey disabled his Facebook and Twitter account to stop the barrage of posts from irate Singaporeans but the harm had been done.

In any case, it was reported in the news that Anton Casey’s employer, Crossinvest Asia, fired him. They had to. They had no choice. People were clamouring for Anton Casey’s head and it would have meant a big blow to them if they continued to employ Casey, who had become infamous overnight. Apparently, their Facebook page carried this message:

Crossinvest Asia is deeply concerned by the recent comments made by Mr. Anton Casey on social media which have caused great distress amongst Singaporeans. Those comments go against our core corporate and family values that are based on trust, mutual understanding and are respectful of diversity.

Crossinvest Asia is a family business which has been built here in Singapore. The online comments made by Mr. Casey do not represent the culture that we have built over many years.

Accordingly, Crossinvest Asia and Mr Casey have parted ways with immediate effect.

It was reported that Anton Casey fled to Australia with his family to avoid the backlash…Perth Australia that is. He apparently took a Singapore Airlines flight and sat in economy class with a hat pulled low down to cover his face. Let us just hope that he does not start ridiculing Australians or there will be hell to pay. Let us take this as a lesson learnt: Pride goes before a fall.