Saturday, August 30, 2008

It's good to be home

After 6 months away from Penang, I finally touchdown at 2000 hours in the Penang International Airport today.

Nevermind that I had to get up at 6am in the morning and take a 1 hour ride to the Bangalore Airport.

Nevermind that I had to stand in line for around 90mins just to check in.

Nevermind that my flight out of bangalore was delayed by 1 hour.

Nevermind that I am sweating like a pig that just did aerobics.

Nevermind that I am going to only be back for 3 weeks.

Being home, seeing family and friends, and all the Penang food in waiting.... it's going be to all worth it.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Dell Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Being a desktop owner, one thing that really irritates me are the cables that goes around the table. Though they don't take up too much space, it makes the desk look really untidy.

And getting unwired, be it your speakers, keyboard or mouse is one of the best ways to free up space on the desk.

So recently I got hold of a new Dell Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. The package comes with 4AA duracell batteries, a RF USB receiver, the keyboard and the mouse.

The Keyboard and Mouse is an RF 2.4GHz wireless bundles that has a range of 30 feet, not too shabby.

Here is a look of the keyboard from different views.

There are 4 hotkeys on the top left corner of the keyboard that includes Home, Email, My Computer and Calculator. Pretty standard hotkeys for a multimedia function keyboard.
On the top right hand corners are multimedia buttons, Play/Pause, Stop, Mute, Back and forward and a Media Launch key. And a volume knob that controls the.... volume.....

Keys are responsive and typing is quiet, the layout for some buttons are slightly different from the conventional keyboard but once you get used to it typing is a breeze. The keyboard also has an extended area at the bottom area that acts as a palm rest. neat.

The mouse has an interesting design, unlike many wireless mouse that runs on batteries. The cover on the top of the mouse comes off instead of the usual design at the bottom, and the cover is held to the body by magnet.
Ergonomics of the mouse is pretty decent, the only grouse I have is that it's lacking a forward and back button on the side of the mouse which I am really used to.

The mouse also comes with a power button, which is missing from the keyboard. Alot of users have the concern of battery drain when the mouse is unused, the power button essentially takes care of that concern on the mouse.
So one of the things that intimidates alot of users when it comes to wireless device is the pairing process, how do I pair this product? Do I need to install some software? Do I need to dive into control panel in windows just to set this up?

Well the process was as simple as it gets, I think my mom and dad can do it. All I needed to do was plug in the USB RF receiver dongle into a vacant USB slot and viola! the keyboard and mouse was instantly working.
front view
Back view that comes with receiver button

Below are some pictures of comparison of Dell's bluetooth keyboard & Mouse bundle vs this new RF version.
Overall verdict: Nice and decent upgrade from the normal wired keyboard and mouse that normally comes with a Dell Inspiron or Studio desktop.

Monday, August 25, 2008

My Best Friend's Wedding

No, this is not some old movie review that stars Julia Roberts and Cameroon Diaz.

I believe that in life, you meet alot of people. And in a sea of 6 billion human beings, there will be a small fraction of these people that will leave a mark of significance on your life and soul.

These people are the ones that you would call friends, true friends.

Today, I'm writing about one of my dearest friend. Her name is Vivian.

I met her almost 10 years ago on IRC. I remember how we used to chat into the nights on cyberspace and exchanged emails almost on a daily basis. I knew at that point that she will be someone very special to me.

The story of me & V started with friendship, extending to support, care, love, passion and lust. In between there were heart aches, wisdom, growing up and separation. But in the end, we ended up where we first started, 2 friends who care deeply about each other.

She taught me ambition, standing up for my beliefs and always go for what you want. These lessons are priceless, and shows the importance of a friend and at one point in our lives where we called each other soul mates.

People who know her will say the same, that she possesses an uncanny ability to influence people and she touches people lives around her.

Unlike Hancock, I don't believe we are made in pairs. I believe we are made in pieces, like a puzzle. And each of the friends and family you have make up that puzzle. She was one of the key pieces in my puzzle .

In less than 1 week's time, she will be taking the next step of her life with the man well deserving of her.

And unlike Julia Roberts, I am not out to stop this union. :) Instead I give my blessings.

I truly wish Vivian & Andrew, the very best in life, and a wonderful and fabulous future.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

My GF loves Lim Guan Eng!

So what did the CM of Penang do to make my gf fall in love with him?

By-Election: Public Holiday for Penang.

Due to the Permatang Pauh election, Tuesday will be a public holiday for Penangites. And the reason for many employees to see their boss's face less during the week with more time to sleep in.

So political move or no, it's the people of Penang that benefits.

Let's just hope, with alot of faith that the country is moving in the right direction after this supposedly important by-election.

*end of thought*

Malaysian Ministry Morons coming to their senses, I applaud you.

Show will go on for rock star Avril - The Star

'The final decision, after a week of uncertainty, was made at a meeting of senior officials from the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry yesterday.'
Headlines in Bangalore times
Bangalore friend: MunY, Malaysians still lives on trees?
Me: No, why?
Bangalore friend: Coz decision made to ban Avril seems to have come from unevolved monkeys.
Me: Oh, you mean our mentri's? yeah, we're planets of the apes V1.0. Humans ruled by unevolved monkeys. The movie was actually planets of the apes V2.0, where the monkeys are at least intelligent.

After making themselves and Malaysians look ridiculously stupid, and have headlines created all over the world on Avril Lavigne's concert cancellation; the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts & Heritage finally came to their senses.

For this I applaud you O Ministers of UCAH. *clap* *clap* *clap*

It shows that when you put a few morons monkeys in a room long enough, they'd eventually make the right decision.

So now I hope more Malaysian political morons will eventually evolve into at least monkeys and make better decisions to start with in the future. Just like an old saying, if you put 500 monkeys in front of typewriters long enough they would eventually type out a novel for you.

The question now is, how much longer can Malaysia wait?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rejection is a hard pill to swallow

In life, it's hard not to face rejection. If you have never been rejected in your life before, please do impart your wisdom upon us common man.

So in one's life, you would have probably been rejected by a girl, a co-worker, a boss, a parent, a friend, a schoolmate, a blogger, a sibling, a pet, god maybe?

I mean, some rejections are easier to take than others.

For instance, if the girl that rejected me is Rhona Mitra I'd be fine. At least she took the consideration to reject me. what?!? I'm a guy!

And if this company rejected me, it's ok cause I don't really care.
And if this Prime Minister rejects my or the people's idea, it's Ok. Cause he and his useless bunch of monkeys will get voted out the next time.
But the hardest thing for me is to get rejected every morning, by these guys at least 5 times every morning......
Me: XXX Office on inner ring road
Mr Autorickshaw: *shake heads* drives off (not even a no...).. tuk...tuk....tuk....
me: niama si ke leng na
Mr Autorickshaw from daily morning rejection pill.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Morons of Malaysia:Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage

It is just too much to hope for the government to have an ounce of grey matter in their skull to make the right decision.

After my rant on my first Morons of Malaysia posting on PAS Youth Chief, I thought the government would at least have some brains to say, 'screw you PAS!' and make the right decision.

Malaysia Cancels 'too sexy' Avril Lagvine Concert - Yahoo! News

But Nooooooo, now the whole friggin Ministry is just as moronic to cancel the Avril Lagvine concert. I don't know who in the ministry made the decision, but they are a bunch of dumbfuck.

Is it a political agenda as mentioned in this other blog? Probably.

But now it just proves both PAS and BN has a bunch of retards running them. The missed opportunity that the country has seen over the years is just saddening. So vote for PAS or BM, both also like 'jump sea'.

If the political parties want to practice discrimination against the artist, why don't they practice discrimination with the Malaysian people. For instance, restrict sale of tickets to muslims only, if your agenda is to keep muslim youths from being 'tainted'. Like the internet can't do that.... but that will definitely not go down well with the modern muslim community.

Bunch of ball sucking morons - PAS and Ministry of ACH

"We don't want our people, our teenagers, influenced by their performance. We want clean artists, artists that are good role models," Kamarulzaman Mohamed, PAS youth party official said.

You want clean artist ah? Ask them to take a shower before they perform lah. Niama.

Said in the news, that the organizers can request for a different date for the concert. So let's hope the nitwits in the Ministry of arts ,culture and heritage will not be morons a second time.

Muny's Hindi Learnings - ek

Just in case you are wondering, ek = 1

Word of the day is is GHOO.

In Hokkien, Gu or Goo = Cow

In Hindi, Ghoo = Shit

So Cow Shit = Goo Ghoo? *scratch head*

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ending the World Food Crisis

So unless you have been living in outer space for a while, you would have probably heard the three little words 'World Food Crisis'.

The food crisis is caused by a few different factors such as increase demand from Asia, bio-fuel subsidy from the US and EU, Climate changes, rising petrol prices etc.

So I remember when I was young, whenever I don't finish my food my mom will tell me that there is a child in India or Africa that has no food to eat. So at that time, grudgingly I finish the remainder of my food. Now, that statement holds very true and can be seen across the world.

So what are you doing to help end the world food crisis?

Today, in the year 2008 for me here in India I skip lunch at work. Yes, I skip lunch. Usually I have a heavy breakfast that includes cereal and milk, and survive on caffeine the rest of the day.

So is that my way of helping to end the world food crisis? Of course my intentions didn't start off like that, but it might as well be that now eh? :)

So I do this at work, and my colleagues know about it because whenever they ask me to join them for lunch I usually decline to join them. But being the nice people they are, they'd still ask me anyway. And I think it is in fear that one day I might just collapse of hunger in the office and hence causing them more work of trying to revive me.

So this brings us to why I am writing this entry, in the morning I got an email detailing Michael Phelps daily Diet.

Here it is:
For breakfast: three fried egg sandwiches, with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, fried onions and mayonnaise, followed by three chocolate-chip pancakes; a five-egg omelette; three sugar-coated slices of French toast and a bowl of grits (a maize-based porridge), washed down with two cups of coffee.

For lunch: half a kilogram (one pound) of enriched pasta; two large ham and cheese sandwiches on white bread smothered with mayonnaise, washed down by energy drinks.

For dinner: Another half-kilogram of pasta, perhaps with a carbonara sauce, followed by a large pizza and more energy drinks.

Shit,That is alot of food!!! Imagine the shit that comes after that.....

A staggering 10,000 worth of calories daily. Which can feed an average of 5 men per day.

So if he skip one meal, he can save probably up to.... I don't know.... say, 50 starving kids?

So what do you say Michael? Go on a diet and help end the world food crisis?

So this brings me back to my colleagues, after reading Michael Phelps diet this is what he had to say about moi.

'Andrew will be able to survive for a year in that' - in reference to Michale Phelps meal for a day.

Great, now i'm known as the anorexic member of the team. x-( But hey, i'm doing it for the hungry children of India and Africa. :P

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Morons of Malaysia: PAS FT Youth Chief

I'm starting a new category today called Morons of Malaysia.

Reading a recent article on the star website made my blood boil, Avril concert definitely on says organizers.

Not about the concert being on part, but the moronic behavior of FT PAS youth chief Kamaruzaman Mohamed. It is exactly people like these that we do not need as leaders in Malaysia. (note: I am not an Avril fan, I just can't stand dumbfuck nonsense)

Here's the reason that was given to ban the concert,

"Earlier, the Federal Territory PAS Youth chief Kamaruzaman Mohamed had called for Avril’s concert to be banned on grounds that “rock and punk are not suitable for the young generation, especially so during the Merdeka month.”"

I mean, WTF!!!! Where the hell did you come from? Mars? Rock and Punk not suitable for the young generation? Then who listens to Rock and punk? Your friggin 90 year old granma? KNN.

And what does Merdeka month have anything to do with rock and punk? Are you retarded Mr Kamaruzaman? Or were u dropped as a child on your head when you were young? Do not try to drive an agenda just for the sake of one, don't be a dumbass and let the world laugh at you and us.

I don't know how you got elected as youth chief, but I bet the young generation won't be choosing you again. So before you humiliate yourself any further, why don't you just step down and run back to the cave you crawled out from?

*end of Rant*

Eating Out in Bangalore: MTR

In my previous article, Lalbalh Botanical Garden in Bangalore I mentioned the filling meal I had in MTR. So what is MTR?

Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, is one of the oldest restaurants here in Bangalore. I've heard and read so much about it during my time here but never really got off my lazy ass to visit this Restaurant. So when my colleague called me up and asked me if I'd like to join him and the Mrs for lunch there, I jumped at the Opportunity.

So I got picked up at around 1pm and we reached MTR around 1:30pm due to the horrible weekend traffic in Bangalore. So I was really hungry by then cause the only thing I had since morning is Bread and peanut butter and some milo. So as I enter the famed MTR, I see alot of people trying to pay at the counter. First thought that came to mind, the food must be really good.
Dang, that's alot of people waiting for food.
As I waited for the payment to be done, my eyes and mind wandered to the menu and the list of items that I'll be having. Dosa, Idlys, Vadas.... Yumz. But only to be informed that all except the afternoon 'meal' is available. Ah well....*sound of imaginary glass shattering*
The menu - very decent prices
So the dining area is actually on the 2nd floor, so we made our way upstairs, and on the way up there is a mirror with a beautiful India lay on it... with a sign that says.....
The path to delicious food....
'Please get your names entered for seats' - says the sign above the lady with nipples sticking out (What?!?! I'm a guy)
'Not a good sign for a hungry man' I thought to myself, and like Han Solo I had a bad feeling about this.

And my feeling was on the money..... As you reach the end of the stair case, there are no dining tables nor chairs. You enter the 'waiting hall', WTF?!?!?
And a waiting hall it is with at least 2 dozen people waiting to get into the dining area guarded by a white haired uncle with a scribbling pad.
That is ALOT of ppl waiting for FOOD... oh my poor hungry stomach.
'wait for your turn my son, good food comes to those who wait' - white haired uncle with clipboard

And as I heard the uncle call out the number "81' just like how you would hear it in a bank before you goto the teller, I checked with my friend what number did we get?
116......*crickets chirping*..... niama

Devil Muny: try slipping the uncle a Rs50 note and get in man
Angel Muny: Don't do it, you'll burn in hell....

So not wanting the risk of burning in hell after I die, we patiently waited for our number to be called by the all powerful white haired uncle that controls our tummy's fate. I made some observations in the room, there were big families, there were a few dating couples, and there was this guy...
this ang moh fella dozed off after waiting for 45 minutes or so. I think like me, he didn't expect the wait to be this long

So after 1 hour, our number was finally called upon. Oh thank you all powerful white haired indian uncle. May you be blessed with many more grandchildren and increase India's ever expanding population.
So we finally got seated in the dining hall and the aromas of south Indian food started drifting to my nostrils... and triggers a growl in my stomach.
face of a very hungry looking chinese dude that is happy to be fed soon...

First the utensils got served and grape juice in a steel cup. Very interesting how the grapejuice further increases your appetite
And what followed was a feast for my tantalizing taste buds.
carrot salad with chilli & lentils, brinjal with curry, and yellow potato curry.

Hot puris were served along with flattened Vada.
followed by honey halwa, chutney and Bisbelebath (local rice dish made with lentils, vegetables, cashew nuts an chilli)

At this point I've started using my hands for the puris an could not bother taking any other pics as I started to pig out. The following dish was white rice with sambhar, the mix of the sambhar and the rice tasted heavenly. Curd rice was also offered to aid digestion but I passed and instead had the curry pickle below, just looking at it makes my mouth salivates. (if you've taken sour plum you would know what I mean)

At the end of the meal, a steel bowl full of fruits (apple, ciku, pineapple, grapes) topped with Vanilla ice cream was served as desert.
with a cherry on top.
Last but not least, a Paan was offered as a mouth freshener. Paan is made out of chewing betel leaf and Areca nut. It's a weird taste, but one should try it at least once when in India.
All in all, good south indian food that needs to be tried at least once if you are in Bangalore.

And with a full tummy and a satisfied palette, we walked out of MTR with a smile on our face and proceeded to Lalbagh Botanical gardens. Click here to read about it.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Olympics: Michael Phelps, Human Evolution

So as we come to the end of the first week of Olympic events, there is one man who is making all the waves. Not only in the pool, but also in history.

Michael Phelps, Swimming Phenom.
At this point in time, Phelps is the only person in history with the most Olympic golds won @ 11 and is chasing down a total of 8 gold medals in a single Olympic games. So far he has managed to take 5 golds from the Beijing games.

In my opinion, Michael Phelps is the next evolution of the human species.

1. Wing Span.The Span of his arm 6ft 7inc, his height is 6ft 4inc. A normal person's height to span ratio is usually 1:1, as seen in Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. Unless you are doraemon.
2.Low Body Fat of only 4%. An average man has a body fat % of 10%, and the guy below has a body fat % of 200%.

3. Super power of recovery, his body produces low level of Lactic Acid and is able to dispose of the build up in the muscle. Lactic Acids basically builds up in your muscles, makes your muscle burns and the build up of lactic acid makes your muscle tire out and causes fatigue. So by producing low levels of the acid and the ability to disposes them makes phelps a swimming energizer bunny.

4. Body build. A Size 14 Feet and shorter legs combined with long torsos. The big feet helps him wade through water with ease and the leg and torso build helps reduce drag.
You know how humans evolved from fish? This guy is evolving back into a fish. Full circle! 

So evolution theory and biology apart, I was talking to a friend on IM on this very topic. When we reach the part of the lactic acid, this is what he had to say....
In his defense I have to say, 'What?? He's a guy!'

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Olympics: Didja know?

The word "gymnasium" comes from the Greek root "gymnos" meaning nude; the literal meaning of "gymnasium" is "school for naked exercise." Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the nude.

It'll be difficult for male gymnast with long 'shlongs' to do some of the routines they do today ..... so I think they should keep on their clothing. Imagine their 'shlongs' hitting them in the face while spinning around the pole. Or either that male gymnast will need to have very 'moderate' shlongs....

But who would like to see this, but in the nude? Please raise your hand?

What? I'm a guy!! *end of random thought*

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore

After a scrumptious meal at the famous Bangalore MTR(more about this in my upcoming post), it is only natural that I want to take a walk to shed off the calories and keep my o-so-ever-growing figure from further expanding. Yes, age does take it's toll. :P

So luckily enough, just 5 minutes away is Bangalore's famous Lalbagh Botanical gardens. You can find out more about Lal Bagh here.

So besides walking, I tried my hand at some amateur photography. And to my luck, because India's Independence day is just 6 days away there was a huge display of flowers being displayed at the green house.
At the Entrance....

You can see people selling snacks......

Also there is Miss Justice herself.... Justice and love could be the same person, cause both of them are blind

Also this is the eighth dwarf named Scary that never appeared in Snow White

And if Pumba and Simba from the Lion King had sex, this is how their offspring would look like.

Along the way there are alot more beautiful flowers.....
Looks like an African Lily...

More flowers along the way, and I just went trigger happy....
That's enough flowers to last me for a very long time..... people with hay fever, stay away.

So we made our way to the green house where the the exhibition was held.

First thing you see inside is a giant heart! I Heart Bangalore?

So colorful, so pretty..... I feel like a bee.... whoa, hold on a minute. Man Up!

Just an amazing display of colors and flowers around the green house. Where alot of ppl were taking pictures.

Both the Man and Lady had the same expression, thinking... 'Why the hell is this Chinese dude taking our picture?'
And I was thinking, 'Is that a bunny in the middle?'

Alot of daisies too, reminds me of daisy duke...

And of course, not forgetting, a Rose for you reading this.... :)

Ok, so as I was getting to the end of the endless display of flowers. I saw THIS displayed..... and it looks like a giant penis made out of flowers! ok, so it might look like a key, but with a one track mind like mine.... I just can't help it. What? I'm a man!
Could be Bill Clinton's. Please call Monica to verify. No, Hilary wouldn't know.... they'd probably not done it in ages.

But what really convinced me in the end that it has something to do with the human anatomy are the flowers that were displayed just next to this huge erm... ornament.
it's called Cocks Comb! OMG! It was a giant flower Penis that needs combing! and here are the combs for it!!!!

All in all, a fun day outside where the weather was awesome and the company was fun!