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At last, kudos to image that the playlist has once again regain its full functionality and usefulness ! Since the beginning of the year, Deezer has changed the playlist component that is almost unusable since it cannot play individual song and moreover many songs like Scorpions can no longer play due to disagreement with Universal Music company. In fact, this dilemma is highlighted in Deezer’s blog that mention the deal from respective music company forbids song to play outside France. Deezer team promises the case will be resolved and now after six months of patiently waiting, the fans’ prayers are been finally answered. Not only the playlist is back but every one of the songs in the playlist is playback with noticeably good performance, which apparently due to upgraded infrastructure. The music companies now officially allowed many of the popular songs to be playback in Deezer. The scope, breath and quality of songs (commerical song) are much wider than image (Imeem’s strength lies in user-uploaded song) and that is why I prefer Deezer as the first choice for song selection.

Even Deezer site is undergoing a facelift image

 

Yes, the music is back for good thank to Deezer and the music companies.

Long live internet music !

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Scenery from Pandan Reservoir

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Sometimes a walk in the Reservoir is a invigorating experience. The tranquility and simplicity of the place is a good way to escape from the hectic and busy life in Singapore. I just like visiting Pandan Reservoir because the vast view of clean sparkling water is relaxing and revitalizing. What can be more enjoyable than to walk in the 6km reservoir under the sun while breezing by the cool wind. Oh, it is a good way to make a lobster out of yourself too.

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Back in 2001 just two weeks before the 911 event, I made a tour to USA along with four friends. That was my first time in USA and I had a fantastic experience touring the country in a four-wheel -drive car. It is around 11 days tour in US with 3 days on flight. It is something very nostalgic as it is a different kind of environment that is a stark contrast with Singapore. USA is indeed a very beautiful and wonderful country. The fact that I grew up in Singapore where politics are stymied and oppressive to the point that citizens are made believe that Singapore is the best in the world can offer with, and meritocracy and having stellar academic result are keys to flourish in the tiny small state, but only when I get to travel in a country of freedom and nature that I begin to see that there is more life than economic growth and materialistic possession, and change my perception of what I want to do in life. Should I squander my whole life worrying for my own rice bowl to survive in the pragmatic and harsh environment of Singapore, or should I  start doing the thing that I love to do irrespective of whatever outcome ? Okay, that’s another matter.

Anyway, this is my recollection of the tour in 2001. Our was a free-n-easy tour starting from the following route:

San Francisco => Monterey => Las Vegas => Los Angeles.

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There were some popular places along the way that I could not recall. And we took the Ocean Road.

That day I remember waking up in early morning at 3am and taking a taxi to Changi Airport image to await my flight to USA. I met the rest of my friends there and we waited for another hour or so before boarding the plane. It is around 19 hours of flight (If I recalled correctly( from Singapore to San Francisco with a transit in Japan through Narita Airport image where we stay another hour intriguing and fascinated by what we seen in Japanese airport. The Japanese are busy and polite people and scurrying like ant from one place to another.

After arriving in San Francisco airport image  in the morning around 10am, we saw a bunch of China tourists that had problems communicating with custom officers and it took us about 45 mins before we successfully checked out. We took a bus to a city where we got our car that we booked online. We were asked to choose the car from a multi-storey-car-park warehouse. Every of one is stunned because most of the cars had their gear on the steering wheel which we were not accustomed to. We finally choose a 4WD image (Yes, this was the car we used) Suzuki Vitara that suit us better with gear-change that resided beside the sit.  We placed our luggage at luggage compartment. The arrangement was three passengers at back seat and it really feel small. Eventually one of smaller one sit in the luggage compartment.

So off we set to find our hotel. The road was much wider and cars were travelling on average of 120km/hr. As we travelled, I admired the beautiful scenery of the place. It really look like Fairy Tales, so natural and gorgeous. After many round of detour, we finally found our hotel. We put our belonging and quickly off we went to explore the state. As we travelled, we exhaled the fresh cool air. The whole place was air-conditioned and we joked how much electricity bills we could save in a lifetime here. California was also a place where the dot.com fever start and end. Due to dot.com burst, there were a lot of vacant buildings on rent. One of few prominent I noticed was Excite or Lycos. Imagine the excitement of encountering those building that once so prominently featured in magazine. Very surreal indeed ! Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to see Oracle headquarter or any technological company due to lack of time, we did not explore vicinity of Silicon Valley. Much to my disappointment as I thought I could capture the vibrancy of Silicon Valley image on camcorder.

We visited the Intel Museumimage image  and found out a lot of interesting history and photo. A display shown a Pentium design and some multimedia on Intel’s technology. Cool stuff.

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image By now, everyone is excited by the coming event of Olympic where the world’s best athletes and sportsmen come together to compete for glory and pride not only for themselves, but most importantly for their nation. Although there are still three months to go, everyone begin to feel the heat that surround the majestic event that hold in Beijing, China image . The mainstream media and the Internet begin disseminate news and updates to create the momentum and anticipation for the once-every-four-years sport event. Not only is the Olympic a grand and important event for the sport participants, it is also mark a significant event for the lucky singer who is the chosen one to sing the main Olympic song. This marks not only the important history of his singing career but also signify that he is the winning Olympic singer choose among the very best contestants in terms of popularity and talent. Best of all, the Olympic song will be a classic that remember forever by the generations to come, which is the ultimate dream of every singer. Despite that, every singer that participate in the Olympic is a winner because it is the result of sacrifice, effort and talent of everyone of them that make the forthcoming Olympic a cherish-able and memorable event.  Moreover, there’s unlikely to be just one song that popular in Olympic but many of them.

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imagelikes to wish everyone HiroBillyPuppy dog eyesPigCowMonkeyChickenBug

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A Prosperous & Happy New Year 2008image.

Remember Dancingto always stay positive and optimistic image because of :

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Review

image Following the free-shooting style of the phenomenal success of Blair Witch Project which costs a paltry US$22,000 to make, the US$30 millions production, Cloverfield, seeks to capitalize and repeat the success of Blair Witch Project with more dazzling special effects. In other words, what the precursor does for urban legend, Cloverfield does for freaking Godzilla-like monster running amok, only this time with unfortunate catastrophic result Angry. The result does not refer to record-breaking millions that it has earned so far but the long term impression of such style of filming.

 

imageJust like what happens to the statue in the movie, I feel like losing my ‘head’ and almost suffer a migraine after watching the movie halfway Frustrated because I am somehow allergic to motion sickness image .

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Modern day gladiator

The Boxers imageare considered the modern day gladiator image. Unlike their historic counterparts, even though they do not use physical dangerous weapon image  to fight to their death till the last man standing, their hand as a weapon is just as lethal even with the protective glove that suppose to minimise damage.

Many boxers tend to suffer from permanent brain damages that cause malfunction to behave as normal person, and may even resulting in unpredictable temperament or violent demeanour that could cause harm to their closest kin. The recent shocking homicide in  by the famous wrestler, Chris Beniot image, that massacred his own family image before suicide was discovered to be caused by recurring brain damages that inflicted through his brutal wrestling matches image.

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Resolution 2008

This the second day of the new year and here I am starting to write about this year resolution. This year is definitely not another trivial year. Rather I consider this a very significant year and is a turning point that determines what I intend to do for the next few years.

There are two major objectives that I want to achieved before the next eye-boggling fireworks show image .

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image I hardly can imagine myself on board of all these ships travelling on the adverse,  stormy and rowdy sea ! The wave even rise as high as 15 metres which enough to scare the wits out of every mortal soul.

These are real occurrences not some million-dollars special effect production from Hollywood.

These really reminds me of the movie Perfect Storm where a ship is up against some of the most fearsome and cruel storm ever in history of natural disaster.

Let’s see if you can still fly imagein these ships !

The followings are some of the best footages captured on the deadly sea.

 

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Fireworks show is a standard and most expensive way to celebrate the start of a new year. Those gorgeous sight of colourful fireworks with different pattern and position is just simply amazing and beautiful.  I have consolidated some of the best fireworks video from various countries celebrating new year. More will be forthcoming as soon as it available from YouTube.

Video of Fireworks from countries:

Eastern countries

Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, China

Western countries

Australia, USA, London, New Zealand

 

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