Two “Egg”traordinary

16 04 2011

Never count your chicken until the are hatched, so goes the old saying. I saw this on Yahoo today and thought it was really bizarre. Nature really is unpredictable.

I wonder if both the eggs would have hatched and how the chicks would have looked like. I guess we would never know now.

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Go Bo

28 12 2010

Robert ‘Bo’ Burnham. 20 year old rapper comedian who has been tagged as the next biggest thing in comedy and maybe Rap music. And he’s only 20! This year he was awarded “Act most likely to win a million quid” by the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

His act is probably more x-rated than my browser history, so be warned.





Economics

5 12 2010

Economics is a very confusing subject to me. As an engineer, my thought processes are rooted in logic. I see this trait in most of my colleagues too. i fail to understand how the money and shares markets work. How is it that a company does not have to make a profit but still see it’s shares skyrocket? How do you sell “futures”? Here is a video that demonstrates how crazy economics can be to the common person.

There is a lesson in that video you just saw. Sometimes because we are ignorant of the way things are, we are afraid to question the people who are running the show. When in fact they themselves have no idea what is going on.





Medan Team Building Trip

24 10 2010

I just got back in from my first trip to Indonesia. After months of planning, my colleagues and I went off on a “Team Building” holiday to Medan last Friday. With the exception of Jerome, the rest of us were supposed to board the earliest flight.

But unfortunately even before our flight departed our team “lost” it’s leader . . . .  temporarily. He was still in the queue at the gate when our aircraft pushed back from the terminal. One of our team members desperately called him saying “Where the %$&* are you? Our aircraft is pushing back!”. To which our super cool team leader nonchalantly answered “No… no… I am still in the queue at the gate, everyone is still here” Well, needless to say he was in the WRONG queue which he found out a little later. It was really hilarious. You see our Senior General Manager also happened to be onboard the same flight!  I don’t think he’ll ever live this one down.

Here are some pictures taken after we landed and checked in to the hotel.

With the help of a local contact, Jerome our “treasurer” and his “body guard” Aaron got all our cash converted to Indonesian Rupiahs. There were a few million Rupiahs on that table but in actual fact no more than a three or four thousand Malaysian Ringgit. That’s because you’ll get Rupiah 2870 for every Malaysian Ringgit.

Some of us thought we were instantly rich . . .

Hardeep the millionaire

Hardeep “Look Kavil, I am rich”. Well, we allowed Hardeep his visions of grandeur while we distributed the rest of the money before telling him the horrible truth hahaha!  Just joking.





RM700,000 for Broadband!

30 05 2010

While we are all complaining that broadband service charges in Malaysia are one of the most expensive in the region, this pensioner in Great Britain had a shock of her life when she asked British Telecom (BT) to quote her for providing internet broadband connection to her house. here is an excerpt from an article I read on Yahoo.

BT this week sank to a new low this week when it quoted a Welsh pensioner £150,000 to install broadband in her rural home near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

When she received the quote, the pensioner, Beverley McCartney, could have been forgiven for thinking that instead of helping her to join the information super-highway, BT was planning on building an actual highway to her home.

BT attempted to justify the charges, telling the BBC that “in very rare cases, additional charges need to be applied because of an exceptional amount of work required to the network in order to provide service”. It added that there it was working hard to find solutions for the “relatively few” areas of Wales still unable to access broadband.

Needless to say, Mrs McCartney – who stressed she did not live in the wilderness, or on top of a mountain – will not be taking BT up on their kind offer to fund £8,000 of the bill if she met the rest of the costs.

For the full article, just click here.

£150,000 translates to just over RM700,000 at today’s exchange rate! So our internet service providers are not too bad in comparison.  The complexity of  terms and their misuse, allows internet providers to market their product easily. My colleague had just recently subscribed to a wireless internet service package called 6G (don’t confuse yourself with 3G). At first he said he was getting superfast download speeds until sometime at the end of the month when his internet connection slowed down to a crawl. he asked me why this was the case. To his horror, I told him that his service provider neglected to tell him that the package he signed up for allows him to download only 6 Gigabytes of data at the advertised connection speeds. After the limit is exceeded his speed would be “throttled” down to a mere fraction of what he signed up for until the next month.

So before you sign up for any new package, ask all the pertinent questions and make sure the area where you live is guaranteed coverage otherwise the services might default to a lower speed that what you signed up for.





Little Cute Drummer Boy

17 05 2010

A few days ago I posted a blog about a very talented pianist in the United States Of America. And today I am amazed of the talents found in my own backyard. I found this on the net today. This young boy is hardly out of his diapers, much less toilet trained! I give to you Howard Wong. Apparently this video was shot in a shopping mall somewhere in Penang! Check out how he drops one of his drumstick at 2.30 minutes and manages to great save witha cheeky smile.

I just love all his facial expressions. What showmanship and he’s only 3 years old. Yup, that’s right, Howard is only THREE. A real pro in the making. Let’s just hope the politicians and so called ‘do gooders’ keep their hands off of him.





Saved by his ears

6 05 2010

Could your ears hold you up?  Well apparently, one boy’s ears stood up rather well for him and saved his life! And itt’s not often that an organ of yours does so. I mean how many of us could honestly say, “My little pinky saved my life’ ?

When his grandfather left Ming Ming sleeping alone at home while he went on a short errand, the 6 year old boy woke up and somehow fell out the window of his apartment. But a metal grill, commonly seen attached to the outside  of apartments in China (and Hong Kong where I used to work), arrested his fall. Ming Ming’s head was literally an ear too wide to make it through the metal grills protecting the window of the aprtment. Otherwise he would have fallen to a certain death.

I’ll bet that most of those who read this would try pushing up on thier ears to test thier strengh! Don’t be shy, I did it. hahahaha!