Monthly Archives: December 2007

Click to give books

Click on their advertisements and 100% of their income goes to buying and delivering books to children in need.

http://www.theliteracysite.com

How does the site work?
When you click on the “Click Here to Give – it’s FREE” button, your click is counted by our servers and you move to the Thank You page, where you will see small ads for our site sponsors. There is no charge to you; children’s books are fully paid for by these sponsors.

100% of sponsor advertising fees goes to our charitable partners.

Every click on the “Click Here to Give – it’s FREE” button results in funding raised for First Book and Room to Read. The more people who click, the more books are provided.

Or click on their FAQ if you are a skeptic like me. Or read about its parent company at Wikipedia. Sure, some fat executive is probably making tons of money from this, but maybe some less privileged kid is being helped in some way. It can’t be worse than the NKF scandal, and even then a lot of good came out of it. The money to pay the said fat executive is not even coming from those who click. So go ahead and click once a day.

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Waterproofing a Baby-G

You know G-Shock? Those armour-plated wrist watches by the Japanese company Casio? I love those metal watches. They have the aura of invincibility. They survived my NS training, living on my wrist 24/7 and I thought they would be immune to any abuse I put them through. Just what guys need.

Well I thought my Baby-G has drained off its battery a few weeks ago, which would be surprising in itself since my previous G-Shock’s battery lasted almost 10 years. I’m wearing a Baby-G instead of a G-Shock because I’m so skinny and I thought the only difference is that Baby-Gs have smaller faces. I didn’t expect Baby-Gs to be any less durable than their legendary siblings. Apparently I was mistaken. There was some water seepage that will cause the watch to go blank until I open it up, take out its battery and put it back in. This solves the problem until the next time it gets wet, and so is not acceptable.

Fortunately, Casio’s workshop is able to restore the waterproofing seal for just $5 and 15 minutes. That’s not something the garden variety watch retail stores are able to do. Here’s the address and operating hours in case you also need to get your watch fixed by the professionals.

Block 211 Henderson Industrial Park

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Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM (with staff on rotation during lunch hours so it is still manned)

That’s the building at Bukit Merah Central, opposite the office block that used to house HDB and is now known as Surbana.

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Shocking review of The Golden Compass

While surfing blogs with wordpress.com’s Tag Surfer, I stumbled onto this quote of a review of The Golden Compass. When I first saw the advertisement, I was thinking that this is just another fantasy story based on some book and I was not terribly interested since many of them turn out badly. This movie is supposed to be very well done and totally subversive and shockingly had a very anti-Christian agenda. I had no idea. Now that I know, I will want to watch it so that I can have an opinion if friends and colleagues talk about it. I don’t want to say the wrong thing.

You can read more here.

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Shit Happens

Normally, shit should happen everyday if you are healthy and eating properly. It should happen in a way that inconveniences you as little as possible. You know that it is really a very shitty situation if you have to come very close to it.

There are some bad things that can happen to a person who is shitting in the toilet. He can realise that the paper has run out, or the power can fail and leave him groping in darkness. Or he can drop his keys into the toilet bowl. Now which is worse?

In all my 30+ years, I have never dropped anything into the bowl. I must be getting old. After all, there are more chances for shit to happen to you when you have lived longer. Every additional day that you live is a new day for new shit to happen to you. There are some kinds of shit that you wish you will never live to see.

Shit is going to happen several times a day when the baby is born, and I’m going to have to deal with it when it happens. Just take this as a preview. Just do it. Disassociate and just deal with it. At least there are taps with running water all around, as much soap as I can use and none of the more kay-po colleagues visited the gents while I was washing the bunch of keys. Shit happens. One should be grateful for small blessings.

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