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Friday, March 31, 2006
V-alliteration speech -vwv

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

Great movie!

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Hey i was right! If you check out the wikipedia entry for the movie,, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 was used during WWII as a victory callsign, before of its morse code reference. And also...the symbol of the Norsefire party is the Cross of Lorraine, France's counter symbol to Germany's Swastika during WWII. I knew it had some significance!
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Sungei Buloh -vvv

I went to Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve yesterday with Jiangzheng. It was only then did I remember the horror that are mosquitoes there. The only good thing about Sungei Buloh mosquitoes is that they are very, very slow.

I didn't take many photos, since I didn't see many things. I couldn't find the Heron nesting area that I was looking for either. And most of the pictures are not yet developed, so I only have this to show.

Now, isn't that a beautiful shot of some random leaves and branches? Okay, the subject was actually a red crowned bird but unfortunately, I have not yet loaded my SLR and set up my tripod. Worst of all, I was being engulfed in a dense swarm of mosquitoes; I had to get out real quick! So I just used the digital camera instead. Here's a cropped picture so you can see the bird more clearly.

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You need my camera... 10x zoom!! HAHA!!
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Well, I brought the 300mm lens, which is at least as powerful. Too bad haven't load the film yet.
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Monday, March 27, 2006
Asking for directions -vvw

I read an article in today's Life! about why men don't ask for directions. According to the author, it's not an ego thing but rather the desire to accomplish the challenge of finding his own way to the destination.

I don't know about other people but I sure am one of those who don't like to ask for directions. I have never really thought about the cause of it but I think this guy's reason is one of the major factors for me. The other major factor would probably be my aversion to interacting with strangers. I also happen to trust maps more than a random guy in the street.

Traveling wouldn't be much fun without such challenges. Indeed, many of my memorable moments on road trips are of the times when navigating was difficult. For example, when we had to drive to an obscure factory outlet with nothing more than a hand drawn souvenir map that was not-to-scale.

Then there was my favourite navigation moment in Australia when we had to drive through a town and onto the highway. We had no map of this town and no compass either. The only things we depended on was the knowledge that the highway exits the town on the northwest boundary, the Sun, my knowledge of astronomy and one small assumption, i.e. in a town built on relatively flat ground, a reasonably efficient road network would get us where we want to go if we just keep heading in that direction. The assumption turned out correct and we hit the highway without making any unnecessary turns. We could have stopped and asked someone but then there would no longer be any suspense.

Of course there are times when it is better to just ask. On the same trip, after leaving the highway, we drove along a long narrow road with hardly any road signs. It was getting quite dark and we decided it would be best to verify that we are where we think we are. So we asked a kind shopkeeper who told us the directions. Apparently, we were still on the correct road. I was glad we asked though. We might have started to doubt ourselves and strayed from our original course.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006
New things I noticed about animals -vwv

Some days ago, our cat was sleeping with one of its eyes open, so I took a closer look and to my amazement, the pupil was totally closed! Not even a tiny slit lor!

Then today, I was looking out the kitchen window, I saw an oriole chase a crow twice its size! Maybe the oriole was defending something, I don't know, but this is the first time I've seen a crow being chased by a smaller bird.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006
Bad Bad Monday -vvv

Monday was bad. I was feeling nauseous and weak the whole day. And at the end of the day, I vomited everything I ate that day. I could even see bits of chicken and all the vegetable from dinner, which is saying a lot about my digestive system because everyone who knows me knows how I like to chew my food into a fine paste before swallowing. Throwing up is not fun. It's been more than a decade since I last did it. It felt like having muscle cramps in my oesophagus.

And the worst part of it all? I was COS.

Thanks Len Chow, for kindly taking over my duty in the evening, otherwise you might have dried vomit on your favourite chair in the office. Although I felt better the next morning, I still had to postpone my employment brief at DSTA. My stomach seemed to have either shrunk or worked less efficiently now. I can not eat my usual amount without feeling nauseous or bloated.

My mother was also feeling unwell on Monday but I don't think she had it as bad. I wonder if it's related. Maybe it's just the cookhouse food. I'm just glad it wasn't fever. I would hate to have suffered any permanent brain damage.

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Sunday, March 05, 2006
Podcasts -vwv

I've only discovered podcasts recently, although I've heard about them for a long time now. Podcasts are really neat. Unfortunately, I have not found many podcasts that can keep me interested for long. So far, I only got two on my iPod that I watch/listen regularly.

This is essentially a video game review show. The reviews are hilarious, especially for games that are bad. Everyone who doesn't hate video games should watch this.

Slacker Astronomy
This is an audio podcast for the extremely few people who thinks that astronomy is more than identifying constellations in the sky or a way of impressing girls. I really like this show; they present the materials in an easily digestible manner and yet does not insult my intelligence. The show covers a wide variety of topics including novas, comets, satellite dwarf galaxies, etc. (these are the recent topics because I only started subscribing recently).

Hey, if anyone knows of any other interesting podcasts, be sure to tell me about it.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Just as I feared... -vvv

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Hahahaha... just as mom feared too...
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