Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ghostly Presence

Ghosts, Demons, Devils and the like. Do they really exists?

I have my so called encounter with the supernaturals before, although all the time the encounters are quite vague with no definite visual encounter but more to the spiritual side.

People are fascinated and intrigued by the supernaturals, at least I am. Growing up in a multiracial environments means that I am exposed to the supernaturals of different cultures. Ghosts of different races yo.

Now, that got me thinking. If there are ghosts of different races, then there should be ghosts of different religions. Correct? If so, then what if there is this exorcist who uses the Christian way of repelling ghosts but it so happened that the ghost is a Muslim ghost or even a Buddhist ghost. What will happen then? The ghosts laugh back at the exorcists?

And that leads me to more thinking. Since there are many religions in this world and each religion states that those who doesn't believe or have faith will burn in the fiery fires of HELL. Then, that means all of us are going to HELL anyway. For the fact that, the non-Christians goes to Christian Hell, the non-Muslim goes to Muslim Hell, and so forth. In the end everyone sure goes to HELL. Correct????
(It's a joke, don't start preaching on me now. Bless you)

Coming back to the focus of this post. I know I have diverted for a while there. The typical ghost story would revolve around someone died then that someone comes back and haunt the place where they died. Then there are stories of ghosts killing people who trespass their "territory". Since if ghosts are spirits of people murdered or died because of some bad people then why kill the innocent. If the ghosts are THAT powerful then go find those who do you wrong. Haunt the place for what.

Maybe that is why at certain places when people takes photograph, at times they capture the supernaturals/spirits. That my dear Watson is the focus of this post. Ghostly Presence.

Been googling around for ghost in photographs and found some. Is it authentic or edited? The followings are some pictures that I think are fake.
(credit to the author whosoever you are)


Same Ghosts?

Photoshopped?

The followings might be just authentic. After the pictures, there will be a picture that is taken by yours truly which might also shows something supernatural.
(Suddenly I feel a sudden chill and got goosebumps all over when I posted the pictures. Darn. Spiritual sense? Me spidey sense must be working extra hours today)

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Now for the grand finale of this post. The picture taken by yours truly. Only watermarked and not edited in any way whatsoever.

Before that a little bit of the story that has been circulating around from a friend of a friend of a friend. At the room where the picture is taken, there is this story of a girl who died while playing online games. She played with her friends together in the room for 7 days and 7 nights straight. She was discovered lifeless with her hands glued to the mouse after the gaming spree by her friends.

Ever since that fateful incident, at times during the silence of the night. The furious clicking sound of the mouse can be heard. There are several claim by different parties that they can actually see vague apparitions at certain times.

Nothing beats the story where it is said that the spirit of that girl appears smiling in a photograph taken when a group of four friends plays online game together and took a picture in that room.

Four brave friends of mine wanted to test the so called true story hence we tested it. Four people played online game for hours and when they are done, they pose for a picture taken by yours truly. When we see the picture taken, to our horror, we saw a blurred apparitions of a girl smiling at the back. See for yourself.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hello Panda

Went to Choice Daily and saw Hello Panda. Suddenly felt the urge to buy and eat of course as it has been quite sometime since I last tasted Hello Panda.

What is Hello Panda? It is not a Panda saying hello but a type of Japanese biscuits which apparently is quite popular. Manufactured by Meiji Seiko, each biscuit/cookie is filled with fillings such as milk/vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. (The 3 fillings that I tried before).


Milk Filling (Rm3.50)

Chocolate Filling (Rm3.50)


Printed on the biscuits are cartoon panda, of which you might be able to guess where the name comes from. Have a look yourself from the pictures.

Panda Cartoon on biscuit


The milk and chocolate fillings that I had is pleasantly tasty and there is no oily after taste like some other biscuits. Makes a great snack with the finger sized biscuits. The only problem would be that one packet is definitely not enough as there are only a handful of the biscuits in one packet.

The Fillings

I noticed that there is a hole in every biscuit.
(The followings is what I think why is there a hole in every biscuit. It may be true or it may not be true.)
**Suppose that is how they inject the fillings into the biscuit. Might be that at first, the biscuits are called Panda but it is not that well received/sold hence they thought of giving it some fillings. In the process of testing the filling, they just inject the fillings in one of the biscuit and instantly say "HELLO PANDA" to define the newly acquired taste. Wanting to maintain the taste, from then onwards the biscuits are manufactured exactly like how it is discovered- By injecting fillings into the biscuits.**

Notice the hole?


The biscuits itself is quite sweet so eating too much would not be that good. Other than that, once in a while when the urge kicks in, it would be alright I think. To hell with that, I will eat as much as I want to.
(That explains why my weight keeps on increasing)

Hmmm, seems like I am doing free advertisement but to share good thing is good MMMKAY.


There you have it. Hello Panda Biscuits/Cookies

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Turtle Invasion

Nope. This is not another post ranting about Streamyx.

This has something to do with my birthday.

One of the more interesting birthday gifts I receive is a pair of turtles. Yes, you heard it right. A pair of turtles. Who in their sane mind would give turtles as birthday present? Although turtles represent longevity for the chinese but turtles as birthday present? and especially for me who can't even rear goldfish properly. From the looks of it, they won't represent longevity any longer.
(In case you don't know, it is hard to fail at rearing goldfish but yours truly did it. Hurray. You get my point.)

Now to think of it. It is interesting to see how long they(the turtles) can last with me as its owner. Don't get me wrong. It's not that I don't like the present, I like all things that are given to me. The thing is that I know shits about taking care of turtles. There are a whole lot of things to consider in order to care for the turtles as pet. Alright, from here on, living creatures as present for me is a big NO NO.

Anyway, from googling I found out some info about the turtles which increases its survival percentage. Before I go in the details, lets see a picture of the turtles. There are two, one male and one female.
(If they are not dead by next month then they might even live to see their grandbabyturtles.)

And oh, I named the male as Streamyx and the female as Streamix. Yes, they are mine and I shall name them as I please.
(No deliberate reference to the a particular broadband service).

Meet Streamyx and Streamix


Common Name: Fly River Turtle

Other Common Names: Pig Nosed Turtle

Scientific Name: Carettochelys insculpta

Look carefully at the pictures and you will know why it is called pig-nosed turtle. Found out that the pig-nosed turtle are very aquatic and can be found in rivers, swamps, and the like. Omnivorous. Can grow up to 23 kg and as long as 22 inches.
(Looks like I need to build a pond or something IF I am successful in keeping them alive.)

Right, not to bore all of ya with the details. More pictures

Lonely, Hey turtle lonely~~~~


Oxygen....Oxygen


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And lastly, this is what happened if you give living creatures to yours truly as birthday present. Remember, no more living creatures for birthday presents after this.
(I don't want to open a pet shop or even a Zoo.)

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Still don't believe?
See the eyes closed and it's not moving
Another angle for ya.

(I should go into Guiness Book of Record for the Fastest Death of Pet)
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***Notes***
At first I panicked when the turtles does that. Closing eyes and lay motionless. A few pokes later proves that they are still alive. Hopefully they are just tired and fall asleep not dead. I don't want to go in Guiness Book of Record.

Friday, January 25, 2008

25

Twenty five years ago, today.

A cute chubby baby boy greets the new alien world with a cry. Confused and frightened with the new surroundings yet curious with the new alien world which is so different and strange compared to the little world in his mother's womb.

During the process of growing up, going through life, that baby boy experiences and learns a lot of things. Some good and some bad. Nothing is perfect, so he learned. However, through imperfection, at times one can truly understand the meaning of life of which he is still too green to really understand what life is really about. What exactly is LIFE? Why is there LIFE? Lots of questions left unanswered.

Then he began to blog and thus YOU are now reading HIS blog.

Which in another words

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We, Foochows would normally eat "SO MIEN" aka Longevity Noodle on birthdays and also during the first day of Chinese New Year. Suppose to bless with longevity perhaps. Anyway, since yours truly am a Foochow so naturally he will eat "SO MIEN" on his birthday.

What exactly is "SO MIEN"? Well, it is some kind of thin noodle boiled and mixed with chicken soup not forgetting a boiled egg to complete the "SO MIEN". See for yourself.

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Now, what is a birthday without a cake. For birthdays, it seems that cake is an important element. So, presenting my birthday cake. Chocolate Cheese Cometh Birthday Cake.
(added the Cometh Birthday part myself. Originally it is just Chocolate Cheese Cake. But why settle for such common name right?)

Chocolate Cheese Cometh Birthday Cake
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(count the candles if don't believe)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tortoise Streamyx

Since last few days, Streamyx has been very very slow to the point it is practically crawling trying its best for data transmission. I am beginning to have the 56K modem feel like way back then. No, it is even slower than 56K. Imagine that.

In my frustrating and waiting for the pages to load, yours truly fire up Photoshop and created a simple banner. They might as well include it in their promotion campaigns to compliment their "On Best Effort Basis" policy.

Here, have a look. Don't you think they should get a tortoise as their official mascot? That would be swell.
(Oh ya, the tortoise picture is taken from google image. NOT illustrated by yours truly. Did some modifications to it though.)


So, Streamyx. I know that the best-effort-thing stands but at least provide a decent connection. And to think I am actually thinking of upgrading to 1mb after the call from you guys. The upgrade to 1mb line with just an addition of rm11 per month. Yeah, right.

Then again, don't tell me this is some kind of conspiracy to force people to upgrade to 1mb? If it is, then it is a pretty lame attempt. Anyway, I am hoping it is just some "upgrading" exercise like what they always says. Get on with it and give me back my speed ASAP. Thank You Very Much.

There, the end of my ramblings.

And oh, anyone else from Malaysia experiencing tortoise slow Streamyx?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Public Blowjob

Exactly like what the title says. Blowjob in the public and in broad daylight some more.

The sheer courage and excitement involved must be overwhelming. They even act nonchalantly and pose for the camera.

Yes, you heard it right. There are pictures for you bunch of horny curious people.

There is a total of 3 pictures for show.

***Note***
Those who are easily offended by public display of affection are advised to proceed no further. Thank You.


Anxious to see the pictures?

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Yep, there you have it. A blowjob in the public by primates.

Sekian, Terima Kasih.

(That is it, Thank You)

***Note***
The pictures are NOT taken by yours truly. Got it from email, thus unable to credit for the pictures.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

DOTA Allstars Latest AI Map

***Latest map update***
The latest non-AI would be DotA Allstars v6.59c and the AI would be DotA Allstars v6.59 AIPlus 1.52 Rev 1 download-able at the end of this post.


DOTA stands for Defense Of The Ancients which is a game widely played all over the world. It is not exactly a game by its own as it is only a map to be played on Warcraft 3- Frozen Throne.

Warcraft 3 - Frozen Throne


However, DOTA players claim it as an obsession, a must, and to the extreme until it is considered a religion with individuals worshiping their own choice of heroes as GOD manifest. (as I said, the extreme cases)

Oh yes, I can imagine how the prayers will be like. Oh, Yunero. Grant us your agility and your healing ability. Deliver us from the NOOBS with your ever powerful Omnislash. In Yunero we pray.

Or even, Oh (insert your choice of hero here), Bless us this mighty fine morning with your (insert your choice of heroes skills/spells) so that we can be productive and become a PRO in our work hence showing MONSTER KILL performance and getting GODLIKE results. In (insert your choice of hero here), we pray. Oh yeah, definitely something like that.

Anyway, I used to play DOTA a lot during my university years and stop playing for quite some time already. Only recently, suddenly I felt the urge to play again. (once in while that is). So, what a busy mid-twenties need to do in order to play the game? Get a DOTA Allstars AI map of course and play whenever there is time.

For those who don't know, you can play with computer controlled heroes whenever you want with AI maps. AI is Artificial Intelligence in case you don't know.


To download the latest map, please click the following links:
(I think the followings are the latest maps. Hope so.)


There, done.

ENJOY.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Nikon D40 vs Canon 350D

***Note**
My trusty old Canon Powershot A70 is in the "camera hospital" again. Notice the again? Yep, the A70 has been in the "camera hospital" for a few times already and every time is because of the same problem. If I am not mistaken, the term for it is the Image Phenomena Due To CCD Malfunction which caused distortion, blank LCD and unable to power on just to name a few. Seems that it is caused during the manufacturing which explains that so far it is repaired at no cost. It is very irritating that the same problem always happen and I have to go to the service center over and over again, however the Canon customer service so far is good except for the keep on repairing part of course. That is why am trying to get a DSLR.

Yours truly am considering two brands of DSLR camera. The Nikon D40 and the Canon 350D for the fact that the two DSLR are within budget. Doesn't have the two DSLR so can't really make a comparison. Yes, budget does matter.


Wondering whether my old trusty Canon Powershot A70 can be traded in or not. If it can be done, then I will definitely go for the Canon 350D as it will be cheaper. Yeah, I wish. Hopefully this time around when my A70 is repaired it won't have the same problem again. If not, I will have to keep on sending it in for repair which really annoys me.

Anyway, back to the topic. Which one would be a better choice? Nikon D40 or Canon 350D? At the moment, I am leaning towards Nikon D40 because of the experiences I had with Canon.

Another problem is that I heard that there are no more stocks left for Nikon D40 and Canon 350D in Kuching. Phased out already perhaps. If that is the case, then looks like I will be not be getting any DSLR anytime soon.

So, the question now is Nikon D40 or Canon 350D? Any owners of the two mentioned cameras want to give comments? suggestions?

In your opinion, which one would be the better choice?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

2008 Chinese Horoscope/Zodiac Feng Shui

***Warning***
Considerable long post ahead. Proceed if you are not scared of being bored to death.

2008 Chinese New Year starts on the 7th and in Malaysia the public holiday will be on the 7th and 8th of February 2008. Refer to 2008 Malaysia Public Holidays for other public holidays. Better plan ahead for your holidays to avoid any last minute rushing.

Anyway, for the 2008 Chinese New Year, yours truly found some Feng Shui that is based on the 12 animals zodiac. To know more about the story/legend on how the 12 animals are selected as the zodiacs, read the Chinese Horoscope/Zodiac.

What is Feng Shui? Direct translation would be Wind Water. In Chinese culture, gentle wind and clear water have always been linked with good harvest and good health. So, good Feng Shui is well, good and bad Feng Shui is of course bad and should be avoided.

Feng Shui or "Fung Shway" as the Ang Mohs would pronounce it, is actually an ancient art developed in ancient China that teaches the way to balance the energies (chi) in the environment to ensure good health, wealth and good fortune for people who practice it. Well, will not go in depth on Feng Shui as the focus is on the Chinese Horoscope/Zodiac Feng Shui.

So, if you read the Chinese Horoscope/Zodiac. You will know that there are 12 animals chosen as zodiacs. It is said that one's fortune and personality is based on the zodiac and thus Feng Shui will also use the zodiacs as reference.

***Note***
The followings are taken from an email sent to me. I don't know who is the original author thus unable to credit the author.
I also wish to emphasize that the following Feng Shui might not be true and that there are studies done to test the accuracy of the Feng Shui technique as a whole but have not been 100% proved.
However, I do believe the science part and rationale of Feng Shui ultimately is for creation of harmonious environment.

Alright, that clarification done. Lets start with the Rat. This is the year of the Rat in case you are still in the blur.
(Be sure to check out the last section for the extra bonus tips for the Rat)


RAT
1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

Changes! Changes and Changes! For better or worse….read on..!
You will face changes in all aspect of life (residential, relationship as well as career).
In general, if you are born in between May 5 th till August 8th, you will have many to cheer about (improve in financial standing as well as authority, hey! you might get promoted, congratulation), for others, you need to face tough and rough path but having said that this is not the end of the world, you need to be more mobile or in constant move in order for you to fence off unwarranted circumstance.

This is a year that requires emotional management (high EQ) more than facing financial difficulty. Be cautions when dealing with heavy duty stuff or rough sports, your arms and legs will get hurt easily.



1936 Rat will involve in investment one way or the other, but remember in favor for those winter born person and watch out summer born person, you will have big surprises. Conduct regular health check, well, you already 72 years old, logic tells us that you need to watch your diet.

1948 Rat will have the biggest emotional upswing in life. Unresolved issues from day one will drag till the end of the year. Seek advice and do talk to others about your problems, two heads are better than one. Status quo or standing still will only make your life unhappy. This is also a year to really look into your family matters and is time to get serious about solving such issues.

1960 Rat
is in the middle of crossroad. No one really appreciate what you do and you will give up easily. Hang on and keep hanging on, since wonderful stars are at your favor. You can have new experience but a slow one this year if you decided to have changes. This middle age crisis will lingers on for some time, but like I said you have wonderful stars to take good care of you for this year.


1972 Rat will have trouble will relationship and authority if you are born in winter season. Congratulation for those who born in summer, you will welcome nice new boss and your confident level is at best. But beware of your parent that might involve in litigation matters.

1984 Rat continue to perform well and enjoy a better standard of living but relationship comes and goes. A year of marriage or breakup? You tell me. Be nice to your dad!

1996 Rat will face problematic issues at school or face authority matters. You might need your family to see your school teacher more than last year. Hang on there and relax. Be good to your parents.


OX
1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997


Rather monotonous year for you, things are rather dull and not interesting since the beginning of the year. Nevertheless, you will meet new friends or new associates that are easy to come by. This is due to the fact that your stars are stable and unexcited this year. You might involve in charity or volunteer works more than usual for this year.

This is also the occasion for you to meet new friends and past your time. Spend more time with new friends or associates, you might get surprises. Skin sensitivities and stomach related sicknesses throughout the year, do not worry you not gonna die that easily, just watch what you eat.


1937 Ox was really busy last year and it is time to settle down. Yes, sit still and relax. Try not to invest because not a good investment year for you. Get rid of old stuff and get yourself busy around your house and backyard. Clean and clear up your garage for god sake!

1949 Ox is busy, busy and busy. Watch your diet or face the above sicknesses as described. You have excuses not to see your mom, make it an effort, please, your excuse is a lousy one Just a call will make her happy. Just because your have more to in-charge does not mean that you will do well.

1961 Ox thinks that this is layback year, well, think again, even you have a monotonous year does not mean that you will not have new things in life. Your income will improve but your saving is not, because you will overspend and have lousy budget management this year.

1973 Ox will have a fruitful year and thinking of study again. Good idea! But beware of some litigations complication for those winter born person. Summer person should be more aggressive because you will get more in returns.

1985 Ox will be competitive in all aspects of life. At the end of the year you will be happy about your savings. This is a year that you will take charge of things and your leadership skill will put to practice and you know that your pro-activeness will pay.

1997 Ox is a lazy one! Do not day dream, I repeat do not day dream! A year of over-dependency. Be nice to your parents.


TIGER
1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986,1998

A year of constant travel! This is a year of changes in residential and office workplace. For those who work at home, you will move your office from one room to another and then another. Like it or not, you will move and move and move until you fell dizzy and by the time you know it that probably the end of the year.

Your boss will ask you to work elsewhere, take it and learn to enjoy it because you do not have a choice. Last year short lived glory is past and move on to venture whole new experience and you will find contentment this year not because of what you get but how you feel about things in life.

1938 Tiger is excited about changes in life, yes, you got to travel and learn new things again. You will meet more new friends or associates. But watch you diet and health.

1950 Tiger
is lethargic this year. Get yourself into action again, wear new cloth and change your hairstyle. Your new image will bring surprises in life.

1962 Tiger
will experience complication in litigation related matters. Be more attentive when signing contract or engage in new venture. Travel to places that you never been before and you will seek new things in life.

1974 Tiger
will be rewarded handsomely especially if you are a summer born person. Your new image in life will be noticed and that boost to increase your confident level as well as morale.

1986 Tiger
will relocate to somewhere else. Move your desk, change your usual hang out area and you will find new environment that in your favor or at least your morale will improve. Listen carefully to your mum and dad.

1998 Tiger
will have the opportunity to meet new friends and experience new venture in all aspect of life. Be polite to elders and you will learn new things from them. Be good to your parents.


RABBIT
1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

A year full of social events and activities. New relationship will emerge! A year of possible marriage ! A year of new romance! A female superior will do you good more than harm for you. Female dominated environment!

1939 Rabbit is again trying to make noise that can be heard by community. Your social standing stands out as you make the effort to socialize more often. Going out to explore and experience new things will be your call for this year.

1951 Rabbit will improve financial standing and seeking new investment ideas. This can be done by partnerships. Make sure to examine all aspect of risks and do not undermine the volatility of market conditions.

1963 Rabbit is going to change job or superior, again? Yes again for this year. Your income improves but not your savings. Well plan ahead your budget before it gets worse.

1975 Rabbit
will enjoy a busy year full of extra workloads. A year of unsolved problems at hand. Work, work and work. More work but income stays the same. For those not working, you still need to work, work and work probably at home.

1987 Rabbit
is having a nervous breakdown due to new environment and unexpected workloads. Keep hanging on and you will see the light soon. Be good to your parents.

1999 Rabbit
will be noticed at school by peers or teachers, but do not get carried away. Be humble instead. Learn how to 'learn' and walk your talk. Do not to corky! Be nice to your mother.


DRAGON
1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

A year full of planning, organizing but lousy executions! Marriage requires tactful attention because temptation might lead you to make life time mistake. Examine your actions and thoughts. A year of socializing and making new friends.

1940 Dragon
will require a boost in energy level; you are lethargic as well as lazy! Beware of skin sensitivity and stomach ulcer. You also might get food poisoning easily.

1952 Dragon
will probably experience litigation complication. Make sure you ask second opinion when signing a contact. Read the terms and conditions well before making commitment. A year of high possibility of change in residential or migration to other state.

1964 Dragon
becomes closer to your mother this year or at least you have dinner with your mum more than usual. Grievances and differences with siblings are obvious this year. Change your paradigm in regards to how you perceive your siblings, hey, they are adults already.

1976 Dragon
is prepare to study again or thinking of investment. You might loss everything if you are careless. Also, make sure you budget your time well this year. Be nice to your parents.

1988 Dragon
becomes very busy this year. From study, extra curriculum, sports to socials events, you will be really tired handling them. Make time to relax and enjoy sitting down. Listen to your dad!


SNAKE
1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001

A year of stability, guidance angel will lend a helping hand when you are in need. Walk your talk and you might be surprises!

1941 Snake will require a boost in energy level; you are lethargic as well as lazy! Beware of lung related sickness. Unexcited year for you.

1953 Snake might face middle age crisis! Be your own boss or face the music from your boss?? Examine your strengths and weaknesses and seek second opinion before making your life time decision. Get a vacation and sabbatical when face with such dilemma. You will offend your family when too indulge in that situation.

1965 Snake will improve in financial standing and thus quality of living. You will involve in moon lighting and that is where your stress comes from. Never the less this is a contented year for you.

1977 Snake will still further study! Involve in creative ideas as well as new investment ideas. Relationship in a mess! Be tactful when handling such situation. Be nice to your mother.

1989 Snake has the talent to perform in arts and crafts. Present your case well and you will be rewarded. Study hard but play hard as well. Take time to listen to your folks.


HORSE
1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

An emotional roller coaster year, changes in residential, changes in relationship and changes in career, read on!! Overspent!

1942 Horse is full of energy and willing to give all out, but you are not young, man! Beware of traps and unwarranted grievances with family members and avoid unnecessarily spending. Watch your diet and listen to others' opinion. You might shift either your office or residential.

1954 Horse will have more power and authority over others. Your are in-charge but taxing. You must be very busy moving your office or residential. Take a vacation to relax and get away from the buys life.

1966 Horse will be busy moving offices and shifting residential but to find out that work is slow this year. Be tactful when come to handling your relationship. This is a very well contented and happy year. However please take time to relax and meet with old friends. Spend! Spend and spend!

1978 Horse will be in a struggling world for you since you are indecisive and you will lose out lots of opportunities. Listen to you parent's advice and seek second opinion when handling your relationship matters. No matter how worse the situation, there is always a solution.

1990 Horse seems to fell lazy and lay back. Move around and meet with friends and social more often. Spend more time, I mean quality time with your parent this year.


SHEEP
1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

Unnecessary office's grievances and unwarranted disputes among family members. Watch out your skin and stomach related problems. Relax and learn to breath, yes, learn the right way to breathe. Nevertheless, at the end, you will be guided by unseen forces to the right path. Problems that cannot be solved this year will cross over to next year, let it be.

1943 Sheep will not happy with current condition and thinking about changes in workplace. Never mind what others said about you. Live the life to fullest and let things solve by itself. Work things out with your spouse. Conduct regular health check and change your diet habit.

1955 Sheep will be happy with financial standing but can not add up well. Do your math right and you will get caught off guard by the figure. Change the way you handle your family matters and you will be amazed by the out come.

1967 Sheep will have high probability of temporary separation with spouse. It might be good idea so that both can think things through or might be only work assignment away from your spouse. Take time to examine both strengths and weaknesses. Make a trip to visit you mum more often this year. You might also get promoted this year.

1979 Sheep gets very busy this year. Busy for nothing! Can not accomplish what you intended to do. You are delegated with more authority this year and please make good use of that. Still cannot solve problems on your own. Talk to parents and good friends, you might shed some lights from them.

1991 Sheep is rather lazy this year. Get your butt moving and stop day dreaming. Be nice to your parents. .


MONKEY
1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

A year of harvesting! Morale esteem is at highest as well as confident level. A year of gathering, meeting new friends or associates. A year full of alarm and sudden news. Beware of sudden news from long lost friend.

1944 Monkey
is experiencing a sudden increase in wealth. A pool of monies is given to you for some reasons. Do not sit around instead get yourself busy again. Manage your relationship well this year.

1956 Monkey
is getting lazy again and not willing to go out. Be proactive because this year all of sudden more and more new friends will be surrounding you. Beware of extra-marital affair.

1968 Monkey
will not settle for status quo. You will go out and make a difference or at least you try to. Things will never be the same. Business ventures or projects keep your busy this year. Be tactful in handling relationship. Talk to your mum more this year.

1980 Monkey
will find things are easy to accomplish this year not for your effort but others. Work well with elderly people as they will help you to solve or iron out your wrinkles.

1992 Monkey
will be in-charge this year; school leader, captain class monitor and active in sports. This is a year for you to perform but make sure your listen to your parents, if you do not want any trouble. Be nice to your folks.


ROOSTER
1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

A year of seeking new romance, meeting new acquaintances or associates. This is a critical year for achieving next pinnacle of life, plan well and you will be rewarded handsomely. Do some charity and volunteer works!

1945 Rooster
will have the opportunity to meet with long lost friend and might get together more often since then. Differences between family's members will make you unhappy, take vacation and you will be fine after all. Avoid heavy investment and unnecessary spending.

1957 Rooster
will go back to investment environment or self study again, Avoid making critical decision alone and more often you will end up regretting it. Spend more time with family members and expect your social activities will be more this year.

1969 Rooster
finds him or herself in a busier environment this year. No time to sit and relax. You will be busy socializing and making new plans ahead. All of sudden, some old friends start calling and seeing you again. Think before you act to avoid making wrong decision.

1981 Rooster
finds relationship come to priority. Get married or not, well, you decide. Some might find him or her self in a cross road in deciding a career or relationship. Cherish what you have and do not indulge in materialistic world. Do not get involve in vice activities and be selective when come to choosing your friends.

1993 Rooster
will change study environment or teacher. Be nice to your parents and do not get carried away in school as you will excel in many aspects. Be selective when choosing friends.


DOG
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

A year of self-study, self examine and making progress in all aspects of life. Certain tough issues can not be solved immediately and require attentive and meticulous calculations. Tough time never last tough people do.

1934 Dog
requires serious attention with lower abdominal related health problems. Spend more time with spouse and appreciate each other for being together so long. Do travel when capable and make full use of quality time spend with family members.

1946 Dog
might think about investment of self study again. Last two years were not in good shape, this year is a relief. Be careful when dealing with heavy duty stuff because you will get hurt or prone to injury this year.

1958 Dog
will engage frequent social activities this year. Meeting long lost friends and making new friends every week in your life. Avoid heavy drinking habit. Spend quality time with family members and do not neglect them.

1970 Dog
finds this is a challenging year and with many events related to elderly people. Call your mum and let her hear your voice. Relax and take a vacation when feel like one. Stay away from office politics.

1982 Dog
faces keen competition at work. Be selective when come to selecting friends. Avoid confrontation at work especially with your superior. Accept whatever new assignment comes to you.

1994 Dog
needs to pay attention to emotional problem. It is an emotional upswing year and you need to work on your EQ. Listen to your folks more often. Do not shout back at your parents.


BOAR
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

A year of settling down, after last year roller coaster, it is time to get your act together and focus on your priority.

1935 Boar
all of sudden becomes very active again in all aspects of life. Be selective and cautions when come to sport. Spend more quality time with family members.

1947 Boar
might get a big relief after last year turmoil. But be careful when signing contract and ensure you read all terms and condition before committing to it. Like it or not you will get involve in office politics.

1959 Boar
is reaping the reward from last year hard-work. Kind of settling down as oppose to last year turmoil. You will find yourself more time to spend this year and without knowing you will overspend your budget. Invest in property? Think again!

1971 Boar
experienced last year hardship in lousy investment environment but this year thing will not be the same again. Things are tamer and full of hopes and lights. Plan well and you will be rewarded.

1983 Boar
finds him or her self settling down after last year relationship changes. Be preparing for new changes again this year in job environment. You might get promoted and take whatever new assignment that assigned to you.

1995 Boar
becomes less energetic and complacent. Be careful when selecting friends. Listen to your parent and walk your talk. Do not get carried away at school!


---Extra Bonus Section---

2008 Year of Rat

Wealth Guru Direction
East sector of direction is the wealth sector for the whole year of 2008.
Place red color items in this sector to ignite or invite these 'kind' energies to your house.

Compassionate Zodiacs
Roster/Rabbit/Ox
(Possible marriage, start new relationship or living together)

On the move Zodiacs
(incompatible)

Horse/Goat/Dragon/Dog
(Possible changes in residential, relationship and career emotional upswing)

2008 Places, locations and directions to avoid
Northwest-should avoid major renovation and drilling works
South-should avoid major renovation and drilling works
West-should avoid bedroom to be placed here
South-should avoid kitchen to be placed here


2008 Places, locations and directions to harness/travel
Southeast- celebration/relationship/pregnancy/promotion.
East-wealth and financial improvement
Northeast- improves your study and creativity.


***Note***
Again yours truly wish to emphasize that the extra mentioned tips for those who has the Rat zodiac might not be accurate. If you are into Feng Shui then you might want to consult a Feng Shui master

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hijack This

Recently yours truly encounter some problem with his computer and suspected some malware/virus might be at work. Tried those traditional methods such as scanning with anti virus and anti spyware but to no avail. Then found a software that is quite useful in detecting hidden malware.


Presenting Hijack This
(The Logo)



This is what you will see when you run Hijack This



Basically just click scan and you will be presented with a log of the processes running in your system and you can even delete suspicious processes that does not belong.

Of course you will need some understanding on the processes that normally run on your system.

A quick search at Uncle Google always gives you the answer to what each processes does.

From there you can detect the virus or malware that is running silently on your system and then terminate it.

It is worth a try if you are out of methods to test. And oh, it is free.

Download Hijack This at Merijn.org.
(Just click to download)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Photoshop Basics Tutorial Part 2- Layers

This is the continuation from the Photoshop Basics Tutorial Part 1.

This post will explain about the layer components in Photoshop and its functionalities. One can go to the extent to say that without layers, Photoshop is nothing.
(Yes, layers are THAT important)

Whenever you create a new file in Photoshop, you will see a layer named as Background.

By default the background layer is white, and any layers created after that are transparent. If you noticed, there is a padlock icon at the right of the layer. That indicates that the layer is locked for editing. To enable it for editing, just double click on the layer to unlock.


Before we continue, lets looks at the layer components.


Layer Opacity:
Changes the opacity of the current layer, 0-100%. 0% being transparent.

Blending Mode:
Blends the selected layer with layers below it. Different type of blending mode will yield different results. (more on this in future post)

Layer Visibility:
Indicates whether the layer is visible or not. The eye icon indicates that the layer is visible and an empty box indicates that the layer is hidden from view which means that layer will not be edited.

Layers:
As shown in the picture above, Layer 9 takes precedence of all the layers from 0-9. This means that all layers are stacked with Layer 9 on top, Layer 8 below it and so forth.

Linked Layers:
This is used to link two or more layers together. Chain icons will appear on the layer whenever the layers are linked/chained together.

Add Layer Styles:
This is used to apply various effects to the selected layer. Another method is to just right click on the layer itself and choose blending options. Yet another path that one can get the layer styles is to click on the Layer menu on top and click on Layer Style.

Add Layer Mask:
This is used to create a sub-layer that modifies the selected layer without permanently editing the selected layer. For example, by giving black color to a layer mask will makes the selected layer invisible and the layer beneath will be shown.

Create New Fill
This creates a layer that can give effects to the layers beneath/below. Another path to get the Fill/Adjustment Layer is by clicking on Image at the menu on top and Adjustments.

Create New Group:
This creates a folder which can be used to organize or group layers into specific categories/group.

Create New Layer:
This creates a new layer on top of the selected layer by clicking on it.

Delete Layer:
As with the name, this delete the selected layers.


There, done with the layer components. Before I end this tutorial, there is this one more about layers that one need to know in order to grasp the basics. The clipping layers.

Clipping Layers:
This is important as it can be applied in most of image manipulation which might prove useful. The clipping layers will actually affect the area of the image that is affected by the layer below. To use the clipping mask, you will need to have two layers then hold the ALT key and move the mouse cursor over the separating lines of the two layers in the layer box.

In case you are not clear yet. This is an example of clipping layer.

First have two layers. I choose to have a text typed as TESTING as the first layer and then a random picture as the second layer.

Then press the ALT key and move mouse cursor over the separating line between the two layers and you will see the icon like this:


After that, click on the separating lines and you will see that the layers will become something like this:


Voila, you have your clipping layer.


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

WD Scorpio WD1200BEVS

Went to Saberkas (The place to go in Kuching if you want to buy computer stuff) to buy 2.5-inch hard disk to be used as external hard disk to store my ever important data.
(Backups are very important, remember?)

Going to use that as my portable desktop (Virtual desktop-more on this in future post), so that I can bring around my data and keep it with me at all times. That is the reason I am buying notebook hard disk.

Anyway, at first I want to get the Samsung SATA 120GB hard disk but seems like there's no stock left. The reason I want Samsung is that I have a few Samsung Spinpoint hard disks and they have been functioning well so far and most importantly functions silently.

Finally after looking around, I bought WD Scorpio WD1200BEVS 120GB SATA for Rm215 at 3E. Why settle for Western Digital? Well, I want to give it a try since a friend of mine who is working at a company that produce chips for the WD hard disks very recommended WD hard disks. 3 years warranty and was told by 3E to just send back to them if there is anything wrong with the hard disk.

The WD Scorpio WD1200BEVS 120GB SATA transfers data at 1.5 Gb/s with 8 MB cache that spins at 5400 RPM (the only downside perhaps is that it is not 7200RPM). Upon use, found out that so far it is to my liking as it operates silently. Found out that it uses WhisperDrive™, ShockGuard™, and SecurePark™ technology which makes it silent, protected from shocks, and improved long term reliability and bla bla bla.

Done with the boring specifications, lets see picture of the Scorpio.


Next, an enclosure is needed to make into external drive. Any compatible enclosure will do.


After that put Scorpio into the enclosure.



And VOILA, there you have it.


SCORPIO

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Pheonix Scorpio