23 May 2010

Internet and Mental Health

I found this fascinating quote today:
I have noted in Singapore that there is a tendency to shy away from direct engagement with strangers and to retreat behind a mobile screen and a set of headphones.The Digital Consultant, May 2010
Picture's taken from here.

I feel this, and somehow started to follow the stream, became introvert and solitary. Help?

21 May 2010

Dalle!


PITBULL
Originally uploaded by lamcproductions
I've been listening to Pitbull since I watched Fast and Furious 4 movie last year. The soundtracks are full of his songs: Blanco, Krazy, etc. Few months later he released his new album, it's also enjoyable! How can we not dance when hearing I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) and Room Service?! No wonder when I heard he's coming to Jakarta this May, I was excited and disappointed at the same time. The concert was held in the middle of the week, I could not take day off to fly to Jakarta from Singapore only to watch Pitbull. Why wasn't he coming to Singapore?! That's when I realized, maybe he IS planning to stop by Singapore as well.

I googled and found an unfamous site stated Pitbull is coming to Jakarta and (yay!) Singapore this May, but no other details about the Singapore one. I guess people in Singapore are less maniac about this Doggy than Jakarta people. Tickets were already sold out in Jakarta, while here's no any news how to buy the tickets yet. The publication was not so big here.

Well anyway, I watched it last Tuesday! It was 1 week after the concert in Jakarta (you could see the review in Andhari's blog, haha IN YOUR FACE! You know what, I also read so many bad words about Pitbull on my Twitter timeline. For those who don't know about Pitbull, you're really not happening, guys!). Opening act was by DJ Inquisitive, the one who also performed on Lady Gaga's concert and City Alive! There must be only few DJs in Singapore.

The show started at 8 PM, but Pitbull finally came out around 9.30 PM (I heard a lot of voice "come on, I have to work tomorrow!"). It was so fun, even though I could not sing along the songs which mostly in Spanish. There's one song I never heard before, Pitbull asked us to say it out loud: Watagatapitusberry (I didn't know how to pronounce it at that time). There was a latino couple behind me laughing and screaming it out loud, like they really understood what it means. Don't google the meaning, okay!

Although the lyrics are absurd, Pitbull's songs are always fun to dance! One of my favorites was Shut It Down where Pitbull sang: "oooh can't nothing hold me down, I'm gonna touch the sky" and asked us to look at the sky and try to touch it (oh the concert was in Fort Canning park, an outdoor venue. I was quite worried, because 2 hours before the show it was still raining). The sky was beautiful, I barely notice it in my daily life. The last song he performed: "now jump up let's get Krazy!" I literally jumped up. It was great! I came home with no voice, shaking legs and tired all over body. Dalleeee!

20 May 2010

My Workstation

Hula,


This is a view of my workstation in office. The cubicle wall is quite high I can't just stick out my head to talk to other fellas on the next cubicle. One cubicle consists of up to 4 stations, mine now is occupied by 3 people. Some cubes have a round table in the middle, for small meeting or lunch. It was usually full of foods or snacks after holiday seasons, when everybody's just back from their hometown or oversea trip and bringing foods to share. But now it is empty. The environment is so quiet, no one shouts or talks loudly from one cubicle to another.


On my desk, there are many cables for a Switcher. It links my monitor, mouse and keyboard with 2 PCs located below my desk, near my feet, so I could easily kick them if they're acting bad. On the back, people come and go behind me, sometimes approach me and see what I am working on without I notice it. It sucks, it's like someone comes in to your room without knocking the door. On the left side I hanged some inspirational writings decorated with traveling souvenirs I got from friends and myself.


This is not my dream workstation. It's too neat haha! When I was studying in high school and college, I always intentionally made my desk messy. Even though I didn't really study, I just like the idea of working busy. I want: stack of books and paper all over the desk, colleagues come and pass by to discuss important work stuffs (not just for gossiping), phone rings all the time (about work, not wrong number call), there's no wall in front of me, a wall should be behind me.

Well, lunch time is over. Have a good work, everybody!

05 May 2010

Take a Peek on Marina Bay Sands

Last Sunday I went to the newly built Marina Bay Sands (MBS) integrated resort, which they call it as Asia's most spectacular entertainment destination.

It was just opened for public last week, even though some parts haven't finished yet. The name said it all, it is located in Marina Bay and built by the well-known casino company, Las Vegas Sands. I've been to Venetian Macao before (one of Sands resorts), and it was spectacular! I still couldn't see yet this MBS can be more spectacular than that, but we'll see later after all construction and development done.

So far they've already had 3 towers hotel, some shops, restaurants and 2-Storey casino. Not like in Macao, here they will check our ID first before coming inside the casino. If you are Singaporean or Permanent Resident, you have to pay S$100 for 24 hours, while foreigners are free. This rule is also applied in casino of Resort World Sentosa (I haven't had chance to go there yet) which is developed by the same developer who built Genting Highland in Malaysia. Like in Venetian Macao, there will be fake canal with Gondola in MBS, but they call it Sampan ('Sampan' in Malay means small boat).


To go to this resort, I walked from Esplanade and then walked through the newly opened Helix bridge.


Too bad I went there in the afternoon, I bet it looks more stunning at night, just like the picture below from wiki.


01 May 2010

Are You Traveling For Souvenirs?

Is there any country you visit without buying its local souvenirs back to home? I know it would be very nice of you to bring back gifts from your trip to friends and families, but that doesn't mean gift is necessary when you have to sacrifice your own traveling schedule. You're busy looking for souvenirs and not enjoying the travel itself.

A: We're going to this place tonight
B: Argh! Me want to join, but I need to buy souvenirs for my colleagues, take the pictures for me 'kay?
.......

That's just stupid. Or maybe it is just me who doesn't get it why people want to skip visiting a place they want to see for buying key chains or shirts for somebody else. I mean, you don't often come to that place (maybe you wouldn't come back again for the rest of your life), yet you let it go.

There is an advertisement of Washington State in one of Natural Geographic Traveler magazines: Come back with stories. Not refrigerator magnets. I think that's a traveler should do.