Saturday, April 30, 2005


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Helen Svedin (or Swedin) is a Swedish model who is married to Luis Figo and she has had 3 children by him. Unfortunately, I cannot find any biodata of her. Still, some stories on how she met Figo.

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She is one reason why Figo would like to live in London. She continues to work following the birth of their two daughters; professionally, London would suit her well. It is also a reason now that English clubs are trying to lure him away from Real Madrid because he is not getting a starting eleven place.

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They met, in 1995, at a Joaqu¿n Cort¿s concert in Barcelona, where they exchanged phone numbers. It was she who made the first call. They fell in love, had a child, got married at a luxury resort in the Algarve, then had another child. Fast man!

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'Initially,' he says, 'we spoke in English. Now - she has learnt well - we speak in Spanish.' Figo, as befits a man with such a wife, is a stylish dresser; he owns the Guess jeans concession in Portugal. But since becoming parents the couple have been wary of publicity. 'I have a fantastic wife,' he says, 'and not only in terms of external beauty. Her priority and mine is our children. That is our choice. My wife does work, but not as much as she used to. Before, she would be away for two or three weeks. Now, she turns away work.'

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What makes her fantastic? Is it because she is understanding about the relentlessly intrusive nature of the footballer's life? 'That is very important. She understands my profession and the time I have to be away from her and the children. I am very happy to have met and married her and I give thanks for every moment she is with me.'

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She is the babe! After becoming a mother, she is still so pretty! Her eyes are so beautiful and seductive. Sorry I can't show much body photos here since she loves to go nude. Enter SibuGuys and you can find them there!

Friday, April 29, 2005


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Man! What is wrong with the weather? No wind, super heaty and very hot! It has been more than a week that I feel this miserable hot temperature. I barely wear anything in my room, hehe! Never in my four years in Singapore have I experience such an uncomfortable weather.

I wish it will rain really heavy for the next few days. I have been buying fruit juices and soya bean drinks like there is no tomorrow! I spent too much on cold drinks! I am also someone who hardly shower more than 10 minutes. Nowadays I am helping Singapore to waste water by just letting the water cool me off for more than 15 minutes.

Please rain! Please rain! Heavy one! Even if it means flooding my campus, I don't mind!

Thursday, April 28, 2005


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David Tao is coming for a promotional concert to promote his new album, The Great Leap. My room mate keeps on persuading me to go with him but I don't know a single song by him! No point wasting money for him. There are a few ways to get entry passes. One of them is to buy his album which comes with the ticket. My room mate went to do just that.

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The most funny thing is that my room mate also don't know a single song from him! That is so unbelievable. Do you go to a concert not knowing a single song by the artist? Interesting right? What else is your reason of going? Looking at the chicks? Perhaps. Anyway, he is a taiwanese R&B musician and will have an exclusive one-hour showcase.

There is one very interesting song in the album. It is titled Sula & Lampa! Reminds me of Frank Lampard, i mean, you know what I mean! Hahaha! I heard the song and the pronounciation is super accurate. You can imagine I laughed my head off when I heard my room mate played that song!

What is with him having poses showing off his fingers? Look at both the album cover and the ticket. Are they really so nice? I don't think so. After hearing his songs and looking at his appearance, I think he looks and sounds very gentle and soft. He doesn't have a powerful voice and he definitely looks gay to me! Haha!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005


AC Milan VS. PSV Eindhoven
Chelsea VS. Liverpool

Who shall win? AC Milan and Chelsea in the final? You bet! Still, surprises are never something shocking in Europe these few seasons. It could turn up totally the opposite.

Who knows? I am watching both matches this morning and the next! Hope for thrilling matches!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


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Still remember Tony Adams? The ex-Arsenal and England central defender. Let's get to know his lover, Caprice Bourret.

Born on the 24th October, 1974 in Hacienda Heights, California, she moved to England to start modelling. After years in Europe, Caprice settled in Long Beach, California where she bought a house. Her career really took off in London when she headed major ad shoots for Pantene, Simpson's and Pizza Hut. She modeled for Littlewoods, H&M, and Marks & Spencer.

She is 5'11" and her measurements are 35-25-34. Her looks led her to pursue her modeling career and later move into the world of TV and film. She began her television role hosting both the European MTV awards and the Monaco World Music Awards in 1997. She went on to host the British National Television Awards in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and presented shows for VH1 (USA) and E! Entertainment.

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Caprice later got her own travel series called Caprice Travels, which was screened on Friday nights on ITV. She also became Ian Wright's sidekick in the second series of Friday Night All Right in 1998 and 1999, presented the Big Breakfast with Johnny Vaughan, and hosted the FHM Preview in 1998.

Her acting career started in a cameo role opposite Greg Wise in the award-winning comedy Hospital in 1997, followed by a staring role in ITV's sitcom Loved By You. It's evident that Caprice is making her way up the TV ladder and she recently launched an album entitled 'Oh Yeah'.

Caprice exercised her acting and singing muscles by making her theater debut in 2002, when she starred in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, in London's West End. After receiving rave reviews for her performance, Caprice took to the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, where she starred in the critically acclaimed musical, Rent.

She recently released a calendar in Europe for 2003 and even launched her own Caprice lingerie line, which is already a best-seller at Debenham's. Thanks to the success of her lingerie line, Caprice is also dipping her toes in a swimwear line.

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My opinion? She looks old to me. She looks 41 than 31. Hmmm, not really attractive. Still, she is too good for Adams, haha!

Monday, April 25, 2005


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Fry, a pizza delivery boy who was cryogenically frozen for a thousand years met Leela, a female cyclops, Bender, the very nasty robot and the whole cartoon series starts kicking!

Professor Farnsworth, Fry's uncle owns an intergalatic delivery service called Planet Express. Matt Groening, the artist, is also the same creator of The Simpsons. I personally love Dr. Zoidberg! He is cool! I bought a Futurama Sony PS2 game last year and played halfway. It was ok I guess but can make me dizzy at times.

Time to rewatch Futurama episodes from the DVDs I got from a friend!!! Yeah!

Thursday, April 21, 2005


This is probably the first time I post my work up in my blog. Well, exam is coming so I will hardly post from now on. This is Mario Botta's Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center of Tel Aviv University, Israel. I did a CAD model in Revit 7.0 and AutoCad 2005, then importing into Lightscape to run radiosity before the final renderings of raytracing tomorrow.

You can check for more draft photos here:
Lightscape Rendering Drafts

They are my final rendered raytracing drafts before I am doing the high resolution renderings for importing into EON Studio for interactive 3D virtual reality experience. This is finally to the end of the whole work. I am relieved I have reached this stage. Exhausted with spending so much time with the computer. Now, I dare to say that I have learnt Lightscape almost completely, mastered it and understood its behaviour really well.

By the way, guess what computer I used to do all these renderings? It's the super Dell Precision workstation with Intel Xeon 3.2GHz dual processor, 1GB (2x512MB) ECC Dual Channel DDR2 400MHz SDRAM memory and a 3dLabs Wildcat Realizm 800 512MB (128 Direct Burst) AGP8X kick ass graphic card! In addition to them, a 20" flat panel LCD monitor. Cool right?

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It seems that Chelsea are likely to win the EPL crown with a draw with Arsenal early this morning. AC Milan go up the top of the table with the same points as Juventus as Juventus lost last night while Milan won.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Chelsea Vs. Arsenal

Juventus Vs. Inter Milan

Whoever wins the matches above will have big impact towards the final chase to the respective league titles. Arsenal MUST WIN to have any hope left. Juventus too MUST WIN to keep that advantage over AC Milan.


This is a shocking news. The makers of Photoshop and Acrobat eats up the makers of Flash and Dreamweaver. This will only spell total domination by Adobe. Nice move man! Adobe acquires Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued at US$3.4 billion at the close of fourth quarter 2005. A press release said the two companies will provide customers with a 'more powerful set of solutions for creating, managing and delivering compelling content'. You can only think that they will get better. Both are superior software makers. I personally think .pdf is a marvellous invention file format. It is just so incredible!

When is the last time a software by Adobe or Macromedia crashes on you?

Here are some facts:

Adobe Systems Incorporated

MARKET: Graphics, video and business document software
HEADQUARTERS: San Jose, Calif.
STOCK: ADBE (Nasdaq)
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 4,000
REVENUE: $1.67 billion in fiscal 2004
CUSTOMERS: Creative professionals, enterprises and governments, photo and video hobbyists

* More than a half-billion copies of Adobe Reader have been distributed worldwide.
* The world’s top 10 PC manufacturers ship their systems with Adobe PDF technology pre-installed.
* More than 700 thousand copies of Adobe Creative Suite shipped in its first year (October 2004).

Macromedia, Inc

MARKET: Web and application development software
HEADQUARTERS: San Francisco, Calif.
STOCK: MACR (Nasdaq)
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,500
REVENUE: $422 million in CY 2004
CUSTOMERS: Web and application developers, business users, mobile ecosystem

* Macromedia Flash Player is installed on more than 98% of Internet-connected desktops and more than half a billion users have the Flash client installed.
* More than 25 million Flash-enabled devices have shipped.
* Macromedia products are used by 90 percent of Fortune 1000 companies.

One wonders what the new products will be called? Will they still maintain the same brandname? Or you get something like Adobe Flash or Adobe Dreamweaver? Hmmm...

Tuesday, April 19, 2005



One of the cleanest and strictest countries in the world approves a casino to be built here. Oh, not only one, but two! One of them will be built at Marina Bayfront and the other on Sentosa Island. This will mean the southern parts of Singapore will soon become the gambling center. Everything should be ready by 2009 and will cost S$5 billion. Yesterday was the deadline day to announce in parliament of the final decision of the government to go ahead with the project.

From the very start when talks about building a casino took place, there should not be any debates going on about the bad impacts it will bring. Singapore is such a materialistic and commercialized city, there is no reasons for me that they don't want to earn the money for the sake of moral values? Sigh, if they started to approve to bar-top dancing and making prostitution to be 'legal', what is gambling compare to all those?

Creating jobs for 35,000 people as well as boosting the tourism industry are the two main excuses the government gave for the decision to build a casino. Why don't they admit that it is just for the money? We all know so directly that building casinos is about generating lots and lots of profits. The rest are just secondary. The main reason you make a decision for something is because of the profits it generates. That itself is the ultimate goal. The other excuses are just to tell people how caring the government are to 'contribute' to the public's interests.

"We are not aiming to become like Las Vegas or Macau, where gambling is the main industry. We will not allow casinos to sport garish displays on the facades and have jackpot machines everywhere from the lobby to the toilets. An integrated resort will be as decent and wholesome as a SAFRA resort or an NTUC Club. The gaming area will be separate," said Mr Lee.

The gaming component is expected to occupy no more than 3% or 5% of the total area of the integrated resort developments, which will also have a wide range of world-class leisure and entertainment choices. Rightly so, it may only take up 3%-5% of the area, but it will take up 90% of the profits of the resorts. Perhaps even 95%.

He said: "We cannot stand still. The whole region is on the move. If we do not change, where will we be in 20 years' time? Losing our appeal to tourists is the lesser problem. But if we become a backwater, just one of many ordinary cities in Asia, instead of being a cosmopolitan hub of the region, then many good jobs will be lost and all Singaporeans will suffer. We cannot afford that."

"After I took over as Prime Minister, the Cabinet discussed how to proceed. The public feedback showed clearly that some Singaporeans had strong views against the proposal. The Ministers themselves were evenly split. Some accepted the arguments for the integrated resorts. Others thought it sounded too good to be true. They also shared the qualms of the public about the social impact," Mr Lee added.

"They asked: are the promised spin-offs real or fluff? Are the economic benefits worth the social and law and order fallout? What safeguards can we put in to discourage Singaporeans from gambling? If we discourage Singaporean gamblers, will investors still find the project viable?"

PM Lee was skeptical too. To get a better idea of what they were dealing with, the Cabinet asked for the full concept proposals, and the quality of the plans swayed the Cabinet.Even so, when the Cabinet met and decided on April 9, the decision was not unanimous.

It became obvious when other Ministers spoke during Monday's parliament sitting that they had struggled with their personal convictions on the casino issue, but set these aside in the interests of Singapore.

Mr Lee said the Cabinet's split views reflected the sentiments of Singaporeans. He acknowledged the social fallouts from having casinos and promised safeguards.

For instance, there will be a high entrance fee for locals - $100 a day or $2,000 a year. The money will go to the Totalisator Board to be used for charity. A system will also be set up to prevent those in financial distress or on social assistance from entering the casinos.

A National Council on Gambling will also be set up to address addiction problem and there will be programmes to treat pathological gamblers. The government has also made clear that it will support and fund programmes to increase public education against gambling. It will also continue to work with religious groups to help those who could be adversely affected. They are just supporting both sides to show that they are caring and gets support from both. Smart move.

Now that the decision has been made, PM Lee urged Singaporeans to move on to help make the integrated resorts a success. This is very contradicting. Is he saying that people should go gamble to support the casinos 'indirectly' to support the resorts? Hmmmm......

Indeed, some who argued vociferously against the casinos seem likely to close ranks and accept them.

Said Fong Hoe Fang from the Family Against The Casino Threat In Singapore: "They have listened and considered the issue, yes. But it is still a shame and a pity that for 40 years we said 'no' and now we blinked. Most Singaporeans would close ranks now, it's in their nature. Still, I would expect some reactions for the next few weeks." Haha! In Singapore, when the government says "yes", it means "yes". No arguments accepted. Profit is more important than moral values.

Bishop Robert Solomon, vice president of the National Council of Churches of Singapore, said: "We are disappointed we are going in this direction. On our own part, we need to educate members on the casinos, the dangers of gambling, and perhaps develop services and help train members to help those with gambling addiction, and promote family values."

In preparation for 2009, they already planned the medicines ready for the expected sickness to occur. Prevention cannot be done anymore, income/profit is far more important in this competitive world. Cure is better than prevention, medicines generate money. Hehe!

Sunday, April 17, 2005


OK, this is not a football post so it is nothing related to their football records. It's about the history book issue again.

Protests with anti-Japanese rallies in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Tianjin seem to be going on furiously. My mom currently is in Shanghai. Hope she is alright since she doesn't look like a Japanese at all.

This sensitive issue about the history books, the claims by the comfort women from the Japanese government as well as visits by Japanese leaders to the Yasukuni shrine honouring war dead including all the convicted war criminals are the issues which will forever make China and South Korea furious.

We have Japanese restaurants, businesses and cars being attacked with rocks and eggs as well as a restaurant was completely destroyed.This protest is sparked by the Japanese government's approval of revamped history textbooks which Beijing felt made light of the nation's atrocities in World War II.

History is always a very interesting thing. It claims to tell the truth, yet it covers all the shames of the nation itself. I know Malaysia did that too, especially the complicated merger with Singapore as well as all the sensitive issues of how my state and Sabah joined Malaysia. I heard the Singapore side of the story and both versions are different. There are many records that can be disputed especially how the records are different from the Chinese records when the Chinese came to Malaya.

History to me is always siding your own self. You only tell nice things about yourself, your own country and bad about everybody else. However, the magnitude and impact of the Japanese invasion was so huge that it affects so many countries and people that it is impossible that you can hide it.

Beijing has appeared to encourage anti-Japanese demonstrations that first erupted last week soon after UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged a reform plan be put in place that could give Japan a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

"I'm here for the love of my country and I think by opposing Japan I can show this. Japan has never apologised sincerely for their mistakes," said a graduate student surnamed Su.

On the famous Bund, students wearing T-shirts yelled: "You can forgive history but you cannot distort history".

Yes, it is quite true, distorting the history to brainwash your new generations of children is not an issue to be accepted, especially by the countries that suffered because of the war. Those who don't give a damn are those who are not affected by the torrid experience of the war.

Another sensitive issue that will become very complicated is the oil and gas dispute in East China Sea. Japan would let its companies drill for oil and gas in the disputed sea. Beijing, which began drilling in 2003, called the move a "provocation".

What's your say on this matter? After solving the boundaries with India for Tibet, now we have this with the Japanese. We don't even need to mention Taiwan. Sigh!


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Probably the best commercial chocolate maker from Japan. I have the biggest guilt for not even knowing the existense of this brand until my room mate bought some for me. It is really a must try for any diehard chocolate lover. I am a diehard chocolate lover, not only just eating it, I am involved in producing raw cocoa too. Now, I even know how the leaf of a cocoa plant looks like!

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Yeah, tat's how much I love them! :)

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The company was born in 1983 in Hokkaido. In Singapore, we have a branch in Suntec City Mall, Tower 5. They are famous with multilayer packaging details with perfectly shaped notch for ease of tearing to open up to eat. The milk chocolate laced with nuts (I think it is roasted hazelnut) just brings up the best of the smell of both. The great thing is that the richness and milkiness won't make you sick. It's addictive and melts in your mouth much better than what M&M can do! Hehe!

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I heard there is a Royce' counter at the Isetan Supermarket @ KLCC so do drop by to have a try! For more information, log on to Royce's website. It is 99% in Japanese though.


Saturday, April 16, 2005


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Exam is coming so I will slow down posting. There will be alot of backposts from travellings I had for the past 1 year, could be South Korea or Sabah trip. This one is about Sabah.

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Where is the best and cheap place to find FRESH seafood in Malaysia? Where else but Sabah? They have among the most GORGEOUS seas in the world!

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They have so many varieties of sea creatures for you to choose on the spot, you are spoilt of choices. I bet you have to walk one whole round for 5 mins before you even consider to order anything!

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Yes, they are really fresh. When you have fresh seafood, it means that it will surely, for the worst cook in the world to cook really bad, still taste good!

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Fishes, lobsters, prawns, crabs, oysters, cockles, squids, cuttlefish, octopus, you name it, they have it!

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Check this baby out! Guess how much this fellow below weighs and how much it costs?

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This fellow weighs more than 1kg and it costs RM600!

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We made our orders and here we go! EAT!!!

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Yummy! Whatever shell creature you have in the sea, I LOVE THEM ALL!

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Everything is well-cooked. Top quality, even the sharkfin soup. Taste great!

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Omelette oysters? Nice! The oysters were tender and were cooked just right so that they are not wet. I don't know how to explain this but most of the time, there are people who does not cook them enough. When they were served, they are still wet. Thus, you feel as if you are drinking water while eating them.

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Yeah, we didn't order fish at all because we can have alot of freshwater and seawater fishes in my own state, Sarawak. How much is all the above costs? Only RM150 maximum! It was to serve 5 people and we were totally full! Nice service too! Definitely must come back!

Thursday, April 14, 2005


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I'm glad I gone through the phase almost fully. Now, it is purely Lightscape & soon exporting into EON Reality software before I finish the whole design. The final product is to create a 3D simulation space where you can move around, something like 3D gamings like Doom & Quake.

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It has been a very tiring process and some more we are the first batch to touch EON Reality, so everything is brand new to us. Still, I am very excitied to get everything well done to reach EON Reality's stage. It will be exciting!

For those who are interested to know more about EON Reality, check it out:
EON Reality

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


This coming few days will feature the continuation from last week's first leg. We will know who will make it to the next stage. It is getting pretty near the end now. Everybody is excited of the outcome! Inter looks to be heading for another defeat against Milan. It is like everything is already predetermined before the match. Boring!

Chelsea will have a slight advantage going to Munich, but 2 away goals may be too costly. Liverpool will be without their captain but hopefully they can still go through with that small advantage. Playing in Turin is not an easy task but if they play like their how they did during the 1st leg, a victory is not impossible! They welcome back Cisse and Xavi Alonso which will be a major boost.

Newcastle, on the other hand, must win the match in Lisbon if they are thinking of winning any cups. They are experiencing defeat streaks now. Souness better do something or else none of the remaining cups are reachable. They have injury problems of their own. Well, I just wish for nice football matches this few days!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


My NUS Old Kent Ridge Hall bedroom
Morning east sun collection, 7-8am Singapore time (GMT+08:00)

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