Monday, September 25, 2006

Snippet No. 3 - H-O-R and DoonaTi

Last week, things got much better (in the sense that I didn't fall down or anything like that) but it also got crazier due to my impulsive, sponstaneous decisions.

So, I've decided to add Snippet No 3 in my To-Be book 'So, You Think You're Weird?'. It was also confirmed when someone told me over lunch that I'm 'abnormal' and '2nd level weird' (i.e. not as weird as someone else he knew). I asked what does THAT (being 'abnormal') mean and his response was "Well, Albert Einstein was abnormal and so was Alexander Graham Bell in their time". Hmm.. maybe I need to invent something soon or make some discovery, otherwise I'd just be plain weird.

So Snippet No 3 is about the 2 sponstaneous weird things I did last week thanks to Hold-One-Rice, nickname for my equally weird friend. On a peaceful Thursday night, we decided to go out for drinks.. but driving around aimlessly, we ended up at The Curve, parked the car, attempted to watch a movie but the cineplex was closed. Geez! Since it was nearly midnite, we thought we'd just crazily watch a midnite movie at 1U instead. So since it was so unplanned, I decided to go home and change first since the cinemas here try and simulate what it's like to watch a movie in an igloo. So we made it to 1U, unnecessarily worried IF there were tickets (in hindsight, why wud anyone watch midnite movies on a Thursday? Hahahha) and got the seats... and killed 45 minutes sitting in some modernized kopitiam. Man, I was sooooooo tired the next day it wasn't funny but still managed to meet the targets at work. Phew! It was really fun though!!

Then during the weekend, Hold-One-Rice somehow convinced me to do something really weird again... or maybe it was the weird-ness in the suggestion that made me agree to do it :P. We did some market survey by sitting around random restaurants and ordering drinks so that it didn't look so strange. I must say it's the weirdest thing to do. I bumped into a friend there and had difficulties explaining what I was actually doing in the shopping complex. All in all, we made amazing discoveries, like the amount of times people try different flavours and not buying any at all. Is that profitable? Oh well...

Hmmm I wonder what's next..

Saturday, September 16, 2006

A series of unfortunate events?

My week has finally ended. Man, what a week I had! It all started from the time I somehow managed to trip myself over at the office... thank goodness no one saw (besides one person), and I actually laughed at myself after that. :) This really calls for 'Snippet #2' in my to-be book "So, you think you're weird?"

Last Saturday, there was a MAJOR thunderstorm in my area, and the power got tripped by the lightning. Little did I know that my satellite TV and home PC got fried too :( . I came home on Sunday night and saw my parents listening to the radio in front of the turned-off TV. I asked what happened and Mum said "TV got struck". Kinda funny in a way, like the sixties.. where people just listened to the radio or so.

Then, on Monday, my laptop hard disk crashed all of a sudden while I was working. Had to get back to office to get it fixed and was praying hard that I didn't lose all the data since I'm not a regular "backup" person. I was given a temporary laptop to work from in the meantime.

While using the temporary laptop, before my meeting, I accidentally toppled the thermoflask with coffee and it spilt all over my table and my mouse. Fortunately, I grabbed the laptop on time before it hit and potentially killed the temporary laptop. My meeting notes and stuff were all smeared by coffee stains etc. Darn!

Sometime during the week as well, after work, I went to return a faulty product at Ikea and surprise of surprises, I parked the car, got out, walked towards the entrance, and realized that somehow there was no way to enter into Ikea! I looked at my plastic bag and it read "Open Daily from 10am to 10pm". I can't be THAT blur. I asked around and discovered that Ikea was closed on that ONE day I've decided to return my product - due to... annual dinner. 365 days a year and it had to be THAT day they chose to CLOSE.

To top my week off, I went to collect my fixed laptop from the office and met my best friend and we decided to get some coffee from the coffee machine (which I hardly get to enjoy since I'm always out of office). And, the first machine was "under maintenance". I tried the other machine, and after my friend took the first cup, guess what? The coffee ran out!

It was a tough week to get by - but I believe a bad week would be 'cancelled off' by a fantastic week and it's already starting to look good. The good things that came out of it were:

- My laptop got a new motherboard and it's running faster than usual; I didn't lose my data besides some random stuff, photos & Season 2 of Desperate Housewives..

- My home PC just got fixed with a few hundred Gigs of diskspace & DVD burner and reformatted (something which I have been putting off)

- My satellite TV just got fixed with a 2nd decoder (finally, no more fighting over who should watch which channel)

- I got my wi-fi working. OMG all these are starting to make me sound like a tech geek. :P

- My colleague's comment on my life from following me around the other day "Never a dull moment!"

- I got more sleep than anything this week (what's there to do with no TV/internet)

- I had motivation to gym so that I could watch TV :P

- I read the books that I've been putting off reading *so I'm wiser now*

Perhaps God was trying to get my attention and help me to refocus on things, thus taking away all the 'distractions' I have and making me "technologically-disabled". All in all, I would say everything turned out for the better! :)

"... Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" Job 2:10