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Snippets From A Borneo Local's Daily Life ... As It Happens. Definition of blues from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Informal feelings of melancholy, sadness and depression
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Ampang Gleneagles Hospital Email Hoax
2009-07-31 04:16:00
I've been receiving the following email about a deadly perfume sample every now and then ever since last year:Subject: FW: News from Ampang Gleneagles Hospital Important news to pass it on Please spend 1 minute and read on... News from Gleneagles Hospital (Ampang) URGENT !!!!! from Gleneagles Hospital Limited Seven women have died after inhaling a free perfume sample that was mailed to them. The product was poisonous. If you receive free samples in the mail such as lotions, perfumes, diapers etc. throw them away. The government is afraid that this might be another terrorist act. They will not announce it on the news because they do not want to create panic or give the terrorists new ideas. Send this to all your friends and family members.Warmest Regards, Mei ling ...
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Tony Fernandes of Air Asia Has Own Blog
2009-06-27 02:20:00
Hey, I didn't know that Tony Fernandes of Airasia has a blog. I've only just stumbled upon it today while google searching for some bio data on the man. It's located at I once bumped into him at a local shopping centre. I think that was about 2 years ago at the time of the X Airasia launch. My wife noticed him first and pointed him out to me. Tony Fernandes was with his wife and had the Airasia cap on. They were walking around the ground floor of the shopping centre and finally went into a shop to have a look at some luxury watches. I'm pretty sure the shop attendants must have got a shock albeit a good one.
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The Cure's 'Boys Don't Cry'
2009-06-05 05:31:00
My 2 1/2 year old daughter, Sophia, hummed to the opening guitar riffs of The Cure's "Boy's Don't Cry" today. I was playing the song on my mobile phone when she started to take interest to the song. That was also the first time I heard her hummed the melody of any song. She normally sings part of the verses of songs she liked but never hummed to any before this.
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"Together again" ... after 11 long years
2009-05-09 03:46:00
I believe I bumped into my ex, Suziesenorita, at Ta Kiong Supermarket, the Spring today. I wasn't really 100% sure it was her as she looked different. It has been 11 long years since I last saw her. Her hairstyle's changed, her face is thinner and she looked ...well, older. She was wearing the dark blue KPA (Kuching Port Authority) coat so that more or less confirmed it was her. Hmm, it was a Friday and she must have taken advantage of the extended lunch time to shop for some candies at Ta Kiong. I recalled when we were together she likes to shop for candies at supermarkets we visited. Well, we came face to face about 8ft apart. My 8 month old baby William was with me. When I saw her face I didn't recognize her at once. It was only like a second or two later that realization dawned upon me that it was my beloved Suzie. I don't know why but perhaps by instinct or out of shock I quickly turned my back catching my breath. I didn't know how to react. Then a wide smile broke over my...
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'Sounds Of The Universe' Stream
2009-04-11 19:36:00
Looks like there's an European site that's got exclusive streaming rights to the new Depeche Mode album 'Sounds Of The Universe '. You can now listen to the whole album at: sound quality of this stream is better than either the 320 Kbps or 192 Kbps leaked mp3 versions even though its only 120 Kbps. That's because its encoded from a better source. The sound is crispier and better mastered.
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I've Listened To Depeche Mode's 'Sounds Of The Universe'
2009-04-03 19:09:00
It's now one week after Depeche Mode's upcoming album 'Sounds Of The Universe ' (SOTU from now onwards) was leaked. Since then I've listened to SOTU like almost 20 over times now.I'm surprised the album sounds surprisingly fresh and upbeat. It's like an album from a new band and not from a band that has been around for 30 years. It's hands down better than 2001's lacklustre 'Exciter' and is definitely an excellent follow up to 2005's 'Playing The Angel'.Continuing on the trend from 'Playing The Angel', this album once again see them embracing their electronic roots again. On this album, they have pushed the guitars to the background and brought the synths back to the fore. Drum machines are once again very evident.Overall the album has a retro feel to it partly because a lot of old vintage analog synths were used. Although they are using lots of analog synths it must be clarified that they are not using them like they used to. So don't expect anything sounding like ...
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'Sounds Of The Universe' Leaked
2009-03-27 10:20:00
Depeche Mode's forthcoming new coming album 'Sounds Of The Universe ' has been leaked ! Leaked approximately 1 month before the official release on April 21st 2009. I've just found it at Rapidshare: eche_Mode_-_Sounds_Of_The_Universe__2009_ .rarCurrently listening to it while writing this.
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Adam Khoo's New Book "Profit From The Panic"
2009-03-11 02:57:00
I bought Adam Khoo's "Profit From The Panic " book yesterday from my local Popular bookstore. It was priced at RM49.90. Well, RM50 then. It was the last copy left (yeah, it sold like hotcakes).I immediately got right down to reading it when I got home. I wasn't all too surprised when I was reading it I realised that a major portion of the content in the book is culled from an earlier book of his called, "The Secrets Of Millionaire Investors". Let's admit, he tends to rehash materials from earlier books. For instance, the first few chapters of "The Secrets Of Millionaire Investors" were totally rehashed from at least 2 chapters in "Secrets Of Self-Made Millionaires". So needless to say, if you already have "The Secrets Of Millionaire Investors" then it may not be worth buying "Profit From The Panic" unless you want to add it to your collection.And like all Adam Khoo's books before, this one's no different in that it's contents are easy to absorb and are presented in an easy to r...
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More 'Sounds Of The Universe' Tracks Leaked
2009-03-03 01:03:00
Two more tracks have been leaked from the upcoming Depeche Mode album, 'Sounds Of The Universe ' and they are 'Hole To Feed' and 'Come Back'. 'Hole To Feed' which is a Dave Gahan composition is not a bad electronic number. You can listen to it at YouTube:
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Download YouTube Videos
2009-02-24 08:26:00
Nowadays you don't need a software installed on your PC or a plug-in for your web browser to download YouTube videos direct to your PC, PSP, Mobile or iPod. That I just know after I was introduced to a web site that can convert YouTube videos into various video formats like .flv, .mpg, .mov etc. for download. It can even convert the videos into audio formats like mp3, mp4, wav etc.The site I'm referring to is the field provided at the site, just specify the URL of the YouTube video that you want to download. For example: oAfter that, select the format you want the video to be converted to. Next step is to click on the 'Convert and Download ' button to begin the conversion. When the conversion is completed (usually after 3 seconds), you should see a message that says: 'File Converted Successfully. Please download the file from below'. Click on the 'Download' button to download the converted file.It's th...
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Depeche Mode's 'Wrong' Music Video
2009-02-24 06:43:00
I've just seen the music video for Depeche Mode's new single, 'Wrong '. And wow, it's quite different from all the videos they have done previously.This one's very dark and creepy ... and disturbing as well. I wouldn't recommend it for the little kiddies.You can watch the 'Wrong' music video here: ta/videoklip-wrong/
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Depeche Mode Premieres 'Wrong' on Echo Awards Show, Germany
2009-02-23 05:15:00
Depeche Mode premiered the first single 'Wrong' off their upcoming album 'Sounds Of the Universe' on Germany 's Echo Awards Show last night.On contrary to reports both before and after the performance of the song, I can confirm this: it wasn't performed live but rather it was lip-synced.The song itself was kinda repetitive. Melody wise, it's very bluesy. Noticeably there is no chorus for the song. In my personal opinion, I think one would have helped the song a lot perhaps bringing it to a higher level. All in all, I can say it's vintage Depeche Mode because it's all synths and no guitars and of course, Dave Gahan's strong vocals on this one.You can watch the performance of the song on YouTube:
Depeche Mode's New Single, "Wrong"
2009-02-19 02:04:00
Depeche Mode will be releasing their brand new single 'Wrong ' on April 6th 2009. Before that, they will premiere it on the Echo Awards TV show in Germany on February 21st (in 2 days time!). Incredibly unlike the previous 2 albums where the first single or the entire new album is leaked online 1 month prior to the official release, well except for 'Fragile Tension' there have been no leaks this time.The cover for the single has already appeared on Depeche Mode's MySpace page. A lot of DM fans has bashed it for its uninspiring simple design and call for Anton Corbijn (the designer of the cover) to be replaced.For me I neither hate it nor love it. Many have likened it to cigarettes in an ashtray. One DM fan has even made a literal interpretation of this on this modified 'Wrong' cover:
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Just Heard 'Fragile Tension'
2009-02-12 00:53:00
I've just heard 'Fragile Tension ' on Youtube, one of the new songs from Depeche Mode's forthcoming album "Sounds Of The Universe" (Release date: 21st April 2009). I must say I'm very disappointed with it. I'm surprised as well that they'd release an awful song like that (they have never released an awful song before). It is really horrible. It could easily rank as one of the worst songs in their catalogue. No amount of production could do justice to this song. Not even Alan Wilder could save this song.Wel,l here's the link to the song on YouTube. You'll be the judge. I'm sure you'll be shaking your head in disbelief.I've embedded it here as well for easy access:
Fragile Tension - New Depeche Mode song
2009-02-11 09:57:00
Depeche Mode is my favorite group and it's gotten me into a really good mood to know that they will have a new album out this year. The album is called "Sounds Of The Universe". One of the new songs from the album is called 'Fragile Tension ' and its about 4 mins 8 secs long. I believe a working version of the song has already been leaked into the internet. I myself haven't heard it yet.
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My First Clickbank Sale !
2009-02-11 03:33:00
I hadn't logged in to my Clickbank account for some time now. And what a pleasant surprise I had when I logged in today to discover that I had made my first Clickbank sale about 3 weeks ago (in the week ending 21st January 2009). I signed up with Clickbank in August 2008 after Clickbank was finally made available to Malaysians (much to the joy of Malaysian Internet Marketers). I admit I was never really active with Clickbank. Since joining, I only had 3 or 4 campaigns on Clickbank products running and they did not generate any sales. I had much, much better success with other similar Affiliate programs (grossing more than US$2,000 per month). I don't know why. I guess there's way too much competition for the products on Clickbank. Well, I think after this sale its only natural that I'll tend to be more active and motivated in promoting more Clickbank products in the future.
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America Votes 2008
2008-11-01 02:21:00
Earlier this year, I mentioned to my dad, who follows the US presidential race closely, that the US will have its first black president. He shook his head saying that could never happened. I asked why and he replied, for the same reason that Malaysia will never have a Chinese as a Prime Minister. But I could see that their culture there is totally different from ours which will make it very possible. Over here, there is always natural segregation. For example if we look at popular culture in this country, when is there ever a time in this country that a Chinese come close to being the top local movie star, singer, etc. Never, right ? So its different. That's just a simple example.Obama currently looks home and dry. The first black US President, who would have thought possible in the 60's and earlier. Well it is not too far fetched. If history has taught us anything, it is that anything is possible...under the right circumstances when everything seemingly fall into place for it to ...
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Watched 'The Dark Knight'
2008-09-06 09:16:00
I've watched the Dark Knight ! I couldn't wait for the proper official Dvd release. I just couldn't wait that long to find out what I'm missing out on. I didn't catch it when it was shown in the local cinemas, it just came and went very quickly ! I had to settle watching it on my 32" LCD then.Heath Ledger turned in a riveting performance as the Joker. The most memorable scenes for me involving him are the "Why so serious" scene which I find both sad and terrifying at the same time, and the blowing up of Gotham hospital which harks back to the old days of film making when they used to take full advantage of the wide screen. I do however have to admit that after 2 hours into the movie I began to feel the movie was getting a bit draggy for me and I started to care less & less about the proceedings and the fate of the main characters. The movie is well made no doubt about that. Its not some pop corn movie but one serious movie, Oscar style. Its 3 out 5 for me.2 months ago I saw...
More About: Movies , Batman
Avaxhome Is Back Online !
2008-08-31 08:22:00
Looks like AvaxHome is back online. Yes !I've just checked the site for any new updates on the status of Avaxhome. And there it was, on the page was displayed the link to the new avaxhome: www.Avaxhome.wsFor my bookmarks created from the previous Avax domains like,,, they are all still usable, thank God. I just need to rename them from say for example, to et voila the link still intact !
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Problem Opening .MSG files with MS Outlook
2008-08-20 08:38:00
Recently I had a problem opening .msg files with my MS Outlook . Previously it had worked fine. I just need to double click on a .msg file from within Windows Explorer and it will launch with MS Outlook. Lately, that doesn't seem to work anymore. Nothing happens after I double clicked or even after I tried "Open with" MS Outlook.A quick research on the problem on the internet revealed that the culprit was Google Desktop. Google Desktop was blocking the opening of the .msg files by MS Outlook. Why would it want to do that for ?!I also found the solution to resolving the problem and here it is:-Open MS Outlook.Go to add-ins: Tools > Optionsthen Other > Advanced Options, Add-In Manager button and,if the Google Desktop Add-in is checked, uncheck it.This solved the problem of not being able to open and view .msg files with MS Outlook !
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ClickBank Accepts Malaysians ! & is Back !
2008-08-12 10:53:00
I've just made 2 amazing discoveries today. Other people must have already known about it eons ago (I'm totally out of date) but I only know found out these two things today: Click Bank now accepts Malaysians (I guess this makes the famous Chapter-M book by Gobala Krishnan totally obsolete) and the other is the site is back! I once totally revere this warez forum site and downloaded tons of stuff (mostly ebooks) from it. But it was unfortunately taken down last year. No other forum come close for the huge number of stuff that it had. There were so much stuff in it built up over several years. Well, now I'm really really glad its back. Finally one's come back and not gone down like what has been several cases the last few months.
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What Happened To or ?
2008-08-05 02:19:00
When it comes to download sites, or is simply the best. It was an excellent source for music (no other sites come close! It was incredible what it had), and also for wallpapers, celebrity photos, ebooks, magazines, softwares and each with preview pictures. Unfortunately, the site has been down for a month now. I first noticed it was down around 10th July 2008. It had on several occasions in the past encountered some server problems (especially over the past year) but it was never ever down this long. Normally the server problem would be resolved in a few days to a week's time and it would be up and running again. Realizing then this not the usual downtime I went in and did some research on the internet yesterday on the status of Avaxsphere and my worst fears were confirmed: the site has been taken down. Sigh. And I had all these thousands of bookmarks of their site and now they are all worthless. According to the sources I found, it seems to keep track o...
IRQL Not Less Or Equal blue screen error
2008-07-07 04:59:00
Just when I think things are back to normal with my pc, it suddenly starts to encounter an "Error _IRQL_ Not_Less_Or_Equal " blue screen error yesterday. The dreaded blue screen appears every time I turned on my modem and it got connected to the internet. According to the message contained in the blue screen my pc has encountered a fatal error and needs to shut down to protect my pc. I rebooted my pc and the error was still there. The only way to stop the error from occuring is when I did not on the modem. I then tried all sorts of tweaks to resolve the problem but to no avail. With no more options left I decided to re-install my Windows. I'm using Windows XP Home Edition on my pc and for the re-installation I chose the upgrade installation option. And thank God that worked ! No more annoying IRQL Not Less Or Equal blue screens after that. If anyone encountered the same problem as me, just do what I did and save yourself precious time and possibly a few gray hairs as wel...
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Overture Keyword Suggestion Tool Is No More
2008-07-03 03:35:00
Hmm. Looks like the Overture Keyword Suggestion Tool is officially gone. Tried to access the Overture Keyword Suggestion Tool website but was re-directed to the Yahoo Search Marketing site instead. I fired up my favorite keyword software "Keywords Analyzer" by Blue Inifinity and ran some keyword searches but it returned no results. Same thing with the free keyword tool, "Good Keywords". It has been like this since the beginning of the month. Overture keywords being down is really inconvenient. How am I going to do my keyword research now for my affiliate campaigns ? Most of my keyword software tools make use of Overture...and now with Overture gone they are all completely useless. Oh boy. At the moment I'm really stuck in my online money making now. Sigh.
My PC Got Hijacked !
2008-06-09 04:35:00
My home computer running on a Windows XP Home Edition got hijacked by spywares, trojans and malwares 2 days ago. I turned on my pc late Thursday night and to my dismay and shock my beautiful desktop wallpaper has been replaced by a message filled with typos telling me spyware threat has been detected on my pc and that I should quickly protect my computer with some anti-spyware programs. My Internet Explorer just redirects to a page listing some anti-spyware products which I doubt are real. I launched the Task Manager to see what processes are causing all this mayhem. I instead got the error message: "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator". I just about flipped out when I saw that as I am the administrator! I then sort of knew I was in for the long haul and it was just too late in the night to do anything. So I turned off my pc and got to work disinfecting my PC at late Friday night. I noticed by then my pc's speed has been reduced to a crawl but thank god I could sti...
Who is Jessica Jay?
2008-06-05 09:58:00
I was browsing at a CD shop last week and stumbled on this new Jessica Jay cd called "My Heart Is Back". I didn't know she has released a new cd. Its been a while since we last heard from this mysterious singer. I first came to know of her when she came out in the early 90s with the song "Broken Hearted Woman". I first heard the song in a dark and smokey pub. Liked the song almost immediately and thought it was a pretty good upbeat rendition of the Faye Wong canto song "A Woman Who Is Easily Hurt" which inspired it I think. Of course Faye Wong's song was in turn based on the original Japanese song by Japanese singer Miyuki Nakajima. A quick look at the cd back cover reveals there are several new remixes of "Broken Hearted Woman" which ought to be interesting. However, there is no picture of her on the cover (front or back) so I still do not know how she looks like. There is never any official or confirmed picture of her. She's an enigma really. And I don't think I'm that far of...
David Gahan's bastard son ?
2008-05-29 09:41:00
I failed to mention this earlier but when I was watching Indiana Jones 4, I couldn't help but noticed the glaring similarities between Shia LaBeouf and Dave Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode . To see what I mean just have a look at these two side by side (below): Shia Labeouf (left) David Gahan (right)Now you see what I mean ? I wonder if anyone else noticed the similarities. If there is any biopic movie to be made about Dave Gahan, Shia would be the top choice.
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Watched Indiana Jones 4
2008-05-27 02:33:00
I brought my wife and baby to watch the movie yesterday afternoon at 2pm. It almost didn't happened as my wife was worried that the baby might not be able to stand the whole 2 hours in the theater. But I felt pretty confident that she would be alright as I know her character by now and assured my wife. With 20 mins left on the clock before the movie starts, we left our place and made for the theater which we reached ... just in time. The theater wasn't overly crowded and I noticed quite a number of people in their 40s and 50s, clearly Indy fans right from the very start. There were lots of little kids there as well accompanied by their parents to watch probably their first Indy flick. About the movie itself, it was a bit lackluster at times and really tried my patience. I must admit that I went in feeling more ebullient than when I came out. There's no denying that it is a worthy addition to the series but I'm surprised some rank it above the 2nd and 3rd installments. Indiana Jo...
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Winner Of Akademi Fantasia 6 is ... Stacy ?
2008-05-23 09:49:00
Tomorrow's the final of Akademi Fantasia 6. There's no doubt in my mind that Stacy will win easily. Yes, Stacy will be crowned the new Akademi Fantasia winner tomorrow night. I guessed correctly last season's winner, Mila and I think my guess is right again for this season. My wife actually got me watching the Akademi Fantasia show last year. I am now a bigger fan than she is ! Ha ha.
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Birthday Blues
2008-05-22 03:37:00
One thing I learned from making money on the internet is that its not sustainable. I was making RM2,000 - RM3,000 a month from Google Adsense but got banned last year. I then made RM5,000-RM6,000 a month from an affiliate program but got dumped from the program today for no good apparent reasons. And it happened right on my birthday too - sigh ...that's cruel :(
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