Archive for April, 2010

A bug in my iPhone

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

I found a bug in my iPhone. Doesn’t bother me but drives my 20 month old daughter crazy…

I’ve seen this a couple of times, it seems to duplicate the ‘cover’ image for one video onto other videos. I haven’t seen a pattern in it yet. Doesn’t seem to matter if the video with the incorrect cover image has a cover image associated with it or not. Sometimes the cover images from TV shows or Podcasts are in the wrong place too. Most annoying for my daughter when she wants to watch WALL·E but clicks on The Last Lecture. She gets a bit upset after the third or fourth try.

What you say…

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.

Noam Chomsky


I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Zoom Zoom

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Photo of an Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master [] taken from the Changi Ferry Terminal during the Singapore Airshow 2010. Not much of an airshow really, only a few flight demos, and no aerobatics at all. Unless you call standing an Apache on it’s nose for a few seconds aerobatics. N** took a lot more [], ’cause he actually paid to go into the exhibit.

There are a few more photos in the 2010 Singapore Airshow, Singapore, February 2010 photoset on Flickr [].

Thaipusam 2010

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Photo from this years Thaipusam festival in Singapore. Taken in early Feb but sitting on the camera till a week or so ago due to my hard drive crashing. I’ve been to the Thaipusam festival three times now here in Singapore and it still blows the mind. I don’t have faith, so I can’t understand what drives people to do this.

You can see the whole Thaipusam Festival, Singapore, January 2010 photoset on Flickr [].

Beantown bound

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I will be embarking on a new adventure soon. On May 1st I will begin employment with a new company based in Boston, and I will be relocating, with the family, to Boston two months later.

Going back to the US was always part of the plan — mine at least, maybe not the wife’s — but not so soon. However it was time to find a new job and the prospects in Singapore have been as exciting and numerous as authentic American sushi.

It’s a bad time I guess, it’s always a bad time in Singapore due to the ‘normal’ career path of engineers — let me just say that they don’t do much engineering for long — and the fact that most companies come to Singapore for cheap labor. So, unless you have ample experience in the banking sector it’s mostly cheap, entry level jobs. My best Singapore option was to run the technical operations of a certain cloud computing company… but they decided my lack of System Engineer experience was a non-solvable problem. C’est la vie, I want to program anyway, but management is the only real option for well paid techie jobs in S’pore.

So I widened my search to include other places in Asia. China offered a couple of interesting positions, but I could not get a house I was willing to keep my family in for what they want to pay a month. Unfortunately I am not a local and don’t live with my parents or 10 other guys. A real place to live most likely with gated access is required. And then there is private school. Too bad then, I would like to work in China now, I think it can only help long term. But no luck. Maybe next time.

I had a long shot for Taiwan, but that didn’t pan out either. Again, it would have been fun. People I’ve worked with before. Good people. Would have loved to work with them again. And I’ve had fun in Taipei so I’d be willing to go there.

Too many unemployed techies in Aus. Not even worth applying really.

Europe is out. I have a US passport, so no right to work anywhere in Europe. No company wants to take on the headache and paperwork.

So I spent a lot of time looking in the US. Got a couple of decent offers, a few what-the-fuck-happened disappearing HR people and lots of cold shoulder.

In the end Boston won. It’s a start-up with a lot of work in Mobile, so I can utilize the wealth of random industry info in my head, but at the same time they branch out in to some other related spaces I have less experience with that could offer a new challenge and learning opportunity. Location seems good, Boston is a decent tech town and seems to be a good place for a family. And, of course, most of all, the people seem good. Good as in a hard to find quality that I need to feel is there in people I work with—especially in a start-up situation. Hard working, smart, fun-loving. We’ll have to see about piercings, tattoos and blue hair (I’ve only see one guy, spoke to everyone else on the phone/email.)

So, the countdown to the big move has started. Plans are being formulated, evil plans devised and coup d’état’s plotted. It’s exiting and scary. Wish me luck… and wish my wife sanity… living in a foreign society for the first time is a mindfuck, from working professional to house-mom will be a big transition.

Now, last thing. Anyone want to buy a condo in Singapore? No? A car? Washing Machine? A sofa? Call me. Let’s discuss. Over kopi!

Lovely splatter pattern

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

It’s like killing a unicorn with a bomb

lovely5555’s review of the Marvel Comics iPad app.

The lions are coming

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Lion dance [] performed at my sister-in-laws house on the third day of Chinese New Year this year.

Kyoto, Japan, January 2010

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Another [] trip [] to Japan in the middle of winter. More specifically a trip to Kyoto.


This trip was precipitated by a visit by my mother and sister to Singapore to see my daughter. Since their flight was via Tokyo, they decided to take a stopover and visit the land of the rising sun, a new destination for them to check off. Candice, Tori and I decided to join them.

Even though the flight was to Tokyo we spent the whole trip, sans train rides to and from Narita airport, in and around Kyoto. This was my planning—Kyoto has the highest density of places to see. And while I’d like to see stuff I’ve never had the chance to see it made sense for my mother and sister to see the ‘must see’ sites in Kyoto on their first trip. It also made sense to go to some place I was familiar with to make it easier to get around with Tori. So Kyoto it was.


We only had 5 days, so we focused on the big must see sites: Nijo-jo [] the Shogun home, Ginkaku-ji [] the Silver Pavilion and Kinkaku-ji [] the Golden Pavilion. Fushimi Inari-taisha [] and Kiyomizu-dera [].

In addition to temple and shrine hopping, we spent our evenings wondering the streets of Gion [] where we spotted not one, but two Geisha. We spotted both Geisha on the same night walking along one of the tea house lined streets. In fact as Tori was playing in a small water fixture next to a door we almost got run over by one of the Geisha when she came out of the door on her way somewhere. No pictures of Geisha though, it was dark and flashing people in the face is not something I am good at.


It was a good trip with the family, Tori had a lot of fun and I have a lot of photos of her. But overall I did not take a lot of good photos. The winter weather and focus on Tori were not conducive to taking photos. I took a lot of snapshots but few turned into good photos. There is defiantly a bent towards good photos in the morning, less time and attention to the shots as the day went on. Still, I did take a lot of shots and some turned out good.

You can see the whole Kyoto, Japan, January 2010 photoset on Flickr [].