Wednesday, 30 November 2005

Walking on air..

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rise above the sunrise Originally uploaded by awfulsara.

What is more romantic than
sailing hundreds of feet above ground,
in a hot air balloon transcending
the vast horizon with sights such as this?

Well, I recently heard that a very lucky person sailed in a balloon similar to this one, across the Melbourne landscapes, and at approximately a thousand feet off the air, her bf gave her a proposal (infront of 8 others)! Talk about being on cloud nine!

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Wednesday, 23 November 2005

Round and Round the Roundabout

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Sign 0011 Originally uploaded by ektopia.

Britain’s obsession with roundabouts is really quite funny. I never knew that it was this obsession that was also imported into Malaysia when they ruled over Malaya until a Singaporean ex-colleague pointed it out to me. And I never knew Malaysia has quite of a lot of roundabouts ourselves. Near to where my house in in PJ, we just had one abolished to make way for newer more advanced method of road system- the traffic light junctions. Also, the “world’s smallest roundabout” is about a KM away from my house.

Roundabout Originally uploaded by embleton.

According to wikipedia, the first actual modern roundabout was constructed in New York City, United States in the early 20th century. However, the widespread use of roundabouts began when British engineers reengineered the traffic circle in the mid-1960s to overcome its limitations of capacity and for safety issues. I’ve seen so many of them everywhere here in London.

Yesterday I boarded the bus to go to the Retail Park. The double-decker bus I was on was overtook, albeit not according to the traffic rule, by a truck at the roundabout. This is a busy 6-exits, traffic-light-controlled roundabout. And because of the amount of exits there are, the distance between each exit is a short distance, thereby limiting the driver’s ability to get into lane fast enough, especially if you are driving a big vehicle. The truck came very close to scratching the right side of the bus where I was sitting. But apparently, at the front, the truck has managed to knock the driver’s side-view mirror. And instead of only getting upset at the truck driver and implode, the bus driver decided to overtake the truck driver at the next traffic light (still within the roundabout), and verbally threaten him that he (the bus driver) is not gonna let the other driver off for doing that. The lights changed and the bus driver, still obviously being commanded by road-rage, decided not to let this go.. No.. He maneuvered a little more to the left to try to block the right side of the truck now.. and release the brakes little by little and when the truck tried to move, it made a sickening scratch on the left side of the bus. Mind you, the exit door is on the left and yes, it’s blocked. It’s blocked and we cannot get out.

Columbus Crcle, New York Originally uploaded by Esthr.

(The roundabout looks abit like this, but a much smaller version)

Calling to report this accident, I can hear the driver of my bus “explaining” his side of the story. A fellow passenger decided to have a word with the driver, obviously not pleased that his journey is delayed. This passenger is polite and tried to tell him that he could’ve avoided this accident.. but the driver got mad at him instead. Anyway, cutting a long story short, we were let out via the back emergency door into the busy roundabout into a passing bus. A kind passenger held my hand to jump from the higher platform onto the hard tarmac (How do they expect the elderly to do this?), into the waiting bus. Well now, isn’t this a wonderful experience of a different kind? My short journey to Tesco is made more interesting at this roundabout thanks to a very short-tempered London bus driver.

More roundabout pictures...

This must be my favouritest roundabout in the world! A Sculpture by Pierre Vivant, 1998. (Canary Wharf). I was in the car on a nice summer evening going to the cinema and we passed by this most interesting sight! It looks like this.

The Traffic Light Tree Originally uploaded by Hector Loudon.

(Tsu Lin's favourite roundabout in London!)

And ever heard of a "Magic Roundabout"?

(The Magic Roundabout)

According to wikipedia, this "Magic Roundabout" (not to be confused with the children's television programme The Magic Roundabout) can be found in the town of Swindon in Wiltshire, England. This roundabout is made up of one large center roundabout and five smaller (mini) roundabouts around the center. Traffic can circulate clockwise or counter-clockwise around the main central roundabout, with the normal rule applying at each mini-roundabout within.

Similar systems are found in various places in England. Magic roundabouts are also known as "Ring Junctions".

Tuesday, 22 November 2005

I conquered Tumblebugs!

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(Screen capture of my victory!)

23:02 HURRAH!

Finally, tonight after an exhilarating 3 hours sitting infront of the lappy ..and about the 19,898th time playing Level 12, I managed to finish all sub-levels. There are, as usual 8 sub-levels in each levels of Tumblebugs. So, after a most exciting time at 12-7 (which reduced my life from 5 to 2), I maintained my calm till the end. Thanks to CG who introduced this to me, I've been playing this game for the past 3 months.. trying to reach the end.

Tumblebugs, like Zuma and Luxor, is a puzzle game shooting coloured beatles at the line to make matches at the "advancing line of colored balls”. This frees the bugs being captured by the Evil Black Bugs who want to take them to their lair and make them slaves.

This is satisfying indeed!

Hmm... .. (Yes, life of an unemployed surely borders boredom, no?)Next please!

Friday, 18 November 2005

Looking back - A year ago.

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Having not worked for almost a year certainly is not something that I like getting used to. And sometimes I do become a tad melancholy looking back at life when I am more financially independent. And of course, working so close to Suria KLCC, I am obviously innocently exposed to the 6 times a year sale in Malaysia. And how much has Tsu Lin contributed (in personal finances) to the Malaysian economy? Well.. apart from tax, it’s all in the shopping! When I moved from my Project Management job into my last position, a Marketing role doing mostly analytical, category managing and merchandising, I also got :-

1) A place nearer to the cafĂ© bar, the company’s break-out area. This is a “happening” floor and you can pick up one or two hot topics here. Or, if you’re really lucky! You get roped into many “interesting” conversations.. just by “being in the vicinity”. It gets abit too distracting at times, so sometimes I would hot-desk at one of our discussion rooms to get some peace and quiet. ^_^

2) A desk with a view! Well, the view is pretty amazing, having the luxury of overlooking KLCC’s park, its fountain area with the lush surrounding green lung. Yup. Sometimes when I do work late, I take a break by swiveling my chair around to take in the fantastic view below. Usually at 5.30pm, they would’ve turned on the fountain and lights and from above, the view is just stunning. It beats the old view – looking at the crawl along Jalan Ampang, and beyond!

(View from my desk, circa 2003)

3) Nearer to the ladies. Well.. what can I say? I’m a person who likes the shortest (walking) distance to anywhere.. so, if I can save 28steps from walking to the loo (No, I never counted. I’m just saying), that is so much better. Hey, the saved calories can be better utilized doing REAL work.. like thinking (Yes)

4) Further away from my boss.. Infact, he’s not even in the same building! Whoohoo. No, but I have a great relationship with my boss- LY, my much-respected mentor in Merchandising. LY is based in Singapore and we’d often catch up with work by keeping in close contact via teleconference, or by the frequent meet-up required by the job. So traveling is also quite often for me. Although not as often as was in my first role. But not that I’m complaining.

5) To work with suppliers and vendors of the FMCG industries.. some of whom I still keep in contact.

6) The chance meeting with the love of my life.

And from there, starts a new life here.

Tuesday, 8 November 2005

Home and my favourite things..

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Random shots of home. I love using Picasa2. After learning about Picasa2 from Mooiness! (I read this blog occasionally), I decided to upload install it and boy, isn't this addictive?! Spent the whole of yesterday editing photos and exploring the features of Picasa. The Picasa flickr group was most helpful. I learnt how to do a few collages trick from there. More collages can be found in my flickr album

Another collage of my favourite things. I made the image of myself using Yahoo Avatar (after seeing MVO did one of herself). I wonder if it looks like me indeed?

I hate this template which doesn't allow me to edit my posts very easily. I seem to need to use HTML coding instead, even for paragraphing and re-alignment of the pictures. Argh!

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