Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Got myself a DSLR (at last!)

Finally decided on the Sony Alpha 300 DSLR, after reading through many websites, reviews, and forums.

Think it should be one of the more user-friendly entry level DSLR. I particularly like the Quick Live View, which makes it so much easier for me to capture my little kai kai in action - without having to lie flat down on my tummy to take his picture. heheh.


Sometime back, Viv and I saw this blog site supposedly set up by a "teenage lolita". It was pretty interesting stuff, talks about her 'sexploration' and her many adventures. All in all, it was something rather "advant garde" - at least to someone like me (I'm still in the dinosaur age when it comes to such things).

Anyway, feeling bored and all, we decided to send an email to this blogger (she actually invited interested parties to contact her. Really!) - on behalf of 老娇.

hahaha...take a look at our 杰作 below:


I stumbled upon your blog recently, and am deeply intrigued by your entries...

As a man in my early 40s, I have reached a point where life has become a little too predictable and boring. I am looking to inject some excitement into my mundane life once more.

I cannot help but agree with you that love and lust isn't a singular entity. (though i naively believed it when i was younger)
* for your info, i am happily married with 2 young kids. But like I said, the sheer repetitiveness of coming to work in a gloomy office then returning home to face the challenges at home have taken a toll on my zest for life. I long for exictement!!

I hope I am not being overly-direct by asking you what kind of service you provide to your clients? (btw, what is BDSM? pardon me for being a little out-of-touch with the 'market' )

Hope to hear from you real soon.


Quite bo-liao, ya? Good for laughs though. heheh

p.s. Too bad the email bounced... if not, if would have been even more interesting. :P

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Matter of life and death

Going through a viral infection (throat again, what else??), so I am resting at home on 1 day medical leave.

Had a curious conversation with some of my colleagues yesterday over coffee. The subject - what happens to someone after death?

Not sure how this topic popped up (yep, thanks to mercurial BY, who else??), but it created quite an entertaining discussion afterwards.

Basically, her question was this - that, regardless of the religion(s) or beliefs that different individuals hold on to, SURELY what happens to a person after death MUST be universal, correct?

From the most simplistic angle, say for instance, the Christians believe that upon death, a man will be judged (on Judgement day) and his soul will either rise to Heaven or be sent down to Hell. Buddhists, however believe that a man will be reincarnated upon death, and depending on his Karma, he will either be reborn as a man or as a beast. Only the truly evil and undeserving criminals will be denied this reincarnation and these "evil spirits" will be sentenced to the various levels of Hell (read: 18 levels of Hell).

I'm sure Muslims and Hindus have different beliefs and interpretation on the after-death events.

That being that case, does that mean we (ie. individual homo-sapiens) "end up" differently just because we hold different beliefs during our lifetime? That hardly seems credible - from a scientific point of view - since we are by definition, made up of the same kind of cells, and have the same number of pairs of chromosomes in our DNA. We were all conceived and born the same way (via our mother's womb), so doesnt it make sense that we should end up the same way after death?

And there-in lies the crux of the matter.

Religions and beliefs all stress on a single focal point - the word we call "FAITH". Reason being, much of their teachings cannot be "scientifically proven" at this present point in time. Not with the current level of our scientific achievements anyway. Not by a long shot, IMHO.

Which scientist can PROVE (beyond reasonable doubt - ie. able to convince the ordinary man-on-the-street) that reincarnation has indeed taken place? Who can SHOW us that there is indeed Heaven and Hell, a realm beyond what we already know exist on Earth?

The answer is clear - nobody can. And that is why people will continue to subscribe to whatever beliefs they are comfortable with, based on faith.

But the truth is out there. Someday, we will all find out who's right. Question is, by then, will it matter to us at all?

Friday, May 09, 2008

All I ask of you

No more talk of darkness,

Forget these wide-eyed fears.

I'm here,nothing can harm you -

my words will warm and calm you.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Kai Kai caught a cold...

Baby kai kai has caught a cold some days ago, possibly due to a contagious virus carried by my father-in-law (who is recovering well).

Initially we didnt think much of it, as he only showed the occasion symptom of sneezing. But when he started coughing, we became worried. His coughing soon came with some phlegm and mucus flowed from his nose.
But somehow, through all of these, Kai kai remained cheerful and energetic as usual. So much so that Ping thought we might wait a little longer to see if he gets better himself.

Being the more kan-cheong parent (I'd admit anyday, that I am more kan cheong than my wife... possibly also more kiasu), I made the decision to pay a visit to the PD this morning.

The visit was fruitful, as the PD confirmed it was a viral infection and that Kai could be suffering from nose block as well as sore throat (who would've guess, from the way he still laughed when he's happy, and screamed when he's unhappy).
Our poor baby!

We came back armed with 4 types of medication for him - 2 for his runny nose, 1 for his cough/sore throat, and another was a medicated cream for his skin rashes (another "inheritance" from me - sensitive skin with mild ezema. Sigh... ).

After giving him the required medicine, I'm glad to see him getting a little better already. His breathing seems more clear, and though he still coughs sometimes, I think the frequency has somehow lessened (may be my own perception).

He is now getting more time to try out sitting on his own! Well, okie... with the help of the Bugaboo.. ops, Bumbo chair. :P