The Mirror Image Of Myself

I LOL’d At This World Map

Posted in Asides by zenmaster on July 24, 2006

OMG! Xbox Is Heug!!!!!

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What English Speaking Country Do You Belong In?

Posted in Survey by zenmaster on July 21, 2006

You Belong in New Zealand


Good on ya, mate
You’re the best looking one of the bunch

Though you’re often forgotten…

You’re quite proud of who you are

What”>http://www.blogthings.com/englishspeakingcountryquiz/”>What English Speaking Country Do You Belong In?

Game Over

Posted in Sports by zenmaster on July 10, 2006

Afterall, FIFA World Cup has ended after 1 month of football outbreak. It serves one of the most memorable events in the history of FIFA World Cup. One of them is Christiano Ronaldo. His true colors finally revealled. He deserves a FIFA’s Oscar Award for his trademark diving skill that’s not working and not impressive. He’s jeered for his lame chiches. I will write a journal about the lame Christiano Ronaldo. Secondly, Zizou’s retirement ended in shame after he headbutted Italiano. Consequently, he recieved a bloody red card, sent off from the field and worst of all, he’s not allowed to attend the ceremony. Maybe he has a reason to lose his temper, but he should control his cool.

My favourite teams are:

  1. Czech Republic – Because it’s the most underrated team in the world. Many people don’t realize that Czechis a good team. Sadly, they’re not qualified to 2nd round because they were too agitated in the game. First time methinks. (Czechoslovakia doesn’t count)
  2. Australia – Because it’s managed by one the best tactical manager in the world, Guus Hiddink. If Oz is not beaten by Italy, they will definitely reach to semi-finals.
  3. Germany – Because I fancy German language. 😛

After my favourite 3 lost the game. I couldn’t care less. I just go with the flow. And the result is Italy, the champion of FIFA world cup after decade. Well done, Azzuri.

Silent Hill

Posted in Random Thoughts by zenmaster on July 8, 2006

My favourite video game genre is adventure. I’m leaning towards the great storyline instead of gameplay. One of my favourite adventure game is Silent Hill.

The feeling of fear prevailing from Silent Hill is depending on the feeling of fear. In the earlier sequel, a sense of fear is sustained by silence that lies within each characters which is progressively raised into anxienty. Gradually, it’s escalated into horror. Whereas the latest sequel emphasize on direct feeling of fear (violence).

The walls that bleed, swarmed and burned. Plus, an eerie sound that’s so realistic, it will send a chill thru your spine and butterflies in your stomach. This effect makes the set comes alive and realistic. It’s a definitive language of FEAR.

Since I’ve played all 4 sequels, I’m going to write a review from my perspective (no spoiler here).

  1. Silent Hill – There will be a remake of this sequel on PSP (maybe a prequel?), with better graphics, sounds and storyline. The graphics is choppy due to limitation of the PS1, but the sound compensates it.
  2. Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams – A sequel of its own and not related to the 1st installment. This is the best game I’ve ever played. It’s all about a protagonist  who is trapped into his own hell. I”m not going to explain it further, just play it.
  3. Silent Hill 3 – Graphically improved. A sequel derived from the 1st installment. Storyline is okay but the gameplay is too short. Replayability is short, as the ending is only 2. If you don’t care about the replayability, there’s actually 6 endings (just look at the game over cutscene).
  4. Silent Hill: The Room – The latest installment. Not related to any sequel, but closer to 2nd installment. The best thing of this game is, the protagonist is not playable. The most failure sequel of all.

Before I”m signing off, here’s my word of wisdom. What you see is not nessassarily reality. What you’re seeing may not be what I’m seeing. Maybe they are humans just like you. I might be wrong.  Till then, ciao.

My FYP = Hotel Management System?

Posted in Notes by zenmaster on July 4, 2006

My final year degree is 1 year more but I’ve come out with ideas on what to do in my FYP. My ideas are subjected to change anytime.

Restaurant

  1. Food
  2. Table Reservation
  3. Staff Payroll

Rooms

  1. Reservations
  2. Guest List
  3. Toiletries
  4. Towels
  5. Minibar
  6. Housekeeping Staff

Maintainence

  1. Stuff & stuff needed to clean the place

Miscellaneous

  1. Payroll
  2. Valet Parking
  3. Rent & Rates
  4. Meeting Rooms
  5. Ballroom
  6. Conference Room

Flashback On LSD

Posted in Interesting Stuff by zenmaster on July 3, 2006

lsd

You may think that the picture above is a reminiscent of Listerine breath freshener stripe. Aye aye? Nay. Speaking of which, It’s not consumed to make your breath fresh, but to get high.

One of the accidental discovery, LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide in short. Initially, the fundamental compound in LSD used to induce childbirth, now it become one of the most powerful recreational drugs ever created in the history of pharmaceutical (after ketamine, maybe). Ironically, the founder of LSD, Albert Hoffman from Swiss never take it nowadays, even for recreational purposes. Many users think LSD doesn’t cause toxicity or fatality when overdose, unlike alcohol, opiates and cocaine. Right, but that’s not the main problem. Problem is, when the user started to experience the “bad trip”, which can be scary for the weak-hearted for the person like me.

Here’s a symptom as described on wikipedia.com:

Panic reaction
Amplification of unconscious fears
Self-aggression
Suicidal ideation
Fear of going insane or of the inability to return to normal
Perception of rapid aging of self or others
Profound depression

GAWD!!!!! That’s not the definition of getting high. That is insanity.

Musicians that take LSD make better music. Maybe. Simply because the can “smell the taste, hear the sight and taste the sound”. What does that mean? Mmmmmm……no idea. No wonder bands like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Grateful Dead or any hippie-loving-peaceniks make a really great music, something that mainstream pop artists cannot do.

I feel like I’m in another plane of existance or twisted dimension (no pun intended), or even achieving enlightenment at the speed of light, unlike meditation, which takes hours to achieve alter the state of mind (depending on the place).

Click it to experience the “bad trip” from first person perspective: http://webzone.k3.mah.se/kit01051/flashback.html

Mind My Own Language

Posted in Life Stories by zenmaster on July 1, 2006

I wish I could learn extra languages. Learn another Chinese dialects? I couldn’t be bothered. I rather learn by language family, for instance Latin, Germanic, Sino, Semitic and stuff. The languages that I would like to learn are Cantonese, Spanish and German.

The only Chinese dialect language that I can speak is Mandarin. Like any typical jook sing, I only can speak and understand (sort of), but cannot write the script. Great, I think I need to run for cover just in case the purist wants to flame me. Whenever I speak Mandarin to salesman, taxi driver or restaurant owner, they will ask me “Are you from Singapore or China?”. I think I need to learn Cantonese so that I will not labelled as foreigner from China and Singapore, just to be safe. Besides, Cantonese is the most spoken Chinese dialect in Chinese diaspora. If you’re visiting Chinatown overseas, expect them to talk to you in Cantonese.

Next language, Spanish. There’s so much telenovela and Latin songs lately. I’m not a big fan of telenovela or spanish music. In fact, Spanish is the 2nd most widely spoken language in America, or the world. Maybe it has a potential to be a de facto language in US of A replacing English. To be honest, I have no reason to learn Spanish. To follow the crowd? Because it’s based on endangered Latin? Because it’s trendy like Kaballah? Maybe.

Here’s my favourite one, German. I’m longing to learn German one fine day. Speaking in German makes me feel like a I’m a techie person. Most of the technical contents on the Internet are written in German. On Wikipedia (and its affiliates), German has 2nd most submitted contents. According to linguist, German is the easiest language to learn for the Anglophones, or English speaker. Reason is, English is actually a Germanic language, so you will find some of the words in English are similar with German. Mmmmm, I’m out of idea already.

Considering that I’m a lower middle class person, I’m not afford to learn it at language center. Nevertheless, there’s always the Internet and you-know-what-I-mean.