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Drama serials

October 27, 2008

For those are into watching drama serials from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hongkong, the drama serial consist of many parts from the first to the last episode. Sometimes, you may miss watching an episode and there is no inkling of what happened to the storyline as you tune in to watch the subsequent ones.

Fret no more if you don’t mind watching drama serials over the internet at your own convenience without missing an episode from


Karang-guni your stuff in the face of recession

October 10, 2008

Headline news in today’s newspapers “Singapore slips into recession” speaks volumes. With the recent collapse of Lehman brothers, the common man will face another round of more belt-tightening measures to tide over this gloomy period. A bowl of noodles now no longer costs as cheap as before. Transport fares, electricity charges, fuel prices etc are on the rise. A shadow of uncertainty is felt in businesses as companies strive to further enforce cost-cutting measure in the face of gloom to maintain survivalibilty.

Perhaps, the present situation could be an opportunity for some entrepreunial spirit – karang-guni the stuff you have that could have been collecting dust in your storeroom without any further use. Unless you have the time to set up a stall at the flea market at some HDB void decks or along Sungei Road, online flea market could just be the next viable option. Instead of junking them down the rubbish chute, displaying your usable wares online could help to recover that extra dollar. What kind of stuffs for your garage sale? It can be a variety of items which are no longer needed such as used handphones, picture frames, encyclopedias, tea-cups and tray set, digital cameras, kitchen utensils, an old computer screen, motherboard, mouse, educational VCDs which your child has outgrown, toys no longer in use, a baby pram/stroller where your child no longer fits into etc. If you are into craftwork such as making beaded slippers or costume jewellery, put that talent to good use.

There could be a host of items in your store-room that you have thought of clearing but never had the time to do so. Perhaps, spend a little time taking stock of of items you no longer need. Take a photo of it and post it on your blogsite or perhaps advertise it like what I did on Ebay. I had the opportunity to sell an extra LCD screen last year. Recently, a buyer confirmed her purchase of a penguin-shaped water dispenser for a mere $8 which I had bought from Action City but seldom use when the novelity wore off. Yes, it was a mere $8. But every dollar counts rather than discarding it without a single dollar earned. You may like to browse a few other items I have put up for sale by scrolling down the right panel under the title header “My Karang-Guni Corner @ Ebay SG”.

Do you have to shout your throat hoarse like the karang-guni man who goes on his rounds blaring – :po chua (newspapers), ku sar kor (old clothes), tian si kee (tv sets)”. You can be the new breed of techie karang-guni who surfs the internet to advertise your wares. Nevertheless, be genuine in stating the condition of your item and your selling price. Who knows, someone may just need that item you thought of throwing away.

If you have nothing to do on a Sunday and thought of visiting a flea market, here’s the link to Flea markets in Singapore. If you share the same interest in looking at old stuffs to be unpolished jewels, do drop me a note if you like to share your link in my blogsite…Karang-guni…

4 things you probably never knew your mobile phone could do

October 8, 2008

You may have come across this email circulating in the internet about the things your mobile phone could do. Here’s the content of the email.

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

1. Emergency
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked.

2. Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone. If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk). Editor’s Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a mobile phone!’

3. Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your mobile battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# and your mobile phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your mobile next time.

4. How to disable your mobile phone when it is stolen?
To check your mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone!: *#06#. A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card. Your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

If you happen to be in one of the above situations and have tried these, did it work? Share your comments.

Do you like the new Facebook layout?

September 10, 2008

There has been quite a lot of buzz regarding the new web design layout offered on Facebook. However, many users found the new layout pretty difficult to navigate among other reasons preferring the old layout. There was even a petition in Facebook garnering users to petition to keep the old Facebook layout. Presently, Facebook users have a choice to choose between the old and the new layout. However, this option will not remain for long.

His theory will face a major test on Wednesday when Facebook will begin forcing its 100 million users to adapt to a redesigned website, whether they like the new look or not. Read the full story on The Straits Times Interactive “Facelift for Facebook”

Best Singapore Blog Awards

September 6, 2008

(Photocredit: The Straits Times Interactive)

Miss Loi, the full-time maths tutor whose “temple” is the place where students seek redemption to survive present day academic challenges. Don’t succumb to “LMBFHS” – Last Minute Buddha Foot Hugging Syndrome, to get the better of you. Prepare oneself for the exams cannot be done at the last minute by burning joss sticks to pray for a miracle nor can burning midnight oil really help you improve your grades the night before. Miss Loi won the “Best Blog Shop” award while the “Best Design Blog” goes to Shaun Chng, an engineering student cum marathoner.

Read the story on 1st Singapore Blog Awards.

Man gets nut stuck around penis

September 3, 2008

Some things people will go through for enlargements or elongations. Read the story at The Straits Times Interactive on the article “Man gets nut stuck around penis”. Ouch!!

Li Jiawei to play for and study at Peking University next year?

August 25, 2008

Another bombshell news. Will Li Jiawei play for and study at Peking University next year? Read the story at

The decision was actually made before the Beijing Olympics began

August 25, 2008

If readers have been following the “Gao Ning” incident and the latest news where the president of STTA (Singapore Table Tennis Association), Ms Lee Bee Wah made a decision that team manager Antony Lee services were no longer required and headcoach Liu Guodong’s future now hangs in the balance despite Singapore winning a silver medal in the women’s table tennis team event in the recent Beijing Olympics, most readers were aghast by the untimely manner the decision was made. Given those involved were tight-lipped about the matter, one can only garner the proceedings of the case from the news. Today in the news, it described that the decision was actually made even before the team went for the Beijing Olympics.

Yesterday, media reports quoted Ms Lee as saying that the decision to let Mr Lee go had been made before the Olympics. When asked by The Straits Times to shed more light on this, she declined to comment. ~ The Straits Times Interactive. Read the full story.

What a damper. Most felt that the STTA could have convene a committee of inquiry to investigate into the matter before a decision is reached. Let’s see what further developments will come of this incident.

5,000 breakfast sets up for grabs

August 7, 2008

Tomorrow 8th Aug 2008, readers will see some significant changes to design and display of The Straits Times. Besides an exciting new appearance of your daily news, there is also a special treat for readers tomorrow morning…

5,000 breakfast sets up for grabs

To mark the relaunch of The Straits Times tomorrow, we are giving away 5,000 breakfast sets to those who buy a copy of the paper at certain outlets. Get your copy at Chevron House in Raffles Place, the Buzz pods at Tampines Mall and Sun Plaza, or at 62 Shell 7-Eleven outlets all over Singapore and you will receive a cream bun, a doughnut, a box of cereal and a can of coffee.

Readers who wish to subscribe to the paper can visit our roadshows tomorrow at Chevron House, Tampines Mall and Sun Plaza from 7.30am to 3.30pm.

You can also subscribe by calling the SPH circulation hotline on 6388-3838 during office hours or by visiting

For more information, please e-mail

(The Straits Times Interactive, Aug 7, 2008)

Singaporean terror suspect arrested

July 3, 2008

This is one piece of news hot from the press. AP (Associated Press) writer, Zakki Hakim, has this to say from Jakarta, Indonesia.

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A Singaporean who met several times with Osama bin Laden was among nine terror suspects arrested Wednesday in western Indonesia, a local television station reported. Read the full report.