Sunday, April 30, 2006

Interesting set if headlines on Sunday Times

After the usual GE coverage on the first few pages, these are some of the stories which followed immediately after:

All grown up...and still getting handouts from mum and dad
Some parents pick up the tab for their working kids' bills

MP Maliki rocks on

From N levels to scoring As in Express
Beatty Secondary student one of many benefiting from 2nd chance offered by education system

Terrorist Noordin evades capture
Police raid at a Central Java village kills two of his aides but the top recruiter for JI remains at large

Al-Qaeda's No.2 leader calls for Pakistani revolt
Zawahiri's message to Pakistanis is the latest release in media offensive by Al-Qaeda

'14,600 killed in 11,000 terror attacks last year'

For the super rich only
Shanghai hosts Millionaire Fair, a sign of Chinese wealth and appetite for luxury goods

China acts to repatriate corrupt officials on the run
Beijing ratifies extradition treaty with Spain, pledging not to execute repatriated criminals

Online political mud-slinging hits Wikipedia
Subliminal, one might think... BTW, interesting to see Madam so involved in the proceedings, too.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Beautiful day in Bintan

The job does take me to some pretty nice places sometimes...

View from Banyan Tree Bintan's flagship villa.
Merged using Canon Photostitch.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Jia-Hui gets a rare day out

Xin-Hui is away at grandma's again for the long weekend, so that means Mommy and Daddy can enjoy a bit of quiet, and a bit more time with Jia-Hui (a.k.a. Mei-Mei). It's also hard to bring the whole troop out without a car, so Mei-Mei does not get out as often as Xin-Hui. But today, she got to have lunch with Mommy and Daddy at the Guild House and visit the fabulous Cold Storage at Jelita, where she was asleep most of the time. Daddy got to catch up on a couple of old movies too, which was fantastic.

For pc and E@L, who seem to have gone quiet on L2M...

A Better Body in 64 Payments
By Steve Friedman
New York Times, January 12, 2006

...At the end of a week I have taken my belt in a notch. After two weeks I have lost five pounds. I don't wheeze quite as much on my trips for Fig Newtons. Also I now use bowflex as a participle.

"What are you up to tonight?" Jack asks one afternoon at the diner, where we are mulling over Villanova's prospects in the forthcoming college basketball season, the heavy toll globalization exacts on the poor and who is a better dancer, Christina Aguilera or Shakira.

"Not much," I say. "I'm just going to grab a salad, maybe watch a little TV, then do some bowflexin." I drop the g because I think it makes me sound more muscular.

In the middle of Week 3, when I look in the mirror, my arms are bigger and my chest and shoulders are more defined. I refer to my arms as guns now, as casually as possible and at the slightest opportunity...

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Man sells wife's box on eBay

Freaking hilarious discussion ensues...
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