It’s always nice to write about non-political stuffs. I am threading on safe grounds and can probably compliment (or slam) a product as much as I want. Yes, I am talking about technology posts.

Microsoft has slated it’s latest operating system – the Windows 7, to be released within this year – the same time as it’d be released in the US. For once, I am looking forward to the release of the new OS because the current one is almost unbearable.

First, the memory leaks and is left as it is until I *manually* release the memory by terminating the apparently resident application via Task Manager. Even then, the computer seems to be running out of memory every now and then. Mind you, I have 4 GB of RAM installed, but to be fair, I open many windows as well.

Aero was nice, but eats up memory as fast as DK eats up a BK burger (or a Carls Junior Burger when he doesn’t feel like eating anything that sounds like his initials). So, Aero is probably only good for the first few days or weeks, following which, many would have turned it off. This is quite unlike the Mac OS which has totally fabulous interface. What I wanted to say is that Mac OS FTW, but I think “FTW” is overrated and overused.

I hope the Internet Explorer is nothing like IE7, or IE8 Beta for that matter since both have memory leak problems – amongst a whole list of other things. I do hope that when a dialog window pops up (e.g. Browse for a file, Browse for a location to save a file, etc.), I will be able to do Shift-Tab and key in the starting alphabet to go to a particular sub-folder. Currently, I am not quite sure what it does.

While Hibernation seems to work so far, I hope they will be able to keep it steady. Asking me to shut down/reboot every time I end my work for the day may not always be possible because I sometimes do not really want to open up all my files again and not every program supports a Workspace feature. So yes, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it, please. “Standby” has been fantastic so far, so I really hope they don’t do a Kamikaze on it.

Everything else seems ok – as long as it doesn’t involve the GUI. Aero, again, doesn’t seem to work, unless – I suspect, I have 16 GB of RAM. Then again, it may not be sufficient if the OS is leaky. Everything else is good, but I hope they OS is backward compatible with device drivers. That, is usually a headache.

Having said that, I hope Mac OS releases an OS for other non-Mac machines. Jail break versions don’t count since *a lot* of patching is usually required. However, they are probably pretty fun to use while it lasts.

In the history of Microsoft Operating Systems, those that I’d dare say makes the mark will include the first ever Windows 3.11 with Workgroup, Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows XP. Everything else in between doesn’t work that well and sometimes seem to screw up the system. Windows Vista seems to be one such version. I was tempted to get the Ultimate version, but I think I will hold my horses and just wait for Windows 7.

I do not usually dive into new operating systems (it took me months before I got onto Windows Vista – and that’s because it came together with my notebook and there was no release of Windows XP on it), but the Vista is unusually bad (somewhat like Windows ME) that I am desperate to get out of it.

I hope Microsoft did their Gantt Chart correctly. =)

Windows 7 here this year

By Chua Hian Hou

MICROSOFT’S upcoming computer operating system, Windows 7, will be available to Singapore users here at the same time as it is launched in the United States.

The software giant’s Windows software runs on most of the world’s computers, and Microsoft has promised that the new version will be faster and more efficient than its predecessor, Vista.

Vista has been slammed for being overly taxing on computers resources. Third party reviews of test or ‘beta’ versions of Windows 7, by sites like ZDNet, have reaffirmed this.

Microsoft senior director for its business and marketing organisation Haresh Khoobchandani declined to say how much Windows 7 will cost, or if it will also extend its ‘technology guarantee’ programme to Windows 7. With previous operating systems, Microsoft offered consumers who bought computers a few months before the launch of a new operating system a free upgrade to the new software.

That said, Microsoft ‘will not jeopardise the customer experience’, said Mr Khoobchandani. Windows 7 will be launched within the year.

Source: Straits Times Interactive, http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_325590.html

Article extracted on 14th January 2009

Harry, I love you too!

Singapore January 14th, 2009

A man was apparently arrested outside the Parliament House when he scribbled “Harry Lee, I love you” on the signage stone wall just outside the building. Just as he had finished scribbling the words, Certis Cisco guards ran across the lawn to nab him. Putting up a struggle, the guards had to wrestle him down before he was subdued. MM Lee is also known as Harry by his family and some friends.

I am not sure of his intent, but I am sure many people in Singapore would have loved Harry for the things that he had done – from bringing Singapore in the 60s in it’s old run-down days to modern day advancement that our neighbours can only look in awe and jealousy.

Ok. I am threading on dangerous grounds, but Harry Sir, with all due respect, I love you too! =)

Man arrested for vandalism

By Selina Lum

POLICE on Wednesday arrested a man in his 40s for vandalism, after a signage stone wall outside Parliament House was defaced at lunch hour.

At about 1.30pm, three unifomed Certis Cisco guards were seen wrestling down a man, wearing a red T-shirt and brown trousers, on the lawn outside Parliament House.

Scribbled in black marker on the top right corner of the shoulder-high wall were the words: ‘Hi Harry Lee. I love you.’

Eyewitnesses said they saw guards running across the lawn from Parliament House to nab the man while he scribbled on the wall.

It took three guards to subdue the medium-built man as he refused to be pinned down and tried to wriggle free.

As he was led away, a guard held up a piece of cardboard to cover up the words.

Soon after, other security personnel brought a canvas sheet and draped it over the sign.

The graffiti was cleaned off by 2.40pm.

In response to queries by The Straits Times, a police spokesman said: ‘On 14 Jan 09 at about 2.20pm, Police arrested a Chinese man in his late 40s for vandalism at the vicinity of Parliament House. Police investigations are ongoing.’

Source: Straits Times Interactive, http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_326123.html

Article extracted on 14th January 2009

The O-level results came out a few days back and the usual top talent spotting took place – just like every other year. It is usually some students from some top schools, although this pattern is beginning to fade as more talent come in from overseas. This year is one of those years. Haw Sue Hern from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, scored 10 A1s, and topped the cohort this year. She’s from Malaysia and was here on a scholarship without bond.

I don’t have anything against people who come to Singapore on scholarships. Neither do I have any problems with the top student not being a Singapore. For that matter, I feel that education should be made to anyone who’s interested in it and there should not be any discrimination on the recipient. What caught my attention was how the local papers seem to be highlighting on her leaving Singapore and pursuing her studies elsewhere.

I would think that it’s completely her prerogative to go to anywhere in the world she wants, although I quietly suspects that not everyone agrees with me (well, I can’t please the world =P). I am not sure how many people know about this, but a lot of students from overseas come to Singapore to get their Ph.D and return to their home country to do great stuffs. As a matter of fact, we are losing a lot of postgraduate students every semester, but the value of the Ph.D probably lies a lot in the quality of work done by them. Whether we are losing *top* Ph.D students is another story, but I’d think that for a foreigner to come here on scholarships, they should have been… erm, well-screened (although I really hate to use this word).

So, at that context, I don’t really think Singapore is really afraid of losing talents – especially so when we are losing Ph.D scholars by the dozens. It just seemed strange that the papers would highlight this, perhaps, unusual path that Sue Hern is taking. Well, one man’s meat *could be* another man’s poison. =) What has been working well here may not necessarily work well for her in the future, especially so if she wants to be a doctor. =)

Having said that, there’s been this issue of “brain-drain”, where apparently, *local talent* are leaving for the seemingly greener side of the grass. This issue was probably brought up many times even in political discussions – on how we can retain local talent. I don’t remember anything coming out of it because I still see many of my Singaporean friends leaving for overseas where they thrive. So, should I say that they are weak and left to vie against overseas competitors. If that statement is true, am I implying that overseas competitors are weaker?

No.

I am not implying anything, but rather, I am just a little uncomfortably about the government calling these people Quitters. What is strange is that when these people come back successful, they are welcomed with open-arms (although I don’t know what happens when they return a “failure”). So, does it mean that if I were to leave Singapore today, I will be deemed a Quitter until I come back to Singapore successful? So, if I come back a failure, am I still deemed a Quitter-cum-Failure?

I hate to think about it.

Top student to say farewell?

Best O-level performer may opt for private institution in Selangor

By Amelia Tan

SINGAPORE’S top O-level student was not here to collect her results and may not even continue her studies in Singapore.

Haw Sue Hern, from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, had just returned to her home in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, after a holiday in Beijing when she learnt of her results. Her family had planned their holiday before the announcement last week that the O-level results would be released yesterday.

Sue Hern’s score of 10 A1s made her the top O-level performer out of 36,640 students this year.

‘I am so surprised with the results… I wish I could collect my results personally but my parents had planned the holiday already,’ she said in a phone interview.

Her father is an engineer and her mother, a teacher in Malaysia.

Sue Hern and her younger sister, a Secondary 3 student at the same school, lived in a hostel here during the school term.

The 16-year-old attended CHIJ St Nicholas on a scholarship which did not have a bond. ‘I was scared to come to Singapore all by myself but I was impressed by how friendly the teachers were. My parents encouraged me too,’ she said.

Her secret to success was consistent hard work, she added. ‘I did my revision regularly and reviewed past test papers.’

She is currently enrolled in an 11-month pre-university course at Taylor’s University College, a private education institution in Subang Jaya, Selangor. The triple-science student has not decided whether to continue with the course or enrol in a junior college in Singapore. She hopes to become a doctor eventually.

Her form teacher, Ms Quek Soo Hiang, said she was surprised when Sue Hern told her after her O-level exams in November that she would be returning to Malaysia to study, and was not going on to a junior college here.

‘I wish that she would stay on in Singapore but it is her choice,’ said Ms Quek.

Finishing close behind Sue Hern was her classmate and fellow Malaysian Cheong Jia Ee, and Anderson Secondary student Low Wan Ting. Both of them scored nine A1s and one A2.

Jia Ee, 16, is planning to study at ACS (Independent), Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) or Raffles Institution.

‘I’ve known Sue Hern since Primary 1 when we were in the same school in Malaysia. I am happy that both of us did so well in the O levels,’ she said.

Wan Ting, 16, though ecstatic with her results, said the only blemish on her record is the A2 she got for German. She will be applying for a place at HCI.

The top Indian student was Jharyathri Thiagarajah from Cedar Girls’ Secondary, who got nine A1s. The top Eurasian students were Rebekah Jiashan Broughton from CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) and Jared Ryan Durnford from Tanjong Katong Secondary. Both got seven A1s and one A2.

Nearly all – 99.9 per cent – of those who sat for last year’s O levels received certificates. Of these, 80.8 per cent or 29,592 had five or more O-level passes, while 94.6 per cent or 34,675 had three or more O-level passes.

Normal (Academic) students also did well. Last year, 4,254 or 32.4 per cent of the Sec 4 Normal (Academic) students sat for one to two O-level subjects and 90.5 per cent of them got at least one O-level pass.

ameltan@sph.com.sg

Source: Straits Times Interactive, http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_325455.html

Article extracted on 14th January 2009 – 12 more days to Chinese New Year! :)

The attacker of MP Seng Han Thong, an ex-cabby, had been charged in court today in a district court. He had apparently crept up on Mr Seng and poured thinner on him before setting him ablaze with a starter gun. If convicted, he may be jailed for life.

This drew mixed comments from many people within and out of the blogosphere. Some thought that there would be bias in sentencing him, while others thought that he should be locked up back into the institute (of mental health). However, most agree that this kind of violent action should not have been tolerated.

Update in progress.

A FORMER cabby, Ong Kah Chua, 70, was charged in a district court on Monday with two counts of grievously hurting the MP for Yio Chu Kang and the chairman of the constituency’s temple.

Ong Kah Chua, 70, allegedly poured a bottle of thinner and torched Mr Seng Han Thong, 59, at Yio Chu Kang Community Club at about noon on Sunday.

He is similarly accused of causing grievous hurt to Mr Aw Chui Seng, 69, chairman of Chu Sheng Temple.

Ong’s case was the first to be brought up in court at 8.50am.

Clad in a white T-shirt and dark blue bermudas and wearing slippers, he had complained in Hokkien of pain in the left ankle because of the shackles just before court started.

He asked the policemen around if they could be loosened a bit.

Ong, who is blind in the left eye, was remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric examination.

If convicted, he can be jailed for up to life or up to 15 years and liable to fine. Because of his age, he cannot be caned.

He will be back in court on Jan 23

Source: Straits Times Interactive, http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_325065.html

Article extracted on 12th January 2009

Singapore MP set on fire

Singapore January 11th, 2009

A singapore MP had been set on fire by a 70 year old man during a ceremony to hand out red packets to selected residents. Apparently, the man was unable to quality for the red packet and this incident is thought to be an act of vengeance. The MP, Mr Seng Han Thong, is an MP from the Yio Chu Kang constituency.

In July 2006, he was was punched in the face by a man in his 60s because the MP apparently refused to help him appeal for his taxi licence, which was suspended over an unrelated incident. Investigations are currently underway. More updates will follow.

This post was made sent from the Nokia E66.

Update

Apparently, another man, Mr Aw Chui Seng, rushed to the rescue of the MP and got himself set ablaze too. Mr Seng was initially sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital while Mr Aw was sent to Singapore General Hospital. They are both apparently now in SGH’s Burns Unit.

This event, although unfortunate, may bear a few lessons – not only for the politicians, but for us to learn. Notwithstanding the psychological status of the attacker, this goes to show that in desperate times, desperate measures may be deemed necessary to the ones who are suffering. All senses of reasoning may not longer be in place and the person who is affected may simply just go berserk. This was apparently the case in the previous attack where the taxi driver thought that the MP wasn’t helping him to appeal for his revoked licence. In the end, the man made a public apology and eventually got back his vocational licence. He was however, removed from the company he was working for.

Hence, a lot of PR is really required – not to patronize the public, but really, to be honest and yet tactful. This is indeed a difficult task that even the best amongst out there may sometimes find it challenging.

What’s interesting about this attack (and the MP) is that he is attacked not just once, but twice, by 2 different persons. Is it mere coincidence, or does he really have some traits that sends the wrong signals to the wrong people? This will be highly speculative and I have no wish to be involved in it. Of course, we have so far looked at things from a single perspective – a third party’s.

Looking at what happened and the past incident, I guess the people would also have to understand that their MPs are not gods – they may not be able to do whatever they wish for. That said, why is it that the people are not thinking likewise – or for that matter, why aren’t all the people thinking that way? Some of the people that I have spoken to suggested that it could be because they think that the MPs are also getting (near) million dollar salaries (but in actual fact, they are not; thanks to reader Choong Yong for pointing that out) of the (near) million-dollar salary that they are getting – which seemed to imply a certain amount of authority that they hold and hence their ability to change things. Let us not forget that this is not always the case, especially when stringent red tape is in place. Others that I have spoken too suggested a sense of grudge – especially civil servants who do not seem to understand the plight of the people and indirectly boasted of their economic prowess in this time of difficulty. 

So, how will things change after this incident? Will there be an entire convoy of bodyguards surrounding the MPs every time they do their rounds? I don’t really think so, because as PM Lee has mentioned, the MPs must be accessible. To maintain this delicate thin line between fulfilling their people’s needs and safeguarding their own safety is probably an occupational hazard that they must bare. Perhaps this is why they may get their (near) million-dollar salary when they become ministers?

PS: The author wrote this at 2:00am after shifting her stuff to an entirely new environment. Some statements may not be completely correct while every effort has been taken to ensure the factuality of everything that’s written here.

Attacker set MP ablaze

By Esther Tan and Jermyn Chow

IN A vicious attack, a man said to be mentally unstable poured thinner down the back of Yio Chu Kang MP Seng Han Thong and set him alight at a grassroots event on Sunday morning.

Mr Seng, 59, ran onto the stage at the Yio Chu Kang Community Club, where he was attending a community event, trying desperately to beat out the flames on his back and head.

The chairman of the constitutency’s Chu Sheng Temple, Mr Aw Chui Seng, 69, rushed to his rescue but was also burned.

Others then shoved Mr Seng to the ground and took off their shirts to try to put the flames out.

Both men, now in Singapore General Hospital’s Burns Unit, have burns to about 10 to 15 per cent of their bodies. It is understood they may need skin grafting

Police have arrested a 70-year-old man, identified as Ong Kah Chua, for the attack. He is said to have been in and out of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) over the last few months and was described by neighbours as an ‘eccentric character’ who sometimes ran up and down the corridor outside his flat for no apparent reason.

Cabinet Ministers including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng, and a number of MPs visited Mr Seng and Mr Aw in hospital on Sunday afternoon.

PM Lee said he told Mr Seng, who has a daughter in her 20s, to concentrate on getting well. Mr Lee said MPs from the Ang Mo Kio GRC will work it out among themselves to look after Mr Seng’s ward.

Speaking to the media after visiting Mr Seng, Mr Lee said while MPs should take precautions when they attend public events, they must remain accessible to their residents and be approachable.

‘Because this is an isolated case, the person is an IMH case, we will deal with it but life has to go on and our work has to go on,’ said PM Lee.

This is the second time in 2 1/2 years that Mr Seng has been attacked at a community event. In July 2006, at a meet-the-people session in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, he was punched by a 74-year-old Koo cabby who was upset with Mr Seng as he believed the MP was not helping him to get his revoked taxi licence reinstated.

Mr Koo was initially charged in court but the matter was settled after Mr Seng accepted his public apology.

Sunday’s attack happened at about 11.40am as Mr Seng was handing out bursaries and ‘hongbaos’ from the nearby Chu Sheng Temple to 200 needy people.

Temple employee Ang Lian Ee, 65, said the incident happened after the handouts were distributed and everyone had settled down to lunch in the club’s hall.

The man apparently came from behind, poured a bottle of thinner onto Mr Seng and set him on fire with a lighter.

Eyewitnesses said Ong fled to a neighbouring block but was caught by grassroots leaders and taken back to the community club.

A vegetable stall owner from a nearby temporary market, Mr Ngau Fook Thin, 54, said Mr Seng had a ‘burnt bald patch on his head. Vice-chairman of the People’s Action Party’s Yio Chu Kang branch, Mr George Tan, said Ong had gone to see Mr Seng at several meet-the-people sessions to complain about ‘evil spirits in his house’.

Source: Straits Times Interactive, http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_324807.html

Article extracted on 11th January 2009

Notice for all Borders card holders: Today is the last day to get a discount of up to 40+ % if you purchase 4 or more books. The coupon is available at http://email.borders.com.au/sg/2008/20081226/t0k/coupon-02-sg.asp

Well, I did my purchase last weekend with my usual gang… or rather, I did my purchase with the usual gang from which one of them had a Borders card. Heh. Ya… no choice lah. Recession.

Yes, petrol prices have increased for the first time in the last 6 months, after dropping continuously every other week due to weakening prices of crude oil. I never quite get the complex translation of price of crude oil to that of petrol prices, so all I know is that a great jump in crude oil downwards may not necessarily translate to a great jump in petrol prices. Well, I just hope that the converse is true as well.

What I am worried about is weather this translates to The Return of The Fuel Surcharge. I was actually quite glad that the fuel surcharge disappeared eventually. Well, I guess that since they made a promise to get rid of it if diesel prices dropped, they would probably have to keep to their word. However, I also feel that nothing can probably stop them from doing otherwise since Singaporeans are known to be a tame species.

Come to think of it, there hasn’t been much activities in the motoring scene recently, and by that, I mean things related to ERP, road taxes, COE and all. Everything seems to be rather peaceful, short of that sudden $2 which some people liked and others hated. Well, I will write about that soon though. Right now, let’s hope that petrol prices don’t go on a rally upwards :)

Petrol price up – first rise in six months

PUMP prices have risen for the first time in six months.

Oil companies, led by Shell, started raising petrol and diesel rates by four cents a litre across the board from Tuesday.

Singapore Petroleum Company was the last to do so when it increased rates yesterday.

With the first upward movement after a continuous lowering of prices since last July, 98-, 95- and 92-octane petrol grades are now $1.62, $1.546 and $1.538 a litre, before discounts, respectively.

So-called ultra-premium fuels Shell V-Power and Caltex Platinum are now $1.799 and $1.796 a litre, respectively.

Diesel, used predominantly by taxis, buses and commercial vehicles, is now $1.283 a litre.

Industry experts said production cuts by Opec, and Russia stopping natural gas supplies to Europe had pushed oil prices up in recent weeks.

Mr David Ernsberger, editorial director (Asia) at energy industry tracker Platts, said wholesale prices of refined products – such as petrol and diesel – have ‘risen quite a lot since the start of the year’, but added that ‘it’s hard to say if the rally will persist’.

Source: Straits Times Interactive, http://www.straitstimes.com/Singapore/Story/STIStory_323264.html

Article extracted on 8th January 2008

I saw this article this morning and it reminded me of a friend who was unable to leave Singapore because his passport has less than 3 months’ validity. I’m not sure what happened after that, but I think he got someone else to go in his place.

Yes, immigration rules are aplenty and it’s sometimes daunting to just look through and understand everything. Well, there’s going to be another change again. This time, for travellers going to the United States. With effect from next Monday, Singaporean travellers who wish to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Programme will have to apply online at http://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. This is put in place as part a security measure by the US after the Sept 11 bombing.

Of course, visitors will also have to be aware of other prevailing immigration rules when travelling out of Singapore. Speaking of which, if you are not aware yet, all new biometric passports are only valid for 5 years and are no longer carrying the NRIC number as the passport number. Yes, so it means having another set of numbers to remember while filing in the immigration. Oh well.

Leaving for US soon? Get approval online

FROM next Monday, Singaporeans travelling to the United States will have to apply online for approval before they leave for the country.

The US Embassy sent out a reminder yesterday about the new rule taking effect.

Singaporeans who hold biometric or machine-readable passports can enter the US without the need for a visa.

All they have to do is submit a form, similar to an embarkation card but more detailed, to the US authorities when they arrive in the country.

However, Singaporeans who want to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme will have to apply at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov for approval with effect from Jan 12.

Travellers are advised by the US authorities to apply at least 72 hours before travelling.

The online application and authorisation process is free currently, but the US government reserves the right to charge a fee in future.

Approved travellers are allowed to make multiple visits to the country for up to two years.

The new system was put in place by the US Department of Homeland Security as part of its security measures after the Sept11, 2001 terror attacks.

Officials from the US Homeland Security said it will vet applicants to determine whether anyone poses a potential threat.

Source: Straits Times Interactive, http://www.straitstimes.com/Singapore/Story/STIStory_323272.html

Article extracted on 8th January 2009

Yeah, after a pretty long hiatus, I have returned. Well, not that I’ve really been away, but 2008 had been a really hectic year! 2009 will be an even more hectic year, but I’m trying to prioritize things so that there will be time for everything.

First of all, I’d like to wish all my blog readers a Happy New Year! This New Year’s eve had been a little different from previous years – where I usually find a good spot to capture the best of the countdown fire works. Instead, I had decided to RSVP to a corporate invitation to spend New Year’s Eve at Clarke Quay. This is probably the first New Year’s eve with almost nothing organized within my usual group of friends and bloggers – with some of them having found new halves to hang out with, while others suffered from PMS (both the male and female versions) which will result in very little turnout for any even – if organized at all.

I have also turned down an inaugural invitation to be part of a Bloggers’ Resident Program (BRP) cos’ Simply Jean is already currently writing for NHB’s yesterday.sg, which at most times, is easily quite demanding given the need to crack her brains for newer places to explore and more ancient things to write about. While there’s a risk that NHB’s programme will be canned anytime soon, moving on to another BRP might not always be the good solution, since it takes away attention from this blog.

2008 had been a good year as Simply Jean was nominated in 2 blog awards – Ping.sg’s and OMY.sg’s. Quite obviously, nothing was won but the campaigning period had been pretty interesting. However, with strong contenders like Sheylara.com, Rinaz.net and the likes, it’s a little difficult to come on par. Some might argue that blogging is not about winning awards, but well, some fun won’t kill, will it? :)

2008 is also the year that Simply Jean had been referenced several times in the Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao. 2 blog entries – particularly the one on Pedra Branca and another on Li Hongyi brought more eyeballs to this blog, however, nothing beats this. Ever. Then again, probably different “market” :P

So, what’s installed in 2009? Well, I guess that depends indirectly on how many of such events happen. Of course, this reminds of something that someone once asked me, “Isn’t Simply Jean an anti-establishment?”. Well, I am not sure what made people think this way,, but I’d think that Simply Jean is just a, quote-unquote, Kao Beh blog, according to someone who’s into the real political scene. In fact, this person was surprised that I even sang the national anthem!

So, what’s a good way to start the new year? Well, I’m not too sure, but for the first time, I tried the Starbucks Toffee Nut Frappacino but just short of getting their Espresso Passport. Fortunately, or unfortunately, today is the last day that the Toffee Nut Frappie will be served, but fret not! It will be back by this Christmas. Yes, the one in 2009. =S

Lastly, before I end this entry, I would be going for the Bloggers Calendar’s Launch which will be held latter at SMU’s Ice Cold B at 6:30pm. Yes, some of the bloggers joked about an autograph session, but… nay, it’s probably just another excuse to get together. And oh, if you have not/decided not to purchase the calendar, I think you can still download your copy here.

Meanwhile, have a good new year! :)