Saturday, 29 December 2007

Just a thought



I'm just preoccupied with so many things.

Family crisis, personal stuffs, problems at work. I'm like a juggler struggling to keep his balance and grip.

I badly needed some sleep, maybe I can find peace in slumber.

I'm still hoping that tomorrow's going to be much more brighter.

One thing's for sure. I won't quit, never.

Monday, 17 December 2007

What's the latest, Eben?

What I'm up to lately.

We went to Lau Pa Sat to have a taste of Jolly V Fried Chicken – an imitation of the popular filipino fast food chain Jollibee. I will post a separate article about this.

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A Christmas Lunch was given for all filipino employees @ Awon Korean Restaurant. The food is delicious! I really love korean food, especially kimchi!

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Last Friday we had Christmas Party for the whole company. Lots of food, booze and gift exchanges. There's karaoke, too! (I sung James Ingram's Just Once for the nth time, haha). It's
a memorable night for me...

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Movie marathon Saturday. All Darren Aronofsky films (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and The Fountain). Among the three, Requiem is definitely my number one Aronofsky film. It's a movie about addiction in many forms (it could be drugs, TV, food or sex). The main characters have dreams but in the end they succumbed in their addiction. Ellen Burtsyn's performance is just superb. The script, the acting, cinematography, editing, everything was like presented to the audience in a silver platter. The musical score by Clint Mansel (who also scored The Fountain) is really haunting. The main theme, Lux Aeterna by the Kronos Quartet will always be my favorite musical score. More about Requiem for a Dream here.

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I lost my ATM card and online banking device last Saturday. I remember I went to Lucky Plaza and had my lunch at Kabayan resto, I placed my wallet on top of the table and got busy finishing my sinigang. Then I left the place, and didn't realized that I forgot something. Good thing though, that my credit card wasn't inside my wallet! Or else I'll have another fever knowing that someone might be using it. I reported the incident to my bank's customer hot line and got a replacement card for 5 SGD this morning. My new online banking device will be mailed to me on Wednesday, that's another 20 SGD charge. *sigh*

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My friends and I are going to Kuala Lumpur on the 19th and will stay there until the 23rd. Just a time to relax after months of hard work. Our itinerary includes visiting the Batu Caves, Petronas, and going to Genting. I'm so excited now but...I haven't packed!!!


That's all for now. Ciao till next time!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

The Fountain of Wealth

Tuesday night, still not in the mood to go home early, I decided to roam around and take a peek on some of the city's “eye candy”. I was heading to the City Hall MRT station when an idea popped into my mind, “why not go and visit Suntec City?”. And so the next thing I knew is that I'm walking in the busy underground path of the Raffles City Link going to Suntec.


Suntec City is Singapore's largest shopping mall. The convention center inside the mall is also the home of the annual IT Show. Situated at the hub of the shopping mall is The Fountain of Wealth, the largest fountain in the world according to the 1998 Guiness Book of Records.


Built in 1995 as part of Suntec City development, this giant fountain is made up of bronze, having a circular ring with a circumference of 66 meters supported on four slanted columns. The area covered by the fountain reaches 1683.07 meters, and a height of 13.8 meters.


At night, a laser and sound performance takes place in the fountain. Live song and laser message dedications can also be seen. During that night, the laser light displays “Love is the Message” in various animated way, while the background music is from the movie Moulin Rouge, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor singing “Come What May”.


In Chinese culture, water is the symbol of life and wealth, and the inward motion of the water symbolizes the retention of wealth for Suntec City. Water that's flowing inwards represents riches pouring in, according to feng shui experts. I just noticed that during that night, the water isn't flowing inwards but outwards instead. Water was being sprinkled upwards into the air, I think that means “sharing the blessings”.


It is believed that a visitor who walk around the central base of the fountain three times and touching the water at all times will gain good luck. Too bad I wasn't able to do this, maybe on my next visit when the fountain is turned off.




Here are some of the pictures that I took during that night. I also recorded a short video clip of the laser and sound presentation (to be uploaded soon). The last photo is a christmas tree located at the upper level of the fountain.


Truly it is a feast for the eye, a beautiful sight indeed.












Reference:

http://www.sunteccity.com.sg/fountain/index.htm


Monday, 10 December 2007

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I dreamed a dream

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

Friday, 7 December 2007

I...am...still...will

I may be shattered, but I'll be whole again.

I will not shed a tear.

I learn from my mistakes.

I am not blaming anybody.

I am accountable for my own actions, decisions, and choices I make.

I have to deal with its outcome.

I am not bitter.

I will not be a source of negativity.

I won't hurt anyone.

I will not let myself sink in the depths of other people's sadness, I will not let myself drown.

I need to go back to my senses.

I still have those people who makes me feel I am important.

I have purpose and worth.

I am still blessed.

I am still alive.

I am still here, walking in the face of the earth.

I am still battling to survive in this urban jungle.

I am still moving and looking forward.

I may be naive, gullible or plain stupid at times, but this is me.

I am imperfect.


I, nothing more, nothing less.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

A day of kindness

People from our client's office helped me a lot today. One of them lend her email account so that I can send some urgent information to the help desk. Another one helped me by giving directions on finding a nearby bus terminal where I can buy tickets going to Kuala Lumpur.


People at Tai Hwa Pork Noodle seem to recognize me already, being a patron or "suki" of their minced meat noodle, they're giving me large portions now.


It's been raining all day and I forgot to bring an umbrella. Luckily, an old man offered to share his umbrella with me as we walk to the bus stop.


My manager commended me for a job well done, then she instructed me to assist my fellow teammate who's having a hard time in resolving some technical problems in our system. It's an urgent task, but she's not putting all the pressure on me. After an hour, my teammate and I came up with a solution, and we're about to check it out tomorrow morning. It's a team effort.


It's all in a day's work as usual, but I didn't had the feeling that I'm all used up. It's like this day has been full of positivities, regardless how little it may be.


At least, I have a reason not to utter that I'm tired of being kind.


Tuesday, 4 December 2007

My name according to Numerology

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You entered: ebenezer nicomedes dominguez

There are 26 letters in your name.
Those 26 letters total to 137
There are 12 vowels and 14 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:

HebrewMaleRock or stone of help. Famous bearer: the Old Testament Samuel gave the name Ebenezer to a stone set up in recognition of God's assistance in defeating the Philistines; miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' novel 'A Chnsitmas Carol'.


Your number is: 11


The characteristics of #11 are:
High spiritual plane, intuitive, illumination, idealist, a dreamer.


The expression or destiny for #11:

Your Expression number is 11. The number 11 is the first of the master numbers. It is associated with idealistic concepts and rather spiritual issues. Accordingly, it is a number with potentials that are somewhat more difficult to live up to. You have the capacity to be inspirational, and the ability to lead merely by your own example. An inborn inner strength and awareness can make you an excellent teacher, social worker, philosopher, or advisor. No matter what area of work you pursue, you are very aware and sensitive to the highest sense of your environment. Your intuition is very strong; in fact, many psychic people and those involved in occult studies have the number 11 expression. You possess a good mind with keen analytical ability. Because of this you can probably succeed in most lines of work, however, you will do better and be happier outside of the business world. Oddly enough, even here you generally succeed, owing to your often original and unusual approach. Nonetheless, you are more content working with your ideals, rather than dollars and cents.


The positive aspect of the number 11 expression is an always idealistic attitude. Your thinking is long term, and you are able to grasp the far-reaching effects of actions and plans. You are disappointed by the shortsighted views of many of your contemporaries. You are deeply concerned and supportive of art, music, or of beauty in any form.


The negative attitudes associated with the number 11 expression include a continuous sense of nervous tension; you may be too sensitive and temperamental. You tend to dream a lot and may be more of a dreamer than a doer. Fantasy and reality sometimes become intermingled and you are sometimes very impractical. You tend to want to spread the illumination of your knowledge to others irrespective of their desire or need.


Your Soul Urge number is:
5

A Soul Urge number of 5 means:

The 5 soul urge or motivation would like to follow a life of freedom, excitement, adventure and unexpected happening. The idea of travel and freedom to roam intrigues you. You are very much the adventurer at heart. Not particularly concerned about your future or about getting ahead, you can seem superficial and unmotivated.


In a positive sense, the energies of the number 5 make you very adaptable and versatile. You have a natural resourcefulness and enthusiasm that may mark you as a progressive with a good mind and active imagination. You seem to have a natural inclination to be a pace-setter. You are attracted to the unusual and the fast paced.


You may be overly restless and impatient at times. You may dislike the routine work that you are engaged in, and tend to jump from activity to activity, without ever finishing anything. You may have difficulty with responsibility. You don't want to be tied down to a relationship, and it may be hard to commit to one person.


Your Inner Dream number is: 6

An Inner Dream number of 6 means:

You dream of guiding and fostering the perfect family in the perfect home. You crave the devotion from offspring and a loving spouse. You picture yourself in the center of a successful domestic unit.

Monday, 3 December 2007

Camera Testing

Last Saturday, I bought a SONY DSC T2 digital camera at the recently held SITEX 2007 convention at the Expo in Tanah Merah. Today, I did some experiments and tests to familiarize myself with the features of this camera, so during my lunch break, I decided to took some pictures in the premises of my work place. Here are some of the pictures that I took in the vicinity of the ICA, where I'm currently working.























For more pictures, visit my multiply page.