Saturday, March 05, 2011

Almost 2yrs since i last posted!

I'm surprised blogger was nice enough to keep it on and going at all!

Work's still the same old same old, a constant struggle to impress other people just so that u can get a small share of the business, keep up old accounts, develop new accounts blah blah blah
I've still not found my own little niche just yet, have a temporary edge keeping me comfy, but not enough to see me through in the medium-long term.
Will have to really sharpen up and pull up my socks in order to climb some more.

Golf - on and off thing. Which is bad. I love golf. I really do. But finding the time to go to the range to practice, and waking up on weekends to play with friends can be quite draining some times. But i will persevere. I will move forward, get my handicap, and keep it up. I love the game enough.
And i will stick with my clubs, until i deserve something better. I will not fall into the trap of blaming my tools, it's the user!

Bought myself a car last year, it'll be almost 1year old soon...
The car itself still pretty much looks the same actually. Have been a good boy and not modified it up much. Yet.
Have done up the audio in it, and with this second round of upgrades, i think i have reached a stage where i am quite happy with it, and will likely continue to remain happy with it for a good while more.
Am in the market for rims though. Current tyres are running out - a likely culprit of the last track day to the notoriously rough Pasir Gudang race track.
Thinking of doing a +1, or keep to the current rims, either way i'm told tyre profiles for both scenarios are hard to come by. Will keep hunting.

Dr@n|xX at 9:37 PM

Monday, August 31, 2009

Another long overdue post.

Been busy with pretty much everything else:

Work. Can't really complain i suppose, though it has been a tough year. Fixtures are hard to come by, and even then it's alot of effort for very little money. I'm still pretty much a support team player, have brought in a bit of deals for the company, but i'm still nowhere near the volumes as the big boys. Really need to brush up on lots of stuff in order to inspire confidence in clients. So there, that's work.

Golf. Still suck at it. Thankfully haven't bought anything new to feed the golf addiction. Well.... other than the Maruman Figaro ladies' set for Jac of course... so yes, my financial health hasn't improved that much. Ha. Have been slowly keeping my eyes open for a driver/woods to replace the dinosaur of a driver my dad has left down for me, tentatively looking at the Nike Dymo2 Fairway woods. Am also definitely in the market for a new pair of golf shoes. Have a sentimental attachment to my very first pair of Adidas Tour 360's, but truth is they are hurting me quite a bit, esp throughout the latter portion of a full golf game. Will consider taking up YC's Handicap classes to fine-tune my game so i won't be embarrassing my self on the golf course - though the cost of the classes are a little bit prohibitive at the moment.

Gaming. Still picking up the pieces with mostly slightly older games. Trying to complete Prototype, but some of the later missions are excessively tough, either that or i'm a little too impatient with the button-mashing. Have also recently started on Sins of a Solar Empire - really like that game. Have slowed down a little bit recently as it is a game of massive scale, and has a tendency to just magically make the hours of the day disappear, consequently i have tried to avoid playing it lately so as not to beat myself up for wasting my day. Otherwise have a truck load of other games just waiting for their turn to be completed and uninstalled from my comp: The Last Remnant, Empire: Total War, Dawn of War 2, Devil May Cry 4, Need for Speed Undercover. Dawn of War 2 in particular, coz i've always liked the Warhammer 20K series, and Dawn of War 2 in my opinion is a good game, just somehow never got round to completing it.

Met up with the guys couple of weeks back. Kart has started his own company doing IT stuff, and has recently gone back to India to start up an office there. His program sounds pretty promising, enough for him to secure a couple of grants from a couple of investors from government agencies. Shiv looks to finally have his big break, and looks to be moving to another Ad agency to embark on his dream to be in a Creative role. Undi - same old same old apparently, keeping up his mid-handicap golf game, bought a big-ass LCD tv for his house to hook up to the xbox. Saw their apartment down at Sin Ming, nice comfy place, common areas were decently neat, don't know about their rooms though :P

Jac's been busy with her blogshop (officially launching very very soon, watch this space!!), pictures, website, suppliers, inventory, pricing, and juggling that with her school work and social life. She seems to be a magnet for insurance agents, both to sell her stuff as well as to hire her. Either that or the insurance people have really gone on the strong offensive lately.

Went to my colleague, Jo's wedding at Church of St. Mary of the Angels on Saturday. Absolutely gorgeous church. Wedding was very touching too, the middle-aged ladies couldn't stop weeping and wiping their tears. Jo as usual was all smiles, and the church even broke into unanimous laughter when he was so much taller than his new wife and had to bend down three-quarters a way after the pastor announced "You may now kiss the bride."

Landlady installed new air-conditioners in most of the rooms. Mine being the master bedroom, the compressor was to be outside my room, so i had to move virtually everything out of my room for the piping, wiring etc to be done. What a nightmare that turned out to be. It's one of those multi-split systems, so basically all the wiring and piping were routed to the compressor which sits outside my window, so i've got lots of wire casings on my walls that're getting in the way of my arranging my cupboards and shelves etc. With all the wall knocking, drilling etc, the whole house was consequently caked in a layer of dust/paint flakes, so cleaning up is still very much a work-in-progress. Sigh. At least i've got new, quiet air-conditioners to be marginally happy about.

Dad left his job at YHS a while back. Was kinda worried for him, good that he can leave some of his worries behind. Yet at the same time, he being the bread-winner of the house and jobless was also a very big concern, further more they had plans to send my sister to study in Singapore, so not having an income was a big worry. So am glad that he managed to find a new job, wish him the best of luck in his new posting. Have helped my mum do up the initial application for study of Secondary 1 in Singapore, where my sis will have to sit for an AEIS examination probably this October - fingers crossed she'll do well and will get a place in a school in Singapore. Must admit that it's a bit of a mindset change for me, as i had gone through a very different path for my education, my mum seems alright with this path she's setting my sis upon, hopefully i'll be alright with it too when results are out end of the year assuming my sis is successful, which i'm fairly confident she will be :)

Until then, enough banter. Ciao~

Dr@n|xX at 12:27 AM

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I confess...

I have an addiction i have a lot of trouble kicking...

I can't stop thinking about it...

I have already spent a small fortune sustaining this addiction...

I don't think anyone can help me with this...

My new love is


I’ve already bought a new set of Nike Slingshot 4D irons.

I’ve also bought a new Nike SV Tour Black Sand Wedge.

I’ve bought a new Nike OZ-5 Mallet Putter.

I’ve bought myself a pair of Adidas Tour360 3.0 golf shoes at half price.

I’ve bought myself 2 Nike Dri-fit polo T’s and a pair Dri-fit of trousers specially for golf.

I’ve bought short tees for teeing off with irons, I’ve bought a long tee in preparation of learning how to tee off with my driver.

I’ve also bought a bunch of 2nd hand golf balls, coz I got tired of losing my exclusive Heineken balls I got for free from my dad back then.

I am now looking for a brush to keep my irons clean, iron covers to protect them, a short rubber tee to practice tee shots at the range, among other ancillary stuff.

My dad was at a golf sale in JB the other day, and called to tell me he’ll help me buy some extra gloves, a Boston bag, and heaven knows what other goodies (secretly I’m really happy – duh).

In the near future, I can foresee myself looking to get my hybrids to replace my long irons, as well as fairway woods and a driver.

Not good.

Not good at all.

I’ve been playing golf almost every week ever since I bought my new clubs.

I have played at the Par 3 Executive course at NSRCC/SAFRA virtually every Saturday for the past 3 weeks.

I believe I’ll be heading down to the Mandai Executive Course this weekend with my colleagues.

And I don’t think I can get enough of it! >_<

Tinkz doesn’t have her own set at the moment, so she’s been left out of most of this. Thankfully she’s busy with her exams at the moment (which explains the cobwebs at her blog), so she cannot really be considered a golf widow just yet.
I hope.

I shudder to imagine when she graduates, and starts to look for her own set. I’ll fall back into this “golf shopping” frenzy again (froth froth) and really dig deep to hunt for the best possible set.

Just the other day she was thinking about her own set. A mutual friend of ours had her appetite wet when she saw a Slazenger ladies' full set at just $200, she thought 'What the heck, I'll just get it, and by the time i think about getting something better, the $200 would've lasted me more than a while...'. I took Tinkz to have a quick look, she wasn't overly impressed, but did see my friend's point. Over the weekend, she saw Al's Maruman ladies set that cost her over $1,000 about a year ago - and that got her really thinking about her very own set.

I can really imagine that day when it comes, when she's got her credit card ready to rock and roll at the golf shops! Then we’ll go on this golfing craze again – playing as often as our bodies and finances can support.


Dr@n|xX at 12:07 AM

Sunday, February 01, 2009

HAHA i haven't updated my blog in so long it's a joke!

I'm honestly surprised it's still up and running at all.

2008's done and dusted. Was not too bad a year. Learnt alot in my job, and though i thought it was a pretty fulfilling year, i feel there's more for me to give, and more that i can succeed.

This will be my crucial year i feel. Will need to doubly push myself, as end of this year will be my real evaluation as to whether i qualify to be a full shipbroker and be part of the commission pool like the rest of my colleagues.

Have taken one of my friend's advice and written down my 2009 resolutions on paper, and made them quantifiable. Have bought a little cork-board memopad to put on my wall to put up my resolutions. Let's see how much I can accomplish.

Have signed up with the company plan at Fitness First, so will endeavour to exercise at least twice a week, hopefully once to swim and once at the machines. The plan is to exercise over lunch, meaning will need to force myself to get up early, have a good filling breakfast, get to work early and get started early so i can get as much done by lunchtime, work out, maybe takeaway a subway sandwich, then continue with work.
Exercise after work hours is kinda tough coz i tend to work late, so i usually am starving when i'm done with work, so exercising is fairly low down my list of priorities. That and the fact that i'm dead tired after a whole day's of work - especially if there's yelling, arguing, whining, plotting, scheming, and other nefarious duties a broker is expected to do. Ha.

Market's fairly quiet lately. Oil demand isn't particularly high at the moment, despite the low prices - in turn meaning there isn't much cargo to be moved around, so the freight market is also feeling a lot of downward pressure.
Consequently only the bigger accounts are generating any business, demoting me to a support role, as I don't have any concrete accounts on hand at the moment - so i'm not generating much income for the company as yet.

On another note, have given up the Blackberry Bold in place of the Nokia E71. Am quite pleased with it so far, other than the fact that it occasionally freezes up in the menu, and i need to restart the phone. Have not found a fix for that yet, even after updating the firmware in the phone.
Am also looking to offload my Samsung HT-Z210 Home Theatre System as well, especially since Jac had bought me a Razer/THX Mako for my X-mas/Pre-Valentines present.

Have also bought Tinkz a Nintendo DS Lite for Pre-Valentines, and also the Cats! tickets for Anniversary. Boy this is going to be an expensive year ha.

Dr@n|xX at 8:57 PM

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I had posted this list earlier - let me make some amendments to it (plus additions into my liabilities column since i have taken those purchases on credit):
  1. Blackberry Boldanxiously awaiting end Sept that’s apparently the launch date for M1
  2. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtremegamer Fatal1ty Pro bought this over the COMEX weekend, oddly enough this wasn’t available at the Creative booth in COMEX, so I bought it from their Creative Store at Marina Square
  3. Democrata brown shoes + new brown belt
  4. Hauppage WinTV-HVR-1300 + Starhub CableTV subscription bought a Hauppage WinTV-HVR-900, plus got my Starhub CableTV subscription too :)
  5. New 2.1 speakers (preferably Logitech Z4i or Altec Lansing MX5021 I will be getting a Samsung 5.1 Home Theatre System with my new Starhub subscription (woohoo), so this couples nicely with my new Creative X-Fi sound card :)

Will be picking the Home Theatre system next week.

Dr@n|xX at 4:49 PM