Posts about 2008

Time's top 10 everything of 2008

Last.fm 2008 chart

Last.fm has released its most popular songs, albums and artists of 2008. The rankings are based on number of listeners from last.fm database and to qualify for a spot on the chart, the music had to be released in 2008. (via Read/Writeweb)

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Interview with book designer David Drummond

Following my earlier post on a year in reading for 2008 and favourite list of book covers, here’s an interview with book designer David Drummond on Books Covered blog

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2008 — A year in reading

It’s the time of the year again with the release of 2008 year in reading list as well as a compilations of favourite list of book covers.

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Ugly side of my fellow countrymen

Term it honored to be the few chosen ones or the unfortunate few to be on the name list, I was on duty for this year’s air force open house. Being the first time participating in such a grand event, I decided to take it positively though this means I had to sacrifice my entire weekend!

As expected, the various aircraft on public display was overwhelmed with many posing for photos and feeling superior being in the pilot’s seat. Not forgetting the long queue for a snapshot in flying suit and helmet as well as the free aircraft rides from lucky draws. I can understand the reactions and anxiety of the general public who look forward for such events since it is not part of their daily lives to be wearing a flying suit or getting a ride in the aircraft.

What pisses me off is the mannerism and patience of the minority. Instead of being patience joining the queue and waiting for their turn, they decided to attract unnecessary attention by providing feedback and demanding immediate action to be taken. Being politically correct, I had to be nice and friendly but in my mind, I thought otherwise! I finally understand how people in the service sector feel when they had to tolerate demands from uncouth Singaporeans and put up a smile at all times.

With the government spending efforts to project the country’s icon worldwide, I feel so ashamed to have such people as my countrymen who made no contributions except to further degrade the name of this little icon with their actions and attitude elsewhere.

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Chinese New Year

I woke up to the sight of dark gray skies and heavy rainfall. It has been so warm for the past few weeks and the sight of rain coupled with the smell of fresh air is welcoming and perfect to start of the day. Back home in Singapore, I heard the sun is shining high after days of gloomy weather.

Today marks the start of long weekends and first day of the Lunar New Year celebrations. According to the zodiac calendar, it is the year of rat and this has nothing significant except that I’m getting old! I remembered when I was a kid, I look forward to every Chinese new year celebrations. Now that I’ve grown, every of such festival seems just like another normal day. This would be my second time spending Lunar New Year away from home. For many of my colleague, it is one of their first to spend new year away from home.

To my friends and family back home, may I wish that you’ll have a happy and prosperous new year.

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Web trends 2008 beta

Following Web Trends 2007 (version 2 here) internet predicitions, the 2008 Beta Web Trend Map is even prettier featuring 300 influential web sites mapped onto a Tokyo train map.

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Happy Australia Day

Australia Day 2008Click to view larger image

Group of colleague and I went to Langley Park to participate in Australia Day celebrations. The atmosphere was filled with excitement as people gathered by the river to watch air show and fireworks. Needless to say, I had a beautiful tan by the end of the event.

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Welcome to the new year

Welcome, 2008!

Barely a minute ago, we’ve all bid farewell to 2007. For me, it was a great year coupled with fun, exciting activities and memorable experiences. For the new year, I look forward to many more events and opportunities. On top of that, there’s a list of resolution that I hope to accomplish:

Health

I’ve been going to the gym lately and I hope to be able to kick start my gym routine once again and build some solid muscles — though it’ll prove to be challenging when flying starts again. Still, I’m sure I’ll be make sacrifices and find free time to lift weights. Since my eye surgery in late 06′, I’ve been maintaining 6/4 for both eyes. I hope to maintain this excellent vision and this means spending less time on the computer and caring for the precious eye.

Work

Another 6 months and I’ll have completed my basic flying training. I certainly look forward to the day I complete my officer-ship training and put on the ‘golden bar’ on my shoulders.

Social

This should make up a big chunk of my resolution for the year. First and foremost, I want to improve my communication skills, interpersonal relation, patience and character. I realized that I’ve been lacking in these areas and hope to change for the better. As shown in the infoporn, I’ve only read a total of 3 pathetic books for last year. I hope to beat the record and improve on my reading list this year!

This should sum up what I wish to attain for 2008. Easier said than done but I’m up for the challenge.

Happy holidays!

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