Archive for May, 2005

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FAREWELL, DAVID. AND THANK YOU.

Today, I found out that a source of mine passed away almost two weeks ago, due to a road accident.

Nobody told me until 20 minutes ago.

I didn’t reallly know David. Didn’t even know he was one of those bikers who frequently participated in those North-South road trips

On the way back from Thailand, tragedy struck.

I met David during the course of my work for Gameaxis. In fact, he’d become one of most reliable sources, being a cafe owner himself.

David was a fount of knowledge, and always keen to share. Despite his busy schedule, he always had time to clue me in to the politics in the business, and his information did more than inform. He prepared me when Gameaxis made its entry April last year, and constantly gave me constructive criticism, even when at times, I was not ready to accept what he had to say.

I cannot believe that he is gone.

I am staring at his phone number on my mobile, and am drunk with shock.

I cannot believe that I can no longer call David. My source. My mentor.

I am grief-stricken.

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THE RIGHT TO BE FAT

A small argument as been boiling in my blog with reference to my Fat Finally Wins entry (and I thought nobody ever reads my stuff). Wanted to put in my two sen but was too long. Here it goes:

Firstly, everyone, calm down. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. It’s the chickenshits who don’t post their email adds/web URLs that annoy me. Still, they are the ones that make your blog famous, don’t they?

Fu/StoplivinginDenial – presumably ure the same person who may be thin and beautiful but can’t own up to your own opinions by leaving an email add/website. Same to the other guy.

Fat is ugly, but it’s not unhealthy, as this research proves. That’s the point in contention here (once you try to talk about it in a civil manner and not be a bitch about it).

We’re talking about health vs vanity here. Isn’t that all that matters in the end? How one can live longer? Read the op-ed in NYT (did you even?). What if your ‘ideal’ weight is a few stones more? Or even more than that? Are you willing to die earlier for your vanity when they declare that the ideal weight, is being overweight by today’s stds?

Talking about fat women – what about fat men? I bet more fat men are hitched than fat women. We girls don’t really care after a certain stage (age?). This leads to the whole, I want to do it for myself, it’s not for others bullcrap. You go to the gym and go on a diet to look at yourself in the mirror all day? Purlees. You wanna walk into a room and elicit dirty thoughts from vain men and jealous women. Fu’s points clearly prove that people should be thin and beautiful for others more than for health OR themselves. Vanity, at its finest.

I’m overweight, and so is my husband. We’re happily married and have two beautiful children. We go for our med checkups yearly and the doctors are always surprised by how healthy we both are with no problems of any kind.

Can you say the same for yourself?

Perhaps some of us don’t really care about what others think. Yes, there are people on this earth whose happiness does not hinge on the acceptance of others.

Having said this, I did mention that there IS such a thing as being too fat, which has nothing to do with being attractive. Some exercise never hurt anyone. You just don’t need a thousand-a-month personal trainer, s’all.

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ELABORATE HANDPHONE THEFT/SCAM GOING ON

My cousin’s husband just related a horrible story to me about how he was conned of his handphone through an elaborate scam just last week.

Eric received a call at his office from a potential client who’d asked him to meet up at One Utama Chilli’s. The man had asked him to bring his notebook to present to his CEO (Eric’s in the plastics business and is a Taiwanese).

Upon reaching Chilli’s, Eric met the man and they discussed business for a while.Five minutes later, the guy asked Eric to call his CEO to ask when he will be reaching, which my cousin-in-law did. It was all very natural.

The ‘CEO’ said he would be there shortly, and had asked to speak with the guy Eric met. As is a natural practice, the man took the call outside because it was a little noisy in Chilli’s.

That was the last Eric saw of the man, or his Nokia phone.

The guy had left his pouch there. Guess what was inside?

A huge stack of old brochures and a rock.

According to my hubby, this isn’t the first time this happened to someone we know. My husband’s colleague also kena-ed a similar thing recently.

She’d met someone online and they arranged for a date. He borrowed her phone to make a call, again walking out of the restaurant, and never returned. What is the world coming to? These guys are real social engineers, predicting that one can’t exactly refuse to lend a potential client, or boyfriend, a phone. How would it look?”Uh, sorry, I don’t lend my phone to strangers.

“We’re talking perhaps tens of thousands of dollars worth of business here and you can’t lend me a lousy thousand dollar phone?

I could be the love of your life and you won’t let me make one call?

One wonders, why this elaborate scam to steal a phone? How much could it be worth outside?

Perhaps this is an indication that even the thieves are getting smart. Much smarter.

Not good for the rapidly rising levels of public apathy.

So the next time some stranger, even if it’s a business associate, wants to borrow your phone, perhaps it would be wise to say “Sure, but can you please use it inside here? There’s a phone scam going on.”

Makes for a good warning system, or conversation piece, if nothing else.

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