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2008: The Best Year That Was

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2008 has easily…and I really mean EASILY been the best year ever for me. I don’t say this because everything has been smooth sailing for me and that it has been all positives, but rather it has been a really unique year, filled with experiences and little journeys which I will never forget. Ever.

I knew that I would write this post the day I knew that 2008 was going to be over. And I didn’t want it just to be another meet-the-deadline-before-the-new-year post of what has happened in my life last year. I want it to be one that lifts the name of Jesus high because He is the reason why I can write this post today :)

So here I am, 1.11 a.m. in the morning, back in my wonderful hometown of Kota Kinabalu, sitting in my room in which my brother and I have grown up in, making an attempt to put into words how 2008 has truly meant to me.

My Best Moments of 2008: Read the rest of this entry »


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January 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm

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It’s Been A While…

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…since I last blogged!!!

I have so much stuffs in my mind to put into words. I am currently spending my well-earned holiday back in my wonderful hometown of Kota Kinabalu. Been trying to gain weight but have not been very successful so far =/

Very encouraged and provoked by what Ps Ashley Evans spoke about lately;

“Do you want to be BLAND or GRAND in 2009?”

You decide. I certainly want to be grand. There isn’t even another choice to settle with :)

Next up: Christine arriving in KK next Wednesday and trip to Hong Kong next Saturday! Can’t wait!!

More posts to come if I can only start my blogging engine again.

*Thank you for participating in the oh-so-provocating poll of whether you like the newest MacBook or not. Whether you like it or not, I’ve bought myself a new MacBook before flying back to KK and boy, there is no turning back since :) 

This is just for the records: My first blog entry on a Mac *beams with joy*

Happy Grand New Year 2009 Everyone!!!!

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January 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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Drooling is Allowed

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October 16, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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New MacBook and MacBook Pros Tonight

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WooHoo I can’t wait!!!! My Dell Inspiron 600m has served me very well for the past 5 years, and has worked flawlessly bringing me through Medical School :). It is still running happily on 512MB of RAM and 40GB of hard disk space with XP, of course. At one point it dual booted XP and Ubuntu Linux.

My Dad has recently expressed his interest in owning my Dell Inspiron, using it as his portable stock exchange/ database computer. What better time it is to get a new laptop than these exciting times when the new MacBook and MacBook Pros are coming out??

*Oh yeah, btw, I am still using a 256MB Kingston Datatraveler II thumbdrive as well, and i’m sure it felt so daunted this morning when it was doing its job alongside thumbdrives from my other colleagues which had the capacity of 8GB and beyond. 0_0 It was lost three times and found again. And it survived a washing machine cycle without any loss of data. Time for an upgrade?

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October 14, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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Liverpool FC Conquers Manchester United, Tops League

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YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After seven years, Liverpool FC finally got a win in Anfield against Manchester United. A brilliant second half team performance by Liverpool led to a brilliant goal by Ryan Babel. Liverpool is currently top of the league, awaiting Chelsea’s ‘Big Money Clash’ with Manchester City. Go Reds!

What a great game to end such a long day :D. *Contented*

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September 13, 2008 at 11:55 pm

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New iPod Nano, iPod Touch and iTunes 8.0

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I happened to stay up late because I needed to finish up an article entitled ‘Contrast in Medical Imaging’ (which is not too exciting) and was able to read live-blog updates regarding Apple’s September Event (more exciting) which had just finished 10 minutes ago. Here are the exciting round ups:

1. New iPod Nanos! And they come in 9 different colours (3 new colours) – Similar design to the 2nd Generation iPod Nanos but with a wider screen and also significant improvement in its interface. One interesting feature is its ability to Shuffle songs when you shake it! AU$199 for 8GB and AU$279 for 16GB.They ship with a new pair of headphones, very similar to the iPhone, which have audio control functions (play/pause, volume) and a microphone that can be used for voice recording.

2. New iPod Touches – looks like the iPhone but slimmer and with a metal back. A major upgrade is that now Nike + is built in, you only need to get the shoes ;). Other new features include a built in speaker and side volume controls. 8GB for AU$329, 16GB for AU$419, and 32GB for AU$549.

3, New iTunes 8.0 – main new feature is Genius, a supposedly smart function which recommends songs to you from your playlist and also from the iTunes Store (and hence encouraging you to buy more songs ;) )

4. iPhone Software 2.1 – “Fewer dropped calls, big battery life improvements. No crashes with Apps. Backing up is faster.” according to Steve. It will be out on Friday (Saturday in Australia). Can’t wait to update!

5. The iPod Classic is now limited only to a single 120GB model. AU$339. Same thickness as the previous 80GB model. It seems like Apple is pushing towards iPod Nano being the mainstream iPods now.

6. iPod Shuffles get a colour change too. Still AUS$65 for 1GB and AUS$89 for 2GB.

Gosh it’s 4.25 a.m. now. I should sleep. Exciting day ahead :)

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September 10, 2008 at 4:57 am

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3 on Unlocked iPhone

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I’ve managed to get my iPhone unlocked in 5 days time after calling Optus up (yay!). Not too long after I did a restore on iTunes and popped my 3 sim card in :). Everything worked except the sms function :(, however, a clean restore again without putting back the backup data from iTunes did the trick and now my iPhone works perfectly on the ever-amazing 3 Network :)

Put on the Invisible Shield as well from Zagg which happened to arrive on the same day the iPhone was unlocked. The videos on their website were really convincing but I was actually a bit disappointed on the end result on my phone. It was not that easy to install it perfectly (without bubbles and trapped fluid) especially on the back! The guys who did it on the videos were obviously pros and have done them for a zillion times. Anyway, at least I am well assured that my iPhone will not be scratched for a good long while :)

Now I am (still) a happy 3 user on an iPhone!

Update: Recently Optus has secretly increased their pricing for handset repayments per month to $2 more per month! (Old subscribers will not be affected) How sneaky! This is apparently due to a significant surge in their sales for the past months due to iPhones. Trying to make more profit from an increase in demand??

Advice: Dump Optus, stick to Three. Well that’s my take. Sorry Optus users :)

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September 9, 2008 at 12:42 am

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The Arrival

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It is here! My iPhone has arrived, 7 days earlier than expected!! *does 100x backflips* Following is a short synopsis of my journey to collect it from Optus, Rundle Mall.

First Christine and I decided to have breakfast at East Terrace Continental. Weve always wanted to try the breakfast there!

First Christine and I decided to have breakfast at East Terrace Continental. We've always wanted to try the breakfast there!

She is such a gem! My faithful companion. Thanks for accompanying me again dear!

She is such a gem! My faithful companion. Thanks for accompanying me again dear!

Me and my ol ye faithful Motorola RAZR V3i. It contained my Optus 3G sim card for three days.

Me and my ol' ye faithful Motorola RAZR V3i. It contained my Optus 3G sim card for three days.

ETC Works. The best Big Breakfast weve tried to date.

ETC Works. The best Big Breakfast we've tried to date.

Not too long later the moment draws near...

Not too long later the moment draws near...



...and its here! Safely back in my room!

...and it's here! Safely back in my room!

The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth




// on the iPhone!

iPhone up and running! on the iPhone!

The whole journey was one to be remembered :D. The whole experience was a pleasant one, except for the service I’ve received from the Optus store. I had to wait for soooo long before being served, and the lady was quite rude as well :(, which is why I am glad to be on Three(3) :)

I called up to unlock the iPhone straight away after getting it to work. All I need to do now is to wait for 10 days before it is officially unlocked and I’ll be able to use it on my Three(3) network. More on iPhone and the Three(3) network on days to come!

Credits to Christine dear for taking such awesome pictures!

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August 28, 2008 at 11:00 pm

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The Mac Revolution Has Begun

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It is official. I have joined the revolution!

Went to sign up for an iPhone from Optus today with Christine dear.

However, it will be a week and a half (shipping) before I can get my hands on it :( !!! Counting down the days!

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August 23, 2008 at 11:22 pm

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Resurrected Computer + Windows XP Service Pack 3

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Writing just after resurrecting my laptop from the dead. Nasty virus!

I’ve decided to download and install the latest Service Pack 3 for XP not because it is much of an update for Windows XP, but it does addresses a few security loopholes in XP. I’ve always been on Service Pack 2. Not that it will prevent me from getting viruses again, but it’s more to sooth myself and for my peace of mind. After all, Microsoft has decided not to update Windows XP anymore in the future beyond Windows XP Service Pack 3 (*sobs*)

I am not a very big fan of Windows Vista, if at all, despite being a keen follower of Windows. I’ve used Windows 95, 98, Millenium Edition (which didn’t last long in the market at all :) ), Windows 2000 in the past but I’ve never seen an update to Windows which received such bad responses. When Vista was out, the crowd was obviously not keen to upgrade and the catch-up to update to the newest Vista was lagging behind, far beyond Microsoft’s expectations. Hence the killing of XP (well that’s quite obvious isn’t it :)).

I’ve always loved XP. In my opinion, it is the best Windows I’ve ever used and it will always be. I’ve decided that this will be the last Windows I’ll ever use! I will be switching over to the other side pretty soon :)

As for now, I’m really glad that my laptop is up and running again on XP. It has gone through so much!!!!

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August 22, 2008 at 1:23 am

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