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Discovering American Idol

I never really got into American Idol. When my colleagues and friends were hurrying home - missing out on a night's drinking, eating, and chatting - to watch the latest episode of the reality TV show, I just couldn't get it. Now I think I do. While surfing the channels this Saturday afternoon, I came across a replay of American Idol and I have to say, it is quite entertaining to watch! Seeing these young men and women who look really good, perform great songs, and sing really well is a pleasant way to pass some time. Maybe it helped that they sang songs that I have on iTunes - Alone by Heart, Bette Davis' Eyes, If You Could Only See by Tonic, Man in the Mirror, etc. I still don't think I would rush home to watch it at night but I wouldn't mind watching it every time I chance upon the show on TV.

Karma is SO Fast

Growing up, my mom always chided me when I made fun of other people. I had that mean streak in me but it was successfully erased by mom's guidance. Almost 3 decades later, I have come to realize that it was not totally erased . I am not going into the details but let's just say that I broke my rule ( If you don't have anything good to say, say nothing at all ) the other day. Last night, karma came crashing down on me like anything. In my last post, I was talking about people needing upgrades. I could have used some last night! Peripherals, flash memory , hard drive, turbo function - heck, maybe even a new processor! But since people can't be upgraded like computers can, I allowed myself the luxury of sleeping for 9 hours straight on a week night. Woohoo! I should be good to go for the last day of work this week.


Sometimes I think of how great it would be if we were able to buy upgrades for ourselves much like how we can buy upgrades for computers. For example, I only have to go to a store to get extra memory for Koryu. Just one 1G RAM module would make her go considerably faster and allow her to process more things at the same time. An external hard drive would give her more space to store my data - movies, articles, music, and photos. If this possibility were open to us humans, we would simply have to get these add-ons and we could function much better. People who are slow to process things would merely need to get more memory. People who cannot seem to understand things because of lack of "storage space" would only need to get another hard drive.... Sigh.

Monday Pick Me Upper: Corporate Lessons

Got this in an e-mail from a colleague...It's pretty long but it's worth the read. Trust me. ;) Lesson #1 A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. After a few seconds of arguing over which one should go and answer the doorbell, the wife gives up, quickly wraps herself up in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $ 800 just to drop that towel that you have on". After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. Bob has a close look at her for a few seconds, hands over $800 and quietly leaves. Confused, but excited about her good fortune, the woman wraps back up in the towel and goes upstairs! When she gets back to the bathroom, her husband asks from the shower "Who was that?" "It was Bob the next door neighbor," she replies. "Great,&quo

Sunday Afternoon @ The Block

We normally spend Sundays at home but as you may already know, Koryu got me worried Friday night so I decided to go to SM North to have her checked where I bought her. Unfortunately, the guy said that I had to take it directly to the MSI service center. The good news is that there is one right beside Eastwood. Then again, when I got home, the discoloration on Koryu's screen had disappeared. Perhaps it was due to Mark's (brother-in-law) uninstalling and re-installing of the graphics driver. Anyhow, we also took the opportunity to spend time together as a family. Jerry wanted to eat at Gumbo so we did. It was really a pleasant experience - from the ambiance to the flavor to the service. I was quite surprised because the last time we ate at Gumbo - the Mall of Asia branch - I was not really impressed with the food. It was good, but I didn't feel the craving to go back. The food at their branch in The Block was quite tasty, though! We ordered steamed clams for the ap