Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I Won Jack Johnson CD!

Yippie!

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I love winning competitions and contest. This time around is the latest CD from Jack Johnson. Speaking about the latest craze on going green, this whole album is recorded using solar energy! Beat that!

Jack Johnson CD

Thank you Mix.fm!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Embarrassing Illnesses

Do you have a part of your body that you do not like, dry skins, an overgrowth or hairy mole. Well, do not suffer in silence anymore. Look at this page for remedies and recommendations.



It is an on going series on Channel 4 that I highly believe in the cause. It highlights those illnesses a lot of people consider as taboo or do not speak of. If you are suffering something of discomfort to you, chances are, there are million others out there.

Click Here to browse through some of the illnesses listed on the website. Most of them includes video instructions for how to self examine. From breast cancer to prostate cancer self examination. Detecting all this at an early stage helps a lot.

There are other activities on the pages as well and my favourite was the flash game. If you are an aspiring doctor/surgent or just a jack of all trades, head on to the website for more information. Do be warned that there are excessive showing of skins and nudity.

Cheers.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Justdialz.com - Cheap UK International Calls!

I spent the weekend redesigning Justdialz.com (until 4.00 a.m. on Saturday) on top of my excursions. I first started by integrating all the variations of the mini pages into one centralized website instead of maintaining multiple identities which can significantly reduce the overheads.


JustDialz.com


Justdialz.com is a unique service that allows people to make cheap internationals via their existing UK phones. It can either be landline or mobiles and there is no registration required to start saving. Call rates start as low as 2p/min!


Then & Now


I strictly forbid myself to not use more than three colours for the whole layout. I decided to go with one of my favourite mixes of black and red which I hope came up pretty well. Since the website has existed since 2003, I decided to give it a fresh and rebellious look.


As I can't wait to announce the redesign, you might find some pages looking quite empty. However, do let me know what you think about the new designs!

Indepence Of The Seas

The heavy morning showers were deceiving as when it struck noon, the weather was perfect.

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I decided to go to the Carribean Festival at Mayflower Park in Southampton. This weekend event was to celebrate the arrival of the largest cruise ship in the world, Independence of The Seas. It will be based here.

Independence of The Seas
One Man's Dream A Reality!

I have never been on a cruise before and going on board the Independence of The Seas will be a good aim. The ship boasts Golf Simulators, Mini Golf, Rock Climbing Wall, Flowrider (World's First On Board Surf Park), Ice Skating Rink, Boxing Ring, Casino and Theatre. This are just a handful of what the ship has to offer. The most affordable package is priced at GBP 399 for a 4 night cruise to Ireland. This leads me to think on whether is it worth paying that price for something that you can do on mainland? Well, maybe it is some luxury that I have not come to grasp yet.

The festival was ok to my standards and here are a few random pics of the events.

Man Made Beach
Man Made Beach

The Carribean Carnival
Random Stalls

The Stage at Carribean Festival
The Center Stage

I might be judging the event prematurely as there will be fireworks in the evening and more performances. I plan to drop by after dinner tonight.

Cheers,

Benny Ong

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Winchester

Today, I went on a great escape to Winchester, the old capital of England with a group of Malaysian colleagues. We took the 40 minutes bus ride at 9.20 a.m. that cost only GBP 5.80 from the city center of Southampton.

Upon arriving at Winchester, we made our way to the Westgate whereby it acts as a Museum today. We met the attendant on duty named Patrick which spent his childhood in Malaysia when his father was serving the British Army. (Small world!)

Me Wearing the Armour
Me... A Knight!

Well, I managed to play dress up with putting on a replica armour. Just a stone throw away from West Gate is the Great Hall where it houses King Arthur's Round Table.

King Arthur's Round Table
King Arthur's Round Table in The Great Hall

We soon made our way through the high street to the Cathedral. Tickets were priced at GBP 5.00 to get in and there was a free guided tour every hour. The Cathedral was recently made famous after Da Vinci Code used it to potray Vatican City in the movie.

Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral

The tour lasted over a hour which I ended up being overwhelmed with information and details that I have bargained for. It was a surprise to find out that Jane Austen was laid to rest here. Although I am not a big fan of hers, I do respect the legacy that she has created for herself.

Jane Austen's Grave
Jane Austen's Remains Are Here!

After lunch, we headed to the City Museum whereby I took some shots behind the Chemist Store Replica.

Chemist @ Winchester City Museum
Chemist Replica

Continue on walking randomly, we headed to Wolvesey Castle and passed by Jane Austen's home along the way.

Jane Austen's House
Jane Austen's Home Where She Died

This are the remains of Wolvesey Castle. It was the chief residence of the Bishop of Winchester Cathedral.

Wolvesey Castle

Wolvesey Castle

That was sort of our last tourist stop in Winchester although we manage to sneak in a few hours of shopping.

Well, Winchester was a lovely place and we even manage to arrange the weather for this outing. It is highly recommended for a cheap day out!

Useful Links:


VisitWinchester.co.uk - Free Maps and Tourist Information


BlueStarBus.co.uk - South Hampshire Bus Route that offers daily busses from Southampton to Winchester

Friday, April 25, 2008

PostSecret Books

The books that I ordered via Amazon arrived today. They are two more PostSecret books into my collection. I got my first copy from The Works which has gone into administration now. Sigh... that was my favourite bookstore for bargains.

Post Secret Books

Well, thanks to the amazing world of technology, such bargains still exists but there is a great difference as things become untangible during your decision period. Well, PostSecret is a blog with cult status started by Frank Warren that allows people to reveal their secrets in the form of postcards.

The website is updated each Sunday with more and more weird and unexpected secrets. People are just such interesting beings. I can't wait to start digging into the books.

Cheers,

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Guilford

Today I had a chance to visit one UK company site at Guilford. As usual, I took the train to get there and it was just a little over an hour to reach. It was a good breath of air to get out of the factory site in Southampton. As a bonus, I also manage to stay dry despite the poor weather.


Me in the train
Me In The Train


Thinking about it, I would avoid the train at all cost in Malaysia. I remember taking the train from Penang to KL Sentral during the school holidays and it wasn't pleasant. On a separate occassion, I also almost missed my job interview because of the train not showing up and having to get ripped off by a taxi driver. As a consolation, I still manage to get the job and keep it until today.


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Woking Station Where I Swap Trains


My journey to Guilford from Southampton required me to make a change at Woking. I missed the first connection whereby the next train available was just about twenty minutes away. I did not have to find out by asking anyone but just looking at the screen which is constantly updated with the latest information. Such information are also available on numerous websites.


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Signs, Signs & Signs!


However, the amount of channels of communication they have might be a little obsessive. There are multiple screens, boards with the schedule and announcements on the loud speakers. If you somewhat did not notice any of their attempts to reach you, you can ask any of the many attendants around.


Looking at things, the amount of signs plastered around the station matches the amount of graffiti and vandalism we have at some of our KTM stations. Well, we are just creative and expressive people I guess.


That's all for now!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Another Sunday Gone

Another Sunday has just flew away. I stayed at home for most part of the day deceived by the weather forecast. I put my weekend travel plans on hold after the dissapointing weather yesterday.


However, I managed to go to lunch with a colleague at Yates although I was planning to use my JD Wetherspoons vouchers. I got myself confused between those two pubs. Do not know why I had the impression that they were under the same management.


After lunch, it was shopping spree for me where I splurge on a jumper and a hoodie.


Upon my return home, I notice the Bowling Green being occupied by people. They were playing Lawn Bowling.


Bowling Green


It is another game that never got me the interest to find out more about it. Somewhat like cricket.


Can't wait for next weekend as I plan to go to Winchester and Poole.


Well, I will be watching TV and a few movies before I end my Sunday.


Cheers.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Headcases

This is the latest TV Series that I got hook with. It is 30 mins series that airs weekly. It is known as Headcases.

A lot of the jokes revolves around British celebs.

Here are snippets for you to enjoy.

David & Victoria in America



Maddona Video



I hope it manage to put a smile in your face!

Cheers

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Online Image Generators

It is lately that I have join in the craze of generating images using web based tools.


Image Generators


It is highly popular among social networking sites and some can make interesting profile pictures.


Here are some that I have tried lately:


1. http://www.customsigngenerator.com/ - About 50 types of generators
2. http://www.jellymuffin.com/ - A handful of Flash based generators
3.http://www.fakemagazinecover.com - Place your pics on magazine covers



There are tons of image generators to explore and have fun with for hours of worthless browsing.


If you hate someone or would like to insult yourself like I just did you can try attaching yourname to this domain http://bennyong.is-a-jerk.com/



That's all for now!

I Am Still Cooking

If you wondering what I have been feasting on recently and whether I have given up on cooking, well the answer is no. I have further my exploration by cooking lamb and spicy chicken wings.


The good thing from it is that I am still alive and kicking! This diet should be healthier than previously and I would not return back to Malaysia as a stick.


Lamb Shank



Lamb


Spicy Chicken Wing with Pasta


Spicy Chicken Wings


The presentation is nothing compared to any posh restaurants but it was indulgence for my taste buds! I had fun preparing it too.


All this meals are on top of my occassional trips to the restaurant and also Eunice's apartment for dinner.


That's all folks!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Superhero Movie

I am a big fan of parodies because they are movies that I can watch while switching my brain's off. However, it is one of those movies that you can risk having your IQ level drop after watching it.

I thought Meet The Spartans was bad but this is a new low in the world of parodies. Superhero Movie is from the makers that brought Naked Gun and the Scary Movie franchise to our screens. As the title might give you a clue, it is a parody of superhero flicks such as Spiderman, The Fantastic Four and X-Men.

Here is a worthless widget that I extracted from their website (which seems low budget) to complement the post.



As a summary, keep this movie out of your viewing list and only watch it if you really have nothing to do. Don't even think of watching it in the cinema.

Cheers and have a great week ahead.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

My O2 Broadband

Yipee! My O2 broadband is finally up and running. I stayed up till the wee hours after returning from London to get it running. The process was very simple. All I need to do was to insert the CD that accompanied the modem and follow the wizard. All the wireless settings and etc was configured automatically.


Here is a snapshot of what the performance is like using wireless.



Yay! I will be doing heaps and heaps of web development over the weekends!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

London Weekend & Friends

I started the day early (too early in fact for a weekend) by heading to Camden Town. The shops that I wanted to visit were not opened yet and hence I went to have breakfast at the Ice Wharf, one of the pubs run by JD Wetherspoons for breakfast.

The Ice Wharf, Camden Town

I ordered the Traditional English Breakfast with a diet coke. The bill came up to GBP 4.50 which was a very good deal.

Traditional Breakfast

It was sort of blessing to arrive at Camden Town earlier as I have never seen it so quiet and peaceful before. The surroundings are often shadowed by the busy and crowded streets. I can finally appreciate the hidden gems of Camden Town at my own sweet pace.

Camden Town

Camden Town

Camden Town

After a few other stops throughout the city of London, including my old flat in Queensway, I headed back to Kennington. I had a late lunch with Alan at Tai Tip Mein in Elephant & Castle before dissapearing to Angel whereby I was to meet Ivan, Margherita, Loreto and Eva for drinks.

The Steam Passage Tavern

We settled at The Steam Passage Tavern down the road and started chatting the night away. During the conversation, I heard a sad story of a fellow retail staff that was stabbed to death in a robbery. God bless his soul and may he rest in peace.

Before I knew it, it was 10 pm and I had to catch a 1 hour and twenty minutes train home to Southampton from Waterloo. So we bid farewell and I left feeling that it was a very enjoyable evening.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Avenue Q

I took the opportunity to extend my stay in London after having to attend a meeting here. London holds a very special place in my heart as I used to spend my care free years in University and also a experiencing many of my firsts in life here such as a full time job, doing mystery shopping, flyering, working in summer school and visual merchandising.


BTW... Thanks to my buddy Alan, who allowed me to stay over at his place in Kennington despite the short notice.


I also took the chance to catch a Theatre Show called Avenue Q which I can only describe as a mature version of Sesame Street. It is a musical that I have always wanted to watch and eventually went on doing it despite a year after. I was suppose to watch this with my ex-boss. (Sorry! If you are reading this, we can catch a different play some other time)


Avenue Q


I have a packed schedule on Saturday with so many places to see and people to catch up with.


I also got a text message with regards to my broadband being activated which will allow me to continue with my web development stuff at home.


That's all for now!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

On A Sunny Thursday

Another day in the office before I go to London tomorrow. The weather outside looks promising and beautiful.


It is about an hour before lunchtime but my stomach started grumbling. Must be the Swiss Muesli not satisfying my hunger.


I had a chat with Matt which is the colleague that seats opposite me in our humble office. He has an Iphone like the millions of others that I know. He wanted to show me something exciting which I eagerly volunteered. He took a picture of me with his Iphone and told me to visit his Flickr page.


I sort of expected what was to come afterwards. A good looking picture of myself was up on display on his Flickr page. Amazing at that speed. It is not something new or a technology breakthrough but it is cool.


In The Office


Come to think about it, this is the first ever picture I have taken of the office conversion that I seat in. A nice peek to my workplace. Ignore the heaps of stuff at the back of me as they will be moved back into place next door once the renovation is completed.


Later peeps till my next post!


Cheers,


Benny Ong

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Third Day Back In The Office

I am back in the Southampton Office after going into hiding back in Malaysia. It smells of fresh paint at the moment as I was surprise to see that the room has now shrunk half it's original size. I was aware that there were some plans to expand the other room but I never thought I would return during the time the renovation is carried out.


They have managed to hover the carpet flooring and also place the furniture back to its original place. Besides that, I am glad that my desk and office space is still available after being away from the office close to a month.


I have also found a new craving which is Swiss Muesli. I have been having it for breakfast ever since I got back here. Do not know if this could be a start of a healthy lifestyle or otherwise.


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Example of Swiss Muesli Serving


To my surprise, my home broadband was not set up yet due to some pending information from me while I was away but I got a text message from 02 yesterday evening letting me know that they have dispatched the modem. If everything goes as per expectation, I should have broadband at home on Friday evening.


Will b


That's all for the moment!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Back In Southampton

I am glad to be back in Southampton after being away for nearly a month. Upon touching down at Heathrow and making my way by cab to where I live, it started snowing. It was a pretty sight but I thought I have managed to escape the cold.

Here are the amount of post that has pilled up since I left awaiting my return.

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Here are some pics of the surrounding with snow.

Outside My Apartment

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Regardless, it is good to be back!

Friday, April 04, 2008

My First Sony Vaio!

I bought my first Sony Vaio today. This will most certainly keep me busy for the few upcoming weeks when I am back in Southampton. Despite planning to go places on the weekends, this will allow me to further get my hands deep, down and dirty on my web development activities!


Besides that, I found out about how much the tax man is taking away from me! Not happy with that figure but at least KPMG is handling that on my behalf.


I am packing my bags as I blog (A living proof that all guys can multitask!). I will be heading back to Southampton which is my temporary base for the year.



UPDATE: 11.32 PM - My desktop was infected by virus and it crashed! It must be jealous of the new laptop. Am fixing it at the moment.

That's all for now, later chaps!


Cheers,

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Milk Gone Wild

Before you proceed further to stream this video, be warned that this is of graphic nature but nothing is natural.

This are the series of videos produced by PETA followed by a more serious documentary lcum infomercial on the cause they are protesting against. The video seems to indicate a common topic whereby Sex sells.


View the 'Milk Gone Wild': Totally Uncensored!


Watch 'Milk Gone Wild 2: At the Carwash'


Watch 'Meet Your Milk' Now

Just briefly going through the website, this was the ads that was made by PETA which was banned from being aired in Superbowl. I can see the reasons why.

You may visit MilkGoneWild.com if you are interested.

Hope, this will lighten your week or be your topic of conversation.

Cheers,