Niki's birthday bash!

On the 21st of December we celebrated Niki's birthday with a bang! It all started out rather dull and slow when I reached Frenchay as everyone there were in the midst of cooking and preparing for dinner. The momentum started when someone came up with the idea of throwing flour and water at the birthday boy after dinner. The idea was to get him blindfolded outside the house and while he was unsuspecting it, we would douse him with flour and water.

It all went well in the beginning when we managed to blindfold him. While some of us were creeping up to him to dunk him, Niki suspected that something was amiss and quickly darted away like a rat. Fortunately some of us were able to get to him in time and then all hell broke loose!

Everyone was scampering and hollering about as everyone was trying to get at Niki while avoiding the flour and the water at the same time. Some of us bolted back to the house and barricade the door from Niki who was rampaging about looking for victims with a fistful of flour.

After the melee, Niki was presented with his cake and gift; a formal shirt in a wine gift box.

Jon doing the Matrix...

A more subdued Jon.

Blindfolding Niki for the main event.

Niki met the tree the hard way.

The birthday boy going on a rampage.

The aftermath of flour and water.

Worn out.

Chocolate indulgence

It's probably not much of an indulgence but then again, its not everyday that you get to delight your taste buds with some premium chocolates. :P

Not all of them were bought by me though. The Thornton's Classics were my birthday gift and boy were they good... The chocolate was smooth and velvety which is definitely much better than the common cadbury chocolate bars that overpopulate the store shelves. Once you have tasted a premium chocolate, you'd never want to go back to eating chocolates which are made mostly with sugar and hardly any cocoa in it.

Terry's All Gold is another premium chocolate which has a slightly difference nuance and taste compared to Thornton. Comparisons between both of them are inevitable but in all fairness, both of them are a collection of various different types from their respective assortments. However, I find that the Thornto's seem to have more body and flavour compared to the Terry's.

The rest of the chocolates; After Eight, Kit Kat and Toblerone are for me to indulge on whenever I feel like satisfying my crave for chocolates. Four 400g of Toblerones goes a long way...

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Terry's Chocolate. Couldn't show you what's under the bubble wrap since they're already in my stomach.

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A closeup of the Thornton's chocolate. Tempting isn't it? :p

Rowan Akitson: Invisible drum kit

Here's Rowan Akitson in one of his skits before he became a household name in Mr. Bean. I find this skit to be the best among his other skits due to the comic timing of the drumming and the creativity in using invisible props.

Dear Boys Act II

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Due to increased efforts to stop scanlation sites, direct links to Dear Boys Act II will no longer be available. Its unfortunate but life for the manga enthusiast has become duller.

A hidden jewel unearthed

Most people may know the n95 as a big fat brick which can't hold a candle against the iphone in terms of chicness and design. While I submit that the iphone is a better looking phone than the n95, in terms of design, the iphone can take a back seat. Unknown to most n95 users (up until now), Nokia had embedded a chip called an accelerator. What it does is to provide the OS with information regarding the orientation of the phone which then enable the user to take pictures that are always upright. If you thought rotating the iphone/k850i rotates the picture from portrait to landscape was cool, the n95 will definitely make your jaw drop.

Now, with a 3rd party application called Rotateme, the n95 can essentially be rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise and cause the pictures to rotate in the same manner. Better yet, the Series 60 v3 platform that the n95 is based upon supports landscape mode in all of its inbuilt application such as messaging, themes and so on. This means that rotating the display from portrait to landscape and vice versa is not limited to the gallery and web browser only unlike the iphone/k850i. If you haven't got a clue to what I was rambling on about, have no fear for there's a video on youtube demonstrating rotateme.

Kudos to the person who made this all happened: samir

Rotateme in use:

The best has yet to come as Nokmote is still in the pipeworks. (I can't wait for it to be released yet) Watching it in action is a lot easier than describing it you so I'll leave you to the devices of YouTube.

Nokmote in action:

Happy 20th Birthday Vincent!

The surprise party that we had planned for him went down the drain since he anticipated it since the beggining. Our plan was to ignore him throughout the day and pretend to forget about his birthday but apparently growing older by a year had made him wiser somewhat. =(

All was not lost as he couldn't phantom what we had installed for him to mark his 20th birthday. Gleefully, John poured half a glass of vodka which the birthday boy sportingly downed in one big gulp. Next up was the customary aluba and after that the cake was cut and distributed to everyone present. The party had to be cut short since an assignment draft was due the next afternoon. But then again, no one said that we couldn't organise a belated birthday bash... :3

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The birthday cake before Vincent had got to it... (Note the position of the rubber band)

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Vincent cutting/(posing with) the birthday cake. (As before, note the position of the rubber band)

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SHOO!! Pushing away a stray rubber band which wanted a piece of the birthday cake as well! xD

Congratulations to Francis and Aivea @ Mr. & Mrs. Ng

Congratulations on the marriage and may both of you live happily in each other's companionship until the end of time. Unfortunately I couldn't be there, because I'm stuck in Bristol (well I would have flown back to attend the wedding but then again, money doesn't grow on trees :p) but nevertheless, I'm glad that both of you are finally together after 2 years of courtship (or was it 3?) but anyway, congratulations again on this joyous news.

PS: pictures will be uploaded shortly as soon as I manage to lay my grubby hands on them...

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One big happy family.

Random pictures from around Bristol

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Surprisingly this shot was taken on campus grounds.

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A rather intriguing graffiti which I had chanced upon while sightseeing in the city centre.
Edit: this is one of Banksy's various works.