Sunday, April 27, 2008

Uurrgghhh, Work...

I have less than 24 hours to learn how to use InDesign and re lay out a 40 page programme book for the department's biannual convocation of the students graduating from the various vocational and technical schools that's under us, to be sent to the printers this Monday in time for the ceremony a week later.

The printing department have a wonderful way of not informing anybody earlier until one goes to them to pick up the proof.

Yesterday late afternoon was obtaining the software, and the evening was spent playing with it and reading up on various tutorials online, it didn't help that most areas were in total blackout cos one of the power generators blew up. Most important for me was figuring out how to import my Illustrator files over, .eps! Yay! Then after that it seemed pretty standard.

And you wonder why I'm not diving today... I had to tell my dive instructor I can't go, and the weather is perfect outside!

Oh, something else happened at work this week. Can't really say cos everything seems to be up in the air right now. And the whole of next week I got a workshop to attend, something about great organization in the work place. Yeah... right....

Monday, April 14, 2008

Finally!.... and other stuff...

Finally able to put up a posting. The internet was down completely for the past week. My machine aka notebook, is still unchargable. Battery flat and I haven't gotten around to the computer shops to see if they got a replacement adaptor for it. So I'm writing this from where I shouldn't :-p

I've been really occupied with my personal training, I turn up at the gym three times a day on some days. And by the time I get home I'm too tired out to do anything else. I have goals to reach and my trainer isn't going to be around for long and I'm trying to learn as much as I can from him so that I can continue reaching those goals. Needless to say, my body is aching right now and I like it. I get worried when it doesn't. To me it just means I haven't worked enough.

Last week was hectic. Organising Sweetie's surprise birthday party, good thing my leave had started cos I was driving back and forth picking up the cakes, dropping off surprises for him throughout the day, managed to put in a bit of clothes shopping for me and his sister, as well as fitting in my gym and aikido training time, gettting ready and rushed to the event and being host making sure everybody was having a good time especially the birthday boy. A couple of days later I flew off.

Went to Singapore for a few days and first time ever I didn't even go to the art store. I purposely stayed away from it. The temptation would be too much. Flew in with Sweetie's sister who was heading back to Berlin and she was on transit. I went with the intention to get diving gear since I promised myself when I get my Advanced Diver I'm gonna get my very own gear. We got in in the afternoon and spent the day mainly at this one book store. We don't have book stores like that at home. Book stores at home sucks sad to say. I bought about $300 SGD worth of art books. It's not alot really considering they're about $40 to $60 bucks each. And I must keep in mind what the intention of the trip was and spent all morning the next day for that, and that was a pretty penny. But well worth it in the end.

Yesterday I went diving with my new scuba gear, and it was great! The previous two dive trips I'd been on sucked. One, I had problems with my ear and got sea sick and the other, the mask I was using kept on leaking and it was no fun having to clear it out frequently. And yesterday's dive was good. We went to a wreck just off the coast called Arun Wreck about 22 meters deep, and it was great to have all these schools of fish swimming around you and you could see the thermocline in the water, since I wasn't wearing a wetsuit you could really feel the temperture difference, and the visibility was good too. I'm always fascinated by the amount and different types of life forms you can get under water. And then some idiot decided to hit my head with the air tank when I was getting on the boat.

I know, still no pictures for the last several postings. I'll get around to taking pictures of the latest books I made as well as a painting I did... Several actually that needs pictures of, just that everytime I take a picture of it, it didn't come out so great. Hmmmmm....

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I joined this ages ago and posted it up on my other blog. SInce I only had one taker so far, let's see if anybody is up for the other two spots I have left...

Pay It Forward (via Willowcatstudio and so many more) - here are the rules:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

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For anyone who is interested, Wikipedia has an interesting entry for the concept of paying it forward including some history as to the origin of the concept. The main definition given is an expression "used by a creditor who offers the debtor the option of paying a debt forward to a third person instead of paying it back. Debt and payments can be monetary or by good deeds."

So, if you leave a comment, it meant that you have joined the PIF and are bound by the rules and let me know your snail mail address to send my gift to you!


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