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Happy Chinese New Year 2008

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

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Connection

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Yogi 2When our friend’s cat Fraidy passed away a couple of weeks ago, I was really upset by it. Now come to think of it, it has accelerated my idea of getting a new cat for the home. We have been thinking about getting Sasha a new companion for some time now, and we have looked at cats here and there. But the sad news about Fraidy has somehow turned on the activate mode.

When I saw Yogi on the website I was drawn to it and I said, “that’s the one.” When I got to meet him over the weekend I bonded with him even more. He is the one. Now come to think of it, it kinda gives me the creeps…

1. I really wanted an orange cat, not brown, not black: Fraidy was orange.

2. Yogi’s name starts with a “y”, Fraidy’s end with a “y”… I feel that Fraidy’s going to live on in Yogi. Fraidy-Yogi…

And I just got reminded that Skippy’s name ends with a “y” too… he was another orange cat who passed away years ago. I missed Skippy so much, and I was really sad about his passing away…

Coincidence?

Am I just reading too much into it? Or just a mere justification?

Oh screw it, who cares. I just want to give myself more reasons to love this new boy!

Too much coffee

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

I had too much coffee this afternoon and I feel like puking right now.

$17 vs. $170

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Zyrtec OTC 2008Finally Zyrtec, which has been available over the counter in Canada for years, is becoming available OTC here in the US. Good thing? Bad thing? In short, good for the insurance companies, bad for me who is a subscriber.

For years, it’s rather a pain to get my Zyrtec covered, because all of my drug plans require a pre-certification for Zyrtec. It’s not that big of a deal considering that my doctor’s office is always responsive and helpful.

Granted, I won’t have to get a prescription filled or refilled anymore, but I will be undoubtedly paying more each month for my allergy medication. Under various drug plans, co-pay of a month’s worth of Zyrtec costs between $5 to $35. OTC Zyrtec will cost about $22. I am paying $5 for my prescription right now, which means I will have to pay $17 more each month.

For insurance companies, they currently pay around $170 for each of my 30-day supply, and they will be saving that forever for sure.

I have no doubt that the uninsured will be more accessible to this drug, but the truth is, who is it really benefiting here at the end of the day?

Favorite JW movie of all times

Monday, November 26th, 2007

I was in Baltimore for Thanksgiving. We went by The Senator Theatre, and of course, there are tons of imprints on the sidewalk right in front of the theatre. I took a picture of the imprint of John Water’s Serial Mom, my favorite John Waters’s movie. It was premiered on April 5, 1994, at The Senator Theatre.

My favorite line from the movie, of course, is, “Beverly, honey, you’ve got some… do-do on your shoe.” (full script can be found here)

Serial Mom sidewalk imprint

Sunnyside night view

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

The sort of Manhattan skyline view from our new apartment.
Night view 1
Night view 2
Night view 3

Sasha’s new spot

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

sasha in sink

1GB drive

Monday, September 24th, 2007

On the left, 1GB drive 20 years ago (IBM), on the right, 1GB drive now (SD card).
1GB drive 20 years ago
Via Gizmodo.

They sang his song…

Friday, September 21st, 2007

My friend Ong dubbed the Thai version of Aladdin years ago, and of course, he sang the Thai version of A Whole New World, the theme song of the movie. He sent me the “pop” version of the song, sang by pop singers Bird and Amp. And apparently they can’t pronounce the word “new” correctly. You can To hear his beautiful voice, download the songs at http://undinisis.multiply.com/music/item/163/Aladdin_Thai.

The World Without Us

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

The World Without UsI found that a few of my friends are reading The World Without Us at the same time as I am. We all seem to be really enjoying it. Weisman had a tour in the city last night but I couldn’t go, which is too bad.

Apparently the book’s website has some interesting visual materials to go with the book, which I just happened to find. I have also found some videos on YouTube as well.

Everything who is aware of environment issues should really pick up a copy and read; but of course, for those who don’t care much about the environment, they probably won’t care to read in the first place. Weisman visualizes the Earth without us being around, which us, as he claims, an innovative way to look at the effects we have induced onto the environment.