Monday, October 31, 2011

No weird looking polygons allowed! - Bukit Gantang Rest Area (Southbound)

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Taken at Soju Bistro & Bar (Soju Club)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Kedah Pictorial: Lembah Bujang, Merbok, Kedah - Your's Truly and a Chandi

Kedah Pictorial: Lembah Bujang, Merbok, Kedah - Chandi Wall

Kedah Pictorial: Lembah Bujang, Merbok, Kedah - Chandi close-up

Kedah Pictorial: Lembah Bujang, Merbok, Kedah - Ol' Skool Ganesh!

Kedah Pictorial: Lembah Bujang, Merbok, Kedah - More Chandis

Kedah Pictorial: Lembah Bujang, Merbok, Kedah - some of the boats (Perahu) that were used by the people of those days to travel upstream.

Kedah Pictorial: Lembah Bujang, Merbok, Kedah - a picture of one of the chandis.

Kedah Pictorial: what used to be Harvard Estate is now a hotel and golf course - Harvard Suasana, Bedong, Kedah.


Monday, October 24, 2011

I am Back in Penang

Hello peeps! I am back in Penang for Deepavali and since I am up north, I am going to be taking pictures of various places for your viewing pleasure so stay tuned!

There will not be much text, it will be mostly pictorial so you do not need to read boring texts ;)

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My ol' Skool Walkman

Thursday, October 20, 2011


So, I was ordered by the home ministry to was the bathroom in preparation for deepavali and me being me, I wanted to impress my wife with the sparkling clean sink and toilet bowl, used bleach and another detergent.

After some time, I started to feel dizzy and I suspected something amiss and my first thought was I had created some hazardous gas which most likely will be chlorine due to the bleach.

I googled it up and one of the articles mentioned do not use bleach and ammonia together or one after the other. Went back to the other detergent and checked, true enough that it had ammonia. However i rinsed the toilet off the detergent before using the bleach.

Being my paranoid self, I had to get myself checked by a doctor so I drove myself to the clinic. The doctor there was less than friendly looking, he was more like "here comes another idiot". Told the doctor about my escapade and he less than interested took his stethoscope and started checking my breathing. He started with my chest and surprisingly he listened to my belly.

He said, I have gas! So I went to the clinic to see if I had been poisoned by some gas but instead get diagnosed FOR gas!

I ended up coming back with anti biotic (I do not know what the hell for), medicine for drowsiness and medicine for gastritis!

I got diagnosed for something I did not go for and meds that I don't need. FML!

Note: I did however get a picture in the clinic which tickled me a little. The sign below says pap smear and then says females only... Right, I wonder which male would like to have a pap smear done on his cervix!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Comic: Large Hadron Collider

For some time I was reading the word Hadron as Hardon until I corrected myself very recently.

I am slightly dyslexic unfortunately.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Comic: How to Raise a Baby

Here is my latest creation. A comic entitled “Au Contraire” or On the Contrary which has been designed and written by me for my blog. I will try my level best to come up with a new strip every week so please spread the word!

This comic’s debut is dedicated to my son Sidd (No, I will not raise him as depicted in the comic :) ) and also to my online comic inspirations JD “Illiad” Frazer (User Friendly), Tim Buckley (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Instagram: Let There Be Light

Update to Accidental Blogger

I have now hyped up my blog to include my Instagram feeds and also to automatically post my feeds to Twitter and Facebook.

This upgrade would make The Accidental Blogger more interesting as it would not be only text and boring pictures.

It also makes it easier for me to share my experiences on the go.

So, if you frequent my blog, please do leave comments on what else you would like to see change.

Note: all my blog posts are done only through my phone and is independent of a laptop or desktop. If you have a smartphone, what are you waiting for? There is no reason now to wait till you get home to post something interesting!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

AtoS Amazing Race and Annual Dinner and Dance 2011

The last weekend was a hectic yet enjoyable one. On Saturday my workplace organized our annual dinner and dance and also a team building session in the day time. This time the event was special because it was organized by the department I work for and we had to make it a success and I believe the team that worked on it had indeed did a good job. I was not part of the committee so at this point I am a non-partisan although I work for the department.

The amazing race/explore race was done a’ la the Amazing Race aired on AXN except it was in a very much smaller scale and did not involve having to travel half way across the world but in contrast it was had within the city center in KL where the distance was no more than 5KM in radius. The clues that preceded the race had already begun to be shared weeks ahead of the race.

The event was organized in a way where it was made to sound very mysterious, philosophical and takes some amount of role play. If you are a fan of non-video game RPGs then you would indeed enjoy this. The different teams were named “councils” who would receive “tell tale signs” or clues from “The Tribunal” or organizers which would be used for “The Awakening” or in lay man’s terms the treasure hunt.

This is the picture of my team that we had used for the race. This is what we call our flag.

Throughout the race, we had captured (and were required to capture) pictures of situations depicting love, unity, friendship, etc. I have attached some of the pictures below for your viewing.

The winners for the race received and iPAD each which is a very good deal in fact! Our team did not win but overall it was a good time spent despite being totally drained after the race. After the race we prepared for the dinner and the dinner itself was indeed good as this is the time where we get to mingle with the likes of everyone; top management, subordinates and peers. It is also fun because there is beer and you can drink till you drop but that would not be too nice would it especially when you’re with your bosses and they would probably know why are you on MC most of the time :D

Here are some of the pictures from the race.

This picture symbolizes a "survivor" and it was one of tasks to capture pictures symbolizing survival, love, Unity, etc.

This one symbolizes "friendship".

And this one symbolizes love. This is one of my favorites and it was taken in Petaling Street. I suggest one day take a stroll down Petalig Street and you will find amazing stuff which you may not be able to buy.

A picture of my team members in a taxi that we took to beat the rest :p

And this is your's truly dressed up for the dinner. The dinner was themed masquerade by the way.

Note: The race took me to Petaling Street of which is a place that I seldom go and this time it showed me a different side to it especially the environment and some of the hidden “secrets” which I never realized. I would like to thank the organizers for this event!

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Friday, October 07, 2011

My dad reads my blog!

Just when you thought technology could not get any better, you realize that your dad reads your blog!

I guess this means that I need to cool it on the profanities!

A few days ago my dad told me that he reads my blog which is scary 'cause I write on impulse and emotions, so you cannot believe the words that come out of my mind/mouth!

He was able to narrate the postings on my blog which is kind of spooky.

But either way. I don't really mind because I still have loyal readers!

Appa, if you are reading this, please note that I love you!

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Angry Birds – A simple game that caused a frenzy

I believe the peeps at Rovio are probably laughing their way to the bank at every release of Angry Birds. The game that began with the release for Apple’s mobile platform the iOS in 2009 and till date has sold about 12 million copies. Each game’s initial download costs about $0.99 which translates to almost $12 million or RM38.5 million. Since then the game has been released for other mobile operating systems such as Android, Windows Mobile and as well as desktop operating systems.

The game has taken off so much that there are plush toys that are now being irritatingly placed in the backseat of cars as well as ornaments in office cubicles. The game is also to have been confirmed to be made into a movie; however, the birds already made an appearance in the animated movie Rio. Big brands are using angry birds to promote their products and there is even a five part essay by ISKCON on yoga describing how to get rid of bad elements in the body using Angry Birds as an analogy. The essay is called: "Angry Birds™ Yoga – How to Eliminate the Green Pigs in Your Life" was written by Giridhari Dasa (ISKCON, Brazil) –Note: I am not an ISKCON fanboy…

So there you have it Rovio is minting money out of its games, copyrights and products. Read on to see what is the game all about and some basic gameplay techniques.
The game is a “physics” based game where you have an array of birds that have to destroy these green pigs. The birds come in different size and shapes and each have individual capabilities. The pigs however do not have any abilities except to sit there and wait to be slaughtered.

The story begins where the birds have their eggs stolen by the pigs and the birds get extremely pissed and fight the pigs to rescue their eggs. Sounds easy, no? Not exactly, the pigs do not exactly sit in a group protecting the eggs; instead, they are placed in “structures” ranging from wood, glass, concrete and even ice. Therefore, each bird in the game has different abilities whereby one may be good to destroy stone the other for glass, etc.

We shall look at the ability of each bird below.

The red bird: good to shake the structure of where the pigs are. Shoot the bird towards the structure to shake it and if you’re calculation is good, you might be able to make the structure fall and at the same time destroy some of the pigs.

The yellow bird/woodpecker: these birds are the best for wooden structures or any part of the structurethat has wooden material. Shoot the bird to severely damage the wood or to penetrate it to destroy the pigs that are protected by the wood. This bird comes with an extra feature whereby if you tap the screen after launching it, it will make the bird accelerate causing maximum damage.

The blue bird: this bird is the best for glass and ice structures where it will damage the ice or glass upon contact. This bird also comes with an extra feature where when tapped after launch, multiplies itself by three therefore releasing 3 birds towards the structure causing more damage and carnage :)

The bomb “shitting” bird: look, I don’t exactly know the names of the birds and naming them just as I think is most appropriate for the bird. This bird has the ability to excrete bombs in the shape of an egg when tapped. So when you launch the bird, let it go to the desired spot where you would like to drop the bomb and tap; voila, you have destroyed the structure and potentially one of those greedy pigs!

The boomerang bird: this is the bird I like the least because I think it looks dumb and also it is hard to manage. This is a special ability bird as well because when tapped, it makes and about turn and damages the structure if you tapped at the right time; otherwise it would be a wasted effort if the bird just falls to the ground.

The black bird: I love these mofos. These birds are actually bombs. In a concrete structure, they will be the best to use. Just launch the bird to a specific location and they explode or launch it near a desired location and tap and it will explode. How cool is that!!!

The Big Red bird: another one of my favourites. Don’t let the look of this bird make you judge it because it is fat. This guy can cause total damage to a structure and if it hits a pig, imagine a fat guy like me sit on a two year old!

Pig: This is your taget!

The objective of the game does not stop at destroying the evil pigs but also optionally require you to collect 3 stars by earning more points which could be done by causing more damage or to use lesser birds to complete the objective (each bird that is not used, earns you 10000 points extra). If you collect 3 stars on all the levels of an episode, you will be rewarded with new levels.
Overall, Angry Birds is an excellent game which could get you fired if your boss catches you being unproductive because you’re fascinated with killing pigs. This game could be an alternative to cow tipping; it is less dangerous, you do not harm an animal physically although the temptation is greater because our caveman gene has not left us. Not too sure if PETA, SPCA are going to be too happy though, although I am pretty sure that they themselves are having a good time with this game :)

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