singapore – day one.

I called her last night. I probably shouldn’t have, but I always end up doing things when I know I shouldn’t. So we’re not talking. I let drop the situation with the principal because I still care about her. A bit, at the least. I thought that it was clear that we had both made mistakes. Everyone apologized, brushed clean. And she said that she would put forth a best effort to cooperate with me.

I’m not seeing the cooperation. Apparantly, she still hates me. Oh, for the love of God. Drop the old grudges, let’s start afresh. Otherwise things will never change. And active thinking time, very little of that is needed to sort out something as trivial as this. No excuses. No two month crap just to forget about everything. The important hurdles have already been overcome.

The bus ride was okay. Listened to my music and slept. Justin kept trying to talk to me about his experiences with Battlefield 2 and advice on how to play the game. I’ve played Battlefield 2 for a few hours since purchasing it. An enjoyable game to say the least, but I don’t like the loading times.

The AeroLine bus stopped at the Grand Copthorne – I believe the THIMUN delegates from ISB were staying there during the conference in November. From there, we took a cab over to the Crown Prince, checked in, deposited our luggage, and proceeded to roam.

I was surprised by how few people there were out on Orchard Road in the early afternoon. Perhaps it’s because I’ve only been out at late afternoon to nightfall, or perhaps everyone is too involved in Chinese New Year celebration to go out shopping. Many of the shops were closed, rendering even the large shopping complexes barren. We had a late lunch at the McDonalds at Lucky Plaza. There’s a burger here called the Fàn-tastic. Very interesting, I had a Chicken Fàn-tastic and enjoyed it.

Found Armored Core: Formula Front for the PSP. The shopkeep went down to 80 SGD for the game, still too high for my tastes. Add onto that I only had 100 SGD spending money to start with. 80 SGD is comparable to United States prices, but I’m sure they can go lower. I don’t think I have the time to be gaming right now, but sometimes I get rather bored with simply listening to music on the PSP. The Apple iPod Video 30GB can be had for 500 SGD – parallel to the price in the US. iPod prices in Singapore aren’t ridiculously inflated like the ones in Malaysia. A tax issue, I’m sure.

Wandered over to Cathay Cineleisure after a while of exploring Lucky Plaza. There really wasn’t any point in hanging around with so many of the shops closed. I was also surprised upon walking into cineleisure – the whole damn place was empty. Only a few people were making their way up and down the escalators. We went up to the level with the Coke Red Lounge. Justin and I beat each other down in DOA2: Ultimate a bit. I can’t play the game worth crap, but it’s fun to mash buttons and see what happens.

Justin is determined to get his hands on a copy of Battlefield 2: Special Forces. I’m sure we’ll find him a copy. I just want to get my hands on a good mousepad for use with OCEANBLUe and its Logitech MX500. I’m using an old cloth pad right now – the pad is just a little over two times greater than the size of the mouse. Looking at buying a Razor cloth pad. They’re crazy smooth. After that, it’s time for me to sort out the problems with my Logitech mouse drivers. mouse4 and mouse5 are recognized in Windows, but they do not count towards actual mouse clicks as recorded by WhatPulse. This leads to problems when gaming as Counter-Strike: Source won’t detect mouse4 and mouse5 and thus, I cannot bind them to +voicerecord.

Somewhere in all this wandering around, I heard the sound of a very nice bike. A yellow something or other. I was walking towards an intersection somewhere along Orchard and was commenting to Justin about how people in Singapore drive nice bikes and cars. Light turned green, and then a new noise – a lime green Lamborghini Gallardo. Holy shit. That thing looked mean, the driver cleared the intersection before anyone else even got rolling, and it sounded sweet. Hot stuff.

Wondering where all the people were, we made our way over to the Visitor’s Information Center located across Orchard from Cathay Cineleisure. Dad picked up a few little pamphlets highlighting attractions and asked some questions. Apparantly, business is returning to normal tomorrow as Chinese New Year celebrations will have ended and people will be settling back into their normal lifestyles. At least it’ll feel a little less awkward walking into a shopping complex when the shops start opening up again. We got the Information Center attendants to mark out the location of Dan Ryan’s on a map and walked over there.

I had a full rack of baby-back ribs. Oh, how I love ribs. And now I’m practically broke because I covered dinner. I have less than 20 SGD left, and I’ve just finished my first day in Singapore.

I must complain about Chinese New Year. Sure, it’s great that family gets together to celebrate. Except for the fact that we don’t have any family but ourselves in Malaysia. Meaning us little children don’t get much in the way of 红包. All the money I got for Chinese New Year is going to be spent on food in Singapore. I won’t have any left over to contribute towards my K750i fund.

Birthday’s coming up soon. We’ll see if anything interesting happens then.

Regarding new phones – I’m thinking that I might spring for a W800i instead of the K750i. It’s always a consideration. The W800i and K750i are virtually identical save for the external housing and the firmware. Otherwise, hardware specs are exactly the same. The W800i comes with a 512MB Sony Memorystick Duo whereas the K750i comes with a 64MB Sony Memorystick Duo. The price difference is rather small. It all boils down to design in the end. I’ll make up my mind eventually.

RM580 / RM1100
RM420 Remaining

Back to point one. If we simply can’t be friends, even though I recall you saying that’s what you wanted, then tell me. I’d really rather not have feelings for someone who will never understand a damn thing.