Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

And no, I'm not a teddy bear.

I shall disappear for just a little while

The exams are really around the corner. My world will start to boil should I not start to toil now. I’m in my sophomore year and yet I’m still having pre-exam jitters – on some nights, I’d find myself spacing out starting at the ceiling and talking to myself – how am I supposed to survive this? We’ve got so little time and yet so many things to cover – I’m expecting killer MCQ papers because multiple-choice, multiple-answer questions (yea, you read it – there may be more than one correct answer per question) will spell the death of me.

A trip back home

I went home two weeks ago – for some final adjustment to my braces before I take them off just in time for two wedding dinners and Christmas, and to catch a breather. On that weekend my parents brought us out for lunch at this Thai restaurant – we were there early so we picked the seat we wanted (kind of boisterous hah) and plopped our asses down.

We had Thai food for lunch!

We had Thai food for lunch!

My family seemed to get accustomed to my photographer instincts – they didn’t touch the food until all of our dishes arrived. Very patiently, they waited for me to get some photos taken while they occupy themselves with some mindless chatter :P I ordered their green curry chicken laksa1 – I picked that because it didn’t have a “spicy warning”. It turned out to be gazillion spicer than food that I would expect without the warning – a little too much for me to handle and I hastily guzzled the can of coke I’ve ordered. Looks like I still need to get some spicy tolerance training done.

Green curry chicken.

Green curry chicken.

They served dad’s coffee towards the end of the meal, complete with a tiny jug of condensed milk. How adorable!

Sugar and milk?

Sugar and milk?

Of dropped data packets

For the past two days I’ve been trying desperately trying to connect to my site through my hostel’s network but it seems that my site was filtered out and data packets were dropped every single time I request for this blog’s address. It’s kind of irritating because all the other sites are readily accessible and a quick check with Down for everyone or just me? revealed that the culprit most probably lies with the hostel server instead of the one hosting my site. I tried contacting the campus IT department and the best effort they could muster was to send me a huge chunk of information which I had already gotten online – ipconfig /release, ipconfig bla bla bla, ipconfig yadda yadda yadda. I’ve all done that. It’s still not working. Firewalls? Check. Virus scanner? Check. Reboot? Check. Latest Vista updates? Check.

It’s still not loading. I’m now blogging from the School of Art, Media and Design across my block (thank goodness I live nearby), in their minimalist and brutalist library. Loving the atmosphere!

Embracing CSS3

Warning. Leet CSS geek speak ahead.

I’ve finally given up trying, by hook or by crook, making my site CSS2.1 valid. It’s not worthwhile for us to keep dwelling on old, expired standards (even if so many review sites strictly upholds the if you’re not XHTML and CSS valid you’re screwed for good judging criteria). I’m expecting to see tomatoes, pies and rotten eggs fly.

Anyway, validation aside, CSS3 does make things a lot more interesting. Now I have added some subtle improvements to contrast of the design to make reading a tad bit easier (check out the 1px text shadows on the byline, as well as on the post, footer and comment headers). A not-so-subtle drop-shadow effects were also added for the sake of exploiting the newfound freedom with CSS3. I’m not going to border-radius anything yet (I prefer rectangular shapes), no worries. I promise I won’t overdo it – although it seems that I’m almost at the verge of overdoing shadows already heh.

Have a great weekend!

  1. Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from Peranakan culture also known as Baba and Nyonya, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia – Wikipedia
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