“Akira-inspired” iPhone 5 Lego Stand

So here’s the story: we all knew iPhone 5 is physically longer. Because of that my previous DIY Lego iPhone stand was forced to retire. My original intention was just to increase the height by a little, ended up I took everything apart and built this. If you grew up with Akira, you will find this familiar. The front wheel is missing as I ran out of Lego parts.

True expert in pizza delivery

I decided to eat pizza for lunch today. I knew there is a Domino Pizza near where I live, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to try them out. It turned out to be my best experience ever for ordering food online!

I was already quite intrigued as soon as I have landed on Domino Pizza’s homepage. Maybe the color scheme, maybe the photography, but I knew I was definitely making it my only choice of pizza delivery from now on!

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Set up baby cam using computer with webcam and iPhone/iPod/iPad

My wife and I were thinking of getting baby cam for monitoring our baby when he sleeps at night. There are many different kinds of baby cam in the market, priced ranging from $300 to $600 SGD. Even Singtel offers baby cam service for remote monitoring via mobile phone on monthly subscription basis.

We have no issue with the cost, but my problem is, those cams aren’t exactly cool and sexy in terms of product design; more over, I am not a big fan of spending money on something that is useful for only a short period. Once Jude starts to walk and talk, the cam is no longer useful per se. Well unless I can find a cam that moves and follows Jude where ever he goes (maybe something like R2D2?)

With this in mind, I began to think I can put the old MacBook into a good use. Why MacBook? Because it has a built-in webcam (iSight). Don’t worry if you don’t have MacBook, any spare computer, be it Mac or PC, as long as you have a webcam connected to it, you are good! The rest of this post will be made into a step-by-step instruction for easy reference. So here we go… Continue reading

My New Year Resolution for 2011

Yes, I’m finally making a new year resolution. It’s not like I have never done this before, but to make it official, no. The success gurus will tell you only by making it official, you have greater chance of actually achieving it! So here I am making it official. Because I mean to achieve it!

First and foremost: Get back in shape.
Shame on me, this was supposed to be in my 2008 resolution (I had actually drafted the blog post titled “Dean Loh 2.0 In The Making” but never published it.)

Considering now that I have a baby boy, this is no longer an optional item but a must! I have about a year (or less) time to rebuild my stamina, so that when Jude starts to run around the shopping mall, I will be able to keep up with him.

Repositioning my brand. I started, and have been stuck as “freelance web designer” since 2006. I’m not complaining, but I have to agree to the setback: being recognized as “freelance web designer” somehow makes me look more like a “will build website for pizza”. After all, this is what most people in this region (particularly SINGAPOREANS) consider “freelance” as.

By repositioning my brand, I mean to move myself out of the “freelance camp”, not saying I will no longer be a freelance, rather, to dissociate it from the negative connotations such as “cheap”, “low quality work”, “unreliable”, etc.

Above all, continue to be a loving husband and father. And that’s about all!

爱是一个决定

有人说:爱是一个决定。所以我做了这样的一个决定:为了我的太太和孩子,我从此以后,除非不得不说,要不然,我能不说的,就不说。我不会为了讨好身边的人而说一些我不愿意说的话,当一个我不愿意当的人。Say what ever you may, but this is what got me this far, this is what gets me to the end.

Car window sign for new-parents

Previously, I created this car window sign for parents-to-be, I printed it out, laminated and actually stuck it to my rear windscreen. Maybe it was just me, or it really got the attention of the motorists behind me, there were noticeably fewer tailgating incidents since.

Now that our baby is here, obviously the sign cannot be used. Instead I came up with the updated versions.

Download: Hall A4-size or Full A4-size

Two Bucks

Originally blogged on August 25, 2001

Lima puluh sen…

That’s what I heard the kid said when I turned and saw him standing right next to my table, when I was taking my lunch at a mamak restaurant in JB today. “Gosh, doesn’t this kid seem too young for this?…”. It’s not that I haven’t seen kids like this one, hanging around coffee shops, asking for money, I always believed it was their parents who taught them to do this. This one is the youngest I’ve seen so far. “4 or 5 years old?” I thought.

I asked if it was his parents who told him to do this. He shook his head, and said something which I could hardly understand. I guessed neither he could understand what I was saying too. I gestured to him that I was not going to give him money, but I would be glad to have him to join me for lunch. He said he wasn’t hungry, I said I’ll buy him a drink, he then asked for lime juice, excitedly. So I got the mamak to bring over a glass of lime juice.

The juice came, the kid gulped it down like he hadn’t been drinking since he was born. I asked where his dad was, he said he’s working, in the factory. Mom also working, in the factory. Then I asked why didn’t he go to school. He said “demam (fever)”. I said kids should go to school, and it’s not good to go around and ask for money like that.

I noticed the ring on his finger, I asked who gave him that.

kakak“.

“mana kakak?”,

kerja…“,

“kerja mana?”,

Burma…“,

That explained everything.

After he finished his lime juice, I took out two dollars, I looked at him, I said he has to promise me that he will go home immediately if I were to give him the money. He noded obsequiously. Before this day, two dollars meant a bowl of mee rebus, or a game of Time Crisis at game arcade, or half an hour at internet cafe. When I saw the joy in the boy’s expression after I gave him the money, I realised the was more of what two dollars can do.

The nasi ayam madu I was having had suddenly become exceptionally delicious.

Car window sign for parents-to-be

Drivers who tailgate pisses me off — big time! Especially when my wife, who is 8-month pregnant, is in the car.

There were times when I just couldn’t give way, why? Because there were also cars in the slower lane and I would risk myself by cutting in just to give way to the wanker who thinks his time is more important than mine!

To send a message to those wankers, I came up with this car sign which I’m going to print out, laminate, and stick it under the rear windscreen.

Application example

Click the link below to download the high-res version that fits on standard A4 size paper.

Feel free to share it with all parents-to-be whom you know, who can use a little humor.

Download: “Pregnant Woman On Board” car sign printout