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More of my daily life and things i do....ya ya....メルヴィンリ- です

日曜日, 6月 29, 0020


last night chatted with someone from Japan.. Yokohama.. hehehe.. hopefully i can work something out with her to help me get some of my fav toys from Japan...

this weekend has been going back to office... hiaz....

found a very cool blog for learning Hiragana...

he has many download links for PDF files and audio files for Learning Nihong.... i signed up a rapidShare account just to download all... so looks like next couple of weeks i will be busy downloading.. hahahaha

Nihongo Dekimasu Episode 1 ... Erin des...


土曜日, 6月 28, 0020

the kids...

at least both the kids are ok now.... evening brought them down to the supermarket to do some shopping..


Also saw 7-11 was selling this set of mini Coke Theme cars.. i am missing the red of them and cost only 90 cents each!!


Disney Motor sets from トミカ.. at least i ordered these from Amazon Japan... when i was there in Tokyo , only DM01 and DM02 was avaliable at the Disney shops... i really luv the Mickey and Minnie scooter set. I ordered 6 sets of them.. hahahah




see the scooters... so kawai.. taken at disney shop

日曜日, 6月 22, 0020

so tired...

too tired this weekend to bring the kids out .. heard the solar industry is the next in thing ..hahaha... nothing much happened this weekend.. just that sat mrs brought the kids to the pade cause the kids still had some slight cough and did not eat well.

Noticed that this week onwards , the boy started speaking in complete and perfect sentences... strange..


also ordered more stuff from TOMYTEC.. they released a couple of new buildings

情景小物007 バス停A
建物コレクション 駅A
建物コレクション 駅B

木曜日, 6月 19, 0020


dammm.. wish i could be there.. its held at 東京ビッグサイト... hiaz.. hiaz..

【商談見本市】 6月19日[木] 9:30 ~ 18:00
6月20日[金] 9:30 ~ 18:00
【 一般公開 】 6月21日[土] 9:00 ~ 17:00
6月22日[日] 9:00 ~ 16:00


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火曜日, 6月 17, 0020

Starhub Mininote HP promotion

signed up for the MaxOnline Express over the weekend thru the phone. Since my contract has ended, and this was too good a offer to miss out, i signed up for it. Its a HP 2133 mini-note with the follwing specs below free with a 24 month contract..

1.2 Ghz, 128KB L2 Cache, 800 MHz Front Side bus VIA C7-M ULV Processor
VIA Chrome 9 Graphics with up to 128 MB of shared system memory for Windows with 1 GB of system memory
1 GB 667 Mhz DDR2 RAM
120 GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
Broadcom 802.11 a/b/g wireless internet
Windows Vista Home Basic
3 Cell (55WHr) Lithium-Ion battery
10/100/1000 Ethernet NIC
8.9-inch WXGA LCD Screen
2 USB 2.0 Ports
VGA web cam
Stereo speakers
1 SD card slot
1 Express Card/54
1 External VGA monitor out
Mic and headphone jacks
ADI1984HD High Definition CODEC; 24-bit DAC; Integrated stereo speakers; Stereo headphone/line out; Stereo microphone in
Weight: 2.8lb (1.27 kg)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 10.04 x 6.5 x 1.05 in (255 x 165 x 27 mm)

anyway tried to acess the promo website at and seems the promo has been taken down. Waiting for the letter of redemption to be delivered to me on this Friday.

月曜日, 6月 16, 0020

going to order more N Gauge stuffs..

hiaz.. i missed the Vol 3 collection from TOMYTEC ザ・トラックコレクション【第3弾】.. it came out in Mar 08 and when i was in japan , did not see it at all too... hiaz... but on second tots.. i think i have ordered it before... cause the fire engine looks familiar.. as i have it in my city

anyway i manged to get the following set THE トラックコレクション 第4弾 hehehe... hiaz...


日曜日, 6月 15, 0020


this is my name in Hiragana : めるびん .. Katakana : メルビン

hahahah.. too lazy to go to PC SHOW to check out the show items in the morning ... but in the end went there just now in the afternoon.. nothing much to buy.. actually wanted to get a wireless keyboard.. but in the end decided not too..

Inflation and recession is coming and ppl were still spending like no tomorrow.

I am also slightly sick.. throat still a bit irrtating, still not back to my normal self. That quake that hit northen japan was a major one.. these days seems the fault line in the various zones are not normal.. just this year.. i think there were about 5 - 6 quakes reported in ASIA alone.. the worst one was the china one.

I wonder is there a BIG one coming.....

土曜日, 6月 14, 0020

kids are still sick...

hiaz... both the kids are still not well... Marcus has a very bad throat.. and Rachel.. has flu..everysince got back from Nihong, the kids have not been fine for more than 2 weeks.

was home surfing youtube and found some nice Videos of JR and Tokyo Metro.. and downloaded all using the youtube downloader tool.. am using the software from

Quake..Quake hits Northern Japan 地震の死者が5人に
A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit Japan's northern prefectures on Saturday morning. The National Police Agency says three people reportedly died, 10 are missing, and more than 100 others are injured.

金曜日, 6月 13, 0020

Petrol Prices...

everything is going up... up .. up.. except our salary... everything is going up soon... for instance.. even the recent NWA promo price for air ticket .. is now about 2.6K if i were to buy the same tickets i bought for my April trip ( 2 Adults , 1 Child , 1 Infant )...

With the price of oil going up.. things that are imported will go up... soon... hiaz...

how can i move my family from singapore....

some nice CM from Tokyo Metro.. and JR

木曜日, 6月 12, 0020

New Metro Line to Open this 12th June 副都心 縦断

its called the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line 副都心 縦断. New 8.9-km route offers second link to Shibuya, Ikebukuro stations via Shinjuku. The Japan Times Link

The Fukutoshin Line is the 13th Tokyo-area subway line. Construction of the Shibuya-Ikebukuro section, which began in 2001, cost ¥250 billion.

Express trains will go between Shibuya and Ikebukuro in 11 minutes, while local trains will make the journey in about 16 minutes.

The entire Fukutoshin Line runs 20.2 km between Shibuya and Wakoshi in Saitama Prefecture. The section between Ikebukuro and Wakoshi is already operating as part of the Yurakucho subway line.

Starting in 2012, the Fukutoshin Line will be directly connected to Tokyu’s Toyoko Line, which runs between Shibuya and Yokohama.

The line will thus not only expand metro underground transportation but also make it easier to connect Saitama and Kanagawa prefectures.

Tokyo Metro expects the Fukutoshin Line to reduce commuter traffic during rush hours, especially on the lines that parallel it, including East Japan Railway Co.’s Yamanote and Saikyo lines.

Tokyo Metro’s Web site indicates 17 trains will run hourly, or about one every 3 1/2 minutes, during the morning rush hour.


水曜日, 6月 11, 0020

JPY is dropping!!!

its currently at 1.28 at some of the money changeres in town... was looking at the 5 yr JPY exchange rate.. and lowest it has gone was 1.25 and that was during 9/11...

Have been following up on the Aikba case.. apparently , the 25 yr old guy was under the idea that he has been fired from work when he could not find his overalls when he turned up for work at his workplace... and thinking that , he started planning the killings.. hiaz.. sad...

His parents were devasted...


Couple of other random headlines from japan
- New Tokyo Tower to be called 'Tokyo Sky Tree'
- Pimp arrested after sending 16-year-old girl to clients for prostitution
at last got back into the daily routine at work..

日曜日, 6月 08, 0020

秋葉原で通り魔事件 7人死亡

From NHK JP..its really sad... on a busy Sunday whereby the streets of Akiba are full of tourist, family...hiaz.. the guy should be put to death!!!


In Tokyo, 7 people died and 10 others were wounded after a man rammed his truck into a crowd and stabbed several passers-by with a knife.

The incident occurred around 12:30 PM on Sunday in the Akihabara shopping district in central Tokyo.

According to witnesses, the man ran away from his vehicle after hitting several pedestrians and started screaming and stabbing people at random.

A 25-year-old man from Shizuoka Prefecture has been taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder. In his deposition, the man says he was tired of life and came to Akihabara to kill people indiscriminately.

As of 18:33 today, NHK news has officially reported the deaths of seven people, of which, they include: Men aged 19, 20, 29, 33, 47 and 74 . The other was a 21-year-old female.
>SOme Japan Links for more pics..

Lets Imagine...

Barney show at Suntec... brought the kids to the barney show ( yess.. that horrid looking out of shape obbesse purple dino!! with short arms..) .. we were seated at the third row... center seats... hehehehe... the kids enjoyed the show.. especially Marcus who grew up with many of the dino's song...

Is this dino another Australian product??? i suspect so... marcus luv Hi5 too!!





oh yeah .. i also discovered one of the songs or tunes which MArcus has been singing all this while especially when we were in japan was this...Mr sun Song!!

土曜日, 6月 07, 0020

oh well.....New Aircon for mine Apartment

Last night , mrs bought a small cake to celebrate my birthday.. a really small cake ... hahaha nothing grand... Marcus and Rachel was so excited when they saw the cake.. MArcus said Happy birthday to me.. hehehe..


Rachel has a new Fisher Price Little People Push Car which i bought from yesterday's Galleria Toys R Us reopening celebration.. was a steal at $28...Also poor Rachel fell down the previous day when mrs brought the boy for his enrichment Chinese classes at noon. See the raw laceration on her left knee




decided after comtemplating the whole night.. the aircon has to change today in the morning , went down to GAIN city branch at CCK to get a new unit. Total cost me $1829 include GST for a System3 Non Inverter Version. I opted for the 12 month 0% installment payment thru UOB credit Card. hahaha fist time pay a item using instalment since the last round i used installment was for the Melbourne Air tickets 8 yrs ago for the Diners Credit Card Promo.

Weather today was cloudy and just as we stepped out of our home , it started raining, was telling mrs this rain was heavier than the ones we experienced in Japan. Have not been to LOT1 for a while and found out that the whole place was going thru a facelift. The Food Junction on the basement has also shifted to the fourth floor expansion section. Had our lunch there, then proceeded to GAIN City to buy our Aircon unit... hiaz...


Salesman at the Store explain that we had to rerun all the airconditional trunking so that to ensure 100% efficiency, Also the Stainless Steel Bracket outside the apartment to hold the compressor has to be changed as part of their company's policy. well had to buy a new one.. got 36 lucky dip coupons.. plus 50 pcs of JetAsia Lucky Dip draw .. hope i get something out of the lucky draw.


I am still not used to the way ppl behave in singapore.. no social graces i would say....
Some examples:
- Ppl do not clear their foodtrays at fast food restaurant after their meals.
- Escalator , ppl still cant differentiate between left or right.. ppl in singapore are dumb???
- Mobile phones, ppl talk loudly on their phone , such that people around them hear about their entire life story

金曜日, 6月 06, 0020

1 yr older....

hit 35 this yr old liao... seems also today many ppl in office knows about my birthday.. am i a celeb or what???? strange world... oh well...on leave today at home to settle some things also .. aircon outdoor unit is rusty and got complained by HDB, had to call in a aircon service man to review the casing. i think i might need to get a new aircon unit if thats the case. Also have to fix up the kitchen's cabitnet frame.. somehow or rather , it came loose. So i scrapped off all the silicon seal and ready to reapply a new coat of silicon to hold it in place.

Past yr.. what oh what have i done.
- Went for my long awaited Japan trip with the family.
- 2 kids away 7000 km from home for 25 days...
- promoted this yr.. hehehehe..
- did up my home's washroom.
- stopped buying computer stuff for a while.
- Increase my collection of toys.
- stopped downloading anime for awhile.. hahaha.. stupid odex

火曜日, 6月 03, 0020

I am so tired...

too much issues at work.. and am so tired... how i wish that sometimes i could fly far away to get away from this hectic life...mrs is so worried about Marcus and Rachel's future.. that now we have started sending Marcus to enrichment classes... its not that we are sceptical of how Marcus will be like... we are more worried of him having to keep pace with the high pace life once he starts Primary 1... sometimes i wondered is it better for me to stay in singapore or venture that the kids will have a easier and slower pace life.

Was talking to mrs the other day, and told her that i realised the importance of understanding how some of the engineering formulars are dervied from basic during my Uni days in Ozz, then when i was in polytechnic ( where the concept was memory work )... During my Uni days in Ozz, i did not really have to memories any formulars.. all from derivation and understanding the basics.


月曜日, 6月 02, 0020

Insurance Claims..

well never believe what you read on forums on travel insurance claims.. many ppl have some sort of rather complain that Insurance claim from NTUC is slow... where it did not happen to me... for the 25 day trip , bought a full travel insurance coverage for the family.

The claims i file are
- Medical Bill of Rachel in Osaka -> 6700 JPY .. paid in full back to me
- Luggage damage -> $150 .. got back 90% of the total price of luggage
- Medical claim for Rachel in singapore -> this one still pending their reply.

oh well looks like it will be NTUC travel insurance for me again when i make my next tripp..

日曜日, 6月 01, 0020

1 Month in Singapore since Japan Trip

hahaha...its 1 month since i got back.. bro just came back from Narita with some stuffs i asked him to buy.. my fav drink 焼酎 and a にほん keyboard... hehehe..

Last night went down to MArina Square to have a walk around.. nothing much to do in the day as it was rainy.. shopped around JL and Carrefour .. found some of my fav hotwheels ..






Today.. went to Taka and Isetan.. looks like the craze for PIXAR cars has died down..and i managed to find some of the harder to find items..hehehe.. still got 20% off.. there was a sake fair at Isetan .. and being inthe midst of the japanese manning the booth there triggered fond memories... found my 焼酎 selling there too.. but the price was $39.. compared to the 1090 JPY i paid in Tokyo...

Dropped by Taka to see if there was anything new at the fair.. and found the Lego City Cargo Plane 7734 at a discounted price.. bought it for the boy...