Month: December 2009

In the land of online journals

Came across LiveJournal‘s birthday banner and realised that she turned 10 years old in November 2009. Fast rewind – LJ was launched a month before 2000 i.e. the demise of the computers and subsequently the end of the world. Heh. Since I was never an active user of LJ1, I immediately wondered about the online journal management that I did use – Diaryland. Guess what, it was introduced in 1999 as well! Unfortunately they have since deleted my account.

When I first started online journalling, it was my way of escaping the pen. I hate writing. Partly because I have really nasty handwriting. I hate the fact that I cannot read/understand my handwritten entries. But the funny thing is, I still have handwritten versions lying in the drawers.

But I digress. Online journalling is probably the best binary thing that I have ever ventured into.

In my search for the anniversary date of DL, came across this guy who thought that DL and ICQ should be among the pioneers of social networking sites. There. I don’t get it. Perhaps I am dense and not moving with the times. As far as terminology goes, Social networking really creeps under my skin. Why does everything on the web has to do with that? Still, I love the little timeline in the article. Not sure if he is the author of that chart, it brings a slight grin. Don’t know why.

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All these talk about past, present, and the potential reminds me of the streets of yesterday streaming within the modern days.

Tai Kang Lu, Shanghai

  1. account created on 2005-12-26, 2 entries in grand total []

Smiling back at you, Bangkok

I admit that I might have been too biased with memories smeared by past experiences. Bangkok cab service has definitely improved. Though still consistently trapped in the good old heavy traffic, I did not once fear for my life. Previously. zigzagging cabs in tight one-way streets flipped my heart arteries all the time. Because of that, I have always rejected vacation ideas that will land me in this city.

Beijing cleaned up for the Olympics. Singapore put up prettier Christmas lights for APEC. If Bangkok has changed because of some event, I am very happy that whatever-that-is has taken place here.

I commented one night that this city is full of Manhattan-like lights. Then I was reminded that this is really the city of smiles. Yes indeed. It has even rubbed off on the usually stoic customs officers. Not just in the official airport where they are probably contractually binded to smile at tourists, even the tireless ones in the free trade zones are surprisingly nice.

I may actually be ready to return for a touristy visit soon. But right now, I just want a confirmed flight home.