Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sunday- again

Lunch at Macau express in Expo. This eatery serves chinese food with portugese influence, like baked rice, portugese egg tarts, tea and other stuff

Some noodle soup with prawns-



Chicken chop baked rice ($7.90). Not bad, with many ingredients. The sauce was quite tasty. Fairly good value. 7.5/10


Baked rice with pork chop- another tasty dish, but the chicken baked rice is still tastier.

Laptop

Just got my new white-covered dell Laptop today. Excellent delivery- less than 4 days. Just installed Zyzzyva, Lexpert, Quackle and several other programs. Finally back to Windows, at least for now.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Memes

This is in response to Henry's tag.

1 .5 Things In Our Bag
-Sweater
-Water bottle
-Umbrella
-Pens
-Bags

2.
5 Things In Our Wallet:
-Coins
-IC
-transit card
-receipts
-library card

5 Thing We Like Most In Our Room:
-Air con
-Fan
-Apple computer
-high-decked office chair
-another chair

5 Things We'd Like To Try:
-travelling to france
-travelling to italy
-travelling to japan
-travelling to new york
-travelling to Bangalore

5 Things We're Doing Now:

-Posting to the blog
-surfing net
-sitting down
-drinking soup
-stuff

Tagged-

Marcus
Victor
Cheah

Chee Meng
Yi En

WSC goal

WSC primary goal- To get at least 1 of my games annotated at the top table.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sunday

Lunch at expo's food court:
Beef fried rice ($4) with carrot, lettuce, egg and black beans. Rice is soft and fluffy and quite tasty. 7/10




After that, I headed for Orchard and by my powers of persuasion managed to convince Cheah to come over. We went to a cafe just outside Takashimaya for a drink. I had a mango lassi ($5) which is an interesting concoction of mango, yoghurt, milk and honey. It is very thick but not as sweet as it seems. 6.5/10 Cheah talks about WYSC issues and tiramisu recipes.



Alas, my powers of persuasion weren't great enough, and Cheah left early at 6 to go back to nap, due to lack of coffee. And when I asked him why he didn't have coffee, he said it would be too strong for him.

Dinner at Wisma's food court: Spaghetti with cream sauce and grilled fish ($5.80). This one was quite delicious. The sauce is tasty and goes well with the fish and spaghetti. Fish was rather well done too, quite good value indeed. 8/10



Cream puff for $2 from Beard papa in the basement. The cream puff craze started here some time agao but has since died down. It is still extremely popular in Japan though. It is still a very tasty snack- the pastry is crispy, while the vanilla filling is very good.





Friday, September 21, 2007

Sowpods in 2021

Disclaimer: The story below is purely a work of fiction and is not to be taken seriously at all.


- - - - - -

It is June, 2021. Since 2017, the world has been united under a single dictionary( yes, it did take the Yanks that long to switch) From the last dictionary vote, pro-sowpods players outnumbered pro-TWL players by 50.5% to 49.5%. The committee pounced on this and initiated the switch. But lo and behold, the pro-TWL players revolted, immediately deciding to boycott all tournaments for a year, citing the presence of strange words which had absolutely zero relation to North American scrabble, like KAMOKAMO and MINIMOTO. But it was not to last as the players soon trickled back within months.

Even China and Hong Kong had recently joined the new world scrabble scene recently. Their top player, Mao Gong Fu, was even seen playing a rapid game of scrabble at a Starbucks outlet.

The technology of the era had been advancing rapidly too. Boards were now well-fitted with microchips and motion sensors. Every tile was ingrained with microchips storing the value of the tile. When placed on the board, the board would read the value of the tiles and score it accordingly, but the scores would not be revealed till the end. If a player announced his score wrongly, a computerized voice would immediately voice and correct the error. However, it was still mandatory for players to announce their scores. If a player took too long to draw his tiles, a voice would quickly remind the player to hurry up.

Timers soon became obsolete as they became integrated with the board. Gone were the days of carrying around bulky timers- a small digital timer at the edge of the board was more than sufficient to keep track of time. The boards were made of lightweight plastic and weighed only 500 grams each.


In 2018, A new world scrabble body was formed, headed by Albert Hahn, who was unanimously voted by players from 10 other countries. At long last the WSC could return to America again.


But, it was not to be.


To be continued....






Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Woohoo!

Australia's CSC team this year is significantly weaker than last year's. The team is Edward, Chris, Michael hornung, Bob Jackman and Trevor Halsall. Details are here. Missing are David eldar, Naween and Andrew Fisher. Just the break I need.

Poll

Created a new poll at the side. Please vote.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Random stuff

Another busy day today. My camera ran out of batteries half-way, so no photos except a new one for the wsc. . Also went to Tekka mall to have lunch and collect the visas which were pretty overpriced as usual at $90 each.

My 10 first and last racks at last wk's mini:

Game 1: EEORRTT (OTTER 12), ??DEEIR EAtHE 9
Game 2: BEEINTU (BETAINE 36), DEFNPRW WIFED 12
Game 3: JORSTUX (JOURS 40), LNNRTTV VANT 15
Game 4: ABESOUV (JUVES 30), AEELRTT RIA 17
Game 5: AEEOQRU (QUARE, 48), RSTZ ZOS 24
Game 6, AAEGIRS (AGA 8), DEIINPW XI, 18
Game 7: AABCENT (BANE 21), ADENN DEMAN 27
Game 8: DHIPQT? (QOPH 26), BCOOIJN JOB 29

Fairly decent racks to start with, but more mediocre at the end.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Miscellanous

7 Oct 2007 -The Serangoon mini tournament
28 Oct 2007 -Jurong Green CC mini tournament
* 8-12 Nov 2007 -World Scrabble Championships 2007, Taj President Hotel, Mumbai, India

11 Nov 2007? -Thomson Sin Ming Court mini tournament
25 Nov 2007 -Yew Tee Scrabble Open Championship 2007
* 30 Nov-2 Dec 2007 -6th Causeway Challenge, Zon Regency Hotel JB
* 4-6 Dec 2007 -2007 World Youth Scrabble Championship, Zon Regency Hotel JB
16 Dec 2007 -Jurong Green CC mini tournament

Just finished quackling my games. Missed 3 bingoes in 2 games, 2 of which were in the first game against Ben. Apart from that mainly non-bingo misses here and there. EQ loss around 50 a game.

G8 mini

Didn't win it this year, due to mediocre tiles among other things. Interestingly, the blanks were split in only 1 game. Too many consonant-heavy endgame racks resulting in some close losses.

Some interesting happenings:

Quek opened with a bingo, WRONGER, but it below the opening star. He was surprised to see Victor challenge it.

Andy drew 10 tiles to start against Yen Nee, who had to open 4 tiles to choose from..

Stats:
Record:4-4 +179

Ave scores: 419-397
Bingos: 13-16
J:3/8
Q:6/8
X:6/8
Z:6/8

S:15/32
blanks:7/16

Thursday, September 13, 2007

CSC

Who will qualify?

The players in contention for the 3 spots are:

JP 1860
Tony 1859
Andy 1846
Yen Nee 1834
Weibin 1814

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Quackle game


4 bingos to 2. Quackle even leaves me a 60- point outplay.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Adventures

Started off the day with breakfast at Bedok Market- I had wanton mee from this recently opened stall- it was fairly tasty with the chili. The noodles were soft and full of flavour but the roast pork was just so-so. Service however was slow- waited over 10 mins even though there just a few pple in front. 7/10



We then headed over to the Botanic gardens for a walk:




Before stopping at the food court there for lunch. The picture doesn't look too appetizing, but it's actually more tasty than it appears. The beancurd is very soft and melts in your mouth, while the egplant and sweet and sour pork and well-seasoned and tasty. Very reasonably priced at $3.


Then I drop by at Borders where I read up on French cuisine and other stuff ( France has more cheeses than days in the year and there are over 35000 bakeries in Paris.)



After that, I head over to Venezia at Takashimaya's basement for ice-cream- 2 scoops of hazelnut and dark chocolate icecream for $4.20- which is fairly reasonable compared to $7.90 at haagen Dasz for similar quantity. The dark chocolate is quite rich and the hazelnut generally quite nice with bits of hazelnuts, but lacking the extra kick. Should have opted for a more interesting combination, like lemon and mint chocolate. 7.5/10


Monday, September 10, 2007

Can't wait for G8 mini next week..

Thursday, September 06, 2007

ISC

Tony has a rather nice rack...




But plays FEISTY, missing many bingoes. Best is dESYATIn for 86.


Finally after several cheap plays, it comes..

Monday, September 03, 2007

WSC qualifiers

Malaysia's WSC qualification has just ended and Ganesh and Suanne will be representing Malaysia. Congrats to Suanne. From M'sia and S'pore, 3 of the 5 WSC reps are playing for the first time.