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Saturday, February 26, 2011

2011 Feb 26, Saturday

Today is a sad day. My grandfather passed away.

It was the first day I went to hospital to see him. He was admitted on the 20th, about a week ago. He died at the age of 97 years old. He had swollen feet and water in the lungs, if I've got my facts right. This led him to be hospitalised. He could not consume solid food, so he was on drip and liquid food.

When I visited him at 7.15pm, his condition was stable but his blood pressure was very low, lower than 50. His heart beat was about 85 per minute. Which was quite alright. I left the hospital about 7.30pm - 7.45pm.

I did not know anything about measurement, so I did a quick search on Wikipedia. Here's the link:

Here's a brief summary from Wikipedia:

Average blood pressure in (mmHg):

1 year 6 - 9 years adults
95/65100/65110/65 - 140/90

Originally, I was invited to Chingnee (Ruby) birthday's dinner where she was going to treat Christina and myself. Because Christina wasn't feeling well, we told Ching that we won't be attending. Christina was at the ground floor of the hospital while I went up to see the grandfather.

After visiting at Tan Tock Seng Hospital , I went to Novena Square to have dinner with Christina. Halfway through the dinner, I got a text message from my father at 8.35pm saying that the grandfather has passed away at 8.15pm.

The relatives had all visited him. Except for 3rd uncle which was out of country and was making his way back. Grandfather was already in there for almost a week, and the doctor was telling them since morning, that he could pass away any time. When I went there, I felt that the relatives were quite prepared for what was going to happen.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

2011-02-16 Wednesday

An article was published today in Digital Life that included an interview I had with Straits Times Digital Life journalist Hellen Tan.

The article talks about local artists / graduates' expectations of salary in the industry. It interviewed Melvin Tan from Blue Sky Studios, David Kwok from Tiny Island Productions, and myself from Double Negative.

The last line from my interview mentioned Cosmas Lee our Operations Manager at Dneg SG. He says we have to "pay our dues" when starting off in the visual effects industry, before we can climb up and play bigger roles in the pipeline.

Prior to this article, I also had the good fortune to be interviewed for another article about Double Negative, written by Sherwin Loh my Anderson secondary school & Outram institute classmate. This was in 2009 if memory serves me right.

Both articles referred to visual effects as special effects. This is an inaccurate term for the visual effects industry. Special effects refers to physically created effects (outside of the CGI-computer generated imagery- realm). Examples are the use of, special make-up, prosthetics, robotics, animatronics, miniature, pyrotechnics, specially manufactured and rigged props and/or coordinated stunt-work.

2011-02-16 Valentine's Day Gift

I am still on reservist from 08 March 2011 till 28 March 2011. I've been helping Film Unit do 3D models for their Airforce Workplan.

Back at work at Double Negative, our STRAT 1 batch of people have been moved up to do TD environment work just before the Chinese New Year. They are undergoing training on the job even as I am doing reservist now. The timing honestly isn't very good. I am missing out on the training while doing my reservist. Bummer.

Today Christina and I went down to People's Park Complex to get our airfare for our tour. I bumped into Jason Ang Nicodemus Hoe Kiat (former Double Negative employee, until the Chinese New Year holidays).

After that we went to Bugis Junction for dinner. Ate at Basement 1 at the open airconditioned stall called "Eat.". I find the service staff quite bad. Not really paying attention. I just handed the lady $50, she opened up the cash register, and 15 seconds later while putting together my change, she asked me "How much did you give me again?"

After dinner we went to 2 jewelery shops. Citigems and Lee Hwa. Christina was looking for a cross to hang on a chain. We've already seen the Citigem collection in Novena Square the Sunday before. The shop at Bugis seems smaller than the on at Novena, and had a more limited range. So we moved on to Lee Hwa. Here we spotted a few designs that she liked.

After narrowing down her choices, she decided to get one at 50% discount. It was about $700, but it was a Valentine's day promotion, so it's now selling at $328. I bought this for her as a present.

After this I went to EpiCentre (a shop that sells Apple computers, devices and accessories). I asked around for earphones with a mic. My 3 months old Samsung Galaxy Tab is giving me a hard time making phone calls because of the less-than-ideal in-built mic. During the call, the other party would have difficulty hearing my voice because the mic would pick up background sounds instead of my voice. The sales staff recommended me a Klipsch ear-phone. It was not made for Apple devices (I told him mine was an Android device). Its a Klipsch ProMedia in-ear earphones with microphone. This cost $159.

At the same time there was some RBS credit card people trying to sell the card. There's a tie-up with Epi Centre, where there's a $50 voucher to redeem after you sign up for the card. I already have that card and Christina signed up for it as well!