Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Chip credit card

So, this is the second chip card I have. (The first one is an ID card.) Transactions will only need a 4-digit PIN now. No more signiture. (Well, it still depends on the terminal. Not all terminals have the chip card slot yet.) This is supposed to be more secured because the info is harder to steal, but a 4-digit PIN without a signature? I don't think so.

Moreover, seems like the banks are unloading liability. I'm not sure if it's been like this before, but the agreement that came with the info package says, under lost / stolen cards or card numbers: The primary Cardholder is liable for Personal Identification Number ('PIN') based Transactions, to the maximum extent permitted by law, but not for PIN-based Transactions that occur after CIBC is advised of Card loss or theft of unauthorized Card or Card number use. The Primary Cardholder is not liable for unauthorized non-PIN based Transactions on a lost or stolen Card or if the Vixa Account is otherwise accessed without a PIN and without a Cardholder's authorization.

So, in short, you're on your own for unauthorized PIN-based access before the bank is notifyed of theft. If you find out early, good for you. Otherwise you're dead. The banks will still bail you out on signature-based transactions, though. No fair, as the world moves towards the chip card, one day the banks will not have to do that anymore.

Monday, September 29, 2008


Castings cleanup... actually harsher than those ring settings because you gotta apply force on top of looking at it closely.

My dad mixed up the fridge and the china cabinet. He also discarded an empty jar my mom's been punching holes on the bottom for applying insecticide. The unbelievable thing is, he touched up the holes himself too.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Pinky therapy

Desperately need some Pinky therapy. There goes another day without work.

Just realized... behind a large % of my custom Pinky... is pain.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


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Just thought I'd have a few more days to spare and ate some Yukimi Daifuku (with ice-cream filling) last night, the vampire showed up today. I bet it knows. Can't believe a few bits can do this much damage. Or, did it attract the vampire? Sigh... either way, gotta remember, regular strength Tylenol is not enough. (T_T) Seriously thought I was gonna die.

Friday, September 26, 2008


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細想一想, 就發現了再也沒有理由努力下去。

Thursday, September 25, 2008



I just realized my elevator ear's gone. It was probably gone sometime yesterday. So, this time it lasted 3 days again.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wheat puff

A giant bag of wheat puff I bought during cross-border shopping with my brother's gang. My sister-in-law's dad is getting sicker so she will be visiting him next month. This shopping trip is to pick up goodies to bring over. Since I'll be in need of similar items, it's a perfect chance to hitch a ride. Craisins, yogurt raisin, Gold Fish, nuts... are the best choice.

So... there goes one day. One day without doing any work. But I suppose I've saved a lot from the cross-border shopping. Yesterday... was e-mail day. Needed to reply to tons of overdue correspondence. Still not done yet. This means at least 2 days without working. That's gonna hurt... (T_T)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


... and crystals too, for embellishments...

The elevator ear is still here. Got a little worse. (>_<;)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Beer Pretz

To cerebrate the first day of fall, we have Beer Pretz! Air mailed from Japan, thanks Yukasuke for this one. Uh-oh... or was it Sora? There was a gap between its arrival and tasting. My memory had failed...! Sorry!!! (T_T)

Years ago there was twice a wasabi flavoured Beer Pretz too. I kind of liked it. Too bad it was discontinued. I'm so glad it came back! However... the flavour changed. It's no longer wasabi, but (black pepper) spicy chicken. The heat went up and it's leaning towards bitter. I'm afraid I'll have to say, I like the old one better. If this is meant to go with beer, which is slightly bitter, the Pretz should be less bitter.

The elevator ear is still here... (>_<;) Today was also the last day of work for a while. It will be tons of homework for a month. Need money for my trip! Homework alone isn't enough. I must sell some of my toy collection. (T_T)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Corner house (4)

It's been a month. They're working on the exterior walls.

Hmm... the weather's gone crazy. Rainy, sunny, pouring rain. I'm glad we have some unexpected sun, but my left ear's got the elevator thing again. Not only doesn't it interfere with hearing, it slows me down. This is the second time recently. I hope it's not a recurring thing. Last time it lasted about 3 days.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Wire wrap

Kinda fun, but harsh on the eyes and finger tips.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008


At Alberta and 49th, right in front of the YMCA. Looks like the car driver didn't shoulder check before changing lane. Or, the bus didn't want to let that car in. If the bus driver hit the break, he might have avoid the crash. (Sorry this is just speculations. I didn't see the accident.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Rings' settings... very harsh on the eyes... (T_T)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fall harvest

It's harvest time again for the plums. The figs are all gone now. Strangely, the tomatoes are far from ready.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Didn't get to take a picture yesterday. So here it is.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Moon festival

Happy moon festival! Ate out of course. It's extremely rare for us to "cerebrate" on the exact day. We usually do it a day earlier to avoid the crowd. This time it was because of my brother's church gatherings that he couldn't do it on any other day. The crowd wasn't bad, but the kitchen was too busy to make our favorite dessert. (高麗豆沙: see stolen picture.)
We haven't had any moon cakes yet. Very rare again. Even I didn't buy any of those mochi type this year. Oh well, thanks to the upcoming trip, every dollar matters now. Even though I've been taking home homework almost every day, I'm still not sure if I can save enough money for my trip. (T_T)

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Breast board for necklaces.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Boxes and labels... (To fill the cabinets.)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pop-up book

Forgot I had this for... it must be over 10 years! It's Pinky size too! More photos of the rooms later...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Between the tunnel and the Boundary Road exit on hwy 1... That truck directly in front of me had a 2x2 sticking out of its back pointing right at my face which made me extremely uncomfortable. I was leaning to the left as far as I could...

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Afternoon tea

So, John's Collectibles is gone. I'm so out of date. Failed to find the McFarlane dragons for my HK friend, but managed to catch London Farm's afternoon tea. It's been such a gorgeous day. The weather was perfect. Would be a shame not to go out. Let's hope we'll get more nice days like this.

Saturday, September 06, 2008


More gold chains... My eye balls are falling out... (T_T)

Friday, September 05, 2008


Resin castings...

Thursday, September 04, 2008


Real gold chains... being chopped up...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Last of the batch. Deep and small compartments = hell.

Monday, September 01, 2008


Can only do 2 a day. Nothing's square.