I found this little gem on YouTube last night and couldn’t stop watching it, I think I might have played too much Street Fighter 2 (Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right B, A, Start. anyone?) in my youth, but what else are you gonna do growing up in Singapore? not much room to kick a rugby ball around, plus Van Damme, Chuck Norris & Steven Segal were kick ass warriors in the 90′s!
What’s better than seeing Van Damme kick ass in Street Fighter 2? it’s better than the actual movie, and features an awesome MIDI soundtrack and original sound effects!
It’s not been the easiest 6 months since Anita and I moved to Singapore in early February to start our Asian experience. To be fair we have had our fair share of ups and downs so far but we are starting to head down the right track, at least for now. Anita has found herself a job working in Workplace Safety doing some Marketing, it’s long hours and late nights, but in this climate it was the best we could get before her tourist visa expired. We’re still on the lookout for other opportunities if they arise. My career has done a complete 360 in the past month, Rubicon Reserve Wines went into liquidation at the start of June which threw our plans a little out the window, however it was not all doom and gloom right away. I was kept on for a while as a new company was formed shortly after, so things continued there for a while but there was a lot of uncertainty over the future, and especially how and when we were going to get paid (I’m still chasing May’s pay and it’s not looking good).
But where one door closes, another opens, and after consulting some people in the legal know here in Singapore, I’ve decided to open up my own business doing Web Design & Online Consultancy. It’s something I was considering after my days at EMI but it’s a lot easier here in Singapore to start up a business, especially with the tax breaks and incentives from the government, the timing all seemed to fit into place this time. I’d been doing a little bit of work on the side for a couple of clients throughout my time in Singapore and was quite enjoying that work, so why not do it full time? I couldn’t argue with myself there.
There are a few loose ends to tie up regarding the finalisation of the company and my visa, but things are progressing along pretty well. business cards are on the way as well as an official company stamp. Cheque books are in and Anita is looking after the expenses, book keeping and everything to do with numbers. The really positive thing about this whole change in career is that I’m busy and really enjoying the work that I’m doing every day, and I can’t remember the last time I felt that way about work.
RIP GeoCities 1995-2009…
Probably a bit after the fact, but I thought it was worth mentioning the passing of one of the sites that started all this for me way back on dial-up internet. GeoCities is officially shutting its doors and going offline. This is the same site that was bought by Yahoo back in 1999 for a staggering $3.57 Billion US dollars and at the time, was home to 1.1 million users, I was one of those users, it’s where I launched m first website, one of the many that ended up on geocities before I bought my own domain in 1998. Check out this awesome geocities timeline.
So without repeating all that Alex blogged about the other day, he really covered it all, everything I wanted to say, just head on over to ColoursAndLight for a gander.
In other news, I’ve just updated my theme to the very awesome Thesis 1.5 WordPress theme, and so far I’m liking what I see.