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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Anyone Remember Vanilla Ice?

Oooh, who can forget him? The white boy with the solidly gelled-up hairdo and the raised eyebrow, making strange signs with his fingers (doesn’t it look strangely like the Vulcan welcome gesture?) and making everyone suddenly start thinking rap is cool and clean fun?

(Sidenote: This is the second in the start-stop series of Anyone Remember... series, where I reminiscent about some forgotten star of the 80’s and 70’s. The first one was Milli Vanilli. Boy, was that a good one...! End of sidenote.)

In 1990-91, ‘Ice Ice Baby’ was everywhere, man. My neighbour was so into it, he went out and bought the tape, and played it at full volume on his boombox (to the annoyance of his grandmother), while he tried to keep up with the lyrics in the liner notes.

Speaking of lyrics, Ice Ice Baby has got to be a poetic masterpiece. Who else can come up rhymes like (my comments in red):

  • "Something grabs a hold of me tightly , Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly" (WHO uses a harpoon 24 hours a daily? Captain Ahab?!)

  • "To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal , Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle" (what's a chump? And what's it doing waxing a candle?)

  • "I'm cooking MC's like a pound of bacon, Burning them if you ain't quick and nimble" (other rappers obvious didn't take his threats of cannibalism very seriously...)

  • "Reading for the chumps on the wall, The chumps acting ill because they're so full of eight balls" (eight balls?! no comment...)

Yes, yes, its one of those things from the 80’s that is unbelievably corny like shoulder pads and Teen Wolf.

Below: shoulder pads.

Below: Teen Wolf!

My friend Ray told me he tried to record a cover version with a few other friends once. To get the sound effects in the opening bars, they put some rice grains in a glass bottle, and used the cymbals on the church drums. Then you can imagine a Malaysian Chinese ah beng trying to rap like Vanilla Ice (yeah, I know it sounds funny) going, "Rolling, in 5.0, with the rag top up so my hair can blow..."

If that copy of the cover version survived to this day, I bet Ray could make some good money for it on eBay. Or at least on YouTube.

Anyways, Vanilla Ice made it big for being the first white guy to hit it (as opposed to the black rappers of the day like Run DMC and er, MC Hammer...), and with hooks sampled from Queen and Bowie, rose dramatically, and sank equally fast after that.

Vanilla Ice and his 'Ice Ice Baby' lives on in those flashback shows on VH1 every week, not to mention on the receiving end of jokes by late night show comedians.

Some years ago, I heard that he grew dreadlocks and ran a motorbike shop. On the cold winter nights, when the bike shop is closed and everyone has left, I wonder if he clears the workspace, and trace back that kicking dance move as the cranked up PA system goes:

"Dum-dum-Dum-dum-duh dum-dum, Alright, stop, collaborate and listen..."

Card With Free Miles

Everyone carries a credit card these days, some of my friends even carry two or three of them with them all the time. Why, I don’t even know. Maybe for some retail emergency I suppose. But sometimes as consumers we rely on credit too much, without us even realizing it. We pay for almost every purchase we make with that plastic card, even for small purchases.
It is no wonder banks and financial institutions are rushing to grab customers to use their cards, enticing us with loads of benefits and freebies. Sometimes they offer better rates for partner merchants, sometimes they have special one-off deals for certain purchases.
It is all pretty confusing if you are looking for a new credit card and are not really sure which one to get. We admit, sometimes it is difficult to make a comparison with all the different factors that are played into the card. If you in the market for a card, check out this site where they list down all the major cards available out there and they give you the complete rundown of the benefits available. Perhaps you are looking for credit card deals with free miles, you can then easily look for it here.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

PayPal Problem Solved

I heard PayPal has solved the earlier problem of users not able to accept funds without adding a bank account. Understandably, the problem has been causing a lot of headaches for some users, especially those with a lot of money stuck at the accept/deny query.

Anyway I am glad they've resolved this issue, and everyone can use paypal easily now. For those who are not familiar with Paypal, it's sort of an Internet currently for buying and selling stuff online, you can check out their website at for more info.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Silver Bars

Silver is regarded as one of the most precious metals in the world, alongside its counterpart, gold. Both gold and silver have been long treasured since the dawn of civilization, ever since man learnt how to mine the earth for precious metals and minerals.

As a precious metal that has limited and depleting natural resources, it is therefore something that will appreciate in value as time goes by. Silver by itself is a beautiful metal, and can be fashioned into many different types of uses, most popular being jewelry and ornaments.

Monex Deposit Company (MDC) offers a way for those of us who are inexperienced in buying precious metals for investment such as gold silver, platinum and palladium and they will personally deliver it to you. Besides that they also offer the convenience of safe storage to ensure its safety either in an independent bank or depository. The company is backd by 30 years of experience and they are America’s gold and precious metals investment leader.

So with the volatility of the housing market and currency markets, silver is the better investment option in the long term. Get your silver bars and make sure your future is secure.

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