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Monday, August 28, 2006

Service to the nation

Will be back on friday.

Nasi Lemak

I don't really fancy Nasi Lemak.

Don't like the taste of coconut on rice. Don't really take spicy food well. Will sweat like hell if the food is too spicy.

Went to buy the famous Nasi Lemak at Changi Village today. Not that I wanted to eat it. Was there to da bao. And since everyone is eating Nasi Lemak, might as well just follow lor.

The queue is rather long. Around 11 people. But that is not the problem. The problem is, the service is very slow. I waited 45minutes for my turn. If only I got my headphone with me, then I can listen to MP3.

But it was quite worth the wait. I was rather surprised that it actually taste quite good. The otah was great. The coconut taste on the rice isn't that strong. The chilli can cover the coconut taste. And the chilli is power. Very spicy. I sweat alot. Very shoik.

Ok, maybe I'll still give the Changi Village Nasi Lemak another try.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

I hate to pack luggage

One of the reason why I don't like to travel is because I don't like to pack my luggage. I always end up packing extra things and end up having to make sacrifice by not bringing some items. For example, if you are going for a 5 days trip, you pack 4 set of clothings right? What if the clothles were dirty and you need to change? But there is no room for 5 set of clothings.

But that is not my greatest worry. My greatest worry is forgetting to bring things along. I always have uneasy night before I travel. Scare that I forget to pack this or that. I always try to visualise myself doing thing when outside to try to recall what I forgot to pack.

Wait, I forgot to pack my underwear. Will be back shortly.


As I was saying, I'm always scare that I'll forgot to bring something along. How do everyone remember what to bring on their trip? Surely they will forget some minor stuff like toothbrush and toothpaste.

Almost forgot the toothpaste


Argh... I hate to travel.... Now.... what else did I forgot?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

The lost "Martial Arts"

Got a request sometime early this month. It has been a long time since anyone raise such request. The usual people who did this request has already left the company. So I'm left to handle the request with my sub teamlead.

At first, we thought it is just a normal request with slightly different way of coding. As usual, we emailed the request to another teams in the project to check if this request will have any impact on their items and if they need to take any actions. They said no.

So we thought we just need to do some normal codings on our side.

We thought wrong.

When I submit the documentation to the requester, she told me that we did it differently from the previous guy. I was kinda surprised because I'm sure my way is correct. Unless there is some hidden requirements that I'm unaware of.

Dig thru tons of documentation and managed to find a tester who is involved in the in the previous request. After talking to her, I finally discovered what when wrong. There is another special requirements for such request. Even the requester is unaware of this special requirement.

A few other teams need to do amendments to their codings for this hidden requirements. They didn't know it in the begining as those people involved in this request has also left. So when the requirements comes in, we all thought it is a normal request. We are all wrong.

So the bunch of us dig thru all the badly done documentations and finally found out exactly what needs to be done.

But we missed the deadline.


It is not that we don't have a proper handover session when someone is leaving.

But the thing is, when someone leave, they always bring along a part of the knowledge with them. Not that they purposely don't want to impart the knowledge. But it is impossible for someone to impart his akk his skill and knowledge. There will surely be something that they missed out.

This is what I call the lost "Martial Arts".

I always "don't open my mails" one

My dad is always the person who opens the mailbox since he reaches home earliest. He always place it on the side table and we will check if we got new mails once in a while.

I admit, I check my singnet email more frequent than I check the snail mail. But which IT savvy guy 20+ year old male doesn't? I do check the snail mail maybe once every two or three days. Anyway, my snail mail will usually be bills and junk mails. So why the hurry?

Anway, few days ago, I had a short conversation with my dad when I just reach home from work.

Dad: You got mails. You everytime don't open your mails one.

*I thought I just checked for new mails yesterday???*

Me: I got mails meh? When come 1?
Dad: Today.
Me: -_-'''

I just reach home and haven't even finish taking off my shoes yet.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Coronation Plaza

It has been 3 months since we moved to the new office. The only thing I miss about the old office is the short traveling time and the food there.

Especially the food at Coronation Plaza. After nagging at T for months, he finally give in and drive to coronation plaza for lunch today.

The aunty was very delighted when she saw us coming. We chatted for awhile. Business was bad since our company shifted away. Most of their customers are from our company. Hope they can survive.

I ordered BBQ chicken rice initially. Actually, they don't have BBQ chicken on their menu. They only have lemon chicken, which is fried chicken cutlet with lemon sauce. But I always request it to change to the BBQ sauce they use for their chicken chop. That is my BBQ chicken rice. Haha.

T ordered kumpong fried rice and changed the chicken wings to BBQ chicken. Eeerr... isn't that better? Cause BBQ chicken is white rice. So I change my order the same as his.

Their kumpong fried rice is still the best. The BBQ chicken also taste great.

Miss the food there. Miss the good time we had there.
Hope to go back again.

Singapore flag

After 41 years of flag hanging, we still see such mistakes.

Doesn't anyone in their family bother to double check to see if the flag is hung correctly?

Perhaps national education should include a chapter on how to hang the Singapore Flag correctly.

Tur Kwa T-Shirt

The Tur Kwa T-Shirt is finally here.

Waited for 1 month plus. :D
Worth the wait. Nice design. Although I feel that it would be funnier if they added the word "Sorry also must explain"

Wonder if anyone send the T-shirt to Gomez. hahaha....

张震岳 - 自由

For 3 days in a row, I find myself singing 张震岳 song.

Strange. I have that CD at home. But I never notice this song until recently when he sang it during the Superband finals.

I guess life is like this. Sometimes, you just don't notice some things until someone pointed out to you. But when they pointed it out to you, will it be too late to do anything to savage the situtation?

I don't know.

张震岳 - 自由

也许会恨你 我知道我的脾气不是很好
也许不一定 我知道我还是一样爱着你
打开一瓶红色的酒 看着金鱼游来游去

我没有关系 你可以假装没事离开这里
一切好安静 我只想把情绪好好压抑
到底谁会先说再见 我知道我一定哭泣

爱我 说爱我 说爱我
我的泪 滴下来

为什麽 为什麽
没有人 告诉我

不要回来 你已经自由了

张震岳 - 爱我别走

I think I'm reaching a point where whatever I say or do is not going to change anything. So should I keep trying or should I give up?

Is this a roller coaster ride or a train to my destination?
Why do I find myself asking the same question that I asked myself 8 months ago?

If this is a roller coaster ride, then I think my ticket should expire already.
If this is a train ride to my destination, then why are we still here.

And the choice is not with me.
Already lost count of the number of times that I'm stuck in such situtation.
Already lost count of the number of times I sing 爱我别走.

Why do I keep finding myself singing this song in life? Am I fated to sing this song forever?

张震岳 - 爱我别走

我不敢想的太多 因为我一个人

我没有你的消息 因为我在想你

如果你说 你不爱我

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

张震岳 - 原谅

Can't seem to find the lyrics for this song anywhere on the internet.
So I decided to type them out myself. Spend around 1/2 hr cause there are a few difficult words. Hope there is no error.

Somehow, this song is singing what I feel like saying.


张震岳 - 原谅

我满身的悲伤 慢慢地靠近到你的面前
是我放弃梦想 没有回答 热悉的脸庞

感觉到你绝望 最后的要求 答应我好吗
我低头不说话 还有没有我要的原谅

我不再错了又错 只求你真的接受

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

B doesn't work. Will fail, error out, got problem.

And I thought yesterday was the end of it....

Already told you that B will most likely not work and will result in error. You refuse to believe. Insist that we produce test case, documentation or any proof that shows that B will not work. The problem is, why should we be wasting our time testing something that we know that it doesn't work? OK, nobody tested it before and nobody got cold hard evidence but we know it doesn't work. It doesn't work DAMN IT! CAN'T YOUR BLOODY UNDERSTAND PLAIN ENGLISH? If someone tells you that you will die by jumping out of the window, do you want a test case to proof it too? Wake up your idea!

I was so pissed off today that I totally ignore his email. Basically, this guy just wouldn't settle for a no unless you can throw proof at him. For what? Its not as if B has any advantages over A. If B has advantages over A, then I don't mind testing for you. But B does the same thing as A and has 100% no value add. So why should waste our time we exploring something that has no added benifits? Can't you just settle for A?

Appearantly, no. I don't know if it is the ego problem or you are finding fault with me.

Suddenly I remember that we have outsource staff at china waiting for us to send them job. So I send the email to china side and ask them to test out B. I was expecting them to bump into many problems and errors. But somehow, they didn't. Within 30minutes, they came back with the test results with minimum guidance from me. Surprise surprise surprise. At least they didn't give me much problem today.

And the test results shows that B doesn't work. I repeat, B doesn't work. Will fail, error out, got problem. So I replied the email to that guy with the test results and additional comments.

No email reply from him. Few minutes later, he walk over to my table and told me something regarding B and said "So what we said yesterday is correct, B will fail".

EEEeeerrr.... EXCUSE ME!!!!!

When did WE said that B doesn't work? WE??? What WE???

It is ME who say it doesn't work and ME who say no need to test. ME, ME, ME!!!!
What WE? If it is a WE, then I wouldn't need to get china side to help test that bloody B stuff. WE? WE YOUR BLOODY HEAD!

And after the cold hard evidence, you don't even dare to reply that email anymore. No more reply from you. WHY? Because my teamlead is also in the loop? Because by agreeing with the findings, you are also admitting that you are wrong? Shouldn't you just reply an email and conclude the whole case. No, you just walk over to my desk and say "WE" were right yesterday.

Ya, right. You and your big bloody Echo Golf Oscar.

Too much ranting

Discovered that there are too much ranting lately in my blog. Esp on work related issue.
Perhaps I should sit back and relax abit. Look at the bright side of thing. Calm down and take things easy.

Maybe I should blog about some happier events. At least life won't seem so bad if I blog more about happy stuff.

Ok, I know.... perhaps I should write about happy stuff that is happening recently in my life.



Ok, that all the happy stuff I have recently.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Bad day at work

Having a bad day at work today.

Lazy to write the full story. But to summerise:-
1) If the usual practice is A, don't bother asking why not do B UNLESS your B has advantage over A. But your B clearly has no advantage. So why bother looking at whether B can be use or not. And nobody tired B before and nobody knows if your B works or not. A has been tried and tested many times and is 100% confirm working. So why should I waste my time to test B when it has totally no value add?

Maybe because B is your idea and your ego refuse to admit that it is a useless idea.

2) If the testing is supposed to be testing on C, don't go and test D and come ask me why the result you got from D is not what you expecting. We are testing C, D already tested long time ago and pass testing already. If there is an issue, it is most likely your test case is wrong. If you don't believe that your test case is wrong, go ask the developer for D. I wrote the code for C, not D.

In the end, I'm left with no choice but to look at D to find that it is your stupid test case that is wrong.

Going home now. I'll be back in office in 12 hour time to face all your nonsense again.... argh....

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Salary Re-packaging

**Warning: Complicated math formula ahead**

Recently, there is a re-packaging of all the contract staff salary. All contract staff can choose to take up the new repackaged salary or continue with the existing package.

Basically, it is just to take 1 month of our variable bonus which we will get at the end of the contract and distribute to our monthly pay.

They came up with a formula to calculate the new adjusted salary. They took the assumption that our variable bonus is going to be 2.5mths (which is usually slighly higher)

New Salary = Current Salary * ( 12 + 1 + 2.5) mths / (12 + 1 + 1.5)

12 is for the 12mth a year.
1 is for the AWS.

The idea is, after adjusting the salary, the annual salary is still going to be more or less the same.

Assume Current Salary = 1800 (not mine lah, just an example)

Current Salary * ( 12 + 1 + 2.5) mths / (12 + 1 + 1.5)
= 1800 * 15.5 / 14.5
= 1925

So the new salary will be 1925

So end of the year, instead of 2.5 mth vb, you will get 1.5.

Annual salary without the repackaging
1800 * (12 + 1 + 2.5) = 27900

Annual salary with the repackaging
1925 * (12 + 1 + 1.5) = 27912.5

The different is only $12.5.
But that is based on the assumption that you will get 2.5mth bonus. If you get higher bonus, the diff will be bigger. Lets assume VB is 3mth.

Without repackaging = 1800 * (12+1+3) = 28800
With repackaging = 1925 * (12+1+2) = 28875

A $75 different if you choose to take up the repackaged salary.

Of cause, if the VB is less than the 2.5, we will lose out. But the thing is, only those who perform badly will get less than 2.5 mth VB.

Conclusion.... No harm taking up the new pacakge.

(ok, you all understand what I talking?)

Fort Minor - Where'd You Go?

Where'd you go?
I miss you so,
Seems like it's been forever,
That you've been gone.

Who is reading?

I know, my blog is rather easy to find.

A friend of mine actually took less than 5 minutes to hunt down my blog url. I think she search using my email and it leads her to my profile which links here.

Actually, there are many ways to find this blog. Hyperink thru friends and colleagues etc etc.

I didn't go around distributing my blog. Not that I mind people reading it. But I don't see the need to go around distributing it.

I know there are quite a number of people reading my blog. Some are complete strangers, some are friends and some are colleagues. I don't mind those who know me personally reading my blog. But the least you can do is to tell me that you are reading it or drop me a note or something.

Many times I find people knowing about stuff that I only mentioned in my blog. My only explaination is either he/she is reading my blog or someone reads it and told him/her abt it. Somehow I find it weird. You know me personally right? If you see my blog, wouldn't it be politically correct to at least tell me that you are reading my blog frequently? So that at least I know you are reading.

Why are you lurking in my blog?

Let me know if you are reading this blog. Post a comment here. Thanks.

**Posted on 20 Aug 2006 12:28PM**

Singapore International Salsa Festival 2006

3 Nights and 2 Days of Salsa at downtown east.

Singapore International Salsa Festival 2006

Saturday, August 19, 2006

I want this....

The geek in me wants this.

Features & Specification:
Fully support USB 2.0
High speed transfer rate up to 480Mbps.
USB Mass Storage supported.
SIM Phone Book editing/backup, comes with SIM editor 3.0
Rotary Cover Protect.
Supports Windows Server 2003/XP/2000/ME/98SE/98, Mac OS 9.0 or above.
Size : 8.2 x 3.1 x 1.3 cm
Weight : 22gm

Cards Supporting:
mini SD Card, Micro SD (T-Flash), Secure Digital Card
MMC Card 4.0, MultiMedia Card, MultiMedia Card Plus
RS-MMC (MMC Mobile), RS-MMC4.0 (MMC Mobile 4.0)
MMC micro
MS / MS Duo / MS PRO Duo
Mobile SIM Card

iMONO Mobile Express Card Reader
Card Storage Case


USD$22..... hmmmm.... Maybe I go Sim Lim Sq check out 1st.

Why I never turn on the stupid word verification

Can someone tell me what is this?


Was having lunch with a few colleagues when a female colleague found some weird looking thing in her vegetable. She scoop it out and put on the table and ask me if it is a worm.

Took a close look at it, yes it is a worm. But how do I tell her? She already ate halfway. If I tell her it is a worm, would she freak out and spilt everything out? Would she dare to eat the remaining food?

I pause for a couple of sec before answering.

Me: Eeerr... don't think so.... Not sure what is it. But shouldn't be a worm.
She: *took another look* Is it hei bi? (mini dried prawn)
Me: Think so. -_-'''

Why must make me tell a lie? I don't like to tell lies, but sometimes, its better not knowing some things.

Friday, August 18, 2006

I'm still not interested

Telemarketer: Good Afternoon, I'm calling from lifestyle services.
Me: Sorry, I'm not interested. Bye.
*Hang up*

Perhaps they should keep a list of those people who knew what dirty tricks they are up to.

Ganna Spammed Part 3

Ganna Spammed again and again.

Haven't go clean them up yet. Currently I got 22 spams in my blog. I'm able to keep track of them because I've turn on the email notification setting. Will try to clean them during the weekend. How I wish blogger could have a feature that makes deleting unwanted comments a breeze.

How about a central area that view all the comments in your blog, and check box for you to select which comment to delete?

Or a hyperlink at the notification email that when click will automatically deletes that comment.

I really don't want to turn on that stupid word verification thingy.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Spend the whole morning in office trying to investigate a small issue. The amount we got from the system is slightly different from what the customer got by manual calculation. And its not really a big amount. Just a mere 5 cent. And I have to go thru the hassle of digging out the whole chunk of data and do manual step by step calculation to show them that the system is correct and the customer is wrong.

5 cent leh. Why not just say the customer is correct and deduct that 5 cent from my pay?


He came and ask if the error was resolved the first thing when he arrive office. Please, you know that the fix is applied last night. Why the need to come ask me?

Would be nice if you could offer to help patch the dirty data generated by the error. But no. Never mind. I also don't really want you to help.

Anyway, I can only do the coordination work because the error data is not under our team care. Should be able to resolve everything tomorrow.


Anyway, I'm not saying that the error is not my fault. It is my fault. I missed out a chunk of coding during the re-extraction. Although I wouldn't had made the error if his script is created nicely, it is still my error. Can't deny that.

I'm just pissed off by the way he did the script and the way he insisting that his method is correct.


There was another error on 1 of the stuff in my ex-subteam charge. One of my colleague came and ask me how to solve the issue. Somehow, I was very delighted to help solve the error. Because it is something that I'm familar with.

I miss doing the stuff from my ex-subteam. After all, I'm in that sub team for 3 years. Quite familar with the stuff there. Still trying to get used to the new stuff that I'm doing in the new subteam.

Its going to take more time....


Someone raise a last minute urgent request at 5pm. He need the codes to be ready tomorrow afternoon. Usually we don't entertain request with such short notice. There is just not enough time to do a proper coding and testing.

But his director come talk to our director and tell him how urgent that request was and how urgent they need it. In the end, no choice got to do lor.

I should have OT today to rush that request. But I'm tired. Don't want to work on it when I'm so tired. Scare that there might be error.

Looks like going to be another busy day tomorrow.


I'm really very tired with work this week. Why isn't the weekend here yet?
PS to myself: I should blog less about work and blog more about other things.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Back on auto

Dad bought a second hand AUTO car. YIPPIE!!!! It has been 4 month on the manual car.

It wasn't a nightmare driving the manual car actually. I'm still rather ok with it. But personally, I still prefer auto car. For me, a car is to get from point A to point B. Comfort is more important than performance.

I'm so glad we are back to auto again. Think dad also don't really like manual car. That why he pass that manual car to my uncle when his car was sent to scrap.


The car license plate start with 'SGJ'. Currently, new car are given 'SGK' license place. Meaning the license plate is quite new. The ex-owner of the car port the license number to his new car. That why this car got a new license plate.

I have been telling T to beware of 2 types of car while on the road. 1 is P plate, the other is car license plate starting with 'SG_'. P plate because they just got their license. Car license plate with 'SG_' because they just got their car. That why it is better to avoid them as they tend to be more careless.

Look like need to take back that sentence. 'SGJ' no need beware. :P


Drove the car back home from the showroom. Need more time to get used to driving the car. Not used to the size of the mirror and the position of the signal light. Well, will take a few days to get used to it. Most importantly, no need to change gear and no need to handbrake when moving off from slope.


Pissed off

I was expecting something to go wrong from the start.

The project was handed over to me halfway. Documentation is in a mess. Codes are in a bigger mess. I should had insisted the person to clean up everything before handing over.

The request is to do A, B and C. So he code all of them and put inside the script and insert into the test server. Halfway thru development stage, the requester decided that he don't want B anymore.

Logically, most people will remove B from the script right? NO.... he add additional coding at the end of the script to set B to obsolete. The same exact script is suppose to be use for inserting into the main server. You want to insert redundant codes into the main server? Come on, if the requester doesn't want B anymore, just remove B from the script. Why go insert B, set it to obsolete in the main server? Argh.

The coding is so messy that I have to re-extract the codes from testing server. Couldn't use the messy script. I simply don't understand what is up his mind when he was doing the script.

I missed out something during the re-extraction and now there is an error. Damn.

And to add salt to the wound, he came over and ask why I didn't use his script. Why did I go and re-extract the codes? HELLO... you think I eat full nothing to do is it? Do you know how long it takes for me to extract your bloody codings from the developement server? Now you come and ask me WHY I never you your good for nothing messy script. I endured. I don't want to say much. I just said his script is messy.

Then when we start seeing the bigger impact of the error, he come and ask me AGAIN WHY I NEVER USE HIS SCRIPT. I couldn't take it and I pour out everything that is in my mind. Pointing out every single fault I find in his script. But he still insist that his method is correct. Saying its better to add USELESS coding into the main server than having missed out coding. I WOULDN'T HAVE MISS OUT THE CODING IF YOU BLOODY FOLLOW THE METHOD THAT EVERY DOES! Why can't you just edit your script so that I can reuse it?

My fault.... I should had just ignore everything and just insert those reduntant codes in.... Why do I even bother in the first place?

Sunday, August 13, 2006


Hanging over there.....

2 corona and a hoegaarden later

Still not drunk. Something is wrong.
Still walking straight. Still feeling normal.

Lack the floating and the high feeling I'm searching for.
Should I keep trying or quit?


After failing the 6th time in my life, I guess the problem must be with me.
No matter what I do, it just isn't right.

Perhaps I should just give up.


How do you blog about something that you never mentioned in your blog before?

Do I have to blog about the beginning or do I just blog about what's happening now? If I blog about what's happening now, will everyone understand what am I saying? If I blog about the beginning, will anyone read?


On the outside, many people tot that I'm happy. But am I?
I haven't managed to be happy for the past weeks already. And it looks like this is going to last for quite some time

Does anyone know what I really want? And will they give me what I want?


I just want to be appreciated for the things I've done.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Wearing Staff Pass

Got an email from our director telling all of us to wear staff pass when in the office.

This is because the new office is rather big and we don't know who is who. So need to wear staff pass so that we can identify each other.

So who ensure that everyone wear the staff pass?

Well, the problem is, nobody checks if anyone wear the pass. So why bother wearing?
Maybe we can get the admin to ensure. But if the director didn't wear the pass, will she ask him to wear it?

I don't think so.

Think I'll only start wearing it when someone actually stand at the door and enforce this rule. Else it is as good as not wearing.

Goodbye Parking Idiot

I guess the blog owner of the parkingidiot blog has decided to stop.

It was a great site actually. Kinda fun looking at how some jokers park their car. T and I would sometimes joke about submitting each other's parking photo to the site whenever we park slightly off the line. My personal fav got to be this. Parked exactly on the centre line. It really take lots of skills to park this way.

Although I like the site alot, sometimes I don't really like the comments put up by the blog owners. Too sarcastic I feel. Yes, the person may be an idiot parking in such a way, but I guess there is no need for such tone.

I still remember submitting one entry some time in May. I did wrote some comments in my email to the parkingidiot blog owner. I thought the blog owner will use my comment. But instead, he wrote his own sarcastic remarks on the posting. But well, I guess that is his own style.

And perhaps the reason why there were so many hatred comments in the blog is because of his sarcastic remarks. Perhaps it would be nicer if he could tone down the sarcastic comments and let readers make their own judgements.

Anyway, the last entry on the blog is on 5 June 2006. Been 2 months plus already. Guess its a goodbye an interesting idea. The parkingidiot blog inspired a couple of blog with similar idea. There is this poblemengrish blog that feature bad english in Singapore. And a rudesingaporeans blog that feature rude Singaporean behavior. The good thing about these blog is that they make us reflect upon ourselves when we look at the entries.

A 'bo liao' side of me wanted to start another parking idiot blog for everyone to send their parking idiot photos. If I start 1, I'll surely need to enlist few people to help out to run the site. Its hard doing a one man show thing. And most likely no sarcastic remarks.

Should I or should I not?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Bryan Adams - When You Love Someone

When you love someone - you'll do anything
you'll do all the crazy things that you can't explain
you'll shoot the moon - put out the sun
when you love someone

you'll deny the truth - believe a lie
there'll be times that you'll believe you can really fly
but your lonely nights - have just begun
when you love someone

when you love someone - you'll feel it deep inside
and nothin else can ever change your mind
when you want someone - when you need someone
when you need someone...

when you love someone - you'll sacrifice
you'd give it everything you got and you won't think twice
you'd risk it all - no matter what may come
when you love someone
you'll shoot the moon - put out the sun
when you love someone

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Last impression

One of my colleague from another team is leaving the company tomorrow. Its always sad to see good staff leave the office. She is one of them.

Although I hardly work with her, I knew that she is very dedicated to her work.


Have been taking over a project from my sub teamlead. The project is in kinda mess. Too many parties involved. Too many last minutes change of requirements. And the worst part is, I wasn't involved in the initial stage and thus am unsure of many things.

As a result, there were many errors and some of them impacted her job and she have to settle it before she leave the company tomorrow.

I hate it when things were done halfway and handed over to me. You don't know exactly what the previous person did and what did he miss out. Most of the errors are because I thought my sub teamlead had already done that before handing over to me.

OK, this is not an excuse. I should had done a sweep of the coding to check what my sub teamlead left out.

Anyway, that was a bad last impression. I once heard someone telling me that she felt that I'm quite 'zai' in my work.

Well... I guess this project will change her impression of me.... totally.

Waste my effort

Mopped the floor yesterday afternoon. The floor is rather dusty lately because of the lift upgrading stuff.
The corridor is full of dust because they just did some drilling few days ago. After mopping, the floor is much cleaner.

It rained last night and the wind is rather strong. As a result, the dust from outside were blown into the house thru the small gap below the door.
Now my floor is dusty again. Should have mopped the floor today.


Was rushing to get some codes promoted into the test environment for tester to test. The testing is supposed to start today. The timeline was so tight that I have to OT on Monday and rush the whole day on Tuesday just to get things completed on time. All because Wednesday was a public holiday.

But some job failed on Wednesday night, resulting in my coding not being copied over to the testing environment. Thus, the tester could not start the testing today. And I waste my effort rushing so much.

Could have done it in my normal pace and no need for OT.

Oh well.....

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Majulah Singapura

National Anthem never sounded so nice before.

Happy Birthday Singapore.

9th Aug

Its the same old format every year.

Pre-parade segment.
Contingent march in.
Guard of Honour (GOH) march in.
Sing Tamil Song.
MPs come in.
Sing Malay Song.
Ministers come in.
Sing Chinese Song.
Prime Minister's car enters the stadium.
Sing English theme Song.
President's car enters the stadium.
Chin hook carrying flag fly by while singing national anthem.
3 F16 fly pass the stadium follow by 5 aeroplane fly by in a 'fan' formation.
President review the GOH while arty do 21 gun salute.
President's rover and go round the stadium.
GOH fire 3 rounds in the air.
GOH and Contigent march out of the stadium.
Performance from 3 organisation.
Sing English theme song again.
Sing Song.
2nd round of fireworks
Pledge and National Anthem.
President leave.
The end.

Perhaps they should change the format or something.

Kit Chan - Home

Whenever I am feeling low
I look around me and I know
There's a place that will stay within me
Wherever I may choose to go
I will always recall the city
Know every street and shore
Sail down the river which brings us life
Winding through my Singapore

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where that river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone, for this is where I know it's home

When there are troubles to go through
We'll find a way to start anew
There is comfort in the knowledge
That home's about its people too
So we'll build our dreams together
Just like we've done before
Just like the river which brings us life
There'll always be Singapore

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where that river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone, for this is where I know it's home

For this is where I know it's home
For this is where I know I'm home

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Back to School

I've always have interest in AI. But I know this is no easy module.

I remember taking up advance programming module back in poly year 3 as an elective because I have interest in programming. But scored badly as the module is too tough. Its a module that not many people in my course would want to select. Most would rather go for easier module.

Am I landing myself in trouble again?

What do people at marketing dept eat?

I saw a request recently that was being raised by our marketing dept. Basically, the revenue for product D is falling due to competitions and technology improvements. The demand for product D is falling since its a rather old product.

To deal with the drop of revenue, the marketing dept people decide to INCREASE the pricing for product D. Yeap, you heard me right, they are going to increase the pricing. To cover for the lost of revenue.

Exactly, what food do they eat? I ask my colleague this question and he told me that its certainly not the same type of food we ate. If we all eat the same food, how come they can come up with such stupid idea?

Increase the pricing to cover the lost of revenue?
With competitions and better technology, customer will either change company or use other product. And we depends on these marketing people to earn money for the company.

I think we are doomed.

Whose birthday is it?

So, exactly, whose birthday is it?
My country's or my 5 MPs'?

Monday, August 07, 2006


Sometimes, it can be a dilemma when dealing with the china outsource staff.

On 1 hand, you need to send work to them. The top management wants us to make full use of them so that we can be free to handle tougher cases and be more effecient in out work.

On the other hand, sometimes sending them things will end up in you re-doing everything or spending more time verifying their work than you do it yourself from the start.

Take last week as example. User requested that we send them some documentation of old stuff that we did. Forward the email to china side and ask them to retrive the document from the server. They came back and told me they found all but 1. So I went to search for the document. Also can't find. Something is wrong. So I checked the database and discovered that the user made a typo mistake. Why can't the china staff check the database when he can't find the documentation?

Ok, this is nothing. After all, its the user who made a mistake 1st.

Then I got this simple request on hand which I don't have time to do. Its a very simple request. I've done similar stuff once. So I forward to china side and ask them to do it. I even gave them instructions that they can copy the codes that I've done before as its exactly the same. In the end, the work they send back to me is full of errors. It was so bad that I have to send it back to them and ask them to redo.

If you make mistakes when doing coding, maybe I can still understand. But give you things ask you to copy, you also can copy wrongly. I don't know what the heck you guys are thinking.

Outsourcing..... argh...

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Caribee Predator

I applied for Credit Card because of 3 reason. Convenient payment, discount and rewards.

Finally accumlated enough points to redeem reward. Was browsing the credit card website when I found a backpack that look nice. Haven't been using a backpack since the last one broke few years back. Thought it would be nice to get one.

Caribee Predator.
Usual price is $79.90, but I got it free with 1880 citipoints. :D

Its look nice and is rather spacious. I managed to put my laptop in and have plenty of spaces inside. There is only 1 small compartment inside for discman, which I use to put my PDA. Wish there could be more inner compartment for my other gadgets. :D
It doesn't really go well with my working attire. So most likely I'll be using it on friday or weekend only.

Got it for last than a week and it's already been helping me alot. Everything also squeeze in.

I'm a urban predator.

Expected results

The results were kinda expected but not what we wanted.
But anyway, it was a great performance.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

1900-112 3004

Friday, August 04, 2006

Annoying advertisement

Board a MRT train filled with M1 advertisement. Even the windows are not spared. Half of the window is covered with picture of a man on a boat. Can't really see what is outside.

That is alright with me actually. Anyway, its not the first time they covered the window with advertisement. The bus are famous for doing that too. But the annoying part is that they also play a pre-recorded advertisement thru their PA system before the train reaches every station.

And its the same bloody message.
"*tut* *tut* *tut* *tut* *tut* *tut* *tut* *tut*
Live your world mobile with M1. One Life, live it.
*tut* *tut* *tut* *tut* *tut* *tut* *tut* *tut*"

The *tut* is similar to the sound they play when the door is closing. Anyone got any good website to recommend so that I can upload the sound files?

What the heck is wrong with the marketing people at M1?
Firstly, why the need for that irritating *tut* sound?
Secondly, if I want to use your product, I would had done so after seeing that guy on the boat. If I don't want to use your product, no matter how many times you play that annoying advertisement, I still won't use your product. Isn't the printed ads enough already?

Try imagine taking a train from Bugis to Lakeside. Total 14 station. Which means I have to listen to your bloody advertisement 14 times. And I'm actually paying for my ride on the train. Why am I being tortured by your annoying advertisement?

If your marketing director cannot imagine how annoying this stupid advertisement is, perhaps you can try playing the advertisement in his office every 3min interval and see if he gets annoyed or not. Wake up your ideas!

Luckily I have a quality noise reduction earphone for my MP3 player. Else I'll get off the train and wait for the next one.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Every rose has it’s thorn

Every rose has it’s thorn
Just like every night has it’s dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has it’s thorn

To love the rose, you must also love it's thorn.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Another colleague leaving

Another colleague will be leaving us. Going to have another reshuffle soon.

Wondering who will take over his position.

We are really going shorthanded soon. 3 person left our team within 1 month. 1 person on 3 month maternity leave. Another person on 1 month MC after an operation.


I don't have the experience to take over his position. But experience is not the considering factor. Nobody have experience from the beginning. Its only when you jump into the water then you'll learn how to swim.

I feel that the only thing that is holding my teamlead back from giving me his task is my level. I'm still a Junior Officer. He is a Senior Officer. Everyone who is doing that task is a Senior Officer.

Although I don't have the experience to take over his task, I feel that I could still handle it with some guidance. The only issue is my level.

And it is not that my teamlead doesn't want to promote me to Senior Officer. It because I haven't got my degree yet. HR rules says that Senior Officer need to have a degree. End of the day, its still that stupid piece of paper.


He gave me some good advice. He suggested that perhaps I should change the way I do thing. Instead of going into the codings myself, I should change my focus to assigning them to the outsource staff in china. And I should concentrate more on cross team coordination.

Which in a way make some sense. Isn't that what my teamlead does all the time? Perhaps I should do that too.


Number of chin up: 0
Number of days to ICT: 27
Number of RT I'll need to attend if I fail my IPPT: 20

I'm in deep trouble....

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