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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Taking a risk


Made a decision to take up a small risk today. Perhaps this is my first step to another opportunity.

If everything goes according to plan, I would be able to make up to 10% profit within a week. But if things don't go well, I might make a lost.

Anyway, I'm not putting much money into it. Don't have much spare cash now after the USD fixed deposit. So even if its a complete lost, I wouldn't lose much.

Remember.... Do not invest if you cannot afford to lose.

Will need to wait till mid dec to see the outcome.

Farewell Junkmail Admin

Today is junk mail Admin's last day at our dept. She is being transfered to another dept at another office.

As expected, she send her farewell msg to everyone in the entire dept.
That's nearly 200 people lor. Usually we only email to those whom we work closely with. But she special.

Hi dear colleagues,

I will be transferred to another dept wef 1st December.

Wish you all the best and its been lovely knowing you all.

Happy working !

We will miss your junkmails.....

Doing it my way

Someone asked me to help do something today.

At first, she was suggesting that I use method A. I didn't think much about it and agreed. Then as she was giving more details, I discovered that method A is not feasible. Told her about it and told her that I'll use method B instead. Did explained to her why I prefer to use method B.

I think she is quite angry that I don't want to use method A. But she didn't seem to see the fact that the task takes some time to complete and method A has a time constrain. Method B, on the other hand, allow us to take our own sweet time.

After all, I'm the person doing it. If anything goes wrong, I'll answer for it. (And nothing could go wrong anyway.) So what's her problem?

This sound so familiar......

Learn English the Japanese way

Spare me my life!

probably u need some booze

Switched off the light, sat on my bed, listening to Sarah McLachlan's Angel while drinking a bottle of hoegaarden. Remember doing exactly the same thing 2 months back. Nothing much has changed.

Its still the same..... If only you know.


Sarah McLachlan - Angel

Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that would make it okay
There’s always one reason
To feel not good enough
And it’s hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction
Oh beautiful release
Memory seeps from my veins
Let me be empty
And weightless and maybe
I’ll find some peace tonight

In the arms of an angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort there

So tired of the straight line
And everywhere you turn
There’s vultures and thieves at your back
And the storm keeps on twisting
You keep on building the lie
That you make up for all that you lack
It don’t make no difference
Escaping one last time
It’s easier to believe in this sweet madness oh
This glorious sadness that brings me to my knees

In the arms of an angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort there
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here

mrbrown’s “White Christmas”


Download the song here.

mrbrown’s “White Christmas”

I'm dreaming of a Big Bonus
Just like civil servants got you know
ask my big boss to listen,
he say no budget this season
Our cost all go up long ago

I'm dreaming of a Big Bonus
Economy great say men in white
As our GDP growth numbers take flight
It's the perfect time for a tax hike

I'm dreaming of a Big Bonus
My boss won't give me 2.2
He say he not garment
Not even increment
And if I talk some more, get pay cut too

I’m dreaming I don't get retrenchment
No job no money, go jiak sai
Better next time don’t ask boss why
Or else Christmas time, eat grass and die.


My ex's wedding

Jessie got married early last month. I wasn't invited because they held their wedding at some country club and couldn't invite too many guest. Heng ah. Else I don't know how am I going to attend the wedding.

Before you got me wrong, let me explain. I'm no longer in love with her anymore. We are just friends now.

Just that it would be abit weird to attend your ex's wedding. Meeting her parents and family again. Then your friends will be watching your every action, worrying that you will create trouble. It is just..... very weird.

Anyway, I'm glad I'm not invited. Don't need to go thru the werid feeling stuff.

I was looking at her wedding photos that she placed online. Felt happy for her that she found a good husband.

Then I saw their family photo. Its been 4 years since I've last seen them. Her parents looked exactly the same. The eldest sister had married her boyfriend and they had a baby gal already. The 2nd sister still looked almost the same, except prettier. The older brother didn't change at all. The younger brother changed a lot. Could hardly recongnise him.

Amazing how much has changed within 4 years.


I was wondering..... If we didn't break up 4 years ago, would I be able to provide her the same things now? A nice wedding, a beautiful house, a car etc etc etc.... I don't think so.

Luckily she didn't stick with a loser like me.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Palm TX to meeting


Was dragged to attend a last minute meeting at another office. The meeting is expected to end at 6pm. As I will not be returning to my office after the meeting, I was abit lazy to bring my writting material along. Instead, I just use my Palm TX to take down all the notes.

I bet I look very funny at the meeting today. Imagine everyone with either a writting materials or a laptop and I'm having a tiny PDA. But hey, my TX can do just about everything.

I jot down notes using note pad.
I check schedule on my calendar.
I note down action item on my to do task.

Sometimes I wonder why did I still bother to bring writting materials to meeting.



Just finish a last minute meeting at another office.
Now at bugis starbuck enjoying a cup of cafe mocha.
Life is about enjoyment.

Monday, November 27, 2006

No longer my sub team

Got a query regarding some issue about my previous sub team.

Basically, there are 2 solutions to this problem. Method A is quick and easy but there is no way of tracing back the changes if required. Method B takes more time and effort to do but is tracable if required.

In the past, we would choose method B so that if there is an error or queries, we can still trace back the changes easily. So I told the user that we should use method B. As I'm no longer in my previous sub team, I forward the email to the new sub teamlead for him to take action.

But he came back to me and said that we should be using method A instead of B. Giving many reasons like method B is unpredictable etc etc. Hello, we've been doing method B in the past. There isn't any problem.

Been telling him that method A is near impossible to trace if there is an error or query, but he insist that it is possible.

After 5 minutes of discussion, I decided to take a step back. No point arguing when he doesn't seem to listen. If he decided to use method A, so be it.

After all, its no longer my sub team. If there is a mess, it will not be me clearing up. So why I bother so much? I've already advice you that method B would be better. Its up to you to decide which one to take.

Method A lor.... up to you. None of my business anyway.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Top ten reason why we need the GST hike


Ok, I admit I've been watching too much David Letterman on youtube today.

Since the 7% GST hike is still the talking point, maybe I'll just do a top ten for the GST hike. If the feedback is good, maybe I'll do more of such top ten list next time.

Top ten reason why we need the GST hike
10. Chee's meal allowance in Changi.
9. That where your progressive package come from.
8. So that when we decided to increase to 10% in the future, it would be just a mere 3% increase.
7. To get eveyone listen to that boring Budget Speech.
6. It is a trend to increase the GST after the election.
5. SBS and SMRT did that all the time.
4. Tax the poor to help the poor. Didn't you learn that in economics lesson?
3. 2 percent increase is peanuts.
2. Need to pay the hip hop dancing P65.

And the number one reason why we need the GST hike......

1. You mean you didn't see it coming when you voted for me?

1 of the worst sign ever

This is perhaps 1 of the worst sign I've ever seen.

This sign can be found at all the SMRT's escalator.
Since its at the escalator, the sign should be clear enough for you to understand without reading the wordings right? After all, you will be passing by the sign real fast. Where got time to read the wordings?

Can you guess what exactly is this sign trying to say without reading the wordings?
"Hold on to the railing"? Nah....

PS: It is actually trying to say "Please stand to the left".

If only we could make fun of our leaders and their policies

Sometimes, I really wish our TV could make fun of our leaders and their policies. Just like what they did in David Letterman's Late Night Show.

I love David Letterman. His jokes are great. Too bad we don't see the late night show in Singapore. Seriously, this is the kind of comedy that is worth watching. Not those stupid people dress up in ugly suit and make fun of themselves by looking like complete idiots. You know what I'm refering to right?

If only our TV could make fun of our leaders. It would be more interesting to watch than the stupid comedy we had now. What is so funny about people wearing thich glasses and buck teeth?

Sometimes, we really need those humor to let us forget about the bitter medicine we are about to take. We can debate or sign online petition about the stupid 7% GST hike, but let face it. No matter what we say, it will still carry on. So why bother complaining?

Instead, why not just make a joke out of it?

David Letterman works part-time at Taco Bell

This is some good stuff.


What if I was wrong? All my assumption and conclusion are all wrong.
I thought it could work out. It doesn't seem so easy.

How could this happen to me?


Simple Plan - Untitled

I open my eyes
I try to see but I'm blinded by the white light
I can't remember how
I can't remember why
I'm lying here tonight

And I can't stand the pain
And I can't make it go away
No I can't stand the pain

How could this happen to me
I made my mistakes
Got no where to run
The night goes on
As I'm fading away
I'm sick of this life
I just wanna scream
How could this happen to me

Everybody's screaming
I try to make a sound but no one hears me
I'm slipping off the edge
I'm hanging by a thread
I wanna start this over again

So I try to hold onto a time when nothing mattered
And I can't explain what happened
And I can't erase the things that I've done
No I can't

How could this happen to me
I made my mistakes
Got no where to run
The night goes on
As I'm fading away
I'm sick of this life
I just wanna scream
How could this happen to me

I made my mistakes
Got no where to run
The night goes on
As I'm fading away
I'm sick of this life
I just wanna scream
How could this happen to me

Friday, November 24, 2006

Are you ready?

Sometimes, for no reason, a lot of things just suddenly happen in your life. So fast that you hardly got the time to breathe.

Are you ready for what life is about to throw at you?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Come walk with me

My hush puppies shoes that I brought last Nov is in a mess.

I don't know if it is because I walk too much or the shoe is not good. The sole's back is flatten, the front has a crack. Bascially, water can slip thru if I walk on a puddle of water.

Anyway, I got a new pair of shoes from bettlebug. Nice? The sole is abit thicker than my previous shoe. That makes me look slightly taller. Haha.... I'm already very tall already.

Maybe I should send my Hush Puppies for repair. The leather is still in good condition. Just the sole cannot make it only.

Hope the new bettlebug can walk longer distance with me. And will you STOP bitting my legs?

PS: Don't tell me that stupid folks story of bitting the new shoes so that it won't bite you. I don't believe in it. If you do, I'll be glad to pass that shoe to you so that you can bite it. :P

I'm Sick

Not mentally sick lah.

Had a bad flu yesterday. My nose was running so much that it became tired.

Went to see a doctor last night. Still remember the last time I came was in July. Its not the doctor I seen in July. Think he is on leave or something. Anyway, this doctor not bad. He is quite friendly and chatted a lot. I think he over reacted. Its just a flu, but he check my throat, my breathing and even my blood pressure. This is the first time a doctor took my blood pressure when I got a flu. Usually they just check my throat and breathing.

He ask if I slept well lately. I guess he can tell that I didn't sleep well lately by looking at my dark eye rings.

Then he gave me 2 days of MC! Thursday and Friday. Seriously, I don't remember when was the last time I got more than 1 days of MC. Usually I only get 1 day MC. I even got 1/2 day MC once when I left work during lunch time to see doctor.

Its good to be at home. Resting.
Anyway, the flu is gone. Now left blocked nose.

Its good to be on such a long medical leave. Can use this time to rest and reorganise my life.

Come to think of it, in the past, I wouldn't go see the doctor for such small illness. Is it because I'm sick of work already? Maybe....

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Don’t let me see my lecturer again

Yesterday’s exam was horrible. I walk out the examination hall feeling that I’ve flunk the paper.

Ok, I know I shouldn’t blame others, but there is just 1 thing that I’m angry about.

We have 2 revision sessions with our tutor who is also our lecturer. During both session, he spend large amount of time on 2 topics. So naturally, everyone would expect that 2 topic to be quite important. I spend large amount of my revision time on those 2 topic. Wanted to score full marks for all questions related to them.

But to my horror, that 2 topics didn’t appear on the exam paper. None at all. Not even 1 mark question.

WTF…. We wasted so much time during the 2 revision lesson on this 2 topic. Yet not a single question from those 2 topics came out. And you rush thru the remaining topics because you spend too much time on those 2 topics. And the remaining topic came out for the exam.

Luckily you already left the examination hall when I submitted my paper. Else I swear I would stab you with my pen. Argh. Don’t let me see you again.

(PS: DK... stop blaming others….. admit it, you didn’t revise enough)

Happy Birthday

Not sure if you still read my blog. But if you still do, then....
Happy Birthday to you.


Foo Fighters - Everlong

I've waited here for you

I throw myself into
And out of the red, out of her head she sang

Come down
And waste away with me
Down with me

Slow how
You wanted it to be
I'm over my head, out of her head she sang

And I wonder
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again

The only thing I'll ever ask of you
You've got to promise not to stop when I say when
She sang

Breathe out
So I could breathe you in
Hold you in

And now
I know you've always been
Out of your head, out of my head I sang

And I wonder
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again

The only thing I'll ever ask of you
You've got to promise not to stop when I say when
She sang

And I wonder
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again

The only thing I'll ever ask of you
You've got to promise not to stop when I say when
She sang

Monday, November 20, 2006

Kiss - Because I'm a girl

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Update anomaly

Sometimes, I feel so helpless at work. Didn't we all learnt database normalization back in school? Why is it that we can't apply the things we learn in school in our daily work?

I'm not refering to normalizing our actual database. That part is already cooked rice. The actual database design is already a flaw. Back in school, I can never really visualize the real impact of having duplicated data in 2 database. That was, until I start working in my current company. Nothing can be don't to save it already. The initial fountation is already a flaw. Too late to do anything now.

Anyway, I'm not refering to the database design. I'm refering to other part that we are currently doing.

Again and again, we see requester asking us to put the value of the component onto the description. For example, the value of component ABC is 250. Instead of naming the component 'ABC', they wanted us to name it 'ABC - 250'. Unless you have more than 1 component 'ABC' with different values, I do not see the need for you to name it 'ABC - 250'.

This is where update anomaly comes about.

A non-normalized database may store data representing a particular referent in multiple locations. An update to such data in some but not all of those locations results in an update anomaly, yielding inconsistent data. A normalized database prevents such an anomaly by storing such data (i.e. data other than primary keys) in only one location.

Imagine 1 fine day, someone decided to change the value 250 to 200. Instead of just changing the value, they also need to change the description of the component. Isn't that a bit redundant? It is not that user can't see the value of the component. They can click on the component and see the value. Perhaps they just need some double assurance. When they see the value is 250 and the description is also 250, they feel safer.

But this extra step is giving us lots of trouble.

As a System Analyst, our duty is to advice the users the best approch to get things done from the IS perspective. Some approch may not be the same as what the user has been doing, then it is the SA's job to get the user to change. I still remember 1 thing we learnt in Software Development Life Cycle is that users are always resistant to changes. Why are we allowing users to make the whole system look so complicated? There are times where system need to change abit for the users. But there are also times where users have to change abit for the system. It cannot be always system change for the users. Users cannot see the implications of doing some things the old way. We need to let them know and advice them to change some of the methods that they are using. And not give in to their "Last time the old system can do this, why now change new system we must change?"

If the old system is good, then the new system wouldn't be taking over the old system's job now.

Next time, don't ask

Note to myself, next time, if I see dad drinking soft drink in the middle of the night, don't bother asking him what is he doing.

Got an angry reply from him. "I drink soft drink got wrong meh?"

Next time, don't ask....

Its already 2:30am. You don't usually drink soft drink. And all I see is you gulping the cold soft drink down quickly, pausing for a while because its too cold.

Seriously, if nothing is wrong, then what is this all about?

The Banker and the Fisherman

An investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The fisherman replied, "Only a little while."

The banker then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"

The fisherman said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The banker then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, go for walks with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends. As you can see, I have a full and busy life."

The banker scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat! With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to the capital city. After that, who knows, maybe you could take on the world!"

The fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"

To which the banker replied, "I'd say about 15 to 20 years."

"But what then?" asked the fisherman.

The Banker laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions?...Then what?" the fisherman continued prodding.

The banker said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, go for romantic walks with your wife, and in the evenings you could sip wine, play guitar and sing songs with your friends!"

To which the fisherman mused, "Now isn't that strange? Isn't that what I'm doing now?"

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Junk mails 3

The junkmail admin strikes yet again.

At 8:29AM:
Hi everyone,

For your kind attention.
There is some electrical fault in the water dispenser in the pantry area
Matter reported to mtn

Thank you

Shortly, at 8:54AM:
Hi again,

Mtn staff checked and feedback that it is safe to take the water.
They will monitor the situation.

Thank you

Then at 4.02PM:
Hi everyone,

Due to electrical fault the water dispenser has been switched off so no cold or hot water.
The water is still safe for drinking.

Mtn is getting vendor to rectify it tomorrow.

Thank you

Can someone please tell the junkmail admin that the water from the water dispenser comes from the tap and the tap water in Singapore is 1 of the safest in the world.

Heard that she had resigned recently and will be leaving soon. Wonder if we will miss her junkmails or not. Will there be a part 4?


Google KidSense

OUCH.... that hurts.


Friday, November 17, 2006

If only we have USB port on our head

Day 2 of my leave. Still didn't managed to study much. But it was better than yesterday where I rot the whole day away.

Went to my school's library. Simply can't study at home with the TV, bed and computer around. At least at the library, there is nothing much you can do except study.

The problem is, the lecture notes just doesn't go into my head. Can't seem to remember the stuff. Argh. Things are not going too good. I'm 4 days away from my exam. If there is a panic button on me, this is the time to press it now.

So I lost the battle against the books again today. If only we have a USB port on our head where we could simply transfer data in via USB cable. That would be nice. Ok, maybe head is not a nice place to have a USB port. Maybe at the back of the nick like what they did in Matrix.

Score after day 2
Books 2 - 0 DK

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Heaven or Hell?

While walking down the street one day, a senator is tragically hit by a truck and killed. His soul arrives in Heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the senator.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"There's no need! I want to be in Heaven," says the senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules." And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator, the doors open, and he rides the elevator down, down, down. When the doors open again, the senator finds himself in the middle of a beautiful green golf course. In the distance is a club, and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in formal dress. They run to greet him, and they reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar.

Also present is the Devil, who is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that, before the senator realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up, and the door reopens in Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

So 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by, and St. Peter returns.

"Well, you've spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now, you must choose where you want to spend eternity."

He reflects for a minute and then answers, "Well, I would never would have thought it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better satisfied in Hell."

So Saint Peter escorts him to the elevator, and down, down, down he goes into Hell. Now, the doors of the elevator open, and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. And it's hot, hot, hot, and the odor is just horrible. Sweltering hot. Hot and miserable. The Devil comes over to him and smoothly lays his arm around his shoulder.

"I don't understand," stammers the senator. "The day before I was here, and there was a golf course and club, and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is is a wasteland full of garbage, and my friends look miserable."

The Devil looks at the senator, smiles, and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted for us."

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Bad solutioning

I should had do my own analysis when he assign the request to me. But I didn't. I just simply follow his solutioning. Bad move.

I thought I've completed the request. Did some sample testing and send the test results to him. Few hours later, he came to me and told me that I didn't cover 1 portion. I was like.... huh? How come it wasn't mentioned in your solutioning?

This is when I knew that I have to analyze this request by myself too. I look thru the documentations and study the requirements. That was when I notice a major problem.

The initial solutioning was to split the entire request into 2 portion. The 1st portion, which is the 1 that I've just completed, is easier and much faster to do. The 2nd portion is a lot harder and require more time to complete. The plan is to promote the 1st portion into production first, then do the 2nd portion and promote it at later date.

But by splitting the request into 2 parts, he has unknowingly complicated the whole process by 10 times. There are more things that need to be handled. More steps by users when they go about their daily task. More room for people to make error.

By spliting the request into 2 parts, we save some efforts. But its not worth it. It make the whole thing look too complicated. All that just to save some effort? I wouldn't do this kind of solutioning.

Spend quite some time to explain the whole issue to the requester, telling him that it is not a good idea to split the request into 2 parts. I asked if it is ok to delay part 1 to promote together when part 2 is ready. He said he need to raise this issue to his boss before giving us the answer. Seriously, I won't take a no as an answer. There is just too much risk involved by splitting up the request.

I can't entirely blame him for the bad solutioning. I should had analyze the request beforehand. But I'm just fed up that I have to go thru all the trouble to correct a bad solution given.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

USD Fixed Deposit


After monitoring the USD exchange rates for about 2 weeks, I finally placed a USD fixed deposit.

It wasn't an easy choice. The USD went slightly up for the last few weeks before going down again lately. Today's exchange rate is at 1.563. It could be due to the democrats winning the elections. I don't know. I'm a analyst programmer, not market analsyt. I also don't know if the USD will go down further for the next few days. But I feel that 1.563 is ok.

It wasn't easy to get enough money too.

It has been a long time since I have so little money in my savings account. I figured that I won't be needing a lot of money between now till my bonus in March next year. So I guess it should be alright to keep little money with me. Besides, what could happen that need me fork out large some of money? I got insurance that will cover me if I fall sick and go hospital. I don't see any reason why I would need a large sum of money lately. So it should be quite safe.

And if really I need a large sum of money urgently, I could sell alway all my China India Funds. The China India funds has been doing very well lately. I'm making almost 65% profits. Which is quite a huge percentage. If only I had more money then, I would had bought more funds.

Not sure for how long will I keep this USD Fixed Deposit. Maybe 6 month or 1 year. After that, maybe I'll go into REITs. Need to study the market first.

GST increase to 7%

Well, I'm not going to nag and complain about the GST hike like everyone else. I mean, so what if everyone complaint? The hike still carry on.

Instead of complaining, why not cheer about it?




Don't blame me, I'm from a walkover GRC.

LAN Admin

Today is sort of the 1st day I'm officially doing my duty as a LAN Admin.

Wasn't very familar with the backup process. I knew I missed out 1 step. But I couldn't find the place to do that function. Tried asking my another colleague who also took over LAN Admin job recently. He also cannot remember how to do that step. So we skipped that step. Didn't want to bother the other colleague who is on leave. Anyway, its not a life and death matter. Doesn't really matter if we didn't backup for 1 day.

Got to check out the process again tomorrow when my colleague returns from leave.


As I was in the server room doing backup, my colleague told me that there is some problems with the network. Some of the workstation were disconnected from the network. As such problems are usually resolved by HQ side, I didn't really bother much. When colleagues come tell me their workstation got problem, I just told them to call the helpdesk and the HQ side will take over.

Then the HQ guy called to check if there is any power failure. Went to check and found that everything is alright. But the HQ side couldn't remote access our network. Did some troubleshooting, but all didn't work. As a result, they decided to send the vendor down.

It took 30mins for the vendor to come down. It was almost knock off timing already. Those who cannot use their PC are already packing up. The vendor and the guy from HQ did some checking. The guy from HQ said that our office's network switch is the latest and the most kiasu design. We have a few backup features. The chances of it to go down completely is rather low. BUT well.... you know murphy law lah. Anything can happen.

They took quite some time before finally managed to bring the network up again. But they couldn't find the reason why it went down. Appearantly, few other offices also encountered similar problem at almost the same time. They are still investigating the cause. The good thing is, I've learnt a few troubleshooting tricks from them. At least I didn't go back empty handed.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Wi-Fi mooching Analogy

Let say there is this big house along the road. The owner always keep his door wide open. He has a lock, but just didn't lock the door. Their aircon is turned on 24hr a day, regardless if there is anyone at home.

One day, a passerby saw the wide open door and went into the house to enjoy the aircon. Just enjoy the aircon, nothing else. The owner didn't lose anything because his aircon is always on, regardless if there is anyone in the house or not. But he is not happy that some stranger is enjoying his aircon.

But instead of chasing out the passerby and locking his door, he decided to call the police to arrest the passerby.

So now that the passerby has been caught. But the door remain wide open.
Waiting for another passerby to come in?

Why don't you just turn on your freaking Mac Filtering Features? And also WEP or WPA!

Why the need to call the police and get that guy arrested? Did you lose anything?

Saturday, November 11, 2006


Discovered something interesting call Twitter. Not quite sure when it actually started. Think quite recent only. But it sure looks interesting.

It is like another blog. Except that every entry cannot exceed 156 characters. Its actually meant for SMS blogging. Too their phone number is a UK number. If I'm not wrong, 1 SMS to UK is 15cents. That is abit expensive. Don't think I'll be updating via SMS often.

They have those cool looking badges which you can add to your blog. But sadly, their badges are too big for my template. Damn those real estate agent for making the side bar so small. If I make the badge smaller, it will become hard to read the text. And I still can't figure out how to adjust the side bar to become bigger. Argh.... I'm an idiot when come to CSS.

Too bad, I can't have that stylo-milo badge on my blog. But I use another version. Nothing fancyful, just plain text. But better than nothing. :D

Another interesting feature is that you can receive SMS when your friends update their Twitter. Good thing is that, its totally free to recieve SMS from oversea numbers. Haven't got the chance to try that feature out yet as I haven't got any friends in there. Need to explore more......

Anyone want to join me in Twitter?
Oh ya... I've just added myself to the Twittermap


Free Hugs

This is a heart warming clip.

As I was watching the clip, I was wondering.... Who needs the hug more? The person holding the sign or the person who approched him. Perhaps both needed a hug. Who doesn't need a hug anyway? Everyone needs a hug sometimes, especially when you're feel down.

But sad to say, hugging isn't an Asian culture. To most Asians, hugging is strictly restricted to lovers. Not even for families and friends. Why can't we be like western where they hug their families members and friends whenever they meet?

A friendly hug can change a person's mood.

Free hugs anyone?


Sick Puppies - All The Same

I don't mind where you come from
As long as you come to me
I don't like illusions I can't see
Them clearly

I don't care no I wouldn't dare
To fix the twist in you
You've shown me eventually
What you'll do

I don't mind...
I don't care...
As long as you're here

Go ahead tell me you'll leave again
You'll just come back running
Holding your scarred heart in hand
It's all the same
And I'll take you for who you are
If you take me for everything
Do it all over again
It's all the same

Hours slide and days go by
Till you decide to come
And in between it always seems too long
All of a sudden

And I have the skill, yeah I have the will
To breathe you in while I can
However long you stay
Is all that I am

I don't mind...
I don't care...
As long as you're here

Go ahead tell me you'll leave again
You'll just come back running
Holding your scarred heart in hand
It's all the same
And I'll take you for who you are
If you take me for everything
Do it all over again
It's always the same

Wrong or right
Black or white
If I close my eyes
It's all the same

In my life
The compromise
I close my eyes
It's all the same

Go ahead say it you're leaving
You'll just come back running
Holding your scarred heart in hand
It's all the same
And I'll take you for who you are
If you take me for everything
Do it all over again
It's all the same


Check out the Free Hugs Campaign website.

Go home

I should be going home after the KTV session, but I end up walking along the quiet street alone in the middle of the night. Still thinking about the conversation during lunch.

We were talking about gals' expectations on their boyfriend/husband. I made a remark that the expectations of Singapore gals are getting higher and higher. And to make the situtation worst, gals are doing very well in the society nowadays. Many of them holding high paying jobs. And they want their spouse to do even better than them. And those man who are doing better than them will most likely not be interested in them but in someone younger and more pretty.

That is why so many people remain single and unmarried. The expectation of woman need to be lowered. How many gals out there are willing to marry a guy who earn lesser than them? Not many.

My colleague disagree with my point of view. She said that there are alot of cases where the gal is earning more than the guy, yet they still got together. Or the gal has higher education level than the guy. Not all gals expect their spouse to do better than them. Not all gals expect their spouse to have a car or condo or country club membership.

And she is right.....

And she made me wonder, why did I have this point of view that every Singapore gal have high expectations? My thinking wasn't like that in the past. But perhaps there are some things that happen recently that changed my thinking. This is not correct.

I used to believe that love doesn't look at age or education level or salary. It doesn't bother about the 5Cs or the status. Love is just a feeling between two person.

Used to believe.....

I don't know if it is possible to change back to my old point of view. Its hard to change back the thinking after being thru all these. And all these while, I've been trying to chase the other 4Cs that I haven't got. Looking out for ways to earn extra income. At one point, I was even thinking of going into shares and doing part time job to earn extra income. I became interested in looking at car along the roads and finding out their prices.

I must be crazy to think that by earning lots of money and having a car would make chasing a gal easier. But I've seen a guy who is crude, un-gentlemanly, ugly and immature, yet able to find a pretty wife. Just because he is earn big bucks and drives a car?

I should go home, to where I used to be. Back to the stage where I still believe that love is based on feeling. And not those artificial stuff.....


I kept an SMS inside my handphone for nearly 2 months already.

She wrote about the reason why we broke up, listing things like no chemistry and different in thinking. I do agree with some of the points bought up although I feel that it is still possible to savage the relationship if we are willing to work together.

But I kept that SMS because of 1 sentence she wrote.

Btw i'll be more than happy if my hubby can support me!

Every now and then, I will take out that SMS to read back to relive the pain and agony. Its like a knife cutting the same spot whenever the wound starts to heal.

I'm younger than you. I'm only holding a diploma while you are holding a degree. I've only started working for 4 years while you already had 7 years working experience. I'm earning must lesser than you currently. My savings is much lesser than you.



Thursday, November 09, 2006

Admitting mistakes

Made an error in 1 of the request I did last week.
I was careless. Or rather, I didn't analyze the requirements enough. If I were to study the requirement better, I wouldn't had made that error.

Luckily, the impact was very small. Everything can be resolved before it reaches the customer. I was lucky.

Raised a urgent hotfix to change the code. As usual, hotfix requires the approval of my director. When she was the email requesting her approval for hotfix, she replied asking how did this happen.

It took me quite some time to draft the email explaining to her what happen. Basically, I was trying to explain what went wrong in a nice way so that it would look as if I'm not at fault. It was hard to write such email. It is already the fact that the error is a result of my mistake. How can I push away the blame?

Finally, I decided to heck care and just write in plan saying "I've made a mistake by......."

It was hard to bring oneself to admit his/her mistakes. Feeling very shitty. But I'm glad I did.

Sometimes, you just got to face your own error yourself.


Today was indeed a bad day at work. Another issue cock up. This time, its not my fault. We have this request that was suppose to be promoted to the production server last weekend. It requires effort from 3 teams. Both my team and another team put our codes into the production server. But another team didn't put their codes in, thus causing error.

At first, my sub teamlead thought I didn't inform that team. But I did, and I produce the email that I send to them. My sub teamlead forward that email to them and ask them to explain why they didn't promote their code last weekend.

The guy in charge didn't answer the question. Instead, he said that their code is already in their testing server. And the tester didn't conduct any testing on their codes.

What does the tester not testing your codes got to do with you not promoting your codes? Isn't it your responsibility to inform the testers that they forgot to test your codes? So the tester didn't test your codes, and you just stood there silently?

Clearly he forgotten that the codes are suppose to be promoted last weekend. But he just simply refuse to admit the error.

How do some people manage to deny their mistakes when its so freaking obvious that they made an error?

Better off not knowing

The mind is an amazing thing.
Can never explain why the mind is so curious. Always wanting to find out more details about things that we don’t know.

But there are stuffs that are better off not knowing. Cause knowing them doesn’t do a thing for me except heartache and misery. So what for I go find out so much about these things? They don’t do me any good.

I’ve already been struggling very hard to control myself. The mind is curious, but the heart tells the mind that I’m better off not knowing anything about it. It doesn’t do me any good knowing them. I rather don’t know anything about it.

But just when I thought I’ve succeed in keeping myself away from those knowledge that will affect my mood, someone email me the things that I’ve been trying so hide from, not knowing how much pain and misery those info will bring to me.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Savage Garden - I knew I loved you

Still believe that I'm a typical Libra. Still on that life mission of finding my soul mate. Perhaps deep inside, I know I need someone who can balance this libra scale.

I knew I loved you even before I met you. The problem is, I still don't know who you are, where you are and whether you will appear or not.....

Savage Garden - I knew I loved you

Maybe it's intuition
but some things you just don't question
Like in your eyes, I see my future in an instant
And there it goes,
I think I found my best friend
I know that it might sound
more than a little crazy
but I believe...

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life

There's just no rhyme or reason
Only the sense of completion
And in your eyes, I see
the missing pieces I'm searching for
I think I've found my way home
I know that it might sound
more than a little crazy
but I believe...

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life

A thousand angels dance around you
I am complete now that I've found you

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life

Clumsy me

Still trying to figure out what is wrong with me yesterday.

Was walking towards my sub teamlead desk while drinking water. Didn't notice the low cardboard and I bang myself into it. OUCH.

Must had created a loud sound.


Was helping someone arrange some computer wires where I accidentally scratch my hand against the edge of the shelf. Got a long but shallow cut on my hand now. OUCH again.

Luckily it was shallow and didn't bleed much.


What the heck is wrong with me? How come I so clumsy yesterday?
What was I thinking?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The moron who buy expired milk

Last lecture on AI today. Tutor go thru some past year exam papers answer as revision. 1 particular question caught my attention.

There are 5 containers of milk on a shelf. 2 of them have passed their use-by date. Suppose someone took 1 container, after examining the dates. What is the probability that you take 2 containers that are ahead of their used-by date?

Looks simple right?
So if the person took 1 container, that would means there are 2 expired and 2 non-expired milk.

Therefore the answer is: 2/4 * 1/3



According to the tutor, the person could had taken a expired milk or non-expired milk. Because the question did not state if it is expired or not expired. Therefore, we need to take the probability of him taking either of them.

But didn't the question state that he took the milk after examining the dates? The probability of someone taking expired milk is ZERO.

Tried arguing with the tutor, but apparently, the model answer is taking assumption that the person could had bought either expired or non-expired milk. And if the question really want to make the 1st container random, then why do they have to say "after examining the dates" in the question? Why not just say someone took 1 bottle? It just doesn't make sense. Besides.....

Which moron would buy expired milk?

I'm glad I didn't take the exam that year.... 3 marks would had gone down the drain because of a stupid way of phrasing question.


For those who are interested, the answer is:
2/4 * 1/3 + 3/4 * 2/3

Monday, November 06, 2006

Knowledge Transfer

Handed over that thing that I excel in to my colleague today. Another colleague from another team tagged along because he just took over that profile from his teammate.

I guess I'm not good at teaching people stuff. Its easy to teach the process. But how do you teach people how to handle ad hoc stuff like errors? Those things are based on experience and a bit hard to transfer the knowledge of how to handle those weird situation.

And they keep bombing me with questions until I missed out one important portion. Luckily I remember that I didn't touch on that portion, else they would had made a mistake in the future.

I still feel that the best way for someone to learn something is by hands on. Perhaps it would be easier for me to guide them when they start doing the task.

It was tiring teaching people.... Why can't we just have a USB port on our head where we can plug and transfer data over to another person?

IS Forum

Went to the Annual IS Forum held at the HDB hub.

Still don't understand why they included china outsource staff this year via audioconferencing. Are they considered another company? If they are, then why are they attending our company's IS Forum? If they aren't, then why are their access to our LAN folder removed? Sometimes, I wish they could draw the line clearly. Are they part of our company or not?

Whatever.... The whole thing look impressive to the management level. Imagine holding a forum here in Singapore and the people at China can see the same presentation slides and hear the voice of the speaker.... Realtime. Big big boss must be very impressive how our IS dept make full use of the technology. But its just another wayang. Looks good but no meaning.

We concluded that IS people are bad at presentations. Wah Piang, that person beside me managed to fall asleep before the 2nd speaker finishes his presentation!! And the only thing that kept my awake is my trusty TX, loaded with bejeweled, snail and some ebooks. Damn, why do they have to choose another place without WIFI again. I could have go surfing or MSN on my TX while they continue with their boring presentation.

For goodness sake, if you are going to read directly from the powerpoint slides, please stop wasting our time and get off the stage. Just email everyone the slides and we can read them at our free time. I believe even the China staff are able to understand those english words on your slides. The idea of presentation is to give us additional inputs besides the slides. Appearantly, most speakers didn't. Many spoke with mono tone. Some read directly from the slides, others had a prepared script where they follow word by word. Some stand too far away from the mic and were mumbling away. Few managed to grab the attention of the audience, only to lose them shortly after.

Speak with more confidence and a clearer voice. Crack some jokes. Add some personal comments. Do not follow a written script. Connect with the audience. Do not cramp too many words on a single powerpoint slides.


This has got to be the worst IS forum I've ever attended in my past 3 years in the company.

It was tough fighting that Z monster whole afternoon. Zzzz....

Monday Morning Test

When you wake up monday morning, do you feel and pity your stomach that you want to go to work.

If you can say yes to that, then you're in good shape.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Monopoly Marketing?

I'm no economic or marketing student. But there is something that I still cannot figure out.

Why is there a need to have a marketing campaign to promote your services when you have the entire monopoly?

I'm refering to the recent "Ride SMRT Go Places" contest.

Companies do promotions like lucky draw to attract more customers to use their service. Most of the time, they are trying to capture their competitiors' market share.

But why is there a need to have a lucky draw to promote your service when you have the entire Monopoly? Customers have no choice but to use your service. So who are you trying to attract with your lucky draw? Why are you wasting money on useless marketing campaign?

FYI: This poster is found inside a MRT station. Obviously they are not targeting car owners who will not have the chance to step into the MRT station.

And 1 more thing..... If you got the money to have this stupid lucky draw, then why did we have a fare hike last month?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Meeting another ex

Met Shan for movie yesterday. She is my 4th Ex gf.

The movie was fine, but the popcorns is horrible.
We went to the Rooftop garden at Vivo city after the movie for a chat until the security came and chase us out as they are locking up the place.

We chatted about a lot of things. From funny people we met at workplace to new perspective about life. It was a nice chat. Took cab to my house where I took my dad's car and send her home.


She MSN me today to tell me about yesterday. Some part of the conversation still echo-ing in my mind.

tink compared to last time u now more charming

Thanks. I think its because of the $30 haircut. :D
Maybe I should keep my hair short. Got a lot of positive feedbacks.

i feel something's different about u
there's an aura, mixture of fake optimism and unhappiness
can't release much of the unhappiness
yet trying to be optimistic at the same time.

She read me well....

Sinking of Japan

Went to watch Sinking of Japan at Vivo City last night.

The GV at Vivo City was great. Look more like a airport than a movie theater to me. The seats are great too, except that they are abit too straight for my liking. The leg space so huge that you can have a person walk infront of you without knocking ur legs.

Anyway, the movie is quite alright. Normal movie I would say. At 1 point, it look as if we are watching discovery channel and not a movie.

**Spoiler ahead**

I strongly feel that the leading actor is a gay. Why?

At 1 point, the leading actor went to find the leading actress who is a rescue worker. He is about to go on a suicide mission to save Japan. But he didn't told her. He told her that he had a plane ticket to UK and wish that she would come along.

She wanted to stay back and help the rest, but promise to join him when she is done. They both expressed their love for each other and they kiss and they hugged.

Then they went into a tent where they had more hugging. The gal told the guy "Make love to me." BUT THE GUY DIDN'T want!!! She just slept on his lap the whole night.

It is almost end of the world for Japan. He is going on a suicide mission the next day. They are alone in a tent. She is the most beautiful girl in the entire movie. He love her and she also expressed her love to him few moment ago. She ask him to make love with her.


Tell me, if he is not a gay, then what the heck is he?!?!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Add a 'K' behind

Something big is coming at the work front soon.

I mentioned that I'm going to HQ in the morning for meeting. It is just an initial requirement gathering meeting. The requirements are rather simple and actually, there isn't really a need for such a meeting. But my sub teamlead ask me to attend in case there are any additional requirements. (Which I'm sure there wouldn't be)

The requirements are simple, just that the number of products and customers affected is huge. Very huge..... So huge that all figures we talk about have a 'K' behind.

So much so that to 1 point, we just omit the "K" behind. So when someone say 280, we would automatically know that he is actually refering to 280K. (280,000)

Didn't give the requester the exact number of mandays required for this request. I don't want to under-estimate or over-estimate. So I told them I'll bring back the requirement to study before giving them the estimate.

Lucky me.

If I were to ya-ya give them an estimate on the spot, it will most likely be way off the mark. The request seem simple on the outside. But that is just the tip of the ice berg. The difficult part is the numbers of customer affected and how to coordinate the whole change without affecting the entire business operation. That is no simple task. And also, the number of codes that need to be added into the system is huge. VERY HUGE. We are estimating 350 rows of SQL insert statements. (With a 'K' behind)

Assuming it take 0.2 seconds to run 1 row SQL take 0.2 seconds to run, it would take roughly 20hours to complete the whole operation! How the heck am I going to find 20hour time frame to do the patch?

My teamlead concluded that this is going to be classified as a major change request. If that is really the case, we will need to write a feasible study report, conduct a walkthru with requester, users, developers and testers. This is going to be something big.

Something tells me that this will be the first major request that I'm going to be incharge ALONE..... Wish me luck. :)

So what if you found an error?

Was packing my bag and about to leave office. I made a point to leave on time today as I've been working till rather late for the past few days. Just when I was about to put my PDA into my backpack, my sub teamlead came over and told me that a tester couldn't find a code we did in the testing environment.

That code was a rather new one. It was created in a hurry cause they need the codes tomorrow. It was the reason why I've been leaving office so late for the past few days.

It is already 5:45pm. We knock off at at 5:30 on Friday. I was kinda shocked. Shouldn't they had done the testing today morning? I didn't hear anything from them and I assume that no news means good news. But appearantly, they only started testing at 5plus.

This thing is going to be active tomorrow. We did our testing already and it pass. The testers are suppose to be the 2nd level of check. Even so, shouldn't the testing start a little earlier? Like today morning?

So I have to check what went wrong. Why can't they see the codes in the screen. It was fustrating. What the heck are they doing? Why did they start the testing so late? And why now still got problem?

Well, we discovered that they are using another testing server and it seems that the codes are not copied over to that server. I was pissed off. Why in the first place are you all using another testing server? Why did you all start the testing so late? And why didn't you all inform us about the testing?

So my sub teamlead ask me to pass him the codes so that he can send them to the testers for them to move add to the testing server.

I ask him "What for?"

So what if they really found an error? Who is there to fix it? Who is there to promote the corrected code to the production server? Who is there to approve the promoting of new codes to the production server? MOST PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY LEFT THE FUCKING OFFICE!!!! So what if you found an error in the code? What can you do about it?

Test so late, might as well don't test. If got error, I can still savage on Monday lor. Don't waste my time. I'm leaving office early today!

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Been working OT for the past four days. Staying back till at least 8pm every night. Damn those new requester who are super kiasu. Their requests are also urgent and die die must go in.

Tired of OT.


Was suppose to do a hotfix on friday. The fix requires a job to be put on hold. I was suppose to stay back until around 7pm to ensure that the hotfix finish before calling the operator to kick off the job.

But I'm so sick of staying back late that I did a work around solution. I split the hotfix into 2 parts. Did the part which requires to hold the job today. Tomorrow hotfix is for the part that doesn't require to hold the job. Gone thru all the trouble to ensure that I can go off early tomorrow.

Hope nothing cocks up and hold me back.


M ask T if both of us are angry with him for not telling us that he has been converted from contract staff to perm staff.

Actually, we already know that long long time ago. It is suppose to be confidential information, but then, you know that such thing can't be kept under wrap for long. Just don't understand why is there a need to hide in the first place. Anyway, its his choice.... if he want to keep it a secret, so be it. Why should we be so bothered if he don't want to tell us about something confidential?

Likewise, if you don't share confidential info, don't expect us to do so.


Still don't understand why some people get so angry when people mention their skin colour or place of birth. You are born this way. What is wrong?

I am a Chinese. If someone say I'm yellow, I wouldn't be angry. That is my skin colour. Although I still feel chinese look more white than yellow.... well whatever.

Call me Singaporean or yellow. That me.


The whole team is still discussing about the photos that my colleague took in China. All of them commented that Y is the most beautiful. But seriously, I don't think so. Still think that S look better. :)

They asking me to chase the gals there. Hahaha.... I have difficulties chasing gals around me, now you all asking me to chase someone who is thousand miles away?


Why is it that whenever someone come back from china, they are bound to buy those weird looking foodstuff in vacuum pack? My colleague bought some Tuofu in vacuum pack and distribute to everyone. I got 3 on my table. Still haven't gathered the courage to open it.

Anyone want Tuofu in vacuum pack?


Gina send me an invite to love happens. Interesting concept, too bad need to pay for the full features.

Been spending my time flipping thru thousand pictures of gals, clicking 'Interested' or 'Not Interested' button. It was fun.


Going to have a meeting at HQ early tomorrow morning. Going to HQ straight from home. Love to go HQ for early morning meeting. Just to be with the rush hour crowd once in a while .

Oh, and the breakfast there is great. :D

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I should hangout with married woman and man only

A female colleague from another team was being transfered to our team today. She was assigned a new seat at our team area and is supposed to move her PC over today.

As usual, nobody offered to help her.

I was a bit reluctant to help at first. Because I know that if I help her, there will surely be some people in the office who make fun of the whole issue and joke about it. But I still help her move her PC. How do you expect a gal to carry her PC all the way from 1 table to another? And seriously, my whole project team got a lot of guys, but not many gentleman. They would sit there and look at a lady carry heavy load without helping.

And as expected, a bunch of people make fun of the whole incident shortly before lunch time infront of my teamlead. I didn't really catch what they were saying actually, but I knew its those childish remarks about me helping a gal and stuff. Seriously, I'm very sick of all these nonsense. For goodness sake, you all are older than me, why are you all behaving so childish? I thought all these things only happen back in secondary school days. Why is it I still see such behavior at my workspace?

Is it a crime for me to help an u gal?

I don't know what exactly is wrong with these people. Whenever I talk more often with a gal, or leave the office with a gal, or wait for the same bus with a gal, or have lunch with a gal or help a gal do something, it would means that I'm interested in her. And those people will gossip behind my back and stuff. Even go ask my friend if I'm chasing the gal. Everytime I talk to a gal who is single, someone will raise his/her eyebrows with those "You interested in her?" look. Even if the gal have boyfriend alreay, I will still get those look. What exactly is wrong with you people?

I'm sick of all these childish act.
Maybe I should hangout with married woman and man only.

Corner of Singapore

I was blog hopping when I bump into this blog.

Take a few minutes to read about her visit to a one-room HDB flat. That 2 hour changed her, and I guess that blog also change most of us.

Couldn't forget what she wrote on the blog.

The bugs had spread from next door to a few flats on the 5th floor where Mr Y lived. You could see them flitting about on the wall, on the floor, among his clothes, even along the corridors. Nobody there could afford a professional pestbuster, and the town council wouldn’t do such favours anyway. So living with these parasites has become a fact of life. Residents living on the other floors talked about the 5th floor as if it was Purgatory and it didn’t seem an inappropriate description.

It is sad to see that the town council wouldn't help the poor folks. How much could hiring the pestbuster it cost? $1000? Where is their MP? Didn't they visit that block before? Or did the RC members censored that block to prevent the MP from visiting them?

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