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Friday, June 30, 2006

Half way thru

Surprised when I look at the calander. We are already 1/2 way thru 2006. Another 6mth and it will be 2007.

Funny, feel like just counted down to 2006 few weeks back. haha.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I'm not interested

Got a phone call from a telemarketer.

TM: Good Afternoon, I'm calling from lifestyle services.
(On hearing the company name "lifestyle services")
Me: Sorry, I'm not interested.
TM: Sir, I haven't told you anything.
Me: I know you going to say that I've won some lucky draw.
TM: No Sir, I just want to do a survey with you.
Me: Oh, then after the survey, u going to ask me to collect a free gift at your office in Delfi Orchard?
TM: **silence**
Me: Sorry, I'm not interested. Bye.

Oath Of Allegiance

Had a meeting today. 1 of the key agenda is with regards to an audit finding.

Since the beginning of the project, our team has been sharing 1 user id to login to the main system to amend the codings. Auditor says this process lack accountability and must be changed. They want to remove that login id and suggested a new method of promoting codes which I find also full of security loopholes.

Why would we want to do unauthorized changes to the main coding?

Yes, there is a need for accountability. There is a need for control. But control must be moderated to a level where it does not obstruct the daily work. If the new method by the auditor is to be implemented, it is going to create alot of extra process for us. I hate auditors. All they care about is accountability and control. They don't bother about how its going to affect the entire turnover timing.

It all boils down to trust. How much do you trust your employees?

So I suggested to my teamlead a solution:-
The whole team go say the Oath of allegiance infront of the CEO.

"I, *NRIC*, *TITLE* and *NAME*, pledge that I will not do unauthorized insertion, modification or deletion of the coding in the main system SIR!"

PS: Only my teamlead and I laugh because the rest of my teammates are either females or Non-Singaporeans.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Key Performance Index

Was assigned to give the users of another team a briefing on the process of handling request. After a short meeting on what to brief the users, I had a little chat with the teamlead of that team. He feels that this task will be my Key Performance Index or KPI for the year as I'm supposed to brief a director too. KPI is something that they use to judge your performance and decide how much increment you should get blah blah blah.

To me, I feel that my teamlead don't even bother much about this task. The reason he asked me to do it is because someone has to do the job and he so happen to find me first. Whatever my performance at the briefing that I'm going to give mid next month will have totally no impact on my KPI.

But seriously, I don't really bother about the so call KPI. So what if it is something that will affect my KPI? So what if it doesn't? Its just a job assigned to me that I have to do. Do I need to put in extra efforts for task that will affect my KPI? Isn't that abit fake?

I'm not like some people who chase those KPI stuff. I enjoy challenging task. KPI or not, I don't give a damn.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Feel abit out of place stand among all the youngsters.

I not young anymore. Although I still dance to "Forever Young".

Monday, June 26, 2006

Catching that popup

I know my blog has popup windows. But I've been ignoring it because I have popup blocker installed on my home PC. But perhaps I shouldn't rely too much on popup blockers. Perhaps I should fix the problem.

Suspecting it is the cbox that is causing the popups. That's why I've removed it temporary to see if there is anymore popups.

Do drop me a comment if there is anymore popups. Somehow, even after disabling my popup blocker, some popups still ganna blocked.

My blocker beri powderful one ok....


Ganna tagged by FairyGM. So here goes.....

4 alcoholic beverages I enjoy from time to time:
1. Vodka Lime
2. Long Island Tea
3. Beer
4. Gordon Bleu

4 fantastic destinations I would like to go to on vacation before I pass out:
1. Bora Bora
2. Redang
3. Maldives
4. Salar De Uyuni

4 celebrities I would like to go on a big date with:
1. Actually.... None. Why would I wanna go on a date with any celebrities?

4 gadgets I do not have, which I would like to have:
1. Macbook
2. portable hdd
3. Sony Ericsson K800i
4. iPod

4 “poor souls” tagged:
1. Sasco
2. Xuanz
3. Stanley
4. T (OEI, Where is your blog???)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

My friend rob bank one

A friend of mine started a company to sell watch online. But they are no ordinary watch.

Seriously, I've never heard of those brands before. Anyone heard of Muhle Glashutte? Or rather, can anyone pronounce the brand name? I've come to learn that the harder the brand name pronunciation is, the more expensive it will be.

No kidding man. 1 watch for more than $2000. And we are talking about USD here. Just watch leh. No special features like WIFI or Bluetooth. Can't even brew coffee. Just tell time only.

And if you think USD$2000 is expensive, wait till you see this. $4800!!!! Wah piang.

Oh ya.... he still got some watch not listed on the website cause no credit card has enough credit limits to swipe through. $0.75 million.

If you are into watches, go visit his site at gnomonwatches. And prepare a few thousand dollars to spare. (He promise to give me commission for customers referred by my blog. hahahahaha.....)

Told you he rob bank already.....

Friday, June 23, 2006

Stupid questions

One of the account manager wanted to give customer product XYZ for 6months but not sure which option to choose from in the system.
So he drop me an email asking if it is correct to select this option call "Product XYZ for 24 Months"

I seriously don't know how to reply the email without making him feel like he is a fool. And there are so many people inside the email loop. (I think his boss is in the loop too) I bet they are all laughing now.

Isn't the descriptions obvious enough? How do I answer the email in a nice way?

PS: if he look careful enough, he should see the option "Product XYZ for 6 Months"

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Where the Hell is Matt?

Check out his blog too....

Bad Temper

Temper been very bad lately. Flare up over small matters.

Please try not to step on my tail lately.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

You haven't reach home huh?

Got a phonecall while on my way back home yesterday. Caller ID shows that its from my home telephone number.

Dad: You haven't reach home huh?
Me: Where you call me from?
Dad: Home.
Me: Then you got see me?


I think I can start a new blog containing all the interesting conversations I have with my dad.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Expired insecticide

Da Qiang (cockroaches with wings. Xiao Qiang is cockroaches without wings) came visit my room today. I hate Da Qiang. I'm not scared of them. If it is Xiao Qiang, I might still give it a few minutes to find its way to the window and out of my house. But I never give chances to Da Qiang.

I don't remember when was the last time we use insecticide at home. We seldom have cockroaches visiting our house as we live in high storey. The bottle of insecticide looks quite old.

The problem with Da Qiang is that, they never keep still and they like to be at the celling. Need to plan how to kill it. I can't take a chair and climb to the celling to shoot it. I'll be too vulnerable. You know, these fellows will always fly like mad when you spray insecticide. I guess the best way is for me to jump, shoot and duck.

So I wait for a chance to attack. I jump and pulled the trigger..... IA!! IA!!!

For those who never been to army before, IA means Immediate Action. You shout that to your assistance during range when the bullet is jammed inside your rifle.

Something is wrong with the spray can. The insecticide doesn't come out as fast as it is suppose to. I tried shaking it and spray again. Abit of the insecticide came out, but not enough to kill the Da Qiang. I have no choice but to do it for a few times before Da Qiang falls on the ground and struggle. Once at the ground, its much easier to shoot. So I aimed at the head and spray the insecticide. I guess it is dead.

I stare at the defeated Da Qiang as it struggle on the ground. Waiting for it to die so that I can collect the body and carry on with my daily life. But somehow, it just keep struggling for a few long minutes. Something is wrong. It shouldn't be struggling for so long.

Don't tell me that the insecticide has expired.......

Poor Da Qiang. Struggling on the ground but couldn't die. It must be suffering alot of pain. I wanted run down to 7-11 to get a new bottle of insecticide so that I can end its life quickly. But the lazy me decided not to.

30 Minutes later.... it is still struggling. But weaker. Sorry Da Qiang. I promise I'll get a new bottle of insecticide soon.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Frown or Smile

4 million smiles or 4 million frowns?

You decide.

Gender restriction??

Got an email from ohgenki forum. Wah..... Its been many years since I last went that forum. I think I'm overage there. Too many young kids.

Anyway, the email wrote:-

Dear Genkians,

OhGenki have enforced a Gender restriction on Guys / Girls Hangout.

As of 25th June 2006, male Genkians will not be able to see the Girls Hangout
and female Genkians will not be able to see the Guys Hangout anymore.

We have also introduced the Ask Him and Ask Her categories under "Gender
Preferences" for gender specific questions.

Having fun in a good clean fun environment, OhGenki.

Note: OhGenki will not hesitate to suspend any accounts that have found to
violate the Gender restriction after 25th June 2006.

You mean people actually tell the truth when saying their gender, age, location etc etc etc in these online forms? And how on earth do you verify the data?

I suppose their admin never heard of the song Santa Monica by Savage Garden.

On the telephone line I am anyone
I am anything I want to be
I could be a supermodel or Norman Mailer
And you wouldn't know the difference
On the telephone line, I am any height
I am any age I want to be
I could be a caped crusader, or
space invader
And you would know the difference
Or would you?

Do you really think I'm a 26 year old male living in Jurong?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Pissed off

I am just F**KING pissed off again and again and again and again.

And I'm sure this is not going to be the last time.

Why do I always have to NOT do the things I wanted to do to avoid ur senseless jokes, tease and questions?

Define "Something"

The TV in the living room went dead today. So we shifted the mini 14inch TV from the bedroom to the living room and tried to connect the SCV cable TV setbox.

After 5minutes of tuning, I still couldn't get cable TV.

Dad: Think you need to tune that something.
Me: What something?
Dad: You need to tune something first then can get the cable tv.
Me: What something are you refering to?
Dad: I don't know. There must be something you need to tune else why no image?


I thought I only need to define "Anything". Now I got another word to define.

Define "Something".

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Think I overspend lately. Don't know where my money goes. Everytime I withdraw some money from my bank account, it will just disappear quickly. If only I can make money twice as fast.

I seriously need to monitor my spending and see where am I wasting my money on. Need to control abit or I'll end up spending my savings. Still got 2 more days to payday. I'm more broke than a school student. I hope the grass around my workplace taste good. Anyone willing to sponsor some salad dressing?

In case you are wondering, that picture is for real.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Stop the nagging....

It was raining heavily yesterday afternoon while I was driving on the expressway. The rain is so heavy that you can hardly see further than 50m ahead of you. All the cars turn on their headlights and are traveling below 70km/h. Everyone is keeping an extra distance from the car infront.

I wouldn't be surprised if there is an accident along the expressway during such weather conditions. Singaporean are horrible drivers during wet weather.

One thing good about Singapore roads is that we have a signboard to warn us of the traffic conditions. I love those signboard. I always pay attention to it and try to get out of the troubled lane earlier.

As I was approaching one of the signboard, I saw some words on it but couldn't really make out what is it. I tried to make out the text thru the heavy rain while concentrating on the road ahead. As I approached the signboard, I finally manage to make out what it is trying to say.

"Do not speed. Drive safely"

When will they stop those nagging? Isn't it common sense not to speed in such weather conditions? How to speed? Nobody dare to move more than 70km/h. And everyone wants to drive safely. Who doesn't?

Its just like the SMRT. Everyday when the train approach the station, we hear the same old nagging "Please stand behind the yellow line". Doesn't one get sick of it? We all know we are suppose to stand behind that yellow line and call 999 if we found any article lying around. And if we holding large article or feeling unwell, we should take the lift instead.


Sunday, June 11, 2006

鄧麗君 - 我只在乎你

鄧麗君 - 我只在乎你

如果沒有遇見你 我將會是在那裡
日子過得怎麼樣 人生是否要珍惜
也許認識某一人 過著平凡的日子
不知道會不會 也有愛情甜如蜜

任時光匆匆流去 我只在乎你
人生幾何 能夠得到知己

所以我求求你 別讓我離開你

如果有那麼一天 你說即將要離去
我會迷失我自己 走入無邊人海裡
不要什麼諾言 只要天天在一起
我不能只依靠 片片回憶活下去

Stereotyping guys with soccer

Whenever I tell someone that I don't really watch soccer, they gave me a shock expression. Most people will assume that all guys watch soccer, support at least 1 soccer club and can talk about soccer 24/7.

Well, I don't. And I know some guys who doesn't too.
Are guys being sterotyped? I think so.

And the sterotyping is getting from bad to worst. The media is now sterotyping guys by saying that they will dump their wife/gf over world cup. And soccer is the most important thing in life. There is even a new term for gf/wife who were neglected during the world cup. They are call soccer widow.

Come on lah. Got that serious meh?

Anyway, I don't really watch much soccer. But then, its the world cup. Maybe I'll find a few friends to go pub for a drink and watch a match. Its more for the mood and get together rather than soccer.

Oh ya. If you have a PalmOS PDA, you can try downloading this program that helps keep track of matches and scores. Cool huh?


Friday, June 09, 2006

Define "Anything"

Me: What you want for dinner?
Dad: Anything.
Me: Fried Rice?
Dad: Don't want. Yesterday just ate that.
Me: Hor Fun?
Dad: Eat Hor Fun until abit sian already.
Me: Then what you want?
Dad: Anything.


Define "Anything".

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Outsource crap

Went for a meeting on behalf of my sub-teamlead because he is on leave. Nothing much actually. Most things are more or less settled by him on the previous meeting. This meeting is just to tie up some loose end and an update of the new timeline.

Appearantly, there is a delay in the schedule. All because a portion of the stuff is outsourced to china and the staff in china reported that they can't do it. Then how? Singapore staff do lor.

Perhaps it has become such that our existance in the company is merely to do things the china staff can't do or errors they have created.

Sometimes I wonder if it is just that our company is unlucky that we got such lousy group of people for outsource. Well, it seems that my company is not alone. Happen to bump into a blog who also have problem with india outsource staff.

Which sometimes makes you really wonder.... WHY OUTSOURCE???

Data Mining on the Internet with Google

Found this website on google tips. Very useful. Hope is serves you well.


Basic Usage:

  • Use quotation marks ” “ to locate an
    entire string.

    eg. “bill gates conference” will only return
    results with that exact string.

  • Mark essential words with a +
    If a search term must contain certain words or phrases, mark it
    with a + symbol. eg: +”bill gates” conference will return all
    results containing “bill gates” but not necessarily those pertaining to a

  • Negate unwanted words with a -
    You may wish to search for the term bass, pertaining to the
    fish and be returned a list of music links as well. To narrow down your
    search a bit more, try: bass -music. This will return all results
    with “bass” and NOT “music”.

General Tips: (I use many of these almost on a daily basis)

    This will search only pages which reside on this domain.

    This will display all pages which Google finds to be related to your

    This will display a list of all pages which Google has found to be
    linking to your site. Useful to see how popular your site is

  • spell:word
    Runs a spell check on your word

  • define:word
    Returns the definition of the word

  • stocks: [symbol, symbol, etc]
    Returns stock information. eg. stock: msft

  • maps:
    A shortcut to Google Maps

  • phone: name_here
    Attempts to lookup the phone number for a given name

  • cache:
    If you include other words in the query, Google will highlight those words
    within the cached document. For instance, web will
    show the cached content with the word “web” highlighted.

  • info:
    The query [info:] will present some information that Google has about that
    web page. For instance, will show information about the
    CyberWyre homepage. Note there can be no space between the “info:” and the
    web page url.

  • weather:
    Used to find the weather in a particular city. eg. weather: new york

Advanced Tips:

  • filetype:
    Does a search for a specific file type, or, if you put a minus sign
    (-) in front of it, it won’t list any results with that filetype. Try
    it with .mp3, .mpg or .avi if you like.

  • daterange:
    Is supported in Julian date format only. 2452384 is an example of a
    Julian date.

  • allinurl:
    If you start a query with [allinurl:], Google will restrict the
    results to those with all of the query words in the url. For instance,
    [allinurl: google search] will return only documents that have both
    “google” and “search” in the url.

  • inurl:
    If you include [inurl:] in your query, Google will restrict the
    results to documents containing that word in the url. For instance,
    [inurl:google search] will return documents that mention the word “google”
    in their url, and mention the word “search” anywhere in the document (url
    or no). Note there can be no space between the “inurl:” and the following

  • allintitle:
    If you start a query with [allintitle:], Google will restrict the
    results to those with all of the query words in the title. For instance,
    [allintitle: google search] will return only documents that have both
    “google” and “search” in the title.

  • intitle:
    If you include [intitle:] in your query, Google will restrict the results
    to documents containing that word in the title. For instance,
    [intitle:google search] will return documents that mention the word
    “google” in their title, and mention the word “search” anywhere in the
    document (title or no). Note there can be no space between the “intitle:”
    and the following word.

  • allinlinks:
    Searches only within links, not text or title.

  • allintext:
    Searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page

  • bphonebook:
    If you start your query with bphonebook:, Google shows U.S. business white page listings for the query terms you specify. For
    example, [ bphonebook: google mountain view ] will show the phonebook
    listing for Google in Mountain View.

  • phonebook:
    If you start your query with phonebook:, Google shows all U.S. white page listings for the query terms you specify. For example, [ phonebook: Krispy
    Kreme Mountain View ] will show the phonebook listing of Krispy Kreme
    donut shops in Mountain View.

  • rphonebook:
    If you start your query with rphonebook:, Google shows U.S. residential white page listings for the query terms you specify.
    For example, [ rphonebook: John Doe New York ] will show the phonebook
    listings for John Doe in New York (city or state). Abbreviations like [
    rphonebook: John Doe NY ] generally also work.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Never seen a gentleman

Sometimes I feel sorry for some people.

We were chatting at the lift lobby while waiting for someone. Her hands are full and she was eating something. So I offered to hold her handbag for her. Another female colleague walked pass and noticed that I was holding a handbag and she made a big hoo-ha over it. Didn’t really bother much about her actually. Later in the afternoon, 1 of my friend told me that she told quite a number of people that I helped someone hold her handbag.

What is wrong with holding a handbag for a lady when her hands are full? Is there anything wrong with being a gentleman? I always help ladies carry heavy stuff, open door and do some stuff. What is the hoo-ha about?

Perhaps no guy had been a nice towards her before. Nobody help her hold her handbag when her hands are full. Nobody help her carry heavy stuff. Nobody opens the door for her. Perhaps she has never seen a gentleman before in her entire whole life. That why she make a big hoo-ha over it.

Feel so sorry for her.
Perhaps its not that there isn’t any gentleman around her, but just that none of them treats her like a lady.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Top of the M

The mountian tortoise me finally went up to Top of the M for the first time. Nice place. Cool view. Great drinks. Too bad I'm driving. Can't take any alcoholic drinks.

Maybe next time.


cour·age /kûrj/ n. - The guts to stand up against a row of tanks for one's belief.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Knock it down!

Don't remember hearing this song in army before. Must be one of those banned song just like the "They say that in the army" song.

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