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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Simple life

A colleague of ours was send to china for a week to train the outsource staff over there. He took so photos of them and showed us during meeting today. Finally we can put a face to the person behind the email and phone call. Didn't know they are all so young and pretty until today. Perhaps I should be nicer to them when I email them next time. haha....

We got some insight about the place there. The city is still developing with quite a few MNC are setting up their branch there. Our colleague told us that the price of the houses there is rather cheap and we might want to consider buying it as an investment and rent the place out.

We've also learnt that their salary is roughly 1/6 of ours. But despite that, they can still live pretty luxury life because the cost of living there is rather cheap. He showed us photos where he had steamboat dinner. It cost roughly SGD50 for 6 people. Where can we find such price in Singapore?

I really envy them while looking at all the cheerful pictures. They may be earning lower than us, but their cost of living is also lower. Perhaps, the ratio is even lower than ours.

Sometimes, I wish I could just put aside this senseless chase for 5Cs and move to a developing country to enjoy a simple life.

Savage Garden - I Don't Know You Anymore

Savage Garden - I Don't Know You Anymore

I would like to visit you for a while
Get away and out of this city
Maybe I shouldn't have called but
Someone had to be the first to break
We can go sit on your back porch
Talk about anything
It don't matter
I'll be courageous if you can pretend
That you've forgiven me

Because I don't know you anymore
I don't recognise this place
The picture frames have changed
And so has your name
We don't talk much anymore
We keep running from the pain
But what I wouldn't give to see your face again

Springtime in the city
Always such a relief from winter freeze
The snow was more lonely than cold if you know what I mean
Everyone's got an agenda
Don't stop keep that chin up you'll be alright
Can you believe what a year it's been
Are you still the same?
Has your opinion changed?

Because I don't know you anymore
I don't recognise this place
The picture frames have changed
And so has your name
We don't talk much anymore
We keep running from the pain
But what I wouldn't give to see your face again

I know I let you down
Again and again
I know I never really treated you right
I've paid the price
I'm still paying for it every day

So maybe I shouldn't have called
Was it too soon to tell?
Oh what the hell
It doesn't really matter
How do you redefine something that never really had a name?
Has your opinion changed?

Because I don't know you anymore
I don't recognise this place
The picture frames have changed
And so has your name
We don't talk much anymore
We keep running from the pain
But what I wouldn't give to see your face again

I see your face
I see your face

Monitoring USD


Keeping a lookout for USD lately. The exchange rates has fallen quite a bit. Today's exchange rate was 1.5800. Think it will go down further.

This could be the right time to buy in USD. The problem is, I don't have enough cash on hands to buy in USD. Most of my money are stuck with NZD or funds.

Couldn't cash out my NZD because it haven't reached its full potential yet.
Couldn't cash out my China India funds because it's value is still increasing.
Couldn't cash out my Emerging market funds because I'll be making a lost if I cash out now.

Damn.... I'm not going to let this chance slip by...
I need capital!!!!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Junk Mails 2

Junk Mails Admin strikes again today.....

Hi everyone,

Please be informed that today the air-conditioning contractor will be carrying out routine servicing to the air-con system on our floor for the month of October 2006.

They have indicated it will be done section by section without any disruption.

Thank you

If it is going to be done without disruption, then why do we need to be informed about it? And isn't your email a disruption?


Someone took another car park pass without signing.....

Hi All,

Again someone has taken the car park pass 29 without booking in or signing in our record file.

Kindly return the pass to me.


Few hours later, another email came....

Hi again,

Card is returned and appreciate that the person emailed to me instead of just putting it back quietly


Why do we need to be informed about the car park pass being returned anyway?

Blogger error

Blogger has been rather problematic lately. Keep encountering this error when I tried to post my blog entry.

Oh well... hope they fix the problem soon.

Bryan Adams - Never Let Go

I was attracted by this song when I watch The Gaurdian last friday. They played this song at the ending credits, while showing old pictures of the coast guards. And I just sat there enjoying the song.

Very nicely written song.


Bryan Adams - Never Let Go

can ya lay your life down - so a stranger can live
can ya take what ya need - but take less than ya give

could ya close everyday - without the glory and fame
could ya hold ya head high - when no-one knows your name
thats how legends are made - at least thats what they say

we say goodbye - but never let go
we live, we die - cause you cant save every soul
ya gotta take every chance to - show that you're the kinda man who
will never look back - will never look down
and never let go

can ya lose everything - ya ever had planned
can ya sit down again - and play another hand

could ya risk everything - for the chance of being alone
under pressure find the grace - would you come undone
thats how legends are made - at least thats what they say

we say goodbye - but never let go
we live, we die - cause you cant save every soul
ya gotta take every chance to - show that you're the kinda man who
will never look back - will never look down
and never let go - never let go

ya gotta take every chance to - show that you're the kinda man who
will never look back - will never look down
and never let go

we say goodbye - but never let go
we live, we die - cause you cant save every soul
ya gotta take every chance to - show that you're the kinda man who
will never look back - will never look down
and never let go

never look back - never look down, and never let go

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Had make up lesson yesterday because Tuesday was a holiday.

Exams are coming and we had finish our lesson. So the tutor is giving us revision and exam tips. He prepared a powerslide with key points that we should take note while doing our revision. It also includes model answer for the assignments questions which he thinks its important. We were all copying whatever thing that is on the powerpoint slide like mad.

It was crazy. He could had made it simply by giving us the powerpoint slides so that we can concentrate on his talking and read the powerpoint slide later. But he said he couldn't give us the slides because there are model answer for assignments and the school doesn't allows the tutors to distribute them. But we can look at it and copy down whatever we want.

Isn't that a very stupid ruling?

I told the tutor that he could just give us the ppt and I'm sure nobody will report him to the university. But he refused. While I understand his concern, I'm just not happy with the schools' inflexibility. What the heck, its just model answers. You allow tutors to show the slide, but not distribute. What the heck are you all thinking about?

I could had use my cameraphone to take picture of all the slides, but I guess it will be abit hard to refer back to. So I copy the main points, just like everyone else does.

I can't stand inflexible rules and people.

Just like what Donald Trump said:
"You need flexibility or you're never ever going to be successful."

New Template

Work in progress.....

Finally finish changing my template. Been saying that I wanted to change my blogskin since long long time ago. Its not that I'm busy or lazy to change. Its just that I haven't bump into a blogskin that I really like.

Well, finally found 1 beautiful blogskin call make my way.

I took 1 hour to tweak the template. This CSS stuff is making HTML harder and harder to understand. Too bad we didn't get a chance to learn CSS back in school.

Please let me know if there is any problem viewing my blog. Think there might be some problems for firefox users.

Drunk and high

Just came back from a colleague's wedding.

Lost track of the number of glasses I've drunk. Damn... I'm bound to have a terrible hangover tomorrow.

Funnily.... I've been looking for this high-ness feeling for a long time. Yet I didn't achieve it until today.

Oh well.... whatever sorrow you have, just drink up to it. CHEERS!!!!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Junk Mails

Getting quite irritated by one of the admin staff that mass mail useless email to everybody in the company.

Here are couple of example.

Hi everyone,

One of our colleague here has lost her new Nokia handphone. She has tried the nbr but it has been switched off.

So if anyone has found the phone appreciate if you could give it to us in central admin.

Helping one another is really a great way of life.

Thank you and have a great day !

If the finder switched off the phone, then obviously he/she wants to keep the phone for himself/herself.
If the finder wants to return the phone, he/she would had done so without anyone emailing.

So why bother sending this email???

The water dispenser was faulty and sent for repair. Few days after the water dispenser came back from the service centre, the admin staff send this email.

Hi everyone,

For your info

Someone asked me yesterday if the water is drinkable. Yes the dispenser is repaired and clean for drinking.

Thank you.

If the water dispenser just came back from the service centre, isn't it obvious that the water is now drinkable? If it is not drinkable, why would the water dispenser be send back?

Common sense would had answered the question.


The car park pass was missing and the admin staff send this email out to everybody.










While I agree that there is a need for this mass mail, but there isn't a need for you to type everything in caps. Come on... show some professionalism.

The next day, everyone got this email.


Card 14 is returned still with no signature. Thanks for returning the card.

Pse do take note to book and sign before taking the card and to return the card PROMPTLY.

Thank you.

What the point of sending this email?


Got this urge to set a rule in my outlook to auto move all emails from that admin staff straight to the deleted item folder. Most of her emails are those minor issues that normal common sense will tell you what to do.

And she always mass mail to the entire department, which is more than a hundred people.

Assuming everyone spend 10 seconds reading her email, do you know how much time the company has wasted?

Friday, October 27, 2006

The things I excel in

Got an email from my boss telling me to hand over a task to another colleague. It came as a surprise to me.

I've been doing that role since 2004. Its a rotating task. Every team is suppose to provide 1 person and we will take turn to do the duty for 2 weeks.

I still remember few weeks back, I was chatting with a few colleagues, they claim that I'm the best amoung the others at doing this task. Not sure if they are just being politically correct or they really meant it.

But I do admit that it is something that I excel in. After all, I've been doing it for so long and already know the process by heart.

Somehow I don't feel anything about the new arrangement. On one hand, this change mean less job for me. But on the other, it also mean I have 1 less area that I can excel in.

Oh well.... everything has its pros and cons. Its also about time I go to other area where I can show improvements.

Surf's up


This is going to change the way palmOS owner surf the net.


Saw 3

Saw 3 is coming.

102706..... hmmm.....
Isn't that Oct 27 2006?

That is today!!! Wait.... its for USA only.
Wondering when will it be coming to Singapore.

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Raised an request for a hotfix yesterday. Hotfix are done in the evening. Usually we don't stay back and wait for the fix to finish. We usually come back next day to check the results.

When I check the results today, I discovered that my fix didn't go thru. Went to check my script and didn't see any errors. So I emailed to everyone involved in the hotfix to find out what happen and see if anyone got an error log or something so that we can investigate.

Few minutes later, a DBA replied the email saying he will re-run the hotfix tonight. The strange thing is, the email is only send to me. He removed everyone from the loop.

Straight away I knew that he made the error. No need ask more.

Few minutes later, someone from another team replied the email telling me that he check his area and didn't see any errors. He also instructed someone else to check another place to find out the cause.

I forward them the email from the DBA and told them that they can stop the investigation as the problem most likely lies with the DBA side.

The problem is, if you made a mistake, just tell everyone that you made an error so that we will not waste our time investigating the cause. What is wrong with all these egoistic people? Is it so hard to email to everyone and say you made an error and will fix it later tonight?

Luckily the DBA is in another office, else I would expect him walk to my table and tell me face to face... Just like what someone did last time.

Old Singapore Photos


Check out this blog.

Beautiful right? I always like to see old photos to see how much things has changed. Can see some familiar buildings in the 26 photos. They are all very beautiful.

1 photo that caught my attention was the garden in raffles place. Find it interesting to have a beautiful garden between the shop houses. And there is a fountain too. Been trying to figure out the location of this garden now. I know, most likely the garden no longer exist. Maybe there is a skyscraper at its site now. I'm guessing that its at the location of the current Raffles Place MRT station. But I can't be sure. Anyone got any idea?

Showed the pictures to my dad. He seems to enjoy looking at those photos as much as I do. And as we scroll thru each photos, he would tell me where that place is and some stories.

But when I ask him about the whereabout of the garden, he has no idea.

Poor mum..... dad never bring you to those places to par tor when you were dating each other.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

PC 'Heart Transplant'

My PC's power supply 'exploded' last night. Saw some spark and a loud 'bang' when I tried to turn on the power. After that, I couldn't on the PC.

It was about time. The power supply box has been with me for roughly 4 years already. It has been overworking ever since I bought it home. Lately, there are some noise whenever I turn on my PC.

Went to West Mall to buy a new power supply. Can only find 450W power supply. I have no need for 450W. My current power supply is 400W and its more than enough. But well, have no choice but to get the more powerful and expensive power supply.

Tried to connect the power supply to the motherboard to confirm if it is working. Luckily the little 'explosion' last night only affect the power supply. All the remaining parts are still in working condition. Else I'll have to spend more money on repair. Or perhaps I'll just dump the PC and get myself a iMac. :D

Once I confirm that everything is working, I started unscrewing the old power supply box and put in the new power supply box. The new power supply box stands out inside my CPU as all the other parts look old and dusty.

The new power supply is much quieter than the old 1.

Think that black mark there is the result from the 'explosion'.
So its goodbye to the old power supply.

If electricity is the blood of a PC, then my PC has just undergone a heart transplant operation.

Run and Rain


It was drizzling, but I still went for a run.
Rain and sweat combine together. If only there is wind.


Scrybe: Sneak Peek



I'm excited......

New of an Open Source PalmOS web browser call Universe 3 is currently under going developement.

Features includes:
A Tabbed interface (supporting up to 3 tabs)
An address bar featuring a url box and navigation buttons
An Integrated RSS reader
Private browsing (mask the history, cache and cookies)
Support for JPEG, GIF, BMP and PNG (with alpha channels) images
Support for HTML/XHTML/WML/RSS 1.0/2.0
Support for WAP 1.0/2.0
Support for Hires and Hires+ screen sizes

Future Features includes:
Advanced 5-Way scrolling (based off of the Nokia S60 Browser)
Removing the 3 tab limit JavaScript support (using Apple's JavaScriptCore)
gzip Compression for a faster browsing experience
Opening and saving files to the local file system

Can't wait to get my hands on it.


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

please, get out of my elite uncaring face

Wow... its been quite some time since the Singapore blogsphere been so hot. Appearantly, a MP's daughter made a nasty remarks on 1 of the peasant blogger. Seriously, I never heard of the name Wee Siew Kim. At first I thought he is a new MP, until I searched for his profile and discovered that he has been in parliament since 2001. Oh well.... after this saga, I think most people will remember Wee Siew Kim and his daughter Wee Shu Min.

Her blog has been deleted. But you can still find her deleted blog entry here. Think nobody told her that there is no delete button in the internet.

Shu Min, Shu Min..... look what have you done? You successfully angered the average Singaporean with just 1 blog entry. At the time when PAP is talking about connecting with the youth, you drew a line and separated the elites and peasant. Its scary to see such comments from our leader's daughter.

I guess this has got to be the best quote since the peanut comments.
"please, get out of my elite uncaring face"

Mr Wee, if you are reading this, perhaps you might want to consider sending your daughter to join your P65 colleagues in dancing hip hop at the Chingay. Perhaps by doing so, she could "connect" better with the rest of Singapore.

Going on course again

Day 1 after returning from my J2EE course, my teamlead send me an email asking me to choose 1 between 3 courses. WAH. I'm going on course again.

The courses are on soft skills. Not like the J2EE or PL/SQL courses that I've attended. He gave me 3 choices.

Personal Effectiveness
Problem Solving & Decision Making
Communication & Relationship Management

Well.... personal effectiveness and problem solving & decision didn't really interest me.

Personal effectiveness, as the title mentioned, is very personal and up to individual. How can such a topic be properly taught in a course?

Problem Solving & decision making is pretty much up to the problem you have on hand. There are many times of problems, and not all problems can be solved by the same method. Of cause it will teach you skills like brain storming and stuff. But I always felt that brain storming is a common sense skill which cannot be taught.

Therefore I choose communication & relationship management course. Well, its the best out of the 3. Communication is very important, whether in personal life or working. And I always felt that the person who can communicate his idea best win the game.

This is going to be an interesting 2 day course.

齐天大圣 2006-09-16

This segment most likely won't be aired in Singapore. Damn the censorship board.

I cannot take it anymore. Stomach ache!!!

Colour like no other 2

Here the new Bravia ad by Sony.

Like the previous Bravia ads, they use the real stuff.

Still prefer the previous ads with bouncing balls.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Blossom Onion

Still thinking about that blossom onion we had on Wednesday at handlebar. Its actually quite easy to make. Maybe I should do it myself 1 day.

Oh ya, and that Jalapenos was great too.

Damn.... I'm hungry again.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Potato balls

Here is what I had for lunch.

Parade formed up and ready for inspection SIR!

Into the oven.

From freezer to plate: 15minutes.

With or without you

It took me serveral days to pull myself back up again.
I bounced back, only to see myself falling again. Perhaps its gravity.

Saw this interesting qoute while blog hopping.

当你对一件东西, 无法忘怀, 那他在不在你手中已不重要。 因为他永远会在你的记忆中。

End of the day, I can't live with or without you.
So does it still matter if you are with me? I guess not.

U2 - With Or Without You

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you

Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait without you

With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more
And I'm waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

My hands are tied
My body bruised, she's got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you
With or without you

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Distant relative's wedding

Just came back from my dad's dad's sister's son's son's daughter's wedding.
Ok, to summerise, its my grandaunt's great-granddaughter's wedding.

Didn't want to go, but was dragged by my dad cause Maria is in japan and my other sis isn't free. Seriously, they are really quite distant relatives. I didn't even know my grandfather have a sister to begin with. And I've never met them before although my dad keep saying they used to visit my grandma when she is alive. My grandma passed away 16 years ago!

Wait... so the gal who is getting married is my niece? Should be ba. Didn't know I have such a good looking niece.

Anyway, to Joelle and James, wish both of you a blissful wedding.

I really should get a mac

Maria on leave again

Maria is not at home again. Her company send her to Japan 3 weeks training .

Looks like I have to start getting used to doing all the house chores. Besides, she will be getting married early next year and I'll have to take over all her task.


Someone mistook Maria for my gf.
Oh well.... whatever you say then.

Shall we salsa?

Went to union square last night.

Its quite intimidating to see so many salsa experts on the dancefloor. Some of their moves seems complicated. I discovered that my education at jitterbugs is not enough.

I need to expand my salsa vocabulary before I have the confidence to step on that dancefloor. I really need to practice more and find a place to built on my basic. Preferly somewhere cheap. Maybe need a dance partner to practice with too.

Too bad my mop can't salsa.

Inspirational video clip

Found this video on a very interesting blog.

Embrace all your feelings.
And choose what to do with them.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Last 3 day of course

Day 3

The lab are still very tough to follow.

I managed to crash my local application server. Well done DK! Even the instructor have no idea how I managed to do it. Outside-standing.

Oh well..... it took 5 minutes to reinstall everything. So its not that bad.

Day 4

Touched on web components. Finally managed to follow up.
Perhaps it because I'm more comfortable with web based components and dare to explore the codings and thus able to understand better.

Day 5 - Last day

We only got 1 module to complete today. Its more of a "For your info" module and an introduction to more advance level.

We had a test on all the stuff we learnt for the past 5 days. It was a tough paper. Luckily, it was a open book, open internet and sometimes open discussion paper. I've learnt that google and your course mates are your best friend when it comes to the test. Heard that the results will be send to my HR. Hope I don't embarrass myself.

Finished everything at 12:15pm. Could had finished earlier if we didn't took such a long coffee break.


Overall, its a very good course. I feel that I would be able to absorb and digest more if I had the working experience on Java before attending the course. But I did learn alot. The guys who had experience in Java before attending the course also said that this is a tough course.

End of the day, we had a certificate of attendance and a voucher for a free webcam.
The cert will look good in my resume. I need to collect the webcam at marina sq before the stupid voucher expires next weekend......

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Short hair

Went to Icon at Wisma Isetan for a haircut today.

The place is rather interesting. A salon poping out inside a departmental store. It was my first time there, therefore I was assigned a random stylist. Waited for more than 10 minutes for my turn. (-20) I should had made an appointment. So I was sitted there, reading past issue of "New Man" and "Stuff". Don't they have the latest issue? (-20) Occasionally looking up to "bio" the few beautiful looking stylist (+50), wondering which 1 will be serving me later. Now I understand why my cousin's boyfriend likes that place alot. Better warn her next time. Hahahaha.....

But to my great disappointment, it was a guy serving me. (-100) And if you have to assign a guy to serve me, at least assign a good looking 1! (-10) Haiz..... Whatever.

Told him that I wanted my hair short and ask him to cut whatever style that he thinks suits me. I put down my magazine when he was cutting my hair. I don't understand how people read magazine when someone is cutting their hair. I'm just not used to it. Maybe its because of I'm trained to have my haircut at places without the luxury of magazine.

I was expecting the stylist to pick up a conversation with me. But no. He just carry on cutting my hair and I just blankly stare at the mirror looking at what he is doing. I wouldn't mind if its the usual barber that I visit. But this is a salon. A haircut there is going to take at least 45minutes. And I just stare blindly at the mirror and you didn't even talk much? (-1000) I'm bored to death.....

Total score, -1120 marks. OK, maybe I'll try another place next time. Or try another stylist. Maybe check with my cousin's boyfriend to see which stylist he visit. I'm sure it must be 1 of the pretty ones.


The end product is so so only. Oh well.... that's my hair. Untamable no mattter what I do. Think Donald Trump has better hair than me.

Whoever said that I look good in short hair better be correct.
Else it will take at least 2 months to change back.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

How would you feel?

How would you feel if someone is going to introduce a guy friend to your ex-gf? At the same dinner outing that you will be attending?

That someone doesn't know she is your ex.

I think I won't be going for dinner.

It still hurts....... a lot.....

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

ECA Points

Got an "interesting" email from my teamlead.

Interested to take up lan admin role for the project? Will rotate with 2 persons. Pls. don't accept this if you think this is work. This should be treated as ECA, something interesting and do your career good. Thx.

Actually, it is quite an interesting 'ECA'. Why would I reject such a good chance to expose myself to networking experience?

My reply to him was:

I'm very interested.

BTW: Got any ECA points? :D

I think I'm getting more and more informal with my boss. Is this something good or bad? hahahaha.....


Well.... Since we can't do anything about the haze, why not just make a joke out of it?

Interesting Spam Mail

Got this spam mail....

Usually, I don't really bother much about spam. But this weight lost spam mail really caught my attention.

Are you tired of jokes being said behind your back?

"You are so fat, you show up on radar"
"You are so fat you were baptized in Sea World"
"You are so fat, you had your baby pictures taken by satellite"

Don't you think it is about time to do something about this?

I mean.... hey! Those 3 lines are interesting insult that I can use on people someday. lol......

On course day 2

Day 2 on course. Things are starting to heat up.

This is so different from the previous course that I've taken. I remember enjoying the previous course more because I'm able to catch up with the instructor. But this time, I couldn't.

Mainly because for the previous course, I was doing something similar to what I'm doing during my everyday course. This time, I'm taking something that I have totally no hands on experience at work. Its tough.

I'm mentally tired now. And I'm now in school waiting for my degree course lecture to start. Wonder if I would still have the brain power to absorb what my lecturer going to say.....

Monday, October 16, 2006

On course still go back office

Was on course today. But because the stupid server gave me problem on saturday, I have no choice to come back after my course to rush some stuff.

Dedicated staff or lack time management?

You be the judge.

Reach office at around 5pm. My course was suppose to finish at 5, but we finished early. The guy from NCS also need to return office, so I long bang his cab to my office since it is just nearby.

Tried to be low profile when entering the office. Its hard because I'm wearing short sleeve shirt and jeans when everyone else is in formal working attire.

Remember the movie Knight of Gamblers? The 1 starring Andy Lau and Stephen Chow. I tried using one of Stephen Chow's supernatural power in that show. The "ni kan bu jian wo" (you cannot see me) trick. I put my hands at the side of my forehead, wiggle my fingers and keep repeating "Ni kan bu jian wo..... Ni kan bu jian wo..... Ni kan bu jian wo....." when someone walk pass me.

It doesn't work. They still saw me......

Everyone asking why am I back when I'm suppose to be on course. People forwarding work emails to me. People chasing me for things that I own them. Teamlead dragging me into meeting room to discuss some stuff. People asking me to help them on some stuff. People coming over to ask me about some issue.

I'm just back here to rush 1 task only. But the way you all add more things to my to do list, I almost thought I can't leave the office until midnight. I only managed to really do my staff after 7pm when most people has left the office. Still prefer to come back on Saturday provided that the server is not down.

Changing Attitude

My teamlead drag me into the meeting room today despite me being busy.

He ask if I'm interested in working in a new project. He need to provide a someone from out team to give 50% support. Currently, there is only 1 person working on that new project. And he came and ask if I wanted to do it. He did also ask me how did I feel about that person.

Apparently, he noticed that my email to that person lately hasn't been that friendly. So he was wondering if I would have any problems working with that person.

He was right. I wasn't happy with that person. A lot.

I've known that person since the 1st day I joined the company. Back then, he was assigned to teach me on work related stuff. He is quite a pleasant guy to work with, except the fact that he is always busy and you have to wait very long before having a chance to ask him things. And because he was always busy, he missed out 1 error that I made during checking which resulted in a major error in the system. We stayed back till late hours for a week to fix the error. We went for beer and supper after the problem was fixed. He was a great colleague. We lunch together in a big gang. We created a havoc during his wedding.

But that was 3 years ago.

We had a re-org and he was assigned to a new project. There wasn't a teamlead in that project as there are only at most 6 people in the team. But as he had the most experience and knowedge with the system, everyone approach him when there is a problem. And shortly, he became the unofficial teamlead of that team.

We even tease him calling him contract team lead and lowest paid team lead in the beginning.

Things start to change. He bought a van and started not to join us for lunch. His attitude changed. He started to show some air, as though he is really a teamlead. I was suppose to liase with him on serveral stuff and I puke blood everytime I have to deal with him. Its as though he doesn't take a simple no for an answer. Perhaps it is his ego. I don't know. What I know is, I don't see the colleague I used to work with in the past.

So when my teamlead ask me how I feel about him, I was very frank with him. Told him that I feel that he really thinks that he is the teamlead of that project and has air. Lots of them. In fact more than a director.

I told my teamlead I wouldn't want to work with him if given a choice.

It was a good project. Quite challenging. I would had agreed to go do that project if he is not in the same project. But he made me have 2nd thoughts. The last thing I want is to work with a colleague who thinks that he is the teamlead and boss around.

But I did tell my teamlead that its not total dead end here. As in, if he really can't find someone for the job, I'll do it and just endure him.

Let's see the outcome.

On course day 1

Reach the training venue just in time. Appearantly, I'm the 2nd person to reach the place. I was surprised that their are only 4 person in the class. Imagine, the fee for 1 person is $1750. 4 person is just $7k. How the heck do they earn money like that?

Anyway, none of my business.

2 of my classmates are from PSA while the other 1 is from NCS. The guy who is from NCS paid for the course himself while the 3 of us are fully company sponsored. I'm the only person in the class without Java working experience. I do have experience in Java back in poly and uni. But no real life hands on experience.

Its nice chatting with the other 3 guys. They each have vast knowedge and experience in their field. Its nice talking to them and sharing the difficulties we all face in work. 1 thing we all had in common, our outsource staff all cannot make it. Starting to wonder if any outsource staff can make it at all.

The class is rather dry today. Mostly theory. And I was struggling to understand. There is going to be a test at the end of the course. Although open book, I'm beginning to worried a bit.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Need a new hairstyle

Been thinking of changing my hairstyle.

My hair has always been a disaster. No matter how I gel them, they just won't stay the way I wanted them to be. I really need to do something about it.

Still can't figure out what new hairstyle to go for.

Went Toys'R'Us with my nephew and family today. They are selling this fake rubber hair that is meant for halloween party.

What do you think about me in spikey yellow hair?
Nah.... don't look good.

My cousin introduced me to this salon inside Wisma Istan. Her boyfriend went there and she feels that the stylist are great. Maybe I'll visit them next weekend.

Well... Since I can't decide on a hairstyle, maybe I'll just ask them to do what they think best suits me. Hope they don't dye yellow and cut it until spikey.

I know she will give me strength

Went to watch World Trade Centre with Iris on Friday night after work.

The movie is so-so. Didn't really bring out the emotions. Maybe because I already knew what was going to happen. Or maybe because its based on real life accounts. Or maybe the director didn't do a good job. I don't know.

But something interesting is that the last thing on everyones mind is the person their wife. While trapped under the rubbles, one of the policeman radios up and said that he wants his wife to know how much he loved her. Another took out a piece of paper and wrote "I love you" on it.

And when they are trapped inside ruins, they were thinking of their wife and childrens. When the last policeman was rescued and rush to the hospital, he hold his wife's hand and told her that she kept him alive.

Love keeps someone alive. It gave you strength to push on when the times are hard. I still remember back when I was in the army. We had this 5 days exercise in Taiwan. One part of the mission was trek over a hill to the other side. I was tired and carrying at roughly 20kg load on my backpack. It was tough. But I kept thinking of my girlfriend back then and I managed to push myself forward and complete the mission.

Perhaps that is what they call the power of love.

I know she will give me strength. But right now, I just don't know who is she.
Have we met already? Is she also searching for me?
I don't know. But I'll know someday.....

Saturday, October 14, 2006

New Oasis??

Wifi-ing at Orchard Parade Starbucks. Its just across the road from my old Oasis.

I know, I keep saying that I prefer Coffee Bean over Stuckbucks. But seriously, I think I'm growing to like their Cafe Mocha. Blame Coffee Bean for not having Singnet WIFI. If they had Singnet WIFI, I wouldn't have gone Starbucks so often and get addicted to their Mocha.

But I'm always drinking Cafe Mocha at Starbucks. Don't really like the rest of their drinks. At least at Coffee Bean, I still have a couple of drinks to choose. At Starbucks, its just Cafe Mocha, Cafe Mocha and Cafe Mocha.

This could be my new Oasis. Nice Jazz muisc. Strong Singnet WIFI signal. And a Night Rider bus stop nearby. What else could I ask for?

Saturday @ office

Went back to office today to try to finish up on some stuff. Will not be in office for the whole of next week as I'm going on course.

The office is exceptionally quiet. Even quieter than the office at 8pm. There are a few people in the office. But everyone was working at their workstation. No phone rang, no people walking about. Just a quiet environment for work.

I could had been very productive in this kind of environment. I have a couple of items that I want to finish. I thought I could finish them within 3 hours.

But to my horror, the server was down. WTF. I travel all the way to office and the server was down. ARGH. And its Saturday. On normal weekdays, I could call the DBA to fix the problem. But I guess there is no support on weekends for testing server. Its not life and death anyway.

I was left with no choice but to code my stuff blindly without testing them in the server. I guess I have to come back on monday night after my course to do the testing in the server. Lets hope my blindly code skill doesn't fail me.

Thanks Ed

I woke up on 13 Oct 2006 feeling excited. It was 7:30am. I knew that palm had a press conference while I was asleep. We all knew that Palm will be announcing new devices. Everyone was excited. Some people thought you will be releasing a model to replace the now 1 year old palm TX. Or a new Palm E2.

I connect my palm TX to the internet and use Quick News to download the latest RSS feed. Weekday morning is always a rush for me. While Quick News is downloading the latest updates from my RSS feed, I was rushing to get ready for work. I didn't had time to read until I reach the train.

Went to palm addict news feed first. And indeed there is news of a new device by palm. Treo 680. Almost similar to Treo 650, except they come in 4 sporty colours and no antenna. FINALLY.... a smart phone without antenna.

I'm actually not very interested in a smartphone. I still like my Sony Ericsson K800i alot. But its nice to know that Palm finally released a new PalmOS Treo. At least its not a WM.

Actually, I'm looking to see if Palm had released any new PDA. I scroll thru the entire palm addict RSS feeds. Nothing. I guess the PDA market is still not big enough. Which is really sad. After all, Palm made its name by selling PDA. And palm has always been makers of great PDA like Palm III, Palm Vx, Tungsten T3 and Palm TX.

There are still a lot that Palm can improve on the TX. For example faster processor and higher capacity battery. And perhaps a VGA screen and a delicated chip for music playback. I know I would buy the new PDA from Palm if they release 1. But sad to say, there isn't any.

Thanks a lot Ed. For helping me save money.


Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13

I hate friday the 13.

So has anything bad happen to you?
Or are you still waiting for something bad to happen?

而徘徊在你面前属于你的我......... 爱你.......

伍佰 - 牵挂




爱你 ~

Still the unattainable acorn

Was reading back some of my old blog entries. Saw this post I wrote about the unattainable acorn.

Actually, come to think of it, everyone has an acorn. An acorn that you desire so much and been trying so hard to reach it, yet you are always just a few inches away from it. Aiming for that impossible target and never give up. Just keep trying and trying.

I wrote that blog after watching Ice Age 2 with her. Back then, I was still chasing her and thought that I couldn't win her hands. Its just like I'm Scrat and she is the unattainable acorn.

And she still is the unattainable acorn.

I thought I have moved on. But I haven't. I'm only covering my pain with laughters and smiles. And I managed to fool everyone, including myself.

It still hurts to see you so far from me.......

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Work rant

Just bear with me while I grumble some stuff about work.....

Gan Jiong Tester strikes again

The Gan Jiong Tester strikes again today. Ok, this time, I was at fault. I'm suppose to change the description, but it slip off my mind. But the reason why it slip off my mind is because I put this at the lowest priority.

The problem is, these are not the finalized descriptions. Marketing dept is suppose to release the finalized product descriptions when the launch date is near. So we are just using trial descriptions.

So, why should I really bother about 1st letter have to be capital for trial descriptions? Why can't you all bear with it and wait for the finalized descriptions?

Kiasi user

It has been 3 months since that kiasi tester took over the task. We had been thru very difficult times teaching her how to use the software to go about doing the task.

But whenever a slightly complicated request came, she will come find us and hope that we guide her to do the task. I grew so fed up that I replied a strong worded email to her, cc my boss and a few other people who are involved. We also have our own things to do. How can you expect us to spoon feed you everytime a complicated request comes in?

Few hours later, someone replied my email to defend her. He said that she is still new to the task and need guidance. I told my colleague to take over cause I know I'll surely lose my temper on them.

3 month on the task and you still call new? How many more months do you expect us to spoonfeed you? We spend many hours teaching you how to do those request. We have taught you how to handle those complicated request too. And you still came and ask us to guide u further?

I wash my hands on this issue.

Outsource might make a mistake

A requester ask me to help extract some data from the database. As I was busy and the extraction is rather troublesome, I ask my subteamlead if I can assign the task to china side to do.

He agreed that I'm maxed out already, but he question if the china side can do the job. He is worried that they might make a mistake and ask me to get another colleague to do the extraction.

What the heck. Outsource staff might make a mistake so don't give them. Then we outsource for what? Then local staff won't make mistakes lah? So if I keep making mistakes, does that mean you will stop assigning task to me?

If they never do, they will never learn.

Told him that I will guide the china staff to do the extraction and verify their results.

Waste of talent
My ex-sub teamlead just return from maternity leave. When she was on the 2 month maternity leave, the subteam has been 'desolved' and split into the remaining 2 subteam. So when she return, she doesn't have any subteam to lead. Management has no intention of reforming the old subteam. They think the new arrangement is quite good.

So she is now in my subteam, doing minor request like what I'm doing.

Its a waste of talent. She is capable of better stuff.

Still that stupid paper
One of my colleague's contract ended recently. She is a JO like me because she is holding a diploma. But the things she is doing, like me, is what the SO are doing too. So she didn't want to sign the new contract as the terms are not good enough.

HR couldn't promote her to SO because she is still doing her degree course. Luckily for her, her degree course will finish by end of the year.

So HR offered her a 3 month contract as JO, and after that, they will renew her contract as SO since she would had gotten the degree by then.

Since she is already capable of being a SO, why not just promote her? Why must wait for that piece of paper?


149 days more to my end of contract...... haiz.....

1 sold, 3 more to go


Sold the 256mb M2.

The rest of the items still up for grabs.If you are interested, please email me.


Item: SanDisk 1gb MS Duo
Price: $50
Descriptions: 1 gb MS Duo card and Adaptor


Item: Sony Ericsson Earpiece HPM-61
Price: $25
Descriptions: HPM-61 Earpiece. Brand new, unopen from my K800i pacakge.


Item: Sony Ericsson Data Cable DCU-60
Price: $20
Descriptions: DCU-60 Data Cable. Brand new from my K800i pacakge.


Item: Sony 256mb M2
Price: $30
Descriptions: Sony 256mb M2 and Adaptor

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Remedial Training


I think the best birthday present I get this year is from the army. 2 months of free workout at Maju Camp.

You have booked your RT Schedule at MAJU FCC, starting on 07/01/2007.

Your training sessions for Phase 1 are:

Sundays 0800-1200 hrs
Tuesdays 1800-2200 hrs


OK..... I don't want to get this birthday present again next year. Must try to pass IPPT this time.


Found this pretty interesting Meme.


01) What is the phone brand?
Sony Ericsson K800i. (1 month old only :D )

02) What are the last 3 digits of your mobile number?

03) What does the 2nd message in your inbox say?
I already push in le leh. Lend awhile ok. (As if I can say no lor. :P)

04) Who’s the first person who comes up under the letter M?
Marilyn (aka green apple)

05) Who’s the last person you rang?
18008604111 (Cocacola hotline to report the spoilt vending machine)

06) Who was your last missed call from?
Jinghan (I'm in shower lah)

07) Who’s the 2nd person who comes up under D?
Dad's Office number

08) What does the last message in your inbox say?
Yo... *name censored* here. your M2 sold? (Nope. You wanna buy huh? :D )

09)Who comes up under J?
Jacqueline, James, Janice, Jaren, Jayce, Jerlynn, Jerry, Jessie, Jesslyn, JiangTao, Jinghan, Jingyun, Jinguang, Joan, Joey, Jonathan, Jon, Josephine, Joyce, Jules, Junping, Junxian, Junjie

10) Go to your Sent Items - what does the 10th message say?
Almost forgot u getting married today. Wish both u and ur husband a blissful marriage :D

11) Who’s the 4th person who comes up under S?
San Shu (My 3rd uncle)

12) Who’s your network provider?

13) How many messages are currently in your inbox?
uncountable...... (Wah piang. Exactly how many SMS can K800i hold? like unlimited like that)

14) What do you have as your background?
6 Orange colour balls.

15) Who’s the 2nd person who comes up under R?

16) Who do you have on speed dial 3?
I don't use speed dial.

17) If you’re on Pay as you Go, how much credit do you have?
I'm on post pay lah

18) Who’s the first person who comes up under C?

19) How many bars of signal do you currently have?
A lot

20) What do you have as your main ringtone?
The "la la la" portion of the song 无路用的人 by 张震岳


I just don't want to miss you tonight

Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

And I'd give up forever to touch you
Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now

And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
Cause sooner or later it's over
I just don't want to miss you tonight

And I don't want the world to see me
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming
Or the moment of truth in your lies
When everything seems like the movies
Yeah you bleed just to know your alive

And I don't want the world to see me
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

I don't want the world to see me
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am

Monday, October 09, 2006

The problem that nobody wants to fix

T and I would sometimes go for coffee break after 6pm. As the canteen is already closed, we will go to the vending machine to buy our dose of coffee. It is not this type of vending machine that dispense bottled or can drink. It is those that pour the water in a paper cup type.

Anyway, as I was waiting for the vending machine to prepare my drink, a voice from behind said "The vending machine spoilt already. The hot water not hot anymore". I turn around and look. It was the security guard. Then he walk over to us and grumble about how he also tried to buy a drink yesterday but the water isn't hot and thus the water is powdery.

I stared at him briefly.

If the machine is spoilt, why didn't you place a piece of paper on it to warn others? Or even call for the repairman to take a look. All you did is to complaint that the machine is spoilt and didn't do a single thing to fix it.

So I threw away that powdery water and dial the 1800 number on the machine. Inform the operator that the machine is spoilt and ask them to send someone to repair it. Took less than 3 minutes.

Well... this is not exactly the first time similar things happen. I simply don't understand why some people can just simply walk away from spoilt machine and don't even bother to fix it. Perhaps they hope that someone else will hit the same problem and fix it later.

I've lost count of the number of times that I tried to fix the fax machine and photocopy machine in office. I'm quite sure there is someone infront of me that walk away when they saw the paper jam.

Why can't they just fix it themselves? argh.

Haze-less running


Haze has cleared. Went for a run before the haze come back.


Hacking the vending machine

I'm not encouraging you to do this. But its amazing how simple it is to trick the machine to give you 2 coke for the price of 1.

If you get caught by the police for doing this, don't say you learn from my blog.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

One leads to another

I was playing around with my blog template. Argh.... This stupid blue template has been with me for more than a year already. Time to change.

As I was testing out new blog skins, I started to remember that I had initially wanted to move my blog to another server some time ago.

Quite interesting right? Lah. See See. Haha.... I even registered an account and a domain name with them. Ok, abit lame right. Initially I wanted to use But the domain name is too short. They need at least 4 charaters. Oh well.....

Then I started playing with the account that I've registered in Feb 06. Doing some test post and customising the page. Wow.... wordpress is really cool. There are so many features. Why am I still on blogger?

So I explored the wordpress site. And thought.... wouldn't it be nice if I could host wordpress on my own site instead? So I check out this web hosting site which is recommended by wordpress.

Hmmm.... 50gb disk storage. 6 domains. 2500 IMAP/POP3 email support. All these for USD$6.95 per month. (Err... contract 24months hor.)

Cool huh?

THEN... I ask myself... Do I really need all those for blogging. My own personal domain? Eeerr..... its an issue between need and want. I don't need it, but I do want it.

Maybe not now. Blogger is still safe.... for now.
I'm going back to making template. What a way to waste the sunday afternoon.

A little bit a day


I can't remember exactly when did I started it. I think it was roughly 3 or 4 months ago.

One day, I took out all the $1 coins from my wallet and put them in my office drawer as there are too many coins in my wallet. And for no reason, I continue to put all my $1 coin in the drawer until there are too much and I decided that office drawer is not the best place to put money. So I took all the $1 coins home and still carry on putting aside all the $1 in my wallet at the end of the day.

Don't look down on this little gesture. I managed to save up $130 in 4 months.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

We Live In Singapura

A tribute to Hossan Leong's "We Live In Singapura" performance during TalkingCock in Parliament.

Very nicely done.

Too many eggs

Dad call me on my handphone and ask me to buy eggs on my way home just now.

I remember I just bought 10 eggs last saturday night. My sis and I took 4 eggs this week. Which means my dad ate 6 eggs within 5 days!!!

I already lost count the number of times we reminded him that he shouldn't take too much eggs becasue of the high cholesterol. He is already 63 years old and doesn't exercise at all.

I didn't buy eggs on my way home. Not that I forgotten, but I purposely don't buy so that he wouldn't eat so much eggs. When he asked why I didn't buy eggs, I told him that he has been taking too much eggs lately. As usual, he got angry and pretend to sleep and not listen to me.

I don't know how am I going to tell him that too much eggs are not good for health. Taking in moderation is alright, but he is taking way too much. And he just simply refuse to listen. At least for my 3 year old nephew, we can still coax him to go on drip. How do I persuade my dad to reduce his egg intake?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Connecting with the youth

Ah, my forum nick is appearing all over the blogsphere ever since mrbrown quoted what I wrote in spug. OK, I exaggerated abit. So far only see 2 places mentioning my comment in the forum.

Yes, I am that "dk99 from SPUG". And I didn't expect my little comment to be quoted by mrbrown. Suddenly, everyone in blogsphere know my forum nick.

Seriously, what are the P65 thinking? Do they really think it is that easy to connect with the youth? Just by dancing hiphop? If it is really so easy, then all parents should go for hiphop dance class instead of parenting classes.

So does the prison warden need to rob the bank so that they can connect with the prisoners.

I'm perfectly fine if the P65 blog and do hiphop for the fun of it. But if they are doing this for the sake of connecting with the youth, then I tell you, everyone is laughing at how naive you all are. You all think that it is so easy to connect with the youth? Hahahaha.... what a joke.

Seriously, you don't need to do what the person is doing to connect with them. All you need is to understand them. Listen to them. Give them the chance and freedom to speak up their mind. OK, someone from the forum say its easier to do hiphop than listening to the youth. I hope this is not the reason why the P65 choose hiphop.

Someone said that its about showing that they are not always serious and stern. Come on lah. It doesn't matter. So long as you listen to the youth, they are connected with you already. You can be stern and serious yet still listening.

Whoever came up with the idea of doing hiphop to show that the P65 are not always serious and stern in order to connect with the youth really need to be shot in the head. Twice. What a stupid idea.

OK, own up, who voted them into office? Confirm not me, cause my GRC walkover-ed during the last election. I wonder if there is any P65 in my GRC. Seriously, I don't know leh. Never seen them during the election cause my GRC walkover. And ever since the elections, they never appear. Strictly speaking, I don't even know who is in my GRC now.

Tell me, like that how to connect?

Happy Mid Autumn Festival

Happy Mid Autumn Festival.

Didn't take lantern and go out for a walk. Its rather hazy now. Doubt that the moon look nice. What a waste.

Was listening to 933 while on the way to work. They were playing songs that are related to the moon.

What is your fave song about the moon? This is mine....


王菲 - 当时的月亮

当时我们听着音乐 还好我忘了是谁唱 谁唱
当时桌上有一杯茶 还好我没将它喝完 喝完
谁能告诉我 要有多坚强 才敢念念不忘

当时如果留在这里 你头发已经有多长 多长
当时如果没有告别 这大门会不会变成一道墙
有什么分别 能够呼吸的就不能够放在身旁
看 当时的月亮 曾经代表谁的心 结果都一样
看 当时的月亮 一夜之间化作今天的阳光

谁能告诉我哪一种信仰 能够让人念念不忘

回头看 当时的月亮 曾经代表谁的心 结果都一样
看 当时的月亮 一夜之间化作今天的阳光 *

当时如果没有什么 当时如果拥有什么 又会怎样

First little step


Made my first investment profit today. I started a foreign currency fixed deposit with UOB 6 months ago. Placed around $6000 New Zealand Dollar.

Nothing amazing. Made around $200 profit over a period of 6 months. I know, that translate to a mere 3% profit. But its my first little step into a bigger world.

Anyway, its much better than putting the money in savings account or normal Singapore Dollar Fixed Deposit. So I guess this is a good start.

There is some risk though. If the exchange rate drop, I might end up making a lost. But the risk is rather low. And there will be high interest rates to cover up a bit if the exchange rate drops.

I'm now at starbucks enjoying a cup of cafe mocha and celebrating my small achievment.

There will be more to come. :)

Presenting yourself professionally

Went to Fullerton Hotel on Wednesday to attend a dinner talk call "Presenting yourself professionally". It is a special event organised by Prudential for special customers in their PruPrestige club.

It is nice to be a PruPrestige member . I get discount on items (which I wouldn't buy). I get priority queues at their customer centre (which I will never need to visit). And above all, I get invited to special events like this. :)

There was a little sales talk before the actual main event. They tried to introduce a new investment fund that they had. But sad to say, the speaker didn't provide enough information. I would be interested if he had touched more about the funds instead of the current market trend. And by the way, according to the speaker, there is no market trend. Perhaps I'll go find out more about that investment funds later.

The main talk was also badly organised. The speaker mentioned that she usually takes at least 3 hours to give such a talk, but she is only given 45mins that day.

Yet she still tried to cover all the topics. I couldn't believe she was speeding her way thru some of the important points that you don't even have time to absorb the information. I understand that it is impossible to complete the topic in mere 45mins. But why didn't she considered amending the talk so that it will cover less items?

I didn't gain much information from the talk.

Well, at least I didn't waste my time there. The food at Fullerton was not bad. The usual tender steak and stuff that you would expect from a 5 star hotel. But the dessert was outstanding. Its been a long time since I had such wonderful chocolate moose. The food presentation was beautiful. Too bad I didn't take any picture. The place is too formal. I will look very out of place if I whip out my camera phone and start taking picture of the food.

I do need to refresh my memory on the dining etiquette. Haven't been dining at such formal location for a long time. Completely forgotten where should I place the fork and knife after I finish my meal. Should it be on the plate or on the table.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fighting the body

Think I ate too much good food lately. That why I woke up on Wednesday feeling sick. Indigestion to be more exact. It must be the Country Fried Steak from Seah St Deli. Or the potato skin. Or is it the NYDC mudpie?

I still went to work dispite feeling sick. Partly because I have some stuff that need to be completed by friday. Another reason is because I have a dinner appointment at fullerton later that night that I don't wish to miss. That why I tried to push on dispite feeling uncomfortable.

I'm always lucky to get a seat on MRT at Jurong East. The train only gets crowded when it reaches woodlands. And as always, there are some old folks on the train without seat. Usually, I will offer my seat to them. But that day, I wish someone would do me a favor and offer his/her seat to the old man. Really not feeling well and need to sit down and rest. But sad to say, nobody offered their seats. So I offered my seat to a old gentleman and move to the side of the train where it is less crowded. Feel like vomitting thru out the journey. Deep inside my mind, I was already planning where to puke in order to cause the least damage. I'm glad I didn't need to put my plan into use.

Bought a bottle of Eno. This is the first time in my life that I drank Eno. It does helps a bit. But I was still feeling quite uncomfortable. The body seems like fighting a war inside. I seem to be on the losing end.

Many time, I feel like surrendering, go see a doctor and take MC. But I kept asking myself to push on. Didn't manage to complete much work. And I discovered today that I actually made a few careless mistakes while attempting to work when sick. Luckily it is still in testing phrase.

Rested for a while at my desk after lunchtime. Somehow, it doesn't seem to help much. The rest only made my body feel weaker. At least its comforting that a colleague walk over to ask if I'm alright. Thanks.

The mind keep asking myself to give up the battle and go back home. But I didn't. Made countless trip to the toilet. The toilet cleaner must have discovered a sudden increase in the usage of toilet paper. But I still managed to last thru the day and attend the dinner talk. I had steak at the dinner. And to make things worst, I ordered a glass of red wine. Come on, how can I have steak without red wine?

I really thought that I would fall sick today. Already mentally prepared to see the doctor in the morning. But I was rather surprised that I woke up feeling much better.

The fight with the body is over. I'm glad I've won.

Haven't been arrested yet

Didn't go online yesterday night because I'm feeling abit sickish.

I haven't been arrested by ISD for bashing the P65 hip hop dancing nonsense. Although I feel that it might be a matter of time, especially after mrbrown quoted my posting in forum.

they are also NOT THAT young lor....
they think its so easy to connect with the youth meh?

youth blog, they also blog.
youth dance hiphop, they also dance hiphop.

come on lah.... u really want to connect with the youth, u just need to open ur ears and listen. don need come out so many pattern and act wannabes.... u'll onli make the youth move further from u onli...

If I don't blog for more than 3 days, please try to bail me.....

More present

My director pass me my birthday card yesterday afternoon.

It is one of those HR policy. Every staff will get a birthday card and a meal voucher. During my first year, it was a McDonalds extra value meal voucher. Still ok. My 2nd and 3rd year was Deli France sandwich voucher. Strictly sandwich meal. Cannot change to other item even if you offer to top up the cash difference. I couldn't believe HR gave us Deli France voucher for 2 consecutive year. It was horrible.

This year is burger king voucher. Nothing special.

Heard that the year before I join the company, they gave Coffee Bean voucher. Damn, I should had join the company earlier.


Shanlin gave me a bottle of Hugo Boss Selection Perfume.

Can't help asking her "Errr.... Got hidden meaning to the present or not?"

Seriously, I've been getting a lot of perfume for the past few years as birthday presents. Is it because I have body odor? Or is is nothing else to buy for guys?

I sure hope it the latter.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The return of the Phantom


The phantom is coming back to Singapore!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "The Phantom of the Opera" is making a return to Singapore, after its hugely successful debut here 12 years ago.

Broadway’s longest-running musical which next week celebrates its 20th anniversary will play at the Esplanade from 23rd March 2007.

Source from CNA

I've always wanted to watch The Phantom of the Opera. I was only 14 yr old when they last performed in Singapore. Didn't have the money to buy the ticket back then.

I'm going to watch it this time.

Sing once again with me, our strange duet,
My power over you, grows stronger yet.
And though you turn from me, to glance behind.
The Phantom of the Opera is there -inside your mind.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking

Lost track of the number of people who ask me how am I going to celebrate today.
Seriously, I still don't know yet. And its already 1pm plus going 2.

I went to east coast beach last night. Was alone walking along the beach, listening to the sound of the gentle wave and the enjoying the cool sea breeze. I love to be at the beach during weekday night. The place is so peaceful and its almost like you are on a deserted island. Its a good time to relax and ponder.


Is it that I haven't found what I'm looking for or I still don't know what I'm looking for?

I haven't make a wish infront of a birthday cake for a few years already. And when I had a cake infront of me last sunday and a chance to make a wish, my mind went blank. Is it that I don't know what I want? Or is it that I know my wish will never come true simply by wishing?

I have a few targets, ambition and cravings. But sometimes I wonder, do I really want them or am I chasing them for the sake of having them? Do I really want them that badly that I cannot live without them?

What am I looking for exactly? 26 years on earth and I still don't really know the answer.

So, my birthday wish for this year is "Let me find what I'm looking for".


U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking

I have climbed highest mountain
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you

I have run
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire

I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I believe in the kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
Well yes I'm still running

You broke the bonds and you
Loosed the chains
Carried the cross
Of my shame
Of my shame
You know I believed it

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for...

Happy Birthday

Monday, October 02, 2006

Singapore Dreaming won


Congrats to Yen and Colin for winning the Montblanc New Screenwriters Award

Hope this win will means that the cinema operators will show Singapore Dreaming for a few more weekends. Hope more Singaporeans will support this show. It is really a good show. I didn't get paid to say this. In fact, I paid them so that I can say this. (For the movie ticket lah)

Speaking of Singapore Dreaming. I was having a conversation with T during lunch time and talking about some of the interesting scene from Singapore Dreaming. Another colleague said she was surprised that we 2 actually watch Singapore Dreaming. She said we don't look like those type that will watch Singapore Dreaming.

How do those viewers of Singapore Dreaming look like huh?
Then she say we look like these type that will go watch Miami Vice.

Eh.... I from Singapore leh. Not Miami....

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Island Creamery

Went to Island Creamery at Serene Centre after that sinful dinner. Well, since we had a sinful dinner, might as well carry on with some sinful Ice Cream. :D

Heard of this place quite some time ago. In fact, it is rather near my old office and we used to go serene centre's McDonalds for lunch and happen to pass by the shop.

They have quite a few interesting flavors. Saw Apple Pie and teh terik flavor. Wow.
Wanted to have Apple Pie and a chocolate flavor which I forgotten the name. So Audrey and Shanshan go queue up while Ander and I chop the seat.

They didn't ordered the ice cream that I wanted. Instead, the got me a mudpie and put a candle on top of it. It has been quite a while since I last blow off a candle on a cake. Thanks a lot.

BUT HOR.... I still wanna eat the ice cream leh. Go Island Creamery how can don't eat the ice cream? Actually hor, Ice Cream also can put candle on top one right? Hahaha.... Ok, I know its a bit the funny.

So when we going Island Creamery again? I want to try the apple pie flavor ice cream. :D

Damn Sinful dinner

**Warning: Contains lots of food pictures**

Went to this place call G7 Sinma live seafood for dinner. We ordered quite a lot of food. Didn't finish all the food. Could hardly move after eating.

The kangkong is normal. Nothing special about it.

We had ginger and onion deer meat on hotplate. Not bad. The meat quite tender.

Then we had this frog legs which I forgot what they call it already. It taste really good. No wonder they had a picture of a frog on their signboard.

Then come the killer. Buttered crab with salted egg. Wah piang. Crab is already high cholesterol already. Then you cook it with salted eggs!!! And the dish is damn big lor. VERY SINFUL.

I need to go for a jog.

The food there not bad. Maybe one day bring my family there for dinner. :D
Don't play play ok. They got website too.

Visit to Pitstop Cafe

I FINALLY visited pitstop cafe today. Went there with Ander, Audrey and Shanshan.

Wah piang. That place is open for nearly one year already lor. And I've been wanting to go there long time ago, but never got the chance to do so. So when Shanshan suggested going boardgame cafe, my first respond was "Go pitstop Cafe!!"

But why pitstop when there are other boardgame cafe too? Strictly speaking, all of them should be more or less the same. Right? Well, true in some sense. But somehow, there is something different about pitstop cafe. Maybe because I read their blog every now and then. Somehow, I feel that they are more friendly than the other boardgame cafe I've been to. And their wall are filled with photos and writings. We didn't contribute to the wall this time. Maybe next time we'll leave a marking or something. hee hee.

Anyway, we played 2 rounds of blokus. Its a nice game. Rather competitive especially when you have 4 players. I don't know why but the 3 of them seems to like to block me alot. NOT FAIR LOR. They even teach each other how to block me. Wah piang.

Then we change to a card game call swap (or something like that). Quite boring game. Seems like a spin off from UNO. In fact, I think we can use UNO cards to play that game. Haha. Could had been more fun if there are more power cards or something. We stop after one round.

Then we tried Ticket to Ride. Great game. But I think we are stil very new to the game, that why we didn't sabo each other much. All we did was to concentrate on our own mission. Maybe next time go there play again.

Had a great time at Pitstop Cafe. Too bad we need to go dinner. Else would had stayed for another round of Ticket to Ride.

We go again next time k? :D


Quarter of 2006

Its amazing how time flies. It seems like just few months ago that we countdowned to 2006. Now there only 1 quarter of 2006 left for us to utilise or waste.

Maybe I should make full use of the remaining 2006 and make it an unforgettable one.

The new battery

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Just wondering, am I the only IBM T43 user that is very happy that my sony battery is being recalled?

I read a few people writting in their blog saying they are lucky that their battery are not in the recall list. But why? What is wrong with being recalled?

You see, the performance of a laptop battery start to deteriorate after more than a year of usage. Its good to change a new battery after around 2 years of usage. I'm glad I get to change a new one for free after 1 1/2 yr.

What more, the battery replacement didn't affect me at all. All I need was to call up Lenovo, give them my serial number and stuff. They deliver the new battery to my doorstep.

If only they would give me a fully charged battery next time so that I can start using straight away. The new battery they gave me is only 30% charged and can last for roughly 1hr. Oh well.... I shouldn't be too demanding.

Thanks Sony. Thanks Lenovo/IBM.
I'm one happy thinkpad user. :D

PS: I'm wondering.... 1 year down the road, will Sanyo also experience similar issue and recall all their battery too? Hahaha.... Fat hope!!

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