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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bottled water

Will you still buy bottled water after watching this clip?

Frankly speaking, I prefer to drink tap water.

Friday, September 28, 2007

The sweetest kiss?

RECENTLY, a friend and I talked about the sweetest kiss - does the crux lie in the kisser, the context of the kiss or the way the kiss was executed?

IMHO, it is the amalgamation of all of the above - allow me to explain. While a kiss by another other name would still be a kiss, it is the kisser who determines the type of kiss it will be, and how the kiss will be - strong, passionate and forceful, or sweet, lingering and unforgettable.

To me, the context of the kiss matters too - it sets the mood, the atmosphere - the unforgettable scene in the car in Titanic will be q different if it took place in a public toilet, will it not?

Finally, the way the kiss is executed with the above two in place - though it is still debatable about whether the skills of the kisser matter, the sincerity of the kisser matters too. How one's feelings for another is expressed through this simple yet intimate gesture.

The sweetest kiss I've experienced was sincere, tinged with innocence, laced with longing and executed languorously, which left me breathless and of course, wanting for more.

And everyone should experience at least a kiss like this once in their lifetime.

Thanks Dk for allowing me to post this for posterity! I can come back in 30 years, read about this, reminiscence some and hopefully, have gotten more sweet kisses by then! ;)

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When is my turn?

It was my Nephew's full month party last Sunday. Sis and brother-in-law ordered buffet and invited quite a number of relatives and friends over to celebrate.

As usual, when relatives come to such events, they will surely ask those questions like when is my turn.

Relatives: When is your turn?
Me: My turn over liao.
Relatives: Huh?
Me: I had my full month party 27 years ago mah. You didn't come meh?
Relatives: Hahaha....
*Me tries to walk away*

Don't understand why relatives always ask such questions at wedding and full month party. Don't they have other topic to say? And they also don't know how to ask the right questions. When is my turn? I had mine 27 yr ago.

Ok, ok... I know they don't mean that. I know they mean when is my turn to have baby and full month party. Tsk tsk..... Don't have girlfriend yet, and they now talking about having baby. What they want me to do? Shotgun?

Anyway, here a picture of my nephew.

Isn't he cute? :)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Our ministers need another pay increment urgently!!!

S'pore is world's 4th least corrupt nation
It moves one notch up, after New Zealand, Denmark, Finland which tie for the top spot in Transparency International's 2007 index.

SINGAPORE moved up one notch to become the world's 4th least corrupt nation in Transparency International's 2007 index released on Wednesday.
It was ranked fifth last year in the annual study of the level of corruption in the public sector in 180 countries.

Faring the best in the survey were Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, in a first-place tie with each scoring of 9.4 on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

Singapore shared the 4th spot with Sweden, scoring 9.3.

After the recent ministers pay increments, Singapore managed to move up one notch to become 4th least corrupt nation. We are beginning to see the effects of the minister pay increments. This is good news and will surely shut the naysayers’ mouth. And the minister’s pay increment was only 5 months ago. I’m glad that we are seeing effect within such a short time span.

But hold the champagnes first. Let’s face the sad reality. Being number 4 is not good enough. Singapore is a unique country which cannot afford to be in the 4th position. If we want to be the hub for everything that is hub-able, we must aim for the number 1 spot. Yes, it is important for our country’s survival. And we need to do something about it urgently. Or we our gals will end up as maids in other country and guys as construction workers.

The government is right. Increasing the minister’s pay does make Singapore less corrupted and a better place. We should continue on this proven model. I suggest that we have an urgent parliament session soon to discuss the next minister pay increment. The last increment wasn’t high enough, that is why we only managed to go up 1 position. I suggest doubling all ministers and civil servants salary. Plus give them gold tap in their toilet and 12 month bonus if we get 1st position for the Corruption Perception Index next year. This should be in everyone’s KPI for year 2008. This is a very important issue. Other stuff like better medical healthcare for the poor and old are not important. Who cares if the old folks are collecting soft drink cans from dustbin?

We need to increase our minister’s pay quickly so that Singapore can get the top spot in the Corruption Perception Index next year. I hope our government gets to read this.


DK's Birthday wishlist

It has been almost like a tradition for me to write a birthday wishlist on my blog before my birthday so that it can help my friends who can't really decide on what present to get for me. In the past, I usually post my wish list a month before my birthday. But I’ve been busy with some stuff lately and forgot to post. 1 more week to my birthday. Hope I'm not too late. Sorry for the delay.

Here is my 2007 birthday wishlist. (Not in any order)

1) 13" Macbook.
2) 24” iMac
3) iPod Touch
4) Sony PSP
5) Canon Ixus 860 IS
6) Espresso Machine
7) Sony Ericssons MBW100 bluetooth watch
8) Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey Homme perfume
9) Calvin Klein underwear (Email me for the size. *wink*)
10) Sony Ericsson Bluetooth headset HBH-DS970
11) Tiësto - In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza
12) Headphones
13) Maxtor Shared Storage Plus NAS harddisk drive
14) Bean bag sofa
15) Spending my birthday with the person I love

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

End of reservist

Hope I didn't bored anyone of you with my entire series of blog entries regarding my reservist. Actually I'm blogging about it because I want to keep memories of the things I did during reservist.

This will be the last post I'm going to talk about my reservist. After this post, I'll be back to the usual blogging.

One of the Sergeant from another platoon was pretty kiasi (Afraid of death). When on the 5 tonner, he never fail to buckle his seatbelts and hold on tightly to the side. I told him not to worry, cause if he is thrown off the tonner, they will cover him with national flag and promote him 2 ranks up.

Booked out at around 5pm on friday. It feels good to be out of reservist. Can't say I enjoyed it, but I feel that it's my duty. As I was walking along orchard road that evening, I felt a sense of pride and happiness. Happy that Singapore is so peaceful and proud that I did my part to keep it this way.

I got a serious pimple outbreak after the outfield exercise.

I used to get pimple outbreak after outfield exercise. But never this serious before. Am suspecting that the camo cream expired already.

Went back to office on monday. Feeling brain dead. Took me quite awhile to warm up my brain and get the engine started. That is the effect of not using the brain for 2 whole week.

I've been away from office for that long.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

鄧麗君 - 月亮代表我的心

Happy Mid Autumn Festival everyone.

鄧麗君 - 月亮代表我的心

你问我爱你有多深 我爱你有几分
我的情也真 我的爱也真

你问我爱你有多深 我爱你有几分
我的情不移 我的爱不变

轻轻的一个吻 已经打动我的心
深深的一段情 教我思念到如今

你问我爱你有多深 我爱你有几分
你去想一想 你去看一看

Dumb thief

This is another one of those dumb thief story. I was laughing in office when I read about it.

The thief broke into an office and got away with four laptops and two iMac. The office’s security camera’s resolution wasn't high enough to see their face clearly. So everyone thought they got away with it. We are so wrong.

Someone played with the iMac’s photobooth and accidentally uploaded his photo to the victim’s flickr account. Not sure who is he. Perhaps the thief, the thief’s friend or the person who bought the stolen iMac. Whoever it is, he should be able to help solve the crime. I wonder if flickr records the IP address of the uploader. If they do, then it would be pretty easy to solve the crime.

If all the thieves in the world are so dumb, I think Paddy’s Verey I will have no business already. :P

Reservist Day Twelve - Out Process

**This entry is about events that occur on 21 Sept**

Finally reached the last day of the ICT. This is a toughest in camp training I've ever attended. Did some survey at the cookhouse. Sometimes I wonder what’s the point of doing those survey. Nothing seems to improve from those survey. Food still taste horrible. (ok, its much better compared to the days when food are cooked by soldiers. But still doesn't taste good.)

As usual, our CO gave us a speech at the closing ceremony. He always said that he will keep his speech short, but he always talk for at least 1/2 hour. His full time job outside is a principal. Which explains why his speech is always very long. Haha.

5 down, 5 more to go. The next in camp training will be in Nov 2008.

Reservist Day Ten & Eleven - The big one

The big one

**This entry is about events that occur on 19 and 20 Sept.**

Woke up at 5am for breakfast. Am surprised to received a SMS from a friend to wish me good luck for the exercise. She is still awake at that hour and is doing her work. Am touched by the SMS.

It was a mad rush in the morning. Lots of things to do within 1 1/2 hours. Have to move off from camp at 0630hrs sharp. I'm always the first group to leave camp for exercise. The main body leave camp 1 1/2 hours later than me. NOT FAIR!

Forgot to buy camo cream and have to borrow from my CSM. His camo cream was from the previous in camp (which is one year ago). Better than nothing I guess.

My officer really garang. Everything also want to walk when there is a rover. Easy for him since his load is rather light. I'm the one who is carrying heavy load. I guess he is also inexperienced too. Some of the things can take rover, but he didn't know until I suggested to him. Well, he still need more practice. This is the first time he hold this position for a large scale exercise.

The weather is hot, very hot. I drank lots and lots of water but it still wasn't enough. Am glad that we are still in friendly area where water is almost unlimited supply. Can't imagine being in enemy ground where there is no resupply.

Nothing much happened in the afternoon. The drivers are good at making themselves at home outfield. I joined their little tent where they got a small radio and some seats. Managed to rest and catch a short nap. It is going to be a long night.

Logistic was horrible at night. We waited very long for our transport to come. Luckily I'm in the 2nd wave and can wait in friendly area. Since I'm in friendly area, I could sleep openly without fears. Those in the 1st wave have to wait in enemy zone and could sleep. Poor thing.

The transport finally arrive after more than 1 hour delay. The journey to the enemy zone was a nice one. I saw a shooting star and made a wish. The night sky view was beautiful.

The night exercise was a tough one. We almost didn't meet our target in time due to the delay of the transport. Our deployment ground was very interesting. It is just opposite some HDB flats. Singapore really not enough land. While we are deploying, there are several people looking at us from across the road. I wonder if anyone of them took photo of us and send to Stomp.

The first mission went on smoothly and we proceed to our second mission. The second mission is fought with transport, so it wasn't that tough. Everything went on smoothly and the exercise ended at around 1830hrs.

We started to return all our store once we reach camp. Our platoon has the most stores. It took 1 1/2 hours to finish returning everything. And that is already considered quite fast. We used to take one whole afternoon to return all our store. I guess everyone is familiar with the process and thus able to work faster to get things done.

It was a tough exercise. Perhaps I'm too old for all these.

Reservist Day Nine - Training for the big one

Training for the big one

**This entry was handwritten on 18 Sept 2007 1918hr**

Went out in the afternoon for some training to prepare for the big exercise tomorrow. Damn unlucky. It started to rain the moment we start our training. Our equipment was faulty and we have to change new equipment. It was a funny sight when we are changing the equipment.

Bump into my colleague at the training ground. He was attached to our unit for that day to cover our training. Haha. Small world.

The training schedule is rather tight. The exercise is tomorrow. And we are still training today. Usually, the day before the big exercise is for us to prepare store and rest.

Still got some store not ready yet. It is going to be a tough exercise. Will have to wake up at 5am tomorrow.

Reservist Day Eight - Cannot make it officer

Cannot make it officer

**This entry was handwritten on 17 Sept 2007 2349hr**

Just finished a briefing by our officer. Wondering why the need to conduct the briefing so late in the evening. Can't he do it in the morning since we got nothing to do?

I've come to a conclusion that if we are going to war, my first bullet will be fired at my officer. Seriously, our chances of winning the war will be greatly increased without him around.

His technical knowledge is wrong. Heard that he gave our CO wrong information during the planning. Can die I tell you.

Then he asked 2 of my platoon mates to crarry a lot of equipment for the coming exercise. Like that how to walk? Never use brain one leh. One look and you know that it's more than 4 person's load. And he expect 2 people to carry them. Well done.

How do you expect me to go to war with this officer?

Reservist Day Eight - Waste of time

Waste of time

**This entry was handwritten on 17 Sept 2007 1300hr**

Finally got the chance to go eMart to buy toothpaste, toothbrush and shaver. Glad that nobody notice that I didn't brush my teeth for the whole morning. It feels good to be able to brush my teeth finally.

Morning was a waste of time. We were send out to a training area to attend a lesson that we are not required to learn. Our officer insist that we go since it is in our timetable. We told him that we don't need to learn those things because we will never get to use it. Furthermore, it is the advance level. We haven't learnt about the basic yet. How do we attend that lesson?

But our officer insist that we attend. He is scare to ask or cancel it. Furthermore, he don't need to attend.

A officer from another platoon managed to convince the instructors that we don't need to attend that lesson. We were released from the lesson halfway after being asked several questions.

No more program for the rest of the day. Can sleep until dinner time. Time to catch up with the sleep that I lost during the weekend.

Reservist Day Eight - In a mess

In a mess

**This entry was handwritten on 17 Sept 2007 0704hr**

Booked out on Saturday late afternoon. Been out whole weekend and didn't sleep at all. Am in a total mess after booking in.

Forgot to bring back my toothpaste, toothbrush and shaver. Sign in at the wrong row. Left my camp pass in the company office table until my platoon mates saw it and told me about it.

The body is in camp but the heart is outside, thinking about what happened and what is about to happen. In a mess....

Monday, September 24, 2007

Reservist Day Six - No 100 marks answer

No 100 marks answer

**This entry was handwritten on 15 Sept 2007 1135hr**

Spend the morning doing some training. It was about the Geneva Convention and how we should handle civilians and POW at times of war. Rather interesting lesson I must say. Do you know that if a enemy soldier is more seriously wounded than our own soldier, the medic should treat the enemy soldier first? Seriously, who would follow such laws at times of war?

One of my platoon mate suggested shooting our own soldier to make him more seriously wounded than the enemy so that the medic is allowed to treat our own people first. Hahaha. Keep him away from me when I’m wounded during war!

The lesson was conducted in a role play format. There are people who act as POWs, civilians or enemies while we practice how to handle the situation. The instructor keep stressing that there is no right or wrong answer. I totally agree with him. Even the best answer might not work for all situations. A lot of things require us to think while on the ground. (But its kinda hard to think with the helmet on :P )

When the lesson was about to end, one of the Sergeant from another platoon started asking the instructor what is the best way to handle the situation that we encountered during the training and stuff like that. To him, the best solutuion has flaws. I do agree the best solution isn't 100% fool proof, but then, I feel that there is no such thing as best solution. Even if there is one, it might not work all the time.

And this guy keep asking and asking non-stop. Everyone is already tired and want to go back to our bunk earlier to get ready for bookout. But there he is asking questions that don’t have a 100 marks answer. It really depends on what is happening on the ground. You need to think about it and make adjustment. As a commander, you need to think on the ground. Not expecting someone to spoonfeed you the answer.

Guess he doesn’t get it.

Anyway, we are waiting for book out now. Not sure what time can we go. Not sure if they found the missing equipment. Not sure if the investigation branch will be coming or not. Oh well, better take a nap while waiting.

Crap. The book in timing is always fixed, but the book out timing never will.

The Chaser - APEC stunt

Great security I must say.

I do agree with them too. If someone like Bush is allowed to attend the APEC meeting, why can't Osama attend too? After all, both of them are the greatest terrorist.

Reservist Day Six - Missing Equipment

Missing Equipment

**This entry was handwritten on 15 Sept 2007 0025hr**

Thought could go for nights off today. But they discovered that some equipment went missing and nobody is allowed to leave the camp until it is found. Its some restricted equipment. I cannot say what is it here in the blog, but its not a weapon but its very important.

We virtually flip the entire whole camp upside down to hunt for that equipment. Heard that nobody draw it out from store. So it's either someone stolen it or they misplaced it.

We had stand by bed to check if anyone took it. We also recount our own store to make sure everything is accounted for.

CO is going to report this case to the top and they will send the investigation branch to down to handle this issue. It's no laughing matter. This is a pretty serious case. But everyone worked together and tried their best to help find the lost item.

Been running all over the place for the whole night. Went spec mess for supper and beer after that. Had a nice chat with some paltoon mates.

Hope this won't affect our book out timing tomorrow. Why must this happen on Friday?

Reservist Day Five - Prepare for exercise

Prepare for exercise

**This entry was handwritten on 14 Sept 2007 1543hr**

Finished everything that we are suppose to do for today. Quite a relaxed day. Had some lesson in the morning to prepare for the main outfield exercise next week.

Didn't have any lessons for the afternoon. But have to help my officer do some stuff. Oh well.... what to do? Come back to bunk to see everyone resting in bed. Wah ciao. Why am I the only person working?

I should go to sleep now.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Reservist Day Four - Went outfield for first time

Went outfield for first time

**This entry was handwritten on 13 Sept 2007 2205hr**

I was wrong to think that it's going to be a relaxed day. Ended up going outfield with my officer. Everything was so last minute that I have to rush to get my equipments ready.

Actually, there is no need for me to follow them. They are doing some commander recce. I'm not required to be present at such activities. So I ended up like an idiot, standing there and doing nothing.

This is the first time I'm assigned to work with that officer. I think he is quite inexperienced. He asked one of the Sergeant to get his man to bring along some concertina wire for the night exercise. We usually need to walk quite a long distance during the night exercise. The concertina wire are coiled in a loop and is rather bulky.

The Sergeant replied to my officer "Sir, this one is Concertina wire leh, not Hula hoop" Its the best joke of the week.

Our rover had a flat tyre when we wanted to return back to camp. Took us quite some time to change the tyre because the bolt was rather tight. Returned back to camp rather late. Saw all my paltoon mates in bunk resting. I rushed to cookhouse for dinner. Had another lesson at night.

What a busy day.

Reservist Day Four - Relaxed day

Relaxed day

**This entry was handwritten on 13 Sept 2007 0724hr**

Forth day of in camp training. Looks like it's going to be a relaxed day today. Just some lessons in the morning. Would be free to rest in camp in the afternoon. Cool. This is the way reservist should be. Relaxed and easy.

Other paltoon are going outfield later. We are the lucky ones.

Reservist Day Three - Long lesson

Long lesson

**This entry was handwritten on 12 Sept 2007 1745hr**

It's been a long day in camp with lesson after lesson. Can't say much about the lesson cause I don't want to end up put under investigation like Chillycraps for talking about restricted stuff on blog. Am sometimes afraid that I might cross the line and blog about something that I'm suppose to say. Its a fine line. Am taking this as a challenge. To blog about army stuff without being called up for investigation.

Finished dinner and shower already. Been having early dinner for the past few days. Might have nights off tonight, but don't want to set my expectations too high. Don't want to experience the same shit again like yesterday. Sometimes, the higher your expectation, the sadder you will be.

Would be nice to come out for tonight. Although I don't know what to do when I come out.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Reservist Day Two - Level 6 bunk

Level 6 bunk

**This entry was handwritten on 11 Sept 2007 1244hr**

The height of my bunk is a killer. My platoon's bunk is located at 6th floor and there is no lift. For the first time I've heard of level 5 and 6 in a army bunk. Usually its just up to level 4. I heard its due to land constrain. But the buildings there are quite spread out. I don't know why they need to build such high building. We try to climb the stairs less by doing everything downstairs before going back to bunk.

Am beginning to miss the people outside even though I managed to book out last night and meet her.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Call the Police or SCDF if there is tremors

I was reading the news about the Indonesia Earthquake which occurs last week. There was a report that the police and civil defence received about 500 calls from the public.

Singapore's population is roughly 4.5 million. What are the remaining 4499500 doing? Did you call the police or civil defence when there is tremors? Why didn't you call them? How could you be so irresponsible? It is your duty as a citizen to report such acts to the authorities.

It is utmost importance that you call the police and civil defence when you felt the tremors. I know the police hotline cannot handle such high volume. They will put you on wait like the credit card hotline. But tremors report are very important to the police and civil defence. In fact, way more important than crime calls. Those people who are about to be hurt, robbed, murdered or raped can wait. Those who need ambulance assistance or fire engine can also wait. They are not as important as tremors report. The police and civil defence personnel cannot feel the tremors from their stations. Their station is shake-proof.

It is a serious crime to shake a building in Singapore. The police will investigate and arrest the person who shake your HDB flat. Even if he is not staying in Singapore or don't even exist. He will be put on trial in Singapore court. The penalty is heavy. At least 12 caning and 20 years imprisonment. I heard that it is death penalty for more serious case.

The civil defence on the other hand can switch off the tremors. In fact, they have a switch to turn off the tremors on your HDB flat. Yes, just call them and they will switch off the shaking right away. No point taking video or pictures and send to stomp. Call the civil defence and the tremors will be gone soon.

So remember, call the police and civil defence when there is tremors. It is your duty as a citizen to call them when you felt the tremors. Seriously, police and the civil defence will take action once they got your call. The problem will be solved shortly after you call them.

Reservist Day Two - IPPT postpone

IPPT postpone

**This entry was handwritten on 11 Sept 2007 0723hr**

Requested to book out last night to go for lesson. At first I thought it is not possible to book out for lesson because of the logistic problem. They only managed to sort out the logistic problem at around 7:15pm and I managed to leave camp at 7:30. My lessons starts at 7:30pm too. Well done. Even if I rush, I can only reach school around 8:30pm or 9. Since it was already very late, I decided not to go for class. Instead, I went out for dinner with my friend. Shhhh.... don't tell anyone.

Woke up today morning to find myself alone in the bunk. My paltoon mates left for breakfast without calling me. They didn't know if I want to sleep more or go for breakfast.

Raining now. IPPT will be postpone. I hope it will rain for the whole morning cause I hate to run on wet floor.

Sunday, September 16, 2007


I still remember my friend telling me this phrase many years ago while I'm still at polytechnic. "要走的,留不住。要留的,走不了。" (If the person want to leave, you can't make her stay. If the person want to stay, you can't make her leave.)

I always believe in this statement. And many times in life, I let this statement decide what the future will be like.

There is nothing I can do now. The decision is not with me. I know that nothing I say or do can change your mind once it is fixed. I give up trying to convince you to see from my point of view. I'm the optimist and you are the pessimist.

Am feeling unusually calm now. Perhaps because I know that there is nothing I can do now but wait.

So in the end, will you stay or leave?

Reservist Day One - Second cockup

Second Cockup before lunch

**This entry was handwritten on 10 Sept 2007 1305hr**

Lunch was good. It was western food as expected. The lunch on the first day is always the best. It will not be this good going forward.

Second cockup happened before lunch. We walked across a muddy field to a training shed for lesson when there is actually a proper pathway at the other side of the training shed. You just need to walk a slight detour. Stupid right? Can't they let us walk the longer but cleaner route? Yes, we are soldiers and shouldn't be afraid of dirtying our boots. But sometimes, it would be nice to keep ourselves clean so that we don't need to clean up so much after lesson.

Still need to get used to the "No Brain, just follow instructions" mentality in the army. Seriously, I should have left my brain back at home. Don't need them here. A lot of things are still the same as my NSF days. We do things as instructed from above even if the instructions are damn stupid. No use telling your commanders a better approach. They won't listen. Maybe ego problem? Maybe the army isn't really a thinking army? I don't know.

Whenever we got a stupid instructions, we always calm each other down by reminding ourselves that this is the army and this is how the army works. Sometimes, it's best not to use too much brains in the army. You'll end up puking blood.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Reservist Day One - First cockup

First cockup before even stepping into camp

**This entry was handwritten on 10 Sept 2007 0800hr**

Just booked in. First cockup of the day occur even before we step into the camp. Apparently, we are suppose to report at a newly created gate. But the map given to us was pointing to the old gate which is wrong. So everyone ended up at the wrong gate and have to take another cab to the correct reporting place. Too far for walking. End up sharing cab with 3 other people whom I don't know. Team work even before we in-process. Haha.

They really enforce the no camera phone rules. Everyone is suppose to show their handphone at the in-process area. Those with camera phone are required to surrender it to the guard room and can only collect it when they book out. Lucky for me, I have a old Nokia 8250. Retro man.

The camp is very new. In fact, we are the 2nd batch of Reservist to use the camp. Everything from bed to locker are brand new. I'm impressed by the facilities here. There is a power point to every bed for use to charge our handphone (or PSP). The toilet look nice and has many cubicle for shower. No more queues after exercise.

Seems like going to rain soon. There is supposed to be a CO parade followed by a route march. Not sure which smart alex suggested a route march soon after we in-process. We have been doing that since last year. Crazy. Good thing is that it is going to rain soon. Looks like the parade and route march is going to be cancelled.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

TGIF!.... Almost.. =p

Finally! Some time to settle down and fulfill my promise to Dk on dropping a line or two in his blog during his ICT-induced haitus for the next wk or so.

First up, apologies to Dk for being unable to fulfill my agreement to drop by sooner - things have been crazy at wrk (more abt what I do later), and thanks for giving me the chance to vandalise your blog participate in the local blogosphere! :)

*pauses to take a breather*

Confession: Am usually used to introducing myself one to one, or one to a group face to face. It does seem a lil disconcerting to introduce myself to everyone, when it seems like I’m introducing myself to the world (or at least those reading this blog) or possibly no one at all. Anyways, I’m currently a graduate student at one of the local Universities, having a great time exploring the field of Communications and I’ve developed a fascination in New Media, may it be New Media trends, impact of New Media in society. Presently, I’m also earning my keep to pay off my loans by working @ the department full-time while studying.

To kick off my first post – top three + 1 world and local events which caught my eye in the past week or so.

  • Hike in bus fares – woe to us EZ-Link cardholders!
  • Japanese PM stepping down – and is promptly hospitalized for exhaustion.
  • Series of earthquakes which struck Indonesia and caused aftershocks/tremors in Singapore.
  • … and before I forget, Britney’s unforgettable performance at the MTV Music Awards!

But on the plus side – Jon Stewart will be hosting the Oscar’s next year, the weekend’s here and there’s the Mid Autumn Festival lightup at Chinatown this Saturday!

Will try to drop a line now and then, but till the next time, have a great weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Finally get to book out

After the great welfare last night, I finally get to book out for nights off today.

But not after walking all over the camp to get 2 officers sign the off pass. Seriously, it was a hassle to get 4 1/2 hours of nights off. And I book out tonight also nothing to do.

Oh well.... at least can come home use computer and watch TV.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The great welfare

Am so impressed with the type of welfare given by my officers. We were rather happy when they announced that we could go for nights off tonight. At first thought that we could at least leave by 1830. So I started making plans to meet a friend for dinner at 7:30pm.

1900, can't book out yet.....

1930, still can't book out..... am pissed.

2000, still can't book out. Told my friend not to wait for me anymore since it is almost uncertain what time will they finally release us.

2030, finally can book out. But suppose to book in by 2359.

They really give us lots of welfare. Seriously, can book out for 3 1/2 hours. WOW.

At business Centre

Just dropping by to say Hi to everyone. Everything is fine here.
There is a business centre for us to access internet. But only 20 pc shared among 600 people. -_-'''

See you guys soon. Don't miss me too much hor. Bye. :P

Monday, September 10, 2007

Service to the nation

Serving the Nation for 2 weeks.

Will be back on Saturday for a break. Don't miss me ok?
But I'll miss you.

杜德伟 - 放一颗心

杜德伟 - 放一颗心

别怕我爱的太多 爱你我很也乐
你尽管放心接受 这样温柔 和我
我不怕任何结果 珍惜这一刻
就算是有一天你突然 想走

怕你不够 了解我
只要记住无爱不痴 无爱不狂 就够
爱从来本怕付出寸多 也从不保留
拥有你更是 感动

放一颗心 留在你的身边
每次离去 陪你入眠
你千万记住有我在耳边 说爱你
别怕我爱的太多 爱你我很快乐
你要乖乖地 等着我回来

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Guest blogger - Starrynite

I'll be away for In Camp Training (Reservist) for the next two weeks. Should be able to book out for a short break on Saturday evening. Don't know which idiot go arrange programs all the way up to Saturday late afternoon. Its going to be a tough ICT.

Starrynite will be guest blogging when I'm away. Thanks for your help. Will treat you fondue when I'm back. :D

I guess I'll leave the introduction to her. Have fun guest blogging.

OK guys, be nice to her when I'm not around okie. Will not be able to ping at So you guys might want to come here once in a while to check out what beautiful article starrynite has written.


Don McLean - Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)

Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and grey,
Look out on a summer's day,
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills,
Sketch the trees and the daffodils,
Catch the breeze and the winter chills,
In colors on the snowy linen land.

Now I understand what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.

Starry, starry night.
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze,
Swirling clouds in violet haze,
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue.
Colors changing hue, morning field of amber grain,
Weathered faces lined in pain,
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand.

Now I understand what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.

For they could not love you,
But still your love was true.
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night,
You took your life, as lovers often do.
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you.

Starry, starry night.
Portraits hung in empty halls,
Frameless head on nameless walls,
With eyes that watch the world and can't forget.
Like the strangers that you've met,
The ragged men in the ragged clothes,
The silver thorn of bloody rose,
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...


The number 4 that I never wore

I guess this story isn't new to most people who served National Service. But perhaps it would be an interesting story for the Non-Singaporeans, ladies, under aged and white horse.

I still remember that we were issued 5 set of uniform on the first day at Tekong. We call them Number 4 (Don't ask me why). But there is a set of number 4 that I've never wore since day one. Even till today.

Back in Tekong, the rules are much stricter. Stand by bed or Stand by fullpack is something very common. Everyone is supposed to arrange their stuff in the same exact order as instructed. Tooth brush on the left, 5cm away from the toothpaste etc etc. I guess its either a way to install discipline in our head or some easy way to past time for the sick, pervertic officers.

We are supposed to put 2 set of uniform in our cardboard during stand by bed. One hanging on the clothes hanger, another set folded nicely, to a size measurement given from the top. Since we have stand by bed quite frequently, most people just arrange everything nicely once and try not to touch it. So out of the 5 set of uniform given to us, 2 set were untouchable.

For the stand by fullpack, we are supposed to put a set of uniform in our full pack too. The top will give us a standard zip lock bag size for everyone to squeeze our uniform. The size of the zip lock bag is usually very small. I've lost count of the number of ziplock bag that I broken when trying to squeeze my uniform. That is why when you finally managed to squeeze the uniform into the ziplock bag, you wouldn't want to take it out anymore.

So we were issued with 5 set of uniforms. 2 sets untouchable in our cardboard and 1 set untouchable in our full pack. That left us with 2 sets of uniform to wear for the 5 days in camp. Which more or less explains where the term "Chao recruits" (Smelly recruits) come from.

As we pass out from BMT and move on to our units, the stand by bed and stand by full pack become less frequent. (perhaps once a month instead of at least twice weekly) I started wearing the 2 sets of uniform that were in my cardboard. But the set of uniform in the full pack remain untouched till this day.

The ziplock back has been changed countless of times. But the uniform remained untouched. I need the uniform in my full pack during mobilisation. It is still the same set of uniform from Tekong which I used for my countless stand by fullpack.

They say the we will use the fullpack items if we ever go to war. I wish I'll never need to wear that number 4 of mine.

(Please lah.... 7 years never wash. Wear liao sure ganna rashes one lor!)

The Wonders - All My Only Dreams

One of my fave song from the "That thing you do" sound track. It is not as famous as That thing you do, but I find it just as nice, if not better. A romantic song, suitable for listening with the one you love at night with her in your arms.

Couldn't find the whole song on youtube. Can only find this clip on the ending phrase which is just one minute long. Better than nothing I suppose.

The Wonders - All My Only Dreams

Every night I pray, I'll have you here someday.
I'll count the stars tonight, and hope with all my might.
That when I close my eyes, you'll be right by my side.
If I could only have one wish you'd be the girl whose lips I'd kiss
All my only dreams.

And when I close my eyes, you'll be right by my side.
If I could have just one request, stay with me girl I confess.
All my only dreams.
Any waking hour it seems, I only have you in my dreams

So every night I pray, I'll have you here one day.
I'll count the stars tonight, and hope with all my might.
That when I close my eyes, you'll be right by my side.
If I could have just one request, stay with me girl I confess.
All my only dreams.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Getting ready for the next 2 weeks

It is going to be 2 very interesting week.

I wonder if I'll die without internet connection....

I love wireless@sg

I love wireless@sg. Its the best thing IDA has ever produced. Seriously, wireless@sg is brilliant. Never have I seen anything as good as this.

I really lost count of the number of times wireless@sg disconnect on me. Wow, it sure is exciting when you are using wireless@sg. Everytime you click a link, you will be wondering if the page will load properly. Surfing the internet never been so exciting before. You will either go "WOW. I ganna disconnected again" or "Hey look, I can load that page properly!".

The wonderful wireless@sg network will also log you out frequently. This give you the chance to see the beautifully designed login page again and again. I love the GUI and colour scheme so much that I'm glad that they keep logging me out. Sometimes, I get to see the login page every 5 minutes. Who wants to surf the internet when the login page is so beautiful?

Cool right? This is IDA's master plan for a globally connected and intelligent nation by 2015. By covering Singapore with a totally unreliable WIFI network. This is indeed Uniquely Singapore. Singapore tourism board can even put on their website that say "Surf internet on the go with wireless@sg which disconnects you randomly". I bet the tourist will all be impressed by the frequent random disconnection. They don't get to experience this kind of excitement back in their country.

And IDA is planning to roll out more services on wireless@sg. Services like VOIP. Imagine wireless@sg disconnecting the phone call when your wife starts nagging at you? Cool right?

I suggest IDA look into ways to link life support machine to wireless@sg. The person on this kind of life support machine will die once the network get disconnected. Imagine linking wireless@sg to Vivian Balakrishnan's life support machine. I bet IDA will surely do something to wireless@sg to make it less exciting and more reliable. Don't you think so? Seriously, I strongly believe that if your survival depends on wireless@sg, then you might as well end your life now.

PS: You may ask, why Vivian Balakrishnan? Cause he is the Second Minister For Information, Communications And The Arts. And also that ass who refuse to give the poor additional $30 per month.

PS again: DK's twin brother decided to blog this entry after DK lost count of the number of times he got disconnected from wireless@sg at Starbucks today.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Heroes Season 2 Promo Video

Its coming.... Heroes Season 2.....

Can't wait for 24 Sept. Oh ya, I still got last 2 episode of Season 1 haven't watch.

FAQ regarding the Dave Teo Incident

Been surfing around and reading forums and blogs regarding Dave Teo who AWOL with SAR21. Lots of questions are being asked, but no answer provided by the authorities. I guess I should help answer some of the commonly asked questions on their behalf.

Why is a 20 year old NSF being issued with live ammo during guard duties?
Indeed, a 20 year old NSF shouldn’t be trusted with live ammo. Not even when they are doing guard duties. They should be issued blanks which produce loud sound to scare away intruders trying to enter the army camp. If they run out of blanks, they can just shout “Bang Bang” while pressing the trigger.

If the intruder isn’t scared by the sound of blank, the guard duties personnel can attached his bayonet to the rifle and charge towards the intruder. All our soldiers are taught the art of bayonet fighting during their BMT.

Eeeerrr.... Excuse me, but the new SAR 21 cannot attach bayonet.
Then duty personnel can charge at the intruder with bayonet in his hands. If this doesn’t work, they can use the standard issue swiss army knife to attack intruders. And if that still doesn’t work, they can try throwing rocks at the intruders. Everyone knows that if you throw a rock at the target during live firing range, the system might sometimes register it as a hit.

Proper control is required when issuing live ammo to guard duties personnel.
Yes yes, there is a need to amend the current procedures. The best control method is to keep all the live rounds in the guard room safe. Only the guard commander has the keys. If the prowlers or sentry on duty spotted any intruders, he will ask the intruder to wait, run to the guard room to request for live ammo (subjected to approval from guard commander) and run back to the intruders to engage them. (NOTE: guard duties personnel are reminded not to run with a loaded rifle.)

How did he manage to escape from camp? There should be tighter security to prevent soldier from AWOL-ing.
Right. They should step up the security at all army camps. In fact, they should replace all the fences with the same type of fence used in change prison. This will prevent guard duty personnel from escaping from camp at night.

(But if we built high wall at all army camp, it would also make it impossible for intruders to come in. Then why still the need for guard duties?)

Why didn’t the police warn the public?
Ya lor. Silly. They should announce thru TV and Radio that a NSF has escaped from camp with a SAR21 and live ammos. It will confirm cause widespread panic and everyone will stay indoors. The whole street will be empty and thus making it easier for police to conduct their search. I bet Dave will be the only person in the streets.

Why didn’t they evacuate Cineleisure before confronting him?
Yes, the police should ask the building management to make public announce to ask the public to leave the building in an orderly manner. Dave will remain in the toilet and wait for the police to arrest him while everyone is walking out of the building in an orderly manner.

Why did it take the police take so long to catch him?
Preciously!! The police are damn inefficient. Singapore so small, just a red dot on the map. I can jump from tuas to changi with just one jump. (Sometimes even overshot and land into the sea) Why do they need 20 hours to hunt down a guy? Plus he is carrying a big ass SAR 21. From far can see him clearly liao. Can’t they go up the tallest building and look down to find him?

Anymore questions?


DK's evil twin brother

Every once in a while, you will see me blogging in a very sarcastic tone. Still remember the entry on worker party? Actually, its not me. It is my evil twin brother doing the blogging. If you been reading my blog frequently, you should know that I don’t blog in a sarcastic way. I always try to be nice when I blog (Key word is TRY).

I always try to control my evil twin brother, preventing him from coming online to blog about things he sees. But sometimes, it is just too hard to contain him. He would struggle violently whenever I stop him from blogging sarcastic stuff. Sometimes, he would even try to login when I’m not around to avoid capture.

Its been harder and harder to stop him lately. Especially with those stupid entries on Straits Times and Stomp. He just want to come out and speak his mind. I can't control him 24/7.

Please bare with my blog if you see any more sarcastic entries. I’ll tag them accordingly so that you’ll know that those entries are actually made by my evil twin brother instead of me.


Palm cancel Foleo mobile companion

Got an email from Ed Colligan, President and CEO of Palm. (OK, I was just kidding. He didn't specially email to me. I subscribed to Palm's newsletter)

As many of you are aware, we are in the process of building our next generation software platform. We are very excited about how this is coming together. It has a modern, flexible UI, instant performance, and an incredibly simple and elegant development environment. We are working hard on this platform and on the first smartphones that will take advantage of it.

In the course of the past several months, it has become clear that the right path for Palm is to offer a single, consistent user experience around this new platform design and a single focus for our platform development efforts. To that end, and after careful deliberation, I have decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration and focus all our energies on delivering our next generation platform and the first smartphones that will bring this platform to market. We will, of course, continue to deliver products in partnership with Microsoft on the Windows Mobile platform, but from our internal platform development perspective, we will focus on only one.

Because we were nearly at the point of shipping Foleo, this was a very tough decision. Yet I am convinced this is the right thing to do. Foleo is based on a second platform and a separate development environment, and we need to focus our efforts on one platform. Our own evaluation and early market feedback were telling us that we still have a number of improvements to make Foleo a world-class product, and we can not afford to make those improvements on a platform that is not central to our core focus. That would not be right for our customers or for our developer community.

Jeff Hawkins and I still believe that the market category defined by Foleo has enormous potential. When we do Foleo II it will be based on our new platform, and we think it will deliver on the promise of this new category. We’re not going to speculate now on timing for a next Foleo, we just know we need to get our core platform and smartphones done first.

I would like to thank our customers for their interest in Foleo. I know there will be disappointed folks who were looking forward to carrying a Foleo for all their mobile computing needs. I am certainly one of them. I would also like to thank the developers who have supported our Foleo efforts. They have been loyal to Palm and have worked hard to deliver some compelling solutions on the Foleo platform. I know that they will understand that the right thing to do for the long run is to focus on one platform that will live for years, rather than invest energy in a one-off solution. We will make every effort to make sure we bring our developers forward to our next generation platform.

This decision will require us to take a limited charge of less than $10 million dollars to our earnings. This is a lot of money, but it is a small price relative to the costs that would be required to support two platforms going forward. This decision is in the best interest of our customers, our team, our products and our shareholders. I hope this renewed focus at Palm will allow us to deliver more compelling solutions to our core smartphone market, and it will allow us to position ourselves for the long run around one Palm experience.

Ed Colligan

President & CEO
Palm, Inc.

It is sad that Palm decided to cancel Foleo. When I first saw Foleo, I thought that it is a great product and has lots of potential. It is sad to see Palm canceling Foleo. Not many people agrees with Palm's idea of how mobile computing should be in the future. Foleo didn't get much good comments. Even the guys at Engadget feels that Palm shouldn't be doing Foleo.

I don't know. Somehow, I feel that Foleo is the way future mobile computing should be. OK, maybe it need more enhancement. But I really feel that the future should be where your mobile phone remain in your pocket, and a large screen device is being used to access the data.

Perhaps the time is not right yet for Foleo.

The good news is, Palm is concentrating on its OS now. Which I think is also very important. It's been a long time since Palm upgrades its OS. There is really alot to catch up. Lets hope it is not too late to make a come back.

PS: Just wondering, if they are about to start shipping Foleo, does that means that they have one warehouse full of Foleo? What is palm going to do with it? Will they be giving it out to loyal palm supporters?

Ed, I'm a loyal palm supporter. If you giving Foleo out, do let me know. I don't mind self collect too. :D

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Farewell Pavarotti

ROME - ITALIAN opera star Luciano Pavarotti, hailed by many as the greatest tenor of his generation, died in the early morning of 6 September, 2007. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment last month.

Farewell Pavarotti. RIP.

Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma! Tu pure, o Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza
guardi le stelle
che tremano d'amore e di speranza...
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun saprà!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo dirò,
quando la luce splenderà!
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
che ti fa mia.

Il nome suo nessun saprà...
E noi dovrem, ahimè, morir, morir!

Dilegua, o notte! Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle! All'alba vincerò!
Vincerò! Vincerò!


Nobody shall sleep!... Nobody shall sleep! Even you, o Princess,
in your cold room, watch the stars,
that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me,
my name no one shall know...
No!...No!... On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!...

No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.

Vanish, o night! Set, stars! Set, stars! At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Which University did you graduate from?

My sql script encountered some error last night. Once again, my question was, why didn’t the testing team encounter this error during testing phrase? Oh well, have to except the fact that testing cannot cover all the scenarios in the system. Can't really blame them.

Another colleague from another team who was working on the same issue came to me first thing I reach office today and told me that my script hit error. For those who know SQL, I was doing some update statement and it hit trigger. That why it hit error.

Then this guy asked me "So did the changes go thru?"

I paused for a few seconds and looked at him, wondering how to answer that question. Finally, my answer to him was "No lah, hit error how to go thru?"

But deep down inside, I wanted to ask "Which University did you graduate from?"

On second thoughts, maybe I should say "Of cos went thru. Hit trigger only what. Hit trigger the update statement still go thru one. No worries."

PS: Sorry for being rude. But sometimes I just get pissed off when people asked me questions that are damn obvious. If the SQL update statement hit error (trigger), how could the changes have gone thru? I guess even non-IT trained people would have guess that too.

Who needs Dibert when I have colleagues like this?

Did they check properly before hiring?

The other project team has been hiring quite a number of new staff lately. And notice that most of them are not local. And mainly from certain regions. Not that I have anything against them or am I racist. But I wonder why so many foreigners? The locals not good enough?

Anyway, some of the new hires are weird. Take for example today, I was waiting for the lift at the lift lobby. There are several people at the lift lobby waiting for the lift too. Then this new hire just stand next to me, smile and say hi. I was pretty shocked. Firstly, I don't know who is he. Secondly, I'm not the only person at the lift lobby, why you say hi to me? Thirdly, I wish it would be a chio bu instead of a guy.

OK, just kidding about number 3.

Then there is another new hire which I find him abit strange. He sits at the other end of the office. There are 2 toilets around his seat. But he always choose to walk a longer distance to the toilet near my seat. I don't know why. And when he walk, he will look at everyone's desk. He got those strange look in his face which makes you wonder if he is planning to do something.

Don't ask me how I notice this person. My another colleague told me that she keep seeing this guy walking to our area first. Then I begin to notice him.

Seriously...... I hope the teamlead from the other project will check properly before hiring people. They seems....... weird?

Monday, September 03, 2007

NSF arrested along orchard with SAR21 and bullets

What the heck is he thinking?

1 more month to ORD leh. Why so 想不开? If he miss army too much, go sign on lah. Why go run away with SAR21 and bullets? Now don't know need to DB how many years.

A full-time national serviceman CPL Dave Teo Ming, 20, who was found to be missing from Mandai Hill Camp on 2 Sep 07 at 11.59pm has been apprehended by the Police. A weapon and some ammunition assigned to him for guard duty were also recovered. The SAF had worked with the Police in the search for the serviceman, weapon and ammunition.

CPL Teo, an Infantry rifleman from 1st Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (1 SIR) was enlisted in Sep 2005 and is due for his Operationally Ready Date (ORD) next month.

MINDEF and the SAF will be assisting the Police in the investigation.

So what does he want to do with that SAR21? Why bring to Orchard road?
Rob bank? Kill people? Sell to terrorist?

Hello, this is SAR21 leh. Not M16 or AK47. Who the heck want that useless SAR21? You try to sell to terrorist, they will roll on the floor laughing. They rather use back rock to throw at enemy than use that useless, good for nothing, for show only rifle. Give me I also don't want.

Seriously.... Steal SAR21 for what? Crazy.....

Updates: Understand that some people found that guy's ex gf blog. Come on lah. Leave the gal alone. Its her ex bf. Not current one. History liao. Even current one also none of her business.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Saw IV Trailer

Saw IV is coming in late Oct 07. Cool. Can't wait.

Warning: Some gross scene in the video.

The thing is, Jigsaw and Amanda both died in Saw III. So who is the one setting the traps? Interesting.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Funny letters to ST Forums

Sometimes I wonder why these letters get published on Straits Times forum.

30 Aug 2007
Don't burn so much hell money - how about fund transfers from the living to the dead?

I AM concerned over the poor air quality during the Chinese seventh month.
I understand and respect the fact that a huge proportion of our citizens place importance in the burning of hell money as a form of respect to their ancestors and deities.

However, with the current global emphasis on saving the environment, I see a pressing need to make some suggestions.

In our mortal world, we now have credit cards, cheques and several forms of remittances (SWIFT and telegraphic transfers). I appeal to religious leaders, whose followers practise the burning of hell money, to study the implications of alternative hell fund transfers.

I see these alternatives as a win-win situation for the living and the deceased. The latter stand to receive an infinite amount of hell funds with the mere burning of say, one hell cheque or one hell credit card, thus saving a whole stack of paper from the bonfire, or the religious leaders could run a form of remittance facility. With the technological advances that we now have, I am confident that where there's a will, there's a way.

It is timely to set a good example to our younger generation to practise what we have been preaching to other nations struggling to curb the slash-and-burn method to clear jungles and forests and that is, to reduce, to reuse and to recycle.

Lai Ee Sa (Mdm)

But we have some technical issue here. We know we can do internet banking in our world. But how do we know downstair allow internet transfer? Do they have internet to begin with? Is the network stable? Do they have wireless@hell?

Interesting plan. But got some minor issue that needs to be sorted out. Will the writer volunteer to go down to check if all the infrastructure is in place?


31 Aug 2007
Why create stress for crabs and frogs sold at eating places?

MY FAMILY and I often frequent the new coffeeshop near our place in Canberra Road.
Last week, we went there as usual to have our dinner. A woman took our orders and promptly went back to the stall.

Then, I caught a glimpse of frogs moving about in a plastic tank. There were also the commonly seen crabs, immobilised by raffia strings.

Knowing that the animals were stressed killed all the appetite I had for my dinner.

I have become a vegetarian for animal welfare reasons and so it was very upsetting to see the frogs and crabs on display as food at a heartland coffeeshop where families, both young and old, gather for a good meal.

My animal-loving parents felt disturbed too.

The frogs may or may not be kept in an unclean or cramped condition, but this does not dispel the fact that they live and breathe like us and deserve to be treated with respect - as an animal and not just a source of food.

If the people who order the dish could see how their dinner is being prepared, would they still be able to stomach what is on the plate?

It does not take rocket science to know that animals can feel stress and pain too.

So why can't we just spare these crabs and frogs the stress?

If other types of meat are subjected to regulated slaughter and sold chilled in supermarkets, I am sure frog legs and crab meat can be done likewise.

I ask that we be compassionate to these animals before they die for our eating pleasure by not putting them in eating places for an unknown period of time and subjecting them to unsupervised killing practices.

Lee Poh Ling (Ms)

Then how? Ban meat and force everyone to turn vegetarian? But recent research shows that plants do have stress too. So how? Eat air? Hmmm....


Seriously don't know what to make out of all these letters to Straits Times Forum. Every week we see funny emails which makes you wonder why people write such email to begin with. And why the editors actually publish these letters. You mean there isn't any better letters?

OK, don't get me started on Stomp. It's even worst there.


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