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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Boring Sunday

Nothing much today. Whole day spend resting on my bed, sleeping, or just stoning, staring at the ceiling, wall, my notebook, TV. Just like spending a day in the cell. Did some reading, listen to some music. Too tired to move, too tired to think, too tired to do anything else.

Issit that i am getting old? One NDP preview can make me that tired? Or Is it other things, that is affecting me?

Went over to William's house for dinner. Mee siam. To me, its tasteless. Maybe i am not in the mood. No mood to eat, no mood to watch comedy show, when ppl laugh, i just stone there, to the effect, that someone commented that i was not my usual self today.

No mood to blog too. I shall end here. Gd nite guys.

NDP preview

Just came back from NDP preview. Carpark F again, that means, no Macdonald's, no KFC free refill of drinks.

Its the full deployment of medical services. SCDF Hazmat teams, SCDF decom vehicles, SCDF fire-fighting teams, SAF Hazmat teams, SAF EOD teams, SAF disaster coaches, MOH medical teams, NUH ambulances, TTSH ambulances, SAF medical tonners, SAF ambulances, Red Cross ambulances and of course, SJAB ambulances. There are more specialised teams out there, but i did not go and check.

Was boring as per normal, nothing to do, joking and crapping around at the carpark. Some low level fireworks sequence had change. But its seems nicer, but not for those in the blue sector, (opp grandstand). We got a huge amount of snacks. Potota chips, breads, pears, ice-creams and green tea. Either the SAF personnal are generous, or the sponsers are generous, but looking at the amount, it seems that both parties are generous.

Something pisses all of us off. I shall not go into details here, but i think someone or some fellows take things too personnal. Its had gone way too much and one of us is really pissed off and gotten angry.

I mean, we are all donning the same uniform, we have the same motto "for the faith and for the service to mankind." We go to duties with the common goal, and the common objectives. We want the public to be assured upon seeing us, knowing that professional help is always around. Unlike others, we don't pull rank, the "I-am-higher-ranking-than-you" bullshit. And in duties, we cannot afford to play politics.

But all these happened today. It happened, again. What's with the politics? What's with the checkings? I remember a verse in a movie "PTU" which Simon Lam (actor) was saying, "Those donning the same uniform are one of us". Where's the teamwork? where's the brotherhood? where's the team?

We duty siaos operate differently. We are a team. We support each other, we have gatherings together, we eat suppers after duty together, we joked together, we response to a case together. A bond had formed. When i was in trouble, the whole team stood by me, knowing i did no wrong. When i need manpower, the whole team came. What more could a team member ask for?

This is the kind of teams that had formed in US Navy SEAL TEAM 6, when Richard Marainko had planned, designed the unit, and later become its first CO. You can read all about it in the book, "ROUGE WARRIOR".

That's the same for my zone. I am proud to say this sentence.


Thanks to Sarizan for coming up with this. And thanks to all the officers in zone 3 for making the statement so true. Lets all work harder, and make zone 3 a better zone!!!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Weekends all burned!!!

It's a die-hard runners paradise coming. Weeks after weeks of competitions in long distance running. And sometimes, cycling, and swimming.

13th Augest - NUS City Triathlon
20th Augest - New Balance Real Run
27th Augest - AHM, Shears bridge Run
Unknown date - Biathlon
Unknown date - Standard Character Marathon
Unknown date - Civil service Marathon

Got it? I am pretty sure that i miss out something too!!!

Errr... in case you readers out there start to get mistaken, NO, i ain't a runner, in fact, i am hopeless in running. Just happen to get the information here and there.

Am real busy at work, at home, or in CCA nowadays. Duties coming up like no-one's business in CCA, more talks, seminers, meetings at work, and errrr.... more CCA plannings to do at home. I would not be blogging that often for the next month.

Sat coming, meaning, its NDP preview. Going back to our ambulance team command post (Mac Donald's) to slack and to enjoy a cup of ice-cream.

Yah, i mentioned something about meetings huh?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Diesel price war?

Life's pretty quiet and surprisingly calm these few days. Nothing much happening around me.

But calmness can be deciving. Heard of the saying "calmness come before a storm"? I guess, the "storm" is going to be the NDP preview, whereby i shall have lots of things to blog about.

NEL line stopped on Monday. But i don't take trains, especially NEL. So, nothing to brag about. SMRT have applied to the PTC to raise fares, citing raising diseal costs. Hmmm... this goes to show that not everything that goes up will come down, laws of PTC and GST.

Sounds gloomy right? But i had a pleasant surprise early this week.

On Monday, i was driving around, when i pass by a SPC petrol station. I nearly slammed on the brakes, coz i saw something super unbelievable. You know, all along, all petrol companies offered a 10% discount on diesel. SPC on monday had raised up to 22% discount!!!

At first, i saw a 2, and i though that something happened to the discount rates, and that's when i saw another 2 infront of the 2, and that nearly cause me to slam on my brakes for a better look. Yes, its 22% discount!! i screamed out in joy!!!

And i thought that is the Max. I was wrong. Yesterday, the discounts went up to 25%!!! Super unbelievable! In the face of raising fares, raising costs, discounts also rise. But how long will that discount last? In fact, i got this gut feeling that those discount can only last for a few days, and persto, they are gone as fast as they came.

Just hope that they can stay longer, and maybe an increase in the discounts.

Just hoping against hope.


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Breaking News from the S.O

Singapore was engulfed in a hazy haze early Tuesday morning. Satellite pictures from a classified source show that there are as many as 50,000 hot spots cover mostly residential areas in Singapore around 1215 hours Singapor time on Tuesday morning.

"I dun understand" says a top scientist, Ms Hazel, who is with the classified department of the US agency, NABEI. " We have our satellites trained on Indonesia, covering their forest fire, trying to control their spread, but woah, alarms suddenly rang, warning of numerous hotspots spotted North and East of Indonesia, and on the map, it show Singapore."

"We have check with the records. Singapore hotspots always occur around this period. Around Singapore birthday. And it always last 1 month, and sometimes, 2 months. Is this some sort of a ritual that every Singaporean must go through? Just like NS?" questioned another scientist at NABEI.

Meanwhile, the agents from NABEI had contacted the Singapore Gahmen authories, warning them about the hotspots appearing almost together as the clock struck midnight. CIA and FBI had also been notified and they are now attempting to trace if the hotspots are related to any terror incidents.

The reporter (S.O) himself had been making rounds over residential areas especially Bukit Gorlock, upon hearing the news.

"What do you mean, hotspots appearing in Singapore? who dare to set fire to our nature reserve?" cried one resident, as he threw some rolled-up paper thingy into a bin filled with flames, when asked for comments.

"What? Singapore is on fire? Oh shit, i did not have any fire protection home insurance plan!" cried another, as she whipped out her mobile phone. "'excute me, but i have to call my agent now."

"Aiyah, those si ang mors dunno anything about seventh month of the lunar calander lah" exclaimed another resident, when interviewed. "those ang mors only know hello-kitty or hello-win, whatever you pronounce. What do they know about the china culture?"

Under the chinese culture, 7th month of the lunar calendar means the gates to hell are opened, and for the whole month, the spirits of the netherworld are allowed to roam the world, and that's when the chinese would offer "money", "food", "wine", clothings" to those spirits. The hell notes would be burned, including all the other "paper offerings", and usually most Chinese in Singapore would start burning incense, and offerings on the first day itself.

Gahmen authories, when contacted, shugged off the comments from US. "Archerly hor, there is nothing to fear about. Its just a burning issue." reply one Gahmen authority spokesperson, who refuse to be identified. "I also make offerings during this period and pray that we will win the next GE!"

The Singapore Civil Defence Force, on the other hand, had reported an sharp increase in reports of fire, and the Singapore Police Force, similary, had reported a sudden increase of calls to its hotline, notifying the police or arson cases.

In a related case, police had went to a hawker center underneath a block of flats, after some customers had complained of people smoking in the non-smoking area. The police left after an investigation, and the investigation showed that there's no one smoking in the non-smoking area.


Okie... I have to confessed. Those in green, i made it up, in case some morons really started to believe what i had written.

I got this inspiration when i saw lots of people praying, burning offerings, and remembered a humor website,

If you had noticed, i tried to copy the reporting style from that website, but i dun think i had succeed. But, i think its a nice style to begin a post in a blog. Ain't going to use this method too often, as i am already suffering an "brain playing dead" after the report.

Well, for those with history of asthma attacks, please take care of yourself during this period. Its going to be smoky, hazy for the next 2 months. Same for people with respiratory problems, and other medical problems that can be triggered by the smoke.

Happy 7th lunar month to all my readers out there!

Monday, July 24, 2006


Its Monday morning, 0238 right now, according to my computer time, my brain is half-dead, my body is screaming for my nightly rest (read "sleep"), my eyes got a mind of their own, meaning that they want to close, and relax, and maybe see some other things (dreaming)

Then why am i blogging at this stupid hour, when normal people out there are snoring away at this time?

I am suffering from a disease, this disease affects most people, with the exception of non-schooling personnal, and retired personnal. This disease strikes weekly, the symptons started showing towards Sunday evening, and will last for about 24 hours, and gradually it will go away. But it will linger around your body, in dormant stage, till your biological clock and your brain start to realise, its sunday evening again, the virus will come out of dormant stage and strikes again.

The signs and symptons of this disease are (Signs and symptons varies among different personnal):
- Brain will start functioning about uncompleted task last week and upcoming tasks to be done, and to assign piorities to each one.

- A sudden stoning effect which a person can be self-immoblise

- Sudden cravings to report sick and get MC.

- A desire to apply for leave, and despair knowing that its too last minute.

No medications can help, but there are "medications" that that lessen the effects of the disease, those "medications" are known as "promotions", "pay raise", "public holidays" and "BOSS NOT AROUND". But chances of chancing upon these "medications" are extremely rare, and yes, its priceless.

People around the world have to live with it. Its the norm. Its part of their daily lives. They and me are used to it, but despite the fact that we are living with it, it still strikes us weekly, sometimes with more intensity, more ferciously. Sometimes, it will strike you weakly, less intensity, depending of your workload and your mood.

well, most should have an idea what i am talking about if you are suffering from the same disease. Its Pre-Monday blues Depression Syndrome, which will lead to Monday Blues Depression Symdrome, and finally, the recovery stage, which is known as Post-Monday Blues Depression Symdrome.

Ah, yes, that's exactly the reason why am i still doing stupid idiotic things at this crazy hour, blogging my blog. I just cannot sleep. I close my eyes, and i can see my workload later, i close my eyes, and i can see my boss. I close my eyes and all the work-related problems come back to me, after i had successful "forgot" during weekends.

Cheers to you, if you are suffering the same darn thing as me. May God bless you on a Monday, weekly.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Morse Code

I have an rekindled interest yesterday night, as i was bored, restless, sian, surfing the website and chatting aimlessly.

It all started when my friend message me something like this : .-....-.--..-..-....-...---

I reminds me of something, seeing all the dots and dashes.

Yes, its morse code. It is defined as:
Either of two codes used for transmitting messages in which letters of the alphabet and numbers are represented by various sequences of dots and dashes or short and long signals.

And yes, Morse code is international, meaning a lot of ppl knows it around the world. Its a means to transmit in terms of light, sound, of the letters you want the other party to know about. In terms of distress, a simple ... --- ... (SOS) is enough to alert the whole world and scrambled all the search and rescue resources internationally for a mission.

A word of caution. A SOS is serious. It should not be used as a prank. For example, if you are on a boat, and you jokingly broadcast a SOS signal or just use the word mayday 3 times, its enough to activate the MPA, PCG, Navy, and all other private boats, commerial boats to your area. In short, don't cry wolf when there's no wolf.

I see lots of dots and dashes!!!

A couple of interesting websites too!!!

You may ask " Why is it still a code when everyone knows about it?" Well, if this question really comes into your mind, i would suggest you to watch this movie, "INDEPENDENT DAY".

The movie is about aliens who is invading our earth, and the US manage to find a way to defeat those shields that protect the UFOs from our bullets, missiles and even nuclear missile. US then organise a massive aramade of aircraft to fight back, and this involves co-ordination of the attacks with all countries.

And the aliens had control of our signals, and could read the US boardcast, (different countries has different military codes), so, the US uses the international morse code, understood by all mankind, and non-understandable for aliens.

See?? the usefullness of morse code.

So, Decode this if you can!!!

.... . .-.. .-.. --- /

-.-- --- ..- / ...- . .-. -.-- / - .... . / . -. --. / .... --- .-. /

..-. .. -. .. ... .... / . .- - .. -. --. / .-.. .. .- --- /-. --- - .... .. -. --. / - --- / -.. --- / .... .- .-. /

--. --- / -... .- -.-. -.- / - --- / -.-- --- ..- .-. /

.-- --- .-. -.- / .- -. -.. / ... - ..- -.. -.-- / .-.. .- ....

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Someone mentioned that my last post is depressing... Well, maybe i am depressed, that's why my post is depressing.

Its true that from the msg, or post of an fellow, be it strangers or friends, you can have an idea of the fellow's mood when he/she is posting, or messaging, coz the feelings of the writer is transcripted into words and displayed for everyone to digest.

Lets talk about short cuts today.

Why suddenly shortcuts? Okie. I happened to view a safety message at workplace today, and it started me into "brainstorming" mode.

The safety message read "Shortcuts in life cuts life short"

My brain started working on this message, to digest it, to uncover the truth and the reasoning behind the message. To seek greater wisdom behind the simple and humble message. My brain started to have an increasing in activity, moving from 20 KpH to 120 KpH.

From the useful website,, shortcut is defined as:
1. A more direct route than the customary one.
2. A means of saving time or effort.

So, what does the safety message mean?

Well, its in my workplace, of course, it means A means of saving time or effort. And also, it means about the safety procedures and checklist, safety briefs, inspections etc etc... All those knows that safety cannot be compromised, as it will lead to a loss of life, man-hours losses, money losses, as well as a potential lawsuit. So, i assume that the message is meant for the safety procedures etc....

Think of it again. What happen if i put the same message into my van?

The meaning changes. It means a shorter and/or more direct route for travelling. In this case, does shortcuts really cuts your life short? I don't think so. Unless you are driving again the flow of traffic, and that's an idiotic thing to do.

What if your parents tell you that message?

Does it means shortcuts to studies? Or shortcuts while walking home alone along a dark, silent alley? The meaning changes again. Shortcuts to studies may or may not work. Most of you will concur with me that some fellow who took shortcuts are successful in life. ( I took shortcuts in my studies too, but i am yet to become successful)

Walking home via short-cuts? Well, as parents and police say, "its very dangerous." I will say, it depends on your heng sway. But then, why play with luck?

What if that message appears in an ambulance or any other emergency vehicle?

Then in that case, i dun think that will work, coz shortcuts means a saving of time, (izzit?) and all ppl out there, even idiots like me (i am an IT idiot, remember?) knows that time is very critical in an emergency, be it a medical emergency or criminal case emergency. So, in this case, that message cannot be used.

So, depending on where the message appears, the meaning is different, and in some cases, it does apply at all!

By the way, i saw this message in the toilet of my work place, above the urinal, as i was peeing.

What's the meaning? I leave to all your reader's imagination to find out.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

End of the world???

There are too many happenings around us nowadays. Around the world. Natural disasters, man-make disaster, enviromental factors etc...

Don't know what i am talking about?? Here's the picture...

First, let us talk about our neighbours. Southern side.

Indonesian tsunami death toll nears 400: health ministryPosted: 19 July 2006 1020 hrs

Okie, wanna talk about northern area?

Monsoon hits Korean peninsula, 150 dead or missingPosted: 19 July 2006 0555 hrs

Haze makes air quality "unhealthy" in parts of MalaysiaPosted: 18 July 2006 1913 hrs

Thailand hit by haze from Indonesia firesPosted: 18 July 2006 1329 hrs

Death toll from tropical storm Bilis rises to 188 in ChinaPosted: 18 July 2006 0128 hrs
BEIJING : The death toll from severe rain storms and flooding across China in the aftermath of severe Tropical Storm Bilis has risen to 188, with more than 120 others missing, state media said on Tuesday.

Or maybe somewhere further??

Australian PM in Timor Leste talksPosted: 19 July 2006 0043 hrs
Gusmao, who held separate talks with Howard, said they discussed the country's security crisis. Factional fighting among security forces in May and gang attacks caused 21 deaths and forced some 150,000 people to flee their homes.

Indian city falls silent for train blast victimsPosted: 18 July 2006 2218 hrs
MUMBAI : India's biggest city Mumbai fell silent for two minutes Tuesday, with traffic at a standstill and workers standing to attention as millions remembered the 182 victims of the train bombings a week earlier.

Moderate earthquake hits off TongaPosted: 19 July 2006 0128 hrs
SYDNEY : An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.7 struck near the Pacific island of Tonga on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

Analysis: Pacific 'Ring of Fire' unleashes another disasterPosted: 18 July 2006 1644 hrs
JAKARTA : The earthquake that rocked Java and unleashed another deadly tsunami was the latest disaster in the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" that has seen a burst of seismic and volcanic activity this year.
Less than two months ago the central Indonesian region was hit by a 6.3-magnitude quake that killed more than 5,800 people and increased activity at Mount Merapi volcano which was already on high alert for a major eruption.

Okie, lets move on further away...

Three die as much of Europe bakes in heatwavePosted: 19 July 2006 0231 hrs
PARIS : Much of Europe on Tuesday baked in tropical temperatures that climbed as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), in an increasingly dangerous heatwave blamed for at least four deaths since Sunday.

Night raids shake Lebanon as Israel vows no let-upPosted: 18 July 2006 1503 hrs
Israeli soldiers reload a mobile artillery unit as it fires a 155mm shell toward a Hezbollah target in south Lebanon

Iraq car bomb kills more than 50 in new anti-Shiite attackPosted: 18 July 2006 2042 hrs KUFA, Iraq : At least 54 people, mostly day labourers, have been killed and dozens of others wounded as a car bomb blew up in the centre of Iraq's Shiite shrine city of Kufa.

Iraq market massacre leaves 48 deadPosted: 18 July 2006 0148 hrs
BAGHDAD : A deadly coordinated assault of car bombs, mortar rounds and a shooting rampage by masked gunmen on a market south of Baghdad has killed 48 people believed to be Shiites, including women and children.
Police also found 22 bodies across Iraq, 20 of them in Baghdad, of men tortured and shot dead in apparent sectarian attacks as the inter-confessional violence that has dogged Iraq for the past months showed no sign of abating.
The latest violence came a day after a suicide bombing in a coffee-shop in the northern town of Tuz Khurmatu killed 28 people.

This is only 2 day's worth of news, yesterday and today, till noon.

I wonder (too lazy to do) what's the casualty counts for all these activities. The figures must be astonishing. One wonder the natural disaster's mighty power, and the power of explosives in war.

One can imagine the fear and terror of the ordinary citizens of the affected countries, their pain and sorrow at the loss of their loved ones, their property, etc etc... but what i admire about them is that they can pick themselve up, raising from the fall, and carry on lives normally.

We, singaporeans, are living in a safe enviroment. Safe from the natural disaster, safe from war. Lets not take our safety for granted. Lets not take our lives for granted, lets not take Singapore for granted. Remember that there are a lot more less fortunate ppl around you, in and around Singapore.

Of course, unless you sway sway kena hit by a falling pot or falling window or even bird shit as you walk underneath a block of flats, or you sway sway deframe the wrong fellow, or you sway sway kena parking summons.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

All over Singapore

Its Monday again... yep, the monday blues.

How often do you wake up on Mondays, and does not feel like going to work or school, and feels like sleeping a bit more on your cozy bed? Waking up as and when you feel like it? Especially after a siong weekend?

I almost could not wake up on time, and i really feels like going back to sleep. 2 factors stopped me. 1) I need to go to work today. 2) My left arm is aching.

Managed to dragged myself to work. With thousands of tired, sleepy fellows like me likewise.

Got dammed pissed off at work. The same usual ranting stuffs, same bullshit. The same "this is more important, and must finish it immediately" stuffs... The same " got visitors coming, must show them around" stuffs, the same "have you got what i want" stuffs, etc etc...

I feel that suddenly i got a lot more responsibilities, ever since one of my colleague left. Got to meet clients more, meet ppl in the advertisement industry more, meet our contract manufacturers more and facing more pressure from my boss. Got 2 contact manufacturers coming down to visit on Tuesday morning and i got a meeting with a client on that afternoon. Guess what's going to happen to my mileage claim for this month.

Well, its the working life. I don't have to like it, but i just have to do it.

Been in a bad mood the whole day, till night time. Picked Aaron up from NUH. Aaron's cast had been removed, and have to wait for another 6 more weeks for another check-up. Sent Aaron back to wash his leg, (his leg in cast has not been washed for more than 7 weeks!!!) and together with Henry, CN, Aaron and me, we went rounding.

Went to Loyang Tua Bua Gong to pray. Saw the ambulances that they donated out, (SJAB got one of the ambulance), and after that, went Changi Village to makan. The Dian Xin there is a great disappointment!!!

Went around Changi Airport perimeter fence, and i amused myself seeing planes taking off and landing. Its a good way to forget about the things that pissed me off eariler in the day.

Ended up in Changi Airport, to wait for William, Lina and CY to return from their trip in Bangkok. Bought 3 books there... One of them is BAND OF BROTHERS!!! Finally got the book liao!!! Yiipee!!!

Well, got so many things to do, to settle, and to confirm. Am thinking what's going to happen if i resign.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


It's been a hell of a tiring day. Its the NE show today (or rather yesterday) and all the primary 5 (52,000 kids as reported in the news) kids in Singapore are being treated to a special sneak preview of the National Day Parade.

Managed to took a photo of a excited pri 5 kid waving the Singapore flag. The flag on the cap got lights, coz the kid is scared of the dark.

The pri 5 kid showing his patroitism by saluting to the Singapore flag.

Parked at carpark H today, which means, Mac Donald's and KFC is just a stone's throw away!! Went to Mac to have lunch and at the same time, surfing the net, thanks to the free galaxynet provider at Mac Donalds. Spend most of the afternoon there, and pretty soon, its bored there.

Went back to the ambulance for a quick nap, but as luck had it, dinner came. Disturb my beauty sleep siah. Went to KFC for dinner.

The dispersal plan for the NE show was darn long, this was expected, and i wait for the instruction to stand-down patiently... But as time went by, i am starting to get impatient. It was simply too long!! We were still waiting at the carpark H around 2345 hours.

NE show dispersal plan was darn long every year. This is understandable, coz they have to deal with 52,000 primary kids in a very orderly and systematic way. You know kids lah... tend to run here and run there and run everywhere... and i don't envy their teachers at that point of time.

During my NS days, i have seen an officer argueing with a teacher, just because the teacher wants to go back early. I myself had argued with an teacher just because the weather is too hot. I mean, i cannot control the weather rite? And i cannot just give that school piority coz there are eariler parties that came in much eariler, meaning, they have been in the sun much longer rite?
What's wrong with the teachers?

Well, its finally over...those who have been through NDP as "sai kangers" and medical will agree with me that NE show is the toughest of all NDP rehersals, preview and even the actual day itself! Most siong part is over, finally!!!

Well, let you all have a sneak preview of the items inside the goodie bag. The bag itself is damm nice liao!!

The best part of the goodie bag is the bag itself and the DISCOUNT COUPONS!!!

On my way to sent ppl home, saw a damm drunkard walking in the middle of a main road. JH reported to the police, and after i passed him, saw him nearly kena knocked by a fast moving car. Thank god the car managed to swerve in time. After dropping QZ off, i went back to the scene, hoping that i wou't see an accident.

The police had arrived (3 of them, and the damm drunkard was walking on the road just opposite AMK police center!!!) That was fast!! Thank god that's there'not incident. Had asked Eileen to standby my first aid kit liao...Ha ha..

Got this from Joshua.
if u feel sad and lonely , i will come , hold your hands , take u for a walk on the bridge and show u where to jump

Friday, July 14, 2006

Happy Birthday to William and J!!!!

Happy Birthday to William!!! May you have a great year ahead, and success in whatever you do!!! Same to J too!!! Happy Birthday to you, J, all the best for your "O" levels this year!!

Went to William's house to celebrate his birthday just now. J's birthday tomorrow. I had a great time there, though there are some cock-ups initially, due to the rain, and the timing problems.

William and family. Summer was so excited seeing the crowd and the cake!!!

Bukit Panjang WLNY supper club members!!! Not all can make it, as its a bit of last minute notification.

I think that birthdays are a excellent timings for social gatherings... whereby a large group will gather in celebration of a birthday. ITs time where everyone will try to make time, to have a good time!

Anyway, Happy birthday to the both of them!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Another Singaporean Habits

I always do not really believe that Singaporeans are Stingy, and thick-skinned, at least to the extend of the stories heard from radio, friends. (Usually the stories passing around are a bit aggreavated, as each story will be more ridiculous as it come out from different people mouth, you know what i mean...)

Till today, now.

My views changed totally. Because it happened right before my eyes. I couldn't believe that such a person exist!! That person beats everyone else in terms of Stingyness, and thick-skinness of all those i had heard or encountered!!

Received a special letter today, which really makes my day!!! The content of the letter is from an individual, requesting for free samples for our newly launched product. That fellow can even state that the new product needs a certain number of months to see effects, and would like to have sufficient quantity of products for trial before that fellow will go and buy the products, and even recommand to friends and relatives.

The letter was written behind a phamplet which you received in your house letterbox as junk mail.

You may think that its normal, but, wait, its ain't over yet.

The best part is the postage stamp of the envelope. See for yourself.

Yes, its a pre-paid cut out postage stamp, from those pre-paid reply envelope. Cutted out and paste on the envelope. Fellows, what's your comments?

Went for training (helping out my boss) on Monday. At NTUC center near shenton way. The view is breath-taking!!! here's the picture.

It was taken at the 10th storey, but still, its stunning.

Yah, seems like there's some motorbike rider in singapore who like flowers very much too, especially sunflowers...

I like the bike, and the helmet.

Some Jokes for ya...

This post is dedicated for jokes. Have fun laughing away!!
Appraisal report

The HR manager received the following appraisal report one day:

Bob Smith, my assistant programmer, can always be found
hard at work at his desk. He works independently, without
wasting company time talking to colleagues. Bob never
thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and always
finishes given assignments on time. Often he takes extended
measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping
coffeebreaks. Bob is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no
vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound
knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Bob can be
classed as an asset employee, the type which cannot be
dispensed with. Consequently, I duly recommend that Bob be
promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be
executed as soon as possible.
Later that day, the same HR manager received the following addendum:

That idiot was standing over my shoulder while I wrote the report sent to you earlier today. Kindly re-read only the odd numbered lines.


Laws of Office Morphology

1) In any organization, there will always be one person who knows what is going on. That person must be fired.

2) Anyone can make a decision given enough facts
A good manager can make a decision without enough facts
A perfect manager can operate in perfect ignorance.

3) The one time in the day you can lean back and relax is the one time the boss walk in your office.

4) Teamwork is essential. It allows you to blame someone else.

5) An easily-understood, workable falsehood is more useful than a complete incomprehensible truth.

6) If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, then you just don’t understand the problem.

7) The secret to success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you got it made.

8) Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.

9) If you have a difficult task, give it to a lazy man. He will find an easier way to do it.


Difference between medical personnal...

- Psychiatrists know nothing and do nothing
- Internists know everything and do nothing
- Surgeons know nothing and do everything
- Pathologists know everything and do everything, but too late.



"Doctor, I have an ear ache."

2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!"


Things You Don't Want to Hear During Surgery:

Has anyone seen my watch?
That was some party last night. I can't remember when I've been that drunk.
Damn! Page 47 of the manual is missing!
Well this book doesn't say that... What edition is your manual?
OK, now take a picture from this angle. This is truly a freak of nature.
Better save that. We'll need it for the autopsy.
Come back with that! Bad Dog!
Wait a minute, if this is his spleen, then what's that?
Hand me that...uh...that uh.....thingie
If I can just remember how they did this on ER last week.
Hey, has anyone ever survived 500ml of this stuff before?
Damn, there go the lights again...
Ya know, there's big money in kidneys. Hell, the guy's got two of 'em.
Everybody stand back! I lost my contact lens!
Could you stop that thing from beating; it's throwing my concentration off.
I wish I hadn't forgotten my glasses.
Well folks, this will be an experiment for all of us.
Steril, shcmeril. The floor's clean, right?
What do you mean he wasn't in for a sex change!
What do you mean, he's not insured?
This patient has already had some kids, am I correct?
Nurse, did this patient sign the organ donation card?
Don't worry. I think it is sharp enough.
What do you mean "You want a divorce"!
I don't know what it is, but hurry up and pack it in ice.
Let's hurry, I don't want to miss "Bay Watch"
That laughing gas stuff is pretty cool. Can I have some more of that?
Hey Charlie, unzip the bag on that one, he's still moving.
Did the doctor know he would look like that afterwards?
Of course I've performed this operation before, Nurse!
FIRE! FIRE! Everyone get out!


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lunch time (or half time?)

Seems that the canteen at the building where i am working is getting busier and busier. More and more people are coming to that canteen for lunch, tea-break and even breakfast...

There's not much stalls selling food, the food is average (maybe i am gotten sian of eating there for 3 1/2 years), and the sitting is quite limited. In contrast, there's another canteen just 5 minutes walk away, and it got lots stall, a greater variety of food, and the sitting capacity is more (even then, finding a seat over there during lunch time involveds a sharp eye, fast reflex, and a fast running speed).

Okie, enough of that. What makes me wonder at the Singaporeans eating habits is that, they always queue at the stall with the longest queue. One has this mindset that the longest queue has the best food. So, with this in mind, next time when i open a food stall, i shall take my own sweet time to serve the customers, thus this will generate more revenue.

Another thing. Either Singaporeans, especially the more educated ones, are surprisingly the ones that does not know the difference between Muslims and non-Muslims, or they don't know how to read, or they simply don't care.

I mean, what's the difference between Muslim food (halal food) and non Muslims (non-halal food)?

I am sure that most Singaporeans know, being living in a multi racial society. But how come i see lots of chinese stall plates on the muslim trays on the plates return corner? This is not temperory, i see this problem everyday. Plates stack on top of each other. Chinese, Muslims, and even plastic cups which are meant to be disposed of?

What's the darn thing wrong with them?? Does they know how to read? If they dun care, then why bother return the plates in the first place? If you have to do, you have to do sui sui, if not, better don't do.

Well, it takes 2 hands to clap, 4 persons to play mahjong and a stadium full of ppl to cheer for world cup match, so, please play your part in these kind of problems.

Well, i returned my plate to the Muslim tray at the plates returning corner today at half time... opps..., i mean lunch time. Before you start cursing at me, i like to inform you that i had Nasir Lemak for lunch, bought from the Muslim stall.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Post World cup fever depression syndrome...

Doctors all over the world must be feeling sad now... World cup is over. No more "world cup pandamic" paitents to boost business. But hey, doctors fret not!!!

There's still the Post World Cup fever depression syndrome.

Here are the Top 10 Signs that you are suffering from the POST WORLD CUP FEVER DEPRESSION SYNDROME.

10) You wake up in the middle of the night just to watch Tiger Wood playing golf. Worst that you do not realised it, and keep wondering why the match is so goddamm quiet.

9) You scream "GOAL" when the golf ball goes into the hole.

8) You keep calling your VCD shop, asking when will the World Cup 2006 DVD be released.

7) You whistle and flash a red card to anyone who blocks your way when you are alighting from the MRT.

6) You scream and cheer when your boss mentioned "GOALS" when in reality, your boss is talking about sales goals.

5) You scream, took off your shirt, running around your office when you finished your work before deadline.

4) You think that "lunch break" and "OT" should be renamed as "half time" and "extra time".

3) You take a shot on a clumped up piece of paper when you boss is at the doorway of his office.

2) You clutch and keep kissing your coffee cup, and raised it up high, while your colleagues cheer...

1) You exchange your long sleeve shirt and tie with your rivals in office at the end of the day.


You headbutted anyone who touches you, and say mean things into your ear...

So, if any of the above looks familiar, please do not hestitate to watch S-league till the effects wore off.

Monday, July 10, 2006

World Cup Finals

Its has been an exciting match. Both sides want to take the converted world cup trophy back to their countries. Its been an very interesting and a "violent"match. Both sides refused to compromise, fight for the procession of the ball, non stop. A single mistake may prove fatal to the team...

Now is the penalty shoot out as i am typing. Both keepers are hugging each other. Good sportsmanship i would say... Gimme 5 minutes to continue (pause...)

Italy won!!! 2006 world cup champions belongs to Italy!! Italy players are cheering, while France look on in despair... Barthaz, (France keeper) is sitting down by the goal post... with a look of disbelieve in his eyes...

During the match, especially the second half, it is clearly that the France are in control. They came close to scoring a few times. Italy gave away the ball as soon as they are in procession. I would say that France deserves to win. But as the ball is round, anything can happen.

The most shocking part of the match is when Zidane(France) headbutted an Italy player in the chest. There goes him, off the pitch (red card). As the commentor mentioned, its the end of a pestigious career.

World cup fever has ended. In Singapore, its the end of the world cup pandemic, and back to worrying about the dengue virus and the H5N1 bird flu virus.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

NDP Once again (Part 2)

Okie, Finally after some attempts, managed to upload the photos up into my bloggie.

Am using my camera phone, hence the pictures are not so clear. Below are the pictures of the Low-level and mid- level fire works.

This is the fireworks that shoots at a certain timing, around the stadium. One of the nicest.

I see many flares...but where's the parachute?

I just like those bright moments!! But they are only bright for a moment...

As mentioned in my eariler post, the fireworks are really fantestic, especially the low level ones. Some of them goes round the stadium, and you must be outside the stadium, at a distance to see the full effects. Its really really nice.

On the way back to HQ after the duty, i got wacked in the throat... (accidentially) by a stick. Was okie initially, but later, my throat got increasing irritiated, and i keep coughing with more intensity, till i puked on the way back to HQ. I just open the door and puked out, and thank god there's no motorbike at the side, otherwise his face will be full of my vomitus.

This is the result.

Okie lah...i was kidding, not that serious lah... the above picture was taken on friday night, when we went down HQ to pack first aid kits for the NDP duty... Got opened bandage, gauze etc, and i took it upon myself to wrap upself up.. There's ain't enough crepe bandage to turn me into a mummy...

Went RT. Chop Chop, finished fast... but it did not rain....It rained after i reach home.... Nice weather now to sleep... Someone is asking me want to go see national comp, another fellow inviting me to his house for lunch, my bed looks inviting.... 3 choices... what shall i do??Anyone advise please?

NDP once again...

Its the time of the year once again, whereby you can see lots of red and white, a cresent moon and 5 stars hanging from lots houses, shops, commerical buildings etc etc.

You will see lots of shows, hear lots national songs on TV and Radio, and where everyone in Singapore will celebrate a special 41st birthday on the 9th Augest 2006, even its just a public holiday.

Yes, Its National Day! Months of preparation, rehersals, plannings are spend to make the upcoming birthday bash a success. How many SAF, Police, SCDF, Civilians involved, in terms of participants, security, logistics all the way down to the "Sai Kangers"...

This year will be my sixth year involved in NDP. Third year for medical cover, first year as an ambulance crew.

Involved in 2000 (NS time) as a mobile colume, where i was driving MB290, carrying snipers. First time Mobile colume went to the housing estates. I am sure that the roads in Singapore are very chaotic during the preview and on that day itself.

In 2001, (NS time also), i was one of the thousands "Sai Kangers" doing Marshelling, signboard posting, packing goodie bags, driver, NDP ticket issuing, Carrying of barricades etc... Remember that i bong my 3-tonner into the side of the Police Coast Guard (kallang base)gate during the NE show. My tonner got a small dent, the the gate collaspe the next day. All i got was 3 extras.

In 2003, my zone in my UG was involved as the marching contingent in NDP, and i was one of the POC.

In 2004, I was involved as a medical personnal in the grandstand with Derek. Met up with Chia Hock after the actual day, and we got free flow of food and drinks, including beer... No, i did not touch the beer.

2005, i was helping out at the Tampines Heartland celebrations, as well as one of the ground commander for the SJAB medical team at Padang. My zone and another zone was in charge of the duty...

Come 2006, i was helping out as an ambulance crew at National Stadium.

This means to say, i have been through almost every "appointment" in NDP, except for being a spectator. This does not include specialist duties, such as the lights and sounds system, EXCO member, logistic.

Wondering why i spoke about this topic?

I just came back from the "SAF Family day" NDP rehersal at National Stadium. Though i was quite far away from the stadium, two things occured that makes me thing that this year NDP will be a special one.

1) The first time fly past of the Apaches. I was fastinated by the Apeches (okie, i am crazy about military hardware, but not the software and the underware... i am still an IT Idiot). Their sleek lines and curves had my attention. I saw the meancing gleam of their 30mm chain gun, their 8 hellfire anti-tank missiles, and 2 pods of 2.75 inch rockets. (Aerial Arty?)

2) The Fireworks. Thought its not a 100% of fireworks and pyrotechnics for this rehersal, but its very nice. Cannot imagine the amount of fireworks and pyrotechnics on the actual day.(Took some photos of the fireworks, but dunno why cannot upload the pictures into blogger these few days, that's why recently my blog got no pictures, can anyone tell me why?)

Another interesting thing. First time for this year, the Guard of honor (GOH) are carrying the SAR 21 Rifle with baynoet instead of the M-16S1 Rifle. I never knew that the SAR 21 rifle can fix baynoets now. (During my NS time, we are using SAR 21 throughout the operational period, and there was no way to fix baynoets).

Well, NE show next sat. Going to be tired again. (NDP is always tiring, when you are involved).

RT later. My last RT on a Sunday. Praying for rain during RT later. Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

A day of rushes...

Its Friday... TGIF!!! But for me, it's ain't good at all.... Whole day rushing around Singapore, and right now, i am at Kallang Mac, with Enoch talking about pelvis fracture, and how to diagnose it.

Morning got training for Guardian. At Peace Center, Selegie Road. Went into an arguement with one of the parking attendance, coz he insisted that my van (high limit, 2.0m) can be parked into a multi carpark ( light limit, stated, 1.8m). I just ask where can i park else where, and he insisted me going into the multi-storey carpark.

This grew into a arguement, and in the end, he spewed the infamous "F*** you". This really pissed me off. I asked for his name and the company he is working for, and he refused to give it to me.

Whole morning was in a very bad mood, mainly due to the arguement, and partically due to the claims problem. Shall not elorbate.

Whole day, driving around singapore, and i clocked over 100 km mileage. Believe it? That was the distance i covered the whole day. End up with enoch at kallang mac, the topic changed to RTA liao.

Well, not so pissed off liao, but when think back about the Old man who scolded me "F*** You", my response now is.....

"You wanna F*** me?? well, too bad you are not a chiobu. you got the wrong accessories, dude."

Thursday, July 06, 2006

World Cup semi-finals...

All those who know me well-enough, knows that i don't watch soccer. (I do, in the past, during the era when Robbie Fowler was still in Liverpool FC, and when Singapore won in the Malaysian League, and won the Malaysia cup in 1994)...

But here i am, watching the telecast of yesterday's match. Germany against Italty. Partly coz there's no good program on other channels.

The good old feelings come back to me as i was watching the match. How i used to curse and swear when the team i supported lose a goal, how i cheered when it won, or scored. But right now, i am not supporting any teams, and i just cheer and jeer accordingly to the action. Mind you, its yesterday match somemore.

One change strike me. There seems to be more violent in the field. Shoving, pushing, arguements with the referee, even kung-fu style kicks, wrestling style punching, slamming do occur. One can argue, its the world cup after all, but i think that's not an excuse. If the referee is not there, there would be an ugly brawl happening, a free-for-all fight between the players.

Perhaps the brawl could spread to involve the fans of the country, and, there would be an ugly riot. It would firther spread to the 2 countries and guess what?? both the countries could end up declaring war on each other. All just because of a goddamm world cup match...

I know i am letting my imagination run wild, but a war is the last thing i want it to happen. (Maybe i am still a NSman).

As the match ended, i realised that my fears are unfounded... Both players from both team, going around, shaking hands with each other... but another thing is the despair of both germany team and their fans are really in a stark contrast with the fans and the team from Italy.

One fellow i really respect at that point of time is the germany coach. While some players are weeping, the coach is there, encouraging them, consoling them. The coach is feeling worst than them, but he cannot show it out. He cannot lash out at his players, coz they had tried their best.

Well, to the fans of germany, there's a bit of consolation for you... i think that germany jersey is still much better than Italy...

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Analysis of Comments in my Tagboard.

Someone had commented on my tagboard, which i find interesting, and here's my view.

Her first tag was "hey yo!! hee.. like ur this blog today.. !! think u could work part-time as Today newspaper commentor..very interesting ideas n thoughts..!! ^^ BTW, i've the most beautiful laughter ever.."

Her second tag was "hhaa..but your style of commenting is pretty interesting. A little sarcastic yet brings out a tinge of humor..haa..n well, nice try demoralising me. bUt have to try harder..haha..muhaahaha..^^"

I find her 2 tags disturbing. Let me break it down and analysis each sentence.

1) "like your blog today" = Only that day har?? The rest of the days she dun like har??

2) "Think you could work part-time as Today newspaper commentor" = You want me to get fired from my job har??

3) "very interesting ideas n thoughts" = I take that as a compliment. At least someone thinks i am an interesting person.

4) " i've the most beautiful laughter ever" = (shake head...) I shall reserve my comments.

5) "but your style of commenting is pretty interesting"= I am still an interesting person huh??

6) " a little sarcastic yet brings out a tinge of humor"= Well, i am an interesting ppl who is a little sarcastic and an pitiful sense of humor?

7) "Nice try demoralising me" = Well i did not try.... it just comes normally and naturally... whahahah

That's all.

Yesterday, i hang out with ppl from my past UG. Today, i hang out with ppl from BP WLNY Supper Club members. Been a long long time since a big group hang out together from the supper club. A memorable night. Miss those days where we hang out as a big group almost everyday. Today those present are: William, Zhi Xiang, JB, CY, Aaron, Joshua, Henry, Cai ning, Johnny and moi, not a very big group, but still, as compared to the last few weeks or months, its considered big supper outing.

Congrads to Ah Wang, Joel, Harlim and all those poly grads. Enjoy your poly graduation! Officically a diploma holder!! And all the best to CY in your soon-to-be freshie in NUS, and Johnny in your Uni studies!!!

Important announcement!!!

Free Thursday Lian He Zhao Bao is only avaliable at 3 unity outlets, Location at Toa Payoh Central, Hougang and Chua Chu Kang. No updates from watsons, and there's no free papers at guardian.

Moral of this announcement... Freebies come at a price...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A sure way to get rich!

With reference to my last post on my bloggie, been thinking how to overcome my"troubles", with my troubled mind, until a phone call came in at work just now, and i realised that my "troubles" will be untroubled.

Well, almost....

Our company has wrote editorials to the papers, namely Lian He Zhao Bao, (still got others, but awaiting news) and the phone call is from the SPH Press Holdings. We had bought 500 Lian He Zhao Bao in advance for this coming Thursday edition, coz they carried our editorials in one of their section.

The fellow from SPH Holdings asked me today where to deliver the papers. The way they asked, the frequency of the calls led me into thinking that they are delivering today. I did not know that it's a Thursday edition.

I checked with my soon-to-be ex-colleague, and realised that its a this coming Thursday paper. I was thinking, how can they print Thursday paper on aTuesday? How do they predict what will happen in these2 days time? (Actually, it can be done, as shown in the James Bond movie.)

So, my soon-to-be ex-colleague called up SPH Press Holdings and enquire about it.

Then we were informed that they are delivering it on Thursday.

My hopes faded. My plans to strike rich was lost, flush straight down into the toilet bowl, never to recover. You know what's my plan?

Lets say, if they are delivering Thursday full printed papers today (Tuesday), it will surely include the Wednesday 4D results right? So, i just have to spend a bit of time today or tomorrow, queuing up to buy the top prize results, and persto, you will see me in a red ferrari, zooming down the highway, with the TP Subaru WRX trailing in the far distance.

My "troubles" which became untroubled "troubles" had re-troubled back to "troubles". How troublesome, and its back to my troubled mind to think of another way to untroubled my "troubles".

At least, one good news come out of it. You can save 60 cents. (Is that the cost of the normal Lian He Zhao Bao paper?)

As mentioned, we have to buy 500 copies. So, what to do with the huge stacks of papers? Well, we would distribute to the retailer shops, which is Guidian*, Unity and Watsons*. You can pick up a free copy of the paper on Thursday, but don't go around queueing up so early. We need need time to distribute it around Singapore! While stocks last!

(* Selected stores only.)

Good day, ladies and gentlemen...

In Trouble

I am in deep "trouble"... No, i did not do anything wrong with my work, nor other things.

Anyway this will be a happy "trouble", and it will come next year or the year after next. Still dunno what's that?

Before i shall reveal what that "trouble" is, first, let me tell you the story.

Went to meet Joshua and Zhi Xiang for dinner today. Joshua jio pool, but i was too tired to go, so i declined his jioing. Later, we (zhi xiang and me) went back to his void deck and do the thing we both do best at, talk cock.

Out of boredom, i started going through my phone book list and started calling all my old UG friends. Called them one by one, including the Teacher Officer of the UG of the school i was attached to as an instructor. Started asking how are they, any updates of the others (read, gossip). Managed to jio another 2 ppl to join us talking cock.

Well, questions started to flow around, with the 4 of us. The usual questions about how well you getting on and all those crap. Then we chatted about the old times, the happy memories of the past, (we are all instructors from the same UG, all in the same Area), the past activities we had conducted, lamated about the present working life, etc etc. Then we update the 2 new arrivals on any information that we had acquired through the phone calls. We are a close knitted ppl, even though i seldom see each other except for Zhi Xiang.

The most asked questions was : " When you getting married?"

That's when i knew i am in "trouble".

The trouble was not the pressure that ppl ask how come i am still single. All those out there who knew me, know that i am single, and knowing me, they no need to ask why.

The "trouble"is that it seems like everyone around me in that UG last time, during our era, is getting married, or having plans to get married in the next 2-3 years. Got the meaning?

No? Okie, let me explain. Getting married, means banquet, and guests attending or not attending, upon invitation, have to give ang pows. Got it?

No, i am not being stingy, as i had mentioned, its a happy "trouble" to see all those close friends of mine getting married. Good to see them settling down, and start raising a family. I feel happy for them.

But still, there goes the new car i have been dreaming of buying in the 2-3 years time.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Miracles does exist!!!

Hey! Miracles does exist after all!!!

England Fans Exit World Cup Quietly

Mon, Jul 3, 4:19 AM

In the end, England's soccer fans accepted World Cup defeat with dignity _ and without the drunken violence authorities had prepared for and hoped against.

Tens of thousands of soccer lovers sporting the colors of Portugal, England and a host of other countries drowned their sorrows _ or joy _ in beer and bratwurst.

Just 100 people were arrested for minor offenses after Portugal beat England, German police said Sunday. There was more trouble in France, which beat Brazil Saturday to advance to the semifinals. In Paris, youths smashed windows and threw bottles at police officers, who detained 69 people.

If Germany was the test, England fans passed.

"I think our real fans have been absolutely superb," said Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Thomas, the senior English police officer assisting the Germans at the World Cup.

Of the 6,000 arrests made since the tournament began June 9, he noted, just 711 were British.
The threat of hooligan violence was a major theme leading up to the competition.

But German police were impressed by the way the crowds seemed to manage themselves, cheering on each others' teams and exchanging more shirts, photographs and hugs than angry words or blows.

In Gelsenkirchen, Police President Ruediger von Schenfeldt said that fans from all countries took it upon themselves to keep one another in line.

England fans who carried a bad reputation based on past hooliganism are being seen in a new light not just by Germans, but by the world, said Kevin Miles, the international coordinator of the Football Supporters' Federation.

"It's been an extraordinarily positive contribution made to the tournament as a whole by English supporters," he said.

Trouble at previous soccer tournaments in Europe and flare ups involving German and Polish fans at local matches made organizers wary.

At the 1998 World Cup, German hooligans beat a French policeman to near death and England fans rioted in Marseilles. At the 2000 European Championship, hundreds of rioting Britons were arrested in Belgium.

The 2006 World Cup has been low key when it comes to arrests.

On June 14, police clashed with German hooligans and eventually arrested 430 people, after Germany played Poland in Dortmund. By the next morning all had been released. On June 24 in Stuttgart, police arrested more than 500 England fans who hurled bottles and plastic chairs in separate outbursts that injured nine people.


This is the first time i see England football fans behaving themselves during a major tourament. Good for them.

I have been horrified by the past newspaper reports that England soccer fans rioting, burning cars, smashing windows, beating up other team's fans. I started to imagine my van being overturned, smashed, burned, like some innocent people being sent to the gallows without any conviction, and me, watching it helpless, as stopping them will results in me being squashed, smashed and burned as well. (Thank god there's no world cup competition being held in Singapore).

This article (above) pleases me. Maybe the English fans doesn'thave much hopes pinned on them, maybe the England fans are sick and tired of rioting, but whatever the reasons, i still like to say this,"Well done, England fans, your team tired their best, and 4 years later, try again."

But, from the start of the tourament till now, over 6,000 arrests have been made. This figure is astondising. From the start till now, 36 matches (correct me if i am wrong) have been played, and this averages to 167 arrests per match, or in the 23 days of world cup ( from the beginning till today) averages about 260 arrests per day. Fantestic ain't it?

I wonder what will happen if Singapore is hosting the world cup, but before they do so, just let me build a underground air raid shelter just for my van first.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Duties and RTA

Its back again. After a absence of about 1 month, i am back. Back to the world of duty siaos.

Duty Siaos in SJAB is defined as " Someone who is si bei siao on in duties, be it big, small, major, minor."

Having 3 duties in 3 days, including an overnight duty. Fantastic? I did not went home for almost 30 hours. In the 30 hours, more than 24 hours are spent in doing duties, for the TP soccer maniac camp and National Dragonboat Championships. In fact, its more than just the duties, as i had encountered an RTA (again?!?!?) at Yishun on Sat morning.

Senting someone back after an duty, i saw an accident. Bike was underneath a taxi. Slowed down to see if there's any casualty, but i saw no one. (I swear i did not see the licence plate of the vehicles involved). I was WRONG! I am not observant enough.

On the way back, on the opposite lane, i saw the casualty. He was about 2 lanes (extremely right lane, besides the kerb) away from the bike, with a car just beside him. I realised that the car was blocking the view of the casualty when i was there eariler. But if at that time, if i was observant enough, i could have seen the casulty. Lesson learned. Do not assume that there's no casualty if you cannot see any casualty besides the accident vehicle.

Anyway, as i was approaching, i got an instinct to change lanes so as to have a better view of the accident. That's when i saw the casualty and the approaching SCDF ambulance in the distance. I made a split second decision to stop and access the casualty, another instinct. (Normally, i would not stop if the ambulance had arrived).

First thing i saw was that the casualty was lying at an angle, leaning against the kerb. His eyes were open, but he was not moving. I check his response, and he replied. He is consious and alert. He is in a state of shock, his eyes were opened wide, in a shocked manner. Then i did a visual check on his body, and realised that he has a fracture on his leg, just above the ankle. ( i could not recall which leg). By that time, upon my instructions to the passerby, the ambulance was directed and stopped.

I approach the medic, a SGT, male, and informed him that the casualty had substain fractures on his leg. He brush me aside, he did not even acknowledge my information. Another typical arrogent SCDF officer who did not trust me. (Its not the first time, and i am not sure its the last time). Not all SCDF officers are like that. Some took my assessment seriously.

Anyway, i stood one side and allow the officers to take over. I noticed one thing. The officers did not attempt to calm the casualty down, especially when his legs are being immobalised. The casualty grimed in pain, and i have to step forward to reassure the casualty.

After that, the next aim is to apply collar and transfer the casualty to the trolley cot. I was kneeling by the side of the casualty's head, reassuring the casualty when an officer approached the casualty with a collar. I just took the collar from him and started to secure it to his neck, but at that time, he was on the phone with his loved ones. So, i wait a while for him to finish his call, meanwhile, telling him that i need to apply collar and he needs to take the phone away for a while.

The SGT medic, upon seeing this, just took over from me, and apply the collar without talking to the casualty. Next is the challenging task. How to TOC to the trolley cot. There's no space at all as the casulty was between the kerb and a car. There's no space even for a canvas stretcher.

The Medic told his men to take the canvas, and the man just replied back," Canvas???" I got fed up. I lok around. The area behind the car was clear, with a breakdown sign about 5 meters behind. I asked loudly." Who is the driver of this car?" A fellow raised up his hand.

I continued " Are you involved in the accident in any way?"

"No", he replied.

"I want you to reverse your car slowly till i ask you to stop", i informed him.

He complied. With the SCDF officers securing the casualty, i guided the driver to reverse till there's a lane of free space. Hence, the trolley cot could went in all the way too beside the casualty. I went back to the casualty, and assist the officers in securing the head.

Then it hit me. I am the number 1 man in this case. I am the commander now. I looked around. I checked that all are ready in moving the casualty to the trolley cot. I gave the timing. Casualty moved. I assist in raising up the trolley cot too, and i gave the timing for it to be raised.

Then i stopped the traffic to allow the casualty to load up into the ambulance. ( The police are there, but there are busy reccording statements). After that, i had a word with the police and got the green light to leave the scene. An kind passerby (former SCDF officer) stopped the traffic for me to shift my van back into the main traffic flow.

Hmmm... Kinda interesting days i am having. RTAs and RTAs and RTAs...