Wednesday, May 30, 2007
"Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?"
The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"
Embarrassed, the charity office rep mumbled, "Um. . . no."
" - or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?" The stricken charity office rep began to stammer out an apology but was interrupted,
" - or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "leaving her penniless with three children?!"
The humiliated charity office rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea..."
On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again: "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?!?"
How i miss my school days.
In Primary school, we have holidays for public holidays, youth day, and children's day and teacher's day.
In secondary school, we have holidays for all, except children's day.
In poly, we have holidays for all, except teacher's day, children's day and youth day.
In NS, we only can rest on holidays and SAF day.
And now, in working life, we only have public holidays.... so sad...
And after this holiday, the next one will be National day, which is something like, more than 2 months away, while the school kids have a whale of a time playing.
How i wish i am back in school.
And in these periods, weddings come fast and furious for me. Too fast, too furious, in fact, and no matter how much i tried to drift away from those "red bombs", i could not siam them.
JW is getting married tomorrow, on Vesak day, Nazir on the beginning of June, and AM is getting ROM on mid June.
JW, i know you are a bit sad that you are about to lose your bachelorhood, be glad that you are entering the married man status. Just remember to find some time to accompany bachelors like me. Same goes for Nazir and AM...
I gonna pity my wallet and my pocket. (sob, sob)
And to those who are attending the weddings as well, STOP ASKING ME WHEN IS MY TURN!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Tuesday May 29, 6:17 PM
About a week ago (i cannot remember when is the date of the news), i read about a news report saying that there are lots of fishes found dead, floating at the Serangoon River.
Came as quite a shock to me, as rivers in Singapore are supposed to be quite clean.
NEA and PUB started investigations. Public are advised not to fish, and consume the dead fish. First, they reported that the water is not toxic, and they are now examining why the fish die.
This is interesting.
How do they examine how fish die? I mean, how are they going to do about investigating how the fishes die?
I mean, will they cut up the dead fishes and do a post-mortem or autopsy on the dead fishes? Just like the forensic experts did on criminal cases on murdered humans?
And if NEA and PUB is doing the investigations, i am not at all surprise that the cause of death of fish in Senrangoon River is undetermined.
During the last 2 duties which last for 24 hours, i keep asking myself this few questions...
"What the hell am i doing here on a Saturday night?".... "What the hell am i doing at one fullerton when i should be at home sleeping after the overnight duty???"
Almost every duty, i would ask myself that question. Especially if its a weekend night. I mean, weekend nights are the best, and usually it's more happening than the weekdays nights. (thinking about it now, that does not seems to be the case for me)...
And when weekends come without duties, i would ask myself this questions... "I am bored... How come this weekend got no duties?"
And when the call came for volunteers for some duties, i will be among the first few to raise up my hand.
Contradicting huh?? Haiz~~~, the confusing side to a human nature...
Sometimes, life is so boring that you don't even know what the heck are you doing, and for what purpose.
This feeling usually comes after an interesting, tiring, or happening event, which is happening right now to me.
Monday, May 28, 2007
And i am here, writing my blog again... No sign of panic, no signs of ppl rushing out of the building, and no signs of fire wardens (I am one of the fire wardens) standing by to guide ppl out of the building, and no signs of fire fighting ppl taking out hoses and drowning the whole building in water.
It always happen.
Ultimately, it's a false alarm. The safety officer and the building management will be alerted and dispatched to investigate the source of alarm, and the PA system will announce if it's a drill, false alarm or a real fire, and we will react accordingly.
That's why i am still typing which the goddamm bell is still ringing, irritating my boss.
And now, here comes the announcement.
Its a false alarm.
This is what we are facing every few months. The fire alarm will suddenly ring, and the announcement will come later that it's a false alarm.
But what happen when a real fire breaks out in the building, and the PA system is put out of action, thus we will not know what is happening?
If it happened, you can find my charred body sitting right in front of the computer....
Its a siong weekend. The statistics are out. I did 2 duties.
First duty is the overnight cycling organised by YTSS for their students. Starting point is at sembawang and ending point is Pasir Ris Park, Carpark C. I left HQ by 2100 hours.
And i was spotted by quite a number of ppl. Went to BP to change ambulance, and JL saw me, and message "Nice ambulance" to me. Spotted ST at Sembawang, at a traffic light junction, and SK spotted me at Upper Thomson Road.
That night (Sat night) must have given lots of other drivers, motorists a scare. With our ambulances beacon lights on, and parked by the side of the road, (usually in front / after the major junctions), and us in our reflective vest, standing besides our vehicles, and we got lots of speeding cars slowing down.
Did they think its an RTA had occured and they wanna some 4D inspiration?
Or its an roadblock? Rubbish right? Roadblock with ambulances?!?!
You may laugh, but there's a bike and a car did actually stop in the middle of the road, right before me. I have to wave them on their way!! Come on.. When did you ever see an ambulance that is involved in a roadblock?
And also, I believe we had set the record for being the slowest moving ambulance in the world with beacon lights on.
At the end point, i took a rest, and i guess, the guy up there does not want me to rest.
A tyre of the ambulance puncture. Had to change the tyre, with the help of EC and Rafi. I was sweating buckets by the time i finished. Changing tyre is work!!!
Went back to HQ, and prepare for another duty. I was suffering from the runs. Everytime the cyclist had a pit stop, i have to go to the "pit stop" (toilet). So, to prepare for the other duty, i drank a can of redbull, took 2 panadols ( i got a headache by then), took 2 loperamide capsules (for my runs) and 2 Cordyceps sinensis capsules (for energy and to me, it can keep me awake and alert).
The next duty is the NUS legs and paddles, at one fullerton.
And i set another record. I set up my First Aid Command Post inside Starbucks. Inside there, we monitor comms, we stoned, we joked, we slurp coffee, we slept and we draw pictures. The starbucks staff were very nice and friendly to allow us to sit there (Sofa seats) the whole day.
And that duty proved another thing. Duty with Venod, is safe. With him, there's no casualties, and once he's gone off, a girl (a competitor) had twisted her ankle and needs some medical help.
Went back to HQ at 2100 hours.
And the stats are that i had done 2 duties for 24 hours straight. With only 15 minutes nap time at starbucks.
Is that another record? (Do not mention camps in here, pls).
I discovered a new phase.
It stands for:
Poorly Organised Poorly Executed.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Watched 2 movies with the same old group.
Blades of Glory is a comedian show, storyline is quite okie. Had a good time laughing away.
It's about the 2 men who was rivals in figure skating, who was banned from joining future touraments, and join forces to go into pair figure skating.
Pirates of the Caribbean, at world's end.
Actually i was sleeping in part of the show. No, the show is not boring, its just a couple of factors on my side.
1) I was too tired, being just came back from a trip.
2) I does not really know what the hell's the movie talking about. I did not watch Pirates of the Caribbean 1 and 2.
Graphics is okie. The part i like most is at the end, the final battle. It's simply awesome.
My votes for that movie...
1) Best actor : The monkey
2) Best supporting actor : The parrot.
We reach the second link on a beautiful sunrise. And it's my first time on the second link. I keep hearing the second link from Viper, AF, and i wanted to go there myself to see.
Us, in a car... on the second link. It was so breath-taking, absoluting..... empty of vehicles...
And once we reach Malaysia, the sence that enveloped us, reminds us of Genting. There's so much mist and haze. I do wonder what's that haze. Issit smoke or just some super low level clouds?
It's hazy only on certain parts of the road, and at other parts, its totally clear, and after some distance down, its hazy again. Does that happen everyday?
The journey is long. And here, i was sitting at the back seat, with nothing to do, no games to play, my concentration was on remembering our way, (so that i can go to Malaysia myself the next time), and the only entertainment that I've got was to hear the conversation between my boss and my maketing manager, and the music, and the only relief that i got was sleep.
Basically, i was dozing off, awake, dozing off till we nearly reach KL.
Made some calls to that company to get driving directions. We exit the N-S highway (i think) and went to a highway that will lead us to Ipoh. We were being instructed to follow that highway till we see our destination, Rawang (in Selangor), which is further up after KL.
Rawang, here i come!!!
So i became a navigator, all the way until we found that company. Not bad, considering that i only make a mistake and turned at a eariler junction on the small roads.
Meeting was brief, (about an hour and a half) and the director there brought us to lunch, after which we bid farewells and make the long, tiring trip back to Singapore.
Then i realised one thing. There are so much to see along the highways.
You'll see lots of trees, especially oil palms and rubber trees, and billboards. Large billboards with all kinds of advertisements.
You will see quite a number of hills and mountains, which is absolutely breathtaking.
And at certain parts, you see no trees. Just plain rocks. Rock climbing sport came to my mind when i see this fantestic rock wall.
Some parts of the highway actually reminds me of Singapore. Does that look like a HDB housing estate?
Know what's that?? Its a wind sock!!! Along the highway, not airport runway! Wind socks are used to determine the wind direction and the wind speed. Why do we need to know on a highway?
Enroute to Singapore, we stopped by You Peng town to visit the "famous" peanut shop. Selling all kinds of peanut products.
Yummy!! Bought some peanuts products and enjoying it!
On the streets, you get to see all kinfs of vehicles, including the bull dozer that the working is happily driving on the roads of You Peng.
One thing for sure. Even when you are not driving on a long long journey, you can be very tired of not doing anything. Its just that the journey shacks you out.
And if you are sure of where you are going, driving in Malaysia ain't so difficult afterall!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I will be going into Malaysia tomorrow. At first, i could see myself in KL.. But no... I will be going to Selangor, to a small town at Rawang. This is my second overseas business trip. First one is a short trip to Malaysia also, to the state of Johor.
Diving up will take 4 hours. 4 long long hours. Go there, visit a factory, and if time permits, will drive back to Singapore on the same day. If not, we will stay overnight at Selangor and drive back to Singapore on Thursday.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Its a sequel to the movie "28 days later". The story is about how there's a outbreak of a new deadly virus, and once contacted, ppl will be "outraged" and show the super violent side. The whole England is quarantined.
Now, 28 weeks later, people are starting to come back to England. But on England, there's a carrier. And the infection comes back.
There's one scene which is affects me. When the outbreak goes out of control, (infection of the virus is instant), the general orders a code red. Free-for-all. Kills everyone, be it infected or not. Burn the whole street, poison the air to kill all survivors.
All happened because of a stupid idiot and his 2 kids.
It may seems a harsh decision, but that's the only option left. Its a hard call.
That incident reminds me of the SARS incident. Luckily, it's contained before it spreads to more people. But the threat is still there... World pandemic is still possible. Bird flu H5N1 is still not fully contained.
And when it outbreaks, harsh infection control measures will be set up... And hopefully, everyone follows those measures.
Another S'porean killed by falling tree in Mt Ophir, Johor , Monday May 21, 10:17 AM
When you walk on the streets, look up, and all the way up! You may not find gold on the streets in this way, but hey, at least, you can see if the tree near you is topping over, and you can be able to siam in time, to save your lives!!!
Another down side to this. You may have bird shit dropping right into your mouth, and when that happens, please let me know. I wanna know what is the taste of bird shit, and i ain't got the balls to try it.
My van air con, to those who had been taking my van knows, was a bit out of shape. The amount of air coming out of the air con vents is so pitiful, that an ant would feel it as a breeze, and is laughing away at me being in a suana while driving.
So, once, when i was senting my vehicle for servicing, i asked another garage (specialise in air con) to see what they can do to create a wind storm to revenge that ant, and to blow him away.
That guy took a look, and tell me a lot of crap. The air con coils needs to change, the filter needs to change, no need to charge gas etc etc, and as he goes on, more and more technical terms come bombarding at my brains, till i cut him off.
"Can give me a quote to make the air con working?" I simply asked him.
"Around $130" (I forget if the quote is 130 bucks or 160 bucks, and to give him the little benefit of the doubt, lets say the amount is 130).
"But we are busy now... why not call us next week for an appointment?" he added.
Now, my van has become a fridge, and i cannot find that ant who has been standing in front of the air con vents, laughing at the pathetic air flow before.i suspect he has been blown in the skies.
And i am not $130 poorer.
All thanks to "ah boy", a guy who lives in the same block as AF, and he's specialised in repairing cars.
He just remove the air con filter, hand over to me, and ask me to wash.
And i fixed it back.
And now, to those who are scared of the cold, you need a sweater or winter wear to sit in my van!
To think that i was almost got conned... KNS!!! #*&%@#*^%@#&*
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Saturday May 19, 4:17 PM
Next time, we can take a MRT to Johor Bahru! Hopefully, the station ends at city square!! And once we stepped out, we can go straight shopping! (Wishful thinking).
But what about custom clearance? That means we have to alight with our belongings, scanned our passports reboard the train at Woodlands Custom, go to Malaysia Customs, alight, stamped our passports, scanned our items, and off we go... a bit of a hassle.. but then, i guess, its going to be a lot better than taking a bus there.
We are afterall, entering another country.
So, imagine the PA system for the train that is bound to JB will be as follows.
"Ding Dong... Marsiling station. Next stop will be at the causeway custom. Passengers without passports please haul your asses away from this train now, before the custom officers haul up your asses for trying to leave Singapore illegally."
But then, what about the passengers who had fallen asleep on the train? It is possible, given the magical powers of old people, disabled people, pregnent ladies and people carrying their infants, on the sleepliness of communters who are seated.
Will their asses be hauled up for trying to leave Singapore illegally?
Worked half day on friday, went back home to take my medication, and a nap.
Woke up, bath, and off i went to RJC. (Wow!!!, RJC leh!!!)
I was summoned by the holy one, (my zone commissioner, Mr DT lah), together with QZ to assist him in teaching some basic first aid, CPR and bandaging to some RJC students who will be going on a "mission" to India for their CIP hours.
What mission? I am not sure, but i do know our mission. To ensure that they know what to do when their comrades suffered a cut, that they got enough supplies to last their "mission", know how to give correct treatments to minor ailments etc etc.
Indeed, its a crash course. Seen a first aid lession plus CPR and bandaging practical lessons all cramp up into a 2 hour time slot? We did not teach the full first aid stuff. Just those we considered the most important for them to carry out their mission and to help their comrades-in-arms when the need arise.
Its quite fun teaching those RJC students. Especially when the gore pictures are displayed. Pictures of amputated fingers, fractures will evoke some "Eeeek" from them, while QZ and me will be grinning away, like a cat who had just devoured a saucer full of cream.
Well, i hope that their mission will be a fullfilling one, with the ability to assist their comrades, or the Indian community when the need arise.
Good luck, RJC students!
Friday, May 18, 2007
SHOCK OUTRAGE SHAME
Student from top school allegedly punches bus driver
By Hedy Khoo
May 14, 2007
On the 16th May, Mr Andrew Chin had wrote in his views on this bus driver Bashing.
Give him second chance
Students from top schools face tremendous pressure
What Mr Andrew Chin did can set off an intense debate. And true enough, on the 17th May (AF bought a copy of the TNP), 2 readers had commented on the comments by Mr Andrew Chin.
Actually, i know nothing of the following news till i read the 2 comments on the 17th May.
This post is to give me a chance to voice out my thoughts.
I agreed that that boy needs to be given a second chance, but not because that he is from a top school, but because of his age. In fact, all ppl should be given a second chance, as i have been a supporter of the yellow ribbon project. Besides, who had never erred before?
What i disagree with Mr Chin is that he tries to "defend" the people from top schools, citing that they face tremendous pressure to do well, struggles to fit in, to be on your best behavious and be a role model.
Please, don't be a elitist. Just because you been through top schools during your secondary school and JC years, and you feel you face more pressures than students in neighbourhood schools.
Actually, after reading the news, to be frank, its nothing worth mentioning about. The 17 year old boy is going through that the rest of us had went throught, the rebellious age, which "anything-that-i-do-is-correct" ego is important to a boy. Morever, he's doing it for his gf's sake, or for his face's sake. And indeed, he's still a boy. But after what i had read from Mr Chin's comments, i feel i should let myself be heard too.
Students in neighbourhood school does faces pressures too. And let's not forget, there are students in neighbourhood school that does want to score well for their exams, facing pressure from their family, society, peers and relatives. There are students in neighbourhood schools who struggles to fit into the school enviroment, be it in the UG, sports, cultural organisations, besides studies.
Its very pressuring when your parents compares you often with your cousin who is studying in a top school in terms of results, telling all your relatives how hopeless you are, how its impossible for you to beat your so call "top schooled cousin", and how forever lagging you will be.
Firstly, the boy should have known that assualting falls under the criminal law. Even young kids at kindergarten knows fighting is wrong, and he, in his school uniform, from a top school punched a bus captain for doing his job. So, what's up with the pressure to be on your best behaviour and be a role model?
And that boy should be throughly ashamed of himself for having his father to keel down and beg for forgiveness for something that his son did. The son should be the one to kneel down and beg for forgiveness himself. One should answer for one's action, and not let their loved ones take the rap.
Few of you been wondering what's the heck with my blog. Have not update since 15th May.
I been sick. Down with stomach flu, lao sai, flu, fever, vomitting, gastric pains... Sounds serious enough?
Well, i have not been feeling well since Monday. Tue, i went back to work, but was feeling so sick that i left work early to see a doctor. Those who know me well enough knows that i seldom see a doctor unless i am really not feeling well.
Got a day's MC for Wednesday. Rested at home (my home and AF's home), thinking that i will be well enough to go back to work on Thu.
Wrong. Thu morning, i woke up feeling extremely weak all over, till i find it hard to even get up from bed. Called in sick from work. Besides the afternoon time when i had to find some food, the rest of the day was spend sleeping, till night.
Met up with Mr and Mrs (Soon to be) AM, ZX and AF, talking cock. Had a whale of time "suaning" CS thr the phone, coz she always called AM, Viper. wahahaha... Poor CS...
Reached home after talkingcock session, realised that cannot sleep.. (slept too much in the day liao...) and so decided to go back office to clear some paperwork. 2 days of absence results in lots paperwork for me to clear.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Today is the 15th May. Halfway into May. It's also an important date this year.
Today is the starting date for citizens of Singapore to sign up for free money, which the goverment terms it "GST Credit".
The GST (Goods and Services Tax) is set to increse in July and the goverment is giving the citizens money to "offset" the increase in GST.
And here i am, trying to log into HSA (Health Sciences Authority) using Singpass (SIngapore Password, which one can use it to go into almost any goverment website, including IRAS, CPF, etc etc...)
And i cannot even go into the goddamm Singpass log on page. Is it of all the citizens desperate for money logging in to sign-up? And this results in my work to be done online thr HSA which i need to log on!!! Goddamm it... Damm despo for money, all those ppl, till affecting my work.
Tonight, i am going to the nearby ATMs to see how long the queue is.
Think of this. English in Singapore are common. You started learning in pre-school, continue learning it in primary, secondary, tertiary educations.
And we still makes blunders!!!
On a store which you can see around almost any corner!!!
If you don't get the blunder meaning, try looking at the second photo below...
See the blunder now??
Saturday, May 12, 2007
I was born intelligent -
education ruined me.
Practice makes perfect.....
But nobody's perfect..... .
so why practice?
If it's true that we are here to help others,
then what exactly are the others here for?
Since light travels faster than sound,
people appear bright until you hear them speak.
How come "abbreviated" is such a long word?
Money is not everything.
There's Mastercard & Visa.
One should love animals.
They are so tasty.
Behind every successful man, there is a woman
And behind every unsuccessful man, there are two.
Every man should marry.
After all, happiness is not the only thing in
The wise never marry.
and when they marry they become otherwise.
Success is a relative term.
It brings so many relatives.
Never put off the work till tomorrow
what you can put off today.
"Your future depends on your dreams"
So go to sleep
There should be a better way to start a day
Than waking up every morning
"Hard work never killed anybody"
But why take the risk
"Work fascinates me"
I can look at it for hours
God made relatives;
Thank God we can choose our friends.
The more you learn, the more you know,
The more you know, the more you forget
The more you forget, the less you know
So.. why learn.
A bus station is where a bus stops.
A train station is where a train stops.
On my desk, I have a work station....
what more can I say........
And honestly, what's your reaction to me being summoned to Supreme Court? I got charged?? For what crime?
Nope. I was summoned by the SJAB HQ (actually, i volunteered) to report to Supreme Court to assist in a CPR course as an instructor.
Its my first time entering the new Supreme Court. I had went to the old Supreme Court, Subordinate Court, the old Colombo Court(to make new plastic ICs), and even the courts at Bukit Timah (they got a sale going on.)
Tight security. Frankly speaking, from the times, i went in and out of Supreme Court, i don't know how radioactive my belongings are. Each time i enter, my belongings will be x-rayed and i have to step through a metal detector. I prob. don't need any flashlights anymore, as i and my belongings will GLOW in the dark after yesterday.
Sad to say, everytime i stepped through the metal detector, it beeped. I asked the cisco guard how come everytime i went through the metal detector, it beeped, when the others did not.
He simply replied. "Might be due to your metal belt buckle".
Bullshit. Seeing the others being scanned, especially the lawyers. They are "armed" with a metal belt bucklt, metal watches, metal rings, tie clips, the alarm just failed to go off.
Hmmm... Maybe, i have too much iron in my blood, and that trigger the alarm. Hmmm... possible?
Or the damm machine just dun like me?
CPR with the staff of supreme court was kinda fun. Its a small group. They spoke with the "lawyers" jagon, that only those who had faced the warth of justic before understands.
I got no desire to understand it.
Anyway, i should not be saying too much here, as whatever i say will be used against me as an evidence in a court of law.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Happy birthday to you...
Happy birthday to my blog,
Happy birthday to you!!!
It's my blog's 1 year old birthday today!!
I had set up my blog on 10th May 2006. It started when i was going to KTV with some of the neighbourhood friends. Encountered some RTAs and some funny incidents, which prompt me to start up a blog to share all those with my readers.
Since then, the blog has become (in a way) a method to "vent" out my feelings, my frustrations, my thoughts, funny incidents which i had encountered etc etc... But, i still will not post my most inner feelings, secrets onto this blog.
In this year, i had posted a total of 337 post, had 3924 visitors since i started the counter (I forgot when i started the counter thingy) and since 7th March 2006 to 4th May 2006, i got a total of 1448 visitors coming in from US, South America, Europe, Africa, India, China, East / West Malaysia and Australia. Thank you for supporting, dear readers.
One of my post was quoted in the Asia observer website, about my views on the minister pay hike. I was like "Wow... first time siah... but then hor, will the ISD come to my house or not leh"... I am kinda honoured.
Sometimes, i really hate TPs (Traffic Police)... They always appear when you are doing something wrong. It seems that they have kinda superpower that will instantly appear when you go into the wrong side of the rules...
And the worst thing is that when you see fellow drivers driving recklessly, dangerously, cutting across double white lines, signalling wrongly, and you wish for TP to appear, they will never turn up...
Nope. I was not pulled over for flouting the traffic rules... In a way, i was flouting it, but i don't know if my vehicle licence plate had became a reference number for that TP for 4D inspiration. (Copied down). I was overtaking some really slow moving traffic (i wonder if TP got pull over any vehicles for travelling below the speed limit for highways? Some travelled really slow) into lane 1.
Then i saw the TP. I am sure that the TPs must be trained by SAF Sniper School for camouflage lessons. Despite their white uniform, then can blend in perfectly to the road. They hide at around bends that you could not see them, and by the time you do, you are too late... Gotcha!! They can appear out of no where and suddenly, they are beside you, zooming away...
So, i hope nothing will happen. I did not see the TP taking down numbers, till i passed him.
Cross my fingers....
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Got the information from this website. (http://sg.news.yahoo.com/070509/5/singapore274979.html)
Bring back memories also. This is one of our literature texts during my secondary school days. (Sec 2). Funny thing is that i already got an copy of that book at home, and i was not aware of it.
So, i bought another copy of that book from the bookshop. (I still got the 2 copies today). And having 2 copies bring benefits. Then i always keep a copy under my desk, (never bring home), and i never have to tell the teacher that i had forgetten to bring that text to class. I do bring the other copy to class also, and my classmates know whom to find when they had forgotten to bring their copies.
It's a touching story about how a village girl fights for her rights to go to the city to further her studies against her brother, with the aim to improve the living standards of her village. How the parents react, and how the grandmother supported her. It's also a story about sibling love and rivalary.
Village folks always believe that girls should stay at home and make babies, and let the men do all the studying and providing for the household. But the fact is, in this modern world, time's had changed. In Singapore, both the male and the female have to come out and work to meet the living standards, to afford a decent, if not, comfortable life to the family.
And in our lit class, we had a project with regards to this story. We did a voice recording of the story, with music background, character playing for it. If i am not wrong, we did receive quite high marks for our effort.
It's a book that i never forget, it last a deep impression on me.
And now they are coming out with a animated film. Anyone interested?
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
After a long long chat, comes a long long period of thinking. Its food for thought. That raise the question, "who the hell am i?" I cannot answer that question right now.
What you think to be true may not be the truth. What you think is correct may not be the best solution to a problem. Who you think you are may not be the same person in another person's eyes. What path you take which you think with the least obstacle, you end up tripping over your own foot.
Simply speaking, sometimes, you dun know what you did can affect what ppl sees you. Question is, do you mind or not?
Lots long things to ponder and wonder...
What kind of season > will you enjoy eating steamboat?
A. > Winter ( To Qn 2)
B. > Summer (To Qn 5)
C. > No matter what season (To Qn 1)
1. Do you like to have some sauce on your food?
A. > Like (To Qn 2)
B. > Don't like (To Qn 5)
2. Will you add eggs in your steamboat soup?
A. > Yes (To Qn 3)
B. > No (To Qn 6)
3. If you find a cigaratte butt in ur steamboat food, what will you do?
A. > Quarrel with the boss and request another new one. > (To Qn 13)
B. > Stop eating and just pay and go. (To > Qn 10)
4. What is the main point ypu will consider for choosing a steamboat restaurant?
A. > Famous ( To Qn 7)
B. > Reasonable prices ( To Qn 8)
5. If the steamboat restaurant has a new product of steamboat, will you dare to try?
A. > Yes ( To Qn 6)
B. > No ( To Qn 8)
6. How many people do you like to have your steamboat meal with?
A. > 2-3 soulmates ( To Qn 9)
B. > A big group of friends ( To Qn 3)
7. If the steamboat restaurant is very crowded, will you wait for a seat or go to another place?
A. > Wait ( To Qn 11)
B. > Proceed to another one ( To Qn 12)
8. What kind of food you like to add?
A. > Noodle ( To Qn 9)
B. > Vermicilli "Tang hoon" ( > To Qn 7)
9. Will you drink the soup first or finish all the ingredients in the bowl then drink the soup?
A. > Drink the soup first ( To Qn 10)
B. > Eat the ingredients first ( To Qn 12)
10. If the boss tells you that you must add some SPECIAL and ODD ingredient in the soup to make it more delicious, will you dare to add?
A. > Yes ( To Qn 17)
B. > No ( To Qn 13)
11. Will you drink a cup of cooling water after you finish this steamy hot meal?
A. > Yes ( To Qn 15)
B. > No ( To Qn 14)
12. When you are having your steamboat, do you put in your meat first or put in later?
A. > Put it once the steamboat start ( To > Qn 15)
B. > Later part then put ( To Qn 11)
13. Do you like to put all types of food at one go into the steamboat or have it put in one type by one type?
A. > All ( To Qn 17)
B. > One type at a time ( To Qn 16)
14. What drink will you like to go with your meal?
A > Oolong Tea ( To Qn 16)
B. > Plum juice ( Type A)
15. Do you like to have steamboat at home or outside?
A. > Home ( To Qn 16)
B. > Outside ( To Qn 14)
16. Will you mind if another customer is standing behind you, waiting for you while you are finishing your food?
A. > Mind ( Type B)
B. > Don't mind ( Type C)
17. You are already very full with your meal but the boss offer to let you have another steamboat meal, will you eat it?
A. > Yes (Type D)
B. > No ( To Qn 16)
TYPE A : Shy, a bit of an introvert. You are more stubborn and like to stay alone quietly at home. To you, talking to strangers is a hard thing so you have not much friends. But you will still have some soulmates. You need to treasure people who care and love you. You are more interested in your own matters, you will try your very best to achieve your target. But you can't do everything alone, and just depend on yourself, learn to open up and accept other opinions. Try to get along with different people.
TYPE B : You are a more active person, drawing a clear line between happiness and unhappiness. You are more quick-tempered. If you encounter things you like, you will do it without second thought. But once you encounter things that you hate, you will wish to get out of it as soon as possible. As you are a person of your own views, the friends you tend to have will be of the same pattern. But once good friends, you will understand them a lot and go all the way to help then. Friends are very dependent on you. As you are too emotional, you may make a storm out of a teacup with your friends. You must learn to do things in order and not give up easily. You can try making friends with those you don't think you can get along with, don't stick with the same category. This will make you more popular and charming.
TYPE C : Gentle like a lamb. You have a high level of adaptance power, easy to get along with people. Very popular in social life but seems that no one will talk bad about you. You hate to have conflicts with people so you always try to adapt to everyone. You treat every person differently. To look at the bright side, you adapt easily. But to look at the dark side, you lack of character, although you are one big nice guy but you lack of charm. On the surface, you have a lot of friends but once you have troubles, you lack of soulmates to help you around. You must try to express yourself more and be more decisive. In this way, you can understand yourself more.
TYPE D : You are stubborn, like to go in circles and don't get to the point. Once you decide on something, no one can change your mind. You are a good leader in a group so you win a lot of trust from your friends. But as you are too persistant on your own thinking, you neglect other people's suggestions therefore you can easily make enemies. Although it is good to maintain your own character but it doesn't mean you totally ignore other people's thoughts and feelings. You will let people think you are hard to handle and you will lose friends gradually and may end up alone. You need to learn to accept other people's opinion. This will make your social circle bigger and you will understand yourself better.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Its back to Monday, a day with blue skies, blue computer screen (when started up), blue filing cupboards and a blur mind.
Seems like the blogger.com website is feeling the blues also. Monday blues.
Funs over. Back to work. Been going for duties on Thursday, Friday and Sat. A fun-filled weekend, that includes chionging to BQ getting high.
How come time flies when you are having fun and today, it took forever to reach lunch hour? I cannot wait for the next weekend to arrive.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Finally, after a long long long long absence , i made my way back to Boat Quay... to chiong (not duties... really chiong) (the last time i went to BQ was when JB opened his KTV pub, and i went down on the opening day)
It's EC birthday... (Yesterday). Met up with him for "supper" and afterwards, its cab time to BQ. First time tried Chivas plus plenty of green tea. What can i say about this chiong outing? Nothing interesting... Went to a KTV pub, have a whale of time drinking lots green tea and a little bit of Chivas... Am a bit high now...
The last time i was high was when i was in Australia for Ex Wallaby (SAF Training) as an aggressor in 2001. The whole platoon drowned 12 liters of wine!!! Its the same feeling i am having now... But then hor, since i still can update my blog now shows something.
In a way, i had never really tried liquor. And this session is a "test" for me to see how much liquor can i take. Its a test to see my limits. And i know my own limits.
But my stand on chionging is still the same.. Not worth it. And the fact that i drive always provide me an excuse not to drink. (EC was determined to make me drink today by asking my to park my van at HQ and take a cab to BQ)... Bo bian.... my SJAB buddy request leh...
Hmmm... why am i updating my blog when i should be sleeping now?? So, good night folks!!!
Friday, May 04, 2007
Aviva badminton Singapore Open.
Jump smash by a Hong Kong Player, using my camera phone. Took me a few minutes to take this picture...
Its an exciting night. There's a few fierce competitions. Especially the men's doubles, Malaysia Vs China. Its an very interesting and exciting match. A team from Singapore in the Women's doubles won. Susilo also won and proceed further into the tourament.
But the most exciting part of the duty is the shopping part.Every year, since the time from Yonex-Sunrise Singapore Open, i have been shopping at the competition venue.
Sunrise (a distributor of Yonex products) had set up a shop selling some stuffs. Went up with EG to take a look. Actually, that's my primary mission of going for this duty. Shopping. The clothing there are very nice and cheap.
Imagine a Yonex polo T shirt cost only 20 bucks, and a windbreaker cost 30 bucks. Bought a few Polo Ts, and a shorts. Not to forget a manual airhorn. (you have to blow into it to get the airhorn sound. And it is LOUD!)
Interesting shopping experience and matches.
It's EC birthday today!!! Happy birthday EC, may all your wishes come true!!!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Thursday May 3, 10:17 AM
Singaporeans, the fastest walking speed in the world? Wow... That surprises me siah...
Singapreans uses an average of 10.55 seconds to walk 18 meters, that boils down to a speed of 6.14 km/h!!! That's fast, given the SAF's route march speed of 4km/h.
And these prove one thing. Singaporeans are "kiasu", (scared to lose), that's why they walk faster, and faster and faster, and to get ahead of each other! Also, it proved that Singaporeans are also very competitive by nature. They will not be happy when they are losing in walking to other ppl, so that's they try to out pace each other... Hell, they even do it on the roads!!
From early 90s, Singaporeans have walked 30% faster, while the other countries only have an increase of 10%... So, in another 15 years time, (assuming that the speed increase is constant), Singaporeans will walk at a speed if 8km/h.
I certainly do have a problem keeping up at that speed.
But then, one thing eludes me. If Singaporeans walk the fastest, and they want to move fast, travel fast, how come i don't see any Singaporeans winning the gold medal in track and field? Not even a gold medal at SEA Games, not to mention breaking the world record.
Suggestions to the British Council to conduct another study so that Singapore can be ranked first in the world again.
Longest time in queueing up.
Singaporeans are very adapted to queueing up, be it queueing up for HDB flats NDP tickets (in the past), favourite food and even Hello Kitty toys!!
We are sure to tops the patience in queueing up. But just don't do a survey at the bus stops, coz Singaporeans just don't queue up to board the bus or the train.
Almost every weekday morning, when i am working normal office hours, i will encounter a jam. "what lah, only a jam".. you may be thinking to yourself...
But this jam is not a normal jam. It occurs in different place. Before i explain, let me tell you my daily route to office. (Errr.... nope no one is going to lay an ambush for me hor)...
BKE (southwards) to PIE towards Jurong, exit Clementi Ave 6, go all the way to AYE (towards Changi) and exit North Buona Vista.
So, if i leave the house at 0730, i will face the jam at PIE (towards jurong) and reach the office around 0815. If i leave my house at 0800, i will have to face the jam at BKE, and i reach the office around 0840. If i leave the house at 0830, i will face the jam at Clementi Ave 6 and half the AYE, reaching office at 0900.
Funny thing is that i always encounter a jam. Not 2 or 3 jams at different parts of the journey. When its jams at BKE, PIE and AYE will be free, when it jams at PIE, AYE and BKE will have no jam, so on and so forth... Its very, very, very, seldom that i went to work on a weekday morning (no upcoming public holidays), without any jam. Be it minor or major.
Today is different in a way. The BKE is smooth flowing. PIE is not packed. AYE got not much heavy vehicles, and no heavy traffic.
BUT THEN..... There's an RTA at the road to AYE from PIE at Clementi Ave 6 Exit. And there's a jam there. (no injuries).
Damm... Issit i got no fate to go to work on a weekday morning without any jams?
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
When a gal gets famous, rumors will start to flow... Bad malicious rumors, that can get worse as each day passes by...
Good example is this blog. "http://nicolekiss.blogspot.com/"
Okie, i admit that i do not know her, but i find her blog kinda interesting, be it she's crapping or talking about some serious stuff. Can say that she's kinda attain fame in blogging.
And recently, she went for Miss Malaysia pagent. A beauty contest.
And now, just take a look at her tag board.
And these kinda problems are often found more apparent in the female gender. Kinda funny leh.
You wanna say something or make a point, prove it. Under the law, one is innocent till proven guilty.
Simply, are those ppl just plain jealous of her or what? If that's the case, i only got 2 works for those who wanna be famous. "Work hard", and maybe 2 more words, "good luck".
Mayday or labour day is over... Next holiday will be on the 31st May.... First and last day of May is a public holiday....
Talking about Mayday, how come it become a distress call code?? You take a radio transmitter and just shout into it, "MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY!!!" and those listening and monitoring the radio network will instantly stop and try to reach you. But do not attempt to do it, unless you are in distress.
A radio call with the heading, "mayday 3 times" is enough to scramble search and rescue operations.
Also reminds me of a song, by Bee Gees... First of May.... A very nice nice song....
Hmmm... okie, wake up!!! Mayday is over... Holidays is over!!! Back to work!!! (Slaps myself)...
But then hor, kinda miss the holidays... Long long time since i really laze around in bed, watching VCDs the whole day, flying kite at night!! Relaxing, resting and catching up on my sleep!
Gee, i cannot wait for the next holiday!
Happy Birthday, YN!!! Enjoy your overseas trip!!!