Sunday, November 10, 2013
I was impressed by his dance moves and stage performance last night. Although some of the songs that made him famous, he did impress me with his singing of Billie Jean & 关怀方式。His duet with Stefanie Sun, 她说 and the song that he sang with his brother,林俊峰，飞机 was not bad.
I was a little surprised that he sang these two songs, as they were not the main songs in his album.
For the 1st time that I attended a concert, I did not get the latest album as souvenir but got myself these items instead.
I will get his album, Stories Untold at a later date, unless someone decides to give me the album as an advanced birthday gift. Please let me know ok, to avoid clashes of birthday gift amongst friends. Haha. =)
I would give the concert a 4 out of 5 rating. =)
Sunday, October 27, 2013
October has been a month of birthday celebrations and a month of holy Matrimony for my friends.
6 Oct – Raymond’s Wedding
I am happy to see my long time KTV friend, Raymond getting married after a short courtship with his Vietnamese wife. May I take the opportunity to wish the couple a happy & blissful marriage
7 Oct – Jasmine’s Birthday
It was the birthday of one of my new friends that I made this year through the IRAS VES. We had French food at a restaurant called Saveur at the request of the birthday gal after she saw the feature on TV. It was fortunate that I have been to this restaurant before, as one of my KTV group friends have brought me there before. I am glad to have fulfill the wish of the birthday gal and let her enjoy her birthday.
12 Oct-Weng Kiat
21 Oct – Kian How
22 Oct – Evelyn
I did my 3 friends’ birthday celebration at the group KTV on 19 Oct.
The cake was from Four Leaves, the Blueberry yogurt cake, which I thought was a little too sweet, although the decoration was nice.
28 Oct – Wai Ling
This friend of mine, whom I knew for 10 years through ICQ, and was a blogger previously. I am glad that our friendship is still going strong after all these years and we managed to find time to meet up at Swensens, the restaurant of our 1st meeting to catch up. Thanks friend for the advices that you have given me.
Happy birthday to all the October babes
I have been busy with my work this month that I got to bring my work home to try to complete to meet the corporate tax filing deadline on 30 Nov for Form C & 15 Dec for Form C-S at the request of my boss. Being a responsible staff, I have no choice but to agree.
I had been disturbed by the fact a colleague from the corporate secretarial department have been abusing her power to tell off my colleague, whom I recommended to assist her in her work. My friend’s performance has been good so far, except that she is usually late due to the problematic bus service 190 and her health has not been good.
Personally, I feel that my corporate secretarial colleague and my friend are both at fault. My corporate secretarial colleague should do her assigned task herself as my friend is from the admin department & does not have the required expertise to assist her to complete her task. This colleague should not think that she has the backing of my boss and she could use the backing to tell off my friend for being late.
As for my friend, the recent hoo ha about the Service 190 have saved her from further brickbats, although she could have handled the situation better.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I had wanted to try out the new Partyworld branch at Downtown East E-Hub and at the same time, catch up with the ex-manager of Partyworld Liang Court, who is now posted to the new branch.
I was pleasantly surprised to be served personally by the manager as she helped us to adjust the microphone, serve the drinks. In fact, she also helped me to raise a feedback to the management after I told her about the bad experience I had at Liang Court. Immediately, I received a whatsapp message from the marketing manager that the service will be improved at the next gathering that I will be organising.
My friends and I are very impressed by the good service yesterday. It is so good that I am considering going there once in a while if the service is not up to mark at Liang Court.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
I was invited to the National Day Rally by my RC, I decided against sharing with my friends that I would be attending the rally as I know that some of my friends have negative sentiments against the the current government. It was a great experience to be invited and see for myself how the Rally is actually like. I managed to get some photos taken with our MPs & some ministers as well. I am very impressed with some of the Ministers for their friendliness.
I was also asked to host my RC National Day Event on 9 Aug. I would like to thank my fellow grassroots leaders friends, Jeslind & Edwin for giving me the opportunity to do so.
I was also invited to share my thoughts on the measurers rolled out by PM Lee at the NDR. I was surprised to meet my old Primary School friend, Wuhan on 25 August.
That sums up my busy August and make me look forward to September.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
I knew that I was supposed to have receive this award quite some time ago as my liaison officer at The Serangoon CC had told me that the CC Management Committee will be giving me this award in recognition of my contributions for the IRAS VES Exercise since 2005 to the Serangoon neighbourhood.
Personally I feel that volunteering for this event since 2005 has given me the chance to be in touch with the ground, to find out about the plight of the less fortunate, and at the same time, it is my way to give back to the community, after what it has given me all these years, despite my disability.
I feel that if I have the knowledge, I should use it to help people who needs it. It always gives me a sense of satisfaction when I see the relived look or the smiles on their faces. If not for the help of fellow volunteers, CC staff & the taxpayers whom I helped to e-file over the years, I would not be returning year after year to assist the taxpayers to e-file their taxes over & over again. The award is just secondary to me.
I would like to thank the Serangoon CCMC for presenting this award to me once again. =)
It has been a while since I updated this blog of mine. I have been busy with my work, especially with the summon cases & the review of my junior colleagues’ work that was so tedious that I nearly cannot bring myself to enjoy my holiday, knowing that the deadline for filing the corporate tax is about 3 months away.
This trip to Sydney was a real eye opener for me, as it was a real showcase of the good and bad of Sydney. It was coincident that when I was there, my admired football team, Manchester United was there too. I had the honour of watching them in training at Alianz Stadium, which was a 15 minutes bus ride from my hotel.
I had the chance to see Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Madamme Tussads, Sydney Tower Eye, Wildlife Safari Park, Bondi Beach, Sydney Olympic Park, Paddy Market & their Underwater World.
I would like to thank my fellow volunteer friend, Jane & my KTV Group chairman for sharing with me their itineraries, otherwise this free and easy trip would not have been possible.
Some pointers that I took back with me during this trip :-
- The people in Sydney are generally friendly and show more concern towards the disabled. I was allowed to jump queue when I was clearing the customs when I was on the way back in Singapore
- Their public transport, especially the trains were very impressive. The trains have quiet carriages, where u have to keep conversation to a minimum & handphones are to be put into silent mode when you are in the carriage.
- Their slow and laid back lifestyle are perhaps the reason why custom clearance at the Sydney Airport is so slow. I took 1.5 hours to clear the customs when I reached Sydney and 2 hours when I got out of Sydney. It nearly caused the passenger behind me to nearly miss his flight.
- Their cab fare is pretty expensive, starting at A$5.30 and jumping at A$0.05 per second. The fortunate thing was that I was warned prior to boarding the cab to the airport.
- The transport network is pretty well connected, as a result, we did not even need to engage a day tour for our trip. The only setback was we did not manage to tour Blue Mountain as hoped as it was too far from our hotel.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The 1st birthday celebration that I had done was for my KTV co-partner cum close friend, Raymond. Dinner was at the Sakura International Buffet at Dhoby Ghaut. I would like to thank Evelyn for recommending the place as this would be a good dress rehearsal for the VES Volunteer Gathering in Dec.
Raymond had brought along his wife to introduce to us. This was also the 1st birthday celebration that I have attended without a birthday cake. We got him a tablet PC for his birthday.
The 2nd birthday celebration which I had planned was for one of my sisters, Angela. We had a Japanese lunch at Itacho at Ion Orchard, which Xiuling & Jia Jie were invited as well. We got the Crumpler Warfie for the birthday gal, which she topped a part of it herself.
After which, I joined the birthday gal for a movie, Blind Detective, starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng. The acting by the leads were good but the script was a little draggy.
Hope that my friends enjoyed what was planned for them by me.
Monday, June 24, 2013
This was a day where the VES volunteers were waiting for. Our 2nd gathering was hit by some minor hiccups and was at the mercy of the weather, but I was glad that the weather became better just hours we were about to start the dinner. I think we have to thank Pauline’s positive vibe that the sky will be clear for the dinner in the morning of the day of the dinner.
Jasmine & I did a mini belated birthday celebration for Jason at Citylink Mall before the start of the dinner.
After that, we proceeded to the Sky Lounge, where we had another surprise awaiting us. We had known that the Combined Rehearsal for the NDP was on at the Floating Platform but I did not expect to see the rehearsal had fireworks with them. =)
I really would like to thank the 12 of them who attended the dinner. Till we meet again in Dec for a pre-Christmas gathering.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
The recent topic that has been on almost everyone’s lips must be the haze. I actually debated in my mind if I should share about what I feel about this haze problem and not sounding too much like a political mouthpiece. After much debate, I decided to share with you guys about how I feel.
- The accuracy of the PSI
Much hoo-ha has been made about the PSI being not an accurate reflection of what we see & feel when we are on our errands outside. In the Sunday Times today, there is an article which tells us how PSI is measured. Besides that, I feel that the other factors that we need to consider when we read into the PSI index is our Government does not wish the nation to be plunged into unnecessary panic and chaos if the PSI index is really that high. Our tourism and retail industry will be the first to be impacted, should this happen. The rush for the N95 masks at the major hospitals, retail outlets is a warning sign that the nation is in panic already.
- Hello Kitty vs Haze
I was quite surprised to read the article on Channel News Asia website on Thursday morning that the Hello Kitty fans & collectors had started queuing for their Hello Kitty soft toys as early as 1.30am at Sun Plaza when the PSI was at the unhealthy range. I was wondering if completing the collection of a soft toy is more important than your own health. If I was unwell from the hazy conditions, I would have stayed home and rest early and I would really discipline myself by not going out.
- The Rush for N95 masks
The rush for the masks really shocked me. According to my friends who are working in the hospital as nurses & pharmacists, the mad rush for the masks really shocked them. Their masks were wiped out, when the haze levels were at the unhealthy ranges. I am not surprised that about this. Even though, there is sufficient masks to go around, but I do believe that the hospitals & polyclinics need to keep stock for any sudden emergency like MERS.
- Cloud Seeding For Rain
Our government has urged the Indonesia government to start cloud seeding for rain. One of my friends felt that why we are not doing our own cloud seeding program. Personally I feel that it is a good idea as it would provide us with some respite from the heat. But then again, the wind direction & the source of the fire is beyond our control as the wind will blow the haze back.