Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Walking Bus Guide

Some of you may not have known that I used to have a hobby that some people that find it a waste of time, which is travelling on buses and learning new routes when I was schooling. Although it has been quite a while since I learnt the bus routes, I find my knowledge is still pretty useful especially nowadays train breakdowns & delays are pretty common nowadays.

Here are the list of routes that I am familiar with, with some updated ones.

Bus services with full route knowledge

  • 7 Bedok Interchange to Clementi
  • 16 Bedok Interchange to Bukit Merah
  • 22 Ang Mo Kio to Tampines
  • 24 Ang Mo Kio to Changi Airport
  • 25 Ang Mo Kio to Bedok
  • 27 Hougang Central to Changi Airport
  • 53 Bishan to Changi Airport
  • 54 Bishan to New Bridge Rd
  • 55 Bishan to Marine Parade
  • 56 Bishan to Marina Centre
  • 70 Yio Chu Kang to Shenton Way
  • 70M Yio Chu Kang to Marina Centre
  • 72 Yio Chu Kang to Tampines
  • 73 Ang Mo Kio to Toa Payoh
  • 74 Hougang Central to Bouna Vista
  • 74e Hougang Central to Bouna Vista
  • 81 Tampines to Serangoon
  • 88 Pasir Ris to Toa Payoh
  • 107 Hougang Central to Shenton Way
  • 111 Ghim Moh to Marina Centre
  • 116 Hougang Central to Serangoon
  • 128 Yio Chu Kang to Shenton Way
  • 132 Hougang Central to Bukit Merah
  • 147 Hougang Central to Clementi
  • 162 Yio Chu Kang to Shenton Way
  • 162M Yio Chu Kang to Marina Centre
  • 165 Hougang Central to Clementi
  • 261 Ang Mo Kio to Ang Mo Industrial Park 1
  • 272 Bukit Merah to Telok Blangah Way
  • 315 Serangoon to Serangoon North Ave 5
  • 317 Serangoon to Brewick Dr
  • 851 Yishun to Bukit Merah
  • 853 Yishun to Geylang Lor 1
  • 854 Yishun to Bedok
  • 857 Yishun to Suntec City

The other routes that I have partial knowledge are not updated here. =)

Help Help Help

Recently, I knew a gal online through the Ok Cupid. It has been a while since I know people online & come out with them as I feel that I do not really meet by someone whom I have chemistry with, or some people minded about my physical disability and did not wish to continue their friendship with me. To me, its their loss. I still made some female friends in this site, whom I am still in contact with.

I was quite surprised that this gal was pretty keen to meet me, especially so less than a week after having got my number. I was wondering why. After having got my number, she started to whatsapp or sms me, asking when we could meet. It did not occur to me that she had depression before and I had appeared to look like her ex boyfriend (according to what she told me when we met.) She also told me that her guy friend, who saw my profile, told her this. This was something that made me a little uncomfortable on hearing this.

Since that meeting, she had been trying to ask me out, as she feels that this friendship could develop further. To me, I was initially willing to give it a try, but on seeing her keeping on messaging me during my office hours and expecting an almost immediate reply and her behaviour when she saw my tagged photos that I took with a group of female friends (She deleted me from her Facebook since this incident), when she is not even my girlfriend make me realise that she could just be a lonely soul, that treats me as a substitute for her ex-boyfriend. I suspected her depression could be back too, after she lost her job as a nurse recently and she is an attention seeker

Another thing which I did not like about her was she always wanted to meet at the last minute, and cancel as she please. Friends who know me would know that I am a person, with many commitments. Work, family, RC activities and my relaxation activity, KTV keeps me occupied. I think this could be one of the reasons why I am not suffering from depression, as I am always so busy and I keep myself happy when I do things.

Therefore, after much deliberation, I have taken the drastic step to block her from my whatsapp, sms & phone calls as I feel that I deserve better gals than this and I should not be controlled upon what I want to do. This is the 1st time I am doing so.

To this person, my advice is to seek help on your depression, otherwise it will affect your future job, wherever you are and whatever you do.

Busy Busy Me

It has been a while since I update this  blog of mine. I have been rather busy with my work and other activities that required my attention.

Form C-S & Form C e-filing

My boss has entrusted me with this project to liaise with IRAS on their new Form C e-filing portal. It was supposed to start on 11 July, however, according to the authorities, the start date has been delayed. I am actually looking forward to this as this would give us an additional time to file the income tax returns for our clients by 15 days.

Changes to management in my workplace

Due to a partner’s withdrawal in the associated firm, my boss has placed more emphasis on our punctuality at work and performance at work. This message, although directed at the latecomers at my place, and a particular staff, who always complained that she has to do my boss’ personal stuff & mundane work tasks ,  meant that my returning colleague and myself have to take on  more responsibilities. To me, working means that you have to do whatever your boss asks you to, unless your boss ask you to do something that you will feel that its an insult to you.
As for punctuality issues, I feel that it was right for my boss to emphasise on this to everyone, although she was egged into action after the associate firm’s new managing partner had always commented on us disturbing their staff during working hours & some of us being fashionably late, reporting half an hour to 2 hours late, and giving funny excuses like I need to do my hair, took the wrong bus etc. Since my boss’ emphasis, not much change has been seen. Maybe it is time for some stronger action to be taken.
RC Treasurer Duties
I have been working on this duty since July last year. Recently, one of my assistants have decided to step down due to heavy work commitments, while the other had been lazing around for far too long. I have been handling all the paperwork and doing the accounts on a monthly basis for the past six months. I had been requesting for a new assistant to come in. My prayers were answered at the last meeting, when a new observer, armed with accounting knowledge has decided to step in and help out. My RC chairman and Constituency Manager also spoke to the assistant, who agreed to help me with the paperwork as well.
My mum had not been in favour of me joining the Grassroots as she feels that I should focus more on looking for a life partner, getting a flat when I reach 35 or completing my ACCA. A life partner is something that I want but not something which I have control over. I do not agree with her that if I were to complete my ACCA, gals will come swarming to me. I feel that they may be swarming to me because of my money.
For my ACCA, I have stopped since I have gained admission to the SIATP, Accredited Tax Practitioner. As I have been failing continuously since passing my Advanced Tax Paper, I thought a professional tax qualification will do me good as I am not cut out for audit due to my physical disability and I have no intention to venture into a minefield with the accounting & audit standards.
For the flat, my viewpoint your flat is an asset after you have paid for it. You should never pay for your asset when you are going into your retirement. As my CPF savings is not that much to finance a flat since I started out late, I feel that I should wait for my Ms Right to come along, although mum has spoken that she will help me with the repayment of the flat if needed.
VES Appreciation Ceremony 2014
This yearly event is something that I always look forward to. I am glad that my team, Serangoon CC is one of the Top 3 CCs once again and I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Jason, Jasmine & Gary for winning the Outstanding Volunteer Awards & Commendation Awards. Here are some photos for your enjoyment.
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Busy Few Months

I had been busy over the past two months especially with work and some volunteer work as well. My friends who know me will know that I will be busy with personal tax deadline and pro bono tax work at the IRAS VES e-filing exercise.
This year’s VES exercise seems to be one of the toughest years as almost every weekend, we will be meeting by some uncompromising taxpayers who would either ask a lot of questions that are tax related, but not satisfied with the answer given  or insist that their taxes should be filed in a certain manner as per previous records. It is fortunate that I managed to have a strong group of adult volunteers that were attached to us and we certainly had a lot of fun.
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My relaxation was this play which I enjoyed with my friends from the IRAS VES Group.
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I enjoyed the play very much as it brought back fond memories of old times. I would like to congratulate the director of  the play, who happens to my parents’ long time friend’s daughter for the successful staging of the play.
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I was invited to give a talk by 6 Degrees on PIC for Creative Industries on 26 April 2014. It was my first public talk to an audience of about 60 people. I would like to thank my IRAS VES Group members for their support, especially arranging for my rehearsal & videoing my talk on the actual day. It was a fulfilling experience that I have learnt a lot from.
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I was back hosting the Mothers’ Day Event for my RC on 1 May 2014, which we paid tribute to all mums by getting them to design umbrellas with their mums. I must say I found children nowadays are filled with creative genes as they are able to design nice looking umbrellas.
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We had our 1st gathering after the VES on 3 May 2014, which we also celebrated Juliet’s birthday and the launch of Jun Mi’s book
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Busy Busy Busy

It has been a while since I last blogged as I had been busy recently. In fact I was so busy that I had fallen sick twice in the course of 2 weeks.

I had been busy with the following:-

  1. The VES volunteer e-filing that will be coming up during this weekend till 13 April. This year, we tried something different as the volunteers felt that the training given by IRAS was not in depth enough. I quote my friend, who is a former IRAS officer, that you will not be able to master tax in a day.  However, during the lecture to my fellow volunteer friends, there was one senior volunteer that was rather disruptive in class. She was running in & out of the classroom, playing games in class, cutting in with her two cents worth when I am  lecturing. I have since ignored this volunteer as she was showing disrespect to me.
  2. Work has not been smooth either as the tax & audit departments still are unable to work well together, causing delays and made clients unhappy. The last thing that I need is a person who is a MC queen, who tops the list for leave taking as well to come and tell me that I am not helping my manager enough in terms of work. You are not my boss, therefore there is no need to monitor my performance as I am only answerable to myself and my bosses. You should evaluate yourself, how you can cut down on your MCs, urgent leave and reporting late for work as my boss has already taken action on this and you are still like that.

These 2 things have made my blood really boil in this busy period.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Interesting People In Singapore

I was at King’s Centre just now to pass something to my friend as she had asked me to help her to purchase online some stuffs some time back on her behalf.

I was quite shocked by the attitude of the security guard as he was chasing me and another gentleman around my age out of the building. The gentleman was reacted angrily after being chased out of the building that he shouted that the security guard was crazy and the security guard told him off saying “God is great”.

Not wanting to be part of the topic of the heated argument, I decided to walk out of the building and waited for my friend outside the building.

I feel a little uneasy when I saw this incident happening. This was going through my mind as it happened.

  1. We were waiting at the lobby in front of the security counter, which I feel was in no way obstructing or causing any disturbances to any of its tenants as it was definitely after office hours. I did tell him that I was waiting for my friend and had attempted to contact her but to no avail.
  2. If he had felt that our presence had caused unnecessary disturbances, he could have told us in a polite way to get out of the building, instead of hurling remarks at us.

I wonder if this security guard had learnt basic courtesy in school previously.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Not A Good Start To January

It has not been a good start to the new year for me as I fell sick at the start of the year. It was the stubborn flu virus that refused to go away and got worse after I have enjoyed the Christmas & New Year festivities. The worst thing was I had to endure till 15 Jan as my manager was on leave and my admin colleague seems to be more sickly than me, working for only 4 days since 2 Jan. This slowed down my recovery process and caused me to cab to work almost everyday as I was feeling the effects of the strong medication. The good thing was that my manager, boss and colleagues knew that I was sick and did not press on me hard to complete my work and granted my request to clear my leave this week after I chose not to commute my leave to pay.

I certainly hope that the coming Year of The Horse will be a good year ahead. =)

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

My Year 2013 Review

The Year 2013 has been a busy, not so smooth year for me, but as the saying goes, life is full of ups & downs. If it gives you lemons, make lemonade with it.

Work

We had to suffer a sudden departure of a colleague, who had given birth to her child in February. Our workload have increased as a result of the departure. It didn’t help that there were new Government measures implemented in Budget 2013 that increased the complexity and time taken to complete our work. It didn’t help that my bosses were facing some problems in the year, which caused them to have mood swings and would tell us off when we made mistakes. Some colleagues decided to take advantage of the situation and stir up more “office politics” knowing that I am favoured by my bosses, and tried to put me in a bad light. Fortunately, my bonus was not affected by all this play acting, but it did have an impact on my confidence and make me realise that I should start to plan more for myself. Fortunately, I still insist upon myself to continue a tradition where I started, where I would buy stuff for my colleagues and bosses when I was on overseas leave, or when I was working on my birthday & during my birthday. It actually helped to blunt the edge of the arrows which was used by my colleagues to shoot me.

This year, my boss hired a intern to assist us to help us with our workload. Although she was only able to help us to complete the tax returns, I must say it has been of a great help to us. It is good when you have a fast learner who is a student, but able to pick up the fast pace of working life.

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IRAS Volunteer e-filing

This year was my ninth year in serving the community for this exercise. I was honoured to be invited to the Lunar New Year reception hosted by PM & his Cabinet  for my contributions for this exercise.

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This year, I started a new whatsapp group chat for the volunteers to share their problems that they faced in assisting taxpayers in the e-filing. It was good that this group chat managed to encourage fellow volunteers to help one another.

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The group became more active in this year as some of the members have requested that we met up more often so that we would not forget about the new tax measures introduced. It was also through these gatherings that many friendships were started and became better as the days goes by. I would like to thank them for making my birthday an interesting one to remember.

 

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Grassroots Events & Activities

I was appointed to be the Assistant Treasurer of my RC in Jan 2013. Little did I expect to be parachuted to the Treasurer post in July, as my current assistant treasurer was not able to cope with the appointment. Although the task of preparing the accounts may seem to be easy, my mum was not very happy that I accepted the appointment as it meant that I had less time for myself. I must say I am enjoying myself and learning as I go along the way.

The KTV Group

The KTV group had a lot of happy events that happened in 2013. Firstly, 2 of the organising committee members, Chairman Lawrence & Raymond got hitched. My buddy, Bro Jonathan got together with one of the members, Serene. Serene’s friend, Shu Fang got together with Kuo Lik. I also express my congrats to Karen Hui, who got hitched too. I feel happy for my friends. =)

My wishes for the Year 2014

I hope to be more stable career in this year. I know that some of my friends & my family are anxious about me not being able to get a girlfriend. I have been repeating this several times that I prefer to let nature take its course. Hopefully, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel soon.

On this note, I wish all my readers a fruitful 2014 ahead!!! 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Meetup With The Gals

The meetup with Angela, Xiuling & Jia Jie was pre arranged about a month back. It was meant to be a casual meetup but it was turned into a lively meetup as Xiuling wanted to do a Christmas gift exchange. In the spirit of Christmas giving & sharing, we agreed to her plan. As we have been close friends for quite a while, I decided to give them a personal gift as well, after Angela told me that she would be getting individual gifts for us as well a gift for gift exchange. I guess no matter the monetary value of  the value of the gift, the value of our friendship is more important. As the Chinese saying goes, 礼轻情义重。

First up was lunch, followed by movie, walking with dinosaurs. The main draw was the KTV session at Teo Heng KTV at Sembawang Shopping Centre as it was decided that we will do our gift exchange at our maiden KTV session together. This session also marked my 2 firsts, my 1st visit to Teo Heng KTV & my 1st time singing with the gals.

I must say that it was fun singing with the gals, although the song selection system was a tad unfriendly and the room was a little small in my opinion. But then again, with the amount of money that I paid, at $10 for the session, which is less than half the price I usually pay for a KTV session at Partyworld outlets, I guess you cannot complain about the quality.

The gift exchange was conducted in a unique & fun way as we have forgotten to bring our paper & pen.

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It was conducted with the use of our Grassroots Leaders PASSION Cards as this was the best way that we could identify ourselves.

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This was the interesting gifts that we bought for the gift exchange. Can you

  1. Guess who bought which gift?
  2. Guess who got whose gift?

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I would like to thank Angela for the gift shown in the above pic.

It was glad to hear from Xiuling that she enjoyed the session with us and hopes that we will do something like that again. =)

My Birthday Celebration 2013

Despite being a year older everytime when it comes to December, I still look forward to celebrate my birthday. It was more so this year as my work is not as smooth flowing as it appears to be, so the celebration was a welcome distraction.

Volunteers Christmas Gathering cum Gift Exchange

A birthday celebration surprise that really caught me by surprise as I really did not see it coming as I have told them I do not wish to turn the gathering into a personal birthday celebration. I would like to thank Jasmine for planning my surprise. =)

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Birthday KTV

A self planned birthday ktv for my group of singing friends who loves singing. Thanks to all who bought gifts for me and those who came for this celebration. It was nice catching up with some of you who I have not seen for quite a while. It was nice to celebrate my birthday with Steven too. =)

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Celebration with my family

It has been a while since I celebrated my birthday with my family. I brought them to Sakae Sushi for dinner. They bought me a cake to celebrate my birthday at home.

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I would like to take the opportunity to thank my colleagues for their gift for me.

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