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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Sunday, December 15, 2013

IRAS Volunteers Christmas Gathering

This planned way in advance gathering finally took place on 13 Dec, Friday. I was  glad that we managed to gather 10 volunteers for the gathering.
It was supposed to be a Christmas gift exchange cum dinner gathering but it inadvertently became my birthday celebration as well as some of the volunteers who knew that it was my birthday gave me a surprise towards the end of the dinner.
I would like to thank my birthday surprise planner, Jasmine for the birthday surprise and all the other volunteers for paying for my birthday dinner.
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Till we meet again after the Chinese New Year holidays!!!

Work Musings

I had been rather busy with my work recently as there was the Corporate Tax deadlines on 30 Nov & 15 Dec to meet. The last thing I need was the shooting of arrows that were to come from my other department colleagues or co-workers that my department colleagues were very free and doing nothing when we are all busy with work and the best part, our paymaster believes all these crap.

This made me realise that I needed to start planning for myself, having spent close to 6 years of my working life here. My parents are against the idea of me changing a job, when everything is tried & tested and my pay has been alright.

After a test out at the market, which left me saddened by the fact that there are still companies who looks down on people with physical disabilities despite the fact that our Government has been saying that companies should adopt fair employment practices.

The good thing that is keeping me going is my manager & fellow co-workers have been fantastic to me and they do not look down on me and appreciate my work despite my disability.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

林俊杰时线演唱会

This concert was a break that I have been looking forward as I knew that I would be bogged down by the busy schedule at work this month. Little did I expect that an additional load was to befall me the week before the concert,  which nearly caused my mood to be foul for the whole week, and caused me to be a little under the weather too.
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.
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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.
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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 Babes & Hunks Birthday & Holy Matrimony For My Friends

October has been a month of birthday celebrations and a month of holy Matrimony for my friends.

6 Oct – Raymond’s Wedding

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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

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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.

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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