Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Digital Camera


My brother & I are planning to get the Canon IXUS I Zoom to replace the old Digimaster camera purchased by my parents a few years back.

I prefer the gold or black one. My brother too. He says he wants to share the cost with me.

Maybe will get it during the PC show next week, before my trip to Genting.

Damn Pissed

I was very pissed with the b***. She was telling me that she has told boss that I have been delaying the work that she has assigned to me.

Excuse me, B***, if not for your delay in your audit dept, I guess I won't be sweating myself out now, especially with the Personal Tax deadline & Corporate Tax extended deadline only 15 days apart. I am not a wizard, therefore I do not have a magic wand to help me to do the tax computation. I only have a brain & two hands to assist me.

If you can, please ask your people to buck up, or you or your fellow dept mates will be the next to go?

You guys still can't match me in terms of speed & accuracy.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Plan for An Outing With Aidah & Loo

I had discussed with Aidah about meeting up without waiting for DJ to arrange for us. I guessed it will be better as DJ has been busy, so busy that she had not been picking up my calls or replying my sms-es to her for the past week. I guess she may have a new guy in her life, or she is feeling too down as she hasn't managed to secure a permanent job. Been sending her some jobs since last week, let's hope she reads them & applies for them.

My planned outing with Aidah & Loo should be after my Genting trip, since Loo just e-mailed me that she will be tied down these two weeks, while Dah said she is only free on Mon & Wed. If possible, I hope to accomodate the two of them. Dah, not to worry, will find halal food for you somehow.

Loo & Aidah, please give suggestions about where you wish to go & when?

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Asian Aerospace 2006





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Video sent by paul1979

I was given 2 complimentary tickets by my neighbour to attend the show at the last minute, so went with my brother to Changi International Airfreight Centre at Airline Road.

We took a cab to Pasir Ris Bus Interchange and took the "AA 2006" shuttle as we did not want to miss too much of the flying display performance, like what happened in AA 2004, where I missed the flying display performance. It ended up that I still managed to catch about 45 mins of the performance, even as there was a huge jam that stretch to near Changi Villiage Bus Terminal. I must thank SBS Transit for the shuttle service, I think they dispatched about 50 Superbuses to cater to the crowd & the timings of 3 mins of waiting was good to alleviate the crowds at the interchange and from the Airfreight Centre.

I must say that the flying display itself was the main draw and the organisers did not disappoint as I got to see the various aircrafts flying around in the clear blue sky. We had a surprise performance from the Airbus 380. The big passenger plane that made a grand entrance to Changi Airport not too long ago.

Sadly in the exhibition hall though, the exhibition stalls were quite quiet as most of them had closed up the stalls after making brisk business to the trade visitors for the past 3 days. We loitered till about 2.30pm, before taking the shuttle service back to Pasir Ris Interchange, where we had our lunch at White Sands Shopping Centre food court.

I would like to thank my neighbour, Aunt Shirley for the tickets & my brother for taking the pics & video with my handphone.

How Well You Know Me

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Got this from Krys' blog & found it interesting.



Surprise Surprise, Boss Finally Acts!

I was quite surprised when my lady boss sent out a inter-office memo today, stating that one of my colleagues had resigned from her job after a meeting with her on Monday. I shan't reveal the name of the person involved as there is a gag order from my lady boss.

I was not at all surprised by what was written in the letter, as she has been gulity of doing all the things as said in the letter and I do believe there is more than an eye to this matter, not just a simple resignation. If you readers can understand what I mean by that? In Chinese, it means "事有歧窍".

I just hope that the memo from my lady boss serves as a wake up call to my colleagues about the bad points that this particular colleague showed in work. If not, I will not be surprised that there will be more shocking things to come from her as bosses are always concerned about the bottom line.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Kelvin Tan Wei Lian's Concert on 22 Apr 2006-Sat

My current blog song singer , Kelvin Tan holding a concert on 22 Apr 2006. Anyone interested ?
If there is a few people, I want to go too.

Details are at this link.

http://www.sistic.com.sg/SOPApp/SOPPortal/portal_proxy?uri=X.=2G!wX5vCFus_zKPiLkXaTBmULndlBT5iAwsJFM

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Blur Blur School Administrator

Got a call yesterday that the school administrator had undercharged me for my course fees by 5%, which was about $20. I was asked to top up the difference soon, but as I was only having lesson on 14 Mar (the lecturer had given all of us a 2 week break to do some catch up on our own.)

Luckily, Jason suggested that we meet up @ PS today. (It was changed to Taka later as he had an interview there. Really hope he finds a good job soon.), where we had dinner at Pasta Cafe, but not before settling the bill at school. Although it rained just now, I was pespiring like hell as I reached Taka that Jason thought that I had actually walked from Starhub Centre to there.

We called 2 pastas, a cake & ice-cream to share. Pasta Cafe was a place that Jason worked as a waiter 10 yrs ago.

After the meal, went for a walk before we parted.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Paper 2.4 & 2.6 With Paper 3.2- Final Decision

After some arguing with my mum & discussions with Caifeng & my cousin, Jolene, I signed up for the 2 papers that I failed with the current paper, Advanced Taxation that I am taking.

I guessed Jason & Richard were stunned by my decision. My decision was a bit forced on by my mum, but after hearing what Caifeng & Jolene said, I agreed that the tax paper changes every seating, and I am already halfway there. Today was Lesson 10. There was no point to obtain the refund just to take 2.4.

Was not in the mood to work today, so took half a day to register & went walking around Orchard Rd with Jason. Have to really thank him as I informed him on short notice. Thanks buddy.

He accommpanied me by talking & giving me advice. Besides him, got to thank Krys & Rebecca for the encouraging sms.

Krys: Gosh, dun b too upset k, can try again.
Rebecca: Is it possible to appeal, dun b too upset.... Take care.

These two gals, really serve their occupation as teachers with a kind heart!!!

I really appreciate it, thanks.

Genting Trip Back On

The Genting trip is back on for me. I managed to get Rich & Jason to go with me for this trip. Went to book the tickets and hotel with Jason. It was a reasonable price that we paid for, considering the fact that it was school holidays.

Initally had wanted to get Darling, Krys & Rebecca along, but Darling & Rebecca did not reply my sms or call so I guessed they were too busy to be interested.

Genting here I come.

Hope that the tour will be a change in fortune for me in 2006.

A Happy Day Intitally, But Turned Out A Stormy Day Instead!

I was rather sad when I saw this in my e-mail a few hours ago.

Paper 2.4 Financial Management & Control - 42- Fail
Paper 2.6 Audit & Internal Review - 47 Fail

I could not bring myself to believe that I have done so badly for my results this round, as I have been confident of a pass. Even my mum & brother was surprised that they needed to slap themselves to believe that I have actually flunked my Dec 2005 sittings. Looks like Singapore Expo wasn't a good hunting ground for me as that was the place where I started with all these failings.

I was surprised by the fact that mum did not blame me or scold me for the poor results, but it makes me feel more gulity as she is the one sponsoring my studies for the moment. She told me that I have done my best and wants me to continue on.

I am still thinking if I should carry on, having failed 3 times for Paper 2.4. I am actually suffering a loss of confidence in my work and study. I just find it hard to juggle out the best of the two. Sometimes I wonder why I can't be like my buddy, Rich, who cleared his papers all at one go. I kept reminding myself that ACCA is tough.I have to agree with what mum said. I still have to work & support the family, at least got some money to spend for myself. I think my mind will wonder if I were to stop working & study fukk time, and you will never know when my parents changes their mind.

The following options are open to me for ACCA, which I am still mauling over what to choose.

  1. Take a break for the Jun 2006 sitting & retake 2.4 & 2.6 in the Dec 2006 sitting. This is an option which I am seriously thinking
  2. Take 2.4, 2.6 & 3.2 (the current paper I am taking for class) in Jun 2006. This was the option recommended by mum & brother as they feel that I can cope with 3.2 as it is a tax paper, something that I deal in work everyday. The gap between the papers are about 5-6 days apart, but I seriously doubt I will take this option, as it could entail me to another failure, as 2.4 & 2.6 are always together.
  3. Take 2.4 & 2.6 on a revision class basis & stop my 3.2 for the time being. The catch up class will be starting soon, whereas the revision intensive class is in May 2006.
  4. Just take 2.4 & defer the rest to a later semester.

What do you guys think? I am totally at a loss now.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Dad's Classmates' Gathering & Plan for Genting Trip

I was asked by mum to assist my dad in his classmates' gathering today since she was not attending due to other commitments.

The classmates' listing stored in the floppy disk had disappeared from my table when my dad asked me to churn out the list & Statement of accounts. I guessed that it must be during the CNY spring cleaning that I have thrown away the disk, due to the data was unreadable or infected by virus.

Nonetheless, the gathering went on smoothly, as I got the people to write down their names on a piece of paper instead and collected the money from them.

The gathering at Tiong Bahru CC ended at 5pm. Was stucked there for a while due to the rain & photo taking session. Took a bus to TBP. It has been about 4 years since I last went there, so I was quite lost when I reached there. Fortunately, my brother was there to guide me.

Went to look at digital cameras & notebooks at Courts, before having dinner at the food court. Plan to buy the two gadgets for home use & my brother's poly life use. His course requires him to own a notebook so I guess will need to get for him.

After that, took a bus home. On my way, Rich sms-ed me that he wanted to go Genting with me, knowing that my planned trip is off. I was so happy, as I wanted to ask him anyway. I had sms-ed Darling, Krys & Rebecca too, to see if they want to join us. Krys was the 1st to reply that she was not able to make it. I hope the other two ladies can make it, as a trip may renergise them in their lives.

Hopefully, they can reply me soon, as I need to do the reservation by phone or online @ http://www.e-malaysiahotels.com/genting-hotels-reservations.htm. It is also the school holiday period, so I guess there may be a crowd there.

Asian Aerospace 2006- 25 Feb (Sat) & 26 Feb 2006(Sun)

I am hoping to go for the Asian Aerospace 2006 to be held at Changi Airfreight Centre on 25 Feb 2006 & 26 Feb 2006.

Anyone wants to go with me?

This is the last time that the show will be held in Singapore.

Below is the link to the ticketing details.

Please let me know via the comment box or chat box.

http://www.sistic.com.sg/SOPApp/SOPPortal/portal_proxy?uri=YS5ch!fY28Q.wUk39-Js-Lp,HBs5OAwsJFM#SeatMap

Outing with Poly Friends



I was out with Caifeng, Kelvin , Yishan , Raymond, Peifen & Yee Chuan to Suntec City, where we tried the Renn Thai Resturant located at the Fountain of Wealth. We were supposed to meet at Citylink Mall before walking to Suntec City together, but I decided to meet them directly at the resturant since I was running late. I guessed I made the right decision.

The food was good, but the service was bad. We had the Tom Yam Soup, fried Kang Kong, green curry, Sotong, & hot plate beancurd . All the food that was ordered tasted good. It was Caifeng who made the reservation. I guessed she should have come to the resturant before, therefore she was the one who did the orders.

I knew that she was trying to help me clear the air for the "flying aeroplane incident" that happened on my birthday with Yishan. I guessed she didn't have much success, as I didn't talk to Yishan much. I was sitting beside Kelvin for the dinner.

Although it was later during the desert session at Millenia Walk, that Yishan requested that I sat beside her and Raymond, I didn't talk to her much also, choosing to talk to Kelvin, who was sitting face to face with me, or the rest of them. One of the questions that was asked by Kelvin was a surprise to me. It was that question that led me to know that she had left her previous job & went to KPMG without telling me.

If she had regarded me as a good friend, she would have shared with me this piece of news. This meant that I have been told rightly by Darling, Jason, Rebecca & Jason that she does not even treat us as a friend. She just said," Actually, this thing don't need to say one."

I think I know what to do when the time comes for the wedding bells for the three couples, as they were talking about property buying. I guess all are coming pretty soon, within this year or the next.

Can you readers guess what I will do?



Saturday, February 18, 2006

Blog Quiz Time

Your Heart Is Pink

In relationships, you like to play innocent - even though you aren't.
Each time you fall in love, it's like falling for the first time.

Your flirting style: Coy

Your lucky first date: Picnic in the park

Your dream lover: Is both caring and dominant

What you bring to relationships: Romance




You Have a Sanguine Temperament

You are an optimistic person who is easily content.
You enjoy casual, light tasks - never wanting to delve too deep into anything.
A bit fickle, it's easy for you to change plans or paths when presented with something better.

You enjoy all of the great things life has to offer - food, friends, and fun.
A great talker, you can keep the conversation going for hours.
You are optimistic and sure of your success. If you fail, you don't worry about it too much.

At your worst, you are vain. You are obsessed with your own attractiveness.
A horrible flirt, you tend to jump into love affairs and relationship drama easily.
You're very jealous - which just magnifies the craziness around you.




What Your Face Says

At first glance, people see you as driven and ambitious.

Overall, your true self is passive and thoughtful.

With friends, you seem dramatic, lively, and quick to react.

In love, you seem mysterious and interesting.

In stressful situation, you seem like you're oblivious to the stress.





Your Life Path Number is 11

Your purpose in life is to inspire others

Your amazing energy draws people to you, and you give them great insight in return.
You hold a great amount of power over others, without even trying.
You have the makings of an inventor, artist, religious leader, or prophet.

In love, you are sensitive and passionate. You connect with your partner on a very deep level.

You have great abilities, but you are often way too critical of yourself.
You don't fit in - and instead of celebrating your differences, you dwell on them.
You have high expectations of yourself. But sometimes you set them too high and don't achieve anything.



Your Five Variable Love Profile

Propensity for Monogamy:

Your propensity for monogamy is medium.
In general, you prefer to have only one love interest.
But it's hard for you to stay devoted for too long!
There's too much eye candy to keep you from wandering.

Experience Level:

Your experience level is low.
You've probably either had only one relationship..
Or all of your relationships have been very similar.
You still have a lot to learn... and a lot to try!

Dominance:

Your dominance is low.
This doesn't mean you're a doormat, just balanced.
You know a relationship is not about getting your way.
And you love to give your sweetie a lot of freedom.

Cynicism:

Your cynicism is medium.
You'd like to believe in true and everlasting love...
But you've definitely been burned enough to know better.
You're still an optimist, but you also are a realist.

Independence:

Your independence is medium.
In relationships, you need both "me time" and "we time."
You usually find it easy to be part of a couple.
But occasionally you start to feel a little smothered.

Family Trip Cancelled

The planned trip for Genting has been shelved as my dad said that the slots have been taken up. I guess it may be due to the school holidays. People are bringing their children for the retreat.

My leave has already been approved. Looks like have to cancel it. I wanted to go alone to Genting
(mum is worried for me to travel alone. Actually, I feel that I am old enough to take care of mysrlf, Why can't she let me go?) as some of you may know what problems I am facing at work and my future plans for the year.

Anyone needs a break & wanna join me from 11 March 2006 to 13 March 2006? Please let me know thru here or e-mail. You can feel free to choose other destinations as well.

The Pink Panther


A world-famous soccer coach has been murdered and his priceless ring has been stolen - a ring set with the stunning diamond known as the Pink Panther. The French government needs a master detective to solve the crime and recover the gem...but he's not available, so they recruit Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Comic superstar Steve Martin stars as Clouseau in an all-new adventure of The Pink Panther. A stunning pop star (Beyonce, a soccer player, a Chinese assassin - who committed the crime? And can anyone solve the case? Clouseau and his partner, Ponton (Reno), must unmask the murderer and keep their boss, Dreyfus (Kline), from taking credit for the victory, all without bringing the French legal system to a screeching halt. Get ready to be tickled pink.


My brother was all excited about this movie, which Joey, Jason & I agreed that it was indeed hilarous. The murderer was found in an unusual way by Steve Martin through his madcap & crazy way.

How did he manage to know who was the murderer and won the national accloade from the French President? How did he leave the chief inspector stunned when he solved the crime?

The four of us really enjoyed the show as we laughed our hearts out.

The show was about 1hr 45mins. After the show, my brother & I accompanied Joey to the MRT station. I asked her to give me a call or sms when she got home. This is what I usually do for my female friends when I am out with them. If they stay near me, I would see them home. Haha. :)

Just feel that its a basic thing guys should do when they are out with gals.

Gift Shopping, Dinner & Movie

I was on leave today, to give myself a deserved break from the aunties' nagging at the workplace. It was quite a fulfilling & eventful day for me.

Helped my brother to look for a temp job through the newspaper. He managed to find one as a waiter at a Vietnamese resturant at the Atrium @ Orchard. The boss said that he would call him tomorrow no matter what. Hope he gets the job. I feel that it is quite well paid for a person without any exprience.

Got an e-mail from Ms Clara, Senior Corporate Communications Officer @ IRAS, who asked me if I could assist the e-club that I am posted to for the whole e-filing excercise. I agreed to her request immediately, since I have no lessons on the weekends for the period & it is only a 3 hour thingy. By the way, the e-club I am posted to is Serangoon E-club, which is the same place where I was posted to last year. So if you guys have problems in e-filing your taxes, please pay me a visit at the e-club from 18 Mar 2006 to 17 April 2006. I will be stationed there for the weekends from 2-5pm. The address is Blk 123 Serangoon North Ave 1 #01-49 S 550123.

Met up with Jason @ Plaza Singapura & managed to get a gift for our friend at SK Jewellery. We got a pair of earrings for her. I hope she likes it, as I think it suits her the first time I saw it. I decided to go with my heart as I chose the present, and told the other person who had no budget that we should top up the cost for the couple who had budget constraints & were sharing the gift with us. Jason was saying that if the couple had no constriants, we would have got the gift from Lee Hwa instead as their handsmanship are defintely better.

Met up with a net friend, Joey for the 1st time @ Cafe Cartel with Jason after I got the gift. My brother joined us later. This gal, whom I nearly lost contact with, was a national volleyball player, therefore I was not surprised by her height, 1.7m. I knew her about 2 years ago in ICQ. Finally had the chance to meet her today. I must say my instinct did not fail me. She is a nice and friendly gal. We talked about her working life in RSAF, where is working there as a regular. Jason & I also shared our NS expriences with her, while my brother felt a little left out. We had quite a long dinner, from 5.55pm till about 7.15pm. Besides that, we asked her about her family, how is life playing volleyball, her plans to take up beach volleyball & degree in logistics in the next year.

After the dinner, we decided to go for a movie. We wanted to catch it @ Plaza Singapura, but my brother was saying Cathay Cineleisure was cheaper. In the end, it ended up that the price was the same @ $9.50 each. I shall blog about the movie in the next post.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Birthday Co-Ordinator Runs Into Problems

As you guys saw from my last post that I'm being asked to be the co-ordinator for my friend's birthday. At the same time, I am being asked by those invited for the mini gathering to get a present for the birthday gal.

I didn't think that it was a difficuit task as most of us have known each other for at least 6 years. 3 of the people invited (including myself) feel that we should not impose any budget constraint to the gift that we are going to give the birthday gal as whenever our birthdays came, she would usually let the purchaser(which is usually me) know that she is willing to spend any amount for our presents. I am not trying to imply that I make friends by looking at the value of the gift that they give me.

For me, I just feel that good friends are hard to come by, especially those who truly understand & know you.

I was a bit stunned when I got the reply from one of those invited this morming. This is the contents of the sms.

Me: Dear friends, Ms XXX is organising her birthday at __________ on a date to be confirmed. Please let me know what is your budget for her b-day present. I have seen a pair of earrings from Lee Hwa jewellery, which is $338.
X: Wah, that's very ex. Max can contribute only $30, got lots of other things to pay for.
Me: I can top up the shortfall if there is a need to. (this is something that I usually do just to make the gift shared by the no of friends look better sometimes.)
X: I think u better ask Mr A & B as A may not be working now & B is saving for house, so makes no sense to top up. A present need not be expensive so long as you have the heart.
Me: Ok noted.
I was wondering how can get a presentable gift for a paltry sum of $30 per person , when you have known the person for a reasonable length of time. A voucher, like one of those invited said, will not do as it will be equalvient to giving money to the person. It means that the person is like begging you for money.
After much consideration, I have more or less settled on how to counter the problem. Those who can afford will pay more, those who can't will pay less.
Any suggestions for gift ideas or how to solve this problem?

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Crystal Jade & Swensens

I was asked out by Jason last nite as he wanted to return me the Wei Lian's CD that he borrowed from me & update me about the job interview that he went for in the afternoon.

Met him up at Suntec City at Crystal Jade, where we had fish porridge, plain rice , beef & beancurd.You must be wondering why we ordered porridge & rice. The rice was ordered later as the beef & beancurd were too salty that both of us couldn't take it. I just feel that the standard of the food at CJ is dropping. The dishes that we ordered were all chef's recommendation, yet it is salty. Even after washing it down with Coke Lite & plain water, it didn't help much.

We also discussed about what to get for a common friend for her birthday which was coming up. Since we had no idea what to get for her and if she needed our help to organise her birthday gathering for her. Actually, I sent a sms to her the day before, but didn't get any reply, so I rang her up. She asked me to be her co-ordinator for her small gathering. I am not surpised by the number of guests that she will be inviting, who are also our common friends, given that she had to cater for her bunch of colleagues and another group of close friends and her upcoming overseas trip to HK. I guess money is hard to earn these days and I feel that she fully deserved a break, given that she seldom have a chance to clear her leave.

After that,we went to shop around for some gift ideas. I have a few ideas in my mind, but a couple had budget constraint capped at small amount, which I feel that do not justify what the birthday gal always gives us when its our birthday. I do believe the couple must be saving for marriage, having "pak tor" for a while.They want me to go & hunt for the gift as well, which I gladly obliged. Hope that they trust my taste.

After the hunt of gift ideas, stopped by Swensen's for desert. We had Colt Tower, Ice House & 2 servings of Cadamaris before calling it a nite at 10pm.

Meaning of Valentine's Day Gift

Someone whom I called after my class asked me the meaning of the Valentine's Day gift that she received from a guy that she previously have had BGR with?

The gift was 2 tortises & a flower. She didn't say what flower it was, so I shall not assume.

To me, I feel that the meaning of the gift is that the guy wants to go back together with this gal. The 2 tortises means the 2 of them. While the flower means heart!

Please feel free to say what you think it is?

Monday, February 13, 2006

Celebrating My Brother's Success

Mum has been asking me since Friday nite to give my brother a treat since he has done well for his GCE O Levels. His results were defintely beyond my expectations. So I decided that he should be rewarded. I told him to meet me at City Hall as he said that he had plans to change his handphone as the E700 (my ex-hp) battery was giving him problems & could not download ringtones. Having sent the hp for service once & it has been about a year & a half since the handphone has been in use, I felt that it was a great idea.

After giving him some suggestions about some Samsung handphones & Motorola handphones, he felt that the phones that came without the bluetooth function could not meet his needs when he steps into poly life. The thought of paying subscriprions for 2 lines (he is planning to switch to Singtel Student Plan, which is now at an offer price of $9.90 & with 1000 sms) for the next 5 months (His M1 contract ends in mid July) puts him off. He said he will try his best to wait till his hp get knocked out.

After that, we went to the Sakae Sushi at Citylink Mall. Halfway through the meal, got a call from my dad. He sounded angry when he knew that we were out having dinner. Fortunately, I called my mum to intercede for us. The condition was we had to be home after the meal, which meant that my brother had to cancel his appointment with his friends. I guessed both my brother & I didn't have a good meal due to my angry dad.

After the meal, I met up with a client who passed me "风梨酥" from Taiwan. This client didn't tell me clearly what she was wearing. We had a hard time looking for her. It was only until she greeted me & passed me the item & left. I said thank you to her before leaving.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Off To Genting In 27 Days


My dad's company is organising a company gathering to Genting Highlands on 11 to 13 March 2006. Their immediate family members are also invited and the tour is at a subsided rate. My whole family will be going.

It has been 3 years since the whole family went on a short trip together. Hopefully, it will be a good one.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Rebecca's Performance @ NP



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Video sent by
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My next appointment was at Ngee Ann Poly for Rebecca's performance. Since I knew I was going to be there early, decided to go to West Mall first before heading back to Ngee Ann.
The bloody 61 was a long wait at the Bukit Batok Interchange. I was smart enough to grab a bite at Breadtalk as I was not too hungry after the wedding lunch. In the end, I nearly got to NP late, due to some renovated places that made me cannot find LT 26 nearly.
I must say Rebecca & her fellow choir members with her teacher, Ms Lin Li Ying put up a very good performance, together with the acapella group. I liked the rendition of "The Phantom of the Opera" by the teacher most.
Keep up the good work. Rebecca & the rest of Ngee Ann Poly choir. You have surprised me!!!

Ex Colleague's Wedding


I was invited by my ex-colleague, Sunny to witness his wedding ceremony & wedding lunch today. It was start of an eventful day for me.


Took a cab to the church at Toa Payoh Central, as was rather late after I spent 1.5 hours blogging about what was happening to me the past few days.

Reached there on time for the ceremony and passed Sunny my hongbao for him & his wife.

It was a short Catholic ceremony which lasted for about an hour. The couple promised to e-mail me the pics once they are back from their honeymoon in Austraila.

A bus took us to Sheraton Towers after the ceremony for the buffet lunch. It was quite a small one, as there were only 13 tables. We took the No 13 table. I must say the food is very good & I didn't regret giving the big hongbao, considering that Sunny was very good to me when I was at the company as well.

I was a bit disappointed though as I did not get to see many of my ex colleagues. Sunny was saying he had difficuities contacting some of them. Let fate decide when I meet them, I guess.
Left at 4.30pm for my next appointment at NP.

Brother's 'O' Level Results

Had a scare when I messaged my brother in the late afternoon & early evening. The message was to ask him about his "O" Levels results that were released yesterday. He kept replying saying that he will tell me later. I wondered if he was in the situation that I was in in 1995, where I flunked my GCE 'O' Levels. The thought to advise him on that shudders me.

It ended up that he did very well. He scored 13 points and could go to the engineering course that he wanted. I spent some time explaining to him the courses and I promised to give him a treat on this Sunday. I wonder what he wants. But I think I will give him as he exceeded my expectations.

Well done, brother.

Birthday Celebration with my Friend's Son




This is my friend's son. His name is Ryan. My friend is the one beside him in the 3rd pic. Some of you may have seen my friend on the road before due to his job. You guys can guess his job? My friend's name is Ricky.

Had a long ride on the bus as it was raining heavily at my workplace when I left at about 5.45pm. The bus ride to Kranji MRT took about 1.5 hrs, before switching to another SMRT bus at Kranji MRT.

It has been a while since I met up with Ricky. I think the last time was 1.5 years back, when his boy was only 3 months old. Now this little boy is already 2 years old & my friend's wife is expecting a No. 2 sometime in Nov 2006.

Although the food was simple & not very good, his wife was rather apologetic about the catered food as she said it was pretty bad. My main purpose was to catch up with the couple & look at their new flat. I must say it is an enjoyable session.

Ricky was saying he planned to change his job as he feels that with his current job, he may not be able to cope with 2 children later. I told him to start looking for one & leave his current job after everything is in place.

I left at about 10.30pm. Ryan was so cute. He even waved me goodbye as I boarded my bus. Sometimes, I just wish I can be a young child again.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Fish & Co & NYDC with Jason


Met up with Jason after work to pass him the Kelvin Tan's CD that he requested from me. We had wanted to try Billy Bombers Resturant, but it was not there. I wonder if my memory is failing me, because I remembered there was one at Suntec City.

In the end, we settled for Fish & Co., but not before dealing with some unreasonable credit card sales people from ABN-AMRO, who kept persuading me to sign up for their credit card. This is despite the fact that I told them repeatedly that my income level was below requirement. Jason's appearance saved the day for me.

Had seafood platter at Fish & Co. It was for 2 of us. As we were very very hungry, we decided to change the chips to more rice for us. It ended up that we only managed to eat only 90% of the food as the squids & rice were really a lot, like what Jason said, " They give the squids & rice like no need money one.

Went to Assuino after the dinner as Jason had wanted to lodge a complaint that he had not receive his membership card since applying for it in Dec 2005. What kind of customer service is this? The customer service did not even bother to reply Jason's e-mail he sent last week. The guy who attended to us said that it may need one more month & will get back to Jason by Monday.

After that, we went to NYDC, where had cakes for our desert. I am sure if Darling was around, she will defintely like the cakes as they were all chocolate. What's more, they had ice-cream to go with it.



Is Feb in 2004 28 Days or 29 Days?

The above question was a mistake that was spotted in a financial statement done by Q that was not spotted by my Audit Dept in the course of their audit. It was not spotted during review as well, but it was spotted by me.

As auditors and a person in charge of accounts, one should know the implications & differences that one day could make to the presentation or make up of the financial situation of the company.

The best part was that my boss can say after 2 days of consideration is " Don't bother". I think this has a big impact on the reputation of the firm. This explains the reason why we are losing clients day in day out,

I can only do so much in trying to provide good service to our client, but all the mistakes that my secretarial dept & audit dept makes can kill us & leave us for dead.

Dear colleagues, if you want our boss to give better bonus this year, please buck up in your work performance & stop whining that boss give us little bonus!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Stunning News

I was reading through my New Paper when the 2 headlines of the front page caught my eye. One of the story was about a chemical leak scare on board a SMRT bus at CCK, while the other, a robber fired a shot at Sun Plaza NTUC 4D outlet. My first thoughts were, " What is Singapore becoming on a crazy Tuesday/ Wednesday?"

Are we becoming a hotbed for terrorist & crime? Decided to call Stella after work to tell her about the chemical scare as she stays around the area & like to take that bus when she goes Orchard. She was not aware that this actually happened around her neighbourhood! She also told me that how busy she will be for this two months as her sis will be going back to Austraila at the end of the month & she is starting her logistics degree course in March. Heard from her that it is quite bad, as she will be occupied for 3 modules for 3 consective weekends. Plus her workplace is sending her for course around that time as well. As a result, she should not be attending Huiyu's b-day celebration in March.

Earlier part of the day, got a call from Ricky, a friend of mine who is a bus driver. He has invited me to his new flat in Marsling this Friday to celebrate his son's b-day. I told him I will be there but most likely at night, as I will be working. From my workplace to his place needs at least an hour plus journey. It will be a good idea for me to leave on the dot. He has told me not to bring any presents for his son, but since it is still within the CNY period, I guess I must bring Mandarin oranges to wish him & his wife, Eileen, who is a nurse, good health & good luck.



Monday, February 06, 2006

Get to know yourself better

Your view on yourself:You are down-to-earth and people like you because you are so straightforward. You are an efficient problem solver because you will listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision that usually appeals to both parties.
The type of girlfriend/boyfriend you are looking for:You like serious, smart and determined people. You don't judge a book by its cover, so good-looking people aren't necessarily your style. This makes you an attractive person in many people's eyes.
Your readiness to commit to a relationship:You are ready to commit as soon as you meet the right person. And you believe you will pretty much know as soon as you might that person.
The seriousness of your love:You are very serious about relationships and aren't interested in wasting time with people you don't really like. If you meet the right person, you will fall deeply and beautifully in love.
Your views on educationEducation is less important than the real world out there, away from the classroom. Deep inside you want to start working, earning money and living on your own.
The right job for you:You're a practical person and will choose a secure job with a steady income. Knowing what you like to do is important. Find a regular job doing just that and you'll be set for life.
How do you view success:You are confident that you will be successful in your chosen career and nothing will stop you from trying.
What are you most afraid of:You are afraid of things that you cannot control. Sometimes you show your anger to cover up how you feel.
Who is your true self:You are mature, reasonable, honest and give good advice. People ask for your comments on all sorts of different issues. Sometimes you might find yourself in a dilemma when trapped with a problem, which your heart rather than your head needs to solve.


http://quizbox.com/personality/test82.aspx

Special Project Day

Had a appointment after work to handle a special project. The place was relatively easy to locate but the project director was a tad too difficuit to handle. Luckily, I spent some time to prepare for the project yesterday, otherwise it will be a washout.

The project director started off with questions about how my experience could help me handle the project at hand, before touching on the pay package. It is quite similar to the one I am doing, except that some of the "extra" benefits are not as good as compared to what I have now, so if they really offer me, I really got to think real hard, as the project director seems like not willing to give.

If that's the case, I guess I won't take up the project. I will wait for something else or stay on the current one.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Sunday Lesson


Was awoken by my brother's & dad's voices as they were preparing to go for their Sunday church service. Since I had an early day for today as well, so I just got up and did my wash up accordingly.

Had two slices of plain bread & a glass of coffee before heading to Starhub Centre for my class. I always felt sianz to have lessons on a Sunday, be it in the morning, noon or nite.

When I got there, I could not get my & Rich's fave spot. It was taken by a lady from the full time class. Rich arrived shortly after. He was sharing with me what he, Darling, Krys did after they left my house. That set my mind thinking, but the thought just slipped out by itself later. I was glad to hear that they enjoyed themselves yesterday.

Soon after, the lecturer came & started her bullet train lecture & went on for an hour & 45 mins before we finally got our break. I guess those attending the same class as me were finding it hard to catch. It is fortunate that I have real life work experience to fall back on.

After the break, she went on till about 1.10pm before letting us off. Rich was saying that he would be facing the 4 walls in his house as his folks are not at home. I decided to join him for lunch at Burger King.

During the lunch, I told him about the plans I have in mind for the coming months. He was a bit shocked but after hearing what I said, he understands the reasons behind my plans.

I am here to announce that I have signed up as a e-filing volunteer for the personal tax for the 2nd year running. Last year was a fulfilling exprience helping people to file their tax returns. I had a good time knowing the senior citizens at the IT Centre too. If everything goes according to what I have submitted, I should be stationed at Blk 123 Serangoon North Ave 1's IT Centre again. The service is available from 18 March 2006 to 17 April 2006 , every weekend from 2pm to 5pm. So if any of you have problems with your tax returns, you are welcome to approach me for help. If you guys are also interested, you may sign up with IRAS by clicking on this link. There is no need to worry as there are training sessions to assist you.

Hope to see more people come & help your fellow citizens.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Movie Outing Plan for 18 Feb - Sat


I wish to ask the following people for a movie on 18 Feb 2006. The choice of the movie is "The Pink Panther"

  1. Richard
  2. Darling
  3. Krys
  4. Rebecca

Please let me know your preferred time slot & cinema for the movie by 16 Feb 2006.

CNY Gathering At My Place


Today is "人日", which means it is everyone's birthday today. Hereby wishing everyone here a happy birthday before I start my posting today.

As you may be aware that I have invited my friends over to my place for a CNY gathering today. It has been 2 years since I last did something like this. I am glad to say that majority of the people that I invited have turned up.
I would like to express my thanks to the following people for coming.
  1. Darling
  2. Krys
  3. Richard
  4. Caifeng
  5. Jason

I am glad to say that you guys enjoyed the Prosperity Feast Meal & KFC Party Meal for 6 that I ordered for you all. I would also like to thank Richard's mum for making the agar-agar for our desert and my mum for preparing the "鱼生" on short notice for my friends. It was a healthy "鱼生" that my mum prepared. She had used grapes, apples, cabbages, carrots & the ingredients given by my 3rd aunt to prepare it. I enjoyed it & I am sure my friends too especially the gals. We did not even put the oil in the dish and I think they like the innovative way that my mum prepared the dish. It is not salty or sweet & its healthy.

I guessed I made the right decision to call my parents back for lunch as I had the hunch that Mac would not be coming and Huiyu had told me that she had fallen sick. As a result, she can't come. Huiyu has promised to make up to us for her birthday in March. I told her to think about what she wants for as her birthday present as well, as I do believe I will be the one shopping for it again.

Darling, Krys & Richard arrived shortly after 2pm. Caifeng came by shortly after 3pm due to her new job commitments, while Jason came by at about 3.30pm.

Darling, Krys , Richard were hungry after a short while. I decided that it was already quite late for lunch so when Darling said that when she wants to start, I told her to go ahead. I had ordered the 肉干 pizza, Hawaiian pizza, chicken, nuggets,salad & whipped potato. The gals liked the Hawaiian pizza, Richard liked the chicken, as he kept mentioning chicken when we kept asking him to eat other stuff, while dad liked the salad.

My mum was busy when she came back, distributing "ang pows", running to NTUC to buy salmon for our "捞鱼生" & exchange of oranges. Speaking of oranges, Krys forgot to bring hers so I gave her 2 oranges from my house, before my parents came home. Anyway, my dad was complaining that we have too many oranges at home this year, as besides buying one box of 48 oranges, his colleague had given him a bag of 12 oranges. My aunt had given us another 12 oranges before the start of the celebration.

After the lunch, the ladies were smitten by the Chinese New Year flowers decorated with colourful red packets from the various Singapore banks & NTUC Fairprice. We took a group photo with Darling's sister digital camera. The ladies continued to ask Richard to snap pictures for them around the beautiful flowers, as they waited for my mum. In between, Richard, Darling & Krys toured my house as this was the 1st time they have been to my house. Darling was saying that my room was hiding a gal, due to the Hello Kitty dolls in my bedroom.

My mum came back and within half an hour, the "鱼生" was ready. My friends were all very helpful as they helped to set up the "鱼生". My mum was commenting that Darling is very friendly & helpful as she had offered to help her to prepare the ingredients for the "lou hei". We really "捞" very happily, & kept saying the good luck phraases.

Later, it was Darling's turn to be jealous with Rich. My buddy had been coughing so my mum was serving him personally with warm water every now & then. Caifeng was also coughing & my mum gave her a glass of warm water personally.too.

The day came to an end at 6pm when they left.

Wishing my friends :-

Darling, Jason & Richard- Hope you guys find a good job soon!

Krys- Stay healthy & happy.

Caifeng- Continue to have a loving relationship with Kelvin

& hope to hear the wedding bells soon.

(my mum was asking her this question just now.)

All the best for her new job too.

As for myself-

A pay increment or promotion to justify the job scope I am handling/

A new employer who appreciates what I am doing.

As for my brother-

All the best for his "O" Levels

All the best in the new poly course that he has chosen.

As for my parents

Stay healthy & all the best in the new jobs they are holding.

Eventful Day


I had an eventful & short working day yesterday, due to the company lunch at Plaza Parkroyal Hotel, Sze Chuan Dou Hua Resturant.

There were 14 of us. I wonder why the aunties always do not like to sit with my bosses. This year, they decided to crowd around one table with an empty seat & hope that my boss did not sit with them. In the end, it ended up that my boss sat with them throughout the lunch, while I sat with my lady boss & Q's boss at the other table, with Q, K, L & M.

I had brought 4 oranges with me yesterday as I felt that I should "return" the good luck wishes to my boss. Since I am doing that, I thought I might as well do the same for Q's boss as well. I don't want people to gossip behind my back and say that I "curry favour" my boss. I wonder if it was the oranges that did the trick, or my boss could not stand the incessant chatter by the aunties. He gave us the "开工红包" that we have been waiting for during the lunch. Of course, the aunties' faces started to grin. By the way, for the record, I also got one from Q's boss.

The food was good, especially the desert, the soya beancurd. It was not sweet at all. At least I won't get diabetic after eating this desert. The "捞鱼生" was fun, as everyone was uttering their wishes for the coming year. We did it twice as there were 2 tables. It ended up my table was the most messy. It is said that the messier the table, the luckier the people for the year. I certainly hope so.

After the lunch, I went to Funan Centre to get my new bank passbook & I got myself a new floppy drive to replace the faulty one on the PC. The problem is that I can't fix it, so I will most likely get Stella to do it for me. I told her already, but she said that she is going to be busy. I don't think I will be getting my ex-colleague, R to do it as he wants to charge me $50 to $80 just to install & get the drive for me. A floppy drive only cost less than $20. I feel that he does not give me any discounts even as friends / ex-colleague. It makes me wonder if I should continue my friendship with him.

Went to Apple Service Centre after that, to collect my repaired IPOD, which they issued me with a brand new one. I also got the pouch which I ordered from them online yesterday. That means I have to transfer the songs all over again, Sianz.

After dinner, went to Changi Airport to send my first online friend off for her further studies in Austraila. I can't imagine that I was that lucky, because when I reached the departure hall, I found her check-in row in front of me. This friend of mine, Grace, known her for 5 years can be a bit muddle-headed sometimes. Her mum was telling me that she is so afraid that she may lose her luggage when she is at Perth airport. I advised her on some do & don'ts when travelling overseas. We hanged aroung at Burger King for a while, before checking her in at 12.15am. She was so blur again when she was checking in that her handphone nearly dropped. More drama was to follow, as she didn't see the trolley to put her luggage as she checked in. Her friend, Joycelyn had to call her to tell her where the trolley was. I just hope she has a safe journey and enjoyable year studying her degree there. She was saying she may come back with 2 people!! Given her sense of humour, I knew what she meant, & laughed.

Would like to thank her other online friend, Edmund, for offering to see me home after that. It was about 12.35am when we left the airport. If I were to take a cab, I think it would cost at least $30 to get home. Found out that he was from NP too & had a blogspot account as well. I told him my blog address, think should be expecting a new guest soon.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Shocking Things from Boss

Today is my 1st day back at office after the CNY break. Some unwelcome changes greeted me throughout the morning.

  1. The b*** used the Audit Manager's name as an excuse to try to keep track of our leave & MC status. I feel that for someone that takes 1 day of any type of leave each week still have the cheek to keep track of people. The tax & accounting dept do not need the Audit Manager's approval or your approval when we take our leave.We only need to let the partner know.
  2. My boss left 2 oranges on each staff's table & did away with the "开工红包". Fortunately, my second boss has said that he will give me one tomorrow. I do believe it is a small gesture to thank me as I always buy newspaper for him.

Nonetheless, I will be "returning the oranges" in line with the CNY custom of wishing each other good luck. To me, I feel that its just a small matter with regards to the "开工红包", as I knew the reasons behind this, which I can't disclose it here. But, like what Jason & Darling said, the gesture is a bit too much, from a big sum (to me that is.) to zero.

Anyway, the plan is slowly falling into place. I will not disclose much here till everything is confirmed. This is also to protect myself just in case my colleagues may stump into this site.

Sec Sch Buddy House Visit

My mum, my bother & I paid a visit to my sec sch buddy's place yesterday. This buddy of mine, whom I knew since Sec 1 is very close to me. We are so close that even our family members know each other by name as well.

Meeting him for the past few years have always been a yearly ritual, as Malcolm had been studying in Austraila. This year was different as he had graduated. It means that the ritual of meeting up can become more frequent already.

We were remiscing the good times in sec sch. Some of our ex-classmates have already married, without informing us or sending us an invite. Our sec sch teachers, the majority of them who taught us have retired, even my old school building has become a holding school, with a new campus at the old Peicai Sec School site.

Time really flies. I have known Malcolm for 14 years and still going. Sad to say though, he is one of the very few secondary school friends that I still keep in touch with. I lost touch with the rest of them after they graduated earlier than me as I was retained due to my lousy "O" Level results.

Just hope that the friendship can stay strong as long as we are around!!!!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

CNY Gathering Update On 4 Feb 2006 -Sat

Firstly, I would like to thank the following people for agreeing to come after I sent out my invitation last month.
1. Darling

2. Krys

3. Richard

4. Caifeng

5. Huiyu

6. Jason

7. Mac

Thanks for agreeing to come.

As for the rest that I've sent out invites & you have told me that work & other commitments taking place during the time, just want to say thank you for taking the effort /trouble to tell me.

Please come with an empty stomach, as I will be ordering pizza hut & KFC for you guys. If you guys have better ideas & suggestion, please put it in the comment box/chatbox/sms me.

You are welcome to bring CNY goodies.








Grandma's Death Anniversary

I just came back from praying my grandma at my uncle's place. It always never fail to bring sadness & tears back to me. It has been 14 years since she departed me, yet the things that she has done for me during my first 12 years of existence in this world, I really appreciate it.

  1. She used to bring me & pick me up from my primary school.
  2. She really dotes on me by usually giving me the things that I wanted, like toys & stationery.
  3. She used to bring me to the doc when I was sick.
  4. She makes me feel that I was at home when I stayed with her for a couple of years when my parents were in Brunei working.
  5. She used to bring me to the physiotherapist for my weekly checkups at Spastic Children's Association. At that time, the SCA was at Newton, Gilistead Rd. It has since moved to Pasir Ris.
  6. She used to bring me for my quarterly checkups at NUH with my aunt.

So, it came to me as a shock when she left us suddenly 14 years ago. She had complained of a severe headache as she was playing poker cards with my aunts & uncles. She was rushed to the hospital immediately, when it was then we discovered that she had high blood pressure and the blood had shot to her brain. The doc said that she was beyond cure & told us to prepare for the worst. She left us later that evening, with tears in her eyes, supposedly missing all of us & not knowing who will take care of me if she goes.

I still remember she once said in Hokkien, " I may not be able to see you getting married, if you are getting married at 23." Its hard to imagine that her words were so accurate. She passed away when I was 12 & I am still single at 26.

Busy Month for September & October

It has been a while since I last blogged as I have been busy due to work. My manager has been on long medical leave due to an operation. She...