Monday, November 27, 2006

Switched to Blogger In Beta

I have switched to blogger in beta by using Google account. It seems not to have any difference. Maybe I need time to explore before I make any further changes.

Anyway the changes should be made after my exam, which means after 13 Dec and after my busy work month.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

A New Treatment

Write up courtesy of http://www.reiki.org

I heard this new treatment from Stella that may be able to wake Jason from his coma. She told me that her mum is willing to ask her shifu to do the treatment for free on him. I just hope he wakes up soon. ***Prays Hard***

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.
Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.


While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others.
Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures

NP CASSC Performance




I have actually typed this when I did the slideshow yesterday, but I wonder where it went to, maybe to outer space. Haha :)

The performance on the whole was very good. My mum, my tenant, Jovie & myself were all very impressed by the items presented.

After the performance, I showed Jovie around the campus, where we took some pics before heading home.






Sunday, November 19, 2006

You Know My Name music video

The latest soundtrack from from Casino Royale. Enjoy.

Casino Royale - My Name is Bond, James Bond

James Bond is a new recruit at the MI6 team. He's reckless and careless and on a mission. After just earning his 00 status with his first 2 kills he is sent to the Bahamas where he is to verse Le Chiffre in a game of Texas Hold 'Em Poker. Although Bond must ensure that Le Chiffre's death comes at the hands of his own people.

I went to catch this movie with Wendy after my class at Cineleisure Orchard. We had a quick dinner at Cafe Cartel. There were some surprises though at Cafe Cartel. The menu has changed and you can pay after you eat. We had a filling pasta meal with cream of chicken soup and some bread, before running up to the theatres to collect the tickets, which I booked thru the net on Thursday.

Now for the movie:-

I feel that this Bond instalment was good with the action scenes. You could see Daniel Criag pancing around with the villians. However the gadgets were a disappointment. One would have thought that the Sony Ericcson K800i handphone, Sony Vaio Notebook, the bond car would be loaded with sopshicated & state of the art technology. Another thing was that Daniel Craig certainly looks at least 10 years older than his 39 years of age, but he made up for his well toned body and chops.

Overall, I would give the movie 3.5 out of 5. I can't wait for Casino Royale 2 scheduled to be out next year.



Beware of the Pushy & Evesdropping MLM Sellers

I went to visit Jason on Friday nite with Wendy and we were greeted by her mum & 2 other ladies who claimed to my mum's friends. I found it strange and suspicious as I never heard my mum mention to me that she had known these 2 people before, but I could not check on the spot with my mum on whether the claims by the two ladies were true as handphones were not allowed in the hospital.

As we were talking to the two ladies, I had this impression that one of them kept harping on the issue of God and her cancerous tumours. I felt that something was amiss. My guess was that they were trying to sell a MLM product. True enough, Wendy & I were given a leftlet about the product a while later as they were trying to sell a health product which was claimed to have many Chinese herbs that could aid the recovery of a patient. As the product was very expensive, about US$200, one of them said that we could help Jason's mum to finance the product by asking all of Jason's friends to help to finance the purchase of the health product. I was thinking, if they were serious about helping, they should have helped by giving the product for free to help my friend, but I have doubts about the product and their kindness.

Wendy & I had wanted to stop auntie from buying the product, but we do not think that she may listen to us as we know that as a mum, she will try her very best to use the many methods that people suggested to get Jason healthy again. The sight of seeing auntie parting with the money shows how much she loved her son. And I was afraid that the ladies may get violent if we do not buy the product.

When I got home, I was feeling angry with my mum. I sat down with her as she got back from the hospital (she went to visit Jason after me.) and chided her for asking these MLM people to sell the product to auntie, knowing that their family is not well off. She said she was asking her Chinese physician about my pal's illness and how to get him up and running again when these two ladies, who were in the same room (my mum didn't know they were there as the room was divided by a curtain) said that they could help auntie to talk to the hospital authorities to reduce the bill. That was how my mum got accquainted with them. I chided my mum for not being discreet enough to check the room if there were people around. I felt that she was guilible too as she could have asked me to help auntie to check if financial assistance could be arranged.

I felt bad that I was partly the cause to make auntie part with her money to these pushy people. If I have not told my mum about it, I guess she won't be talking to her physician about it. Fortunately, auntie told my mum that she won't buy the product again, after my mum clarified with her.

So my message is "Beware of these pushy MLM product sellers"

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Quotations for The Day

These few days, I had been busy with my work and shuttling around the hospital. Many things have happened in this week. I have decided to put it in a form of quotable quotes.

Tuesday

It does not mean that when two people who have not met before previously can’t become good cliques overnight.

Wednesday

As a friend, we should only give advice when asked, and we should not force anyone to comply on what we actually want him / her to do, even if she will lose something dear in her possession.

It is not a good feeling being the person to report a piece of sad news to friends, therefore try not to be the first one to know, especially when it concerns your family, your friends or you.

When friends and relatives are in need, we try to help wherever we can, but some people just like to take advantage of other people’s charitable heart. This is more so for relatives. To you, relatives are everything, but to me, it is not so as relatives take advantage.

Stop nagging about my spending, when you can’t even control yours and most of the time you are the cause to all this, when I have made up my mind.

Don’t think Singapore is a cheap place to live in and a person does not have daily expenses to care for.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Visiting of my NS Pal, Jason @ TTSH

I met up with Elaine mei mei, Wendy mei mei, Huiyu, Caifeng & Kelvin to visit my NS pal, Jason at TTSH in the evening.

We were greeted by his mum as we reached the ward. The ward that Jason is in is the ICU. The sight of seeing him being connected to tubes really made me to be at a loss for words. We managed to chat at length with his mum as to how come he suddenly become like that. From the details of the chat, we gathered that it was a serious case of flu and cough that was not given medical attention till it was too late. On 30 & 31 Oct, he had developed a fever and was complaining that he was feeling hot on his internal organs and kept standing or leaning near the fridge to get cold air that was coming out from the fridge.

On 1 Nov, his mum was not able to wake him up and an ambulance was called to send him to TTSH. That day, his heartbeat stopped for a while, before doctors revived him back with a jab. He is still in a semi-conscious state now with the feeding tube containing milk was given to him. He will have another operation done on him on Thursday to allow the doctors to pump in medication.

I gave his mum my no so that he could contact me if my pal had any changes in his condition.

This incident has taught me things that will make me treasure life even more.

Life is fragile, one must learn to let go when necessary & treasure your loved ones.
Please see a doc if u r really sick and get sufficient rest, so that u can say that u love yourself.

Fun Nite with Elaine / Shocking News

I met up with Elaine to allow her to return my camera and show me the photos that she & her bf had taken in Bintan during their trip.

I was held up by my mum, as she wanted me to drink some soup before I left and the bad weather as well. As a result, I was a bit late. Elaine suggested that we step in to MacDonald's so that she could use her notebook that she took from the Bintan trip as there was also wireless internet connection there too. I must say the photos were well taken. She said my camera has a lot of functions which made picture taking a breeze. I didn't know my cam had so many functions!! Elaine was kind enough to show me after our dinner as we made our way to the bus stop.

As I was on my way home, I remembered that Elaine had requested to have Jason's house number as he had been missing in action for 2 weeks already. She had a hunch that he may be in trouble. I must say her hunch was very accurate as she managed to get hold of his mum who told her that my NS mate is warded in hospital and in a comatose state, due to lung infection. This explains why I could not get hold of him for the past 2 weeks. I called his mum to find out more about the situation and sent out a sms to my & his common friends.

I was pleasantly surprised that the friends that I introduced to him recently were the 1st to react to the news. I have to thank Elaine & Wendy for their hunch and Elaine's good luck for finally able to talk to her mum, something that i was not able to do so for the past 2 weeks. I will pay him a visit tomorrow.

On behalf of my friend & his mum, I wish to expressthanks to these people:-
  1. Sis Elaine (thanks for the hunch & the call)
  2. Eriko
  3. Richard
  4. Sally
  5. Stella
  6. Bonnie
  7. Sis Wendy
  8. Huiyu
Hope my friend gets up from his coma soon. His family needs him.


Saturday, November 11, 2006

The 8th Singapore Motor Show 2006


Taken with Wendy's Camera



Taken with my HP

I was supposed to have met up with Elaine to get my camera back from her, but her mum has been down with a headache, so she cancelled the planned meeting to be home with her mum. I hope her mum will be alright soon. ***Prays hard*****

Since I had asked my mum not to cook my dinner, I met up with Wendy instead. She suggested going to catch the 8th Singapore Motor Show that is held at Suntec Convention Centre from yesterday till 19 Nov 2006. I was okay with it, since I enjoyed looking at cars, although I can't drive as my doctor advised against it.

We met up at Citylink Sakae Sushi for a quick dinner, before walking to the Convention Centre. I was a bit worried that we could not make it to the show as the organisers had stated that ticket sales would close an hour before the show ends. But in the end, my worries were unfounded.

We saw a lot of nice cars but Wendy & I were pretty disappointed that we didn't get to see BMWs, Mercedes Benz, the James Bond car used in Casino Royale. I was disappointed that I didn't see Rover too.

The disappointment was made up as we managed to see some interesting cars as you can see from the slideshows. We spent about 45 mins to tour the show, 2 levels of the Convention Centre.

I must say I enjoyed the show very much, I hope Wendy did too.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Short Working Day

Today was a short working day. I was supposed to have an interview today but it was cancelled by the company at the last min . Well, guess that the company wasn't interested in hiring anyway, so I just told him that, "Please tell your manager to arrange my interview after my office hours as I am having my peak period."

Was thinking to retract my leave application, but LB surprisingly asked me when she was in the lift with me that where I was heading to? In order not to arouse any suspicion, I just told her that I had some family matters to attend to. Anyway, treat it as a break for me, after it meant that I had to double up as an auditor, having to reconcile schedule for my past two tax computations It has been a taxing job to reconcile the figures.

Went to SBS Transit HQ to enquire about my Season Pass. The pass will finally be with me next week. That means a start to my cost savings in transport.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Boss' Daughter - The Bitch?

I had spent about 2 working days trying to reconcile an audit schedule of bad debts. It ended up that I still could not get the figure as shown in the P/L account.

The audit schedule was done by the bitch, In there, I found the schedule was very badly done, with no proper referencing & working as to how the figures were arrived at.

Yet, my boss chided me for spending too much time to work out the schedule.

Boss, u are making me pissed by showing me that you are favouring her too much!!!!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Dinner With My Sisters @ New York New York




Elaine had arranged to meet me today so that she can borrow my camera for her Bintan trip which is starting tomorrow.till Tuesday. She wanted to rope in Wendy, Rebec & Jason. Wendy & Rebec were able to make it, but Jason has been missing in action for the past week.. I wonder what's wrong with him. Hope that he's alright.

Met up with Wendy first at Suntec City as I had to pass the old hp charger to the shopkeeper who sold me my new hp yesterday. I used the deposit and top up another similar sum to get a memory card which was not included in the original package.

After that, Wendy & I walked to New York New York @ Citylink Mall, where Rebec was already there waiting for us. The two gals were so happy to see each other as they have never met before, even though they chatted online before this meeting.

Elaine joined us later as she was having a performance cum competition today. We could tell that she was quite tired. Rebec & Elaine happened to be from the same school, so they started chatting about their teachers as we ordered our food. We ordered 3 main courses and a sandwich. The serving was quite big for all of us. It ended up that I could not finish my chicken & Elaine couldn't finish her sandwich, whereas Rebec & Wendy finished theirs.

After the meal, my sisters saw the 绵花糖 displayed in the resturant and wanted to try it. The green apple flavour was nice. Rebec suggested a walk to the Esplande where we took some interesting pics of an exhibition and an Indian performance, before we called it a nite.



The Story of the Funny Boss & Used Office Phone

My office phone extension had been down since Wednesday, after it seems like I could not press the 4, 5 & 6 buttons on my phone in that afternoon. I told boss about it. He really took his time to change the phone and he went to get another used set from the telephone supplier, which I think is his close friend.

The phone finally arrived on Thursday, but there was a catch. I could not call out to external parties. This meant that I had to run to the computer room or the reception desk if I had to make calls to external calls to IRAS or clients. It didn't help that my hp was in limited service mode for the two days but I am glad that it went limited service, as I finally got to know how my boss values me. as his staff. Please see the next paragraph and you guys will know what I meant.

After my boss called for techinical assistance, the techincial staff took his own sweet time despite I told him that it was impossible for me to get certain tasks done. The techincial staff finally came on Friday afternoon. It took him quite a while to discover that the phone was locked by a code. He said that there could be two possibilities.

  1. An unused extension, which was hidden under the audit dept's PC table, which was next to me may have caused the accidental crossing of extension, causing the line to be locked. This was what I strongly agree as I didn't know there was a hidden extension under that table, causing the interference.
  2. Someone may have pressed the code and locked the phone. To think that my boss believed this analogy and told me that if I locked the phone again, he will deduct the service fee from my pay. In my 2.5 years working there, I didn't even know there was a way to lock the phone as the phone to me was for answering & calling out only. I am saddened & disappointed by the remark he made. Even if I have locked the phone, it should have been accidental, since I didn't know of anything.

I think I have made the right choice to start my job hunting again. I am currently sending out a few, and awaiting an answer to an interview that I went, as the firn is undergoing restructuring and the interviewer said she will let me know when the process is complete. I hope to get this job though as it allows me to have a greater exposure to the knowledge that I have and the benefits will be about the same as to what I have now. Besides that, it will be a promotion to me & it is more accessible for me, since it is only a direct bus ride from my place. It will translate into cost savings and a better renumeration package.

Friday, November 03, 2006

New HP for Paul

I was still bugged by the problem of "limited service" given by my ex phone, Samsung E640. This was despite that I have changed my SIM card at Singtel yesterday. The super eating power of the hp batt & the inability to receive calls the whole day was the last straw for me.

Since mum said she was not cooking dinner for today, I decided to pop by Suntec City & see if I could get some bargains, since I got a good price for my birthday present, the E640.

I boarded Service 16 to Suntec City. I was surprised to see my bus driver friend, Ricky driving the bus. It has been 9 mths since I last saw him. He's a father again, this time to a daughter. I was telling him, it is good (好) as he managed to fulfill his wish to have a daughter. Before I alighted, I told him to meet up with me on his off day, which was this Sunday.

Went to the new Samsung shop at E-life and take a look. The price of what I wanted was too steep at this shop and the trade in value was super low. So decided to go to the next one. The price didn't attract me either as it was b4 GST. It was a short while before I got the best offer from the 3rd shop as the trade in value was high and the price was cheaper than the other 2 shops.

This is a hp which relies on your sense of touch. Still getting used to it. The hp is in charging mode now.



Thursday, November 02, 2006

Is It Network Problem Or HP problem?

My Samsung E640 hp, a birthday gift from my group of friends last year was giving me teething problems today.

The whole day, the signal was terribly weak or keep showing "Limited Service" on my hp. This meant that I didn't send or receive many calls or sms today. It happened at every 30 to 45 seconds. Thinking that it was a Singtel network problem, I called Singtel up. They got me to go to their sales counter at Citylink and changed me a new SIM Card. The battery eating power of the hp was at its max today

But just when I thought the problem was solved, the limited service problem came up again, just as I was calling Jolene on my bus ride home. Jolene said that the sound quality of my hp was not that good, as it was like intermitten.

Just as I was thinking to hold the phone till before my birthday, but it seems like it is going to say its goodbyes before that.

Haiz. Any recomendations.

A Happy Mothers’ Day to All Mums Out There

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