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Look Back at 2006 & Moving Foward To 2007

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2006 has been a not so good year for me, but I am glad that I managed to pull it through. I hope that 2007 will be a better year for me.

2006 has been a year about:-


Although I had a misunderstanding with a friend, and I think I may have lost the friendship, but I am glad that I have known more people.

Elaine mei mei
Wendy mei mei

Caifeng getting married in October. I am so happy for her that she has found her Mr Right.

Alexandra getting married and the birth of her baby. I just hope that she is able to solve the problems that she is now having.

Jason admitted to hospital due to pneumonia. I just hope that he can recover soon and we will be able to do what we usually do together.


Although there was the anticipated pay increment, it came 3 months late. The workload was rather bad due to IRAS implantation of the “My Tax Portal”. A lot of time was wasted on the admin work which I thought sho…

Eventful Saturday

Although I worked till 9pm on Friday night, thanks to my boss late return from the seminar and his wife’s delay that I have blogged about in my last post, I woke up at about 9am yesterday to make my way to Starhub Centre FTC Campus to register for my new ACCA class. Paper 3.3: Performance Management with Mr Saminathan. The class will be starting on coming Thursday evening. Hope I can continue to preserve on despite my mum’s misgivings that I haven’t been working hard enough. I have told her that I have to take one paper this round as my work is really killing me. She said it was just an excuse, so again we had a big quarrel over it the issue again. I can’t imagine that my mum can actually think that I was going to fail my Financial Management Paper, when the result is not even out yet. I feel so sad about it.

I was greeted the newly renovated McDonald’s Resturant and a new BreadTalk Branch at Centrepoint. The McDonald’s Resturant has been converted to a McCafe. The Ronald McDonald sitt…

Internet Network Crash & Office Monitor Down

I actually wanted to blog this yesterday, but unfortunately the Taiwan earthquake had knocked out the Internet connection to Blogger.

I wonder what's with my job recently. One low point after another. Yesterday my PC monitor in the office blacked out in front of me after lunch. From then on, I had to use the audit dept's PC to work. To think that my lady boss actually started to throw out the accounts that I have not asked for extension of time (I did it as per her husband instruction the last time.) at the time. To think, I have to keep shuttling between 2 tables to get my job done. Although I did some back up, but there was still some files which I need to use which was in the computer that I have been using. To think that my boss has not decided to change the monitor.

Fortunately, I got my ex-colleague of my ex firm, R to get me a CRT monitor, since he was also helping me to get another one to replace the current one I am using at home. I know u people may be laughing at me …

Rainy Boxing Day

Today was like last week, rained throughout the day. I didn't really want to get back to work after an eventful Chirstmas. Chirstmas has never been so good for me before.

Nothing much happened at work today, except that J had invited all of us to join her for baby shower at Pasir Ris Costa Sands Resorts on Saturday. I will be attending since I don't think I have anything on for the moment.

I am actually looking to plan something over the long weekend with my sisters, Wendy & Elaine. It will be something like what we had at Elaine's house the other day. I wonder if they want. Since there are 4 days in the long weekend, they are free to pick the day they want.

Night At the Museum

A bumbling security guard at the Museum of Natural History accidentally lets loose an ancient curse that causes the animals and insects on display to come to life and wreak havoc. Wendy, Elaine & I went to catch this movie @ Causeway Point. The cinema has been renovated and there is a food court beside the cinema now. This show is a funny show, although there was a frightening part in the first part of the movie as the security guard didn't manage to control the exhibits and the lions & dinosaur nearly bit him on the first day. Overall I would give the movie 3.5 out of 5.

Marathon @ Elaine's Place

My sister, Elaine invited me & Wendy mei to her house. She actually wanted to have a Chirstmas party for all of us, but I guess she is still sick with her ear block, so Wendy & I just treated as a bonding session for 2 days.
Although it was raining heavily as I made my way to AMK MRT to meet Wendy on Sunday, we still managed to make to Elaine's house in one piece. Wendy & I were greeted by Elaine's mum and eldest sister. We are touched by the hospitality that Elaine's family showered us. Please allow me to thank her family one by one.Her mum - Auntie is a friendly person, just like mei mei. Like mother, like daughter. Thanks for the delicious dinner.Her brother - Thanks for letting me have your bed for the nite. I felt bad that u had to have the floor.Her father - Uncle is a friendly person too. Thanks for the nice lunch and your tolerance for letting us sleep till noon.Her sister - Thanks for her hospitality and friendliness. Although I got to admit she is too…

City Harvest Church Chirstmas Service

Wendy & I were invited to attend the Chirstmas service at City Harvest Church ( Expo branch) yesterday.

For those of u who know me well enough will know the reasons behind my fear for the religion and why I hate people to talk about religion or force me to attend this service or another particular religion service.

The reason why i decided to attend the service was

A chance for me to get away from my work stress that I have been facing.Feeling the need to respect my sis' wishes as she wanted to share the joy of Chirstmas with me.I must say I didn't regret attending the candlelight service as I managed to catch a funny drama protrayal about the birth of Jesus Chirst & how ravishingly younger Pastor Kong looked, even though the last time I saw him was 2 years ago.After the service, we went to Suntec City Swensens Resturant & had our dinner before taking a short walk & calling it a nite.I wish to thank Elaine for inviting me to the service.

Merry Chirstmas

To: All my friends:

Have a Merry & Blessed Chirstmas. May what u wish for come true for you!!

From : Paul

Santa Paul At Work

For the first time in my working life, I decided to get Chirstmas gift for all my colleagues, since my secretarial dept colleague, L and audit dept manager, P, always get Chirstmas pressies for all of us. But since Santa Paul is on a tight budget this month, as I had to cover my ACCA course fees & subscription fees, I got the colleagues 2 boxes of Ferraro Rocher chocolates ( Those 16 pieces per box) and left it at the pantry for them to share. But to my surprise, my colleagues still had something to say. L (says jokingly): U should have got something else ma, since I got them chocolates already. Q & receptionist: Why u buy us chocolates? The rest of them had the courtesy to say thank you. Maybe next Chirstmas, if I am still in the company, I may just give them an apple each, since they like to talk so much. Haha.

A Shocking Power Failure

I was working through my tax computation when the power suddenly went out. At first I thought it was just our building but it was not to be as my boss went out & saw that Concourse was in pitch darkness as well.

Just as when you thought that this was not enough, my lady boss was commenting about why I didn't ask for extension of time for submission of tax returns for certain companies but why I did for some companies. I just told her I did as per instructed by her hubby, which was to ask for extension for those accounts that were not completed or I can't finish by 29 Dec 2006.

She said that I should have sought her advice before sending in the extension request. I was wondering, why didn't you tell me earlier or in fact for the past two extension years which I had already done? It was exactly the same process.

Hmmm I think my coming Sat is going to get burned again. Von & pal are definitely going to say it is not worth it again. :( What to do??? Unless a better offe…

The Pain Is Back

The irritating thigh muscle pull pain found its way back as I stepped into office to work today. I decided to perserve on till the pain was really unbearable at lunch time as it really made me had difficulty to walk.

I told the receptionist that I will be going to 马光 for some massage or 推拿. I took a cab to the nearest branch at my office at Middle Rd. The chinese physician, who shared the same surname as me said that I pulled my muscle and tendon of my thigh. It could be due to I had walked too much in recent times since I don't do yoga and running due to my disability. He also commented that my body was rather stiff and advised me to do some relaxation excercises and prop up my legs for the next few days and do more stretching after I have recovered

After the treatment, which cost me about $30, but it was really good, as it really relived me of the pain. He did warn me not to walk too much though till it recovers. He told me to give a 3 day grace to recover. I really hope it does a…

Christmas Lunch & Visting of Rebecca

Yesterday, the whole office had the annual Christmas lunch at the usual place that I have been going since I had been in this firm for the past 2 Christmas, The Plaza Parkroyal Hotel at Beach Road.

Since I had featured the place a few times in my blog, I shan’t waste my time going to write out the details here again as it will definitely bore you guys.

After work, I met up with Richard & Stella to visit Rebecca at NUH. I actually wanted to visit her on Sunday, but the pain on my thigh made me had problems walking that day. Although the pain was still there yesterday, it was better than before. We could see that she was quite pale, as she told us that she tried sitting up and threw up after a while. The doctor should be extending her stay in the hospital for another week, as according to her, her recovery is much slower than anticipated. Hope that this sister of mine gets well soon.

More Birthday Wishes for Paul

Elaine Mei: Hi kor, my bf n me wish u all e best in yr future endavours 4 yr tis birthday. Stay joyous n handsome orh J
18/12/06 21.54

Tracey: Happy birthday to you, my fren
18/12/06 21.52

Malcolm: Hope I am not too late to wish you a happy birthday
A birthday card from Cynthia, my Prudential Insurance agent today.

Birthday Wishes for Paul

My birthday is officially today, but the wishes for my birthday started to pour in since 13 Dec 2006, after my ACCA paper.

13 Dec 2006

Eriko: (over the hp) - I am sorry for not able to attend your celebration on Sat, but happy birthday.

15 Dec 2006

Bought a pandan cake back to office and shared my birthday joy with my colleagues. I thank senior, Q & Xiuzhi for the well wishes.

16 Dec 2006

Birthday dinner at V8 Cafe. Thank all the guests for the nice & thoughtful gifts. I know the gifts don't come cheap.:) The dinner was just a small gesture, thanking u all for coming.

17 Dec 2006

Audrey (Over msn): Happy birthday
Jim:(over msn): You celebrated your birthday with babes?
Jovie (my tenant): Happy birthday
Anna (tenant's friend): Happy birthday
Wendy & Richard dedicated a blog entry for me in their blogs . Thanks mei & pal
ElaineUS aka Dalicia: Thanks for your blog entry too.

18 Dec 2006


Alexandra: Happy birthday to u. 12.31am
Jolene: Happy birthday!!! 7.42am
Wendy mei: Hap…

Family Birthday Celebration for Paul

I just had a mini celebration with my tenant & my mum. Mum says she will pay for the cake for me as my gift for this year. The shop said that the cake was 1kg, but it seems that it is bigger than that, even bigger than the one that I had yesterday.

Deepest Condolences to Serangoon E Club Manager's Family

I was shocked & surprised when I saw this email in my mailbox just now.

Dear Friends & Family,

Our heartfelt thanks for the most kind support rendered during our time of bereavement.

A Memorial Service will be held for our father on Sunday, 7th Jan 2007. We will be providing lunch at 12pm to 1pm at Block 123 void deck infront of Contact 123 IT Centre.

We would like to put together a slide show to showcase his life. As such, we would greatly appreciate if you could provide us with pictures and any thoughts or memories you would like to share with us, about Mr Naga. Please assist by sending any write-ups or photos to these emails: or

Thanking you

Kind Regards
On behalf of Mr N. Nagaraja
His Daughters, Mahes & Yoges
N. Nagaraja

Mr Naga, the Serangoon E-Club Manager, whom I had worked with in the IRAS e-filing volunteer session for the past two years had passed away suddenly last week.

He was the one who nominated me for the Outstanding Vol…

My Birthday Dinner @ V8 Cafe

Before I go into what is happening in the slideshow above, I went to visit Jason with Stella yesterday. We can see that he is getting better and are quite happy with the progress that he has been making. He is now able to move his limbs after hearing instructions.

After visiting him, it was time for me and Stella to go to the next event, my birthday dinner @ V8 Cafe @ Bugis Junction. Although the guest list was quite small for this round, I hope my guests enjoyed themselves. I really have to thank them for coming & their gifts. I think I will find some use for them.The thanks goes out to the following people:-Stella- Thanks for the angpow with Caifeng.Lorraine - Thanks for the wallet that u shared with my pal, & your pressence despite the fact that we only met once & the jokes too.Von - Thanks for the shower setRong Cheng Didi - Thanks for making the effort to pop by as I know Expo is a distance from BugisRichard - Thanks for your pressence, I am sorry u had to postpone you…

Birthday Celebration Tonight @ V8 Cafe

I hope to enjoy my birthday celebration tonite, even though most of my regular list of guest won't be around.

My morning was nearly spoiled when Y, aka the aeroplane flier asked me why wasn't she invited. I just said I knew she had an injury so I didn't put her on my list. But, I think u guys should know why she wasn't invited. I just feel that she will fly aeroplane again.

Hope that my guests can mingle and have fun tonight.:)

Boss Acts Again!!!

I had received a surprise call from office during my exam leave period. The receptionist called me and asked if the office cleaner had been borrowing money from me. She said that my boss was going to take action on her. I knew what was wrong but I just kept quiet since I was not in the offfice for that period of time, therefore I can't be assuming what was going on in office.

Finally got back to office on Thursday. I asked the receptionist what happened. True to my prediction, the cleaner's fate was sealed because of these factors:-

She had tried to borrow money from the receptionist. Instead of lending her the money, the receptionist went to tell my boss that the cleaner had tried to borrow money from her. The cleaner lives in a one-room flat at Beach Rd, with a stroke-stricken husband and a young teenage child that studies in poly. I feel that my colleagues and bosses don't have the heart of gold, or should I say not understanding enough. You guys think that the auntie lik…

Interesting Quizzes

You Are A Romantic Realist
You tend to be grounded when it comes to romance.
Sure, you can fall hard... but only for someone you've gotten to know.
And once you're in love, you can be a total romantic goofball...
But you'd never admit it to your friends!Are You Romantic or Realistic?

You Are 75% Peaceful
You are a very peaceful person. All is good in your world, no matter what's going on.
Occasionally you let your problems get to you, but you generally remain upbeat.
Your inner strength is inspirational - much more so than you may realize.How Peaceful Are You? Your Birthdate: December 18
For you, love is a feeling that lingers for really long time - even after a relationship is totally over.
In fact, you still make have strong feelings for the first person you fell in love with.
You usually are reluctant to end relationships. And sometimes you're the last to know that things are ending!

Number of True Loves You'll Have: 4

Number of Times You'll Have Your Heart Broken: 1


The Aftermath of putting up my Birthday Wishes

I found it interesting that Ka mei & my pal actually thought that I am trying to chase a new gal in my life.

Maybe it was what I wrote that was misleading. I just wish to say that the person that I want to go after is still the same person that I said I am interested in a few months ago. I know her heart is quite hard to capture. I may just give up if someone better comes to my attention. :)

Because I know I do not have the physical attributes, I can't force her to accept me if she don't want to.

This song best describe my feelings now.

爱如潮水 - 蔡淳佳

Happy Birthday to Joey

Just to wish my friend, Joey a happy 24th birthday today. Hope she stays happy & cheerful always.

3rd Working Saturday

After reading an e-mail from my boss yesterday, I had a feeling that my office table was having a mountain of stuff waiting to be cleared, so decided to pop back to office as I have more or less tried out the questions for the working capital management topic.

True to my gut feeling, my table was cluttered with another set of tax queries and files were strewn all over the place. I spent some time clearing up before getting down to work.

I managed to clear what I set out to do within the 5 hrs that I was there. I guess my boss was surprised to see me though, but I didn't bother. My pal was asking me if my boss was going to grant me a big bonus, otherwise my burned Saturdays won't be worth the effort. I strongly doubt my effort will be appreciated, as shown in the last year. All of us had only 3 weeks bonus without AWS to show. Let's see what happens this Chinese New Year as The Straits Times had already stated the the Big Four Accounting Firms, i.e. EY, PWC, KPMG & Delott…

Kinship & Friendship

It has been a while since Iast chatted with my mum. Finally I had the chance to do so yesterday.

She updated me about what happened when she visited Jason the other nite. I haven't been visiting him for the past week, as I was tied down by my work and exam. From what I gathered from her, Jason's throat is still quite bad and his mum told my mum that he actually coughed out blood a few days ago. I just hope it does not get worse than this.

We also touched on the issue of kinship. I could sense that she is still bitter about the strain of her relationship with her first younger brother, who is my 大舅, as he always feels that my mum is very well to do & not helping him out when his family is in need. I just told her, his family can't always depend on us. Who asked him to have 5 children, when he knows that he is the sole breadwinner of the family? He knows that his little formal education was not going to help him in his job.

I told my mum that out of all my relatives that I…

Birthday Wish List

Since Joey came up with her birthday wish list for her birthday on coming Monday, I guess I should come up with mine as well. It may seem that this list is just basically unattainable. :) I am not sure if I can come up with 27 wishes. Haha. 1 wish to represent a year of my existence.

Samsung 740N monitor - PC monitor going anytime.A good bonus (2 months at least ) from my bossA pass in my upcoming Financial Management PaperHope that my NS pal, Jason can regain from his semi coma state.Hope can win the heart of the gal that I have been secretly admiring for a whileHope that my mum doesn't matchmake me / pester me to find a gal. Haha!!!My friends, my family & people around me to stay healthyCai Chun Jia latest album - added 12 Dec 2006I will continue on from here if I can think of some more.Ed: This post was first published on 9 Dec 2006 & edited on 12 Dec 2006.

PC Monitor Going Anytime

Samsung 740N LG 1718M
My PC monitor, which I have been using since my old Acer monitor blacked out six years ago, has been flickering recently. My friend, Roy has been trying to recommend me the LG monitor, but I am not too confident about LG monitor @ $285. My office PC service technician has recommended me the Samsung 740N monitor at $299. I guess I will be asking my pal to accompany me to Sim Lim Square after my paper to take a look at which monitor to select and also to fix it for me. I guess it will be cheaper that way.What do you guys think of the monitors?

For Dalicia - Happy Birthday

To: Dalicia Wish you a happy birthday in advance for tomorrow. May what u wish for come true for you. Stay beautiful, youthful & cheerful always. P.S. Hope to see you in Singapore soon. From: Paul

For My Pal, Richard

Dear pal, Good luck for your Advanced Taxation Paper today & Performance Management Paper on Friday. I am pretty sure that you will be able to make it this round. From your Pal, Paul

Can We Value Life Seriously?

I was on my way to work yesterday when I heard that a person had jumped off the platform at Yishun MRT station. My parents said that there seems to be a new trend, whereby people choose to commit sucide at MRT stations, instead of jumping from HDB blocks or gassing themselves to death. I wonder if the press has a part to play in this, as they seemed to be glorifying the incident of people jumping off the platform at MRT stations recently. Maybe like what the psycharist said in the paper today, the reporters should stop glorifying it so that people won't be copycats and follow what these people do when they are faced with problems.

Because of this incident, there were lots of people crowding the bus yesterday. As a result, I ended up being late for work yesterday. I was reprimanded by LB. I have tried to put in an explaination but she didn't buy that, so it can't be helped. It seems like people who are always being chaffeured do not understand how difficuit it is sometimes …

The Chirstmas Cheer Is Really Here

Although I am still using the old Classic Blogger Template to do my blog edits for the time being (must wait for Wendy mei mei to coach me on how to use the new widget template after my paper!), I feel glad to say that Dalicia actually liked the "Last Chirstmas" by the 12 Girls Band & Wendy actually liked the Santa clock that I put up.

I think my celebration mood will only come after my paper, where I will be celebrating my 27th year in this world 5 days after that. This round, I have to thank my co-planner as well, Elaine mei mei. If not for her, I guess my birthday will be a washout as there are some unforeseen things that are cropping up & are hindering the finalisation of my guest list.

I hope there won't be any more funny things happening.

Working Saturday

I have checked in at office at 11am yesterday & ended at 5pm.

Surprisingly, the person that has put me through the tramua for having to be back in office for the 2nd Saturday in a row was not around. I broke a personal record too. Was working in a non-air conditioned enviornment for about 4 hrs after the centralised aircon was shut down at 1pm.

I managed to clear all my document filings, but there were still some accounts still to be done, but I wonder where all the audit/ financial reports file go? Wonder where LB hides them?

Hopefully can start my exam revision later. Wish me luck for my 6th try on the Financial Management Paper.

Busy Busy Me

This week was a busy week for me as I had to juggle with several things.
My work. Boss has not allowed me to extend most of my income tax clients filing return deadline. This means that I have to start burning my Saturday to get back to work, in order to meet the deadline for 29 Dec 2006.My study. I finished my revision class with Mr Sami last week. I will be starting my leave from 6 Dec 2006 to 13 Dec 2006. As per his advice, I will be working through the past six papers that the examiner has set since he became the examiner for the paper. I have to pass the paper in a hurry as the syallbus change coming up in Dec 2007 will split the paper into 2.The show that is showing in Channel U at 10pm from Mon to Fri, "Triumph in the Skies" is my way to relax after a hard day's work. I simply love Flora Chan!!!I hope I will be able to last the pace till the end of the month.