Saturday, March 31, 2007

Pissed Thursday

I was really jumping up & down when this happened.

The b*** completed an audit with the tax computation that was due today. She went to promise the client that Bing Fong ( which is what I am known by in the office) that I was able to complete the tax computation by Friday morning, when she is not even me, how can she anyhow promise the client that? She only give me the accounts to process at 4.30pm and I was expected to stay back and complete, by hook or by crook, on the day where I was supposed to have my class.

I have anticipated this to happen since last week, therefore I was smart enough to tell the client that it is the b***'s fault if my tax computation is delayed. It is because of her "fast speed". I told my client that I have carbon copied a copy of the IRAS extension letter to her when the extension was granted in January. I told my client that if the accounts were released to me by Tuesday, I will be able to meet the deadline, but I needed her some form of co-operation. I also told her that I have class on Thursday, so please do not expect me to do miracles if things were to happen on Thursday. The client was happy with my explaination and understood the situation that I was facing.

It is not that I do not wish to cover up for the b***. I am just pissed that she always push the blame to her colleagues when usually it is her fault. If that's the case, why should I be Mr Nice & cover for her when I am left out of the cold to be shot in the open?

The anticipation helped. I managed to reach a compromise with the client. It helped that I have met her before and was accomodating and the whole situation was resolved between the two bosses in the end. I managed to complete the computation by the deadline as agreed between me & my client.

To the b***,
Don't think u are a ACCA holder
You are good
Your attitude sucks.
The way u lick the bosses shoes
makes us want to puke.
You will get your retribution one day!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

曹格-背叛

Like my sister, Wendy, I like this song from the current Ch 8 9pm show.

Busy Days

Friday


I have been busy for the weekend & yesterday. I was seething with anger on Friday as I felt that something had not been done right at work, but the b*** went to psycho my boss and ask me to do according to her instructions.

Firstly, I felt that the accounts were audited by a reputed CPA firm. It is a “Big Four” CPA firm. I am sure their work is not as shoddy as my colleagues, whereby they don’t always check their work, and when the error is discovered, they just push the blame to the tax dept, which is me, the client or any other parties involved. I feel that the reputed firm has its reason for not offsetting that category of income against a similar category of expense, as they may be from two separate sources in nature. I was trying to tell my boss & the b*** that we should just follow what was disclosed in the income statement and not change its contents as it will attract the attention of the tax authorities. My boss decided to side with the b*** on the issue and asked me to change the detailed income statement, that was prepared by me, as the reputed firm does not release its detailed income statement to other parties. I did that unwillingly, and I think it will attract the attention of IRAS when the tax computation is submitted.

The best part was the b*** had the cheek to leave on the dot after leaving this load of rubbish for me and kept saying that it was urgent and must be done by today. She kept using the client to pressure me. I still have 3 charities tax computation that is not done as their audit is still not completed. Furthermore, there is a club tax computation, a company account, whose FY is 31 Dec 2005. The extension deadline ends this Sat. I wonder what she is doing. It seems that she is just doing assignment of audit jobs and not doing anything else. If her job is so simple, I also want her $4K pay. That’s what you call an audit supervisor job.


Saturday

Had a shock when a long time net friend of mine wanted to start a relationship with me. I thought she was joking as I have not met her before. I told her to think properly first as I know she had not ended her previous relationship properly. At the same time, I can think about what to do with this.


Sunday

I managed to complete the weekly compilation of e-filers statistics to IRAS. Fortunately, there was Eugene & Cecily to assist me on the duties. I have also decided on the Outstanding Volunteer Award winner for this exercise. You may think that it is too fast, but I am impressed by what the volunteer is doing so far. I will provide my input to the grassroots leader, Mr Phoon before getting him to decide. For the commendation awards, it has not been decided yet. If I can't think of anyone, I will get Mr Phoon to decide.

Monday

My hotel bookings for the Macau & HK trip has been confirmed. I will be staying in Metropark Macau & Metropark HK Hotel. There was an additional surcharge of about $50 for the HK hotel. Mum said just go ahead with the booking, if not we have to sleep by the roads.

Tuesday

My nose is funnily blocked. It could be the bad weather, poor ventilation at the office or the b*** who passed the virus to me. Decided not to take any chances and went to see the doc, who gave me the flu medication and a day to rest. I guess I be knocking out soon.



Friday, March 23, 2007

Volunteer's Woes - Paul to The Rescue

I am glad that the excercise went without a hitch last weekend. I found out from Clara that my e-club is behind schedule to submit a report on the e-filing status. I was sure that Mr Poon was not going to do it. I told Clara that I will be doing that for her, and report it to one of her bosses, who is the MP for the area.

Will Paul be able to do the job well?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

How to Reject A Client?

One of my clients is planning to convert his business into a Pte Ltd Co, but my boss is not willing to do it as the client blows my budget every year and always complains that our fees are very expensive. As you guys should know, CPA firms are always fighting for business since the audit exemption rule started. My boss ask me to tell the client to look into the Classified Ads for another firm to do the job. There are actually other reasons behind this, which I shan't reveal here.

Of course, I didn't put it too bluntly, I just said we know the financial situation of the business and family, so we are just afraid that he may feel that our fees are too expensive, so it was a better idea for him to change to a more affordable firm.

It was not easy for me to put all these into words as the client has been with the firm for a long time. I felt bad doing it, but in order to protect my rice bowl, I guess I didn't have a choice. I guess life is not a bed of roses after all.



Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Trip Confirmed & Plane Confirmed


I was late for work for the past two days due to to the heavy rain on Monday & slow traffic today. Was telling Rebec mei that the taxi ride was almost double than what I usually take.

Finally booked the ticket after mum's colleague saw a good offer on SIA website. So I guess I will be flying my favourite airline after all. My classmate, P who is from HK has e-mailed me 25 pages of travel info about HK. I think with that, I will be able to enjoy. The itineary that she e-mailed me was a 5 days trip, but I think I could cut to 3 days easily and spend a day in Macau. My flight is afternoon flight SQ892, departing at 3.15pm Changi T2.

I wonder about the hotel, where to stay???

Any recommendations???

Saturday, March 17, 2007

First Day of IRAS VES Programme

Today was the first day of the IRAS Volunteer E-filing Programme. It is a month long excercise which volunteers like me volunteer their time at the various e-clubs & community centres to help people efile their tax return.

This year the centre I was attached to had some problems as the former manager who nominated me for the outstanding volunteer award had passed away late last year. No one was aware that the excercise was going on at the centre until I had called up the acting e-club manager and e-mailed Minister of State for Finance & Transport, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, who is also the MP for the area. I must say she is pretty efficient after she saw the e-mail, because the things were all fixed up when I stepped in the office. I am also surprised by the fact that she made the effort to reply the e-mail personally. This shows that she is a Minister that works for her pay and not like some MPs, who only appear when the time comes.

I must say if without my persistence, the VES may not have gone on @ the e-club today as the problems raised were enough to derail the excercise and the image of IRAS. Even though, I am just a volunteer, I just want to make sure the task assigned to me is completed properly. I don't like to give up halfway uncompleted.

This incident also showed up the laziness of some people who are volunteers in the grassroots organisations. They only move when the MP tells them to move. I wonder where is their initative?

Fortunately, I must say everything was quite smooth today. Thanks to the acting club manager, Chow Ming, for having the faith in me and ET and let us hold the fort at the e-club for the next 9 days of the excercise, ending 15 April 2007.

If you have not filed your tax return online, and not sure how to do it, you guys can pop by the 32 centres offering the service. I am attached at Contact 123 IT Centre @ Blk 123 Serangoon North. I will be there on 24 March 2007 to 15 April 2007 from 2-6pm.



Surprise Invitation to Wedding Reception of Eugene & Karen


This was a surprise wedding invitation that I got in this year. I didn't expect to be invited to be one of the guests for their wedding as they were my dad's and brother's church mates. As most of u know I am not a Christian by nature, so my meeting with them was few and far between. Therefore I was quite surprised that my brother told me that I was invited. Maybe Eugene treats me a close friend to him. :). I am honoured and happy to have a friend like you too.
The wedding reception was held at Zion Presberterian Church @ Bishan. I am very happy to share my joy of holy matrimony of Eugene & Karen. I actually took more photos than this, but the quality didn't come out very well. It could be due to the bright lightings of the church.

After witnessing the ceremony, which is quite common in a church wedding, we were hosted a lunch reception before I left for my VES excercise.

My message to the couple:-

Dear Eugene & Karen,

Have a blissful & happy marriage!

Although I do not know both of u well,

I am sure both of u will be able to go thru

thick & thin together

& make the marriage work.

From:

Paul




似曾相识-David Tao

I heard this song on 933 today and thought that it is nice.

I will try this song when I am going to the KTV next round.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Busy Week

I have been quite busy till I didn't have time to read through the papers for the past few days.

Wednesday

Firstly, I have to thank Wendy mei for helping me to find the Deteur bag that I was looking for @ Plaza Singapura. I went to meet up with her @ Plaza Singapura to choose & purchase the bag. After that, we had a simple dinner @ Burger King before we took the train home. Thanks mei for her help.

Got an e-mail reply from the Minister of State for Finance & Transport, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua with regards to some admin problems that I highlighted which could hinder the VES excercise that is starting tomorrow. She said she will ask the Senior Constitutency Manager to look into it & solve it. I hope everything will be up & running by Saturday.

Mum & I have decided on Macau & HK as our forthcoming trip. It should be on 20 Apr to 24 Apr. This will be my first time taking budget airline. I am not sure about the standard of Tiger Airways. But if the plane is not really good, then I really will think twice about taking budget airline again. I told my mum that I making a big scarfice as I will prefer an SQ flight for the comfort & service.

Thursday

It was my lesson day and also her birthday. I smsed her my birthday message to her very early. I had wanted to chat with her, but she pressed the wrong button. Poor her, still have to work on her birthday. It could be due to her upcoming plans for holiday which made her not able to take leave.

My classmate, P is still stuck in HK as her work permit is not issued yet. I just hope that the permit will be issued soon as it has been about a month since she was back because of the problem. I hope the problem would be resolved soon.

My other classmate T, had a busy workload that really held her back to join the class. She wanted to join us during the class break but I guess it was not possible. Sometimes, I wonder why the bosses are like that, treat workers like robots?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Dinner with Von & Caifeng

Had arranged with Von & Caifeng to meet up today for dinner. They had asked me to suggest a place for dinner. I chose Xin Wang HK Cafe at Cineleisure Orchard. I didn't know that the ladies had not tried the food before. I guess I made a good choice and they liked the food.

Had a nice catch up session during the couse of the dinner before calling it a nite at 9pm.

Holiday Plans Fiasco

I am sure some of u know that I am planning for my holiday trip. Here are some of the destinations that I am looking at, but mum seems to have objections to whatever places that was suggested between us, be it the place or the flight, making me not interested to go on the trip anymore.

Hanoi /Ho Chih Minh City

Wanted to go there as we have not been there before. However, she objected after hearing that one of her friend's friend died of flu after returming from there in 2 weeks.

Macau

She wanted to go Macau as Tiger Airways is offering $250 ticket per person, and she regrets the fact that she was not able to tour Macau the last time as it was raining when we made our way there from Zhuhai the last time. I haven't taken budget airline before, but the thought of running with your luggage when it rains really scares me, since there is no aerobridge as shelter. My impression of Macau has not been that good. My thinking is the place is full of casinos. If you guys have taken budget airline before, please share your experiences.

HK

I wanted to go there again as I wanted to see Disneyland opened by my idol, Jacky Cheung.

Bintan

I wanted to go there after seeing how Elaine mei enjoyed herself during her visit there. Mum was against it as she said Indonesia had an earthquake not too long ago.

Zhuhai

She said that she wanted to visit one of our distant relatives whom we left out during our last visit.

Sometimes it is so sickening to go on tour with parents. I rather go with my friends.


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Music & Lyrics

Alex Fletcher is a washed-up '80s pop star who's been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when reigning diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet with her, but there's a problem--Alex hasn't written a song in years, he's never written lyrics, and he has to come up with a hit in a matter of days. Enter Sophie Fisher, Alex's beguilingly quirky plant lady, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter. On the rebound from a bad relationship, Sophie is reluctant to collaborate with anyone, especially commitment-phobe Alex. As their chemistry heats up at the piano and under it, Alex and Sophie will have to face their fears--and the music--if they want to find the love and success they both deserve.

Went to watch this movie with Wendy. I find that this movie has a lot of retro feel in it, quite a refreshing change from the movies that are being shown recently. I recommend it to all the people who likes retro stuff. Overall the acting by Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore is very good and the storyline is not draggy and it is pretty realistic. I would rate the movie 4 out of 5.

Before the show, we went to visit Jason. He looks fresher today, but the nurse is still giving me the grim assessment she gave me 2 weeks ago, which is he may not be able to recover fully and be a normal person like he was.

After the movie, we had a quick dinner at Ajisen before taking the train to visit Rebec. It was quite easy to locate her place, although we nearly made a mistake at the lift landing. I guess she was quite touched to see the both of us. We had a nice chat about her operation & other stuff before leaving her place. Auntie was touched by our visit too, as we told her where we stayed, and she said it was far. Its ok, auntie. I have realised the importance of friendship for quite a while and know that true friends are hard to come by. Rebec is really like a sister to me.

After the visit, Wendy and I shared a cab home.



曹格 - SuperMan MV

My current favourite song for the moment.

Sometimes, I just feel that I need superman powers to win a person's heart or to know someone better.

If there is a course abt how James Bond does his job so well, I will go and learn from him! :)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

IT Show 2007

Was supposed to meet up with Huiyu for her birthday dinner, but got the sms from her that she is down with a bad throat & coughing badly, and didn't want to spread her virus to us. She will make up to us on a date to be fixed . I hope it is not after her birthday as it is believed that a birthday celebrated after the person's birthday may bring the person bad luck. Hope that Huiyu recovers soon.

I was elated that Rebecca's operation went on smoothly, and glad that she liked the hamper from us. It is just a show of our concern towards her as a friend. I was quite worried about her operation as it is the eye that u r talking about here. The gift hamper company nearly gave me a fright again. Their order system shows the order was in process when I checked at 4pm. The stupulated time was 2.30pm -5.30pm. In my heart, I was thinking, Rebecca's house address can't be wrong. I have sent greeting cards to her before on that address and she received it. If it is wrong, I have to be a delivery boy again. That will be a nightmare as Kallang to west side of Singapore is very far.

Since the night activity was cancelled, I decided to go to the IT Show at Suntec. Fortunately my pal, Richard decided to come along too. Managed to get for myself a new set of PC speakers at a low price and the thumbdrive that my dad wanted.

After that we had dinner at NYDC before heading home for the night.





Shopping Trip @ Suntec City

I didn't notice that my shoes have gave way in the midst of walking this afternoon, so after work, I decided to head down to Suntec to my usual Bata store to get a new pair. Unfortunately, they have phased out the model of the shoes already, so I just bought another model, which was more expensive.

My bag is going to give way again soon. I have been trying to look for a Deteur bag to replace the one I am carrying now. Just as I was searching, I saw THE AEROPLANE FLIER.She greeted me & said that hopefully we can meet up soon. I didn't take her words seriously as she is always flying the plane. Anyway, I just don't want to see her again anytime soon.

Didn't manage to find the bag I wanted, so headed home. On my way back, saw my ex colleague, Doris and exchanged greetings before heading home.

Can someone tell me where I can find the Deteur bag?



Thursday, March 08, 2007

For Sis Rebecca


Here is a message for my sister, Rebecca, who will going for her eye surgery tomorrow.




Don't worry too much,


I am sure everything will be fine.
Hope u get well soon!



From:

Paul Kor.


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

I Can Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet


I was evacuated from my office in the early afternoon due to the Sumatra earthquake that caused my building to shake. As a precaution, our building supervisior decided to evacuate all of us.
Maybe we were too engrossed with my work, until Mrs Yee had to call us to stop work and take the stairs down immediately. Maybe the PA system announcement was too soft for us to hear. As I made my way down, Mrs Yee helped me to put the ashtrays located at the staircase railings on the floor, after seeing me knocking down 2 ashtrays as I was making my way down. I lost sight of my colleagues soon after. Took about 8 mins to climb down from my office located on 19th floor.
At the assembly point, I managed to see my neighbours, so I gathered with them. We stayed till 12.30pm before going for lunch. The hawker centre was all full and everyone were discussing what happened.
This was the first time I had been evacuated from the building, since I started working there 3 years ago. What an exprience it has been.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

River Hongbao 2007





Mum decided to accompany me to River Hongbao 2007 after I told her that I was feeling vexed over the things that have been happening to me or around me the past few weeks. Thanks mum to accompanying me to destress.

This event was significantly smaller than the previous years, although it was held together with the Huayi Festival 2007. Maybe it was because the fair was held at the open space next to the Fullerton, while the performance was held at the Esplande.

But I guessed I managed to feel relaxed after this outing as I got to enjoy the surprise fireworks put up as I was having my dinner. I was rather fortunate to be seated at a good spot to capture all the action. A short video clip besides the slideshow above is on the way for you guys to enjoy.

Not only that, I managed to catch some youngsters who are talentspotted by Ocean Butterflies (the company which JJ Lin & A Do is attached to) singing. I must say I really enjoyed their performance. They really have good voices. Not forgeting an uncle in the audience, who danced as they were singing.

Quizes

Your EQ is 133

50 or less: Thanks for answering honestly. Now get yourself a shrink, quick!
51-70: When it comes to understanding human emotions, you'd have better luck understanding Chinese.
71-90: You've got more emotional intelligence than the average frat boy. Barely.
91-110: You're average. It's easy to predict how you'll react to things. But anyone could have guessed that.
111-130: You usually have it going on emotionally, but roadblocks tend to land you on your butt.
131-150: You are remarkable when it comes to relating with others. Only the biggest losers get under your skin.
150+: Two possibilities - you've either out "Dr. Phil-ed" Dr. Phil... or you're a dirty liar.



You are a Black Coffee

At your best, you are: low maintenance, friendly, and adaptable

At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty

You drink coffee when: you can get your hands on it

Your caffeine addiction level: high


You Are Great With Money

You know the value of a dollar - and you save and spend wisely.
By living below your means, you've set yourself up for a rich future.
And while it may hurt to sacrifice now, you'll probably have plenty of money later on.
You're on your way to riches - just keep it up.


You Are Strawberry Cake

Fresh, sassy, and romantic.
You're a total flirt, who never would turn down a sugary treat.
Occasionally you're a bit moody - but you usually stay sweet!


You Are Somewhat Mature

You definitely act like an adult sometimes, but a big part of you is still a kid at heart.
While your immature side is definitely fun, you're going to have to grow up sooner or later.

What If I Strike The Toto Prize on Fri?

I was asked by my boss, Mrs Yee if I had purchased the $10 million Toto Jackpot Draw on Fri. I told her I didn't buy any as the queue at Textile Centre was too long.

She said, "You should have bought. I hope u strike the jackpot." I wonder why she said that. Maybe she saw my moody face a few months back when Jason was first admitted to hospital. She must be thinking that I will help his family members with the massive hospital bill.

If I was really one of the 2 winners of the jackpot for last Fri, I would have done the following:-

  1. Help my parents settle the housing loan. The thought of the revolving interest charged by HDB. They are in their 50's already. How many more years can they work?
  2. Set aside 10% for Jason's medical bill. I will give his mum a fixed sum of money every month since my pal is still undergoing treatment at the hospital.
  3. Buy a landed property for investment. Maybe when I get married, my future wife and I don't have to worry about not having a roof over our heads.
  4. Give another 5% to my grandma, who has always doted on me.
  5. Put the remainder as savings in bank.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Blogger Bug Again?

Wonder what's wrong with the blogger today, I had posted a new post and changed my songs. The things are shown as published but the updates are not shown in my blog. You can click on my blog archive in order to see my new post.

Can anyone help?

Friday, March 02, 2007

Interesting Friday






I had CNY "捞鱼生" with my bosses & colleagues today. I didn't expect my prediction for the place to be so accurate. It was the Mong Hing Teochew Resturant located at my office building. It was interesting to note that my boss do not choose his native Cantonese food for "捞鱼生" . He seems to prefer Teochew food. I guess the reason being it is not too salty.



As usual, the audit dept and secretarial dept do not wish to sit with my bosses. It meant that I had to join the bosses with Q & W. I must say I was well looked after by my boss, Mr Yee, who fed me with a big slice of fish on my plate. I guess the tongues of my colleagues were working overtime again, saying that I m boss' godson.



I have only good comments about the food. It was very good and I guess the price was a nice figure too.



After work, I took a cab to Delfi Orchard to collect a gift for a travel survey that I did some time ago. I suspect that it was one of those agencies selling timeshare holiday products, although the surveyor claimed that it was not the case. The name of the agency gave itself away. I shan't disclose the name here, as there may be implications. The agency is located at Level 6 of the building. I think the customer service officer who wanted to see me and explain to me about what are the gifts that I got got cold feet in the end, and didn't meet me in the end. She got the receptionist to pass me the following:-



  1. A makeover voucher worth $588, valid till 11 March 2007.



  2. A $80 spa voucher, valid till 30 April 2007.



  3. A 4 day 3 nite stay in a hotel in Yunan for 2, valid till 1 March 2008.

After seeing my dad being saddled with problems with all these timeshare companies, my mum thinks that the above offers are too good to be true. They will ask you to buy something from these sponsors, no matter what. I guess I won't be using them.


Was very hungry as I stepped out of the building. I didn't see any food court in sight so I stepped into Genki Sushi @ Forum Galleria for my dinner. The food was not that fantasic but the service standard of the staff are not bad. I also met by a US international, who works for Boeing as an engineer. It was nice chatting with him as he shared with me how is the working style in Boeing is like? It is interesting to note that all his expenses, including lodging and transport are paid by Boeing. His Singapore taxes are borne by Boeing as well. He told me that the place where he is staying, Shangri-La Apartment is $7400 per month.


After dinner, I boarded a bus home. My luck was good as I managed to board the Nokia bus that was retrofited with Nokia entertaiment. Here is the interior of the bus.


It was very different from the normal SBS buses that we take as :-
  1. The chairs are in vertical format & not horizontal.
  2. There is another TV set for MTV. You can download music to your hp as there is bluetooth technology in the TV set. What I meant is u can download the song that the music TV set is playing onto your hp.
  3. There is a bar counter on the bus.

Nokia is really going on an advertising blitz on its handphones. It is not cheap to retrofit a bus to become like that. Will it work?

Talking about buses, I was taking Service 107 to work this morning where I saw my friend who was the bus driver for the bus. When I saw his time sheet, I saw these words.

“不要用ECP 回,不然会后悔"

It was written by my other driver friend, to help to remind his fellow peers that there is always a jam at ECP as they end their day to go back to the depot, which is located at Hougang. This particular shift of Service 107 is a long one. It is a 13 hr shift from morning to nite, with only a short rest period in between. If the driver is caught in a massive jam, it will mean that the driver could be effectively 14 to 14.5 hrs long.

Maybe SBS Transit should try to adjust the timing for the service that is going back to the depot from Shenton Way Terminal. 35 mins is definitely not enough from Shenton Way to Hougang depot at Kim Chuan Rd.





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...