Thursday, July 31, 2008
I was travelling on this Service 143 yesterday, as it was this new Wheelchair Accessible Bus (WAB) , there weren't many seats on the lower deck, so I decided to go on the upper deck to take a seat.
A shock greeted me as I went up to take my seat. I saw the rubber material of the window screen peeling off the bus. I wonder who is the idiot to go & vandalise the bus like that. What's more, this was a bus that is less than a year old.
Friends who know me will know that Paul would report the matter to the bus captain, which I did.
I wonder what was in the person's mind when he did that?
Perhaps some of you did not realise that Singapore has imposed a penalty system for people who misuse concession cards, underpay their fares or didn't pay their fares. I was just shocked by the attitudes of these students about how abusive and vulgar these students are when they were caught. The students actually shouted at the bus captain. What shocked me was that they were gals and not guys and they really shocked me with their coarse language.
I wonder if there is something wrong with our education system?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Your Seduction Style: Siren / Rake
You possess an unbridled sensuality that appeals to many.
The minute you meet anyone, you can make the crave you almost immediately.
You give others the chance to lose control with you... spiraling into carnal bliss.
A dangerous lover, you both fascinate and scare those you attract.
Your Dating Purity Score: 87%
You are an innocent dater.
You're either lacking in dating experience or have had a long serious relationship.
Either way, there's still plenty of fish in the sea out there for you to sample!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
My mum and I had to change our location of our weekly prayer session this week to the SSA branch at Senja as we had to attend the karaoke 观摩会 organised by my dad's singing coach, Ms Lim Li Ying at Boon Lay CC. I must say that these 2 places are what I always called "the place where birds don't lay eggs."
This was my 3rd visit to the Senja branch. I decided to try a new way to get there as it was a hassle to take a bus to AMK or Bishan MRT, switch to MRT, then to LRT, then take a 10 min walk from the station to there. I found out that the new way which I took, my usual bus service 74 to Bukit Timah King Albert Park, then switch to Service 961 at King Albert Park & alighting at the Ten Mile Junction bus stop was much faster.
Had lunch at Ten Mile Junction's Seng Siong's food court. I saw my ex poly bookstore seller there again. I saw her at Bukit Panjang Plaza the last time when I visited the Senja Centre the last time. She was there to help out her friend at the food court stall. Its a surprise that she still recognises me after 8 years since I graduated.
Had a quick prayer session before we headed off to Boon Lay CC. Made the wrong choice of taking Service 178 to Boon Lay Interchange as it went round & round the Jurong & Boon Lay area. Was late for half an hour but the fortunate thing was my dad had not reached his turn to sing yet.
After the concert, Ms Lim actually explained to us the purpose of the event was to help the students overcome their fear of singing in front of an audience, and not always to be "bathroom singers". In fact, the audience were asked to stay after the dinner so as to make the $5 ticket worthwhile, but my brother and I decided not to stay on as he was tired.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I wanted to catch Red Cliff but again I was disappointed as the movie was full at the Grand Cathay. Since I have watched the current box office No 1, The Dark Knight last week, I selected this movie to watch after reading the storyline at Yahoo Singapore.
The story is about:
The Book of Revelation is a confrontational and provocative film about love, power and
sexuality. In this erotically charged and powerfully haunting thriller, we follow the story of a charismatic and physically beautiful dancer, Daniel, at the height of his career, who's world is turned upside down when he is abducted by three hooded women - who sexually seduce, abuse and exploit him over the course of twelve extraordinary days.
I felt that the storyline was filled with emotion as the victim was very disturbed by what happened to him in the course of the ordeal that he tried to seek out who were the women who did the deed to him. He subjected himself to a emotional rollercoaster, with serious consequences in the end.
I was quite impressed by the male lead's ability to show the various states of emotions throughout the movie. I hope that the movie was not released due to a recent newspaper report that some ladies admit that they are suffering in slience when they are being sexually harassed or molested by their bosses or superiors. There was another report which a man highlighted that he was sexually harassed on board a flight.
I would give the movie a 3.5 out of 5 rating.
Saw these few quizzes on Jasmine's blog and felt that it was interesting and decided to try it. Displayed are my results.
|Your Dominant Intelligence is Interpersonal Intelligence|
Good at seeing others' points of view, you get how people think and feel.
You have an uncanny ability to sense true feelings, intentions, and motivations.
A natural born leader, you are great at teaching and mediating conflict.
You would make a good counselor, salesperson, politician, or business person.
|You Are Sunshine|
You are often held up by others as the ideal
But too much of you, and they'll get burned
You are best known for: your warmth
Your dominant state: connecting
|You Are a Natural Flirt|
And you're so good, you hardly notice that you're flirting.
Your attitude and confidence make you a natural flirt.
And the fact that you don't know it is just that more attractive!
|What Your Sleeping Position Says|
You are pretty vain and happy with your physical appearance.
You are born to be the center of attention, and you're unhappy on the sidelines.
You're always up for trying something new - in and out of bed!
If you don't get enough sleep, you: Look like hell
It's hard to sleep next to you because: You toss and turn all night
|How You Life Your Life|
You're laid back and chill, but sometimes you care too much about what others think.
Your friends tend to be a as quirky as you are - which is saying a lot!
You tend to always dream of things within reach - and you usually get them.
|People Envy Your Compassion|
People envy your compassion, and more importantly, the connections it helps you build. And compassionate as you are, you feel for them.
|You Are A Little Scared of Commitment|
Maybe you haven't met the right person. Maybe you haven't gotten to the right point in your life.
Your reaction to commitment is very normal - especially if you're young or have been burned before.
Give it time. You'll probably be ready for a serious relationship sooner than you think.
I was awoken by mum to accompany her to the old folks home at Mandai Estate this morning to settle my mum's cousin's CPF matters. According to mum, the administrators at the old folks home wanted to login to her CPF account using her Singpass, which I thought should be private & confidential. Apparently, someone from the home tried to login & failed.
Went to pick her up at the home. We got to find out why was the CPF Statement needed. It was to be used to claim for her medical bills the next time she visits the hospitals for medical appointments. We were advised not to top up her CPF account any further as the government will not give government subsidies to old folks who have savings of up to $1,000 in the bank savings passbooks or CPF accounts.
Brought my mum's cousin to Woodlands CPF Office to get her Singpass resetted and retreived her CPF Statement.We had lunch with her at the nearby MacDonald's as she requested for it. We aceded to her request since we knew that the food at the home can be boring.
Would like to thank the two Comfort taxi drivers, the Malay lady who let us have the cab first at the taxi stand and the CPF officers for being helpful and understanding when they saw my wheelchair-bound relative. They helped her without any fuss.
Lastly my mum & I would also like to thank Ms Irene Tan, the administrator of the home for giving us a lift to Causeway Point Shopping Centre. This is despite the fact that she walks with a slight limp due to an accident recently.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I was told by her personally that I will be trained by my manager & senior to get more exposure in corporate taxation. This was exactly what I wrote in my resume when I applied for the post. I am always learning new stuff everyday, thanks to my manager and senior.
As some of you may have known that the DBS Orchard Liat Towers branch closed some time ago. It meant that I have to go to Takashimaya, Plaza Singapura, Centrepoint or Suntec City to deposit my pay cheque. One of my colleague was asking me why I didn't drop the cheque at Takashimaya during lunch time. She said, " 你不缺钱用？“ I replied her I have discplined myself to make it a point to save for rainy days. I guessed my boss heard what I said, and said, "Paul, 这是很好的， 以后谁做你的老婆的女生，不必愁.“ This is so embarrassing.
I always believe in saving for a rainy day, especially at my age, where marriage may come by anytime as some of my friends found out. It is also not cheap to get married in Singapore if one is thinking to have a wedding dinner. Coupled with housing , its renovations and honeymoon, the sum would be huge. This does not include the rings or wedding bands. It also depend on how lavish the married couple wants their wedding to be. For me, I guess, it will be very simple. If I can skip the wedding dinner, all the better, as I do not want my mum to pay for me for the wedding, if possible.
But it seems I may not be able to skip the dinner as I am the oldest grandchild in my family.
I guess as the Chinese saying goes, "船到桥头，自然直.“ I will think about it when the time comes.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I am sure everyone has the exprience of hearing other people's handphones blaring nice music or not so soothing music when the phone rings.
Today, I just heard one irritating one. The ringtone appears to be recorded from a furneral wake. I just find it irritating and the colleague with that ringtone is younger than me. I was thinking, so fast you are thinking of dying?
I just wonder what is your hp ringtone? My other colleague felt that mine is nice. My song is Joi Chua's 女人们的咖啡.
Do share it here
Monday, July 21, 2008
Recently, babies are making the news in Singapore again as Singapore is still facing problems having people to reproduce to replace itself.
I have a few pregrant friends & cousins who got pregrant during the past year. I was chatting with some of them about the "not so good" parts about getting pregrant in Singapore. An article about this issue is on The New Paper today.
One of them had been asked to leave by the employer, after the employer got to know that she was pregrant. The other had to endure the same number of "ungodly" working hours in pre-pregrant days. I just wonder these employers have regard for the Employment Act in the first place or did they study Economics about the law of diminishing returns after a long period of time.
What do you think can be done to boost our birth rate, so we do not need to rely too much on immigrants or Permanent Residents?
Many people are saying that the Swedish way of long paternity & maternity leave paid for by employers and the government is a way to go. What is your view on this?
Your views are welcome in my comment box.
I was quite surprised when my manager said to me today that she is trying to train me up slowly, so that I can learn the variety of tax computations that this firm is having.
I am glad that she has such high confidence in my work. I am hoping that things stay this way for as long as they can, as I hope to enjoy while I work. This is something that I have not been able to enjoy during my past two years working at my old firm as I am treated like a production line or school kid. Being asked to write in pencil when doing a tax computation & then typing it into an Excel spreadsheet makes me feel that dirty linen being left to dry.
In this office, my manager or senior will assist to solve the problems highlighted. If the problem is too complex, there will be a discussion or meeting to bring it up and solve the problem. This is the management style that I like, which allows staff to participate in the firm's decision making.
Let's hope the good tidings stay as long as possible.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This movie is about:-
A follow-up to "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" reunites director Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne. Now, Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organisations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.
I enjoyed Christian Bale's portrayal as Batman and Heath Ledger's portrayal as Joker. There were many exciting action sequences which my brother and I thoroughly enjoyed. The ending was a little sad and it seems a little incomplete.
Despite this little hiccup, I would give the movie a 4 out of 5 rating.
I was with my mum on our way to Tampines Soka Centre, when I told her I was feeling hungry and suggested going to Changi Airport for lunch since the bus that we were taking, Service 27 goes to the airport within 10 mins.
Decided to bring her to Terminal 3, where I saw the food court there during my last visit there in March. Mum ordered chicken liver rice, which was at $2.80. It was a price that we could not imagine that can be found at the airport or other major shopping centres & places of interest in Singapore. I had pickled vegetables with pork floss rice with seaweed, which mum ordered for me as I didn't know what to eat. The taste is not bad too, just that the price is steep at $5 for the rice and $4 for the seaweed.
Overall it was a good lunch. Mum commented that T3 is very spacious as compared to T1 & T2. I guess the reason is because there are not many airlines flying out of T3 and the concept of shopping at the airport has not hit Singapore yet. She also commented that the aircon was very cold. I guess the temperature is set to that level to cater to a large crowd. I think it will be good if the authorities take a look at it, as I think it is a waste of energy to set the temperature so low for so few people.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I have been back working at Orchard for about 4.5 months now. I am sure that you guys are worried about the impact of rising prices nowadays and are always trying to find cheap & good food. It appears that this is not available at Orchard. But my recommendations below, will showcase for you, some of the cheap and good food available at Orchard which will help you have a filling lunch.
This list is being compiled by me and some of my colleagues. They were saying that Paul is always on the prowl for cheap & good food, therefore nowadays, they are always following me for lunch.
- Level 4 - Vegetarian food. This place sells delicious vegetarian food. It was recommended to me by Peggy when she brought me there for lunch. 3 dishes for $3.50.
- Level 4 - Mixed vegetable rice for 1 meat 2 veggie at $3.
- Level 4 - Muslim food - Mixed vegetable rice for 1 meat 2 veggie at $3.50
- Level 4 - Yong Tao Foo - 6 pieces at $3.50
- B1 - Chicken rice at $3
- B1 food court - Yong Tao Foo- 8 pieces $4 with rice, noodles or bee hoon
- B1 coffeeshop- Nasi Lemak set at $3.20
- B1 coffeeshop - coffee and tea from 70 cents
Friday, July 18, 2008
Using my powerful knowledge of buses, I managed to get to the hotel by bus within half an hour from Orchard Road, therefore avoiding 3 ERP gantries if I were to take a cab there.She was at the lobby of the hotel within 10 mins after I called her. She gave me pork floss from Malaysia as a gift.
She requested to go to Chinatown as she wanted to try the food at the Chinatown market & buy bak kwa at Lim Chee Guan (林志源). As I didn't have the chance to show her around Singapore during her stay here, and in appreciation of the pork floss from her, I paid for the bak kwa that she bought for her family.
We spent the time chatting about our new jobs, our past griveances on our old jobs, and many other topics. How we wish that the time had not passed so fast and yesterday was Friday and not Thursday as we really chatted a lot.
I have invited her to come to Singapore again on a tour basis and promised to show her around where possible.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Picture courtesy of CNA
I was very disappointed about former Ren Ci Hospital CEO after hearing on YES 933FM that he was charged with embazzlement of the charity's funds for his own company.
I was wondering why he did that in the light of the NKF saga? I feel sad for the people who are hospitalised and are in need of these funds for their hospitalisation needs.
In my mind now, I am wondering which charity is going to be next to have a full blown saga like NKF or Ren Ci? What tougher measures are there going to be in place to prevent this from happening?
My department colleague & I had a informal work meeting with my boss today. During the meeting, she highlighted a problem which our audit department colleagues ran into and sought our help to prevent the problem from happening once again. My colleague & I managed to give some useful suggestions that we hope that it can prevent the problem from happening in future.
It is good to see that my boss actually values our feedback. I just feel that the working style and environment is very very different from what I used to face at my old firm.
My boss adds " When one makes a mistake, we should try to help one another to rectify the mistake and learn from it. When one makes a mistake, we should not push it to the other person, we should reflect on the mistake, and resolve not to make the same mistake again."
Such words of wisdom makes me feel good working in this company. May things stay this way as long as possible.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I finally had the chance to meet up with one of the Facebook Group that I joined, Singing @ K for a KTV session at Partyworld at International Building, Although only 8 members turned up for the session, which I felt was already a good turnout, it was very fun to mingle with people who shared the same interest.
I must say all the members that turned up were very very good singers. It was fun singing myself, listening to people sing & singing with them in duets.
Some of the songs that we sang include the following:-
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Hady Mirza - Shine for Singapore
The NDP Theme song for this year is finally out and one of my favourite Singapore singers, Joi Chua (蔡淳佳）has been given the honour to sing the Chinese theme song, while Hady Mirza will be singing the English theme song.
It is a refreshing change as most Singaporeans will agree with me that Joi is definitely more popular than Kaira Gong, but she was passed in 2006. Since 1998, when the National Day Parade started with popular Singapore singers singing the theme songs, Kit Chan (陈洁仪）& Stefanie Sun (孙燕姿）holds the record for singing the theme song twice.
The other singers were :-
Evelyn Tan & Dreamz FM
Tafuik & Rui En
Just want to know how you guys feel about the theme songs this year? Do leave your comments.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Recently, I was viewing my schoolmates' photos and found that some of them has since married. One of them was Chay Hoon. I was communicating with her at Facebook, when she wrote that she will be giving birth quite soon.
Just wish to congrat her and hope that she has a healthy baby!
Sunday, July 06, 2008
I am not trying to say that this friend of mine is wrong to wait for what she wants in a job. She may have some prior temp experience as an accounts cum admin assistant or she may have the necessary qualifications with a diploma. To me, this does not guarantee a job these days. The most important thing is "Do you have the necessary experience and the right mindset to take the job?"
As announced earlier in the news last month, the US economy is showing signs of slowing down. Therefore, I am glad that I was able to leave my ex-firm when times are still considered good. Even then, I spent close to half a year looking for this job. I had to make some adjustments to my requirements to try to match my prospective employer's requirements. I must say it was not easy. With my physical condition, it was even harder. There was even a point in time that my confidence was at a all time low.
Therefore, I just wish to share my experience that, when an opportunity comes up, but a small part of the requirements does not meet your needs, but you feel that you can do well in this environment, please take up the challenge, if not other people will grab it when the chance is open to them. This is the reason why there are so many foreigners in our land here at this moment. They are doing the jobs that we shun away from. I am sure my recruitment consultant friends will agree with me on this.
I just hope that you guys who are finding your first job or subsequent jobs not to be choosy. Please keep your feet to the ground and leave your airs at home.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
I just managed to listen to this radio drama produced by one of my favourite DJs at YES 933, Cruz Teng after having problems finding it on the podcast website 2 months ago and due to problems loading the IMMEM website.
I feel that it is a nice story and some of you may like the old songs he selected for the drama. I feel that Cruz & Peifen did a good job for the drama.
Do enjoy the drama.
Recently, my audit partners decided to increase the staff strength of the audit and accounts department. It was difficult for them to get new staff nowadays as it appears that Singaporeans shun away from jobs in CPA firms.
They have since employed 2 Indonesian auditors, 1 Mymmar national as accounting staff. I noticed that 1 of the auditors has a similar condition as mine, walking with an awkward gait. This shows that my audit partner are like his parents, who employed people based on merit. This is unlike most firms in Singapore who looks at the appearance of potential hires first and reject them on their first glance.
There are some firms, who would employ us, but underpay us or take us for granted later. Just wish to know what is your views working with people that are physically challenged?
You are welcome to leave your comments as well.
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I was awoken by my dad at about 5.30am, telling me that the water pipe at my parents' room had brust. He was not sure where was the location of the brust pipe, so he had switched off the water mains. He said this happened at the wrong time as my parents were going to Selangor today for a short retreat, and they will only be back tomorrow evening. He said that my brother and I could bath at my Elder Uncle's place if we need to. I decided not bother my uncle as his wife was suddenly hospitalised at TTSH due to low blood pressure.
I mobilised my brother at about 9.15am, and asked him to turn on the mains to fill up about 7 pails of water for our use today. It is the 2nd time the water pipe had brust at my home. I am glad that the encounter I had in Malaysia at my relative's place had come in handy this time.
We should never take Earth's natural resources, especially water for granted.
Friday, July 04, 2008
I was invited by my ex client, Emily who wanted to catch up with me for a dinner session with her yesterday at Toa Payoh Sakura Resturant.
I was surprised that she brought along two guests, her assistant, Charlene & her little niece, Sophia with her as I thought that the dinner was only between the two of us.
It was good catching up after so long as it has been a while since I met up with her. She said that she missed my great service at the old firm as my other colleagues are not able to match up with the great service that I have been putting in for all my clients. She felt that it was my ex-firm's great loss, and they will regret it for not allowing me to train a new replacement and decided to have my boss to handle the tax matters of all the clients himself.
Little Sophia is so adorable and she studies well too. From what she told me, she is able to play the piano and has obtained Grade 4 at a young age of 10 years old. Emily was saying I was able to make her pay attention to me as I was talking. Haha. :-)
Anyway, would like to thank Emily for treating me for the dinner and allowing me to know her assistant and her niece. I also would like to thank her hubby, Ernest for sending me home with their car.
I know that my fellow blogger friend, Curryegg's grandma is in hospital and she is feeling very upset about it. This song, A Shoulder To Cry On by Tommy Page is dedicated to her. Hopefully, her grandma will get well soon, so that we can see and hear from the happy & cheerful Curryegg again soon.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I feel that the analysis is quite true for me. I got this analysis from Jiafa's blog. Please click on the above link to see the post for indivdual horoscope.
I guess everyone would agree with me that having a great team of colleagues to work with. I am glad to say that I have this great team of colleagues that make me look forward to work with them everyday. Not only that, my tax partners are not breathing down my neck as my previous firm, making me enjoy my job even more and at the same time enjoying learning & working at the same time.
One of my colleagues, who shuttles daily between Singapore & Malaysia everyday to work is feeling very sad now as her child failed in 2 out of 4 subjects taken in the recent Primary 1 exams. She feels that she has failed in her duty as a parent and is seriously thinking of helping her child out by taking the step of leaving the company. She told us that she feels that she has failed as a mum as her son failed his exams.
I guess that is what you call a mum's love for her child. It is always beyond words. A mum is willing to make the scarifices just for the well being of her child.
If you were my colleague, what decision will you make?
For voting "Other innovative ways", please indicate what are the innovative ways that you have thought of.
All my readers are eligible to participate in this poll.
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