Thursday, February 24, 2011
I was surprised to receive what’s app message from Karyne on Monday that her mum had passed away after a year battling with brain tumour.
I decided to meet up with Jas to go to Karyne’s mum’s funeral wake. As I was on my way to Yishun bus interchange, Jas called me and told me that her colleague had offered to drive us to the funeral wake. I would like to thank Ken for offering us the ride. Singapore is a small city. Ken and I used to be from the same air base, Sembawang Air Base.
When we got there, we saw Karyne carrying her adorable daughter, Ashley around. Karyne’s mum certainly look young from the photo. It was good to see that Karyne was mentally prepared for this. We really had a lot to chat, until her daughter’s need to sleep forced us to cut short the conversation.
Once again, my deepest sympathy and condolences to her and her family. Hope that she stays strong during this bereavement period, as her daughter needs her too!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
It has been a while since I had such a fulfilling Sat. First up, I had a KTV session with Raymond’s Facebook Group at the new Partyworld @ Nex @ Serangoon. The ktv session was shorter than the sessions that I usually have at Partyworld International Building or Vivo City. The management says that because of the high demand of the outlet, we are only allowed to sing for 3 hours at the same price that I would have paid for a 4 hour session at Partyworld International Building or Vivo City. The branch is slightly bigger than the Vivo City branch. The air con in the room I was in was freaking cold. Fortunately, I brought my jacket. =)
I met up with Evelyn, Ann & Weng Kiat for lunch at 1pm. Evelyn had invited 2 of her friends, Bryan & Daniel. I asked them to choose between the Food Junction & Food Republic food courts. They chose Food Junction for lunch & Food Republic for dinner.
I tried out some new songs at the new branch, and some songs that I never attempted before.
Could not find the JJ Lin latest version, so sang this version instead.
During the course of the lunch, Evelyn asked us if we were interested to catch Andy Lau & Gong Li’s version of What Women Want. I had been wanting to catch it since I saw the 8 Days Magazine review. It ended up 9 of us, Me, Evelyn, Bryan, Dan, Ann, Ivy, Betty, Corrine & Weng Kiat caught the movie together. It was my 1st time going to a movie in a big group & my first time at Nex Shaw Cinema watching the movie. I liked the song “Slip Away” by Andy Lau.
After the movie, we called it a night. Hope my friends enjoyed the tour of Nex
I got a surprise sms from a poly classmate that I have lost touch for quite a while asking me for a huge loan recently. Everyone who read this blog would know that why I have been very careful with my money nowadays.
I am glad that I was calm enough to check with my other poly classmate if this classmate had asked her for a loan. The answer was yes and she did the same as me because she thought that her answer was strange.
As promised, some of the photos from the CNY gathering at my house last Sat. Photos courtesy of Weng Kiat. Thanks to him for all the wonderful shots.
The dishes for the day
Alex, Evelyn & Jue Liang helping my mum
Combined Group Pic
Me with Alex & Paul Tseng
Guys Group Pic with Paul Tseng, Alex, Jue Liang Jonathan & Weng Kiat
Group Pic with the ladies with Ivy, Lanny Dorothy, Betty, Ann & Andrina
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My boss was disappointed with the turnout of the dinner last night as there were about 25% of the staff who decided not to go for the dinner due to various reasons. In fact, my dept was the only dept that had a 100% attendance. In fact, I can understand why my boss is disappointed. The purpose of the dinner is to celebrate the good business theh company has had and to bond with the colleagues. But she wonders why some people do not feel that way.
The dinner was great overall as my boss had ordered abalone, suckling pig, sharks' fin & roasted chicken as part of the celebration. There was also yusheng for luo hei, which we tossed for good luck.
The dinner was nearly spoiled by a colleague sitting beside me as she seems to wolf down her food like a hungry ghost when food is served. She also had the cheek to comment that the food is lousy. Is this the way to say thanks to your boss for the annual dinner that she has given?
The final plan was that I decided to order some gyoza, roasted duck and noodles from Sheng Siong Supermarket food court near my house. My mum decided to cook carrot and radish soup, prepare some fruits and yusheng. The final cost was cheaper than what I have budgeted for the cost of the buffet.
It was great that my guests, Paul Tseng, Jonathan & Andrina had enjoyed the gyoza that I had ordered. It was good to see my 2 poly friends, Huiyu & Yvonne, as it has been a while since I really caught up with them. I would like to thank Desmond & Yvonne & Huiyu's mum for their angpow. I also would like to thank Dorothy & Catherine from the Foodie Group for taking time off their busy schedule for this session. Not only that, my bus driver friend, Ricky. It has been 3 years since I last caught up with him, therefore it was great to see him.
Besides that, I would also like to thank Lanny for her tidbits from Malaysia and these 7 friends for the bird nest as the gift for inviting them to my house.
- Ah Liang
I am still awaiting the photos from my photographer for the day, WK before I can share some of the photos here.
Friday, February 11, 2011
I was asked by Stacey, IRAS Corporate Communications Officer to share my volunteering experience for the VES exercise for the Serangoon newsletter.
This was what I wrote:-
I am surprised but honoured to share my e-filing experiences with the residents of the Serangoon area through the area’s newsletter. Here are my thoughts about volunteering for the yearly e-filing exercise.
I had begun volunteering for the exercise in the Year 2005, first at Contact 123 IT Centre for the first three years, then at the Serangoon CC for the remaining years. The reasons that prompted me to do so were as follows:-
1. I was working in a small audit firm that had a limited number of personal tax clients. Therefore in order not to let myself forget about the personal tax laws that I have learnt in my polytechnic days, I decided to sign up for the exercise. I did not expect my yearly volunteering have enabled me to get the current job as a tax senior in another audit firm about three years ago.
2. I have always enjoyed helping people when they are in need, even though I am physically challenged myself, after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy from birth, that resulted me having two operations on my legs and walking with an awkward gait. I am glad that I am still able to lead a normal life. Volunteering for this exercise yearly allows me to give back to the society.
3. I always enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends. Participating in this exercise allowed me to meet a lot of new people and mingle with the residents of the Serangoon area. As the years went by, those residents who came by are always happy to see a familiar face. It has grown to the extent that when some of the residents came by to e-file their taxes, they actually offered to pay for my services. When I told them that the service is free, they actually offered to buy us food and drinks in return! When I completed their tax return, they would say goodbye to me, before telling me “See you next year!” For me, it is always a great feeling to see the smiles on their faces. As for the volunteers, it is always great to see some new faces every year, but for those seasoned volunteers like us, we always look forward to the refresher course as our yearly catch up session.
My most memorable experiences happened in 2007. That year, Mr. Naga, the person in charge of the Contact 123 IT Centre had passed away suddenly before the exercise was due to start. I took the responsibility upon myself to liaise with the IRAS Corporate Communications Officers, Ms Clara Ng, Ms Rena Soon and the Member of Parliament of the area, Mrs. Lim Hwee Hua in order to let the exercise run smoothly at the Centre. I am really thankful for their assistance they rendered at that time, otherwise the residents would have faced problems finding help for people to e-file their taxes. This experience actually helped me build up my courage to communicate with people and train up my leadership skills.
I certainly hope to see more people coming forward to help out in this year’s Volunteer e-filing exercise. It has been a fulfilling experience for the past 6 years.
I am quite sure that this article would get edited. It was not easy to come up with this within half an hour last night. =)
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The birthday celebration was initiated by Chloe. The place for the dinner was Mutarama Ramen Restaurant at The Central at Clarke Quay. I thought that the ramen was good and the side dish which I had, the gyoza was great, but I was a little disappointed with the service attitude of the service staff of the restaurant, who could have exercised more flexibility to allow us to cut the birthday cake at the premises. It ended up that we had to go to Subway to get a drink and sit down to complete the birthday celebration. Thanks Chloe for the drink treat =)
The disappointment did not last long though, as I finally had the chance to play the “Monopoly Deal” game. I would like to thank Gonnie, Lance, Chloe & Kianhow for teaching me the game and guiding me how to play it.
We hope that Lance likes his birthday present, a bottle of Mount Blanc perfume from us. We thought that it will be useful for him as his job requires him to be presentable and professional most of the time.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
On the 4th day of CNY, it was back to my 1st uncle's place to offer prayers to my grandparents, who passed away quite a long time ago. I only had memories of my grandma, who brought me up till I was 12 years old. Her passing 20 years ago, it was the first major change of my life. Therefore, I do still think of her sometimes. As for my grandpa, I had no recollection of him as I was not born when he passed away. We had a feast again and a mini gambling session which I won a bit of money with my relatives.
After that, I went to pay a visit to my secondary school buddy's place, which was near my uncle's place. I have known him since I was in Sec 1. Despite knowing that he was not around, I still decided to pay him a visit as I had known him and his family for close to 20 years. I was happy to hear that my buddy will be getting married next month. His dad was retrenched about half a year ago, and had not been working since. I felt bad receiving Uncle's angpow as I had knew that he was not working but he insisted on giving as he said that I was not married yet. =)
It was good to hear that my buddy's brother and sister are doing well as a designer and teacher respectively. It makes me feel that I am starting to age. It also surprises me that a friendship from secondary school days can last so long.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
It was a day where 4 stops were made to visit my relatives and friend. The first 3 stops were to my relatives’ houses, which was pretty much the usual stuff for CNY. I just feel that as we grow older, CNY seems to have become a much toned down affair for me.
The 4th stop of the day was the stop that I was looking forward to. Andrina had invited me to her house for a mini KTV session. I dared not promise her that I will be there at first as I was not sure about what time my visiting of relatives would end.
We had a fun time together with Alex, Jas, Lance & Jonathan Ya. We were introduced a few songs by Andrina by Jeff Chang & JJ Lin
We were treated to a pizza dinner by Andrina & her hubby.and ice-cream desert at a ice-cream stall near Sembawang by Jas before calling it a night.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Firstly I would like to wish my blog readers and friends who are reading this post a Happy Chinese New Year.
I was given 2 days off for CNY Eve & next Monday, which means that I start work on Tuesday
Had spent CNY eve catching HK drama, 读心神探. This HK drama starring Bowie Lam & Bosco Wong is not bad. I would recommend you guys and gals to watch it. Besides that, I did a 2nd round of cleaning to my study before helping my family do some last minute shopping at Cold Storage at Nex and decorating my house with the CNY festivities and decorations before heading to bed at 3am.
My 四姨 and 三舅 became the 1st of my relatives to visit us on 1st day of CNY. After that, my family proceeded to my 二叔 house, where we had buffet lunch and a catch up session. It was good to see grandma again after about 2 months since our last visit at the old folks home. I carried on with the tradition of giving my granny an ang pow for the CNY. This was done despite the fact that we were asked not to give by a senior relative. To me, the act of giving means filial piety to the elders. By telling people this, you are telling people that we cannot be filial to our elders. I don’t think it is right.
Ed Note: The above photos are taken using my new Galaxy S handphone
After that, we were home to receive my 大舅and 二姨. I got to learn to play the new Monopoly Deal Game from one of my cousins.
My family was invited by my cousin to her place for a pizza dinner. We caught the movie on Ch 8 before calling it a night at 10pm.
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