Sunday, August 26, 2012

Birthday Celebration For Little Charmaine

I was invited by my long time bus captain friend, Ricky & his nurse wife, Eileen, to their daughter’s 6th birthday celebration today.

Although I have been instructed by Ricky not to get her any present, I felt bad, so I got her something that she might like, a toy cake decoration set from Istean Scotts, since I remembered that she likes to cook. Fortunately, I made the right choice as her mum commented on Facebook that she likes the present very much.

The dinner was held at MacDonald’s @ Woodlands Point. I decided to take a cab there as I was a little worried of the notorious traffic situation at the Causeway. I am glad that I made the right decision as I got there just in time as the party was about to start.

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I hope that little Charmaine enjoys her birthday celebration and may I take the opportunity to wish her once again, a Happy birthday in advance. =)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Shiok Feeling of Getting Back At Someone

I have been working in my current company for almost 4.5 years already. There is this colleague who is sitting beside me, from the accounting division, who likes to eavesdrop to our working or personal conversations of my department & admin department, and carry tales back to her own department or the audit department. This is the cause of my strained working relationships with some of my audit department as she overheard my feedback to my bosses & manager that some of them are not co-operative enough to assist in getting the accounting /  tax schedules for us when they are at the client’s place for audit. This also explains why my bosses are holding back to hire more staff to assist us as they are afraid that the audit division will pass over the preparation of  accounting / tax schedules to us if the schedules are not done by the client. My boss is aware of this and have gave me specific instructions on how to deal with this “superspy colleague” and the lack of tax schedules, which I cannot reveal it here due to client’s confidentiality issues.

I have a new colleague recently, who happens to be my friend, once again, after my boss put me in charge of the recruitment of staff for the tax & corporate secretarial divisions. I thank my boss for the trust in me, despite the fact that the first two candidates not performing up to expectations and was subsequently asked to leave. This new colleague seems very stable, so much better than the first two. My manager was saying I should have asked her to come in in the first place. I told her that I did, but did not manage to convince her well enough.

This new colleague was discussing with me about some work issues that she was unclear about when this superspy colleague started to look into our direction, most likely to be listening to our conversation. My new colleague had been a little disturbed that she has been eavesdropping our conversation since she came in about a month ago. But I certainly did not expect her to ask the superspy this in Mandarin, “Hi, superspy, do you have any questions to ask me, otherwise why did you keep looking into our direction?”

Let’s hope after this incident, this superspy will stop all her spy tales & spying actions.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Upgrade To Fibre Optics Broadband

I was asked by my IRAS volunteer friend, Wendy to join her for a movie, Brave, on the last day of the Hari Raya long weekend and at the same time, help her select a new handphone as she had been complaining that her mum’s handphone & her handphone was heading to the trash.

She had just been confirmed by the No. 1 teleco company in Singapore, and had wanted to port over her phone no from the sunny teleco company as there is a staff benefit to sign up a line with her employer. I also taught her to bundle up her handphone plan with her Internet & home phone line to save more money. This lady really do not know how to calculate the savings & kept asking me questions even as she has signed up the plan. The worst part was that she was late for our appointment. Lucky, I did not spend my time idling around as I recontracted my Internet plan and upgraded to the fibre optics broadband plan, after knowing that the connection has stablised and its more value for money. I am really looking forward to the installation on 15 Sep 2012.

The movie, Brave was a great. I felt that the movie was very touching, especially the part, where the princess brought her mum, the queen, who had turned into a bear after consuming the cake that the witch had made for the princess to let the queen eat it to let her change her mind about marrying the princess off to one of the tribal chief’s sons to stop the country from going to war.

I would recommend you to watch it.

 

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Harrowing Experience on A Online Dating Site

Recently, I had known this gal from an online dating site called OK Cupid, which I had joined in the view of widening my social circle, and maybe I may just get to know my Ms Right. But this recent experience really was an eye opener for me in terms of knowing people on social networking & online dating site.

This gal had exchanged messages with me and stated that she would like to know me as friends. At first, everything seemed fine as we chatted happily. Then, during one instance, she actually requested for my handphone number as she felt that it was a little troublesome, having to reply and send messages to me through the website & waiting for my reply. Thinking nothing of it, I gave her my handphone number & email for her to add me on Facebook. I did not expect this to become my nightmare.

This gal started to message me everyday at several certain timings, like just before I leave for work, at 10am, my lunch, before I end my work, after my dinner & before I hit the sack. At first, I thought nothing of it, but soon, I got rather irritated by it. Here are two incidents to show why I was so irritated that I decided to cut off all contacts with her after giving it serious thoughts. The good part was I did not actually go out with her as I felt that I did not know this person well enough and she did not impress me with her antics.

1st

I was asked by the CC manager to help out in the distribution of dengue fever awareness pamphlets at my block as my block was found to have 2 dengue cases for the past week. When I told her that I was doing that, she replied why I should do that, I should get someone else to do it.

2nd

I had been ill one of the days, but had to head back to work as the medical leave given by my doc had ended and I had a fair bit of activities over that weekend. She said, why shouldn’t I be resting at home? It set me thinking as my mum is not as controlling as her.

After this, I chose not to reply her, but she carried on with her crazy messages over whatsapp, line & viber. I got so irritated that after consulting my friends, I decided to tell her directly that I felt irritated by what she did and hope that she could cut down on it.

I guessed she was offended by what I said, and did not reply me after my stand off with her a few weeks ago. She has since deleted me from Facebook.

In my heart, I was happy that the nightmare was finally over and it really gave me a good lesson about giving your phone numbers to strangers online when chatting on the Internet.

 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

JC Classmate cum KTV Group Mate Wedding Lunch

I was looking forward to this wedding lunch since I got the wedding invite in July. My JC classmate cum KTV Group khaki, David had finally managed to hold his wedding banquet here in Singapore after registering his marriage for quite a while.

Jonathan, Jas, Lance, Andrina & myself were invited to his wedding. It was very interesting to see Mediacorp celebrities, the hosts of Good Morning Singapore, Qiqi & Youyi at his wedding at Furama City Hotel.

I was particularly wowed by the 2nd march in, where the couple actually sang a duet, 恋爱频率 by  (許慧欣 许志安) to announce their arrival. It was like a mass ktv session as the music video was played on screen to allow the invited guests to participate in their wedding.

The groom’s father was brimming with joy that he decided to lead us with his singing into the couple’s yam seng. The hosts were equally spontaneous, as during the third cheer of yam seng, he actually requested David to lead us, as he said 早生贵子could only be done by the couple.

I must say I enjoyed myself at his wedding. May I take the opportunity to wish David & Joanne, have a happy, blessed & blissful married life!!!

National Day Block Party on 9 Aug

I was asked to help out in this RC event, but I did not expect this to be my fourth event that I would be hosting, and my second time hosting without a script. In fact, I was a bit angry before this, as the organiser for the event had included me in the event group chat, asking for all volunteers in the chat, to help out, but in the end, the chat was like a talk cock session, which I felt nothing came out of it, so I removed myself from the group chat and fired at the event organiser to tell him to stop wasting my time, and just tell me what I needed to do on the day of the event as I cannot be answering my phone whatsapp messages while I am at work.

I was quite surprised when David Chin, the vice chairman of the RC, and one of hosts of the event, asked me to co-host the event with him and David Chan. Fortunately, the script and the quiz questions were ready and I had hosted this event last year, so I did not have stage fright this round.

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Advance Birthday Celebration for Kerlyn

This birthday celebration dinner was planned about three weeks ago as Wendy & I knew that this young lass, also known as our hot date gal was a busy person. The date was finally settled at after the birthday gal’s exams, which was after the National Day.

The birthday gal had asked me to select the venue for her birthday dinner. She had given me a free hand to choose, except that she did not wish to have chicken rice for dinner. In the end, my choice for her was Sakae Sushi at Wheelock Place since someone in the group did not wish to have western food and Swensens for a change.

Wendy and I decided to get a birthday cake for the birthday gal. We knew that we had to keep it as a surprise as we knew that Kerlyn would scream at us if she had knew that we had spent so much for her. As I was not too sure, what type of cakes does Kerlyn likes, so I just chose the tiramisu cake from TCC. It was rather surprising that the TCC International Building branch does not do walk in orders. In the end, I ordered the cake from the TCC at Istean Scotts instead, which was able to process the order and give me the cake on the day that I needed the cake.

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I certainly hope that Kerlyn enjoyed her birthday dinner with us. I was indeed surprised when she wore the Manchester United kit for the current season. I did not know that she is a Manchester United fan before this. =)

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