Sunday, May 19, 2013

New Post For Paul

I had received a whatsapp message on Thu morning from my Constituency Manager that she wish to appoint me as the treasurer of the RC as the current treasurer was not too happy being appointed to the post since Jan. I shall not go into details why it became like this as it is too highly sensitive.

Being appointed as a treasurer means more work and responsibilities for Paul. Although I do enjoy volunteer work, I prefer to work in an organisation that does not have so many “politics” as you are already dealing with “office politics”.

Some people who works in the organisation on a full time basis are just plain lazy. They are being paid by the organisation to do work, just like what our bosses pay us to do everyday, yet they choose to push every thing for the volunteers to do. We are not your free labour at your beck and call for 24 hours a day & 7 days a week.

I was asked to go to the bank to update my signature to the bank account today. What I thought was a simple 30 mins task turned into a 3 hour nightmare of running around of 2 bank branches between Nex & AMK Hub. If the paid employee of the organisation did not even bother to clarify who are the current signatories, and how to go about to update the changes, does this shows that she is lazy?

Unique Wedding Of The Year 2013

I was glad that I was invited to Lawrence & Wendy’s wedding lunch at Inter Continental Hotel last Sunday. This was definitely one of the most unique wedding that I have attended in the Year 2013.

  1. The photos taken by the wedding photographer was beamed almost immediately to the projector screen and developed for us as momentos within 20 mins.
  2. There were two types of wedding flavours. The salt & pepper shakers & a bottle of sweets.
  3. The wedding lunch had the presence of several very important people that works or used to work in the Cabinet.


It was also great to catch up with Jonathan Lim, Johnie, Karen Hui and Xavier at chairman’s wedding as well.

May I take the opportunity to wish the couple a happy and blissful marriage.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Another Outstanding Volunteer Award from IRAS


Dear Paul

In recognition of your contributions towards Volunteer e-Filing Service, we are happy to congratulate you on being awarded the 2013 e-Filing Volunteer – Outstanding Volunteer Award!

You were nominated by your Volunteering Centre for this award in recognition of your commitment, service and leadership qualities, and good understanding of the e-Filing system.

Thank you for confirming your attendance at the VES 2013 Appreciation Ceremony earlier.  You will be receiving the Certificate of Commendation from our Commissioner, Dr Tan Kim Siew, on 25 May 2013.  Please let us know if you would be bringing any guests with you, so that we can make the necessary seating arrangements (up to 2 guests).

Registration for the Ceremony will begin at 9:15 am, and we would need all guests to be seated by 9:45 am.  The ceremony proceedings would end around 11 am, and thereafter, you are free to enjoy the various games and activities available

Please advise us on the following before 15 May 2013 (Wednesday).

1.            Name to be printed on the Certificate

2.            Confirm your attendance,

3.            and the number of accompanying guest(s)

Thank you!

PAY Ai Ying (Ms)

I was not surprised that I was selected for the award this year as I was told by the liaison officer of the Serangoon CC, Juncai that I would be nominated for what I have contributed for the team at Serangoon CC. He also informed me that the Serangoon CC was one of the three CCs with the most taxpayers that e-filed, which was a surprise as I knew that the competition was close.

I would like to express my thanks to my following friends, who would be heading to Bishan Park to support me on 25 May.

  1. Xiuling
  2. April & her daughter, Faith
  3. Wai Ling
  4. Sharon
  5. Ann
  6. Liang
  7. Alex
  8. Cynthia

Once again, thank you to all of them.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

2 birthdays with Swensens Special

I celebrated two of my friends birthday the last weekend and had 2 Swensens Special cakes for the 2 celebrations.

4 May – Birthday Celebration for Xiuling

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This birthday celebration was planned rather early as Xiuling mentioned that Angela & I are always quite busy and she really wanted to celebrate her 21st birthday with us.

The dinner place was initially at Sakae Sushi, but I had not expected it to shrink in size, and there was a long queue already at 6.30pm. In the end, we went to another Japanese restaurant, Kazokutei, a subsidiary of Ajisen, as recommended by Angela. I was quite pleased with the food as it was not bad and I must say it was indeed value for money. We are glad that Xiuling’s boyfriend, Jeremy was able to make it.

The part 2 of the celebration was the cake cutting at Swensens. We got the birthday gal to choose her cake. Her first reaction was why was her cake so expensive? This sis of mine, do not like to accept treats from people but Angela, Jeremy & I told her its after all her birthday. Angela & I got her a Nikon digital camera, which was what she wanted for her birthday.

5 May – Mandy’s Birthday Celebration

This celebration, planned by Evelyn was in 3 parts. The first part was the KTV session at Party World @ Vivo City. I was a little disappointed with the service. The waiting time for the drinks was too long. It was so bad that I launched a complaint to the marketing manager the following day.

I had sang this song to match the retro theme that most of them were doing for the day

The 2nd part was dinner at The Soup Restaurant. I was surprised by the affordability of the meal. It was really value for money.

The 3rd part was the cake cutting at Earle Swensens. I was surprised that Swensens does not provide a knife for takeaway cakes, as a result, we decided that it was better to cut the cake at the restaurant itself.

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I hereby wish the birthday gals have a blessed birthday =)

Saturday, May 04, 2013

The Joy of Giving & Sharing

Having been volunteering my services to the community for the past 10 years, I have come to realise that rewards will come, once people recognise your efforts, the rewards will come. Therefore, we should not be disheartened if we are not rewarded at the first or second time. One should wait patiently for his or her turn.

However, we must not be greedy and always expect a reward in return. I always believe that Heaven is watching our every move. Your greed for rewards and recognition will be your undoing in some part of your life. Also, I feel that it is not right to steal other people’s credit or achievement and take it as your own.

Volunteering is not a paid job, therefore people should not expect a lot from the volunteers, like what they expect from a salaried employee. Volunteers usually have their salaried job, business profession to look after as it is for part of their livelihoods.

The main satisfaction you gain from volunteering is the smiles on the faces from the people that gained from your help.


It has been a while since I last blogged. My mood have been affected by my work recently. The fortunate thing was that there was singing, JJ...