Of all days, it had to rain the heaviest today. While it has definitely brought relief from days of heat waves and possible dehydration, the rainfall that was brought upon today was a total overkill. In fact, I think it killed all the earthworms and millipedes in the garden downstairs. Darn. Either that, or it will start bringing out the worms in the soil. Double darn. Now I have to be careful on where I thread.

Since this week is the recess week, I didn’t have to go down to school. But because there is an event that I have to attend this evening, I didn’t have much choice but to brave the rain, umbrella in hand, with a group of loud screaming kids from the school nearby. Tough luck. To make things worse, it was knock-off time, resulting in the bus having to ferry not only students, but workers from the nearby industrial estate. Today was definitely not a good time to go awalking.

After missing the upteem bus, I finally managed to squeeze up the bus, with a bounty lot of space at the back of the bus because the people standing there refused to move in. I seriously do not understand the rationale of the people who refused to walk in. I mean, the majority of them are probably going to alight at the train station anyway, so there is really no excuse that they were afraid that they wouldn’t be able to get of the bus.

In the end, it took one loud screaming passenger who has waited for the upteem bus to complain to the bus driver that the back of the bus is too empty and that they are just going to stand at the steps until the people behind move in.

Of course, in the end, the people behind complied, else we would have to wait till the next bus comes about before the bus driver can start driving.

This is Singapore. Live it.

Every trial in our daily lives is like fire and every attempt to survive through the trial is like walking through fire.

Please Clear The Stuffs

Rants February 24th, 2007

Was at Starbucks today when another group happily shifted all the previous customer’s plates and cups onto the other seat on my table.

I kept my peace until Meowy came. Meowy wanted to clear the stuffs onto another table, but I told her to leave it and asked the original group of people to clear the stuffs. They argued that it’s not theirs, but I told them it’s not mine either. Anymore argument and I would have told them that they shouldn’t have left it on my chair instead of the table next to them.

I’m such a b*tch today.

Finally! After Upteem Times

General February 24th, 2007

After upteem reboots and getting blank screens, I finally managed to log into Wireless@SG. Hehe… for a moment, I thought my notebook crashed while connecting to the network cos everything froze and nothing refused to move. It’s either the network that’s slowing everything down, right up to my notebook, or that there’s something wrong with the driver running in my notebook, OR there’s something wrong with the hardware itself.

I would love to think that there is something wrong with the network. 😉

In the end, I actually had to disable the SSID for another provider before my laptop willingly worked with Wireless@SG. Strange. But well, at least it works now. 🙂

American Idol Season 6

General February 22nd, 2007

Yesterday was the first round of eliminatio for the 12 guys and if you have been watching it, you might probably have a personal favourite.

For me, I think Paul Kim is cute. He’s got this boyish look with a nice hunky bod. Hehe.. I love his hairstyle too. Nice, short and totally suits him. 😛

Ok… gotta run. 🙂

150 Things Meme?

Humour February 18th, 2007

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo (a fake one though)
81. Rafted the Rio Grande River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark (fins counted? Oh-uh…)
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived (1 step quicker and I’d be gone)
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray (food counted?)
110. Broken someone’s heart

111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a radio show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad – and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Happy Lunar New Year!!!

General February 18th, 2007

Here’s wishing everyone a happy and prosperous lunar new year! 🙂

On the first day of the lunar new year, we go visiting from family to family. For my family, the first stop is always my maternal grandma, following which, the remains rest of my paternal relatives.

We would wake up early in the morning, like 7am in the morning. The first thing I would do is to greet my parents a happy and prosperous new year, together with lines after lines of well-wishes. 😛 Following which, I will don new clothes and head off for visiting.

During each visit, we would usually bring along a pair of mandarin oranges. At my grandma’s place, I will usually present the oranges and wish her a healthy and prosperous lunar new year ahead with many good returns. 🙂 In return, I will get a red packet, what is called ya1 sui4 qian2. We would then stay till lunch before heading off to visit the rest of my relatives.

This year, I overslept cos’ of a late Chinatown visit. 😛

Ed: If we visit our elders, it’s known as bai4 nian2, when we visit people who are of the same generation, it’s called he4 sui4.

Hehe… it’s the eve of lunar new year! And according to Chinese customs, family members will rush home in the evening – regardless of how busy they are, for a reunion dinner.

Of course, this traditional custom has started to fade in recent years, as families start working overseas, away from the rest of the extended family; which could be fuelled by the demise of an elderly – who is usually the backbone of unity for the families of their children to gather on this day.

I remembered that when I was a child, I always look foward to this day because that meant being able to meet the rest of my long-lost cousins whom I have lost touch for the rest of the previous year. However, after the demise of my grand-dad, we stopped gathering and reunion dinner is just my parents and myself. Sometimes, after dinner, my mum will go to her mum’s place for an evening of lachacha

It is also tradition for nucleus families to return for reunion dinner with the paternal family of the nucleus, so I would always return to my paternal grandparents’ place for dinner. A meal with the maternal family is always done on the first or second day of the lunar new year. So, is it ever possible for an extended family of sons and daughters to come together?

Well, yes, eventually. My paternal extended family usually come together on the 7th day, or the first weekend after the lunar new year, which ever comes first. This sorts of ensures that there is enough time for everyone to get together.

Tomorrow, which is the first day of the lunar new year, I will write about some habits and traditions of chinese families in Singapore. 🙂

Hmm… it seems like the traffic wardens got a taste of their own medicine. This started off with a motorist being extremely buay song with why the traffic wardens took a photo of his car plate instead of just notifying his wife to move away. Unfortunately for the traffic wardens, they were also landing on the wrong side of the law by parking their motobikes at a double yellow lined road to have their breakfast.

Actually, people have previously complained about how traffic wardens hide behind pillars, only to jump out at the motorists when they were caught committing a traffic offence. Of course, the SPF replied and said that it was part of the duties of the traffic wardens to ensure that their duties are being carried out. In addition, some people felt that an offence is an offence is an offence, and hence, regardless of how unscrupulous ingenous the ways were, the traffic wardens were just carrying out their job.

So now, apparently, they had a taste of their own medicine. Actually, I am not even sure if this qualifies as “a taste of their own medicine” in the true sense. Oh well, I don’t really care, do I?

Here’s the archive from Straits Times (Feb 17, 2007) for those who do not have assess to the papers:

A MOTORIST got back at SBS Transit’s traffic inspectors who photographed his car parked in a bus lane.
Shortly after they took the photo, he spotted the two inspectors having breakfast, with their motorcycles parked illegally along double yellow lines. Whipping out his camera-phone, he filmed the motorcycles, confronted the two men and then put up the sequence on popular video-sharing website YouTube.Now the clip is making its rounds on the Internet via blogs here, and the two men are in trouble with their employer.

The video-clip does not identify the motorist, but he is heard asking the two inspectors why they parked illegally.

He also asks them why they had photographed his car, instead of simply asking his wife, who had been seated inside, to move it.

The inspectors tell him in the clip that they were just doing their job.

The licence-plate numbers of the motorcycles are clearly visible in the nearly two-minute-long clip.

Yesterday, a spokesman for SBS Transit confirmed that the inspectors were its staff and added that the company expected better behaviour.

‘We are dismayed to learn of this incident,’ she told The Straits Times. ‘The two mobile traffic inspectors filmed in the clip will be disciplined.’

The company will also remind all its inspectors not to break the law, especially because they are supposed to help enforce it.

The main duties of the 12-strong team include responding to bus accidents and breakdowns, as well as nabbing motorists who stray into the bus lanes.

The inspectors cannot issue traffic summonses or fines.

They forward photographs of errant motorists to the Land Transport Authority to decide if action should be taken.

No Sunglasses!

General February 16th, 2007

Girl: Pa, I’m going out now…

Pa: Where are you going?

Girl: Oh, JB.. then take a bus to KL… visit friends la

Pa: Ok… take care har… Remember to check your passport! Sekali kenna checked, then never chop passport… eh… wait!

Girl: Yes, pa?

Pa: Take out your sunglass now!

Girl: *shocked* Huh? What for, pa?

Pa: Take them out now! Don’t wear it!

Girl: But pa… it’s very sunny and bright outside, pa…

Pa: Cannot, cannot! Glasses too dark! Take them out NOW!

Girl: But….

Pa: NO BUTs! I want them out now…

Girl: Why pa…?

Pa: I don’t want you to get caught for wearing sunglasses that are too dark… then I have to pay your fine of less than RM300!

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