Visiting SGH

Events June 17th, 2007

I am scheduled to visit SGH for my 2-monthly checkup. My therapist was afraid that the scar cells was starting to spread 2 visits ago, but the last visit confirmed that it was just false alarm. It seems like I am going to be on therapy for a long time. ๐Ÿ™

Cool weather

Reminisces June 17th, 2007

The weather’s been pretty cool these few days, which pretty much reminds me of the time when I was in SF. Actually it was supposed to be summer in SF, but the temperature was around 18 deg C. It was the kind of weather that you can just take a stroll without having to put on more than just a sweather or a wind breaker.

However, in sunny island Singapore, that’s the kind of temperature that we won’t get.ย The lowest that we’ve gotten is probably about 21 deg C and that it’s already giving a very nice, cool weather. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today’s just like one of those days, except that it’s probably not as low as 21 deg C. My dad, who’s decided that he will get dinner for the family, described the weather outside as being cold, but I guess he meant that it was cooler than usual.

Speaking of which, I was just looking out of the lab windows the other day and noticed some unearthed soil with a bald tree on it. It looks like autumn in London or New York at Central Park and this stopped me in my steps, bringing me back in time for a short while. How I really miss those days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Does anyone know where else can I get to sit down and enjoy a good breeze besides the ECP?

Blogging about work

General June 17th, 2007

There has been a recent brouhaha regarding the dismiss of a relief teacher, who had been dismissed for unknown reasons. I wanted to blog about this earlier, but thought that I should wait until it becomes clear on why he was dismissed.

Apparently, there is no further progress.

So, here’s my own take about blogging about work. Short of writing on superficial stuffs, I don’t really think it is advisable to blog about work, and this includes blogging under the “privacy of protected categories” because in the Internet, nothing is really protected. ๐Ÿ™

So, here’s what an entry should not contain:

8:30am: Reach lab

8:31am: Key in password at door: 99405993

8:32am: Log into windows domain: staff\scientist, ty60q00tg

8:33am: Check email

8:34am: Reply to my supervisor Dr Tihs Folluf and told him that using cell line E95 is not a good thing

8:45am: Enter wet lab WL05 and used cell line E90 for Aikon experiment (restricted)

8:50am: Added Drac D.S. to E90

8:51am: Centrifuge

9:00am: Performed cytotoxicity tests

9:10am: Target reacting

9:15am: Good results!

Before you get up the next morning after blogging, your work will probably be repeated by rivals (colleagues or fellow workers) and the next thing you know, they will claim your works! Moreover, I don’t think it’s nice to let people know that you don’t get along with Dr. Tihs Folluf. ๐Ÿ˜› So how would I have blogged?

8:30am: Reach lab (Ed: only if you have a habit or reaching work early or on time)

9:15am: Good results!

2:00pm: Start patent filing

5:00pm: Celebration!

Yup… leave out the details. In fact, the 2:00pm might already be a giveaway on where you are working and what you do., unless, of course, your supervisor doesn’t really mind about you blogging. For me, because of the confidentiality of what I do, I’d rather just stay clear of mentioning anything to do with work, be it as a student or as an intern. You’ll never know when you will be called up for “disciplinary actions”.

Ed: Just as I have finished condemning comment on blogging about work, Geek Goddess has her own opinions on how blogging can help you get your dream job. ๐Ÿ™‚

… I think I am just going to relax a little on a lazy Saturday Sunday, and I think I am loosing track of time. Apparently, I kept thinking that today’s any other day except Sunday. Perhaps I am just working a little too hard on my projects. ๐Ÿ˜›

Weekends used to be filled with fun and relaxation (except when I was rushing for assignments). I’d go down to ECP with a few friends for cycling, roller blading or simply catch the sea breeze. Either that or we’ll catch a movie somewhere or just picnic out somewhere along ECP or Esplanade. It was fun and relaxing, and I’m sorely missing those days.

Nowadays, weekends are either filled with work, or simply just catching up with sleep. Come to think of it, I better start working soon. ๐Ÿ™

Happy Papa’s Day!

General June 17th, 2007

Happy Papa’s Day to all the father readers out there! Hehe… especially to my friends who have just fathered new borns. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today’s a day when everyone start going out for lunches and dinners as if it was given out free ๐Ÿ˜› but it’s probably not as crowded as mother’s day ๐Ÿ™‚ How do I know that? I am a mother We tried getting a table at Crystal Jade during mother’s day and the queue at Bugis Junction seems as if it started from the gates of the Bugis MRT station!

However, I feel that our display of love for our papa and mama should not be restricted to just their respective days. Well, I do agree that these days are special days, but I think we should really treat our pama as if it were pama’s day everyday – and this does not mean that we should “celebrate” every day, but rather to appreciate their love for us and the fact that we are here because of them.

For me, I intend to do the dinner buying tonight because… I can’t really cook and I don’t the A&E load to increase by another 2 or 3 today. ๐Ÿ˜›

Wed, wed!

General June 17th, 2007

Got up really early this morning because I am one of the sisters for my good friend’s wedding. On my way there, I was tasked with getting stuffs for the door game – lemon and lime, condensed milk, bitter gourd and chilli padi. Hehe… it was meant to represent sour, sweet, bitter and hot, or in chinese, suan1 tian2 ku3 la4.

Reached the bride’s place at about 7:45am and got the jiemei team to start squeezing the lemon and lime and slicing the bitter gourds and chilli padis. Meanwhile, the rest of the other relatives helped to keep a lookout for the groom’s arrival. The chilli padi was particularly hard to slice because I am tearing away as I was cutting them. How I pity the guys. ๐Ÿ˜›

At about 8:45am, the groom arrived and were locked outside the door, negotiating with our chief negotiator to get into the house. The sisters team tried to get the brotherhood team to do stuffs to declare his undying love for the bride, but they were so unsporting! In the end, the bride’s mother was more worried that they would miss the auspicious hour and the brotherhood team got away with just eating the suan1 tian2 ku3 la4. Hmmph!

From there, everything moved like clockwork:

9:30am – left for groom’s house

11:00am – tea ceremony for groom’s family starts

11:30am – lunch starts

12:15pm – left for new couple’s home

12:45pm – left for bride’s home

1:15pm – tea ceremony for bride’s family starts. Apparently the elder, married couples give ang baos while the younger unmarried ones got ang baos from the couple.

1:45pm – lunch part 2 starts

2:30pm – home sweet home for me

It was really a long and tiring day, but an eye opener for me, especially the part where the brotherhood teamย is subjected to the sister team’s whims and fancies! Haha… I’ve got another one next month, but I am just a volunteer… so there might not be soย much fun.ย Perhapsย I will post more details later. Tired… zzz… ๐Ÿ™

Found this link from izreloaded, which apparent links to a site that allows you to find out your brain sex! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I went ahead to try out the test (do set aside 30 mins, and be readied with a ruler) to see if I am what I really think I am. And here’s my results:

BBC.co.uk Brain Sex Profiling Results

Apparently, I am what I think I am, which is really quite a relief. ๐Ÿ˜› Of course this really refers to what kind of brain you have and not what sex you should really belong to. “Female brains” are usually associated with behaviors that are synonymous with “empathy, care, and not being able to read maps” while “male brains” are generally associated with “map readers, engineering and losing stuffs”. So, if you happen to obtain a score that is contrary to your genetic sex, I don’t think there should be much fuss. Moreover, these kind of things are always very debatable. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy trying! And oh, below are the detail results of my test. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Interesting stuffs!

Ed: I am having some problems posting my results online. So, I guess that means no results for display for now.

Oops!

Rants June 15th, 2007

I think sometimes I have to think before I start spewing nonsensical stuffs on my blog ๐Ÿ™

Sorry.

It never fails to pop up – sale of National Day Parade (NDP) tickets which are given away for free.

The NDP – a country-wide celebration for the independence of the nation happens on 9 Aug every year. Tickets to the parade are given away free to Singaporeans and Permanent Residences; and for the past few years, all that needs to be done to obtain these tickets is to register online or via AXN machines which are conveniently located island-wide.

As someone who enjoys the parade, I had been registering for the ballot, but have not gotten a single ticket for the past 5 (?) years. This is really sickening. I miss the good old days of gathering all my friends to any of the designated stadiums and camping there overnight for up to 2 nights! It’s really fun because you get to catch up with friends that you have never met for the entire year. ๐Ÿ™‚ Moreover, how often do you really get to camp outside? (NSF/NSmen,ย SAF/RSAF/RSNย regulars excluded).

I think it’s perhaps time that the government consider part ballot part queue. No doubt it’s going to retard the entire system instead of advancing it, but it really gives people like myself a chance, through queueing, to get tickets for the NDP. At least I know I won’t sell it way, and would rather give it to people, like me, who would like to watch the parade and be in celebration with the rest of the nation. Of course there are other ways of celebrating with the nation, but the feeling of being within the parade is really different.

Nonetheless, as it was reported, the black market rate is up to $250. Someone who had advertised for sale of NDP (under the guise of giving them for free) was asking for $120 for “transportation fees”. So theoretically, the tickets are for free, but I’d have to foot his 2-way transportation bill of $120 per ticket. Apparently if I want to get 2, I’d need to foot 2 persons’ bill because he needs another person to bring the other ticket. :S

But… I really want to go for the parade… should I foot their transportation fees? But I am really going to be broke for the next few months. ๐Ÿ™

TICKETS for the National Day Parade are again being sold online – and this time, even before they have been physically distributed. Scalpers keen to make a quick profit on tickets, that are given out free, have asked for as much as $250 per ticket. This is among the highest asking prices for an NDP ticket in recent history.

And it is still early days yet, with about eight weeks to go to the parade. Last year, bids for tickets to the parade hit a record $252 in late July.

This time around, there are sellers on Yahoo! Auctions and eBay, with one eBay user putting his tickets up for last Friday.

But the NDP committee only started informing the 54,000 successful bidders two days later, on Sunday, June 10.

Plus, people can only start collecting these tickets on Saturday next week.

There are already two potential buyers for the tickets on the Yahoo! site.

Neither Yahoo! Singapore nor eBay Singapore could be reached for comment on Thursday.

There is more buzz about the parade this year because it will the first to be held on a floating platform – purpose-built on Marina Bay.

Plus, this year, there will be brand new items like special water effects, a light show and unique performances.

Also pushing up the value of the tickets is the smaller seating capacity of the new venue, which has a seating capacity of 27,000.

This is about half the capacity of the National Stadium, where the Parade has traditionally been held at.

On Thursday, an NDP organising committee spokesman said that they were ‘monitoring the situation’ closely.

He said ‘action would be taken’ against those who sell their tickets.

While selling the tickets is, at present, not illegal – touts will not be thrown in jail or fined – the committee says it can trace these ‘blackmarket’ tickets because they have serial numbers.

This could have several consequences: For one thing, the tout could be barred from picking up his tickets or be blacklisted from getting tickets to future NDPs, said the committee.

Scratched by the feline

Rants June 15th, 2007

Got scratched by the hall feline today. It seems to be the in-thing now – to be scratched by cats. Heard that someone else got scratched today as well. ๐Ÿ™

The scratch was quite superficial, but it was enough to leave multiple lines of scars on my leg. Washed and cleansed with the toilet soap and applied antiseptic cream on it… but it is still hurting one helluva lot. Apparently it is harmless and the school doc said that it’s going to be alright. But I have heard of people dying from flesh eating bacteria found on crabs, does anyone know if we can die from a cat’s scratch?