31 January 2006

Another Day, Another Run

Another morning bright and early as I head down to the jogging track again. Still haven't quite acclimatise to the local heat yet. :(

Had a heaving  heavy kopi session with OneLittleTwit the night before and then set up to run early next morning, forgetting to get some water into the system. Good thing it was just a short run or I could gotten into dehydration trouble.

Wasn't feeling 100% so decided to take an easier pace, only to realise that I get more tired trying to deliberately slow down my running. In the end, I gave up and just resumed my natural "wheezing-gazelle" pace.

Class 95 was much better with more music and less talking.

- Voxeros

1. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:25 pm
My knees actually hurt when i jogged too slowly...

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:30 pm ::
Jaschocolate: Never warm up properly is it?

3. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:33 pm
Nope.. just run too slow so a lot of pressure on knees..

4. JayWalk left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:37 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Ok, I am going to assume that you are talking about your ang moh knees. wahahahaha.....

5. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 6:12 pm
Huh? what is ang moh knees? Once again, language gap.. :p

6. kIm left...
Tuesday, 31 January 2006 7:44 pm
I think by the time you acclimatise to Singapore's weather, it would be time to go back le. Muahaha..

7. aloe left...
Wednesday, 1 February 2006 10:45 am
I have low stamina. I dun run, I sprint. LOL!!! urm.. but i dun do that anymore. lazy to exercise. S G weather so hot!! I'm amazed at all those sweaty bodies that goes jogging, anytime of the day. Tiring... sticky.. hot... sweaty... (sun)burnt (depending on the time of the day)... thirsty... panting... nooooooo....

8. One Little Twit left...
Wednesday, 1 February 2006 2:09 pm ::
Wah rau... heaving kopi session sounds ... hot and heavy.... and sounds so wrong lor!

9. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 1 February 2006 2:41 pm ::
kIm: Well, yes and no. Weather back in Hong Kong is like a very cold aircon room. Still manageable lah. 

Anna: Yah. That's why all my golf session early early in the morning one. 

OLT: Oh dearie me. What a hilarious typo!! Wait... I go amend it. ahahahaha

30 January 2006

Bird Park 2006

Golly! I haven't step into the Jurong Bird Park since I was a kid! It was great bringing the kids and share with them the joys of my childhood memories. I am quite impressed with the Penguin enclosure which was a great leap forward since the days when I was a kid. I dare say it is ever better than the Aquarium in New Orleans shortly before it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

The Chens and the Hans were having a great time soaking up the sun. The 2 fathers were making corny jokes about the Lory Park (Eh... then where is the park where they have the pick-up trucks, SUVs and MPV har? *facepalm*).

We had fun taking pictures. More of the kids than the birds. I think kids more interesting. Hur hur hur.....

Click here to view the rest of the pictures.

- Voxeros

1. kIm left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 12:24 am
Can tell your boy was deeply asleep. Never even frown in the Sun.. So cute lo!

2. heather left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 1:05 am ::
haha he looks very cute even though he bumped his head. *lol* Happy chinese new year! Ang bao please! haha!!

3. One Little Twit left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 1:59 am ::
Hah, the last time i went remotely somewhere near there was because one guy wanted to go to the reptile farm despite my objections and when we did indeed go into the reptile farm, instead of the 2500 species of crocodiles we were expecting to find, we saw no more than 40 sleepy crocodiles.

4. JayWalk left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 10:04 am ::
kIm: Yeah, both Gabe and I are sun-tan people. Heh heh...

Heather: That's Troy my god-son. Acherly the bump was eons ago but he just like the band-aid on his forehead look. With scar will look fierce fierce. Perhaps a Pai-Kia wannabe?

OLT: Come to think of it, I've never been to the reptile farm. Dunno why also.... maybe because all grey grey sleepy sleepy one... boring....

5. Jaslyn left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 1:51 pm ::
Troy! Of cos pai-kia lah.. look at his father(deek).. also abit pai-kia one, altho papa u look more like a under-world lao da. Hahaha...
Bird Park is quite fun. I was invited to have breakfast there once when I was working with this magazine. Love the flamingos!

6. JayWalk left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 4:46 pm ::
Jaslyn: Speaking of flamingos, here's a trivia for you. The birds get their pink/red colour from the shrimps that that eat.

7. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:27 pm
Maybe u can help uncle deek to update his blog... Troy is sooooooo cute.. Muacks..

8. JayWalk left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:31 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: I bug him to update until I don't want to bug liao. Si beh lazy one leh!

9. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:35 pm
Paikia is like that one.. i fear for troy's future.. he got bad role model...

10. JayWalk left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:39 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: That's why have me as the GodPa to balance the yin and yang mah... kekekeke

11. Pam left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:53 pm
i think it's a case of poor Troy - between dad and godpa, which is worse?!? :)

12. JayWalk left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 5:56 pm ::
Pam: Without a doubt, I'm the *cough* better one *cough cough*

13. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 6:11 pm
Pam, i think it is more like who's the one giving more angbao money.. hurhurhur

14. Pam left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 11:56 pm
Jaschoc - if only it was that simple... hahahaaaaaaaaaaa

15. winter left...
Tuesday, 31 January 2006 12:14 am
deek must be sneezing like crazy.. hahaha
troy is really cute.. and also must not forget the lovely daughter.. soooo sweet :)

16. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 31 January 2006 5:27 pm :: 
Pam: Indeed!

Winter: Got my favourite photo today. Will post it up later.

17. aloe left...
Wednesday, 1 February 2006 12:32 pm
Lory park.... -_-'''
Why dun go zoo too?? They got special dog performance cos dog year mah. heheh!
Put bandaid cos he like the look?? biang... -_-'''
kids more interesting? Cos they are your kids mah. hahahaha!!

18. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 1 February 2006 2:31 pm :: 
Anna: We did go to the zoo. Will post the pictures tomorrow.

19. Sheena left...
Thursday, 2 February 2006 7:19 am
Faithie and Troy are just too adorable for words. Faith looks very elfin with her short crop. But where's Gabe?

20. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 2 February 2006 10:18 am :: 
Sheena: I would have loved to have her in longer hair but she has this phobia about shampoo getting into her eyes.

21. vandice left...
Friday, 3 February 2006 2:35 am ::
Cute!!! The pure joy derived from feeding a parrot. Very nice shot J. Ohhhh, they must be soooo happy daddy's back...
Did you use a filter for the outdoor shot? I'm wondering how come the sunshine didn't overexpose/cast shadows on your pict...

22. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 4 February 2006 9:57 am ::
Vandice: Just brought a normal consumer digicam along that day. Nothing fancy smancy. Was using the Panasonic Lumix FX-7. Great camera, I tell you.

29 January 2006

The Meme Of Four

Here's another tag while I am back in Singapore enjoying my vacation.

The Meme of 4:

4 jobs you've had in your life
- Roadie/Coolie for an events company.
- Intern/Slave at a Shittybank.
- Storeman/Deliveryman at a Logistics Firm
- Carpenter in Ch1na

4 movies you could watch over and over
- Space Balls
- Happy Gilmore
- Se7en
- Any Star Wars movie

4 TV shows you love(d) to watch
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- The Gary Shandling Show
- According To Jim
- The Simpsons

4 places you've lived in
- Tiong Bahru
- Cairnhill
- Malacca
- Ulu Pandan

4 places you've been on vacation to
- London
- Paris
- San Francisco
- Sydney

4 places you would rather be
- Maldives
- Mauritius
- London
- Las Vegas

4 of your favourite foods
- Chai Tow Kuey (Black with lotsa chilli!)
- Otak Otak (The small small 30-cents type)
- Curry Chicken (lotsa potatoes and bread)
- MeePok Tah (Hiam Jio Chwuey Chwuey!)

4 websites you visit daily
- BlogLines
- SoccerNet
- TodayOnline
- SPUG Forum

4 tagged
- OneLittleTwit
- Precious-Jas
- Heatherina
- Little Dowager

- Voxeros

1. Jaschocolate left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 10:34 am
Was Paris fun?

2. Jaschocolate left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 10:36 am
where got the best Chai Tow Kuey ah? i want to go eat..

3. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 6:19 pm ::
Jaschocolate: Paris was beautiful. We wished we had more days there. I probably would allocated 2 to 3 days just for the Lourve alone, if I get to go again.
Best CTK? Dunno. I easily satisfied one. Got CTK can liao.

4. kIm left...
Sunday, 29 January 2006 1:15 am
Your favourite food all hiam jio chweuy chwuey one! I like Hokkien Mee plus lots of chilli! wahaha..

5. Jaslyn left...
Sunday, 29 January 2006 2:08 am ::
Hahaa.. I've prepared mine! Will post when I got nothing to blog about. Hahaha

6. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 29 January 2006 7:18 am :: 
kIm: I like them spicy!! Oh yes, and the food too! Oops.

Jaslyn: Let's see what you've got then.

7. winter left...
Sunday, 29 January 2006 11:15 pm
curry chicken noodle at lucky plaza is nice.. not bad leh..
located at the food court..

8. heather left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 1:09 am ::
wah I just did it weeks ago! check it at that URL above.. :)

9. JayWalk left...
Monday, 30 January 2006 10:01 am ::
winter: Hmm.... must make a note to go try it before I fly. 

Heather: Oops. My bad!

28 January 2006

Sunrise At Home

Woke up quite early in the morning and decided that it was the perfect weather to go for a morning run, after looking out the window.

The first half of the run was comfortable with a light breeze over cool temperatures. Then the sun started coming up and I was slowly feeling the heat. Towards the final kilometer, I saw a chio bu up ahead and I used her as my target to overtake before the end point.

Boy, can she run!!! I was cutting her lead slowly and steadily as I picked up my pace and it wasn't until the last 400m before I caught up with her and passed her like a gazelle cutting through the morning draft. What she didn't see was the guy underneath the gazelle panting and wheezing like his heart was about to explode. Must 保持形象 mah!!! Hahahahaha!!!

Anyway, the run was over before I knew it and I learned a few things that morning.

1) I can't read sms and run at the same time. So I can't reply either.

2) Morning radio sucks! They talked too much. What happened to the music?? I am bringing my MP3 player next time.

3) Treadmill is easier that running on real ground. Some more got aircon one.

4) I wilt under Singapore heat.

- Voxeros

1. Jaschocolate left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 10:01 am
So u should be thinner now hor? at least got sweat a bit... 保持形象? u got 形象 meh?
Anyway, u got tagged by bin bin with a meme... (PA's mode)..

2. aloe left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 10:23 am
you married le still wanna 保持 what 形象... -_-''' Also cannot sian chio bu ma....
U read sms, run faster, then will 'accidentally' knock into chiobu, then u can scold ur friend for sending you such an early sms and making u knock into people. LOL!!!

3. Jaschocolate left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 2:43 pm
He wont scold.. he will thank his friends for disturbing and letting him know more xmms....

4. JayWalk left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 5:32 pm ::
Jaschocolate: Another meme? What meme? Over at Zhebin's har?

Anna:IDEA!!! Perfect excuse to chat up the girl that I langah....

5. Jaschocolate left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 6:45 pm
Yeah loh, at zhe bin's.. remember to do...

6. kIm left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 10:30 am
You wilt. I melt. Sometimes I wish the sun can dissolve my fats like how they melt a butter. Then Voila! No more fats! I should go invent a jian fei technology that utilize the Sun. Sure earn big bucks! Muahahhaha..

7. Jaslyn left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 3:03 pm ::
klm... PLEASE.. If u ever find something like this, I want also.. hahahaa... Best for lazy people I suppose :p
Not like Papa, go gym, go jogging, golf, tennis.. so healthy hor!

8. Zhe Bin left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 3:59 pm
Confirm treadmill is much easier. Running on treadmill maciam hopping only lor. = P

9. winter left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 5:33 pm
wilt under the heat ah?
tat bad meh..
i am so surprise u really went to run
even more surprise tat u out run a gal

10. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 6:12 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Meme done. Stay tuned. Akan datang.

kIm: You fat meh? Not that I recall from the last time I saw you.

Jaslyn: My dear, there is no other way to lose weight than to exercise regularly. It is not the burning of calories during the exercise session that burns most of the fats but that of a higher metabolism maintained from consistently exercising.

ZheBin: That I agree and also the fact that it's under aircon comfort.

Winter: I have you know that I overtook a lot of people ok!! Not a single person managed to pass me... well except that one ang moh who was on a bicycle....

11. winter left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 9:49 pm

12. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 10:12 pm :: 
winter: So many chiobus on the track, how can lao kwee??

27 January 2006

Worst Date Ever Meme

Got tagged by Vanna to do this meme but it really got me stumped. I don't think I ever had a bad date before.

I means seriously, if this person is someone that you don't think you are going to have fun with, then why are you still doing going on a date with her? For me, I'd probably like to get to know this person better first before asking that somebody out.

Perhaps the only time that one would get caught in a bad date situation is when he/she goes on a blind date? Well, in my case, I never had one. Never needed one actually.

Now thinking back, if I were to die die pick one, that it would have be the one with the Maddie back in what? 1994?

It was a dinner-and-movie date where I pick her up from her place and we headed for dinner in the Thomson area. We decided to leave the 320SL at home and take my car instead. The dinner was ok, the company was pretty good. Then it was time to head to the movies at Yishun 10.

We were chatting and driving on our way up when we reach a traffic light at around Upper Thomson Secondary School. We were behind a blue Proton when the light turned yellow.

The bugger in front slammed on the brakes. WTF!!!!??? Needless to say, that we were a bit too close for comfort and we slammed into the Proton's back. What better timing then to have a police car pull alongside at the very same time.

When the light turned green the three cars pulled over and the police asked if we wanted to settle this privately given that there were no casualties. Thinking that damage was minor and there was no need to alarm our respective insurance companies (thereby killing ourselves with a insurance premium hike the next year), we waved the good policemen on.

We got out of our cars and assessed each other's damage. The Proton's boot was slightly dented while my front was totally crumpled. In retrospect, it wasn't all that serious as the Honda Civic Esi front is meant to be a crumple zone i.e. to absorb as much of the impact as possible. As ugly and terrible my car my looked, an inspection under bonnet showed that my engine block, radiator escaped unscathed. All thanks to the crumple-zone bumper that made the ultimate sacrifice.

We exchanged details and went on our way. I drove on to Yishun to catch the movie despite a LOT of people staring at our car all the way there and back. Haiz.

The consolation was that the movie was good. However, I was almost $1000 poorer as a result.

- Voxeros

1. aloe left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 9:47 am
ahh... lucky you. at least all of you escaped unscathed. :)

2. Jaschocolate left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 10:00 am
Never mind, u are RICH mah... and you are supposed to stop when it is yellow light mah.. the driver is a good boy.. otherwise police goes and catch him leh..

3. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 11:43 am ::
Anna: Yeah. It was just an unfortunately accident. On the other hand, we were fortunately coz nobody got hurt.

Jaschocolate: You are supposed to slow down and get ready to stop when you are APPROACHING the yellow light. Not ZHAM THE BLADDY BRAKE AT THE YELLOW LIGHT!!!
Even the police agree that it was a grey area where neither party was at fault (as far as the yellow light interpretation is concerned) except that I was tail-gating.

4. Jaschocolate left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 4:47 pm
haha.. ok loh... but maybe he see the police so he scared mah...
Lesson learnt : No tailgating... always leave a car distance away.. wahaha

5. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 4:51 pm ::
Jaschocolate: very expenseive lesson indeed!

6. aloe left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 10:04 am
er... actually you are supposed to leave 2 cars distance away from the car in front.

7. Sly left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 12:20 pm ::
hehe, at that time.. u busy chattting or doing something else as not to notice the car infront?

8. One Little Twit left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 1:45 pm ::
heyo. must be staring into other headlights therefore so distracted right?! are you back or not?

9. JayWalk left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 5:36 pm :: 
Sly: What are you insinuating??!! Busy chatting only. Honest!

OLT: Yes, I am back! Headlights are merely secondary to me. I like cars and kars!

10. kIm left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 6:08 pm
eeyer.. If I were you, I would kena cold sweat and stunned down there already. Still got mood to go movies!

11. Sly left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 6:12 pm ::
hey man,welcome home...enjoy the holidays !

12. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 7:46 am :: 
kIm: I is *cough* sibeh stay-dee one*cough cough*

Sly: Thanks dude. Happy holidays to you too!

13. winter left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 5:34 pm
u finally did it
we all know u stay dee lah.. hahahaha

14. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 6:21 pm ::
Winter: Eh. You ask me to do one, I die die sure will do one. No scared!

26 January 2006

Sian XMM Episode III

Just when I was feeling all smug about scoring another sian xmm kill, I chalked another one today. It was so absolutely hilarious that I had difficulty stifling my laughter in the office. I think I hurt my abdominal muscles as a result.


Session Start (Unchained Melody): Mon Jan 23 15:53:49 2006

[15:58] Unchained Melody: oh ya
[15:58] Unchained Melody: juz now while walking home
[15:58] Unchained Melody: a dog sniffed at my feet
[15:58] Unchained Melody: n i nearly screamed

[15:58] JayWalk: you scared of dogs?

[15:58] Unchained Melody: coz the dog was so damn huge
[15:59] Unchained Melody: he suddenly change direction
[15:59] Unchained Melody: he was sniffing at the grass happily
[15:59] Unchained Melody: then i thought he nv notice me
[15:59] Unchained Melody: so i hurriedly walk past la
[15:59] Unchained Melody: who knows he suddenly turn and sniff my feet
[15:59] Unchained Melody: thank goodness nv scream
[15:59] Unchained Melody: otherwise so maluating

[15:59] JayWalk: the trick to handle a stranger dog is to ignore it.

[16:00] Unchained Melody: no leh.. stranger dogs seem to like me alot

[16:00] JayWalk: dogs are attracted to sudden movements. dun run nor stop. just continue walking your pace and you will be fine.

[16:00] Unchained Melody: i was walking out of the lift at my void deck
[16:01] Unchained Melody: when a dog pounce on me

[16:01] JayWalk: hmm... maybe you should go smell your feet.

[16:01] Unchained Melody: so big some more
[16:01] Unchained Melody: no la!
[16:01] Unchained Melody: i have nice smelling feet k!
[16:01] Unchained Melody: haha

[16:01] JayWalk: that's why dogs are attracted lor....
[16:01] JayWalk: 香脚妹!

[16:01] Unchained Melody: eeyer

[16:02] Unchained Melody: u juz made me smell my feet for nothing

[16:02] JayWalk: whahahaa.......

[16:02] Unchained Melody: my feet no smell!

[16:02] JayWalk: you lucky no web cam for me to capture....
[16:02] JayWalk: er... can i blog this conversation?

[16:03] Unchained Melody: nononononnono

[16:03] JayWalk: sian xmm episode II

[16:03] Unchained Melody: nooooooooooooooo
[16:03] Unchained Melody: nooooooooooooooooooooo

[16:03] JayWalk: wahahaha......

[16:03] Unchained Melody: so paiseh!!!
[16:03] Unchained Melody: my face dunno throw where man
[16:03] Unchained Melody: cannot talk to u man

[16:03] JayWalk: i trying very hard to stifle my laughter... oppit got people.....
[16:03] JayWalk: *pain*

Session Close (Unchained Melody): Mon Jan 23 17:38:25 2006
- Voxeros

1. Jaschocolate left...
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 8:18 am
Got smell, dogs don't smell one... heehee

2. kIm left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 1:24 am
I wonder who that feet smelling Unchained Melody is. Tsk tsk.

3. akk left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 11:10 am
klm....was it you? hehehhhe........

4. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 11:37 am :: 
Jaschocolate: I'd never know that one. I is not dog.

kIm: Sorry no can tell.

akk: Why do you say it's kIm?

5. kIm left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 4:19 pm
Akk: no la. How can it be? My feet smell great. No need to smell already know. :D

6. Jaschocolate left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 4:44 pm
Oh i thought u are dog.. my mistake.. sorry.. haha

25 January 2006

Position Available: Security Guard Dog

This scruffy little dog showed up at our factory just a couple of days ago. A quiet and well-behaved dog that just wandered into the factory. The unusual thing about it is that it headed straight for my security guard house and sat there as if to assume its guard dog position. It doesn't bark nor growl at our guys. I think the dog knows that the workers are part of the factory.

There is definitely something special about this dog and the timing is impeccable. What better way to welcome the Year of the Dog by welcoming this dog into our factory?

While I would like to take this as an auspicious sign, I was mercilessly scoffed at by hitomi for being pang tang.

Well, be it mere coincidence or divine interpretation, we are keeping this dog.

Image Credit:;

- Voxeros

1. Jaschocolate left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 8:09 am
Just made sure your workers dont eat him up.. u know, they do eat dog meat over there one hor..

2. aloe left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 9:44 am
yah yah... and he looks cold too...

3. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 7:43 pm ::
Jaschocolate: Not just dog. They eat every damn thing!
The running joke is that if the thing's back faces the sun. It is edible.

Anna: Yeah. We were having 12 deg weather at the time of the photo. We wanted to let it sit inside the guard house where it's warmer but the dog just wanted to snooze outside. Oh well.

4. Zhe Bin left...
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 12:23 am
Yeah man. They eat everything that flies except planes. And everything that has legs, except tables and chairs. Is the dog fed anyway?

5. Pam left...
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 12:59 am
hey, hope you having a great time at home. this morning had to scrape ice off the car... not nice. the only consolation i have is friends in germany are freezing at -20. we are apparently having it good because in comparison we are warm (at -4 ?!!).

6. Jaslyn left...
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 1:25 am ::
Yea.. My german friend just emailed me yday telling me about scrapping ice off the car and then engine cannot start. Everything just frozen up.

7. heather left...
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 2:14 am ::
you might want to take him to the doctor and also give him a bath, some food and water. It looks so sad!!

8. akk left...
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 11:14 am
cute cute...what did u guys feed him? canteen food? *groan* eheehe.....

9. mht left...
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 4:25 pm
let sleeping dog lie

10. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 11:33 am :: 
ZheBin: Yeah. The security team is taking turns tending to the puppy.

Pam and Jaslyn: I remember some of the older cars have a plug that you can pull out of the front to connect to the wall power outlet to keep the battery warm and prevent it from getting frozen.

Heather: Will do that when we get back from our vacation. Besides, the vets are all closed for the CNY anyway.

Akk: Sorry to disappoint you but no Pedigree or Pal dog food for the pup. Not in Ch1na anyway.

mht: Well said. That's why I took the picture with zoom from far far away. Didn't want to kachow it.

11. Pam left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 8:52 pm
well, i don't know about cars not starting - mine starts every morning, thank God. not sure what i'd do if it doesn't. i've also been spraying the 'pre-icer' every night on the works!! i've not had to scrap ice every morning now!! :)

12. JayWalk left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 5:30 pm :: 
Pam: Man... had I not know you better, I would have thought that this was a Sell-a-Vision commercial.
Look! No more ice! Wait! There's even more? It works! Call now!!

13. Pam left...
Friday, 27 January 2006 6:24 pm
hey Jay...if it was sell-a-vision, it would say call now, and you will not only get a pre-icer, you also get the scraper free! if you pay by credit card, you get not one, but 2 scrapers free! .............:) hoep you having lots of CNY and sg goodies. i ate so much i put on like 3 kg!! :( and ain't losing it yet, the bloody winter is helping me store the fat! sigh.

14. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 28 January 2006 6:16 pm ::
Pam: Girls a bit bak bak better lah...
I am golfing, running and tennis during my trip back. As you can see, it is also known as damage control. LOL!

15. gabrielle left...
Sunday, 29 January 2006 1:49 am ::
I love dogs! It's cute!
All the best this year. ciao.

16. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 29 January 2006 7:20 am :: 
Gabbie: Happy New Year To You too! I like both cats and dogs but I think I favour the canines a little bit more than the felines.

24 January 2006

Your Travel Type

Spotted this little quiz from Heatherina and as many are aware, I travel a lot and it is only natural that I find myself unwittingly following the link and started clicking here and there.

Here are my results and I must say ok lah. Not entirely correct lah since I do enjoy visiting museums and galleries, but quite zhun as far as the nursing hangover part is concerned. =P

Your travel type: Party Animal

The Party Animal always wears sunglasses during his vacation. He likes a good hotel, with a swimming pool and room service. A couple of drinks at night, maybe see a show, maybe roll the dice, that's the way to spend the evening.
Culture? A museum? The others can go while the Party Animal stays in bed. You'll find him by the side of the pool when you get back with a martini to get rid of the hangover.

top destinations:

Las Vegas
New York

stay away from:

Ciudad Perdida
Darien Gap
get your own travel profile
- Voxeros

1. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 10:18 am
I need money to travel a lot loh.. Daddy, time for some allowances liao? btw, the quiz damn slow.. i cannot see results.. i go home then try again.. heehee

2. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 10:21 am
Wahaha.. i got the same as u but then i never even went to more than 3 other places.. haha...

3. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 10:29 am :: 
Jaschocolate: 你真是棺材里伸手 - 死要钱.
Haiz... working gal liao.... must learn to be more self-reliant ok??

4. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 10:47 am
Working gal is still GAL mah.. still can 撒娇mah.. heehee

5. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 10:54 am :: 
Jaschocolate: <me> act blur liao...

6. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 11:10 am
Blur blur papaya

7. aloe left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 11:43 am
working gal but doesn't mean earn a lot mah. enough to sustain ownself but not enough for one to go on trips, hor Jas.. muahahahah!!!
I got Travel Yup!! :)

8. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 12:31 pm ::
Anna: You dun chor luan, can?
Budget smaller then travel nearer or save up longer lor. Either way, can be done one.

9. aloe left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 4:58 pm
=X like that no fun le.... =X

10. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 5:44 pm :: 
Anna: Mai chor luan lah!!! ><

11. kIm left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 7:45 am
Your comments fill up very fast one leh. Hahaha.. Ya lo. You party animal. If you not considered party animal I don't know what are you anymore. :D

12. Jaslyn left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 10:19 am ::
I also kena Party Animal leh... Hahaha

13. winter left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 5:27 pm
me party animal too. hehe
and hor..
i like the website.. got my fave number in it
*bimbo laughter*

14. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 7:39 pm :: 
kImberly: If not party animal, then I is animal. muahahahaa

Winter & Jaslyn: From one party animal to another. 1-2-3 CHEONG AH!!!

15. kIm left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 8:51 pm
I also got Party animal leh. So I conclude, the test is not zhun one. Hahahha..

16. winter left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 10:16 pm
jaywalk> salah lah...
it should be let's POSE!!

17. Jaslyn left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 10:47 pm ::
I wonder... Go where and POSE huh?? Hahaha

18. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 8:07 pm :: 
kIm: Maybe you are a party animal who has yet to fulfill her full potential. 

Winter: kk.... POSE!! 

Jaslyn: Haven't decide yet. Too early lah...

23 January 2006

Nurse With 180 Patients

I read about an article, on the $traits Times last Wednesday (18 Jan 2006), about a certain Nurse Grace Leong who negligently prescribed medicine to a patient, whom the latter was allergic to, and causing the death of the patient. Before I could blog my response to this case, somebody beat me to it with a letter to the $T Forum (See Below).

It is indeed unfortunately that some one died as a result of her negligence. However, one must note that this is a nurse who had to handle 180 patients by herself. What was the management thinking?? Surely anybody with a pinch of common sense would tell you that something is very wrong assigning 180 patients to a single nurse.

Under the circumstances, one cannot help but offer Ms Grace Leong some sympathy. It was definitely not about the money for no nurse would accept such an ardous assignment, if the motivation was purely monetary.

Here we have the possibility of striking her off the nursing registry. Just great! As if we don't have a shortage of nurses already. Granted that a life was lost in the process but surely there must be a better solution. Grace Leong has a set of skills that would contribute greatly to society. Patient Care Giving. It seemed like a waste to just throw it away like that.

I don't mean to belittle the unfortunately death of the patient. I don't mean it that way but I am sure some one out there who totally don't get my point and would point the finger at me accusingly and ask how much was the dead patient's life worth?

My answer is simple. About the same as Grace Leong's.

Striking Grace Leong off the nursing registrar is as good as taking away her livelihood. We already lost a life. Do we need to take another?

Is there another way out of this?

p.s. I am not sure if getting struck off is like having your driver's license revoked i.e. you can get it back if you start over. I hope it would be the case. Can someone verify this? Cinthia? Benjamin?

Date: 21 Jan 2006

« ST Forum »
Nurse with 180 patients: System needs fixing too

I WAS shocked to read that a single nurse could be made to look after 180 patients, especially in a First World nation such as Singapore ('Nurse found negligent but coroner praises her'; ST, Jan 18).

It is hard to imagine how any human being - however competent or diligent - could provide the expected standard of care.

To put the issue in perspective, school students are generally healthier than elderly inmates, yet no school would leave just one teacher in charge of the welfare and safety of 180 students.

While the coroner may have found negligence in the administration of a drug which the patient was allergic to, it is harsh that nurse Grace Leong now faces the prospect of being struck off, while the welfare home has presumably escaped sanction and will continue to operate.

It is true that nurses - while human and thus fallible - owe a duty of care to their patients. Yet care is not provided by individuals alone, but by organisations and the systems set up therein.

When accidents occur, it is crucial to look not just at the individuals involved in making the error but also the system and organisation which permitted such errors to happen.
If there was negligence, we should also look at how a system was set up which placed Madam Leong under such inhuman working conditions.

When workers are overloaded and stretched to the point of exhaustion, the shocking thing is not that such errors occurred - it is that such errors did not occur with greater frequency.

Tan Wu Meng
The Straits Times Interactive
Copyright ©2005 Singapore Press Holdings Limited. All rights reserved.
- Voxeros

1. jaschocolate left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 10:04 pm
Most organisations just want to get someone to be the scapegoat.. Damn bastards.. remind me of NKF again.. evil management..

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 1:06 am ::
Jaschocolate: 180:1 ratio is totally ridiculous. I'd bet management would say it is part of the cost cutting measures.
Is there no sanity left???

3. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 7:57 am
There isnt any at the start..

4. akk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 9:20 am
The system of management in hospitals is sorely abused. I believed that the culprit is actually inertia and the unwillingness to make things better in a working environment, esp as with this type of skilled labour, there is little occurrence of accidents, this meaning that the workers are trained to be extremely meticulous becos it concerns human lives. Thus banking on this trait in this industry, docs and nurses are worked to the bone with lousy shifts and bad hours. Hospitals should wake up now and understand that these professionals are also human beings with their own lives to live.

5. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 10:26 am :: 
Jaschocolate: The cold hard truth is that everything is driven by bottom line even at the expense of risking people's lives.

Akk: I believe leaving Nurse Grace Leong to solely shoulder the entire blame is wrong. The hospital is just as guilty, if not more.

6. Zhe Bin left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 2:59 pm
Sigh, it's always easy to judge and point fingers. I wonder for how long she has been handling this gross amount of patients. I feel 179 patients would be grateful to her all the while she was taking care of them. 180 is really ridiculous. Like, if I open 180 windows with different tasks for the management to do right now, will they be able to? I can't even chat in 10 MSN windows.
And I think AKK has a point. Moreover I think they are like teachers - without the passion for the profession, one simply cannot last long in the industry. And nobody should ever take advantage of that.

7. kIm left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 4:24 pm
eh, i didnt read the papers. But anyhow, what will happen to her? 180 alot leh! I take care of 1 hamster already having problems. What more 180 patients who need one's care?

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Monday, 23 January 2006 5:42 pm :: 
ZheBin: I just felt that justice wasn't carried out properly when I read about this. Hence this blog.

kIm: I had the earlier article but I forgot to save it.
Er... anyone got the article? Can scan for me?

9. vandice left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 2:55 am
180 patients in a typical 8 hour day means the nurse spends about 2.66 min per person per day, assuming equal attention is paid to everyone... However, we all know that some patients will require more care than others, plus the added burden of undoubted admin... so my guess is most of the patients receive perhaps just a few tens of SECONDS of attention from the nurse throughout the course of a day. That is atrocious, even animals in the zoo are treated better! IMHO, this was a tragedy in waiting because of the system, not in spite of it...

10. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 7:21 pm ::
Vandice: Yes indeed it was a time bomb waiting to go off. The ironic thing is that :
1) They create the time bomb to blow themselves up.
2) The time bomb was obviously sitting there for some time, yet nobody did anything about it.
Sad story.

11. Lynne left...
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 9:33 pm
How about all the patients whom Grace saved/nursed? Doesn't that count? People always focus on the negative's and not the positive's.
I might be a bit biased, 'cos my sis used to be a nurse (ER one somemore), so I know how much they go thro'. Esp during the SARS, one moment, people avoided them like plague, the next they are called heros, can people make up their minds?!?!?!

12. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 8:17 pm :: 
Lynne: I agree wholeheartedly that these peeps need to bladdy wake up and realised that we are taking them for granted for too long!
Quit whining and start appreciating!

13. aloe left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 11:50 am
oo.. i posted the whole story and the subsequent letters from the public to the ST forum on my blog le. :)

14. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 26 January 2006 12:54 pm :: 
Anna: Thanks for posting the article up on your blog!

22 January 2006

Sian XMM Episode II

Jap Gal and I were talking about the funny misadventure of PJ  when it reminded me of another sian XMM episode, many years back.

Below is an extract of my conversation with Jap Gal that tells the story. I have taken the liberty of editing the conversation a little bit, for the benefit of the rest, in the attempt to tell a clearer story.

Enjoy the story.

Session Start (Jap Gal): Wed Jan 18 19:51:59 2006

JayWalk: You know this girl in Applied Econs, Ming?
JayWalk: Let me tell you another sian xmm story.
You got time or not?

Jap Gal:

Time = We were in NTU.
Place = Centerpoint, Times The BookShop.
We were out jalan jalan when we popped into the bookstore.

Jap Gal:

Not dating. Just friends jalan jalan.
Anyway, that time got some promotional showcase display going on. It was a Philips CDi thingie (CDi = CD interactive machiam Nintendo or Sony Playstation). So the showcase stand is this TV which has the Philips CDi console below... So I told her, that this CDi thing very fun one and the TV is touch screen interactive one... (when in actual fact, it is not. it is just an ordinary tv set).

Jap Gal:
u bluff pple again.

Then I told her to go ahead and give it a try i.e. go touch the screen and see what happen.

Jap Gal:

She walked ahead while I walked away quickly in the opp direction.

Jap Gal:
c, i told u u more mean

So she stand in front of the TV, press the screen here, press the screen there, in front of all the PEOPLE in the store.

Jap Gal:

Then she said quite loudly, "How come nothing one??" More people turned to look.

Jap Gal:
terrible leh u

She turned around to look for me and I was far far away liao.....
I was outside the shop looking and waving at her through the glass.

Jap Gal:
aiyo... i bet she din talk to u for days.

No lah....
I kena whacked until my arm blue-black. But she still talk to me lah. That day i laughed until pengz.... kena whacked also cannot feel the pain... only later then realised "Eh? How come arm got blue-black?"

Session Close (Jap Gal): Wed Jan 18 20:48:01 2006

- Voxeros

1. Jaschocolate left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 1:37 pm
You is evil... how come so many ppl willingly let u con.. hmmmm

2. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 1:50 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Like you said, the keyword here is "willingly". So technically, you cannot say that I is evurl.

3. Jaschocolate left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 2:27 pm
I still say is ppl like u who caused the world to be so corrupted.. we innocent ppl are so poor things..

4. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 3:22 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Puh-leaze!!! It takes 2 hands to clap one ok!!??

5. Jaschocolate left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 5:31 pm
dont care!! think must be ur itchy hands provoke one..

6. winter left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 3:24 am
i always kena conned by such evurl people before but in other ways..
i want to be xmm although i too old for it.. wahaha

7. Jaschocolate left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 7:07 am
Winter dear, u are still very young.. Love ya.. muacks..

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Sunday, 22 January 2006 7:21 am :: 
winter: In other ways??? 骗财?? 骗色?!!

9. kIm left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 11:29 am
Eeyer.. So maluating.. I always embarrass myself in public places one leh. Till I don't know where to hide my face. So I always act like nothing happen and walk off while blushing furiously..

10. winter left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 2:05 pm
jazzy> so sweet.. muacks

jaywalk> u think too much as usual.. haha.. but u can keep guessing lor

11. Jaslyn left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 7:23 pm ::
Wah! I think hor, if u ever do such things to me, I'll kill you!!!! Blue-black only too easy for u man!

12. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 9:05 pm ::
kIm: Always?? Must blog!

Winter: Wah raoz... if you always got double meaning one. How I know?

Jaslyn: We shall see, my dear. We shall see...

13. winter left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 9:11 pm
i got always have double meanings in my words meh? hahahahaha

14. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 12:54 am :: 
winter: No meh?? Mai geh geh hor!

15. Jaslyn left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 3:43 am ::
See? See simi see? Dont ever see! Dont you ever!!

16. akk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 9:15 am

17. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 10:22 am
Akk sighz for what? Btw, i want my bread.. heehee

18. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 10:22 am ::
Jaslyn: The beauty of the art is to do until you don't even realised it. Yes, you will not see it coming. Hur hur hur... 

Akk: Haiz simi??

21 January 2006

JayWalk's Booking Time Sheet III

Usually the booking time sheet would have appeared much earlier but this time round, I have been so busy that I haven't got time to sit down properly and map out my schedule until now.

I was just lamenting to a few friends that although I am merely a few days away (according to the calendar), I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel from where I am currently standing.

I can't even take "advanced booking" due to the fact that my folks are back with me during this trip. Babysitting them supersedes all others. :(

Still, I am toying with the idea of a "Pre-Morning" slot as my running shoes will be coming back with me this trip. Ulu Pandan Canal run anyone?

Finally, at the request of Jaschocolate, I have changed my password to a new one. Leave me an email or IM or SMS to ask for the new password. The main purpose of the password is not to shut people out. I just need to know who is coming in. That's all.

Free feel to come in and browse even if you are miles and miles away.

So without ado, Click here to goto JayWalk's Booking Time Sheet III (that is, after you have gotten the new password).

- Voxeros

1. aloe left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 10:31 am
popular sia... everytime also need booking timesheet... hehehe!

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 11:25 am :: 
Anna: Bor pian. Ang pai is like that one... :P

3. aloe left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 11:30 am
then should come back longer or more often. Then hor, no need timesheet. :)

4. JayWalk left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 12:12 pm :: 
Anna: My dear, if I could, I would. Haiz....

5. Jaschocolate left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 7:29 pm
Thought Anna is not in Singapore? Wont grab the time i can spend with Daddy, right? Hahaha..
Good.. change password is good.. wahaha..

6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 8:15 pm ::
Jaschocolate: I think you are confusing this Anna with Wonkytong liao. Different people lah.
Anna here is in Singapore one.

7. Jaschocolate left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 8:45 pm
Alamak.. so next time how i can differentiate? :p

8. JayWalk left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 8:57 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Wonkytong disappear long time liao. If she ever come back, I'd be sure to let you know coz a LOT of people would like to know too.

9. Jaschocolate left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 10:03 pm
Ok loh.. i blur sotong loh..

10. JayWalk left...
Friday, 20 January 2006 10:49 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Ok lah.. you not the only one blur blur. Like mother like daughter. :P

11. hitomi left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 12:26 am
Alamak, I just asked to be sure cos this Anna sounds like another one of your XMMs.

12. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 12:55 am :: 
hitomi: Another one of my xmms???
Gee... pot calling kettle black.

13. Jaschocolate left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 8:48 am
Mommy, let's not argue with bad people.. We shu nus always lose out one.. wahaha

14. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 8:51 am ::
Jaschocolate: *cough* shu nus *cough cough*

15. Jaschocolate left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 2:28 pm
You got issue with that, is it??
*fists ready*

16. Sheena left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 2:33 pm
Email me the password please! Cannot sms, my phone is konked out. =( I must book fast if not slots all gone. Nabeh you always damn popular.

17. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 21 January 2006 3:26 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Issue? What issue? *cough*

Sheena: Email sent!

18. nadnut left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 2:12 pm
i want password! got book session for me or not?!?

19. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 22 January 2006 9:07 pm ::
Nadnut: I will pass to you via MSN when you get online.

20. aloe left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 11:16 am
me??!! xmm??!! thanks thanks!! *happy*

21. JayWalk left...
Monday, 23 January 2006 12:26 pm ::
Anna: LOL!!!