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31 May 2007

Photo Shoot - Part 2





I decided to wander around in between shoots and I think this place looked more like a movie/tv set than a photography studio. The racks at the side housed the props from potted plants to wine bottles to tea sets to fake plasma screen TV, etc.

The boss was lamenting to me that the props have a limited lifespan. Granted they are quite durable and could last for years, they have to be replace them often as there are only some many times you can use the same props in the various shoots, before someone realised that you have been using it once too often. In their line, deja vu is a strict no no. And so to throw these props away when they are still in pretty good shape, he couldn't help but feel the heart pain with every spring cleaning.


After the break, it was time to do the second shoot. We had to take the photo from another angle to highlight another feature of the product. This time round we wanted to emphasise on the wood burl inlay that we applied to the parquet of the table top.


This is how the picture turned out from the high angle shot. Click here to enlarge.


And this is the final shot. It's been exactly a year since this design was first drafted and was glad to finally see it in its full splendour. Still, we are way ahead of schedule as we are only slated to launch this in January 2008. Click here to enlarge

- Voxeros

1. An left...
Saturday, 2 June 2007 10:08 am
Wooowww!! nice furniture. Can send over to my house? wahahahhahaha!!! =P


2. slurp! left...
Monday, 4 June 2007 11:08 pm :: http://slurplog.blogsome.com
OMG, and you already showing them here when they are to launch only on Jan 2008???!!
anyway, thanks for showing these spy shots kekekeke ... looks very European in design.


3. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 5 June 2007 10:25 am :: 
An: Eh. I must warn you that this set is damn bladdy big. Can fit inside your house or not?

Slurp!: Yeah, I know it is kind of risky to show this to the entire world so early. I just hope none of the furniture people sees this as they are just not the blogging types. *fingers crossed*

30 May 2007

Photo Shoot - Part 1


Just completed a new design and was sending it to the studio for a photo shoot. My modus operandi is that I will shoot the product in-house during the beta prototype stages. That way I would be able to have something to show my customers during the interim. The picture above was taken back in 2005 when I was ranting about Dumbass of The Week II.

As you can see, my in-house studio is a very spartan/generic/vanilla/no frills studio. Hence when the design is finally completed, it will be sent to a professional photo studio for a proper shot. However, I think the word studio is inaccurate granted that we are dealing with big sized items here. Perhaps a photo set would be more appropriate a term? 

Anyway, I went for the photo shoot yesterday as I have to *ahem* play the role of the director telling the photographer how I want the shot to be taken. 

Also, I thought you guys may be interested and seeing how we do a product photo shoot and so I took pictures along the way.


The set is about 40 minutes away from the factory and at the end of this alley. From the street side, it looked like I was heading to some underground gambling den. It was 3pm in the sleepy afternoon and not a squeak in the alley, as if the summer heat had lulled everyone in a comatose siesta. The blue roller shutters is the entrance to the set. It has to be big in order for our trucks to be able to reverse into it for easier loading and unloading of our items.


This is the staging area of the set. As stuff are constantly moving in and out, neatness was never a priority here. The actual photography is taken behind those silver curtains. See the white platform in the distance dangled in midair by a network of cables? We will come to that in the next picture.


The white platform is actually the ceiling of the "dining room". When it is time to shoot, we have to roll down the blue roller shutters to keep out the light from outside. What turned out at the end is a non-ventilated warehouse in the scorching heat of the summer sun. We were all dripping buckets inside this over-sized oven.

... to be continued 
- Voxeros


28 May 2007

Glenmorangie Single Cask - Rare Limited Edition

We have entered a time where everybody is into wine culture as a sign of improved lifestyle sophistication. Problem is, while some are really into wine, others are sadly there to gek jeet eh lan jiao seh. Then again who am I to judge or comment?

As for me pertaining to the art of wine appreciation? I regret to report that this art is very much lost on me. My wine appreciation is very simple.

Either I like or I don't like. Period.*

Sure, I can name the various grapes and wines regions but if you ask if I can tell if there is a hint of chalk lime, as a result of the geo-composites of the soil from which the grape grew during that particular year in that particular region? I tell you that I would be better off answering you more accurately and with more confidence that I could taste the see hum and lup cheong in the char kway teow.

That aside, today's entry is not about wine. It is about my real passion.

Single Malt Scotch.

If anyone had been observant enough, my tag line above is a dead giveaway.

Blended scotch doesn't cut it for me. No Johnny Walkers, nor Chivas, nor Logans, nor Teachers, nor Black&Whites, nor Vat69s, nor Suntorys, nor Dewar's, nor Famouse Grouses (just to name a few!), etc will ever satisfy my taste buds. After you have tried the good stuff, it is very hard to go back down. Sure, I will still drink them at clubs & pubs to chase the buzz but it is only as good as what meaningless sex gets you. If you are looking for something beyond that, I'm sorry but you have come (no pun intended) to the wrong whisky.

Even amongst the Single Malts, I am very picky. From Glenlivet to Highland Park to Speyburn to Macallan to Glenfiddich, none come close to that of the Glenmorangie.**

For the past 47 years, it has been the best selling Scotland Single Malt and yet it is one of the smallest distillery in the country. If you ask me, I think these guys must be doing something right. And these guys numbered at 16 for they are known as the Sixteen Men of Tain. The entire production of Glenmorangie falls into the hands of these 16 men. God bless them.

As I have mentioned to RUOK, drink Glenmorangie 18 years (Duty-Free HKD 460) and above. As much as I love Glenmorangie, I am afraid that the cheaper 10, 12 and 15 year olds are not drinkable.

ANYWAY, I was at the HK Airport when I spotted this little treasure. The Glenmorangie Single Cask - Rare Limited Edition (Duty Free HKD 1150) and there are only 635 of these babies in the world. Each bottle is individually numbered and bottled at cask strength which explains the 56.7% alcohol level.***

Taste-wise? Spicy yet extremely smooth. I would rate it slightly above the Glenmorangie 25 year old (Duty Free HKD 1350). This Glenmorangie Single Cask - Rare Limited Edition was produced in 1990, that makes it 17 years old as at today and given that it tasted better (IMHO) than the 25 year old brother, I would say this one gives a better value for money (VFM).

However, better VFM does not instantly translate into being cheaper for the 25-year old version is a 1-Litre bottle while this Single Cask version is 0.75-Litre. If measuring litre for litre, then a 1-Litre version on the basis of linear extrapolation, would price it at HKD 1533.33

We did a horizontal taste test pitting this against 2 power houses: The Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve and the Glenfiddich Special Reserve. The Glenmorangie Single Cask - Rare Limited Edition blew both of the challengers away by a mile! As good as the 2 Glenfiddiches tout to be, they were no way near.

Click here to see the photo set which include the Tasting Notes.
  • Interesting tidbit extracted from Wiki on "Whiskey":

    "The spelling whisky (plural whiskies) is generally used for whiskies distilled in Scotland, Wales, Canada, and Japan, while whiskey is used for the spirits distilled in Ireland. A 1968 directive of the ATF specifies "whisky" as the official U.S. spelling, but allows labelling as "whiskey" in deference to tradition; most U.S. producers still use the latter spelling."
* Click here to see my "level of wine competence".

** Click here for the Wiki of Glenmorangie.
*** Most Whiskies are commonly distilled at 40% alcohol.
- Voxeros

1. slurp! left...
Monday, 28 May 2007 11:10 pm :: http://slurplog.blogsome.com
so what's a good single malt to start for newbie. hope I don't need to fork out HKD1350 *cough cough* to try one =P


2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 28 May 2007 11:27 pm :: 
slurp!: Try Macallan. It is fairly easy to drink. However, I would advise you to try all at least once. That way you will be able to make comparison and draw your own conclusion as to what you like best.


3. KingMeng left...
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 12:27 am :: http://kingmeng.liquidblade.com/
Yoz! I know you know already, but remember to change the link on your blog to http://kingmeng.liquidblade.com/
Thanks! :D


4. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 8:36 am :: 
KingMeng: Thanks for reminding me. I forgot about updating you on my blogroll. Update liao. :)


5. Pam left...
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 4:54 pm
My father-in-law's a big big fan of Glenmorangie too...! I've never tasted it - but he always gets one very expensive bottle for christmas. the easiest pressie to buy that time of year! (expensive, but easy).


6. Ruok left...
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 11:21 pm
Jay!!! I cannot afford this lah!!! Why tell me this kind of thing?!!!! Unless... unless... u r inviting me to try it out. *wink wink* *hint hint*


7. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 9:16 am :: 
Pam: Speaking of popular whisky in your part of the world, ask your FIL about Caol Ila. Apparently, it also very popular in the UK. I tried it and it was NASTY!! Still, it is a just a case of unilateral perception on my part. For all you know, it is supposed to be really good but just that I am not knowledgeable enough to appreciate it. I thought it smelled like hospital's surgical alcohol. You know, the smell that hits you, the moment the hospital's glass door opens as you step in?

Ruok: Eh. Not asking you to drink this everyday lah. Once in a long long time is affordable lah. See how lah. I come back Dec time, see whether to have stock or not. I have quite a number of friends (from the night of the horizontal tasting session) planning to fly up to HK to buy it.

Eh, if I jio you for the good stuff hor, what's in it for me? *wink wink* *hint hint* *nudge nudge*


8. Pam left...
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 4:48 pm
well, alot of this stuff smells real bad to me!! :) have you guys tasted Magnus/Magners? It's an Irish cider (made from apples). They drink it with ice (like a soft drink) and it's getting v popular, not just in the summer too. Tastes like apple juice - wonder if it's popular in sg?


9. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 31 May 2007 9:22 am :: 
Pam: No. I have not heard of Magnus/Magners. The closest is probably Magnum which is a) an ice cream, b) a pistol, c) a TV Show with Tom Selleck in it or d) Champagne in 1.5L size but no. No apple cider.
[[br[[ Speaking of apple cider, there is this computer game that I played when I was a kid. Apple Cider Spider where you help the spider travel against the conveyor belt production flow of an apple cider factory to "get to the other side" but I digress.



Anyway, I believe your so called Magners are classified under alcopops (alcohol soda pops) and has been under fire of late as a ploy to entice the young to drink.

25 May 2007

Peking Duck Pizza


Was at the Hong Kong Airport last week on the way back to Singapore. It was a 2pm departure and it means spending my lunch time inside the airport.

Instead of the usual Burger King or Popeye's Fried Chicken cravings, we decided to go somewhere a little quieter since we have Gabriel along.

The menu in there was quite interesting and this particular dish caught my eye.

Peking Duck Pizza.

I like Peking Duck and I like Pizza. Quite a no brainer that I should just point my finger at the menu to the approving nod of the waiter.

The pie arrived shortly as I sank my eagerly awaiting teeth.

Verdict? Well, the duck skin wasn't as crispy but I kinda expected it for after all this is an ang moh restaurant. I mean how good can their Peking Duck be, right? The meat however was very good. Juicy and disintegrates at first bite. The only downer was perhaps the plum sauce that they lathered all over the pizza pie that it ended up more sweet than savoury.

Personally, for me I like my pies savoury. Hence Hawaiians are not exactly my first choice.

Speaking of pizza, I notice the difference between pizzas here and in the US. Over here, we have every single damn thing on the top while the American counter parts are the simple straight forward pepperoni and cheese.

Ironically, the latter being the simpler, gets my vote on the yum yum count.

- Voxeros

1. Zhe Bin left...
Saturday, 26 May 2007 10:41 pm
Okay this dish looks interesting leh. Hear you describe I also want to eat. I had my dinner at 6+ and now is half-past 10. Feeling damn hungry now. I think I won't mind trying duck pizzas at all. You know quite a while ago there was this aloe vera craze? Seems like it's a must that everything must have aloe vera in them. Then much earlier they had the green tea craze. I'm so glad they never taint the good old pizzas that I like.


2. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 27 May 2007 9:19 am :: 
Zhebin: Not a big fan of Aloe Vera (the plant, not the blogger) myself. The only Aloe Vera I used is the sun repair gel after getting sunburnt.


3. sirennights left...
Monday, 28 May 2007 11:06 am :: http://sirennights.blogspot.com
I had to transit at HK airport last month didn't see this Peking Duck pizza thingy. Ended up eating at this Taiwanese Beef noodles place that sells Hong Konger food ...duh. I find the new Hong Kong Airport a bore, and they don't sell the good brand "lao po bing" (Hong Kong puffs), only the touristy lousy ones.


4. okiedokie left...
Monday, 28 May 2007 4:10 pm
I think this peking duck pizza can be found in Singapore too; i read it somewhere on the newspaper before. personally i prefer duck over chicken. wonder if there's fried duck selling somewhere in the world...btw, is there cheese in/on the duck pizza?


5. JayWalk left...
Monday, 28 May 2007 7:38 pm :: 
sirennights: The pizza is located (air-side) at this restaurant called Wildfire. It is located opposite the row of food stalls (where they have Ajisen, Burger King and Popeye's).

okie dokie: Yes, there is cheese on the duck pizza. As weird as it may sound, it tasted pretty ok, surprisingly.

24 May 2007

Server Down? Server Up? User Cockup!

The first thing I did when I got back was to check on my servers. While I was in Singapore, I was informed of a black-out over the weekend and both servers going down as a result. While one was back online the moment power was restored, the other got stuck at the CMOS check and had to wait for my return to resolve.

So there I was sitting in front of the computer and instinctively pressing the reset button. Again, it got stuck at CMOS check. My initial suspicion was that of a motherboard burn-out. Perhaps the chipset got fried as a result of the power outage?

The good news was that there was still something on the screen and the message says something about "Incorrect OverClocking Settings..." and "... press F1 to enter setup or F2 to restore to factory defaults..."

So all is not lost but merely crippled?

That was the good news. Now the bad news is that there was no reaction when I pressed F1 and F2.

I starting to despair liao as I am at wits' end to coming up with a solution.

Then it dawned on me. I using the wrong keyboard lah!! Of course F1 and F2 no reaction lor!! iBlur.

The thing about my setup is that I have 2 sets of everything except the monitor which is shared by both servers by way of a switcher. With the Server2 keyboard parked discreetly in the keyboard drawer and the Server2 mouse hiding behind the monitor, it led me into thinking I had just 1 computer.

Blur like sotong. Gabra like zebra.

Anyway, as you would have noticed there is a strange wooden board in front of the servers. That is an anti-Gabriel-Itchy-Finger device. It all started when Gabriel began to be able to stand and walking all over the place. For a one-and-a-half year old and being inthe 97th percentile in terms of height, the servers were within easy reach. Boys would be boys as anything that is a button and blinking would prove to be almost irresistible.

More often than not, we would be working at the office when suddenly we lose connection to the servers. A quick call back home and sure enough, the answer was always "Gabriel pushing buttons again".

Haiz.... this boy very the chiew jian.....

- Voxeros

1. Zhe Bin left...
Saturday, 26 May 2007 10:44 pm
Aiya he will soon move on to try to push right buttons as he grows up lah. ; )


2. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 27 May 2007 9:48 am :: 
ZheBin: Somebody comment here got double meaning, hor? kekekekeke....

22 May 2007

No Got Sound. Got Picture.

I am sitting here at Spinnelli with a very special guest, Ollie. She is protesting NO PICTURE and NO SOUND.
HOW CAN?

Anyway, I have the whole day with her today. Surely I should be able to sneak a shot as well as a sound bite.

I shall dig out the dirt on her little secret liaison with MHG and dish out all the dirt.

She says, "It's nothing."

Gee.... girls nowadays can be so liberal. Nothing indeed. In biblical things she would have been stoned to death.

Oh how times have changed.

Stay tuned.


- Voxeros

1. Qiaoyun left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 1:23 pm :: http://www.sheylara.com
Who is Ollie and who is MHG? In any case, I wanna see pictures!! lol.
(BTW the maths question in your spam blocker thing is getting harder each time I post here. It used to be like 1+2=, now it's like 4+6=. Hahaha. Will it give me calculus next time? lol.)


2. OLLie left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 4:07 pm :: http://ooohlah.lah.cc
It's me....
And he snuck a pic of me!!! Best la.


3. JayWalk left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 5:35 pm :: 
Ollie and Qiaoyun: Got photo but no sound clip. Background too loud so all the dirt all kena muffled. Also this girl quite smart. Tell me all the dirt when I not recording.

Her mole very cute hor?


As for the spam checker. Calculus not yet lah. Trigonometry haven't do yet, how to do Differentiation and Integration? Slowly lah. Need maths tuition or not?


4. Qiaoyun left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 5:41 pm :: http://www.sheylara.com
Oh, Ollie is very cute! :) What about MHG? Who's that?
OMG the maths thing really getting harder can??? It's now 8+9! OMG very soon it shall be too hard for my primary-school standard maths knowledge. You giving free maths tution ah?


5. An left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 8:49 pm :: http://www.xanga.com/aloeve
Trigonometry what? calculus? Oi I never study that! Integration differentiation? all give back to teacher liao. Cannot lah! Next time cannot comment le.. boo.... =(
So did u managed to dig up all the dirt abt MHG? *ears perked up to hear*


6. OLLie left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 10:43 pm :: http://ooohlah.lah.cc
*speechless*
Jay! You really win liao. SO BIG SOMEMORE!!! hahahaha.. I am SMART!! Must make sure you not recording mah.


7. OLLie left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 11:22 pm :: http://ooohlah.lah.cc
OH! I just remembered. I have a picture of you too Jay.
Anyone wanna see? =D


8. Lex left...
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 6:40 am :: http://lexandria.wordpress.com
I also got Jay's picture!
*evil laughters*


9. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 8:11 am :: 
Qiaoyun: MHG is this guy where Ollie has a MEGA crush one. It is in her blog. Go read it.

An: Better faster hurry go study coz after Calculus, we'd be moving to Numerical Analysis liao.

Ollie: You are one smart cookie. I'd give you that. and....er.... my picture stays offline hor. Gong hor seh liao hor!

Lex: That goes for you too!


10. Gary left...
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 12:31 pm
haha.. pic of him in drunken state.. though i dont have it.. but i believe it will be easily circulated upon command.. time for some extortion..!!


11. Gary left...
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 6:40 pm
Jay, i cant help it lah.. nearly spilled out my drinks sia.. hahahahahaha..


12. Lex left...
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 6:28 am
Jay... Gary can be my witness to prove that the pic I have is of alot more valuable than the pic you have of me wor... :P :P


13. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 9:43 am :: 
Gary: Well, we do know who have those pics. Damn.

Lex:: I so sayang you...... bladdy hell.... stab my back, how can?!!


14. Gary left...
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 10:56 am
what you say during dinner.. happens now..


15. Lex left...
Thursday, 24 May 2007 3:35 am
No stab your back leh! Just trying to see if anyone is interested in viewing those pics.
Can sell u know! One peekchure sell 50bucks I earn leh! :P :P
Take money liao i split half half wib u lah! lol.


16. Gary left...
Thursday, 24 May 2007 9:16 am
Lex, i think by circulating, more people can get to earn some money as well..


17. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 24 May 2007 10:25 am :: 
Gary & Lex: My peekchure how to generate revenue? They sue you for emotional trauma then you know. But like I said lor, if my cover ever get blown, this blog will shut down.


18. Lex left...
Thursday, 24 May 2007 12:32 pm
you should know we love u too much to do anything to shut ur blog down, right? :D


19. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 24 May 2007 3:29 pm :: 
Lex: Of course. So much love here.... and alcohol too. :P

21 May 2007

No Sound. No Picture.

Sorry folks, have been out partying until really no time to come online, much less blog.

Just a quick note to all, that I am still alive and well. One more day of partying tomorrow and it's off the SpitLand and back to work.
Blog operations will be back later this week.

So you may stop slapping your monitor screen (and pounding your F5 key), wondering how come no new updates.

It's me who didn't blog for a few days liao.

Hence the no sound, no picture.

Image Credit: http://www.uergsel.de

- Voxeros 

17 May 2007

Nescafe Gold

I sputtered my coffee all over the table this morning.

"What da hell is this?" I asked in exclamation.

"No more Vietnam coffee liao." came the reply.

Dang.

Anyway, I went into the kitchen to find the source of this foul concoction only to come face to face with this spanking new bottle of Nescafe Gold.

Hmm.... isn't this supposed to be good? I mean the local coffee shops charges extra over the regular coffee and so surely the premium paid over-and-above the humble house-pouring Java must equate to that of a more superior product?

Well, it was bad as it enters my mouth but I still drank it for this is the only coffee in the house. My next batch of Vietnamese coffee is only arriving on the 18th.

I supposed it doesn't really matter lah. I think it is just a case of my taste buds being pampered and spoilt rotten liao.

As the saying goes. Once you've gone up, it's hard to go back down.

Besides, it is only one more morning of this weak coffee to go before I board the plane and head home for the weekend to the fabulous Kopi-O Gao Gao.

And by the time I get back to Spitland, the Vietnamese beans would have arrived and waiting.

In the meantime while in Singapore, Kopi goo yew anyone?

- Voxeros



1. aloe left...
Thursday, 17 May 2007 9:18 am
Dun wan! Kopi-gao-yew super fattening loh..... =S
u is high class lah... LOL!


2. Skates left...
Thursday, 17 May 2007 10:52 am :: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skates/
Kopi ? Sure.


3. Pam left...
Friday, 18 May 2007 1:36 am
I don't drink coffee ... I didn't know you drank Instant though??!


4. spellbound left...
Friday, 18 May 2007 11:35 pm :: http://verniceloy.blogspot.com
hey, did you know that NESCAFE gold is FAT-FREE now? I drank that when my illy coffee went out :p but nothing compare to my KOPI SIU DAI back home. Have fun in SG!


5. JayWalk left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 12:51 am :: 
Aloe: Aiyah... once in a while lor. Not say everyday drink goo yew kopi-O mah...

Skates: Welcome to the blog! Sorry sorry, have to take a rain check on kopi. Took too long to get back online after spending all my time out and about in SG.

Pam: Instant coffee is like a last resort. I would always go for a fresh brew if given a choice.

Spellbound: Didn't know about about Nescafe being fat free. But yeah, I have had a good time at YaKun kopi. Sedap!


6. slurp! left...
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 12:34 am :: http://slurplog.blogsome.com
the new Nescafe tastes yuck! i thought my office changed to cheaper kopi, but i found our later it's still the same Nescafe brand, and yet it tastes so different & yucky grrrrrrrrrrr

vietnam kopi? bought some & seems like my parents weren't used to the taste. did you try trung nguyen civet "poo" kopi? surprisingly smooth & nice. LOLz

they have lots of kopi blends there, may i know which you usually ordered? thanks!


7. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 9:39 am :: 
slurp!: I have heard of the civet cat pool kopi but I have yet to have the opportunity to try. As for what Viet kopi brand, I'm afraid I haven't the faintest clue. I have friends who shuttle up and down Vietnam and Ch1na and it's them who buys the coffee for me.

It comes in a brown paper bag with a red label affixed on it. The words on the label are in Vietnamese and so even if I know that that is the brand name, I still don't have a clue.


8. merryfeet left...
Thursday, 31 May 2007 11:06 am :: http://merryfeet.spaces.live.com

i think this is the one that slurp! was talking about?
The original version...

... and the very sweet, delectable, iced version.


9. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 31 May 2007 12:52 pm :: http://jaywalk.blog-city.com
Merryfeet: Slurp! refering to kopi luwak. This is where the civet cat eats the coffee berries and pass them through the digestive tract. Then we brew the coffee from the civet cat shit. Touted to be the most expensive coffee in the world at USD 600 per lb ?

Wiki it at http://en.wiki pedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak

15 May 2007

They Got It Right This Time


Remember this? Yeah, took this picture from my earlier entry when I went of Faith's school for their Children's Day celebrations.

Anyway, I went back again last Sunday as they were having an event for Mother's Day.

I am happy to report that everything is ok liao.

 - Voxeros 

14 May 2007

A Gift Of Life (Part 7) - Doing Fine

It's been a while since I last contacted Chrissy. I drop her a few sms in the past but all were met with silence. Given that she has her treatment to undergo and stuff, I dare not disturb her further.

Also work has been really hectic for me and one of the items on my task list was to drop her an email to say hi and to find out how she it. Embarrassingly, the item sat there for the longest time. Whenever I was just about to sit down and draft the email, something would crop up, be it a phone call or an incoming sms, and the intended email goes back into the draft folder again.
Email is something that I dread to touch and that further aggravates things. In order to send an email, I have to open my Outlook Express and before you know it, hundreds of emails would come streaming in and I would be buried to my eyeballs trying to clear them.

Oh wait.... what was I supposed to do again? Send Chrissy an email? I forget.

Anyway, perhaps it was due to the fact that I was about to head home this weekend that finally gave me that extra push to finally write that email. Perhaps it was the cosmic forces or the alignment of the planets that finally gravitate my fingers to click send.

And what better timing that the eve of her birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISSY!!! 

Not only was I glad to have sent out the email, I was even more happy to receive her reply bearing good news.

She has gotten her transplant back in Jan 2007 and is recovering well now. Her life is very much back to normal with a bit of golf here, yoga there and even cycling!

Again, on her behalf, I thank all well wishers who has supported her all this while and I am very happy to be the messenger of good tidings.
Thank you everyone! Thank you.

Click here to read past entries from The Gift Of Life Series.
- Voxeros

1. sunflower left...
Thursday, 17 May 2007 11:19 am
I was thinking how is she now as well.... thanks for the update


2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 1:13 am :: 
sunflower: You are most welcome!

13 May 2007

Homecoming V

It is time for me to be heading home and catching up with friends. Only problem this time is that it is going to be a very very short trip. Coupled with a wedding on Saturday, I don't have many slots to offer. I have a feeling that I am going to have to disappoint quite a few folks this time round but I promise I will make it up when I come back again this Christmas. Ok?

Perhaps due to this headache, I was so hesitant about launching my timesheet resulting in its lateness, as compared to past homecomings.
Click here or the chalkboard (limited time only) for the timesheet.

- Voxeros

1. nadnut left...
Sunday, 13 May 2007 7:48 pm :: http://nadnut.liquidblade.com
thank god for vip cards!


2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 12:52 am :: 
nadnut: *ahem* It's VIP Card. Singular.


3. nadnut left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 8:43 am :: http://nadnut.liquidblade.com
you mean i'm the only one? WOO HOO!


4. Akk left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 12:40 pm
any probs with ur timing? i try to be flexible. keep me posted.


5. JayWalk left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 5:15 pm :: 
nadnut: Only 1 leh... Honoured or not?

akk: Don't worry. We're good.

11 May 2007

Kids Of Singapore Today?

Last month, there was a case of 4 school kids (presumably playing truant) getting swept away by the strong currents as they entered the Sungei Pandan canal to retrieve a mobile phone. Unfortunately one girl did not make it as she was found drowned further downstream.

Click here for the news article.

As if the situation isn't tragic enough, up sprang a blog entry from one of her school mates gloating over her death and claimed that the victim deserved her tragic end.

Click here for the news article.

Naturally, this sparked a huge furore over her insensitive remarks and was blasted all over her blog as well as the blogosphere so much so that she had to delete her blog.

Unfortunately, her blog entry was captured by someone on the internet and was reproduced verbatim via an alternative URL.

Click here for the blog entry mirror.
Anyway, this entry is not aimed to talk about the tragic accident. Neither is it commenting on Wong Wan Tian's entry.

Firstly, it was an accident and I believe the media has already done all the coverage that needs to be done. Anything else from me would have been redundant. Secondly, I have nothing to comment about Wan Tian as I don't see much harm in it. All the angsts are just part and parcel of the rebellious teen phase that a person goes through. In short, she is just a kid so don't expect her to be as mature as any adult. Heck, we still see adults behaving like kids. No?

Instead what caught my eye was the way she writes as well as all the comments that she got from what I presumed to be her peers i.e. around her age.

Read this (if you can):

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a~ uu nahh buayy chee byee, d0nn sayy uu buayy ta hann ms k0hh 0r simii, is limm beii see till uu, ii kuaa buayy l0o liia0oxx. uu thinkk la, nahh beii chee bye. y shee alivee wanna beatt uu? uu still sayy f0rr n0o fuckingg ppl? uu nv d0nne aniithgg tt meann ppl hatee uu ppl will beatt uu ma? thinkk la h0rxx. andd yr chee bye binn, knn. UU AREE A DISGRACEE T0 GALL LA, YR NAHH BEII CHEE BYE M0UTHH ANDD YR CHEE BYE BINN ANDD YR CHEE BYE B0DYY, KNN. hw 0ldd lia0oxx? still 3 year 0ldd sii b0o? ppl buyy uu candyy, uu sayy tt guyy gd pers0nn, ppl treatt uu badd sc0ldd themm andd crustt themm? andd m0stt fuckk tupp is YY S0O HUMM JII? B0O JII SAYY WHENN SE ALIVEE ANDD D0NN DAREE SAYY INFR0NTT 0F PPL? NAHH BEII CHEE BYE LA UU. KII H0NGG KANN LA UU, H0RR KA0O KANN LA, KNN. ANDD II CANN 100% C0MFIRMM TT IF SHE ALVIVEE SHE WILL G0O AFTERR UU DE. BUTT YY S0O HUMM JII HARR UU? DEADD LIIA0OX DE SAYY? uu cann imageine la h0rxx, if uu weree a p0situdee, uu wann yr daughter t0 be likee uu as 0nee? ppl familyy 0rdyy kann sayy liia0oxx le leii. herr mumm still putt 0n a happii facee andd still cheerr up th0see wh0o is sayy yett uu chee byee kann herr, fuckk uu la. D0NN SAYY YR MUMM NT TREATT UU GD. UU THINKK LA H0RXX. UU G0TT MAKEE THEMM TRUSTT UU? BY YR TIIS CHEE BYE ATTUTIDE?
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My question is: Do kids these days speak and write like that???!!

Granted that I am not asking for impeccable Queen's English standard, after all we do write, for fun, in Singlish from time to time too.

But this!

If Singlish is bad English (eventhough I am ok with it), then surely that above gibberish is bad Singlish. Granted that Singlish is not always grammatically correct but at least it is easy to read and understand (from a local standpoint).

A classic example would be that of the now-dormant Rockson Tan. Compared his Singlish to the above. Aiyoh.... read until head can explode, can?

Problem is, this is a problem on our own end. I doubt if those kids have any trouble at all. I'd bet they would be thinking "now what is all the fuss that I am making here?"

Well, this is what worries me. These kids are the future of Singapore. If this is the standard of Singlish (I dare not even mention English yet) of our future generation, we are going to be in big trouble.

Afternote: I hope readers do not misinterpret this entry as seeing people who speak like the above "no up" but I draw a line between Singlish and this. Speaking and writing like the above will do us in, from a long term perspective of us in the global competitive environment.

Before anyone accuse me of being an atas elitist. I am not. I am just wondering if the schools as well as the Ministry of Education are aware of this situation?

- Voxeros

1. zeenie left...
Friday, 11 May 2007 5:53 pm :: http://zeenie.blogspot.com
i agree with you. Could not make out a single coherent sentence in that mess of letters and am infinitely worried about this state of affairs. It seems that standards these days keep dropping and it would be unfair to blame the teachers for it (knee-jerk reaction for some). Sigh.


2. OLLie left...
Friday, 11 May 2007 6:12 pm
hey, i have seen this before. In the way my ex tuition boy typed in msn. Cannot make anything out of it.
Eh. Pardon me for saying this, but he came from a neighbourhood school. I think that's how they all type over there. From what I see, my cousins (age 13 to 17) are alright. Still typing like you and I. So it's not that bad ba.

Anyhow, it might just be a passing phase. Like when I was at the mIRC stage, i could type all the IRC lang easily. It's just a way to fit in I guess. Can switch out of it one la. But it takes time and determination. haha..


3. Pam left...
Friday, 11 May 2007 7:03 pm
I think it's a case of what's trendy and perhaps in this particular case, trying to avoid the tracking things within the internet that will deem it as 'offensive'. You know, like how you avoid the name of the country you live in by substituting it with an !..?

Over here I get emails from university students from all walks of life typing in text speak (u instead of you, fanks instead of thanks, wanna instead of want to etc). My cousin in Australia who is 20 types 'wanna ya' style. which annoys me but hey, she's my cousin and not my employee so I don't pick up on that.

I know of some people who get upset when they get emails that aren't probably capitalised in the right words! So, I think it depends on your tolerance levels and what society in general will tolerate now, and in future. Also, it depends on the context - in the case of a blog, if you speak too 'atas' people may think you are atas and then not read your blog (or worse, kena slammed for trying to be atas). so, teenagers will think it's necc to get down with it and be singlish speakers - at least in Singapore.

Over here, the govt tried to implement this ASBO thing (antisocial behavioural order) where if anyone was caught doing an antisocial act they would be issued with an ASBO. it completely backfired, and alot of people of that type decided that an ASBO was a badge of honour. For me and for most others it would have been super malu, but not these guys.

The point - it is the context that you are writing in. Hopefully these guys will not write this way when they are at the work place or where they need to be serious. Otherwise, I don't see a major problem - as long as they know when to switch. Like when you switch from American-accented english to Singaporean english... yah? If they don't know when or how to switch, now THAT's a problem...:)


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Saturday, 12 May 2007 5:12 am :: 
zeenie: I agree with you that teachers are not to be blamed. At least not entirely. What bugs me is who was the cockanaden that made this trendy?


OLLie: Yeah. I hope this is just a passing phase that the modern teenager has to go through. I just hope that they are able to snap out of it and soon!

Pam: This so called trendy is akin to Louis Vuitton recent disaster of the Red, White and Blue series. (See Below)

What were they thinking?

Anyway, I am ok with people typing "fank u". I do it sometimes myself but hey at least there is some grammatical sense in it.

aNoThEr tHiNg ThAt bUgS mE tO nO eNd iS tHe tYpInG iN aLtErNatE cAPs. Shit man... it took me an entire minute just to type that! Grrrr....

I just hope that it is just a kiddie trend and know when to code switch when the occasion calls for it. I really hope.


5. ris left...
Saturday, 12 May 2007 1:47 pm
Kids nowadays do actually speak and type like that, I think the term for it is called 'teh gong teh siao' / acting blur and crazy. They think it's really cute and fashionable. I guess you can hope that it's just a phase that they go through


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Saturday, 12 May 2007 2:02 pm :: 
ris: Hi ris. Long time no see. I really hope it's a passing phase. Frankly, I don't see how fashionable/trendy this can be? Generation Gap? Haiz.....


7. akk left...
Sunday, 13 May 2007 12:48 pm
eh...actually it's really just a phase. soon when they get older they'll be laughing over what they wrote last time. and you'll always get youngsters to happily learn all the swearwords in the whole world and not be able to complete a normal english book.


8. spinnee left...
Sunday, 13 May 2007 1:39 pm
diao.. i thot my days of writting in caps & off caps are already mind-fucked enuff..
i just practically stop reading after the 1st sentence. anyway she look so pretty, y like that one... =\


9. ris left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 12:32 am
Hi there! Got a job so it was kinda hectic xD well... I guess its called 'the blind following the blind'? They find it boring to just type normally and minding the punctuation as well as the caps, they think they're creating their own rules while 'recreating the alphabet' or maybe that was just me :D


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Monday, 14 May 2007 12:51 am :: 
Akk: Like Pam said, there will be this bunch of kids that will never be able to get past the phase. I worry for them.

Spinnee: I never did notice her picture until you mentioned it. You're right. Quite chio. What a waste hor?

ris: Hope you enjoy the new job! Anyway, like I was telling Akk, I hope they snap out of it fast. It is doing more harm than good.


11. okiedokie left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 12:22 pm
I also stop reading after the first sentence, mainly because my written hokkein not good so hard time trying to decipher them...

basically I felt that no doubt the teenagers will get over that phase of writing, but what worries me is the vulgarity or the magnitude of it. Is there a need to fill the whole entry with vulgarities? I'm not against it, I say it sometimes (silently) too; but to write them down multiple times...vulgarity stays in your mind once you pick it up; we can only learn to control the usage and when to use it. That's what I think..

I quite like typing in AlTeRnAtE CaPs for certain phases like 'HaPpY BiRtHdAy' coz it looks quite nice. & it's quite easy to type, just 1 finger on the 'Shift' and another hand to type. =)


12. JayWalk left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 5:18 pm :: 
okiedokie: Hello!!! Are you new to commenting here? If yes, welcome to the blog! If no, welcome again!

Ehh.... you are the first person I know who like aLtErNaTe cAps. Er... don't mind me asking ah? How old are you? Don't take offense hor. I just curious to know lah. :)


13. okiedokie left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 9:22 pm
yeah, i'm new in the commenting section.
erm...i'm 12....years younger than you (assuming your age as stated in the header is true ;>). I know that I'm old enough NOT to use alternate caps; just use it on special occasions like festivals and birthdays...definitely not for essay-writing!


14. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 15 May 2007 9:37 am :: 
okiedokie: Ok ok... you still got hope. I think we can save you. ahahahahaha.... Anyway, glad to have you here at the blog. Hope to see you regularly. Yah?


15. Pam left...
Tuesday, 15 May 2007 4:19 pm
hey, check out this email from a student of mine... "Hi Kim,

Just wandered did u reach a decision for when you would hole those revision lectures??
 
Thanks"

grammatically correct perhaps, bad spelling, casual writing. and this is at the university...... oh and did I mention, he's a native english speaker?.........1


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Tuesday, 15 May 2007 5:57 pm :: 
Pam: Compared to what I've witnessed. This is rather mild.


17. Jane Doe left...
Sunday, 20 May 2007 4:51 am :: http://gottabecrueltobekind.blogspot.com
Yeah... this is something we're all disconcerted about. But you hafta look at the environment these kids are growing up in. I've had my fair share of all this coming outta graduates' mouths, killing my ears. Check it out on my page and you'll totally see what I mean.


18. JayWalk left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 1:21 am :: 
Jane Doe: Thanks for dropping by. Welcome to the blog. I read your blog entry but I tend to give a bit more slack to Singlish. It's the bad Singlish that concerns me.


19. merryfeet left...
Friday, 25 May 2007 10:33 pm :: http://merryfeet.blogspot.com
Hi hi! I came across your blog through Blinkymummy. Nice read! (: esp your acs entry. I'm proud to be part of the acjc (recent) history.

Actually I have to agree with what Ollie said, though that might make me sound elitist. It's probably the environment that they are brought up in, and this habit is more ingrained in their daily work than they themselves realise. It's only through my relief teaching stint at the neighbouring school in vicnity of my residence that I had experience with the neighbourhood school kids that I knew that this was so "rampant". They have never failed in any attempt to split my head into two with sms-es and msn chat filled with alt caps letterings and misspellings. In an attempt to lessen my migraine, I expressed to one the torture that they are putting my poor head through, and was kindly slapped with the following msn reply (trying my best to replicate):

AIYAH TcHER! WieE eUu sO nOtTx CoOl De WoRxX! EvErYbOdIe Is DoINg dIs DeRx, eUu Be MoRe FaShIoNaBlex LarHx... (but you are completely missing the point of English ya know?) eh CheR eUu VerI de OldFaShIoN lEHxX. I NoE eUu nOes Can AlReAdy!.... and (insert my full name) wHy Ur FwEnNstEr PrOfiLe EuU uSee Ur oWnN nAmE dE? so oLdfAsHioN!"
with which I can only reply with a

-_-'''

to preserve my own dignity, character and already "atas" social standing in their eyes. Alamak, i just took like a whole3 minutes to type that thing!

Actually i think lapsing into Singlish and slang at suitable occassions is very ok. It's something that I think only Singaporeans and long time PRs are capable of (: and it's something that we do to fit into the circle that we hang out with. I can only hope that the alt caps and bad grammar don't stick around my l'il kids for long. And in their exam scripts. That's the ultimate disaster man.

And, i am NOT an atas kid. (:


20. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 26 May 2007 1:25 pm :: 
Merryfeet: Holy cow! It took you 3 minute to type. It takes me 5 minutes to read!

I think it is dangerous to equate that to the neighbourhood school. Granted that the correlation statistics may hint towards so, I think it is most unwise to blanket them as such, lest you are ready to brave the flames from the trolls.

Without pointing any fingers at anyone, I just hope it is merely a passing fad that would die off eventually. It is a double-edged sword actually if you think about it. Let it go unchecked and it may infest like weeds. Cull them and risk being labeled as an elitist oppressor hindering the freedom of expression. Either way we lose. :(


21. merryfeet left...
Sunday, 27 May 2007 11:57 am :: http://merryfeet.spaces.live.com
okay, haha. Actually I did think twice before mentioning the part about the neighbourhood school kids, but the conclusion that I came to was that since this is just a passing phase, and a more common phenomenon found in neighbourhood schools than others, it should be rather safe to say that this was due more to the environment they are in, rather than put a noose and generalise that all and only neighbourhood school kids do that. This is not to, in any way, put down those who write in this manner (alt caps).

It's this way because all their friends are doing it, and they find it cute, cool and funky. It is less common in the rest of the schools perhaps because their peers do not find it interesting to write in this manner (inclusive of the written and spoken vulgarities). I do have friends who are in their mid-twenties and still typing alt caps in casual chat functions, and peers in neighbouhood school who speak and type English/good singlish perfectly well, and juniors from the "elite" schools sending me equally head-splitting messages. Perhaps it wouldn't wear off, but hopefully they learn to correct their spelling, grammar, and know the right occssions for such style lor.
I think this can provide the guys in "your generation" with a view of what actually happens in gen-y.
aiya i'm sounding too auntie for my age.


22. JayWalk left...
Monday, 28 May 2007 11:38 pm :: 
Auntie MerryFeet: What d'ya mean "your generation"??!! *sulk*

I supposed I do agree with you that it is more prevalent among the neighbourhood schools. I just hope that the schools are aware of this and are doing something about it.


23. merryfeet left...
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 12:10 pm :: http://merryfeet.spaces.live.com
nothing nothing. gen-x and gen-y disparity.
^_*


24. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 2:08 pm :: 
Merryfeet: I still young ok!!! I only 25*!!!

* 10th anniversary.


25. Devilcp left...
Monday, 24 March 2008 1:06 pm :: http://worldofdevilcp.blogspot.com/2008/
Totally agree with you on the kids this days. This is not singlish at all. If this becomes a big trend with the kids these days, it's gonna be a big hit to the english education in Singapore. You can check out my own comment about it at http://worldofdevilcp.blogspot.com/2008/03/singlish-is-just-not-my-way.html


26. Yingz left...
Monday, 24 March 2008 1:08 pm
I totally have a headache reading the so called Singlish that they write. It takes me more than 2 times the time I require to read a normal essay. Think the authorities should be noted on this Singapore Gibberish that is poisoning kids these days.


27. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 25 March 2008 9:25 am :: 
Devilcp & Yingz: Welcome to the blog. I am surprised to still get comments for a blog entry that has been a year old. How did you find this entry? I reckoned that it was buried and lost by all the other entrys.

Er... are you two related?

Devilcp: I just went over to your blog and I guess the difference between you and I is that I am slightly more tolerant towards the usage of Singlish. To me, I believe that there is a time and place for each. I see you as taking the safe passage whereby proper English gets you around in all occasions while there are times where usage of Singlish is just asking for trouble.

I supposed if one is able to code-switch fluently between the two, it should be ok as it meant that the command of these two languages are under your control.

Yingz: Gibberish will be a NO for me, under any circumstances. It doesn't even, in my opinion, qualify as Singlish. I am sure the teachers at ground level are aware of this but is this problem feedback up the channel to the Ministry?

I think a big portion of this problem is also the family. If the family talks like this at home, it is hardly suprising that the kid would pick it up and apply it elsewhere.


10 May 2007

The True Meaning Of An ACS Boy

I was chatting with a friend last night and was glad to hear that her son is presently very self motivated to study hard and doing well in school. The reason? The boy wants to transfer to ACS Independent next year.

It warms my heart to hear of children being self motivated to excel. Be it studies or sports or anything that would make a parent proud.

Then for some unknown reason, I said the following:

"I hope he wants to be an ACS Boy for the right reason."

I don't know what came over me when I said that but there has always been a public misconception that the ACS Boy (or students from any of the more well known schools like RI, RGS, etc) are a head above the rest.

Well, this is simply not true. We are the same as everybody else. We are not any more special then the person next to us.

The only difference is that we have a culture of very strong school spirit, a very long history (we are 121 this year!), a very fierce loyalty to our alma mata, a bladdy expensive school badge, we are all expert buayas and we always kachow RI boys.

Last March was my cohort's 20th anniversary, it was to be an event I was eagerly looking forward to. Alas due to my work, I had to miss it as I was stuck in Spitland. Yes, even after 20 years, the strength of the fraternity has not diminished.

I am grateful for what the school has given me. The cliché of "I won't be who I am, had it not been the school whom has given me so much" is shamelessly repeated here.

Granted if you compare the number of A1s that we score or even the number of students with 9A1s or even 10A1s, we are nowhere near the academic powerhouses but to me, grades are not the be all and end of all of what a good school entails. ACS to me, is an institution of a complete wholesome education.

This is what ACS means to all of us:
  • A for Academic Excellence - After all, it is a place of learning. No?
  • C for our Christian faith - but it doesn't mean that we love our brothers who are Hindu, Muslim as well as other religion, any less.
  • S for Sporting Excellence - The best complement to a healthy mind is a healthy body.
However, we also have an "unofficial acronym" for it.
  • Ang moh buay pai.
  • Ch1nese buay sai.
  • Sian char bor sibeh li hai!
Anyway, I hope for my friend's son that he aspires to goto ACS (I) for the well rounded education that we have to offer and not because he wanted to be able to yaya papaya in front of the kids from other schools.

Frankly, there isn't much bragging rights to begin with. So help me God that I will slap his head solid solid one time, if I ever catch him doing it.

...but that is assuming he gets in. 

I wish the kid all the best.

Image Credit: http://www.blueskiescom.com

- Voxeros

1. Chocolate ah gal left...
Thursday, 10 May 2007 10:53 am
If he want to go in just so easier to sian char bor outside... good reason or not?? Heeehee.. kidding lah..


2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 10 May 2007 11:42 am :: 
Chocolate Ah Gal: *cough* Good. *cough cough*


3. Chocolate ah gal left...
Thursday, 10 May 2007 11:06 pm
Don't tell me that was your reason... dotz.. haha


4. OLLie left...
Friday, 11 May 2007 10:24 am :: http://ooohlah.lah.cc
quick. must go check out he's cute or not. acsi guys are oh so cute. erm, author of this blog is an *coughs* exception *coughs* though. hahahaha..


5. JayWalk left...
Friday, 11 May 2007 12:01 pm :: 
Chocolate Ah Gal: No. Not in my case. I was one of the few that came equipped already. *Buay Paiseh*

OLLie: Yah. Exceptionally *cough* cute *cough cough*


6. ihawk98 left...
Friday, 11 May 2007 6:02 pm
don't forget all that brasso we had to smell just to keep the badge shiny....i think we kena brain damaged already...


7. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 12 May 2007 5:24 am :: 
ihawk98: Yah man... Brass, where we polish out badge until the top coat to reveal the silver nickel behind and the further polish it until we wear out that layer to, to finally have the gleaming golden brass behind. We do things got Pride one hor?

Eh, were you in UYO? Usually, those not in UYO dun bother to do that one.


8. okiedokie left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 12:05 pm
Wow..still need to polish the badge... no wonder u said its expensive... what if it's not shiny enough? get punishment?


9. JayWalk left...
Monday, 14 May 2007 5:52 pm :: 
okiedokie: During my time, our badge is imported from England and cost $3.50 a piece. A princely sum of money relative to our weekly allowance. There is no punishment for a tarnished badge. But come to think of it, there has never been a badge ever tarnished. Call it school pride if you like.

That's us.


10. aloe left...
Tuesday, 15 May 2007 9:06 am
in the first place, need to polish one meh? I never polish mine leh and it looks good all thru-out my 4 years.. LOL!


11. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 15 May 2007 9:35 am :: 
aloe: Ahh... this is where we differ. Looking good is simply not enough. We won't settle anything less than immaculate. *sibeh hao lian*


12. sunflower left...
Thursday, 17 May 2007 11:41 am
jay... the C dont apply to you....
your chinese sibeh a sai!!!!


13. crazyhamster left...
Thursday, 17 May 2007 8:08 pm :: http://crazyhamster.blogspot.com
Oh my gosh! I love your unofficial acronym, but I am sure proud to see such a strong AC boy. Changed my perspecive totally. ROCK ON DUDE


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Thursday, 17 May 2007 10:40 pm :: http://bearswithlaserspewpew.blogspot.co
I actually think ACS is a much better school than people give it credit for. Good article anyway! I always wondered if they allowed Malay boys into the school since its a Christian school after all (guess that's a yes from your post)

Anyway, i think the Tomorrow editors didn't see your 'tomorrow not free lah tag' =X


15. Ruok left...
Friday, 18 May 2007 8:00 pm
I kinda dig girls from ACJC though ...


16. Kelvin Tan left...
Saturday, 19 May 2007 10:01 am :: http://kelvintan73.livejournal.com
Well, ACS guys usually have something that makes them stand out from other premier sch kids. The buaya aspect is certainly one of them hehe.


17. Mo left...
Sunday, 20 May 2007 11:48 am
yeah, acs forever more. haha.


18. JayWalk left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 1:11 am :: 
Sunflower: Well, I am kinda of a misnomer given that I have Taiwanese roots and that I have been in Spitland for 6 years already.

CrazyHamster: Welcome to the blog! Thanks for the compliments. There are aspects of the school that I am proud of but it certainly doesn't make the guy next door any lesser of a person.

Mr Moron: Welcome to the blog too. It is just a little tradition of mine to say a personal welcome to each new visitor. We do have Malay students. As part of our school anthem goes: "...Our students hail From China's plains, And the land of rising sun. We have many sons from India's strand, And the islands of the Main..." comes to show that we accept all students of all race and religion.

In fact my class of '87 is a class of half Malay and half Singaporean Ch1nese with 1 Filipino, 2 Indonesians, 1 Swedish Eurasian and 1 Sikh thrown into the melting pot.

RUOK: You ah.... any girl in skirt, you dig lah! Oh man... that sound sooo wrong!!

Kelvin Tan: Looks like I am getting a bumper crop of new visitors. Welcome to you too! Acherly, if you think about it, the buaya aspect is just us carrying ourselves with confidence and a smile.

Mo: Assuming you are not HiaoAuntie with the same namesake. Welcome to the blog!


19. JayWalk left...
Monday, 21 May 2007 1:34 am :: 
Mr Moron: On another note. If you look at the comments at tomorrow.sg w.r.t. this blog entry and you will understand why I put up the "Tomorrow, I Not Free Lah!" sign.


20. weipeng left...
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 8:14 pm
The Best is Yet to Be! I love this entry! I am very very proud to be an AC boy too and so do many of my peers. In fact we are still in close contact as expected.
Peng Class of 1998


21. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 24 May 2007 10:07 am :: 
WeiPeng: Welcome to the blog! Somehow, Secondary School and JC days are my most treasured memories. I have no contact with my NS mates nor my Uni mates, despite them being more recent.

Ah Beng Class of 1987.


22. merryfeet left...
Friday, 25 May 2007 11:18 pm :: http://merryfeet.blogspot.com
haha, hi mo. and hi senior!
-acjc class of 2006


23. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 26 May 2007 11:57 am :: 
Merryfeet: Ahh.... Nanyang girl.... welcome to the blog and welcome to the AC family!

SA1 nerd class of 1989.


24. PrAna left...
Sunday, 15 July 2007 12:36 pm
I went through the whole 12 year AC-pilgrimage and have enjoyed my best schooling years in ACS! THE BEST IS YET TO BE!
Prana ACS Class of 1993


25. JayWalk left...
Monday, 16 July 2007 8:43 pm :: 
PrAna: Welcome aboard? Hope to see your comments in subsequent posts. Don't be a stranger.

ACSS Class of 87 ACJC Class of 89

09 May 2007

New Gym


Found a new gym from across my place that has recently opened. Oh what a joy considering that it is within walking distance. My previous gym, if you recall, was located at the golf club which is a 10-minute drive away. Given that I don't drive in this part of messy Spitland (for safety reasons), I had to rely on my driver to get me there, wait for me and the get me back.

The only thing that I hate is that I have to fucking endure his 25-cent cb face. Yes, I know once I get home at around 6+, it is end of the day for him but because of my gym sessions, he has to wait for me all the way to 8+ or even 9.

Granted that he never utter a word of resentment but fuck lah. Even the blind can tell from his body language that he is damn buay song each time I am at the gym.

Anyway, glad to have this gym even though I have to pay RMB 20 per session as compare to free gym at the club on account of my membership. I think I am getting more value for money as I don't have to endure the bugger's LC attitude.

- Voxeros

1. Qiaoyun left...
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 12:58 am :: http://www.sheylara.com
Cool, I'm so jealous. My cheapo gym is 30 mins away. 10 mins walk to MRT, 10 ride on MRT, 10 mins walk to gym. Thinking about making my way to the gym already discourages me from going, haha.


2. sunflower left...
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 10:19 am
wah jay dear... give him the boss face lor =))))))))


3. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 11:32 am :: 
"'Qiaoyun:''' Cannot be as cheapo as mine bah. RMB 20 per session is about S$5 per session. Considering I go twice a week for 4 weeks, it is about $40 per month lor.

Anyway, it helps to have a gym partner to go with you, then you feel more motivated coz quite paiseh to fly people aeroplane. Unless of course this partner fly you more than you fly him/her!

sunflower: I think even better I can give him the ex-employer face. But too bad. Not I hire one. So LanLan.


4. hiaoauntie left...
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 11:48 am
25 cent face!!! cute... never heard of it


5. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 12:00 pm :: 
hiaoauntie: It's an Hokkien phrase i.e. nng kark buar been.

e.g.: "nah beh lah. Zha leet buay kee ee eh si leet. Kia leet gui leet hor wah nng kark buar been." Translate: "Your horse lah.... yesterday forgot her birthday. Today whole day gimme 25-cent face."


6. akk left...
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 12:44 pm
na beh is there horse....
why not just fix the times in the week u going gym? then tell him to go arrange his face properly?


7. JF left...
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 1:02 pm :: http://www.jeshuafreak.blogspot.com
i tink walking to gym is good..part fo the exercise... just that we singaporeans never have it easy... hence i spend abt a good 2hrs at the gym whenever i m there.. to justify my trip there.. hahahahaha


8. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 1:22 pm :: 
Akk: It hard to keep a regular schedule given my hectic schedule and traveling. While I try to stick to every Tuesday and Thursday, I have to be flexible to shift over to Wednesday or Friday to accommodate my work schedule. So it's really hard to pin down a fixed timetable.

JF: Welcome to the blog! Walking to gym may be a good idea but walking in Spitland must not be a safe option given the high crime rate here. Fortunately, the walk I have to take is from one residential estate to another where both sides have security personnel and the path in between is very well lit.


9. Qiaoyun left...
Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:01 pm :: http://www.sheylara.com
My gym cheaper than yours lah. S$2.50 per entry only, haha. I do have a "gym partner", just that we prefer to go jogging around our neighbourhood instead of going gym, cos have to travel, very annoying. We go to the gym once a week for toning classes.


10. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:23 pm :: 
Qiaoyun: If I were back in Singapore, I would do my running in the neighbourhood. I prefer to run out there the open. It's more peaceful and the air is better. Unfortunately, I can't do the same in Spitland. Running is confined to the gym. Run outside risk getting mugged or run over by a motorbike/car/bus or get mugged first then run over by a bike then a car then a bus.

08 May 2007

Lost In Translation VII


Mother: Ah boy ah! Stop all the jokes right now! We are going down the stairs already. Wait you fall down ah!!

To read past Lost In Translation Archives --> Click here.
- Voxeros

07 May 2007

Pool Time!


The sun was up and it's time to take out the lawn pool and fill it up with water and bubble bath.

This was Garbriel's second time in the lawn pool. The first time, he was scared of going in. It took quite a while to finally coaxed him in. Once he's in, he doesn't wanna come out!

This time round the lawn pool is no longer a stranger to the kids and Faith was jumping in and loading up with toys even before I finish filling up the pool.

Nice weather, great pictures. :)

Click here to view the rest of the set.

- Voxeros

1. aloe left...
Monday, 7 May 2007 9:21 am
Cool! Pool cum bubble bath outdoors. Save you the trouble of cleaning up after the kids and gets them clean at the same time har. =)


2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 7 May 2007 9:47 am :: 
Aloe: But must remember to use the "no tears" formula one or it would sting their eyes jialat jialat.


3. aGentX left...
Tuesday, 8 May 2007 1:48 am :: http://agent-x.blogspot.com/
cool man! u have the same camera as me too ..i thought they have discontinued this model though....
cool pix!


4. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 8 May 2007 7:49 am :: 
aGentx: It is a good camera and I had it for quite a long time already. Still a very satisfied customer.

06 May 2007

Blur Like Sotong, Gabra Like Zebra


 It's a Sunday but in Spitland it's still a working day for me nevertheless.

I reached the office only to realised the doors are locked and inside dark dark.
Eh? Where is everybody?

Then a split second later, it dawned on me.

Today is factory off day!!!

Tmd.... iBlurLikeSotongGabraLikeZebra. :(

- Voxeros

1. ihawk98 left...
Sunday, 6 May 2007 9:44 am
me thinks you went to the wrong office....heh heh


2. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 6 May 2007 11:21 am :: 
ihawk98: Right office. Wrong day. :(

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