31 July 2008

My First Day At PLMGS Series - Part 3 of 3

...Continuing from Part 2 of 3. (The concluding part of this series takes on a slightly more sombre mood.)

I would be lying if I said we didn't enjoyed basking in all the attention. However, I am proud to report that we stuck steadfastly to our no-fraternising rule. We stayed on our side of the line for the calling of setting up a worthy project such as this, was just too important to be fooling around. It would be unthinkable if any one of us were to be sent back in shame for desecrating the instructor-cadet bond. Not only would that undermine the integrity of the instructors but also tarnishes the good name of our own school.

We did have our individual favourite but only in the sense that she was my "goto girl" if I need anything done during midweek prior to the subsequent Saturday's parade but that was as far as I went. Nothing more.

To take a leaf from the Leadership Training Course (LTC) manual, we adopted the "4 Fs" as our mantra.
  • Firm
  • Fair
  • Friendly
  • but never Familiar
Ah yes, the LTC also affectionately known as the Leadership Torture Cource. Undoubtedly the highlight of every St John cadet's 4 (or 5) year-stint during secondary school. This was a 6-month course (back then), where we groomed 2nd-year cadets to take over key appointments from their seniors as the latter moved on after their GCE O-levels. In this particular period at PLMGS where the cadets were the pioneer batch, the instructors were the ones running the administration in the interim until they were able to take it over from us.

We started the LTC programme from the second year of PLMGS SJAB's existence in January 1987. By then, we had 3 years' worth of cadets (we recruited cadets from the Sec 1 and 2 cohort during our first year) and we kicked off our very first LTC with the 2nd and 3rd year cadets lumped together. The whole programme ended with a grueling week-long boot camp where the cadets were to undergo their final assessment through a series of tasks, assignments, projects, interviews as well as written examination.

After the course-concluding camp, there would be a 2-month period of deliberation and ranking and the results of the LTC would be announced during the Annual Inspection. Successful graduates will be promoted to NCO rank of Lance-Corporal and a post in the school division's administration.

The Annual Inspection also marks the "retirement day" of the seniors as they retreat to prepare for their coming GCE O-Level's examinations. Hence, the timing of announcing the various appointments as the graduates move into the junior appointment, left behind by the 3rd years who take up the senior appointments, vacated by the "retiring" seniors.

In running an organisation such as this, continuity is a very important issue. This is a place where people come, and ultimately people go. There is no way to stay in there forever. This is after all an Uniformed Youth Organisation of a school i.e. you have to leave when you graduate. Sure, you may return thereafter as instructors but ultimately, there still is that inevitable Last Day.

As such, the LTC as well as the subsequent Advance-LTC (for 3rd years) are all about continuity. Letting the new take over the incumbent as the latter departs.

Continuity also applies to the instructors as we handed over our reins to the next batch as we neared our own GCE O-Levels examinations.

I did return to PLMGS, after my GCE O-Level examinations when I moved on to ACJC but only briefly as I was tied up with the running of our own ACS SJAB division and ACS SJAB Band. My limited time resource was further stretched to help out schools like East Payoh Secondary and First Toa Payoh Secondary, whom their respective St John divisions were still in their infancy.

- Voxeros

1. THB left...
Thursday, 31 July 2008 3:55 pm ::
THIS ONE NOT PART 3 ALREADY MEH?? Why still to be continued???

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 1 August 2008 9:31 pm :: 
THB: Read on to find out.

30 July 2008

My First Day At PLMGS Series - Part 2 of 3

...Continuing from Part 1 of 3.

First item of the day was to take attendance and so we assembled the 30+ giggly girls (I think they first time see yan dao guys) and made the usual mutual introductions while at the same time, we were trying to get to know each other.

It's more of a day of paper work than anything as we had to verify all the particulars of each cadet as well as to collect passport photos, so that we can compile and submit the nominal roll back to St John HQ.

A tailor was also arranged to be on hand to take measurements of each girl for their uniforms.

As per tradition, we conducted our first lesson, which in my opinion is the driest, most boring but unfortunately compulsory module. The History of the St John movement otherwise known as the Knowledge Of The Order (KOTO).

Essentially, the activities of this Uniform Group were divided into 4 elements. First aid training, footdrill, games (which is usually of a team building theme) and proficiency courses e.g. campcraft, road & home safety, drill instruction, clerical ability, etc.

Over the weeks, we were starting to settle down properly and starting to get used to the idea that come every Saturday, the three of us will have eyes following us everywhere we go within the school's compound and I am not just referring to my St John girls. I could have sworn, there were more students back in school on a Saturday morning then before.

So anyway, being a relatively conservative all-girls school, there were rules in place even for us instructors. We had a strictly no-fraternising policy in place. Our home telephone numbers (a time where mobile phones, pagers, MSNs, facebooks didn't exist for students) were kept strictly confidential and only known to the teachers-in-charge and the various key office bearers i.e. Student Coordinator, Platoon Sergeants and the various Secretaries of Parade, Records, Treasury, etc.

Sounds like everything is in order, right?

Yeah right.

Our phones started to ring non-stop!

OK, so initially, the calls were from those who had our numbers and it started off as calls on official matter but as one would have guessed what would happened if you give a telephone to a teenager. Yeah. 3-hour calls on "official matters". :P

I guess it was only a matter of time before our numbers got leaked out and we were fielding calls from the  other girls.

A typical call would go like this:

Mystery Girl 1: Hello, may I speak to JayWalk, please.

JayWalk: Yeah, this is he. Who's this?

Mystery Girl 1: Make a guess! *background giggles of 3 to 4 girls in the distance*

JayWalk: *Groan*

Then when I got the following call, I knew things spun out of hand:

Mystery Girl 2: Hello, may I speak to JayWalk, please.

JayWalk: Yeah, this is he. Who's this?

Mystery Girl 2: Josephine from PL (short for PLMGS)

JayWalk: Who?

Mystery Girl 2: You helped me pick up my books the other day. Yeah, I'm that girl from NPCC.

JayWalk: How the hell you get my number??!! *faint*

Did someone scribble our numbers on the toilet cubicle door?!!

"For a good time call JayWalk Tel: 4XXXXXX" 

- Voxeros 

29 July 2008

My First Day At PLMGS Series - Part 1 of 3

Thinking of Faith's first day at PLMGS in a few months' time, reminded me of my own first day at PLMGS.

Despite the fact that she will be there as a student and I was there as an instructor, both are/were very much a whole new learning experience for the both of us respectively.

It was a Saturday morning somewhere in 1986 where I took the 165 > 153 > 321 bus route for the very first time from Ulu Pandan to Lorong Ah Soo. I woke up especially early as a result of not knowing how long the journey would take and also didn't want to make a tardy impression of being late on the very first day.

As one would have expected, I arrived a little too early. For a guy who spent the past 9 years in a All-Boys school, I was a nervous wreck inching towards the All-Girls school's main gate.

How do I look?

Is my fly down?

Got vege in my teeth or not?


I could hear the bustle from the canteen. All the laughter, giggles and chatter all morphed into a dim of monotonous blare.

I crossed the gate's threshold with a lump in my throat and was telling myself to attract as little attention as possible.


My first foot into the school and the entire school suddenly turned from 100 decibels to 0 in 0.42 seconds.

Did I just stepped on the MUTE button?

Hundreds of pairs of eyes were on me like starving lionesses in the Gladiator's Colosseum. Had they each have a laser pointer, I would have gone ablaze into cinders on the spot.

I continued to walk towards the staff office and keeping as cool as I possibly could.


I think I peed a little in my pants too.

It wasn't until half an hour later before everyone arrived and we started with our very first Parade.

- Voxeros

1. Ruok left...
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 9:19 pm
u sure its pee or not?
*runs away

2. Linny. left...
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 10:20 pm ::
Waaaaah ... 1986 ........

3. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 10:36 pm :: 

Linny: Yeah. A time where leg warmers, big plastic button ear clips and shoulder pad were all the rage amongst the ladies.

4. msvindicta left...
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 1:05 am
post up a picture of how you looked then!
see if the johnny depp genes had started developing then!

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Wednesday, 30 July 2008 1:59 am :: 
msvindicta: I can show you my Sec.3 pic in private if you like. Not here though.

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Thursday, 31 July 2008 10:04 am
wah, sec 3 pic? i wanna c!

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Thursday, 31 July 2008 10:13 am :: 
hitomi: Look who suddenly decides to show up at the mention of some secondary school boy picture?

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Thursday, 31 July 2008 2:47 pm ::
I am SJAB girl also.

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Thursday, 31 July 2008 5:15 pm :: 
JD: Another thing in common. How cool is that!?

28 July 2008

Who's From PLMGS?

Just out of curiosity, any readers from PLMGS?
- Voxeros

1. jol left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 8:49 am
you've got one here! :)

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 12:20 pm :: 
Jol: Yay! Welcome to the blog. Which year were you from. I was there when the PL Lites did the move from the old premises to the present Lorong Ah Soo. Ahh.... memories....

3. jol left...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 10:14 pm
haha i graduated not long ago only heh, 21 this year, did about 6 months of teaching there too i guess yours was awhile back :D great blog by the way

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Thursday, 14 August 2008 11:38 am :: 
Jol: Thank you for the compliment and thank you again for following my literary crapping. :)

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Thursday, 14 August 2008 11:28 pm
I used to be from PL. Didn't have a good "experience" there as I felt I was under the rule of a Nazi dictator. To say my then principal is garang is THE understatement of the century. Graduated in 1991. I remember the principal was paranoid about having male teachers in the school. I remembered only having 1. She's afraid that male teachers will ' deflower ' us any chance they have. LOL. The only male teacher teaching there then, promptly marry my school mate upon her "graduation" from PL. >_<

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Friday, 15 August 2008 9:58 am :: 
Jojo: Hi and welcome to the blog. If you graduated in 1991, that makes your 4 years younger than me which means that we both shared the same principal. Yes. I have to admit that the school is rather regimental but I can see the good in it. Kids needs discipline and structure in the early years and so I can understand that while we totally resented everything thing that the school imposes (throw in teenage rebellious stage too), you will eventually see the light when you look back years on.

27 July 2008

Faith's Going PLMGS

We just registered Faith for Primary 1 and we were under Phase 2B as a result of our membership in Barker Road Methodist Church.

We checked the results last week and were relieved to know that Faith got without the need for balloting.

I am sure a lot of parents will be directing traffic, sweep floor, cut grass, library duty gunning for top primary schools like Nanyang or Raffles but I think PLMGS would be a good environment for Faith's education. Faith is a very very smart girl but given that we noticed that she can't sit still for even 10 minutes (when it comes to homework *facepalm*), we wonder if putting her on those academic supertrains would do her more detriment than good?

Academically-wise, Raffles, Henry Park, Nanyang etc. would rank far above PLMGS but that doesn't necessarily means they would be better for the child. We like the idea of a Missions school like myself from ACS and wife from CHIJ, where a more well-balance and wholesome package of education much more to our liking.

Perhaps if we can give Faith a more relaxed environment to grow up, she would learn more?

Bottomline is that we just want her to grow up happy.

PLMGS and myself have a little bit of history way back in the 80s. I was part of the team who set up their St John Nursing Brigade. So if you know of anyone who is born between 1972 and 1973 and was studying in PLMGS (Secondary), ask them if they know of 3 ACS boys who were in their school every Saturday morning?

How time flies and it's more than 20 years ago. Those PLMGS teachers whom I've gotten to know are probably retired by now. Otherwise, I would have loved to return to the school to see them again.
Even the girls whom I have taught are probably mothers themselves. Who knows if I may bump into them on Faith's first day at school next year? I have lost all contacts with the girls, all except one.

God bless facebook! :)

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

1. Ruok left...
Monday, 28 July 2008 8:20 pm
My very first crush was a girl from PLMGS!

2. TSSD left...
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 1:03 am ::
My first rejection was from that school. NAH BEH! Walao u damn pro, u teach from young, future investment siboh.

3. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 10:02 am :: 
ruok: Well, now that's a blog entry waiting to be written. No?

tssd: Not future investment lah. Back then, it was more like community service. Just wanted to do something to contribute.

4. Ruok left...
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 9:17 pm
No. :P

5. aloe left...
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 10:28 pm
sollie, not from there. I ish fr neighbourhood sch! *proud* but it recently merged le... *sad* good luck to ur gal! :)

6. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 10:34 pm :: 
ruok: Oh come on!!! Write! Write! Write! Write!

Aloe: Well, you turned out pretty good. Yes? Yes?

24 July 2008

Global Vogue Of The Oriental Face

(24 Jul 2008) - Shanghai-born Du Juan is a Chinese supermodel and the first Oriental model to grace the front cover of the prestigious French Vogue magazine back in 2006. 2 years later in April 2008, she was again featured by French Vogue magazine as Top Model.

Oriental presence in the Western world started humbly in the early days and was led by the men who forayed into Hollywood. Names ranging from Bruce Lee to Chow Yun Fatt to John Woo to Jackie Chan are all familiar household names in the West. The women were not far behind with Joan Chen to Gong Li to Zhang Ziyi, just to name a few.

Perhaps the milestone happened in the year 2000 where the hit movie "Crouch Tiger, Hidden Dragon" scored big at the Academy Awards and the walk of the red carpet prior, an fashion event on its own merit, finally put an Oriental face to glamour fashion.

The rest, if I may steal an old cliché, is history.

So the question now is if the Oriental face will be the next fad in the global fashion industry? What would be the impact?

I would have to say in my humble opinion, yes to the short term and no the long term.

Yes, the Oriental face is the current new curiousity of the fashion world. Move aside Naomi Campbell (African). Step away Adriana Lima (Latina). Get lost Kate Moss (Caucasian)!


It's true that the Western world are more interested in us especially when we are starting to gain more visibility. We had the football World Cup held in Korea and Japan back in 2002 and we now have the Beijing Olympics due to start only in a matter of days. In the past, we see very few Oriental models on the international catwalks is perhaps due to the fact that body shape and size differs too much from their western counter-parts, thus making it extremely difficult to include them as part of the fashion program master plan. This however, is a thing of the past as perhaps with better nutrition, the gap between Oriental and Western body shapes and size are now very very close. Tall Oriental models are easily spotted everywhere these days.

The true pushing force to launch the Oriental face to the global arena is actually MONEY. China's money to be exact.

Over the years, China's economy has grown from strength to strength at such a dizzy pace that it is now merely a matter of time before China surpasses USA as the global leader in the world's economy. We may all end up working for the Chinese Lao Ban one day, like it or not.

The buying power of the Chinese is so great in the modern day that it would be foolish for the fashion houses to ignore this juicy slice of lucrative pie. The proud French have already relented and accepted the Chinese drinking their Bordeaux with 7-UP. So how hard can it be now to put an Oriental face on their latest catwalk?

The Chinese are not only here to stay, they will buy the catwalk too while sipping cognac stirred with green tea.

Long term-wise, it is not that big of a deal as the novelty will eventually die down as human civilisation heads towards homogeneity. By then, the Oriental face will be no more peculiar than a Latino or Caucasian or African.

So no. Not everything will go Oriental at the end of the day, but we will start to see more and more designs with Oriental inspiration.

Man Tou and Camembert, anyone?

JayWalk is a guy who is not stupid enough to ink a refrigeration symbol on his wrist permanently, not rich enough to afford plastic surgery, not popular enough to win an OMY blog nomination, not brave enough to camwhore, not young enough to get away with wRitInG aLtErnAtE cAps, not old enough to get MRT senior citizen discount, not Beng enough to have a pack of Marlboro under the shoulder of his t-shirt nor AngMoh enough to drink tea with the pinkie sticking out. Yet, "All Your XMMs Are Belong To JayWalk" as the Tok Kok King pulls off a literary smoke grenade piece on the fashion world. Go figure.

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

1. Ruok left...
Thursday, 24 July 2008 9:24 am
All hail the chinks! They will be the chink in their western armour!
But seriously, I'm kinda glad Chinese and Asians are making their mark these days. New World Order akan datang!

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 11:06 am :: 
ruok: You do know that "chink" is a derogatory term right? Then again, I think we can get away since we are talking about ourselves, just as we always see African-American call each other the "N" word.

But yeah, the Chinese will rule the world one day.

3. spiller left...
Thursday, 24 July 2008 1:51 pm
it puzzles me that i have not heard/seen any famous model from Japan so far. those in catwalk la, not those in AV.
any idea? maybe the sex dominance factor still counts in Japan?

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 2:12 pm ::
how about Riyo Mori? It's been a while since an Asian won the Miss Universe title!

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 4:13 pm
to steal a quote from jim rogers, ""If you were smart in 1807 you moved to London, if you were smart in 1907 you moved to New York City, and if you are smart in 2007 you move to Asia."

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 4:58 pm :: 
Spiller: Anne Watanabe, daughter of saxophonist Ken Watanabe's daughter comes to mind. Perhaps, we only pay attention to Chinese that we overlooked the crop of Japanese supermodels. Thus, create the impression that Japanese supermodels don't exist.

Dzigna: Miss Universe is more of a goodwill ambassador role rather than commercial modeling, although I don't see how a Ms Universe cannot be a supermodel.

Darkelfin: Well said. I couldn't agree more.

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Friday, 25 July 2008 10:28 am
there's Ai Tominaga, from Japan as well.... Ai Tominaga has this quiet elegance about her which sets her apart from your run of the mill models. And, from China, there's Emma Pei, Liu Wen. From Korea, Hye Park. All these supermodels are making Asia felt on the modelling scene. On the home front, Sheila Sim, would be the girl to watch. OK, that's it, my two cents' worth.

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Friday, 25 July 2008 11:02 am :: 
Posh: You are quite right. The impression that there isn't many asian top models is more so due to the lack of coverage by our own local media. Unless you have a personal interest in this area and would diligently scour the web for the latest updates on them, the rest of us would be solely dependent on our local mainstream media for update feeds.

As for Sheila Sim, I am personally not impressed. Lack the killer model aura.

9. Posh left...
Friday, 25 July 2008 12:06 pm
well, I do have an interest in fashion and the like, so aint too hard to keep up. Sheila is already fronting the Fall/Winter 08/09 campaign for Ashley Isham. She will develop in time to come. You can call me a snob, but am not a fan or devotee of the local fashion mainstream. I appreciate haute couture, just like the finer things in life. Again, my two cents' worth.

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Friday, 25 July 2008 2:18 pm :: 
Posh: Perhaps in years to come, Sheila Sim may develop further and become a more successful model. However, time is never in favour of model, by then she may be too old to be of marketable value.

11. dzigna left...
Friday, 25 July 2008 5:40 pm ::
no seriously...
I love sheila sim! She was from ngee ann! hahaha =)

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Friday, 25 July 2008 6:36 pm :: 
Dzigna: Well, while I appreciate that she helps put Singapore onto the map but standing her side by side with the top models of the world, she still has a lot of ground to cover. I wish her all the success.

13. grasshopper left...
Sunday, 27 July 2008 7:20 am
clap clap clap. I haven't been reading blogs for a while, but I'm back. And glad to see you posted something pretty~ Next time I on blog-hiatus again, I'll ask you to guest blog also can? BTW, we should be having wine tomorrow.......could've should've would've.....blah.

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Monday, 28 July 2008 9:26 am :: 
Grasshopper: You sure your wanna hand over the controls of your blog to me? Think again! And yeah, could've, would've, should've. We could've been drinking during happy hour right about now!! Damn.

23 July 2008

So Who Is Getting Enough Sleep These Days?

I was reading DuaPaiLang & Missus' trip to get an aura reading and the consultant noted that both have not had enough and/or proper sleep in recent months and that health was not at optimum level.

Question is.

Who has?

Perhaps a show of hands if you have been getting enough decent sleep of late and that you are in perfect health?

I am really not surprised if I don't hear even a positive response from anyone.

Blame it on the perils of modern civilisation. We have so many distractions to chase that we are too often than not, short of time to pursue them. All of us in the region of my age demographics (17 to 47) have a big chunk of our day time taken away each day. To some, it's call a job. To the younger ones, it's called school. Even that varies from individual to individual. We hear of nightmare stories of accountancy newbies leaving the office past midnight for months on ends or even a year or two. Or students, especially those who have to juggle work and studies at the same time.

So by right, we aren't left with much time per day to do any other thing and yet we yield to the temptations to all the distractions around us, TV, parties, web surfing, net chatting, blogging(!) etc. which means that we have to dip our hands into the time originally allocated for sleep.

Ironically, the less time we have for rest, the more we want to "Not-Rest". It is almost unheard of to hear (no pun intended) people going to bed at 10pm and we no longer bad an eyelid to see people staggering into the office after just barely gotten to sleep at 4am earlier.

First to be throw out of the window is sleep time followed by time allocated for exercise.

So thinking about us in the modern society, there is no way one can get enough proper sleep and to be in perfect health.


Image Credit:
- Voxeros

1. Gary left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 2:50 am
i can dont sleep at night. but after that, i will sleep the whole day. lol, a whole new meaning to burn the midnight oil.

2. NNPC left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 8:56 am ::
I agree with you, lets say one person ends his work on time, he/she has dinner with his/her friends, chit chat awhile, head somewhere for a few drinks, head home, shower, turn on computer/ laptop, surf and chat, its past 2am already. Fundamentally, out lifestyle is changing and so is societal perception towards work on a whole.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2008 9:17 am :: 
Gary: Ahh... the boon of being a student where the timetable is a tad more flexible than the rest of us wage earners.

NPPC: It seems that we are all so consumed by work that it eats into our personal time which in turn eats into our rest time. These days we see less and less people getting off work on time, sometimes for all the wrong reasons.

4. Ed left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 9:31 am
I agree 100%. I have been telling people more or less the same things.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2008 9:42 am :: 
Ed: It is a sad world that humanity is enslaved by the pursuit of income. I was in Vietnam a few years ago and I see these village families who sits around all day sipping coffee and swatting away the houseflies. Yes they are poor. No TV, just a beat up discarded refrigerator surviving on a choking and chugging generator.

Guess what? It made me wonder, between the bum villagers and myself, who is the happier?

6. spiller left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 2:56 pm
totally agree. i only got enough sleep during weekends.
but then again, the football season is coming soon :(

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Wednesday, 23 July 2008 4:30 pm ::
I think it's all about balance. Stop going for drinks after work. Sleep earlier just one day. Wake up earlier the next to make up for work. The type of food one eats also makes a point.
I think just it's all about choice. You make the choice, you stick to it. How much time is actually spent on work and others on play? There are some, though very few, that are actually at work for those 14 hours. Most of us spend a lot of time online doing crap. You can take a break but 15 mins an hour is more than a break if it's done hourly.
You get the drift? Call me the devil's advocate when I say people have to suffer for their choices and stop blaming external factors because this is bad for the people who actually really suffer due to those external factors.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2008 5:01 pm ::
RN: I agreed absolutely on the choice part and I have seen many choosing to work late or worse stay in the office late while pretending to be doing work when they ACTUALLY have a choice to leave the office on time.

I also agree to people wasting a shitload of time, crapping on the internet. I am one of them. :P

9. Passerby A left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 9:57 pm
I agree with RN. People should take responsibility for their choices in life. There is no such thing is "no choice". Although I am also guilty of wasting time @ work. ;)

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Wednesday, 23 July 2008 10:05 pm :: 
Passerby A: It seemed so much easier to talk about it but in reality it is much harder than it looks to be taking responsibility over our choice of spending time. Haiz...

11. Ruok left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 10:09 pm
bah, sleep is for the weak.

12. Posh left...
Thursday, 24 July 2008 12:07 am
I tend to get sufficient rest during the week, except for the weekends, time flies faster and hence, make do with less.

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 8:30 am
@JayWalk, While I would agree, in our current society, there are many time consuming activities to occupy us, I do not think it is that hard to acknowledge that it is the person's free choice to pursue said activity regardless of how "wasteful" or "useful" it is.
That being said, isn't it strange that most people claim Singapore is a boring city but yet do not find enough time to have a good night's rest?

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 9:04 am
Yes! I am perpetually tired and drained! Not enough time for anything! Worst when my workplace colleagues are all workaholics - arrive before 8.30am and leaves after 8pm! I am racing the rat race. @.@

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 11:00 am :: 
ruok: Tough talk coming from someone who is always nodding off when out during field exercises. ;)

Posh: Funny how we always cannot wake up on time for work and it's rise and early shine during the weekends? :P

Passerby A: It is a boring place. Time is being furiously consumed doing boring things!

Missus: And they say slavery has been eradicated. Hmm....

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Friday, 25 July 2008 1:58 am
But I've become much stronger now mah ;)

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Friday, 25 July 2008 10:31 am
yea, weekends are sure precious. But, at least for now, everyday is a weekend for me.

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Friday, 25 July 2008 11:02 am :: 
ruok: Sure, old man.... sure......

Posh: For you this is just a temporary phase. It will be over soon. Fret not.

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Friday, 25 July 2008 12:08 pm
whatever will be, will be. c'est la vie. bonne weekend.

20. JayWalk left...
Friday, 25 July 2008 2:39 pm :: 
Posh: Oh well, Take it easy. One door close, another will open.

22 July 2008

Counting The Calories

New York City recently started enforcing chain restaurants to openly declare the calorie count of their products.

So naturally, I did a calorie search of both McDonald's and Burger King's item offerings.

Taking both restaurant's flagship burgers, it's Big Mac (540 calories) vs Whopper (670 calories). Then again, it must be noted that the Whopper is about 25% bigger than the Big Mac. TehSiSiuDai's favourite Double Cheeseburger weighs in at 440 calories.

A KFC crispy 3-piece meal of a wing, a breast, a drumstick, a side serving of mashed potato, a side serving of cole slaw and a medium Pepsi would set you back by as much as 1300 calories.

Frankly, if you ask me, these calorie number don't mean anything to me except that a young adult's daily intake should be 2500 calories i.e. 2 KFC 3-piece meal per day.

I think what the NYC gahmen is trying to do is to "shame" the restaurants with their products' high numbers but seriously if you ask me, it's not going to work.

First of all, we all know that fast food being what it is, is sure to make you put on the kilos if you consume it too frequently. As with all things good and bad, moderation is key and it is not like we are doing a Spurlock, eating junk food breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The moment, we stepped into the restaurant, we know what we are asking for. So let's cut the crap that you are unaware the frequent eating of fast food will bound to pile up the kilos. Hence I was appalled to hear of the case where two girls tried to sue McDonald's for their obesity.

Secondly, taking in less then the required daily intake of calories doesn't mean you are eating healthily. 2,500 for young adult men and 2,000 for young adult women is what is needed to function normally. Eating less is merely forcing the body to dip into the reserves to top up the shortfall and hence the concept of dieting.
However, food intake is not just about the calories. It is also about the nutrients e.g. vitamins, minerals, fibre etc. So IMHO opinion to maintain or lose weight healthily, the way to do it is not the reduce the calorie intake but to increase the calorie expenditure by exercising more.

p.s. I am sure many have heard the joke where the guy who order the full bucket of fried chicken, asked for Diet Pepsi because he is on diet? Well, actually by switching to diet soda, he did save 180 calories on a medium serving. Yes, it may rather ironic considered how many calories are loaded in that 1 bucket but it still 180 calories saved nevertheless.

- Voxeros

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 1:48 am ::
i totally agree with your standpoint that it is very much a personal choice, to consume fast food with full knowledge that it's unhealthy.
did an article on this before, but it never got published in my feature writing group's magazine cause my tutor thought it was, i quote, "nothing new and something that's been discussed too many times".
exactly because there're so many differing opinions hence the need for discussion.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 7:42 am ::
Just eat it already. In all seriousness, eating fast food everyday is really quite disgusting and unhealthy for me because i can't get full on an upsized macdonalds meal. I usually have to order another dbl cheeseburger with my big mac upsized meal. I think i'm screwed.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 10:43 am :: 
Msvindicta: It's all about moderation. Fast food is something we don't eat everyday anyway. Then again, you think our hawker fare is any better?

NNPC: I don't think you have much to worry about for now since you are still relatively very young i.e. your metabolism rate is still quite high. To me the key to combat a big appetite is to be physically very active.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 11:49 am
off-topic a bit: it's not only about the calories bro. it's also how these fast food giants handle their business. have u read "Fast Food Nation"?
awesome read. guarantee you cut down your fast food wan.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 2:08 pm :: 
spiller: Yeah, I have the book. Great read. While I am not as affected as PETA concerns about the inhumane way of farming the animals, I am more concerned about how they manage their workers. It was mentioned that they purposely rostered each worker at some location such that the number of hours chalked up per week falls just short of medical benefits entitlement. That is just wrong.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 9:23 pm ::
Ahh .. Food & Nutrition. Hurhur .
Albeit saving 180 calories, he prolly stocked himself with a shietload of Aspartame and Acesulfame-K. Whenever people sees these low in fat/calories products, they don't ever think about what goes into the food which makes it exactly (sometimes better) than the food before alteration. Whatever it is, fast food is .. alright, if in moderation that is. Eeyer, cannot imagine the amount of oil. *shudder*
My ENTIRE coursework is about this. Heng ah, it's over! *dance*

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Wednesday, 23 July 2008 12:05 pm :: 
Linny: Speaking of sugar substitutes, I am a big user of it. I use Splenda on a daily basis which is dextrose based. Equal would be my second choice (Aspartame) and I would avoid Sweet 'n' Low (saccharin) if I can help it.

21 July 2008

Who Is Irene Ong?

I was watching the morning news on the telly when I caught this TVC. This is the sequel to an earlier Ch1nese herbal shampoo TVC, of which they got Jackie Chan to be the spokesperson.

I loved the way Jackie Chan presented himself in the spot as he said that he will not do an ad for a product that he has not tried nor believed. The TVC was done as if it was a behind-the-scene documentary where Jackie Chan was being interviewed in between takes, which of course in this case was the TVC itself. I like that way he said that he discussed with the director to take the shot as is i.e. without post editing to make his hair blacker, shinier and none of that slow motion swinging/flowing of the hair as we so commonly see in other shampoo TVCs. Then he went on to ruffled up his hair with his fingers into a messy head.

Nice touch.

Still, it was after all a paid advertorial and as such, no matter how Jackie Chan gushed over the product in the quasi-unplugged-documentary-like-ad, a big pinch of salt is recommended.

The sequel featured a drink tea setting with this girl in black (above) with Jackie Chan. Somewhere in the dialogue, it was revealed that she is an actress from Singapore.

When you are in a foreign land long enough, there are certain keywords that would trigger your brain and perk your ears when you hear it. Understandably, "新加坡" was one of them.

I did a bit of sleuthing on the internet and initially, I thought that was Phyllis Quek. But (1) she doesn't look like the Phyllis Quek that I remembered and (2) where's the forehead mole?

Further digging around the internet and it was eventually discovered that the girl is Irene Ong.

Question: Who is Irene Ong?

Man... I've been away for way too long already. :(

p.s. I tried locating the youtube for the commercial clips but to no avail. Anyone have better luck?

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

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Monday, 21 July 2008 1:37 am ::
I've never really like Jackie Chan. He's too... attention-seeking (or so it seems) and thinks he's really better than other celebrities.
You don't know who's Irene? Ong Ai Leng! I only recognize her from one of the drama serial coz' I thought she was pretty and her acting ain't bad.
Heh, just my two cents worth.

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Monday, 21 July 2008 10:06 am
she was touted as the next fann wong but donno why not famous leh. fizzled out after a while.
can buy one bottle for me. i think i need WAKKAKAKAKA

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Monday, 21 July 2008 10:21 am
yup, thats Ai Leng. ;)

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Monday, 21 July 2008 1:14 pm ::
Irene Ong - Ai Leng Ong - Bad pronouciation of her name and/or the convenient westernisation of her name (Anyone remember Sky Wu?) anyways I remember she once said that she really would want to do a shampoo ad, that's why she kept her hair.

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Monday, 21 July 2008 1:46 pm :: 
Thiang: I am ok with Jackie Chan for his very down-to-earth attitude towards his fans. None of that stuck up prima donna shite.

cakie: I will bring you a sample sachet lah. It's been told that the shampoo is not for everyone as there were cases of allergy to the Ch1nese herbs.

ruok: One of your TV rape victims?

RN: Well apparently shampoo ad girls usually do very well. Reminds me of the Kao shampoo girl during the 80s. What was her name?

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Monday, 21 July 2008 2:44 pm
i dont like irene ong, never did! eeyeeerrrrr......

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Monday, 21 July 2008 6:16 pm
This Zhang Ailing is a real beauty. Seen her before. Beautiful legs she's got but dunno why not very famous. Born in 1977 so can also be your XMM. Heh.

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Monday, 21 July 2008 6:37 pm :: 
Posh: I can't comment much coz I haven't a clue who she is.

Fitti: I think Ong = Wang and not Zhang. But anyway, yeah. She'd make a nice JW xmm too. :)

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Monday, 21 July 2008 7:57 pm ::
Soo curvy! *jehluz*

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Monday, 21 July 2008 8:55 pm ::
Singapore also got sell this hair product

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Monday, 21 July 2008 10:55 pm :: 
Linny: Don't jealous lah.... you also got potential what.

NNPC: I wonder anyone tried it? It is said to be able to make your hair blacker. I like my hair with the tinge of brown though.

Passerby A: Thanks for the link! Will check it out.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 12:32 am
no need laaa but thanks for the thought. :)
i MIGHT try and get a bottle in singapore, but i donno. sometimes i think my grey hair makes me look wise and sagely. BAHAHAHHAHAHAHH

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Cakie: You got grey hair meh? I hardly noticed.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 11:20 am
OMG! Cakie ish 白发魔女!
that standing picture of irene shows what a nice ASS to have while.......

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TTY: It is rather curvy. That I concur.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 4:10 pm
Yup, Wang Ailing is her name. My bad. And she is really beautiful in person.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 10:24 pm
She is very pretty.. not famous cos in sg, u will need connections to be famous loh.. haha..

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 11:41 pm :: 
Fitti: How did you get to meet her in person? A friend of yours?

jaschocolate: I wonder if in Singapore if you need to sleep your way to the top?

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 12:51 pm ::
nice ass, nice legs. too bad i'm a boob man.

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 4:57 pm
She's Malaysian leh.

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Thursday, 24 July 2008 5:16 pm :: 
Vandalin: I on the other hand is a legs man. Unfortunately, most leggy girls have no boobs. So there's a trade off there.

Barffie: Oh yah hor. But no matter lah. These days, we hardly make the distinction between singaporean and malaysian. *looks at cowboycaleb*

19 July 2008

Put Your Gun Down

Got this youtube from Gary and it's the trailer for a coming docu-comedy directed by our fellow Singaporean Lian Pek, due to be officially released on 7 Aug 2008, the eve of the opening of the Be1Jing Olymp1c Games.

Some people have complained that this is a film produced to mock the Ch1nese people for their bad English. However, I thought the contrary as I felt, based on the trailer, that this is a light-hearted and inspiring film. It shows us the effort of the Ch1nese people are putting in to make sure the foreign guests feel welcome and comfortable in Ch1na. Then perhaps some time in the future this generous hospitality may be reciprocated to them when the Ch1nese people go visit them.

Sounds like the perfect world isn't it? Well, yeah and that's the direction that we should be heading for. Peace comes from understanding and embracing, which in turn comes from open communications.

If you look at our history, you would have noticed that conflicts all derived from the various differences. We have the Crusades and the Middle-East conflicts owing to a difference in faith, we have the World Wars and Apartheid owing to a difference in race and we have the Korean, Vietnam and Cold wars owing to a difference in political philosophy.

As terrible as lives are lost in these conflicts, the one thing good that came out from it is that we learn the costs of going to war vs the benefits of maintaining peace. Fortunately/Unfortunately, this learning is still an ongoing process but looking at ourselves from Day 1 to the present day, mankind is significantly less trigger-happy now. We still have quite a bit of ground to cover to the eventual utopia stage of World Peace *bimbo beauty queen wave* but I believe we will get there eventually.

So coming back, the bottom line is all about understanding and embracing each other for who we are and that comes from the fundamental basis of communication. Hence, it is time to work together and tear down the Tower of Babel and reunite as one people again.

Coming back to the trailer. It is very encouraging to see the Ch1nese folks learning to speak English even if it spattered all over the place. At least they are trying. I have know quite a few friends who have migrated to the US for more than 10 years and yet their level of English is quite pathetic. Why? The fear of speaking it. Perhaps it is in the Ch1nese DNA, that losing face when speaking English poorly scares us.


Just keep trying and working it along the way for that is the only way to improve. It's a chicken-and-egg situation. You scared to speak, you don't improve. You don't improve, you scared to speak.

I always tell people that as long as you are able to get your message across correctly, the job is done regardless of how the process of delivery is done. The job is done.

Image Credit:
- Voxeros

1. spiller left...
Monday, 21 July 2008 12:32 pm
haha. the "gong-an" in the end damn funny.
"put your gun down" LOL

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 21 July 2008 1:41 pm :: 
spiller: Yeah, initially I was not that amused since faking an American accent is fairly common not just in Spitland but our own backyard too. But to hear him go "put the gun down" is classic.

17 July 2008

Unlucky Storey

As we all know that in Western cultures, the number 13 is considered unlucky and as such it is not uncommon to find the 13th storey missing in the older colonial buildings in Singapore.

So the usual practice would be to skip the number 13 entirely or to add an extra level on 12 i.e. Level 12 then Level 12A before going up to Level 14.

Well, it seems that this building that my friend is currently staying in Spitland has more of less the same idea, except that in Ch1nese culture, the number 4 (which symbolises death) is the unlucky number instead.

But wait, it doesn't just stop at the number 4 but all numbers with the number 4 in it.

Hence as you can see in the picture on the left, we have Floors 3F, 13F and 23F to which the ang moh would say is lagi suay since now got not 1 but 2 x Level 13s.

So anyway, my part of Spitland is relatively ulu compared to the big cities like Shanghai, ShenZhen and Beijing i.e.  skyscrapers. I can imagine what they would do to Level 40 to 49 of a 50-storey-or-higher building?

- Voxeros

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Friday, 18 July 2008 1:46 pm ::
They stop at 39 lor..

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Friday, 18 July 2008 5:35 pm :: 
THB: Then after that?

16 July 2008

Why You Need An SUV in Spitland City Streets

We have had only about 6 days of dry weather in the last month as summer hits us as angrily as Cakie smiles for the camera and/or eating. :P

Rain, storms (Alerts Yellow, Orange & Red) and typhoon one after another, bodies of water started to appear everywhere. It could be due to poor drainage or potholes or just the natural terrain that turn the slightly depression in the ground into an oasis.

My area is on a furious pace of development which translates into lots and lots of constructions here there and everywhere. Problem is that when this is work being done, there is no warning signs to tell you so. There isn't even the one guy in luminous orange vest waving his little flag. Nothing. Nada.

So here I was, at one end of an uncompleted route where we had to bash through coz the original road that we used to take to go home is gridlocked as a result of...? ... you guessed it. Road works.

This new road is currently completed and fully tarmac-ed in the middle leaving both ends incomplete. We were reaching the other end of this road when we saw this car with its head smacked stuck into a rather deep watery pit.

If you look at the picture closely, the concrete path just behind the sunken car was a main road. Who in the world would have expected a big pit, made invisible by muddy water filling it up to the brim, be right next to the main road?

Well, I am most glad I wasn't the one to have to find out head first (no pun intended).

Click below to enlarge additional pictures from different angles.

Welcome to Spitland.

(Click To Enlarge)

- Voxeros

1. Gary left...
Wednesday, 16 July 2008 3:57 pm
why pixelled the car plate no? need the number to try luck in 4D mah. who knows tio first prize.

2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 16 July 2008 4:15 pm :: 
Gary: Respect other people privacy lah....

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Thursday, 17 July 2008 3:39 am ::
I see you have not forgotten your favourite phrase this time! Haha!

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Thursday, 17 July 2008 10:45 am ::
F A I L!

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Thursday, 17 July 2008 1:39 pm :: 
r3gular: I will have more of that for you when you get your ass up here.

Starmist: Originally, I wanted to tag the FAIL on that car but I realised that it could have happened to anyone coz there is no way anyone could tell there was a deep ditch underneath the calm surface of murky water.

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Thursday, 17 July 2008 3:11 pm ::
laughs. i did it for ya.
it looks like quicksand. paint it night, and you can shoot a horror show.
hmm, truly, the interesting things that happen around the world...

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Thursday, 17 July 2008 5:48 pm :: 
starmist: I think due to the fact that the driver was driving a SUV, he probably would have thought nothing about a little puddle of water that lay ahead. Poor guy. He must have gone in fast and hard that the car was not able to get out thereafter.

15 July 2008


Not this is not the aftermath of an earthquake.

However to tell this story, I must rewind to the day before where I was on my way home from work. This was on the same street where people were catching fish after Typhoon FengShen broke the reservoir's bank. Given that it has been raining almost everyday since albeit not as heavy, I thought we were encountering another fish catching session when we started to see lots of cars and people gathering.

Only difference was that we were already past the reservoirs already and the folks were crowding around this newly constructed condo. I sensed something not right when we started seeing police cars and trucks and about 60+ police officers in their anti-riot gear, as we got nearer. Truncheons, shields and helmets, the whole nine-yards and they were in ready formation.

Something is definitely not right.

As it turned out according to my World Champion Chauffeur, the gahmen is tearing down this spankingly new condo project and the riot police were there to neutralised any resistance by force, if necessary.

The story, as I was told, was that this project was built without the local gahmen's approval. The developer, obviously thinking that he had the backing of some official, high in the ranks, decided to push ahead with the project despite lacking the necessary permits and numerous warnings.

So what the local gahmen decided to do at the end of the day was to wait for the developer to complete the project before sending the troops with the demolition cranes to tear everything down.

Sibeh guai lan. Must purposely wait until people "seal roof" then send in the muscles to tear it down. Then again, maybe it was a case of you guai lan me, I guai lan you back lor.

I had originally wanted to take pictures of the riot police stand off but didn't dare as there were police everywhere and I may get hauled up by them for taking pictures.

So instead, I only have pictures of the aftermath the day after.

More pictures below to give you an idea how big this condo project was.

(Click Each Picture To Enlarge)
- Voxeros

1. r3gular left...
Tuesday, 15 July 2008 9:51 pm ::
Brudder, you forgot your favourite phrase!
"Welcome to spitland!"

14 July 2008

Car Accident In The Tunnel

So I was on my way to the ShenZhen airport from D0ngGuan where we have to go through the tunnel as the airport is on the other side.

We were there around late afternoon and the traffic was getting pretty heavy as there is a highway interchange further ahead aggravating the whole traffic situation further. It wasn't exactly a traffic jam in the sense of a gridlock but merely of a moving jam.

So here the thing about my World Champion Chauffeur. He is the type who die die must be first to leave the blocks when the lights turn green. He is the type who die die must close up the gap between him and the car before him if he sees a signal light from the next lane. He is the type who die die must change lane in front of the car in the next lane rather than behind.

Oh. He is also the dumbass who chalked up 52 traffic tickets (@ RMB 200 ) each in a single year.

Anyway, coming back to the tunnel. We had an asshole in the black Toyota who decided to switch lane at the last minute without signaling and cutting into our lane and at a time when my World Champion Chauffeur was trying to close up the gap in front of him to prevent people coming into his lane.

As anyone would have expected it, BONK!

So in the middle of the tunnel of the already jammed tunnel, these two jokers suddenly stopped the car in the middle of the traffic-jammed tunnel to access the damage. Fortunately, given that we were traveling pretty slowly to begin with, then was no damage to our respective rubber bumpers.

Welcome to Spitland.

- Voxeros

11 July 2008

Hair For Hope 2008

Hair For Hope is an annual event (5th year running) organised by the Children's Cancer Foundation.

It is an event where volunteers from the public step forward to shave off their hair as a show of support.

So why the unusual act of shaving off the locks? Well, for starters, Children's Cancer Foundation as the name suggests is geared towards supporting of children patient of cancer and hair loss is a common trait as a result of chemotherapy treatment.

In a way, it is just an attention-grabbing event but for a good reason. Now that people are noticing, the Children's Cancer Foundation hopes to use the platform of this publicity to create awareness of children's cancer.

From there, they hope to get support from well wishers financially and/or otherwise.
This year's Hair For Hope is held at VeloCity@Novena Square where fellow Barflies Gary, Shelly and Nash, together with baby Barfly Joshua and Joshua's grand-uncle Henry were all there to give up their locks in a show of solidarity.


So anyway, to show my support, I am plugging this and hopefully you can do the following:
  1. Visit the Children's Cancer Foundation to learn more about what they are doing. Perhaps this is somewhere you can offer your volunteer services?
  2. Donate to the Children's Cancer Foundation if you are looking for some place to make a donation.
  3. Plug this on your respective blog and spread the word around. I feel that this is a good message that should be share with all.
Image Credit: Barffie
- Voxeros

09 July 2008

Hi Plurk, Bye Twitter.

My thanks to KosherJellyFish, MsVindicta and her sister (got blog?) for trying to help with above spoof ad.


It was hilarious when KosherJellyFish cried out that she couldn't bend my "twitter". Too hard! Genghis Khan Horse!! LOL!!

Well, it looks like the CowBoyBar is making a mass exodus over from Twitter to Plurk. Possibly due to the frustrating frequent downtimes of the former servers for all sorts of reasons ranging from server overload, to technical maintenance, to blah blah blah.

Sorry Twitter, we are not patient people who just sit around waiting for you guys to figure this out.

Still Twitter does have it's advantages, one of which is the ability to receive twits via SMS. The interface is also neater and less tiresome from having to click all over the place.

However, this is just the initial stages as I slowly gotten used to moving around Plurk already and not be as flustered as before.

Ready to sound the death knell of Twitter then? Well, perhaps not quite yet as I am still using Twitter's feed widget for my blog on the right side column. For some strange reason, the script from Plurk's feed widget interferes with the script of my Tagboard. Dunno why.

So for now, I am using Plurk and through Feedtwitter to relay the feed from Plurk over to Twitter.

Come join the CowBoyBar on Plurk today!

- Voxeros

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Wednesday, 9 July 2008 7:42 pm ::
Plurk is plurking addictive.

2. JayWalk left...
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Linny: Yah lor... I oso say...

08 July 2008

Win A HP TouchSmart Worth $1,999!

There is a contest organised by the good people of HP and posted on Sheylara's blog.

The above is my entry for the contest although I am not exactly sure if the suits at HP will appreciate the humour.

Probably not and there goes my chance of winning one of these babies. Bah humbug!

For the rest of you who definitely stand a much better chance, goto Sheylara's blog and find out how you can go about entering this contest.

Good luck!

Afternote: As it turned out, nadnut also plugged this contest but I didn't realised (Bloglines never notify) until I did the above for Sheylara.

Click here to check out nadnut's entry too!

Original Image Credit:
- Voxeros

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Tuesday, 8 July 2008 10:56 pm
i want to see your 22 inch can *shy*

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cakie: You wanna touch it? *lagi shy*

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spiller: ngek ngek ngek.....

07 July 2008

Run For Funds Update (June 2008)

Here is the update on our RunForFunds project thus far. AL has the update that I am mirroring here.

Dear folks,

The final cheque for RFF 2007 arrived in June from an Australian friend.

Accounts are officially closed.

Through your generous contributions, a total of $13,390 was raised for D’Joy Children’s Centre.

Thank you for your generosity.

Below are the latest updates.

1.  Closing of RFF EDB Chapter Account
Since our last update, I received the official receipt from Geylang Methodist Primary School (GMPS) confirming the receipt of $16,228.82 from the EDB Chapter of RFF. (Note: $16,160.59 was raised.  The incremental account was interest earned).

This money will be used for the continued support of the Maximise Your Potential Programme and Pocket Money Fund @ GMPS.

This also means that accounts for EDB Chapter of RFF is closed as all monies raised by EDB has been channeled to charitable purposes.

I’d like to thank Julian Ho for being an excellent custodian of the EDB Chapter funds and I wish the EDB-ians all the best in their charitable work.

I’m glad RFF was able to ignite the EDB-ian’s passion to contribute back to society.

2.  Financial Status at 29th June 2008
As per the Oct 07 update, available RFF funds (excluding EDB Chapter funds) were $36,942.52

As the monies were kept in a current account, I’ve applied a 1.0% interest per year (2 years) for unutilized funds and rounded up the figures to $37,700.

You’d also recall that funds for D’Joy will be used exclusively for D’Joy.

Carry over RFF funds from 2007 (non D’Joy): $37,700 …….(1)
D’joy Funds: $13,390 ……. (2)

(1) and (2) will be managed separately.

3.  Updates @ D’Joy
The first phase RFF assistance @ D’joy has been targeted at (1) creating better teaching tools (2) setting up an emergency medical fund.

To date, RFF has purchased, amongst other things, a Compaq notebook, Epson LCD projector, Mipro portable PA system, teaching aids and helped pay for an eye checkup for a child from D’Joy.

Total expense: $3,875.90.

You’d recall that D’joy, while extremely well kept and tidy, is in need of a fresh lick of paint and facility improvement.

The remainder of the RFF funds (for D’Joy) $9514.10 could be depleted to fund centre renovation works.

Djoy has applied for state subsidies for these works.

For approved projects by government (MCYS), Djoy is still expected to fork out a percentage of the cost.

RFF will aim to cover this cost.

D’Joy has appointed a new centre director, Charis Ng.

I’ll be working with her re the management of the funds.

Donna Tsang, her predecessor, has been posted Bethany Methodist Nursing Home.

I thank Donna for the help and dedication @ D’Joy.

4.  RFF goes to Sembawang Primary School (SPS)
After several meetings with the school welfare staff and principal, I’ve assessed them to have the passion and compassion to help needy students.

As such, RFF will be providing financial assistance to SPS in the following areas.

a.  Day care for needy kids

SPS welfare co-ordinator (Jen) shared with me 7 cases  (1 pending assessment) that the school is sponsoring, post MCYS grants.

I trust the school’s judgment in sponsoring these cases and I recognize that this will be a huge strain on the school’s finances.

RFF is prepared provide 50% subsidy (up to max of $6,000) to cover 12 months (July 08 to June 09) of day care service for these kids.

Why have I not committed to a longer term.

I believe the kids are placed there due to extenuating circumstances and there is a lack of short term solutions to alleviate their problems.

12 months should be ample time for the families to sort out their difficulties.

It should also buy them time to seek other governmental assistance (if any).

It should also give SPS time to seek other sponsorships to meet this need post June 09.

b.  Maximise Your Potential (MYP) programme

This has been implemented successfully at Geylang Methodist Primary School (GMPS) for the past 5 years and will be extended to SPS.

For SPS, Jen and I agreed to pick students from P3 and 4 from the top classes (5 from each standard)

Funds will be set aside to see this batch of kids through primary school. ie. For one pri 3 kid, $350 x 4 years ($1,400) will be set aside.

If I assume the max funding based on 10 kids all Pri 3 (assuming no P4 kid is identified), the total funding will be $14,000.

If there are less than 10 kids identified, it’s fine.

We will also have a yearly award ceremony where the principal, teachers and sponsors get to meet their kids and their families.

c.  Drop in centre for kids at risk

A drop in centre @ SPS will be set up to house kids at risk after school hours.

Jen showed me the breakdown of costs for setting up the centre.

RFF will sponsor fixtures ie the table and chairs + shelves ($1,500).

I’ll also source for a table soccer and paying using RFF funds.

d.  Medical bill fund + pocket money fund

Details need to be provided and assessed based on the need of the school.

So akan datang here.

If you have further queries or ideas to better aid needy kids, please give me a call.

God bless you all.


- Voxeros

1. THB left...
Monday, 7 July 2008 2:08 pm
Er.. God bless..

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 7 July 2008 4:33 pm :: 
THB: Er... thanks.