29 August 2008

Prawn Fishing

Prawn fishing or known otherwise to some people as prawning. However, as far as I am concerned, I am sticking to calling it prawn fishing simply become the word prawning doesn't exist (I'd like to see anyone put that in Scrabble unchallenged).

It was last Sunday and we had a very full dinner with Alpha Male (which explained all the beer cans by the side as we had to clear the table to make room for more) and we were kinda looking for something to do that evening that doesn't involve any more alcohol.
So it was decided that we go prawn fishing.

It was nearby and we got there via cab in a jiffy.

We were handed a rod and off we go.

Problem is that we were still buzzing from all the beer that it took a bladdy long time to hook the tiny bait. My hands were literally shaking and my eyes are struggling to stay in focus.

Finally, we got the rod into the water and we waited. The floater bobbed furiously and I was thinking this must be my lucky day to land a big one on my first cast.

Oh wait. That's just my hands shaking. @.@

So to cut the story short, we didn't have a good haul as you can see from the pot of pepper prawns. Still, it's ok since we were still quite full from dinner earlier.

- Voxeros

1. ashke left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 11:55 am
According to urbandictionary, prawning has another meaning...
I'm always amused when Singaporeans call 'prawn fishing' prawning.

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 5:19 pm :: 
ashke: Good thing I stuck to prawn fishing. *shudder*

3. grasshopper left...
Sunday, 31 August 2008 3:23 pm
LOL.......i also thought I heard someone mention the term before, but for a totally different conversation.
*elbow nudge* so you went prawning ah? Don't blame you lah, we all make mistakes when we drink!

4. JayWalk left...
Monday, 1 September 2008 11:01 am :: 
Grasshopper: Harlow! If you read my entry properly hor, I REFUSED to use the word "prawning" hor!

28 August 2008

Lady Dog

Was in Zh0ngShan at my satellite factory's office where they have a pet dog. It was a stray that they picked up from the streets and have been with them since.

I like that way this dog lie down with her leg's crossed. Very lady-like hor?

Maybe my Faith can learn how to sit properly like her. *facepalm*

- Voxeros

1. JY left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 2:00 am ::
Elegance, it haz! Doggy has more Elegance than me too siah.

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 8:48 am :: 
JY: You also one of those girl who cannot sit properly one issit?

3. darkelfin left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 10:46 am
tat is a farkinggggggg beautiful stray lor!!!

4. JayWalk left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 11:21 am :: 
darkelfin: Well, I guess good grooming does help quite a bit.

5. barffie left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 12:06 pm
What a pretty girl!

6. Linny. left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 1:57 pm ::
Pretty! Everybody should adopt strays -

7. starm|st left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 4:49 pm
very beautiful regal doggie! iWant!

8. JayWalk left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 5:16 pm :: 
Barffie & Starmist: And a very good temperament if I may add. I have never heard her bark at all. Quiet dog.

9. JayWalk left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 5:17 pm :: 
Linny: Other than the Pekingnese I have on the second floor of the factory, I have a stray mother and 3 puppies on the ground floor. Will blog them another time.

10. TSSD left...
Friday, 29 August 2008 11:13 pm
I like quiet dogs :D

11. Linny. left...
Saturday, 30 August 2008 12:47 am ::
AND I srsly wonder how the HECK they can bear to torch their coat and whatever to tenderize the meat. snort.

12. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 30 August 2008 7:46 am :: 
TSSD: We all do.

Linny: What??!!

13. grasshopper left...
Sunday, 31 August 2008 3:18 pm
Pls post the other dog's pic too, or rather put the together criss-crossing each other. i believe it will make your blog even more popular with xmms.

14. JayWalk left...
Monday, 1 September 2008 10:59 am :: 
Grasshopper: I am trying to! But given that we let them roam all over the factory. Kinda difficult to get one of those family photos moment. :(

27 August 2008

iPhone Girl

China Daily (26 Aug 2008) - Smiling Chinese Girl A Hit On New iPhone
It was all over the internet and even sparked the set up of websites specially dedicated to her.

I am taking about the iPhone Girl which is fast making its rounds on the internet.

iPhone Girl is actually a Foxconn factory operator, on the iPhone assembly line.

Apparently, she was goofing off with a fellow colleague when she was camwhoring using one of the iPhones on the assembly line.

Was the picture deliberately left inside the phone as a prank or just simple a careless negligence to delete it prior to packing?

Nobody knows.

There is even a conspiracy theory that the picture was deliberately taken and left in the phone. That way the smiley girl could portray a positive working environment in Foxconn, rather then the stereotyping of sweat shops.

A spokesperson from Foxconn commented that it was a "beautiful mistake" but skeptics are not too sure if the "accident" is genuine or staged.

So anyway, if you think the CSI team from HardwareZone is scary, try the CSI team from all over the world trying to hunt down the girl in the picture.

I did a bit of sleuthing on my own and discovered that she is probably 24.7km away from me as I am typing this.

However, it seems that I am too slow as the girl has already been found and is too shy to come out into the open.

Image Credit:
- Voxeros

25 August 2008

Muar Char Kway Teow

Got this from naeboo's plurk.


Then somewhere along the line, you get some guy commenting that all the fancy moves won't make it taste nice.

Yes, thank you for that very insightful comment, CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!!

Can anyone be more ORBIT!!!??


The whole point is that once in a while we mix it up a little and inject some fun into something mundane mah.

It's really no joke to be frying plate after plate of Char Kway Teow as a career and so I can really appreciate the effort once in a while to just lighten up the mood.

Seriously, how many of us can actually have fun and work in the same wok?

- Voxeros

1. THB left...
Monday, 25 August 2008 11:24 am ::
If MSN counts then I'm having fun at work everyday.. :p

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 25 August 2008 11:36 am :: 
THB: That's not fun at work. That's fun at slacking.

3. TSSD left...
Monday, 25 August 2008 11:54 am
at least he's having fun not at the expense of others

4. JayWalk left...
Monday, 25 August 2008 12:54 pm :: 
TSSD: I hope that the video was taken to laugh WITH him and not laugh AT him.

5. Rachel left...
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 4:25 pm ::
This is someone who is not afraid to laugh at himself or take a dig at himself. Respect.

6. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 4:28 pm :: 
Rachel: Yah lor. I oso say.

23 August 2008

Camel On The Street

Nicked this off Liv's flickr where she found a camel parked along the street in HuM3n where my factory is.

Looking at the rather strange photograph, it is quite hard to figure out what the real story is.

Notice a man kneeling with his head bowed?

I wonder what exactly is going on?

Image Credit: Flickr - Liv
- Voxeros

1. spiller left...
Tuesday, 26 August 2008 1:17 pm
he came home late the night before, and the wife didn't let him in. he told her the car broke down and he has to take a camel.. and she still didn't let him in.

2. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 26 August 2008 3:54 pm :: 
Spiller: Maybe you are right about the wife locking him out of the house and so he brought a camel to prove that he did not sleep with another woman outside.

"I only f*cked the camel!" He protested in innocence.

The man remained locked out of the house.

3. Linny. left...
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 6:47 am ::
Imagination, you haz it.

4. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 9:13 am :: 
Linny: Thanks. :P

22 August 2008

20080822 Factory Fire

Just when we were busy preparing lock down procedures in anticipation of the coming Typhoon Nuri, one of my factory lines caught fire.

Apparently one of the motors powering the ventilation fans caught fire and since we are dealing with flammable spray paints, the fire sprung up almost immediately. The alarm was raised and the pump engines were activated to deliver the water from the pond to the hydrants.

Unfortunately, the pumps chose of all times to fail to kick start. As a result, the fire was allowed to grow and the problem with paint fires is that the smoke is especially thick causing a barrier to prevent us from getting close enough to use the portable fire extinguishers effectively.

We struggled with the pumps for 30 minutes before it miraculously came alive and started pumping the water. By then the winds from the coming typhoon has already spread the fire to a wider area causing us to have a bigger fire to put out.

The local fire engines soon arrived but by then 80% of the fire is already out. The firemen continued to push the water in to ensure temperatures are cooled to a level where the fire doesn't rekindle.

It's a hectic day for me as we ordered an immediate clean up as water is now everywhere. Usually, in a fire, more merchandise are damaged by water then by the fire itself.

As I am typing this, my managers are handling the fire bureau to inspect the site as well as the insurance company to assess the damage.

Me, I am busy on the phone calling all the customers whose orders are affected and rescheduling their new delivery date.

On the side, I am also assembling a second team to continue with the lock down of the factory as the winds are howling like crazy now. We also have to seal up windows broken during the fire fighting process (in order to let the water in earlier).

I so wanted to go for smoke break right now but I'd bet it would taste horrible now with all the soot that I've inhaled earlier. The tissue paper was black when I clear my nose with it. Eww...

Welcome to SpitLand.

- Voxeros

1. Mistress Grace left...
Friday, 22 August 2008 5:06 pm ::
I am sorry to hear about the fire. But most important thing was that no one was injured and that you are well...

2. Rachel left...
Friday, 22 August 2008 6:12 pm ::
人没事就好..Take care.

3. JayWalk left...
Friday, 22 August 2008 7:44 pm :: 
Mistress Grace & Rachel: Thanks guys.

21 August 2008

The Problem With HIV In Singapore

I was chatting with TennisGal when I found out that a common friend was tested HIV positive.

Wayne is gay.

The search is now on to trace the source of the virus and inform the connected parties to get them to go for testing and to identify those who are infected to seek treatment immediately.

The problem with HIV in Singapore is that a huge majority of the people are ill informed of this. We tend to sweep it aside thinking that it won't happen to us and so the lack of urgency to understand it better.

HIV is not really that big a problem. As long as the virus via medication is kept under control, the patient would be able to lead a normal life for a long time. It is only when HIV progresses to AIDS that the issue of the person's mortality comes into question.

What gets my goat are people, with little or not proper knowledge of HIV, treating the infected patients like as if they have the plague or leprosy.

HIV patient is also a person like everyone else and so it is uncalled for to treat them with contempt and disrespect.

HIV can only be transmitted via sexual secretions (unprotected sex) and/or blood (sharing of needles, transfusion, etc) and in the case of Wayne who is a male, the third route of mother passing the virus to the foetus is irrelevant in this particular case.

For now, Wayne's condition is only known to people around him. The Gahmen are not aware yet as the test was done in a private hospital and at present, his employer is also unaware.

Wayne is in a bad situation right now as it is not known if the employer would discriminate against HIV patients. Losing his job would mean a loss of income to sustain his medical expense, which may aggravate HIV to escalate to AIDS in an accelerated fashion. As he is not a Singaporean, notifying the Gahmen may mean instant deportation back to his place of nationality. If he is deported, his job in Singapore is gone and gaining re-employment back home may be a big obstacle as a result of his condition which has to be declared at time of application.

It is in my opinion that the Gahmen stance against HIV patient is very harsh and somewhat inhumane. Rather than showing empathy and giving support, pressing the eject button seems all so easy and convenient.

Deportation is the quickest way of solving the HIV population growth in Singapore as it is in a way a passing of the buck. A swift boot out of the country and it is out of sight, out of mind, other people's problem liao.

Perhaps it is due to the fact that male-male homosexuals are the highest risk, that the Gahmen takes a very tough stance against them. Hence, the people's anger against the Gahmen's hypocrisy of saying that Singapore is moving towards an all encompassing society while vigilantly sweeping them out the door, behind our backs.

Around the same time last year, the big hoohah was a significantly large group of people petitioning the Gahmen to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code of Singapore where it criminalises consenting sexual intercourse between adult males.

I did not support the cause. Not because I am against male homosexuality but only because homosexual Singaporeans don't know how to take care of themselves. Though it's not fair to make a sweeping statement to say all of them are ignorant but certainly a very large portion to justify the cause for alarm, judging by the rapidly growing statistics.

Before I get any hate mail from the gay community, let me draw a parallel with the case where we banned the sale of chewing gum back in 1992.

The ban of chewing gum was mooted by LKY way back in the mid-1980s where we were seeing chewing gum indiscriminately disposed off everywhere, causing a public nuisance. The last straw came when idiots starting sticking the gum on MRT door sensors, hindering the proper operation of the subway system.
The rationale behind the ban is simple. If you don't know how to dispose of gum properly, then perhaps you don't deserve to chew gum.

Many complain that this strong-arm tactic was way too autocratic but what have we shown to the Gahmen that such draconian measures are not needed?

If you were look at the conditions of the trains in the New York subways and ours, you would realised that the minor inconvenience of no chewing gum does benefit everybody lots in the long run.

Same goes for the Gahmen's attitude towards homosexual males. One may complain about the inhumanity of discriminating people of such orientation and protest the right of the Gahmen to play God.

But ask yourself this. With the booming number of cases in recent years of HIV amongst the male gay community, how do you present a convincing case to the Gahmen that the male gay community is not a problem?

Still, typical of the Gahmen's elitist and scholastic fashion, the current modus operandi is less than acceptable but it does solve the problem quickly in the short run. Problem is that we don't see Gahmen presenting any long term solution such as recognising the problem, supporting the support groups and educating the public.

The spike of HIV cases in recent years is something not to be taken lightly. Perhaps the current approach of the Gahmen is the only way to deal with the rising numbers at such short notice?

Perhaps our only fear is that our Gahmen would take this and extend it to become the country's long term solution?

However, both the chewing gum case and 377A have something in common, both have a sunset intent i.e. both legislation are not meant to be cast in stone. The underlying intent is that until a day where we learn to dispose our gum proper; until a day where homosexual males know how to take care of themselves proper; the ban of chewing gum will be lifted; the Section 377A of the Penal Code of Singapore will be repealed.

Good luck, Wayne. You are still loved as a friend. Regardless.

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

1. Safe Sex Advocate left...
Thursday, 21 August 2008 11:26 pm
How do you inform and educate when you have a law like that that forces people to keep quiet?
The long term solution is to educate and inform and having a law like we have doesn't address the short term problem since it, unlike chewing gum, is not enforced. Asking for it to be enforced would be unthinkable, unworkable, unpractical and most significantly, bad for the economy.
So keeping the law is basically counterproductive in solving the HIV problem.
How about having a law to ban heterosexual sex? Since the majority of HIV infections are through heterosexual contact.
Safe sex, hetero- or homo-sexual is the key, and not a law that bans homosexual sex.

2. Phoenyx left...
Friday, 22 August 2008 1:39 am
I always found it funny when people automatically assume that the gay community is the highest risk group when in fact, proportionately since there are definitely more straight people to gay people, the straight community is at a much higher risk.
So should we ban heterosexual sex activities instead?
How about getting the straight men to stop visiting their HOs all over and coming back to infect their wives(and unborn children)
I find it ironic that you claim that you love Wayne as your friend regardlessly when you practically shove it in our face that he is gay and is HIV+ and that banning homosexual acts would magically make the HIV problem go away.
Yup. I can definitely feel the love coming from you.

3. Deportation is right left...
Friday, 22 August 2008 3:18 am ::
I have a friend who is a foreigner too and he was deported. When I told my doctor friend, I was quite indignant, like you. But my friend explained that they will eventually get ill, and since they have no income (too ill to work), Singapore government will have to support them through taxpayers' money. The government is protecting its citizens, so I guess it makes sense.

4. JayWalk left...
Friday, 22 August 2008 11:02 am :: 
Safe Sex Advocate: First off, I would like to say again that I am not against homosexual sex. I just said that I did not participate in the campaign calling for the repeal of 377A.

The Gahmen is not perfect and we all know that. Recognising the existence of homosexual relationships has got to be the first step to take before we can even talk about educating the public.

At the moment, it seems like our Gahmen is refusing to take that step but I can only speculate that they are slow on their feet as far as this is concerned. It is never my belief that our Gahmen have the intention to enforce this ban for eternity. Perhaps just not the time yet.

Phoenyx: Perhaps you are right that it would be wrong to further divide the risk into heterosexual groups and homosexual groups. I supposed collectively, if it is unprotected sex with an unfamiliar source, it is a great risk there on its own.

It is my impression that heterosexuals pose a higher risk simply based on sheer numbers. If you have a bigger sample pool then naturally you are going to get a greater number of positives.

I never said banning of homosexual acts is the magic solution to the HIV problem.

I was thinking aloud why the Gahmen is reluctant to repeal 377A. Problem is that this is easier said than done. As many of you out there are for the repeal, there are just as many out there who are against.

Call them bigots ignoramus all you like but it doesn't change the fact that they are entitled to their opinion as much as yours. Say if we were to hold a referendum today and let the people decide if we should repeal 377A or keep it, I can assure you that the results will not be one sided and could go either way.

Last year, all we see and hear are people pushing for the repeal and at the same time we hear nothing from the other side. However, that doesn't mean nobody objects to the repeal.

I say again, I am not against homosexuals in anyway. I just didn't participate in that particular campaign last year.

I was thinking. Ok, so the Gahmen decides to repeal it, then what? Was there a step 2 in place? Besides, do you really think that the law will come down on homosexuals who do it in the privacy behind closed doors?

I would have a big beef with the Gahmen if they enacted the law to ban homosexual acts but in our case, it wasn't. The law was there probably since the British Colonial days.

So perhaps the Gahmen is currently working on that "step 2" as we speak and will repeal 377A when it eventually comes to fruition?

Deportation Is Right: I don't know about you but I just feel deportation is a tad cold and unfeeling. It is as if you are kicking the person when he is already down.

Still, I can see where you are coming from, if Singapore were to play the good Samaritan and take care of all of the patients, then we may unwittingly attract a huge influx of HIV patients who were ejected from their country of residence. So imagine an HIV patient being shipped out from a neighbouring country coz it is cheaper to ship him out to Singapore, then to have to take care of him.

5. Zingular left...
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 9:29 pm
Deportation Is Right/JayWalk:
FYI the "good samaritan" Singapore government do NOT even subsidize the high cost of expensive HIV medications/treatments to local Singapore citizens. Zero subsidy. Zero assistance. Zero sympathy. Zero support. Local HIV+ patients have to bear the entire 100% high costs of their own HIV medications and treatment if they want to stay alive. Where did you get the idea that taxpayers' money are spent on helping local HIV+ foreigners when the government do not even take care of its own HIV+ citizens??? Deportation will never solve nor slow the problems of Singapore's fast growing HIV+ infection rate.

6. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 28 August 2008 11:13 am :: 
Zingular: I said "IF" Singapore were to play the good samaritan. As for the notion that taxpayers' money is used to subsidise HIV patient treatment, I think we will have to wait for "Deportation Is Right" to respond. However, I doubt that is going to happen.

IF Singapore were to NOT deport every foreigner HIV case, that itself is a good samaritan act coz there are patients who have the money for treatment but unable to as the gahmen has already swept them out of the country, before the patients could even reach for the wallet.

Yes, the numbers are fast increasing but to the elite scholars, they are just that. Numbers. They don't care if you have found a cure for it. As long as the numbers are down, that's all that matters.

Unfortunately, we haven't found a cure and so the only way for them to lower the numbers is the remove them from the island and let it be somebody else's problem.

20 August 2008

Singapore Sports Foreign Talents

Entry inspired by Xtralicious' Have We Won An Olympics Medal? Really?

So we are mid-way into the Beijing Olympics and the big hoo-har of our flag bearer, Li JiaWei, dragging our flag along the floor has some what died down.

For those who have been through National Service or Uniformed Youth Organisation would know that it's a cardinal sin for the flag to touch the floor with the exception of the general salute (hormat).


"No person in possession of the Flag shall allow or cause the Flag to touch the floor or ground, even when lowering the flag from a staff or flagpole."

this is an even bigger sin than MeePok's raising of the national flag upside down on national TV.

Then, we have the good news of our Ladies Table Tennis team scoring our first Olympic Silver Medal in 48 years.

Problem is that many of us aren't exactly as thrilled about it as we should be.

The main problem is that we won the medal with foreign sports imports. Don't get me wrong that I am not thankful of Li JiaWei, Feng TianWei and Wang YueGu bringing in the silver, it's just that we wonder how come there isn't one who is locally born?

While I concede that we or our ancestors were migrants too, I just don't feel the parity that my father came to Singapore from Ta1wan in 1962 only to receive his citizenship 24 years later in 1986 and I was born in Singapore, got my pink NRIC in the same year and subsequently served my 2-1/2 years of National Service.
Then these folks come in and get their citizenship only after 1 year?! How do you expect me to accept them as one of us when they are just here for a fraction of the time the rest of us are here? Oh how I wish to see Tan Paey Fern* there on the podium!

This is not a sweeping declaration that we will never accept foreign imports as one of us. One of the more notable exceptions is Jing JunHong, whom herself was a foreign import from ShangHa1 and got her Singapore citizenship in 1994. Although, she is retired now, we thank her for her contribution to Singapore sports. 14 years on and she is still here with us and living the life of the Singaporean. That is one who we would gladly regard as one of us. Anyone able to verify if she is living in Toa Payoh now?

Question is that if JiaWei, TianWei and YueGu would stay with us for the long term?

Look at football's Egmar Goncalves and Agu Casmir who were given Singapore citizenship in a heartbeat. Didn't they throw it back at us when they found something else better? Where are they now?

Pardon the cynicism, but if we were to accept them as one of our own, how are we assured that they will treat us back equally as family? We open our doors to them, would they treat it as home?

I guess the gist of this entry is that if you want to be a Singaporean, we will welcome you the opportunity with open arms. However, we would like you to pay your dues and earn your right, like everybody else, to be one. It will never be given to you on a silver platter, regardless of what our Gahmen says.

* If you have read the Wiki on Tan Paey Fern, there was a mention of his brother, who incidentally was my NS-mate and Table Tennis National team mate. We were both in the reserves' reserves i.e. we will never get to see the light of day as far as donning national colours, waterboys was as far as we got. 

- Voxeros

1. Gary left...
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 1:41 am
waterboys or teaching girls how to play ping pong in bed?
*runs away*

2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 1:52 am :: 
Gary: Walau... don't pichar my lobang!! However, I did help coach the girls' team back in ACJC.

3. TSSD left...
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 8:51 am
my dad says she stays in Hougang.

4. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 9:27 am :: 
TSSD: Well, I hope she enjoys the morning You Tiao dunked in Kopi-O. :)

5. Everton left...
Thursday, 21 August 2008 9:43 am
Egmar Goncalves and Agu Casmir....Are they Turks?

6. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 21 August 2008 1:31 pm :: 
Everton: Egmar Goncalves is Brazilian and Agu Casmir is Nigerian.

Read this -> timi/

7. akk left...
Friday, 22 August 2008 11:02 pm
hear hear! precisely the point, but isnt it so difficult to say it without ppl trying their best to typecast you under 'racist' and /or 'nationalistic'? Ppl who dun think alot usually do. Now take this scenario you have here and expand beyond sports and beyond China. Frankly, i'm starting to feel like a minority here....take the mrt for example, 60% of the crowd speaks a diff language and i'm not talking about hokkien, cantonese etc. and for some reason, more than 70% of them have seats...
We are being pushed out!
and oh, at least u are thankful about the medal. I'm not. I dun think singapore has won anything yet. I only saw that China is still the pingpong king. wah, some more win the medal liao, get tax payer's reward. excuse me? my money to reward someone who doesnt care about this place one bit? Re: her comments on staying in Spore. and her dragging th flag on the ground. Look, she dun fucking care! team leader my ASS!
Shame, PAP-py, to not know how far we have fallen and still think we are world-class.

8. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 23 August 2008 2:29 pm :: 
Akk: Let me respond in two parts. Firstly, I don't think it's fair that you lose your seat in the MRT train as a result of the influx of foreigners. This I am speaking in the literal sense. Blame it on the scholars behind the MRT board for being clueless to meeting demand of the people, especially during peak hours.

From a metaphoric sense, I don't blame foreigners for taking our jobs. What the Gahmen has done is opening up competition. If you want that job, work harder than the foreign talent for it. It is understandable that we are feeling the hardship now as we are adjusting after 40 years of pampered slumber.

Like many have said and I agreed. We bought the medal. We didn't earn it. Had Li JiaWei been a Ch1na reject and we took her in and we groom her into a medal, I would have been proud as we got the medal with our hard work i.e. we did contribution something towards that achievement.

Sadly, in this particular case, all we did was provide logistics and she took it the rest of the way. I dare anyone to say that we have a part in her success?

9. L left...
Sunday, 24 August 2008 2:11 am
I think it's a bit hypocritical to say that these girls aren't singaporean, and that singaporeans shouldn't be proud of their medal. Firstly, quite a few Olympic athletes and gold winners were NOT originally from the country they represented. Secondly, didn't Singaporeans feel uplifted by what these girls represented when they played? We made no secret of the fact that they're not Singaporean born and bred, but that they had come over from a young age and are originally from China. I think the sports commentator gave all these factd a good airing. More importantly, Singaporeans, even the cynics and the unsporty ones like me, were riveted during the match, and cheered for them.

What these foreign-born athletes eventually choose to do when they've reached success, we cannot predict, nor do they owe anything to us, since they've done what they're supposed to do- give the best years of their lives to table tennis and in the name of Singapore. I think that's what more than most Singaporeans have done for our country. We pay a few hundred dollars of taxes a year, and b**** like hell to others about Singapore. We migrate in droves and quite proudly declare ourselves as belonging to our new country, without stopping to think that we too are depriving Americans and Australians of jobs when we migrate.
Finally, there are many more Singaporean athletes in our Olympic contingent (sailing, shooting etc), who haven't done as well as the table tennis team, but who have also poured a lot of effort into their sport. If we feel that it's more meaningful for a "true" singaporean to have participated and not received a medal, than it is for two China-born Singaporean athletes to win a silver, then by all means laud the other athlete's efforts without making hostile remarks on the internet about the girls.

10. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 24 August 2008 9:59 am :: 
L: Hi L and welcome to the blog. Good points made there but I have a couple of things to add.

I applaud the ladies for winning the Team Silver and I congratulate them on their success. However, I won't credit Singapore anything for that success because seriously if you think about it, what part did we play towards winning it? Put these ladies together and give them a Malaysia jersey to don and I bet you that it will be the Malaysian flag raised next to the Ch1nese one.

We just got lucky landing the trio. That's all.

I urge you to take a re-look at the Bronze final of the Ladies Individual match between Ch1nese Guo Yue and Li JiaWei. I want you to pay special attention to their eyes. A vast contrast between one who has fire in them and one who is just there to get it done and over with. Read their body language and tell me if Li JiaWei gave her 100% in that match?

Yes, so the rest of the contingent scored nothing but I bet they went down fighting instead of just giving up before the game even started.

Now pause to think why the big difference in attitude?

The answer is simple. The rest of the guys did not take their Olympic opportunity for granted. They got there from the ground up. Bearing in mind that once these athlete's prime is over, they are on their own. I can't even begin to tell you how gut wrenching it felt when I bump into our ex-National goalkeeper <name withheld> at his current work place a few years ago. But have they any regrets fighting for their country's glory. No. That to me, is what I call Singaporean.

Now search yourself deep inside and answer this question. Where will these 3 girls be in 10 years' time. You think they will still be in Singapore? I personally hope so but I can also honestly tell you that I am not very optimistic about it.

From time to time, I compare myself to them. I have been living in Ch1na for the past 8 years and should continue to do so until the end of my career life. Do I want to stay on in Ch1na and be a Ch1nese? The answer is no. My heart is still with Singapore and still my wish to return home one day. I'd bet the ladies felt the same too.

Take a look at our ancestral migrant history. Trust me. All of them wanted to return to Ch1na when their work is done. Only changes in circumstances barred them from doing so and eventually ended up as our Singaporean fathers and grandfathers.

Granted some decided to settle in Singapore by choice but I can tell you that it is a small portion of the entire migrant population back in the old days.

11. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:20 am :: 
L: Re: "...nor do they owe anything to us..."

I have to strongly disagree with the above statement. I caught the interview on CCTV with Li JiaWei, her parents and her coach.

It was reviewed in the interview that if Li JiaWei were to stayed behind in Ch1na, she'd still be in Ch1na Team 2 today which is 2 rungs below the Ch1nese national team where World No.1 Zhang YiNing, Guo Yue, Wang Nan & Co are playing for.

In other words, Li JiaWei will never see the light of day as far as international competition is concerned, had she stayed on and compete for a place in the Ch1na national team.

The father reviewed that the path via Singapore was a shortcut to the international arena. With the standard of Singapore table tennis significantly lower, she would be assured of a pivotal role in the squad by default.

So if Singapore wishes to share a part of her success, then I can only say that we gave her the opportunity which otherwise would not have existed should she choose to compete with the rest of the Ch1nese table tennis ladies for that 3 places.

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Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:42 am :: 
L: In closing, let me drop one more name for you to do research.

Zhang Xue Ling

We gave her a citizenship and she gave us gold medals at the Commonwealth and SEA games.

Where is she today?

Answer that question and you will very much understand the point I am trying to drive. To give out citizenships in such a frivolous manner simply cheapen the ones that the rest of us are holding in our hands.

There is a very big difference between an immigrant and an import. We do not want the latter.

13. sunflower left...
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 1:49 pm
Our table tennis is over-rated!

14. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 3:38 pm :: 
Sunflower: I only hope the foreign talents can eventually raise our own local standards.

19 August 2008

UnHealthy Part Of A Saturday

View Of Basketball Court In The Distance From SamStacy's Apartment

... continuing from yesterday's entry.

... before my 2-on-2 partner, Sam, keeled over and gasping for air.

Sam: *wheeze* Eh. Jay. *wheeze* Smoke break.

JayWalk: *pant pant* Orh... yeah... ok..... *pant pant*

The other two were left dumbfounded when we just trooped off the court to get our "oxygen replenishment".
Basketball just isn't my game despite representing my primary school in the schools' nationals. It was after primary school where 25 points in a game will more or less assure you of a win. Sad fact was that my basketball skills after 25 years, is still primary school standard. T_T

I think I better stick to my golf, tennis, table tennis and pool.

Thereafter, we headed back to the apartment for a shower and a set of dry clothes. Once everybody is more or less cleaned up, we headed to do some Prawn Fishing.

We got there at around 6 and some of our friends were already there an hour earlier.

Pardon The Poor Picture Quality As I Was Holding The Camera In One Hand And Fishing Rod In The Other.

Prawn fishing isn't really difficult. Even the newest of novice would be able to catch at least 1 prawn. After all, prawns are very greedy animals and would not be able to resist the temptation of a bait. Besides, I think the owner of the establishment would have probably starve them a little bit to make them easier to catch. Bad for business if all the prawns don't take the baits.

So the main challenge is how many can you catch.

Prawn Fishing 101
  1. Hook the bait (usually little pieces of chopped pork)
  2. Lower the line into the water.

    You struggled to get the hook off your shirt and or hair as it get snagged while you were trying to geh kiang by doing the overhead cast when all you have to do is literally lower the line into the water.

  3. Watch the floater for movement as it will tell you when the prawn is taking the bait.

    Nothing ever happens when you are staring hard at the floater.

    You got bored and decided to light a cigarette. The moment you take your first puff, the floater gets dragged into the water. You panic. Not because you got a bite but because you dunno where to put your cigarette. Lan Lan, you put the stick of hoon kee perched precariously on the edge of the table.
  4. You wait for the right moment before you flicked the wrist to jab the hook right into the prawn's mouth for a confirmed snag.

    You missed as the hooks shot out of the water into the air and get stuck in the false ceiling above. You raise your hand sheepishly to the service staff to ask them to go get a ladder to unhook your line from the false ceiling board.

    You go back to your cigarette only to realise burn finish liao. @#$#^^$^%$%@!!!!!
  5. Repeat Steps (1) to (3), except this time you ask for an ash tray where you can put the cigarette on hold properly.

  6. Another flick of the wrist and this time you got a hit! You pull out the prawn out of the water. A tad tiny but at least you got ONE!

    Acting macho, you grab the prawn with your bare hand.

    You did not notice that this prawn while small, have a pair of HUGE pincers.


    You go flailing the prawn kiapping to you for dear life literally. You went from MACHO MAN to DRAMA GIRL in 0.4 seconds.

    You friend came to your rescue with a pair of scissors and snip away the pincers.
  7. With the pincers out of the way, you are free to grab the prawn while you remove the hook from the prawn.
  8. You throw the prawn into the net only to realise that you forgot to secure the net properly and is now floating away underwater in the distance.

    You spent the next 10 minutes using the handle-end of the rod to fish the net back.

    You drop the prawn into the net.

    Congratulations. You completed your first catch.

  9. Your hoon kee burned out again.
In all, the 8 of us caught a total of 3.5 kg of prawns which by average standard is SIBEH PATHETIC.
How pathetic you ask? It was SO PATHETIC than the owner gave us an extra 4kg because "你们会吃不饱的"

We will be back again soon.

- Voxeros

1. left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 1:29 pm
I did all of that in Singapore! Except mine was using fresh see hum!
And I had strangers give me their prawns because I was so charming....Or was it me that gave them because it was so pathetic?

2. TSSD left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 1:46 pm
walao damn fail can. You also have to measure how deep the tank is.

3. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 1:49 pm :: 
Karen: Probably they time up liao, then the net taken away so nowhere to put the last prawn that they fished. So give you lor.

TSSD: Don't like that lah... people noob mah.... The floater was already adjusted so no need to measure water depth.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2008 4:24 pm ::
AHAHAHAHA. Draaaamaaaaaa!!!!

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Tuesday, 19 August 2008 9:18 pm :: 
Linny: Where got drama?? NO HAVE OK!!!!! *arms flailing in protest*

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Tuesday, 19 August 2008 9:51 pm ::
Omg, the hoon kee parts are damn friggin' hilarious. Can imagine a "ARGGHH ?!?!" expression everytime a hoon kee burns out.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2008 1:20 am ::
hahahahaha.. 3.5kg is how many prawns?
Eh, how come got scissors one? Singapore one dun have sia. I had to kiap the prawn under a chair then snap off the pincers coz so scared that it wld kiap my hands.
And I dare not unhook the hook coz the prawnie keeps wriggling.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2008 1:45 am :: 
Linny: So I try to hold it in my mouth while freeing both hands to do the prawn. Cannot leh.... smoke keeps getting into my eye leh!!

Ollie: Considering a prawn is about 30 to 50 grams, I say about 100?

Over here, we have scissors but you can always bring your own right? As for immobilising the prawn, you can get a hand towel to cover the body and hold it still.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2008 1:48 am
1kg of prawns barely enough to cook to make fried hokkien mee or prawn mee noodles soup! F.A.I.L. *giggles* *giggles*

18 August 2008

Healthy Part Of A Saturday

It was one of those rare occasions that I get a Saturday off and I had decided to put it to good use.
First was sleeping in as I drifted in and out of sleep from 5am and eventually decided to get out of bed at 11am after catching up a movie from my downloads.

After the usual, washing and dressing up, I made a few phone calls and within 10 minutes, we were having Yum Cha for breakfast and lunch at the Parkview which was supposedly the best hotel in town, which I absolutely hated it.

But no choice coz the dingy ChangAn Hotel's dim sum (which is soooo much better and cheaper than the atas Parkview) serves only at breakfast and not lunch. Damn the stupid WeiWei for oversleeping, who was supposed to call me at 7am to go for dim sum breakfast only to have me wake him up at 11:30am. Si ginah.....

A nomnom, a smoke and a patpat on the tummy and we headed back to Stacy and Sam's place to chill out in the summer heat before we decided to shoot some hoops at around 3:30pm.

Sam & Stacy stays at a condo about 5 minutes' drive away from me and the basketball court was located on the roof top of the clubhouse. Unfortunately, the clubhouse is about 6 storeys high and not elevator access to the roof top. It's stairs from the ground floor up.

Man... it was quite a climb as I could have sworn the air was thinner up there and we had a Himalayan guide and mules with us during our ascent.

Here's the kick in the nuts. We were all rubbery legs when we got to the top when Douglas screamed "Suck!!! How come got padlock one!!??"

Apparently, some one forgot to book the court and get the security guards to come up to unlock it. Perfectly understandable considering the fact that they just moved in.

So down the trotter along the countless flights of stairs to the bottom while I "volunteered" to jagar their barang barang. Being the "eldest brother" amongst them didn't feel too bad after all. *sigh*

While I was waiting for them to sort the key & padlock issue, I stood at the railings to take this picture to show you exactly how high we were. I counted the block opposite and I am at eye-level with the 5th floor but I would say we are at 6 or 7th level considering the fact that the lobby on the ground floor and shop spaces on the second floor have significantly higher ceilings.

20 minutes later, they are back up with a panting a wheezing security guard. I could have sworn he had an oxygen tank and pick axes with him when we was climbing. He had a grey face as a result of white face due to the wheezing and panting as a result of the stairs and a black face as a result of the stairs due to being the newest bird in the security roster.

Ok and it's game on before we realised "Eh?? Where's the ball??!!"

Let me explained what happened. As I was the one to jagar the barang barang, the basketball naturally become put of my charge. The ball must have rolled away during the 20 minutes where I was stoning and checking out the babes in the swimming pool. Oh and yeah, it was quite windy at our elevation which explains the basketball being blown into oblivion.

We found the ball after five minutes before we start off with casual shooting and I was spraying shots all over the place. The guys were floored when I told them the last time I actually touched a basketball was during my University days. Yeah, more than a decade ago.

Once that was out of the way, we cranked up the heat and have a 2-on-2 with Sam and I teamed up against Douglas and WeiWei.

Yeah, we lasted a good TEN minutes before...

... to be continued. 

- Voxeros

1. THB left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 10:11 am
Someone got hurt?

2. grasshopper left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 11:49 am
how can liddat one! faster continue can...........

3. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 1:47 pm :: 
THB: Nope. Read on. The Sequel come out liao.

Grasshopper: Out already lah..... go read!

14 August 2008

Traffic Accidents In Spitland

Whenever I have foreign visitors coming over, I always have 2 traffic jokes for them.
  • Traffic lights are for reference only.
  • There is a Ch1nese idiom - 每日一撞. If you don't see an accident today, you will see two tomorrow. 
Such is the traffic situation here and I kid you not that there is a traffic accident everyday. Most of the time are minor bumps or fender bender but the occurrence of a big traffic accident is not surprising either.

If you think our Singapore drivers are asshats, wait till you come to Spitland where a two lane street can be jammed by as many as eight car abreast. Worse, it's the same in the opposite direction resulting in a gridlock and given the kiasu nature of us Chinese, you can forget about one side giving way so that everybody can move on.

I took my Spitland driver's license conversion course and had to sit through the obligatory road safety lecture and it was revealed that in the Province of GuangD0ng along, there were 120,000 fatalities each year. Fatalities is counted as death within 7 days of the accident. So if you langah and then you die in the hospital 2 days later, it is counted.

I just recently read a report that we had 40,000 babies last year. So if you apply this number to Singapore, you get 3 consecutive years of empty exams halls at the PSLE. Imagine empty schools for 3 years in the row, just like that.

Shivering thought, isn't it?

- Voxeros

1. Ruok left...
Friday, 15 August 2008 10:51 am
"told" shld be "took"?

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 August 2008 2:21 pm :: 
ruok: Yeah. Thanks for spotting it. Amended the typo liao.

3. ahla left...
Saturday, 16 August 2008 12:59 pm
If there's anything to be afraid,ask one of the staff what is inside it,then tell the staff to show you what's

4. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 17 August 2008 9:40 am :: 
AhLa: Er.... did you just post the comment in the wrong entry?

13 August 2008

Fire Cock

Was having lunch at the Char Chang Teng outside the factory when I spotted this door.

Fire Cock.

I am afraid to open that door.

- Voxeros

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Thursday, 14 August 2008 9:37 pm ::
Your cock cannot battle the Fire Cock?

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 August 2008 12:42 am :: 
JY: My genghis khan horse lose to fire cock lor.

3. Chocolate gal left...
Saturday, 16 August 2008 9:42 am
i suddenly thought of the movie, zohan.. maybe got a zohan inside loh.. always sex-crazed.. heehee

4. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 16 August 2008 10:09 am :: 
Chocolate Gal: And I'd bet you would like to be locked up inside with the Zohan.

12 August 2008

The Science Of The MRT Seat

Got this picture from Krisandro lame attempt at humour, blogged about Priority Seats in the MRT.

Perhaps there was the underlying subtle sarcasm of the lack of social graces among us Singaporeans who buay zi tong when it come to offering seats to those who need them more to us.
Admittedly, guys are always at the losing end as a result of a single English word coined in the days of yore.



So, then it got me thinking of another scenario and I thought I pose the question here for all to ponder.

Question 1:

What if there is only one seat in the entire MRT cabin and we have a 100-year old man, a 9-month pregnant lady and a parent with a 2-week old infant.

Who do you think should get the only seat?

And while we are on a roll on questions. Let's take another one.

Question 2:

This question is for the ladies. Assuming you are a little pudgy in the middle and someone stood up and offered you his/her seat thinking that you are pregnant.

What would you do? Take the seat or not? 

Image Credit:
- Voxeros

1. Sylvie left...
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 9:47 pm
Q1: The 9-month pregnant lady. Have you ever carried a 10kg bowling ball in a sling on your tummy??
Q2: I'm a female. No, I'm not married/pregnant yet. But if anyone offers me a seat, I'd thank him/her graciously AND accept the seat. No point embarrassing the kind soul AND myself. When I see someone who needs it more than me, I'll offer the seat in turn.

2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 8:09 am :: 
Sylvie: What about the 2-week old infant?

3. starm|st left...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 10:20 am
eh.. don't play play. chivalry is underrated.. it's sth very rare these days..aye, what to do. i'm an 18th C girl.
Qn 1: I'll give it to the one who LookS like he/she needs the seat the most. Qn 2: I'll politely reject the seat with a smile.

4. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 12:00 pm :: 
Starmist: re: Qn.2. Wouldn't it be better to just take the seat. That way only you know you are getting fat, rather that admitting to the entire MRT cabin?

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Wednesday, 13 August 2008 12:40 pm
Q1: i think i'll give up my seat to the parent with the 2 week old infant. it's scary when you see parents carrying young babies and wavering in the bus. then i'll make 2 other ppl give up their seats.
Q2: decline, point at the guy's beer belly and say, "you need it more anyway".

6. JD left...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 3:01 pm
Q1. 100 year old man. Then force others to give up the other 2 seats. Q2. Smile and take the seat. Then alight at next stop. Seriously, I have gone through that embarrassment before.
So shy.

7. grasshopper left...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 3:45 pm
i help to hold the old man's arm to balance on crazy train, let the preggers sit and ask her to hold the 2 week old baby. Can?

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Wednesday, 13 August 2008 5:09 pm :: 
msvindicta: Wah.... fierce!

JD: Were you tubby then that you were mistaken to be pregnant?

Grasshopper: What can I say? You are brilliant. Machiam like solving some IQ puzzle like that!

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Wednesday, 13 August 2008 9:43 pm
MisterJay: The infant is in the arms of the parent, rite? Infant in parent's arms safer than a 9-mth pregnant lady swaying n trying to keep her balance.

10. JD left...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 11:58 pm
Unfortunately I still am TUBBYYYYYYYYYYYY

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Thursday, 14 August 2008 11:58 am :: 
Slyvie: Infant in the arm of the parent and balancing precariously in the cabin.

JD: No you're not! Unless I was totally blinded by the white bra under the UV light.

12. starm|st left...
Thursday, 14 August 2008 5:02 pm
but by the person offering the seat to me, ppl will already know like 'hey, she's preggy?'. i mean, it will already draw attention.
today a lady pointed to the empty seat beside her for me to sit.. i hope it's because i look f-tired and not because i look preggy :/

13. Sylvie left...
Thursday, 14 August 2008 9:15 pm
Win lor. All should not be taking public transport for their own safety then. They should be chauffeured around, either by taxi drivers or relatives. :-)

14. JayWalk left...
Friday, 15 August 2008 12:39 am :: 
Starmist: Tis better to be mistaken as preggy then to be certified as pudgy.

sylvie: don't drama queen lah!

15. Chocolate gal left...
Saturday, 16 August 2008 9:47 am
1) Preg woman. then get others to give up the seats.. I did it once very politely to a guy and he gave up his seat for the old man.. Anyway, got this sign at all the corner seats.. so easily to target.. if they refused, i will kick up a big fuss :p
(2) Smile and reject the offer. I usually use my bag to cover my tummy so nobody knows i am like 3 mth preg type.. hahaha..

16. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 16 August 2008 10:08 am :: 
Chocolate Gal: So what if there is only 1 seat in the entire cabin? i.e. you won't be able to get other people to give up their seats since there were none else elsewhere?

17. ahla left...
Saturday, 16 August 2008 1:05 pm
im a male so i will only answer qn. 1
to the 100 year old man.then suggest others to sit on the floor.

18. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 17 August 2008 9:44 am :: 
AhLa: I like Grasshopper's answer the best.

1) Pass the infant to the pregnant lady while the latter takes the seat. Then the parent, now that he/shen has his/her hands free will help the 100 year-old man stand in the MRT cabin.

2) Accept the seat and play along. Better to let people mistake you as pregnant than to acknowledge the fact that you are just as tubby as the next pregnant lady.

19. Sylvie left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 9:33 pm
Seriously, these people should not be taking public transport. Some caring family members should be driving them around for whatever they want to do or at least get them taxis.

20. Sylvie left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 9:36 pm
Just came to my mind, if society is gracious enough, we wouldn't need to be talking about this at all. Sad.

21. Sylvie left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 9:47 pm
Me again. Chivalry is not limited to the guys. I've given up my share of seats to kids, pregnant, older folks. I've held the door open for healthy, able people (including guys) just because I'm able to assist and well, why be so calculative? Why must it be guys who need to be chivalrous? Proper upbringing is the root of chivalry & good deeds.
You can now ban me for spamming you. :)

22. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 9:54 pm :: 
Sylvie: Ban for what? Constructive comments always welcome.

I disagree that people of their circumstances should be dissuaded from taking public transportation. Public transportation is for everyone. Young and old, male or female. Able bodied or otherwise etc.

Granted that alternative transport may be better but it doesn't mean that public transportation is not a viable option.

This is merely a hypothetical scenario and I am sure why the society still lacking in social graces, still have the minimum standard that we won't get to see any of the 3 examples getting stranded without a seat.

23. akk left...
Friday, 22 August 2008 12:46 am
TMD...ive been offered seats many many times! what's wrong with that? incidentally, i was wearing maternity clothes can?

just put ur hand delicately behind ur back and ease the spine. then voila, some good samaritan will automatically give me a seat becos I'm so obviously a young mum. and without my ring on my finger...a young UNWED mother who surely deserves some sympathy.
there was this one time this lady offered me a seat, i thank her nicely and sat down, making sure the tummy is hiddne by my bag, just in case she finds out im not preganat and get embarassed.

24. JayWalk left...
Friday, 22 August 2008 11:05 am :: 
Akk: You and you wear-maternity-clothes-to-eat-buffet. *facepalm*

11 August 2008

Beer Flavoured Green Tea

I invited CowBoyCaleb for home cooked meal at my place and we were doing the "obligatory 30-minute sit down with mom and dad in front of the TV" when the commercial for this beverage showed up on screen.

So anyway, we were intrigued by the product that touted itself as a green tea but not a green tea, a beer but not a beer.

And it just so happened that my little brother, Alvin, was coming over to SpitLand from Los Angeles (summer vacation) and I called him the day before to grab half a dozen cans over while he was in transit in Ta1wan.

Before you know it, 8 cans of these showed up at the dinner table the next day.

We opened a can to each have a taste.
Personally, it was not as bad I was would have expected but still it was pretty weird shite.

I would described it as passion fruit infused green tea with bubbles with a slight hint of the bitterness of beer.

And as I read the ingredient label, I realised that this is merely green tea with hops, which explained the faint hint of beer. The alcohol content of this beverage was a paltry 0.05%.

To sum it up in one word?


p.s. Apparently, CowBoyCaleb also blogged about this and not wanting people to find out that he actually loved this shite, he wrote a scathingly negative review about this Beer Flavoured Green Tea.

Too bad, I got photo evidence to prove otherwise. I have this incriminating photo of him endorsing the Beer Flavoured Green Tea with his signature MAD MONKEY GRIN.

Let's see you try to wriggle out of this one, CowBoyCaleb! Admit it! You love this shite! FAIL!

- Voxeros

1. CowboyCaleb left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 2:13 pm
I am never posing for a photo for you again. EVAR!!!

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 2:21 pm :: 
Cowboycaleb: Buahahahahahaaha.......

3. JayWalk left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 2:22 pm :: 
CowBoyCaleb: You think I take photo of you to put in my wallet meh? Of course put on the blog one lah!!!

p.s. The KTV pics how ah?

4. Mistress Grace left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 2:40 pm
You never learn do you.. ? After the palm oil photo you still pose for him... Solid lor... I wonder whats next?

5. Ed left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 2:45 pm
eh, i thought the obligatory-30-minute-sit-down-with-mom-and-dad-in-front-of-the-TV thingy is only for girlfriends/boyfriends?

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Monday, 11 August 2008 4:10 pm ::
Wow, that's something new to me.. I would like to try.. Where to get it har??

7. JayWalk left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 4:17 pm :: 
Mistress Grace: Stay tuned for the next episode of "Eskew Me, Are You A Cowboy?"

Ed: In our context, it's "family". CowboyCaleb is a brudder. So he is family.

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Monday, 11 August 2008 4:47 pm :: 
My Wok Life: It's available in Ta1wan. I think those 7-11 stores will have them.

9. Ruok left...
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 9:10 am
woot! I know which photo to upload for his next birthday! :P

10. THB left...
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 9:44 am
I'll love to try that.. HB--> FAIL!

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Tuesday, 12 August 2008 10:25 am :: 
ruok: Palm Oil one har? Or Incredible Hulk?

THB: I believe this was launched AFTER you left Ta1wan. So even if you were there, you couldn't have possibly tried it.

12. grasshopper left...
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 10:33 am
Can haz anarduh capshun contesst? Feel like lubbing balls dis thime. "V"

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Tuesday, 12 August 2008 11:32 am :: 
Grasshopper: Another contest? Sounds like fun but that's a lot of trouble you are going through just to rub my balls.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2008 3:51 pm ::
that is uBer fail la

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Wednesday, 13 August 2008 8:12 am :: 
TSSD:That what we say when we started drinking Martell with green tea.

16. JF left...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 5:24 pm
You people... always miss the real deal...
Why are there women behind that beer can.. which family dinner u guys went ahhhh

17. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 5:34 pm :: 
JF: You stoopid kotek. That's my sister lah!

18. Chocolate gal left...
Saturday, 16 August 2008 9:40 am
poor cowboy.. always kanna played by you..

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Saturday, 16 August 2008 10:06 am :: 
Chocolate Gal: I'd say the score's pretty even right now.

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Friday, 22 August 2008 12:49 am
oh.......i thot the silly monkey grin looked like yours....

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Friday, 22 August 2008 11:07 am :: 
Akk: Nope. Defnitely not me.

08 August 2008

Happy 43rd National Day, Singapore (9th August 1965)

Nothing like a little poke fun at your Hong Kong neighbours to stir up a little nationalistic patriotism ahead of our 43rd National Day.

Kudos to Katie Oh and Taz the Raz for the cheeky lyrics that got me in stitches. I especially love the "we speak Singlish, almost English-lah!"

Next came Wokstarz with a retort in similar fashion as they too produce a response on youtube.

Unfortunately, if I may speak as objectively as possible, it fell flat. Good attempt but a tad short of equalising.

Still, it is good to see friendly banter between the two places, all in good humour.

Happy 43rd National Day, Singapore!

- Voxeros

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Friday, 8 August 2008 3:09 pm ::
very irritating video... I can't read properly with that playing at the background. haha.

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 8 August 2008 3:28 pm :: 
Dzigna: Which one?

3. littlecartnoodles left...
Friday, 8 August 2008 11:56 pm
The Singapore one was very the boh-liao and un-called for, in my opinion. What did HK ever do to p*** SG off to that extent ?

How about one suan-ing the Johor State Gahmen ? Now that would be worth the effort !

4. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 9 August 2008 1:41 pm :: 
littlecartnoodles: Yeah, it is boh liao indeed but only if you take it seriously. Granted that it reeks of bigotry, but I thought it was funny in a tongue-in-cheek way.

The so-called attack was uncalled for, even if it were targeted Johor. But I take it as just kachow kachow only lah.

07 August 2008

Autistic Kids

Caught this very encouraging video on mrbrown's blog, taken by Faith's (mrbrown's daughter) special ed teachers.

In a way, mrbrown and I have many in common. We are both from ACS (he being 2 years my senior), we have a family of our own, we both have a daughter named Faith and we both have an autistic kid.

Only difference is that instead my Faith, it's Gabriel that has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) which is a milder variant of autism.

As parents, we are both worry if our kids are going to be able to take care of themselves independently when we are gone. Granted that this is something very far into the future to fret about, it nevertheless is always on our minds since the day of the discovery.

Autism is a condition, not a disease i.e. there is no cure for it. Our only hope is that the kid's own development would be able to start kicking into gear and eventually catch up with the rest of the kids or at the very least not fall too far behind.

Having autism does not mean that the person will not be able to fit into the mainstream of society but we worry that we may fall under the probability that our kids would not be able to gain functional independence when they grow up.

I was in Hong Kong last week to play tour guide to a good friend and his family. Over lunch, we talked about Faith going to PLMGS next year for Primary 1 and then we went on to talk about what school to sign Gabriel up when it come to his turn to be of age for primary education.

I shared my concerns if Gabriel can even qualify for a mainstream education given his condition.

"Aiyah! Sure can one lah! Still got 2 years to catch up mah!" exclaimed the wife in her typical auntie gesture, short of putting up one leg on the chair as I was jolted out of my chair with her shrill that got the neighbouring tables staring.

I was very heartened by her great faith (no pun intended) in Gabriel.

Thank you.

- Voxeros

1. fitti left...
Friday, 8 August 2008 8:56 am
I work with children with special needs. And although they have more catching ups to do and require more understandings from others about why they behave in certain ways, they are very much like any other child. And they have good days and bad, too. Honestly speaking, some mainstream schools may not be the best for them because some Singaporean parents can be very "nabeh". There is still time for you to decide what's best for Gabe. From what I see from the picture, Gabe is a happy child and has good parents. That's most important. =)

2. Joc left...
Friday, 8 August 2008 10:39 am
good to have discovered it early for intervention to take place. someone close to me is suspected to have asperger's and the person is already in secondary schl. difficult to 'intervene' from such age, and it's really quite sad to see the person sometimes doing things which are not of social norms and getting bullied for it.

3. JayWalk left...
Friday, 8 August 2008 12:35 pm :: 
fitti: What do you mean by some parents very "nabeh"?

Joc: Hi Joc. Welcome to the blog. So the person in question is in mainstream school and actually made it to secondary school? How did he survive until then?

4. grasshopper left...
Friday, 8 August 2008 1:22 pm
It's attentive and caring parents like you who detected things early and that enables the kids to receive appropriate help. I'm only too glad that he is a very healthy boy who is enjoying his childhood. Having kids is like that lah~ the parents do what they can and the rest is up to them, and fate. Take care.

5. grasshopper left...
Friday, 8 August 2008 1:37 pm
great video. Thanks for "gop-ing" it over to your blog. I haven't check for a while.

6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 8 August 2008 3:00 pm :: 
Grasshopper: I can't really take much credit here since I am away most of the time. Wife is the pillar of strength here.

7. fitti left...
Friday, 8 August 2008 8:33 pm
There are understanding parents around but some I met were so discouraging. They told their children that the autistic children are "stupid" and not to be their friends. I am normally very calm but when it comes to this, I am very jumpy. My sis who teaches in a mainstream sch told me that some parents "petitioned" for an autistic child to be transferred out so that their class standard would not be affected. BUAY TAHAN! I teach them everyday and they are definitely not stupid. They just function abit differently from others. For the record, one child, Christian, could type out a short story on his own using his pc and composed his own music with the piano and he is like, 6? Christian is an American and he has very supportive parents and classmates who like him for who he is. Ok, rant finished liao. *calms down*

8. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 9 August 2008 1:38 pm :: 
fitti: Ah yes, those parents who thinks autism is some kind of a contagious disease and may spread to their kids when in contact.

Yup. Damn nabeh one.

9. Joc left...
Sunday, 10 August 2008 12:33 pm
warrao, u know who joc is lah! haha! well, he gets along in life like how mild hearing-impaired people gets along in life. cos it's so mild, people (including themselves) do not know/detect it early. some struggles here and there, etc etc. heard he got bullied in schl in the past but things are better now..

10. sunflower left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 6:13 am
Don't worry, Gabriel will have all our blessing. :)

11. JayWalk left...
Monday, 11 August 2008 12:09 pm :: 
joc: I do? Joc = Joceyln? Anyway, glad to hear that the boy is turning out better now.

sunflower: Thanks for the blessing. :)

12. Pam left...
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 1:39 am
hey you...sorry to hear this. *big hugs*. I hope wifey's coping ok. will Gabe be going for therapy/special classes? xx

13. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 10:26 am :: 
Pam: It's ok, we are taking this in our stride. Gabe is attending special school now.

14. nonchann left...
Thursday, 14 August 2008 3:25 am
Hi, I remember commenting about your son sometime back. I am sorry to hear about the diagnosis but do take heart that it's spotted early. With early intervention, Gabe can be in a regular mainstream school too! Even if he can't, there's Pathlight School. I believe I mentioned this before. They offer mainstream education for children with autism, a safe haven from people that might bully them for they are. It's pretty near PLMGS as it's in AMK.

You and your family will have a big part to play in helping Gabe develop himself. The most important thing is not to give up and believe in him.=)

15. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 14 August 2008 12:55 pm :: 
nonchann: Thanks for the resource. Would definitely check out Pathlight School.